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Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, May 8-10

farmers marketIt’s that time of year again. The sun is out, the weather is finally warm, and area farmers’ markets are kicking off the outdoor season. The West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m in the Vaughn Drive Parking Lot at the Princeton Junction Train Station. Produce, meats, woven fibers, honey, wine, flowers, baked goods, prepared foods, handmade soaps and more. The Princeton Farmers’ Market begins on Thursday, May 14.

Friday, May 8

French Market – The Garden Club of Princeton sells flowers and garden related materials in the Mercer Island Park (across from Princeton Nails & Callaway Henderson)  to raise funds for civic projects. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.  Special today – moss shoes arrangements and floral baskets.

Tiger Tales at the Cotsen Children’s Library – Special, interactive story time begins with a story and end with a creative hands-on project to take home.  Age: 3 to 5 years old Cotsen Children’s Library in Firestone Library, Princeton University. Free.

Spring Native Plant Sale at the D&R Greenway – Perennials, shrubs, trees, grasses, and hedges available, $5 to $12., 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 8 and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 9.

Mr. Ray Family Concert – Songs and games for kids and adults at the Princeton Forrestal Village Food Court. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Gavin Black Harpsichord Recital – Music of Bach, Froberger, Kuhnau, and others, played by Gavin Black on a 1978 Keith Hill German double-manual harpsichord. This is the last in a series of five recitals by Gavin Black presented over the course of the 2014 – 15 season by the Princeton Early Keyboard Center. The concert is free, though there will be a donation box and a (low-key) request for contributions. Seating is all general admission, and all the seats are good. 8 p.m.  Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton. Free.

Saturday, May 9

Mother’s Day Flower and Plant Sale – Plant sale. Proceeds benefit the Princeton and Pettoranello Sister City Foundation. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve in Princeton.

Annual Spring Sale at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Princeton – Antiques, furniture, lamps, books, jewelry, art, electronics, clothing, appliances, computers, toys and games, sporting goods, plants, gardening tools. Food available. Live music. Rain or shine. Benefits Crisis Ministry of Princeton, Enable, HomeFront, Isles, Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, and many more organizations in the area. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,  50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton.

Super Science Saturday at the New Jersey State Museum – Performances, workshops, robotics, astronomy, fossils, and more. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 205 West State Street, Trenton. Free.

Spring Fling at the Princeton Shopping Center – Family friendly event celebrating spring in the courtyard. Craft activities and live music. Rain or shine. starts at 1 p.m. Free.

May Fair at The Waldorf School of Princeton – The Waldorf School of Princeton welcomes spring with its annual May Fair, a rain-or-shine, community-wide celebration featuring live music, healthy foods and activities for children and their families on the 20-acre campus minutes from downtown Princeton. The fair also hosts a marketplace for local artists, crafters and independent merchants, and offers opportunities to learn more about school and summer camp programs.11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  1062 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton.  Free admission.

Nina Et Cetera Band Performs – Original music based off of songs by Elvis Presley, Bo Diddley, Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, and others. 2 p.m. Princeton Public Library Community Room. Free.

Annual Spring Wine Festival at Unionville Vineyards – Join the Unionville Vineyards team  for a day of great wine and great fun at Unionville’s Annual Spring Wine Festival. Vineyard walks, winery tours, tastings, and more. On the patio, live music from two bands: Working Class Hussys, a local alternative rock group, will perform from 12pm to 3pm. Quimby Mountain Band will perform from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Unionville Vineyards, 9 Rocktown Road, Ringoes. Admission $20.

Flash Mob at Quaker Bridge Mall – The Arthur Murray Dance Studio will perform in the center court from 12:15 p.m. to 12:20 p.m. Free.

Five Mile Lake – Play by Rachel Bonds paints a portrait of a group of young people, yearning to make the right choices—and facing the choices they have already made—as they journey into their thirties in a rapidly transforming world. Directed by Emily Mann, Five Mile Lake continues McCarter’s tradition of introducing major new plays and writers to the American stage.  Berlind Theatre, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Going Global – Westminster Concert Bell Choir performs. Conducted by Kathleen Ebling Shaw. Duo Grazioso’s HyoSang Park on handbells and Akiki Hosaki on piano.  4 p.m. Bristol Chapel, Westminster Choir College. Tickets $20.

Princeton Youth Ballet Presents The Secret Garden – Princeton Youth Ballet (PYB) presents The Secret Garden at Princeton High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10 at 4 p.m. Based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, this classic tale of neglect, nurture, renewal, and love is a perfect way for families to celebrate spring and Mother’s Day after a long, dreary winter. Original projection artwork created by David Haneman.  Princeton High School Performing Arts Center, 151 Moore Street, Princeton. Tickets $15 and up.

Rachmaninoff “All-Night Vigil” – Princeton Pro Music celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the premiere of this masterpiece of choral music and the crowning compositional achievement of Sergei Rachmaninoff. 8 p.m. Princeton University Chapel, Princeton University Campus, Princeton, NJ 08544.Tickets $25 and up. Group discount of 20% for 10 or more.

Sunday, May 10

Mother’s Day Wine Trail Weekend at Terhune Orchards – Stop by the winery tasting room between noon and 5 p.m. Saturday or Sunday for a special treat. Moms receive a free wine tasting. Bakery item samplings paired with Terhune’s Wines.

Fred Miller Lectures in Song  – Fred Miller is back at the library and this time he will share a musical profile of Broadway legend Ethel Merman.  3 p.m. Princeton Public Library Community Room. Free.

Krystal Knapp

Krystal Knapp is the founding editor of Planet Princeton. She can be reached via email at editor AT planetprinceton.com. Send all letters to the editor and press releases to that email address.

  • Martha Easton

    Princeton Youth Ballet’s performance of “The Secret Garden” will be held both Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10 at 4 PM. It’s a fabulous show, and tickets are available at the door!

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