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Elizabeth Coleman White’s Agricultural Impact More than a Century Later

By Wendy Greenberg

Photos courtesy of Whitesbog Preservation Trust

When New Lisbon’s Elizabeth Coleman White studied the blueberry more than 100 years ago, she probably didn’t envision a booming blueberry business in New Jersey, or the state’s reputation as Blueberry Capital of the World. White, in 1916, developed a hybrid blueberry that could be grown in the acidic soil of the Pine Barrens, and she became known as the Blueberry Queen for producing the first cultivated crop of blueberries in the United States. more

Marjory Gengler, 1973.

A Comprehensive Book Looks Back

By Justin Feil | Images courtesy of David Benjamin, A History of Princeton Tennis

David Benjamin always had an appreciation for history.

Before he gained attention as men’s tennis coach at Princeton University and executive director of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), Benjamin taught American studies at Harvard University and Princeton University. He recognized as an undergraduate opponent at Harvard the rich and respected history of the Princeton men’s tennis program and was thrilled to join the program as their 29-year-old men’s tennis coach in 1974.

“When I came, Princeton had a very special history,” said Benjamin. “I felt it was a shame there wasn’t any sort of story or record of Princeton tennis.”

Following his retirement from coaching and the ITA, Benjamin, in his increased spare time, pursued the project and encouraged the Princeton men’s and women’s programs to chronicle their years in a book. Commissioned by The Friends of Princeton Tennis, A History of Princeton Tennis, a 378-page leatherbound book by Rob Dinerman and co-edited by Benjamin and Cameron Stout, was released in April 2021.

“The feedback has been great,” said Benjamin. “It’s something that everyone is very, very happy about.” more

An Investment in Health and the Future of the Planet

By Taylor Smith 

Photos and illustrations courtesy of shutterstock.com

“Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirits of divine discontent and longing.  —Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

New Jersey is one of the most populated, fastest-growing states in the nation. In fact, the New Jersey Audubon Society website states, “with less than 20 percent of unclaimed space available, New Jersey is running out of land and is projected to be the first state in our nation to reach build out.”

The magical thing about cultivating your own green space is that you can create a livable habitat for birds, bugs, insects, microorganisms, and all sorts of other creatures to enjoy. It doesn’t matter what size your yard is. Urban gardening for wildlife can be achieved with a few well-placed and well-chosen plant varieties in pots and window boxes on a balcony. If you do have a small backyard to work with, gardening for wildlife is the perfect summer challenge.

What many people don’t realize is that, unlike traditional notions of landscaping, eco-friendly gardens are all about sustainable living practices. These are gardens that you loosely cultivate and then sit back and simply watch. In the age of COVID-19 and international uncertainty, who wouldn’t want to see the drama of birds, bats, frogs, insects, and woodland animals creating a home in your own backyard? more

Musical Landmarks of the Jersey Shore

By Donald H. Sanborn III | Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.com

The Jersey Shore, which has a genre of rock ’n’ roll named after it, features many landmarks that stand as a testament to its rich musical history. One example is the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, which opened in 1926 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in America. Beside Basie himself, artists who have performed there include Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, and Bruce Springsteen.

The Ocean City Music Pier was constructed in 1928, after a fire destroyed a large segment of the boardwalk. Built in the Spanish Revival style, the venue includes a concert hall which, the venue’s website states, is “suitable for a great variety of shows from stand-up comedy to musicals” as well as the Ocean City Pops orchestra.

Residing in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Midmer-Losh Pipe Organ is the largest organ in the world. Built in 1929, it boasts 33,112 pipes. After decades of nonuse, the organ was played again during the 2013 Miss America competition.

Listeners who enjoy organ music should also visit the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove. That venue’s organ was installed and dedicated in 1908. It boasts a 5-manual console and over 11,000 pipes; the website for the Garden State Theatre Organ Society describes it as “one of the largest and most famous working pipe organs in the country.” Dr. Gordon Turk, the Auditorium organist and artist in residence, will give a series of concerts starting July 6.

No tour of the Jersey Shore’s musical landmarks would be complete without a visit to Asbury Park. (Springsteen’s debut studio album, released in 1973, is titled Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.) The annual Asbury Park Music Awards (formerly the Golden T-Bird Awards) launched at the T-Bird Café in 1993, and later moved to another venue, the Saint. Recently the ceremony has taken place at multiple larger venues, especially The Stone Pony. more

Celebrate the car lover in your life and cruise to the Jersey Shore for the City of Long Branch’s 27th Annual Car Show on Sunday, June 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place along the Long Branch Promenade (Ocean Boulevard and Madison Avenue). 

Before or after viewing the cars, cruise back down the promenade and into Pier Village, an excellent year-round shopping and dining destination. Beach front dining options abound while boutiques cater to all ages and tastes.  more

Washington Crossing Historic Park will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 29 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the gravesite of Continental soldiers located near the Thompson-Neely House. 

