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7 fun things to do in Morris County Valentine's weekend

February 13, 2015Daily RecordArticle.pdf

Treat your sweetheart to a night out on the town. Or snuggle up together after an icy jump in Lake Hopatcong or the Cupid’s Chase run in Morristown. You’ll be spreading the love, since proceeds from these bone-chilling events go to support local charities.

1. Jesse & Co. play music festival in Budd Lake

Live performances by a trio of roots-oriented acts that frequently play the northwest New Jersey area: Ice Cream Social, Brother Buddha (whose members include jazz-blues organist John Ginty), and Jesse & Co., a side project from Jesse Bardwell, the lead singer of the Quimby Mountain Band. 8 tonight, doors open at 7:30 p.m.. Vasa Park Indoor Reception Hall, 1 Wolfe Road, Budd Lake, $10. More information:

2. Lyrica Chamber Music to present Shuffle Concert

Lyrica Chamber Music’s Shuffle Concert on Sunday in Chatham Township gives audience members a chance to do jumping up out of your seat at a concert and shout, “Play Mozart.” The audience picks the music; the Shuffle Concert Ensemble plays it. 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15; Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, 240 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township; $25; $20 for seniors. More information: 973-309-1668;

3. ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ arrives at Brundage Park

The musical adaptation of stories by Sholem Aleichem focuses on Tevye, a poor milkman living in a tiny village in Czarist Russia in the early 1900s. Tevye tries to cling to tradition, even as the world changes around him. The Tony-winning score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick includes such songs as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition.” 8 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 22. Brundage Park Playhouse, 2 Bungalow Lane (off Carrell Road), Randolph. $15 ($12 for children under age 12 and seniors over 62). More information: 973-989-7092 or

4. Rosanne Cash to appear at Mayo PAC Friday

Cash and her band perform all 11 tracks from her acclaimed 2014 album “The River and the Thread,” a series of songs rooted in the American South. Cash will also perform a selection of material from her long career as a singer-songwriter in the country, folk, and rock tradition. 8 pm Friday, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. $39 to $69. More information: 973-539-8008 or


5. Valentine’s Day Dog Hike at Jockey Hollow. each dog in attendance will receive a “doggy” bag filled with fun Valentine’s Day goodies! Saturday, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM. A fast-paced, strenuous, 5-6 mile hike over rough terrain; dogs and their owners must be in good condition. All dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations and non-aggressive and leashed. Meet at the secondary rest area at the end of Western Ave. (Jockey Hollow Rd.). Reservations are required.. Jockey Hollow Morristown Historical Park. Free, Reservations and more information:

6. Cupid’s Chase 5K Morristown

This Valentine’s Day, spend your morning supporting running the annual race hosted by Community Options Inc., to support people with disabilities. a worthy cause at the Morristown Cupid’s Chase 5K. Joggers, walkers, runners, rollers and and runners wearing diapers all are invited to participate. Saturday, February 14, 8:00 to 1:00 p.m.; Registation before February 13 is $30.00; day of the race $50.00. Race day registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the race starts at 10:00 a.m. Cupid’s Chase Morristown is located at The Daily Plan It, 150-152 Speedwell Avenue.

7. 6th Annual Leap in the Lake: Take the plunge into Lake Hopatcong for local youth activity programs. All plungers will receive a complimentary ticket to the Post Leap Party and a “Leap in the Lake” shirt. Lake Hopatcong Elks . Sponsored by Lake Hopatcong Elks #782 and their Special Children’s Committee & other Youth Activity Programs. 1 pm, Saturday. Hopatcong State Park, $50 minimum donation required to participate. More information:


New Jersey Film Festival 2015: Showcasing the best in independent film with premiere screenings, film-making workshops, and special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, cast and crew. More information: New Jersey Film Festival

NJ Flower & Garden Show: February 12-15th at the NJ Convention Center in Edison. It may be freezing and snow-covered outside, but it feels like Spring at the Flower & Garden show. Click here for info and a coupon.


*’Out of the Studio’ at College of St. Elizabeth This new exhibition celebrating the art work of the College of Saint Elizabeth’s Art Program faculty members at the Therese A. Maloney Art Gallery in the college’s Annunciation Center. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, 2 -6 p.m. until April 12. 2 Convent Road, Morristown, free. A free reception to meet the artists will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 18. More information: 973-290-4314, or

*Tango Buenos Aires appears at Mayo PAC on Feb. 19 The troupe from Argentina, which specializes in both original and classic dances, presents “The Song of Eva Peron,” a program that celebrates the life and work of Eva Peron, First Lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952. 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. Tickets, $29 to $59. More information: 973-539-8008 or