The Mayo Performing Arts Center straddles time. While one foot is planted in the old-fashioned charm of the1930s movie-palace golden age, the other is firmly in the tech-savvy modern day. Between is a stretch of history that saw the theatre fall into disrepair and then resurrect itself to its star-studded heyday thanks to volunteers. Since its 1994 rebirth, the center has welcomed everyone from the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg to Ringo Starr and Aretha Franklin. But, if the Mayo Center were a tripod, its third foot would certainly reach toward the future?a suite of education studios is onsite to cultivate the next generation of performers.
What began as a collection in a curio cabinet in 1913, has blossomed into the Morris Museum?one of the region's cultural centerpieces that celebrates the arts and sciences with everything from hands-on children's exhibits to ancient fossils and stunning artwork. Visitors can enrich their minds with fun exhibits on ethnography, geology, and artwork, or entertain themselves with concerts and plays for both children and adults at the in-house theater.
Within the 5,000-square-foot Ballplayer’s Edge facility, baseball and softball players train to swing the bat faster, throw the ball harder, and play the game better. The facility’s crack team of coaches—led by Joel Burgos, hitting coach for Rutgers University-Newark—improve strength, agility, and instincts with training tools that include four adult-size batting cages and the ProBatter PX2 hitting simulator. The simulator immerses players in game-like situations, complete with virtual pitchers delivering strikes from either the windup or the stretch. Meanwhile, RightView Pro video analysis captures each home-run cut, shown bunt, and taunt lobbed at the computerized player, allowing for side-by-side comparison with major-league swings.
Instead of being surrounded by hard cement or concrete, Idlewild Pool re-creates a beach atmosphere with a sandy shore that gradually descends into a community swim space. Beyond a set of ropes, the sandy bottom falls away and the pool begins. For those who don?t want to feel the sand between their toes, a water slide and diving board offer an alternative way to splash in. Certified lifeguards are on duty to ensure a safe environment and swimming lessons can help train paddlers how to propel themselves through the water. Idlewild also provides a venue for picnics, barbecues, and birthday parties.
The Big Brew Beer Festival returns to The Morristown Armory on Saturday, February 21st, encouraging enthusiasts to sample more than 200 beers and chat with brewery representatives from across the country. Sip and slurp rare and seasonal brews including Bolero Snort Brewery's Cracked Pepperhorn, Victory Brewing Company's Old Horizontal Barley Wine, and B Nektar Meadery's NecroMangoCon or extend your horizons beyond hops with a handful of cider tastings from Doc's Cider, Rekorderlig Cider, and Strongbow.
In the summer, Captain Don Cartwright migrates from Florida to New Jersey to captain fishing trips off Sandy Hook and Raritan Bays aboard his 35-foot boat, the Bill Chaser. Cartwright, who has a US Coast Guard master's license and more than 20 years of fishing experience, helps groups hook everything from striped bass and bluefish to larger catches such as bluefin tuna and shark.