Palmer Square in Downtown Princeton Launches Newly-Designed PalmerSquareResidences.com

palmer-square-residences-websitePRINCETON, NJ – Palmer Square announced today the launch of the community’s newly-redesigned residential website, www.PalmerSquareResidences.com.  The improved website represents a ground-up redesign to better showcase Palmer Square’s collection of sophisticated homes and incomparable location in the heart of downtown Princeton.

Blending improved functionality with a strong design aesthetic, the website features new interior and exterior photography and videos of the community’s distinctive multi-story townhomes and single-level flats.  A separate photo gallery captures the unique charm and appeal of Palmer Square’s picturesque surroundings, including Princeton University’s historic campus and the area’s vibrant shopping and dining landscape.  Prospective buyers and renters can access real-time availability of for-sale and rental homes, download and print 3D floorplans, view pertinent details on amenities and finishes, and “tour” the culturally-rich neighborhood through an illustrative map that links to 50 points of interest.

“We developed the new website to create a more positive user experience for our future residents,” said Lori Rabon, Vice President of Palmer Square.  “We also wanted the site to reflect the unique and sophisticated lifestyle offered at Palmer Square which is ideally located in the heart of one of the country’s most desirable places to live.  We believe the new website accomplishes both objectives and are delighted to now launch it to the public.” [Read more…]

Palmer Square’s Luxury Rental Residences Provide an Appealing Princeton Living Alternative

palmer-square-exteriorIn today’s residential market, living in luxury doesn’t necessarily require the purchase of a home.  From Millennials to Generation X-ers to Baby Boomers, more and more people are choosing to rent, and in some cases, the high-end options available to them have become virtually impossible to distinguish from for-sale properties.

In downtown Princeton, for example, Palmer Square has successfully drawn discerning homebuyers with an incomparable location directly across from Princeton University, a vibrant array of shopping and dining options, and a collection of new condominium and townhome residences that combine sophisticated living spaces with architectural charm.  Those same attributes are also present in the community’s rental residences, which come with a level of flexibility some new Princeton residents are looking for.

“The common denominator is the appeal of Palmer Square’s location in the heart of this dynamic setting which allows residents to live just steps from acclaimed shops, restaurants, culture, arts and education,” says Lori Rabon, Vice President of Palmer Square.  “While some are ready to make a long-term commitment to the area with a new home purchase, others prefer the freedom of renting which might align with employment contracts or their children attending Princeton schools.  In either case, Palmer Square delivers the quality, luxury and lifestyle they’re looking for.” [Read more…]

How Palmer Square Meshed Yesterday with Today

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via BisNow – While Philadelphia and New York City have been attracting New Jersey’s Millennials, Princeton—equidistant from both cities—is having its time in the sun again. “People are beginning to rediscover the quality of life we have right here,” says Palmer Square Management VP David Newton, who’s been watching its rise since joining the ongoing Palmer Square mixed-use development in 1995.

This renewed interest is particularly benefiting the nearly 80-year-old Palmer Square, which is built around (you guessed it) a square across from Princeton University’s main gate. “A lot of people want to live where they work and play,” notes David, snapped above with Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners’ Greg Mardirossian, whose firm has been the development’s architect of record since 2005. Today, the development—which opened in 1937 and was first conceived in 1906 by Edgar Palmer, heir to the New Jersey Zinc Co and a 1903 Princeton grad—boasts 150k SF of Class-A office space, 110k SF of retail, 228 residential units over 1,000 parking spaces in two garages, and the 188-room historic Nassau Inn.

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Modern Luxury Blends With Old World Charm at the Residences at Palmer Square in Downtown Princeton

Michael Travin at RESIDENT magazine celebrates the charm and luxury of The Residences at Palmer Square.

A vision that began in the 1930s by Edgar Palmer to build a vibrant, European Style town square in the heart of Princeton that would include shops, restaurants and residences as a complement to Princeton University is in its final stages of completion.  A venture more than 75 years in the making is culminating with The Residences at Palmer Square, a collection of multi-story townhomes and single-level flats that are now more than 80% occupied.

