Gladys Knight and The O’Jays live at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on August 28th

GladysKnight_OJaysA double bill of classic 70s soul, featuring Gladys Knight (“Midnight Train To Georgia,” “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”) and The O’Jays (“Love Train,” “Back Stabbers,” “I Love Music”).

Date- August 28, 2015 @ 8:00 PM.

Location- Mayo Performing Arts Center

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Rob Thomas live at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on August 10th

robthomasRob Thomas– Rob Thomas returns to perform chart-topping hits such as “Lonely No More” and “This is How a Heart Breaks,” and Matchbox Twenty hits like “Push,” “3AM,” “If You’re Gone,” and “Bent.” Featuring Special Guests Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah,” “Rhythm of Love””).

Date- August 10, 2015 @ 7:30 p.m.

Location- Mayo Performing Arts Center

Want to see some of the most beautiful Fireworks in New Jersey? It’s right here in Mountain Lakes

Mountain Lakes will celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and a daytime BBQ on Saturday, July 4. Both will take place at the Mountain Lakes Club. The fireworks will start about 9:00 p.m. They are staged from a barge in the middle of Mountain Lake for better viewing and photographing around the Lake. Island Beach will be open for residents to use. The fireworks are supported by donations from the community and they are organized by the recreation department.

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Utilize the scenic Tourne County Park to stay in shape this summer

tourne-county-parkWhy go to the gym on a beautiful summer day when you could exercise outside? The Legacy of Mountain Lakes is located just 5 minutes away from Tourne County Park. The park features athletic fields, bike trails, lakes, hiking trails and much more where one could enjoy various outdoor activities with a panoramic view to match . Here’s an easy walking workout that will help you get back in shape with a new outdoor exercise regimen while taking advantage of the natural Mountain Lakes terrain.

 

GO ON A HIKE
You can burn 200 calories in 30 minutes.

Navigating over roots and rocks and along winding or hilly paths can help you melt more fat and improve your agility, balance and coordination.

  • First 5 minutes: Walk along a flat trail at a pace that would make it easy for you to carry on a conversation.
  • Next 7 minutes: Stay on even terrain and pick up your pace so you’re breathing more deeply. (You should be able to talk only in short sentences.) Move at a faster clip for the last 2 minutes of this segment. Your breathing should become more labored, and you should be able to say just a few words at a time.
  • Next 10 minutes: Set out on a hilly trail or rugged path. Slow down to navigate uneven terrain. (If all the trails in your vicinity are flat, alternate between brisk and faster paces for 1 minute each.)
  • Next 5 minutes: Return to even terrain and walk at the same pace you used during the 7-minute segment (you should be able to talk only in short sentences).
  • Last 3 minutes: Continue walking on even terrain at a comfortable pace until your breathing is normal and you can carry on a conversation again.

Trail hiking 101:
Avoid getting blisters and other injuries that could interfere with your workouts.

  • Watch where you walk. Keep an eye on the ground, scanning for loose stones, holes, exposed roots and debris. To avoid slipping and falling, try to step on dull-colored dirt rather than slick, sticky mud.
  • Pamper your feet. To keep feet dry and blister-free, wear socks made of a fabric that draws sweat away from the skin (acrylic, for example, or Coolmax). Besides being uncomfortable, damp socks cause friction, which increases the likelihood of blisters.
  • Get the best boots. Wear lightweight hiking boots or trail shoes for ankle support and more grip when you’re walking on uneven terrain.

Source: http://www.allyou.com/diet-fitness/walking-workout-to-lose-weight/page2

Big Apple Circus Coming to Town

bigappleCome one, come all, on a wonderstruck journey to the circus! In this amazing spectacular, witness jugglers flipping fancies with abandon, clowns dishing out laughter, and aerialists and acrobats serving gasps of astonishment with swirling, soaring style! Your unrivaled guide, the peerless Ringmaster, presents acts unimaginable even in your wildest dreams!

MPAC presents a wide range of entertaining programs in many genres: classical, jazz, dance, contemporary, theater, family and comedy. They also offer musical theater and acting classes for children ages 5–18.

Dates-  July 17, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., July 18, 2015 at 3:00& 7:00 p.m.

Location-  Mayo Performing Arts Center

Dancing With The Stars Live June 16-17

DancingwiththeStarsv2“Dancing With the Stars” is taking the ballroom out on the road again for a new tour that will feature dancers from the current season now airing on ABC. Don’t miss the all of the glitz, glamour, dazzle and dynamic dancing you’ve enjoyed on TV’s favorite dance competition live on stage! Featuring All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Witney Carson and Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson and more of your favorite dancers.

