This Wknd in Princeton

Friday, June 10 

3 p.m.: Native Plant Sale at D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton.

4 p.m.: Nature Play at the West Windsor Arts Council. Children ages 5 to 12 will explore the woods behind WWAC as they are led through fun, outdoor games.

4 to 7 p.m.: Sunset Sips & Sounds at Terhune Winery in Lawrenceville. Enjoy wine, light fare, and music (repeats every Friday night throughout the summer). more

Q&A with Marta McDowell

North Jersey author Marta McDowell comes to Princeton to speak about her latest book.

By Sarah Emily Gilbert

In the midst of a tumultuous campaign season, author Marta McDowell brings us a place of political Zen: the White House grounds. Since its founding in 1800, our nation’s capital has been an 18-acre hub of garden inspirations, and McDowell captures it all in her new book, All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses – How The White House Grounds Have Grown with America. From Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden to Michelle Obama’s Vegetable Garden, McDowell’s book provides an in-depth look at the evolution of the White House gardens and how they’ve influenced garden trends around the country. more

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These attractive wares have a high social impact and low environmental impact.

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Bring your kids – and your imagination – to meet the acclaimed author/illustrator on June 13.

Best-selling children’s book author/illustrator Hervé Tullet presents his latest book “My Stencil Kit,” Monday, June 13, at 5 p.m. on the third floor of Princeton Public Library. He will also demonstrate his craft and answers questions. more


Photography by Erica Cardenas

The Historical Society of Princeton’s Concert Under the Stars took place on Saturday, June 4 at Updike Farmstead in Princeton. Guests enjoyed wine and dined outdoors while exploring the property’s six acre estate. This year’s fundraiser featured a 90-minute live performance by The Samples, an indie rock band formed in 1985. The event proved to be one of the most memorable nights of the summer.

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The perfect set to help little one’s express their creative side, this pack of six finger paints from Djeco come in bright rainbow shades. The non-toxic paints will provide endless fun, ideal for rainy days indoors. more

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The pocket square is making a comeback.

This elegant accessory is often worn in bright, contrasting colors to a men’s tie. Princeton Magazine has selected our top pocket square patterns below, which make the perfect gift for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19. more

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Friday, June 3

3 p.m.: Native Plant Sale at D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, 1 Preservation Place, Princeton.

4 to 7 p.m.: Nature Play at the West Windsor Arts Council. Explore the woods around WWAC with fun and games. Suitable for children ages 5 to 12.

7 p.m.: The Tigertown Dixieland Band performs at Thomas Sweet Ice Cream & Café at the Montgomery Shopping Center.

7:30 p.m.: Join Princeton Shopping Center for a live performance of “School of Rock” followed by the screening on the original movie. The outdoor screening will take place outside of Smith’s ACE Hardware and Princeton Nassau Pediatrics. Guests should bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. more

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Photo Credit: John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

In honor of John F. Kennedy’s 99th birthday anniversary, Urban Agenda Magazine remembers the former President and New Englander’s classic summer style. From white oxford shirts to trainers and aviators, JFK’s impact on men’s fashion continues to endure.

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In the words of Junot Diaz, It’s Where All of New Jersey Comes Together

By Ilene Dube

Whether made from Brazilian hardwood or recycled soda bottles, chances are a boardwalk will be making contact with your feet in the coming months. Boardwalks are about mingling: people-to-people, of course, but also a place where the scent of sauerkraut and mustard meets the sea air; the screams from carnival rides mingle with the crashing surf; and the steady rumble of pedestrians, cyclists and skateboarders overlaps with the serenity of those sitting on benches.  more

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By Anne Levin

Photos Courtesy of McCarter Theatre Center

Professional actors spend years perfecting their technique. But sometimes it can be the untrained who deliver the most affecting performances. Consider the 16 members of McCarter Theatre’s OnStage Seniors program. This ensemble of amateurs—most of them retired from professions such as teaching, medicine, and writing—have come to acting late in life. None have had formal training. But being on stage has become an important part of their lives. more

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Thursday, May 26

9AM-5PM The Arts Council of Princeton presents “Start Fresh,” a group exhibition curated by Eva Mantell. The exhibit brings together the work of 6 artists and nearly 80 students from the Arts Council’s art and health programs (on view through June 24). www.artscouncilofprinceton.org

ALL DAY The Alumni Association of Princeton University welcomes back generations of graduates for Reunions Weekend. Nearly 20,000 former Tigers descend on Princeton for this nostalgia-filled celebration. The event culminates with a parade through downtown Princeton (through Sunday, May 29). www.alumni.princeton.edu more

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Shop outside the box, with unique items for tea lovers including a selection of premium teas, gourmet tea gift sets, teaware, and more.

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Like the diamonds she uses in her timeless designs, Yanina Fleysher is equal parts elegance and strength. As the founder and owner of Yanina and Company in Cedar Grove and Basking Ridge, Fleysher is one of New Jersey’s premiere jewelers. But before her baubles attracted the likes of Caroline Manzo and Kim Kardashian, Fleysher was catering to a far more humble crowd. more

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By Sarah Emily Gilbert

Consumer Reports finds that many sunscreens aren’t doing much screening at all.

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Lindbergh Grandaughter

By Anne Levin

During the summer of Kristina Lindbergh’s 14th year, she spent a week with her famous grandparents, Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, at their home in Switzerland. While she has pleasant recollections of the visit, the eldest of the famous couple’s grandchildren distinctly remembers being captive for at least one of her grandfather’s lectures. more

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By Taylor Smith

The return of Princeton Farmers’ Market on Hinds Plaza is a sure sign of spring and the promise of summer. The final April Outdoor Market will take place this Thursday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Hinds Plaza adjacent to the Princeton Public Library. Beginning on Thursday, May 19, the market will re-occur every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, through the end of November. more

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Friday, May 13

5:30PM Opening reception for “Wild Designs: Animal Constructions” at D&R Greenway Land Trust, Johnson Education Center, Princeton. The exhibit includes artwork by Harry Bower, Linda Gebhard, Susan Hoenig, Gyuri Hollosy, Joy Kreves, Eva Mantell, Donna Payton, Kathleen Preziosi, Libby Ramage, and Richard Sanders (on view through June 17, 2016). www.drgreenway.org

7:30PM 5Rhythms improvised dance and moving meditation at Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, Skillman. www.princetonyoga.com

8PM Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, a Benefit for HiTOPS at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. www.hitops.org
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Black cats and broken mirrors. Friday the 13th asks you to embrace your dark side.

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Board Member photo: From Left to Right: Paula Chow (Gala Co-chair), Cheryl Goldman (co-chair), Emily Mann (Artistic Director), Victoria Hamilton (co-chair), Timothy J. Shields (Manager Director)

Photography by Erica Cardenas

On Saturday, May 7, 2016 McCarter Theatre hosted the Annual Gala Benefit Concert with International Grammy Award-winning pianist Lang Lang performing in Matthews Theatre. All proceeds go towards McCarter’s outstanding arts education and artistic programming. Here is a look at the fabulous guest list! This year’s after-party took place in the tent behind McCarter Theatre. The theme was inspired by Truman Capote’s 1960 “Black and White Ball.” more