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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

There is one good thing about the sun setting at 4:30 p.m. in December: Christmas lights. A hitherto dark and dreary time, dusk becomes a period of holiday cheer as neighborhoods light up to showcase their Christmas trees, red ribbons, and wreaths. Here, we provide some outdoor decoration ideas to make the season even brighter. For more holiday inspiration, head to the Hopewell House Tour and Quilt Show on Sunday, December 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. more

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Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel, one of the most celebrated voices in American music, will perform at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium on Tuesday, December 13 at 4:30 p.m.

Garfunkel, along with his former partner Paul Simon, has received numerous awards and critical acclaim for his music, including 5 Grammy awards, the prestigious Britannia Award, Rolling Stone’s Best Album of the Year notation, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. more

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Shop sweet Cyber Monday deals from Dylan’s Candy Bar. 11/28 ONLY: CYBER MONDAY SAVINGS! 25% OFF YOUR ORDER with code STOCKINGSTUFFER

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Louvre Interior, $350
Original 9″x12″ oil on panel of The Louvre Interior by James McPhillips

Paris paintings by Jay McPhillips on display at jane, Dec. 3

James (Jay) McPhillips’s artwork will be on display at jane consignment shop (7 Spring Street) in Princeton on Saturday, December 3 from 5-8 p.m. Through out the holiday season, you can also purchase Jay’s Princeton paintings, t-shirts, and more on the Princeton Magazine Online Store. From paintings of Paris to Nassau Hall, we highlight some of the local artist’s work below.

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Stationary, pens, and notebooks, oh my! 

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Arts Council of Princeton’s Executive Director Jeff Nathanson with artist Paul Henry Ramirez

Photography by Erica Cardenas

Dining by Design, the Arts Council of Princeton’s signature annual fall gala, was held at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township on Saturday, November 12. This year’s theme, Eye Candy, was inspired by the art exhibit Rattle by Paul Henry Ramirez on view in Grounds for Sculpture’s West Gallery. The evening featured cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live modern dance, Party Boards, a multi-course dinner catered by STARR Events, and an exciting live auction. The choreography and direction of the dancers was the work of Dawn Cargiulo Berman, director of The Pennington Studio for Dance and the Creative Arts. Berman engaged dancers from the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company and Pilobolus Dance Theater to be a part of the evening. The event proved to be a major success, raising funds for the Arts Council of Princeton’s many community programs including their scholarship fund, which benefits local students.

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Delicious additions to any holiday gathering. 

 

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Look no further than the Princeton Magazine Online Store for your holiday gifts.

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Pictured: Phil Getty of the Bucks County Audubon Society. His entire costume is sourced from his farm or his neighbor’s property. Getty describes himself as “The Green Man,” a mythical creature from England that celebrates fertility.

Photography by Erica Cardenas

Over 200 guests gathered in celebration of D&R Greenway Land Trust’s Moonlight Masquerade, Down to Earth Ball where discussions included current and future projects within the nonprofit. Conversations consisted of the continuous land preservation work D&R Greenway has been known for since its founding in 1989. New projects include Trenton’s Capital City Farm and a storytelling app for Abbott Marshlands. “If there’s one thing everyone can agree on it’s leaving our children and future generations clean air and a beautiful landscape view,” said Meredith Asplundh Gardner, host of this year’s Gala at historic Tusculum and co-chair Masquerade Ball Committee. more

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One-night-only Italian truffle dinner taking place at elements Princeton on Sunday, 11/13

On November 13, for one night only, elements will be open on a Sunday evening to tantalize your taste buds with an exclusive six-course Truffle tasting dinner with Italian wine pairings. Course highlights include fresh fluke with olive oil and cider vinegar, duck bolognese over tagliatelle and 48-hour brisket served over rice and mushrooms. more

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Make your Thanksgiving gathering even more memorable with these special gifts. 

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Gift your favorite geek these delightfully nerdy products from Uncommon Goods. Now please excuse us while we purchase that Bubble Wrap Calendar for all of our friends…

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Stay cozy this autumn with these colorful socks. 

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In addition to being a registered dietician, exercise psychologist, author of Skinny Living in Fat Genes, and former host of TLC’s Honey We’re Killing the Kids, Dr. Felicia Stoler is a mom. Like the rest of us, she’s often bombarded with tips, tricks, warnings, and advice on how to keep her children healthy. However, unlike most of us, she’s had years of experience providing individual counseling and consulting in nutrition, and continues to do so from her private practice in New Jersey. As both a mother and a health professional, Dr. Stoler has learned to detect what’s worthy of a worry. Below, she makes sure parents aren’t tricked into futile concerns this Halloween.

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Under a Tree Ring by Emanuela Duca

Learn the design inspirations behind the rings in this upcoming exhibit in Lambertville, NJ. 

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Rings are conversation pieces. Some tell the story of a wedding engagement or a family heirloom, while others tell of a person’s passions, heritage, or sense of style. The pieces in the “Nothing But Rings” exhibit at the Diana Vincent Jewelry Gallery in Lambertville tell a story of design excellence. The exhibition showcases rings created by visionary jewelry designers from Canada to California. Their stunning creations will be on display and available for purchase at the Diana Vincent Contemporary Fine Jewelry Gallery located at 12 North Union Street in Lambertville, New Jersey until December 9.  more

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Blood-thirsty insects nipping at our flesh are spreading Zika, West Nile, and other viruses. Rutgers entomologist Dina Fonseca tackles the public health crisis. 

By Ilene Dube

We’ve read all the studies: it’s healthier to be outdoors, where walking among the trees alleviates depression, lowers blood pressure and staves off Alzheimer’s disease. Children who play outside do better in school.

OK, but how to protect ourselves from ticks and mosquitoes that spread deadly diseases? more

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By Ellen Gilbert 

“Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it” 

— HILLARY CLINTON TOLD SUPPORTERS WHEN SHE DROPPED OUT OF THE RACE FOR THE 2008 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION. IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER, THOUGH, THAT OTHER WOMEN WERE STIRRING THINGS UP QUITE A LONG TIME AGO.

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By Anne Levin 

In a video that is part of a series on the New York City Ballet, dancers are asked to name their favorite foods.

“I want grease, and, like, salt,” says corps de ballet member Gretchen Smith, who munches on a chip. “I’ve gotta go with fried chicken, mac and cheese, and curry,” enthuses principal dancer Amar Ramasar. “Cookies, sugar, chocolate,” announces petite principal dancer Megan Fairchild. Retired dancer Jenifer Ringer, who documented her struggles with weight in her autobiography Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet, confesses in the video to her passion for ice cream with peanut butter. more

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“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”  — George Eliot

By Ellen Gilbert 

Reader advisory:  This article will not provide the last word in what to wear, cook, or how to decorate your house this fall.  It. turns out that there are many, many opinions about what is au courant for every aspect of our lives (all year round, actually).  This may be a disappointment for those needing guidance, but free spirits may consider this conclusion a boon. more