Greater Morristown weekend preview: From Book Fest to BreastFest

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Most communities are content with an Oktoberfest.

Greater Morristown has one this weekend–and a Book Fest, a KidFest and a BreastFest.

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


THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 2018:

The Great Swamp Watershed Association honors former Gov. Tom Kean at its annual gala and silent auction, 6 pm, at the Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park. Tickets: $200. At 139 Brooklake Road. Call 973-538-3500.

Spend Springtime in Tuscany–for about 90 minutes, at the Morristown & Township Library, starting at 7 pm. Reference librarian Stephen Brunskill presents a photographic travelogue of his weeklong stay in the 19-century spa town of Montecatini Terme, and his day trips to Volterra (of ancient Etruscan fame) and Serravalle Pistoiese (a living museum of a Renaissance Lucchese hill town). Free. Light beverages and Italian inspired snacks will be served. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Springtime in Tuscany. Photo by Stephen Brunskill
Springtime in Tuscany. Photo by Stephen Brunskill

The Price Is Right Live comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$69. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


FRIDAY, OCT. 12:

John Kerry will deliver the keynote at the 2018 Morristown Festival of Books. Photo by Kelly Campbell
John Kerry will deliver the keynote at the 2018 Morristown Festival of Books. Photo by Kelly Campbell

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 fifth annual Morristown Festival of Books kicks off with a 7:30 pm talk by former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, author of Every Day is Extra, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center.  Sold out–call the box office, just in case. Tickets:$50 for adults and $25 for students. Adult tickets include a signed, hardcover copy of Kerry’s new book. At 100 South St. Call 973-539-8008.

The Minstrel’s revamped open stage offers two stages, to ensure everyone gets a shake at performing. Arrive at 7 pm to sign up; performances start at 7:30. Admission: $5; age 25 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.

Minstrel open stage logo


SATURDAY, OCT. 13:

Love books?  The Morristown Festival of Books is the place to be, from 10 am to 5 pm. Free talks by more than 50 authors, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer and the Morristown & Township Library. Plus, a KidFest at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown.

Kids enjoy Laurie Berkner show at KidFest, at the Morristown Festival of Books, Oct. 14, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Kids enjoy Laurie Berkner show at KidFest, at the Morristown Festival of Books, Oct. 14, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

Discover Victorian Morristown on an 11 am walking tour, presented by the Morris County Tourism Bureau and led by local expert Karen Ann Kurlander. Tickets: $15.  Meet at 6 Court St. Call 973-631-5151.

Morristown's popular walking tours are back for 2018.
Morristown’s popular walking tours are back for 2018.

It’s Oktoberfest, courtesy of Morris Township’s Hillside Hose Company No. 1, from 2 pm to 8 pm. Families welcome; German food, music, raffles, merchandise, and of course, beer. At 132 Western Ave.

Oktoberfest time, at the Hillside Hose Co.
Oktoberfest time, at the Hillside Hose Co.

Three Dog Night comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $39-$79. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


SUNDAY, OCT. 14:

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.

Morristown’s Community Soup Kitchen hosts its annual Hunger Walk, from 1 pm to 3:30 pm. The walk starts at 36 South St., in front of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer.

Walkers, Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Walkers, Hunger Walk in Morristown, Oct. 15, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

Four bands will perform at the first NJ BreastFest, a fundraiser to help breast cancer patients, from 2 pm to 8 pm in the Raven Room at Morristown’s Horseshoe Tavern. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door; proceeds benefiting the I Love You More Fund, created in memory of Dr. Jan Huston-Pryor. Performances by the Thingama Jigs, Soular Bone, the Spare Tire Band and Bobby Syvarth. At 36 Speedwell Ave.

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 Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre in Morris Township presents What Makes it Great?, featuring Rob Kapilow and Harlem Quartet exploring Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings, at 2 pm. Reception with performers to follow. Tickets: $20-$40. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, 973-971-3706.

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra features Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho playing Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto, at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 3 pm. Tickets: $43-$92. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

The New Jersey Festival Orchestra features violinist Filip Pogady playing Bruch, at 3 pm in Drew University’s Concert Hall in Madison. The program includes Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances. Tickets: $20-$76. At 36 Madison Ave., 908-232-9400.

The MacDowell Club of Mountain Lakes presents Andy and Kelly Lin on viola and piano, at 3 pm at Saint Francis Residential Community Recital Hall, in Denville. Free, suggested donation: $20. At 122 Diamond Spring Road.

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