A Simple Update That Can Make a Big Impact

By Laurie Pellichero | Photography by Charles R. Plohn and Jeffrey E. Tryon

Royal blue, lime green, deep red, bright coral, or perhaps a shiny black. The right front door color can do much more than just create a great first impression for your home — it can also help boost its value.

Princeton is filled with beautiful and striking front doors in an array of colors, all adding to the appeal of the homes. According to a recent article in The Washington Post, curb appeal sets the tone for your home, and the entryway specifically helps to establish the mood, since it is the focal point of the exterior. The front door can reflect the personality of the people who live there, and telegraph to the world who they are.

While there are many popular front door colors, homeadvisor.com notes that, “the best front door paint color for your house will depend on a variety of factors. Some of these include the architectural design of your home, your personal taste, and the color of your house.”

The website points out that if you want to make your home look modern and sleek, front door colors such as black, lime, turquoise, eggplant, taxi yellow, and bright orange are recommended by designers for non-traditional homes.

Some of the best front door colors for traditional houses include jet black, classic red, slate blue, emerald green, dark gray, and pure white.

If you have a brick home, it is important to consider the tone of your brick to avoid clashing or more blending than you might like. Colors that go well with multiple shades of red brick include sage, black, navy, and light gray.

It’s also been said that some people associate characteristics with front door colors. Black might mean that you appreciate order, control, and simple elegance. Pink says that you are romantic, happy, and generous, and red says you are welcoming and enjoy attention. Orange means you like to entertain and enjoy a good challenge, while yellow indicates that you are logical, positive, and creative. With green, you value tradition and are ambitious, and blue says you enjoy peace and value truth.

Spruce.com notes that, in the principles of feng shui, your front door is one of the most important areas of the home and represents the face that you show to the world. It sets the tone for you and your visitors when entering the home, and it’s also the last thing you see when you leave your home to go out into the world. more

(And a Delicious Coping Mechanism)

By Wendy Greenberg | Photography by Jeffrey E. Tryon

Denis Granarolo arrives for work at Terra Momo Bread Company in Princeton when the usually-bustling Witherspoon Street is empty and dark. He goes home when everyone else is beginning to stir. The veteran baker is rarely seen. The bread is the star.

“I like bread because it is alive,” Granarolo says, leaning on the bench, or prep table, in the back of the retail space, a comfort spot like others’ living room chairs. Although making bread from scratch every day is a job — a job he does well — he found himself baking bread at home when the store was closed last year during the pandemic. “Even if you have nothing else, you have a piece of bread,” he says.

Bread takes time, he emphasizes, and he is concerned that others want to rush. “If there are too many shortcuts, the bread is bad,” he says.

Granarolo imparted this basic wisdom to Mercer County Community College students who attended a class at the bakery this fall. The culinary arts students aspire to be professional chefs or bakers, but Granarolo just hopes to infuse in them a respect for the process of baking bread. The four-hour class doesn’t really allow enough time to pace the bread baking, but they make do and have turned out delicious challah, baguettes, croissants, pullman loaves, and, recently, jalapeno cheese bread and cinnamon raisin bread. His own favorite? Baguettes, hands down.

Bread maker Denis Granarolo imparts his experience and knowledge to a Mercer Community Community College culinary arts student in a class held at Terra Momo Bread Company in Princeton. more

An Appreciation

By Donald Gilpin | Photography by Weronika Plohn

“America’s nurses are the beating heart of our medical system.”

—Barack Obama

In a job that’s never been easy, nurses found themselves in March 2020 at the epicenter of a deadly pandemic, on the front lines in battling a mysterious new virus, COVID-19.

For nurses, altruism and hard work are a way of life, every single day. Princeton Magazine invited several area nurses in different fields in a variety of settings and facilities around the area to share thoughts about themselves and how they have stayed positive in facing the challenges of their profession, especially during the pandemic.

Caring, helping, teamwork, persevering, and touching people’s lives were themes that recurred over and over.

Ashley Ferrante, RN
The Pediatric Group

Ashley Ferrante has worked as a registered nurse at The Pediatric Group for 12 years. She is currently back in school to further her education and she plans to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in 2023.

“I adore working with kids,” says Ferrante. “It is rewarding to provide them with medical care and watch them grow from birth to adolescence.

“Juggling family, school, work, and dealing with the anxiety of COVID can be highly stressful. I stay positive by spending my free time with family and friends. Devoting time to my garden and hiking in the woods with my fiancé and six rescue dogs are some of my favorite ways to relieve stress.”

