Greater Morristown Columbus weekend preview: Doggy Dash, Acoustic Getaway, Garage Sales, and Trumpets, too

Jay Durnan from Edison and his dog Beck, a Seeing Eye graduate
Jay Durnan from Edison and his dog Beck, a Seeing Eye graduate, at the 2017 Doggy Dash. Photo by Jeff Sovelove.
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Happy Columbus Day weekend!

You will find plenty of fun and challenging events across Greater Morristown.

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


THURSDAY, OCT. 4, 2018:

Morristown Medical Center will host a free Knock Out Opioid Abuse concert, from 5:45 pm to 8 pm. Seven performers will present original songs competing to become an anthem for the anti-drug crusade. At the Malcolm Forbes Amphitheater at 100 Madison Ave., Morristown.

Sustainable Morristown hosts its monthly Green Drinks networking event from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Blue Morel Restaurant and Wine Bar, inside the Westin Governor Morris hotel. Suggested donation: $5.  At 2 Whippany Road, Morristown.

The Morris Educational Foundation hosts An Evening With Justyn Comer, author of Meditation for Life, at 7 pm at Morristown High School. Free, but please RSVP. Presented by the Lauren & Emily Failla Foundation. At 50 Early St.

Justyn Comer with his new book, 'Meditation for Life.' Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Justyn Comer with his new book, ‘Meditation for Life.’ Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The Morristown & Township Library presents Sri Lanka: An Uncommon Destination, at 7 pm. This talk re-lives a 16-day wildlife expedition. Free. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka

It’s the final weekend for The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presentation of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer-winning Buried Child, directed by Paul Mullins. Tonight at 8 o’clock. Tickets start at $49. At Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600.

Buried Child poster

Paul Anka Sings Sinatra, at 8 pm at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $69-$125. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


FRIDAY, OCT. 5:

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.

In advance of Knock Out Opioid Abuse Day, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon and other officials will gather on the Morristown Green to distribute information about resources to combat drug abuse. From noon to 3 pm.

The Folk Project’s Acoustic Getaway weekend gets under way at 6:30 pm, at a camp near Hackettstown. For $214 or less, music fans can enjoy three days of concerts, workshops, food and lodging. Single-day tickets for Saturday and Sunday also will be available through Thursday at midnight.

Acoustic Getaway logo

Morristown’s “Bishop of Jazz,” Rio Clemente, performs at 8 pm at the Watchung Arts Center. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 at the door. Call 908-753-0190. At 18 Stirling Road, Watchung.

Rio Clemente
Rio Clemente

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center presents An Evening with Melissa Etheridge at 8 pm. Tickets: $59-$109. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer-winning Buried Child at 8 pm. Please see Thursday entry for details.


SATURDAY, OCT. 6:

The Folk Project’s Acoustic Getaway continues from 8:30 am to 11 pm. See Friday entry for details.

It’s the year’s final day for the Morris Plains Farmers Market, from 9 am to 2 pm, on Merchant’s Block, next to the Model Railroad Club.

The Morris Plains Borough-Wide Garage Sale runs from 9 am to 5 pm today and Sunday. See borough website for details.

The Kiwanis Club of Morristown is hosting a shredding event from 9 am to noon in the parking lot behind Morristown town hall. Bring confidential documents in paper bags or cardboard boxes, weighing no more than 10 pounds. The cost is $5 per bag or box, with proceeds going to the Kiwanis scholarship fund. Come early–when the truck fills up, the event’s over. Access the parking lot from Franklin Street.

The Morris County Tourism Bureau presents a one-hour walking tour of Morristown’s Historic District, led by author Bonnie-Lynn Nadzeika, former director of the Morris County Historical Society, at 11 am. Fee: $15. Starts at 6 Court St. Call 973-631-5151.

A summer walking tour in Morristown's Historic District. Photo courtesy of the Morris County Tourism Bureau.
A walking tour in Morristown’s Historic District. Photo courtesy of the Morris County Tourism Bureau.

The Grand Harvest Wine Festival runs from noon to 5 pm today and Sunday at the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. Admission: $20-$25; under 21, free. At 73 Kahdena Road.

The Morristown Big Brew Beer Festival has two sessions, starting at noon and 5:30 pm, at the Morristown Armory. Admission: $70; designated driver, $15. Live music. At 430 Western Ave. in Morris Township.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer-winning Buried Child at 2 pm and 8 pm. See Thursday entry for more.

The Friends of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, sister site to the Morristown National Historical Park, present their fifth annual Mucker’s Ball, from 5:30 pm to 9 pm. The fundraiser will include live music and dancing, Edison recordings, and outdoor projection of Edison Films. Tickets: $45-$55. At 211 Main St., West Orange. Call 973-736-2916 or email here.

Muckers Ball 2018 poster


SUNDAY, OCT.7:

The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash fundraiser 5K race takes place at Morristown’s Lidgerwood Park; registration starts at 8 am, the race begins at 9:30 am, and pageant judging follows at 11:00 am. Registration: Adults, $35; children 5 to 12, $25. Pet dogs can participate in a walk and pageant; more details here.  At the corner of Lidgerwood Parkway and James Street.

Seeing Eye Doggy Dash
Seeing Eye Doggy Dash

The Folk Project Acoustic Getaway concludes, from 8:30 am to 4 pm. See Friday entry for details.

The Morristown Farmers Market is back, at 8:30 am every Sunday through Nov. 18. At Lot 10, behind the Post Office, between Dumont Place and Morris Street. Presented by the Morristown Partnership.

The Morris Plains Borough-Wide Garage Sale concludes from 9 am to 5 pm. See borough website for details.

At noon, the Morris Museum in Morris Township opens the exhibit: Trumpets, Weird and Wonderful: Treasures from the National Music Museum, which runs through March 17, 2019. Admission: $10. At 6 Normandy Heights Road.

Andy Taylor, Uncle Sam B-flat Trumpet, 1996. Photo courtesy of the National Music Museum
Andy Taylor, Uncle Sam B-flat Trumpet, 1996. Photo courtesy of the National Music Museum

The Grand Harvest Wine Festival concludes from noon to 5 pm at the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. See Saturday entry for details.

It’s time for the 2018 Pumpkin Festival at the Whippany Rail Museum. Train rides, Halloween crafts, vendors, rain or shine. At 1 Railroad Plaza. Call (973) 887-8177

Curator Mallory Mortillaro with Rodin bust she discovered.
Curator Mallory Mortillaro with Rodin bust she discovered.

The Morristown & Township Library presents Disovery of a Masterpiece: The Lost Rodin, at 2 pm. A Drew University curator describes how she discovered a Rodin masterpiece in Madison. Free. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Learn the Chinese art of Tai Chi, at 2 pm at the Morristown & Township Library. Free. Runs on Sundays through Nov. 11, 2018. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Morristown & Township Library is offering free Tai Chi lessons.
The Morristown & Township Library is offering free Tai Chi lessons.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer-winning Buried Child, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. See Thursday entry for more.

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