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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, November 2013

Donald McDermott


An International Celebration
Be a part of one colossal party with all your favorite fictional friends in Disney on Ice: Let’s Celebrate! Mickey, Minnie, Buzz Lightyear, the Disney Princesses and many more lead audiences in an unforgettable celebration of a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. The excitement takes place from November 26 through December 1 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. For tickets and more information, call (201)935-3900 or visit www.izodcenter.com.

Live Action 
The State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick, is the place to be for great live performances for audiences of all ages. Upcoming shows for families include: The Irish Chamber Orchestra on November 3, Star-Fish Unplugged on November 16, Shanghai Ballet on November 17, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites on November 25, and the Disney Junior Live On Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure on November 29 and 30. For tickets and more information, call the box office at (732)246-7469 or log onto www.statetheatrenj.org.

Imagine That!!!
The Imagine That!!! Museum rings in the holiday season by hosting a special Visit with Santa on November 29, 30, and December 1. Don’t forget to have your child’s wish lists ready for a day that also includes pictures and a special gift from Santa himself! The Imagine That!!! Children’s Museum is located at 4 Vreeland Road in Florham Park, New Jersey. Imagine That!!! can be reached at (973)966-8000 or www.imaginethatmuseum.com for more information.

Merry at the Museum
The Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Ave. on the grounds of Kean University in Union, presents two ,special events for families. The fun begins on November 6 and 20, when the museum’s Afternoon Tea series invites visitors to tour the grounds, sip tea, and lunch on finger sandwiches from the comfort of a glass-enclosed porch. Then on November 9, the Downton Abbey Luncheon offers a delicious buffet and a rare glimpse into the lives of Liberty Hall Museum’s servants at the turn of the 20th century. Contact the museum at (908)527-0400 or at www.libertyhallnj.org to register.

Spectacular on Stage
Make it a month to remember at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. The fun begins on November 10 when acclaimed children’s performers Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell create a dance party for all ages that blends traditional songs with irresistible original creations. The holiday season gets underway at the Mayo Center on November 29 when holiday music comes together with dazzling effects during a Manheim Steamroller Christmas. For more details or a full season schedule, contact the MPAC at (973)539-8008 or www.mayoarts.org.

So-Packed With Shows 
The South Orange Performing Arts Center, One Sopac Way, South Orange, is the place to be this fall for unforgettable live performances for the entire family. Upcoming shows for the fall of 2013 include: Ireland - The Show on November 4 and 5, The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites on November 30, and The Nutcracker on December 1. For a full schedule of events and more, call (973)275-1114 or visit www.sopacnow.org.

Family Favorites
The New Jersey Ballet brings one of its most beloved performances to life in a captivating presentation of Cinderella on November 10. This beautiful, two-act ballet comes complete with a beautiful Cinderella, handsome prince, wickedly funny stepsisters, a pumpkin that turns into a coach before your eyes and “storyteller” narration so even the littlest audience members can keep up. Families are also invited to enjoy a special production of the holiday favorite, The Nutcracker on November 23. Performances are held at the Union County Performing Arts Center, 1601 Irving St., Rahway. For more information, call the box office at (732)499-8236 or visit www.ucpac.org.

Christmas in Red Bank
The holiday season arrives early in Monmouth County this year when Irving Berlin’s White Christmas comes to the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Based on the timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features touching performances, a nostalgic atmosphere, and a dazzling musical score that includes seventeen well-known Irving Berlin songs. Performances will be held on November 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, and 24. For tickets, call the box office at (732)842-9000 or go to www.countbasietheatre.org.

Off To Market
Start your Saturdays with a few delicious and nutritious treats during the 21st season at the Montclair Farmer’s Market. Open every Saturday in November, 8am-2pm, the market offers visitors an opportunity to choose from a variety of fruits and vegetables, organic produce, baked goods, seafood, honey, roasted coffees, and specialty foods. The market is presented in the Montclair Train Station Parking Lot, Walnut St., Montclair. Visit www.montclairnjusa.org for more information.

Holiday Treasures
Discover an array of unique items, wonderful gift ideas, and bargains galore at the Holiday Shopping Boutique at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, Bridgewater. Open to the public on November 14 and 15, this special event welcomes a wide variety of vendors, offering everything from arts and crafts, jewelry and children’s clothing to beautiful Swarovski crystal items and much more. For times, contact the JCC at (908)725-6994.

                                                                                                                   Donald McDermott is the managing editor.