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Local Students Participate at First Annual NBT Science Symposium

The first annual NBT Science Symposium  was  held at North Brunswick Township High School on Sunday May 22, 2016. The objective of the science fair was for students from the North Brunswick area to prove their talents  in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Pairs of students presented their hypothesis, demonstrations, and research to judges, parents and audiences. Our own CHPS grade 5 and 6 students were superstars! Aarav Gupta  teamed up with his friend, Aarav Hathiramani from Chapin School in Princeton, to win 2nd place in the middle school competition. Aarav and Aarav researched the Magnus Effect on spheres, then took it further to see if the effect held true on discs. With repeated trials and detailed study of data, Aarav and Aarav proved the Magnus Effect to not hold true to discs. Two of our fifth graders, Agni Rajinikanth and Anush Polamraju celebrated an esteemed first place for Best Research in Middle School.  

Brilliant work to all! Proclamations will be awarded to the winners to recognize their hard work in the coming weeks.

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New Exhibit at Morpeth Contemporary June 4 -30

The Oiseaux Sisters + Jane Dennis
June 4 - 30, 2016| Reception: Saturday, June 4, 5 - 7 pm
Rumpus:  Wishful Thinking, Civil Discourse features the work of the Oiseaux Sisters (Carolyn Fellman and Susan Andrews) and Jane Dennis, including their "colorful responses" to questions around politics, culture, the environment, and human interaction.
The Oiseaux (French for birds) Sisters migrate seasonally from their Cayuga County, New 
York studios to Gulfport, Florida with periodic detours abroad to Mexico, Europe and Asia. Their deliberately low tech, mixed media objects have been shown for decades in the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Contemporary Craft Show.  Known for its humor and metaphor, their work is part toy shop, part stage set, part library, and part school.

Jane Dennis, who resides in Ithaca, NY, creates sculpture from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, paper, fabric, and acrylic paint, as well as recycled elements that add an element of uncertainty to the process. "The artist can't be in complete control," she says, "and used materials can create a new direction or refuse to budge."

Together in this exhibition they ask:  How to be a visual artist in this time of upheaval and change?  "Engage," the artists encourage. "Change comes. We are all agents of change. Look to your borrowed feathers. Locate those purloined gloves. Stop, look, listen and love anyway. Savor, salvage, spot the switcheroo.  Let the rumpus begin!"
above: The Contrarians: Ship Of State    
Susan Andrews & Carolyn Fellman, Carved and painted wood, modeling compound, toy parts, stamps, beads, found objects. 
This piece was made listening to campaign rhetoric on the studio radio.  The cart moves in either direction, capable of leadership by the elephant or mule.  The figures are repositionable, allowing Rachel Carson or the dice to also move into leadership positions.  Inspired by a vintage pull toy in our collection, this piece speaks to our frustration with the pandering and posturing of the candidates and the suspicion that the one being played with is we, the citizen-voters.
below: Gaurdian Birds, Carolyn Fellman, jumping jack, repurposed kitchen implements
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American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School and Westminster College of the Arts Are Dance Partners This Summer

Princeton, N.J. — Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University has added a Summer Dance Institute to its repertoire. Rider's established relationship with Princeton Ballet School will open the doors for students to experience their renowned classic ballet technique, while appreciating and exploring the rich diversity of the dance world. This newly offered 2-week program is developed for young dancers, ages 14-18, with varying skill levels and disciplines. Each day focuses on solid dance training to include bodywork, ballet, contemporary, and a completely different form of dance, all with ballet as the base.

 "Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, has been a leader in dance education for more than 60 years," says Vanessa Logan, Executive Director. "Our reputation, which is built upon our unique, philosophy that dance is for everyone with each individual nurtured in a safe and progressive way, is what attracts students of all levels to our programs. Based upon our successful international Summer Intensive program under the leadership of Artistic Director Douglas Martin, and our existing relations with Rider University, the newly established Summer Dance Institute couples Rider's distinguished dance program with Princeton Ballet School methods in an effort to expose even more young people to the wonderful world of ballet."

 The partnership between ARB's Princeton Ballet School and Rider University began over 20 years ago. This unique relationship has provided Rider University's collegiate dance majors and minors with enriching educational and artistic opportunities that may inspire these young students to pursue dance further. "The collaboration between two world class institutions—Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University and Princeton Ballet School—will allow us to train a future generation of artists and allow those interested in dance to delve into a wide variety of dance genres in a fun, supportive, and healthy environment," says Matthew Shaftel, Dean, Westminster College of the Arts.


The Summer Dance Institute will run from July 10 to July 23, Monday through Friday, 
9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Rider's Lawrenceville campus. 
Tuition is $1,995 and includes room and board. To register or learn more about the Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University Summer Dance Institute, visit
For additional information call 609-924-7416 or email


For more information about American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School please visit:


American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.

