Michael McDonald Coming to Mayo Performing Arts Center December 02

MichaelMcDonaldGood news for Mountain Lakes residents: Legendary music artist Michael McDonald is coming to Morris County!

With his husky, soulful baritone, Michael McDonald became one of the most distinctive and popular vocalists to emerge from the laid-back California pop/rock scene of the late ’70s. McDonald found the middle ground between blue-eyed soul and smooth soft rock, a sound that made him a star. He initially essayed his signature style with the Doobie Brothers, ushering in the group’s most popular period with hits like “What a Fool Believes” and “Taking It to the Streets.” McDonald disbanded the group in 1982 to pursue a solo career, which was initially quite successful, but by the end of the decade his popularity had faded away, since he was reluctant to work regularly and hesitant to update his sound to suit shifting popular tastes.
After singing backup on several Steely Dan albums in the mid-’70s, Michael McDonald joined the Doobie Brothers in 1977. He was largely responsible for moving the group away from boogie rock and toward polished, jazzy blue-eyed soul. Prior to the Doobies’ farewell tour in 1982, he sang harmony on several hit singles, including tracks by Donna Summer, Toto, Kenny Loggins, and Christopher Cross. As it turned out, McDonald’s solo work was a cross between the Doobie Brothers’ white-bread soul and Cross’ adult contemporary ballads.
McDonald released his solo debut, If That’s What It Takes, in 1982. The record climbed to number six on the strength of the number four single “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near),” which also crossed over into the R&B Top Ten. In 1983, he had another Top 20 pop hit (and a Top Ten R&B hit) with his duet with James Ingram, “Yah Mo B There.” McDonald didn’t deliver his second solo album, No Lookin’ Back, until 1985. The record wasn’t as successful as its predecessor, producing only one moderate hit in its title track. He bounced back the following year, when his duet with Patti LaBelle, “On My Own,” shot to number one and “Sweet Freedom,” his theme for the Billy Crystal/Gregory Hines comedy Running Scared, climbed into the Top Ten.

For tickets visit www.mayoarts.org/event/michael-mcdonald

Enter our Legacy Photo Contest for a Chance to Win a $1,000 College Scholarship for your Child.

Does your child want be an Astronaut? A Dancer? Or a Professional Athlete, perhaps? What Will Your Legacy be? Enter The Legacy of Mountain Lakes Facebook Photo Contest and you can WIN a $1,000 College Scholarship and other fine prizes. For details and rules  ENTER HERE from your desktop computer: http://on.fb.me/1ngxqt1

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The Lakeland Youth Symphony Orchestra in Morris County, New Jersey provides musical education and performance opportunities for K – 12 students.

Since 1957 the Lakeland Youth Symphony has provided musical education and performance opportunities for young musicians in Northern New Jersey. The organization is now registering children ages 5-9 for their beginner Enhanced Suzuki violin lessons. String instrumentalists (violin, viola, cello, bass, and harp players) of all ages can enroll today in one of the four orchestras LYS offers.

The Lakeland Youth Symphony is a not-for-profit organization that begins its 2014-2015 season in September, at Mountain Lakes High School, 96 Powerville Road, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Funding is provided through tuition, private donations and fund-raising activities, as well as a grant from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Visit their website for more information: www.lakelandyouthsymphony.org or email info@lakelandyouthsymphony.org or call (973) 402-6010.

Peach Harvest Festival


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Alstede Farms, located in the historic town of Chester, New Jersey, is a family owned and operated business providing quality fruits and vegetables, fresh from the fields to your table.


The Festival runs from 11am to 5pm both days. Enjoy peaches in more forms than you could possibly imagine! Discover peachy love with their homemade peach ice cream, peach shortcakes, peach ice tea slushies, and more. Alstede Farms Peach Pie is an all-time favorite. Take a Scenic hayride to the peach orchard to pick your own. The Peach Harvest Festival has family friendly activities including Pony Rides, Moon Bounce and more. Delicious time for the whole family!


Saturday, August 2 – Sunday, August 3
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane
Corner 84 County Rt. 513 S. (Old Route 24)
Chester, NJ 07930



Clowning Around at Rockaway Townsquare

The first week in August means it’s time to clown around! There is no better way to celebrate National Clown Week than to visit Rockaway Townsquare on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 for its annual “Bring in the Clowns” event.

Several of New Jersey’s finest clowns will perform. Activities include face painting, balloon sculptures, clown autographs and an interactive clown show. Each child will receive a complimentary autograph book and all Simon Kidgits Club members will receive a special carnival themed gift. The event will be held from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm in the mall’s upper level, Center Court.

