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Planet Princeton Weekend Picks, April 29 – May 1

Kevin Komisaruk
Kevin Komisaruk

Friday, April 29

Harpsichord Recital by Kevin Komisaruk  – Toronto-based harpsichordist Kevin Komisaruk will visit the Princeton Early Keyboard Center this week and play a recital. The program will include music of Frescobaldi, Couperin, Scarlatti, Bach, and Duphly, played on two contrasting instruments, in the German and Italian styles. Kevin is a New Jersey native. He grew up in Maplewood, and took organ lessons with Gavin Black at Westminster Conservatory in the late ’80s. He has been an associate professor of organ and harpsichord at The University of Toronto since 2003. He has performed throughout the world, and recorded organ music of Samuel Scheidt and John Bull. 7 p.m., Christ Congregation Church, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton. Free. More information

Trinity Rummage Preview Sale – Friday night, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., is a preview sale for antiques and collectibles, books, jewelry, ladies and men’s better clothing, linens, and ladies accessories (entitled “This and That”). Two hundred Friday night preview tickets will be sold beginning at 1pm, at the Trinity Church parish reception desk, 33 Mercer Street, Princeton. $10.

Frog Slog Night Hike – Discover the secret life of frogs on a special late night hike with Stonybrook-Milstone Education Director Jeff Hoagland at the soggy and sonic Wargo pond on the Watershed Nature Reserve. Come with sharp ears and eyes, as well as a flashlight. Boots are necessary; be prepared for wet and muddy walking conditions. Meet  at 261 Wargo Road. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. 8 p.m., Wargo Pond, 261 Wargo road, Pennington. $10 – $15. More information

Saturday, April 30

Spring Rummage at Trinity Princeton 

The 46th Annual Spring Rummage Sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Trinity rummage sale is a popular community event that offers a variety of items for sale from antiques and collectibles, books, jewelry, ladies and men’s better clothing, linens, and ladies accessories to luggage, sports equipment, family clothing, housewares, and toys. Lunch will also be sold. Mastercard and Visa will be accepted. On Saturday, free, but numbered, entry tickets will be distributed at the Mercer Street, Pierce-Bishop Hall entrance, beginning at 7 a.m.  Proceeds benefit Trinity Outreach and its non-profit partner programs locally and internationally. 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. , Trinity Church Princeton, 33 Mercer St, Princeton. Free entry. More information

Spring Rummage Sale at Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart – Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart will host a spring rummage sale sponsored by the Princeton Academy Parents Association. Only cash is accepted and all items must be taken on the day of the sale.  8 a.m. to 1 p.m, 1128 Great Road, Princeton.

Poetry in Motion 5K Run/Walk & Fitness Fair –  A family-friendly race is for everyone! Walk or run Stuart’s USA Track & Field certified 5K course or 1-mile fun run and then enjoy a fitness fair that is focused on young women’s sports and fitness. Child care is available. All events begin at 8 a.m. Race registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Register on site.

Spring Family Festival at the Updike Farmstead – The Historical Society of Princeton hosts a fun day for all ages. Music, dance, colonial crafts, games, and tours of historic Stony Brook. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 354 Quaker Road, Princeton. Free.

Hispanic Heritage Festival – Mexican dance, Andean music, flamenco, food, crafts and more. 2 to 5 p.m., John Witherspoon Middle School, 217 Walnut Lane, Princeton. Free entry.

kitedayKite Day at Terhune Orchards  – Bring your own kite, choose a ready-made kite from the farm store, 0r make a “guaranteed to fly” kite.  Whichever you choose, test-fly your kite in Terhune Orchards’ wide-open 10-acre pasture with all the farm animals looking on. The farm will ring with country music and entertainment all weekend. The whole family can tour the orchards and fields while riding in a tractor-drawn farm wagon. Special activities and games for children in the barnyard.  Food will be for sale, including apples, cider, donuts, pies, country chili, hot dogs, grilled asparagus, salads, soup and all kinds of cookies and goodies. Admission to the festival area is $5, age 3 and up. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. $5. More information

Lauren B. Davis Writing Workshop: Sharpening The Quill –  The morning is a lecture and writing exercises, the afternoon is dedicated to critiquing. Place: Acacia Restaurant, 2637 Main Street, Lawrenceville Cost: $85 per session, which includes a 3-course gourmet lunch Leader: Lauren B. Davis. 10 a.m., Acacia Restaurant, 2637 Main Street, Lawrenceville. $85. More information

Darts for Dreams 11  – Annual dart-a-thon hosted by the Greater Trenton Dart League to raise money for Make A Wish New Jersey.  All proceeds from the event go to support efforts in Mercer County.  There’s a $10 donation at the door, and just $5 to throw some darts.  Prizes every hour, plus a youth event throughout the day. 12 p.m., Cook Athletic Association, 411 Hobart Ave, Hamilton. $10. More information

