Greater Morristown Weekend Preview: Restaurant deals, historic homes, and Groucho, too

The historic Thomas Nast house in Morristown. Photo courtesy of the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum


If you love history…

If you love dining…

If you love music…

Greater Morristown is the place to be this weekend. Tour fabulous homes and museums. Savor special meals for Restaurant Week. Catch some classical concerts. And comedy: Groucho is in town. He’s not bringing Harpo…but you can see a harp recital.

Shakespeare, folk music, song circles, meditation, puppets, bubbles, baseball… who could ask for anything more?

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

THURSDAY,  APRIL 28, 2022:

Morristown Restaurant Week continues today and tomorrow. More than 30 businesses are participating, presented by the Morristown Partnership. Read more here.

The Morristown Women in Business host a networking luncheon at noon at Morristown’s Grand Cafe. Tickets: $45. Jennifer Marino Thibodaux is the keynote speaker. At 42 Washington St.

Jennifer Marino Thibodaux

At 7 pm, the Morristown & Township Library continues its From Page to Screen book and movie discussion series by featuring Waiting for the Barbarians, written by award winning South African author J.M. Coetzee and brought to the screen by director Ciro Guerra and starring Robert Pattinson and Mark Rylance. Both the book and the DVD are available from the library system. Email here or here (subject line “From Page to Screen”) for Zoom details.

Arts by the People Presents: The Writing LAB, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm at the Morristown & Township Library. Featuring author Paul Rabinowitz and poet Tamara Zbrizher. To register, email here  with Creative Writing Workshop in the subject line. Class is limited to 18 people.

The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre in Morris Township presents the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and pianist Fazil Say at 8 PM. Tickets: $35-$40; children under 18, free. At 6 Normandy Heights Road.

Fazil Say. Photo by Marco Borggreve


Morristown Restaurant Week concludes today. See Thursday entry for more.

Harpist Merynda Adams performs a 7 pm concert at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, to benefit the Center for Food Action and the Madison Food Pantry.  Free will offering. The program: Marcel Grandjany, The Man and His Music. At 4 Madison Ave.

The Dodge Poetry Festival presents a virtual reading and conversation, The future lives in our bodies: Poetry & Disability Justice, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Free, registration required.

At 7:30 pm, the Folk Project’s Troubadour series presents Low Lily with opener Juliana Parker Edelston, at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. Admission: $10; children 12 and under, free. Livestream: $4.99. Proof of vaccination required; masks are required. At 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township,  973-335-9489.

Low Lily

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center presents Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho, at 8 pm. Tickets: $29-$59. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test required for ages 12 and up; masks strongly recommended. At 100 South St., call 973-539-8008.


Play Ball! The Morristown National Little League opens its 2022 season at 8:30 am at Burnham Park.

The Morris County Tourism Bureau presents Pathways of History, two days of free self-guided tours of 27 museums and historical sites across the county. Rain or shine.

Love books? Talk prose while eating pastry at The Artist Baker. Author Carey Wallace (The Ghost in the Glass House) is displaying her 70 favorite books and you can tell her about your faves, too, from 10 am to 3 pm. At 16 Cattano Ave., Morristown.

NEW RECIPE: Pastry Chef Andrea Lekberg, left, teams with author Carey Wallace at The Artist Baker in Morristown. Photo courtesy of The Artist Baker

Safely dispose of your outdated and unused medications between 10 am and 2 pm, as part of Operation Take Back, a national effort of federal and local law enforcement agencies. The Morris County Prosecutor’s and Sheriff’s offices will destroy the prescriptions in “a safe and non-hazardous manner.” Today’s drop-off venues are below; permanent drop boxes are listed here.

Stop and Shop Supermarket
245 Littleton Rd./US 202
Morris Plains

Shoprite of Greater Morristown
178 East Hanover Ave.
Cedar Knolls

ACME Supermarket
690 Millbrook Ave.


The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison presents Short Shakespeare-75-minute productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at 11 am and Romeo and Juliet at 2 pm. Tickets: $20 for an adult, get two kids tickets FREE. At Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., 973-408-5600.

The Morristown Shade Tree Commission is giving away free tree seedlings from 2 pm to 4 pm in the parking lot behind Town Hall, 200 South St. Native plants also will be available.

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center presents B-The Underwater Bubble Show at 3 pm and 7 pm. Tickets: $19-$49. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test required for ages 12 and up; masks strongly recommended. At 100 South St., call 973-539-8008.

B-The Underwater Bubble Show

The Classical Keys concert series concludes its season at 7 pm with works by Haydn, Schwantner, Poulenc, performed by pianist Dan Colalillo, flutist Sarah Carrier and cellist Molly Aronson, at the First Baptist Church of Morristown, 51 Washington St. Tickets: $25; students with I.D., $5. Ticket includes free parking at the Dalton garage.

During her Morristown High School career, Gloria Bangiola (’11) exhibited many musical, artistic and academic talents. Her creativity still is going strong: At 7 pm, her cabaret,  Think of the Children, debuts at The Duplex, at 61 Christopher St. and 7th Ave. in New York. Tickets: $20-$25, two drink minimum in the Cabaret Theatre, 212-989-3015.


Morristown’s Historic District House Tour runs from 11 am to 5 pm. Tour seven mansions; proceeds benefit the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. Tickets: $50; register here.

The historic Thomas Nast house in Morristown. Photo courtesy of the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Bethel AME Church in Morristown is among the historical sites featured on this final day of Pathways of History, a series of free self-guided tours of museums and historical sites across the Morris County. Rain or shine. See Saturday entry for more.

Looking for family fun?  Learn to make shadow puppets with puppeteer Sam Jay Gold, from 1 pm to 3 pm at the Morris Museum in Morris Township. Free, with admission to the museum, at 5 Normandy Heights Road,  (973) 971-3700.

Wayang Kulit is a form of traditional shadow-puppetry from Bali. Image: Morris Museum.

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey presents its annual Wassail Concert, rescheduled from January, at 2 pm at Saint Elizabeth University’s Dolan Hall in Morris Township. Tickets: $30-$40; students, $5. The program will cover works by Amy Reich, E. Bourdeau, Mendelssohn and Mozart. At 2 Convent Road.

Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center presents The New Jersey Symphony: Conrad Tao Plays Tchaikovsky, at 3 pm. Tickets: $43-$92. Proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test required for ages 12 and up; masks strongly recommended. At 100 South St., call 973-539-8008.

Conrad Tao

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Morris Plains recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month with two speakers at an hour-long presentation at 4 pm. Psychologist Carol McCrea will discuss Calming Ourselves in Troubled Times, and Cathy Harris, group leader for the World Community for Christian Meditation, speaks about The Benefits of Meditation. Free, at the church (29 Hillview Ave.) and also virtually.

At 4 pm in Cedar Knolls, The Garden State Threshold Choir is holding a Healing Song Circle for the community, as a day of choral remembrance and solace for those with loved ones caught in the war in Ukraine, for those who have died in the COVID-19 pandemic and their loved ones, for those whose hearts need mending. At Malapardis Park.

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