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Mercer County Park Commission Summer Nature Programs

Mercer County Park Commission

Summer 2016 Nature Programs



Kayak Tours of Mercer Lake

Friday, July 1, 8 & 29

Friday, August 12 & 26

Friday, September 9

Tours are from 9:30-noon, weather permitting

Rates:    In county- $25/person

                Out of county- $30/person

Enjoy a morning of paddling, exploration, and wildlife viewing during a Kayak Tour!  Participants will kayak along the lake shore and in the creeks and coves to encounter basking turtles, feeding songbirds and even carnivorous plants!  We provide all of the supplies needed for a morning of kayaking including binoculars and life vests.  Basic kayak instruction is provided before the tour.  For adults and children over 16 years old.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Pontoon Boat Nature Tours on Mercer  Lake

Thursday, July 7, 14, 21 & 28

Thursday, August 4, 11 & 25

Thursday, September 1

                Tours run noon - 1:30 p.m. and 2 - 3:30 p.m., weather permitting.


                In-County– Adults $10/person, Children & Seniors $8/person

                Out-of-County– Adults $12/person, Children & Seniors $10/person

This popular boat tour is a relaxing way to experience the flora and fauna of Mercer Lake.  View great blue herons, painted turtles and rose mallow in bloom from your seat on the boat!  Tour tickets are sold at the Mercer County Marina beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the day of the tour.  Children must be at least 6 years old.  Boat seats 15 people.  For more information, please call (609) 448-4004.


First Friday Story Time

June 3, July 1 &  August 5  

10:30 a.m.

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)         

Donations Welcome

Gather with your little ones while our educators share a story worthy of the Abbott Marshlands, followed by a craft or activity. We’ve chosen the best stories of wildlife and history to enjoy inside, or outside if the weather is nice! Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Bird In The Hand: Songbird Banding Program

Sunday, June 5, 19, &  26

8 - 10 a.m.          

Fiddler’s Creek Preserve

Adults-$20, Children (ages 6-14)-$10 

In May of 2016, a brand new bird banding station opened at the Fiddler’s Creek Preserve in Titusville! In addition to our scientific research goals, education and outreach are a major focus.  On specified Sunday mornings, we will open the bird banding operation for adults and families to experience the banding process first-hand.  Programs will provide the unique opportunity to visit an active banding station, learn from friendly field ornithologists, and see wild birds up close.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Family Bird Excursion: Naturally Friends

Sunday, June 5  

1 - 3 p.m.            

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

Join our Teacher Naturalist for family-style birding and discover some of the ways that our feathered friends help out with the farm chores. Children will participate in a “Bird Spotting Challenge”. Binoculars will be available.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Birds & Bagels

Friday, June 10  

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Hopewell Borough Park

Donations to Sourland Conservancy

Enjoy before school birding and bagels as part of Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play. On this morning, we’ll be surveying breeding birds in Hopewell Borough Park. Kids and adults are invited to experience field work, bird identification, and assist with bird counting.  The data collected during this survey will be used in the American Woodcock Habitat Restoration Project.  Binoculars and bagels will be provided. Registration required, email  Co-sponsored by the Sourland Conservancy.  Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Beetles in the Spotlight: Naturally Friends

Friday, June 24 

7:30 - 9 p.m.      

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

Meet a new suite of insects – those that appear for a nocturnal summer show!  With the farm fields as our stage, we’ll be inspecting all of the Farm’s bright lights for these radical bugs.  Join us for some shared time in the spotlight. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Lichen Walk

Saturday, June 25  

10 a.m. - noon  

Mercer Meadows @ Curlis Woods          


Join lichenologist Dennis Waters for two hours of fun field work and learn how to identify some of the common lichens of Mercer County. Gain insight into the interesting lifestyles and ecological importance of lichens. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Turtle Tea Party

Sunday, June 26  

2 - 3:30 p.m.      

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)         

$5/person or $20/family

Enjoy a “turtley” awesome afternoon with your child at this tea party hosted by Tully and Cube, the Tulpehaking Turtles. Guests will play games, create their own party favor to take home, and enjoy a choice of herbal tea or juice and treats to eat while waiting for their up-close and personal visit with the live turtles themselves. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Christmas in July

Saturday, July 16  

1 - 4 p.m.            

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)

Donations Welcome

Give a gift to animals! The nature center will be accepting wish list items on behalf of two local wildlife charities to celebrate Christmas in July. Bring your donation for free admission to our holiday celebration with refreshing beverages, cookies, and the chance to make gifts for wildlife in your own backyard. Benefitting: The Mercer County Wildlife Center and the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Annual Butterfly Count

Saturday, July 23

Afternoon (time TBD)   

Howell Living History Farm          


Join our County Naturalist for the North American Butterfly Association’s (NABA) annual butterfly count!  During the survey, we’ll identify and tally individual species in the fields at Howell Farm.  The NABA count has been around since 1993, and monitors butterfly populations throughout the U.S.  For adults and children over 16 years old. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Butterfly Bonanza: Naturally Friends

Sunday, July 24  

1 - 3 p.m.            

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

As summer warms and the days lengthen, butterflies mix and mingle throughout Howell Farm’s fields. Get up close and personal with many different species and find out how these colorful, delicate insects benefit the farm with a butterfly net and scavenger hunt. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Dragonfly Walk

Sunday, July 31 

2 - 3:30 p.m.      

Spring Lake Entrance of Roebling Park   

$5/person or $20/family

Attune your eye to dragonfly behavior and diversity on this Naturalist-guided walk. With voracious appetites, dramatic lifestyle and flying ability, these predators in the sky are sure to please! Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Artifacts Show-n-Learn

Saturday, August 13  

1 - 4 p.m.            

