The Mercer Museum’s annual fall fundraiser, Cocktails at the Castle, returns to Doylestown, Pa., on Saturday, October 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. for a night of culinary delights and cocktails, all in support of the Mercer Museum’s education programs, exhibitions, and community initiatives. 

Guests will enjoy a lively evening on the grounds of Mercer Museum with delicious food options from Bucks County culinary purveyors, along with craft cocktail creations and exceptional entertainment. more

Broadhurst is the 47th Bucks County Designer House & Gardens presented by the Village Improvement Association of Doylestown (VIA). Proceeds from the Designer House benefit Doylestown Hospital and the mission of the VIA.

Guests will be able to tour more than 20 design areas throughout the house and gardens, and shop designer decor throughout the property and at the three boutiques.  more

Bloomingdale’s celebrates 150 years of fashion, firsts, and fun by looking back at some of the major milestones the company has achieved since debuting in 1872. The celebratory events in Manhattan include designer pop-ups at 59th Street, fashion exclusives, and discounts. The well-known 50th Street windows on Lexington Avenue will also come to life in innovative new ways with augmented reality and live performances.  more

Arts Ed NJ has been approved for a $500,000 multi-year grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. The grant was awarded to support its mission as a unifying organization and central resource for arts education information, policy, and advocacy in New Jersey. 

“We are so proud to have continued support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation,” said Arts Ed NJ Executive Director Wendy Liscow. “This grant is a testimony to years of hard work from all our partners across New Jersey who have fought to make New Jersey a leader in arts education.” more

Join author Clifford Zink on Saturday, October 8 at 10 a.m. for a walking tour outside Princeton University’s storied and majestic eating clubs. Learn about the architecture, origins, and development of the 16 Classical and Gothic-style clubhouses, which date from 1895 to 1928. There will be an opportunity to visit inside one of the eating clubs; masks will be required during this portion of the tour. Copies of Zink’s 2017 book, The Princeton Eating Clubs, will be available for sale at a discounted price at the tour.  more

Standing on the plot of land once owned by Joseph Bonaparte — former King of Naples and Spain and brother of Napoleon – garden steward Lara Periard shares her enthusiasm for developing the Point Breeze Historic Garden.

“This project is unique for several reasons,” Periard says. “Unlike a standard vegetable garden or farm, its purpose is to represent the history of the land, as well as to grow food for donation to the community. We are growing historic crops, primarily what would’ve been grown by Bonaparte’s gardener at the time.” more

On Friday, October 21 at 8 p.m., Hopewell Theater presents Somebody’s Daughter, a one-woman show based on Zara Phillip’s book of the same title. The performance features live music accompaniment by folk-rock legend Richard Thompson. 

The play tells the story of Zara Phillips, adopted as a baby in the 1960s, becoming a backing vocalist to well-known bands in the 1980s, and getting sober at 22. The play is performed with no-holds-barred honesty about having an unconventional upbringing, adoption, life on the road with musical artists, and learning to navigate her own experience as a mother and sober woman.  more

Join The Watershed Institute for the 47th Annual Watershed FEST on October 1 at 6:30 p.m. FEST is the largest fundraising event of the year and supports The Watershed Institute’s mission of keeping water clean, safe, and healthy. Last year’s FEST was an evening to remember,  and the organization is hoping to beat last year’s amount of $140,000 raised. All funds support The Watershed Institute’s conservation, advocacy, education, and scientific research efforts.  more

Open to the Stuart School community and the public, Toddler Time at Stuart (ToTS) is a free program that will have newborns and toddlers smiling and clamoring for more. 

Your tots will enjoy a 45-minute session centered around different themes depending on the month. So, invite your friends, neighbors, family, and anyone else who may have a newborn or toddler in need of a little interactive fun! more

Friends of Princeton Open Space (FOPOS) presents its annual Oktoberfest fundraiser on October 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. The event will be held at Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Avenue in Princeton, rain or shine. Attendance is $50 per person and tickets can be bought online here: https://bit.ly/3BzXD03.

