First Weekend of Fall…Go Play!

Your weekend events as compiled by PScooper Nicole Marino Matthews

Nothing says “Fall has arrived” to me than a good ol. fashioned festival in the park. Complete with fried oreos, cheese fries, petting zoo, festive music, a 50/50 drawing and Joe Piscipo. Wait, huh? Yes, that.s right.. .Joe Piscopo! This weekend marks the 10th Annual Mercer County Italian American Festival in Mercer County Park. If you.ve never been, this is a must do! The music headliner is none other than a Jersey Boy himself, Joe Piscipo. Being a born and raised NJ Italian girl this festival is heaven. If you.re not like me and wish to spend your weekend doing things other than eating, there are plenty of fun fall things to do in this weeks events. What ever you choose to do, have fun and think of me and my bellyache on Sunday night.

Thursday September 24

Music & Entertainment

Thursday 12:30-1pm Afternoon Concert, Princeton University Chapel, Washington Road, 609-258-3654
Free.

Thursday 6pm Darla Rich Trio, Grape Escape, 12 Stults Road, Dayton, 609-409-9463.Free

Thursday 8pm Argentine Tango, Black Cat Tango, Suzanne Patterson Center, Monument Drive, 609-273-1378. Beginner and intermediate classes followed by guided practice. $10.

Thursday 9pm Singer Songwriter Showcase, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-7855. Hosted by Frank Thewes.

Arts

Thursday 6pm Lecture and Reception, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus, 609-258-3788 ‘Ritual Networks: Arts, Gods, Spirits, and the Meaningful Life in Africa’ presented by Chika Okeke-Agulu, curator of the exhibit, ‘Life Objects: Rites of Passage in African Art.’

Thursday 7-10pm Late Thursdays, Princeton University Art Museum, Campus, 609-258-3788
Extended hours to explore the special exhibitions and collections. Many evenings feature film screenings, musical performances, and activities. Free.

Thursday 7:30pm Having Our Say, McCarter Theater at the Berlind, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. Drama by Emily Mann adapted from the book by Sadie and Bessie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. $15 to $48.

Thursday 8pm Proof, Theatre Intime, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742
David Auburn drama. $12.

Outdoors, Exercise & Health

Thursday 6-8pm Prostate Cancer Screenings, Princeton HealthCare System, Medical ARts Building, 253 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 888-897-8979. For men over age 50, men over 40 with a family history of prostate cancer, African-American males over 40. Register. Free.

Thursday 7-9pm Buddhism 101, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, 609-924-7294. Presented by Beth Evard. Register. Free.

Family Time

Thursday 10am Mother Goose Stories @ Princeton Public Library – Mother Goose Stories: Stories, songs and fingerplays Ages: 15 . 24 months Registration: Not required

Thursday 10:30am Picture Books & Craft @West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System Storytime and crafts Ages: 3 . 5 Registration: Not required

Thursday 11am Story Time @Hopewell Branch of the Mercer County Library System: Stories, songs, and crafts.Ages: 2 . 5 Registration: Not required

Thursday 11am Lapsit Stories @ Princeton Public Library Stories, movement, songs and fingerplays
Ages: Birth . 15 months Registration: Not required

Thursday 2pm Preschool Stories @ Princeton Public Library Ages: 3.5 . 6 Registration: Not required
Thursday 10 & 11am Stortime @ Mary Jacobs Library: Stories, songs, and more! Ages: 2 . 6
Registration: Not required

Thursday 4:30pm Ready Readers @ Mary Jacobs Library Book discussion, craft, and fun! This month.s book is I am Not Going to Get Up Today by Dr. Seuss. Ages: Grades K . 2 Registration: Required, please call 609-924-7073 ext. 5

Food & Wine

Thursday 6-8pm Open House, The Grape Escape, 12 Stults Road, Dayton, 609-409-9463. Food from Fiddlehead’s Restaurant and wine tasting. Music by Darla Rich Trio. Free.

Friday September 25

Music & Entertainment

Friday 7pm Franklin-Alison Jazz Combo, BT Bistro, 3499 Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-919-9403
Jazz, blue, swing, and funk.

Friday 8pm Alexander Kariotis and the Rock Opera Orchestra, Peddie School, Hightstown, 609-490-7550. Combination of arias with original compositions. Register. Free.

Friday 8:15pm Princeton Folk Music Society, Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, 609-799-0944 Her newest release, ‘Wings of Wonder,’ features new songs with instrumental support by Peter Ostroushko and blues guitarist Dean Magraw. $20.

