Weekend Events in Princeton, NJ

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This weekend calls for great weather with the sun shining and temps near 60 degrees.  What’s on the Princeton Scoop radar for you?  How about saving lives or saving the Dinky, better understanding the little Scoops, some great music and an Academy Award winning documentary?  They all sound good to us.  Maybe even better…wind down the weekend with some local art and local wine.  Below you’ll find our picks for a fantastic fall weekend.  Get out there and enjoy the sunshine…we’ll be shoveling snow all too soon.



For those who have risked or are risking their lives to protect ours

Today is Veterans Day and while there are plenty of ceremonies happening around the area with wreath layings and musical remembrances for you to attend we wonder if we could and should go a step further?  There is a great website called ANYSOLDIER.COM  and their slogan is “freedom isn’t free…just ask any soldier.”  The site is rather lengthy and chock full of information but the jist is that you can find a soldier stationed somewhere and send them a care package based on their needs.  Some need basic things like razors and soap, others might like dried fruits, beef jerky or just plain old socks.  We should honor those who fought for our freedoms for sure as well as the ones currently in service to our country.

You, too, can save a life

Did you know that New Jersey is so low on blood supply that we import blood from other states just to meet the needs of local hospitals?  Be a hero at home at head over to the Nassau Inn at 10 Palmer Square in Princeton on Thursday from 10:30-2:30 to donate blood.  Walk-ins are mighty welcome. To donate, please bring a photo or signature I.D. Eat and drink plenty of water within 4 hours of donating.  This LINK has all the details you need to know about donating blood.

 Hocus Focus

If you’ve ever found yourself telling your children to “just focus” you’re not alone. It’s hard to find a kid these days who isn’t distracted by the lure of video games, IMs, or texting, and even harder to find a parent who isn’t frustrated by their inability to stay on task. “Pay Attention! A Discussion About Learning in the Digital Age of Distraction” might be just what you need to help you understand how children are learning now. Tonight at 7pm at the Lawrenceville School in Woods Hall presented by Kevin Mattingly, the school’s Dean of Faculty. Free and open to the public.


 Grounds for good music

Friday night at Grounds for Sculpture features Livingston Taylor.  He recorded his first record at age 18 and has continued to create well-crafted, introspective and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide.  From top-forty hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” both recorded by his brother James (like, THE James Taylor), Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated.  Show starts at 8 pm and tickets are $25.

 If you loved Flipper…

Friday night is a great chance to see the film that won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2010.  “The Cove” is a provocative mix of investigative journalism, eco-adventure and arresting imagery, adding up to an unforgettable story that has inspired audiences worldwide to action. Watch the trailer here.  Evening begins at 6 pm at the Princeton Public Library in the Community Room.  Before the screening, refreshments will be served and announcements will be made about the 2011 Princeton Environmental Film Festival which begins January 13th.  The film will begin at 7 p.m and best of all it’s FREE.




 Celebrate Local Art

 Today from 4-7 pm you should check out what your creative neighbors have been up to.  These cool, artsy people came together last year to form the Lawrenceville Main Street Artists Network and they are having a 1 year birthday celebration. The artists will showcase pieces with the “CELEBRATE” theme and on display at the Gallery are works in all media including: acrylic, oil, encaustic & watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and ink drawings, paintings on silk, found object assemblages, pottery & clay sculpture, photography, art quilts, scarves, hats, jewelry, books, cards, ornaments, and gifts for the holiday season.  2683 Main Street (Corner of Main Street and Gordon Ave) in Lawrenceville.


 The Dinky Situation 

Did you know there has been talk about Princeton’s beloved Dinky being done with?  Folks up in arms have even created a Save the Dinky Facebook Page that has over 7200 fans.  This morning at 9 am at the Princeton Public Library join the discussion about the Princeton University’s Arts Neighborhood and the Future of the Dinky Station presented by Ron McCoy, Princeton University’s architect and Kevin Wilkes, member of the Borough Council. Open conversation begins at 10:30 a.m.



 Local Libations

 You know and love Terhune Orchards for their fresh produce, pick your own fruits and for their very yummy cider donuts but did you know they are making their own wine?  This year Terhune debuted six wines made from homegrown grapes: Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, Barn Red (a blend of Cabernet Franc + Cabernet Sauvignon), Front Porch Breeze (a Cayuga + Seyval blend) and Cold Soil White (Traminette with a hint of Riesling and Cayuga). The seventh is apple wine. More varieties are in the works.  Today from Noon – 6 pm head over to the farm and stop into their new barn to taste five wines for $5, $8 with a souvenir glass.  Wines are for sale in their farm store as well. Read more in this great article from NJ.com 



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