Greater Morristown weekend preview: Bells of Bronze, the Bard Unbound, and Swingin’ Terns,

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Where else but in Greater Morristown could you hear an 18-ton concert, catch a Shakespeare doubleheader, and swing your partner in a vaccinated contra dance–all in one weekend?

All this and more beckons.

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


THURSDAY, JULY 15, 2021:

Relax and decompress at 10 am, with yoga on the side lawn of The Morristown & Township Library. Please wear a mask to enter and exit the session, and bring your own yoga mat and desired equipment. The event is open to all ability levels and no sign-up is required.

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

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents a drive-in concert, Dave Clark’s Songs in the Attic, The Music of Billy Joel, at 6:30 pm at the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm in Morris Township. Event pass: $100- $125 per carload. Call 973-539-8008 for more.

The Morristown & Township Library Virtual Classics Book Club will discuss A Long Petal of the Sea by best-selling author Isabel Allende (The House of the Spirits) at 7 pm. Email here for Zoom login details; include Virtual Classics Book Club in the subject line.

The Morris Museum’s Jazz on the Back Deck series presents the rock/jazz orchestra NYChillharmonic at 8 pm.  Admission: $50 for an 8 by 8 foot block, which accommodates up to two patrons. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township, 973-971-3706.  Rain date: July 16.

NYChillharmonic

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents Snug, a new play by Artistic Director Bonnie Monte, at 8 pm at the Saint Elizabeth University amphitheatre in Morris Township. Tickets: $45; youths 17 and under, free. At 2 Convent Road, (973-408-5600).

A scene from ‘Snug,’ written and directed by Bonnie J. Monte. Photo by Avery Brunkus

FRIDAY, JULY 16:

At 7:30 pm,  The Folk Project’s Acoustic Stayaway series presents Michael Arthur in a free virtual concert. All donations go to the artist.

Michael Arthur

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents Comedy of Errors, directed by Brian Crowe, at 8 pm at the Saint Elizabeth University amphitheatre in Morris Township. Tickets: $45; youths 17 and under, free. At 2 Convent Road, (973-408-5600).

A scene from Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors.’ Photo by Avery Brunkus

SATURDAY,  JULY 17:

The Morris Plains Farmers Market is back, every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm until Oct. 9, 2021. Hosting eight vendors, and special guests. At 771 Speedwell Ave.

Grow It Green Morristown’s Saturday Farm Stand is back, each week through Oct. 30, 2021 from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Urban Farm, 31 Hazel St.  Locally grown, pesticide-free produce.

The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts in Madison presents a free Discovery Family Fun Day from 1 pm to 4 pm. Indoor/outdoor events include mini tours of the new exhibit, hands-on crafts, the fascinating art of solagraph photography, games on the lawn, and music from the Popsical School of Performance. Pre-registration is recommended. At 9 Main St., (973) 377-2982.

The Folk Project’s Swingin’ Tern contra dances return LIVE, with caller Bob Isaacs and The Contra Rebels band, at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church Parish House in East Hanover. Proof of vaccination required, masks optional. Free, but RSVP.

The Mount Tabor Arts Collaborative presents Matilda Jr., The Musical, at 7 pm, with an encore performance on Sunday evening. Tickets: $15, online purchase only.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents Snug at 8 pm outdoors in Morris Township. See Thursday entry for details.


SUNDAY,  JULY 18:

The Morristown Farmers Market is back, every Sunday through Nov. 21, 2021, from 8:30 am to 1 pm, in parking lot 10J, behind the Morristown Post Office at Spring and Morris Streets. The Morristown Partnership welcomes 17 new vendors this year. Persons at high risk for COVID-19, as defined by the CDC, may be admitted early, at 8 am.

For more 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 Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey opens its Summer Music Festival with a free 4 pm concert at the pavilion outside the new Madison Community Arts Center at 10 Kings Road. The event will showcase the Evergreen Violin Trio.

The Evergreen Violin Trio

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown debuts its free Summer Carillon Concerts with a 5 pm performance by Joey Brink, carillonneur of the University of Chicago. Bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets to the Great Lawn at 121 South St. and enjoy 18 tons of bells.  If it rains, tent seating will be available.

These bells are among the 49 that make up the 18 tons of music makers in the St. Peter’s carillon. Sharon Sheridan photo.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey presents Comedy of Errors at 5 pm and Snug at 8 pm, outdoors in Morris Township. See Thursday and Friday entries for details.

The Mount Tabor Arts Collaborative presents Matilda Jr., The Musical, at 7 pm. See Saturday entry for details.

The classical quartet Rhine Reunion performs Brahms and Bruch on the parking deck of the Morris Museum in Morris Township at 8 pm. Admission: $50 for an 8 by 8 foot block, which accommodates up to two patrons. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, 973-971-3706. Rain date: Wednesday, July 21.

Rhine Reunion comes to the Morris Museum parking deck.

ON THE HORIZON…

TUESDAY, JULY 20:

Morris Township’s free summer concert series presents Mike Zuko & Friends at Ginty Field. Show time is 7 pm. Bring lawn chairs or beach blankets.  On Woodland Avenue, across from the municipal building.

Singer-songwriter Tina Ross performs virtually at the Folk Project’s Acoustic Stayaway at 7 pm. All donations go to the performer.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 21:

The Mayo Performing Arts Center presents a free concert by gospel singer Munah Hayes, at 6:30 pm at Gramby Park, 20 Lincoln St., Morristown.

Munah Hayes of Purple Hayes at Morristown Onstage 2019. Photo by Katelyn Nagy
Munah Hayes of Purple Hayes at Morristown Onstage 2019. Photo by Katelyn Nagy

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