Greater Morristown weekend preview: Books, Books, Books! And Shakespeare, Stefan and Rosie, too

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For book lovers, there is only one place to be this weekend: The Fourth Annual Morristown Festival of Books.

Hear the stories behind the stories, from more than 40 leading authors–for free!

Greater Morristown’s bounty doesn’t stop there. Hear a world-class violinist. See a stage adaptation of Shakespeare in Love.  Channel the Andrews Sisters from World War II. Keep going, to WWI. Relax with some roller derby.

Walk to end hunger. Work out to beat cancer.

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


THURSDAY, OCT. 12, 2017:

anderson cooper bookSen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Pulitzer-winning author Matthew Desmond (Evicted) discuss the problem evictions, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am, at a Drew University public policy forum co-sponsored by Morristown-based Homeless Solutions Inc. Admission: $10, registration required. At 36 Madison Ave., Madison.

Last month, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper gave an entertaining and provocative talk in Morristown. At 10 am, the Morning Book Club of the Morristown & Township Library will discuss The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. Free. At One Miller Road.

Former Gov. and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman
Former Gov. and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman

 

The Great Swamp Watershed Association honors former Governor and EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman at its annual gala and silent auction, at the Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park. Call (973) 538-3500 for tickets.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents a stage adaptation of the hit film Shakespeare in Love, directed by Bonnie J. Monte, in previews at 8 pm. Tickets begin at $49. At Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-845-6723.

shakespeare in love logo

The band 38 Special (Hold On Loosely, Rockin’ Into the Night) comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. With opener Sam Grow. Tickets: $39-$79. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

38 Special


FRIDAY, OCT. 13:

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 2017 Morristown Festival of Books kicks off with Pulitzer winning biographer Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton, Grant) at 7:30 pm in Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $42. This talk is SOLD OUT. But it never hurts to call the box office, 973-539-8008.  At 100 South St.  The Festival resumes on Saturday with a free talks by more than 40  top authors from many genres.

ron chernow festival of books

Rosie & The Riveters channel the Andrews Sisters at The Minstrel in Morris Township. The 7:30 pm show opens with Betsy Rose and the Chicago Fire.  Admission: $10, children 10 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Rosie & The Riveters
Rosie & The Riveters

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra starts a partnership with St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown at 8 pm, featuring Serbian violin virtuoso Stefan Milenkovich, who will perform Paganini’s B minor concerto. The program also includes Mozart’s 39th symphony and Vaughan Williams’ Serenade, with vocals by St. Peter’s choirs. Tickets: $28-$76; $15 for under age 18; call (908) 232-9400. At South Street and Miller Road.

Video: Violinist Stefan Milenkovich, who will perform at St. Peter’s:

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents a stage adaptation of the hit film Shakespeare in Love, in previews at 8 pm. Please see Thursday entry for details.


SATURDAY, OCT. 14:

CrossFit 13 Stars in Morristown is hosting an 8 am workout called “Strength” as a fundraiser in honor of CrossFit partner Dan Moran’s father, who died last year from liver cancer. Event proceeds, and GoFundMe donations, will benefit a palliative care program in Boston, where Moran’s father lived, and another educational fund for underprivileged kids. Details at the above links. Event at 74-78 Elm St.

CrossFit 13 Stars is doing a memorial benefit for cancer victims.
CrossFit 13 Stars is doing a memorial benefit for cancer victims.

A World War I Road Show, marking the centennial of America’s entry into that war, comes to the Morris County Library, from 9:30 am until 4 pm. Featuring displays and expert talks, including the role of Picatinny Arsenal in WWI. Free. At 30 E. Hanover Ave., Whippany.

NJ WWI road show

The Fourth Annual Morristown Festival of Books presents free talks by more than 40 top authors (fiction, nonfiction, and kids books) from 10 am to 5 pm, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and St. Peter’s Parish Hall, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, and the Morristown & Township Library. Check out the schedule, and follow our coverage here.

festival of books 2017 logo

Alexander and Eliza Hamilton: A Match Made in Morristown, tells the story of a romance for the ages, at 10 am at the Schuyler Hamilton House on Olyphant Place. Presented by the Morris County Tourism Bureau, the 90-minute lecture costs $15.  Call (973) 631-5151.

Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton
Betsy Schuyler and Alexander Hamilton

Morristown High School’s football team (2-3) aims for its third straight victory, on the road against unbeaten Montclair High School. Go, Colonials!

Jhamil King rushes the ball. Morristown High 18, West Orange 9, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
Jhamil King rushes the ball in Morristown’s 18-9 win at West Orange, Oct. 6, 2017. Photo by Grace Prachthauser

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents a stage adaptation of the hit film Shakespeare in Love in previews at 2 pm (tickets start at $49) and opening night, 7:30 pm (tickets start at $69). See Thursday entry for details.

The Jerzey Derby Brigade takes on the Mason-Dixon Roller Vixens at 7 pm at InLine Morristown, 38 Dumont Place. Doors open at 6:15. Admission: $12 at the door, $10 in advance.

jerzey derby poster

Comedian, actor and author Lewis Black brings The Rant, White & Blue Tour to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. With opener John Bowman. Tickets: $49.50-$99.50.  At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Lewis Black
Lewis Black

SUNDAY, OCT. 15:

The Morristown Farmers Market still has a few more weeks in 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.

Morristown’s Community Soup Kitchen and Outreach Center hosts its annual Hunger Walk fundraiser, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 36 South St. Registration is at 1 pm, the walk starts at 1:30 pm, and music and refreshments follow at 2:30 pm.

hunger walk 2017

Curator Ryan Hyman leads a 2 pm tour of the exhibition Presidential History: W. Parsons Todd Collects Washington, Lincoln, and More! at Morristown’s Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. Admission: $8; free for members and children 5 and under. At 45 Macculloch Ave., 973-538-2404.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents a stage adaptation of the hit film Shakespeare in Love, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $69. See Thursday entry for details.

Lyrica Chamber Music presents Decoda, the Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, at 3 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Chatham, at 240 Southern Blvd. Tickets: $25-$30.

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