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Dear Princeton Readers, A favorite type of cover story for us features someone who is a national figure with strong ties to the Princeton community or the University, particularly when the subject, in this case Woodrow Wilson, is relevant to popular culture. I’m referring to the recently published book, Wilson by Princeton University graduate A. Scott Berg. The book has received a lot of buzz, especially now that Leonardo DiCaprio has purchased the movie rights. I’m looking forward to getting a glimpse of Leonardo walking around town in period clothing! Wilson graduated from Princeton University (then the College of New Jersey) in 1879, worked as a professor of law from 1890 to 1902, and served as president of the University from 1902 to 1910. He was elected governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913 before becoming the 28th president of the United States in 1913. Of particular interest to me, are the houses Wilson occupied during his time living in Princeton. He lived in three different grand homes in the neighborhood that we now refer to as the Western Section. You can drive by the homes located at 72 Library Place, 82 Library Place, and 25 Cleveland Lane. The Federal Style home at 72 Library Place was built in 1836 by Charles Steadman, and was the first in its vicinity to have an indoor toilet. Wilson rented the home in 1890 and soon after moved in with his family. In 1895, he commissioned New York architect Edward S. Child to design the Tudor Revival home at 82 Library Place, located next door to his rented house. When he was selected as president of Princeton University, Wilson moved into Prospect House, an Italianate Victorian mansion located on campus, which was the official residence of the president at that time. According to the University’s website, Wilson did not like the football crowds cutting through the property, so in 1904 he erected an iron fence enclosing five acres of the grounds to ensure his privacy. Another magazine story steeped in history and relevant to popular culture is the “Costumes of Downton Abbey” exhibit at the Wintherthur Museum near Wilmington, Delaware. When visiting the museum, be sure to walk around the estate to enjoy the early signs of spring. Their website has a Yearly Bloom Calendar that provides weekly updates on when specific flowers and trees will be in bloom and which colors you will see. Speaking of spring, it’s the ideal time to make plans for a summer vacation. Check out our story on the New Jersey Shore to find helpful information about the variety of beaches and activities available so close to home. There has been much rebuilding since hurricane Sandy and the Jersey Shore is looking more attractive than ever. Visiting the Jersey Shore is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy the summer season and to help the state’s economy. 10
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May 1929 delegates to an Atlantic City convention worked out a fourteen point agreement that was a distorted mirror image of President Woodrow Wilson’s “Fourteen Points” treaty negotiated ten years earlier at Versailles. Led by Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and other mobster kingpins, this particular summit also dealt with war and peace, armaments, and the spoils of war. As viewers of HBO’s series Boardwalk Empire know, the meeting was hosted by Atlantic County treasurer Nucky Johnson, the model for Boardwalk’s Nucky Thompson. In Prohibition Gangsters: The Rise and Fall of a Bad Generation (Rutgers Univ. Press $24.95), Marc Mappen quotes
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an editorial in the Atlantic City Daily Press naively asking “Did these gangsters merely have reason to believe that here they would be undisturbed and here they could foregather without any police interference, a supposition that turned out to be the correct one?” The editorial “lambasted the town’s lax law enforcement,” for permitting “a gangster convention to be held under their very noses.” Of course that was why Atlantic City was the ideal setting. Nucky Johnson had the police in his pocket. Woodrow Wilson also makes an appearance in the opening pages of Steven Hart’s American Dictators: Frank Hague, Nucky Johnson, and the Perfection of the Urban Political Machine (Rutgers $23.95), which points out that each man “owed his ascension, ironically, to the efforts of Progressive reformer Woodrow Wilson during his attenuated term as governor of New Jersey.” The most detailed discussion of Wilson’s role in inadvertently boosting the careers of the bosses is in Nelson Johnson’s Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City (Medford Press $16.95), the series tie-in edition featuring a foreword by writer and executive producer Terence Winter, along with excellent photographs of the major ﬁgures in the hit HBO series that has been renwed for a ﬁfth season. You’ll ﬁnd pictured therein Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody; Gretchen Moll as his mother, Gillian; Kelly Macdonald as Margaret Schroeder; Michael K. Williams as Chalky White; and Michael Shannon as FBI agent Nelson VanAlden, but you won’t ﬁnd the names of these characters in the index because they’re all ﬁctional. The “real people” are the Commodore, Louis Kaestner (based on Louis Kuehnle and played by Dabney Coleman), the gangsters, Al Capone (Stephen Graham), Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg). (Online various Boardwalk Empire sites suggest that Jimmy Darmody had a role similar to that of Johnson’s right-hand man Jimmy Boyd). Above all, of course, there’s Nucky himself, a revelation as portrayed by Steve Buscemi, arguably the most accomplished and admired character actor in ﬁlm today. It was a daring
and imaginative piece of casting, and according to Winter, who made his name as one of the main writers on HBO’s The Sopranos, “If we were going to cast accurately what the real Nucky looked like, we’d have cast Jim Gandolﬁni.” The idea was to move as far from the real-life Johnson as possible (in terms of criminal activity, the move follows a dark course). As described in Nelson Johnson’s book, Nucky stood 6 feet 4 inches with broad shoulders, “a ruggedly handsome man with large, powerful hands, a glistening bald head, a devilish grin, friendly gray eyes, and a booming voice.” One piece of personal history the real and ﬁctional Nuckys have in common in addition to corruption, high living and abuse of power is that both are widowers whose wives had died young. It’s worth noting, as well, that Nucky and his wife attended the State Normal College in Trenton, which became Trenton State, now The College of New Jersey. Nucky left after a year to work for the Commodore, but his wife ended up teaching there. WILSON THE TSUNAMI
In Steven Harts’s American Dictators, Woodrow Wilson’s “passage through the governor’s ofﬁce” had an effect on Atlantic City (“America’s Playground”) “akin to a tsunami.” The “wide-open town” overseen by Commodore Kuehnle was in Wilson’s eyes “a stain on New Jersey’s honor” and during his gubernatorial campaign he used the city’s “graft-sodden political machine as a prime example of the bossism he meant to eradicate.” Once he became governor, he saw to it that a committee was formed to “root for evidence of electoral fraud” in the city. Although there was clear evidence of graft, particularly on the predominantly African American northside “where
voters were paid $2 a head to cast their own ballots and those of deceased citizens,” both Nucky, then the county sheriff, and Kuehnle were eventually acquitted. However, another probe by Wilson led to the Commodore’s prosecution and imprisonment and the making of Nucky Johnson. Thus, Hart writes, just as Wilson’s “pet reforms paved the way for Frank Hague’s acquisition of dictatorial powers,” his campaign to bring down Kuehnle “opened the way for a younger, even more venal successor.” By this time, Nucky was not only county treasurer but secretary to the Republican County Committee, with “control over the party’s agenda and membership.”
