Greater Morristown semi-virtual weekend preview: Serious things, and fun stuff

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Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio

Outdoor events in Greater Morristown this weekend will span a range of emotions…from demonstrations for racial justice and safe voting, to concerts and comedy shows to take our minds off the pandemic for awhile.

Whatever your choices, please wear your mask and observe social distancing. For your sake, and your neighbors’.

Scroll down for details. Check our handy calendar for even more activities.


VIRTUAL TOURS AND ART SHOWS:

Become acquainted with the father of political cartooning, with a new Macculloch Hall lecture series entitled Thomas Nast: America’s Image Maker, run by collection curator Ryan Hyman. The Zoom series will run at 2 pm on three Wednesdays: July 22nd, Aug. 12th, and Sept.  2.  Free for members; other participants may donate a self-selected amount. Register here.

Arts By The People has released its August newsletter – this month featuring an eclectic blend of workshops and projects for artists specializing in virtually every medium, from spoken word to dance to poetry.

The Somerset Patriots baseball team is hosting a Thursday series of family-friendly films, with seating on the field at TD Bank Ballpark. Each movie will begin at 7 pm, with tickets costing $10 per person. More information is here.

Become acquainted with the father of political cartooning, at a new Macculloch Hall lecture series, Thomas Nast: America’s Image Maker, run by collection curator Ryan Hyman. The Wednesday series will run in three parts, over Zoom, on July 22nd, Aug. 12th, and Sept. 2nd, each at 2 pm. The lectures are free for members, and others may donate a self-selected amount. Register here.

The Morristown and Morris Township Library has prepared an extensive array of videos on its YouTube channel, including book recommendations, storytime sessions for families, and read-alouds for beginning and young adult readers. Videos are added regularly.

As hard as the Morris School District is working to perfect the virtual education experience, it’s difficult to replicate a field trip. Luckily for students and families, Grow It Green Morristown has created a virtual visit to its Urban Farm. 

Check out the latest virtual exhibit from Morris Arts,  Vanishing Worlds.

Opera at Florham is posting videos of its past events, featuring young opera singers in 10 performances.

Take a virtual walking tour with the Morris County Tourism Bureau.

Catch an original short film, courtesy of the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium and Black Maria Films — and try one of their healthy recipes for “dinner and a show” in the comfort of home.

The Morris Museum has five virtual art exhibitions available, crossing styles and media — from pottery to painting to a moving, mechanical horse.

The Schiff Nature Preserve in Mendham has resumed educational and passive recreational activities — just in time for individuals and families to enjoy the great outdoors in the beautiful summer weather. Schiff also is offering a “Rent a Naturalist” program, for hour-long guided tours by an expert.


THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2020:

Greater Morristown jazz favorite Grover Kemble has begun live performances on Thursdays, on the patio of Rockaway’s Caffe NaVona, 147 Route 46, (973) 627-1606. Kemble and his guitar will play from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center returns to the Fosterfields Living Historical Museum in Morris Township at 6:30 pm for a drive-in version of Manhattan Comedy night, with standups Tom Cotter, Johnny Lampert and Kerri Louise. Preferred parking is $125 per car, and general admission is $100 per car.

Join the Morristown and Township Library for its 7 pm Book Lovers’ Circle, online via the free app GoToMeeting. Open to anyone who appreciates great books and newly released titles.

Although the Bickford Theatre remains closed, the staff of the Morris Museum in Morris Township is keeping the music playing. The JACK Quartet, named 2018’s “Ensemble of the Year” by Musical America, headlines this week’s Lot of Strings Music Festival.  The parking deck festival runs until Sept. 3, 2020, with all performances beginning at 7:30 pm. Socially distanced blocks accommodate two people, $50. Call  (973) 971-3700. Rain date: Aug. 21.

The JACK Quartet

FRIDAY, AUG. 21:

Start your Friday with yoga led by Munah Hayes at 9:30 am– which moves (weather permitting) from virtual to the lawn of the Morristown and Morris Township Library. Social distancing will be observed. Bring your yoga mat; admission to the library still is prohibited. Check here for details.

With the 2020 election fast approaching, local organizations are gearing up to ensure Americans and New Jerseyans can safely cast their ballots. At Convent Station at noon, NJ 11th for Change and Blue Wave NJ are planning to protest the alleged “sabotage” of the US Postal Service by the Trump Administration.

Don Henry

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Don Henry performs at 7 pm on the Folk Project’s virtual stage for this Acoustic Stayaway event. Henry is known for blending humor and sincerity into his catchy compositions.

Singer-songwriter Carla Ulbrich specializes in making people laugh. Check out her free concert series at 7:30 pm, on YouTube and Facebook.

The Morris Township Department of Parks and Recreation continues its summertime family movie nights at Ginty Field at 8 pm with a double feature: The Mighty Ducks and Angels in the Outfield.


SATURDAY, AUG. 22:

The Morris Plains Farmers’ Market is back, every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, until October 10, 2020. Fresh fruits and vegetables, all from local farms; Italian specialties include pastas, meats, and cheeses., will also be available for purchase. Safety protocols will be followed, for everyone’s health.

Grow It Green Morristown’s summer farm stand returns, from 10 am to 2 pm. More than 670 pounds of produce are ready to be sold! The farm stand is at The Urban Farm, 31 Hazel St., in Morristown.

The Morris Township Family Food Truck Fest starts at 11 am, with more than 15 food trucks, family games, craft vendors and live music., centered at the Ginty Field Complex and running along Woodland Avenue. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children between the ages of 3 and 10.

Black Lives Matter Morristown continues its quest for racial justice with a Liberation Homecoming, described by founder T’Anna Kimbrough as “a Black Joy and Healing celebration.” Tentatively scheduled for 3 pm, the event will commence at Morris Township’s Collinsville Park and proceed up Martin Luther King Avenue, culminating with a “teach-in” at Morristown High School.

Brad Zimmerman comes to the Morris Museum parking deck at 7:30 pm with his new comedy show, My Rise to the Middle, a sequel of his Off-Broadway hit My Son the Waiter. “You’ll laugh your tuchus off,” writes the Huffington Post, as Zimmerman details the trials and misadventures of life in show business. Socially distanced 8-by-8 foot blocks accommodate two people, $60. Call. (973) 971-3700.

Fresh off the release of her EP Classic, singer Brynn Stanley shares her silky stylings and girl-next-door charm from her living room, every week at 8 pm


SUNDAY, AUG. 23:

The Morristown Farmers’ Market continues its 30th season. It runs from 8:30 am until 2 pm every Sunday until Nov. 22, behind the Morristown Post Office in Municipal Lot 10, between Morris Street and Dumont Place.  Safety protocols will be maintained for everyone’s health.

The Folk Project presents Joe Guzzo’s Stayaway Sundays Show at 3 pm. Guzzo shares performances and interviews with Folk Project favorites.

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey continues its Virtual Summer Music Festival, featuring soprano Timmie Cole, pianist John Pivarnik, cellist Evan Ardelle, and pianist Jee-Hoon Krska. They will perform works of Mozart, Bach, Rachmaninoff, and many others, including BONJ’s own Maestro Robert Butts. The video will be available on the BONJ site and YouTube starting at 7:30 pm. New performances will be presented each Sunday until Sept. 13, 2020.


LOOKING AHEAD:

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26:

Three giants of the local music scene join together to headline Jazz on a Summer Night, a benefit for Madison’s Shanghai Jazz restaurant. With seatings at 5:30 and 7:45, the event features pianist Jerry Vezza, guitarist Grover Kemble, and singer Brynn Stanley. Reservations are online, or at 973-822-2899.

 

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