Meet Me in Morristown closes Season Six in style

JUMPING FOR JOY...and 'STILL LIVING WITH MY PARENTS,' according to her T-shirt. Bopping to Mama D and The Vexations at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 29, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Never mind putting time in a bottle. Tom Werder of Morris Arts wished he could have saved Thursday’s weather for future use.

Crowd listens to Mama D and The Vexations at Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 29, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“It’s spectacular,” he said of the cool, dry evening that capped the season finale of Meet Me in Morristown, the sidewalk festival that has attracted crowds downtown on the last Thursday of May, June, July and August for six summers.

Will there be a Seventh Summer?

“Of course,” said Werder, whose nonprofit presents Meet Me in Morristown with the Morristown Partnership. “This has been such a great way for the community to get together around the arts,” he said, and to drive business to local restaurants and shops.

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Vendors sold jewelry and bow ties and children’s books, as musical combos provided Thursday’s soundtrack along South Street, between the Mayo Performing Arts Center and Elm Street.

MPAC hosted the main event, a free concert by Mama D & The Vexations, who rocked an appreciative audience in front of the Vail Mansion.

Mama D & The Vexations at Meet Me In Morristown, video by Bill Lescohier for MorristownGreen.com:

 

The performance capped the second summer of free outdoor music as part of the theater’s Arts in the Community program.

“We believe that the arts make our community more interesting and vital,” said Kadie Dempsey, who runs the program.

Jaibana performs at Meet Me in Morristown, video by Bill Lescohier for MorristownGreen.com:

The community is plenty creative in its own right. A chalkboard asked patrons for their favorite Labor Day activities.

Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 29, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

“Go into labor,” scribbled one respondent.

Another shared:

“I like to go down to the park with a bottle of Night Train in a paper bag, ask people for spare change, stagger around a little, and go to sleep on the grass.”

We shudder to think of this but… the next outdoor Morris Arts event is the annual Pumpkin Illumination. That’s on Oct. 27, 2019.  What are the odds of a forecast like Thursday’s?

YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO ON LABOR DAY? ‘Go into labor,’ of course. Meet Me in Morristown, Aug. 29, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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