Get Out and Enjoy the Upcoming Weekend
Here's Patch's list of ways to help you figure out how.
Great Wines of France
Where/When: From noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Madison.
Why Go: In celebration of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s 2011 Season opening production of The Misanthrope, Gary’s Wine & Marketplace will hold a free Great Wines of France wine tasting featuring a repertoire of France’s finest summer rosés, reds and whites. During the tasting, each location will hold a raffle to win a pair of tickets to The Misanthrope, which begins performances on June 1 and continues through June 26 at The Shakespeare Theatre’s F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison.
Comic Artist/Legend Joe Kubert at Dewey’s Comic City
Where/When: From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Dewey's Comic City in Madison.
Why Go: Joe Kubert, whose remarkable career ranks him among the all-time comic book greats, will be appearing for a rare in-store appearance on Saturday, June 4, from 1 to 3 pm. Kubert will be meeting fans and autographing copies of his entire body of work, including recent additions to DC Comics’ Joe Kubert Library: "Jew Gangster," "Yossel: April 19, 1943," and "Dong Xoal, Vietnam 1965."
Bill Cosby Live
Where/When: At 8 p.m. on Saturday, at the Community Theatre in Morristown.
Why Go: Comedy icon Bill Cosby dazzles fans young and old with humor that transcends age, gender and cultural barriers.
Pricing: Ranging from $52 to $107.
End of Year Ice Cream Social/Concert
Where/When: At 8 p.m. on Saturday at The Sanctuary Concerts in Chatham.
Why Go: Because the 2010/11 season was such a hit, The Sanctuary Concerts is celebrating its loyal audience with an ice cream social, followed by a show by Columbia Records artisits The Burns Sisters at 9 p.m.
Comedy Night at the Black River Playhouse
Where/When: At 8 p.m. on Saturday at The Black River Playhouse, at Grove St. and Maple Ave. in Chester.
Why Go: After last year’s comedy night was a sold out hit, The Black River Playhouse in Chester is hosting its second annual comedy night as a fundraiser for the Chester Theatre Group. The night will feature comedians Katherine Brower, Dan Hoffman, Fred Holzapfel, Julie McCormick, Karen Muha, Peggy Robinson and Phil Sweet.
Pricing: $15 donation.
LaBamba and The Hubcaps with Quiet Storm
Where/When: At 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Morris Museum in Morris Township.
Why Go: Because there will be a concert and dancing with LaBamba and The Hubcaps, one of New Jersey's most successful and well-known bar bands. The opening act will be Philadelphia acapella group Quiet Storm.
The Woodmont Fun Fair
Where/When: From 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Woodmont Elementary School in Pine Brook.
Why Go: Because there will be inflatables, carnival games, food, hair painting and much more.
Pricing: $18 at the door (price breaks available if you preorder and buy in bulk. See Woodmont's website for more details.)
Sedgefield Neighborhood Garage Sale
Where/When: On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grooming Gallery in Parsippany.
Why Go: Because it’s a massive garage sale with more than 35 homes participating.
Pricing: How much do you want to spend?
2011 Lake Parsippany Open House
Where/When: On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Shore Drive and Dorothy Road in Parsippany.
Why Go: It’s a family day filled with music, boat rides, challenge races, swimming and a chance to see local firemen, rescue squads, and police officers with their various trucks and equipment. There is will also be good food and drinks available, along with a used book sale, scrapbooking demonstrations, free balloons and face painting for the young and the young at heart. Bring a non-perishable food item for the Parsippany Emergency Food Pantry and receive a free firecracker ice pop.
Pricing: Entry is free, but it really depends on how much money you would like to spend on all of the goodies.
Parsippany High School Redstock Family Fun Festival
Where/When: On Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Parsippany High School.
Why Go: Because it’s a day of food, fun, games, prizes, music and more.
Eastlake School Car Wash
Where/When: On Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Fire District No. 3 Lake Parsippany Volunteer Fire Co. in Parsippany.
