JIM KWESKIN. Kweskin created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. 7:30. $10. 21 Normandy Heights Rd.
THE SUBJECT WAS DOORKNOBS. (or Lemonade, Amazons and Their Dubious Association With Doorknobs). Comedic thriller written by local playwright Thom Florio. 69 Elliot St.
OBOE FUSION. Featuring “Mozart in the Jungle” author Blair Tindall, Marilyn Coyne, and Raritan River Music Festival Co-Founder Thomas Gallant 7:30pm. $21, students free. Clinton Presbyterian Church, 91 Center Street.
GEORGE WASHINGTON’S HEADQUARTERS: PHOTOGRAPHS BY XIOMÁRO. 22 large images of the Ford Mansion, Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters, that highlight its dual role as a residence. "The domestic aspects are easily lost in the presence of Washington, but Xio has managed to capture the Ford Mansion’s essence as a home," explains curator Jude M. Pfister, the park’s Chief of Cultural Resources. Pfister is the author of the award-winning book, The Jacob Ford Jr. Mansion: The Storied History of a New Jersey Home (The History Press, 2009).
Xio has been commissioned by the National Park Service to create collections for parks in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. ”My impressions of MNHP highlighted to me how the various historic sites of the National Park Service form a tapestry of our nation's founding,” explains the artist. ”When I saw, for example, the kitchen and the traveling liquor box at Washington's Headquarters, it drew a visceral connection with kitchen and liquor box at the William Floyd Estate in New York (also part of the National Park Service at Fire Island National Seashore).” You can download a free copy of the Morristown book of photographs at the artist's website . 2 - 4pm. Museum Auditorium, 30 Washington Place.
NEW JERSEY BALLET. Saturday: The Bard’s Ballets: Romeo & Juliet and MacbethSunday: Cinderella 100 South Street.
10TH ANNUAL MEDICINE WHEEL FESTIVAL AND COMMUNITY GARDEN CELEBRATION. The two day fundraising event features an array of live musical and artistic performances, workshops and demonstrations, plant walks, a plant sale, barn sale, bake sale, farmers, crafters & food vendors, gardening workshops, carriage rides, pony rides, a pop up art show, photography contest, and more, all to support the continued growth and preservation of the Medicine Wheel gardens and the historic buildings at Lusscroft Farm. 10am. $7/ children free. Donations directly support ongoing restoration projects at Lusscroft Farm, 50 Neilson Rd. & 4-H Trail, Wantage N.J., which is affiliated with High Point State Park. 50 Neilson Road. Parking entrance is from 4-H Trail on County Route 519 (by mile marker 81 and the stone gatehouse)..
TASTE OF SOMERSET. The 26th annual Taste of Somerset, the area’s original gourmet tasting event provides the unique opportunity to sample the finest appetizers, entrees, desserts, and beverages that the region has to offer 6 - 9pm. $75. The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue.
EAGLES SIGHTSEEING EXCURSION. Join Bob Behrent, a long-time local who takes photographs of the eagles that live in a tree on Lake Hopatcong. 3 - 5pm. $35. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..
ACOUSTIC GETAWAY. A three-day musical mini-vacation featuring 150 Folk Project members and friends. Preregistration is required. YMCA Camp Bernie.
TOUR OF SOMERVILLE CYCLING SERIES. The annual three-day Tour of Somerville Cycling Series culminates every Memorial Day with the fifty-mile Kugler-Anderson race, named in honor of its first winners, Furman Kugler of Somerville (1940, 1941) and Carl Anderson of Clifton (1942). Both men lost their lives during World War II. Furman’s father, Fred “Pop” Kugler, whose strength and skill in his era as a cycling champion were the foundation of the enterprises that informed the rest of his career, advanced the sport of competitive cycling by coaching succeeding generations of cyclists and developing racing bikes. Begun under his direction, the Tour of Somerville has consistently drawn the best racing cyclists in America to the roadways of Somerset County. Today, the event organizer and beneficiary is Middle Earth, a non-profit agency that helps middle and high school children become responsible and productive community members. Known as the "Kentucky Derby of Cycling." The Tour is the oldest major bicycle race in the United States and a legend in the lore of bicycle racing. Free admission. Main Street.
OPENING DAY! . Join members, friends & neighbors as we celebrate a new season. The pool will open at noon with the ringing of the bell, words of welcome & our annual pool jump-in! A pot-luck lunch will be served, so bring a dish to share (please include a list of ingredients). Admission is free. 11am. 180 Snake Den Road.
DUO A CORDA. Martin Haug guitar, Birgitte Stærnes violin; direct from Norway. Featuring Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo 7:30pm. $21, students free. Stanton Reformed Church, 1 Stanton Mountain Road (at Route 629).
NA'BODACH, THE BAND. Six fabulous celtic musicians, plus electricity. Enjoy the farm’s delicious foods which are available for purchase; BYOB. 1 - 4pm. Free, resv requested. 369 Stamets Road.
MEMORIAL PICNIC BY THE RIVER. Annual community picnic with inaugural flag raising. Take a walk on our new Interpretive Woodland Trail. Launch your canoe/kayak at our Delaware River landing. Bring your own blanket and a covered dish to share. Grills & cutlery will be provided. Rain or shine. Ramsaysburg Rd, and Rt 46.
HOLIDAY MEMORIAL DAY EXCURSION. Ninety minute cruise around Lake Hopatcong with light snack bar. 3:30 - 5pm. $30. 37 Nolans Point Park Rd..
FULL MOON HIKE. Night time critters, bugs, and the glow of the moon. 8:30 - 10pm. $10. 339 Pleasant Valley Road.
MINSTREL CONCERT SERIES. Shows every Friday, presenting traditional American and ethnic "folk" music, as well as music of contemporary, primarily acoustic songwriters. The second Friday of the month is an open stage/audition night. 7:30pm. $10 adults; children 12 and under free.
Saturdays • NATURE WALKS. Hike the Paulinskill Valley Trail. Hike different sections with various themes. Hikes leave from Kittatinny SP, Warbasse Jct., or Footbridge Park in Blairstown. Free.
Weekends • THE PEQUEST TROUT HATCHERY AND NATURAL RESOURCE EDUCATION CENTER hosts a series of programs about the natural world around us for young and old alike. Preregistration is usually required. Topics range from a child’s first introduction to nature to seminars for expert fly fishers.
Ongoing • TOURS OF WASHINGTON'S HEADQUARTERS AT THE FORD MANSION.
Headquarters Museum includes includes three exhibit galleries, a 30-minute introductory video, and the Discover History Center. Tours of Fords Manion will be made available at 10 and 11am and at 1, 2, 3 and 4pm. Beginning January 1, 2018, Morristown National Historical Park will no longer charge an entrance fee to visit the park’s Washington’s Headquarters Museum.
The park’s grounds, parking areas, tour road, 27 miles of hiking trails, and restroom facilities at the Jockey Hollow area are open to the public, seven days a week, 9:30am - 5pm.