There are a lot of things going on for the next several days that have been quite a while in the making.
The summer theater camp at Bishop Janes United Methodist Church has been practicing for quite a while before the grades 4 to college age thespians present "Cats" three nights this week.
And "Inherit the Wind," the second Plays in the Park presentation by the Trilogy Repertory Co., will stage its performances the same nights, starting at 8 p.m. (Jaye Barre will be at one, Hank the other.)
Local police also have been working along with other organizers to present their local version of the National Night Out initiative.
Crops have been growing for months before being brought to local farmers' markets, but...
If you want something quick and short, just jump on a bike or grab a pair of running shoes for some communal exercise up in Morristown. Either way, enjoy!
When/Where: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Bishop Janes United Methodist Church in the center of Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because these kids in the church's summer theater camp, led by director Jaye Barre of Trilogy Repertory Company, are really good! Easy to watch and enjoy. Plus, some of the funds to to the church's youth programs.
Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for children and senior citizens. Buy tickets at door, or call 908-766-1108, ext. 101.
National Night Out in Bernards Township
When/Where: Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Ridge High School, 268 S. Finley Ave. in Basking Ridge, presented by Bernards Township PBA and Bernards Township Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Why Go: Meet your local police, have a community get-together, discourage neighborhood crime and drugs and enjoy a summer evening. Fall will be here before you know it!
Cost: Free, with freebies.
Bernardsville Borough National Night Out Against Crime
When/Where: Tuesday, Aug. 7, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bernardsville Pool off Seney Drive.
Why Go: Enjoy a family night out, and meet your local police. Enjoy featured movie, "Tangled."
"Inherit the Wind"
Where/When: Show time at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-4, at the outdoor amphitheater at Pleasant Valley Park, off Valley Road in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because you can see some classic drama — a staging of a play based on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial involving a teacher who taught evolution in the 1920s — in a beautiful setting, as performed by the increasingly well-known Trilogy Repertory Co. Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.
Cost: Free, or donation. For information, call Bernards parks & recreation dept. at 908-204-3003.
Introductory Western Ride at Lord Stirling Stable
Where/When: Registration open for Sunday, Aug. 5 at 10 a.m. Western-style ride and introductory lesson at Lord Stirling Stable in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Because you haven't ridden yet, and you'd like to try; or you haven't ridden for a while, and you want a refresher; because you want to enjoy a trail ride without making a commitment.
Cost: Official deadline is end of Thursday prior to each ride, walk-in registration must be done at stable office, open 7 days at week at 256 S. Maple Ave. Fee $35 for Somerset County residents, $45 for out of county. For more info, call 908-766-5955.
Bernardsville Farmers Market
When/Where: Saturdays, through the season, at the train station off Mine Brook Road just south of Olcott Square in Bernardsville.
Why Go: Because you can get the bounty of the season, fresh as can be, as well as gourmet goodies. (Hey, this is the Somerset Hills!)
Cost: Free admission, cost of purchases.
Saturday Night Dog Walks at Lord Stirling Stable
When/Where: Meet at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday evening for 7 p.m. strolls with you, your dog and other canine and human friends on the trails at Lord Stirling Stable, 256 S. Maple Ave. in Basking Ridge.
Why Go: Enjoy time out on the trails — with the dog walks as the only sanctioned walk that allows those on foot (or paws) to explore Lord Stirling's property.
Cost: $3, with pets to be leashed at all times. For more information about the program, call Martha at 973-635-8672.
Dog Adoption Event at Bridgewater PetSmart
When/Where: Saturday at 11 a.m. at Bridgewater PetSmart.
Why Go: Because aren't you looking for your new best friend? The store is hosting a People for Animals adoption day with many dogs looking to find a new home.
Girls Night Out
When/Where: Saturday at 6 p.m. at Bridgewater Commons Mall.
Why Go: Because who doesn't love a girls night out? The mall is holding its annual event with mini makeovers, shopping sprees, refreshments and lots of giveaways.
Barechu & You Shabbat & Dinner
When/Where: Friday, 6 p.m. at Lewis Morris Park, Morris Township
Why Go: You're looking for a little music and BBQ to go with your Shabbat.
The Golden Boys
When/Where: Friday, 8 p.m. at Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown
Why Go: You know just because they're "oldies" doesn't make them not "goodies!"
Cost: $67 to $97
Saturday Morning Road Ride from Marty's
When/Where: Saturday, 8 a.m., from Marty's Reliable Cycle, Morristown
Why Go: It's summer and you want to test out those legs.
All-Abilities Run from The Running Company
When/Where: Saturday, 9 a.m., from Morristown Running Company
Why Go: Cycling's not your thing, but running is!
Organic Farm Produce Sales
When/Where: Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Urban Farm at Lafayette, Morristown
Why Go: You want to eat fresh and can't make the Morristown's Farmers Market on Sunday.
Cost: Bring your wallet
Trial of the 19th Century: Antoine LeBlanc
When/Where: Saturday, 10 a.m. at the Morris County Courthouse, Morristown Why Go: It's one of the most historic trials in a deeply historic town.
Summer Concert/Food Drive
When/Where: Saturday, 3 to 6 p.m. on the Morristown Green
Why Go: Not only do you get a concert, you get a warm fuzzy feeling when you donate non-perishable goods.
Cost: Free, except for your donations
Third Annual 'Alfresco in the Garden'
When/Where: Sunday, 5 p.m. at the Urban Farm at Lafayette, Morristown Why Go: Hanging out in the garden, live music and fresh pizza made out of a converted REO Speedwagon. Need anymore reasons?
Cost: $75, advance ticket sales only
Kiss Tribute Concert with Kiss Nation
When/Where: Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Art Bonito Amphitheater at Camp Jefferson
Why Go: Because those painted faces are just what you need to see on a Saturday nightCost: $20 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for kids; children under 10 free with an adult ticket