Brooklyn-based textile designer, Elodie Blanchard shares her whimsical work with Princeton Magazine

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Grenoble, France native and innovative designer, Elodie Blanchard found her artistic niche in New York City thanks to young love, a visionary eye, and well, curtains.

With a degree in fashion and sculpture, Blanchard began in the Paris fashion industry designing clothes and organizing runway shows.  Merely 23, Blanchard won the prestigious young designer prize at the International Arts Festival of Hyeres, which allowed her the opportunity to sell a clothing line at the popular French mail order company, La Redoute.  more

Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Tree Console

Walnut St. Console by Iannone Design LLC

Walnut, Kirei, Gloss White Laminate (70L 18.5D X 31.5H)

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By Linda Arntzenius

Graduating Princeton High School (PHS) senior Victoria Gebert will have much to celebrate this year on her 18th birthday. She’ll be one of 141 young scholars across the country being recognized for their accomplishments in academics or the arts at an awards ceremony in Washington D.C. on June 21.

As the recipient of a 2015 United States Presidential Scholars Award, Ms. Gebert will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion. She is one of 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. more

Weekly home and design picks from our Editor, Lynn Adams Smith

Squeakie 2

Oyster Gathering, $125

Original paintings by James Squeakie Stone

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The Dutch Novelist Pia De Jong Calls Princeton Home

By Linda Arntzenius

Photography by Benoit Cortet

Illustrations by Elaine Gerrits

Regular readers of Princeton Magazine will recognize Pia de Jong from a feature story that ran in 2013 shortly after the Dutch novelist and her family moved from Amsterdam to Princeton for her husband Robbert Dijkgraaf to take up his appointment as director of the Institute for Advanced Study. The focus of that first article was Robbert Dijkgraaf. This time around, it’s all Pia. more

By Greta Cuyler

At the mouth of Barnegat Bay lies a quaint Victorian village with a family atmosphere that appears relatively untouched by time. Bay Head Borough is located on the Jersey Shore’s barrier island, nestled between Point Pleasant to the north and Mantoloking to the south.

Bay Head is less than one square mile so everything is within walking distance—pristine beaches, a popular wine and cheese shop, restaurants, a bakery, public tennis courts, gift shops, bed & breakfasts, even a bank. more

By Bill Alden

The New York Red Bulls franchise of Major League Soccer has a tortured history, featuring big-name players and underachievement. Despite attracting such internationally known players as Thierry Henry, Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Juan Pablo Angel, and Bradley Wright-Phillips over the years, the club has never won an MLS Cup in its 20-plus seasons.

So when the franchise underwent its latest changing of the guard last year with former MLS executive Ali Curtis taking over as Sporting Director, popular head coach Mike Petke landed on the hot seat. Curtis fired Petke in January and the smart money was on the club bringing in a high profile replacement. Instead, the Harrison, N.J.-based Red Bulls hired a volunteer college coach toiling 45 miles south for the Princeton University men’s soccer team. more

By Taylor Smith

Photography by Andrew Wilkinson

According to The League of American Bicyclists, Princeton is categorized as a bicycle-friendly community. Students certainly use biking as a means of transport, along with local residents who can be found riding the town’s many roadways, trails, and canal pathways. Biking is a great way for visitors to explore Princeton’s most historic sites or to simply enjoy a summer afternoon.

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By Anne Levin

Photography by Mike Manusco

Talk about irony. After nearly 25 years serving the homeless of Mercer County, HomeFront, the short-term residential haven for women and their children, was about to become homeless.

The State of New Jersey was preparing to sell the Ewing Township property where the non-profit’s Family Preservation Center had been a tenant for more than a decade. In former dormitories on the campus of the Katzenbach School for the Deaf, some 1,800 single-parent families had found food, shelter, clothing, art and education programs, job training, and more – with a goal of returning to independence and self-sufficiency. more

Opera and Orchids: From Piano Lessons in the Caribbean to the Princeton Festival

Interview by Nancy Plum

Richard Tang Yuk is General and Artistic Director of The Princeton Festival, which will be opening its 11th season in June. A native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Tang Yuk is a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (UK) and holds degrees in conducting from the Mannes College of Music and the Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. From 1994- 2009, Dr. Tang Yuk was Director of Choral Music and Associate Director of the Program in Musical Performance at Princeton University, during which time he led the Princeton Glee Club on eight overseas concert tours, including appearances in Hong Kong, Brazil, Italy and Argentina. Dr. Tang Yuk was instrumental in the founding of The Princeton Festival, and is at the heart of its creative planning and vision. Since its inception he has overseen the expansion of the Festival to its current offerings of opera, musical theater, dance, chamber music, jazz, world music, a piano competition, baroque orchestra, a conducting workshop, and a lecture series. more

By Stuart Mitchner

In his introduction to the 1946 Scribner’s edition of Henry James’s The American Scene, W.H. Auden observes that while travel is the “easiest subject for the journalist” who requires only “a flair for being on the spot where interesting events happen,” it is the most diffi cult for the artist, “who is deprived of the freedom to invent, free only to select and never to modify or add, which calls for imagination of a very high order.”

Except that, as Auden goes on to show, James found ways to invent, modify, or add, exploiting his “descriptive conceits” with rhapsodies on “the golden apples of the Jersey shore” and the pleasure of “being ever so wisely driven, driven further and further, into the large lucidity of—well, of what else shall I call it but a New Jersey condition?”

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A Creative Path to Self-Sufficiency

By Linda Arntzenius

The idea behind HomeFront’s therapeutic art program is a simple one. Art has the power to transport us from the cares of the world. Making art even more so. What better way to help those who are undergoing the trauma of homelessness than to tap into the healing power of artistic self-expression?

ArtSpace, a bright studio with all the necessary supplies for HomeFront clients to explore their creative sides, nurtures individual journeys toward self-awareness, insight, and ultimately self-sufficiency. The results speak for themselves.

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By Linda Arntzenius

The many advantages of bicycling for recreation and as a mode of transport have become hot topics for Princeton residents in recent years with active members of groups such as Princeton Future, Walkable Princeton, and the Princeton Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee promoting improvements such as dedicated bicycle lanes. Recently recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle friendly community, Princeton has long had bicycling enthusiasts. In the 1970s, landscape architect Henry Arnold was foremost among them, earning the moniker “Mr. Bike” for his advocacy of two wheels over four.

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By Anne Levin 

Ruth Reichl is sometimes asked the question: If you had a superpower, what would it be? For the author, food writer and editor — formerly the restaurant critic at The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and the editor-in-chief of the late and lamented Gourmet magazine, the answer is a no-brainer: To have a heightened palate.

“I wish I had it, but I so do not,” she said during a telephone interview last week. “Especially in my business, it would be a great asset.” Ms. Reichl will speak this Friday at a sold-out Book Lover’s Luncheon hosted by the Princeton Public Library and the Friends of the Library, at Springdale Golf Club. “The closest I’ve ever seen is Paula Wolfert, whom I traveled with once,” she continued. “She really does have an uncanny ability to pull flavors apart.” more