Tulpehaking Nature Center (157 Westcott Ave, Hamilton NJ 08610)         


Think you might have discovered Native American or historic artifacts in your own backyard? Bring your finds to be identified by archaeologists from the Archaeological Society of New Jersey. Noted archaeologists who excavated at the nature center and around our region will talk about important local sites and present displays of Native American and historic artifacts. No monetary appraisals will be given. Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


Night Hike: Naturally Friends

Friday, August 26  

7:30 - 9 p.m.      

Howell Living History Farm          

Donations Welcome

The horses and sheep may be in for the evening, but that doesn’t mean the farm is asleep!  Tune up your night vision and join our naturalists and farmers for a walk through the barns, fields and lanes where the animals with nocturnal schedules are just starting their day! Pre-registration required, call 609-888-3218 email


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Come Together For Reunions & Graduation at Elements

Elements welcomes back Princeton University’s alumni and congratulates the class of 2016!  We will be open for dinner on Sunday May 29th and Monday May 30th, offering a five-course graduation dinner menu at $125 per person. Reservations are available from 4:00PM – 9:30 PM.

To reserve, call us at 609.924.0078 or click below

Check Out The Menu

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Streets of Princeton to Dazzle with Sounds of Antique, Elaborate Mechanical Organs Aug. 6 & 7

Princeton, NJ, August 6-7, 2016; Carousel Organ Association of America (COAA) and Automatic Musical Instruments Collectors Association (AMICA) will combine with a band organ rally, and annual international convention to bring 100-year old large, ornate, elaborate mechanical organs to the streets, squares, and parks of Princeton for a wonderful weekend of music.

Normally originally associated with carousels, fairgrounds, skating rinks and other art and musical venues, these magnificent instruments are owned by collectors in all parts of the country and the world who lovingly maintain and restore them. During the summer, the enthusiast organizations to which most of these people belong bring them to various cities and sites for a musical and art cultural exhibition of sights and sounds for each other and the public to enjoy.  Princeton for the first time will be the beneficiary of this event!

The instruments range from small “crank, grind or monkey organs” which one cranks to make music from the organ pipes and percussion, to the largest trailer-mounted organs that duplicate the feat of large marching bands or concert orchestras.  All play from large paper rolls or punched cardboard.

The music ranges from old, vintage, period tunes and standards to today’s greatest hits in popular, classical, dancehall, and all types of music.  Visitors are not only mesmerized by the great orchestral sounds, but also by the elaborate, colorful, and beautiful carved facades.

These instruments will play 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7.  There will be interpretive desks and exhibits to educate and inform the public what they are seeing and hearing, and even the chance to join the two sponsoring organizations, AMICA and COAA.

On Saturday morning at 10 am, at Nassau Presbyterian Church, located across Nassau Street from Palmer Square, a one-hour multi-media presentation and orientation will be presented to the public to learn all about this wonderful music, the organizations, and their history.

During the week, AMICA will be holding its convention at the Nassau Inn, taking tours of the area, visiting notable collections of these instruments, and having a hospitality room at the Nassau Inn.  That room will be open to the public most days and will display several of the coin-operated nickelodeons that make up another part of this great music and history. A docent will be available to explain and demonstrate these instruments.

Several hundred members of the two organizations will be visiting Princeton and the surrounding area for nearly a week to enjoy these activities.

This event is produced and organized by notable collector Glenn Thomas for both organizations, with the cooperation and support of the Princeton Arts Council, Palmer Square, YMCA, and several other merchants and civic organizations.

More information on the web sites of the two organizations: and


Glenn Thomas

908 447-9724


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Junior Solar Sprints Program at Cedar Hill Prep Wins Top Prizes

top: Chahat Mittal, Simone Thompson, Elaine Chen, Megha Thomas, Ashna Kelkar, Sarah Abraham, Esha Trivedi, Zoe Rivera,  bottom: Aarthi Venkata, Shwetha Rajagopala


The Junior Solar Sprints program is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) competition that engages students to design, build and race solar-powered model cars. 

After months of building, testing and experimentation, students compete in five divisional races for the fastest, most-innovative and best-engineered vehicles. The winners from these division races go on to compete against the best of the best at our Inter-County Final.

Cedar Hill Prep School won all three prizes in their division races at Princeton.

1st Prize – Elaine Chen, Simone  and Megha

2nd Prize -  Ashna Kelkar, Sarah Abraham and Kathryn Lytkowski

3rd Prize – Aarthi Venkata, Chahat Mittal, Shreya Krishna and Shwetha Rajagopalan

Eight grade students won 1st place in the middle school solar car jam competition today at Princeton. All 8th grade students worked very hard for the last 3 weeks to build their solar car as a science project.

Many thanks to the parents and Mrs. Belkhayat, the Science Teacher for all the help and support during this project.

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Princeton Day School Announces New Jersey Theater Awards and Paper Mill Rising Star Nominations

Princeton Day School student Austin Phares ’16 (Princeton) pictured to the left of Julie Goldberg ’16 (Cranbury), star of the fall production of Our Town, was named Outstanding Actor in a Drama at the 2016 New Jersey Theatre Awards held at Montclair State University on May 16. In addition, the cast of Our Town was named Outstanding Acting Ensemble.


