Greater Morristown weekend preview: MPAC Silver Season, LatinX art, Bands and the Bard

Katharine McPhee opens MPAC's 25th season on Sept. 13, 2019.
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Celebrate a silver season opener at MPAC. Laugh at the Bard. March to the beat of several drummers.

All this and more beckons this weekend in Greater Morristown.

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


THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2019:

Morris Arts hosts a free opening reception of Expresiones Latinx I, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Gallery at 14 Maple in Morristown. It’s part of LatinX ConeXiones, a project of the nearly 30 cultural organizations in the Arts & Culture Collaborative, showcasing the arts and culture of Latinx artists in Morris County and other communities. The gallery show runs through Feb. 12, 2020.

Body4Life Training in Morristown hosts Women Who Care, a networking event in support of the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, from 6 pm to 9 pm. Admission: $10. Featured speakers are Morristown First Lady Mary Dougherty, co-founder of the Morristown Women in Business; Madine Despeine-Udoh, director of self help, advocacy & education of MHAEM; and Lily Arora, MD, DFAPA, associate professor, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. Moderated by former Morristown Council President Rebecca Feldman. At 4 Wilmot St.

‘Women Who Care’ featured speakers (L-R): Madine Despeine – Udoh, Mary Dougherty and Lily Arora.

 

Kids in grades 4 through 6 are invited to the Morristown & Township Library’s book club from 7 pm to 7:45 pm. This week’s discussion is about Soar by Joan Bauer. Pizza will be served. Registration is required.

The North Jersey Civil War Round Table presents two talks: Bruce Chadwick discusses his book, The General, at 7 pm at the Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place in Morristown. And at 7:14 pm, Barbara Dreyfus discusses The Underground Railroad and Abolitionist Movement in Cape May, at the Haggerty Education Center at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, 353 E. Hanover Ave. in Morris Township. Admission: $5. Members and students, free.

Former Miss New Jersey Dena Blizzard brings her solo comedy show One Funny Mother to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $29-$39.  At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Dena Blizzard, former Miss New Jersey

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents its fall romantic comedy, As You Like It, in previews at 8 pm. Tickets start at $29.  At Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-408-5600.


FRIDAY, SEPT. 13:

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 Folk Project’s revamped open stage offers two stages, to ensure everyone gets a shake at performing. Arrive at 7 pm to sign up; performances start at 7:30. Admission: $10; $5 for anyone under age 21. At the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township.

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center opens its 25th season by presenting An Evening with Katharine McPhee at 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$99. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Video: Katharine McPhee in ‘Waitress’:

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents its fall romantic comedy, As You Like It, in previews at 8 pm. See Thursday entry for details.


SATURDAY, SEPT. 14:

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 Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents its fall romantic comedy, As You Like It, in previews at 2 pm (tickets start at $29), and opening night performance at 7:30 pm (tickets start at $49). See Thursday entry for details.

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown invites the public to an open house celebrating its refurbished sanctuary, which has been transformed into a state-of-the-art space both for worship and for secular concerts. From 4 pm to 6 pm, at 57 East Park Place, on the Green. A special service is scheduled for Sunday at 10 am.

The renovated sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
The renovated sanctuary of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, March 3, 2019. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

SUNDAY, SEPT. 15:

Girls Guts Glory returns for its fifth year, from 7 am to noon at Lewis Morris Park in Morris Township. This bike/hike/run event for women benefits the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris. Entry fee: $25. At 270 Mendham Road.

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.

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown will celebrate its refurbished sanctuary at 10 am with a special dedication service, including a children’s parade and commissioned music. The church, which dates to 1733, spent $1.5 million on structural and acoustic improvements to create a first-rate concert space. All are invited. At 57 East Park Place, on the Green. Here’s some video history:

Who owns what in Greater Morristown, and how did they acquire it? A free series will explore the question, starting from noon to 4 pm with From Farmland to Elegant Tables: A History of Land Use in Morristown and Morris Township, a presentation of the Morristown & Township Library, the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, and the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall. The program starts at 12:15 pm with a tour of the Macculloch garden. Next, author Joseph Grabas talks at 1:30 pm in the library about the county’s history of buying land. A 3:15 pm tour of Acorn Hall follows. The talks are related to the library’s exhibit Selling the Dream: Land Development in Morris County, which runs through the end of this year. For more, call 973-538-3473 or email here.

Morris Plains hosts a Community Band Festival from 1 pm to 6 pm at Community Park. It’s free–bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and refreshments available for purchase. Rain date is the following Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents its fall romantic comedy, As You Like It, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $49. See Thursday entry for more.

Meet Mary Waller, Grand Marshal of the 2020 Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade, at the Half Way to St. Patrick’s Day Party, from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Dublin Pub in Morristown. Music by Paddy and the Pale Boys. At 4 Pine St.

The MacDowell Club presents romantic hits from stage and screen, performed by Bruce Reed and Victoria Atwater, accompanied by pianist David Maiullo, at 3 pm at the St. Francis Recital Hall in Denville. Suggested donation: $20. At 122 Diamond Spring Road.

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