Greater Morristown weekend preview: Spring cleaning, cannons, music and more

Cannon fire at the 2016 encampment at Jockey Hollow. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Cannon fire at the 2016 encampment at Jockey Hollow. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Tax day is behind us. Time for some fun!

Greater Morristown offers musical magic, from Itzhak Perlman to Doolin’ folkies. Catch some comedy, from Cheech & Chong to A Dog Story.

Experience camp life with the Continental Army or take a free class in 3D printing.

Clean up the neighborhood. Plant a tree. Discover roller derby. There is no shortage of things to do this weekend.

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


THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018:

Want to become more adept at Excel II?  The Morristown & Township Library offers a class from 10 am to noon. Free, but registration is required. Call 973-538-2592. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Chess Club meets at the Morristown & Township Library from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Free. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

chess

A Dog Story plays at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre with shows at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Directed by Eric Hafen and starring Daniel
Robert Sullivan, from the Broadway and National Productions of Jersey Boys. Runs through April 22, 2018. Tickets: $20-$45. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.

'A Dog Story' poster

Cheech & Chong come to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$89. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Cheech & Chong
Cheech & Chong

FRIDAY, APRIL 20:

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 70 South Gallery in Morristown continues its Informal Lens series with a 6:30 pm conversation with photographer Meghan Moyer of Beyond the Yellow Wood. Admission: $5.

Informal Lens series

The Minstrel in Morris Township presents Doolin’ — Irish music with a French touch, in a special concert at 7:30 pm. For this show only, tickets are $20 in advance / $25 at the door. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

Doolin'
Doolin’

Jeremy Camp brings his Answer Tour, with opener Micah Tyler, to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $29-$59. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

jeremy camp

A Dog Story plays at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre in Morris Township, at 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.


SATURDAY, APRIL 21:

The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee hosts its 8th annual cleanup of the Whippany River, from 8:30 am to noon. Volunteers should meet in the parking lot of the Bethel A.M.E. Church at 59 Spring St., Morristown. The committee will provide gloves and garbage bags.

Volunteers remove old bike from Whippany River in Morristown during 2012 cleanup. Photo by Berit Ollestad
Volunteers remove old bike from Whippany River in Morristown during 2012 cleanup. Photo by Berit Ollestad

The Morristown Clean Communities Program and Morristown Beautiful Inc. host the annual town-wide Spring Cleanup, starting at 9 am with light refreshments and assignments in the parking lot behind Morristown town hall at 200 South St. (Heavy rain date: Sunday, April 22, 2018.) For more details, or to select a specific work site, contact Kathleen O’Neill Margiotta at 973-644-4363.

clean up flyer

Join the Burnham Park Association as it celebrates its 30th Arbor Day at the Morristown park, from 9 am to 12:30 am. Meet at the large gazebo. Help the association plant three new trees. (Wear your mud boots and gardening clothes!) Lunch will be served to volunteers.

The 2017 Burnham Park Planting Crew: L-R: Mason and Chris Carcich, Douglas Vorolief, Joe Attamante and Tom Bowmaster. Photo courtesy of the Burnham Park Association.
The 2017 Burnham Park Planting Crew: L-R: Mason and Chris Carcich, Douglas Vorolief, Joe Attamante and Tom Bowmaster. Photo courtesy of the Burnham Park Association.

A terraced, 24-plot community garden will sprout in Morristown’s Elliott Street Park, and volunteers are needed, from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Those who pitch in will have a good shot at landing one of the 12-by-4-foot plots, said Councilman Stefan Armington, whose Third Ward includes the garden location.

