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Welcome back to Pennington Day 2016!

We are happy that you will be with us again!


e are excited that our event grows a little every year. The event now offers over 100 vendors selling all types of interesting merchandise and services. As is also our custom, we have three different stages along the event, presenting entertainment of all types - from big bands and singers, to dancers and theatrical performers. We also offer 2 different food courts for your dining pleasure with over 20 different vendors who will bring everything from traditional street-fair food such as sausage sandwiches and corn-dogs, to more sophisticated fare such as sushi and gourmet vegetarian dishes. Stop by Stage 3 at Howe Commons and listen to the Jack Furlong Orchestra, or the acoustic music from the Coffee House stage while enjoying the sophisticated fare offered by all new food vendors. Pennington Day continues its mission of two key focuses - creating good sustainability practices, and helping to raise the visibility of the arts in our community. We believe that these two elements are not only of great importance, but are in fact, an accurate reflection of the talents and concerns of this town. This year HVArts Council will again be exhibiting at Howe Commons where they are featuring The Art of Upcycling – a very creative artform that takes discarded junk and turns it into fine art! The Kid Zone also returns this year, sponsored by Capital Health and will have lots of bouncy fun for the kids to enjoy. Pennington Day is an event that that has something for people of all ages (and taste buds!) We are proud of our borough, and this event is an excellent way to highlight not only its charming aesthetics, but also the genuine hospitality and talents of its residents. Many thanks go to the borough administration, the borough workers who work very hard to make this event happen, and of course the fine people who I am lucky enough to have been working with for the past four years who comprise our board. They are an all-volunteer staff who work tirelessly to make the day a success for everyone. Thank a volunteer while you enjoy the day! The efforts of these very dedicated folks are living proof that the best projects in life are the collaborative ones. And this is always a truly collaborative effort - Community+Arts+Sustainability = Pennington Day! We hope you and your family and friends have a terrific day! Enjoy yourselves, and enjoy our fine borough! Andy Parsons Pennington Day Event Chair All editorial supplied by The Pennington Day Foundation.

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Wishes Granted on Pennington Day

hat makes people stay here all of their lives and what makes their children return when it’s time to raise their own? I’ve heard this town called names like Mayberry and Pleasantville affectionately so. There may be more traffic, more housing, and more restaurants, but the town remains small and intimate. Pennington will always be a special place where families thrive and everybody really does know your name. How many towns are left that can boast the highest quality schools, thriving church communities, top rated sports and nationally recognized arts programs. It’s a commitment to live in this town, because you need to be a part of it and get involved. Pennington Day celebrates the feeling of community, the spirit of volunteerism and the treasures of a small community. It’s a message that we are sending our children that says “we

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by Wendy Ward care about how we live, we respect each other and we value our neighbors”. Pennington Day has evolved into a large event with many moving parts and the coordination of not only the day but the grants can take many hours of a few dedicated individuals. Remember when you visit the sponsors, the booths, the food vendors and the bouncy houses that it isn’t just for fun, every one of these participant’s donations and rental fees make it possible to give back to the community in the form of 18 grants and thousands of dollars and many wishes answered. The work resonates throughout the Hopewell Valley, from the Boy Scout troupes 41 and 44 to Eagle Scouts building much needed food bins for Homefront. FISH, Friends in Service Here will benefit with a grant towards their senior meal service, as will Hopewell Valley Aging in Place. Some may have noticed a wonderful and needed addition going onto the Pennington Fire

Department building, they will also receive a grant towards their improvements. The Pennington Library, Farmers Market and the committee working to improve the garden at Hopewell Valley Central High School all will receive grants. The Pennington Players will receive a grant to keep their costumes stored for their good work throughout the year. The granting process is the heart that keeps this event beating throughout the year. Don’t miss the award ceremony at noon at The Crossroads stage as the 36 year tradition continues. So take your time to explore and seize the day, take a deep breath and feel the warm sun finally touch your shoulders, not many people get to visit the real Mayberry.


