Greater Morristown weekend preview: Fondo time, and a 9/11 remembrance

Starting the Gran Fondo NJ 2018. Photo by Katharine Boyle
Starting the Gran Fondo NJ 2018. Photo by Katharine Boyle


If you love cycling, you won’t want to miss this weekend’s Garden State Fondo. Now in its ninth year, the Fondo has expanded to include a timed hill climb at Fort Nonsense and a bike film fest.

Later on Sunday, hear the inspiring story of a young banker who gave his life to rescue others at the World Trade Center on 9/11.

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

THURSDAY, SEPT. 5, 2019:

The Morristown High School football varsity kicks off its season with a 4 pm non-conference home game against Summit. Go Colonials!

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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.

Like cycling?  Check out the Morristown Bike Expo, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Hyatt Regency Morristown, at 3 Speedwell Ave. It’s part of the weekend’s Garden State Fondo. Read our preview.

Madison’s free Downtown Concert Series concludes with Hatchet Jack at 6 pm, in front of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, at 9 Main St.

David Stoddard

The Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series (formerly The Minstrel) in Morris Township presents David Stoddard, with opener Sharon Goldman, at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $10; children 12 and under, free.  At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road.






The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 7, 2018. Photo by Katharine Boyle
The Seeing Eye Doggy Dash, Oct. 7, 2018. Photo by Katharine Boyle

The Seeing Eye’s seventh annual Doggy Dash Walk and 5K Run takes place at two Morristown locations. Registration/ check-in for the Walk and Run starts at 8 am at the Vail Mansion lawn, 110 South St. The 5K run begins at 9:30 am at Lidgerwood Park, and the dog-friendly Walk starts at 9:45 am, at the Vail lawn. Rain or shine. Awards are on the Vail lawn at 10:30 am. See Seeing Eye site above for registration 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.

The Garden State Fondo weekend shifts into gear with the Kids Fondo, from 10 am to noon on the lawn of Morristown’s Vail Mansion. Free; donations welcomed by the NJ Bike and Walk Coalition. At 110 South St. Read our Fondo preview.

A Food Truck and Music Fest comes to Mennen Arena in Morris Township from 11 am to 7 pm. Twenty gourmet food trucks, live music, petting zoo and pony rides, and more. At 161 Hanover Ave. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Interfaith Food Pantry.

Morris Township’s End-of-Summer Bash runs from 1 pm to 6 pm at the Ginty Pool. Open to all Township residents, their guests, and non-resident pool members. Deejay, live music, kids games, barbecue and swimming. Admission: $10 /person, ages 2 and up. Rain date: Sunday.

The Garden State Fondo weekend continues with a new event: The Fort Nonsense Uphill Time Trial, from 1 pm to 3 pm. Line the route–Ann and Chestnut streets in Morristown–to cheer for cyclists as they race the clock in hopes of winning the $1,000 prize for fastest time up the steep, 1 kilometer course. Read our Fondo preview.

The Fort Nonsense Timed Trial Climb, new to the Garden State Fondo in 2019. Photo:

Another new event from the Garden State Fondo is a Bicycle Film Festival, at 8 pm at the Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre in Morris Township. Admission: $13. Two hours of short films celebrate all facets of cycling culture. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, (973) 971-3700. Read our Fondo preview.


Come cheer for thousands of cyclists as they depart Morristown at 7 am for the ninth annual Garden State Fondo (formerly the Gran Fondo NJ). Bikers will embark on rides ranging from 18- to 126 miles through the northern New Jersey countryside, ending back in Morristown on Speedwell Avenue near the Hyatt Regency Morristown, across from the Green.  Read our Fondo preview.

Cyclists rounding the Green at the 2018 Gran Fondo NJ. Photo by Katharine Boyle

The Morristown Farmers Market is back for its 29th season, from 8:30 am to 2 pm every Sunday through Nov. 24, 2019. At Lot 10, behind the Post Office, between Dumont Place and Morris Street. Presented by the Morristown Partnership.

Imagine if Chief Justice John Marshall and President Thomas Jefferson had debated. Actors from the American Historical Theatre will give it a go at 2 pm, in Morristown at the Washington’s Headquarters Historical Museum. Free, but space is limited, and registration is required. Email, call 908-396-6053 or visit this site. At 30 Washington Place.

The nonprofit Arts by the People presents Moving Words, an international collaboration between writers and animators, at 3 pm in the Starlight Room of Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center. Free. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


Welles Crowther, ‘The Man in the Red Bandana,’ gave his life saving others on 9/11.

Morris County presents its 18th annual 9/11 Remembrance, at 6 pm at the county’s September 11th Memorial on West Hanover Avenue in Parsippany, near the Morris View Healthcare Center and Morris County Public Safety Academy. This year’s ceremony will include talks by the mother and sister of the Welles Crowther, a young investment banker who gave his life evacuating workers from the World Trade Center. His story was immortalized in the documentary, The Man in the Red Bandana.  Rain or shine.

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