The Residences at Palmer Square marks the coming of age of a project whose foundations were laid during the Great Depression and over the years has blossomed into one of the finest examples of a commercial downtown. Inspired by architect Thomas Stapleton’s original Colonial Revival design for Palmer Square, Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners of Lambertville, NJ helped make  the vision a reality by designing  a number of distinctive elevations that complement the brick, Federal-style exteriors and Colonial-era structures of the immediate Palmer Square environment. Many years of thoughtful planning has gone into creating the optimal balance of architectural styles and commercial and residential uses.

The unique energy and convenience of living at The Residences at Palmer Square stems from its prime location within Palmer Square, which is also home to more than 40 brand-name stores, boutiques, restaurants and specialty food shops, as well as the historic Nassau Inn.  The community is also located directly across Nassau Street from Princeton University, and provides easy access to the arts, entertainment, cultural offerings and award-winning schools throughout the area.  NJ TRANSIT access to New York and Philadelphia (and beyond) is only a short walk from The Residences at Palmer Square, and businesses and shopping venues of the nearby Route 1 corridor are also within easy reach.

“The pedestrian-friendly character of Princeton makes it a highly-desirable place to live, work and play,” said David Newton, Vice President of Palmer Square Management.  “The Residences at Palmer Square puts residents right in the middle of it all, yet in a setting that also provides privacy through a network of lushly-landscaped promenades and courtyards which create a scenic buffer from the retail landscape.  The result is a best-of-both-worlds environment for all of our residents.”

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Everyone Loves When the Square Goes ‘Hip’. . .

 

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‘Hip’, is a slang word popular in the 6o’s and 70’s to describe something as fashionably current, and genre-related to the word ‘cool’, which describes someone or something as awesome. No other adjectives could accurately describe the merchandise available at Palmer Square’s annual Sidewalk Sale beginning on Friday, July 31st through Sunday, August 2nd.  With a vast array of participating shops featuring the best in apparel, shoes, jewelry, beauty, gifts, home furnishings, and more, make sure to take advantage of all three days. There’s no doubt you will find exactly what you’re looking for . . . be it a unique hostess gift, that perfect dinner dress, or experience the unexpected excitement of finding that perfect ‘something’ you didn’t even know you wanted or needed.  And, all at reduced prices.  Now, that’s cool!”

Yep, that is cool.  The flyer was a great reminder of the upcoming 3-day event of great deals around the Square, spurring me into immediate action.  First, I called the ‘girls’ to make plans for our shopping spree. Then I began a list of some of my favorite stores and what I needed to buy, just to make sure I didn’t miss anything.

Aerosoles – need a pair of white sandals, but what real woman leaves a shoe store with only one pair, especially when there’s a sale going on?

Ann Taylor – an outfit for next Sunday’s brunch at the Smith’s.

Barbour – love their collaboration with Land Rover – smart look; look for lightweight jacket.

Botari – let’s see if anything Michael Kors is on sale.

Brooks Brothers – Jack needs a great shirt for his new khakis.

Bucks County Dry Goods – hmm – need a whole day just to browse this wonderful store checking out all the jewelry, fashions and artwork found here.

Carter & Cavero Olive Oil Co. – must stop by for an oil tasting.

Cranbury Station Gallery – stop in to sign up for the amazing Thursday night paint party everybody is raving about.

Dandelion – love their fun beaded bracelets. Need one with blue beads.

The Farmhouse Store – this store has it all; love how they showcase the work of independent artisans including jewelers, potters, wood workers, glass artists, metal workers, textile producers, and furniture builders.

Indigo by Shannon Connor Interiors – can’t take credit for decorating my home at The Residence at Palmer Square; the beauty comes from Shannon Connor’s decorator eye for detail, scale, color and finish. Must stop by to say ‘hi’.

Jack Wills – maybe a jacket or skirt for Sarah before she heads back to college; she loves the Jack Wills brand and their modern British prep look.

Jazams – need a gift for my great-nephew Jacob’s first birthday.

kate spade – out with the old, in with the new. Time to replace my old kate spade wallet with a new one.

