Greater Morristown weekend preview: Is it really Labor Day already?

James Hill and Ann Davison will perform at 'Uke NJ' in Morris Township.
James Hill and Ann Davison will perform at 'Uke NJ' in Morris Township.

Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

James Hill and Ann Davison will perform at 'Uke NJ' in Morris Township.
James Hill and Anne Davison will perform at 'Uke NJ' in Morris Township.

That was fast!

Summer 2013 has one last hurrah this weekend. The calendar is lighter than usual, as everyone heads for beaches and barbecues.

Still, there are some fun things to do if you’re staying local. Bike to a movie… explore the mysteries of the ukulele…take in a dog show.

Check our handy calendar for more entertainment options.  Have a safe and happy weekend and… see you in September!


THURSDAY, AUG. 29, 2013:

Summer is coming to a close, and it’s the perfect time to pull those final peppers out of the garden – but do you know what do with them after you’ve picked them? Stop into the Frelinghuysen Arboretum for Some Like it Hot, an exhibition of chili peppers from mild to super hot.  The Arboretum is located at 353 East Hanover Ave. in Morris Township, and there will be over a dozen peppers on display from 9 am to 5 pm.


movie night bike morristownIt’s the 5th Annual Bike-In (or not) Movie sponsored by Bike and Walk Morristown and Grow It Green Morristown. Start the evening with the Critical Mass Bike Ride from town hall at 6:30. Or, just head over to the Early Street Community Garden around 6:45 when the music by Byrdgrass will begin. The movie, Beauty is Embarrassing, will follow at 8 pm. Plus! If you order a picnic dinner from C’est Cheese, it will be delivered to the garden, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to BWM’s efforts to install bike racks around town.

The Uke New Jersey festival is coming to Morris Township for a sprawling celebration of all things ukulele, on Friday and Saturday at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. Festivities will kick off at 8 pm on Aug. 30 with a screening of Tony Coleman and Margaret Meager’s documentary, Mighty Uke: The Amazing Comeback of a Musical Underdog.

UKES CAN BE SEXY: See for yourself when Victoria Vox plays 'Uke New Jersey.' Photo by Edward Laubman
UKES CAN BE SEXY: See for yourself when Victoria Vox plays 'Uke New Jersey.' Photo by Edward Laubman

After the film, Jim and Liz Beloff, co-founders of Flea Market Music Inc., will take to the stage with a set of original and classic ukulele tunes, followed by a performance from up-and-coming singer-songwriter and ukulele star Victoria Vox, who will close out the day with pop-infused pizazz.

The event will roar back into action at 10 am on Aug. 31 with workshops on ukulele history and songwriting, and a series of ukulele master classes. In addition, attendees may participate in an eight-hour-long open mic, starting at 10 am. Impromptu jam sessions are strongly encouraged.

At 7:30 pm, the event’s focus shifts back to the stage. Jim and Liz Beloff will open the concert, which will include performances from acclaimed ukulele and cello duo James Hilland Anne Janelle (featuring a movement from Hill’s composition One Small Suite for Ukulele), and the band Celtic Spirit, performing a smorgasbord of traditional Celtic music featuring a truly eclectic instrument: The tiple. Uke New Jersey tickets may be purchased online or at the door. Tickets are $20/$75/$85. The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship is at 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township.


The Uke New Jersey Festival continues. See Friday’s entry. What’s old is new. The ukulele, wildly popular in the ’50s and camp in the ’70s is roaring back into prominence amongst younger musicians. Simple and easy to play, it can be an vehicle of blinding virtuosity in the hands of its masters. And the Folk Project will be presenting some of those masters in a two-day event of concerts, workshops, and classes. See…for more details.


The Sussex Hills Kennel Club Dog Show is great fun for dog lovers of all ages. Some of the greatest dogs around compete for Best in Show from 8 am to 4 pm at the William G. Mennen Sports Arena at 161 East Hanover Ave. in Morris Township. There will be plenty of dogs for everyone to admire, and plenty of free parking, too. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and $2 for children 12 and under.

The Morristown Farmers Market runs every Sunday through Nov. 24 from 8:30 am to 2 pm. It’s in municipal parking lot 10, behind the post office, and is operated by the Morristown Partnership.




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