Morristown weekend preview: Easter egg hunts, pre-school rock and a video primer

YOU CAN'T HIDE THIS ONE. They like jumbo Easter eggs in Suceava. Photo by Cezar Suceveanu, via

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket…unless it’s an Easter Basket. To all who celebrate the season, we wish you a very Happy Easter.

Here is a sampling of events. For more, please see our fine calendar. And don’t forget to enter more events if you got ’em.

THURSDAY, April 21

Imagination Movers Live! In a Big Warehouse Tour is at the Mayo Center for Performing Arts starting at 1:30 this afternoon.  Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty as Disney Junior’s alternative rock band for preschoolers.  They use rock ‘n roll and creative problem-solving skills to solve “idea emergencies.” Special guests: Nina and Warehouse Mouse. 100 South Street, Morristown; tickets $25 – $40. Call  973-538-8088 or see for more.

Today is Maundy Thursday – the Christian celebration and remembrance of the Last Supper – and you can find services at several of the churches in town:

St. Peter’s has Holy Communion at 6:45 a.m. and 12:10 p.m. Then there’s an Agape Dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall, followed by Choral Holy Communion (foot washing and stripping of the altar) at 7:00 p.m. in the Church.  The Girls’ Choir will sing the 7 p.m. Communion service.  A Night Watch starts at 8 p.m. in the Chapel.  South Street and Miller Road (use “121 South Street” for GPS), Morristown. Call 973-538-0555 for more information.

The Church of the Redeemer has a service tonight, too:  “A night in Holy Week commemorating the Last Supper with a light supper and Eucharist.”  From  6:30 – 8:15 p.m. at 36 South Street, Morristown.

The Presbyterian Church has a “Maundy Thursday Service of Worship” from 7:45 – 9 p.m. Marnie Kaller performs a violoncello prelude, “Elegy”, by Kenneth Leighton. A service of Tenebrae is led by Rev. Dr. David Smazik with music by the Men’s Chorus and the Chancel Choir.  57 park Place, Morristown.  Call 973-538-1776 for more information.

FRIDAY, April 22

Good Friday worship services:

At St. Peter’sChildren’s Stations of the Cross begins at 10:00 a.m.  Then, “Who Was There? – The Three Hours Devotion” begins at Noon. Meditations on the Cross by The Rt. Reverend John S. Spong, The Reverend Janet Broderick & The Reverend Charles Rice, Pastor Sidney Williams and Reverend C. Melissa Hall. Come for any part of the service, as you please and have time for.

The Presbyterian Church offers a Good Friday Service of Worship from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. James Hicks performs an organ prelude followed by a service led by Rev. Cynthia Alloway. Music is provided by the Chancel Choir accompanied by string quintet and organ and soloists, Deborah Fallon and Glenn Visscher.

And the Church of the Redeemer has a Good Friday, Children’s Stations of the Cross from 3 – 4:20 p.m. this afternoon.  All are welcome.  Then, the Good Friday Service and Candlelight Procession starts at 7:30 p.m.  Worshippers process around the Green.

Butch Ross is at The Minstrel tonight starting at 8 p.m.  When Butch Ross opened for Bill Staines last fall, he got a standing ovation – rare for an opening act.  Tonight he’s on his own, and brings his mountain dulcimer, on which he is apparently very accomplished.  He plays old country and Appalachian songs and his own character-driven ballads.  Sounds like an interesting evening!  At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.  Adults $7; children 12 and under are free.  Call 973-335-9489 for more, or see the Folk Project website.

Urban Conflict Championship (UCC) is a professional fight series appearing at the Mennen Arena starting at 8 p.m. tonight. Tickets $20 and up. 161 East Hanover Ave, Morristown. Tickets available at

SATURDAY, April 23

There are a couple of fun egg hunts today:

First, Mayor Tim Dougherty joins forces with the Easter Bunny for an Easter Egg Hunt on the Green at 10 a.m.

If you should miss that one, there’s a hunt in Chester, too, at Gazebo/Municipal Field on Main Street starting at 10:30  a.m. (“Ropes drop at 11:00 a.m.” it says.)

Both are free.  Hippity-hop!

YOU CAN'T HIDE THIS ONE. They like jumbo Easter eggs in Suceava. Photo by Cezar Suceveanu, via

You can go to an Easter Vigil tonight, if you prefer to celebrate at night:

At St. Peter’s, the Easter Vigil – with brass, choir and organ – begins at 7 p.m. The Reverend C. Melissa Hall will preach.  Bring bells to ring, and your singing voice!

The Vigil at Church of the Redeemer begins at 7:30 p.m.

And the Presbyterian Church’s Easter Vigil starts at 8 p.m. Soloists from the Music Ministry sing “Mass for the Saturday of Easter” by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, with movements interspersed through the Communion liturgy, led by Pastors Dr. David Smazik and Cynthia Alloway.

At the Mayo:  An Evening with Wanda Sykes begins at 8 tonight.  Wanda is one of Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America.  Mature themes, we’re told; imagine that!

SUNDAY, April 24

Easter Sunday worship times:

At St. Peter’s:  Holy Eucharist at 7:45 a.m.; at 9 & 11:15 a.m.: Festal Holy Eucharist for Choirs, Brass and Organ; music of Schubert, Buxtehude, Byrd and Willan.   The Reverend Janet Broderick will preach.

Church of the Redeemer has two services on Easter Day:  a Prayer Book Eucharist in the chapel at 8 a.m., and at 10:30 a.m., a Festive Choral Eucharist Service.

The Presbyterian Church also offers two services today, at 9:15 and 11 a.m.  Celebrate the Resurrection with children’s and adult choirs, brass quartet, timpani and organ. The service begins with a banner procession and is led by Pastors Dr. David Smazik and Cynthia Alloway.

MONDAY, April 25

A reminder about MG’s first Monday event this springMG Video 101. Experts tell how to make great videos with your point-and-shoot. It’s free!  How great is that? Come to the proposed Morristown EcoCenter at 55 Bank St. (the former Mini Cooper dealership).  Brought to you in cooperation with our friends at Sustainable Morristown.  Tell your friends, and see MG’s Facebook page for more.

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easter eggs in athens
Easter eggs in Athens (Greece, we think). Photo by Reinhard Kirchner via Wikimedia.