The observation will include a Colonial color guard, fife and drum music, Revolutionary War reenactors, veterans, and other honored guests. The keynote address will be delivered by USAF veteran Frank Lyons. At the ceremony, the Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a plaque at the original gravesite of 24-year-old Captain Lieutenant James Moore. Moore served in Captain Alexander Hamilton’s New York Artillery Unit before his death on December 25, 1776. more

Labyrinth Books welcomes Maggie Edkins Willis and Samira Iravani for an in-person event (with the option of virtual) on Sunday, June 12 at 2 p.m. Willis will discuss her debut middle grade graphic novel entitled Smaller Sister, which touches on the author’s own real-life experiences navigating confidence, body image, and the everlasting bond of sisterhood. more

Located in Lower Township’s Cape May Point State Park in Cape May, New Jersey, the Cape May Lighthouse offers visitors the chance to climb the 199 steps up to the historic, cast-iron spiral stairway and witness a staggering view of the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Built in 1859, the lighthouse also offers visitors a chance to take in the surrounding nature trails leading to the beach and Cape May Borough. 

Interpretive panels on the grounds, at the base of the lighthouse, and at the top of the climb tell the stories of the lighthouse keepers and how the lighthouse functioned traditionally and today. Still an active aid to navigation, the structure was restored and is maintained by Cape May Museum + Arts + Culture (MAC). Since the Cape May MAC opened the lighthouse to the public in 1988, more than 2.5 million visitors have climbed to the top.  more

Celebrate Princeton’s LGBTQIA+ community on Friday, June 3 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Princeton Shopping Center. The special event will include music, games, activities, giveaways, and more. Rain date is June 5.

Families of all ages are welcome to participate. There will be a bubble show by OMG Bubbles, hula hooping with Color Me Hoopy, yoga, a community mural, and live tunes from DJ Mona of Mon Amie Events NYC. more

Daily movement and exercise are central components of a healthy and active lifestyle. A strong heart and cardiovascular system have been shown to prevent a range of physical and mental degenerative diseases. With that being said, it is important that daily activity is balanced with stretching, hydration, and adequate rest. 

Did you know that a sprain is an injury to the joints of your body caused by the over-stretching or tearing of ligaments? The good news is the physicians at Princeton Primary & Urgent Care Center (PPUCC) can spot a sprain almost immediately and will be able to recommend a recovery plan that includes elevation of the injury and regular icing.  more

Nestled midway between Manhattan and Philadelphia at 678 Cranberry Road in East Brunswick, Park Chateau Estate & Gardens is quickly becoming the noteworthy wedding venue in New Jersey.

Spanning 15 rolling and manicured acres, visitors will be struck first by the 17th century classical French architecture and garden designs. This setting provides the bride and groom with a range of locations to move their wedding party through; from the chapel to the outdoor gardens and sparkling ballroom, every site is picture perfect. more

Enjoy the ambience of Crossing Vineyards and Winery on Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m. while you are guided through a tasting of 10 wines. At the same time, guests will be able to feast on artisanal cheeses, cured meats, and more. After the tasting, stay a while at McAvoy’s Bar and order a glass of wine from your favorite selection. This is a great introductory class on wine and cheese pairings for anyone who has ever been interested in assembling their very own charcuterie boards for family gatherings, events, and holidays.  more

Picklelicious has been a regular vendor at the Princeton Farmers’ Market since the Market’s inception when it was just a few vendors on Hinds Plaza. Now located at the Dinky Train Station lot at 172 Alexander Street in Princeton, Picklelicious is a hands-down favorite and much-loved local product. 

Pickelicious founder Robyn Samra was raised on pickles and bagels. As a mother of two small children back in 1993, she sought to leave her waitressing job and start her own small business. The question was, what kind of business? Drawing on her Jewish heritage and love of pickles, she decided that she would invest her time and energy into producing pickles and selling them at local flea markets and farmers markets. more

After a two-year absence due to COVID-19, Montgomery’s annual Independence Day fireworks display will return the evening of Thursday, June 30 at Montgomery High School. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. with vendors, music, and games for children.  more

Join the 17th annual ETS Firecracker 5K, which will be held June 1-15. Participants are welcome to walk, run, or ride at their own pace throughout the two-week period. Proceeds from this event will support YWCA Princeton’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women through programs and resources that address inequity by creating opportunities for personal and professional development, wellness, and connecting with others.  more

Celebrated country singer Jake Owen will perform at Asbury Park’s iconic Stone Pony on Sunday, July 24 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $49.50 in advance and $55 at the door. 

Owen’s music has risen to the top of country charts multiple times and his latest single “Made For You” is looking to do the same. Some of his best-known tracks are “I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” “Homemade,” “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” “Beachin,” “Anywhere With You,” “Alone With You,” “The One That Got Away,” and “American Country Love Song.” more

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On Saturday, June 18 at 5 p.m., get ready to race in the Watershed Solstice Trail Run in Pennington!

Back and bigger than ever, the trail run offers both a 5K (3.1 miles) and 10K (6.2 miles) distance. Participants can run or walk virtually or in person. The in-person competitors will have the chance to enjoy the signs of early summer at the Watershed Reserve.  more

Located at 1501 Glasstown Road in Millville, New Jersey, join WheatonArts for the Fantasy Faire on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. This family-friendly festival will take place each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Fantasy Faire features talented performers as they bring to life the “Kingdom of Wheaton” by enacting a series of interconnected shows that tell the story of the day. Interact with strolling costumed characters portraying historical and mythical figures in their favorite fantasy garb.  more