Greater Morristown weekend preview: Kids art workshops, and tons of grownup stuff

Brynn Stanley performs two shows at Shanghai Jazz on Dec. 7.
Brynn Stanley performs two shows at Shanghai Jazz on Dec. 7.

There is so much going on in Greater Morristown this weekend, we get dizzy just thinking about it!

Charity begins at home, so we will plug our own: Brynn Stanley, who sings so beautifully at the start of our videos, performs on Friday, May 10, 2013.  And on Saturday, our MG Kids Editor Sharon Sheridan is putting together a fabulous Children’s Day of Art, a series of workshops for kids ages 6-13.

Beyond that, events of every stripe fill the calendar– rock shows, classical galas, show tunes, book parties, comedy nights, scavenger hunts, history talks, charity runs, self-help seminars… the list is impressive.

Scroll down and see for yourself. And if any energy remains, check our handy calendar for even more options.

THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2013:

General Washington’s Yorktown plan “depended on speed, deception and careful coordination of troop movements,” according to the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table.  How did Washington pull it off?  Historian and author Robert Selig will explain, starting at 7:14 pm at Washington’s Headquarters Museum Auditorium, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Admission is free.

Comedy comes to the Café On The Green at 7:30 pm. And maybe some music and audience participation, too–and it’s free.  At  28 W. Park Place in Morristown. Call 973-997-0172 for more.

Sorry, the 8 pm ZZ Top show is sold out at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. But if you refuse to give up, call the box office at 973-539-8008. Tickets are $75-$150.


Meet authors Nell Freudenberger (The Dissident, Lucky Girls), Peggy Hesketh (Telling the Bees) and Lee Woodruff (Those We Love Most, In an Instant) at the 12th annual Lunch with the Authors sponsored by the Junior League of Morristown Inc. It’s from 11 am to 3 pm at Fiddler’s Elbow Country Club, 811 Rattlesnake Bridge Road, Bedminster. A basket raffle and 50/50 will  support the League’s scholarship fund and community projects. Each year, the League awards scholarships to high school seniors who show commitment to voluntarism, and one scholarship to a woman over 40 who is returning to school. Cost: $80. Call 973-539-2266 for more.

Brynn Stanley–the velvet voice at the start of our videos– performs jazz shows at Shanghai Jazz in Madison at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, accompanied by Regan Ryzuk on piano and Tim Metz on upright bass. Reservations strongly recommended! At 24 Main St., call 973-822-2899.

Brynn Stanley performs two shows at Shanghai Jazz on Dec. 7.
Brynn Stanley performs two shows at Shanghai Jazz on May 10.
Cheryl Turkington with her new book about the Irish in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Cheryl Turkington with her new book about the Irish in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Waves of Irish immigrants came to Morristown in the 19th- and early 20th centuries, settling in what became known as “Little Dublin.”  Cheryl Turkington, assistant archivist of the Morristown & Township Library, has written a fascinating history, Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times: Morristown, New Jersey’s Irish Immigrant Past. Celebrate with Cheryl  and the band Dicey Riley at the library, starting at 7 pm.

The Fab Four bring their entertaining Beatles show to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets are $39 to $59. Call 973-539-8008 for more. The theater is at 100 South St.

The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds land on The Minstrel stage at 8 pm. Maya deVitry, Oliver Craven, and Charles Muench of Lancaster County, PA, bring close harmonies and fiddle, banjo, guitar and upright bass to a repertoire mixing original and old-timey music. With openers Ken and Pat Rolston. Admission: $8, children under 12, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship,  21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.



spring arts festival logoIf you are between ages 6 and 13 and want to be an artist, A Children’s Day of Art is for you!  It runs from 8:30 am to 4 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. Pros will teach fun workshops in drama, eco-sculpture, mural-painting, music, poetry and pottery. The $25 fee ($20 for siblings) includes lunch. It’s part of the Spring Arts Festival; check out the student art in the Great Hall while you are there.  For more information, contact our MG Kids editor, Sharon Sheridan.

Starting at 9 am, the Great Swamp Scavenger Hunt leads participants on a 40-mile trek through the state’s Great Swamp Watershed. It’s a collaboration of 18 organizations and businesses. Scavengers will hunt for special tokens at more than 15 federal and Morris County parks and other sites of interest.   Online registration is free and recommended; call 973-538-3500 x 22 for start time and locations, a basic rules, and picnic details.

Gorgons never sounded so good!  The Thirteen, a top-notch pro choir, will present a children’s concert featuring Menotti’s The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore, at 11 am at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. Children can make puppets at 10:30 am for use in the 11 am concert. A picnic lunch is scheduled afterward in the courtyard. Admission is free; donation suggested. The church is at 57 East Park Place.

The Thirteen from their November 2012 visit to Morristown:

The Super Hero 5K takes to the streets of Morristown at 11 am. Proceeds will help Liquid Church bring clean water to Africa and Central America. Race fees are $35 through May 10, and $50 on race day. Registration starts at 9 am in Pioneer Park, at Headquarters Plaza, where a party will follow the race.

Coro Lirico celebrates its 10th anniversary with Verdi’s Requiem, dinner and dessert, starting at 7 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 36 South St., Morristown. The concert features an orchestra and soloists. Tickets are $50. Call 973-539-0703 for more details.

Phillip Boykin, recent star of Porgy and Bess on Broadway, leads a star-studded roster in a benefit for the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township. Give My Regards to Broadway! starts at 7:30 pm and will feature beloved tunes from a century of great musicals. Tickets: $65 to $250. Call 973-971-3706 for more. At 6 Normandy Heights Road.

Tom Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, k.d. lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Iris Dement, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark and Dave Van Ronk, among others. But he’s a dynamic performer, too, as he will prove at the Sanctuary series in Chatham at 8 pm. Best of all: It’s Audience Appreciation Night, and admission is only $10. The Sanctuary is in the Presbyterian Church at 240 Southern Boulevard. Call 973-376-4946 for more information.

Joy Behar brings her witty view from The View to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $49 to $99. Call 973-539-8008.



The Rev. Canon Nan Arrington Peete, the first woman and first African-American woman to address the bishops of the Anglican Communion, will share her experiences during the 8 am and 10:30 am worship services as the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Morristown continues its six-month celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The minister also will lead the discussion at the Adult Forum at 9 the parish hall parlor. At the 10:30 am service, she will speak as part of Celebrating Women’s Journeys, an annual service honoring the experience of women from all walks of life filling all roles, not just those of mothers. At 36 South St.

Having trouble finding yourself?  The Center for Spiritual Living Morristown has a workshop for you! Author Gregg Levoy will conduct it from 1 pm to 5 pm; the title is Callings: Finding and Following Your Authentic Life. Cost: $35.  Gregg also will be guest speaker at the 11 am Sunday celebration. At 331 Mount Kemble Ave., Harding. Call 973-539-3114 for more.

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

Scotty McCreery, the 2011 American Idol winner, performs at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 7 pm. Tickets: $49 to $89.  Call 973-539-8008.


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