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PUTTING PEN TO THEIR PASSIONS From Medieval knights to grandmothers, Mo’town couple publish their discoveries By MEREDITH MANNINO CONTRIBUTING WRITER

From tracing unknown family roots to stumbling upon Medieval knights all over the globe, husband and wife Leo and Carole Rogers of Morristown have put their discoveries down into the written word and published their own books. Carole Garibaldi Rogers’’ “Hidden Lives: My Three Grandmothers” is her eighth book while “Lives and Times of Medieval Knights: Chronicles Of A Motley Collection” is Leo Rogers’ first. She is an oral historian, journalist and poet, and he is the retired president of Howard Savings Bank and former dean of Silberman College of Business at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) and director of the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies, also at FDU. Together, the 70-something couple helped each pursue their individual interests and shaped their efforts into book form. “Hidden Lives: My Three Grandmothers” is a memoir about Mrs. Rogers’ search for her roots, while “Lives and Times of Medieval Knights” is a light-hearted non-fiction book about his passion for collecting knights. In “Hidden Lives,” Mrs. Rogers recounts how, on the eve of her 86-year old mother’s death, her father told her that

Carole Rogers of Morristown stands on the boat approaching Ellis Island on one of her many research trips to learn of her Jewish grandmother who emigrated from Russia at the turn of the 20th century.

her mother was adopted. Her world was turned upside down. She had never met her maternal or paternal grandmothers, and after the astonishing news from her dad, she realized she had a third grandmother—her blood relative— whom she had also never met. Determined to trace her complicated family history, she began a long odyssey. She began her research by tracking down public records. A visit to the church in New York City where her mother was baptized in the Lower East Side of Manhattan led her to documents from years past, and here she discovered that her mother Rita Hoefal, daughter of Margaretha and William, was actually born Rebecca, daughter of Minnie and Benjamin Seidman. Realizing that Seidman is typically a Jewish surname, Rogers was thrown for a loop at the notion that her staunchly German Catholic mother was actually from a completely different ancestry. Since her mother was an only child, there weren’t really any relatives Rogers could contact. She was, however, able to track down the daughter of her mom’s friend who confirmed that Rogers’ mother was not a German Catholic, but in fact was of purely Russian Jewish descent. PLEASE SEE PUTTING, PAGE 2

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This revelation was only the tip of the iceberg in a sea of things She learned about all three of her grandmothers and their lives in New York City during the early 1900’s. Through many trips to The Bronx, home of her adoptive German Catholic grandmother Margaretha; the Lower East Side, where her birth grandmother Minnie resided, and Hell’s Kitchen, home of her Italian paternal grandmother Catherine, more and more was revealed. In “Hidden Lives: My Three Grandmothers,” through her extensive investigative research, history books and her imagination, she has pieced together the stories of these three women whose stories would have otherwise gone untold. Despite the sleepless nights,

‘The family joke is that the knights want to be rescued and brought to The Great Hall in our home.’ LEO ROGERS Book author

tears, and resentment that her research brought on, Mrs. Rogers described the peace that she ultimately has found. “I continue to feel alone and angry and sad when I remember all the years I knew nothing and asked no questions. But often now when I think about my three grandmothers, I smile. I can feel the stability that comes from finally knowing my heritage; the knowledge may have come late, but the identity is now mine to claim. Accepting this gift of myself is the end point of my jour-



ney.” Meanwhile, Leo Rogers was busy with his own pursuit, a bookhis first-"Lives and Times of Medieval Knights" is a chronicle of his vast and unique medieval knight collection.

Great Hall The collection, which includes more than 70 artifacts, marionettes and figurines, some of which stand as high as four feet, resides in a room in the Rogers' Morristown home that is affectionately called The Great Hall, as in the place where knights convened and feted in medieval times. His fascination with knights began in childhood and resurfaced in 1980 after a trip to the Morristown Armory Antiques Show with his young son Doug. Initially, Carole objected to him buying the relic because of its "dusty and dirty" condition, but her son's childish delight at the knight's sword, shield and size overruled her kibosh. This 43-inch tall knight became the first in Rogers' collection, and was named "Douglas of Lancaster" after his son and the town in Pennsylvania where the figure was found. During the past 30 years, his collection has grown. Unlike some collectors, Mr. Rogers does not obsessively troll EBay or other such websites in search of knights. Instead, he merely keeps an open eye, ear, and heart, and the knights come to him. "The family joke," he commented, "is that the knights want to be rescued and brought to The Great Hall in our home."


Above: Carole and Leo Rogers of Morristown examine a Medieval knight especially carved for Mr. Rogers’ collection by Brian Stockman, a nationally recognized carver in Tuftonboro, N.H., who carved the knight, subsequently named Sir Brian of Tuftonboro, from a cherry log from the woods behind his home. Left: Some of the 70plus knights in Leo Rogers’ collection stand in the “Great Hall” of the Rogers’ Morristown home.

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‘Monuments Men’ is hardly monumental By MICHAEL S. GOLDBERGER FILM CRITIC

Be it ever so noble and righteous an endeavor, filmgoers who partake of George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” will doubtfully wish to experience it again when it plays the flat screen in the den. Viewing Grant Heslov’s screenplay based on two books detailing the true-to-life tale about the men and women appointed to retrieve art treasures the Nazis stole during WWII, is more a respectful pilgrimage than an entertainment. Essentially a grand scale scavenger hunt played for the very highest stakes, it is the loftiness of the task itself that intrigues, not the poorly written, slow boat to its ends. Surely posterity wouldn’t have minded a bit more artistic license for the sake of dramatic fluidity. Call it “The Dirty Dozen Light” as this mission, although it is played with real guns, a vile antagonist and all the dangers those circumstances entail, presents a motley crew of unlikely candidates for wartime heroics. The bulk

of them beyond acceptable fighting age, they are comprised of noted authorities on the arts. If they are convivially ragtag, they still convey that whimsical appeal audiences expect from such a conclave. Although the names have been changed, probably for legal considerations, the principals can easily be matched to their actual inspirations. Mr. Clooney, directing himself in this patriotic paean to the Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives Program, is Frank Stokes, the Harvard art conservationist who talks President Roosevelt into allowing him to form the unit. In all, there were approximately 400 participants. Here we home in on eight of them. Matt Damon plays James Granger, the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, smuggled into occupied Paris to figure out just where the Nazis, under the authority of Hermann Goering, are stashing their ill-gotten gains. There, he seeks the collaboration of the script’s unofficial Monument Woman, Claire Simone (Cate Blanchett), a French art scholar who, from the museum where she worked, was able to espy the comings and goings of the

>>MOVIE REVIEW “The Monuments Men,” rated PG-13, is a Columbia Pictures release directed by George Clooney and stars George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett. Running time: 118 minutes.