City, Babette’s Supper Club, and Capone, to the Ziegfeld Theatre.” Finally, a most unlikely and improbable and no doubt fanciful entry in the Boardwalk Empire publishing sweepstakes is the Chalky White Children’s Book collection, which is profanely introduced on Hufﬁngton Post by Michael K. White, who plays Nucky’s African American partner in crime (and is still best known for the role of Omar in The Wire). Titles include The Littlest Bag of Heroin in Town, Klan Man, Klan Man, Where Are You?, The Stumbly Wumbly Whore, and Chalky’s favorite, Who Did Daddy Whack Today?
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“If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”
Woodrow Wilson, future U.S. President, and his wife Ellen standing in a garden at Princeton University in 1910.
is inauguration as the 28th President of the United States took place 101 years ago, but Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) is very much in the news these days. There is a hefty new biography, Wilson, published by Putnam, from Princeton University graduate A. Scott Berg (’71) that draws on previously inaccessible letters from Wilson’s daughter and his personal physician. Reviewers, for the most part, like the book. So, apparently, does actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who has optioned Wilson for a movie in which he plans to star. Powerful historical characters are not new to DiCaprio, who gave us the machinations of FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover in J. Edgar and the eerie perfectionism of the young Howard Hughes in The Aviator. The first was directed by Clint Eastwood, the second by Martin Scorsese. One could point to an already existing Princeton connection since DiCaprio played Jay Gatsby in a film version of the book by former Princeton student F.Scott Fitzgerald. The new movie will be produced by DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, and Berg. It should be interesting to see how much it hews to a book in which each chapter title draws on the New Testament, starting with “Ascension” and ending with “Resurrection.” It took Berg 13 years to detail a life that that he describes as “the most dramatic ever to unfold in the White House.” So far there is no indication of who will write and direct the new movie.
Portrait photograph of Woodrow Wilson circa 1875.
Berg had lots of additional material to draw on, of course. Princeton University Press has played a major role in preserving and understanding Wilson’s life, particularly with the publication, starting in 1966, of the Papers of Woodrow Wilson, edited by Arthur S. Link. “This was a man who wrote down everything he ever thought he felt,” Berg has observed, so it’s not surprising to learn that the entire set comprises 69 volumes.
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Although there was an earlier Wilson biopic (1944), it is unlikely to provide much inspiration for the newer treatment. Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck and clocking in at 154 minutes, Wilson is now described as “perhaps, the only box office disaster in the history of Hollywood to have received so many Oscar nominations (10), to have won as many Oscars as it did (5), and to have received so much critical acclaim.” Canadian actor Alexander Knox keeps his chin up and his expression determined as he portrays Wilson as president of Princeton University; his swift rise to president of the United States; through his sad decline and eventual death in 1924. Knox was 37 when the movie was shot; his upper lip gets stiffer and his hair gets grayer with the passage of time. The make-up department at Warner Brothers will have their work cut out for them if DiCaprio, who is 39, honors Berg’s wish to humanize Wilson during his life, while also following him to his death at 69.
Conversations about the new biography occasionally evoke parallels between the Wilson era and our own. Vanity Fair went so far as to enthuse that “with the prescience that all truly great biographers possess, Berg discovered in Woodrow Wilson a figure who would understand Washington’s current state of affairs.” Wilson and President Obama actually have quite a lot in common. Both have been described more than once as “aloof” and “scholarly.” A recent New York Times podcast refers to Wilson as “Professor-in-Chief” and David Remnick uses the same appellation for Obama in his latest New Yorker profile of the president. Both presidents are authors of books, and both have contended with recalcitrant (to say the least) Congresses. The current president’s devotion to his wife and daughters is well known. Wilson was also a devoted father to his three daughters, and there are many passionate love letters documenting his feelings for both of his wives, Edith, his first wife who was married to him in 1885 and died in 1914, and Ellen, whom he courted at the White House and was married to from 1915 until his death in 1924. Ellen is well known for assuming responsibility as a presidential surrogate after Wilson was badly compromised by a stroke in 1919.
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(TOP) President Woodrow Wilson in office. (BOTTOM) Woodrow Wilson casting his ballot at Mercer Engine Co. No. 3 in Princeton, New Jersey. Image courtesy of the Historical Society of Princeton.
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(FROM LEFT) Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will produce and star in an upcoming Woodrow Wilson Biopic. DiCaprio previously played a young Howard Hughes in Aviator. Pulitzer Prize–winning author A. Scott Berg has written a revelatory biography of Wilson. Wilson, who is seen in front of 72 Library Place, Princeton, a house he acquired in 1889, image courtesy of the Historical Society of Princeton.
Princeton has hosted film crews in the past, and it’s a good bet that the Berg-DiCaprio project will alight here for at least a few days. The Zanuck movie did, and, if it is to be believed, Knox’s Wilson was serenaded by beautifully attired Princeton men singing in perfect harmony at every turn. Wilson was still called “Tommy” (his first name was actually Thomas) when he entered Princeton as a member of the Class of 1879. He served as managing editor of the Daily Princetonian, organized a student club for discussion of public affairs, and was elected speaker of the American Whig Society, one of two principal campus groups at the time. He returned to Princeton as professor of jurisprudence in 1890, creating a strong pre-law curriculum. His supportive style endeared him students who voted him most popular teacher, and his idealism informed everything he did. In his “Princeton in the Nation’s Service,” speech delivered in 1896 during the University’s 150th anniversary, he told students and alumni, “You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement.” He reiterated this sentiment at his inauguration as the University’s president in 1902. It was in this same spirit that the University created the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs in 1930. In the 1990s, the motto was expanded by then-President Harold T. Shapiro to read “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations.” Although it was 25 times greater than the school’s annual budget, trustees immediately approved Wilson’s request for $12.5 million to beef up the University when he became president. Academic programs were created or recreated, and the school’s administrative structure revamped. Wilson’s energy and political independence captured the imagination of voters in New Jersey who elected him governor in
1910. The presidency of the United States followed in short order and, as Berg notes, “he came to the White House with a short resume: president of Princeton and two years as governor of New Jersey.” The University marked the 100th anniversary of Wilson’s election to the White House with an exhibition in the Firestone Library that included material drawn from the University Archives and the Public Policy Collection along with rare Wilson memorabilia loaned by Anthony W. Atkiss, a member of Princeton’s class of 1961.
“Since his death, no president has had a reputation with more ups and downs than his,” another Wilson biographer, John Milton Cooper, Jr., has observed. There are differences of opinion over his reluctance to enter World War I, and uncertainties about whether or not it was the right thing to do when he finally did it in 1917. A list of his domestic achievements, like the creation of the Federal Reserve, the income tax, and passage of anti-trust legislation is particularly impressive. He was the first president to name a Jew (Louis Brandeis) to the Supreme Court, but his administration’s race relations, as Cooper notes, were “sorry,” and included an attempt to segregate Federal offices. Berg concurs. “He was more of an idealist than I thought, but also more of a Southern racist, and more suppressive of dissent, going after [Socialist presidential candidate and pacifist Eugene V.] Debs the way he did.” Surely Wilson’s most profound series of ups and downs occurred in the years immediately following World War I. In his January 1918 Fourteen Points address, Wilson described a kind of humane “peace without victory” that appealed to both Americans and Europeans. He was the first president to go abroad, and his arrival in Paris was greeted by throngs of wildly appreciative citizens. (Cue the extras; this scene has Oscar written all over it and is a sure bet for DiCaprio’s Wilson.) Disappointed by
having to compromise with British, French, and Italian allies, Wilson’s plan for a League of Nations didn’t fare well with Congress when he returned home. A planned nationwide railroad campaign to take his proposals to the people had to be aborted when Wilson fell ill. The final blow was a stroke that occurred within days of his return to Washington.
