Greater Morristown weekend preview: Virtual V.E., virtual Vance

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Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio and Kevin Coughlin

Fortunately, virtually everything on this weekend’s calendar is virtual. So when you’re done shoveling snow, you won’t need to worry about your entertainment being snowed-out.

Scroll down for events in Greater Morristown. Check our handy calendar for even more activities–and add your own events, too.


THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2021:

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


FRIDAY, FEB. 19:

The Acoustic Stayaway series from The Folk Project continues at 7 pm with singer-songwriter Vance Gilbert, a rare talent who combines humor and poignant stories in a highly entertaining mix. The virtual concert is free to attend, with all donations going directly to the artist.

Vance Gilbert at The Minstrel, Sept. 29, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Vance Gilbert at The Minstrel, Sept. 29, 2017. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

SATURDAY, FEB. 20:

The Morris County Park Commission hosts maple sugaring demonstrations at 1 pm and 2:30 pm, every Saturday through March 13, 2021, at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham. Cost: $5 per person, free for children under age 3. Pre-registration required. Call 973-635-6629 for more.

The Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey are organizing contact-free, drive-through food drop-offs  from noon to 4 pm. Nonperishable foods may be brought to Ginty Field in Morris Township (Woodland Avenue and Dwyer Lane) and the Fairchild Fire Company (2 Burnham Road) Morris Plains.

The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Parsippany hosts a 1 pm online lecture by curator Jonathan Clancey entitled The Apotheosis of Neoclassicism (or How the West got Serious Again), about how the discovery of Pompei influenced art and design. Cost: $25. Register here.

This year’s Morristown Festival of Books at Home kicks off with two exclusive interviews. At 2 pm, New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah joins Carol Fitzgerald to discuss her Great Depression novel The Four Winds. At 3:30 pm, Brooklyn-based author Nadia Owusu joins Fitzgerald to discuss her novel Aftershocks. Register here.

Sledding, under the lights!  Free! From 6 pm to 10 pm, on the hill at the Mountain Way School in Morris Plains. At 205 Mountain Way Drive.  Please observe CDC pandemic guidelines for outdoor gatherings.

Grab your sleds, kids!

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents The Holiday Ramblers: A Benefit Concert for MPAC, at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $29-$49;  live-stream, $25.

The Holiday Ramblers

Singer Brynn Stanley continues her House Arrest pandemic concerts, live from from her living room, every week at 8 pm.


SUNDAY, FEB. 21:

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.

The Morristown Festival of Books at Home concludes with two virtual interviews. At 2 pm, New York Times bestselling author David Michaelis joins Bill Goldstein to discuss his biography Eleanor, which examines the life of the 20th century’s most influential First Lady. At 3:30, author V.E. Schwab discusses her fantasy novel, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Register here.

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.


ON THE HORIZON…

TUESDAY, FEB. 23:

The County College of Morris continues its Zoom lecture series on War, Peace, and Healing at 7 pm with A Reflection on Women’s Suffrage, 100 Years in the Making with Susan Ware. Ware is renowned for her contributions to the field of women’s history, and will be available for a questions following the discussion. To reserve a spot at this or any event in the series, email here.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents the National Geographic Live Virtual Speaker Series, featuring Reimagining Dinosaurs, at 7 pm. The event will explore cutting-edge breakthroughs in our understanding of dinosaur physiology, behavior, and more. Tickets for the livestream are $15.

Re-Imagining Dinosaurs

In celebration of Black History Month, the County College of Morris (CCM) presents Reflections: The Life and Times of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a one-man show starring actor James Lucas.  The free 7:30 pm performance can be viewed on CCM’s YouTube channel.

James Lucas portrays Martin Luther King Jr.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents educator/producer Wes Jackson for Hip Hop Music: Culture and Legacy, a virtual talk at 8 pm. Jackson will discuss the origins, elements, and societal implications of this eclectic genre.  Tickets: Adults, $20; students,$10.

Wes Jackson

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