Greater Morristown weekend preview: Festivals, anyone?

Sankofa Heritage Collective of Morris County is a sponsor of the 2019 Juneteenth celebration.
Sankofa Heritage Collective of Morris County is a sponsor of the 2019 Juneteenth celebration.
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Greater Morristown has a festival for everyone this weekend.

Celebrate black history on Juneteenth in Morristown.  Mark the 10th anniversary of Our Youth Their Future. Support the Great Swamp Watershed while enjoying great music. Browse some fine arts and crafts.

You can experience life in a Civil War encampment, discover what some of Morristown High School’s best and brightest have been doing all year, and unwind with comedy and dance.

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


THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019:

The Morris County Historical Society invites the public to a celebration of Acorn Hall’s exterior restoration, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the recently restored butler’s pantry, servant staircase, and collections storage. From 6 pm to 8 pm.  Admission: $20-$30. At 68 Morris Ave., Morristown.

Acorn Hall in Morristown. Photo courtesy of Morris Tourism Bureau.
Acorn Hall in Morristown. Photo courtesy of Morris Tourism Bureau.

Some of Morristown High School’s best and brightest will show off their projects from the school’s Humanities Academy, starting at 6:30 pm in the auditorium. Nine keynote speakers from grades 9-12 will deliver TED-style presentations. Free. At 50 Early St.

Humanities Night Poster (1)

Just Charlie posterThe Morristown & Township Library kicks off its third annual Pride Month film series at 7 pm with Just Charlie (2017, British), about a teen soccer star facing a gender crisis. Free. Light refreshments will be served. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Morris Museum in Morris Township introduces a new performance series, Live Arts at the Morris Museum, with a 7:30 pm launch party and dance performance by Kyle Marshall Choreography. Free. Registration is encouraged at site above.  At 6 Normandy Heights Road.

 

Kyle Marshall Choreography
Kyle Marshall Choreography

FRIDAY, JUNE 7:

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.

Activists from Morris County Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America plan to paint Morristown’s South Street orange, from 10 am to 11:30 am, to mark National Gun Violence Awareness Day. At town hall, 200 South St.

Moms Demand Action outside Morristown town hall in 2018. Photo courtesy of the organization.
Moms Demand Action outside Morristown town hall in 2018. Photo courtesy of the organization.

Morristown High School’s 11th annual Art & Design Week concludes at 7 pm with the MHS Film Festival. This year’s theme: “ation.”  Free. In the school media center. At 50 Early St.

mhs design week 2019 poster

Manhattan Comedy Night returns to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Featuring Patty Rosbourough, Nicole Johnson, Dan Naturman and Dov Davidoff. Mature themes, language. Adults only. Tickets: $25-$30. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

manhattan comedy night

 


SATURDAY, JUNE 8:

Re-live the Civil War at a weekend encampment by re-enactors from the Second New Jersey Brigade, at Historic Speedwell in Morristown. Activites from 10 am to 5 pm today, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Admission: $5-$7; children under 4, free. At 333 Speedwell Ave., 973.285.6550.

A volley at Civil War re-enactment at Historic Speedwell, June 12, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
A volley at Civil War re-enactment at Historic Speedwell, June 12, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

The Morristown Fine Arts & Crafts Festival returns to the lawn of Morristown’s Vail Mansion, from 10 am to 5 pm, and again on Sunday. Rain or shine. At 110 South St.

Morristown Fine Arts and Crafts Festival 2019

Nicole’s Broadway Dance Company of East Hanover celebrates its 29th annual dance performance with shows 11 am and 5:30 pm at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $20. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Nicole's Broadway Dance Company

The Morris County Tourism Bureau kicks off its annual Summer Walking Tours with a free Emancipation Walk, starting at 11:30 am at Historic Speedwell, where a Civil War encampment will occur. The tour then will proceed to the Morristown Green, where Juneteenth festivities will celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation. Historic Speedwell is at 333 Speedwell Ave. in Morristown.

A Morris Tourism walking tour at the Vail Mansion.
A Morris Tourism walking tour at the Vail Mansion.

Area churches and organizations will commemorate the historic and cultural contributions of African Americans at the seventh annual Juneteenth celebration in Morristown. It runs from 11:30 am until 9 pm, and marks the emancipation of slaves at the end of the Civil War.  Festivities start with the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation at Historic Speedwell (333 Speedwell Ave.), then shift to the Morristown Green where live performances and other activities are scheduled. At 3:30 pm,  a panel discussion, Gentrification, Race & Freedom, will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Morristown. Evening events will continue at the Hyatt Regency Morristown.

Sankofa Heritage Collective of Morris County is a sponsor of the 2019 Juneteenth celebration.
Sankofa Heritage Collective of Morris County is a sponsor of the 2019 Juneteenth celebration.

Our Youth, Their Future will celebrate its 10th year–and the memory of late co-founder Dorothy “Dimples” Holman–at Morristown’s Cauldwell Playground from noon to 6 pm. Music, food, live music, children’s games, basketball, and more. Free.

Our Youth poster 2019

The 100-voice Harmonium Choral Society performs A Thousand Beautiful Things, spanning genres from Palestrina to Annie Lennox, at 7:30 pm at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. Admission $20-$25. At 4 Madison Ave., 973-538-6969. Encore performance Sunday at 7:30 pm.

The Harmonium Choral Society
The Harmonium Choral Society

SUNDAY, JUNE 9:

The Civil War encampment concludes at Historic Speedwell in Morristown from 10 am to 4 pm. See Saturday entry for details.

The Morristown Fine Arts & Crafts Festival concludes on the Vail Mansion lawn, from 10 am to 5 pm. See Saturday entry for details.

The Great Swamp Great Music Festival runs from noon to 5 pm at the Hartley Farms Polo Field in Harding. Proceeds benefit conservation work of the Great Swamp Watershed Association. Food and wine vendors, art booths, kids games and six musical acts, including Purple Hayes, will perform. Rain or shine. Tickets:$20 in advance, $25 at the gate; students, $10; children under 13, free. Free parking.   At 9 Hartley Farms Road, (973) 538-3500.

Music Festival Poster 2019_FLYER SIZE

The 100-voice Harmonium Choral Society performs A Thousand Beautiful Things at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison. See Saturday entry for more.

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