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“The pathos of his life was more intense than I had imagined,” reports Berg. “Late in his administration, after his stroke, he sits in the East Room watching the documentary footage of his [triumphal 1919] arrival in Paris, and then he gets up and limps out of the room. It was just months earlier, and here was the ‘savior of the world’ now just this completely broken man, physically, mentally, emotionally. “When I started the book, I thought he was charmingly uncompromising,” recalls Berg. Later, Berg was struck by Wilson’s “incredible obstinacy,” a byproduct of staunch religious and moral values. “In the end I realized he shot himself in the foot, or worse, he stabbed himself in the heart.” The 63-year old author, whose previous books include a National Book Award winning biography of editor Max Perkins; a Pulitzer Prize-winning book about Charles Lindbergh; and a bestseller about Katherine Hepburn, continued to be inspired by Wilson, however. The resulting book has elicited some rave reviews, like one from The Washington News: “[it] succeeds magnificently in elucidating Woodrow Wilson the man. Quietly, methodically, intuitively, the author examines almost every aspect of his subject’s life, from the religious to the sexual and almost everything in between.” Los Angeles Times described Berg as a “a one-man band of research and writing.” “I don’t think of Wilson as messianic, but he was definitely a martyr,” concludes Berg. “He truly did feel he owed it to those who gave their lives. I’m inclined to think Wilson is the most passionate man who ever inhabited the White House.”
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isitors to this month’s Philadelphia Flower Show (March 1 to 9) may feel as though they’ve walked into MoMA instead. Taking their lead from the legendary American artist Alexander Calder (1898-1976), the designers have created an entrance garden inspired by his boldest and brightest work. Calder’s primary color palette makes “ARTiculture” the most colorful entrance garden to date and suspended elements bring to mind the artist’s famous kinetic abstracts. Considered among the 20th century’s most original and influential artists, Calder introduced us to “mobiles” and then to the monumental outdoor abstract non-kinetic sculptures that his friend Jean Arp differentiated as “stabiles.” Two of his most important pieces were recently installed on the lawn in front of the Princeton University Art Museum. Man and The Kite That Never Flew, both from 1967 and made of painted steel, are on loan from the Fisher Family Collection and will be on view through mid-June. According to Princeton University Art Museum Director James Steward, they are among Calder’s “most lasting achievements and place him among the masters of modern art.” Born in Pennsylvania into a family of artists, Calder was part artist and part scientist. He trained as an engineer at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken and is credited with some of the world’s first wholly abstract sculptures. His first mobiles were mechanized constructions; later he developed ingenious ways of balancing compositions of suspended sheet metal that would move in response to currents of air. Early exposure to the likes of Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró and Marcel Duchamp in Paris brought Calder into contact with the progressive art movements of the day, such as Surrealism, Dada, De Stijl and Constructivism. But Calder’s minimalist style is all his own, characterized by a use of industrial materials and a touch of whimsy. He makes you smile. For the next few months, the two loaned pieces from the Fisher Family will bring the number of Calder sculptures at Princeton University to three. Calder created Five Disks: One Empty for the University at the request of his friend and MoMA’s Founding Director Alfred Barr. It sits on the Fine Hall Plaza in the natural sciences section of the campus, where it is part of the University’s popular Putnam Collection of outdoor sculpture. Images of this piece and other outdoor sculptures on the campus can be viewed at: http://artmuseum.princeton. edu/campus-art. So much for what’s on view outside the Princeton University Art Museum; inside you will find a new exhibition of Italian drawings from the museum’s own collection of more than a thousand. Titled, 500 Years of Italian Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum, the exhibition features works from Michelangelo to Modigliani, with many from the Renaissance and Baroque periods and almost 100 that have rarely been on display. And as if that’s not enough reason to visit the Art Museum this spring, Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print, Masterworks from the Museum of Modern Art, New York provides another. Here is a different take on the artist best known for one of the most recognizable and much-parodied images in modern art.
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(OPPOSITE, LEFT) Alexander Calder, Man, 1967. Painted steel; The Kite that Never Flew, 1967. Painted steel, Fisher Family Collection © 2013 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / image courtesy the Princeton University Art Museum. (OPPOSITE, TOP) Michelangelo Buonarroti: Bust of a Youth and Caricature Head of an Old Man both in left proﬁle, ca. 1530. Black chalk on tan paper. Gift of Frank Jewett Mather Jr. Courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum. (OPPOSITE, BOTTOM) Edvard Munch, Anxiety, 1896. Lithograph, 57.1 x 43.1 cm. Museum of Modern Art, New York, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund (1656.1940). © 2013 The Munch Museum / The Munch-Ellingsen Group / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. (BELOW) Hangar March 6 by Mary Yess (early president of TAWA; director of Princeton Art Association when it became ARTWORKS in Trenton).
