Handpicked Events for August 25-28, 2011

To begin this week’s list, I thought I’d share an inside scoop on Princeton that I just discovered after living here for 18 years. The Museum Pass program at the Princeton Public Library is an absolutely amazing deal. If you have a library card, you can reserve a pass that gets you into world class museums for free. MoMA, the Guggenheim, and the Intrepid Air and Space Museum in New York are on the list, which also includes the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philly and the Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton. Reserve one now and pick it up for the Poet’s Invitational, one of our Sunday events!  (This is even more exciting than when I discovered that your AAA card gets you 10% off on almost everything.  Shouldn’t someone have told you about this years ago? Well, that’s what we’re here for.)

A Museum Pass from the PPL can also get you into PU's Firestone Library. Image courtesy of nj.com.

Thursday

Cheese Education Classes
Palmer Square’s newest tenant continues to make a name for itself as the place to go for all your specialty food needs, including cheese, jam, and rare and fine cuts of meat. They are passionate about their products and what’s great is that they want to share their passion with Princeton. This week they host the second session of their cheese education classes. Held in the store, these classes will teach you to appreciate, identify, and enjoy different kinds of cheeses. This week is about raw milk cheeses, a delicacy that used to be illegal in New Jersey. $35 per person. 7 pm. More information and full schedule of classes HERE.

Friday

Women’s Equality Day
It is absolutely amazing to believe that less than 100 years ago, women were denied the right to vote. This Friday, come help the YWCA celebrate the 91st anniversary of women’s suffrage at their annual Women’s Equality Day. There will be a screening of a documentary on the Equal Rights Amendment and a discussion afterwards. There will be special guests and the unveiling of a sculpture of women’s rights activist Alice Paul. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy desserts courtesy of Jen’s Cakes and Pastries. 11:30 am-1 pm. More information HERE (pdf).

Zenobia
Local playwright Marvin Harold Cheiten has three new plays being performed this weekend at the Hamilton Murray Theater on the Princeton University campus. On Friday, Princeton Summer Theater’s last show of the season is Zenobia. This original play tells the tale of the greatest queen since Cleopatra, a Syrian ruler who challenged the entire Roman Empire in the third century. It’s showing 8 pm Friday, as well as a few other matinées. Tickets are $25.  Two other shows- Oh Deer! and Touching a Goddess are being performed throughout the weekend. A full list of show times is available on Cheiten’s website. More information about PST and Zenobia HERE.

Saturday

Asian American Fair
Over 7, 500 people are expected to show up to the 20th Asian American Fair at the Garden State Expo Center. Dance performances, games, and food from all over Asia will fill the arena for an incredibly entertaining afternoon. There will also be all sorts of clothing, crafts, and jewelry for sale in booths throughout the Expo Center. Check out the website for videos of fashion shows and dances from past years, really amazing stuff. More information HERE.

Farm and Vine Dinner
Eating for Education is the organization behind a grass roots effort to raise awareness about school garden and school lunch programs. This Saturday, people will sit down across the country to enjoy amazing meals and support these programs that keep our kids healthy and help them to appreciate the food that they’re eating. Stonybrook Meadows Farm in Hopewell is hosting one such dinner from Chef Michelle Fuerst. The five course meal will be paired with wines from CoolVines Princeton. Proceeds from the dinner will go to the Kids on the Farm mentorship program and to the school garden at The Waldorf School of Princeton. 6 pm. $150 per person. 21+. There is also a farm tour before hand at 4:30 pm. More information HERE.

Café Improv
Café Improv is a monthly open-stage featuring all manner of song, poetry, and performance. For more than 20 years local acts have graced the Arts Council stage with fun, diverse acts. This Saturday’s line up features everything from an 11 year old singer/pianist to a stand up comedian to blue grass guitar performed by Princeton professor Robby George. There are 12 scheduled acts from 6:45-10 pm and then the schedule says to expect surprises as the performers pull out all the stops. More information HERE.

Sunday

Labor Day Cookout
Cherry Grove Farm is one of a few really wonderful local farms around Princeton. They’ve had a bunch of great events this summer including a series for kids about the importance of local food. This Sunday they cap it all off with a Labor Day cook-out. From 12- 5 pm, they’ll have musical performance, cooking demonstrations, face painting, hay rides, and, of course, lots of amazing local food. They’re especially excited to share their new whey-fed pork sausages, offering 40% off. They’ll also have local ice pops, cheeses, pickles, toffee, and much more. 12-5 pm. More information and a full schedule of the afternoon’s events HERE.

Poets’ Invitational
Grounds For Sculpture has invited a dozen poets, writers, and musicians for it’s annual Poets’ Invitational festival. These new artists will share work throughout the afternoon and throughout the park. Stroll through the acres of manicured gardens and stumble upon readers around every turn. The day also includes 20% off in The Museum Shop and Toad Hall and special lunch options in the Peacock Café. Poets start at 2 pm. Rain or Shine. More information HERE.

Drum and Bugle Corps Performance
The Valley Road School is one of the oldest school buildings in Princeton and was the first integrated school in the district. A group hoping to preserve and protect the building are hosting a fundraiser this Sunday featuring The Bushwackers Drum and Bugle Corps. This world champion band will wow both kids and adults with brass, color guard, and percussion sections. Bring a blanket and a picnic to the athletic fields on Valley Road and enjoy an afternoon of great music and performance. 4-6 pm. More information about the event and about the Save Valley Road movement HERE.

Compiled for PrincetonScoop by Grace Rosen


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