★★✩✩ pillaging intruders. Other players, all of whom chide each other in the generically familiar style common to such film assemblages, manage a likeability that, alas, can’t ameliorate a so-so script, although they give it the old college try. Bill Murray, doing that stare that says disbelief, curiosity, disdain and benevolence all in one grimace, is Richard Campbell, architect extraordinaire. Likewise, John Goodman as famed sculptor Walter Garfield, amuses merely by the humorous incongruence of his heft and demeanor being squished into an army uniform. Adding a little Continental panache, Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) is Jean Claude Clermont, a French director of design. Representing the Brits,

Hugh Bonneville is Donald Jeffries, a chap who hopes his service will earn him redemption from a misspent past. In short, there is a delegate from each of the allied countries, determined to preserve the culture that nurtures and is the historical lifeblood of a free civilization. And of course, to put the icing on the cake, there is a tried and true enemy, second best only to Beelzebub himself: Nazis. No equivocating here, no concerns about political correctness. Not content to merely put the world on its ear for a few years and kill millions of people, they’ve systematically, for fun and profit, plundered the world’s fortunes. Claiming for themselves every objet d’art they can get their fascist hands on, they oxymoronically prize the artifacts of those decimated nations for whom they espouse such utter disdain. Military historians generally agree this was among the preoccupying lunacies that ultimately led to their defeat. That, and trying to wipe out an entire peoples. Surveying the mind-boggling number of priceless paintings, sculptures, etc., the camera challenges us to identify each item in the panoply of

priceless heirlooms. In one especially forceful scene, Mr. Damon’s curator par excellence hangs a re-claimed portrait of a female, Jewish family member on the wall of an abandoned Paris apartment. Mademoiselle Simone asks him what he’s doing, chillingly assuring that no one is returning to this dwelling. Assuming his finest Boy Scout demeanor, he replies, “I was commissioned to recover art and return it to its proper owner.” That and a few other moments work. Otherwise, the docudrama can’t ever seem to get out of homage mode, even when a more sophisticated narrative might have accomplished its tribute in spades. There is no discernible subtext other than what you may construe, and no appreciable subplot. Where Mr. Clooney’s effort does, however, achieve success is in educating us to these exploits. Our interest is piqued. The suggestion here then is to skip the movie and spend the treasure you save on related literature and admission to museums where you can enjoy the fruits of “The Monuments Men’s” virtuous labors in living color.


It’s the ‘Final Adventure’ for Sherlock Holmes Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they face off against arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty, when the Chatham Players present “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” by Stephen Dietz from March 7 through March 22 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham. The case takes Holmes on a final adventure, which includes kidnapping, numerous disguises, underhand plotting twists and turns and a whole series of clues which even has the super sleuth’s sidekick scratching his head. Will Holmes prevail against the evil mastermind, Professor Moriarty and resist the lure of Irene Adler? With danger lurking around every corner, how can the Bloodhound of Baker Street possibly survive his final adventure? “Holmes aficionados will recognize the source material as a clever conflation of the original

stories, ‘The Final Problem,’ ‘A Scandal in Bohemia,’ and ‘A Study in Scarlet.’ Of course, being fully drawn characters, Holmes, Watson, Moriarty, et al possess their fair share of humor, providing many laughs and lighthearted moments throughout this fast-paced, suspenseful, and deadly adventure,” said director Gordon Weiner of Bridgewater. Performances are set for 8 p.m. on Fridays March 7,, 14 and 21, and Saturdays, March 8, 15 and 22, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday March 16. Tickets are $20 adults and $18 for youths and seniors and may be purchased online at, or by calling the box office at 973-635-7363 starting Friday, Feb. 28.

Will Holmes prevail against the evil mastermind, Professor Moriarty and resist the lure of Irene Adler? From left, Howard Fischer of Berkeley Heights as John Watson, Mike Harvey from Summit as Sherlock Holmes, Christopher C. Gibbs from Fanwood as Professor Moriarity, and Kathleen Campbell Jackson of Far Hills as Irene Adler are all starring in “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure” by Steven Dietz.

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TINY BUTLER, BIG SOOTHER Morris Township woman’s first book focuses on the powers of visualization ‘He kept my mind busy. It was very active and very real.’


For some, imagining a sunny, sandy beach in the Caribbean can soothe fears. For others, it could be a bed of roses. For Ronnie Hammer, however, it’s a proper English butler armed with brolly and bowler hat who goes by the very English name of Percy Puddlethorpe. The Morris Township resident has so much faith in her invisible friend that she’s penned “En Garde: My Battle with Breast Cancer” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2013), a book designed to help readers visualize their way through life crises. Hammer and Puddlethorpe go


back a long way. She first visualized him back in the 1990s, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. After a lumpectomy was performed, she needed several rounds of radiation. Six weeks, to be exact. “I never expected six weeks, and nobody ever told me about what to expect,” she said. “For example, I didn’t know about the


tattoos (used to identify the radiation area). They weren’t big things but they were enough to rattle me because they didn’t tell me.” So it was, she said, that she was receiving treatment one day, when “I was in the little gown, and room was freezing cold, and I was so miserable and terrified.” Enter Percy. “I just imagined this little sixinch English-style butler, like

out of ‘Downton Abbey,’ complete with an ascot, bowler hat and umbrella who, when the machine turned on, climbed to the top of the machine, opened his umbrella and floated down, tipping his hat and smiling so sweet that I had to smile back.” After that, Hammer envisioned him whenever she went for treatments. “He kept my mind busy. It was very active and very real,” she said. In time, Hammer shared the story of the butler with her friends who actually “asked me if they can borrow him.” Percy helped so many, she said, that she eventually decided to write the book. “I never wanted to write a book, but before I knew it, I had

it chapter by chapter,” she said. Hammer, who by training is a speech pathologist who coached clients in public speaking, eventually shared it with the Women who Write group that she leads in Madison. “I’d read a chapter, and they’d critique it and encouraged me,” she said. While Percy has only enjoyed life as a book hero for the past three months, Hammer is “surprised” by his popularity. “People like Percy Puddlethorpe,” she said. Hammer will present Percy and sign books at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 at the DeBary Inn, 265 Springfield Ave., Summit.

“En Garde: My Battle with Breast Cancer” is available at

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It’s Shakespeare LIVE! on March 8, April 12 of New Jersey’s Box Office at 973-408-5600 or email BoxOffice@ShakespeareNJ. In conjunction with The Stages Festival, the Theatre’s artist-educators and Shakespeare LIVE! company members will present “Speak the Speech,” an engaging workshop that gets participants on their feet to perform Shakespeare’s text and is designed to transform Shakespeare from merely words in “some old book” into fun, easily understood, and accessible “play.”

