Handpicked Events for August 18-21, 2011

Whoa! It’s already the third week of August? When did that happen? All of the sudden the return of school and cold weather seems just around the corner. But remember, Fall isn’t all bad. Fall also means back-to-school shopping for the kids and some just-because shopping for you. This week we bring you a few sales to ease you back into that Fall rush and a bunch of great local and outdoor entertainment to help you enjoy every last drop of sunshine this summer has to offer.

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Tent Sale at Ten Thousand Villages
Located in the Princeton Shopping Center, Ten Thousand Villages is a store dedicated to making sure that artisans in developing countries earn a fair, living wage for their work and are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve. The store is filled with gorgeous, handmade products from over 35 countries including jewelry, furniture, art, and gifts. This weekend their annual tent sale features great discounts and great refreshments and is the perfect opportunity to explore all that this amazing organization has to offer. 10 am-8 pm. More information HERE.

Summer Courtyard Concert Series
While you’re at the Tent Sale, stick around for an evening of music and dance at the Princeton Shopping Center. There are only two weeks left of this fabulous concert series put on my the Arts Council of Princeton. This week Lisa Bottalico Flamenca performs with the Alborada Spanish Dance Theater. These concerts are the perfect way to see a show not have to worry about the kids staying in their seats. So grab some pizza from Pizza Star or, if you’re feeling adventurous, some truly top-notch Indian food from Cross Culture, and enjoy. 6:30-8:30 pm. More information HERE.


Summer Music and Sidewalk Sale
The merchants of Palmer Square know how to end out summer in style. This weekend many stores and restaurants in town will have great deals and discounts going on, perfect for an evening of shopping, dining, and strolling through town on a beautiful summer night. Bucks County Dry Goods, Dandelion, and Kate Spade are just a few of the stores with sales going on and Princeton Soup & Sandwich and Yankee Doodle both have special promotions. There will also be live music on the green. Be sure to check out our post on fall trends before you hit the stores. Music from 5-7 pm. More information HERE.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
This show is one of the funniest musical comedies of the last 10 years. It follows six kids through the trials and tribulations of a middle school spelling bee and is filled with jokes for kids and grown-ups alike. This production in New Hope by the small Acting Naturally studio promises to be fantastic. While you’re in New Hope, enjoy the night life and Friday night fireworks. Then pop across the bridge to Lambertville and be sure to check out our new LambertvilleScoop app. Shows at 2 pm and 8 pm. $15. More information HERE.


Willy Wonka at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theater
This stage adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory blends the magic of the book with the whimsy and music of the 1971 film. It’s playing this weekend and next weekend only at The Washington Crossing Open Air Theater, so bring a picnic blanket and some bug spray and enjoy this wonderful production. Picnics are allowed before the show and light refreshments are available during intermission. 7:30 pm. $15 for adults, $10 for kids under 12. More information HERE.

Crafts for Kids
You want your child to be able to play and create to their heart’s content, but honestly, the clean up from arts and crafts is a pain in the butt. Barnes & Noble provides an easy solution. Their arts and crafts workshops for kids are free and really fun. This week they are hosting a sock puppet making program for kids 4-7. They supply all the materials and do all the clean up. There is also a workshop for kids 8-12 in quilling, the art of curling strips of paper to create all sorts of shapes. Register online beforehand. More information HERE.


Trenton Thunder Baseball
A surprising number of Princetonians have never been to a Trenton Thunder game, but their games are a inexpensive and fun for everyone in the family. This great minor league team plays just 20 minutes from downtown Princeton and, as a feeder for the Yankees, they often have some big names and future allstars on the field. This Sunday they’ll end a three game series with the Bowie Baysox at home. Tickets cost as little as $9 and at every game a portion of the proceeds go to different local charities. Full schedule, tickets, and more information HERE.

Duke Farms Sunflower Safari
New Jersey Audubon’s S.A.V.E. program, Support Agricultural Viability and the Environment, is entering it’s fourth year. One of it’s main initiatives is to increase the production of Jersey grown, sunflower seed based bird seed. This saves the economic and environmental cost of shipping the seed long distances and supports our local farmers. This Sunday, the NJA is leading a tour of one of the finest sunflower fields at Duke Farms in Hillsborough. A naturalist will be on hand to explain more about S.A.V.E and answer questions. $5 per person or $15 per family. 10 am. More information HERE.


Compiled for PrincetonScoop by Grace Rosen

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