Monday, September 28, 2015

Pope Francis Praises the Sisters

During a 45-minute press conference with the media aboard the American Airlines flight that carried him back to Rome, Pope Francis talked about his impressions of the United States and the American people. He had especially warm words of praise for Catholic nuns in the US, saying "they've done marvelous things in education and health."

"The people love the sisters," Pope Francis said.

He jokingly added, "I don't know how much they love the priests, but they love the sisters."

Photo: Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Buon Viaggio, Pope Francis

"Dear friends, I embrace all of you in the Lord and I entrust you to the maternal care of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the United States. I will pray for you and your families, and I ask you, please, to pray for me. May God bless you all. God bless America!"

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Pope Francis in Philadelphia

During his homily at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Francis cited Pope Leo XIII's words to the Philadelphia-born Katharine Drexel—canonized as a saint in 2000—at an 1887 audience: "What about you? What are you going to do?"

Photo: CJ Gunther, epa

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Francis at St. Patrick's Cathedral

"In a special way I would like to express my esteem and gratitude to the religious women of the United States. What would the Church be without you? Women of strength, fighters, with that spirit of courage which puts you on the front lines in the proclamation of the Gospel. To you, religious women, sisters and mothers of this people, I wish to say 'thank you', a big thank you... and to tell you that I love you very much."

Thank you, Pope Francis. We love them too.

Photo: CBS2

Pope Francis Addresses Congress

 "Let us remember the Golden Rule: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'"

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

National Public Lands Day at Mapleton Preserve

Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands will host its annual National Public Lands Day work session in the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, September 26, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm. National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands Americans enjoy. Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites the public to play a part and contribute to the restoration of the Mapleton Preserve, the former home of Princeton Nurseries and a significant historical site in Central New Jersey.

FPNL's focus this year is removing brush, vines, invasive saplings and shrubs, and collecting litter. Volunteers are asked to bring their own loppers, pruning shears, saws, rakes and shovels. Sturdy shoes, work gloves, long pants, long-sleeved shirts and hats are also recommended.

The entrance to the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. For more information, visit the FPNL website or call 609-683-0483.

Pope Francis in Washington

"As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families."

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Welcome, Pope Francis

Pope Francis arriived at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington this afternoon for his first visit to the United States. After a short, private meeting with President Obama in the airport terminal, His Holiness got into the backseat of a black Fiat 500L, rolled down the window, waved to the crowd and rode off.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Another Monarch Passes Through

It seems as if there were a lot fewer butterflies in our area this summer. So this past week when we noticed this year's first Monarch visiting our Princeton Landing garden on its journey south, we were delighted. Ironically, it was the same day the Association had TruGreen spraying the community for the entire day. This not only made it difficult to spend time outside, but it also made it impossible to walk on the grass to photograph the Monarch. Luckily, the lantana plants on our deck and in our atrium brought the butterfly in close enough for pictures.

Two days later another Monarch passed through and was still feeding on our deck at sunset. Here are a couple of photos of our latest Monarch.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Downton Abbey Final Season

PBS has released a new Downton Abbey Season 6 trailer in advance of the final season, which premieres on ITV in the UK in just two days. The US premiere on Masterpiece isn't until Sunday, January 3, 2016. Hang in there.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Monarch Passes Through

This Monarch butterfly passed through our Princeton Landing garden today on its way south.

Lake Carnegie — 3:27 pm

Friday, September 4, 2015

B.D. Lenz at Halo Pub on Saturday

Contemporary jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz and his band will be performing at Halo Pub on Saturday, September 5, from 6 to 9 pm. This is a free outdoor event.

Halo Pub is located at 9 Hulfish Street in Princeton.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A New Visitor

It's early September so it's not surprising that butterflies would be showing up in our garden looking the worse for wear. Still we're happy to see this Giant Swallowtail because it's the first one we've spotted.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Question of the Week

Why can't the Association get the maintenance bills to homeowners in a timely manner?

UPDATE: The maintenance bills were received today. Fees are due September 1—that's in two days and tomorrow is Sunday. This is another new low in service from our Association.

Downton Abbey Season 6 Trailer

For those lucky fans in the UK, Downton Abbey will return for its final season on Sunday, September 20. Across the pond we'll have to wait until Sunday, January 3, 2016, for the season premiere on Masterpiece | PBS.

Downton Abbey will pick up in 1925, six months after the season 5 finale. Here's the ITV trailer for the 6th and final season.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Great Spangled Fritillary

This Great Spangled Fritillary showed up on our deck today sadly looking the worse for wear.


Sunday, August 23, 2015


by Paul Laurence Dunbar

I had not known before
   Forever was so long a word.
The slow stroke of the clock of time
   I had not heard.

