In place of its now-canceled, annual three-day XPoNential Music Festival taking place on the Delaware Riverfront in late July, fans will be able to revisit past years’ performances online as WXPN presents “XPNFest Fridays.” Two complete, back-to-back complete sets from the festival archives will be available every Friday night at 7 p.m. during July, with full sets by Courtney Barnett (2015) and Low Cut Connie (2019).  more

Have fun creating and learning from home with a collection of WheatonArts Family Art Workshop video tutorials (https://www.wheatonarts.org/learn/family-activities/family-art-workshops/). Great for all skill levels and ages, each tutorial is paired with engaging discussion questions and links for further learning. A new video is added each week. more

Cook along with five-time James Beard Award winner and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Dorie Greenspan in this special virtual fundraising event for Princeton Public Library (PPL) on Sunday, July 12 from 4 to 5 p.m. more

On June 18 through June 24, Sourland Conservancy hosted the Hopewell Elementary graduating fifth graders and their family to commemorate the moment by planting a pollinator meadow. The families each chose a 30-minute time slot, in order to maintain strict social distancing, to plant in the Foraging Forest in Hopewell Borough Park, which is right next door to their school. more

Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Walk to Fight Alzheimer’s is scheduled to take place at Educational Testing Service’s Princeton campus on Sunday, October 11, 2020. One hundred percent of money raised will support New Jersey individuals and families. Participants can choose to walk virtually or in-person at 660 Rosedale Road. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. Festivities include refreshments, music, and door prizes. Parking is available on site. Register online in advance at https://alznj.akaraisin.com/ui/walkalznj2020 and choose from one of five walks: Point Pleasant Beach (September 26), Liberty State Park in Jersey City (October 3), Princeton (October 11), Morristown (October 18), and/or Paramus (October 25). more

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Get into the great outdoors for a summer cookout.

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Twelve New Jersey students have joined forces this summer to operate Hopewell Helpers LLC, which matches area college students with at-risk populations in need of services like yard work, housework, child care, technology assistance, grocery shopping and delivery, trips to the pharmacy, and more.  more

Unplug and venture outdoors for a fun and unique opportunity to explore the orchard, meet goats, practice yoga, sip wine, and create memories! Terhune Orchards on Cold Soil Road in Princeton will offer this program of events on July 26 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The cost to attend is $50.20 per person and includes a 45-minute easy flow yoga class accompanied by goats and tasting a flight of five Terhune wines.  more

Asbury Park property welcomes guests back with new sanitation protocols, socially distanced spaces, and dining offerings

The Asbury is reopening on June 25 after a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Launched in 2016, The Asbury is an architectural nod to the shore town’s Victorian-era history and rock n’ roll present. more

Declaration of Independence, 1818. John Trumball (1756-1843). Collection of the Architect of the Capitol.

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Curbside pick-ups scheduled on July 1

Every year, in honor of Independence Day, Morven hosts a free event to celebrate American heritage at the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.  more

Whether it’s training, grooming, daycare, or boarding, your pet will feel right at home at Green Leaf Pet Resort. With two state-of-the-art locations in Millstone Township and Oakhurst, Pet Leaf also boasts a staff of professional dog lovers, grooming, boarding, swimming, and training evaluations. more

Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve has announced that members and non-members are able to walk the trails located inside the deer fencing. Visitors are asked to make reservations in advance for a time slot. Entry fees are $8 for adult non-members, $6 for seniors 65 and older, and $4 for children ages 5-15. Children under the age of 5 are free. Admission is free to all Bowman’s Hill members.  more

Each Friday in June, WWFM “The Classical Network” will be broadcasting a select performance from the 2018 and 2019 seasons of The Princeton Festival. Tune in at 8 p.m. to hear outstanding music-making from celebrated featured performers.  more

June is National Rose Month, reminding us that it’s the ideal time to invest in one’s garden. Roses are a treat to look at and involve a lot of care and supervision, which makes them extra rewarding. They also emit a beautiful fragrance and come in a rainbow-like spectrum of colors.  more

Due to concerns about COVID-19, what would normally be pick-your-own strawberry season has been replaced by social distancing efforts in farm fields, farmers markets, and farm stores throughout New Jersey. Be sure to contact each individual establishment for current guidelines and protocols. more

The borough of Brielle is in southern Monmouth County along the Manasquan River. It is bordered by Manasquan, Wall Township, and Point Pleasant Beach. The town is known as a “boaters town,” with approximately 4 miles of waterfront along the Manasquan River, Glimmerglass, and Debbie’s Creek, all of which are salt water or tidal. Brielle is close to the Manasquan beaches. The downtown also offers shops, dining, and small businesses. more

Celebrate safely on June 6 at Skylands Stadium (located at 94 Championship Place in Augusta, NJ) during their drive-up fireworks show! Gates open at 7 p.m. and the fireworks show will start at 8:55 p.m. All tickets can be purchased at http://skylandsstadium.com/ and printed at home. For directions and additional details, call (973) 383-7644. The Box Office can be reached at (973) 940-0222. more

Shop the items below for the dad that taught you how to paddle your own canoe.  

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Situated at the southwest tip of the Cape May peninsula, the South Cape May Meadows Preserve includes more than 200 acres of critical habitat for nesting and migratory birds. The peninsula in Cape May acts as a funnel for birds traveling along the Atlantic Flyway. While the land protected here provides foraging and resting habitat for the birds, the preserve also supports a wide variety of wildlife year-round. more

With the health and safety of the greater community in mind, MarketFair Mall is currently offering no/low-touch dining and shopping options. more

It will be an endless summer with these fun items – shop today!

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Summer revelers rejoice!

Spring Lake Beach will re-open on Saturday, May 23, just in time for Memorial Day weekend and the official start of summer beach season. more

Drew University will add a new finance major to its list of undergraduate offerings within the school’s department of Business, Finance, and Entrepreneurship. The program will launch in the fall of 2020. more

The Monmouth Museum continues to move forward as the well-established New Jersey Emerging Artist Series announces an open call to welcome artists to apply to become a NJ Emerging Artist for the 2020-2021 series.  more

The Cornell Lab Bird Cams website is a free resource that connects viewers worldwide to the diverse and intimate world of birds. Offering a virtual window into the natural world, Cornell’s faculty, students, and staff aim to make birdwatching an active and engaging experience.  more

During 1918’s flu epidemic, a telephone operator takes protective measures.
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The Historical Society’s popular Open Archive is going virtual! more

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Dating back to the early British settlers of North America, cobblers are based on a tradition of baking seasonal fruit and covering it with a sweet, dry scone-like mixture. The result is a cousin to the humble pie, but somehow even more satisfying. Perfect for an early summer barbecue, Claire Ptak’s cobbler makes for a crave-worthy sweet, tart dessert.  more

Images courtesy of The Frick Collection 

Staying connected with The Frick Collection in New York City has never been easier. Get inspired by this week’s roundup of resources and curated content.  more

Pick your distance, your pace, and your race. The NJ Virtual Challenge is an at-home race series that enables runners, walkers, and outdoor enthusiasts to log some serious miles and earn a race medal and T-shirt in the process. You will have 62 days (from May 15 to July 15) to complete the total miles from the event you choose.  more

On May 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educational system will lead a Zoom online learning course entitled Grow Fruit in Your Home Garden.  more