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Turning Trash into Treasured Art

by Andrea Fereshteh pop-up gallery of upcycled art – art that is photography, film and digital drawings, sculpture, created from recycled materials – will fill ceramics, crafts and jewelry, will display a ten foot Howe Commons during Pennington Day tall column made from recycled toys. An art walk exhibit featuring works by 12 for a daylong exhibit of local artists, presented by to 15 local artists including a portrait artist, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. The exhibition will include artwork featured watercolorists, acrylic painters, oil painters, reused or repurposed materials on loan from decoupage artist, woodworker, and a ceramic various artists including a mini retrospective artist also will occur throughout the day. Some from New Jersey native Guy Ciarcia, and artists will sell their work, others will be creating works from artists including Carl Geisler, Sara works on site and all will be available to interact Keeler, Leon Rainbow and pieces on loan from with Pennington Day attendees. Also throughout the day, the arts council is TerraCycle in Trenton. Artwork created by Bear Tavern Elementary School students also will be co-sponsoring the music stage featuring jazz musician Jack Furlong, who will play from 11:30 featured. Rainbow, a nationally known Trenton-based to 2:30 p.m. “Pennington Day graffiti artist, will reinvent a traditional wingback chair by painting it in his signature style at 1 is always one of the highlights of our annual p.m. during the event. Ciarcia, a classically trained artist whose work slate of events,” said spans fifty years and includes painting, murals, Carol Lipson, director 00225162.0520.03x4.81.DiamondsRestaurant.indd


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of programming for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. “This will be our third year bringing ‘the Arts’ to this wonderful community celebration and we’ll be using the day to kick-off a new yearlong initiative of the Arts Council, called The Art of Upcycling,” Lipson said. “We’ll be filling Howe Commons with the big-band music of the Jack Furlong Orchestra, building a pop-up art gallery featuring art work made of, well, ‘junk,’ and bringing back our everpopular ‘Artist Walk’ showcase of local talent. We hope folks will come just to hang out.” For more information about the Hopewell Valley Arts Council visit

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Shake, Rattle and Roll at Four Stages all across the Town

The Mini Rockers take to the cross roads stage at 3:00 on Pennington Day


by Andrea Fereshteh

full day of dance, jazz, and rock and roll Warner’s direction, the nonprofit dance troupe will fill the Crossroads main stage at the has offered young dancers the opportunity to intersection of Main Street and Curlis experiment with their own choreography and to Avenue. have additional performance experiences beyond The day kicks off with performances by the the annual recital. Don’t miss the high energy Timberlane Middle School and Central High astounding feats of Victory TaeKwonDo at 10:30. School jazz bands. The stage will continue rocking throughout the Following the musical performances, afternoon with performances by School of Rock DanceWorks of Mercer County hits the stage for Princeton, CaRu Entertainment, a Penningtona lively show, followed by a noon performance based dance studio, and a culminating show by by Pennington Dance Company. The company, Mini Rockers. which is closing this year with director Nancy The coffee house stage will turn down the Warner’s retirement, has performed at Pennington volume a bit with performances from acoustic Day for 36 years. favorites like Mike and Laura to wake you up This year’s program features ballet, tap, jazz, first thing in the morning and newcomer, Toby hip hop, and pre-school dance numbers. Under Brown. 

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The Jamboree Stage returns to the happy corner of Lanning and Main with street performers perfect for family entertainment. Not to be missed, the Hopewell Valley Arts council and Pennington Day have teamed up to bring the infectious big band sounds of Jack Furlong’s Orchestra at Stage 3 on Howe Commons at 1:00. A Pie Eating Contest will take place at The Crossroads at 2pm, so check out amazing music and dance happening all day long! Updated times and event listings can always be found on our facebook page www.facebook/ PenningtonDayInMay or @PenningtonDay1 on twitter. Photo courtesy of Rich Tunkel.

The Return of the Bouncy Houses!