Friday 9pm Ernie White and Tom Reock, Sotto 128 Restaurant and Lounge, 128 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-7555. Rock covers and originals.

Friday 10:30pm Live Music: Rainbow Fresh, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-7855. $5 cover. Must be 21.

Friday 8pm Alexander Kariotis @ Peddie Mount . Burke Theater . Alexander Kariotis has been wowing audiences of all ages and receiving nothing but standing ovations and amazing reviews. As many are aware, the popularity of “classical crossover” is skyrocketing, but Alexander Kariotis and the Rock Opera Orchestra redefines the genre. For more information and directions or on cultural events at the Peddie School, call (609) 944-7550, e-mail: arts@peddie.org or www.peddie.org

Arts

Friday 5:50-7:30pm Art Exhibit, D&R Greenway, Preservation Place, Rosedale Road, 609-924-4646
Opening reception for ‘Species on the Edge,’ prize winning art by fifth graders from each New Jersey county. Karen Wang of West Windsor represents Mercer County. On view to October 15. Register. Free.
Friday 7pm A Nice Family Gathering, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Comedy. $27.50 to $29.50.

Friday 7-9pm Antiques and Art Show, Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton Airport, Route 206, 609-921-6748. Opening night preview gala featuring dealers with antiques and fine arts to benefit educational programs, exhibitions, and collections care. Silent auction and raffle. Music by the New Hope Collective. Cocktail attire. Valet parking. $175. Show continues through Sunday, September 27.

Friday 7:30pm Horace Sanders, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018
Reservation. $20.

Friday 7:30pm Author Event, Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8822
William G. Bowen and Matthew M. Chingos, authors of ‘Crossing the Finish Lines: Completing College at America’s Public Universities.’ Bowen is a former president of Princeton University. Together they shed light on why 40 percent of freshmen do not graduate in four years, or at all.

Friday 8pm Nunsense, Somerset Valley Players, Amwell Road, Hillsborough, 908-369-7469. Musical comedy. $14.

Friday 8pm Proof, Theatre Intime, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742. David Auburn drama. $12.

Friday 8pm Having Our Say, McCarter Theater at the Berlind, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. Drama by Emily Mann adapted from the book by Sadie and Bessie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. $20 to $55. After hours party featuring down home cooking from the Ferry House, open bar, music, and prizes. $50 to $65.

Friday 8pm Jekyll & Hyde, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-570-3333. Dark musical by Cheng/Ferrara Productions. $16.

Outdoors, Exercise & Health

Friday 8:15am Tai Chi, West Windsor Recreation, Senior Center Gazebo, Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 609-799-6141.Free.

Friday 7:30pm Bhagavan Das Kirtan, Integral Yoga Institute of Princeton, 613 Ridge Road, Monmouth Junction, 732-274-2410. Bring a cushion. $30.

Learning

Friday 9:30-11am Parenting Workshop Series, Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Greater Mercer County, Jewish Center, 435 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-987-8100.’Balancing Love and Discipline.’ Register. $25.

Family Time

Friday 10:30am Music for Two.s & Threes @ Mary Jacobs Library.Join us for simple songs and a simply wonderful time. We will sing, dance, and play instruments. Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Ages: 2 . 3 Registration: Required, please call 609-924-7073 ext 5

Friday 3:30pm Emma the Reading Therapy Dog @ Princeton Public Library. Come read with Emma and her owner Joe Turner. Sign up for a 15 minute session.Ages: All ages Registration: Required

Friday 7-11pm Family Fun Maze, Corner Copia Farm Market, 299 Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor, 609-426-8884. Challenging 10-acre corn maze includes more than two miles of potential pathways depicting a barn and farm animals. $9.99. Bring a flashlight.

Food & Wine

Friday Noon -10pm Fair, Italian American Festival, Mercer County Park, 609-631-7544
Annual three-day community festival to showcase and preserve Italian-American culture. Music, dance, food, activities for children, rides, art, clothing, Italian products, and memorabilia. Rain or shine. $2. No pets.

Shopping

Friday 4-7pm Native Plant Sale D&R Land Trust (Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton NJ) Plant a little bit of wild New Jersey in your yard! The native plants of New Jersey are beautiful, graceful and intricate. Naturally suited to our climate and ecology, they will thrive in any home garden or residential landscape. Just in time for fall planting, D&R Greenway’s Native Plant Nursery offers indigenous wildflowers, shrubs and trees, grown from seeds sustainably collected on our preserves. All proceeds benefit our preservation and stewardship mission. Visa, MasterCard, personal checks and cash accepted.