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s acclaimed educational touring company Shakespeare LIVE! will present colorful and dynamic performances of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Julius Caesar” on Saturday, March 8 and Saturday, April 12 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave. at Lancaster Road, Madison. One-hour family performances of Shakespeare’s popular comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be held at noon on Saturday, March 8 at 12 p.m. and at noon on Saturday, April 12 at 12 p.m. at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. When starry-eyed young lovers and zany would-be actors cross paths with mischief-making fairies in a magical forest, the result is one of the world’s most uproarious comedies. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is appropriate for grades 3 and up.

Workshop The 90-minute “Speak the Speech” workshop will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 8 at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. The workshop is offered free of charge by the New Jersey Theatre Alliance; advance reservations are required. Call the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Box Office at 973408-5600 to make a reservation. Shakespeare LIVE!, celebrating its 18th season, travels to schools and other venues throughout the state and wider region with 60-minute versions of two of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.

‘Julius Caesar’ Another Shakespeare classsic is also offered for the whole family in the form of a onehour performance. The classic “Julius Caesar” will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, also at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Personal loyalty and patriotic duty collide as cries of revolution rock the Roman Capitol in Shakespeare’s searing political thriller. This depiction of a nation at a crossroads is as timely now as when Shakespeare penned it in 1599. The play is appropriate for students in middle school and up. The March performances are part of The Stages Festival, a month-long, state-wide celebration of theatre and the performing arts. The Stages Festival, a project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, offers discounted and free tickets to performances, workshops, and events statewide suitable for all age groups. To celebrate The Stages Festival, tickets for the March 8 performances are $16 for adults and include one free ticket for a child under age 18. Call the Shakespeare Theatre

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s educational touring company Shakespeare LIVE! will present col- To inquire about bringing Shakeorful and dynamic performances of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Julius Caesar” on speare LIVE! to your school or venue, Saturday, March 8 and Saturday, April 12 at the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Ave., Madison. call 973-845-6742 or e-mail

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln both had birthdays in the month of February. With President’s Day coming up on Monday February 17, take a few minutes to have some fun in seeing just how much you know about some of our U.S. Presidents. Try matching each statement in the column on the right with the name of the President for which it pertains (listed in the left-hand column). 1.


Ulysses S. Grant




Theodore RooseveltB.



Richard M. Nixon



George Washington D.



John F. Kennedy




Abraham Lincoln




Andrew Jackson




Thomas Jefferson




James Madison




John Quincy AdamsJ.


Born in Massachusetts, this president spent some of his middle-school years in the Bronx, New York and was the only president to win the Purple Heart for his service during wartime. This president was the first to invite the public to attend the White House ball in honor of his first inauguration. One of the nicknames for this president is “Old Man Eloquent.” He was born in Braintree, Massachusetts and received some of his education in France and Amsterdam. A graduate of Duke University School of Law, this president welcomed home the Apollo XI astronauts after their successful Moon landing in 1969. This president was one of the main supporters for the passage of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (the Bill of Rights). He was our shortest president at 5’4”. Born in New York City, this president signed the National Monuments Act, which is responsible for preserving national forests and protecting sites such as the Grand Canyon. Some of this president’s favorite foods include cream of peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes with coconut, and string beans with mushrooms. This president was fond of pets and owned horses, cats, dogs, and a turkey. He was also a very talented wrestler. This president liked science, technology, and innovation. He loved books so much that he used a rotating bookstand that could hold up to five books at one time. As a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York his class rank was 21 out of 39. Colorado was admitted as a state during his presidency.

Answers: 1J 2F 3D 4G 5A 6H 7B 8I 9E 10C

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New exhibit features local photographers Area photographers are among members of the New Jersey Photography Forum are sharing their interpretation of what it means to be “Man Made” now through Sunday, March 9 at the Atrium Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Center of Sussex County Community College, One College Hill Road, Newton. The gallery space is free to visit and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. This is the Forum’s first exhibit at the gallery, and includes works by David Coken of Califon, Mary Kaminsky of Flanders, Lane Lewis of Gladstone and Ray Yaros of Lebanon. Yaros is also the exhibit’s curator.

Range “Man Made” covers a wide range of subjects that includes but is not limited to architecture, machinery, hand tools, and any sort of object made by man. The hand of man must be evident in the photograph. “Each artist will present a series of images that reflects their vision from new to old, urban to rural and overview to detail. Images will be in both black and white and color, and

Works by local photographers Lane Lewis of Gladstone, left, and Ray Yaros of Lebanon are among those in the New Jersey Photography Forum’s “Man Made” exhibit showing now through Sunday, March 9, at the Atrium Art Gallery in the Performing Arts Center of Sussex County Community College. shot in film and digital,” said Forum Director Nancy Ori of

Berkeley Heights. Also exhibiting are Michael Endy of Westfield, John Markanich of West Milford, Paul Marvuglio of Hillsborough, Charlann Meluso of Berkeley Heights, Kathleen Nademus of Fords, and Heidi Sussman of West Orange.

All images are for sale. The New Jersey Photography Forum is a group of professional fine art photography exhibitors that was founded in in 1995 by Ori and Michael Creem of Summit. It is an opportunity for photographers to gather and talk

about their work and provides exhibition opportunities within the fine arts community throughout New Jersey. Monthly meetings are held at the Visual Arts Center in Summit.

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Spring Craft show comes to armory Spring Craft Morristown returns to the Morristown Armory, 430 Western Ave.,for its 24th year displaying contemporary work from 150 artists and crafts people from across the country from Friday, March 14 to Sunday, March 16. The event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 14; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 15; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16. General admission is $9, seniors $8 with unlimited re-entry/ Children under 16 are free. The Morristown Armory is at 430 Western Ave. and features free parking and full handicap access. For more information, visit or call 845-3317900.

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EXHIBITS Madison artists Bette Blank, Bob Richardson and Jose Rodiero are among those whose works are featured in “A Moveable Feast: Art, Food and Migration Art,” running now through Sunday, May 4, in the Therese A. Maloney Art Galley, the College of St. Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit “Your Crown has been Bought and Paid For,” the 22nd annual African American Art Show and Sale presented by Art in the Atrium, Inc., through March 14, Floors 2 – 5, Morris County Administration & Records Building, 10 Court St., Morristown, Public reception to be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. The exhibit features renowned artist James Denmark and others. Ex-

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hibit commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The title is a quote from African-American author James Baldwin. For additional information about the show, visit or contact Dr. Lynn L. Siebert, Gallery Director, and Director of Arts Participation & Communication for Morris Arts, (973) 285-5115, ext. 10 or “Vignettes: Paris - New York” features the recent works of John C. Traynor and is on exhibit now. through Saturday, March 1, J.M. Stringer Gallery, 21 Claremont Road, Bernardsville. The gallery is typically open to the public between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments may also be arranged. To make an appointment or for more information, call 9080-766-6400 or visit

“Leaving Port, Martha’s Vineyard,” a 2013 oil on canvas that is 39” x 54,” is one of the several works by artist John C. Traynor now on exhibit through Saturday, March, 1 at J.M. Stringer Gallery in Bernardsville.