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Princeton University Carillonneur Lisa Lonie

By Donald H. Sanborn III

“Above all the bustle you’ll hear silver bells,” write Jay Livingston and Ray Evans in their ubiquitous holiday song. Above all the bustle of the Princeton University campus, you’ll hear the carillon bells that are housed in Cleveland Tower at the Graduate College. At the helm is Lisa Lonie, University carillonneur, who will perform holiday favorites December 5-26.

Asked whether “Silver Bells” will be among the selections, Lonie grins and replies in the affirmative. Other likely selections include “Carol of the Bells,” along with “Santa Baby” — which Lonie describes as a “fun, jazzy piece” — and “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”

“Holidays are synonymous with ringing bells,” Lonie observes, though she also says, “I’m playing music all year round. During the academic year I perform, rain or shine, every Sunday at 1 p.m., except during Ph.D. exams. And it’s always free! During July and August, into Labor Day weekend, we host the summer carillon concert series. That’s when the visiting carillonneurs from all over the world come and play.”

Lonie adds that the participation of guest performers is helpful in providing “a lot of diversity — people don’t always have to listen to me!”

Lonie presented a Halloween concert on October 31. “I reached out to the student body at the Graduate College, because they hear the bells all the time, and I asked them for their ideas,” Lonie says. “I’ll Put a Spell on You” (from Hocus Pocus) was among the suggestions.”

For November, “the lull time between Halloween and the holidays,” Lonie describes an initiative to “focus on musical diversity. The incoming class at the Graduate College is the most diversified class ever. I want to dovetail on this and perform pieces that they might hear at home, but not necessarily hear in the U.S. For example, based on a suggestion from a grad student, I’m working on an insanely popular piece of music from India. Asian music is popular — China, Singapore, Taiwan. That series is called ‘Music that Reminds You of Home.’”

Lonie emphasizes that when she chooses repertoire to play on the University’s carillon, “It’s not about what I want to play; it’s what people want to hear. I try to mix it up a lot.”

Although Lonie also is the carillonneur at St. Thomas’ Church in Whitemarsh, Pennsylvania, and at the Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia, she notes that the repertoire she plays on the University’s carillon is secular. Having established that parameter, Lonie invites song requests for the holiday program, and says, “I’m open to catchy titles!”

Princeton University Carillonneur Lisa Lonie. (Photo by Andrea Hillman)

From Handbells to Carillons

“As a teenager I played in a handbell choir at my church,” Lonie says when asked what interested her in playing the carillon. “The director was a carillonneur from Valley Forge. He took us up into the tower, sat down, and played this enormous instrument of big bells. That night, I came home to my mother and said, ‘I don’t want to ring these little bells anymore!’”

Lonie attended college at Penn State, which does not have a carillon. But she stayed in form by performing during trips home for holidays.

“After college, when I really came home (to Bucks County), I didn’t have any job prospects. But the church where I was practicing had an opening for a part-time carillonneur,” she says.

Lonie was offered a 90-day trial. “I said, ‘sure,’ and I stayed there for 19 years. Then I took a position at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh — I’ve been there since 1999 — and at the Church of the Holy Trinity since 2008.”

In 2012 Lonie became Princeton University’s first female carillonneur. She explains that R. Robin Austin, the carillonneur at the time, “who’s a close friend of mine, had resigned to take a full-time carillon position out in Illinois. That left the position in Princeton open. I interviewed and auditioned. I played a recital in the summer series; that could have been my audition and I didn’t know it!” Lonie started at Princeton in September of that year.

She says, “That’s my journey. I’m still taking lessons, just like any good musician should — it’s lifelong learning. I’m challenging myself to learn new repertoire. Certainly the student body and listeners from the community of Princeton are challenging me to learn and research new repertoire. It’s really a lot of fun; it keeps me engaged.”

Some of the original bells that form Princeton University’s carillon. (Photo by Jill Feldman, Princeton University Office of Communications)

A Noble Gift

The carillon’s page on Princeton University’s website notes, “In 1926, the Class of 1892 began searching for a gift to the University in honor of its 35th reunion. One class member suggested giving a carillon, like the ones heard in the Low Countries of Europe. The instrument, he asserted, was a fitting choice, ‘at once noble yet different from all other gifts.’”

“In the Roaring Twenties, people had a lot of money to spend,” Lonie observes. “The class president had been to Europe, and heard the bells in Belgium or Holland. In those countries you hear the hour strike ‘sing.’ He wanted to bring that concept to the Princeton community, so they ordered the carillon.”

