Greater Morristown semi-virtual weekend preview: Great Conversations, seedlings, shreddings, and more!!

Volunteers prowl for debris in Whippany River during cleanup in Morristown. Photo by Scott Schlosser
Volunteers prowl for debris in Whippany River during 2013 cleanup in Morristown. Photo by Scott Schlosser
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Compiled by Nicholas Voltaggio and Kevin Coughlin

It feels like Greater Morristown is awaking from a l-o-n-g winter’s hibernation this weekend!

There is PLENTY to do, and many activities are in the great outdoors.

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


THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021:

The Morristown United Methodist Church continues its annual rummage sale, from 10 am to 2 pm, and from 5 pm to 8 pm, and again on Saturday. COVID safeguards will be in place. At 50 South Park Place, 973-538-2132.

Last call for Restaurant Month in Morristown: Check here for participating restaurants and giveaways, from the Morristown Partnership.

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

For the second year, Morris Arts goes virtual with a pandemic version of its Great Conversations fundraising gala. From 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Great Conversations from Home features an eclectic mix authors of musicians, industry leaders, entrepreneurs and executive chefs. Call (973) 476-3643 or email here for details. A few virtual tickets remain: $150. Read our preview.

Join the Morristown and Morris Township Library at 7 pm for a special presentation: Protecting, Preserving, and Maintaining the Watershed. Siva Jonnada, chair of the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee, will discuss the significance of the Whippany River as a water source and the ways in which individuals can defend it. Email here for the Zoom code. (And see Saturday’s entry about a river cleanup that needs volunteers.)

The Mayo Performing Arts Center Trivia Night kicks off at 7 pm. The entrance fee is $40 per team, with a maximum of four people to a team. There will be a cash bar on site. Space is limited, registration required. At 100 South St., Morristown,  973-539-8008.


FRIDAY, APRIL 30:

The Madison Arts and Culture Alliance presents Hatchet Jack, a local ’70s blues and rock band, in a free concert at 6:30 pm at Waverly Place. Bring a lawn chair!

At 7 pm, The Folk Project Acoustic Stayaway welcomes  Tony Furtado, known for his powerful songwriting and his expertise on instruments from the banjo to the baritone ukulele, to its virtual stage. Free to watch, will all donations going directly to the artist.

Tony Furtado

SATURDAY, MAY 1:

Help clean up the Whippany River: Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves to Bethel AME Church at 59 Spring St. in Morristown, between 8:30 am and noon. The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee will provide everything else you need.

Ready for some spring cleaning?  Shred sensitive documents, while supporting Morristown High School scholarships by the Kiwanis Club, from 9 am to noon, behind Morristown town hall, off Franklin Street. Price: $5 per bag or box.

Morris Township is giving free tree seedlings to residents, from 9 am to noon at Frelinghuysen Middle School,  10 Jane Way.

The Morristown United Methodist Church concludes its annual rummage sale, from 9 am to 2 pm. COVID safeguards will be in place. At 50 South Park Place, 973-538-2132. Everything is half price!

The Morristown United Methodist Church rummage sale, April 2021. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Sheep-shearing at Fosterfields.

Don’t be sheepish!  Watch master shearer, Margaret Quinn, ply her trade at the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township, on the hour between 10 am and 3 pm. Admission: $15 per person, pre-registration required. At 73 Kahdena Road, call 973-326-7645.

 

At 10:30 am, the Burnham Park Association and town of Morristown will celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees near the municipal pool at Burnham Park.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents live outdoor productions of a Midsummer Night’s Dream at 11 am, and Julius Caesar at 2 pm, at its Back Yard Stage, 3 Vreeland Road, Florham Park. Tickets to each show: Adults, $20; kids under 17, free. Call 973-408-5600.  The program repeats at the same times on Sunday.

The Morristown Shade Tree Commission is giving away tree seedlings to residents, from 2 pm to 4 pm, behind town hall, 200 South St.


SUNDAY, MAY 2:

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents live outdoor productions of a Midsummer Night’s Dream at 11 am, and Julius Caesar at 2 pm, in Florham Park. See Saturday entry for details.

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

The Harmonium Choral Society presents a virtual celebration, Resilience, for its 24th Annual High School Choral Composition Contest, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The celebration features contest winner J. Luke Soumilas’ composition Dimities of Blue, sung by Harmonium Chamber Singers. Virtual appearances include former winners and current composers Dale Trumbore and Stefan Swanson and musical theater director Tim Laciano. Email here for the Zoom link.


ON THE HORIZON:

TUESDAY, MAY 4:

The Folk Project’s Acoustic Stayaway lineup continues at 7 pm, with Shanna in a Dress taking center (virtual) stage. Shanna is beloved by audiences for her frank humor. Free to watch, with all donations going to the artist.


SATURDAY, MAY 8:

Live at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Broadway’s Kelli Rabke premieres her original show, Tiny Giants: Petite Powerhouses from Garland to Gaga. As her title suggests, Rabke will pay tribute to short-statured but mighty-voiced women who have defined the last century of music. At 3 pm and 7:30 pm, with a livestream available for the latter show. In-person tickets: $39 – $59, livestream, $25.

 

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