Princeton – Princeton Day School Director in Residence Stan Cahill recently announced that Austin Phares ’16 (Princeton), star of the fall production of Our Town, was named Outstanding Actor in a Drama at the 2016 New Jersey Theatre Awards held at Montclair State University on May 16. In addition, the cast of Our Town was named Outstanding Acting Ensemble.


Mr. Cahill noted, “This is the third time in four years that PDS has earned this distinction, including last year's win for Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.” Productions from 57 schools across NJ were eligible for awards.


In addition, the cast and crew of the spring musical The Boy Friend earned three Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Nominations. The Paper Mill Rising Star Awards recognize outstanding achievement in musical theatre across the state of New Jersey. PDS was nominated for the following awards:


  • The Educational Impact Award
  • Outstanding Hair and Makeup Achievement: Hope Ammidon, Riley Gudgel, Helen Healey, Nishita Naga, Matthew Kuenne
  • Outstanding Costuming Achievement: Deb Sugarman


And the following Honorable Mentions:


  • Outstanding Choreography: Ann Robideaux
  • Outstanding Performance by a Chorus: The Boy Friend Chorus




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PNRA/Mercer Gears Up To Host National Rowing Championships

West Windsor, NJ – The waters of Mercer Lake will soon be the site of two major national championship rowing regattas, the June 3-5 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championship and the June 10-12 USRowing Youth National Rowing Championship.  Both of these events will bring the top rowers from around the country to Mercer County to compete to wear the crown of National Champion.  The Princeton National Rowing Association (PNRA) and Mercer County Parks will be hosting these events on the Mercer Lake course which is considered one of the top rowing venues in the United States.


The IRA National Championship will feature the top crews from 41 Universities and Colleges to compete in men's open, men's lightweight and women's lightweight events.  The NCAA has established its Rowing Championship for open women and the IRA serves as the National Championship for the other three disciplines in collegiate rowing.   The IRA regatta has a history that goes back to 1870 and gained the name IRA in 1896.


The University of Washington men will be returning to defend their national championship.  They will be facing strong competition from Yale, University of California, Princeton and a number of other crews seeking to knock Washington off the podium they have occupied for the past 5 years.  Cornell will seek to add a third year onto their reign as the nation's top lightweight men's crew. Stanford University will be defending the lightweight women's crown.


Approximately 140 schools and clubs will compete in 18 events at the USRowing Youth National Championship.  Teams qualify to compete in the Championship at one of 12 regional championship events.   Racing will begin on Friday, June 10 with heats.  Crews will then compete in semi-finals on Saturday, culminating in the finals on Sunday June 12. 


The Mercer Juniors will be seeking to improve on last year's performance as they compete on their home course.  In 2015 the Mercer Girls Eight finished second in the nation last year.  The Mercer Girls Lightweight Eight finished third in the country last year with the Boys Eight finishing 11th.


"This is the third year that we have hosted the IRA Championship and the first time we have hosted the Youth National Championship," stated Kristopher Grudt, Executive Director of the Princeton National Rowing Association.   "It is truly an honor to be selected to host the top rowing events in the country.  It is a tribute to the venue and all of the great volunteers that help to make these events possible."


Both the IRA and the Youth National Championship would not be possible without an abundance of volunteers.  For people wishing to get free entry and parking at the event, there are still volunteer opportunities available.  To volunteer for the IRA please go to:   To view volunteer opportunities and sign up for the Youth National Championships go to:



About the Princeton National Rowing Association


The Princeton National Rowing Association, a 501(c)3 organization, operates the Finn M.W. Caspersen Rowing Center located on the shores of Mercer Lake, Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey.  The Princeton National Rowing Association is dedicated to operating a world-class training site for our nation's elite athletes, providing opportunities for area youth to excel in the sport of rowing and to expand rowing in the area through community-based programs.  PNRA runs the Mercer Junior Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for youth from over 30 area schools and the Mercer Masters Rowing Program which provides rowing opportunities for adults.  The center is a home to the USRowing National and Olympic Teams, as well as rowing clubs and schools. PNRA received generous support from Killarney's Publick House, JLRacing, Bai, Holiday Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott.


For more information, contact Kristopher Grudt, tel: 609-799-7100 x100, or visit


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Princeton Symphony Orchestra Looks Forward to First Partnership with the Princeton Festival

Princeton, NJ—The Princeton Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is pleased to be partnering with the Princeton Festival and the Princeton Garden Theatre to present Voices of Light, an oratorio by Richard Einhorn with the 1928 silent film classic The Passion of Joan of Arc, on Thursday, June 9 at 8:30 pm at the Princeton University Chapel. It is a first collaboration of the orchestra with the Festival, made possible through the generous support of long-term PSO patrons Enea and Dave Tierno.


PSO Executive Director Marc Uys elaborated on the benefits of the new partnership, "The PSO is always looking for opportunities to work with other arts organizations in the community. This partnership with the Princeton Festival is ideal as it provides patrons and new audiences the chance to experience the excellence of PSO musicians in a unique setting, accompanying beautiful vocals with the added element of a classic film."