Among the world’s most valuable paintings, The Scream sold at auction in May 2012 for $120 million. But you won’t ﬁnd it here. Instead, this exhibition looks at the technical innovations that make the Norwegian artist one of the greatest printmakers of the modern era. The show examines 26 etchings, lithographs and woodcuts arranged according to the techniques Munch explored, from early etchings and drypoints made in Berlin in 1893, to the Frieze of Life painting cycle that he exhibited at the 1902 Berlin Secession. “Due to the nature and immediacy of his graphic achievement, the visual intensity of these prints plumbs depths that may be even greater than Munch’s paintings” says Steward. Not to be missed are two versions of The Kiss. One is an etching and drypoint and the other a color woodcut. In the former, the two lovers meld to become one iconic ﬁgure in contrast to the almost entirely abstract treatment of the latter, which is coarsely carved and printed from a weathered pine board. Other highlights are the lithographs Anxiety and Death in the Sick Room (both 1896) which evoke woodcut techniques fashionable in Parisian Art Nouveau circles at the time, and Madonna and Vampire II. Viewers will be entranced by the inﬂuences on Munch’s work, including Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. TRACING ARTIST INFLUENCE
Spotting inﬂuences and tracing connections is at the heart of Concentric Circles of Inﬂuence: The Birth of Artists’ Communities in Central New Jersey, a series of exhibitions supplemented by ﬁlm, gallery talks, and panel discussions celebrating the creativity of central New Jersey. Focusing on art communities that developed in the area beginning in the 1930s, Concentric Circles has related shows at the Historical Society of Princeton, the Arts Council of Princeton, and the Princeton Public Library, among other venues. Organizers Ilene Dube and Kate Somers set out to celebrate a group of women artists who came together to learn printmaking from Judith K. Brodsky in the 1960s. From this group, and other artists who established the Princeton Art Association (now ArtWorks in Trenton), other art collectives began to form. Dube and Somers’ project grew to encompass multiple groups with overlapping interests and inﬂuences. Hence Concentric Circles of Inﬂuence, which not only explores the origins of the Queenston Press and the Princeton Art Association but also those of the Trenton Artists Workshop Association and the Roosevelt Arts Project, which dates back to the 1930s. “We discovered that not only had the women artists’ group come together at this time, but other important artists in the area were taking classes with each other, interacting and inﬂuencing each other,” says Dube. “Although the artists of Roosevelt had formed in the 1930s, many were still active in the 1960s and ’70s, and knew the artists of the Queenston Press. In addition, there were connections to artists who had taught at Mercer County Community College, as well as the artists who formed the Trenton Artists Workshop Association.” In 1976, the Queenston Press produced The
Woman Portfolio, published by Brodsky and the late Zelda Laschever. Images from the portfolio of responses to the word “woman,” including prints by Brodsky, Yvonne Burk, Trudy Glucksberg, Lonnie Sue Johnson, Margaret Johnson, Joan Needham, Helen Schwartz, Marie Sturken, and Linda White, can be seen through April 15 in Concentric Circles of Inﬂuence: The Queenston Press, The Woman Portfolio at the Princeton Public Library. At the Historical Society of Princeton in Bainbridge House, through July 13, is another exhibition devoted to the work of the talented women of the Queenston Press and a portfolio of the prints they created for Princeton’s 1976 celebration of the American Bicentennial. Concentric Circles: The Queenston Press: The Bicentennial Portfolio charts the town’s growth and place in the nation’s history with prints of the Delaware and Raritan Canal, Nassau Hall, Morven, and the Princeton Cemetery, among others. Also through July 13, work inspired by the revolutionary war is on display in Concentric Circles: The Queenston Press Ten Crucial Days Portfolio at the Historical Society of Princeton’s Updike Farmstead. Man and The Kite That Never Flew by Alexander Calder will be on view through mid-June in front of the Princeton University Art Museum; 500 Years of Italian Drawings from the Princeton University Art Museum runs through May 11; Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print, Masterworks from the Museum of Modern Art, New York, through June 8. For more information and hours, visit: artmuseum.princeton.edu. For more on the various elements of Concentric Circles of Inﬂuence, visit: princetonhistory.org and princetonlibrary.org.
AREA EXHIBITS Grounds for Sculpture: Edwina Sandys: Provocative and Profound, paintings; William Knight: Out of Context, sculpture; also a retrospective of public and studio work by internationally acclaimed artist Athena Tacha, Sculpting With/ In Nature (1975-2013). For more information, visit www. groundsforsculpture.org. James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, Pa: Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries & Crafting Modernism, the ﬁrst-ever retrospective of the artist’s work documents his signiﬁcant role in the midcentury American studio furniture movement, through June 1. Evans achieved international acclaim for unique sculpted metal furniture. For more information, hours and admission, call 215.340.9800 or visit: www.MichenerArtMuseum.org. Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum on the Rutgers campus in New Brunswick: Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives through July 31; Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture, through July 13. For admission and hours, call 732.932.7237, ext. 610 or visit: www. zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu. Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street: The Age of Sail: A New Jersey Collection. For more information, hours and admission, call 609.924.8144 ext.106 or visit: www. morven.org. Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Del: Costumes of Downton Abbey, designs from the award-winning television series through January 4, 2015. For more information, hours and admission, visit: www. winterthur.org.
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Princeton’s Own Monuments Men By Linda Arntzenius P
icture this. Christmas Eve, 1945. A young American oﬀicer has been working for the past two years as part of a special unit, helping to safeguard historical monuments and artifacts from the ravages of war. He’s now at the collection point established for treasures looted by the Nazis and hidden in salt mines and remote castles. Every day brings truckloads of crates containing some of the greatest masterpieces in art history, including Botticelli’s Birth of Venus. His commanding oﬀicer has gone leaving orders that no boxes are to be opened. But isn’t Christmas a time for opening boxes? With his men looking on, Major Patrick “Joe” Kelleher pries open a lid and pulls out one heck of a plum—the bust of Nefertiti. It was a moment the future director of the Princeton University Art Museum would never forget.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Captain James Rorimer at Neuschwanstein with American GIs hand-carried paintings down the steps of the castle.
Bust of Nefertiti, the most famous of all Egyptian sculptures now sits (to Egyptian chagrin) in Berlin’s Neues Museum. Wikipedia.
Kelleher had been drafted into the army as a private at the start of World War II. When it came to light that he was an art historian from Princeton University, he was swiftly promoted to major and assigned to the group known as the “monuments men.” George Clooney’s film The Monuments Men celebrates the work of this group of art historians, museum curators, and art scholars like Kelleher who made up the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) unit. Formed under the Civil Affairs and Military Government Sections of the Allied Armies in 1943, MFAA was an unprecedented effort to safeguard historic and cultural monuments. As the war came to an end, its job was to find and ultimately return stolen artworks, rather than regard them as trophies or “spoils of war.” In addition to experts like the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s James Rorimer and George Stout of Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, both of whom are portrayed in The Monuments Men movie, these unlikely heroes included two future directors of the Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM), Ernest T. DeWald (1891-1968) and the aforementioned Patrick J. Kelleher (1917-1985), as well as many others with deep ties to Princeton. “Few institutions in the United States are more connected with the history and legacy of the monuments men than the Princeton University Art Museum,” says James Steward, PUAM’s current director. When The Monuments Men opened at the Princeton Garden Theatre last month, Steward led
Still missing: Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man, monumentsmenfoundation.org.
Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, was directed by and starred Clooney alongside Matt Damon, Bill Murray, and Cate Blanchett. It relates just a small portion of the story, and falls short in accurately portraying the breadth and depth of the knowledge and skills of the highlyeducated men and women whose achievements it sets out to honor. It is entertainment in Clooney’s Ocean’s Eleven vein—a group of eccentrics gathered for some seemingly hopeless endeavor. “You want us to do what? You realize we could all be shot? When do we start?” That sort of thing. Finding MonuMents Men
Patrick J. Kelleher, 1975, printed 1983. Gelatin silver print by Naomi Savage. Courtesy of the Princeton University Art Museum.
a post-screening discussion of the history behind the film. The movie was hardly commented upon. All the attention was on the history as described by Steward and Alfred Bush, the retired Firestone Library curator who knew both DeWald and Kelleher. The film, which was inspired by Robert M. Edsel’s book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes,
Author Robert Edsel came to his subject after moving to Florence, Italy. One day, while strolling across the Ponte Vecchio, the former Texan oilman wondered how the bridge had escaped destruction during World War II. His research led him to the MFAA and the “monuments men,” 17 of whom he tracked down and interviewed. In the spring of 1945, MFAA began finding mines, caves and castles filled with hundreds of thousands of stolen objects. Ultimately they would save five million artworks, tapestries, paintings, sculptures, church bells and stained glass, much of it intended to aggrandize Hitler via a new Fuhrermuseum he was planning to build in Linz, Austria. The frustrated artist was gathering a treasure trove that would outstrip Washington’s National Gallery of Art, which had opened in 1941,
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(OPPOSITE PAGE, clOckwISE frOm TOP lEfT) Johannes Vermeer The Astronomer; monuments man lt. col. Ernest T. Dewald makes his way up to the ruins of monte cassino; caravaggio, Portrait of a young woman; Adolf Hitler and Hermann Göring ‘acquiring’ artwork for their personal collections through looting and other illegal methods. merkers salt mine treasure trove. monumentsmenfoundation.org.
