Greater Morristown weekend preview: 9/11 remembrance, Gran Fondo bike extravaganza

the morris county memorial to 9/11
The Morris County 9/11 Memorial in Parsippany. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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There is no shortage of things to do around Greater Morristown this weekend:

Morris County observes the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which claimed the lives of 64 county residents.

Some 2,000 cyclists converge in Morristown for the Gran Fondo NJ.

A comedy from 1969 gets a fresh interpretation at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.

And a musical duo with impressive credentials performs a charity gig for an arts project.

And that’s just for starters. Scroll down for details. Check our handy calendar for even more activities–and add your own events, too!


THURSDAY, SEPT. 7, 2017:

Morris Arts presents bamboo sculptress Vivian Reyes from 5 pm to 7:30 pm at the Gateway Totems at the Early Street Community Garden in Morristown. Free.

The Morristown and Morris Township Library  will show a free screening of The Rule, a documentary about how the Benedictine Monks of Newark Abbey prepare inner city youths for success.  Showtime is 6:45 am, at One Miller Road. Afterwards, the Emmy-nominated directors will field questions via Skype. For more details, call 973-538-3473, or email here

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The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents What the Butler Saw, Joe Orton’s 1969 comedy about the power of truth, at 8 pm. Directed by Paul Mullins. In previews. Adult subjects not suitable for younger audiences. Tickets: $29-$39. At 36 Madison Ave. Call 973-408-5600.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 8

The Morristown High School football team opens its season at Roxbury at 7 pm. Go Colonials!

MHS color guard at 2016 Morristown football opener against Roxbury. Photo by Kevin Coughlin, Sept. 10, 2016.
MHS color guard at 2016 Morristown football opener against Roxbury. Photo by Kevin Coughlin, Sept. 10, 2016.

It’s open stage night at The Minstrel in Morris Township. Show what you can do, starting at 7:30 pm.  Admission: $10. To secure a performance slot, call 973-335-9489, or visit site above. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents What the Butler Saw, in previews, at 8 pm. Please see Thursday entry for details.


SATURDAY, SEPT. 9:

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.

The Mayor’s Kids Fondo runs from 10 am to noon in front of Morristown’s Vail Mansion. For kids ages 5-12; training on basic cycling skills, a warm-up session, bike decorating and a “circuit-ride” around the property, with medals and pizza for all. Admission: Free, but registration is requested.

THE WILD BUNCH: Kids Fondo 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin, Sept. 10, 2016.
THE WILD BUNCH: Kids Fondo 2016. Photo by Kevin Coughlin, Sept. 10, 2016.

Scan and restore your precious family photos, with help from the Morristown & Township Library. Its North Jersey History and Genealogy Center will make its high-quality photo and slide scanner available from 10 am to 4 pm. Limit: Seven scans per person. Free. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents What the Butler Saw, in previews, at 2 pm, and opening night, 8 pm. Tickets for opening night: $69. Please see Thursday entry for more details.


SUNDAY, SEPT. 10:

The Gran Fondo NJ is back, with bicycle rides ranging from 18- to 107 miles, starting and ending near the Hyatt Morristown Regency in Morristown. Cheer on the mass of riders as they climb onto their saddles at 7 am, and return later to cheer them across the finish line.

Gran Fondo NJ 2016 start. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Gran Fondo NJ 2016 start. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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.

Victorian undergarments will be modeled at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Victorian undergarments will be modeled at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Learn about the “Victorian Secret” — the sometimes dangerous lengths to which Victorian women went to obtain perfect figures– at a fashion show at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum Mansion in Morris Township. Fashion shows on the hour, from 1 pm to 4 pm; reservations required. Admission: $7 per adult, $6 per senior, and $5 per child. At 353 E. Hanover Ave. (across from the Morris County Library). Call 973-285-6550.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents What the Butler Saw, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets: $69. Please see Thursday entry for more details.

Pear Duo, the husband-and-wife team of Curtis Brengle and Julie Ragins, will perform a 4 pm concert to benefit the Gateway Totem Project of Morris Arts. The show is in the High Street Courtyard, near the Artist Baker on Cattano Avenue in Morristown. Admission: $40 online, $45 at the gate. Read MorristownGreen’s interview with Julie Ragins, who has toured with the Moody Blues and sung with Queen Latifah, among many other top acts.

PEAR Duo: Curtis Brengle and Julie Ragins.
PEAR Duo: Curtis Brengle and Julie Ragins.

Morris County will observe the 16th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, which claimed the lives of 64 county residents, with ceremonies at 6 pm at the September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany-Troy Hills, across from the Morris View Healthcare Center and adjacent to the Morris County Public Safety Academy. The keynote speaker is New York firefighter John Fila, a Boonton native whose engine company lost 15 firefighters on 9/11. Seating is limited; please bring lawn chairs. Rain or shine.

the morris county memorial to 9/11
The Morris County 9/11 Memorial in Parsippany. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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