What do You want to do this weekend?

What do you want to do this weekend? Play a little poker? See a little roller derby? Celebrate Earth Day the right way? Man, this is your weekend.

 Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament

When/Where: Friday at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post 423, Jefferson

Why Go: To help out the Jefferson Arts Committee

Cost: $100

 2012 ‘Canine Cotillion’ Benefiting St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

When/Where: Friday, 7 p.m., Westin Governor Morris, Morris Township

Why Go: You want to help benefit the homeless animals while having a good time.

Cost: $275 per person includes one dog

Morristown Townwide Cleanup

When/Where: Saturday at 9 a.m. (heavy rain date Sunday at 9 a.m.) from Town Hall, 200 South St.

Why Go: You want to help make Morristown an even prettier place by picking up.

Cost: Free

 National Day of Puppetry

When/Where: Saturday at 9 a.m. at the 4-H Center on Milltown Road, Bridgewater.

Why Go: To celebrate a day about marionettes and puppets with the Garden State Puppetry Guild that will host different workshops to learn about using puppets, while also hosting performances of this fun art.

Cost: $15

 Flea Market

When/Where: Saturday at 9 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Jefferson.

Why Go: To find some cool treasures and help the church

Cost: Bring your wallet

 German Language School Open House

When/Where: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. at Morristown-Beard, Morris Township

Why Go: You want to learn about the German Language School of Morris County

Cost: Free

 New Jersey Roller Derby Season Opener

When/Where: Saturday, 6 p.m. at Inline Morristown

Why Go: You want to cheer on the region’s newest roller derby group.

Cost: $10 presale, $12 at the door

 Benefit Concert for Cystic Fibrosis

When/Where: Saturday, 7 p.m. at Sona Thirteen, Morristown

Why Go: You want to listen to the Eric Hayes Band, while helping out a pair of causes.

Cost: $65

 SCARS Healing Workshop

When/Where: Sunday, 10 a.m. at Morristown Neighborhood House

Why Go: You want to participate in a free day of healing for women overcoming serious illnesses or challenging circumstances.

Cost: Free (registration required)

2012 Earth Day Experience

When/Where: Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. at the Dehart Street Parking Garage, Morristown

Why Go: You want to check out sustainable vendors, get tips, learn more about sustainability and how you can be part of the process.

Cost: Free to attend

Collage Concert – One World, One Language

When/Where: Sunday, 4 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church in Morristown

Why Go: You want to hear some good music with good people.

Cost: Free

Schedule via Morristown Patch

Morristown’s first free Jazz & Blues Festival set for Aug. 20, on the green

via Independent Press

The popular New Orleans style group Baby Soda will appear at the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival on the Green in Morristown on Saturday, Aug. 20. The free event is presented by the Town of Morristown and Mayor Timothy Dougherty and runs from noon until 10 p.m.

The Town of Morristown will host the inaugural Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival to be held on the Green on Saturday, Aug. 20. The free music festival will run from noon until 10 p.m. and will feature five top jazz and blues groups.

“I am pleased to announce the first of what we hope will become an annual festival in Morristown,” said Mayor Tim Dougherty. “Thanks to the generous support of many businesses in town, we are able to present a great day of music for the entire family. It will not only be a lot of fun, it will be great for our local businesses.”

Michael Fabrizio, executive director of the Morristown Partnership which is providing logistical support, noted, “The festival will provide a boost for the community at a traditionally slow time for restaurants and retailers.

Morristown is already known as an entertainment center with venues such as the Community Theatre and the Bickford, so a Jazz & Blues Festival is a logical addition to our calendar.”

The music begins at noon with two sets by the Rusty Paul Band, led by the son of the legendary guitarist Les Paul. With a special blend of jazz, blues and funk, the six musicians will pay tribute to the great Les Paul as well as feature other popular tunes.

At 2 p.m., the Duke Ellington Legacy Band, under the leadership of Duke’s grandson Edward Kennedy Ellington II, takes the stage. With fresh arrangements by pianist Norman Simmons and sax great Virginia Mayhew, this 9-piece ensemble is dedicated to keeping Duke’s music alive and current. Most recently, the Legacy Band headlined the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Jazzfest 2011 and receives rave reviews wherever they perform.

Following the Legacy Band will be the popular Winard Harper and his Sextet. Regarded as one of the elite jazz drummers on the current scene, Harper has performed with many jazz legends including Dr. Billy Taylor, Betty Carter, Dexter Gordon and Ray Bryant. Surrounding himself with extraordinary young musicians, Harper is an explosive drummer who is in demand all over the world.

