Greater Morristown MLK weekend preview: Sand-Aid, edible sprouts, a King and a President


Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

Grow some edible sprouts. Indulge in marimba mania. Swim laps in your gene pool. Rock for the Shore.

The possibilities are varied and intriguing around Greater Morristown this weekend.

Then, kick back on Monday and reflect on the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. , and the second inauguration of our 44th president, Barack Obama.

For still more, check our handy calendar.

THURSDAY, JAN. 17, 2013:

Greg Giannascoli
Greg Giannascoli

Music At Noon, the concert series sponsored by Music At Morristown United Methodist Church, continues its 33rd season with a concert featuring Greg Giannascoli on marimba with pianist Rob Strabinsky. The concert will feature Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and selections from West Side Story.  It will be held in the church sanctuary at 50 Park Place (on the Green). A light luncheon will be available for purchase before or after the concert (11:30 am to 1:30 pm).  There is a suggested donation of $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students are FREE.  Free childcare is available during the concert.  The sanctuary is handicapped accessible.  For further information see the church website or call 973-538-2132.

The North Jersey History and Genealogy Center will present a program discussing the basics of genealogy research at the Morristown & Township Library, as well as an overview of how to use the special collections at the History Center to discover your family history. The workshop begins at 7 p.m. but class size is limited; email or call (973) 538-3473.


Remember that 12/12/12 concert at Madison Square Garden for Hurricane Sandy relief? Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Morristown High School plans to show the big boys how it’s done, with “Sand-Aid” at 7 pm.
Art of Play, a band that has played Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater, is pulling together some musical friends. They include fellow Morristown’s Got Talent! performers Captain Lung (third prize last year) and Hanna Neil, plus Hoi Polloi and Rich Meyer. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at or at the door.

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WJSV, Morristown High School’s radio station, holds its annual marathon from 7 pm until 9 am on Saturday. Tune into 90.5 FM and hear young deejays polish their skills…and enjoy some great music, too!

Liz Pagan and Dave Kleiner are performing at The Minstrel
Liz Pagan and Dave Kleiner are performing at The Minstrel

The Minstrel in Morris Township features Dave Kleiner , a founding member of the Folk Project, and his wife, Liz Pagan, for an entertaining mix of homegrown and obscure gems. Another Folk Project member, Andrew Dunn, opens with songs “filled with personal contact, passionate language, and a gentle view of the world.” Showtime is 8 pm and tickets  are $8, at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

The New York Times describes of Savion Glover’s SoLe Sanctuary as “…barebones and pure, full of the kind of rhythmic innovation that trips down one path, splinters off in different directions and then sweeps back home.” Experience this at 8 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, at  100 South St., Morristown.Tickets are $39-$89. Call 873-539-8008 for more information.


Support needy and homeless veterans and their families at Operation Stand Down Morristown 2013, at the National Guard Armory at 430 Western Ave. in Morris Township. Volunteers are needed to “buddy up” with a veteran and rotate through the services being offered. For more details, call Tom Dresdner at 973-920-0831.

Hike in the footsteps of presidents around Jockey Hollow: Join a Park Ranger at 10 am for this two-mile trek on the Yellow Trail to discover how Woodrow Wilson, Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon helped shape Jockey Hollow. Meet at the Morristown National Historical Park’s Jockey Hollow Visitor Center in Harding Township.

Doesn’t matter which side of the aisle you’re on, you’ll vote for The Capitol Steps, a bipartisan comedy show that skewers Blue and Red states, starting at 8 pm in Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $29-$55.  Call 873-539-8008 for details.


The Presbyterian Church in Morristown presents its Family Services for Seniors Seminar with David Haggerty, director of senior services. Learn more about services offered for seniors by the Family Service of Morris County, at 9:15 am, at 65 South St. Free.

How easy is it to grow your own radish, broccoli, mung bean and alfalfa? Learn all about them at Edible Sprouts, presented by the Frelinghuysen Arboretum from 1 pm to 3 pm, at 353 East Hanover Ave. in Morris Township. Tickets: $25.

From her tiara down to her sparkling shoes, Nancy knows how to be fancy, and she has a thing or two to teach her family. Enjoy the warmth and heart of Fancy Nancy: The Musical, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, at 1:30 pm. For ages 4-12. Tickets $12-$15. Call 873-539-8008 for details.

Morristown’s Sunday Night Portrait Drawing Sessions have returned to ArtSpace at 14 Elm St. Sessions run from 6 pm to 9 pm and feature live models and camaraderie for $10.


The life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated in Morristown on Jan. 21, 2013. Photo: Library of Congress
The life of Martin Luther King Jr. will be celebrated in Morristown on Jan. 21, 2013. Photo: Library of Congress

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration Committee of Morristown sponsors two annual events on the national holiday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The celebration begins at 8 am with a commemorative breakfast at the Hyatt Morristown. The featured speaker will be the Rev. David Smazik of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. Pastor Robert Rogers of Church of God in Christ and Rabbi Donald Rossoff of Temple B’nai Or will also be honored for their many years of service.

The day continues at noon at Calvary Baptist Church, at 10 MLK Ave. in Morristown, with the annual interfaith service. A variety of clergy from the community will participate. The featured speaker will be Dr. J. Louis Felton, pastor of the Mount Airy Church of God and Christ in Philadelphia. Members of Church of God in Christ will serve as hosts at the service at Calvary Baptist.

Both events are open to the public. Proceeds from these two events will benefit the Washington D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial National Project Foundation Inc., The Children’s  Defense Fund and the  Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund. Call 973-538-5012 to learn more.


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