The Princeton Festival's General and Artistic Director Richard Tang Yuk is equally pleased with the collaboration. He said, "We are thrilled to be collaborating with the PSO on this very engaging and moving multi-media project"  


While the partnership with the Festival marks a new community relationship for the PSO, the orchestra has previously partnered with the Princeton Garden Theatre to market its Holiday and Saturday Evening POPS! movie concerts. The theatre will be hosting a free pre-concert event at 5 pm on June 9, A Conversation on Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc with composer Richard Einhorn, Princeton University's Andrew Lovett, and University of Notre Dame's Daniel Hobbins.


The Voices of Light concert will be conducted by Carmen Helena Tellez and feature soloists Jessica Beebe, soprano, Eve Gigliotti, mezzo, Casey Finnigan, Tenor, and Christopher Job, bass, the Notre Dame Vocale from the University of Notre Dame, and The Princeton Festival Chorus.


Tickets to Voices of Light are available at two general admission levels, $50 and $35, available through McCarter Theatre.

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Princeton Ballet School Announces Dates for Placement Classes


(Princeton/New Brunswick, N.J.) –Princeton Ballet School, the official school of American Repertory Ballet, announces its Placement Class schedule in order to determine fall classes. Placement classes are conducted for entering students with prior dance training for 1st-5th graders, and for 6th and up. They are not an audition – all are welcome at Princeton Ballet School -- they merely help the School find the most appropriate class for children. Open enrollment for all other students and adults is underway as well.


Many dance schools place students in classes based solely on age. At Princeton Ballet School, age is only one factor in determining a student’s placement. Our placement process allows us to place each student in an ability-appropriate class.


Placement Class Schedule:


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.


Thursday, June 23, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.


Thursday, July 28, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.













Wednesday, August 17, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

1st-5th grade: 5:15 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 7 p.m.


Saturday, September 10, 2016

1st-5th grade: 2 p.m. | 6th grade and up: 3:30 p.m.


All Placement Classes will be held at Princeton Ballet School, 301 N. Harrison St, Princeton, NJ 08540. We are located in the Princeton Shopping Center above McCaffrey's grocery store.


To sign up for a placement class or to discuss other options, please contact Lisa de Ravel, Dean of Students, at (609)921-7758, ext.11 or by email at



What Sets Us Apart

Founded in 1954 by Audrée Estey, Princeton Ballet School is one of the nation’s finest non-profit dance schools.  Many things set Princeton Ballet School apart from the usual dance school, the most important being: our philosophy; our faculty; our affiliation with a professional ballet company; our dedication to live music in the classroom, and our facilities. 


Our Philosophy

Princeton Ballet School is known for nurturing developing dancers in a safe and progressive way. We teach age and developmentally appropriate ballet technique classes from a syllabus that allows younger students more time for movement exploration while providing advanced students with the tools to become professional dancers, if they so choose. As a result, all of our students develop self-esteem, self-discipline, and a strong fitness level that will provide a powerful edge in any future endeavor.


Outstanding Faculty

Princeton Ballet School has more than 30 specialized faculty members. Many have attained graduate degrees in dance education and have won major teaching awards. All are committed to our philosophy of dance education and to helping students achieve their best. Members of our outstanding faculty have performed professionally with companies including: American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, New York City Ballet, and American Repertory Ballet.  For more information about our faculty, please visit our Faculty Biography Page.



Live Music

Our ballet classes have live musical accompaniment. This is particularly fun for the children’s classes, where frequent improvisational exercises provide an opportunity for students to interact and collaborate with our staff of professional musicians.



Princeton Ballet School has studios in Cranbury, New Brunswick, and Princeton, New Jersey. All studios are wheelchair accessible, and feature state-of-the-art dance floors that are shock absorbent and slip proof. The striking Princeton and Cranbury facilities were designed by the late Ralph Lerner, an internationally known architect and former Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University.  For more on our facilities and studio locations, please visit our Locations Page.


For more information about American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Ballet School please visit:


American Repertory Ballet/Princeton Ballet School is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.


Caption: American Repertory Ballet's Ballet Master and Resident Choreographer Mary Barton leads a class at Princeton Ballet School. 


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Fife & Drum Taptoe Concert Series Returns to Trenton's Old Barracks Museum

Trenton, NJ—The Old Barracks Museum celebrates history, music, and warm summer evenings with the fourth annual Taptoe Concert Series on July 8 and July 29. The gates open at 7 PM and the music starts at dusk to magically and musically transport you to the 18th century. Reserved seating is available on our balconies or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the performance from the ground.
The Taptoe recreates a summer evening in 18th century Trenton, when the musick and the guard would march through a garrison town signaling the time for the taverns to close their taps and for the soldiers to return to their barracks. Beginning at dusk, the evening will be illuminated with dramatic lighting by torches, candles, and spotlights. The Old Barracks Band of Musick will perform a production of The Battle of Trenton, a military sonata dedicated to George Washington, composed by James Hewitt (1770-1827) coupled with dramatic vignettes by Richard Bales circa 1950.
Advanced tickets available for purchase online at or visiting the Old Barracks Museum Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM. Ticket prices are as follows: $25 reserved balcony seating with included light refreshments; $10 lawn seating; $20 reserved balcony seating for Old Barracks Museum members.
This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.
Sponsored by Jeffrey J. Schrader, CPA, P.C.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Old Barracks Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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Upcoming Summer Programs at the Watershed Center

Family and Adult Programs

June 5

First Sunday Film Series

Sunday, 1:00PM, Families, Free

The Messenger (2015) - an artful investigation into the causes of songbird mass depletion and the compassionate people who are working to turn the tide.  The film takes viewers on a visually stunning journey revealing how the problems facing birds also pose daunting implications for our planet and ourselves.


