Your Local SCOOP: December 16th – 19th
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How to keep warm this week? We’ve got just what you need to keep your spirits up while the temperature drops. From sleigh bells, Santa, and shopping, to laughs and a legendary rock star, affordable art, cooking with kids, learning about wine, or trend-spotting at a screening of TV’s hottest show, read on to find a reason to bundle up and venture out…
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16th
Adorable and affordable art? Sounds impossible, right? Well, check out the art exhibit at the Red Horse Gallery in the Freehold Raceway Mall from 6 to 8pm. The whole family can enjoy the meet-the-artist reception for Kaotic Kritters, an exhibit of cartoon-like sketches of animals, insects, dinosaurs, people, and characters by Kasey Tararuj.
Let loose with some laughs, and release some of that holiday tension with Far and In Between, the JW Actors Studio’s improv comedy troupe featuring members of the studio’s advanced improvisational workshop. After a hugely successful debut back in June, the troupe has found a permanent home at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts and will perform every third Thursday at 8pm.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17th
One-of-a-kind gifts AND free goodies? Sign us up! Enjoy egg nog, hot cider, and holiday treats courtesy of the Lawrenceville Main Street Artists Network while you shop and support community artists and businesses. Don’t forget to check out the LMS Gallery WOW (Without Walls) shows at Lawrenceville restaurants and businesses. From 11am – 9pm.
Bottle of red, bottle of white
Like Billy Joel says, it all depends upon your appetite. Learn about wine in the gorgeous setting of Rat’s Restaurant. From 5:30 – 7pm, Alan Hallmark, Rat’s resident wine expert and beverage manager, presents a class for novices as well as aficionados. Register, and the $10 fee can be applied to an optional dinner at Rat’s.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18th
Smithereens lead singer Pat DiNizio – a good ol’ Jersey boy – performs hits like “Girl Like You,” “Blood and Roses,” and “Behind the Wall of Sleep,” and shares stories from his one-man show “Confessions of a Rock Star” at the West Windsor Arts Center. Few bands can claim a combination of critical and commercial success and a 30 year history. The Smithereens have been on shows like Saturday Night Live and the Tonight Show, received Gold and Platinum records, and toured the world. The band Sun Palace opens the show, and every tenth ticket buyer gets a free copy of Sun Palace’s debut CD, “Into Heaven.” Tickets are an amazing bargain at $20.
Kids in the kitchen
Want to get your kids eating right? Let them cook with you. This hands-on cooking class at Wholesome Kids Cook is designed for parents and kids to learn about how to make delicious, nutritious meals. What’s on the menu? Kid pleasers like grass-fed beef tacos, guacamole, and tortilla chips – all natural and organic. After class, kids can burn off some of that healthy energy and play in Tiger Hall’s play room. For kids 3-6, with parent. 9:30 – 11:30am.
Santa on ice
Who knew jolly ol’ Saint Nick had this one up his sleeve? So much cooler than waiting in a long line at the mall! Skate with Santa at the Mercer County Park Ice Rink. Candy canes and photos, too – all at a bargain price for a night of family fun ($7; $5 for children and seniors, and FREE skate rental) that starts at 5 pm.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19th
Take a break from all the holiday madness to enjoy the new Brearley Wickford Gallery in Lambertville. The gallery features the works of artist and fashion designer Candice Brearley, whose impressive credentials and talent have led to solo shows throughout the world, and listings in Who’s Who directories. Since the gallery offers both originals and giclees, her art is an affordable luxury. From noon to 9pm.
… is new again. Mad Men is one of TV’s hottest shows, and it’s sparking design trends in fashion, furniture, and entertaining. Design Within Reach (30 Nassau Street, Princeton, 609.921.0899) is screening selected episodes of the hit series at 5pm. Enjoy popcorn, beer, and soft drinks while you spot iconic pieces of furniture and design. Grab your pointy-toe pumps and curve-hugging skirts, and don’t forget to register.
Sleigh bells ring
If you haven’t been to Bordentown lately, a holiday carriage ride is a great way to discover the charm and living history of one of our area’s oldest towns. You’ll love the shops, galleries, and restaurants, too – as unique as they are accessible and affordable. For family fun or pure old fashioned romance, you can enjoy a carriage ride from 4 to 7pm.
ON THE RADAR:
A fabulous night of holiday family fun starts on December 21st at 7pm at the Plainsboro Public Library with a winter concert from the Garden Statesmen Barbershop Chorus. At 7:30, there’ll be a holiday story hour and a visit with Santa. Following the concert and story hour, everyone’s welcome to stroll out with the Chorus and serenade businesses in the Village. For more info, contact Jinny Baeckler (609.275.2897; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hugh Devine (609.799.8218; email@example.com).