Saturday September 26

Music & Entertainment

Saturday 11am . 3pm Antique Car Show, Princeton Shopping Center, North Harrison Street, 609-921-6234. Antique Automobile Club of America auto show features cars from the 1920s through the 1970s. Vehicles 25 years and older are eligible and there is no entry fee. Jazz music. Free.

Saturday 7:30pm Autumn Benefit, Dryden Ensemble, Private home in Princeton, 609-466-8541
Monteverdi in Venice features Julianne Baird. Register.

Saturday 7:30pm Muncaster Music Makers, Trinity Church, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton, 609-924-2277
Benjamin Franklin Frankly, a musical biography, and Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik presented by Matthew Singer, baritone, Trinity Church singers, string orchestra, and harpsichord. $20.

Saturday 7:30pm Kirtan Dance Party with Karttikeya, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, 609-924-7294. Register. $15.

Saturday 7:30pm Horace Sanders, Catch a Rising Star, Hyatt Regency, 102 Carnegie Center, 609-987-8018. Reservation. $20.

Saturday 8 p.m., Opera arias and duets with Raymond E. Foose, Cassandra Marie Lambros, Celeste Siciliano, Lorenzo Corrado, Don Sheasely, Cheryl Miller, Sarai Johnson, and Mary Ellen Assue. Benefit for Doctors Without Borders. $18.

Saturday 8 & 11pm Ballroom Dance Social, G & J Studios, 5 Jill Court, Building 14, Hillsborough, 908-892-0344. Standard, Latin, smooth, and rhythm. Refreshments. BYOB. $12.

Saturday 10:30pm Alfred James Band, Triumph Brewing Company, 138 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-7855. $5 cover. Must be 21.

Arts

Saturday 9:30am . 6pm Women in Theater: Issues for the 21st Century, Princeton University, Lewis Center, 185 Nassau Street, 609-258-8920. Conference focusing on issues, experiences, and vision of women in theater. Organized by Stacy Wolf, Lewis Center; Tamsen Wolff, Department of English; and Mara Isaacs, McCarter Theater. Speakers include Gigi Bolt, Jo Bonney, Danai Gurira, Garry Hynes, Susan Jonas, Julia Jordan, Lisa Kron, Lisa Loomer, Timothy Near, Jennifer Nelson, Lisa Peterson, Therese Rebeck, Leigh Silverman, Molly Smith, Alisa Solomon, Maria Striar, Liesel Tommy, Alice Tuan, Susana Tubert, Paula Vogel, and Kate Whoriskey. Register. Free.

Saturday 10am . 6pm Antiques and Art Show, Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton Airport, Route 206, 609-921-6748. Dealers with antiques and fine arts to benefit educational programs, exhibitions, and collections care. Deborah Davis, author of ‘Strapless: John Singer Sargent’ and the ‘Fall of Madame X’ at 2:30 p.m.

Saturday 3 & 8pm Having Our Say, McCarter Theater at the Berlind, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787. Drama by Emily Mann adapted from the book by Sadie and Bessie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. $20 to $55.

Saturday 7pm Cafe Improv, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street, 609-924-8777
Music, poetry, and comedy. Register to perform. $2. 10 p.m., $5.

Saturday 7pm A Nice Family Gathering, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Comedy. $27.50 to $29.50.

Saturday 8pm Nunsense, Somerset Valley Players, Amwell Road, Hillsborough, 908-369-7469. Musical comedy. $14.

Saturday 8pm Proof, Theatre In time, Hamilton Murray Theater, Princeton University, 609-258-1742
David Auburn drama. $12.

Saturday 8pm Jekyll & Hyde, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-570-3333. Dark musical by Cheng/Ferrara Productions. $16.

Outdoors, Exercise & Health

Saturday 8:30am Tai Chi, West Windsor Recreation, Senior Center Gazebo, Clarksville Road, West Windsor, 609-799-6141. Free.

Saturday 9-6pm Family Constellation Therapy, Health Choices Institute, 908-343-8873
Process to diagnosis, release, and heal patterns and challenges as a result of family past and present. Register. $125.

Saturday 9am 5K and One-Mile Fun Run, Parkinson Alliance, 101 Carnegie Center parking lot, West Windsor, 800-579-8440. Refreshments, music, moon bounces, door prizes, and awards. $25.

Saturday 9:15-10:15am Mixed Level Yoga, Holsome Holistic Center, 27 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, 609-279-1592. $15.

Learning

Saturday 2pm Highlights Tour, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus, 609-258-3788. Free.

