Greater Morristown semi-virtual weekend preview: MPAC is back!

Grover Kemble, Brynn Stanley and Jerry Vezza will reopen MPAC with a live show on Oct. 2, 2020.


Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio and Kevin Coughlin

Seating is limited. But the music is live. And it’s served by three of Greater Morristown’s jazz favorites.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center opens its doors Friday for the first time since March, and Brynn Stanley, Grover Kemble and Jerry Vezza will be there to welcome 150 fans.

If you prefer the outdoor scene, try the roof of the Morris Museum. The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra reaches for the heights on Saturday.

For a blend of inside/outside, check out Splendor in September, now in its final weekend. This benefit for Morristown Medical Center gives you a look at how the other 1 percent lived, in country splendor, in the mid-20th century.

Mansion in May has become Splendor in September. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Your local entertainment options don’t stop there this weekend. Scroll down for details. Check our handy calendar for even more activities–and add your own events, too.

THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2020:

Morristown author Barbara Gilford will discuss her new book, Heart SongsA Holocaust Memoir, via Zoom at 4 pm, in conjunction with the Drew University Center for Genocide/Holocaust Studies. Register here, and read our interview with Gilford.

Barbara Gilford with her 2020 book, ‘Heart Songs, A Holocaust Memoir.’ Photo courtesy of the author.

The Morristown and Morris Township Library continues its virtual Book Lovers’ Circle discussions at 7 pm. Free and open to all.


Yoga is canceled this week. Start your day with yoga at 9:30 am. The session will be in-person and socially distanced, on the side lawn of the Morristown and Morris Township Library, weather permitting. Attendees should bring their own yoga mats. The library also offers yoga classes on Monday nights.

The Folk Project welcomes internationally-acclaimed musician and folklorist Happy Traum to its Acoustic Stayaway virtual stage at 7 pm. In a career spanning more than half a century, Traum has appeared alongside the likes of Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg. Free.

Happy Traum

But wait–here’s another chance to Get Happy: Jazz favorites Grover Kemble, Brynn Stanley and Jerry Vezza are reopening the Mayo Performing Arts Center –closed since March by the pandemic–for a limited-seating concert at 7:30 pm.  Capacity is capped at a masked, socially distanced 150 fans. Tickets: $50-$75. Or you can watch a livestream for $20. Proceeds benefit the theater as it battles back from the brink. At 100 South St., 973-539-8008.

Jerry Vezza, Brynn Stanley and Grover Kemble will reopen MPAC with a concert on Oct. 2, 2020.


Morristown, get ready to shred! From 9 am to noon, drop off either a paper bag or cardboard box of sensitive documents for shredding at the Town Hall Parking Lot off  Franklin Street. The rate is $5 per box, and proceeds support the Morristown High School Students Kiwanis Scholarship Fund. Please wear a mask, and limit boxes to 10 lbs each.

Morris Township’s  Hillside Hose Co. No. 1 has turned its annual Oktoberfest into Cantoberfest, from 10 am to 2 pm at its firehouse at 132 Western Ave.  Drop off nonperishable items, to benefit the Interfaith Food PantryA list of needed items is here.


It’s the penultimate weekend for the Morris Plains Farmers’ Market, open from 9 am to 1 pm; it returns one more time this season on Oct. 10. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables, all from local farms. Italian specialities, including pastas, meats, and cheeses, will also be available for purchase. More information, as well as safety protocols, for the market can be found here.

Grow It Green Morristown’s summer farm stand returns from 10 am to 2 pm. At the Urban Farm, 31 Hazel St. See the nonprofit’s website for more information as well as safety procedures for the farm stand.

Bach, Bagels, and Bob is back: Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey maestro Robert Butts hosts a 10 am radio program, featuring young vocal and instrumental musicians who have played with BONJ. Grab a bagel and some coffee and join the fun. Register here.

Up on the roof: The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs Strauss’ Sextet and Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence at 6 pm atop the Morris Museum in Morris Township. Tickets: $50 for an eight-by-eight-foot block for two patrons. Bring masks and chairs. Rain date: Oct. 4 at 6 pm. A 6 Normandy Heights Road, 973-971-3706.

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

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


The Morristown Farmers’ Market continues its 30th season, 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.

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