Kitchen Kapers – Check registry to choose an engagement gift for Suzi and Allan.

Lace Silhouettes Lingerie – bet I can find a little extra ‘something’ to add to Suzi’s bridal trousseau here.

Princeton Corkscrew Wine Shop – white wine to bring to the Smith’s brunch – or maybe red.

Lindt – maybe some truffles, too

Lululemon Athletica – can’t leave the Square without a couple of those adorable headbands for my granddaughters.

Pacers Running – I must start walking again! Maybe some new apparel and sneakers will inspire me.

Palm Place, A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store – love the colors of the merchandise in this store, especially the accessories.  Check out beach bags and hats.

The Papery of Princeton – custom stationary order ready for pick-up; buy engagement card, happy birthday one-year-old card and wrapping paper.

Princeton Soup & Sandwich Company – meet up with the girls for lunch.

Thomas Sweet Chocolate – smells delicious when you walk into this store.  Will definitely complete lunch with a chocolate covered Oreo for dessert.

Toobydoo –my favorite ‘go-to’ store since becoming a grandmother.

Zastra – bring pics to Aruna Arya to show her how glam I looked in the custom designed gown she made for me.

There, that should do it.  I’m ready for Palmer Square’s Sidewalk Sale; just hope three days is enough time to cover all I need to do.

I love this event – with all the cool deals I find here every year it proves what a hip shopper I am.

 

Palmer Square Sidewalk Sale

July 31st through August 2nd

 

Two Pianos—One Unforgettable Night

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Piano Men: A Tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel.

Broadway veterans Craig A. Meyer and Donnie Kehr bring these amazing Piano Men to life in an unbelievable concert at the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds in West Windsor on Saturday, June 6, 2015.

Remember when Elton John was the Rocket Man of the music charts? Let yourself be transported back to those days of big hair, outrageous clothes and cheap gasoline! Throughout Craig Meyer’s busy career, he was repeatedly approached about his striking resemblance to Elton John and his uncanny ability to sound like the rock and roll legend. Meyer was eventually persuaded to expand his repertoire and began impersonating Sir Elton John. Today, he is considered to be the best Elton John tribute artist in the market, whose strong vocals, striking resemblance and amazing talent on the piano has audiences everywhere remembering when rock was young. This spectacular musical journey celebrates the decades of chart topping hits by Sir Elton, including: “Benny and the Jets”, “Philadelphia Freedom”, “Crocodile Rock,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” and “Candle in the Wind.”

A celebration of the character, costumes and charisma of the famed pianist and singer, Meyer’s fully produced show has captivated audiences throughout the United States and abroad.

Donnie Kehr is a veteran Broadway rocker whose credits include the original Broadway cast & film of JERSEY BOYS, The Who’s TOMMY, BILLY ELLIOT, and others. Also an accomplished musician and singer, Donnie has played dueling piano’s across the country including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York. He also performs ALMOST ELTON JOHN as Sir Elton’s alter ego, Billy Joel. In a recent interview he admitted he loved working as an actor, but music is his real passion. “The difference is that when you act, you’re the paint for another artist. When you do music, you are the artist, and the painter. It’s from a different place.” What a perfect description of his performance as Billy Joel.

PIANO MEN—A Tribute to Elton John & Billy Joel is an impeccable choice as the first concert to open the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds spring/summer season.

And, as promised, this one unforgettable night concludes with a magnificent fireworks display.

The show takes place on Saturday, June 6th, at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6 p.m. Rain date are Sunday, June 7th.

The show will conclude with a fireworks display.

Tickets are on sale now through www.ComcastTIX.com and cost $20.00 for a reserved seat and $10.00 for a lawn seat. Concert-goers who purchase a lawn seat are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets. Tickets can be purchased the day of the concert beginning at 2:00pm from the Mercer County Ice Skating Center Ticket Office.

Drink and food vendors will be on site; no outside food or alcohol will be permitted into the Mercer County Park Festival Grounds. Parking will be free the day of the concert.

http://www.mercercountyparks.org/parks/mercer-county-park

Music Saves Lives at the MarketFair May 21st

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MarketFair activities scheduled for Thursday, May 21st.

