Vinyl & Velvet: Pinot to Picasso Vintage 1968, May 18

In celebration of the Arts Council of Princeton’s 50th year, the theme of their signature spring art and wine benefit, Pinot to Picasso is Vinyl & Velvet 1968. The ‘art party’ will take place on Friday, May 18 from 6-10pm at the Technology Center of Princeton, 330 Carter Road, Princeton, New Jersey. Approximately 400 guests are expected to attend the celebration to include a salon-style exhibition, gourmet tastings from local restaurants, wines from around the world and dancing.

“Expect to be transported to the eclectic urban art and music scene of 1968 — a time that had a profound impact on the culture in our country and marked the beginning of the Arts Council of Princeton. Art-lovers always enjoy this event. We transform raw space into an amazing loft party. This year, rad dress code is encouraged,” said Dawn McClatchy, ACP Trustee and Pinot to Picasso Event Co-Chair.

One of the highlights of the evening is the “Tombola,” an Italian-style lottery where every ticket holder wins an original work of art. More than 75 beautiful original works of art donated were donated by talented local artists. The number of Tombola tickets available is limited to the number of pieces of art. Tombola ticket holders, having already previewed the available choices, make a quick decision when their number is drawn. In the end, each Tombola ticket holder takes home a unique work of art.

“We love the format of Pinot to Picasso – it’s anything BUT your typical nonprofit fundraiser. It attracts a diverse group of people from the local art scene – artists and art enthusiasts,” offered Courtney Brettle, Arts Council of Princeton’s Development Director. “The throw-back theme is going to be particularly fun because we know this crowd is lively and enjoys dressing in theme.”

Funds raised from Pinot to Picasso contribute, in part, to the Arts Council’s Anne Reeves Fund, which supports Community Arts initiatives and the Arts Council of Princeton’s Artist-in-Residence Program.

Tickets for Pinot to Picasso are $125 for a Taster (event) ticket and $300 for a Tombola entry. Sponsorship tickets are available starting at $500. Purchase tickets online at artscouncilofprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777 x 109.

Preview the artwork at the Pinot to Picasso Exhibition at the Arts Council’s Pop-Up Studio in the Princeton Shopping Center next to Metropolis Spa & Salon, 301 N. Harrison Street, Princeton, NJ. May 9-15, 2018, with a special Preview Opening Reception on May 10 at 6pm. Please visit artscouncilofprinceton.org for viewing times at the Pop-Up Studio.  

 

The Arts Council of Princeton, founded in 1967, is a non-profit organization with a mission of Building Community through the Arts. Housed in the landmark Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, designed by architect Michael Graves, the ACP fulfills its mission by presenting a wide range of programs including exhibitions, performances, free community cultural events, and studio-based classes and workshops in a wide range of media. Arts Council of Princeton programs are designed to be high-quality, engaging, affordable and accessible for the diverse population of the greater Princeton region. For more information, visit artscouncilorprinceton.org or call 609.924.8777.


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Our Weekend Picks: Record Store Day, a Summer Camp Giveaway & More!

Friday April 20
As you walk or drive near the intersection of Nassau, Mercer St., and University Place, pay a visit to the Garden Club of Princeton’s French Market – a flower & garden sale being held on the island at the intersection! It’s a Cherry Blossom Festival! 11am. www.gcprinceton.org


Featured Event of the Week
ESF Camp at The Lawrenceville School offers 60+ activities for every age and interest – like day camp, sports camp, tech camps, specialty major camps and more, and they’re holding tours by appointment on 5/17! Click here to RSVP. (PS: Enter for your chance to win your child a week of summer camp at the link! Read more here!)


Saturday April 21
Rock on and support our local, independent record store: it’s Record Store Day on Saturday! Shop Princeton Record Exchange for tons of goodies (think: exclusive vinyls, new releases, limited edition items, giveaways all day long…) If you’re a music lover, and if you’re as crazy about PrEx as we are,  you won’t want to miss this. 10am. https://www.facebook.com/events/159808544710768/

Learn all about Marquand Park, with local experts Bob Wells, associate director of Arboriculture at Morris Arboretum, and Roland Machold, former Marquand Park Foundation board member. This free tour covers history of the property and will feature the native and exotic trees in the park. FREE. 11am, Register: www.princetonhistory.org

Bring the little ones to the Princeton University Art Museum for their ‘Art for Families’ series – a gallery lesson for kids, followed by a hands-on art project. This week’s theme is “Lean on Me.” PS: Did you know admission to this museum is FREE? 10:30am-1pm. artmuseum.princeton.edu

Sunday April 22
Spend your Sunday shopping and snacking on local food with a stop at Roots To River & The Farm Cooking School’s Winter Farmers Market at 67 Pleasant Valley Road in Titusville. Featuring organic produce, local meats, homemade soups, and wood-fired pizza! Open 11am-3pm. rootstoriverfarm.com/roots-to-river-farm-market-at-gravity-hill/

The swallows are making their spring return to Howell Living History Farm, and families are invited to visit for activities, a visit to their feeding and nesting spots, and a bird’s eye view of the farm. FREE, 1-3pm. www.howellfarm.org

Get your zen on with “Walk with Me + Guided Meditation + Discussion” at the newly reopened Hopewell Theater. Follow in the journey of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh with a screening that offers a rare insight into a monastic community, then participate in a guided meditation. 3 p.m. and 5:45 p.m., $12.50., www.hopewelltheater.com


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The Scoop on #GetForky: Princeton Area Eateries!

