Sweet Sounds: Handpicked Events for June 9-12, 2011

While it might feel like the only things in the air this week are pollen and humidity, PrincetonScoop can hear the sweet sound of music through the groggy haze. As the rain cools everything off this weekend, support the local art scene with events featuring music, movies, and fun.

Thursday

Summer Concert Series
This Thursday marks the return of a Princeton tradition with the first concert of the Summer Courtyard Concert Series. Hosted by the Arts Council of Princeton, this is the 25th year for the concert series held in the courtyard at Princeton Shopping center. The first concert of the summer features the award winning Princeton High School Studio Band. The open space makes it a great place to bring a picnic and let the kids run around or enjoy al fresco dining at Camillo’s Cafe, Cross Culture Ethnic Indian Cuisine, Main Street Euro-American Bistro, Shanghai Park or Taste Of Mexico and have a great view of the band. Free. More information and full schedule HERE.

BYOBag Campaign
The environmental group Sustainable Princeton kicks off a summer campaign to get people to BYOB, bring your own bag. Their goal is “to reduce the use of single use bags both paper and plastic and to encourage the citizens of Princeton to BYOBAG.” Their launch starts at 6 pm at the Princeton Public Library with family music from Stone Soup Circus and a presentation of a short animated film about the dangers of plastic bags. There is also a contest for whoever brings the most creative reusable bag. Then, at 7:30, the Mayors of the borough and township will read the official BYOBag resolution and there will be a screening of the acclaimed film “Bag It.” More HERE.

PrincetonScoop got a chance to sit down with the producers of the short film:

Friday

Jazz Concert Series
If you don’t get a chance to see the Princeton High School Studio Band in action at the Summer Courtyard Concert Series, be sure to check out their 34th annual jazz concert at Princeton High School. These young men and women tour the country with their award winning Big Band stylings so it’s a treat to hear them play at home. Fresh off their first place win at the Berklee High School Jazz competition, the band should be in rare form. $6 for students and seniors. $10 for adults. More information and tickets HERE.

“Megamind” Screening
The days of drive-in movie theatres may be passed but there’s nothing quite like enjoying a movie, some popcorn, fresh air, and the night sky all at once. Come take advantage of Rider University’s reunion weekend with this free screening of the family movie Megamind. One of the few events that is open to the public, the event promises a hilarious movie and tasty refreshments. Picnics are welcome too. The event moves to the recreation center in the case of rain. For details and other events see HERE.

Saturday

Ivy Fest
The students may have gone home but by no means does that mean that all the ivy has left Princeton. Princeton’s “only real bar,” the Ivy Inn on Nassau Street hosts its 9th annual IvyFest this Saturday from 2-10pm. Drink specials and live music run all day along with food from area vendors. There are also surprise raffles and give-aways throughout the day. Drinks are obviously just for the grown-ups but the music and fun is open to all ages. The bands love to see little kids jumping around in front and sometimes give out free goodies. Rain or shine. Follow @IvyInn on Twitter for details.

Not Quite Legal Film Festival
Come support central Jersey’s best and brightest young filmmakers this Saturday at the Not Quite Legal Film Festival. This juried festival hosted at the Mill Hill Playhouse in Trenton features 23 films from New Jersey students ages 14-21. Not only are you supporting local artists but the festival also shows kids in the audience how easy it is to get involved in film making and create a truly professional looking product. The films run 11 am-5 pm and tickets are available at the door, $5 for students, $10 for adults. For more information and a full list of films check out the Trenton Film Festival website HERE.

Sunday

Dummies Guide to Wine Tasting
After a weekend packed with kids’ events and music, it might be time to get away for a bit. Many of people don’t even know that there are vineyards in the area let alone one just across the river in Washington Crossing, PA. They have a ton of summer events every weekend but this Sunday they have a great program for wine newbies called “A Dummies Guide to Wine Tasting.” For $30 a person, their experts will teach you about the different varieties of wine they produce and some general wine basics. Great conversation + great wine = great company so bring the husband or a girlfriend and enjoy the best of Princeton area wines. 2 pm. More information HERE.

Garden Party at the Governor’s Mansion
While New Jersey summers usually conjure up images of wild flowers and cornfields, people often forget that we have a famous and beautiful example of formal Italian gardens right here in Princeton. Drumthwacket, the humorously named Governor’s mansion on Stockton St. in Princeton is hosting a Garden Party open house this Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. Master Gardeners will be on hand to lead tours and answer questions about the gorgeous, expansive gardens. Light refreshments and music provide the makings for a lovely afternoon. House docents will also be available and the gift shop will be open. $5 suggested donation. For more information and to register, see their website HERE.