'Tis hard to learn so late;
   It seems no sad heart really learns,
But hopes and trusts and doubts and fears,
   And bleeds and burns.

The night is not all dark,
   Nor is the day all it seems,
But each may bring me this relief—
   My dreams and dreams.

I had not known before
   That Never was so sad a word,
So wrap me in forgetfulness—
   I have not heard.
                                                        Photo: takomabibelot

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

15th Annual Watershed Butterfly Festival

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association will hold its 15th annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, August 8, from 10 am to 4 pm at the 930-acre Watershed Reserve. The festival is a popular family event that attracts around 3,000 visitors every summer. Visit the new Watershed Center and Kate Gorrie Butterfly House. Check out the butterfly and insect exhibits, science happenings in the lab and interactive children's activities. Enjoy live entertainment, food from local vendors, crafts from artisans and more. Participate in the famous Butterfly and Bug Parade (bring your costume). Tethered balloon rides will be available on site for a spectacular view of the Watershed Reserve for $10 per person; children under 3 ride free accompanied by an adult.

Admission is $10 per person or $25 per carload. Parking is provided across from the Watershed Association courtesy of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Shuttles will be provided from the parking area to the festival. No pets or alcoholic beverages allowed. Click here for more information.

The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association is located at 31 Titus Mill Road in Pennington. Click here for directions.

Artwork: Erin McNulty

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tree Identification Walk at Mapleton Preserve

Join Karen Linder, president of Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands, for a tree identification walk at the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, August 8, 2015, at 2 pm. Learn some of the basics of tree identification by examining native and ornamental trees. Become familiar with their characteristics through discussion and the use of tree guides and an identification key.

Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. The event is free and open to the public; it will be held rain or shine. Call 609-683-0483 for more information.

Photo of Catalpa tree at Mapleton Preserve by Tari Pantaleo

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Swiss National Day

Photo: Pascal Gertschen, Zermatt Tourismus 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

B.D. Lenz in Princeton on Saturday

Jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz and his band will perform On the Green at Palmer Square on Saturday, August 1, from 2 to 4 pm as part of the Summer Music Series. Bring your own lawn chairs and picnic baskets. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015


c. 2002 – 2015

Photo: African Bush Camps

Just Peachy Festival at Terhune Orchards

Terhune Orchards is hosting its annual Just Peachy Festival this weekend, August 1 and 2, from 10 am to 5 pm. Join the Mount family at the farm and celebrate one of our state's favorite fruits—peaches. 

A special event at the festival is a "Summer Harvest" farm-to-fork tasting section that features local chefs who will use locally sourced ingredients to prepare recipes for visitors to sample. Terhune Orchards is partnering with Zone 7 for this special offering. The tasting area will be open at noon and continue while supplies last. Admission to the special tasting section is $12 per person. Wine tasting will also be available. For more details on participating vendors and their menus, click here. Event is rain or shine; in case of rain, tasting will take place in the big barn.

Kids' activities will include rides through the orchards on tractor-drawn wagons, pony rides and games. Adults can visit the winery tasting room to sample wines, including the award-winning Just Peachy wine, as well as peach sangria. There will be live music both days from noon until 4 pm.

Food will also be available for purchase at Pam's food tent, offering peach treats including peach pie, peach ice cream, peach salsa and peach cider. Barbecued chicken, hot dogs, salads, homemade gazpacho, apple cider donuts and cider slushies will also be for sale. Pam Mount's popular canning and freezing class will be held on Saturday at 10 am. The class is free. Register here.

Admission to the festival is $5; children under 3 are free. Admission fee includes wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors and children's games. (Additional activities will be available at additional cost.) The farm store and the winery and tasting room are open without an admission fee. Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Le 14 Juillet

Photo by Yann Caradec

If you can't be there, click here to celebrate!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Blueberry Bash at Terhune Orchards

Terhune Orchards is celebrating everything blueberry this weekend, July 11 and 12, at their annual Blueberry Bash. The sweet summer berries are big and blue, and the bushes are easy for all to reach, so visitors can wander through the orchards and "Pick-Your-Own" from 10 am to 5 pm.

In addition to blueberry picking, there will be rides through the orchards and fields on tractor-drawn wagons. The Magnolia Street Swing Band will perform from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, and Swinging Dixie will entertain at the same time on Sunday. For the children there will be pony rides and games in the barnyard. Entertainment will be available, including a puppet show presented by Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre on Saturday and Sunday at noon and 1:30 pm. 

Bakers can get in the spirit by entering their favorite blueberry recipe in the Blueberry Bash Bake-off. Pam Mount and food editor Susan Yeske will be judging the entries. Contest rules, prizes and entry form are available here.