The University’s website notes, “Gillett & Johnston was selected as the foundry and a representative from the Class traveled to England to witness the casting of the bourdon.”

“The urban legend is that they paid for it, it was on the boat — and then they decided to tell the University’s Board of Trustees what they had done,” Lonie says. “The bells were originally intended for Holder Hall (Sage Tower), on Nassau Street. But that tower was deemed to be too small, and not strong enough, to hold the bells.”

Instead, Grover Cleveland Tower, standing 173 feet to the roof, became the (then 35-bell) carillon’s home; the instrument was installed in the spring of 1927. Anton Brees, later carillonneur at Bok Tower in Florida, played the dedication recital on June 17 of that year.

The website credits Professor Arthur Bigelow, the carillonneur from 1941 until his death in 1967, with “adding 14 new bells of his own design and casting. In 1966, he made plans to remove seven of the original 35 bells, as well as his 14 bells, and designed a totally re-scaled treble register of 42 bells cast by the French Foundry Paccard.”

After Bigelow’s death, the instrument fell into disrepair. In the 1990s, the carillon was renovated by the Verdin company. At this point it was converted into concert pitch, eliminating the need for the carillonneur to transpose when performing with other musicians. On June 13, 1993, Austin played the rededication recital, which featured the premiere of Ronald Barnes’ Capriccio 3 for Carillon, which the University commissioned.

“When you go up into the tower, you see the lower bells from 1927; they look old,” says Lonie. “Everything else, in terms of the infrastructure, is stainless steel and new. I have bells above me, and I have some of the lowest bells underneath me.”

Lonie adds that the University’s carillon is “the fifth largest (in North America, including Canada) in terms of the number of bells. We’re proud of that!”

Cleveland Tower, home of Princeton University’s carillon. (Photo by Lisa Lonie)

A Visit to Cleveland Tower

Lonie recently invited this writer to tour Cleveland Tower and watch her perform. After climbing a winding, narrow staircase, one looks down on a large room that contains a statue of Grover Cleveland. The statue’s pedestal sports the Hawaiian American flag. A supporter of Hawaiian sovereignty, “Cleveland supported their Queen (Lili’uokalani) during an attempted coup,” Lonie explains. “When the Hawaiian Americans visit, I always look forward to playing the familiar ‘Aloha Oe’ which Queen Lili’uokalani composed.”

In a nearby empty room, Lonie points to a set of wires that follow the wall up through a hole in the ceiling. She explains that the carillon was originally played “from right around here. You can see where the transmission wires would run about a story or two up into the belfry. In 1927 this is where the console was.”

She muses that the carillon is an instrument that is “complex in its simplicity. The bells don’t go out of tune for hundreds of years, certainly not in our lifetime, and it’s just controlled with wires, levers, batons, and foot pedals.”

Another flight of stairs leads to the belfry. “The newest bell, from 1992, was cast when they renovated the instrument,” Lonie says. “If you look, you’ll notice that the clapper is not in the middle of the bell, but rather hung off center and only about an inch or two from the lip of the bells. The bells are hung dead or secured to the beam. They don’t swing and there is no electronic or pneumatic help to move the clappers. It’s a completely manual operation.”

The Princeton University website notes that the “largest bell, the bourdon sounding G2, weighs 12,880 pounds,” while the “smallest bell weighs 14 pounds.”

Arriving in the room with the current console, one looks at the yellow wall and sees framed sheet music — including a piece titled “Cleveland Prelude” — as well as a list of all the University’s carillonneurs.

“I like having things to remind me of my predecessors, and the musical legacy of the bells,” Lonie says. She sits at the long wooden console. A small stuffed tiger rests at the left of the music stand.
On the console the batons resemble piano keys, but Lonie explains that the “keys on a piano are weighted the same. On a carillon they’re not.” The heavier the bell or clapper, the harder the performer has to move the baton. Indicating the console, Lonie adds that, although most pianos have 88 keys, on a carillon the length of the console “depends on how many bells you have.”

At 1 p.m., Lonie starts a performance. “I always open with ‘Old Nassau,’” she says.

Looking intently at the music, she strikes the batons with her fists; her arms and legs move back and forth across the console with apparent ease. The second selection is “Springfield Counterpoints” (“Prelude, Nocturne, and Fugue”) by John Knox. Then, after checking the window for confirmation that she has some listeners below, she moves on to Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.”

