Greater Morristown weekend preview: CraftMarkets, Oktoberfests, Hunger Walks, Road Races…and much more

'Rain Pads' by Jeremy Moss. His photography will be exhibited at the Morristown Craftmarket.
'Rain Pads' by Jeremy Moss. His photography will be exhibited at the Morristown Craftmarket.

Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

CraftMarkets. Oktoberfests. Hunger Walks. Road Races. Roller Derby.

Welcome to Greater Morristown’s busiest weekend since…last weekend!

It’s dizzying just thinking about all this stuff.

Alice Cooper…Paul Laud…political debates….bears…bazaars…and on and on.

Scroll down for more details. And don’t forget to check our handy weekend calendar for still more entertainment choices.

THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 2013:

Every week we look forward to Paul Laud’s brilliant cartoon satires here at His unique style marries original limericks with razor-sharp illustrations for a double whammy of humorous commentary…no scoundrel or scallywag can escape Paul’s laser focus! How does he do it?  Ask him yourself, over lunch at 12:45 pm in the Great Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

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From this week’s… ask cartoonist Paul Laud how he does it!  He will speak at a luncheon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Oct. 17.

The Morris School District Community School  has moved, and welcomes area residents to a celebratory open house from 2:30 to 5:30 pm. The first 25 visitors will receive a 10 percent discount on any upcoming Fall or Spring courses. Refreshments will be provided. The new space is at the Frelinghuysen Middle School Complex at 10 Jane Way in Morris Township. To get there, enter the driveway to the school, take a right at the tennis courts and follow the road around.

Oktoberfest comes to Acorn Hall, Oct. 17-20. Photo by Adam Casadevall
Oktoberfest comes to Acorn Hall, Oct. 17-20. Photo by Adam Casadevall

A four-day Oktoberfest kicks off at 3 pm with…a wine tasting?  Yes, it’s true. But there will be plenty of beer, and beer talk over the course of the fest, at Acorn Hall in Morristown. Oktoberfest: Knock Back Some History coincides with an exhibit called Bottoms Up! How Morris County Taverns Revolutionized History.  Talks, tastings and games for the kids are on tap through Sunday. Tickets range in price: $10 per day Thursday and Friday, and $15 for Saturday and Sunday.  Combo packages: $35 for all four days, $25 for Saturday and Sunday. Acorn Hall is at 68 Morris Ave. Read all about it on MG.

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‘Mermaid,’ a 2007 Russian film, will be screened at the Morristown & Township Library, Oct. 19, 2013.

The Russian Film Series continues at the Morristown & Township Library with Mermaid (2007) “a whimsical drama about a green-haired girl whose family is forced to move from their rural home to Moscow. Once there, the quirky introverted girl comes of age while clashing with the trappings of the big city.”  In Russian with English subtitles. Doors open at 6:30 pm, the film starts at 6:45 pm. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The library is at One Miller Road in Morristown.

Morristown mayoral candidates will debate, at 7:30 pm at the Alexander Hamilton School. It’s sponsored by the League of Women Voters.  Mayor Tim Dougherty and challengers Richard Babcock and Ed France will share their views.

Italian baritone Patrizio Buanne will sing everything from Italian favorites to timeless romantic standards to modern pop at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets are $39-$69. Call 973-539-8008 for more. At 100 South St.


'Rain Pads' by Jeremy Moss. His photography will be exhibited at the Morristown Craftmarket.
‘Rain Pads’ by Jeremy Moss. His photography will be exhibited at the Morristown Craftmarket, Oct. 18-20.

The Morristown CraftMarket is back for its 37th year.  This juried show features 160 artists from 25 states. Photographs, paintings, jewelry, leather goods, ceramics, metal, glass, wood and wearable fibers will be for sale. Many items are one-of-a-kind or limited editions.  The show runs from 5 pm to 9 pm, and resumes at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday, at the Morristown National Guard Armory on Western Avenue in Morris Township. Admission is $10 at the door, or $12 for a weekend pass.  Children under 12 with an adult are free.  A coupon for $2 off is available at the CraftMarket website. Parking is free. Proceeds benefit charities of the Kiwanis Club of Randolph. Read more on MG.

'White Box' by Jane Manus
‘White Box’ by Jane Manus

Oktoberfest continues at Acorn Hall in Morristown with a 5 pm talk by  Dr. John Rossi on the history of Oktoberfest.  See Thursday entry for more details.

The Simon Gallery reception for sculptor Jane Manus runs from 6 to 8 pm at 48 Bank St., Morristown. Her exhibition is open to the public through Nov. 16. Call 973-538-5456 to learn more.

Save the Bears!  At 7 pm a silent auction of artworks at the Morris Museum in Morris Township will raise money to preserve New Jersey’s bear population. The evening will feature appearances by Rudy Al James, an Alaskan who is secretary-general of the United Indigenous Nations; Tree Whisperer James D. Conroy with Basia Alexander; and a presentation on “The True Nature of Black Bears.”  Appetizers, dinner and dessert are included with the $50 admission price ($40 each for two or more). Cash Silent art auction to save NJ bears, posterbar.  Call 732-446-6808 for tickets or order online at The Morris Museum is at 6 Normandy Heights Road.