If you loved Miss Amy and her Fitness Rock & Roll Band at Princeton’s Pi Day celebration last March 14th, you’ll want to catch this fun-loving lady when she brings her interactive music to the MarketFair Mall on Thursday, May 21st. From 10:00am to 11:00am your little one will be clapping and shaking his or her bootie to the beat of the music. Moms and dads are invited to jump right in too, if the spirit moves you.

As you leave with your tired, but happy little one, you might want to give thought to the fact that, right at this moment, there’s another tired child somewhere, who needs your help, or maybe a young parent battling a disease that has the potential to take them away from their young children. They, too, need your help.

To give thanks for your good fortune, why not stop by the empty store near the movie theatre where the Music Saves Lives Blood Drive is taking place. Everyone who donates between 2:00pm and 8:00pm on May 21st will receive a voucher entitling them to special Meet & Greets and entry to VIP areas at any Van Warped concert. These MSL restricted areas within the show venue allow donors to meet members of the bands, take pictures with them and get their autographs.
At each concert, the 1st 100 VIP voucher holders to register at the MSL Booth will also receive backstage access!

Become a New Jersey Blood Services blood donors; you’ll be glad you did.

Walk-ins are welcome, or make an appointment by e-mailing
SLynch@nybloodcenter.org, or visit http://tinyurl.com/MSLblooddrives

MarketFair Mall
3535 U.S. Highway 1
Princeton, NJ 08540
609-452-7777

Miss Amy and her Fitness Rock & Roll Band
10:00am – 11:00am
Music Saves Lives
2:00pm – 8:00pm
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Pi Day Princeton – Celebrating Albert Einstein

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Now, back to what we understand best – Celebrations!

On Saturday, 3.14.15 from 7:00am straight through 5:00pm, Princeton will be alive with amazing activities. Many are sponsored by local organizations and businesses, so come on out and support them and celebrate Albert Einstein, Pi Day and our friends and neighbors of the Princeton community.

7:00am — Walk a Pi Event sponsored by YMCA Princeton at their new workout facility at 59 Paul Robeson Place.  Log 3.14 miles on the treadmill or elliptical trainer, take a selfie of your Pi Mile and post it on the Pi Day Princeton Facebook Page.  All athletes will receive a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative poster plus a free two-week trial membership with a waived joiner fee if you join the YMCA!

9:00am — A pie eating contest, moderated by Princeton comedic celebrity Adam Bierman, will be held at McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center.  Contestant will be divided into groups according to their age: Youth 4-8 and 9-13; Teens 14-18 and Adults 19 and above.  There is no advanced registration or fee required for this event.  Just sign up on the second floor inside McCaffrey’s at 8:45am.

9:30am — Albert Einstein is quoted as having said, “Life without playing music is in-conceivable for me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…I get most joy in life out of music.”   In his honor, The Westminster Cello Orchestra, an ensemble of cello students from Princeton’s own Westminster Conservatory of Music, performs music by Bach, Bernstein, Vivaldi, The Beatles, Tchaikovsky and The Turtles.

10:00am — Geared towards children from three to six years, The Princeton Symphony Orchestra holds a Kids of All Ages Violin Exhibition in the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom.  The children are encouraged to be dressed in their best Albert Einstein attire.  All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt, and PSO ticket vouchers.  For more information, please email cburden@princetonsymphony.org.

10:00am – 11:00am – Tetsuya Miyamoto, the creator of the immensely popular KENKEN puzzle will be at The Princeton Public Library offering instruction and insider tips for completing the puzzle.  Miyamoto-sensei is a subversive math instructor who’s students have so much fun solving his puzzles that they don’t even realize they are mastering math at the same time.

11:00am to 12:00pm – The fun continues in the Community Room of The Princeton Public Library with a KENKEN tournament for teens.

