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

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate

Today the Library of Congress announced the appointment of Juan Felipe Herrera as the nation's 21st poet laureate. A son of migrant farm workers in California, Herrera will be the nation's first Mexican American poet laureate since the creation of the position in 1936. He was California's poet laureate from 2012 to 2014.

"Juan Felipe is someone who believes that poetry can make a difference in people's lives and communities," said Jennifer Benka, executive director of the Academy of American Poets, in a Washington Post article announcing the news. "He will bring an enthusiasm and electricity to the role of poet laureate that is sure to spark new and wider interest in the art form among people of all ages."

"He is not consciously ambassadorial," says Stephen Burt, professor of English at Harvard University. "He doesn't stop to explain things so people who aren't Latino will understand them; he just does what he does. And trusts, correctly I think, that the language and the emotional trajectories of the characters or the bits of narrative in the poems will fascinate you enough that if you're interested and you don't get the references, then you can go look them up."

Juan Felipe Herrera was born in Fowler, California, on December 27, 1948, and lived in tents and trailers with his parents in farm communities around Southern California. He is the author of numerous poetry collections and other works that include video, photography, theater, prose, and performance, making him a leading voice on the Mexican American and indigenous experience. Click on the following links to the website to read more about his life and work, watch video of the poet performing his work, and more.

Photo: University of California, Riverside

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Kingston Greenways National Trails Day Project

Kingston Greenways Association will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 2 to 4 pm. The volunteer session will focus on opening up a trail in the Cook Natural Area. This will be an alternate trail, on a drier path, to replace the trail that was formerly the site of the boardwalk. Some sections of the boardwalk will be reused. KGA also hopes to clear sections of other trails in the vicinity.

Volunteers are welcome and should meet in the Cook Area parking lot at the junction of Ridge and Heathcote Roads in Kingston. Wear sturdy boots; KGA will provide gloves and tools. For more information, call 609-924-3399 or visit