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Classic rock, jazz, special guests presented through the month The following programs will be held at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown, through March:

$79. Saturday, March 1 3 p.m. is sold out.

• The Moody Blues, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 5 and 6. The Moody Blues return Deepak Chopra: 7:30 p.m. for another journey into the hits Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Physisuch as “Nights in White Satin,” cian, holistic health advocate, “Tuesday Afternoon,” “Ride My best-selling author and New Age See Saw,” I’m Just a Singer (in a guru, Deepak Chopra is one of Rock and Roll Band)” that have America’s most notable alternamade them one of the rock era’s tive medicine practitioners. Time greatest bands. Tickets are $89 to magazine calls Deepak Chopra $150 one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits • “Tangos: The Stars of Forhim as “the poet-prophet of al- ever Tango,” 8 p.m. Friday, ternative medicine.” Book sign- March 7. Tango’s history, from ing follows lecture. Tickets are turn-of-the-century Buenos $99 to $49. Aires bordellos to its acceptance in high society, comes • Disney’s “Beauty and the alive through this sensual proBeast,” 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 duction featuring brilliant and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1. dancers and musicians from the Based on the Academy Awardinternationally acclaimed prowinning animated feature film, duction of Forever Tango. Tickthis classic musical love story is ets are $29 to $59. filled with lavish sets and cos• The Golden Dragon Acrotumes, and production numbers bats present Cirque Ziva at 3 including “Be Our Guest” and p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the title song. Tickets are $49 to

CESAR MILLAN March 8. This cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats exhibiting feats of athleticism, stunts and grace of their centuries-old art form. Tickets are $19 to $39.

day, March 16. Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn plays Brahms’ violin concerto. Also Stravinsky’s “Firebird,” EsaPekka Salonen’ “Giro. “ Tickets are at 1-800 ALLEGRO or

• Hanover Wind Symphony with special guest Stanley Drucker at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9. The Hanover Wind Symphony puts a contemporary twist to traditional favorites. This musical celebration will highlight New Jersey artists and composers, including a special performance by clarinetist Stanley Drucker. Tickets are $20 to $25.

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• The Irish Rovers - Farewell To Rovin’ at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13. The Irish Rovers embark their farewell tour in 2014. Enjoy their songs that have been playing to audiences since 1964. “These international ambassadors of Irish music have maintained their timeless ability to deliver rollicking performances.” Belfast Telegraph. Tickets are $29 to $59. •Cesar Millan Live at 8 p.m. Friday, March 14. Cesar Millan reveals the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canine companions. Tickets are $49 to $79. • New Jersey Ballet with Jazz House Kids - Jazz, Jazz,

• Starlight on Stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. Cello and Piano sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev, Wanda Glowacka, cello; Laryssa Krupa Slobodyanik, piano. Tickets are $40.

DEEPAK CHOPRA Jazz at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15. In the second of a two-program salute to NJ350, NJ Ballet and award-winning musicians of Jazz House Kids honor Jersey jazz greats Wayne Shorter, Christian McBride, Count Basie and more. The program showcases the heritage of America’s original musical art form with new musical arrangements, and world premieres from Ray Mercer, Earl Mosley and Matthew Rushing. Tickets are $29 to $59. • New Jersey Symphony, Hilary Hahn, violin, 3 p.m. Sun-

• Rock of Ages, 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 19. A fullout celebration of the great rock music of the 80s. This fivetime Tony nominated arenarock love story is told through the mind blowing, face-melting hits of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, Reo Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and many more. Tickets are $49 to $79. • Spyro Gyra: Morning Dance 35th Anniversary Tour at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20. One of contemporary jazz’s best-selling bands, Spyro Gyra celebrates the 35th anniversary of the release of “Morning Dance,” its 1979 crossover pop hit..Tickets are $39 to $59.

Tickets may be ordered online ar or by calling the box office at 973539-8008.

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Winter? Winter Olympics? Bah humbug This winter has given us all plenty to be unhappy about. Snow and deep cold have made life pretty miserable for the past few months. It was with some hope that the Olympics would provide a spark of enthusiasm/patriotism/optimism for my (our?) beleaguered bones. Boy was I wrong. First, a few words about the games’ location, and this is not an indictment on Russia’s politics, leader and blatant cronyism and corruption that ultimately led to Sochi hosting. I am by no means a Geography whiz, but I am pretty sure I wasn’t the only one who had never heard of the place prior to them securing the games in 2007. What irks me most is all the green on top of those mountains. There should not be more snow in my front yard here in Jersey than any Winter Olympics venue. I could not name any snowboard, slope style, mogul medal winner. But I can tell that a ski-

er broke a spine, the half pipe needed repair, and ice during the hockey tournament has been choppy in part due to the weather/poor conditions. Can we all agree the Winter Games should only be in three places: Utah, Switzerland, Norway? OK, maybe somewhere in Asia too. Cold places where the only green you see is the money spent at souvenir stores, pubs and hotels. We have flexibility to move the summer games. This would also be a great way to limit some of the corruption that persists during the process. Each country would be awarded every 12-16 years. Done deal. If other nations refuse to accept the new format they can stay home. It is the kind of strong-arming and back room bullying the IOC has made a living on. This time we demand it of them. Sochi resembles Rio 2016 more than Vancouver 2010. Let’s not let it happen again. As for the events, how can

Henry Bisco G U I D E TO SOMEWHERE The author, a resident of Madison, sells custom shelving and millwork in New York City along with his wife, writes on the side and is being raised by his 11- year old daughter. He can be reached Visit his blog at

you see them? If you were brave enough to stay tuned through NBC’s coverage you were mostly treated to fluff set pieces, the usual tear-jerking production pieces, and ultimately, cringe worthy interviews of medalists. In between them you were force fed ant-climatic ski runs, tedious ice dances, and Scott Hamilton yelling. Quick, name the Men’s figure skating champion? Ha!

Now tell me why Bob Costas could not broadcast the first week? You know that one, don’t you. The media is much the story as the games themselves. I can tell you all about media tweets condemning the hotel conditions. But please don’t ask me who won skeleton. The highlight event to date was the men’s hockey teams triumph over Russia. And we were all so quick to pronounce the game as an epic conquest. One, the Cold War is over. Obama/Putin is a far cry from Kennedy/Krushchev. Secondly, I saw about a dozen NHL regular season games with more passion. And why shouldn’t it? All the players are professionals. It was an interesting game, sure. But it was a preliminary game. Both teams were advancing to the medal round regardless of the outcome. Oh, and it was decided by penalty shots. Sorry folks. This is without question the lamest way to end any game, let alone Balboa v Drago. It is all so inaccessible.

