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 Headquarter 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.
President John F. Kennedy laughs as his children, Caroline Kennedy (left, holding a cat) and John F. Kennedy, Jr., model their Halloween costumes in the Oval Office of the White House in 1963. Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, White House Photographs, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.
Matt Collura (center) crossing the finish line at last year's 5K Run/Walk
Next Sunday, October 12, 2014, is the 4th Annual Matt Collura 5K Run/Walk and post-race BBQ. In 2011 friends and family of Matt Collura organized this race to raise Matt's spirits and to help support his recovery after he suffered traumatic brain injury in a snowboarding accident in March of that year. All of the funds raised help to provide extra hours of physical therapy and to purchase equipment that helps Matt work towards his ultimate goal of running again. The race begins at 10:30 am at Thompson Park, 1701 Perrineville Road in Jamesburg. Check in starts at 8:30 am. To register, click here. Visit this website to learn more about Matt and donate to his fundraising campaign. For more information, contact mattcollura5k at gmail dot com.
FPNL's focus this year is mulching trees in the Arboretum, clearing autumn olive from the fields 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.
This weekend, September 13 and 14, Terhune Orchards will host their Apple Day festival from 10 am to 5 pm. The fall harvest celebration will include wagon and pony rides, pumpkin and apple picking, pumpkin painting, a hay bale maze and a cornstalk maze. Throughout the weekend there will be music performed by the Daisy Jug Band.
Food will be available at Pam's cafe, including an "Everything Apple" buffet of fresh apple pies, apple cider donuts, apple muffins and apple salad, as well as hot dogs, soup, chicken and fresh pork sandwiches from the outdoor pig roast. Adults can visit the winery tasting room to sample the farm's award-winning wines.
Apple Day is held rain or shine. Admission is $5 per person; children under 3 are admitted for free. Admission fee includes cornstalk maze, hay bale maze, pedal tractors, children's tractor play area, barnyard animals, Adventure Barn, wagon rides and pumpkin painting. Additional activities will be available at additional cost. The farm store, winery and Pick-Your-Own are open without admission fee. Free parking is available at the farm, located at 330 Cold Soil Road in Princeton.
Princeton Landing residents would be wise to heed the "Pesticide Treated Area" warning signs posted throughout the community. TruGreen sprayed so much today that I can even smell it in my house. People and pets should keep off the treated areas. Stay safe.
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.