At 6 p.m., five young musicians known as Baby Soda take the stage. On the forefront of a new movement known as street jazz, Baby Soda draws on an eclectic set of influences ranging from 30’s era swing, New Orleans jazz and gospel. The band maintains a busy schedule of performances which includes venues such as the Village Vanguard, the Knitting Factory and the Louis Armstrong House.

The festival closes with the Jerry Vezza Quartet featuring two of the regions’ most popular jazz musicians, pianist Jerry Vezza and singer/guitarist Grover Kemble. Joining Jerry and Grover will be Tom Sayek on drums and Rick Crane on bass. If you have never seen them before, you won’t want to miss this infectious and always popular quartet.

Some of the sponsors making the first Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival possible include PSE&G, JCP&L, Brown and Brown Metro, The Metropolitan, 40 Park, Roots, Riker Danzig, Villa Enterprises, Weichert Realtors, TSS Facility Services, Integra Management Corporation, Realty Management Associates, Belle Associates, the Community Theatre at MPAC, Grasshopper Restaurant, Morristown Municipal Airport, Inglesino Pearlman, WBGO and the New Jersey Jazz Society.

The Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival will take place on the Green in Morristown rain or shine from noon until 10 p.m. Admission is free and many local restaurants will be offering specials for festival attendees. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. For more information, visit TownofMorristown.org.


The Open Drawing Studio Project at St. Peter’s

By Barbara Snyder via Morristown Patch

  • Where: St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 70 Maple Ave, Morristown, NJ 07960 (Classes at 125 South Street)
  • Date: Weekly on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
  • Time: 9:00am–10:00pm
  • Next on: Today, August 5, 2011
  • OPEN to anyone and everyone looking to draw
  • DRAWING models, still-lifes, architecture, abstract
  • STUDIO a public space stocked with drawing materials & equipment
  • PROJECT starts August 3rd and ends August 28th

The Open Drawing Studio Project takes over a vacant space owned by St. Peter’s Church in Morristown, New Jersey.  An artistically minded congregation has invited us to reinvent a portion of an underused building on the campus for the month of August 2011.

Models for both life drawing and portraiture, still-lifes, and the amazing surrounding architecture will provide instructional and inspirational content. Materials will be available for drop-in drawers and easels and tables for setting up personal workspaces.  There’s a kitchen, bathrooms, and an auxiliary room for meeting and meals.

The Open Drawing Studio Project offers this space to professional artists from all disciplines who want to take a break from their private studios and production work and key back into the fine art of drawing.   Students and anyone interested in taking a serious crack at drawing are invited to share in this open studio environment.

Thank you for backing this project and for investing in the potential of those that come to the studio!

See the video about this project at Kickstarter.

Open studio drawing for students and professionals:  figure, still life, plein air, architectural, landscape, abstract.

Three sessions daily:  9am – Noon; 2pm – 5pm; 7pm – 10pm.  Wednesdays through Sundays, August 3rd through 28th.


Morristown Starbucks Grand Opening to Be Held July 22

Morristown Location is First Starbucks to Open in New Jersey in Two Years.

The wait is over for Morristown residents counting down the days until they can order their caffe lattes and mocha frappuccinos.

Starbucks, the newest addition to the Shops on the Green, will hold a grand opening celebration on July 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to come enjoy live music, free specialty coffee drinks and complimentary pastries while mingling with local dignitaries and members of the Morristown business community.

This will be the first Starbucks to open in New Jersey in two years. The purveyor of specialty coffees is returning to Morristown after a five-year hiatus and will occupy a 2,100 square-foot storefront at The Shops on the Green at 40 Park, near its original location. The store will be managed by a former Morristown Starbucks employee, Jennifer Perkoski, who has worked at various other local Starbucks since the Morristown location closed in 2006. Mrs. Perkoski has a bond with these local customers, having grown up in Morris Plans, graduated from Morristown High School in 1998 and worked at area Starbucks for 11 years.

“Coming home to manage the Morristown Starbucks is a dream come true for me,” Mrs. Perkoski said. “The store is beautiful. There is a lot of sunlight, brand new equipment and seating for more than 30 people, as well as outdoor seating. The customers I’ve talked to are really looking forward to it and I’m excited that I will have an opportunity to contribute the store’s success.”

Customers who remember the pre-2006 Starbucks will likely be ordering their coffee from some familiar faces. Long-time Baristas Enrique and Terry will join Mrs. Perkoski as employees of the original Morristown Starbucks who are returning to work in the new location at 40 Park.

