September 28, 2016

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One of the author/illustrators at Saturday’s Children’s Book Fair on Hinds Plaza inscribes a copy of her book for a young reader. Favorite books are discussed by festival participants in this week’s Town Talk. (Photo by Charles R. Plohn)

The town of Princeton has embarked on two groundbreaking solar energy projects С one with the Stony Brook Regional Sewerage Authority on River Road and the other with the Princeton Public Library С that could potentially bring financial rewards, save on energy bills for the participating partners, and promote sustainability by investing in renewable energy.  more

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The Lambertville Historical Society will hold their 34th Annual Autumn House Tour on Sunday, October 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured homes range in type from an 1877 second-empire Victorian to a simpler c. 1850 brick row house with extensive interior renovations. The additional sites include an early 19th C. Greek Revival Church and an 1877 19th C. Eclectic/Victorian style commercial property. The tour is self-guided. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 on the day of the tour) and can be purchased at the Marshall House (60 Bridge Street in Lambertville), various retailers in downtown Lambertville, and online at www.LambertvilleHistoricalSociety.org. Free parking and shuttle bus service will be available on the day of the tour. For more information, call (609) 397-0770 or email info@LambertvilleHistoricalSociety.org.

At a meeting on Monday, September 26, Princeton Council voted to introduce an ordinance to re-establish a Civil Rights Commission, which previously existed in Princeton but was discontinued 18 years ago. more

Residents and town officials are all in agreement about the need for repairs and infrastructure renovations on Bank Street. The narrow, single-block thoroughfare, tucked away off Nassau Street between Bayard Lane and Chambers Street, needs electrical, telephone, and cable lines placed underground, and the street, curbs, sidewalks, and sewage system all require extensive upgrades. more

Photo Credit: NARENDRA DANGIYA

Photo Credit: NARENDRA DANGIYA

Acclaimed dancer/choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy brings her solo work They Rose at Dawn to the Berlind Theatre on October 23 at 3 p.m. In this solo work, women are depicted as carriers of ritual. Navigating inner and outer worlds, they invoke a sense 
of reverence, of unfolding mystery, of imagination. more

The Princeton Adult School (PAS) will kick off its 2016 lecture series on Monday, October 10 at 8 p.m. in the Friend Center Auditorium, William and Olden Streets, with Princeton University Philosophy Professor Gideon A. Rosen speaking on “Ethics, Politics and Social Media.”  more

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A FEAST FOR THE SENSES: Mountain Lakes Preserve is the setting for a four-part series of workshops focused on the way nature inspires creativity. Professionals from the worlds of food, perfume, graphic design and poetry will lead the sessions.

On Fran McManus’s regular walks through the Mountain Lakes Preserve, she often ponders the relationship of the natural world and creativity. Nature, she has come to realize, can inspire ideas in ways that are not always immediately apparent. more

Princeton University’s campus plan for the next 10 years won’t be released until next summer. But last week University administrators provided a glimpse of the document under development at a meeting of a Princeton Planning Board subcommittee. The presentation will be repeated on Wednesday, October 5 at a municipal meeting in West Windsor.  more

Browse through thousands of gently used books from a variety of genres at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Annual Used Book Sale on October 11 through 15 in the Seminary’s Whiteley Gymnasium (at the corner of Hibben Road and Stockton Street). Proceeds support seminary libraries in developing nations and provide Princeton Seminary students with scholarship funds for travel courses.  more

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Studio Japan of Kingston will hold their Annual Exhibition and Sale, October 3-18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Featuring traditional Japanese furnishings, TANSU cabinetry, pottery, and decorative folk arts, anyone interested in Japanese culture is encouraged to attend. The museum itself is a Sukiya tea culture inspired building reconstructed from a historic post and beam barn. Established in 1982, Studio Japan serves as the museum and conservation workshop of Ty and Kiyoko Heineken, the authors of TANSU: Traditional Japanese Cabinetry. Studio Japan is located at 110 Main Street (4505 Rte. 27 North) in Kingston, NJ.

The event is free to attend. To learn more visit www.tansucabinetry.com or call (609) 683-0938. Questions can be directed to ty@tansucabinetry.com.

book-revHerman Melville died 125 years ago today in a three-story brick townhouse at 104 E. 26th Street in Manhattan. The makeshift bomb that shook the same neighborhood a week and a half ago exploded a short walk away at 23rd and Sixth Avenue. Virtually unread and unremembered on September 28, 1891, Melville’s most famous work ends, in effect, with an explosion: “then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago.” The actual last words of Moby Dick, however, are less epic than domestic as a ship named Rachel searching for “her missing children” only finds “another orphan.”

The orphan, of course, is Melville, the metaphorical survivor of his most ambitious work, a castaway on the desert island of his obscurity sending the civilized world messages carried like “notes in a bottle” across two centuries and the ocean of the internet.

