Morristown hasn’t seen the last of yet. The parade may have passed, but is keeping going for one more weekend with their first ever concert, a performance by maritime fiddler J.J. Chaisson from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, that includes Irish and Scottish jigs and reels.
Chaisson comes from a family of musicians who organize the Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival every year, a four-day event that draws musicians from all over the U.S. and Canada.
“I thought this would be a wonderful idea to bring people into our agency, have a fundraiser and raise some money for the agency,” said Margie Waldrum, an employee of Family Service of Morris County and musician. “Some of the proceeds from the concert are going to go to some of the programs in the agency.”
Those programs, according to executive director of Family Services of Morris County Patrice Picard, include children’s programs, work in publicly funded preschools and child-care centers, adult day-care centers, a program for military families, and, where most of the proceeds from the St. Patrick’s Day concert will go: counseling programs.
“We serve over 7,000 people every year,” Picard said.
Chaisson, a friend of Waldrum’s, has been hoping to branch out and tour parts of the U.S., so Waldrum gave him an opportunity by bringing him to Morris County.
“As a musician, he is multi-talented,” said Waldrum. “He is also a composer, he writes his own music. He’s from a long line of fiddlers on Prince Edward Island who have been fiddling for hundreds of years.”
The concert will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Family Service of Morris County Administrative Office, in the organization’s second floor community room. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. To reserve a spot and purchase an advance ticket, contact Margie Waldrum at 973-538-5260, ext. 122, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More events this weekend:
Where/When: From 12:15 to 1 p.m. in the Sanctuary of on Friday, March 25.
Why Go: Because, continuing with the theme of St. Patrick’s Day, bagpiper Paula Glendinning will perform, accompanied by the church’s director of music James Hicks.
Pricing: No admission fee, but if you want a sandwich catered by , bring some money!
Morristown High School Sports
Where/When: The Morristown High School spring sports season is beginning, with some scrimmages this Friday, March 18, all beginning at 4 p.m. Varsity baseball will travel to Morris Catholic High School, girls varsity lacrosse will visit Governor Livingston High School, and boys varsity lacrosse will travel to Montville Township High School.
Why Go: Because, after the winter season of indoor sports, being able to watch a game outdoors could be a relaxing way to spend the afternoon.
: Tony Cimorosi and Saundra Silliman
Where/When: From 7 to 10 p.m. at on Friday, March 18.
Why Go: Because Hibiscus serves American and Caribbean cuisines, and always has jazz on Friday nights.
Pricing: No cover
Where/When: 10 p.m. at on Friday, March 18.
Why Go: Because, if you’re looking for a bar with a live band and a lively crowd, The Famished Frog on Friday night might be the right spot for you.
Pricing: No cover
Where/When: At 7:30 p.m. at the on Saturday, March 19.
Why Go: I’d try to put it into words, but you might be better off just watching the video at the Community Theatre’s website. Intense.
Pricing: Tickets range from $42 to $67 and are available online.
Where/When: From 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Hibiscus Restaurant on Sunday, March 20.
Why Go: Because you like jazz and want brunch on a Sunday afternoon, or because you’re a fan of this week’s performer, Lou Watson.
Pricing: No cover, reservations can be made at the Hibiscus website or by calling 973-359-0200.
Where/When: From 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 at , which is located above .
Why Go: Because you want to disconnect from your phone, computer and job for a little while and feel connected to other people.
Pricing: $15 with advance registration or $20 at the door. Contact by phone at 973-464-4507.
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