June 11

Picnic at the Pond*

Saturday, 3:00-4:30PM, Families, Free

Join the SBMWA Teacher-Naturalists and participate in the annual Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Playweekend.  Meet us at Wargo Pond for a hike, roasted hotdogs and s'mores around a campfire!  It's a great way to celebrate the approach of summer.  Registration required.


June 18

The Secret Lives of Birds*

Saturday, 8:30-10:30AM, Adults and Families, Free

Perfect for seasoned bird watchers and newcomers alike, this walk with Naturalist Tyler Christensen offers an up close and personal look at birds. Watch foraging behavior, observe family life, and learn about mist-netting and bird banding techniques. Binoculars will be available for use in this program.  Registration required.


June 18

Hopewell Community Day Festival/Block Party*

Saturday, 4:00-8:00PM, Adults and Families, Free

Look for the SBMWA Staff as you enjoy a fun afternoon with your friends and neighbors to celebrate Hopewell Borough's 125th anniversary.  Held at St. Michael's Preserve in Hopewell, the festival will include music, food, games, guided walks and a German-style beer garden.


June 29

Exploring the Night: Fireflies

Wednesday, 8:00PM, Adults and Families (children 6yo+); Fee per person: $8M/$12NM

Enjoy "nature's fireworks" with Jeff Hoagland on the Watershed Reserve and learn how to communicate with the fireflies! Discover the secret lives of the lightning bug, from glowworm to adult, and meet a variety of species, identifying them by their different flash patterns.  Registration required.


Children's Programs

June 3

BSA 'Reptiles & Amphibians' Merit Badge Workshop

Friday, 7:00-9:30PM, Boy Scouts 11-17yo, $30 per scout

Join Merit Badge Counselor Jeff Hoagland on a night-time workshop to earn the Reptiles & Amphibians merit badge.  We will begin at the Watershed Center and hike to Wargo Pond (approximately one mile).  Pick up will be at the Pond House (directions sent with confirmation).  Bring a flashlight and wear boots for muddy walking conditions – guaranteed!  Registration and prepayment required.


June 29-August 10

Habitat Hunters

Wednesdays, 10:00AM – 12:00PM, children 7-10yo;

Class fee: $12M/$18NM; Series Fee: $30M/$45NM

Explore unique habitats all around the Watershed Reserve with Teacher-Naturalist Vicky Allen!  Dress for summery weather and outdoor adventure.  Wear a hat and bring a refillable water bottle.  Register for individual classes or save when you register and pay for an entire 3-class series!

Series I – June 29, July 6 and July 13 – Explore forest, field and pond

Series II – July 27, August 3 and August 10 – Explore field, stream and forest

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association
31 Titus Mill Road
Pennington, NJ  08534

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2nd Annual Artworks Gala June 10


      Artworks, Trenton's not-for-profit arts organization that promotes artistic diversity and expression and strives to reinvigorate the Trenton community through increased exposure and accessibility to the arts, will host its 2nd Annual Spring Gala on Friday, June 10, 2016 at the Trenton Country Club, 201 Sullivan Way, West Trenton, NJ.

Join us for a festive evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and artistic entertainment. Your support will help Artworks continue to provide a variety of programs that reach well over 30,000 individuals each year. Together we can help connect creativity and culture within our region, and reconnect participants to a Trenton filled with energy and possibility.


 To purchase tickets and support Artworks, CLICK THIS LINK, call (609) 394-9436, or stop by the Artworks building, 19 Everett Alley (check website for hours).   

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Shakespearean Tragedy “Hamlet” Comes to Kelsey Theatre June 3 to 12

West Windsor, N.J. – Mercer County Community College's (MCCC's) Kelsey Theatre is pleased to welcome back the Mercer County-based theater company Shakespeare '70 for “Hamlet” in June.  Now in its 47th year at Kelsey, the popular company presents Shakespeare’s epic tale about the Prince of Denmark, considered by many to be Shakespeare’s best play, on Fridays, June 3 and 10 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, June 4 and 11 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, June 5 and 12 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on MCCC’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening night show on June 3.

Prince Hamlet is depressed.  Summoned home to Elsinore Castle from school in Germany, he arrives to find that his father, the king, has died and his mother, Gertrude, has married his Uncle Claudius.  Without delay, Claudius has installed himself on the Danish throne even though Hamlet is the rightful heir.  Hamlet becomes even more distraught when his father's ghost appears and declares that he was murdered.  Hamlet is facing a poisonous political environment while grappling with his own personal demons and the answer to one of literature’s most enduring questions: “To be, or not to be…”

The show’s cast includes Ray Fallon of Collingswood as Hamlet; Janet Quartarone of Flemington as Gertrude; Steve Lobis of Washington Crossing, Pa., as Claudius; John Fischer of Hamilton as Horatio; George Hartpence of Lambertville as the Ghost of Hamlet's Father; Dale Simon of Flemington as Polonius; Jake Burbage of Jersey City as Laertes; Shannon McGovern of Scotch Plains as Ophelia; Michael Krahel of Hillsborough as Rosencrantz; Jim Bloss of Marlton as Guildenstern; Andrew Timmes of Lawrenceville as Osric; Robert-Alonzo Gray of Ewing as Marcellus/Fortinbras; Pat Rounds of Princeton as Player King; Amanda McCarther of Lawrenceville of Player Queen; Tom Curbishley of Lawrenceville as Player Prologue; Spencer Makow of Princeton as Francisco; Tim Kirk of Delran as Bernardo; and Matthew Cassidy of Morrisville, Pa., as the Gravedigger.

