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Posted Wednesday, August 30th, 2017


The Sanctuary Concerts, a long-time Morris County venue for folk, jazz, pop and eclectic music, and which brought many big name and extremely talented performers to a small church venue in Chatham Township, has ended its run.

photo of Sanctuary Concerts favorites Red Molly singing, with a full house behind them

Sanctuary Concerts favorites Red Molly singing, with a full house behind them

Shows by the likes of Al Stewart, John Prine, Dave Mason, Ruthie Foster, Southside Johnny, Felix Cavalieri, Richie Havens, John Sebastian and many others at the Presbyterian Church on Southern Boulevard will be no more.

photo of Al Stewart

Al Stewart

In a poignant note to its loyal followers, who routinely filled the church for the shows, organizers wished Sanctuary Concerts fans a farewell:

“With considerable regret and many fond memories, we have decided that The Sanctuary Concerts will be ending its 16-year run.

“As many of you know, our presenter, Mike Del Vecchio, has been battling serious health issues since last year. The many roles of a presenter – booking, presenting, producing, administering, and schmoozing – are just no longer possible for him, even

Photo of Joan Osborne performing

Joan Osborne

with the enormous help of the Sanctuary volunteer staff.

“We hope that, like us, you will always remember the fun and the spirit of The Sanctuary — the “swanky seats,” the Ice Cream Fairy, the $1 CD Sale, the “kitchen concerts,” and the hundreds of incredible Sanctuary performers including:




  • Arlo Guthrie
  • Judy Collins
  • Nick Lowe
  • Roger McGuinn
  • Suzanne Vega
  • Marc Cohn
  • Rosanne Cash
  • Josh Ritter
  • The Roches
  • The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

“Wasn’t that a time?

“Our greatest regret is that we will not be seeing you for our regular Saturday-night gatherings of folk music and friendship. Thank you all for you enthusiasm, loyalty, and support. Together, we created something extraordinary. Art ain’t eternal, but our memories will be.”

Sanctuary Concerts

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photo of Roger McGuinn singing with guitar

Roger McGuinn

photo of Kathy Mattea and her band performing

Kathy Mattea

photo of Roseann Cash performing

Roseanne Cash

photo of Judy Collins performing

Judy Collins

photo of Arlo Guthrie performing with guitar in hand

Arlo Guthrie