Then she turns and smiles. “All right, ready to try a bell?” she asks, giving this writer a rare opportunity. “Take a gander at the lowest one.” Gesturing toward the leftmost baton on the console, she invites me to ring the heaviest bell.

On the first, too-gentle try, no sound emerges. But a second, more forceful, attempt yields a low, dignified “bong.” Lonie directs me to the other side of the console, and lets me try the smallest bell. I hit it once; this time I get a sound immediately. I hit it once more before standing back. Returning to the console, Lonie says, “There you go!”

When Lonie teaches lessons at the University, she has the students start on a practice console. “It rings tone bars, with hand bell clappers. That’s where the lessons are held, in my basement office at the Graduate College,” she explains.

She points out that on a carillon “you can’t dampen the sound. If you hit a wrong note, you can’t simply lift your finger and say, ‘Maybe nobody heard that!’ When I and the student feel comfortable that they can hold their own, then they’re ready for the main instrument in the tower.”

Thanks to the endowment of the Class of 1892, lessons are free. They are open to both the University and Princeton community.

Lonie adds, “We have a process of certification within the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America. You go through a two-stage process of testing and adjudication to earn the title of “carillonneur.” That’s important to understand and appreciate, because you’re playing a very public, community-centric instrument.”

Lisa Lonie poses within the tower. (Photo courtesy of Lisa Lonie) 

A ”Great Asset”

“The carillon is not a dead instrument; playing the carillon is not a dying art,” Lonie says, when asked what she particularly would like readers to know. “Two or three instruments are being installed in North America per year. They can be found on school campuses and in churches, botanical gardens, municipal parks — even on private estates.”

“Being out in the Graduate College is beautiful,” she adds. “You have the golf course and trees; it’s very serene. There are not a lot of buildings, so we’re not sucked in. That’s the good thing. But on the other hand, even that short ten-minute walk from the center of campus — you might as well be in the next county.”

Lonie’s focus is on “continuing to build an audience for the whole year round.” She wants listeners to enjoy “not only what I’m doing, but what the students are doing — the students who are learning to play this great asset to the University and surrounding community.”

For more information, or to send suggestions for musical selections to Lisa Lonie, visit gradschool.princeton.edu/about/carillon.

Carillon, The Class of 1892 Bells

The console of Princeton University’s carillon. (Photo by Jill Feldman, Princeton University Office of Communications)

Where Words Fail, Music Speaks

By Anne Levin

In a video that debuted last November, 55 people join together on Zoom to sing the song Louis Armstrong made famous, “What a Wonderful World.” Most of them suffer from aphasia, a language disorder that often develops after a stroke or brain injury. As an introduction to the song, several of the participants talk — some more haltingly than others — about the frustrations of their condition. “Aphasia is difficulty speaking,” says one. “Makes me slow,” says another. “Aphasia is lonely.” “Aphasia is complicated.” “Aphasia is not being able to talk to my children.” And so on.

But once they begin to sing, all of the hesitancy disappears. Words so difficult to speak appear to flow effortlessly when set to music. The singers are members of the International Aphasia Choir, drawn from different aphasia choirs on five continents. They are visual and aural proof of the Hans Christian Andersen quote: “Where words fail, music speaks.”

Prominent among these choirs is the Bridgewater-based Sing Aphasia, founded by Westminster Choir College graduate Gillian Velmer during her doctoral studies in speech language pathology at Kean University. As part of her doctoral program, Velmer built a website, singaphasia.com, for aphasia choir resources. During the pandemic last year, she was approached by Trent Barrick, a music therapist in Florida. He had discovered the site, and wondered if she’d be interested in helping him put together an international aphasia choir video.

Gillian Velmer

“I said yes right away. I loved the idea,” says Velmer, 34, who has a day job as a speech language pathologist in the South Plainfield Public Schools. “Aphasia can be so isolating. If you are all of a sudden not able to communicate the way you used to, it’s just devastating. And it doesn’t affect just one person. It really affects the whole family and friends and community of the person as well.”
A native of Bridgewater, Velmer has always loved to sing. At Westminster, “choir was a huge and very fulfilling part of my life,” she says. “My time there inspired me to look into the field of speech language pathology. My senior year, I had classes on anatomy and physiology of the voice, which I found so interesting.”

