A Very Irish Weekend

There will be music on the Green to kick off the weekend, followed by many Irish-themed events, including the Morris County St. Patrick's Day parade.

If you’d like to start your weekend early, the has you covered with “Fridays-on-the-Green,” a lunch-time concert series catered by South Street deli and restaurant . This Friday will be the first installment, a performance by church member and soprano Elise Figa, who will be performing “Art Songs from the 17th Century.”

“We try to encourage people to listen to good music,” said Deborah McComber, publications and publicity coordinator at the church. “And they can do it on their lunch hour. It’s just a service that we think people should have.”

The programs are organized by the Presbyterian church’s music director, James Hicks, who frequently performs at the church and accompanies many of the artists who come for the “Fridays-on-the-Green” series. The artists are often well-known or renowned within their genres, mostly because Morristown is close enough to New York City that some prominent musicians don’t mind making the trip.

“We’re kind of in an area where we can get a lot of interesting performers, international performers,” said McComber. “And they don’t have a problem whipping over here [from New York] to do a concert. Our location is a good location to get a variety of music.”

The first Friday concert in the series, which will run for most Fridays in March, May, and October, will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on Friday, March 11. The music is free, but if you plan to grab one of C’est Cheese’s sandwiches, you’ll need to bring some cash.

For a full schedule of the Presbyterian Church’s “Fridays-on-the-Green” concert series, see its website.

More events in Morristown this weekend:

Where/When: on Friday, March 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.
Why Go: Because you like The JT Project, jazz in general, Caribbean food, American food, or all of the above.
Pricing: No cover, but reservations are recommended by calling 973-359-0200 or by filling out the reservation form at the Hibiscus website.

Where/When: At 8 p.m. on Friday, March 11 at the .
Why Go: Because there will be step dancing and Irish folk, directed by Riverdance’s Michael Londra. Get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit one night before the Morristown parade (see below).
Pricing: Tickets range from $32 to $52 and are available online.

Where/When: At on Friday, March 11 from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Why Go: Because the band will be playing new songs, will feature a new musician for this show, and will be giving out some free stuff.
Pricing: No cover.

Where/When: Starting at at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 and trekking 20 miles through Harding and Chatham, then back to Morristown.
Why Go: Because you’d like a workout to start your Saturday morning, or because the weather is warming up. Rain or snow cancels.
Pricing: Free.

Where/When: Beginning at 9 a.m. at on Saturday, March 12.
Why Go: Because you’d like to run 5 miles on Saturday morning. Open to all skill levels.
Pricing: Free (and free bagels after the run!)

Morris County
Where/When: From noon to 2 p.m. beginning at South and James streets and ending at Atno Avenue on Saturday, March 12.
Why Go: Because this event will be huge, with approximately 20 bands and attendance around 50,000. This is a family-oriented parade.
Pricing: Free

Where/When: At beginning around 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 12.
Why Go: Because you like to go out, grab a drink or two, and listen to live music. Why else?
Pricing: No cover

Where/When: At from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 13.
Why Go: Because you’re a fan of Hooker, or even if you aren’t familiar with her, because you want to enjoy some brunch and some music on a Sunday afternoon.
Pricing: No cover, reservations at 973-359-0200 or at the Hibiscus website.


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