11:00am — Happy Birthday Party, Albert!   The Historical Society of Princeton, at 158 Nassau Street, is having a party, complete with a birthday cake.  Children aged 6 through 12 will learn about the public and private life of this famous scientist and humanitarian.  They’ll also have an opportunity to become a real ‘Einstein’ with thought–provoking activities like building a house of cards and solving puzzles.  Admission is $5.00 per child (one adult included free.  Additional adults are $4.00) to reserve a spot; eve@princetonhistory.org.

11:00am — Always a Standing Room Only event, it is suggested you and your youngster arrive early for the Einstein Look-A-Like Contest to be held at the Nassau Inn’s Prince William Ballroom.  The dress competition is competitive, and the Q & A portion more so, so be sure your little genius is prepared to answer questions like,  “How old are you?” “What school do you go to?” and “What made you want to dress up like Einstein today?” Cute, huh?   All participants receive a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt, and contestants 13 years and younger are eligible to win $314.15!   If your birthday is on Pi Day, you are automatically allowed to judge this event.  To register; princetonmimi@gmail.com.

11:00am —Pi x Pie Bike Tour.  Mr. Einstein traveled through Princeton on foot and bike.  Bring your bike, helmet and bottled water and meet up at Kopp’s Cycle Shop on Spring Street for a bike tour following the path of his commute to his office building and favorite downtown spots.  Then, on to Terhune Orchards for a free tasting of their farm-baked pie and some farm store discounts.  The tour is 9.86 miles round trip (3.14 x 3.14).  It’s a flat, safe ride with safety-focused guides fully supporting different fitness levels and speeds.  This is a single file group ride so independent riders must be 14 years old; younger participants may be connected to guide bikes or trailers.  Pi priced at $31.41 per person, NJ Bike, the sponsor of the tour, has limited the group to 30 riders.  All proceeds benefit the Garden State Community Kitchen charity.  For more information or to register for the event, contact NJ Bike Tours at njbiketours@gmail.com or 801-548-2285.

Noon – Miss Amy and her full band will be headlining Pi Day Princeton at the Nassau Inn, in the Prince William Ballroom.   An interactive concert, this high-energy family fun event is sure to be a rockin’ fun time.  Miss Amy is a Grammy nominated artist, author, educator and kids’ fitness pro. She is also an official Advocate for the President’s Challenge Program.

Noon — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Grub Crawl – Check in at the Information table in the Nassau Inn lobby to receive your official Pi Day Princeton glasses and Smart Phone Grub Crawl route to all participating restaurants serving pi inspired food.

Noon — Dinky Train rides with Einstein.  Meet Einstein, his mother and good friends in person. (Princeton resident, Bill Agress, portrays Einstein.)  Departing Princeton Station at noon, 12:27pm and 1:00pm; departing Princeton Junction Station at 12:11pm, 12:37pm. and 1:11pm.  Fare is $2.75 per adult each way; two children ages 5-11 ride free with a passenger paying any valid fare.

Noon – a 15 minute mini production of the Steve Martin plays “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau Street. Performed by The Pennington Players the play imagines what might have happened if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Parisienne bar in 1904.  A host of quirky characters add to the whimsical hilarity that ensues as they all anticipate the future and the possibilities it might bring.

Noon – 2:00pm – Academic Celebrity Children’s Book Signing Event at Jazam’s at 25 Palmer Square East.  Meet Maria Popova, a most-celebrated children’s book author for a signing of ‘On a Beam of Light – A Story of Albert Einstein’.  This critically acclaimed children’s book has won the 2013 New York Times Editors’ Choice Award, ABA Best Books for Children, NPR 2013.

1:00pm — Pi Recitation Contest.  Marc Umile, 2007 Pi Recitation North American Champion at Nassau Inn is the official judge of the event.  Also in attendance in the Prince William Ballroom will be Gareth Conway, age 12 and 2-time Pi Day Princeton champion and his father, John Conway, Professor of Mathematics, and John Von Neumann, Distinguished Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University.  All participants will receive a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt. Winner of the Youth category, aged 7 years through 13years, wins $314.15. Email princetonmimi@gmail.com to register your child.

