Princeton Events for the weekend….

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The weather outside may be frightful, but we’ve got plenty of ways for you to skate through winter. Whether you want to experience campus architecture and its history, or recognize the signs of one of our country’s most serious health threats, we’ve got your sources. Want to know more about water? Dive into a unique combo of talk/concert to celebrate the element that makes up so much of the earth’s surface. Speaking of the earth, learn how to save it, one plastic bag at a time.  More interested in the arts? Sculpture? Photography? How about combining both? Dance? How about a classical ballet with an internationally renowned company? And we didn’t forget the little scoops… from balloons to apples, we’ve got miles of smiles for them, too. Read on for how to warm up your winter…




If you build it…

If you love architecture, then don’t miss the opening reception for ‘Campus Themes: The Architecture of Princeton University’ at Princeton Day School from 5:30 – 7 pm. From pre-revolutionary days through today, you’ll get a look into campus planning that includes drawings, renderings, photos, architectural models, and rare videos. Princeton University Architect and creator of the exhibit, Ron McCoy, and a team of experts will share some objectives for the 380-acre campus. If you can’t make it tonight, don’t worry – the exhibit is open to the public from 9 am – 5 pm through February 4, Monday through Friday when school is in session.

 Know the signs 

Alzheimer’s impacts over 5 million Americans. As of May 2010, it became the sixth leading cause of death. Early detection is vital. Barbara DeAngelis will present ‘Know the 10 Signs of Early Alzheimer’s Detection’ at Mercer County Connection (957 Route 33, Hamilton) at 10:30 am. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss, changes in behavior or thinking skills, an early diagnosis can make all the difference. 





Water, water everywhere

And you thought water was just for drinking, swimming, and showering! Water! Fantasy & Fables is a treat for the ears with selections by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, and Elgar. The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s concert, led by Neeme Jarvi and featuring mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges, is in Richardson Auditorium tonight at 8 pm. Pre-concert, you can learn more about water with a talk on  ‘Water: Global Challenges and Local Solutions in Developing Countries’ at 6:45 pm at the Nassau Presbyterian Church (61 Nassau Street, Princeton). Tickets range from $20 – $82, and the talk is free to all ticketholders.


Paper or plastic?

You probably won’t have any trouble answering that grocery store question once you see “Bag It,” at 7 pm at the Princeton Public Library. Part of the Princeton Environmental Film Festival, the film looks at the way we use and abuse plastic, what it’s done to our world, and what we can do about it.  Sharon Rowe, founder and CEO of Ecobags, leads a post-screening discussion.





Set your f-stop

‘Focus on Sculpture’ opens today at – where else?- the Grounds for Sculpture. From 10 am to 5 pm, you can enjoy the annual juried exhibition of photography that features and focuses on sculpture. Need even more reason to go? You can also celebrate ‘Re-Forestation,’ an exhibition featuring major works by wood sculptor Emilie Benes Brzezinski.


Love bug

Colorful creatures and balloon artistry magically combine at the Kelsey Theatre at 2 and 4 pm for a show that’ll please big and little scoops alike. Audience members are invited to join in the adventure of “The Love Bug’s Hug” as the characters try to cheer up a sad princess, setting loose balloon creatures along the way. Tickets are $8 for children, students and seniors, and $10 for adults.





On your toes

One of Russia’s best-kept secrets, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia brings its production of Tchaikovsky’s cherished classic Swan Lake to the McCarter Theatre at 3 pm. The company of 55 hails from the city of Veronezh, and has delighted McCarter audiences in past seasons with productions of Cinderella and Giselle.


 Wassail away

Help protect the apple crops! Join the Mount family at Terhune Orchards from 1 – 4 pm to honor the old English custom ‘Wassailing the Apples.’ Activities include music, songs, toasts of hot cider, and a bonfire… with free marshmallows!  Entertainment by Spiced Punch Consort and Molly Dancers, and farm wagon rides will be available (weather permitting). The wine tasting room will be open for hot mulled wine and snacks. Best of all? It’s free!  

                                            Events Compiled for PrincetonScoop by Cary Sullivan 

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