Greater Morristown weekend preview: Summer hits its stride

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Compiled by Kevin Coughlin

Summer hits its stride in Greater Morristown this weekend with a sidewalk fair (Meet Us In Morristown, okay?),  Garden-variety yoga, ghost chasers and a Baroque festival.

There is even an outdoor church service!

Want more?  Check our handy calendar  for even more activities!

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014:

The Morristown & Township Library concludes its free summer cinema series at noon with Kings of Summer (2013), Rated R.  95 min. Three teenage friends, in the ultimate act of independence, decide to spend their summer building a house in the woods and living off the land.  Starring Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso and Moises Arias. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

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Meet Me in Morristown  returns with downtown sidewalk sales during the day, and outdoor arts and entertainment from 6 pm to 9 pm. Make sure to visit’s spot outside Strawberry Fields Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt, where we will be serving tasty performances by musicians from Morristown High School. Our lineup includes Jordan Rabinowitz, one of the first-place winners at the 2014 Morristown’s Got Talent Show.  The shop is at the corner of South and Pine streets and we’ll be there at 6 pm.  Nearly 40 artists and entertainers will be arrayed from South Street to the Morristown Green, where a Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed.

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At 7 pm, Team Marty’s will be signing up riders for the Sept. 7 Gran Fondo cycling extravaganza. Special rates will be offered, and snacks and beverages will be served at the presentation. At Marty’s Reliable Cycle at 173 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.


Meet artist Sarah Fattori from 6 pm to 8 pm at Sweet Lucy’s Bakery, where her works will be displayed through Nov. 21, 2014. At 56 A South St., Morristown.

Sarah Fattori's 'Gpscape, '2013, oil on canvas, 12-by-12 inches.
Sarah Fattori’s ‘Gpscape, ‘2013, oil on canvas, 12-by-12 inches.

Virtually all aspects of life can be reduced to Seinfeld episodes. If you try to catch Jerry Seinfeld’s shows at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center, that experience is likely to inspire an episode. Because both the 7 pm and 9:30 pm performances are sold out. If you could get in, it would set you back between $100 and $150 per show. The opener is Mario Joyner. Who knows? Maybe he’ll let you in. And there is always a chance someone will meet some sudden misfortune and a few tickets will become available. Call 973-539-8008. The Mayo Center is at 100 South St. Yada yada yada.

DIDN'T HE USED TO BE ON TV?  Now Jerry Seinfeld is playing Morristown.
DIDN’T HE USED TO BE ON TV? Now Jerry Seinfeld is killing ’em in Morristown.

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Looking for some some outdoor theater?  Try Play On,  a comedy at Pleasant Valley Park, on Valley Road near the VA Hospital in Basking Ridge. Bring lawn chairs, beach blankets, picnics and bug spray! Showtime is 8 pm. Admission is free; donations gratefully accepted by the Trilogy Theatre. The amphitheater is near a playground and hiking trails, so come early. Encore performance on Saturday. Say hello to Morristown Green contributor and entertainer Ginny Pados Beutnagel, a Mendham resident in the cast!

Reeds, Rhythm, and All That Brass , an 18-piece band, brings the classic American Songbook of the Big Band era to The Minstrel  in Morris Township at 8 pm. The band includes Folk Project members Jeff Rantzer and Hen3ry Nerenberg on trombone, Darrell Courtley on sax, and Jay Wilensky on vocals. The Bon Temps Brass Band opens with freewheeling New Orleans jazz.  Admission is $9 for adults; children 12 and under are free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Oklahoma!, the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, comes to the Bickford Theatre in Morris Township at 8 pm. A production of the New Jersey Youth Theatre and Algonquin Arts Center. Tickets: $35.  At 6 Normandy Heights Road. Call  973-971-3700 for more details.


Start your day with Yoga at the Farm– Morristown’s Urban Farm at Lafayette. Taught by Lauren McTigue of Grow It Green Morristown. All fitness levels welcome. Adults only. Please bring your own mat and water. Pay what you can… then shop at the farm stand, from 9 am to 2 pm. At 31 Hazel St.

The Morristown Jewish Center also is offering yoga and meditation, as part of a free two-hour Shabbat Healing Service at 10:30 am.  At 177 Speedwell Ave.

ghostbusters logoReady for some ghost-hunting at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm?  Ghost-One, a group with more than a quarter-century of paranormal experience, will investigate the grounds of Fosterfields and interior of The Willows, an 1854 Gothic Revival house. For participants ages 16 and older.  Fee: $45. For more information, or to register, call 973-631-5077 or visit  At 73 Kahdena Road in Morris Township.

Oklahoma! is back at the Bickford in Morris Township at 8 pm. See Friday entry for details.

Want to do a road trip? The Abba Girlz Band pays tribute to ABBA at 8 pm at the Camp Jefferson Amphitheatre in Jefferson. Tickets: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for ages 11-17; free for 10 and under. At 81 Weldon Road.


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, 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. The Farmers Market is open on Sundays through the end of November.

The new pastor at the Morristown United Methodist Church, the Rev. Brandon Cho, leads a community worship service on the historic Morristown Green at 10 am. All are welcome.

Oklahoma! has a 2 o’clock matinee at the Bickford in Morris Township. See Friday entry for details.

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey starts its Summer Music Festival at 3 pm, with a concert featuring international artists and competition winners in Dolan Hall, at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township. Selections include violinist Tristan Siegel performing The Turkish Concerto by Mozart. Polish soprano Dominika Zamara will sing selections from Mozart and Puccini, and Roman Conductor/Composer Monsignor Marco Frisina will introduce his Puccini Suite, composed for an Italian television series about the famed opera composer.  Maestro Robert Butts also will conduct a rare Overture to The Barber of Seville – by Giovanni Paisiello!  The concert will include a work inspired by Paisiello’s composition — Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro. Tickets: Adult, $40; Senior: $30; Student: $5. At

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