The ensemble features Tristan Curbishley of Lawrenceville, Vianna Fagel of Lambertville, Steven Munoz of Hopatcong, Brittany Rivera of Hamilton, and Jaclyn Wasneski of Hightstown.

The production team for “Hamlet” includes Director John F. Erath, Ph.D., Assistant Director Janet Quartarone, and Producer Curt Foxworth, with assistance from Kayla McLaughlin.  Lili Timmes and Gwyn Curbishley are the stage managers.

Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $14 for students and children.  Free parking is available next to the theater.  Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  For a listing of summer events and performances at Kelsey theatre, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office.

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31 & Main Farmers Market at Campus Town Brings Local and Healthy Food to Ewing

June 12th Opening Featuring NJ 101.5’s Big Joe Henry Broadcasting Live

Ewing, NJ – May 25, 2016—Campus Town, located adjacent to The College of New Jersey, (GPS address: 1928 Pennington Road/Route 31) in Ewing, will kick off the inaugural season of the 31 & Main Farmers Market at Campus Town beginning June 12th.


Broadcasting live on Opening Day will be NJ 101.5 Radio Host Joe Henry. Big Joe hosts the “Big Joe Jersey Request Show” Friday nights from 7:00pm-12:00am and on Saturday and Sunday, “The Big Joe Henry Show” from 10:00am – 3:00pm on NJ 101.5.


The farmers market is being organized by Campus Centers, LLC, an affiliate of The PRC Group based in Long Branch, New Jersey and will be open to residents of Ewing and surrounding communities as well as to the students and faculty of The College of New Jersey. Items available at the market feature a variety of conventional and organic fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, honey, mushrooms, cheese and gluten free baked goods. Vendors include: Cherry Grove Farm, Z Food Farm, Pineland Farms and Fulper Family Farmstead. Additional vendors will be added over the next few weeks so check out the website for up to date information about the market.

The market will be open on Sundays from 10:00am until 2:00pm from June 13th until October 30th. Cooking demonstrations, health screenings, nutrition counseling and physical fitness activities are just some of the events that will take place at the market. For up to date information about 31 & Main Farmers Market at Campus Town, visit or call 609 -577-5113.


The 31 & Main Farmers Market at Campus Town is made possible by support from the Campus Centers, LLC and Ewing Municipal Township.

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The Samples to Perform at "A Concert Under the Stars" at Updike Farmstead June 4

The Historical Society of Princeton will host its fifth annual Concert Under the Stars fundraiser on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 6:30 – 10:00 PM. This year's event will feature a 90-minute live performance by "reggae-influenced rock/pop" band, The Samples. 


Twenty-five years after its formation, The Samples, with Sean Kelly, continue to delight fans young and old. Described as a cross between The Police and the Grateful Dead, their latest album, America, was named best comeback album of 2015 by Westword, an alternative weekly newspaper out of Denver, CO: "The sparkling melodies, broad vistas of sound and impressionistic, poetic word play suggest a reinvention and reclaiming of the ability to dream of a better place."


"For many of us from Princeton and along the East Coast, The Samples provided the soundtrack for our college and post-college years," shared HSP Board Member Meghan Donaldson. "Having them play their unique blend of music in Princeton for the first time will bring back many memories and will definitely get everyone on their feet for a fun Concert Under the Stars!"


Baxter Construction, Bank of Princeton, Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty have sponsored the event at the Star Level.


Concert Committee Co-Chairs Tracy Sipprelle and Debora Haines describe the event as "a unique kick-off-to-summer party, with a casual blue jeans and boots flair."


Net proceeds from A Concert Under the Stars support the Society's mission of exploring a shared connection among people, celebrating a love of place, and promoting conversations on creating a better future. HSP provides access to its unique collections and signature programs in education and community service to new and diverse audiences; children, in particular, benefit from an unforgettable outdoor learning experience at Updike Farmstead.


Tickets are available online at, or by phone: (609) 921-6748 x105.