Councilman Stefan Armington with terraced garden plots in the Cutler Park section of town. Photo courtesy of Stefan Armington
Councilman Stefan Armington with terraced garden plots in the Cutler Park section of town. Photo courtesy of Stefan Armington

Learn about 3D printing with an Introduction to CAD with TinkerCad, at 10:30 am at the Morristown & Township Library. Free, but registration is required. Call 973-538-2592. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Tinker Cad

The National Park Service hosts its annual Grand Encampment at Jockey Hollow this weekend. Re-enactors will demonstrate life in Gen. George Washington’s Continental Army. Free. At 580-600 Tempe Wick Road, Harding, NJ 07980. Call 973-539-2016 x 210. Saturday’s events:

  • 11 am:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 11:30 am:  Film Premiere:  Washington Association of New Jersey Film Project: Historical Morristown. Created by Morristown High School juniors Katie Rosa and Kylee Strasser through the guidance of Morristown High School faculty member Michael Butler.
  • 1 pm:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1:30 pm:  Children’s Drill
  • 3 pm:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 3:30 pm:  Children’s Drill
  • 4 pm:  Regimental Assembly Retreat for the Evening
  • 5 pm:  Walking Tour of Fort Hill
FIRE! The 2016 Jockey Hollow encampment. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
FIRE! The 2016 Jockey Hollow encampment. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Take a backstage tour of the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s immense warehouse of props and sets in Florham Park, at 11 am. Tickets: $20. Limited to 25 people. Presented by the Morris County Tourism Bureau and the Shakespeare Theatre, at 3 Vreeland Road. Call 973-631-5151.

The costume room of the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.
The costume room of the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ.

Morristown’s Bethel A.M.E. Church, the town’s first African American church, continues a year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary with a prayer walk, starting at 11:30 am at the Presbyterian Church on the Green and culminating at Evergreen Cemetery, where Bethel’s founder and African American soldiers and sailors from the Civil War are buried. Historical documents will be displayed afterward at Bethel, at 59 Spring St. All are welcome.

prayer walk poster

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown is hosting a fish & chips dinner from 4 pm to 8 pm, at the Parish House at 65 South St.

The Jerzey Derby Brigade opens its home season at 7 pm, at InLine Morristown. Tickets: $10-$12. Doors open at 6 pm. At 38 Dumont Place.

Jerzey Derby Brigade 2018 season

A Dog Story continues its run at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre, at 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.

Itzhak Perlman comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm, with Rohan de Silva. Tickets: $79-$129. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Itzhak Perlman
Itzhak Perlman

SUNDAY, APRIL 22:

Volunteers are needed to help construct a community garden in Morristown’s Elliott Street Park. Please see Saturday entry for details.

The Revolutionary War encampment continues at the Morristown National Historical Park. Free.  At 580- 600 Tempe Wick Road, Harding, NJ 07980. Call 973-539-2016 x 210. The schedule:

  • 10 am:  Hike to the Huts with the Soldiers
  • 1 pm:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 1:30 pm:  Children’s Drill
  • 3 pm:  Firing Demonstration and Drill
  • 3:30 pm: Children’s Drill
  • 4 pm: Regimental Assembly Retreat for the Evening

The Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 12:30 pm and 4 pm. Tickets: $29-$59. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Disney Dance Party

Explore the Chinese art of Tai Chi, at 1:30 pm at the Morristown & Township Librarywith Master Gang Huang. These free classes are open to all abilities. No registration required. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Explore an 'Introduction to Tai Chi.'
Explore an ‘Introduction to Tai Chi.’

The National Park Service presents a free, first-person presentation, Martha Washington and Oney Judge, at 2 pm at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown. Oney Judge was an enslaved woman who worked for President and Lady Washington, and escaped to her freedom. For more details, contact Jude Pfister at 973-539-2016 x 204.

The Folk Project presents a house concert / jam session with Jackie Bristow and Mark Punch, starting at 2 pm in Rockaway. Tickets: $20.  Email here for details.

folk project house concert april 2018

A Dog Story,  at 2 pm at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre. See Thursday entry for details.

Lyrica Chamber Music presents the Attacca Quartet with David Kaplan, playing works by Haydn, Schumann and Shostakovich,  at 3 p.m. in the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Blvd. Tickets: $25-$30.

The Attacca Quartet
The Attacca Quartet

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