1:30pm – 1:59pm—Hands on Interactive Event for Children at the Princeton Public Library.  This is always an interactive event, especially geared toward children ages 5 and up.  In past years’ the Library has hosted champions of Rubik’s Cubes, Origami construction and all sorts of sparkly smarty-pants who love math, science, Einstein and, of course, Pi!

1:59pm – Princeton Pir-ade by Kids’ Music Round – Go to the Pi Day Princeton information desk (at the Nassau Inn) to receive a digit of Pi for each member of your family.  The folks from Kids’ Music Round will lead the first 314 people to walk a circular path throughout the sidewalks of historic Palmer Square.  The Pi-rade will end inside the Prince William Ballroom for a fun music experience led by the area’s premier Mommy & Me Music Class gurus.  Bring you camera for this once in a lifetime chance to be in a Pi “Parade” on 3.14.15.

1:59pm — Pizza Pi Competition sponsored by Princeton Pi and Princeton Genius tours at 86 Nassau Street.  On the eve of Pi Day, one elementary, middle school and high school aged participant will be chosen to compete at the event.  Contestants have five minutes to choose from Princeton’s Pi ingredients to create the best pizza.  Judges include Mayor Liz Lempert; Superintendent of Princeton Regional Schools, Steve Cochran and John Conway, inventor of Game of Life and Professor at Princeton University.  All participants will receive a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and winning participant will win one free medium cheese pizza each month for the remainder of 2015.  Register at princetonmimi@gmail.com.

2:00pm to 3:30pm – He’s Got a Theremin and He’s Not Afraid to Use It!  Where Music and Physics Meet.  Almost one hundred years ago Leon Theremin, a Russian scientist, created the first fully electronic musical instrument.  By harnessing the power of electromagnetic fields and using the human body as a capacitor, he waved his hands in the “empty” air to produce ethereal music without ever touching the instrument!  Come to the Princeton Public Library to see this scientific, musical marvel played by one of today’s top theremin virtuosos, Kip Rosser.  Join him for a multimedia leap into physics, sci-fi silliness and all types of music from classical to jazz to popular to experimental. Then you’ll have a chance to try the theremin yourself.

2:00pm – A 15-minute mini production of the Steve Martin play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau Street. Performed by The Pennington Players the play imagines what might have happened if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Parisienne bar in 1904.  A host of quirky characters add to the whimsical hilarity that ensues as they all anticipate the future and the possibilities it might bring.

2:45pm — Best Apple Pie in Princeton Contest at the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Nassau Inn – sponsored by Kitchen Twins.  The first 50 residents of Princeton to arrive will serve as judges and sample gluten free apple pies from Jammin’ Crepes, Olives, Witherspoon Bread Company, D’Angelo’s and Chez Alice to determine the winner of the coveted “Best Tasting Apple Pie in Princeton” award Winning baker wins the Princeton Pillow and all the bragging rights until 3/14/16.

3:14pm — Pie Throwing Event at the Palmer Square Green.  $1 per throw with all proceeds to benefit 101:  A non profit volunteer organization dedicated to helping Princeton High School graduates in need of financial assistance.

3:14pm — Guided Einstein Tour by Mimi Omiecinski, founder of Pi Day Princeton and owner of Princeton Tour Company and Princeton Genius Tours.  Guests start in the lobby of the Nassau Inn and weave through downtown Princeton, hearing darling stories of Einstein’s life and his extraordinary experiences in Princeton.

3:14pm – Serious Inventors Only Cocktail Making Class inside Einstein’s first temporary Princeton residence, the Peacock Inn at 20 Bayard Lane.  You and a friend will learn how to construct the perfect cocktail and receive an exclusive tutoring session with Master Mixologist Josean Rosado.  Pi priced at $31.41 per couple.  To pre-purchase tickets to this exclusive event contact the Peacock Inn directly at 609-924-1707.

4:00pm — Happy Birthday Party, Albert!   The Historical Society of Princeton, at 158 Nassau Street, is having a party, complete with a birthday cake.  Children aged 6 through 12 will learn about the public and private life of this famous scientist and humanitarian.  They’ll also have an opportunity to become a real ‘Einstein’ with thought–provoking activities like building a house of cards and solving puzzles.  Admission is $5.00 per child (one adult included free. Additional adults are $4.00) to reserve a spot; eve@princetonhistory.org.