“As a company, we are very dedicated to the community,” Mrs. Perkoski said. “Our group here will receive time off to volunteer at local soup kitchens and every day, all of the food that we don’t sell will be donated to area charities. We want to do all that we can to give back to the Morristown community.”

The new Starbucks is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified store. Starbucks will be following strict guidelines from three categories to maintain its LEED status: construction indoor air quality, waste management and post-construction conservation. The strict practices, including the use of portable air scrubbers and a vacuum system, will eliminate dust and debris from the air, allowing Starbucks customers to enjoy air quality of the highest standards. Additionally, more than 75 percent of material used in the store will be recycled and waste will be minimized through the use of devices such as hand dryers instead of paper towels.

“Finding a retailer that is the right fit for a community is an important part of effective mixed-use development, and we feel that Starbucks is an ideal match for Morristown,” said Debra Tantleff, Vice President of Roseland Property Company, which is spearheading the redevelopment of downtown Morristown in partnership with Woodmont Properties.

“Starbucks is the type of business residents like having in their community and one of the many stores at the Shops on the Green that we believe they will enjoy patronizing for years to come. The fact that it is situated in a bright, beautifully-furnished location further adds to its appeal. Many people make going to Starbucks part of their daily routine and other local businesses will benefit from the boost in pedestrian traffic.”

Starbucks joins a growing list of eateries and retail establishments that have recently opened at The Shops on the Green, including Roots Steak House, Urban Table, the AT&T Store and Qdoba Mexican Grill. The shops boast 70,000 square feet of retail space and serve as the foundation for the new 76-unit 40 Park luxury condominium building and the 130-unit Metropolitan at 40 Park rental building, built by the Roseland/Woodmont partnership.

For more information on retail opportunities at the Shops on the Green, please call Cushman & Wakefield at (973) 993-1200.
For more information on 40 Park and The Metropolitan at 40 Park, visit the communities’ websites at www.40park.com and www.metropolitanat40park.com.

40 Park Takes Home Five Awards at Annual CBRANJ Awards

Recent Awards Add to Banner Year for the Luxury Residential Building in Morristown

40 Park, the luxury residential community in downtown Morristown, NJ, was honored with five awards at the Community Builders & Remodelers Association of New Jersey’s (CBRANJ) annual awards dinner held recently at the Sheraton Hotel in Parsippany. The new awards contributed to what has been a banner year for 40 Park, which has already earned dozens of prestigious regional and national accolades.

40 Park was named Best Mixed-Use Building by CBRANJ for its combination of luxury condominium residences and ground-level retail, known as the Shops on the Green. The fast-selling building also took home Best Merchandised Model Home Over $750,000, Best Special Feature Room, Best Direct Mail Piece for a Community, and Sales Team of the Year recognizing the outstanding work of Susan Sanzone and Lisa Duerkes.

Earlier 2011 awards include Community of the Year at the New Jersey Builder’s Association’s Sales and Marketing Awards (SAM) in April, one of 12 awards won on the night, and Best Mid-Rise Community in the country from the National Association of Homebuilders in January.

“We’re honored and delighted that 40 Park has once again earned such high praise from our peers in the industry,” notes Debra Tantleff, a Vice President of Development for Roseland Property Company, which developed 40 Park with joint venture partner, Woodmont Properties.

“40 Park is a significant addition to the Morristown community in that it not only provides dramatic new living options in the heart of downtown, but serves as the engine driving the resurgence of this historic, cosmopolitan town. By successfully attracting dozens of new residents to this vibrant in-town location and drawing quality regional and national retail providers, 40 Park has spearheaded a new wave of investment and interest in town that is paying tremendous dividends for all those concerned.”

The success of 40 Park also underscores Roseland and Woodmont’s commitment to excellence and to downtown Morristown, where the partners are in the latter stages of a $300 million effort that includes historic renovations, redevelopment and new construction. The partnership’s other communities in Morristown include Vail Mansion, the Highlands at Morristown Station and Metropolitan at 40 Park.

The Shops on the Green, the retail component of 40 Park, features a combination of local businesses and high-end national retailers, such as Roots Steak House, Urban Table, Qdoba Mexican Grill, Starbucks and the AT&T Store.

40 Park’s 76 luxury condominium residences offer a wide range of one-, two- and three-bedroom floorplans, including spectacular penthouses with dramatic outdoor space and sensational views of the Morristown Green or public piazza.