Skiers, snow-boarders, and bobsledders, are obscured by their helmets and blinding speed. It is impossible to know them without back-story and context. Figure skaters can be rock stars. But that sport does not appeal to the masses. And that is the moral to the story. Hype and commercialism have rendered these games unfit for viewing. Don’t get me wrong. I root for our country and its athletes. I appreciate the effort and discipline it takes to follow through on a goal. I can’t even commit to floss my teeth every day. Maybe March will bring better tidings. The optimism I had hoped to achieve in 2014 has been snowed in. Anyone have suggestions to get it back? And don’t say Jeter retiring. Not interested.

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Let ‘Antiques Roadshow’ appraiser value your heirlooms Got heirlooms? Then bring them to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison, between 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, 9 Main St., Madison, where Nye & Company will do the honors.

John Nye acquired the New Jersey firm of Dawson’s Auctioneers and Appraisers ten years ago. Prior to that he joined Sotheby’s in 1988 and spent his first years as a Loan Portfolio Manager with its lending subsidiary, Sotheby’s Financial Services, Inc., where he was re-

sponsible for all aspects of the Consignor Advance program. Nye is a specialist and can be seen on PBS’s “Antiques Road Show.” He is a member of the Friends of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Decorative Arts Trust and Co-Chair of Friends of Collections at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and frequently lectures on various topics in the field of Americana. He is also an architecture enthusiast, an avid outdoorsman, and retreats to the Adirondacks to hunt and fish. He and his wife Kathleen have three children and reside in South Orange. To learn more about John and Nye & Company, visit Do not bring wine, coins, stamps, collectibles, sporting memorabilia, swords, guns or Pre-Columbian/ Tribal artifacts.

Admission is $25 for non-members and $15 for members with a limit of one object per person. To register call 973-3772982, ext. 14.

Out & About


BLUES Keb’ Mo’ at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 27, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. Following in the tradition of the great Mississippi Delta bluesmen, Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’ fuses blues with pop, rock, folk and jazz. $39 to $59. To order or for more information, To purchase tickets call the box office at 973- 539-8008 or visit online:

CELTIC The Irish Rovers - Farewell To Rovin’ at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. The Irish Rovers embark their farewell tour in 2014. Tickets are $29 to $59. To order or for more information, call the box office at 973539-8008 or visit online: Legends of the Celtic Harp, the trio of Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter, will perform at8 p.m. Friday, March 21, at The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. Admission is $8 per person at the door. For more information, call 973-3359489, or visit

CLASSICAL “There and Back Again: A Musical Journey,” performed by the Hanover Wind Symphony, 3 p.m Sunday, March 9, the Community Theatre, 100 South St., Morristown. Works to be performed include The Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, Rest by Frank Ticheli, The Redwoods by Rossano Galante, Symphony No. 5 Finale by Dmitri Shostakovich, and Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold. As a special tribute to the Garden State, in honor of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, the HWS will perform the Congress Hall March, which was written by John Philip Sousa for the Congress Hall Hotel in Cape May. For further information about the Hanover Wind Symphony, visit New Jersey Symphony, Hilary Hahn, violin, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. “Tickets at 1-800 ALLEGRO or Starlight on Stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South

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St., Morristown. Cello and Piano sonatas of Beethoven, Brahms and Prokofiev, Wanda Glowacka, cello; Laryssa Krupa Slobodyanik, piano. $40 To order or for more information, call the box office at 973- 539-8008 or visit online:

FOLK Andy Cohen, 8 to 11 p.m., Friday, March 7, The Minstrel, Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown. Low ‘N Lonesome opens. Tickets are $8 adults; children 12 and under, free. For more information call 973-335-9489 or visit

JAZZ Spyro Gyra: Morning Dance 35th Anniversary Tour at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. nce,” its 1979 crossover pop hit. Tickets $39 to $59. To order or for more information, call the box office at 973539-8008 or visit online: New Jersey Jazz Society Presents: Bria Skonberg with special guest Tia Fuller at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 30, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. . Award winning trumpeter/vocalist/composer Bria Skonberg plays traditional jazz with a style that landed her on Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star Critics’ Poll in 2013. Special guest saxophonist Tia Fuller. Tickets are

The Irish Rovers bring their farewell tour to the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown on Thursday, March 13. $20. To order or for more information, call the box office at 973539-8008 or visit online:

ROCK The Moody Blues, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, March 5 and 6, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morris-

town. The Moody Blues return for another journey into the hits such as “Nights in White Satin,” I’m Just a Singer (in a Rock and

Roll Band).” Tickets are $89 to $150. To purchase tickets call the box office at 973- 539-8008 or visit online:

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RARITAN VALLEY COMMUNITY Productions are of the Cente- COLLEGE

nary Stage Company, which resides on the college campus but is otherwise not affiliated with the college.

Pierre Corneille’s classic romantic comedy, “The Liar,” through Sunday, March 9, The Lackland Theatre, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. Tickets are $25 to $27.50 with discounts for students and seniors. Every Thursday night is “Family Night,” which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Irish acoustic band Lunasa performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. Tickets $30 in advance and $25 on the day of performance.

118 Lamington Road, Branchburg. Author Liz Murray discusses her bestselling book, “ Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey From Homeless to Harvard “ at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, at 5:45 p.m. The free event will be held in the Nash Theatre at the College’s Branchburg Campus. A book signing will be held after the discussion. Tall Stories’ production of “The Snail and the Whale,” 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 1. The production, part of the Theatre’s Sampler Series, is recommended for families with children ages four and older. Tickets cost $10 each.

Michael DuBois performs his solo circus at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 16 as part of the Centenary Stage Company’s Family Fun Series. Tickets are $17.50 to $20 in advance and $22.50 to $25 on the day of performance.

American Repertory Ballet presents Douglas Martin’s “Romeo and Juliet,” 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $25.

Tickets may be purchased online at at the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown, or by calling 908979-0900. The Box Office is open 1-5 PM Monday through Friday, and 2 hours prior to performance times.

The shows include:

The Planetarium presents a variety of star shows and laser concerts for all ages in March.