Mrs. G’s 5th Annual Farm 2 Grill – Enjoy live grilling, sample food from local vendors, and check out grills by Weber, Lynx, Wolf, Viking and The Big Green Egg. Mrs. G has partnered with the Princeton Farmers’ Market to offer a tasting menu from the following market vendors: Chickadee Creek Farm, Davidson’s Exotic Mushrooms, Fulper Family Farms, Jersey City Veggie Burgers, Lima Family Farms, Terhune Orchards, Tico’s Eatery & Juice Bar and Wildflour Bakery/Cafe. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. , Mrs. G, 2720 US Highway 1 Business, Lawrence. More information

‘pARTy’: a fundraising festival for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen and Trenton Community A-TEAM  – Enjoy food tasting, lively music, exotic beverages, and art all around at TASK A-TEAM “pARTy” at the Windsor Athletic Club. The event will feature savory small plate offerings from a host of local restaurants and caterers, delicious desserts, exotic nonalcoholic beverages, a variety of live entertainment, art by local artists, a silent auction, and more. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Windsor Athletic Club, 99 Clarksville Road, West Windsor. Tickets $50. More information

Grand Opening of Hopewell Creative Arts Studio – A new space run by Dan and Kaitlin Kassel offering music and art workshops, yoga, and gallery exhibitions. Travel photo exhibit featuring images from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, New Zealand, Thailand, India, Nepal, and Mexico. Music and refreshments.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m., 17 Seminary Avenue, Hopewell Borough. Free.

An Evening with Helen O’Shea & Friends –  A celebration of the EP Release “Mama Told You…” at the Princeton Elks Club.  Tickets – $25 include EP, Showcase & $10 donation to support children with special needs through The Elks Special Childrens Fund. 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Princeton Elks Lodge, 354 Rt. 518, Skillman.

The Music of Three Faiths: A Benefit Concert for Refugees  The Turkish band Wind of Anatolia, the Odessa Klezmer Band, and the bluegrass quintet Barncats perform to raise funds for the International Rescue Committee. 7 p.m., Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, 2688 Main Street Lawrenceville. Admission $20.

Sunday, May 1

Rooted: The Performance Salon 

RootedAn afternoon of short stories, poems and song to benefit the Friends of the Abbott Marshlands.  “Questions for a Tree,” a community art installation by Joy Kreves, will  be featured.  2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Westcott Ave., Hamilton. $5. More information

Landscaping with Native Plants: Education and Sale at Whole Earth Center – Native Plant guests include Rachel Mackow and Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, David Hughes of Weatherwood Design, Steve Hiltner, and the Native Plant Society of New Jersey. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 360 Nassau Street, Princeton. Free.

D & R Greenway’s May Day Picnic for Preservation – The D&R Greenway Land Trust’s 2016 Gala May Day Picnic will be held Sunday, May 1, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the land trust’s Meredith’s Garden. Libations and plentiful hors d’oeuvres. Garden party finery is suggested, with shoes suitable for outdoor surfaces.  The “Spring Hat and Bow Tie Contest” is open to all– prizes in each category to be picnic baskets packed with unique foods and beverages. 4 p.m., D&R Greenway Land Trust, One Preservation Place off Rosedale Road, Princeton. Admission $85.More information

From Sacred to Secular: Benefit Concert  – Christopher McWilliams will present a benefit concert, “From Sacred to Secular,” at the Princeton United Methodist Church.  He will play works by Bach, Verne, and Liszt on the church’s pipe organ, with its 3 manuals, 74 stops, 48 ranks, and 2,775 pipes.  McWilliams will also present guest artists — flautist Anita Tong, soprano Laverna Albury, and organist Mark Paul. 4 p.m., Princeton United Methodist Church, 7 Vandeventer Ave. Entrance in the back of the building, Princeton. Free. More information

Kite Day at Terhune Orchards  – Bring your own kite, choose a ready-made kite from the farm store, 0r make a “guaranteed to fly” kite.  Whichever you choose, test-fly your kite in Terhune Orchards’ wide-open 10-acre pasture with all the farm animals looking on. The farm will ring with country music and entertainment all weekend. The whole family can tour the orchards and fields while riding in a tractor-drawn farm wagon. Special activities and games for children in the barnyard.  Food will be for sale, including apples, cider, donuts, pies, country chili, hot dogs, grilled asparagus, salads, soup and all kinds of cookies and goodies. Admission to the festival area is $5, age 3 and up. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. $5. More information

Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee -Annual street fair with live music, food, games and more. Noon to 5 p.m. in the Weeden Park area just of Route 206 in the heart of Lawrence. Free admission.

Talk on “Mercer Magic” – Princeton resident Clifford Zink discusses his latest book, “Mercer Magic: Roeblings, Kusers, the Mercer Automobile Company, and America’s First Sports Car.” 2 p.m., Hopewell Township Library, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington. Free.

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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.

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