In Andrew Delbanco’s Melville: His World and Work (2005), the author is seen as “a living presence in the larger culture,” not only “good for thinking about” but one of the “select company” of writers who “continue to be good for thinking with.” Since his literary revival in the mid-20th century, there have been, according to Delbanco, “a steady stream of new Melvilles, all of whom seem somehow to keep up with the preoccupations of the moment: myth-and-symbol Melville, countercultural Melville, anti-war Melville, environmentalist Melville, gay or bisexual Melville, muticultural Melville, global Melville.” more

Visit Grounds for Sculpture (GFS) for the 12th Annual Festival of the Guild for Early Music on Sunday, October 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Performances by regional ensembles include Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Early American music in both vocal and instrumental forms.  more

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Violinist Leila Josefowicz will perform at Princeton Symphony Orchestra’s (PSO’s) “Viennese Reflections Edward T. Cone Concert” on Sunday, October 9 at 4 p.m. at Richardson Auditorium. The concert includes the world premiere of a work by Princeton-based composer Julian Grant. The October 9 concert is made possible by the generous support of the Edward T. Cone Foundation. The PSO performed his Symphony last fall. Ticket prices include admission to a pre-concert talk at 3 p.m. To purchase, call (609) 497-0020 or visit www.princetonsymphony.org

Fitness in the dark, illuminated by glow bands, will be offered on Thursday, September 29 starting at 5:30 p.m. Participation is free to all.

Lululemon Athletica Lounge features mind/body coach Ed Tseng, plus glow-in-the-dark body art, starting at 5:30 p.m. At 6:15 p.m., there will be a pre-stretch. Pure Barre holds a pop-up class from 6:30 to 7 p.m., and there will be a group run with Pacers Running, also at 6:30 p.m.  more

The Crisis Ministry of Mercer County has announced the launch of its new name, Arm in Arm. The 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 1980 by Nassau Presbyterian Church and Trinity Church, helps secure the basic needs of food and housing and promotes long-term stability through work training and support. more

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“THE BUILT WORLD”: These works by PDS art faculty will be on display at the Anne Reid Art Gallery. On the right is, “Bonzai” by Chase Rosade and on the left is Chris Maher’s “Antlerback Chair.” The exhibit combines manipulation of natural materials by the two artists, specifically in the presentation of handmade furniture and bonsai. The exhibit called “The Built World” will run from October 17 through November 10.

The Anne Reid ’72 Art Gallery at Princeton Day School presents “The Built World,” featuring the work of PDS Art Faculty members Chris Maher and Chase Rosade.  more

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FAST TRACK: Princeton University football player Charlie Volker eludes a foe in recent action. Last Saturday at Lehigh, sophomore running back Volker, an Ivy League champion sprinter, rushed for a career-high 82 yards on 13 carries for three touchdowns but it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 42-28 to the Mountain Hawks. The Tigers, now 1-1, will look to get back on the winning track when they play at Columbia on October 1 in the Ivy League opener for both teams. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Playing at Lehigh last Saturday, the Princeton University football team’s offense was clicking, moving effectively on the ground and through the air.

The Tigers rolled up 199 yards rushing and 243 yards passing, putting 28 points on the scoreboard.

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A partnership has been announced between Hamilton Jewelers with TAG Heuer to act as the “Official Timekeeper” of the HiTops Princeton Half Marathon on Sunday, November 6. The race is expected to attract approximately 1,750 runners and over 5,000 spectators. more

The David Library of the American Revolution will present a lecture on Thomas Jefferson by Robert M. S. McDonald — a member of the faculty at the United States Military Academy at West Point — on Sunday, October 2 at 3 p.m. The public is invited to the admission-free event, which will be held at the David Library, 1201 River Road, Washington Crossing, Reservations are required.  more

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“CHASING SPARKS 2”: “Jonathan Hertzel: When Sparks Fly” highlights the artist’s recent work in watercolor alongside one of his dynamic bronze sculptures. Pictured here is his 2015 watercolor on Arches paper that is on display at the Michener Art Museum until December 31.

A new exhibition featuring works by painter and sculptor Jonathan Hertzel is open to the public at the James A. Michener Art Museum until December 31, 2016, Jonathan Hertzel: When Sparks Fly showcases the artist’s recent creations in watercolor and is accompanied by one of Hertzel’s more notable metal sculptures, Adam Splittingmore

A. Brad Schwartz, author of Broadcast Hysteria: Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News, will visit Somerset County Library System of New Jersey to reexamine this landmark moment in media history, showing that the broadcast was history’s first viral media phenomenon — decades before the age of Twitter and 24-hour news. more

September 27, 2016

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WEBB MASTER: Princeton High football player Isaac Webb looks to break loose from a foe earlier this season. Last Friday evening at Hightstown, sophomore receiver Webb enjoyed a breakout game, making six catches for 177 yards and four touchdowns as the Little Tigers rolled to a 33-0 win over the Rams. PHS, now 1-1, plays at WW/P-N (1-1) on September 23. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

With the Princeton High football team locked in a scoreless tie in the second quarter at Hightstown last Friday evening, Isaac Webb caught the ball in the flat and decided it was time for him to make a breakthrough. more

September 25, 2016

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Sarah Churgin and Katherine Van Dell, appraisers at Rago Auctions and “Antiques Roadshow,” will be at Morven Museum and Garden on September 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to appraise jewelry. “Unused heirlooms are a source of financing for vacations, tuition or even more jewelry,” says Sarah, who directs Rago’s jewelry department. Should you choose to sell, Rago will donate a percentage of that sale to Morven Museum and Garden. Sarah and Katherine are scheduling appointments from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (no appointment is necessary from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.).  more

September 22, 2016

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REVOLUTION AT PRINCETON: Artillery demonstrations will start the day’s celebrations this Saturday at Princeton Battlefield, as the Battlefield Society hosts a series of educational and entertaining events in approaching the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Princeton, a pivotal clash in the American Revolution. (Photo by John Lien)

On January 3, 1777 General George Washington’s revolutionary forces fought and defeated British troops in the Battle of Princeton, a pivotal event in the American Revolution. more