Join Kingston Greenways Association for their Earth Day Cleanup on Saturday, April 18, 2015. There will be a morning session from 9 to 11 am on Laurel Avenue and in the vicinity of the Rockingham Historic Site; meet at Rockingham, 84 Laurel Avenue, Kingston. There will also be an afternoon session from 2 to 4 pm at the Mapleton Preserve, Cook Natural Area, and areas adjacent to Mapleton, Division, Heathcote, and Ridge Roads; meet at the Mapleton Preserve, 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and the work ("not your best duds"), and wear sturdy boots and gloves. For more information, visit the KGA website or call 609-750-1821.
Afternoon on a Hill by Edna St. Vincent Millay I will be the gladdest thing Under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers And not pick one. I will look at cliffs and clouds With quiet eyes, Watch the wind bow down the grass, And the grass rise. And when lights begin to show Up from the town, I will mark which must be mine, And then start down!
Wolf Hallpremieres tonight on PBS's Masterpiece at 10 pm. The six-part series is adapted from Hilary Mantel's best-selling Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and its sequel Bring Up the Bodies. The story is told from the perspective of Thomas Cromwell, the main protagonist of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall, a commoner who rose to become one of the most trusted advisers of King Henry VIII.
For those of us long-intrigued by the story of Henry VIII and his six wives, we're looking forward to the premiere of Wolf Hall—and because it is Easter, it's the perfect time to bring back our Peeps diorama, The Six Wives of Henry the Peep, which of course was sparked by a serious interest in the subject.
The 2015 National Poetry Month poster, designed by award-winning cartoonist Roz Chast, features the line "Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. There is no happiness like mine. I have been eating poetry." from the poem "Eating Poetry"by the late U.S. Poet Laureate Mark Strand. Click here for a tribute to Mark Strand, compiled by the Academy of American Poets to celebrate his life and poetic contributions. Strand passed away on November 29, 2014.
Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands is hosting a foraging workshop at the Mapleton Preserve on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm. The workshop will be led by Debbie Naha, an experienced naturalist and foraging expert, with a master's degree in Food and Nutrition from New York University. An indoor slide presentation will be followed by a foraging walk and taste testing in the Mapleton Preserve.
Don't wait—pre-registration is required and the workshop is limited to 25 attendees to allow for close interaction with the walk leader. To pre-register, call 609-683-0483 or visit the FPNL website. The program is appropriate for ages 16 and up; cost is $15 per person, $10 for FPNL members. Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston.
Join Karen Linder of the Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands for a walk through the fields of the Mapleton Preserve to look for signs of life in the winter landscape—be they plants, animals or birds, evidence of feeding, tracks or scat. It will likely be cold, and may be snowy or muddy, so dress for the weather. Hot chocolate will be served after the walk.
The walk will take place on Saturday, February 21, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 pm. It is free and all are welcome, but preregistration is requested. For more information and to register, call 609-683-0483. Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston.
Philip Levine, who found poetry in the lives of working people, died on Saturday at his home in Fresno, California. He was 87. Philip Levine was a former United States poet laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the recipient of two National Book Awards.
Photo: Frances Levine
Here's our post from August 10, 2011, when Philip Levine became poet laureate.
Philip Levine — New Poet Laureate
Today the Library of Congress named Philip Levine the new poet laureate of the United States, succeeding W. S. Merwin. In this video Levine talks about his neighborhood, Brooklyn Heights, and his admiration for Brooklyn's Walt Whitman.
Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands and Kingston Greenways Association invite you to join them on Monday, January 19, 2015, for a cleanup in the Mapleton Preserve on the National Day of Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From noon to 3 pm volunteers will be clearing small trees, brush, vines and trash in the historic Mapleton Preserve. You are asked to bring any tools you may have, such as saws, clippers, loppers and rakes. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather—work gloves, sturdy shoes, warm clothing and hats are recommended. For more information, visit the FPNL website or call 609-683-0483. Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park is located at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. (If using a GPS, use 145 Mapleton Road, Princeton 08540 as the address.)
Over 120 people turned out on January 1 for FPNL's first event of the new year—the First Day Hike through the Mapleton Preserve. Here are some photos from that well-attended event.
Friends of Princeton Nursery Lands invites everyone to a First Day Hike in the Mapleton Preserve on Thursday, January 1, 2015, at 11 am. For anyone who made a resolution to walk more, this is a great opportunity to start the new year off with an easy 1.5 mile loop hike through the Mapleton Preserve, into the fields on the other side of Mapleton Road, along the D&R Canal and back to the Preserve.
The walk will start at the Mapleton Preserve/D&R Canal State Park Headquarters at 145 Mapleton Road in Kingston. Dress for the weather. The walk is free and all are welcome.
We began Princeton Landing News while my husband Paul was President of the Board of Princeton Landing, a 600-home community sitting on 94 acres above Lake Carnegie. Though Paul is no longer on the Board, we've continued this blog, publishing a mix of information about our community, the Princeton area and beyond. Contributing writer Jon Latimer and I come from the world of publishing, where we wrote and edited—among other things—nature guides. So you'll also find a lot of information about the natural world. We hope you'll see something you like. Feel free to comment—no matter where you live.