Greater Morristown weekend preview: Virtual Labor Day

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Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio

It’s Summer’s last hurrah…

Here’s a list of fun events, so you won’t have to labor too hard to find Labor Day entertainment.

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


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.

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, SEPT. 3:

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 Morris Museum in Morris Township concludes its Lot of Strings Music Festival parking deck festival at 7:30 pm with The Catalyst Quartet. Socially distanced blocks accommodate two people, $50. Call  (973) 971-3700. Rain date: Sept. 4.


FRIDAY, SEPT. 4:

Heather Pierson

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.

Singer-songwriter Heather Pierson brings her genre-bending compositions to the Folk Project’s virtual stage for this 7 pm Acoustic Stayaway event.

For family movie night, the Somerset Patriots baseball team is showing A League of Their Own, at 7 pm at the TD Bank Ballpark. Featuring Geena Davis, Tom Hanks and Madonna the film tells the true story of an all-female baseball team on a quest to win a championship and the respect of male peers.

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


SATURDAY, SEPT. 5:

The Morris Plains Farmers’ Market is back, every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, until Oct. 10, 2020. Fresh fruits and vegetables, all from local farms; Italian pastas, meats, and cheeses also will be for sale. 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.

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: SEPT. 6:

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 enter the third week of its Virtual Summer Music Festival, featuring guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz  and the Evergreen Violin Trio, composed of performers Emily James, Sara d’Sa, and Amelia Muccia. Notably, Alexandrowicz will be premiering Canti di Venezia (or Songs of Venice), an original composition by BONJ Maestro Robert Butts. See BONJ site for full program. The festival recording will be available on the BONJ site and YouTube  at 7:30 pm; the festival runs until Sept. 13.


 

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