Following a sold-out winter tour and the 10th Anniversary Season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with the Stars: Live! is going back on the road giving fans the opportunity to see their favorite stars dance live in their hometowns, visiting over 40 cities across America. Hosted by Dancing with the Stars All-Stars champion Melissa Rycroft, the ‘Perfect Ten Tour’ is bringing a one-of-a-kind touring production to the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, June 16 at 8:00 pm. A second show has now been added on Wednesday, June 17th at 8:00 pm!

MPAC presents a wide range of entertaining programs in many genres: classical, jazz, dance, contemporary, theater, family and comedy. They also offer musical theater and acting classes for children ages 5–18.

Billy Idol Live at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, Friday, June 5

BillyIdolv2Billy Idol Coming to Morristown

Classic 80’s rock British bad boy Billy Idol, known for such power pop hits as “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Dancing with Myself” and “Eyes Without a Face”, will be performing live Friday, June 5 at 8:00 pm at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, 100 South Street, Morristown NJ.

Billy Idol is one of a few musicians who can step on stage and immediately captivate the audience by his presence. His signature bleached spiked hair, his black leather jacket, and his macho like attitude are all important in creating the atmosphere for his performance. Although his appearance is highly engrossing, his music is what wins the audience’s hearts.

MPAC presents a wide range of entertaining programs in many genres:  classical, jazz, dance, contemporary, theater, family and comedy.  They also offer musical theater and acting classes for children ages 5–18.

 

Earth from Space at the Morris Museum

20150354f725996f46cThe Earth From A Unique Perspective

See our amazing planet from the perspective of orbiting satellites. This exhibit presents large color reproductions of images captured by high-tech satellites circling the earth, recording rare views of events such as dust storms, forest fires, volcanic eruptions, and hurricanes. The exhibit runs now through August 16, 2015. Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown NJ. Museum hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11 am-5 pm and Sunday 12 pm-5 pm.

The Morris Museum is Morris County’s epicenter of art, science, culture, and history. Located in the Twin Oaks mansion in historic Morristown, the museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects ranging from rocks and minerals to fine and decorative arts, model railroad and dinosaur exhibitions, as well as one of the country’s largest collections of mechanical musical instruments and automata. It is also the home of the Bickford Theatre, which presents a variety of plays, concerts, and other performances throughout the year.

Art, science, theatre, history – it’s all here and close to home. You’ll be surprised by all there is to do and see.

 

Morristown Restaurant Week April 27 – May 3

14808534-mmmainMore than 50 local restaurants will be offering deals and specials during Morristown Partnership’s annual Morristown Restaurant Week. From Monday, April 27 – Sunday, May 3, 51 participating restaurants in town will offer prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner, along with special promotions and other drink discounts, as part of the fifth-annual event. More than 40 types of food are expected to be served throughout town. Restaurant-goers can also take advantage of making reservations online at OpenTable.com for the 18 Morristown restaurants that are signed up on the website. For a full list of participating restaurants, visit morristownrestaurantweek.com or call the Morristown Partnership at 973-455-1133.

How to Have a Stress-Free Thanksgiving

iStock_000041911150MediumThanksgiving is arguably the biggest meal of the year.

It is a time when friends and family come together to share food and enjoy one another.  But there is usually a lot of stress that goes into preparing for the Thanksgiving meal.  The key to a stress-free holiday is advance planning.  Here are a few tips that will keep your stress levels in check:

— Make a holiday meal plan.  Write out the dishes you have in mind and the names of the guests you are expecting.  Be sure and allow for an uninvited guest or two.  Remember, part of what people look forward to on Thanksgiving is leftovers for days to come.

— Start shopping early.  Grocery stores usually begin running holiday sales on turkeys, hams, and dessert items in late October and early November so there is no reason not to take advantage of those pre-holiday specials.  Remember, most people wait until a few days before the holiday to shop.

— Cook ahead.  Many dishes can be made, at least in part, ahead of time.  Casseroles can assembled and frozen.  Pie crusts and bread dough can be prepared weeks before the big day and frozen.  You can even mix all but the wet ingredients in cake and muffin mixes before holiday festivities begin.  Doing what you can far in advance of Thanksgiving will be a real stress-reliever – not to mention a time-saver.

— Plan a buffet-style meal.  Serving a meal buffet-style eliminates the need for one person to be responsible for serving a large group.  It also eliminates the need to set a table to perfection.  Just stack up some plates and lay out some silverware and let everybody get their own plate.

— Make it potluck.  Gone are the days when just a few good cooks carry the burden of all the holiday cooking.  There’s nothing wrong with requesting that everybody pitch in.  Call your guests ahead of time and ask them to bring appetizers, cranberry sauce, sweet potato casserole, pumpkin pie, or paper products.

Thanksgiving is a holiday that should be spent being thankful for blessings and spending quality time with family and friends.  It shouldn’t be a time of stress and anxiety.  Follow these tips for an unforgettable and stress-free Thanksgiving meal.