Capital Health Plans The Return of a Wellness Focused Kids Zone

Andrea and Maggie Stover enjoy the big slide at Pennington Day

by Andrea Fereshteh ooking for the perfect place to be with kids on Pennington Day? The bounce houses are back this year as part of a new and improved kids zone in the field behind Toll Gate Grammar School sponsored by Capital Health and the Capital Health Auxiliary. All of the favorite inflatables will be there including the moon bounce, obstacle course and slide, but new this year is sidewalk chalk art and a station where kids can create visors with staff from the Capital Health Pediatric Emergency Room. With the outdoor season upon us, families will definitely want to see wellness stations featuring information including sun safety tips, bicycle safety with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Trauma Center, free blood pressure screenings, nutrition information, medication safety and breast health and mammography scheduling. “Pennington Day has a long history of bringing the community together and Capital Health is pleased to play a larger role in that this year,” said Steffanie Archbald, director of public relations and marketing at the


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This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts

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Continued from page 9 hospital. “With the region’s most comprehensive maternity program and our pediatric ER, it made sense for us to champion a kid-friendly zone where we could offer kids a chance to have a good time and learn some important health information. Of course, we also want to make sure we provide valuable information for adults who come out, so we’ll be offering information and health education for them as well.” The area also will offer jump roping and hula hooping, and ticket giveaways for the Trenton Thunder baseball team. “The Capital Health Auxiliary is such an important partner for us and we are so excited to have them participate with us,” said Archbald. “The Auxiliary is thrilled to be teaming up with Capital Health in the planning of the many fun and educational activities for families visiting Pennington Day!,” said Donna Costanzo, auxiliary president. “We are excited for the opportunity to get to know our neighbors better and to share our mission with them. We are looking forward to spending a very special day with our community.” For more information, visit Photo courtesy of Kathie Rigante-Boyer.



Family is First at Greenacres Country Club Nothing says “kids” like summertime, and before you know it the school books and homework will be traded in for swimsuits and s’mores. Now is the perfect time to start making plans for the summer your family has been waiting for. Like most clubs in the area, Greenacres Country Club has been busy recently preparing for a new year of fun and excitement. But this year, the Lawrenceville club has a host of new plans in the works, much of it designed for juniors and families with young children: -For the first time, the club is offering a Junior Golf membership. This class of membership is priced very attractively and allows golfers (or aspiring golfers) who are under the age of 21 to enjoy the club’s golf course and extensive practice facilities without the expense of a full-family membership. -The club is continuing its successful affiliation with the PGA Junior Golf League. Greenacres’ team, The Drivers, has a record number of 13-and-under participants this year and looks forward to another season competing against area clubs. The league allows boys and girls to enjoy the fun and social aspects of golf -- whether they are experienced players or just showing an interest -- in a tournament setting. -The summer camp at Greenacres offers kids a fantastic opportunity to enjoy golf, tennis and swimming on days that are convenient for parents. There is no need to commit to an entire summer, or even an entire week; daily pricing for camp at Greenacres not only offers tremendous value, but it also provides parents with invaluable flexibility. -Greenacres is significantly upgrading its options for child care on the property, which will available on a regular basis to members with younger children so they can enjoy a quiet meal, play golf or tennis, or have a relaxed swim without having to find a babysitter before enjoying the club. -In addition to the club’s new Junior Golf membership, there is now a membership category designed especially for young families. Greenacres realizes the demands today’s busy lifestyles place on young families and this new and very affordable membership category has been crafted with those challenges in mind. All of these enhancements to the junior programs and the renewed focus on young-family memberships are coming in conjunction with a major redevelopment of Greenacres. In addition to a redesigned golf course by a renowned architect, the multi-million-dollar project will modernize the clubhouse and incorporate new family-friendly features. This year, the club is adding a tiki-style bar and outdoor kitchen to its pool area. Other outdoor dining options are in place, and fire pits for outdoor socializing are ready for action.


