Greater Morristown semi-virtual weekend preview: Acoustic, anyone?

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Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio:

Happy New Year, Morristown!

I imagine it’s not too great a leap to say 2020 will not be missed by many. I don’t believe Netflix has previously released a mockumentary that included the words “Death to” in order to characterize a year.

Nevertheless, 2021 shows signs of relief. Despite a slow rollout on the vaccine front, Operation Warp Speed appears poised to deliver a significant number of doses of the Pfizer and Moderna inoculations over the coming months.

And while Wednesday’s desecration of the Capitol was horrific, to put it mildly, there remains hope that a new Congress and presidential administration may work towards cooperation. A 50-50 split in the Senate may even force some rare bipartisan compromise.

Let’s not passively blame the number 2020 for all of our woes. Let’s work proactively to bring about a Healthy New Year by following public health guidelines; racial and socioeconomic equity, by engaging in local causes and volunteering; and a more civil state of discourse, by acknowledging and respecting those with whom we disagree.

So, here’s hoping 2021 brings us closer to one another. We have it within our power. We needn’t wait around.

Morristown, let’s get it done.

This weekend’s activities are light. Scroll down for details. Check our handy calendar, too–and add your own events as well.

The Morristown High School Winter Showcase, featuring student art and vocal and instrumental performances, is still available for free on YouTube. Check it out.


THURSDAY, JAN. 7, 2021:

Local jazz favorite Grover Kemble performs weekly at Rockaway’s Caffe Navona, 147 Route 46, from 6 – 9 pm.

Grover Kemble at MPAC, Oct. 2, 2020. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Join the Morristown and Morris Township Library for its Online Book Lovers’ Circle, starting at 7 pm. The event is open to all fans of books and will be held over the free video-conferencing software GoToMeeting.


FRIDAY, JAN. 8:

The Folk Project’s Acoustic Stayaway continues at 7 pm. This week’s performance features singer-songwriter Ben de la Cour, a musical storyteller who blends folk, blues, rock, and country. The virtual concert is free, with all donations going directly to the artists.


SATURDAY, JAN. 9:

Check out singer Brynn Stanley and her girl-next-door charm, live from from her living room, every week at 8 pm.

Brynn Stanley opens for Jordan Smith at MPAC, April 2, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Brynn Stanley. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

SUNDAY, JAN. 10:

The Winter Farmers Market is back, every Sunday through March 28, 2021, from 10 am to 1 pm, outdoors on the parking deck of the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. Sponsored by Grow It Green Morristown, an authorized SNAP retailer, the market features local farmers and artisans. All COVID safety protocols will be observed. At-risk customers may browse from 9:30 am to 10 am.

If you just can’t get enough original music, join The Folk Project for Joe Guzzo’s Stayaway Sundays Show at 3 pm. Each week, Guzzo presents fans with video performances from events past, interviews with performers, and his own take on the world of music.


Be on the Lookout For…

SATURDAY, JAN. 23:

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents Eaglemania, a premier Eagles tribute band, for 6 pm and 8:30 pm limited-capacity shows. Tickets: $49 and $59. 

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