Meet Me in Morristown ends 2017 season with news: It’s coming back next year

Abby and Ginger & friends celebrate Ginger's birthday, with music by Edward Ricci, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Abby and Ginger & friends celebrate Ginger's birthday, with music by Edward Ricci, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Meet Me in Morristown, the summertime sidewalk fair, will return for Season Five in 2018, Kadie Dempsey of Morris Arts said on Thursday, at this year’s finale.

Briana Carmel, 15, of Morristown takes her turn at the Pinot's Palette table, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Briana Carmel, 15, of Morristown takes her turn at the Pinot’s Palette table, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“It usually takes four years for a project to solidify and become part of the culture,” Dempsey said, amidst a sea of artisans and musicians on South Street, where early twilight and a nip in the air hinted of fall on the eve of the Labor Day weekend.

Meet Me in Morristown, a joint effort with the Morristown Partnership, occurs on the last Thursday in May, June, July and August.  For July, organizers shifted the focus from the Green to the Elm/South Street intersection as an experiment.

Laura Quinn and Mick D'Ambrosio of Morristown and Ben, 10, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Laura Quinn and Nick D’Ambrosio of Morristown and Ben, 10, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Dempsey said she is pleased to see crowds growing more diverse, and there has been talk of extending the fair to Speedwell Avenue, home to many Latino businesses and restaurants.

She also is excited about planned improvements to Headquarters Plaza’s Pioneer Park, near the Morristown Green. She envisions presenting dance and theatrical productions there.

Meanwhile, Morristown High School sophomore Briana Carmel was painting up a storm on Thursday at the Pinot’s Palette sidewalk booth.

“There’s definitely a painter hiding in everyone,” said instructor Tina Pezzino, overseeing creation of a communal “Morristown” welcome sign with help from franchise co-owner Emma Harvey.  “As soon as you come in our studio, from then on, you’re an artist.”

Meet Me in Morristown promotes downtown businesses and performers and artists from across Morris County.

Slideshow photos by Kevin Coughlin

Instructor Tina Pezzino and Emma Harvey, co-owner of Pinot's Palette, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Hannah Herbert of Morristown with Shells by Hannah, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Abby and Ginger & friends celebrate Ginger's birthday, with music by Edward Ricci, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Kearstan Brothers of Long Valley--Josh, 14; Sam 10; and Matt, 9-- at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Nancho of Wharton, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Alexa Sepka of Westfield and Josh Rockland of Morristown at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The Craft Club performs at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Painter Tim Jackson at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Briana Carmel, 15, of Morristown takes her turn at the Pinot's Palette table, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Pinot's Palette paintings, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Kadie Dempsey of Morris Arts and her pal, Tina of Whippany, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Karen Ann Kurlander of Morristown, left, and her sister, Marcia Ann Kasper of Secondhand Fabulous, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Hannah Muller, an instructor from the Morris County School of Glass, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Laura Quinn and Mick D'Ambrosio of Morristown and Ben, 10, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Instructor Tina Pezzino and Emma Harvey, co-owner of Pinot's Palette, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Instructor Tina Pezzino and Emma Harvey, co-owner of Pinot’s Palette, at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 31, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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