Toothpicks: Not Just for Plaque Anymore

575f076c55d7c.imagevia The Morris News Bee – From Friday, July 1 to Wednesday, Aug. 31 the Morris Museum will host “Toothpick World,” an exhibition showcasing the work of toothpick artist Stan Munro featuring miniature toothpick replicas of landmarks from around the globe.

With just toothpicks and Elmer’s Glue, artist Stan Munro constructs precise 1:164 scale reproductions of world-renowned structures. Featuring more than 25 works, “Toothpick World” will include iconic American buildings such as the White House, the Empire State Building and the Freedom Tower.

The exhibition will also showcase internationally celebrated structures like the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, and Stonehenge. Local landmarks including Yankee Stadium and the Statue of Liberty will also be on view.

In conjunction with “Toothpick World,” the Morris Museum will hold a “Toothpick Workshop” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 for ages 5 and older. Further program and ticket information is available by calling 973-971-3706 or online at

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Get Ready For A Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown This Weekend, New Jersey!

The Beer BBQ Bacon Showdown is New Jersey’s first festival, featuring only New Jersey Craft Beer, coupled with New Jersey restaurants, gourmet food trucks and chefs, offering a delectable array of mouth watering BBQ & bacon creations, all available for purchase.

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There will be a competition to showcase their culinary skills, with a panel of celebrity judges choosing the best of the best, along with the People’s Choice award for “Best Dish” & “Best Beer.” Over 20 New Jersey Breweries will be in attendance, each bringing 3 styles of beer.

One of these styles will be either a rare beer or a brew created specifically for this event. A fantastic VIP hour sponsored by New Jersey Craft Beer. Not only do you get first crack at all the beer and food but you get an extra hour at the event, an incredible VIP buffet created by Tim Schafer -The Brew Chef.

The event will take place outdoors and under tents, with some fantastic music by THE NERDS, a Benefit for Eleventh Hour Rescue. This is destined to become a New Jersey classic. Must be over 21 and have picture ID to enter. Dogs, chairs & blankets are all welcome. No outside food or drink, large bags or knapsacks.

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

Trick or Treat? It’s Halloween in Morristown!

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The Great Pumpkin Ball

When/Where: Friday at 6 p.m. at Good Grief, Morristown

Why Go: It’s the grief counseling service’s biggest fundraiser. Plus, it promises to be a lot of fun.

Cost: $195

Death and Mourning

When/Where: Friday at 6 p.m. at Historic Speedwell Village, Morristown

Why Go: To get into the Halloween spirit, witness a reenactment of a traditional 19th Century funeral.

Cost: $6-$10

Mount Tabor VFD Haunted House

When/Where: Friday and Saturday, 6-11 p.m.; Sunday (and Halloween Monday), 4-10 p.m. at the Old Mt. Tabor Firehouse at 5 Simpson Ave., Parsippany

Why Go: To be scared out of your wits for Halloween while helping a good cause (Check for special kid-friendly hours!)

Cost: $6 per body; funds raised benefit the volunteer fire department

Morristown Halloween Bike Ride

When/Where: Friday at 6:30 p.m. from Morristown Town Hall parking lot, 200 South St.

Why Go: It’s Morristown’s monthly community bike ride, but with a spooky twist! Light up your bike or wear a costume.

Cost: Free


Pumpkin Display at Vail Mansion

When/Where: Vail Mansion is located at 110 South St. in Morristown, Sunday, October 30th at 6pm

Why Go: Visitors to the mansion will be treated to a display of lighted jack-o-lanterns around the pool.

Cost: Free


Brite Nites

When/Where: Wagner Farms Arboretum in Warren Township on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Why Go: Family-friendly Halloween fun, with hundreds of carved pumpkins and a not-too-scary Haunted House.

Cost: $7 for kids and seniors; $10 for adults

Camoflauge Critters Walk

When/Where: Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pyramid Mountain

Why Go: Kids can wear costumes and camoflauge and learn how to disguise themselves from predators in the woods.

Cost: Free

DPD ‘All In For Disabilities’ Poker Tournament

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

Why Go: To support the Department for Persons With Disabilities, and to win some big prizes.

Cost: $125 to buy in at the door.