National Clown Week was established by Congress and signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon in 1971. It has since grown to International Clown Week and is celebrated all over the world.

Don’t miss out on this silly and unique celebration!



Location: Rockaway Townsquare

301 Mt Hope Ave

STE 1900

Rockaway, NJ 07866


Parsippany Farmer’s Market

Beginning on June 27th, the Parsippany Farmer’s Market will be open to the public every Friday from 1:00pm-7:00pm.

Located in the town parking lot at the corner of North Beverwyck Road and Minnehana Blvd, the market carries a fresh variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, jams & jellies, honey, flowers, and baked goods.

The Parsippany Farmer’s Market will run every week until October 24th, so don’t miss your chance!

Boonton Farmer’s Market



Every Saturday 8:30am-2:00pm

(Thru Nov 22nd)

Feel like freshening up?

Allow the Boonton Farmer’s Market to help you out.


Boasting local fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, jams, organic grown favorites, cheeses and breads, gourmet foods and more, The Boonton Farmer’s Market will fulfill your needs. Located in the Upper Plane Street Parking just behind Main Street in Boonton, you won’t have to go far for quality produce.

Come on down!

Mountain Lakes Trails

old-tournefeaturing Tourne County Park

You don’t have to travel all the way to New York City to see that world-famous skyline. In fact, you would only have to step into your backyard.

The Tourne County Park, with a sprawling 500+ acres, is just begging to be explored. There’s a little bit of something for all levels of adventure-seekers: wildflower trails, bird sanctuaries, cross-country skiing and hiking. Make it to the top of the trail and you will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the New York skyline. Feel like staying closer to the ground? No problem. The park offers charming family picnic sites. There is also a ball field are that can be reserved for group outings, just call the Park Police!

It’s beautiful outside, go take a hike!

Giralda Farms Hosts 31st Annual Giralda Music and Arts Festival

Giralda-2014giralda_audienceGrab your family, grab a spot, and enjoy.

New Jersey’s premier orchestra is coming to town, and it will be an event you won’t want to miss out on.

Giralda Farms of Madison, NJ will be hosting Morris Arts’ 31st annual Giralda Music and Arts Festival on Sunday, June 22nd. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra will begin the show at 6pm, but we encourage you to come earlier, as gates open at 4pm. There won’t be a shortage of events as you wait: an art show (and sale), a poetry tent with live readings, and activities for children. Feeling creative? Coordinate a themed picnic and you can be up for some incredible prizes. That’s not the only chance to win; there will also be a 50/50 raffle for generous cash prizes (with proceeds going to the Morris Arts’ scholarship program).

After all of that, you definitely deserve some time to relax. Lay out on the gracious lawns as the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra takes the stage. They will be performing classics to the likes of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Mozart before saluting the Garden State’s 350th anniversary with favorites from Frank Sinatra and the Jersey Boys.

This summer concert is perfect for an evening of family fun!


Additional Information:

Location: Giralda Farms Corporate Park, Dodge Drive/Madison Ave. (Rt. 124) in Madison, NJ

Advance Tickets
Adults: $15
Children (under 12): $4
Tickets Day of Event
Adults: $20
Children (under 12): $5
Children under 4 are free. Sorry, no pets or barbecues allowed.
If you need special accommodations, please contact Kadie Dempsey at 973-285-5115 x17
Rain Location
College of St. Elizabeth – Dolan Performance Hall, Annunciation Center: 2 Convent Rd., Morristown.In the event of rain, check this website or call 973-285-5115 x18 after 12 noon on day of concert.Indoor picnics are not permitted at this location.
Where to Purchase Tickets
Tickets are available online, or at the following locations until 12 noon on Saturday before:Kings Super Markets (Chatham and Morristown)

Morris Arts (14 Maple Ave Suite 301, Morristown)


The Shakespeare Theatre

KirbyExt_Night“The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is the state’s largest professional theatre company dedicated to the presentation of Shakespeare’s canon and other classic dramatic entertainments for the cultural enrichment of the community. The artists and trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey bring dramatic masterpieces of the past to dynamic new life in order to inspire present lives as well as future visions for the world.  We are a teaching theatre, fervently dedicated to providing transformative experiences through our live performance of the classics.  We integrate education and learning into all our endeavors, while promoting literacy, a culture of enlightenment, a dedication to excellence, and a keen awareness of how the arts are a necessity to the health of the collective mind and soul of any great civilization.”


THE F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre

36 Madison Avenue

Madison, NJ 07940


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