The 2022 Oktoberfest promises to be better than ever. Enjoy local craft beer, hard cider, Jammin’ Crepes sweet and savory crepes, and live music. The covered terrace of Mountain Lakes House will be available for socializing outdoors. more

Did you know that Happy Day Farms in Manalapan is one of the top-tier corn mazes in all the United States? Located at 106 Iron Ore Road, Happy Day Farms has been recognized for numerous past designs including Rutgers University’s 250th Anniversary, four New Jersey celebrities, superheroes, New Jersey athletes, and more. Last year’s Super Mario theme was a big attraction for kids and young families. This year’s corn maze theme is “10 Years of Happiness” to honor the farm’s 10th anniversary.  more

On Saturday, September 24, join Monmouth Museum staff and New Jersey DEP’s lead environmental educator, Marc Rogoff, on a fossil frolic through Big Brook, one of the premier late Cretaceous fossil localities in the eastern United States. The Cretaceous period was a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth and New Jersey was submerged beneath a shallow inland sea. more

On Sunday, September 11 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., join Morven Museum for a special event entitled, “9/11 Day of Remembrance: The History of the American Flag.” This only in-person patriotic presentation is a way to honor and pay tribute to those who lost their lives on this date 21 years ago. Admission is free and all are welcome. more

Sharim v’Sharot is actively looking for singers to join Mercer County’s premier Jewish choir. Auditions are being held now through the end of September for the 2022-23 concert season. To schedule an audition, email sharimvsharot@gmail.com. All auditions and rehearsals take place in Mercer County. Those with an instrumental talent are also welcome to audition. The choir is led by conductor Dr. Elayne Robinson Grossman. Performers should prepare two songs for their audition to be sung without accompaniment. more

The annual Hightstown Harvest Festival returns on October 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hightstown Memorial Park, North Main Street in downtown Hightstown.

Free to attend, the festival features food trucks, live music, autumn attractions, and more. Held rain or shine, this is the festival’s 17th celebration. The business district will also be decorated to fit the fall season and to encourage visitors to shop local and support small businesses. Crafters, great food, and children’s rides will make this a fun event for the whole family!

Learn the basics of self-defense in this multi-session, in-person, activity-based program presented by Penn Medicine Princeton Health and held at the Community Wellness Center at the Hamilton Area YMCA. For $40 person, women will be led through RAD Women, a nationally certified defense course that includes safety drills, muscle memory work, physical defense techniques, and sensory awareness techniques. This course is open to all, regardless of age or physical fitness levels. Dress in sneakers and comfortable clothing. more

When the temperature begins to drop in New Jersey after a long, hot summer, some people might think to reach for a glass of hard cider. What they may not know is that Burnt Mills Cider Company is serving up some of the best cider around and they are also proudly based in Bedminster. more

Astrid Bayiha in “Angela Davis une histoire des Etats-Unis.” (Photo by Jeremie Levy). 

Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts, Department of French and Italian, and L’Avant-Scène will present the 11th edition of Seuls en Scène French Theater Festival, which will take place September 9 to 23 at venues across the University’s campus. Most performances will be in French, and several will include English subtitles. All are free and open to the public.  more

The Hun School of Princeton welcomes Sean Costello to the position of co-director of athletics following the retirement of Bill Quirk. Costello will collaborate with Tracey Arndt in leading the Athletic Program for Middle and Upper School students and will coach girls’ varsity basketball. Costello previously served as associate director of athletics at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, Pa., and as a general manager of Maplezone Sports Institute in Aston, Pa.  more

For over 60 years, the Newcomers & Friends at YWCA Princeton have welcomed people to the Princeton community. These newcomers come from around the world, nation, and state. The YWCA group currently represents 24 states and 14 unique countries. more

Drew University and Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) have announced a Dual-Degree partnership through the BUSPH Select Scholars program. 

The BUSPH Select Scholars program provides Drew undergraduates the opportunity to explore different options available in the field of public health and to connect with Boston University mentors for academic and career advising. 

Students accepted into the highly competitive graduate program at BUSPH may choose to pursue a Master of Public Health, a Master of Science in Population Health Research, or a Master of Science in Applied Biostatistics.  more

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While some students may have been taking a break from scholastic sports over the summer, the Blair School girls’ rowing team was hard at work. Led by varsity coach John Redos, the team sought to maintain the momentum they had achieved over the previous school year. 

