Sunday, January 1, 2012
Morris County rings in new year with huge party in Morristown.
It was months and months in the making. Morris County's First Night party rang in the New Year Saturday night, with musicians, artists, theater groups and others making Morristown the place to be for family-friendly, alcohol-free and high-energy fun. Fireworks welcomed the new year, as thousands and thousands of area residents came together to celebrate. Were you there? Upload your own photos and videos from First Night (or any other NYE celebration) by hitting the button above (conveniently labeled "Upload Photos and Videos"), and tell us in the comments how it went!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
We want you to share how your night's going—so bookmark this page, and chime in all night.
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Saturday, December 31, 2011
New Year's Eve is sure to be a blast—and we want to share it with you. Bookmark this page and come back on New Year's Eve. Tell us—and your fellow Patch readers from throughout the Morris County area—how your night is going. Just leave a comment below. First Night Morris Attendees: We've got a special job for you. As you're heading around Morristown enjoying the party alongside the thousands of other attendees, come back here to share what you're seeing and hearing. Caught a great performance? Tell your fellow readers in the comments before they miss the next show! Got a great deal or a great meal during First Dine? Make sure other Patchers hear about it before the night's out! Wherever you're ringing in the New Year, you can show us how …
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Saturday, December 31, 2011
First Night Morris County is almost upon us. Organizers have lined up dozens of entertainment opportunities at about 20 venues throughout Morristown for the family-friendly, no-alcohol, town-wide celebration of the new year. Patch offers you this interactive guide to the festivities, which are expected to draw somewhere around 10,000 participants from around Morris County and beyond. Click on locations through the map above to see what's going on. Descriptions on the map (also reflected below) are courtesy of First Night organizers. You might want to give it a look ahead of time to plan your night, and check back from your mobile phone on New Year's Eve as you dash around town. (Note to mobile users: If you can't see all the features on …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Four local groups competing for the title in First Night Morris 2012's "Battle of the Bands."
The excitement is building for the young musicians competing in the “Battle of the Bands” competition at First Night Morris 2012. Four top amateur acts will be performing throughout the evening in the cafeteria at Morristown High School. Only one can win the $250 prize and free music lessons from The Original Music School and the winning band will be crowned on New Year’s Eve. The competition began earlier this month, with pre-event shows at Greenberry’s of Morristown. Voting continues through 11:59 p.m. tonight via First Night’s website. There are videos of each band’s performance. To learn more about each band, read Patch’s Q and A: Glass Cow Glass Cow is a rock band consisting of four 15-year-old members: Ben Overzat, lead guitar and…
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Inaugural "First Dine" program offers specials to First Night ticket holders.
Continuing their efforts to not only get the word out about First Night Morris County 2012, but also get more members of the community involved, First Night organizers introduced an appetizing promotion this year. Called "First Dine," First Night partnered with 11 Morristown restaurants, which are offering discounts for First Night Morris 2012 ticket holders. Specials range from 15 percent off purchases at Pamir, to a $22 family meal special at Anthony's Pizza and Pasta. Ticket holders must either show their "First Night" buttons, or tickets in order to receive the promotions. "I think it's great," said Eddie Matos, owner of The Brick Oven of Morristown, which is offering 15 percent off purchases from 2 to 4 p.m. through First Dine. "With …
To stoke excitement for this weekend's event.
With First Night coming in just a few days, we decided today would be a good time to look back on a couple photographic freeze frames from last year's First Night event, to get us further stoked for Morris County's big welcome to 2012. Bonus Thing: Oh, the Vuvuzelas: This trend is excessively dead now, right? Right? Oh, please, say "yes."
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Annual event kicks off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31.
The big First Night Morris County event is just a few days away. Here are a few items to keep in mind if you have not yet purchased your tickets to the big end-of-year shindig:
Morristown has many options for those looking to welcome 2012 in style.
So, with Christmas 2011 now but a memory, it's time to move ahead to the next–and last–big event of this year. For those in Morris County, you have a special treat in First Night Morris County. The annual family-friendly, alcohol-free event in Morristown features a bevy of performances all across these three-square-miles of heaven, all leading up to the "3-2-1 ... HAPPY NEW YEAR!" If you haven't bought your tickets yet, visit their site and check out Patch's essential First Night Morris guide to help you decide. If First Night is not on your agenda, however, there are still plenty of options on Dec. 31. Are you heading to the bars? Is a particular bar offering a package deal, complete with free champagne toast at midnight? Heading to a …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Inaugural year of competition for local artists.
First Night Morris 2012 will once again be packed to the gills with professional acts, from celebrated Jazz artists, to international dance, to show stopping poets. New this year, however, is a "Battle of the Bands," featuring local youths that performed over the past month at Greenberry's, and which will be performing during First Night on Dec. 31. Voting is now underway to decide which of these four acts will be crowned winner of the "Battle of the Bands" competition. Check out the bands, visit the voting page and cast your ballot.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Morristown native and jazz pianist, Rio Clemente, to perform at White House Dec. 22.
Ten years after his dream to perform at the White House was put on hold, it's finally about to come true for pianist Rio Clemente. Clemente, a Morristown native also known internationally as "The Bishop of Jazz," will be playing there on Dec. 22. It's quite an honor for a man who considers himself a patriot. "America is very close to my heart," said Clemente, who served in the Coast Guard Auxilliary. "I never do a concert without ending with something patriotic." It all started with a phone call. Actually, it started when Clemente–who locals have probably seen perform, among other events, during Morris County's annual First Night in Morristown–was asked to perform at The Inn at Bowman's Hill in New Hope, Pa., for Veterans Day in November…