Greater Morristown weekend preview: Great Conversations, and great music



Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio and Kevin Coughlin

Looking for Great Conversations?  You can find them online this Columbus Day weekend, courtesy of Morris Arts and the Morristown & Township Library.

Want great music?  Grab your mask and step outside for classical or rock concerts.

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

THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2020:

The 12th annual Morris Arts Great Conversations gala fundraiser has moved online this year. (You know why.) The Zoom event runs from 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm, and offers a chance for intimate dinner table discussion with one of more than two dozen luminaries from the worlds of art, business and science.  Tickets start at $150, to help Morris Arts support the arts across Morris County.


Dust off your bookcase and join the Morristown and Township Library for its 7 pm Virtual Classics Book Club. This week, participants are in for a whale of a time — they will aim their literary harpoons at Herman Melville’s timeless Moby Dick. Free and open to all.



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 Mayo Performing Arts Center presents Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes outside, at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, at 7 pm. Admission: $100-$225 per carload. Call 973-539-8008.

Southside Johnny

The Folk Project welcomes singer-songwriter Cosy Sheridan and her blend of expert fingerpicking and insightful commentary to its Acoustic Stayaway virtual stage at 7 pm. Free.

Cosy Sheridan

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


It’s the final weekend for the Morris Plains Farmers’ Market, open from 9 am to 1 pm. 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.

The Morris Plains Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is collecting nonperishable items for the Interfaith Food Pantry from 10 am to 2 pm this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. You can drop off canned foods at the Morris Plains Recreation Center at 51 Jim Fear Drive. A list of needed items is here.

The Morris Plains Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary

Back on the roof: The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performs Jessie Montgomery’s Strum and Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet in b minor, Op. 115, 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

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents Almost Queen outside, at the Rockaway Townsquare Mall, at 7 pm. Admission: $99-$199 per carload. Call 973-539-8008.

Almost Queen

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 MacDowell Club of Mountain Lakes presents classical guitarist Keith Calmes, performing works of Villa-Lobas, Bach, Scarlatti, Sor, and Barrios-Mangoré, at 3 pm at Trinity Park, the natural amphitheater behind the Mt. Tabor Tabernacle, at 30 Simpson Ave., Mt. Tabor. Free; suggested donation $20. Rain date: Oct. 18, 2020. Bring folding chairs and masks and maintain social distancing. No bathrooms are available.

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


Hope you enjoy quality time with someone special!

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