Greater Morristown weekend preview: Books, birds and blues



Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio and Kevin Coughlin

We are gradually making the return to live, in-person entertainment. But you don’t have to wait to see high-quality musical and theatrical performances from the comfort of your own home.

The Mayo Performing Arts Center has prepared an extensive array of virtual arts events from across the country and the globe, from Broadway cast reunions to a National Geographic speaker series.

If you want to learn something new, experience a distant part of the world, or get involved with a book or film club, the Morristown and Morris Township Library has got you covered. Its calendar is chock-full of unique opportunities in the coming weeks, from a virtual tour of Ireland to a foreign film lover’s club.

One more thing — take a look at this Online Guide to Getting the COVID Vaccine. This database, developed by Morristown High School ace librarian Debra Gottsleben, walks you through each step of the registration process.

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


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

Chocolate and the Migrating Bird: What’s the Connection?  Find out at 7 pm during this free Zoom session, presented by the Morristown & Morris Township Library and the Long Hill Township Library. Email here for your access code.

Also at 7 pm, The Morristown & Township Virtual Library Evening Book Club is hosting a virtual discussion of Educated by Tara Westover, a coming-of-age memoir of a girl born in a survivalist family who did not attend school until she was 17.  Email here for Zoom access. Include your full name and town of residence, as well as “Evening Book Club” in the subject line.

What was it like to get sick during the Hard Winter of the Revolution? At 7 pm, Morristown National Historical Park Chief Curator Jude Pfister leads a virtual guided tour of the park’s medical exhibits, and a discussion on medical care of Gen. Washington’s troops in Morristown. Zoom access is $10. Pre-registration required.




At 7 pm, the Folk Project’s Acoustic Stayaway features Kipyn Martin, the Joni Mitchell half of the popular duet Joan & Joni  The virtual event is free, with all donations going to the artist.

Kipyn Martin

If you watch the new documentary Gustav Stickley: American Craftsman, a portion of proceeds benefit the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms in Parsippany:



Singer Brynn Stanley finds the silver linings in family quarantine, in her House Arrest pandemic concerts, live from from her living room, every week at 8 pm.

At 9 pm, the Mayo Performing Arts Center presents a livestream of Taj Mahal: Roots Rising, a showcase of emerging blues- and roots artists, with a performance by host Taj Mahal. Online access: $25-$65, call 973-539-8008.


The Winter Farmers Market has its penultimate session (ends next Sunday)  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.




At 7 pm, the Morristown & Township Library presents How Mystery Authors Use the Truth to Tell Lies: A Panel Discussion. Three local masters of the craft —   authors  Andrew Anselmi (Iron Butterfly), Mally Becker (The Turncoat’s Widow), and Lori Robbins (Murder in First Position) — will examine the intersections of their own lives and their writing, via Zoom. Email here for access.

The Folk Project presents the musical duo Emma’s Revolution, at 7 pm. Songs by Pat Humphries and Sandy O have garnered attention from the likes of the Dalai Lama and Pete Seeger. The virtual concert is free to attend, with all donations going to the artists.

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