Buskin & Batteau know how to turn a phrase. From famous jingles (The Heartbeat of America) to sharp irony (Second Homeless) and unbridled goofiness (Jews Don’t Camp) to songs penned for Judy Collins, Tom Rush and Peter, Paul & Mary, this duo has produced some memorable material.  After touring in the ’90s, they went on their separate ways — but they’re together again and the proof will be at The Minstrel in Morris Township at 8 pm. Opening for them is pop singer-songwriter and pianist Avi Wisnia, who will bring Brazilian bossa nova- inspired folk to the stage. The Minstrel is at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship at 21 Normandy Heights Road. Admission is $8; free for kids 12 and under.

Buskin & Batteau
Buskin & Batteau

Standup comic Kathleen Madigan performs at 8 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $29-$49.  At 100 South St.  Call 973-539-8008 for more.


The Presbyterian Church in Morristown will hold its annual bazaar from 10 am to 3 pm.  It’s a huge assortment of treasures and surprises, with proceeds benefiting service and mission work around the world. The sale is at the Parish House at 65 South St.

The Morristown CraftMarket runs from 10 am to 6 pm at the Morristown National Guard Armory in Morris Township. See Friday entry for more details.

Oktoberfest continues at 11 am at Acorn Hall in Morristown with a presentation by Virginia Vogt on the grisly Sayre murders. See Thursday entry for more details about Oktoberfest.

The Morristown High School football team (2-3) hosts Randolph (2-2-1) at 1 pm in Morristown. Morris District students from grades K-8 are asked to wear their school colors to the game.

baseball flyer

Ah, baseball, the great American pastime. But have you ever watched base ball? The game has evolved a lot since the first set of official rules in 1846. Even the name is different — but the spirit is the same! Get in on the fun with a Vintage Base Ball doubleheader at 1 pm at the Frelinghuysen Recreational Field in Morris Township. Games will be played by official 1864 and 1903 rules, respectively. Entrance is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and tickets will allow entry into the post-game “Oktoberfest” to meet the players. Call 973-539-7502 to learn more and reserve your place. Bring your own seating.

roller derby oct 2013 posterRoller Derby action returns to Morristown at 7 pm when the Corporal Punishers skate against the Philly Block Party, at InLine Morristown, on Dumont Place.  If you think these ladies are scary, don’t miss the Halloween costume contest at half-time!  Doors open at 6:15 pm. Admission: $10 in advance, $12 at the bout; children under 12, free. Military discounts.

The ever-popular Rio Clemente brings his piano pyrotechnics to the Morristown United Methodist Church at 7:30 pm, to kick off its Abendmusik series. Jazz saxophonist Muzzy Napodano will join Rio. Suggested donation: $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens.  Advance tickets are available ($17 adults/$12 seniors) by calling 973-538-2132.  Students with ID are admitted free. The church is at 50 Park Place, facing the Morristown Green.

Rio Clemente
Rio Clemente

No more Mr. Nice Guy!  Alice Cooper returns to Morristown with his greatest hits, at 8 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $59-$99. At 100 South St.  Call 973-539-8008 for more info. Listen to our MG podcast with Alice Cooper.

Alice Cooper at the Mayo in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Alice Cooper at the Mayo in Morristown. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Universal Rebel hip hops over to Pete’s Tavern on Morris Street in Morristown at 10 pm, and plays till … the lights go out!


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.

The Morristown CraftMarket  is open for business from 10 am to 5 pm at the Morristown National Guard Armory on Western Avenue in Morris Township. See Friday entry for details.

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The Morris Educational Foundation sponsors The Fifth Annual Colonial Challenge 5K  at Ginty Field in Morris Township. The MEF has gone all out this year to make sure there’s fun for everybody– including a DJ, live music from Art of Play, and post-race refreshments. Last year, the Colonial Challenge raised more thab $10,000 for grants for the Morris School District. Pre-registration closes as midnight on Friday, so sign up now at Race day registration begins at 8 am at Ginty Field. The 5k road race starts at 10 am, and the 1M Kids Race and 2M Family Walk will start shortly after that.

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Brian Crowe models zombie wear at 2010 Halloween costume and prop sale of the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Need a Halloween costume? The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey may have just the thing. Its annual Costume, Prop, and Scenery Sale runs from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Theatre’s production facility at 3 Vreeland Road in Florham Park. Doors open at 10 am sharp.  Admission and parking are free. Call  973-408-5600 for more.

Chances are, you already know about beer drinking. So why not learn about beer-making. Ron Witowski’s 11 am talk kicks off the final day of Oktoberfest at Acorn Hall in Morristown. See Thursday entry for details.

The Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center  is able to serve lunch 365 days a year, partly because of funds raised at the annual Hunger Walk. The need for a hot lunch is greater than ever this year, with an increase in visitors of more than 50 percent at the soup kitchen. Many daily guests are mothers and fathers, children, and returning veterans. The walk begins at 1 pm at the soup kitchen at 36 South St. in Morristown; live music will be provided by Kings Road Band before and after the walk. All walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a Hunger Walk 2013 t-shirt. Local sponsors will provide refreshments and goodie bags.

Hunger Walk 2013
Hunger Walk 2013

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  1. Thanks for the reminder–if your Christmas gift looks familiar this year, it’s because we do quite a bit of our holiday shopping at the bazaar! You don’t need a toaster, by any chance?

  2. There’s also the Presbyterian Women’s Annual Bazaar on Saturday! It’s a giant yard sale and all proceeds go directly to service and mission work around the world. It’s at 65 South Street, on Saturday from 10-3.