Live in Concert: @gavindegraw

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Multi-platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw is no stranger to the top of the charts. The Grammy nominated singer/songwriter first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.” Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008,earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking homerun,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.”

In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites. DeGraw released his third studio album, Sweeter, in September 2011. The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, reached #1 on the Hot AC charts, was a top 10 hit on Top 40, and was certified double platinum. DeGraw’s acclaimed, fourth studio album, Make A Move, was released in October 2013 to rave reviews. Shortly thereafter he was nominated for his first Grammy for “We Both Know,” a song he co-wrote with Colbie Calliat for the 2013 film “Safe Haven.” FINEST HOUR: THE BEST OF GAVIN DEGRAW was released last October via RCA Records featuring two new songs, as well as his most renowned and notable hits to date, including “Not Over You,” “We Belong Together,” and “I Don’t Wanna Be.”

Currently, Gavin is in the studio finishing another full length album of all new songs, which is slated for release in Fall 2016.

What’s the Story?


The Madison Storytellers Festival’s inaugural event will take place on June 11, 2016 in Madison, New Jersey.

This free event features more than twenty sessions and workshops, ten musical performances and open mics throughout the day.

The festival’s four stages, dubbed Madison’s ‘Culture Corner,’ will be at the Green Village Road RR Trestle (between Main St. and Kings Rd.), Short Stories Bookshop & Community Hub (23 Main St. at Green Village Rd.), Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (9 Main St.), and Drip Coffee (34 Main St).

The event begins at 9:00 a.m. with sessions and workshops all day, and music and open mic continuing into the early evening.

Storytelling is the expression of who we are, who we were, and who we hope to be. It encompasses both experience and identity, and is what brings us together as a culture.

Read more HERE.

Obscura Day? What’s that You Say?


What is Obscura Day?

It’s more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, all on a single day, and all designed to celebrate the world’s most curious and awe-inspiring places.

Enter the magical, and sometimes bizarre world of living dolls – clockwork automata from the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection at the Morris Museum.

In celebration of Obscura Day 2015, the Guinness Collection Curator and Conservator invite you to the Morris Museum for an interesting and unique demonstration program of clown automata! Come and delight in the fantastical doings of the incredible clowns, jesters and harlequins from the Guinness Collection. Then join us for a private tour behind the locked doors of the Guinness Viewable storage area, where over 500 more mechanical musical instruments and automata live!

Ticket price includes general admission to the museum and the opportunity to join the public daily demonstration of the Guinness Collection at 2pm.

Saturday, May 30; 12:30-2:00pm
Price: $25
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960

Register for the 4th Annual Phillips 5k/10k Trail Run/Walk


Register for the 4th annual Phillips 5k/10k on May 31, 2015 at the Lewis Morris Park in Morristown, NJ. 100% of the race proceeds will benefit the Christopher and Susan Phillips Foundation, which helps support scholarships for graduating Jonathan Dayton High School students.

May 31 is Susan Phillips’ Brithday, so this is an extra special date for the race!  heart

This USA Track and Field Sanctioned event will begin at the Sunrise Lake Picnic Pavillion.  Both the 5k and 10k courses are on the park trails.  The 5K course is mostly on wide trail with moderate hills.  The 10K course is mainly on narrower trails and is quite hilly.

This event will feature:

  • Real-time Facebook, Twitter, and text message race results
  • Free raffle prizes for all participants
  • Wicking t-shirts
  • Indoor bathrooms
  • Playground area
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Disposable chip timing by Fast Finishes
  • Paddle boating on Sunrise Lake (for an extra fee)

Sneaker Factory Prizes: 1st overall male/female $50 gift certificate 2nd overall male/female $25 gift certificate 3rd overall male/female $15 gift certificate

Advanced Therapeutic Massage Prizes:  Top 3 finishers in each age category for the 5k and the 10k receive a gift certificate:  1st place $30 certificate,  2nd place $25 certificate,  3rd place $20 certificate.