• Perfect Little Planet, 3 p.m. Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. A family from another star system is seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, sail through the rings of Saturn; and avoid Jupiter’s lightning

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Brian Sheppard, left, is Dorante and Phil E. Eichinger is Alcippe in the Centenary Stage Company’s production of Pierre Corneille’s classic romantic comedy, “The Liar.” The production runs through Sunday, March 9, on the Centenary College Campus, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. storms. Which destination will the family choose? The program is recommended for ages 6-12. • Laser Pop Rock, 4 p.m. Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. Listen to music by a variety of artists, including LMFAO, One Direction and Black Eyed Peas, as lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. • Winter & Spring Skies, 7 p.m. Saturdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. The brightest stars of the year are clustered in the winter and spring night skies. Learn how to use Orion as a guide in order to find other stars and constellations in winter and spring. • Laser 80’s, 8 p.m. March 1 and 8. Listen to a variety of

music from the 1980s while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. The Planetarium is also presenting two laser shows featuring music by Pink Floyd, The Best of Pink Floyd at 8 p.m. on March 15, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall at 8 p.m. on March 22 and 29. The Planetarium also will present the following shows geared specifically for younger audiences: • Space Shapes & Tycho to the Moon, 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9. What shape is the Moon? Are the Moon and its orbit “round” like a ball, or more like a pancake shape? Play connect-the-dots with the stars to find triangles, squares

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and constellations. Fly around the solar system to learn about the planets, then meet Tycho, a dog who doesn’t just howl at the Moon, he wants to go there. Blast off on an amazing ride and learn about night and day, space travel, the Moon’s phases and features of the lunar surface, and more. The program is recommended for children ages 5-10. • Storybooks in Space, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9. Enjoy story time as we learn about the stars and planets. This program is recommended for children ages 4-8. Tickets cost $7 for one show or $12 for two shows on the same day. Reservations are strongly suggested for all Planetarium shows. For additional information, call 908-231-8805 or visit

To purchase tickets or for additional information, contact the Box Office at 908-725-3420, or visit Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances.

Out & About


ACROBATS The Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque Ziva at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. This cirque spectacular showcases traditional Chinese acrobats exhibiting feats of athleticism, stunts and grace of their centuries-old art form. $19 to $39. To purchase tickets call the box office at 973539-8008 or visit online at

DANCE “Tangos: The Stars of Forever Tango,” 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. Tango’s history, from turn-of-the-century Buenos Aires bordellos to its acceptance in high society, comes alive through this sensual production featuring brilliant dancers and musicians from the interna-

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tionally acclaimed production of Forever Tango. $29 to $59. To purchase tickets call the box office at 973- 539-8008 or visit online:

MISCELLANEOUS Deepak Chopra, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. Physician, holistic health advocate, best-selling author and New Age guru, Chopra is one of America’s most notable alternative medicine practitioners. Time magazine calls Deepak Chopra one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as “the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.” Book signing follows lecture. Tickets are $99 to $49. To purchase tickets call the box office at 973- 5398008 or visit online at Cesar Millan, star of the new television series Leader of the

“Tangos: The Stars of Forever Tango” perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. Pack on Nat Geo WILD and original host of the long-running hit series National Geographic’s Dog

Whisperer appears at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 14, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100

South St., Morristown. Tickets are $49-79. To purchase tickets call the box office at 973- 539-8008.

New Jersey Jazz Society’s Anne Frank Pee Wee Stomp rolls in to be subject To call David Ostwald an admirer of Louis Armstrong would be an understatement. “Some people have a St. Christopher medal. I have a St. Louis medal,” he says. Ostwald is an attorney who plays tuba. Every Wednesday, he leads his Louis Armstrong Eternity Band at Birdland in New York City, playing from 5:30-7:15 p.m. with an outstanding group of alternating personnel. On Sunday, March 2, at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, his band will kick off the New Jersey Jazz Society’s Pee Wee Russell Stomp featuring Adrian Cunningham on clarinet and alto sax, Jim Fryer on trombone and James Chirillo on guitar. has called Cunningham “one of Australia’s finest jazz musicians, establishing himself as a fixture in New York’s vibrant jazz scene since his relocation in 2008.” Fryer plays regularly with Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and can be heard on the soundtrack of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Chirillo’s resume includes some time with Benny Goodman. “If you dig jazz guitar that’s particularly smooth and cool,” says Jaz-

zTimes Magazine, “then, you’ll want to check out James Chirillo.” Trumpeter Warren Vache was influenced by Louis Armstrong and Roy Eldridge, has played with Benny Goodman and Rosemary Clooney and today is considered one the leading horn players of traditional jazz. His band will bat cleanup, appearing as the final act at the Stomp with an all-star band that includes tenor saxophonist Harry Allen and bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott. Allen is considered by many as a direct descendant of Ben Webster, and Robert Shore of London’s Observer said he “plays classic swing with the fluency and feel of the great masters of the mid-century generation.” Parrott, writes Cabaret Scenes’ Eric Stevens, “could make anyone love jazz. She is a female bassist who sings up a storm, has a million-dollar personality and should have been kidnapped by Hollywood on her way to New York (from Australia).” In between Ostwald and Vache will be bands led by pianists Dick Voigt and Keith Ing-

ham. Voigt’s band will include such New Jersey Jazz Society favorites as trombonist Tom Artin and clarinetist Joe Licari. Among the musicians playing with Ingham will be trumpeter John Eckert, a Leonia High School graduate who has played with a who’s of who of jazz that includes Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Gerry Mulligan and Stan Kenton. Writer-editor Devra Hall Levy has described Eckert as “one of the busiest freelance trumpet players on the East Coast. He can play it all: jazz, latin, pop, classical, even opera.” Tthe Stomp encourages members of the audience to not only listen, but to dance. The Grand Ballroom of the Birchwood Manor features a large hardwood dance floor with seating at roomy banquet tables surrounding the dancing area. There will also be a hot and cold cash buffet and bar. The music starts at noon and lasts until 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 for Society members; $30 for non-members; and $10 for students. To order, visit

of concert Harmonium Choral Society, led by Artistic Director Anne J. Matlack, presents “The Song Within” featuring Grammynominated “Annelies,” a choral cantata about Anne Frank by British composer and conductor James Whitbourn in March at the United Methodist Church. The concert will be held 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2. “Annelies” will be performed with Harmonium soprano soloists Laura Winslow and Rachel Clark, chorus, violin, cello, clarinet, piano, and enhanced by a multimedia presentation. In addition, the Harmonium Chamber Singers will perform works by Tarik O’Regan, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and Mark Miller, a Harmonium Composer-in-Residence. Harmonium also is using multimedia to enhance the performance with visual projections of scenes from Amsterdam, the Annex, the war, and

Anne’s life, designed by Margot Jackler of Morristown. Useful links about the cantata “Annelies,” Anne Frank, and the Holocaust are available on the Harmonium website at General admission tickets for “The Song Within” are $25 at the door and $20 for students and seniors. Advance tickets purchased on or before Friday, Feb. 21 are $20 and $15 for students and seniors. Group discount tickets are also available at $10 a ticket for orders of 10 or more if purchased before Feb. 21.

