Greater Morristown weekend preview: From Hamilton’s couch to Paul Revere and the Raiders

Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton
Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton
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From Shakespeare to Molière, from Paul Revere and the Raiders (one of them, anyway) to Alexander Hamilton’s sofa, Greater Morristown offers something for just about everyone this weekend.

Scroll down for details. Or simply Meet Me in Morristown on Thursday.

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


THURSDAY, JULY 27, 2017:

Central Park sign , Photo courtesy of Morris County Freeholders.
Photo courtesy of Morris County Freeholders.

Will a new access road to Morris County’s Central Park reduce traffic in Morris Plains neighborhoods?  Find out from 4 pm to 7 pm, when the county Freeholders discuss their plans at the Morris Plains Community Center, at 51 Jim Fear Drive. Affected residents from the borough, Morris Township and Parsippany are urged to attend.

Meet Me in Morristown, the monthly sidewalk arts and business fair hosted by Morris Arts and the Morristown Partnership, returns from 5 pm to 9 pm. This month’s festivities will showcase businesses near the intersection of South and Elm streets.

meet me in morristown logo

'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' under the stars in Morris Township at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2017. Directed by Bonnie J. Monte. Pictured: Courtney McGowan as Snug. Photo: Jerry Dalia.
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ under the stars in Morris Township at
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2017. Directed by Bonnie J. Monte. Pictured: Courtney McGowan as Snug. Photo: Jerry Dalia.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey winds down A Midsummer Night’s Dream under the stars, in the amphitheater of the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morris Township. Performances through July 30, 2017, Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 pm, with an added 4:30 pm show on Sundays. Tickets: $37; patrons age 30 and under $30; youths 18 and under, free. At 2 Convent Road. Call 973-408-5600.

Indoors, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey enters the home stretch of Molière’s The Bungler, at 8 pm at Drew University in Madison. Directed by Brian B. Crowe, the comedy runs through July 30, 2017. Tickets: $29-$69. At 36 Madison Ave. Call 973-408-5600.

Celebrate 50 Summers of Love…in one night, at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center. Featuring Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders, and Beatles tribute band The Fab Four, at 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$89, at 100 South St. Call 973-539-8008. Listen to our 2015 interview with Micky Dolenz.

50 Summers of Love


FRIDAY, JULY 28:

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 folk music series celebrates 42 years in 2017.
The Minstrel folk music series celebrates 42 years in 2017.

The Minstrel folk series in Morris Township celebrates its 42nd anniversary as only it can: With performances by Folk Project members, randomly paired in twos- and threes. Admission: $10, children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Everyone’s invited to Morris Township’s Ginty Pool at 8 pm to enjoy the animated film Moana (Rated PG). (Only pool members can swim, however.)

'Moana' movie poster

A Midsummer Night’s Dream plays outdoors in Morris Township at 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.

Molière’s The Bungler continues in Madison at 8 pm, presented by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  See Thursday entry for details.


SATURDAY, JULY 29:

The Morris Plains Farmers Market is back, every Saturday through Oct. 7, from 9 am to 2 pm on Merchant’s Block, near the Model Railroad Club Building.

Dig It! Plant It! Eat It!,  a summer program for ages 3 and up, returns to Morristown’s Macculloch Hall Historal Museum, from 10 am to 11:30 am. Free. Activities include  tending the garden, making pickles, learning about pollinators and creating nature-inspired art. At 45 Macculloch Ave.

See the sofa where Alexander Hamilton (possibly) canoodled with his beloved Eliza, and marvel at a lock of her hair. Was it found in the sofa? Ask Jude Pfister, who oversees the astonishing archives of the Morristown National Historical Park. At 10 am, he’ll discuss the park’s Hamiltonian treasures–while trotting out some WWI artifacts, too, to mark the Great War’s centennial. Tickets: $15. Reserve them by calling 973-631-5151 or visiting the Morris Tourism website.  The talk is at 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Park free in two lots adjacent to the Washington’s Headquarters Museum. On Saturday only, call 973-539-2016.

Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton
Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton

A free screening of the climate change documentary, How to Let Go of the World and Love All The Things Climate Can’t Change, by Oscar-Nominated director Josh Fox (Gasland), starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Denville Municipal Building, One St. Mary’s Place. Presented by 350NJ, Food & Water Watch, the Citizens Climate Lobby, and the Coalition Against the Pilgrim Pipelines. Call 607-348-5773 for more.

Video trailer: ‘How to let Go of the World’

 

Molière’s The Bungler has shows in Madison at 2 pm and 8 pm. Presented by the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  See Thursday entry for details.

THE BUNGLER by Molière, at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2017. From left: Sophia Blum as Célie, Devin Conway as Hippolyte, and Kevin Isola as Mascarille. Photo: Jerry Dalia.
THE BUNGLER by Molière, at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey 2017. From left: Sophia Blum as Célie, Devin Conway as Hippolyte, and Kevin Isola as Mascarille. Photo: Jerry Dalia.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream plays outdoors in Morris Township at 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.


SUNDAY, JULY 30:

The Morristown Farmers Market is back for its 26th season, every Sunday through Nov. 19, between 8:30 am and 2 pm. Outdoors in the parking lot between Morris and Spring Street, off Dumont Place. Presented by the Morristown Partnership. Call 973-455-1133 for more.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey  concludes its production of Molière’s The Bungler at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, at Drew University in Madison. See Thursday entry for details.

The Bakersfield Breakers bring their goodtime surf music to Morris Township’s Ginty Pool, at 3 pm. All are welcome, though only pool members and their guests can swim.

The Bakersfield Breakers
The Bakersfield Breakers

A Midsummer Night’s Dream concludes its outdoor run in Morris Township at 4:30 pm and 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.

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