Greater Morristown weekend preview: Kemble, cabaret and carillons

Grover Kemble. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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Summer is in full swing, and so is the summer fun in Greater Morristown this weekend.

The “swing” part will happen on the deck of the Morris Museum, courtesy of  Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists.

Over at The Troubadour, one of New Jersey’s great showmen, singer/songwriter/guitarist Grover Kemble, will headline with the smooth Jerry Vezza Trio.

If cabaret’s your style, it’s here this weekend, too. And tango. If you like your music bold and brassy, Claire Janezic will be at St. Peter’s with bells on — 18 tons of them, from the church carillon.

That’s not all. You can learn safe cycling skills, enjoy free yoga, and see a championship soccer match.

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


THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2022:

The Morristown & Township Library presents yoga on its side lawn at 10 am. Free. Please bring your own yoga mat and equipment. At One Miller Road, Morristown.

Learn safe bicycling skills in a free, two-part course from Avenues in Motion (formerly TransOptions). Part One is an hour-long Zoom session at 6:30 this evening. Part Two has been postponed because of the weather forecast is on Saturday morning in Morristown (scroll to Saturday entry for details.) This course is for adults; registration is required. Read more here.

At 7 pm, join the online discussion at the Morristown & Township Library’s virtual Book Lovers’ Circle.  Email here for Zoom login info; include your full name and town of residence.

The Morris Museum’s Jazz on the Back Deck series presents the swing band Danny Jonokuchi & The Revisionists at 8 pm. Tickets: $50 for for an 8’x8′ block that accommodates up to two patrons. Patrons may arrive as early as 6:30 PM to set up and enjoy the evening sun. At 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township, 973-971-3706.

Danny Jonokuchi

FRIDAY, AUG. 5:

Madison’s Museum of Early Trades and Crafts continues its free summer concert series with The Thorns, from 6 pm to 8 pm. At 9 Main St., (973) 377-2982.

The Thorns

At 7:30 pm, the Folk Project’s Troubadour series presents jazz favorite Grover Kemble with the Jerry Vezza Trio, and opener Arielle Silver, at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship. Admission: $10; children 12 and under, free. Livestream: $4.99. Proof of vaccination required; masks again required; limited capacity. At 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morris Township. Read more here.

Grover Kemble and the Jerry Vezza Trio

Santa Milonga returns to the Great Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, from 8 pm to midnight. Featuring Los Ocampo, and a pre-milonga class. Tickets: $25/person. Large hardwood dance floor, snacks and refreshments, no partner needed and all levels welcome. At 70 Maple Ave. Los Ocampo also will teach two classes on Sunday; scroll down for details.


SATURDAY, AUG. 6:

The Morris Plains Farmers Market is back for 20th season, from 9 am – 1 pm every Saturday through Oct. 8, at 771 Speedwell Ave., the Speedwell Avenue Extension — across from The Plaza Restaurant and Taylor’s Consignment Shop.

UPDATE: Part Two of a free safe bicycling class has been postponed because of the weather forecast runs from 9 am to 11 am in Morristown at the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey parking lot, 175 South St. It’s for adults, and is presented by Avenues in Motion (formerly TransOptions). Registration is required. Bring a bicycle in good working condition. A helmet can be provided if needed. The class will culminate with a short group road ride around Morristown.  Read more here.

Dig it! Plant it! Eat it! Family Saturdays return to Morristown’s Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 10 am to 11:30 am. Free. Register here.  At 45 Macculloch Ave.

The Morris County Tourism Bureau continues its 2022 Summer Walking Tours at 11 am, with a Victorian Morristown Walking TourTickets: $25, registration required. Guided by Karen Ann Kurlander. Tour recipients will receive $10 gift certificates from the Morristown Partnership. Email here for more, or call 973-631-5151.

Fish the old-fashioned way, with bamboo poles, at the Fosterfields Living Historical Farm pond in Morris Township. Sessions at 11 am and 2 pm. Admission: $7, all supplies included. Registration required. At 73 Kahdena Road.

The Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey continues its Summer Festival with a 7:30 pm Summer Cabaret, featuring orchestra singers and pianist John Pivarnik. Tickets: $25. At Grace Church, 4 Madison Ave., Madison, 973-669-1640.

How about some championship soccer?  FC Motown, our semi-pro team, faces Crossfire Redmond for the National Premier Soccer League title at 7:30 p.m. at Montclair State University. Tickets: $10; under age 14, free. If you can’t make it to Montclair, check out the livestream.

FC Motown of the National Premier Soccer League.

SUNDAY, AUG. 7:

The Morristown Farmers Market is back for its 32nd season, every Sunday through Nov. 20, 2022, from 8:30 am to 1 pm, behind the Post Office in Morristown Parking Authority Lot 10 at Spring and Morris Streets. Presented by the Morristown Partnership.

Los Ocampo will teach a pair of tango classes in the Great Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown. At 2 pm, it’s Giros & Contra Giros. At 3 pm, the lesson is Pauses & Transitions in tango. These sequences can be used in Tango, Vals, and Milonga. From 4 pm to 5 pm, you can practice what you just learned. Registration required.

Next, dance over to the Great Lawn of St. Peter’s  in Morristown at 5 pm for the finale of a six-week series of free carillon performances. Free. Claire Janezic will play the 18-ton, 49-bell carillon. Bring a lawn chair or beach blanket to South Street and Miller Road.

 

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