Greater Morristown weekend preview: Student auteurs, sheepish collies and Martha Washington, too

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Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

Looking for something to do this weekend?  Greater Morristown is brimming with possibilities!

Discover the next Steven Spielberg at Morristown High School’s student film fest. Catch some great live music and a movie at RedeemerFest. Watch Border Collies round up sheep. Sip tea with Martha Washington.

The list goes on–check it out below.

And peruse our handy calendar for even more entertainment options!


It’s your last chance to check out Morristown High School’s sixth annual Art & Design Week exhibition. See photography, paintings, woodworking, fashion designs and more in the auxiliary gym, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm.  And come back at 6 pm for Classics Academy Night, featuring thought-provoking projects by talented upperclassmen who have spent the year delving into ancient Greek and Roman teachings for clues to our future. Admission is free. At 50 Early St.

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The Tempest continues its run at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, at 8 pm.  Tickets: $15-$75. At Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison. Performances through June 22; see website for weekend showtimes. Call 973-408-5600 for more.


Twenty student videos will vie for prizes on June 6, 2014, at Morristown High School. Photo courtesy of Mike Butler.
Twenty student videos will vie for prizes on June 6, 2014, at Morristown High School. Photo courtesy of Mike Butler.

Want to see Red?  Come to the second annual Morristown High School Film Festival at 6 pm.  Twenty short videos, all with a “red” theme, will compete for prizes in the school cafeteria  school media center.  The public is invited and admission is free. At 50 Early St.

The Legacy Women kick off  RedeemerFest,  a 10-day series of free events, with a 7:30 pm concert of Afro-Caribbean music at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, at 36 South St. in Morristown.

Richard Nadar’s Good Old Rock and Roll Show rolls into the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm with Bill Haley’s Comets (Rock Around The Clock), Gene Chandler (Duke Of Earl), The Happenings and Tommy Mara of The Crests (Sixteen Candles).  Admission: $29-$69. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008.

John Gorka
John Gorka

John Gorka (I’m From New Jersey) mixes humor and poignancy with a spritz of irony for an irresistible folk cocktail. Have a taste at 8 pm at The Minstrel in Morris Township. Openers Nalani & Sarina are twin sisters who pack youthful verve into their sibling harmonies.  Admission: $8; children 12 and under, free.  At 21 Normandy Heights Road.


Nalani and Sarina
Nalani and Sarina


The Sheep Dog Trials are back by popular demand at the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm from 10 am to 5 pm. Watch teams of Border Collies and their handlers compete for ribbons, special prizes — and of course, bragging rights. If you can’t make it on Saturday, the competition continues on Sunday, too. At 73 Kahdena Road in Morris Township. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for ages 4-16, $4 for ages 2-3, and free for ages 2 and under; please call (973) 326-7645 for more information.  Please leave your dog(s) at home.

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Christine DeLeon
Christine DeLeon

RedeemerFest continues with Kids Stuff –- chalk drawing, sculpture garden, story telling and cool kids food — from 11 am to 2 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, at 36 South St. in Morristown. Then, at 7 pm, it’s time for a free concert by Christine DeLeon, Dave Kleiner, and Big Jeff and Friends.

Spend a year in the life of a beehive–in 90 minutes!  Learn how honeybees make and store honey and how they prepare for winter. The talk starts at 2 pm at the Morris Museum, at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township. Museum admission: $10 adults; $7 for seniors and children; free for children under 3 and members. Call 973-971-3700 for more.

Pat Jordan as Martha Washington
Pat Jordan as Martha Washington

Meet Martha Washington, over tea. Pat Jordan will become our first First Lady at 3:30 pm at the Presbyterian Parish Hall,  65 South St., Morristown. She compared her life with George to “two coals glowing in the fire,” ran Mount Vernon, raised a family, suffered the deaths of all four of her children — while “The General” was fighting the Revolution and serving as America’s first President. Munch goodies while Martha shares her iconic stories.  Admission: $5.  Children are welcome. Sponsored by Presbyterian Women. RSVP is required. Call 973 538-1776 for more.

The Harmonium Choral Society concludes its 35th season at 7:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison with the Bach motet Singet dem Herrn and an eclectic selection of works about singing — by Westfield High School Senior Fraser Weist, winner of the 17th Annual Student Composition Contest, and others. Admission: $15-25, at 4 Madison Ave. Call 973-538-6969 for more.


Family fitness awaits you from 10 am to noon at the Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morris Township. Sponsored by the Morris County Chamber of Commerce and the Morris County Parks Commission, this free event includes guided nature walks; a scavenger hunt for children ages 2 and older; demos of yoga, Zumba and CrossFit training; health and wellness exhibits; and bike safety tips fro, TransOptions. Enter at the 139 Kitchell Road entrance. For more details, call 973-326-7615 or drop a line.

RedeemerFest, a 10-day festival of free events, includes a Seeing Eye demo at 1 pm, and a 7:30 pm screening of the movie Sourlands.

Spend a Klezmer Afternoon at the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township. The Hester Street Troupe takes the stage at 2 pm, combining shtick with popular Jewish songs, including Klezmer, songs from the Yiddish Vaudeville and Second Avenue Theatres, and more. Admission: $25 general public, $20 members, seniors and students (18 & under or with valid college ID).  At 6 Normandy Heights Road. Call 973-971-3700 for more.

Award-winning violinist NaYoung Yang will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s popular Violin Concerto with The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey under the baton of Maestro Robert W. Butts at the season’s final concert, at 3 pm, in Dolan Hall, at the Annunciation Center of the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morris Township. Also on the concert will be Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony and Rossini’s overture to The Barber of Seville. Tickets: Adult, $40; seniors, $30; students, $5.

Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika
Author Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika

Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika presents Greetings From the Past:  A History of Morristown Through Postcard Images, at the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum at 4:30 pm. The program starts with a “walking tour” of Morristown, featuring images from the late 19th- and early 20th centuries, and finishes with highlights of businesses, institutions and homes from Morristown’s past. The author will have copies of her postcard history book, Morristown, to sign after the program.  Admission: Adults $8; seniors and students $6; children 6 – 12. $4. Members and children under 5, free. The museum is at 45 Macculloch Ave. in Morristown.

The Harmonium Choral Society presents Sing a New Song, at 7:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. See Saturday entry for details.


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