About the Christopher and Susan Phillips Foundation

This race is dedicated to raising funds for the Christopher and Susan Phillips Foundation, which was started to honor the lives of Chris and his mother Sue Phillips both of whom this world lost too soon.

The Foundation will be supporting two scholarships each year to two graduating seniors fromJonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, NJ where the entire Phillips family went. The Christopher James Phillips Scholarship will go to a male student looking to go into nursing or who has served on the First Aid Squad since Chris was a nursing technician, EMT and Springfield First Aid Squad volunteer. The second scholarship, the Susan V. Phillips Scholarship will awarded to a female active in volunteer activities, which reflects Sue’s kind and generous nature.

Diamonds for Kale Gala – April 18th

2015-03-12_14-43-23Grow It Green Morristown is hosting its 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala to continue our work to grow a greener, healthier community. The Diamonds for Kale Gala is our premier fundraising event for the spring.

The gala is a fun evening filled with music, dancing, local seasonal hors d’oeuvres provided by Ome Caterers, decadent deserts by The Artist Baker, a silent auction, themed cocktails, craft beer and more. Tickets are on sale now!

Kinnara Ensemble Presents “Lament”


Join Kinnara Ensemble and conductor, JD Burnett for Monteverdi’s Sestina, a collection of six poems titled “Lament at the tomb of the beloved”, which forms the centerpiece of this hour of singing.

This concert will also feature Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah and other choral works. The concert will be held Saturday, March 14th at 8:00 P.M. at St. Peter’s Church in Morristown. Tickets are $25 with student discounts available.

To find out more about the ensemble or to purchase tickets in advance, please visit:

About KINNARA Ensemble

Comprising 32 voices, KINNARA Ensemble is a professional choir based in the Princeton, NJ area. Singers hail from all over the country for a week in residency together as they prepare for each concert series. Singers in KINNARA Ensemble perform with other professional ensembles such as Conspirare, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Apollo Master Chorale, Tucson Chamber Artists, and Skylark Ensemble.

Ring in the New Year in Morris County!!

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It’s a tradition that has brought Morris County and beyond together for the last 22 years, and this Dec. 31 will be no different.

First Night Morris County is set for another amazing evening, ending 2014 and ringing in the New Year all along the Morristown Green and at a variety of venues throughout the town.

More than 200 artists will take part in 90 events across 24 different venues over the course of seven hours, as revelers help wind down the clock into 2015.

This year an additional two hours of programming for children will be held at Morristown High School, beginning at 4:45 p.m. Two fireworks displays – 9:15 p.m. and midnight – will also be available.

Restaurants and bars will also be open in Morristown throughout the night.

Performers include The British Invasion Tribute band, Tequila Rose Band and jazz guitar legends Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo. Of course local jazz pianist Rio Clemente will be on hand as well.

It’s not just music that will fill the air Wednesday night, as Rizzo’s live reptile show and illusionist Anthony Salazar’s comedy magic will also hit the stage.

A full list of the event’s offerings and their times and venues can be found here, along with ticket purchasing.

Tickets can be ordered online until the start of the program or purchased in person for $25, which covers admission to all events throughout the night. Children four and under are free, and group packages of four tickets will have a reduced price of $22.50 each.

One programming change, according to the First Night committee, is venue 9 on the map has been moved from the Presbyterian Church Parish House to the Hyatt Regency Ballroom.

The program is celebrating its 23rd year after launching in 1992. Attendees come from as far as Canada to enjoy the celebration and welcome the new year.

Find out more here.

Delbarton Abbey Players present “An Absolute Turkey” This Weekend

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How do you get a group of high-schoolers to collapse in fit of laughter? Ask them to do a read-through of An Absolute Turkey, the Delbarton Abbey Players fall play, on stage in the Fine Arts Center Theater from November 7 – 9.