Prices currently range from the mid-$700,000s to $1 million for the Signature residences. The Penthouses, priced from $1 million to $2.2 million, include up to 3,200 square feet of living space and provide extraordinary private terraces of up to 1,800 square feet of outdoor living space.

Residents of 40 Park also enjoy The Park Center, a private amenity floor within the building that includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, billiard tables, flat screen TVs and a media room. Guests who decide to leave the tranquility of their homes come to The Park Center to relax, exercise and socialize with their neighbors. All homes also come with indoor parking and concierge service. The train station is less than two blocks away and dozens of restaurants, boutique shops and entertainment options are within walking distance.

For more information on 40 Park or to arrange a private tour, please call 973-359-0010 or visit www.40park.com. The community is located at 40 W. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960.

Registration Opens for Gran Fondo in Morristown

Seeing Eye President Jim Kutsch and his tandem captain Rob Steidlitz cycle down Speedwell Avenue to Marty's Reliable Cycle in Morristown on Wednesday to celebrate the registration event held for the inaugural Gran Fondo NJ (Photo courtesy of the Daily Record)

Dozens of cyclists as well as members of Morris County nonprofits converged on Marty’s Reliable Cycle Wednesday night for a registration event in advance of August’s inaugural Gran Fondo NJ.

Gran Fondo NJ, a full weekend of family fun geared toward sustainability minded cyclists and noncyclists, begins Aug. 26 and continues through “ride day” Aug. 28.

There are three main rides — of 30, 60 and 100 miles — with the longest featuring more than 8,000 feet of climbing. More than 2,500 cyclists and thousands of spectators are expected to visit Morristown and the surrounding area during that weekend.

Gran Fondo translates to “big ride” in Italy, where the popular long-distance rides take place almost weekly with thousands of participants. More than 500 cyclists already are registered for the Morristown event.

The event is part fun, part fundraiser, said Marty Epstein, chairman of the event committee and owner of Marty’s Reliable Cycle. Proceeds will go to the Seeing Eye, Homeless Solutions and Grow it Green Morristown — whose members will lead a special ride to its community gardens.

Read more from the Daily Record.

New Jersey’s First Gran Fondo Bike Ride Comes to Morristown

On Wednesday, June 29, Marty’s Reliable Cycle will hold a registration event for the first Gran Fondo bike ride to come to the Garden State.

The festivities will be focused around Morristown, August 26-28, 2011 and riders will be raising money for three charities: The Seeing Eye, Inc., Homeless Solutions, Inc., and Grow it Green Morristown. To welcome registrants and recruit riders, supporters and volunteers, Marty’s Reliable Cycle will hold a meet and greet event at the bike shop’s Morristown location at 173 Speedwell Ave. on Wednesday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m.

Seeing Eye President and CEO Jim Kutsch and his wife Ginger, both Seeing Eye® dog owners, are pairing with a sighted husband and wife team, Rob Steidlitz and Kirsten Hotchkiss, to ride tandem bikes in the event. To kick-off event registration and raise awareness for the riders who are cycling for a cause, the Kutschs and their captains will cycle to the June 29 event at the Marty’s store on Speedwell Avenue.

Gran Fondo means “big ride” or “big endurance” in Italian. There are three routes – the 103-mile Gran Fondo, the 63-mile Medio Fondo and the 43-mile Piccolo Fondo. The ride —not a race— also will feature timed hill climbs with all the carnival-like atmosphere of European tour mountain climbs. Each climb will have a King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain, and there will be overall King and Queen of the Mountain awards as well.

Gran Fondo NJ will be just like the Gran Fondo rides of Europe, only with the unique and scenic roads and great refreshments of the Garden State. Rest stops along each route will be stocked not only with local foods but also cycling specific energy drinks and food to keep riders going. Each rest stop will feature its own entertainment and activities. And on Saturday, Aug. 27, there will be family-friendly activities at Pioneer Plaza in downtown Morristown, including children’s bicycle decorating and a fun ride.

For more information about the Gran Fondo event, visit granfondonj.com.
Established in 1929, The Seeing Eye provides specially bred and trained dogs to guide people who are blind. Seeing Eye dog users experience greatly enhanced mobility and independence, allowing them to retain their active lifestyles despite blindness. The Seeing Eye is a philanthropy supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, bequests, and other planned gifts.

Read the article from NJ.com

Today’s Fun for Old Fashioned Father’s Day Program

The Jockey Hollow Weavers will help guests make cratfs at the Old Fashioned Family Garden Day at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum. (Photo courtesy of Sally Orgren)

An old-fashioned Father’s Day program focused on children’s chores and family life in 1810 will be held at Macculloch Hall Historical Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. June 19.

