5 Favorite Things: October 11th - 17th

This week in and around Madison, we’ve got festivals and fun galore this week! Visit a park, a museum or one of the festivals with the family this week!

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Morristown Festival of Books

Multiple Locations throughout Morristown

Friday, October 11th & Saturday, October 12th - various times

Book festivals happen all over the world and can take many shapes and sizes. Our particular festival is wonderfully unique. (In fact, we’ve been hailed as “the best” and “truly outstanding” by authors, publishers, and delighted participants of all kinds but let’s keep that a little quiet so we don’t make other festivals jealous!)

What happens at the Morristown Festival of Books?

In-person talks by more than 50 world-class authors, representing every imaginable genre, including Pulitzer Prize winners, Caldecott medalists, New York Times chart toppers, and more.

Book signings by these wonderful authors: yes, you can meet your literary idol!

Brand-new, beautiful books for purchase (and then signed, and possibly selfied with, as noted above).

Discussion, insight, laughter, snacks, book-loving camaraderie, tote-bag-strapitis.

All of this is open to the public and, aside from select ticketed talks, free of charge. It’s an annual two-day event that takes place each autumn. The opening night is a ticketed Keynote Event featuring one (or sometimes a pair of) amazing headline speaker. The Main Festival takes place all day on Saturday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.), rain or shine, at several beautiful locations in the heart of historic downtown Morristown, NJ. There are plenty of red-shirted volunteers to direct you once you arrive.

Visit the festival website for more information.

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Lenape Day

Great Swamp OEC

Saturday, October 12th - 12 - 4 pm

Join this annual event celebrating the Lenape with dancing, drums, and historical talks by the Ramapough Lenape People. Enjoy games, crafts, touring a replica wigwam, and more.

$5 per person

All ages

Visit the environmental center website for more information.

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Sussex County Harvest, Honey & Garlic Festival

Saturday, October 12th - 12 - 4 pm

Sussex Country Fairgrounds

The 10th annual Sussex County Harvest, Honey, & Garlic Festival is a celebration of agritourism, ecotourism, arts, and heritage. Enjoy a farmers' market with local Sussex County and Jersey Fresh products like fruit, vegetables, cheese, wine, and more.

The Sussex County Beekeepers Association will have educational displays and materials, along with an array of honey products. For those who love all things garlic, you'll have plenty to choose from with the Garden State Garlic Growers. The Festival will feature local artisans & crafters, plus displays highlighting northern New Jersey's great open spaces and natural history. There will be a hay ride and crafts for kids and vendors for the adults. 

Visit the festival’s facebook page or more info.

Daffodil Bulb Planting

Monday, October 14th - 1 pm

Macculloch Hall Historical Museum

Come to the garden for bulb planting, story and craft.

Pre-registration is requested for all programs. 

Ages 3+

FREE

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So You Think You Can Dance Live!

Monday, October 14th - 7 pm

Mayo Performing Arts Center

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2019 brings together the top contestants from Season 16 of the Emmy® Award-winning FOX TV show. The dancers will captivate audiences with styles varying from lyrical to salsa, hip-hop to contemporary, plus the latest street moves, in original choreography from the TV competition and created especially for the live performance.

Tickets $49-$79

Visit the theatre website for info & tickets.