Where to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Princeton

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By Taylor Smith

The cherry-blossoms are blooming and the sun is shining – it’s Mother’s Day Weekend in Princeton, NJ! Here are Princeton Magazine’s Top 10 activities for Mother’s Day 2016.

Morven in May Craft Show & Plant Sale: One of New Jersey’s most anticipated spring rituals, Morven in May, is a juried art exhibit and sale of contemporary, American-made fine crafts running from May 6-8 at Morven Museum. The show features 36 professional fine craft artisans from around the country working in mediums such as ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, mixed media, furniture, basketry and more. Along with beautifully crafted art objects, Morven offers for sale fragrant heirloom flowers, unique varieties of annuals and perrenials, and carefully chosen flowering shrubs for your garden.

Mountain Lakes Preserve Mother’s Day Trail Walk: Get outside and enjoy the spring season on this Mother’s Day Trail Walk through Princeton’s Mountain Lakes Preserve, 57 Mountain Avenue. Free to attend.

May Fair at The Waldorf School of Princeton: On Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Waldorf School of Princeton welcomes the arrival of spring with a traditional May Fair. The community-wide celebration on their 20-acre Princeton campus features artists, crafters, healthy foods, live music, and activities for children. Admission to the event is free and parking is available on the school grounds.

Walking Tour of Kingston’s Historic Churches: Historian George Luck leads a free tour of Kingston’s churches including the Kingston Methodist Church and the Kingston Presbyterian Church. The walking tour begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Kingston Cemetery.

Mother’s Day at The Peacock Inn: Treat Mom to a 3-course menu for $85 per person at The Peacock Inn, located at 20 Bayard Lane in Princeton. Menu options are as diverse as ricotta gnocchi, poached lobster, pork belly, and strawberry shortcake. For reservations, call (609) 924-1707.

2-Hour Restorative Mother’s Day Yoga Workshop at Yoga Soul in Princeton Junction: Tell your mother, wife, daughter, sister or friend how much you care about them by giving them the gift that will renew and re-energize them. Restorative yoga is a transformative practice accessible to every-body. In this practice, props are used to fully support the body in restful postures that relieve stress and bring a deep sense of calm.

Free concert entitled, “Songs My Mother Taught Me” at the Princeton Public Library: For decades, mothers have been the subject of popular songs whether they are sung in Italian (like Connie Frances), Yiddish (like Sophie Tucker) or English (like Al Jolson). Explore the theme of motherhood with pianist and vocalist Jeff Dershin in a program that is sometimes sentimental and always entertaining.

Mother’s Day at Grounds for Sculpture: Stroll the former site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds, which features a constantly evolving collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures. This Mother’s Day at GFS will be an exclusive ticketed event (no tickets will be sold at the door, so be sure to purchase in advance by visiting www.groundsforsculpture.org.) The grounds will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Comedy “All the Days” at McCarter Theatre: There’s nothing worse than family…and nothing better according to Sharyn Rothstein’s play “All the Days,” directed by Emily Mann. This hilarious world premiere is about a family of very funny people in the midst of loss, love, and forgiveness.

Mother’s Day at Mistral: Savor and share chef Scott Anderson and Ben Nerenhausen’s inventive, culturally influenced cuisine with a strong emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and inviting flavors. Choose between a prix-fixe brunch or dinner menu, opt to enjoy a bar bites menu or order a la carte at Mistral Bar.