and other world museums. “Hitler’s ambition rivaled that of Napoleon,” notes Steward, for whom Edsel’s book and the Clooney film raise serious questions, such as “What is art worth; is it worth human life?” Steward points out that members of the MFAA were often at odds with combat troops in front line situations. In 2007, Edsel founded the non-profit Monuments Men Foundation to memorialize and celebrate the work of the MFAA and to highlight the number of artworks that have yet to be recovered. Missing works include Raphael’s Portrait of a Young Man, seen being destroyed by fire to dramatic effect in the film version of his book. The discovery just last year of a cache of modern paintings, including art by Picasso and Matisse, in the Munich apartment of the son of a prominent Nazi art dealer, has encouraged Edsel’s hopes. The Monuments Men Foundation welcomed the Clooney film as a way of engaging the public in the search for more lost art treasures. “This was the first time in history that an army had been fighting a war while officially seeking to reduce damage to the world’s cultural heritage,” says Steward. “General Dwight D. Eisenhower, supreme commander of the Allied forces, personally prohibited looting and destruction of buildings of cultural significance.” Eisenhower famously told his commanders just before D-Day: “Inevitably, in the path of our advance will be found historical monuments and cultural centers which symbolize to the world all that we are fighting to preserve.” His orders were to safeguard those treasures, where possible. While The Monuments Men movie alludes to a grab by the Soviet Trophy Commission, it makes no mention of the role played by the MFAA in Italy. “The movie leaves out at least 98 percent of what happened,” says Steward, who saw looted art treasures first-hand while working for a time as a curator at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. Treated to a private tour by fellow museum curators, he recalls Modernist works “acquired” during the war. Russia has yet to acknowledge some 2.5 million objects appropriated in 1945 as reparation against Germany. Such treasures include famous gold artifacts excavated by the 19th-century field archeologist Heinrich Schliemann at Troy. Princeton ScholarShiP
At 81, Bush, who retired a decade ago from the University’s Firestone library after a career spanning some 45 years, points out that in the 1920s and 1930s, Princeton students studying art history received such a broad education that they were equipped to contend with a range of art from European to Asian. Steward agrees, “And this, I think, accounts for men like DeWald and Kelleher being of such value in Europe where specialist skills in the art of medieval and Renaissance Europe were so desperately needed. This notion of expertise is something I don’t think the film captured very well—that what was needed went well beyond sleuthing skills and a certain jocular
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style or easy recognition of readily identifiable masterworks, but to expertise in condition, conservation, authentication, and research.” A scholar of Medieval and Renaissance art, DeWald completed his Ph.D. at Princeton in 1916 and joined the faculty in 1925, after serving in World War I. By the time he volunteered for WWII, he was middle-aged. He directed the Princeton Art Museum from 1947 until his retirement in 1960. A highlight of his tenure came in 1950, when the Austrian government allowed Johannes Vermeer’s The Art of Painting to come to Princeton on loan for a brief period.
St. Stephen’s crown of Hungary, wikipedia.
Kelleher, who led the Greater Hesse Division of the MFAA, immediately succeeded DeWald as PUAM director in 1960, serving until 1972. Like DeWald, Kelleher trained at Princeton, completing his Ph.D. in 1947. He was a specialist in early Christian art, which is perhaps why he was the perfect man to safeguard the priceless St. Stephen’s Crown, Hungary’s 1,000-year-old symbol of national sovereignty. As Bush, who heard the story many times from his friend, tells it, “The Hungarians were worried about what might happen when troops from Soviet Russia got into Budapest, and in order to prevent the crown falling into the hands of the Communists, they brought it to Joe for safe keeping.” The crown was ultimately shipped to the United States and held in Fort Knox until it was returned to Hungary in 1978. Kelleher, who authored a monograph titled, The Holy Crown of Hungary, had retired from the Princeton University Art Museum by then but he was called in to examine it one more time before it returned to Budapest, where it is now on display in the National Museum.
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While The Monuments Men film focuses on the end of the war, efforts actually began much earlier with many academic institutions playing their part. The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton is a case in point. Institute Director Frank Aydelotte recorded in his annual report for 1945 that 15 of the institution’s 18 faculty members “gave part or all of their time to war work.” At the IAS, the brightest and best did not bury their heads in their studies when it came to what was going on in Europe. How could they? Many of them were well-acquainted with Hitler’s Germany. Erwin Panofsky (1892-1968), for example, lost some 35 relatives in concentration camps. The art historian and essayist, whose famous books include The Life and Art of Albrecht Dürer (1943) and Studies in Iconology (1939), became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 1940 and helped the Commission for the Preservation of Cultural Monuments. He contributed to the preparation of maps and tables of information about cultural monuments in Germany for use by the American air force and artillery. It was hoped that such information use might help to minimize bomb damage to cultural and historical treasures there. As a Jew, Panofsky’s tenure at the University of Hamburg ended abruptly with the enactment of Nazi laws in 1933. In 1935 he joined the faculty of the Institute. Recounting his experience of immigration to America, he wryly observed that the cable notifiying him of his dismissal from his German university position was sealed with “Cordial Easter Greetings, Western Union.” The German-born art historian Kurt Weitzmann (1904-1993), a specialist in Byzantine and Medieval art, also assisted the cultural monuments preservation project. Weitzmann had faced persecution in Germany when he refused to join the Nazi party. He immigrated to the United States in 1935 and found a place at the Institute, where he remained until 1972. While IAS scientists and mathematicians such as John von Neumann and Marston Morse did their bit in terms of ordinance work, humanists like Elias Lowe worked on a list of important archives and libraries in Italy. Others edited handbooks of the art treasures in Italy and Paris. Elsewhere in Aydelotte’s report, the faculty’s current research is given, resulting in a charming juxtaposition that speaks volumes about the IAS. Next to mention of von Neumann’s current interests for 1945 (logics of quantum mechanics; high speed computing and its applications; shock waves and their interaction) are those of Otto E. Neugebauer— the Babylonian theory of the moon. A case of life, once again, trumping fiction.
