Greater Morristown weekend preview: Memorial Day 2016

Scout salutes during 2011 Memorial Day Parade in Morris Plains. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
Scout salutes during 2011 Memorial Day Parade in Morris Plains. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
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Compiled by Kevin Coughlin

Summers are ours to enjoy because of brave men and women who gave their lives for our freedom; let’s keep them in our hearts during this unofficial start of summer.

Morris Plains hosts its 30th annual Memorial Day Parade on Saturday; services follow in Morris Township and Morristown on Monday.

Scroll down for details, and more weekend events. Check our handy calendar for even more activities–and add your own events, too!


THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016:

Meet Me in Morristown is back!  The sidewalk festival of arts and crafts runs from 5 pm to 9 pm along South Street and on the Morristown Green.  Free, mostly. Presented by Morris Arts and the Morristown Partnership. The festival returns on the last Thursday in June, July and August.

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Spotlight posterThe Morristown & Township Library concludes its Power of the Press film series at 6:45 pm with the Oscar-winning Spotlight (2015), starring Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton. Free. Light refreshments. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The North Jersey Civil War Round Table presents Cabrini College Prof. James R. Hedtke, discussing Gen. Emory Upton, a military strategist who led infantry to attack entrenched positions at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. At 7:14 pm in the Haggerty Education Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township (opposite the Morris County Library). Admission $5, students, free.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight at 8 pm. Also on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets: $32. At 36 Madison Ave. Call 973-408-5600 for more.

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FRIDAY, MAY 27:

The Simon Gallery has hosted exhibitions for 20 years. The final reception runs from 6 pm to 8 pm, for Joshua Enck’s Line Work show. When it closes on June 25, 2016, so does the gallery, to make way for redevelopment. At 48 Bank St., Morristown. Call 973-538-5456 for a gallery appointment.

'French Curve 2016,' by Joshua Enck.
‘French Curve 2016,’ by Joshua Enck.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight at 8 pm.  See Thursday entry for details.


SATURDAY, MAY 28:

Morris Plains will precede its 30th annual Memorial Day Parade with a 9 am service at Roberts Garden.  The parade will commence on Mountain Way to Speedwell Avenue at 9:30 pm, concluding at the VFW on Route 53 with hot dogs, kiddie amusements and more.

Morris Plains residents and businesses decorated the parade route in red, white and blue in 2012. Photo by Sharon Sheridan
Morris Plains will celebrate its 30th Memorial Day Parade in 2016. This photo by Sharon Sheridan is from 2012.

Amy Tingle and Maya Stein of The Creativity Caravan offer a tiny book-making workshop – make your own book, under 3 inches tall–  followed by a dinner and talk, at the Artist Baker on Cattano Avenue in Morristown. The 90-minute workshop starts at 2 pm and costs $10; register online. The dinner / talk runs from 5 pm to 7 pm and costs $50. Call 973-267-5540 for a dinner spot. Co-sponsored by Morris Arts.

the tiny book show

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight at 2 pm and 8 pm.  See Thursday entry for details.


SUNDAY, MAY 29:

Pianist Peter Toth is performing a series of free concerts in Morristown to celebrate the National Park Service centennia
Pianist Peter Toth is performing a series of free concerts in Morristown to celebrate the National Park Service centennial.

At 1 pm, the Morristown National Historical Park continues its series of piano recitals to celebrate the National Park Service Centennial. Celebrated Hungarian pianist Peter Toth will perform solo works from a variety of beloved composers on the park’s 1873 Steinway grand piano. At Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Admissions: Free. For more info, call 973-539-2016, x 204.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Noël Coward’s A Song at Twilight at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.  See Thursday entry for details.

 


MONDAY, MAY 30, MEMORIAL  DAY:

Morris Township will conduct a Memorial Day service at 10 am at the Township municipal complex. Veterans then will march to the Morristown Green for an 11 am service.

 

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