Step Out Walk

When/Where: Saturday at TD Bank Ballpark, with the walk beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Why Go: Not only will you have the chance to raise money for diabetes research, but you will also get to take part in Halloween activities, like trunk-or-treating, pumpkin picking, a petting zoo and a costume contest.

Cost: A suggested donation is $20 per family to participate

ICON DANCE! Convention and Concert

When/Where: All day Sunday at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel, 199 Smith Rd., Parsippany

Why Go: To learn the ICONic moves and skills it takes to be part of the infamous ICONic Boyz dance crew and, perhaps, enjoy the crew in concert

Cost: $85 for convention; $25 for concert

Morristown Farmers Market

When/Where: Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Parking Lot No. 10 (Morris and Spring streets)

Why Go: Nothing beats fresh, even later in the season.

Cost: Bring your wallet

Crazy Harvest Day

Where/When: At Modick Park in Hopatcong on Sunday at 10 a.m.

Why Go: Pumpkin picking. Free food. Bounce houses. ‘Nuff said.

Cost: Free

Historic Halloween Happenings at Fosterfields

When/Where: Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm

Why Go: You want to get a taste of old-fashioned Halloween fun from the 1920’s.

Cost: $6 for adults, $5 for seniors (65+), $4 for children ages 4 to 16, and $2 for children ages 2 and 3. Free for children under age 2 and Friends of Fosterfields and Cooper Gristmill with a valid membership card

Hauntings in the Somerset Hills: Fact or Fiction?

When/Where: The exhibit by The Historical Society of Somerset Hills continues every Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. during October at the Brick Academy, 15 W. Oak St., Basking Ridge.

Why Go: Besides learning more about the history of some local places, you may be intrigued to hear and see exhibits about some of the history that still may be among us. Do you remember Phyllis, in search of her lost love? Or elegant but haunting Blairsden? You decide if you believe.

Price: Free

Ghosts: What Are They and How to Investigate Them

When/Where: Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Kinnelon Public Library

Why Go: So you can learn about ghosts and what to do if you are haunted and specifically learn about the ghosts that haunt Central New Jersey.

Cost: Free

Highlands Dinner Club Sunday Supper Series

When/Where: Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Hyatt Morristown

Why Go: You’re interested in supporting the efforts of those seeking to utilize and raise awareness of our local food sources. Plus, a Sunday dinner sounds like an excellent way to close out your weekend (Read our preview of the event here).

Cost: $100 ($70 if you use special 30% code for Patch readers)

Morristown Halloween Parade

When/Where: Sunday at 3 p.m. at Morristown High School

Why Go: You want to show off your spooky costume and be in the running to win a prize!

Cost: Free

Pumpkin Illumination Event

When/Where: Sunday at 4:45 p.m. at Vail Mansion, Morristown

Why Go: You have a pre-carved pumpkin you want to see lit up with many others; you like scary stories, as will be told in the Mayo Performing Arts Center

Cost: Free

Musica Morristown Halloween Spooktacular

When/Where: Sunday at 5 p.m., at The College of St. Elizabeth

Why Go: You want to see the 1929 silent movie The Iron Mask starring Douglas Fairbanks brought to life with symphonic music.

Cost: $25-$50; students K-12, $12

9/11: A Morristown Community Remembers

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Candle lighting at Vail Mansion, following the event. Credit: Warren Westura

The best times are awaiting us.

That was the message from Centro Biblico de New Jersey Pastor David Silva, one of several presenters at the Morristown Community-Wide Remembrance Event, held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 11 at The Community Theatre.

“Today, we know we’re still in the process of healing,” he said to a nearly-packed theater. “Especially, for those who lost a loved one. The whole world changed on Sept. 11, 2001.

“There is hope,” the pastor said. “We will decide what terrible things will do to us. We can continue to contribute to the world.”

The Rev. Janet Broderick, of Saint Peters Episcopal Church, spoke of what those trapped in the Twin Towers said to their loved ones by phone when they knew they would not be able to escape. Things like “I love you,” “I adore you.” “Perhaps we can learn to do that, even now,” she said.

Following the two-hour event, audience members were invited to participate in the lighting of ceremonial candles around the reflecting pool outside of Vail Mansion.