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Hopewell Food Truck Friday June 24

It's that time again!  Friday, June 24, marks the summer's first Foodtruck Friday event in Hopewell. Nine food trucks will gather from 5:00 to 9:00pm at Hopewell's Train station offering everything from gourmet lobster rolls to bacon covered tater tots.  
Big Soul Chicken will bring their old school R&B and soul music to the event.
To date, the trucks on the line up are: Nomad Pizza, Four Daughters Franks, Ms. Fu's Yummy Food Truck (asian food), The Tot Cart, The Feed Truck, Surf and Turf Truck, Whirly Pig,  Aunt Dee Dee's Oven Baked Goodness, and Nina's Waffles and Ice Cream.
This event is rain or shine. Bring your picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and your friends. (But please leave your beer and wine at home, as there is no alcohol permitted on the grounds of the train station.)
The second (and final) Foodtruck Friday of the season is on September 9, when Hopewell Boro welcomes another group of delicious foodtrucks to town. (Foodtruck Friday is presented by Hopewell Boro's Recreation Committee.)
For more information follow them on twitter @FTFHopewell; on Facebook; and at

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Lori Rabon Named Vice President of Palmer Square Management

(PRINCETON, NJ; May 17, 2016) – Palmer Square Management, the management company which oversees the retail, office and residential leasing and marketing of Palmer Square in downtown Princeton, recently announced that Lori Rabon has been named the new Vice President of the group.   The position was previously held by David Newton, who remains with the ownership, but will be focusing on other development projects in North Jersey.

Rabon has been the General Manager of the Nassau Inn for twenty years.  Her past experiences, along with her knowledge of the property and of Princeton, make her a valuable asset, which is why she was selected for the job.

Her responsibilities will include leasing and development for the Square, as well as continuing to oversee the hotel operations.

"I am thrilled about this opportunity," says Rabon.  "In my new leadership role I look forward to doing great things and feel fortunate to have the support of seasoned teams behind me at both the Nassau Inn and Palmer Square Management."

Rabon acknowledges that Newton left behind a few deals that are in the works.  In fact, the pair will travel to Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) largest convention on May 23rd

"Our hope is to be able to finalize a deal or two, as well as to connect with future prospects," explains Rabon.  "I look forward to meeting many of the key players in the real estate industry and sharing ideas with them."

Palmer Square Management and the Nassau Inn are owned by a limited partnership based out of New York City.


About Palmer Square:

Located across from Princeton University, Palmer Square boasts a collection of shopping and dining right in the heart of downtown Princeton. Experience the charm of classic architecture mixed with contemporary elements on beautiful tree lined streets.  You'll find the best in apparel, shoes, jewelry, beauty, gifts, home furnishings, specialty food and drink, as well as the historic Nassau Inn at this unique Princeton destination. There are a selection of great restaurants, cafes and artisan ice cream shops, plus The Green plays host to many seasonal events throughout the year.

Quick facts:
Retail Restaurant

? 110,000 square feet, including 2 multi-level retail stores

? Tenant mix balanced between local boutiques and luxury nationals with a wide variety of dining, specialty food and beverage offerings


? 142,000 square feet of "Class A" office space in five buildings


? 232 on-site residential units owned and/or managed by Palmer Square

? The Residences at Palmer Square, 100 luxury townhomes and condominiums were completed in 2013

The Nassau Inn

? 188 elegant guest rooms and modern specialty suites with first class service

? Meeting and banquet rooms with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment

? Home to the Yankee Doodle Tap Room


On-Site Parking Garages

? 2 multi-tiered parking garages with 24-hour access
? 1,019 parking spaces including an electric charging station



For further information, please contact Anita Fresolone, Palmer Square Management, 609.921.2853


Sourland Music Festival July 23


(Hopewell, NJ) – Central New Jersey's premier outdoor music event, the Sourland Music Festival, has everything a music lover could want, Blues, Jazz, Folk and Rock, local food and drink and a spectacular view!

"The Sourland Music Festival is the can't-miss event of the summer in Central Jersey," said Tim Johnson, Music Fest Co-chair. "It's a gathering of families, music lovers, and community to celebrate the Sourland Mountain region and the great outdoors."


The Can't Miss Lineup of artists:  C.C. Coletti, Ten Foot Tall, Jim Ridl, Christine Havrilla, and the Blue Wave Ramblers.  Photos and bios are posted on "THE LINEUP" page at:


Several food trucks and specialty food vendors will be on-hand cooking up delicious fresh food, beverages and desserts: The Empanada Guy, Oink & Moo BBQ, New World Pizza, Northeast Kettle Korn, Hot Sauce 4 Good, The Lemonade Bar, Aunt Dee Dee's Oven Baked Goods, Clyde's Italian Ices and more!


The Beer & Wine Garden will feature two local breweries: Flounder Brewing and 902 Brewing Company. Sample their craft brews and check out the Sourland Music Fest signature beer they're brewing just for us!


Local artisans and area businesses will offer hand-crafted gifts, native plants, books, services and more: Green Cow handcrafted soaps, Weathered Creations Silver Spoon Jewelry, The Fairy Oddmother, Celtic Chairde Creations, Wild Ridge Plants, Green Tree Surgeons, David Harper, Power Home Remodeling, and Green Power Energy.

Get your tickets online now at:


All proceeds from the Sourland Music Festival support the Sourland Conservancy, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protect, promote and preserve the unique character of the Sourland Mountain region. 


WHAT: Sourland Music Festival

WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 3:00 – 10 pm

WHERE: Hillsborough Golf and Country Club, 146 Wertsville Rd, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

INFO: $25 General Admission Online; $35 General Admission Door; $75 VIP, $90 VIP Door;                           

 $10 Children (Ages 7 - 12)


Thanks to Sourland Music Festival Sponsors: Koenig, Russo & Associates, LLC - Certified Public Accountants; and The Luminations Group - Casting a New Light on Innovation and Strategy


For more information on the Sourland Music Festival, please visit


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