As a prerequisite for her master’s degree, Velmer took a course on aphasia. “That was the first time I had heard of it, or even heard the word,” she says. “But that’s not really unusual. Statistics say that less than 15 percent of Americans know about aphasia, yet nearly two million in this country are living with it. I was so fascinated by that. Somehow, doing the research and having my musical background, I thought, ‘What about music for aphasia?’ ”

Velmer made aphasia choirs around the world the topic of her master’s thesis. After earning her degree and working in public education for a few years, she returned to Kean to pursue a doctorate. “I knew I wanted to continue my research,” she says.

She began looking into the question of whether singing can help with word-finding. “Over a five-week period, we did find an improvement,” she says. “There is definitely more research needed in this area, and that’s what Sing Aphasia hopes for in the future.” more

By Stuart Mitchner

Rostov … looked at the snowflakes dancing above the fire and remembered the Russian winter with a warm, bright house, a fluffy fur coat, swift sleighs, a healthy body, and all the love and care of a family.

—Leo Tolstoy, from War and Peace

I’ve never been to Russia in winter or spring or any other season. But I’ve been there all year round as a reader ever since the St. Petersburg summer I spent in Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. The following spring, I spent my first Russian winter reading The Brothers Karamazov in the Modern Library Giant edition. When you approach the world of Dostoevsky at the tender age of 19, the prospect is more inviting wrapped in an image of striking storybook simplicity: deep blue sky, snow tipped onion-domed towers above a white snowscape pure and clear against the black of a horse-drawn sleigh. So began a sophomore binge that carried me from Karamazov to Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons to Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. My fate was sealed. I would graduate as an English major with a minor in Slavic studies.

Everything in a Flower

“A flower fell on the snow and he rushed to pick it up as though everything in the world depended on the loss of that flower.” The “everything in the world depended on it” essence of Dostoevsky is in that sentence, which comes toward the end of “Ilusha’s Funeral,” the last chapter of The Brothers Karamazov. The chaotic life and death intensity of the passage is driven by Ilusha’s crazed father running alongside the coffin, “fussing and distracted,” rushing to pick up the small white flower, as if his dead son’s flower and all the flowers in the world were one.

Gogol’s Overcoat

In “The Overcoat,” from Nicolai V. Gogol’s Tales of Good and Evil (Doubleday Anchor), the St. Petersburg climate is “a great enemy,” along with the “northern frost” that targets “the noses of Civil Servants” and makes “the foreheads of even those who occupy the highest positions ache with frost, and tears start to their eyes.” Gogol pictures the “poor titular councillors … running as fast as they can in their thin, threadbare overcoats through five or six streets and then stamping their feet vigorously in the vestibule, until they succeed in unfreezing their faculties and abilities.” The overcoat of the title belongs to Akaky Akakyevich, who finds on thoroughly examining it at home that “the cloth had worn out so much that it let through the wind, and the lining had all gone to pieces.” more

What would George Washington or Walt Whitman have dined on? The new PBS series Drive by History: Eats answers these questions and more as it dives deep into New Jersey’s culinary past.

In the first episode, New Jersey resident and Blair Academy alum Melissa F. Clark ’05 explores a meal designed to curry George Washington’s favor at The Hermitage in Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. Using ingredients that would have been on hand during the summer of 1778 and employing the food trends popular during the period, Clark dishes up a delectable fried breaded chicken with sorrel sauce and raspberry fool for dessert. more

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On Wednesday, November 17, The Hun School welcomed Freestyle Love Supreme Academy to campus as part of the School’s Centennial Speaker Series and Her at Hun: Celebrating 50 Years of Girls and Women. The outdoor performance was high-energy, interactive, and carried a message of positivity and inclusivity.

Freestyle Love Supreme (FLS) was conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale. The group is currently performing on Broadway and are the subject of a Grammy Award-winning documentary on Hulu. FLS Academy are talented members of the cast who spin cues from the audience into humorous bits, instantaneous songs, and fully realized musical numbers. From singing to rapping to beatboxing with harmonies and freestyle flow, each show is unique to their audience. more

Celebrate Santa’s arrival as his helpers and musicians prepare for his grand entrance to MarketFair on Friday, November 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy interactive holiday shows, arts and crafts, balloon sculpting, Mrs. Claus Storytime, and giveaways for the first 150 registrants.

Make a Santa photo reservation from November 26 through December 24 at marketfairshoppes.com. Your family will enjoy having photos of sweet memories that they will treasure forever. more

Labyrinth Books in Princeton will host a hybrid, livestream event with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon on Wednesday, December 1 at 6 p.m. Muldoon will introduce his 14th collection of poetry, entitled Howdie-Skelp: Poems. He will be joined by fellow poet Michael Dickman.