Advance tickets may be purchased online at or send a mail order to Harmonium Choral Society, P.O. Box 1317, Morristown, N.J. 07962-1317. Email or call 973538-6969 for more information. Large print or Braille programs will be made available if they are requested in advance.

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Old, new classics come to life in 2014 season Works by Shaw, Moliere and, of course, Shakespeare, not to mention the premiere of a contemporary work. are all on tap when The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey opens its 2014 season. The ambitious lineup demonstrates the Theatre’s unwavering dedication to all classic literature, from the familiar to the forgotten, the recognizable to the rediscovered., This year’s roster includes six productions on the Main Stage at the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, on the campus of Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison, and one summer production on the popular Outdoor Stage – the Greek amphitheater on the campus of The College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morris Township, as well as several special events and programs.

The Season The season kicks off with William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” directed by Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte, on Wednesday, May 28. “This was the first show that I directed at this Theatre in 1991, and this June I am excited to once again explore the play with a new vision,” said Monte. Company veteran Sherman Howard, an actor Monte describes as “a force of nature in himself,” will portray Prospero, the powerful magician who rules over his enchanted island home. Opening on Wednesday, June 18, the Shakespeare Theatre’s Outdoor Stage will ring with laughter as the “It Girls” of the 17th century (who bear a hilari-

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ous and uncanny resemblance to the “It Girls” of the 21st century) frolic and flirt in Molière’s comedic delight “The Learned Ladies.” Directed by Brian B. Crowe, who created the last season’s holiday masterpiece Pericles, the play will be performedin the amphitheater of the College of St. Elizabeth. On Wednesday, July 2, just in time for Independence Day and the celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, company veteran Paul Mullins will direct the opening production of George Bernard Shaw’s only play about America, “The Devil’s Disciple.” Set in the revolutionary tumult of Colonial America in 1777, an unlikely anti-hero makes the ultimate sacrifice, causing Loyalists and patriots alike to question the true meaning of honor. Next on the Main Stage, Monte will direct her adaptation of the side-splitting but rarely-produced Ben Jonson masterpiece “The Alchemist.” The rowdy, bawdy comedy about con men in 1610 demonstrates how little has changed about greed or gullibility in the affairs of mankind. Jonson’s astute portrayal of three tricky gullers and the parade of outrageous characters they gull exemplifies the satirical wit of one of Shakespeare’s greatest contemporaries. The production opens on Wednesday, Aug. 6.

Premiere The Shakespeare Theatre will also produce the New Jersey premiere of “Wittenberg,” written by actor-turned-play-

New drama to be premiered alongside works by The Bard, Jonson, Shaw. wright David Davalos and directed by Joseph Discher, starting on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Davalos’s play imagines a semester at Wittenberg University and features an unusual quartet—Doctor Faustus, Martin Luther, Helen of Troy, and a young Hamlet. Together, the characters pose queries and arguments about faith, existence, and even, tennis.

which has not been seen at the Theatre in over a decade and which will open on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Renowned actor and director Scott Wentworth, who recently met with tremendous acclaim for his portrayals of Shylock and Tevye at the Stratford Festival, will appear at the Shakespeare Theatre for the first time since 2005. He will not only direct the production, but will also portray Benedick opposite his reallife wife Marion Adler, who appeared in the 2013 production of Our Town. Wentworth’s vision sets the play post-World War II, à la “White Christmas,” perfect for the holiday season.

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‘Intrigued’ When the work premiered at the Arden Theatre Company in 2008, Davalos wrote, “I was always intrigued by imaginary meetings between historical figures…how they might interact and clash in the period leading up to the stories that we already know of them.” Shakespeare Theatre audiences responded enthusiastically to the witty contemporary classic-inspired piece which was given a staged reading in the company’s Lend Us Your Ears series. Performers revert back to The Bard when, on Wednesday, Oct. 15, the Theatre presents Shakespeare’s final work, “Henry VIII,” under the direction of Paul Mullins.” The season concludes with the production of Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing,”

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Advance orders for Complete Works ticket packages, including tickets to all six Main Stage productions, are now being taken. Complete Works discount packages start at $162. Audiences can “Choose Your Own” tickets package with 5Play packages at $140 and 4-Play packages at $120. Student subscriptions are available for an amazing deal at only $60 for all six Main Stage productions. Call The Shakespeare Theatre Box Office at 973-408-5600. The Complete Works discount ticket package features tickets as low as $27 per show, the best seats to all Main Stage productions; free, easy and unlimited ticket exchanges should schedules change; discounts on additional tickets; and the convenience of having tickets in hand and dates scheduled in advance.

Special Events A series of special events is also planned for the 2014 Season. Back by popular demand are “Something Wicked This Way Comes” and “Something Merry This Way Comes.” Titled from a line in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” features esteemed actors from The Shakespeare Theatre company as well as guest artists presenting a 90-minute collage of dramatic readings from the classic canon of the macabre. This one-night-only event will be held on Monday, Oct. 27. Hearkening back to a time when families read to each other, “Something Merry This Way Comes” is a cornucopia of sparkling and inspiring holiday tales, songs, and poems read by members of The Shakespeare Theatre’s company of actors. “Something Merry This Way Comes” is appropriate for all ages, and provides a lovely antidote to the commercial glitz that inundates our lives each year at holiday time. “Something Merry This Way Comes” will be held on Monday, Dec. 15. Lend Us Your Ears, the Theatre’s acclaimed play reading series, returns for the 2014 season. The series provides patrons the opportunity to join The Shakespeare Theatre’s directors, actors and artistic staff in exploring diverse and exciting plays.

For tickets or other information on the company’s productions, call 973408-5600 or visit

Diversity, New Jersey celebrated in Hanover Wind Symphony concert The Hanover Wind Symphony will venture through different cultures, styles and time periods in a concert titled “There and Back Again: A Musical Journey.” The concert will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9, at the Community Theatre, 100 South St., Morristown. Works to be performed include The Second Suite in F by Gustav Holst, Rest by Frank Ticheli, The Redwoods by Rossano Galante, Symphony No. 5 Finale by Dmitri

Shostakovich, and Prelude, Siciliano and Rondo by Malcolm Arnold As a special tribute to the Garden State, in honor of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, the HWS will perform the Congress Hall March, which was written by John Philip Sousa for the Congress Hall Hotel in Cape May. For further information about the Hanover Wind Symphony, visit

Out & About


ACTIVITIES Lucky Leprechaun Day, 4 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 14, The Museum of Early Crafts & Trades, 9 Main St., Madison. Kids ages 5 10 can participate in crafts and hands-on activities while they learn about the history of the Irish and St. Patrick. To reserve a spot or for more information, call 973-377-2982, ext. 12.

