Greater Morristown weekend preview: From Book Fest to Breastfest

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From a Book Fest to a Breastfest, Greater Morristown is bursting with entertainment options this holiday weekend.

The Morristown Festival of Books returns for year six with more than 50 world-class authors.

Breastfest is back for year two, rocking out to benefit breast cancer patients.

Revisit a classic Beatles album with musicians who rubbed drumsticks with the Fab Four. Rediscover America. Celebrate sax appeal. Worship an organ.

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


THURSDAY, OCT. 10, 2019:

Local women are invited to a Meet & Greet at the Woman’s Club of
Morristown, from 7 pm to 9 pm. Drinks and light refreshments. “Morristown residency is NOT a requirement for membership, just a desire to contribute to the community while making new friendships.” At 51 South St.

America: 50th Anniversary Tour comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm, to play hits including A Horse with No Name, Sister Golden Hair, Lonely People and Ventura Highway. Tickets: $49-$99. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


FRIDAY, OCT. 11:

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 semi-annual Acoustic Getaway weekend starts at 6:30 pm, at a rural retreat near Stony Point, NY.  A concert tonight will be followed on Saturday and Sunday with workshops for vocals, guitar and ukulele; jam sessions; and more concerts. Featured performers include Grover Kemble, Trina Hamlin and Colleen Kattau. The entire weekend–with lodging and meals–is $259. More price packages are here.  Read our writeup about the new venue.

Preet Bharara is the keynote speaker at this week’s Morristown Festival of Books.

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who got booted by President Trump, kicks off the Sixth Annual Morristown Festival of Books at 7:30 pm with a keynote talk, moderated by MSNBC anchor Katy Tur. Bharara is the author of Doing Justice: A Prosecutor’s Thoughts on Crime Punishment and the Rule of Law. Tickets: $55/ $25 for students. At the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St.,  973-539-8008.  Read our interview with Bharara.


SATURDAY, OCT. 12:

The Folk Project Acoustic Getaway continues from 8:30 am to 11 pm. See Friday entry for details.

It’s the final weekend for the Morris Plains Farmers Market, winding down its 17th season, from 9 am to 2 pm, rain or shine, in the Merchant Block parking lot near the Model Railroad Club building. See you next year!

The Sixth Annual Morristown Festival of Books runs from 10 am to 5 pm, with free talks by more than 50 world-class authors at five downtown venues within easy walking distance. Events include KidFest, featuring popular children’s writers, and Pitchapalooza ($20), a rapid-fire session of book pitches. Here’s the schedule, and here’s where you can find our coverage.

The Grand Harvest Wine Festival comes to the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township from noon to 5 pm, with an encore on Sunday. New Jersey wines, live music, food and crafts. Admission: $5-$25. At 73 Kahdena Road.

Kenny G comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 8 pm. Tickets: $49-$89. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Kenny G
Kenny G

SUNDAY, OCT. 13:

The Morristown Farmers Market continues 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 Folk Project Acoustic Getaway concludes from 8:30 am to 4 pm. See Friday entry for details.

The Grand Harvest Wine Festival concludes at Fosterfields, from noon to 5 pm. See Saturday entry for details.

The Second Annual Breastfest New Jersey concert runs from 2 pm to 8 pm at Morristown’s Horseshoe Tavern. Tickets: $40 in advance, $50 at the door. Proceeds benefit the I Love You More Foundation, providing free diagnostic breast procedures for those in need. Featuring the Bobby Syvarth Band, Soular Bone, the  Spare Tire Band, and The Thingama Jigs. Upstairs in the Raven Room, 36 Speedwell Ave. Read our feature story.

The Morristown & Township Library presents Cutting the Cord: Streaming Hardware and Software Alternatives to cable TV, at 2 pm. Free. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre presents a 2 pm broadcast of the musical 42nd Street, filmed at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Admission: $20-$25. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township, 973-971-3706.

The Presbyterian Church in Morristown presents an organ showcase at 3 pm, featuring organist Alan Morrison from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, and Steinway Artist Min Kwon on piano. Admission: $30 / under 18, free. At 57 East Park Place. Includes a reception with the artists.

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today – Tour 2019 – A Tribute To The Beatles’ White Album comes to Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center at 7:30 pm. Todd Rundgren, Christopher Cross, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees), Joey Molland (Badfinger) and Jason Scheff (Chicago) perform songs from the Beatles’ 1968 double album, along with their own hits. Tickets: $49-$99. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.


MONDAY, OCT. 14, COLUMBUS DAY:

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center presents So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019, at 7 pm. Tickets: $49-$99.  At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

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