When it comes to restaurants in the greater Princeton area, we’ve got lots of options. What you might not know is that some of your family’s favorite places to grab a bite are all part of the same family of restaurants! Come on and #GetForky with us as we share the Scoop on some delicious eats in and around Princeton:

PJ’s Pancake House
A Princeton classic, did you know that a) they do MORE than breakfast and b) there are new locations opening in the area? That’s right! In addition to the flagship location on Nassau Street in downtown Princeton #GetForky has opened PJ’s in West Windsor, Kingston, and now they’re bringing the delicious fare to Ewing (on Bear Tavern Road, right off 95) and to Robbinsville! The menu is the same from open to close, with more than pancakes. Think burgers, salads, entrees, veg-friendly, gluten-free options, and more. Browse the menu here: http://www.pancakes.com

Also: their location on the corner of Rt. 27 in Kingston houses their bakery, which is getting rave reviews for fresh cakes, AND has a second floor that can be rented for events. Drop by and watch the bakers as they work (and grab a snack to enjoy, of course!)

Osteria Procaccini
Ah, pizza. It might be one meal that brings the whole family together! But Osteria Procaccini’s menus include more than just their signature brick oven pizzas: you’ll find new small plates, artisan pasta dishes, and more. PS: their bars now serve Sourland Mountain Spirits! Catch happy hour at their Pennington location from 3-7pm for $4 cocktails and $4 pizzas! Pennington, Kingston & Ocean Grove, NJ. http://www.osteriaprocaccini.com

Trattoria Procaccini
Located next to the Whole Earth Center near the corner of Harrison & Nassau Streets, Trattoria Procaccini serves up hearty fare all week long–and they deliver. Score! Browse the menu, and check out their daily deals (kids eat free, wine nights, and more!) http://getforky.com/trattoria-procaccini/

…and Catering! Porta Via Catering Company
If browsing all of those menus has made you hungry, think of GetForky’s Porta Via Catering Company for your next event! As you can tell, they can do it all, from cupcakes to casual eats to multi-course dinners, all with fresh and organic ingredients. Work with their team to plan a menu that fits your occasion, whether that’s a family gathering or a corporate event. More here: http://getforky.com/porta-via/


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Let’s Celebrate: Your Local Party Planning Guide

Spring has sprung…finally. Warmer weather reminds us how much we have to look forward to, like Mother’s Day, weddings,graduations and good ol’ outdoor entertaining! 
Whether your event is big, or a smaller family affair, you’ll want to read through for our round up of fun catering ideas and local spaces to rent for your one-of-a-kind celebrations. (Some were new to us, too!)
Cheers to the season ahead!
-Team Scoop


The Barn at Gravity Hill Farm is available to rent for a limited number of private and corporate events to support the community and educational mission of the farm. The renovated 1740’s barn was designed as an intimate indoor/outdoor space overlooking farm fields and pasture.  Guests enjoy the rustic elegance of the climate controlled interior, the beauty of the farm and its view, a fully equipped modern kitchen, an outdoor pizza oven and the possibility of overnight accommodation for up to 20. www.thebarnatgravityhill.com


Wood Craft utilizes the best local ingredients to create amazing food for every occasion. They work directly with local farmers to source their vegetables, fish, pasture raised pork and chicken. They specialize in outdoor cooking, seasonal ingredients and authentic BBQ. Wood Craft is based in Lawrenceville NJ, and offers a full range of catering services. Contact them today for your next event! woodcraftbbq.com


Locally sourced, and mindfully created: that is the commitment behind all of Princeton’s renowned Fenwick Hospitality Group restaurants: Agricola Eatery, Cargot Brasserie, Dinky Bar & Kitchen, and Two Sevens Eatery & Cantina; and it also inspires the new Spring Menu from Fenwick Catering & Events. Their new menu brings the sensibilities and flavors of our restaurants to your home, company or venue. Combined with the talents of their culinary team and event planners, Fenwick will make any event unforgettable. www.fenwickcatering.com


Jammin’ Crêpes’ food truck is ready-to-roll bringing you signature farm-to-table sweet & savory crêpes and more to private parties, weddings and corporate events. Their ever-changing menu highlights the very best local ingredients at the peak of freshness, complemented by micro-batch jams & pickles. Whatever the occasion, they’ll work with you to craft the perfect menu for your next event! www.jammincrepes.com