Beginning in Fall 2021, Blair girls’ rowing earned first place medals at the Head of the Housatonic, one of the most competitive scholastic races in the United States. With the onset of winter in Blairstown, New Jersey, the girls moved into Blair’s new indoor rowing center on Park Street. Coaches led the girls through technical skills and cardio training as a lead up to the spring season.  more

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On Thursday, September 1 from 5 to 7 p.m., celebrate “Grazin’ in the Garden” at Hopewell’s most beautiful organic garden, Van Dyke Farm. Live music will be provided by Grant Peterson, an artist, musician and teacher based in Hopewell. The music will be complemented not only by the late summer scenery, but also by the food and wine.  more

From left, Sheila G. Kempf, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer (CNO), Princeton Health; Karyn A. Book, MSN, RN, associate CNO, Princeton Health; Kari A. Mastro, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, director of professional practice, innovation, and research, Princeton Health; Nowai Keleekai-Brapoh, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, professional development specialist, Princeton Health; James Demetriades, CEO, Princeton Health; and Lynda Benton, senior director, Global Community Impact Strategic Initiatives, Johnson & Johnson Nursing.

Penn Medicine Princeton Health has launched an Institute for Nursing Excellence to foster highly skilled and empowered nurses who will help lead the way in delivering high-quality clinical care across Princeton Health and in the community.

The institute will build on Princeton Health’s tradition of nurse-led quality initiatives and meaningful research that directly translates to better care at the bedside.  more

“Lights at Night” by Patricia Allingham Carlson was chosen as the Signature Image of the 93rd Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill.

The Phillips’ Mill Community Association celebrates its 93rd Juried Art Show at Phillips’ Mill, the landmark 18th-century grist mill on River Road just north of New Hope, from September 24 through October 30. 

Considered the birthplace of Pennsylvania Impressionism, the organization was founded in 1929 by William Lathrop and artist friends of the New Hope School including Daniel Garber, Edward Redfield, Fern Coppedge, John Folinsbee, and Mary Elizabeth Price. Their organization was devoted to exhibiting the works of their day, just as today’s juried show is devoted to the artistic spirit of today.  more

Go the distance for all youth in the HiTOPS Princeton Half Marathon on November 13. In-person, virtual and youth run options means that there is a race for everyone. The 13.1-mile course starts and finishes at Paul Robeson Place. The Victory Village will be stationed at Princeton YMCA and all racers will receive a commemorative medal, shirt, and bib. Participants cannot exceed a 14-minute mile and the field of racers is limited to 1,800. If you haven’t registered yet, now is the time at https://bit.ly/3Qp5DpC. Registration is $100 until the race sells out. more

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The Arts Council of Princeton has partnered with Old Hights Brewing Company to bring a pop-up beer garden to downtown Princeton on September 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. Old Hights’ balanced, hand-crafted beers are derived from the finest, locally sourced ingredients. Sip brews from a custom handmade beer stein designed by Arts Council Executive Director Adam Welch. Music will be provided by the Sourland String Band.  more

Frank Bruni

On Friday, October 7 at 7:30 p.m. join the Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown for The Beauty of Dusk: An Evening with Frank Bruni. Tickets are $60 per person. 

Bruni has been a prominent journalist form more than three decades, including more than 25 years at The New York Times, the last 10 of them as a nationally renowned op-ed columnist who appeared frequently as a television commentator. He was also a White House correspondent for the Times, its Rome bureau chief, and for five years, its chief restaurant critic. more

The beloved Princeton Children’s Book Festival returns on Saturday, October 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Princeton Public Library and Hinds Plaza. This largely outdoor, in-person event brings together some of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators, giving families the opportunity to meet their children’s favorite storybook creators. Book sales for the event will be available from jaZams in downtown Princeton. Authors and illustrators will be available to sign personalized copies and describe some of the details and inspirations behind their books.  more

On October 15 from 12 to 4 p.m., join Washington Crossing Historic Park for an Autumn Market and Encampment, a chance to travel back in time and experience life in a Revolutionary War camp. 

Costumed Colonial townspeople will gather at the marketplace to show off their crafting skills and goods. Soldiers will also be on-site to drill and perform 18th century military tactics, and the fife and drum corps will stage performances throughout the day. With crafts, cooking demonstrations, and one-on-one interactions with Colonial reenactors, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy a fall day outdoors with the entire family. more