4:00pm. — Mega Chess Champion Demo & Free Style Play with Princeton resident and chess champion David Hua, at the YMCA at 59 Paul Robeson Place. While using life size chess pieces, he’ll show the crowd sure bet moves to beat your opponent.  After the demo anyone in the crowd can challenge each other to a round of the most popular game in the world.

4:00pm — The Arts Council of Princeton presents: A Pi Day Concert featuring Wilbo Wright at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon Street.  This special performance will feature irrational time-shifts that pay tribute to 3.1415.  This concert is FREE & open to the public. For more information, please visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org, or Call 609-924-0777.

5:00pm — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl – Check in at The Yankee Doodle Tap Room to receive your nerd glasses and Smart Phone Pub Crawl route.  You must be at least 21 years old to receive access to the map of participating bars.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Einstein.

Happy Pi Day, Princeton.

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Princeton Celebrates Albert Einstein and Pi Day

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For the last twenty years of his life, Albert Einstein called Princeton ‘home’.  After living briefly at Two Library Place he took up permanent residence at 112 Mercer, which he claimed was the only address he had after coming to America.  Einstein was proud to live in Princeton, and Princeton was proud to recognize him as a member of their community.  On March 14, 2015 the residents of Princeton will pay homage to this remarkable man by celebrating his 135th birthday.

Coincidentally, (or is it?) March 14th seems to be a day about genius.  Albert Einstein’s March 14th birthday, or 3.14, is the numeric equivalent of Pi. The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. Familiar to all with the use of the Greek letter “π”, it has evolved through the years to be spelled is out as “pi”.   This year, 2015, is a very special year for Pi Day enthusiasts.  In the month, day, year format, the date translates to 3 – 14 –15, the first five significant digits of Pi (3.1415).  But wait, it gets better . . . At 9:00am we will now have the first six digits of Pi, making this the Pi Hour.  Then, twenty-six minutes later, 3-14-15- 9 (hour) 26 (minutes) we have the first eight digits of Pi, or the Pi Minute.  The Pi Second happens at the 53rd second, with 10 digits of Pi. Then by expressing the fractional part of this Pi Second as decimals we get more and more digits of Pi.  Fifty-eight seconds will hold 12 digits (3.14159265358) of Pi.  Extending the decimals infinitely, as per the digits of Pi, we will pass through the perfect Pi Moment!

So glad the Ivy League town of Princeton has so many scholars, past and present.  Maybe you understand what we just said – we certainly don’t – but with the help of a brilliant friend (actually a math geek), we’re passing along this information.

Now, back to what we understand best – celebrations!  We’ll be back next week to post all of the fun happenings Princeton has planned to celebrate these two special occasions – Albert Einstein’s Birthday and the infamous Pi Day.  See you then!

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Happiness Day! Celebrate Mindfulness, Gratitude, Service and Community. Namaste!

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The word on the Square is that the debut of Happiness Day is guaranteed to bring a huge smile to your face and a sense of calmness to your mind, body and soul.  Please join us Saturday, September 6, from 10 am to 4pm for a full day of free yoga lessons on the green.  Happiness Day, presented by Family Guidance Center is a opportunity to experience 5 one hour long yoga classes, be moved by the words of Ed Tseng’s “Intro to Happiness” lecture, and gather information on opportunities for wellness and services in the community.

Family Guidance Center is excited to team up with lululemon athletica for this amazing celebration of mindfulness, gratitude, service and community.  Family Guidance Center, one of the largest providers of mental health and substance abuse treatment services in Mercer County, and many other local non-profits will offer volunteer opportunities and interactive activities for all attending. Yoga instruction will be provided by: Romy Yoga, Gratitude Yoga, YogaStream, Rise Yoga, & YogaSoul.  Make sure to stop by the water lounge to hydrate throughout the day and enjoy the comfy mats courtsy of lululemon of Princeton.  Namaste!

In case of rain this event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 7.