All eyes will be on Morristown for Saturday’s Women’s March on New Jersey. Women from across the state are anticipated to arrive here to flex their political muscle, under the motto: “Power to the Polls.”
But that’s not the only thing happening in Greater Morristown this weekend.
You can try Japa meditation, learn the finer points of contra dancing and maple sugaring, experience Grammy-caliber harmonica playing, or discover a 1923 film that finally may have found its time.
THURSDAY, JAN. 18, 2018:
Pianist Joel Fan presents a lunchtime concert, Chopin and Friends, at 12:15 pm at the Morristown United Methodist Church. Suggested donation: $7; $6 for seniors; students, free with I.D. At 50 S. Park Place, 973-538-2132.
Love chess? The Morristown & Township Library is starting a chess club. Bring your own board, pieces, and time clock, at 7 pm. Games will be 20-30 minutes. Free. In the upstairs F.M. Kirby Gallery. At One Miller Road, Morristown.
What is Japa meditation? What are mala beads? Find out at the Morristown & Township Library’s Introduction to Japa Meditation, at 7 pm. Free. At One Miller Road, Morristown.
FRIDAY, JAN. 19:
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.
A local student, Victoria Cattano, is hosting a blood drive at the Morristown United Methodist Church from 2 pm to 8 pm. Free parking behind the church at 50 Park Place, and donors receive a 10 percent discount coupon at the South Street Creamery.
The Mari Black World Fiddle Ensemble comes to The Minstrel in Morris Township at 7:30 pm, with a special introduction to contra dancing thrown in. Admission: $10; ages 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road
Tapestry: The Carole King Songbook, featuring Suzanne O. Davis, comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Admission: $29-$49. At 100 South St., call 973-539-8008.
SATURDAY, JAN. 20:
Temple B’nai Or in Morristown is holding a 45-minute Shabbat service prior to the Women’s March. It’s open to all, and everyone will walk together to the march afterwards. At 60 Overlook Road (near Thomas Jefferson School).
The Women’s March on New Jersey will start at 11 am at Morristown town hall (200 South St.) and will proceed up South Street to the historic Morristown Green for speeches by a wide array of prominent women leaders, concluding at 1 pm. Read more here.
Experience maple sugaring demonstrations at 1 pm and 2:30 pm, at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. Also on Sunday. Admission: $3. Call 973.635.6629 for directions.
Recycled Percussion, finalists on America’s Got Talent, comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 3 pm. Admission: $29-$59. At 100 South St., call 973-539-8008.
Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play brings a mix of jazz and blues to the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre at 8 pm. Brubeck, son of jazz legend Dave Brubeck, plays trombone and bass (though not at the same time). He’ll be joined by Grammy-winning harmonica player Peter Madcat Ruth and singer/guitarist Joel Brown. Tickets: $45 in advance, $50 door. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. Call 973-971-3706.
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Oscar Wilde’s Salomé probably was too avant-garde for 1923. Find out why at 8 pm in Morristown’s St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where organist Josh Stafford will provide the soundtrack for this silent film. Admission: $15, Children under 18 free. At 121 South St.
SUNDAY, JAN. 21:
Tour the presidential memorabilia collection–Washington, Adams, Lincoln, Grant and more– at Morristown’s Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, at 1:15 pm. Admission: $15, includes all-day access to museum. Call 973-631- 5151. At 45 Macculloch Ave.
Maple sugaring demonstrations at 1 pm and 2:30 pm, at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham Township. See Saturday entry for details.
The New Jersey Youth Chorus performs at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 3 pm. Tickets: $10-$30. At 100 South St., call 973-539-8008.