Family Time

Saturday 9:30am Saturday Breakfast & Craft @ Uptown Playaround. Join us for breakfast and a fun craft with special visit from Diego. Ages: Crawler . 12 Fee: $10 per child, free for members. Registration: Required, call (732) 955-2005 or email mayor@uptownplayaround.com.

Saturday 10am Chess with Neil Chitaro @ West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System Chess for children with some familiarity with chess. Please bring your own chess set. Ages: For Grades 3 & up Registration: Required

Saturday 10-10pm Family Fun Maze, Corner Copia Farm Market, 299 Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor, 609-426-8884. Challenging 10-acre corn maze includes more than two miles of potential pathways depicting a barn and farm animals. $9.99. Bring a flashlight.

Saturday 10:30am Saturday Stories @ Princeton Public Library Stories and songs for children.
Ages: 2 . 8 Registration: Not required

Saturday 1:30pm Fall Fingerprints @ Mary Jacobs Library. Leaves are falling and it.s time for fun! Join us as we read fall stories, sing fall songs and make our own autumn trees. Dress for mess, we will be using paint.Ages: 3 . 6 Registration: Required, please call 609-924-7073 ext 5

Saturday 2pm 6th Grade Book Club @ Mary Jacobs Library. A book club just for 6th graders where you choose the books and make the fun. It.s our first meeting for the new school year . come help choose the books to read for the rest of the meetings.Ages: Grade 6 Registration: Required, please call 609-924-7073 ext 5

Saturday 2 & 4pm Aladdin, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-570-3333. Musical tale presented by Kaleidoscope Theater. $10.

Saturday 2pm Folk Tales From Afar @ Princeton Public Library. Listen to stories about far away places.Ages: 3 . 8 Registration: Not required

Saturday 2:30pm Heads & Tales Club @ Princeton Public Library . Read any good books lately? Care to share what you have liked? We have a book discussion group just for children who are in the 2nd or 3rd grade in the 2009 school year. Please come and tell us what you are reading. Ages: 7 . 8 Registration: Required

Saturday 2:30pm Word for Word @ Princeton Public Library .Here.s a special group for children who are in the 4th or 5th grade in the 2009 school year. Our Word for Word book club is the place to discuss what you.re reading and get new suggestions from other kids who love to read as much as you do.
Ages: 9 . 10 Registration: Required

Food & Wine

Saturday 9-1pm West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market, Vaughn Drive Parking Lot, Princeton Junction Train Station, 609-577-5113. Produce, bakery items, meat, coffee, tea, sandwiches, ice cream, pickles, sauces, and flowers. Arts, crafts, children’s activities, culinary demonstrations, entertainment programs, and wellness information.

Saturday 9am-1pm Farmers Market, Montgomery Friends of Open Space, Village Shopping Center, Routes 206 and 518, 908-359-9665. Organic vegetables, breads, flowers, popcorn, honey, and pasture-fed beef and pork.

Saturday Noon -11pm Fair, Italian American Festival, Mercer County Park, 609-631-7544
‘Tribute to Francis Albert Sinatra’ presented by Joe Piscopo with his band at 8 p.m. Italian-American culture. Music, dance, food, activities for children, rides, art, clothing, Italian products, and memorabilia. Rain or shine. $2. No pets. Boheme Opera performs at 4 p.m.

Saturday 2-5pm Wine Tasting, CoolVines, 344 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-924-0039

Shopping

Saturday 9-3pm White Elephant Sale, Auxiliary of the University Medical Center at Princeton, University Medical Center at Princeton, first level of the parking garage, 609-497-4068. Annual sale to benefit the Medical Center at Princeton. Items include appliances, hardware, furnishings, linens, drapes, art, antiques, bric-a-brac, books, clothing, accessories, toys, sports equipment, and outdoor supplies.

Saturday 9:30-5pm Book Sale, Lawrence Library, Darrah Lane and Route 1, Lawrence Township, 609-989-6922

Saturday 10-5pm Specialty Book Sale, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897
Specialty sale of autographed, rare books, and boxed sets for sale to benefit the library’s capital campaign. Several hundred books with inscriptions include manuals on repairing pianos to best selling thrillers, as well as books by Charles Goren, Harry Truman, Alistair Cooke, Barbara Bush, and Phillip Margolin. The regular monthly book sale includes hardbacks, $1; paperbacks, 50 cents; miscellaneous media, and art at bargain prices.

