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Top Things To Do This Month: Morris County, September 2011

Kayla Mossien

Rock On
Music-loving families (and New Jersey natives) should mark their calendars for the “Jersey Rocks” exhibit, which runs until September 5 at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. By tracing the roots and evolution of rock music in New Jersey, the exhibition shows the impact that the genre and its hometown heroes, such as Bon Jovi and Gloria Gaynor, have on the state, nation and world. Learn more about the exhibit, which runs through September 5, at www.morrismuseum.org.

All Aboard
Enjoy an Excursion Train Ride at the Whippany Railway Museum, 1 Railroad Plaza in Whippany. On September 11 and 18 from 1-4pm, families can ride in the historic caboose of their choice and take a scenic and nostalgic 45-minute train ride through the New Jersey countryside. For added excitement, upgrade to the restored luxury car the Jersey Coast and experience travel as generations past did. Visit www.whippanyrailwaymuseum.net for more information.

Pretty Petals
Attend the Pressed Flower Art Workshop to create a masterpiece with renowned flower artist Lisabeth Billingsley. Held at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Haggerty Center, 53 East Hanover Ave. in Morris Township, the class on September 10 provides participants with the materials needed to make either a large flower piece or a set of floral greeting cards. Register at www.arboretumfriends.org.

Music in the Making
Catch acoustic folk music with the Minstrel Concert Series, sponsored by the Folk Project, at the Minstrel at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, from 8-11pm throughout the month. Whether it’s Dugan’s Hooligans on September 2, an open stage on September 9, Toby Walker on September 16 or Ilusha Tsinadze on September 23, performances entertain the whole family. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted for free. Learn more at www.folkproject.org.

Break a Leg
Head to the Dover Little Theatre on Elliott Street in Dover for a performance of the hit comedy The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). Performed from September 10-24 on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays, September 11 and 18, at 2pm, the production covers all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in a humorous 97 minutes. Buy tickets at www.doverlittletheatre.org.

Fall for Crafts
Municipal Field on Main Street in Chester hosts the 38th Annual Fall Craft Show from September 10-11, 10am-5pm. Ranked as one of the top 100 craft shows in the country, the function offers an opportunity to shop for a wide variety of handcrafted furnishings, gifts, artwork and other items. Find details at www.chestercraftshow.com.

Race to Erase MS
Join Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan and a team of professional female cyclists in Morristown on September 24 as they take part in one of the National MS Society’s Bike MS rides. The bike rides pair a professional cyclist with a multiple sclerosis patient and help raise funds for the organization. Learn more, including information about the inspirational initiatives NOW and Novartis for MS, at www.noopportunitywasted.com.

Hidden Gems
Take a look at pretty gems during the Sterling Hill Mining Museum’s 55th Annual Franklin Sterling Gem and Mineral Show and Outdoor Swap/Sell. Held at Franklin Middle School at Buckwheat Road and Washington Street in Franklin, the event brings a number of indoor and outdoor activities from September 24-25 from 7:30am-6pm. For additional information, log onto
www.sterlinghillminingmuseum.org.

Family Concerts
Enjoy free music on the lawn of the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, 9 Main St. in Madison, during the Downtown Concert Series. Performances run from 6-8pm and showcase the talents of NoName James & Butterball on September 2 and the Mood Swings on September 30. Visit www.metc.org for more about the museum’s family programming.

At the Fairgrounds
Head to the Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road in Augusta, for a bevy of family-friendly events during the month of September. The fairgrounds features the Newton Kennel Club Dog Show from September 1-3, Arabian Horse Breeders from September 3-4, the Sussex County Farmers Market on September 10 and 17, the Irish American Festival on September 11, the Sussex County Horse Show on September 17, the Champion of the Grill Community Festival on September 18, the Peters Valley 41st Anniversary Annual Craft Show from September 24-25 and the Interfaith Hospitality Network’s “Box City” on September 30. For details, visit www.newjerseystatefair.org.