Why Go: To get your car washed for a good cause!
Morristown Relief Effort for Alabama Tornado Victims
Where/When: On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Morristown Town Hall.
Why Go: Because people are teaming up to send a truckload of relied supplies to the communities in Tuscaloosa that were devastated by the tornadoes last month. Non-perishable foods, water, cleaning supplies, paper products, tarps to cover roofs, school supplies, pet supplies and food, plastic storage containers, pots and pans, gently used children and teen clothing, among other things, are needed.
Pricing: How much can you donate?
Lake Edenwold Flea Market and Craft Fair
Where/When: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at 85 Cascade Way in Butler.
Why Go: Because it’s a flea market and everyone likes a flea market.
Pricing: How big is your wallet?
Where/When: From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday at 180 Boonton Ave in Butler.
Why Go: Because the owners are moving to a smaller house and must sell everything. Items for sale include toy, crafts, patio furniture and many other household items.
Pricing: How big is your wallet?
Adult Booktalk at Kinnelon Library
Where/When: At 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Kinnelon Public Library.
Why Go: To enjoy an evening discussing Tom Franklin’s “Crooked letter, crooked letter” with some like-minded adults. Newcomers are welcome.
Where/When: At 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey in Madison.
Why Go: To enjoy a night out in Madison experiencing Molière’s comedic masterpiece about the hypocrisy of polite society.
Pricing: $32 to $55.
Art Opening: Figure Drawing by Peter Allen
Where/When: From 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Harding Gallery in Morristown.
Why Go: To check out a new series of drawings by Harding artist Peter Allen for the gallery’s new inaugural artist exhibition program. Allen will celebrate his exhibit with an artist reception on Sunday that is open to the public.
Where/When: At 6:15 p.m. on Thursday at The Morristown & Morris Township Library in Morristown.
Why Go: You can see The Illusionist, a French animated film directed by Sylvain Chomet.
Acoustic with Brian Leopold
Where/When: From 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Friday at Hennessey's Washington Bar in Morristown.
Why Go: Come see Morristown’s own Brian Leopold, a one-man band who will play your favorite songs from bands like The Beatles, Billy Joel, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers and more.
Chester Craft Show
When/Where: Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Chester's Main Street.
Why Go: To find unique gifts and a little something for yourself in the quaint setting of a historic town.
Pricing: $3 per person admission.
"Two Sides of Love"
When/Where: Saturday, June 4 at 8 p.m., at the Somerset Valley Playhouse in Hillsborough.
Why Go: Because there is always two sides to every story ... especially with love. You can learn about those sides when The Somerset Valley Players present a free staged reading of this play, written and directed by Thomas Baldinger.
Pricing: Free. Mature audiences only. Donations gladly accepted.
GRAB & GO KIDS' PLANNER
Pond Discoveries Event
Where/When: At 2 p.m. on Saturday at The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham.
Why Go: Children ages 6 and older can dig into the pond and learn about what lives there. It’s suggested to wear clothing that can get muddy or wet.
Dig It! Archeology for Kids
Where/When: From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Historic Speedwell Village in Morristown.
Why Go: Children ages 7 to 11 will get the chance to learn the basic skills of archeology and unearth some treasures of their own.
Pricing: $4 for adults, $3 for seniors, $2 for children.
Pond Life Event for Kids
Where/When: At 2 p.m. on Sunday at The Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center in Chatham.
Why Go: Children ages 10 and older will learn about aquatic invertebrates with a naturalist.
Afternoon Story Time and Crafts
Where/When: At 4 p.m. on Thursday at Jefferson Township Public Library, 1000 Weldon Rd. in Oak Ridge.
Why Go: Kids (first grade and older) can enjoy an afternoon of stories and crafts.
Pajama Story Time
Where/When: At 6 p.m. on Thursday at Jefferson Township Public Library, 1000 Weldon Rd. in Oak Ridge.
Why Go: To get your little one’s into their PJ’s and enjoy an evening of stories at the public library.