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Many members of the MFAA went on to become directors and curators of museums like the Met, MoMA, the National Gallery of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and many others. Assistant director of the Princeton University Art Museum Caroline Harris has been compiling a list of other Monuments Men with ties to the university. They include architect Jonathan Tupper Morey, a graduate of Princeton Country Day School and Lawrenceville School, who earned his master’s in architecture in 1940 and then served as captain in the Army Engineer Corps during WWII and stayed on in the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives unit; Perry Blythe Cott, who later became chief curator at the National Gallery of Art; S. Laine Faison, Jr., who taught a generation of art historians and future museum directors at Williams College, sometimes referred to as “the Williams mafia”; Harry Dobson Miller Grier, who directed the Frick for 20 years; Calvin S. Hathaway, a curator of Decorative Arts at Philadelphia Museum of Art and director at Cooper Hewitt; Everett Parker (Bill) Lesley Jr., who became curator of Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art; Charles Parkhurst, whose career path included curatorship at the National Gallery of Art, teaching at Oberlin and directing its museum, before becoming director of the Baltimore Museum of Art 1962-70 and assistant director and chief curator of the National Gallery of Art 1971-83; and Craig Hugh Smyth, who worked at the National Gallery and had a long academic career at the Frick and the Institute for Fine Arts. The MFAA ultimately grew to include some 345 from thirteen nations. For more on The Monuments Men Foundation, visit: www.monumentsmenfoundation.org.
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9AM-4PM 20th Annual Eden Autism Services’ Princeton Lecture Series at Princeton University. Presenters from Harvard Medical School, University of South Florida, and Virginia Commonwealth University will lecture on all aspects of autism. The day-long event includes breakfast and lunch. www. princetonlectureseries.org.
7PM The College of New Jersey’s 6th Annual LUNAFEST film festival, celebrating women around the globe. Nine short films will be screened. All proceeds benefit The Breast Cancer Fund. www. lunafest.org/ewing0328.
7:30PM Stephen Wadsworth makes his triumphant return to McCarter Theatre with The Figaro Plays, two new translations of the great operas, The Marriage of Figaro and The Barber of Seville (both shows run through May 4). www.mccarter.org.
6-10PM American Red Cross “Celebrate Red” gala at the TPC Jasna Polana estate in Princeton. The evening includes dinner, music by The Franklin & Alison Orchestra, and a live auction. www.tpc.com/ jasnapolana.
Saturday, March 22 11AM Olympic runner Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano, authors of the bestseller Running the Edge, speak at the Princeton YMCA. www. princetonymca.org.
Monday, March 24 7-9PM Author Chang-Rae Lee delivers a talk and signs copies of his new novel On Such a Full Sea at the Princeton Public Library. www.princetonlibrary.org.
thurSday, March 27 6PM In collaboration with the Historical Society of Princeton, author Richard Smith discusses his loving tribute to the personalities of Princeton, Legendary Locals of Princeton, at Labyrinth Books. www. labyrinthbooks.com.
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8PM The Institute for Advanced Study’s Edward T. Cone Concert Series presents the Argento Ensemble who will perform Sebastian Currier’s Deep Sky Objects, a cycle of songs that portray loving and longing on an intergalactic scale (also on March 29). www.ias.edu.
Saturday, March 29 NOON Princeton University mens baseball vs. Harvard at Clarke Field.
Sunday, March 30 1-4PM 2014 Philadelphia Bridal Ball at The Rittenhouse Hotel. This event showcases the hottest bridal trends in dresses, designs, jewelry, and accessories. www. weddingthingz.com. 4PM Actress and comedian Lily Tomlin performs a side-splitting night of stand-up at the State Theatre of New Jersey in New Brunswick. www.statetheatrenj.org.
Friday, april 4 7-11PM The “Celebration of Suds” better known as The Atlantic City Beer Fest returns to The Atlantic City Convention Center. Perfect for beer aficionados and casual beer drinkers, alike (runs through April 5). www.atlanticcitynj.com.
Saturday, april 5 9AM-6PM Visit Longwood Gardens to admire the vibrant display of spring flowers. Blooming tulips, azaleas, Virginia bluebells, dogwoods, wisteria, and more will be on view through the end of May. www. longwoodgardens.org. 1PM Princeton University womens lacrosse vs. Yale at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
Monday, april 7 8PM Frédéric Mitterrand, Former French Minister of Culture, delivers a free, public lecture at Princeton University’s McCosh Hall. www.lectures.princeton.edu.
WedneSday, april 9 7PM America’s top Olympic figure skaters from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi headline this season’s all-new Stars on Ice Tour at the Prudential Center in Newark. www.prucenter.com.
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12PM Trivia Challenge for a Cure at Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Proceeds will beneﬁt the “Pink Ribbon Posse” and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Questions will include history of the Phillies team.
6PM The Arts Council of Princeton’s signature spring arts fundraiser, Pinot to Picasso, returns with new arts exhibits, wine from around the world, and gourmet food tastings. Revenue raised from Pinot to Picasso beneﬁts the Anne Reeves Fund, which supports community arts offerings and the Artist-inResidence program. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.
10AM-3PM Friendship Circle’s Annual Expo featuring special needs resources, exhibitors, motivational speakers, and prizes at Princeton Day School. Call 609.683.7240 for more details.
1PM Princeton University mens lacrosse vs. Dartmouth at Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.
TUESDAY, APRIL 15 7:30PM Rutgers Theater Company performs The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare and directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel— a cautionary political tale about envy and ambition in ancient Rome. Showings run through May 4 at the Levin Theater on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University.
THURSDAY, APRIL 17 8PM Folk rock singer Amos Lee performs at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ.
SATURDAY, APRIL 19 10AM-4PM Celebrate the arrival of spring at Terhune Orchards with the annual “Bunny Chase” over Easter weekend (also on April 20). www. terhuneorchards.com.
THURSDAY, APRIL 24 7AM-6PM Track and ﬁeld athletes from around the world gather together for the Penn Relays on the campus of University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The multi-day event attracts more track and ﬁeld athletes than the Olympic Games (continues through April 26). www.thepennrelays.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26 TBD Princeton, Yale, and Cornell rowing teams battle for The Carnegie Cup at this historic rowing competition on Lake Carnegie. 5:30PM S.A.V.E. Animal Shelter’s 14th Annual Spring Gala Beneﬁt, “It’s Reigning Cats and Dogs,” at the Princeton Airport. www.save-animals.org. 8PM The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs The Wizard of Oz’s famous musical score at Prudential Hall in Newark. Conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. www.njpac.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27 11AM-4PM Did you know that Grounds for Sculpture was once the site of the New Jersey State Fairgrounds? 2014 marks the 350th anniversary of New Jersey’s statehood and to celebrate, GFS is hosting “Day at the Fair,” a State Fair-style festival including a petting zoo, food, and live entertainment. www. groundsforsculpture.org. 1-6PM A favorite Princeton tradition, Communiversity Festival of the Arts in downtown Princeton attracts nearly 40,000 visitors with a range of outdoor performers and vendors including dancers, musicians, food, breweries, artists, and crafters. www.artscouncilofprinceton.org.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 7:30PM The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet performs an eclectic repertoire of dance favorites, from David Parsons to Twyla Tharp, at McCarter Theatre. www. mccarter.org. 7:30PM British actor and comedian Eddie Izzard performs his surreal stand-up Force Majeure at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. www. njpac.org.
