Morris County events for the upcoming week – Daily Record


Brrr, it’s cold outside! Time to head indoors for a weekend of history, food and wine and visits with Santa Claus. But for those who like the outdoors, there’s still plenty to do.

Grab a pasty in Dover before heading over to Historic Speedwell to see how soldiers spent their holiday away from the Civil War. Check out a street festival in Succasunna or visit some historic houses in Morris County.  

There’s always plenty to do in Morris County. Read on and find some great events to keep you busy. 

Impeach the president

The North Jersey Civil War Round Table will present “The Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Andrew Johnson, the 17th U.S. President, assumed office after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Johnson, who served from 1865-1869, was the first American president to be impeached. Registration required.

Go: The Parsippany Main Library, 449 Halsey Road, Parsippany; 973-887-5150, ext. 213; parsippanylibrary

Visit a food and wine festival

Morristown Social Events will host their Annual Food & Wine Festival 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Enjoy food from more than 20 Morristown restaurants, 14 wines and 20 beers and live music. VIP tasting 6:30 p.m. $90 per person including VIP tasting; $75 general admission. The event will benefit Intensive Therapeutics.

Go: The Morristown Hyatt, 3 Speedwell Ave., Morristown; morristownfoodwinefestival

Learn about U.S. history

The Mendham Township Library will host a discussion of the Writing of the U.S. Constitution 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Meet historian Nolan Asch for a detailed discussion about the entire 1781-1791 period. The event is free. Registration requested.

Go: The Mendham Township Library, 2 W. Main St., Brookside; 973-543-4018; mendhamtwplib

Buy some poinsettias

The Landscape and Horticultural Technology program at County College of Morris will hold their annual Holiday Poinsettia Sale noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. More than 500 plants of deep red, pink, white and assorted variegated forms of poinsettia, both large and small, will be available ranging in price from $3 to $25.

Go: The LHT greenhouses, located near Parking Lot 1, 214 Center Grove Road, Randolph; 973-328-5363; boleksak@ccm.edu; ccm.edu

Help your children

The Morris Educational Foundation, in partnership with the Morris School District’s Office of the Superintendent, will host “Raising Resilient Children and Teens,” with psychologist Dr. Robert Brooks, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. Brooks will provide effective strategies for nurturing resilience, self-discipline, responsibility and empathy, to help kids deal more effectively with the stress and pressure of today’s complicated world. The event is free.

Go: Morristown High School, 50 Early St., Morristown; Jennifer Rocco, jenniferpolirocco@.gmail.com or Debra Broseker, dbroseker@yahoo.com; morrisedfoundation

Find your new best friend

The Friends of the Randolph Animal Shelter will host “Home for the Holidays” Pet Adoption 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. All adoption fees are waived for dogs and cats six months and older of the Randolph Animal Shelter, with approved application. Come find your new best friend!

Go: Randolph Animal Shelter, 97 Ironia Road, Mendham; 973-543-9333; randolphregionalanimalshelter

Enjoy a street festival

The Township of Roxbury will host their annual “Home for the Holidays Street Festival,” 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Enjoy live music, Irish dancers, costumed characters, more than 60 street vendors and crafters, food trucks, visits with Santa and free horse-drawn carriage rides.

Go: Roxbury Public Library, 101 Main St., Succasunna; 973-448-2000; info@roxburynj.us; roxburynj.us

Walk through local history

The Morris County Tourism Bureau will host “Holly Day, 6 Historic Sites Decorated for the Holidays,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Six Morris County historic sites will fling open their doors for Holly Day. One ticket gets you into Macculloch Hall, Acorn Hall, the Stickley Log House, the Ford Mansion, the Schuyler-Hamilton House and the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts. Each site will be authentically decorated for the season and offer special programming including musical performances, exhibits, refreshments and more. $30 per person; children 12 and younger are free.

Go: Macculloch Hall Historical Museum, 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown; 973-631-5151; morristourism

Be a part of the U.S. Civil War

The Morris County Park Commission will host “A Civil War Christmas,” noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2. Travel back in time and experience the holidays during the Civil War with reenactors. Learn how soldiers prepared food, built winter huts to keep warm, and wrote special letters home to loved ones. Visit the historic Vail House to read actual letters from Union troops and admire the simple, yet elegant period decorations. Attend an Officer’s Ball to enjoy fiddle music, dancing, and festive costumes. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children ages 4-6.

Go: Historic Speedwell, 333 Speedwell Ave., Morristown; 973-285-6537; morrisparks

Get a pasty

St. John’s Episcopal Church will host a Pasty Sale 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. All pasties are filled with ground beef, potatoes and onions and made on-site. $7 each. Pre-order available.

Go: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 11 South Bergen St., Dover; 973-366-2772; stjohns-dover.dioceseofnewark

See a live nativity

King of Kings Lutheran Church of Mountain Lakes will present its 6th Annual Outdoor Live Nativity at 5 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Rain or snow date is Sunday, Dec. 2. This free event is a living recreation of the birth of Jesus. Refreshments and a free gift for children. The audience will be invited to sing Christmas carols and children can pet the animals after each performance.

Go: King of Kings. 145 Route 46 West, Mountain Lakes; 973-334-8333; kingofkingslutheranchurchnnj

Visit Santa Land

The Roxbury Area Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Santa Land event 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Santa will arrive at the library by fire truck at 1 p.m. before posing for holiday photos. A $5 donation is suggested. Children can also enjoy crafts.

Go: The Roxbury Public Library, 103 Main St., Succasunna; 973-584-2400; roxburylibrary

Help a family

The Riverdale Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a Beefsteak Benefit for the Sturm Family 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. $50 per person includes dinner, beer, soda and raffles. Come out to support the Sturm Family and spend the night with the fire department.

Go: Bloomingdale Fireman’s Hall, 97 Hamburg Turnpike, Bloomingdale; Chief James Regeling, 973-714-5181; Glen, 973-769-4154; chief@riverdalefd.net; riverdalevfd

Enjoy the holidays

The Chatham Community Band will perform its 15th Annual Family Holiday Concert in Chatham High School’s newly renovated auditorium 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Under the direction of Brian Conti, the band will perform music for Christmas and Hanukkah including audience singalongs. Santa will make an appearance and there will be cookies and door prizes. Doors open 3:30 p.m. A donation is suggested.

Go: Chatham High School, 255 Lafayette Ave., Chatham; chathamcommunityband 

See Spamalot!

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical Monty Python’s “Spamalot” will be performed 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $59-$99. This outrageous musical comedy is lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” which tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail.

Go: Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown; 973-539-8008; spamalotontour ; mayoarts

Greet Santa

The Green Village Fire Department will host Santa’s Arrival and Tree Lighting 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2. Come watch Santa arrive by fire truck to light up the tree at the Green Village Fire House and follow him into the firehouse as he listens to children’s holiday wishes. Refreshments and cookies will be served. Music performed by the Chatham Brass Quintet. The event is free.

Go: Green Village Fire House, 529 Green Village Road, the Green Village section of Chatham; 973-377-7073; GreenVillageFire@gmail.com; greenvillagefire

Have your palm read

Kaby Associates will present Mediumship Readings 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 with Mediums Rev. Susan Nigra and Rev. Lory Sison-Coppola. $50 per person in advance. No tickets at the door.

Go: Homewood Suites by Hilton Dover – Rockaway, 2 Commerce Center Drive, Dover; David or Dan, 973-896-7077; kabyassociates

See also: Chester gets Elizabethan

See also: Matthew Broderick and Rev. Janet Broderick read “A Christmas Memory.”

See also: New Jersey Eats: Top 10 Morris restaurants

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