Welcome to the first edition of the PrincetonScoop Events email. Our goal is to send you our picks; whether you are looking for a family event, live music, dining, outdoor activities, shopping or something special in town for the weekend. We’ve curated the massive list of what’s going on and we hope there will be something on the list that will resonate with you. If you like what we have to say, please tell a friend. As we say around here, “the more the merrier!”
Without further ado…
For the foodies and the drinkers amongst us:
Happy hour THURSDAY NIGHT You might wanna check out the Vodka Tasting at On the Bone Restaurant (4355 Route 1 South, , 609-514-2663 Adjacent to the Doubletree Hotel) From 5-8 pm there will be samples of premium vodka and reduced-price martinis. Didja know they offer martini “flights” where you can sip three different mini-martinis for one low price? Sounds like the beginning of a great weekend to us…
You’ll probably break a sweat and meet some pretty cool people if you head to BT Bistro on Saturday night. (3499 Route 1 South, West Windsor, 609-919-9403) DJ Darius spins starting at 9 p.m. Sounds of the ’80s through current hits, http://www.btbistro.com for more info. The crowd is mixed but we promise if you are people with kids, you won’t be surrounded by them. The crowd has tended to be upscale, a tad older and lots of fun.
Feeling all about the Arts?
DANCE: Saturday night @8 pm is a great chance to see some major choreography for cheap. See the American Repertory Ballet @ Raritan Valley Community College, Tickets: $25.00 & $30.00 American Repertory Ballet is a company of both mature artists and raw, young talent. Don’t expect to see frilly tutus floating around in this performance! ARB is a lean machine that cuts ballet with a jagged new edge. This program will include Roses ‘n Clover, Baker’s Dozen, and Rhapsodia. 908-725-3420 http://www.rvccarts.org/index1.htm
MAGIC:Friday night check out Mike Super @ Berlind, McCarter Theater, 609-258-2787 7:30 p.m An interactive magic and illusion show by Mr. Super, the winner of NBC’s ‘Phenomenon.’ He promises to make it snow with his bare hands and levitate an audience member four and a half feet off the ground. $45., http://www.mccarter.org
C’mon…seriously. $45 gets you the chance to levitate. Psyched!
A CLASSIC: Rocky Horror Show is at Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street, New Hope, 215-862-2041 Ok, ok, it’s New Hope but worth the drive for a classic show, right? 2 Showings at 8 p.m. and midnight if you can stay up that late. Not this weekend? It shows next Friday and Saturday too. $25. http://www.buckscountyplayhouse.com
OR CLASSICAL: Saturday Princeton University Orchestra, Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium, 609-258-5000 8 p.m., Program of Prokofiev, Mozart, Ravel, and Shostakovish. Soloists include Martha Elliott, ’82, soprano; and Jennifer Chu, ’06, piano. Michael Pratt conducts. $18., http://www.princeton.edu/utickets also Sunday at 3pm.
Ahhh Family time:
If you’ve got big kids (or ARE big kids!) Friday from 7-11 pm (Saturday and Sunday nights too) check out the Family Fun Maze at Corner Copia Farm Market, 299 Princeton-Hightstown Road in East Windsor : 609-426-8884 All new for 2009, the Corner-Copia Family Fun Maze features a barnyard and animals scene designed by acclaimed corn maze carvers, Maze Play. Their dazzling 10-acre maze includes more than two miles of potential pathways, making it easy to lose yourself in some good, old-fashioned family fun. $9.99/person Bring a flashlight.
For the little ones, a tried and true favorite is the Fall Family Fun Days at Terhune Orchards – 330 Cold Soil Road, 609-924-2310. Saturday and Sunday anytime between 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. Enjoy pony rides, wagon rides, visit the Corn Stalk Maze and the barnyard of farm animals. (Bring dime to put in the corn feeding machines) Don’t worry about lunch, there’s lots of food available – soup, chili, hot dogs, pies, apple cider donuts, apple cider, and more! Live music played by some of the best local talent, (between noon and 4pm). http://www.terhuneorchards.com
Or are you already into your costumes…if so, Saturday from 11-3 check the Princeton Shopping Center SPOOKTACULAR. Kids and their families are invited to show off their Halloween costumes at the annual Spooktacular parade-contest. Judges will award 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes to winners from four age groups: 1) parents & strollers; 2) New Walkers to 3 yrs; 3) 4 – 6 yrs.; and 4) 7yrs & above. HOWEVER, EVERY CHILD WILL WIN A PRIZE. AND Every parade participant will receive a goodie bag. Stick around until 3pm for scarecrow making, mask making and pumpkin painting. Just be warned: Princeton peeps take their costumes seriously. Play to win folks!
No costumes and looking for more low key? The Spring Hill Band plays at Boro Bean in Hopewell Saturday night at 7 pm. They’ve somehow worked a deal with Nomad pizza across the street so you can eat your pizza at the Bean and listen to live music that is family friendly. Though it is “grown up music” we hear that kids love to dance to these guys. BoroBean is at 9 E. Broad Street in Hopewell.
On a side note: no kids but in the spirit? Sunday Oct 25 SAVE’s Halloween Dog Parade is at 1pm, registration opens at 12:30. All funds raised support shelter operations at SAVE. The parade begins at Princeton’s Garden Movie Theater on Nassau and will continue down Nassau Street to Borough Hall. $10 first dog, $5 each additional family dog. Prizes awarded for best costumes and refreshments are available after parade.
Last but never least (and we like to call it “supporting the economy”): SHOPPING
“Jane” a consignment gallery full of found objects, fashion, art and fun opens to the public on Friday at 11. They are at 7 Spring Street and you should get there early, trust us.
Merrick’s in town is having a weekend full of trunk shows. If you haven’t shopped there you either didn’t grow up here or it’s been off your radar til now. They are located at 6 Moore Street. Call them for details and tell em we sent you: 609-921-0338
Sunday features the Fashion Show of Palmer Square at The Nassau Inn Ballroom from 12:30-3. Your favorite stores from Palmer Square strut their best fall stuff…all attendees get gift bags and best yet your $25 ticket goes to “Dress for Success Mercer County” http://www.palmersquare.com Good reason to see the girlfriends and drink wine on a Sunday afternoon!
…And that’s the Scoop.