Greater Morristown weekend preview: An embarrassment of riches

T-rex skull at the Morris Museum.
T-rex skull at the Morris Museum.
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It hardly seems fair to the rest of the world… so many stimulating options, right in our backyard this weekend.

From education to entertainment to the environment, Greater Morristown offers multiple activities for all ages.

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


THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019:

Pilobolus comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $29-$59. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


FRIDAY, APRIL 26:

Bob Ross
Bob Ross

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 Morristown & Township Library presents Paint & Sip with Bob Ross at 4 pm. Free. Art materials and sparkling cider will be provided. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Team 26 will stop at Morristown town hall at 5 pm to advocate for commonsense gun laws. This is the seventh annual visit by cyclists from Newtown CT, where 26 elementary school children and teachers were slain in 2012. Elected officials are scheduled to greet the group, which will continue from Morristown to Pittsburgh at 7:30 am Saturday.

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Stormy Space at CCMThe Longo Planetarium of the County College of Morris presents Stormy Space at 7 pm. Admission: $10. Ages 8 and up. At 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph.

Mt. Tabor continues its 150th anniversary celebration with  swing dancing lessons, at 7 o’clock. Admission:$15. At 5 Simpson Ave.

The Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series in Morris Township presents RPR (featuring former members of Tanglefoot) with openers The Annie Donohue Trio, at 7:30 pm. Admission: $10; children 12 and under, free.  At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

RPR
RPR

The Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble of the County College of Morris will perform spiritual, Irish, classical, and contemporary songs at 7:30 pm at the school’s Dragonetti Auditorium. Free. Randolph High School students will join the choir for two pieces.  CCM is at 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph.

The County College of Morris Choir
The County College of Morris Choir

The Sound of Music comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm, for the first of three weekend shows. Tickets: $49-$89. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


SATURDAY, APRIL 27:

Morristown’s annual spring cleanup commences at 9 am behind Morristown town hall. Participants will receive supplies, and assignments to spruce up streets, parks and playgrounds. Coffee and snacks will be served, and the first 200 people to register will
get commemorative T-shirts. Organized by the Morristown Clean Communities Program, 973-644-4363.

shredderThe Morristown Kiwanis host their annual shredding event from  9 am to noon behind Morristown town hall. Cost: $5 per bag or box; proceeds benefiting the Kiwanis’ high school scholarship fund. Best to arrive early: When the truck fills up, it’s over.

Celebrate Arbor Day by helping the Burnham Park Association plant trees at Burnham Park in Morristown from 9 am to 12:30 pm.  Gather at the large gazebo. Please bring shovels, rakes, garden gloves and clippers, and wear long sleeves, pants, socks, boots – (it can get muddy) and insect repellant. Association volunteers also will work withMorristown’s Clean Communities and Adopt-A-Spot in a park cleanup, and repaint the Burnham Park sign. After the morning’s efforts, the Association will provide lunch at the gazebo for all the workers.

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.

Morris County authorities are hosting Operation Take Back–collecting expired and unused medications–from 10 am to 2 pm at supermarkets in Morris Plains, Cedar Knolls and Randolph.

Morris County Park Palooza promises more than 20 food trucks, a biergarten, three bands, games for adults and kids by Jersey Club Sports, face-painting, and more, from 11 am to 7 pm at Lewis Morris Park in Morris Township. Admission: $2-$10. At 270 Mendham Road.

morris county park palooza

The Morris Museum’s annual Dino Family Fun Day runs from 11 am to 4 pm. Real fossils, dinosaur experts, games and more. Admission: $7-$10; members, free. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township, (973) 971-3700.

T-rex skull at the Morris Museum.
T-rex skull at the Morris Museum.

Picatinny Arsenal hosts an adaptive sports celebration, with demonstrations by para athletes including veterans and first responders at the County College of Morris Health and Physical Education Building in Randolph, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. The DoD Warrior Game Celebration will showcase wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, racing wheelchair and archery. The public can try the para athletic equipment and participate in game demonstrations. At 214 Center Grove Road.

DoD Warrior Games: Sitting Volleyball
DoD Warrior Games: Sitting Volleyball

The Sound of Music production concludes its run at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center with shows at 1 pm and 7 pm. See Friday entry for details.

Shapes in the Sky at CCMTour of the Planets CCMThe Longo Planetarium of the County College of Morris presents Shapes in the Sky at 3 pm. Ages 4 & up. Admission: $10. At 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph.  At 5 pm, the planetarium presents Tour of the Planets, for ages 6 and up.

The Jerzey Derby Brigade opens its women’s roller derby season hosting the Dutchland Rollers at InLine Morristown. Doors open at 5 pm, opening whistle at 6 pm. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at door. At 38 Dumont Place.

jerzey derby april 2019 poster

grow it green logo

Grow It Green Morristown celebrates its 10th anniversary with its Diamonds for Kale Gala, from 7 pm to 10:30 pm at The Seeing Eye Inc. in Morris Township. Farm-fresh food, wines, pastries, live music, a silent auction, and more. Orville McNally will receive the Marianne Tobler Volunteer of the Year award, named in memory of a beloved gardener who passed away last year.  Tickets: $160. At 10 Washington Valley Road.

Explore the history of the saxophone, from its invention through classical, jazz, and ragtime to modern times, with the Manhattan Saxophone Quartet as your tour guides. At 7:30 pm at the Morristown United Methodist Church. Tickets: $17-$25; students with I.D., free. A meet-the-artists reception follows the concert. At 50 S. Park Place, fronting the historic Morristown Green, 973-538-2132.

The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet
The Manhattan Saxophone Quartet

Downtown Voices, a semi-professional New York metro area choir directed by Stephen Sands of Music in the Somerset Hills, will perform Songs for the Singer, featuring pieces by Dvorak, Britten and Janacek, with soloists from the Trinity Wall Street Choir and organist Janet Yieh, at 7:30 pm at the Presbyterian Church in Morristown. Tickets: $15-$50; students with valid I.D., free. At 57 E. Park Place, 973-538-1776.

Downtown Voices concert poster


SUNDAY, APRIL 28:

Pianist Peter Toth is performing a series of free concerts in Morristown to celebrate the National Park Service centennia
Piano virtuoso Peter Toth

Hungarian piano virtuoso Peter Toth performs works by Liszt and Schubert at 1 pm in the auditorium of the Washington’s Headquarters Museum of the Morristown National Historical park. Free. Toth will play the park’s 1873 Steinway Grand piano. At 30 Washington Place. For more, call 973-539-2016 x 204 or email here.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Celebrate Arbor Day at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Tours, scavenger hunts, tree-themed crafts, and more. Suggested donation: $5 per family. Preregistration required, call 973-326-7601.

 

Choirs of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown and Drew University join forces with the Morristown Festival Orchestra to present Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, at 3 pm in the church. Conducted by Matthew Webb. Tickets: $20-$25. Free for students and college students with I.D. At 57 E. Park Place, 973-538-1776.

The New Jersey Symphony presents an afternoon of Mozart at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center, at 3 pm. Admission: $43-$92. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Media commentator Jamie Manson will give a talk, What’s going on with the Vatican?…And why should I stay Catholic?, at 3:30 pm at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Harding. Free. Presented by Voice of the Faithful NJ. At 100 Harter Road. More info here, 973-267-4539.

Comical singer-songwriter Carla Ulbrich performs at 4 pm at Studio Yoga Madison, as part of its Green Light Music Series. Tickets: $10/advance, $15/door.  For more information, email here or call 973-966-5311.

carla ulbrich concert poster

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