Pam's Blueberry Bash Buffet is available for blueberry treats—blueberry-apple crisp, blueberry drinks, blueberry muffins, blueberry cobbler, blueberry jam and blueberry salsa—as well as homemade favorites such as pork sandwiches, BBQ chicken, salads, gazpacho, cider slush, donuts and more. Adults can try Harvest Blues apple-blueberry wine in the Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery tasting room from noon to 5 pm.

Admission to the Blueberry Bash is $5; children under 3 are free. Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Independence Day 2015

by Claude McKay, 1889 – 1948

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger's tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth!
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate.
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
Yet as a rebel fronts a king in state,
I stand within her walls with not a shred
Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.
Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,
And see her might and granite wonders there,
Beneath the touch of Time's unerring hand,
Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.

                                                               Photo: Peter Roome

Friday, July 3, 2015

Fourth of July Jubilee at Morven

In honor of Independence Day, Morven Museum & Garden will host its annual July 4th Jubilee from noon to 3 pm. This event celebrating our American heritage is at the home-turned-museum of Richard Stockton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Live music will be provided by Ocean Country Band, and refreshments will be available by Oink and Moo BBQVisitors are invited to participate in colonial life activities, sign the Declaration of Independence and meet Benjamin Franklin as he strolls the museum and grounds. There will be demonstrations of early American domestic life including bread baking, ice cream making, paper making and more. There will also be a dramatic presentation highlighting the importance of tea in colonial times by Stacy Flora Roth.

Admission to the July 4th Jubiliee is free. Guests are invited to use the Princeton Theological Seminary or Monument Hall parking lots. There is also parking on the street, however, there will not be parking at Morven since so many children will be on the grounds. Due to the outdoors activities, this event will be cancelled if there is prolonged rain. Morven is located at 55 Stockton Street in Princeton. Click here for directions.

Morven's newest exhibit is Of the Best Materials and Good Workmanship: 19th Century New Jersey Chairmaking, which runs through October 18, 2015. The admission fee for the exhibit is $6, $5 for seniors and students.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Independence Day Fireworks 2015

Photo by Peter Roome

On Thursday, July 2, 2015, the Spirit of Princeton will present its annual Independence Day Fireworks. Viewing is best from the fields next to the Princeton University Stadium, along Western Way.

The fields open at 7 pm for picnicking and the fireworks begin at dusk, around 9 pm. Bring your picnic baskets, but no alcoholic beverages are allowed, nor is smoking because of the artificial turf. Parking will be available in University Parking Lot 21 below the fields off Faculty Road and in the University parking garage on Prospect Avenue.

This event is free, thanks to the Spirit of Princeton, a group of volunteers committed to producing events celebrating community and patriotism in Princeton.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Waiting On Shore

" . . . the dead are not far from us . . . they cling in some
strange way to what is most deep and still within us."

— W.B. Yeats

Waiting On Shore
Sculptor: Niall Bruton
Rosses Point, County Sligo, Ireland

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards

This Sunday, June 28, Terhune Orchards will host its annual Firefly Festival to celebrate the beginning of summer. Terhune Orchards will be open from 3 to 9 pm for an evening of nature, music, wagon rides and firefly hunting. Children can make their own wings, antennae and bug boxes. Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band will perform. Circus Place, New Jersey's premier circus training facility, will showcase their Youth Circus Performance Troupe at 5 and 7 pm. Students will perform aerials, acrobatics and juggling. Visitors can also participate in interactive workshops and learn to juggle, spin a plate, balance feathers and walk a tight wire.

Grilled chicken, pork sandwiches, hot dogs, corn on the cob, apple cider, donuts, pie, cookies, homemade salads and more will be available at Pam's Firefly Food Tent. There will be pony rides and wagon rides through the orchards all evening. Adults can stop in Terhune Orchards' tasting room to sample their award-winning wines.

Parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton. There is a $5 charge for the craft activities, but admission to the festival is free.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Cherry Picking at Terhune Orchards

Terhune Orchards will open their cherry orchard for "Pick-Your-Own" on Saturday, June 20, from 9 am to 5 pm. The Mount family reports a great crop of cherries this year, but they will get picked quickly, so don't wait. Both sweet and sour cherries will be available for picking while supplies last.

You can call the farm store for updates regarding weather conditions at 609-924-2310. Terhune Orchards is located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

" . . . in a place with absolutely no ceilings."

Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

Yeats Day 2015

Today we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Irish poet William Butler Yeats.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree
by William Butler Yeats

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

And I shall have some peace there, for peace comes dropping
Dropping from the veils of the morning to where the cricket
There midnight's all a glimmer, and noon a purple glow,
And evening full of the linnet's wings.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart's core.

Photograph of Lough Gill by Paul McIlroy