THURSDAY, MAY 8 8PM The students of L’Avant Scène read excerpts from Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni’s Gl’innamorati (The Lovers) at the Princeton University Art Museum. The reading will be conducted entirely in Italian. www.artmuseum. princeton.edu.
SATURDAY, MAY 10 7PM Mother’s Day Music Festival at the Atlantic City Boardwalk featuring celebrated soul and R&B artists Charlie Wilson, Gladys Knight, and Bobby Brown. www.atlaticcitynj.com. 7PM West Windsor Arts Center’s Saturday Film Series presents Frozen River, a 2008 American crime drama set in the North Country of Upstate New York. The ﬁlm screening will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Jody Miller, a professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice. www.westwindsorartscenter.org. MARCH/APRIL 2014 PRINCETON MAGAZINE
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Downton Abbey depicts the lives of the noble Crawley family and the staff who serve them, set at their Edwardian country house starting in 1912. The sumptuous gowns and stunning ensembles worn by the upstairs inhabitants of the magnificent house are so striking that they are almost characters in themselves.
hen Downton Abbey fans talk about the television series that has dominated PBS-TV’s “Masterpiece” ratings for the past three years, the topic of costumes is bound to come up. The sumptuous gowns and stunning ensembles worn by the upstairs inhabitants of the magnificent house are so striking that they are almost characters in themselves. What Downton fan can forget Mary’s beaded, deep red dress from Season One? What about Sybil’s daring harem pants? Or Edith’s wedding gown, with the headdress she flung over Downton’s balcony after she was abandoned at the altar by Sir Anthony Strallan? Die-hard fans and anyone with an interest in early 20th century fashion can get a close-up look at these and other examples of sartorial splendor at “Costumes of Downton Abbey,” recently opened at the Wintherthur Museum near Wilmington, Delaware. The show will remain on view at the museum, which is housed in the former home of the du Pont family – an impressive country house in itself – through next January. “There is nothing else like this going on anywhere,” said Maddie Lidz, one of three curators for the show. “It came about through personal
relationships that Tom Savage, our Director of Museum Affairs, had in England. He does very exclusive trips there every year, and he knows everybody, which reflects the whole country house history, really.” One of those relationships is with Julian Fellowes, the creator and writer of Downton Abbey. Once the director of Winterthur, a big fan of the show, asked Savage if he thought an exhibit related to the television program was possible, Savage got in touch with Fellowes. “A tête-à-tête was arranged, and pretty soon they were clinking glasses and the contract was signed,” Lidz said. “Then Tom asked me and my colleagues Jeff Gruff and Chris Strand to become the curators, and we’ve been doing the nuts and bolts ever since.” Lidz is the museum’s estate historian, while Gruff heads public programs and Strand directs the 60-acre gardens. Planning the exhibit has been a learning experience for all of them. “This is not my field. I’m not a costume historian. So I’m coming in at the level of most of our visitors,” Lidz said. “We are all interested in the history of the American country estate. We’re approaching it from a social history point of view. We wanted to organize the costumes so there was some meaning beyond just the show.”
The 40 costumes in the show are being lent by Cosprop, which is a costumier to film, theater, and television. The team has organized the exhibit as a “day in the life” of a country estate. Using Downton costumes the television series no longer needs, the show is a chronological tour, via clothing a man and a woman might wear at different points in the day. While the elaborate dresses and suits worn by the Crawley family are more varied than those of the people who serve them, the exhibit is by no means limited to the aristocrats. “It’s upstairs and downstairs,” Lidz said. “Through the costumes, we’re able to show the servants’ roles. We have Daisy and Mrs. Patmore in the kitchen, Mrs. Hughes the head housekeeper, Thomas the evil footman, and Mr. Carson, the butler.” The importance of costumes to Downton Abbey is detailed in Behind the Scenes at Downton Abbey, the latest book about the series, written by Emma Rowley. “The costume designer is really part of the producing team, because she has a huge amount to do with the telling of the story,” Rowley quotes executive producer Gareth Neame. Lily James, who plays Crawley niece Rose, says, “It’s an incredible thing to wear an evening dress and immediately feel you are back in that time. The cut, the feel of it changes the way you move.”
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This coat worn by Shirley MacLaine is among the costumes on display at Winterthur, as are those worn by Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville.
While many of the items are found at vintage fairs or at costume houses, the book relates, most are created for the show. Sometimes a piece of fragile, vintage material is incorporated into a costume that is made from scratch. Inspiration comes from many sources, including historic photos and detailed illustrations from the period. Lidz traveled to London and met with Caroline McCall, the costume designer for the show. “One of the things she told me was how with Daisy, the kitchen maid, her costumes are part of her character and provide information that help the viewer to understand things,” Lidz said. “They show her status. Once she is elevated to become assistant cook, she gets a proper white apron and a more elegant dress.” The costumiers took Lidz to the fabric warehouse where bolts of luxurious materials are kept. “I felt the fabrics. I felt the material Lord Grantham’s suit would be made of,” she said. “It’s vicuña wool, which is amazing – a more expensive fabric than cashmere. This would be the highest quality suit they would have, I was told. I knew we had to have that for people to feel in the exhibit. So we bought some of that material so that people can touch it. A suit made from this fabric today would cost between $20,000 and $30,000.” The exhibit begins with Anna, a key character in the series. “We start with her before she was the lady’s maid, wearing a morning parlor maid costume,” Lidz said. “Then her costume changes.
Part of this is that even the servants had to change their clothes during the day. We have Carson the butler’s evening dress with white tie. We talk about what the difference was between the white tie outfit of the butler, and the white tie outfit of Matthew, upstairs.” Bringing the history of Winterthur into the exhibit was a goal from the beginning. “I’m very interested in the American country estate,” Lidz said. “Winterthur was a private residence in the same time period as that of Downton Abbey. What is the difference between an American and a British estate? One very significant difference, we’ve found, is that the drama at Downton really turns on keeping the family in the big house. In this country, that’s not the case. There’s nobody lobbying to get the Vanderbilts back at Newport. No du Ponts live at Winterthur anymore. We think of it as something special if a house like this is still in private hands.” Lavish estates in the United States are almost always about a person, not a family. “That’s a big cultural gulf,” Lidz said. “Another is that in Britain, they say ‘servant’ without too much of a problem. Here, we say ‘help,’ ‘staff,’ or ‘employees.’ We use words that emphasize the pay-for-labor swap, not the status difference. And that’s been true since the nineteenth century.” The exhibit uses a lot of quotes from Oscar Wilde. Tidbits about the du Pont family and some of their servants are included. “We do a lot about what a housemaid, butler, and footman do,” Lidz said.
“We have a section on how the du Ponts had tea at Winterthur. They had one kind of tea all the time, from Boston. We’ll have that at the show for people to try.” Programming throughout the run of the exhibit will include a focus on how people live in British country estates today, with a visit from Simon Howard of Castle Howard (setting for the 1981 “Masterpiece Theater” series Brideshead Revisited), scheduled. Specialists – even one whose field is corsetry – will also make appearances. As for whether Lady Violet, Lord Grantham, Lady Mary or Tom Branson might make a showing at the opening or sometime during the year, Lidz was demure. “We have a wide range of things scheduled,” she said. “I can’t say right now about whether any of the actors or writers will be here – not yet.”
