Greater Morristown weekend preview: South American sounds at Giralda, iconic rock pix, pool parties



Summer makes its official arrival this weekend, and Greater Morristown is ready!

Picnic with the Symphony. Party at the pool. Re-live your punk rock glory days. Cheer for a female Musketeer.

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019:

The Morris County Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual golf outing at the Picatinny Arsenal Golf Club in Dover. Registration starts at 10 am, with a shotgun start at noon, followed by a cocktail hour and dinner. Details are here, or call 973-534-6821.

The Morris Museum in Morris Township presents Bob Gruen: Rock Seen, an exhibition of iconic photos from the golden age of rock and the world of punk by Bob Gruen, who befriended John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Greenwich Village in the early ’70s. The show runs through Nov. 10, 2019. Jay Lustig, founder of and former rock critic for The Star-Ledger, will interview Gruen at 7 pm. Admission: Members $10, nonmembers, $15. A special reception, viewing and book signing also are planned from 6 pm to 9 pm; contact the Museum,  973-971-3721, for prices and reservations. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, 973-971-3706. The museum also will screen a film about Gruen’s life on Friday at 1 pm and 3 pm.

Led Zeppelin in its heyday, photographed by Bob Gruen.

The Morristown & Township Library continues its Pride Month film series with a free 7 pm screening of The Happy Prince (U.K., 2018, 1:45, Rated R), the story of Oscar Wilde’s last days, starring Colin Firth, Emily Watson, and Tom Wilkinson. Light refreshments. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers continues its run at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison at 8 pm. Tickets start at $49 for this swashbuckler, which continues through July 7, 2019. At Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., 973-408-5600. Read our review.

Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers. Adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Directed by Rick Sordelet. Pictured (left to right in foreground): Cooper Jennings as D’Artagnan, Nick Meittinis as Cardinal’s Guard, and Jeffrey M. Bender as Rochefort. Photo credit: Jerry Dalia.


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 Morris Museum in Morris Township presents Rock ‘N’ Roll Exposed: The Photography of Bob Gruen, a 2011 documentary by Grammy Award-winning filmmaker Don Letts, at 1 pm and 3 pm. See Thursday entry for details.

The Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series (formerly The Minstrel) in Morris Township presents David Roth, with the Sandie Reilly Band as the opener, at 7:30 pm. Admission is $10; children 12 and under, free. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.

David Roth headlines, with Sandie Reilly’s band opening, at The Troubadour.

The Three Musketeers continues at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey at 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.


The Morris Plains Farmers Market is back for its 17th season, from 9 am to 2 pm every Saturday through Oct. 12, 2019, rain or shine, in the Merchant Block parking lot near the Model Railroad Club building.

Morris County’s LIFE Center Stage presents the Breaking Stigma Festival from noon to 3 pm on the Morristown Green. Speakers, musicians, poets, yoga, resource information. Free.


Morris Township hosts its season-opening pool party at the Streeter Pool from 1 pm to 8 pm. Music by Cloud 9 DJ and the band Mid-Life Crisis, live coverage by Nash FM, games, prizes, giveaways, and food. Admission: Members, free; non-members, $5. At 2 Inamere Road.

The Three Musketeers continues at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey with shows at 2 pm and 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.


The Morristown Farmers Market is back for its 38th season, from 8:30 am to 2 pm every Sunday through Nov. 24, 2019. The Burnham Boys will perform at 10 am. At Lot 10, behind the Post Office, between Dumont Place and Morris Street. Presented by the Morristown Partnership.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township presents the 13th annual Fairy Day, for kids age 5 and up, from 1 pm to 3 pm. At 353 East Hanover Ave.

The Three Musketeers continues at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey with shows at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. See Thursday entry for details.

Chilean conductor José Luis Domínguez will lead the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the 36th annual Giralda Music & Arts Festival in Madison. Gates at Giralda Farms open at 4 pm for picnics (prizes for the best picnic themes!), kids activities and art sales. At 6 pm, the NJSO performs a program of Piazzolla, Moncayo, Marquez, Ellington, Copland and Gershwin. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Morris Arts. Tickets: $4-$18 in advance, $5-$25 at gate.  At Dodge Drive and Madison Avenue (Rt. 124); rain venue: Mennen Arena, 161 E. Hanover Ave., Morris Township. Read our preview.

Kids dancing at the Giralda Music & Arts Fest, June 25, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Kids dancing at the Giralda Music & Arts Fest, June 25, 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

Studio Yoga in Madison presents the acoustic duo Frank & Hank at 4 pm. Intricate arrangements of favorite songs, by Frank Sole and Henry Nerenberg, in an intimate setting, on one-of-a-kind guitars crafted by luthier Jay Rosenblatt. Admission: $10/advance and $15/door. At 2 Green Village Road, 973-966-1400.


Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will perform at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $59-$129. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


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