Delbarton performers and visiting thespians from area schools will present evening performances on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30pm, and a matinee performance on Sunday at 2:00pm. Tickets are on sale now. Adults $10 / Students & Seniors $5.

Click here to select your seats and purchase tickets online.

The play is adapted by Nicki Frei and Peter Hall from French playwright Georges Feydeau’s Le Dindon, and is an acutely funny translation by Hall and Frei. The playwright Feydeau, a master of farce, employs a full suite of dramatic tricks to manipulate his characters back and forth to a surrealistic melange of complications.

Morristown CraftMarket is Back!




• Major Cultural and Charitable Event Showcases Nationally Acclaimed and Original Fine Arts and Crafts


 • 160 Artists from over 25 States


The 37th Annual Morristown CraftMarket, one of the top juried, longest running and most successful fine art and craft shows in the nation, will be held Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21 at the National Guard Armory in Morristown, NJ. The show hours are Friday, October 19, 5pm to 9pm; Saturday, October 20, 10am to 6pm; and Sunday October 21, 10am to 5pm.

In a Special Citation for 2011, the Arts Council of the Morris Area recognized the Morristown CraftMarket as a “nationally acclaimed fine art and craft show” and as “a major cultural and charitable event, attracting thousands of visitors each year in addition to gifted artists from over 25 states throughout the country.”

Showcased in the Morristown CraftMarket are extraordinary, one-of-a-kind and limited edition fine arts and crafts in all contemporary media.

160 top American artists from throughout the nation will display and sell their original and magnificent creations in jewelry, leather, ceramics, metal, glass, wood, wearable fiber and more – all made in the United States.

“If you enjoy having lovely arts and crafts around you that you know are of exceptional quality, made in this country and will last, this is the show for you,” said Geoffrey Price, Volunteer Show Director.

“The artists compete in a rigorous, nationwide selection process and the panel of judges, who are peer artists, choose the best in each fine arts and crafts category,” said Price.

The Morristown CraftMarket is sponsored and run by the not-for-profit Kiwanis Club of Randolph Township, NJ. All proceeds from the show benefit local charities.

“The Morristown CraftMarket is one of only a handful of fine art and craft shows of its size and quality in the country run to benefit charities in the community,” said Price.

Fall Plant Sale

Also included in admission to the show will be a Fall Plant Sale featuring elegant and unusual plants from expert horticulturist Ken Selody of rare-plant nursery Atlock Farm in Somerset, NJ.

Selody will bring his one-of-a-kind living sculptures, including precisely trimmed topiaries, along with cacti and other succulents, tropicals, perennials and more.

“For several years Ken Selody appeared as a guest on Martha Stewart’s TV show, and also was a contributing editor to her magazine,” said Price. “He’s also been a frequent presenter at the Philadelphia Flower Show.”

Clothing Drive for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters will be collecting gently used clothing throughout the show. Receipts will be issued for donations of clothing accepted at the collection truck located near the parking lot, which are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Tickets to Show

Tickets to the Morristown CraftMarket are $10 at the door. A weekend pass may be purchased for $12. Children under 12 with an adult are free. A coupon for $2 off the admission price is available online at

There is plenty of free parking.

Morris Museum Goes to the Dogs!

The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions
September 12 through December 14, 2014

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2014-09-09_11-17-27Celebrating dogs in art from the nineteenth century to the present with a focus on British and American artists, this exhibition examines works of art in which the dog takes center stage: demonstrating the performance of hounds and sporting dogs working in the field; showcasing specific characteristics of a breed as depicted in pure-bred portraits; and highlighting pet portraits that portray the dog in its domestic environment.

The exhibition features original oil paintings, works on paper, bronze sculptures, decorative art, trophies, and canine accessories. More than 100 works will be on view that capture the talent and diversity of canine artists, and also showcase the many breeds that are recognized in America and England, ranging from sporting hounds to pampered pooches.

William Secord, a recognized expert on dog painting, has served as an advisor for the show. For further information, please visit