Greater Morristown weekend preview: Symphonic picnics, un-Civil skirmishes, library hangovers, and more

Gemma New , associate conductor New Jersey Symphony
Gemma New , associate conductor New Jersey Symphony

Compiled by Katrina Langer and Kevin Coughlin

If someone asks you to step outside this weekend, take it as a friendly offer.

Greater Morristown offers outdoor amusements a-plenty. You can’t go wrong picnicking with the New Jersey Symphony. Or watching some splendid actors under a starry sky.

Church yard sales, farmers markets and the Civil War will provide additional opportunities to season your tan.

And for our fair-skinned readers, there are lots of good excuses to take it inside, as you will discover below.  Need more enticements? See our handy calendar.

THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2014:

The Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey believes everyone should understand environmental-, food- and water toxicity, for the safety of all. Learn from experts how to protect your family, starting at 5:30 pm at 175 South St. All are welcome to this 90-minute talk, and light refreshments will be served. Please contact Greer Luce at 973-451-4199 or to RSVP.

Discover warren bobrow morristown and township libraryHangover Cures, Hot Weather Refreshers and Other Apothecary Cocktails, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Morristown & Township Library. Author Warren Bobrow will teach how to prepare drinks like the “Habsburg Stomach Healer,” the “Corpse Reviver,” and even something called the “Roast Beet Borscht with Sour Cream Vodka.” Attendees will have the chance to sample one of the cocktail recipes from the book, too! Refreshments will be served at this free event, sponsored by the Friends of the Morristown & Morris Township Library. At One Miller Road, Morristown. Call 973-538-6161 for more. 

The Shakespeare Theatre’s popular Outdoor Stage should ring with laughter at the “It Girls” of the 17th century, who will remind you of the “It Girls” of the 21st century. They frolic, flirt, and flaunt in this fun farce, suited for audiences of all ages and especially for families with teens.  With the The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey,  at the College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morris Township. Admission: $15-$35. Starts at 8 pm.  Call (973) 266-8922 for more.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles will be at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm, at 100 South St., Morristown. This multi-media theatrical event will include performances of Beatles’ classics like, I Want to Hold Your Hand, A Hard Day’s Night and Let It Be. Admission: $39-$79. Call 973-539-8008 for information.


Time to make a splash: Morris Township is holding a pool party! The township Department of Parks & Recreation is hosting its Opening Season Pool Party at the Streeter Pool, at Sussex Avenue and Inamere Road, from 5:30 pm until 9 pm. The party will feature a BBQ dinner, DJ music, swimming, games and more. It’s open to Morris Township residents, pool members and anyone interested in swim pool seasonal membership. The party costs $6 per person, which covers food and beverages. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult guardian. Admission is free to children under age one. To register for the Ginty and Streeter pools or buy guest passes, see the township website or call 973-326-7371 Monday through Friday.

ALLEY-OOP! The Streeter Pool in Morris Township has its season-opening party on June 20, 2014.
ALLEY-OOP! The Streeter Pool in Morris Township has its season-opening party on June 20, 2014.

Liza & A.J., longtime members of the Folk Project community, return to The Minstrel  at 8 pm. Liza’s arsenal includes guitar, whistle, cornet and horn;  A.J. supplies a tenor voice and keyboard chops.  Spook Handy will open. All three will perform contemporary covers as well as original works. Admission: $8; children 12 and under are free. The Minstrel is at 21 Normandy Heights Road in Morris Township.

Lucinda Williams,  whose gritty, take-no-prisoners repertoire finally is getting its due, comes to the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. The Kenneth Brian Band opens. Tickets are $39-$69. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for tickets.

Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams



It’s time for the giant yard sale of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. From 10 am to 3 pm, you’ll find tables of treasures at bargain prices: Housewares, jewelry, antiques, electronics, books, linens, toys and more. All proceeds benefit community outreach projects like the Community Soup Kitchen, Market Street Mission, Clothing Bank, Interfaith Food Pantry and Mission Abroad — which provides clean water for Kenyan villagers and supports schools and clinics around the globe. At the Parish House on 65 South St. Admission: Free.

The Civil War invades Historic Speedwell in Morristown on June 21, 2014.
The Civil War invades Historic Speedwell in Morristown on June 21, 2014.

No Civil War battles were fought in New Jersey–until now. Re-enactors will invadeHistoric Speedwell from 10 am to 4 pm, leading visitors through daily activities of 19th century soldiers. They’ll even stage a skirmish, complete with a working cannon and a medical tent for the wounded. Admission is $7 for adults; $6 for seniors (65+) and $5 for ages 4-16. Children under 4 are free. Historic Speedwell is at 333 Speedwell Ave. Call 973-285-6550 for more information.

If the Civil War isn’t bloody enough for you, try the Cage Fury Fighting Championships at Mennen Arena in Morris Township, from 6 pm to 10:30 pm. Admission is $55-$150. At 161 East Hanover Ave.


The Morristown Farmers Market is back for its 24th season, courtesy of the Morristown Partnership and its sponsors. From 8:30 am to 2 pm every Sunday through Nov. 24, you can find produce from North Jersey farms, baked goods, and more, in the municipal parking lot 10, behind the post office. Lots of entertainment- and wellness events will be sprinkled throughout the year, too.

The Mennonite Children's Choir.
The Mennonite Children’s Choir.

The 50-voice Chamber Choir of The Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster is touring the region and will sing at the 10 am service at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. The high school choir’s repertoire reflects the musical diversity of the church, globally and across the centuries,   from Stainer to Keith Hampton.  Members of the Grace church choirs will join in a piece. The public is welcome. At 4 Madison Ave. Call Grace Church at 973-377-0106 for more information.

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown‘s 14-member high school handbell choir presents the Ringers-on-the-Green Send-Off at 4 pm, for an afternoon of music before the ensemble tours Michigan. Featuring Carlos Cuestas on classical guitar. A reception hosted by the Ringers follows the concert, in the sanctuary at 57 East Park Place. Freewill donations are accepted, but not necessary.

Gemma New , associate conductor New Jersey Symphony
Gemma New , associate conductor New Jersey Symphony

Looking for a perfect way to start the summer? How about Morris Arts’ 31st annual Giralda Music and Arts Festival featuring the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra on the Giralda lawn in Madison. The gates open at 4 pm, and guests can picnic (win prizes for the most inventive picnic theme!), purchase original artwork, hear poetry from award-winning poet Jean Valentine, and set loose the kids for family-friendly arts activities. There even is a fully stocked antique ice cream truck. The Giralda Farms Corporate Park is on Dodge Drive/Madison Ave (Rt 124). The rain site is the Dolan Performance Hall, in the Annunciation Center of the College of Saint Elizabeth at 2 Convent Road. No pets or BBQs, please. Admission: In advance, $15 for adults; $4 for children; at the gate, $20 for adults; $5 for children; under 4, free. Tickets can be purchased online, at Kings Supermarkets, or at Gary’s Wine and Marketplace.

The Mavericks are back by popular demand at the Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $39-$59. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008 for more information.

The Mavericks
The Mavericks




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