“We realize that in this day and age we’re competing with a host of other options when it comes to leisure choices, especially for younger families,” said Alan Gamble, the club’s General Manager. “The demand for parents’ time has never been greater, so flexibility, convenience and value are at the top of the list when they’re deciding whether a country club membership makes sense. Our new programs are designed to allow the entire family to enjoy the club at a very affordable price.” If you’re interested in experiencing what Greenacres has to offer, the club will be hosting an open house/member for a day on Saturday, May 7th and Sunday May 15th. Contact our General Manager, Alan Gamble, at (609) 896-0259 ext. 105 or at to make arrangements to attend and have a program tailored to your interests. If you are unable to make it on those dates, call Alan to set up a more convenient time or stop by Greenacres any time at 2170 Lawrenceville Road, across the street from Rider University.

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Piecing Together Works of Art

opewell Valley Quilters are planning their annual Pennington Day show to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Toll Gate Grammar School cafeteria. The quilts on display are made by members and reflect a great variety of styles, from beautiful traditional patterns to contemporary works of fiber art. This year’s show will include two special exhibits taking “circles” as the theme. The Quilters challenged themselves to make small quilts that incorporate this theme in creative and diverse ways. Also on display will be antique quilts and quilt blocks featuring circle designs. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt in the show. The Viewers’ Choice Prize has been donated by Pennington Quiltworks. Admission to the show is only $1.00 and proceeds benefit Pennington Day 2016. Hopewell Valley Quilters is an informal group that has been meeting for over 30 years.


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The group meets both in the daytime and in the evening in the Hopewell Township branch of Mercer County Library. All are welcome. More information about the quilt group will be available at the show. Toll Gate Grammar School is located on the corner of S. Main Street and E. Curlis Avenue. Entry to the show is on the north side of the school building. For more information about the show, contact quilt show Chairperson Nancy Breland either by e-mail (nbreland@ or by phone (609)7372527. Photo courtesy of Rich Tunkel.

Hopewell Valley Quilters enjoy sewing and sharing at the Pennington Day Quilt Show.

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any of you may have heard the tale of the fire that destroyed O’Hanlon Hall on a cold January night in 1980. While no one was hurt in the fire that claimed the majestic building, Pennington lost the spectacular Shaw Chapel with its huge pipe organ and beautiful stained glass windows as well as many years of administrative records and archives. Faculty members who lived in O’Hanlon apartments lost all of their belongings, and they and students housed in adjoining Old Main residence halls had to seek shelter that night with local residents. Pennington Day was created to raise money for The Pennington School after it had lost so much. The event started as a small community picnic and has since evolved into a granting organization and festival that attracts thousands to the borough 36 years after it began. FUN FACTS ABOUT THE PENNINGTON SCHOOL • The Pennington School was founded in 1838 and called the Methodist Episcopal Male Seminary at Pennington. • The cornerstone of the building now called Old Main was laid in May 1839. • It is among the 50 oldest boarding schools in the country. • The Pennington School boasts one of the oldest high school football programs in the nation. • In 1853 a coordinate department for young women was added, and the school became known as the Pennington Seminary and Female Collegiate Institute. • The Female Collegiate Institute was eliminated in 1910, and the school became an all-boys institution until it became truly coeducational in 1973. • Dr. Thomas O’Hanlon holds the record for the longest tenure as head of the school (1867–1873 and 1876–1903). • Former Secretary of State and three-time Democratic presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan was the keynote speaker at the School’s 75th anniversary celebration in 1914. • Dr. Francis Harvey Green was the headmaster at Pennington from 1921 to 1943. One of his greatest legacies to the school is part of his collection of letters, manuscripts, and books signed by the authors, as well as other memorabilia. A selection of books from Dr. Green’s collection is on display at Wesley Alumni House. • The Edmund Cervone Center for Learning was founded in 1975 to help talented students with learning disabilities and became a model for other such programs across the nation • The campus has seen considerable growth since the 1980s, constructing several new buildings including the Health Center, the Campus Center, and the Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building. The former Lowellden was completely restored and became the new Wesley Alumni House, and extensive renovations to historic Old Main, Meckler Library, and Stainton Hall are currently underway. • The Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building has been awarded gold LEED certification. • By fall 2017, a new road that encircles the campus will create a pedestrian-only environment during the day.

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