Greater Morristown weekend preview: Pirates, Continentals, camp followers 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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With winter in the rear-view mirror, Greater Morristown’s weekend entertainment is starting to bloom.

Re-live the Revolutionary War. Re-discover Bach, Bartok and Gilbert & Sullivan. Hit the gala circuit to support the Interfaith Food Pantry and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Learn to swing dance or skate as a roller derby diva.  Fish for prizes.

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


THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019:

The Romani people inhabit most of Europe.
The Romani people inhabit most of Europe.

Morristown High School junior Sheetal Bangalore presents  A People Romanticized: The Romani Story, a talk about the people popularly known as “gypsies,” at 7 pm in the Morristown & Township Library.  Free. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center presents the The Russian National Ballet: Giselle at 7:30 pm.  Tickets: $29-$59.  At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


FRIDAY, APRIL 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.

Rosemary Gilmartin will be honored for leading the Interfaith Food Pantry since its inception.
Rosemary Gilmartin will be honored for leading the Interfaith Food Pantry since its inception.

Grace Community Music in Madison continues its half-hour Friday Lenten lunchtime organ meditations at 12:15 pm with Kevin Davis performing works ranging from Buxtehude to Pinkham. Free. Drinks and dessert after each performance; a local gourmet sandwich shop will provide sliders and salads for suggested $7 purchase. At Grace Church, 4 Main St., 973-377-0106.

The Interfaith Food Pantry’s Silver Anniversary Gala will honor Rosemary Gilmartin, who recently retired after leading the nonprofit since its inception. The festivities start at 6 pm at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany. Tickets: $250. At  111 N Jefferson Road. Call 973-538-8049 or email here.

The Morristown & Township Library hosts Savoy Faire, in a free 7 pm presentation of scenes from Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta The Pirates of Penzance. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

light opera nj

Cheryl Wheeler
Cheryl Wheeler

Mt. Tabor continues its 150th anniversary celebration with a series of three Friday swing dancing lessons at the Tabernacle, starting tonight at 7 o’clock. Admission: $15. At 5 Simpson Ave.

The Minstrel in Morris Township presents satirical songwriter Cheryl Wheeler with opener David Stoddard, at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10; ages 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

 


SATURDAY, APRIL 6:

 

Kids from ages 5 to 14 can compete for prizes in the Morristown Recreation Department’s annual fishing contest, from 8 am to 11 am at the Burnham Park Pond. Bring fishing gear and bait. Free, but pre-registration is required, online or at town hall, 200 South St., 609-292-6717.

mayor's fishing contest 2019

Pastor Sidney Williams Jr. hosts a conversation with Michelle Warren, author of The Power of Proximity, at Morristown’s Bethel AME Church from 10 am to noon. RSVP here. At 59 Spring St.

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The annual encampment of Revolutionary War re-enactors returns to Jockey Hollow in the Morristown National Historical Park today and Sunday from 10:30 am to 4 pm, with free cannon-and-musket demonstrations, talks and kids games and activities. At 600 Tempe Wick Road, Harding, 07980, call 973-539-2016 x-210.

FIRE! The 2016 Jockey Hollow encampment. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
FIRE! The 2016 Jockey Hollow encampment. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morris Township hosts an open house and ribbon-cutting at hits new turf facilities at Cornine Field, starting at 11:30 am. Free.

Cavalier Ball 2019 Shakespeare Theater

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey launches its 57th season with A Cavalier Ball, featuring cocktails, gourmet food, silent auctions and a cabaret show, starting at 6:30 pm at its “theatre factory” in Florham Park.  Tickets: $300-$1,000; a few $150 tickets are available. At 3 Vreeland Road, 973-845-6732.

Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$99.  At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

The jazz ensemble Amani presents a 100th birthday tribute to the late Nat King Cole, at 8 pm in the Watchung Arts Center. Admission: $12-$21. At 18 Stirling Road, 908-507-0967.

Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole

SUNDAY, APRIL 7:

Experience a day in the life of a Continental Army soldier, from 10:30 am to 4 pm at the annual Revolutionary War re-enactment at Jockey Hollow. See Saturday entry for details.

The Morristown author of Along Came a Monster will speak at The Learning Express in Morristown at 1 pm. Free. At 158 South St.

morristown author giving talk at Learning express

The Harmonium Choral Society presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at 1:30pm at St. Mary’s Abbey, at the Delbarton School in Morris Township. Tickets: $30-$40. At 230 Mendham Road; shuttle service provided for parking lots on campus.

Harmonium april 2019 poster

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center presents Peg + Cat Live! at 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm. Tickets: $12-$25.  At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Gordon Thomas Ward will share ghost stories and folk songs in a free 2 pm concert at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum in Morristown. Topics range from the Revolutionary and Civil wars to the Rockabye Railroad engineer and poet Robert Frost. At 30 Washington Place,  973-539-2016 x-210.

Gordon Thomas Ward sings a Christmas ghost story at The Minstrel holiday show, Dec. 15, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Gordon Thomas Ward sings a Christmas ghost story at The Minstrel holiday show, Dec. 15, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

Maestro George Marriner Maull and the Discovery Orchestra will decode Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances at 3 pm in the Concert Hall of Drew University. This may be one of your last chances to catch a live Discovery show, as the orchestra is shifting its focus to video presentations. Tickets: $30-$40. At 36 Madison Ave., Madison.

discovery orchestra april 2019 poster

 

The Hobart Trio performs a free 3 pm concert featuring works by Piazzolla and Beethoven, and popular show tunes, at the Mt. Tabor Tabernacle. Presented by the MacDowall Recital Series and sponsored by the Zufall Family Foundation and the American Strings Teachers Association of New Jersey. This concert will feature a 1935 Steinway piano  originally owned by the father of Kay Zufall, who founded the Lakeland Youth Symphony and co-founded Zufall Health. At 56 Simpson Ave. in Mt. Tabor.

Hobart Trio posterWant to join the world of women’s roller derby? The Jerzey Derby Brigade is recruiting skaters, referees and volunteers, from 4:30 pm to 6 pm at Inline Morristown, 38 Dumont Place. Register here.

jerzey derby recruiter poster 2019

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