The Macculloch Hall Historical Museum is getting into the holiday spirit this season with their new "Twas the Night Before Christmas" vintage holiday ornaments and toys exhibit, opening Nov. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m., and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Lenders and curators will be available for questions about the displays.
"Its more casual, as people are looking at the exhibits so they can ask us questions," said Ryan Hyman, curator of collections at the museum.
The exhibit will include what one might expect, like Santa Clauses, Christmas trees and Noah's ark, except all of the pieces, which have been donated by local antique shops and private collections, come from 1850 – 1920. There will also be original holiday artwork by Thomas Nast.
The most striking difference between the decorations of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and today, Hyman said, are the different materials used.
"A lot of wooden objects, not like the plastics you see today," said Hyman.
Nast's paintings, some color, but most black and white, will be on the walls and the decorations will be displayed throughout the cases of the upstairs gallery at the museum. The museum holds the largest collection of Nast's works in the world, Hyman said.
There will be more holiday themed events, plenty of music and a quirky one-man show this weekend as well, all described, with more, below.
Friday, Nov. 12
- Seniors can enjoy some easy exercise to music at 10 a.m. at the Morristown Office on Aging/Senior Center.
- Learn the nutritional benefits of tofu while trying some tofu recipes at The Health Shoppe from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
- Canadian alt-rockers and Grammy Award winners Barenaked Ladies will be performing with Jukebox the Ghost at 8 p.m. at the Community Theatre.
Saturday, Nov. 13
- Marty's Reliable Cycle of Morristown's weekly road ride, which starts at the store at 8 a.m. and rides 20 miles total, through Harding and Chatham and back.
- Meet at The Running Company at 9 a.m. for their weekly 5 mile group run – runners of all abilities welcome, and bagels are served afterward.
- The Red Cross is hosting a babysitting class, where students will learn everything from diapering to indentifying safety hazards while earning a certificate of completion. The 6.5 hour class begins at 9 a.m. at 29 Elm St.
- Looking to create some decorations for the holidays? Make sure to reserve your spot for the wreath workshop this weekend, held at the Morristown Masonic Temple from 10 a.m. – noon.
- Inline Morristown will host the flat track roller derby matchup of the Jerzey Derby Brigade's Corporal Punishers and Scranton Pennsylvania's Roller Radicals at 6:15 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 14
- The Morristown Farmers Market was originally scheduled to run every Sunday until Oct 31, but due to popular demand was extended through Nov. 21 – making this Sunday's the second to last of the year. As always, the farmer's market runs from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Spring St. & Morris St.