Children can help do laundry the old-fashioned way, see how wool is spun into yarn, play with period toys, play hoops and a fast-paced game of “graces.” Everyone in the family can make crafts with the Jockey Hollow Weavers and explore the gardens on a scavenger hunt. Children are encouraged to dress in their favorite historical costume and participate in a costume parade at 2:30 p.m.

This program takes place in the museum’s three-acre historic gardens, known for their heirloom roses and forgotten-in-time appeal. All ages may enjoy the exhibit, “Hearth and Home: A Century of Family Life,” which includes a children’s interactive area, on view in the main gallery through June 30

General admission applies; admission for dads and members is free. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are requested; call 973-538-2404, ext. 10. The museum is at 45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown.

Read more about the event from the Daily Record.

New Model with Spectacular Views Offers Great Visual of Life in a 40 Park Penthouse

The developers of 40 Park in Morristown recently introduced a new, fully-furnished Penthouse model after selling the previous model. The public is invited to tour the model during an open house being held Sunday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

40 Park’s brand new, fully-furnished Penthouse model is now open. The spectacular new Penthouse features sensational views from a magnificent terrace that is ideal for entertaining.

Following the recent sale of a furnished Penthouse model at 40 Park that inspired many buyers to make this luxury Morristown condominium building their new home, Roseland Property Company and Woodmont Properties are introducing this new two-bedroom, 2 ½-bath-plus-den Penthouse model Sunday, June 5th, during 40 Park’s Spring Open House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The new model is located on the sixth floor of 40 Park and features views of the adjacent public piazza and scenic DeHart Street. The expansive design boasts 1,960 square feet of interior living space and a magnificent 900 square-foot outdoor terrace off of the living and dining rooms that provides an ideal setting for dining al fresco, relaxing with a good book or entertaining guests. Both bedrooms also lead to a private balcony for additional outdoor space.

“We decided to create another phenomenal furnished Penthouse model because so many of our buyers are transitioning from very large single-family homes and the models are extremely effective in helping them visualize themselves in these sophisticated, open, single-level homes,” said Debra Tantleff, a Vice President of Development at Roseland Property Company. “That is particularly true with our Penthouses. Seeing the generous interior space with your own eyes and marveling at the views from the private terrace makes it easy to appreciate the level of luxury and the unique lifestyle opportunities that await 40 Park buyers.”

The furnished model home utilizes tasteful, modern furnishings to enhance the Penthouse’s upscale features, such as granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Kohler whirlpool tubs and Brazilian walnut hardwood floors. Furniture and accessories on the terrace show buyers how they can take advantage of the relaxing outdoor space.

“Our model residences have been very well received, leading to sales of many unique designs in the building as well as to the model homes themselves,” Ms. Tantleff points out. “For those buyers looking for alternative design ideas, we offer a free consultation with a professional interior designer, who will help them choose a style that suits their unique needs and tastes.”

Available for $1.315 million, the Penthouse model represents one of the best opportunities to own a luxury residence with magnificent outdoor living space in Morristown, and the lifestyle perks don’t end there. 40 Park is located right across the street from Morristown’s famed colonial Green, a central gathering point and one of the most scenic downtown settings in all of New Jersey. Dozens of upscale shops, restaurants and cultural destinations are a short walk away.
Roots Steak House, Urban Table, Qdoba Mexican Grill and the AT&T Store are all located in the Shops on the Green on the ground floor of 40 Park, with a Starbucks coming soon. Amenity-rich Headquarters Plaza, The Morristown Train Station and the Mayo Performing Arts Center are all within two blocks.

Residents of 40 Park also enjoy The Park Center, a private amenity floor within the building that includes a state-of-the-art fitness center, billiard tables, flat screen TVs and a media room. Guests who decide to leave the tranquility of their homes and terraces come to The Park Center to relax, exercise and socialize with their neighbors. All homes also come with private, indoor parking and concierge service.

Only a limited number of homes are available in the award-winning building of 76 luxury condominium residences. All one-, two- and three-bedroom condos feature a variety of layouts. Prices currently range from the mid- $700,000s to $1 million for the Signature residences. The building’s Penthouses, priced from $1 million to $2.2 million, include up to 3,200 square feet of living space and provide extraordinary private terraces of up to 1,800 square feet of outdoor living space.

For more information on 40 Park, please call 973-359-0010 or visit www.40park.com. The community is located at 40 W. Park Place, Morristown, NJ 07960. Guests who are unable to attend the open house can call to arrange a private tour.