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NY Film Critics Series Announces 2011 Fall Season in Morristown

via WebWire – Morristown, NJ. (August, 2011) – After a successful 18 plus year run in Secaucus, Clifton and Paramus, the organizers of NJ’s NY Film Critics Series, are excited to announce that their upcoming 2011 Fall Season will now be offered for another exciting year at their second location. The Series will be held at Clearview Cinemas Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ, 72 Headquarters Plaza (Speedwell Ave.) adjacent to Morristown Hyatt Hotel Morristown, NJ 07960

Open to the public, The NY Film Critics Series presents private, preview full-length screenings followed by a live discussion. They have expanded the program format to include high caliber films, guests and audience discussion now with a different host each week. ‘We strongly feel that this will bring a fresh, new insightful perspective to the preview film experience of the better movies not ordinarily available at the multiplexes,’ says organizers Ira and Mark Ehrenkranz.

‘Our plans are to have a variety of premier film analysts who will alternate each week. They will present a detailed introduction to the films and conduct an in-depth interview thoroughly exploring content and structure with our nightly featured guests,’ adds Ira Ehrenkranz, an esteemed member of the NJ State Film Commission.

The Fall 2011 line-up includes: Peter Travers of ABC-TV, CNN and Rolling Stone Magazine, Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Alison Bailes of NBC-TV and the New Ebert ‘At The Movies Show’.

‘Our new team of industry experts utilize their national and international influence to get the finest films and guests in the business. Preview the better films not available at the multiplexes. Why travel to small art houses or crowded NY theaters when you can privately experience pristine prints of the highest quality on a big screen with a state-of-the-art sound system before everyone else?’ suggests Mark Ehrenkranz.

The Films Include:


Starring: Zachary Quinto, Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Demi Moore, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell, Aasif Mandvi

Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, “Margin Call” is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis.


Starring: Ellen Barkin, Demi Moore, Kate Bosworth, Thomas Haden Church, George Kennedy, Ellen Burstyn, Ezra Miller

Ellen Barkin stars in this darkly comic story of the emotional rollercoaster of a family gathering.


Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Dominic Cooper, Emma Watson, Julia Ormond, Dougray Scott, Zoe Wanamaker, Toby Jones, Philip Jackson, Geraldine Somerville, Derek Jacobi, Simon Russell Beale

“My Week with Marilyn” chronicles a week in the life of Marilyn Monroe in which she escapes the shackles of her Hollywood career and embraces British life with Colin Clark. Directed by Simon Curtis and produced by David Parfitt, the film is based on Colin Clark’s diaries and has been adapted for the screen by Adrian Hodges.


Starring: Al Pacino, Channing Tatum, Ray Liotta, Katie Holmes, Tracy Morgan, Juliette Binoche, James Ransone, Jake Cherry

Genre: Thriller

“Son of No One” is a police thriller that centers on a young cop (Channing Tatum) who is assigned to a precinct in the working class neighborhood where he grew up, with an old secret surfacing and threatening to destroy his life and family.


Director: Roman Polanski

Starring: Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz, John C. Reilly

Set in contemporary Brooklyn, New York, “Carnage” centers on two pairs of parents one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner.

The series is open to the public at Clearview Cinemas Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ, 72 Headquarters Plaza (Speedwell Ave.) adjacent to Morristown Hyatt Hotel Morristown, NJ 07960

The Upcoming Fall Season runs for 8 Specially Selected Wednesday Nights in October and November. The Opening Night is Wednesday, October 12th and runs through December 7th, (No Screening Thanksgiving Eve 11/23) at 7:00pm. A six-week ticket option is $199.

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Audition Alert!

via By Anthony Stoeckert at Morristown Patch

Ever been bitten by the theater bug? The folks who take part in local community theaters can tell you—it’s an addictive hobby. You make great friends, get to flex your artistic muscles and develop talents you never knew you had.

If that sounds appealing, check out the On Stage Scoop below. Coming up are auditions for several plays, including “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Cocktail Hour,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “On Golden Pond.” You’ll also find there are classes and workshops for those just starting out, or for those who want to take their talents to a new level.  READ MORE >>>