Alfresco in the Garden: Big turnout is one short in Morristown

Mark Tobler and Jim McCready with 400-pound pumpkin at second annual Morristown Pumpkin Illumination, a presentation of the Arts Council of the Morris Area and the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mark Tobler and Jim McCready with 400-pound pumpkin at second annual Morristown Pumpkin Illumination, a presentation of the Arts Council of the Morris Area and the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Sunday’s third annual Alfresco in the Garden fundraiser was the best-attended one yet, according to Carolle Huber, co-founder of Grow It Green Morristown.

Mark Tobler and Jim McCready with 400-pound pumpkin at second annual Morristown Pumpkin Illumination, a presentation of the Arts Council of the Morris Area and the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mark Tobler, left, and Jim McCready with 400-pound pumpkin at 2011 Morristown Pumpkin Illumination. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

In any other year that would be cause for celebration by the nonprofit group. But this time, many thoughts centered on a person who was missing from the festivities at the Urban Farm at Lafayette.

Mark Tobler, 47, died last month of melanoma. You could say Mark was a prodigious gardener: He grew a 400-pound pumpkin at the Early Street Community Garden last year.

Some 135 supporters signed up for the $75-per-person Alfresco in the Garden fundraiser for Grow it Green Morristown, said co-founder Carolle Huber. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Some 135 supporters signed up for the $75-per-person Alfresco in the Garden fundraiser for Grow it Green Morristown, said co-founder Carolle Huber. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“He was the most optimistic guy, and the most gentle guy I know. He was a good, good man,” said Max Huber, Carolle’s husband.

Mark was the drummer in Max’s band, Our Marvelous Lives.  They had a gig on July 6, at a music festival in a New York club. Despite his faltering health–he needed help setting up his drum kit–Mark performed that night.

“He played a great set,” Max said.

Their last song together was a mellow version of The Kids Are Alright by The Who.

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  1. WHAT A WONDERFUL EVENT……WE GREEN CHEFS LOVE, ANY TIME WE CAN REACH OUT AND SHARE OUR PASSION WITH THE WORLD…GOOD JOB …I will be at the state fair fair in sussex friday cooking healthy and green all day at the demo kitchen, I will be sharing my healthy and green recipes and sharing samples with the audience. CHEF MELODY

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