Traditions are what make summers great. Whether it’s going back to the same beach every year, sending your kids to the same camp you went to, seeing the same fireworks show, or simply getting the same flavor of ice cream every July 4th, traditions can make even the most modern, over-scheduled, stressed-out family feel like the Brady bunch. This week we bring you a bunch of great events, many of which come back year after year. Maybe you’ll recognize them from years past or you can try them for the first time and make them a tradition for your family for years to come.
Olympic Day at Marketfair
For a lot of kids there are few heroes bigger than Olympic Athletes. Luckily this week you don’t have to go far to find them! Members of the United States Women’s Rowing team, who train in the Princeton area, will be at MarketFair Mall from 1-3 pm for a meet-and-greet. The women will be signing autographs and talking to members of the community about themselves, the sport of rowing, and the life of an Olympic Athlete so come say hi and celebrate national Olympic Day. More information HERE.
Music in the Park
This is the 10th year for Lawrenceville’s summer concert series. Every Thursday at 7 pm, head to Weeden Park for a free concert by great local bands. This week the act is especially local: The Lawrence Community Concert Band. The band has a 20 year tradition of performing showtunes, marches, and Americana with fantastic professional and accomplished amateur local musicians. The concert also features a display by local artists and light refreshments. More information HERE.
Earth Gong Bath
If you’re looking for something with a slightly slower pace, check out this meditation session at the Center for Relaxation and Healing in Plainsboro. Join Marco Dolce, a musician, sound healer, and sonic explorer, as he leads this session on a mission to relieve stress, depression, fatigue, anger, hostility, and fear with the sounds of a master gong. Dolce, who releases recordings under the name Xumanatra, will use gong sounds and other music to lead you into a deeply meditative state. Bring an extra mat and a pillow. 7-8 pm. $25. More information HERE.
Just for Joey Golf Outing
Eden Autism Services is a New Jersey based non-profit whose goal is to meet the needs of all individuals with Autism, both children and adults. This is the 8th year for their benefit Just for Joey, a golf outing sponsored by Tom Bohen whose nephey Joey has autism. The event is hosted at the Heron Glen Golf Course in Ringoes, NJ, which is about 40 minutes from downtown Princeton. Proceeds this year go towards Eden’s new school building and their adult services programs. Green fees, cart, and refreshments included. $155. For more information and to register, go HERE.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Outdoor theatre is one of the best parts of summer and it is hard to think of a play better suited for it than Shakespeare’s most famous comedy. Performing at the gorgeous outdoor amphitheater at the College of St. Elizabeth in Morris Township, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is celebrating its 10th year of outdoor performances. This new, exuberant 90 minute production is perfect for kids who might find the full play a little too long. More information HERE.
Old Time Baseball
Step back to 1864 this weekend at Howell Living History Farm’s annual Old Time Baseball game. Two teams, the Howell Farm Hogs and the Jersey Bulls, will step up to the plate for their 22nd match. The public is invited to watch or play in that game that starts at 1:30 pm with open practice beginning at 11 am. There will also be a more professional game at noon with players competing in period attire and a reading of the classic poem Casey at the Bat. More information on the schedule and the history of the game HERE.
The Mercer County Park Commission and the radio station WPST are hosting the 7th annual Freedom Festival in Mercer County Park. This family oriented festival features tons of great food, beer and wine gardens, crafters, vendors, live music, bouncy castles, water rides, games, sand art, airbrush tattoos, and much more! There will also be a live Bon Jovi cover band to get you in the Jersey spirit and a fireworks display to cap off the evening. The festival is free but registration is required for some events. For registration, a full schedule, and more information, go HERE.
On the last Sunday of every month, Plainsboro Public Library hosts its fabulous “Stuff-a-Bag” Book Sale. For $3 you can have as many books as can fit in a reasonably sized bag. Bring your own or use one of the ones they provide. Proceeds from these sales go towards keeping the library open on Sundays and they work! Plainsboro Public Library is the only library in New Jersey that is open on Sunday mornings. More information HERE.
The start of the NFL season may still be a few months away but you can get your football fix this Sunday with a semi professional game at the Lawrenceville School. The Westchester Steelers go head to head with the Philadelphia Phoenix this Sunday at 1 pm. The game is being held in honor of Josh Arcadia, a 2003 graduate who returned to the school as an assistant football coach. He died in January. Proceeds from ticket sales and refreshments go to a scholarship fund in Josh’s name. Tickets are $5. More information HERE.
Concert and Fireworks
There are few better ways to cap off a summer weekend then with music and fireworks. Join the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association as they host this evening of music and fun at Alliger Park in Titusville. The 78th Army Band will be there performing military songs and traditional concert tunes and will be followed by a fireworks display. The event is free for the public. More information HERE.