Looking for a fresh idea? How about including the Sprouts blue flower truck at your event for a make your own jar bouquet or succulent planting party. Perfect for kids, or Mother’s Day, or a friend’s surprise birthday lunch.  Who doesn’t love their farm truck? Centerpieces from Sprouts, can simply be ordered online. Personally, we’d like a Sprouts flower subscription. www.sproutsflowers.com


Lucy’s Kitchen & Market has been the “go-to” to-go kitchen for the Princeton area, serving thousands of delighted customers weekly. Convenient, delicious, and healthy, all their meals are ready-to-go with little or no fuss. Let Lucy’s help with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, parties, and backyard get-togethers. Lucy’s: Proudly nourishing the Princeton community for more than 20 years. lucystogo.com


Think of Get Forky’s Porta Via Catering Company for your next event! As you can tell, they can do it all, from cupcakes to casual eats to multi-course dinners, all with fresh and organic ingredients. Work with their team to plan a menu that fits your occasion, whether that’s a family gathering or a corporate event. More here: getforky.com/porta-via/


Who doesn’t love seeing the Nomad Pizza truck parked at an event, with piping hot pizzas coming out of their brick oven? Bring the iconic truck to your next event, or rent out one of their locations–in Hopewell, or Princeton–and treat your guests to pizzas topped with fresh, flavorful ingredients… the makings of a memorable party! www.nomadpizzaco.com


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Let’s Celebrate: Princeton Party Planning Guide

Spring has sprung…finally. Warmer weather reminds us how much we have to look forward to, like Mother’s Day, weddings,graduations and good ol’ outdoor entertaining!
Whether your event is big, or a smaller family affair, you’ll want to read through for our round up of fun catering ideas and local spaces to rent for your one-of-a-kind celebrations. (Some were new to us, too!)
Cheers to the season ahead!
-Team Scoop


The Barn at Gravity Hill Farm is available to rent for a limited number of private and corporate events to support the community and educational mission of the farm. The renovated 1740’s barn was designed as an intimate indoor/outdoor space overlooking farm fields and pasture.  Guests enjoy the rustic elegance of the climate controlled interior, the beauty of the farm and its view, a fully equipped modern kitchen, an outdoor pizza oven and the possibility of overnight accommodation for up to 20. www.thebarnatgravityhill.com


Wood Craft utilizes the best local ingredients to create amazing food for every occasion. They work directly with local farmers to source their vegetables, fish, pasture raised pork and chicken. They specialize in outdoor cooking, seasonal ingredients and authentic BBQ. Wood Craft is based in Lawrenceville NJ, and offers a full range of catering services. Contact them today for your next event! woodcraftbbq.com


Locally sourced, and mindfully created: that is the commitment behind all of Princeton’s renowned Fenwick Hospitality Group restaurants: Agricola Eatery, Cargot Brasserie, Dinky Bar & Kitchen, and Two Sevens Eatery & Cantina; and it also inspires the new Spring Menu from Fenwick Catering & Events. Their new menu brings the sensibilities and flavors of our restaurants to your home, company or venue. Combined with the talents of their culinary team and event planners, Fenwick will make any event unforgettable. www.fenwickcatering.com


Jammin’ Crêpes’ food truck is ready-to-roll bringing you signature farm-to-table sweet & savory crêpes and more to private parties, weddings and corporate events. Their ever-changing menu highlights the very best local ingredients at the peak of freshness, complemented by micro-batch jams & pickles. Whatever the occasion, they’ll work with you to craft the perfect menu for your next event! www.jammincrepes.com


Looking for a fresh idea? How about including the Sprouts blue flower truck at your event for a make your own jar bouquet or succulent planting party. Perfect for kids, or Mother’s Day, or a friend’s surprise birthday lunch.  Who doesn’t love their farm truck? Centerpieces from Sprouts, can simply be ordered online. Personally, we’d like a Sprouts flower subscription. www.sproutsflowers.com


Lucy’s Kitchen & Market has been the “go-to” to-go kitchen for the Princeton area, serving thousands of delighted customers weekly. Convenient, delicious, and healthy, all their meals are ready-to-go with little or no fuss. Let Lucy’s help with Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduation, parties, and backyard get-togethers. Lucy’s: Proudly nourishing the Princeton community for more than 20 years. lucystogo.com


Think of Get Forky’s Porta Via Catering Company for your next event! As you can tell, they can do it all, from cupcakes to casual eats to multi-course dinners, all with fresh and organic ingredients. Work with their team to plan a menu that fits your occasion, whether that’s a family gathering or a corporate event. More here: getforky.com/porta-via/


Who doesn’t love seeing the Nomad Pizza truck parked at an event, with piping hot pizzas coming out of their brick oven? Bring the iconic truck to your next event, or rent out one of their locations–in Hopewell, or Princeton–and treat your guests to pizzas topped with fresh, flavorful ingredients… the makings of a memorable party! www.nomadpizzaco.com


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