Greater Morristown weekend preview: Earth Day tidying, Revolutionary musketry, and more

Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Young recruit at Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The annual Revolutionary War at Jockey Hollow features activities for all ages. Jeff Sovelove
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It’s quite a planet we’ve got here.

And this is a good weekend to clean our little corner of it, and celebrate the bigger picture.

Scroll down for details about a plethora of Earth Day events in Greater Morristown.

There’s a Revolutionary War encampment, too. Future hit-maker Joey Alexander and golden master Neil Sedaka are at MPAC, a new comedy’s at The Bickford, roller derby crashes through town, and that’s just for starters.

Check our handy calendar for even more activities–and add your own events, too!


THURSDAY, APRIL 20, 2017:

Author Kay Redfield Jamison will talk about Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness at 10:30 am at Morristown Medical Center’s Malcolm Forbes Amphitheatre. Free, but registration is required. Jamison, a psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins, is author of the NY Times best-seller An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness. Parking at 55 Madison Ave., free shuttle provided.

hospital talk poster

Clever Little Lies, a comedy/drama by Joe DiPietro, has a 7:30 pm preview at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. Tickets: $45; $40 for Seniors; $38 for Members; $20 for students. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.

Harriett Trangucci, Ben Kaufman, & Rachel Matusewicz in 'Clever Little Lies.' Photo by Chance Piper
Harriett Trangucci, Ben Kaufman, & Rachel Matusewicz in ‘Clever Little Lies.’ Photo by Chance Piper

The Joey Alexander Trio comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $29-$59. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008.

Three-time Grammy nominee Joey Alexander
Three-time Grammy nominee Joey Alexander

FRIDAY, APRIL 21:

Morning Yoga with Munah Hayes returns to the Morristown & Township Library at 9:30 am. Free. Bring a yoga mat. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Minstrel in Morris Township presents a split bill starting at 7:30 pm: Andrew Dunn and Jay Mankita. Admission: $10. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Clever Little Lies, a comedy/drama by Joe DiPietro, opens at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre at 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.

Neil Sedaka, one of America’s great pop hit-makers (Laughter in the Rain, Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Calendar Girl), comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $69-$99.  At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008.

Neil Sedaka
Neil Sedaka

SATURDAY, APRIL 22:

What better day to clean up Morristown than Earth Day?  The annual spring cleaning starts at 9 am behind town hall, at 200 South St. Breakfast treats will be provided; please bring work gloves, rakes, shovels and brooms. Bags for garbage and recycling will be provided. Work assignments around town will be completed by 11:30. To register in advance for a particular site, contact Kathleen Margiotta, 973-644-4363. Heavy rain date: Sunday, April 23. Sponsored by the Morristown Clean Communities Program. 

It’s Arbor Day, too, and you can celebrate that from 10 am to noon at Morristown High School, where the Morristown Shade Tree Commission will unveil plantings from its $20,000 TD Green Street Grant.  And you can get five FREE SEEDLINGS, courtesy of the New Jersey State Forest Service and the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation, which are replacing trees lost to Superstorm Sandy.

Re-live the Revolutionary War at the annual encampment at Jockey Hollow, from 10 am to 4 pm today and Sunday. Re-enactors will demonstrate musketry, cannon fire and camp life. Free. The Morristown National Historical Park is at 580-600 Tempe Wick Road, Harding.

Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Cannon fire at Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow, April 17, 2016. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

While you’re at the re-enactment, check out author Jeff E. Finegan Sr.’s talk at 3:30 pm in the visitors center at Jockey Hollow. Finnegan’s two books–Colonel Washington and Me and ‘Tis Well … The Life and Death of George Washington–focus on Washington’s life as seen by his enslaved assistant, William Lee, and his doctor, James Craik. Free; both books will be available for purchase.

A noontime rally will advocate for the Environmental Protection Agency, which is in the crosshairs of the Trump administration. The event is scheduled for the other Jockey Hollow– outside the Jockey Hollow Bar & Kitchen, on the lawn of the Vail Mansion at 110 South St. in Morristown.

Grow It Green Morristown hosts its annual Diamonds for Kale fundraising gala at 7 pm at the Kellogg Club in Morristown. Tickets: $125. At 25 Colles Ave.  Sold out!

The Morristown Unitarian Fellowship marks Earth Day with a free 7 pm screening of A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet. Suitable for grade 7 and above. At 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.

'A Fierce Green Fire' flyer MUF

Jerzey Derby posterThe Jerzey Derby Brigade opens its women’s roller derby season against the Hudson Valley Horrors at 7 pm at InLine Morristown. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door. At 38 Dumont Place.

 An Intimate Solo / Acoustic Listening Performance by Citizen Cope comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $40-$70.  At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008.

 

Citizen Cope
Citizen Cope

Clever Little Lies, a comedy/drama by Joe DiPietro, plays at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre at 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.


SUNDAY, APRIL 23:  

The annual Revolutionary War re-enactment concludes at Jockey Hollow from 10 am to 4 pm. See Saturday entry for details.

The Morristown National Historical Park presents a free 1 pm concert by the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey, Mark Twain and the General, an original composition by orchestra Maestro Robert W. Butts. The park will display Mark Twain manuscripts from its collection. At the Washington’s Headquarters Museum; 30 Washington Place, Morristown

The Abbey
The Abbey

Historic Mansion Talk: Learn about the 2017 “Mansion in May” at 2 pm at the Morristown & Township Library. Barry Thomson, architecture historian and co-author of The Somerset Hills: New Jersey Country Houses, will discuss Alnwick Hall, also known as The Abbey, featured next month by the Woman’s Association for Morristown Medical Center’s “Mansion in May.”  The talk is free. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Opera at Florham hosts its 29th annual Vocal Competition at 2 pm, in Lenfell Hall (the Mansion) at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison. Ten finalists,  aged 21 to 35, will compete. Admission: $25;  for $75, you can have lunch with the judges at 12:30 pm in Hartman Lounge.  FDU is at 285 Madison Ave. Call 973-443-8620.

Clever Little Lies, a comedy/drama by Joe DiPietro, plays at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre at 2 pm. See Thursday entry for details.

New York’s Gilbert & Sullivan Players bring the HMS Pinafore to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 3 pm. Tickets: $29-$69. At 100 South St., Morristown. Call 973-539-8008.

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: HMS Pinafore
The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players: HMS Pinafore

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