A ‘howdie-skelp’ is the slap in the face a midwife gives a newborn. It’s a wake-up call. A call to action. The poems in Howdie-Skelp include a nightmarish remake of The Waste Land, an elegy for his fellow Northern Irish poet Ciaran Carson, a crown of sonnets that responds to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, a translation from the ninth-century Irish, and a Yeatsian sequence of ekphrastic poems that call into question the very idea of an ‘affront’ to good taste. Muldoon is a poet who continues not only to capture but to hold our attention. more

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At the end of October 2021, Penn Medicine opened the doors to its 1.5-million-square-foot future-ready pavilion. The 17-story building on Penn Medicine’s West Philadelphia campus houses 504 private patient rooms and 47 operating rooms. The pavilion will play host to the latest inpatient care for cardiology, cardiac surgery, medical and surgical oncology, neurology and neurosurgery, and transplant surgery. It will also be the site for Penn Medicine’s new emergency department.  more

Waldwick, New Jersey, baker Mimi of Mimi’s Cookies, makes cookie creations that not only taste delicious, but are beautiful and personal as well. 

What started 20 years ago as a hobby, Mimi has transformed her love of baking into a full-blown business in Bergen County and now ships throughout New Jersey. Known for her artful ability to create chic, custom designs, Mimi will cater to whatever the occasion may be. Holidays, birthdays, reunions, baby showers, graduations, religious celebrations and more, the possibilities are endless.  more

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Make lasting memories this winter season by skating on Palmer Square in Princeton’s “eco-friendly” outdoor synthetic skating rink. Located on Hulfish Street behind the Nassau Inn, open skate will run from Saturday, November 20 through Sunday, February 27. 

Hours are Thursday and Friday, 4-7 p.m.; and every Saturday and Sunday, 12-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.  more

Celebrate Hanukkah 2021 with the Lighting of the Edison Township Menorah on Tuesday, November 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Middlesex County, 1775 Oak Tree Road in Edison. Following the lighting ceremony, guests will join local dignitaries, JCC members and visitors from around the state for indoor entertainment, light refreshments, music, and more. The event is free to attend, and all are welcome. Masks are required during the ceremony but may be removed when enjoying refreshments. For more information, visit www.jccmc.org. 

Ready, set, shop small!

The Arts Council of Princeton’s Sauce for the Goose Outdoor Art Market returns to the Princeton Shopping Center on Saturday, November 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, November 14. 

Purchase handmade gifts directly from local artisans and crafters working in ceramics, textiles, jewelry, fine art, and more. Find one-of-a-kind gifts all while supporting the creatives living and working in the greater Princeton community. more

Choreographer Omari Wiles (center foreground) with Princeton students in rehearsal for his new work to be featured in the 2021 Princeton Dance Festival (Photo by Jonathan Sweeney).

The 2021 Princeton Dance Festival returns with in-person performances featuring new and repertory works by choreographers Rebecca Lazier, Kyle Marshall, Justin Peck (staged by Michael Breeden), Larissa Velez-Jackson, Omari Wiles, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Germaine Acogny (staged by Samantha Speis), and new work staged by Tina Fehlandt inspired by Mark Morris’ choreography on the 40th anniversary of the founding of his famed dance company, performed by Princeton dance students. All performances will take place at McCarter Theatre on November 19-21.  more

On Sunday, November 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve will lead a unique and relaxing nature therapy walk. These guided walks are an immersive and slow-paced experience with proven health benefits. Inspired by the Japanese practice of forest bathing and led by certified nature and forest therapy guide Linda Domino, guests will explore the land of the Preserve and awaken their senses to its sounds, creatures, textures, and beauty.  more

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s unique and virtual (silent) auction returns just in time for the start of the holiday season! This year’s event launches on November 10 and will continue for 10 days. The third installment of this event promises hidden gems, unique finds, gifts for theater lovers, and plenty of one-of-a-kind objects.  more

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Morven Museum’s Festival of Trees will be on view Wednesdays through Sundays from November 17 to January 10, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This holiday tradition will celebrate its 16th year with a juried collection of themed trees and mantels displayed throughout the museum’s galleries, all decorated by members of garden clubs and organizations. 

This year’s decorators include American Spaniel Club, Contemporary Garden Club, Mount Laurel Garden Club, New Jersey Audubon Society, Nottingham Garden Club, Princeton Public Library, Stony Brook Garden Club, The Garden Club of Princeton, The Present Day Club, and West Trenton Garden Club.  more