MUSICALS Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb 28, and at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South St., Morristown. Based on the Academy Awardwinning animated feature film, this classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, sets and costumes and dazzling production numbers including “Be Our Guest” and the title song. Tickets are $79 to $49. To purchase tickets call the box

office at 973- 539-8008 or visit online:

PLAYS A Tall Stories production of “The Snail and the Whale” 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, the Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg. Tickets cost $10 each. To purchase or for additional information, contact the Box Office at 908725-3420, or order online at Senior citizen, student and group discounts are also available for a variety of performances. “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15, The Little Theatre, Centenary College, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased online at www.centenarystage or by calling 908-979-0900.


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BENEFITS Chatham Education Foundation’s 13th annual Taste of Chatham, 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, 400 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. For more information, visit Casino Night to benefit P.G. Chambers School, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Park Avenue Club, 184 Park Ave., Florham Park. For more information, visit

LECTURES Author Janet Wallach discusses her recent book, “The Richest Woman in America: A Biography of Hetty Green, Fesity, Frugal, Financial Genius of the Gilded Age,” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 16, in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College

at Florham, Fairleigh Dickinson University, 285 Madison Ave., Madison. Tickets are $20 at the door.

NATURE -RELATED The Great Swamp Watershed Association hosts its Annual Vernal Pool Exploration from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 28, at the Conservation Management Area, 1 Tiger Lily Lane, Harding Township. Register online at or call 973-538-3500, ext. 22. Donations to the Great Swamp Watershed Association are appreciated. Maple Sugar Festival, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 1, Morris County Park Commission’s Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center, 247 Southern Blvd., Chatham Township. Admission is $4.

‘Family Fun Day’ coming to Museum of Early Trades & Crafts The public is invited to stop by the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts between 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, March 8, for a “Family Fun Day” at the museum at 9 Main St., Madison. “Family Fun Day” is held on the second Satur-

day of every month t and is free with regular admission: $5 for adults; $3 for senior citizens, students and children 6 and older, and free for museum members and children 5 and younger, with a maximum family admission of $13.

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HAPPY VALENTINE ACROSS 1. Test grade 5. "Am not!" retort 10. Home loan org. 14. Eyed lewdly 19. "Who's there?" answer, formally 20. American buffalo 21. " ___ the picture" 22. Arledge of TV 23. Translation of 97-A 26.1958 Best Actor David 27. Clap for 28. Director DeMille 29. Where grapes are grown 30. Storage containers 31. Even if, informally 32. Catcher's gloves 33. Bond girl Britt 36. Saint of Assisi 37. Wrestling maneuvers 40. Win by ___ 41. de Falla composition 43. Sigh of pleasure 44. Capital of Fiji 45. Midterm or final 46. Late-night Jay 47. "Mamma Mia!" inspiration 48. Nice summer? 49. Schumann masterwork 53. Ashcan School member

54. Fliers or handbills 57. Big drop sounds 58. Dissolved substance 59. Mine transports 60. Aberdeen folk 61. Labor leader Chavez 62. African big-game hunt 64. Sporty car roofs 65. Kuala Lumpur's land 68. Mine entrances 69. Dean Martin classic 71. Barrister's deg. 72. Some Christmas trees 73. Restaurateur Toots 74. Klutz's comment 75. Was a snitch 76. Some MIT grads 77. Self-esteem 81. Convened anew 82. Showing no mercy 84. Archipelago makeup 85. Segregated area 86. Word after yes or no 87. Honored with a party 88. " ___ would seem" 89. Flared skirts

91. Tap idly with the fingers 92. Nut jobs 96. Oldest Gabor sister 97. Appropriate Roman observation 100. Did theater work, informally 101. Angelic topper 102. British county 103. Rebuke to Brutus 104. Take another shot 105. Work without ___ 106. Quench, as thirst 107. Future flower DOWN 1. " ___ 18" (Leon Uris novel) 2. Perched on 3. Answer an invite 4. Polish sausage 5. Teem or overflow 6. Outsides of melons 7. Title for an atty. 8. Old French coin 9. Tenth of a sawbuck 10. Chess master who died in Iceland 11. Mystery author Marsh 12. Cartoonist Lazarus

by Arthur S. Verdesca

13. E. Coast ocean 14. Bird: Prefix 15. Select, as a career 16. Shakespearean title on the subject 17. Dept. in the Cabinet 18. Say it isn't true 24. Queeg's ship 25. Back in again 29. Mission ___, California 31. Gentle as ___ 32. Little hill 33. Art stand 34. Coach Rockne 35. Life-changing encounter, often 36. Sculptor Oldenburg 37. Kilmer classic 38. Sponge gently 39. Ladd western 41. Takes a way out 42. Radar screen images 45. Varnish base 47. Calm, as fears 50. Disney World park 51. Pours messily 52. Much, slangily 53. Sammy of baseball 55. Campus clubs, for short 56. TV hubby of Phyllis 58. Monica of tennis

60. Drummer Ringo 61. ___ diem 62. More secure 63. "Au revoir" 64. Thees and ___ 65. Secures a ship 66. ___ at ease (anxious) 67. Expand upon 69. That and that 70. Acted gloomy 73. Pintail ducks 75. Links appointments 77. By that time 78. Franch mime 79. Post-Q queue 80. Faulkner's alma mater 81. Big zoo animal 83. Stand in the way 85. Small beard 87. Violin aperture 88. Smug grin 89. Russia/China border river 90. Use a surgical beam 91. IRS employee 93. Start the pot 94. Name as a source 95. Mideast royal name 97. "Caught you!" 98. Kings' org. 99. U.S. spy org.

Meet the Irish at Fosterfields Get to know the experiences of the Irish immigrants who came to the Morristown area and those who worked at what is now the Morris County Park Commission’s Fosterfields Living Historical Farm, Kahdena Road, Morris Township, from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. Meet the farmer’s wife, “Mrs. Cahill” as she is busy in the creamery building, churning cream into butter. Stop by the Carriage House and introduce yourself to “Andrew Gibbons,” the coachman, before boarding an open-air wagon ride around the farm. Join alongside the Irish farm workers and roll up your sleeves to assist with brushing cows, weighing eggs, stacking wood,

and cleaning harnesses for the horses.In the Farmhouse, follow the delicious smells to the kitchen, and discover what traditional Irish foods are being prepared on the wood stove. At 1 p.m. at the Visitors Center, Cheryl C. Turkington, author of “Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Times: Morristown New Jersey’s Irish Immigration Past,” will provide insight into the lives of other Morristown-area Irish residents. Special event admission fees are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $6 for children ages 416, $4 for children ages 2 and 3, and free for children under 2 and Friends members with a current membership card. For more information, call 973-326-7645.


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Guide to the arts and leisure.

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