Sunday September 27

Arts

Sunday 11-4pm Antiques and Art Show, Historical Society of Princeton, Princeton Airport, Route 206, 609-921-6748. Dealers with antiques and fine arts to benefit educational programs, exhibitions, and collections care. Appraisals clinic with experts from Rago Auction Center at 1:30 p.m. Annual three-day community festival to showcase and preserve Italian-American culture. Music, dance, food, activities for children, rides, art, clothing, Italian products, and memorabilia. Rain or shine. $2. No pets. Outdoor mass at 11 a.m.

Sunday 1:30pm A Nice Family Gathering, Off-Broadstreet Theater, 5 South Greenwood Avenue, Hopewell, 609-466-2766. Comedy. $27.50 to $29.50.

Sunday 2pm Nunsense, Somerset Valley Players, Amwell Road, Hillsborough, 908-369-7469. Musical comedy. $14.

Sunday 2 & 7:30pm Having Our Say, McCarter Theater at the Berlind, 91 University Place, Princeton, 609-258-2787.Drama by Emily Mann adapted from the book by Sadie and Bessie Delany with Amy Hill Hearth. $20 to $55. Post performance discussion after the matinee.

Sunday 2pm Jekyll & Hyde, Kelsey Theater, Mercer County Community College, 1200 Old Trenton Road, 609-570-3333. Dark musical by Cheng/Ferrara Productions. $16.

Outdoors, Exercise & Health

Sunday 9-6pm Family Constellation Therapy, Health Choices Institute, 170 Township Line Road, Hillsborough, 908-343-8873. Process to diagnosis, release, and heal patterns and challenges as a result of family past and present. Register. $125.

Sunday 11-7pm Healing Clinic, Needs Approach Counseling, 3571 Quakerbridge Road, Hamilton, 732-220-1663. Meditation and healing tools for depression, anxiety, relationships, and stress. Register. Free.
Sunday 11am Essential Oils Basics, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health, 50 Vreeland Drive, Suite 506, Skillman, 609-924-7294. Presented by Nancy Orlen Weber. Register. $20.

Sunday 2pm From Revolution to Relativity, Historical Society of Princeton, Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609-921-6748. Classic walking tour of downtown Princeton and Princeton University includes stops at Nassau Hall, University Chapel, Woodrow Wilson’s homes, and Einstein’s residence. Register by phone or E-mail jeanette@princetonhistory.org. $7.

Learning

Sunday 4pm Highlights Tour, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton campus, 609-258-3788
2 p.m., Free.

Family Time

Sunday 10-5pm Family Fun Weekend @ Terhune Orchards. Come to Terhune Orchards for a day of family fun on the farm! What better way to celebrate fall than with Pick-Your-Own Apples and Pumpkins! Enjoy pony rides, wagon rides, visit the Corn Stalk Maze and our barnyard of farm animals. Don.t worry about lunch, there.s lots of food available . soup, chili, hot dogs, pies, apple cider donuts, apple cider, and more! Free.
Sunday 10-10pm Family Fun Maze, Corner Copia Farm Market, 299 Princeton-Hightstown Road, East Windsor, 609-426-8884. Challenging 10-acre corn maze includes more than two miles of potential pathways depicting a barn and farm animals. $9.99. Bring a flashlight.

Sunday Noon-4pmCorn Maze, Howell Living History Farm, Valley Road, off Route 29, Titusville, 609-737-3299. $8.

Food & Wine

Sunday 9-1pm Farmers Market, Lawrenceville Main Street, 16 Gordon Avenue, Lawrenceville, 609-219-9300. Vegetables, fruits, flowers, herbs, meat, and poultry.

Shopping

Sunday 10-5pm Specialty Book Sale, Plainsboro Public Library, 641 Plainsboro Road, 609-275-2897
Specialty sale of autographed, rare books, and boxed sets for sale to benefit the library’s capital campaign. Several hundred books with inscriptions include manuals on repairing pianos to best selling thrillers, as well as books by Charles Goren, Harry Truman, Alistair Cooke, Barbara Bush, and Phillip Margolin. Stuff a bag from the regular monthly sale for $3.

Sunday 10-2pm White Elephant Sale, Auxiliary of the University Medical Center at Princeton, University Medical Center at Princeton, first level of the parking garage, 609-497-4069. Annual sale to benefit the Medical Center at Princeton. Items include appliances, hardware, furnishings, linens, drapes, art, antiques, bric-a-brac, books, clothing, accessories, toys, sports equipment, and outdoor supplies.

Sunday 3:30pm Sunday Stories @ Princeton Public Library.Come listen to stories. Ages: 2 . 8
Registration: Not required


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