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and Three Little Bears Sitting on Chairs BY ILENE DUBE / PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDREW WILKINSON The world brought to life in children’s literature thrives in a region that celebrates with libraries, bookstores and festivals. On trains and planes, on the beach or in an overstuffed chair by the fire, the written word is served up on electronic devices, but those under age 8 are still turning the pages between cloth covers. Children, and the adults who love to read to them, can still escape into the magical world of wild things and the night kitchen, green eggs and ham and a purple crayon that can make all nine kinds of pie Harold likes best, and say goodnight to the great green room and the telephone.
An understanding of literary characters is one of the first ways a young child has of making sense of what it is to be human, says Kay Vandergrift’s Children’s Literature page on the Rutgers University website. “We all come to know more clearly who and what we are while reaching out, imaginatively, for what we might become.” It is no surprise that Princeton, with its academic institutions and intellectual pursuits, is hot for children’s literature, with the nation’s
largest children’s book festival taking place every September in Hinds Plaza. Many of the authors and publishers either live or are from here, and Princeton University’s Firestone Library includes a children’s library with holdings going back to the 15th century. The Cotsen Library’s public reading space with a two-story bonsai tree brings the world of picture books to life. Ik-Joong Kang’s “Happy World” mural, Tom Nussbaum’s playful sculptures and Faith Ringgold’s “Tar Beach” mosaic welcome children and their families to the Princeton Public Library, where the youth services department is planning its ninth annual Children’s Book Festival for Sept. 20. Festival Coordinator and Youth Services Librarian Allison Santos recalls how it began with 22 very local authors, and grew to include 86 authors from across the country, drawing a crowd of 4,000 in 2013. Authors vie to participate. “We even have unique artwork created for us,” says Santos, whose office displays posters designed by children’s book illustrators Sophie Blackall, Peter Brown and John Rocco—the latter includes the library building in the background. The festival has been cherished by the community from its inception. Princeton is passionate about reading, writing and education, says Santos, who sees families leaving the library with stacks of books during summer reading clubs.
The Bear and the Books “We live in an educated priveleged corner of the country and parents are very interested in their children becoming readers,” says Bobbie Fishman, who owns The Bear and the Books in Hopewell. “Part of that culture involves starting early.” Fishman was formerly children’s book buyer at Micawber Books, Princeton’s dearly departed independent bookstore, which featured an outstanding children’s collection. When Micawber
closed in 2007, Fishman went to start the children’s section at Labyrinth Books, remaining there until spring 2012. In October 2013 she opened The Bear and the Books on Hopewell’s Broad Street. The opportunity came to her while out walking. The Hopewell resident learned that Dharma Books—“an off beat, beatnik bookstore with ’60s books”—had shuttered its doors. With some paint and carpentry, the formerly dark space could become a childhood fantasy world. Fishman painted the walls yellow. She put barn siding on the floor, and had custom shelves built from framing timbers, as well as a table and cash desk. Her friend Jody Olcott, who runs the shop Ebb next door, painted the sign, modeled on pub signs Fishman saw while visiting her daughter at Oxford. She also turned the front windows into display shelves that can be seen from both sides. Can you find the secret painting? Look for the stools painted with an elephant and hedgehog. Continue searching under the little desk—only those small enough to crawl under can see it. “I never cared what I did but about what it could teach me,” says the former freelance editor and Crossroads Nursery School teacher (1989-
1992), rocking in a small chair surrounded by neatly stacked shelves of picture books. As an editor Fishman had worked with writers to develop medical, humanities and art history textbooks (“I was a fantastic editor because I knew nothing and could advise authors on what needed to be explained”). Micawber owner Logan Fox knew her as a customer and invited her to join his staff. It took several years for her to break away from her editing and accept his offer in 1998. “It was the best job in the world, I loved my customers and what I did,” she recollects. Fishman says she will only sell what she can stand behind. As an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence, she learned from Grace Paley that “real writing isn’t something you know about until you’re in the middle of it and you can’t know what’s going to happen, you have to let it happen and listen to it.
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“That’s what makes the difference between merchandized books and real books—either you have a story to tell or you don’t,” she continues. This is the criteria she uses to select books from the samples she gets from publishers. She describes it as an instinctual sense. “Some feel genre driven—there are hot subjects and you know the books were written to sell. Kids want to read them because it’s all they see—if everything out there is the same, kids think that’s what they’re supposed to read. But if you tell a kid about a good book they’ll read it. I do think readers recognize good books and they will sell. Kids will get tired of merchandized books and will hunger for more.” Books in series can be comforting to a reader, she admits. “When you’re just learning to read, you want something that bolsters confidence and you don’t want to have to meet new characters.” Fishman and her husband raised their own children without TV. “I was a huge TV watcher as a child but by high school I couldn’t stand the sound.” She read aloud to her children until they were 12. Her son, 30, now in his second year of law school, likes writing, and her daughter, 28, who is finishing her dissertation at Oxford, still enjoys
reading children’s books. “Good readers never outgrow a good book,” says Fishman. “Good readers go back and reread.” The Bear and the Books does not offer story hour. “I believe in reading out loud but it’s not an event you go to,” says Fishman. “I’d be happy to read to anyone at any time but not as a scheduled performance.” Both Santos and Fishman agree that children still love to read books and digital devices have not yet impinged on this. “The publishers don’t offer much in children’s literature for digital devices,” says Santos. “Parents still like to put physical books in children’s hands. The size of the page and the placement of the text can’t be replicated on an e-reader, and the page and picture tell the story— even if you’re not reading the words. A digital device doesn’t capture that.”
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SPRINGTIME, WITH HORSES
(top) olympic Show Jumping Medalist Chris Kappler at the 2013 princeton Show Jumping shows at Hunter Farms. (below) Hunter Farms North in Skillman, New Jersey. Images courtesy of Hunter Farms.
ue the daffodils, already. Cue the color green and warm, evening strolls without fear of frostbite. And because this is Princeton, cue the squeak of saddle leather and the sound of hooves pounding the dirt of a freshly-turned outdoor ring. It is springtime, and in Princeton that means all the well-earned rewards of seasonal renewal, and horses, too. The country’s elite riders and horses have already begun their spring migration up the East Coast from winter training grounds in Florida and South Carolina. Although the show circuit is underway, it would not be complete without stops in the Princeton area for some of the country’s premier equestrian show jumping and three-day eventing. National champions and international riders descend on four major farms in the Princeton region as they attempt to rack up qualifying points for the big year-end shows, particularly those in Washington, D.C, and Harrisburg. Among the top-notch venues in the area are Hunter Farms in Princeton and in Skillman; the United States Equestrian Team training facility at Hamilton Farm in Gladstone; the Horse Park of New Jersey, in Allentown; and the Bucks County Horse Park, in Revere, Pennsylvania. SHOWJUMPING DOWN THE STREET
Nearly 30 years ago, United States Equestrian Team veteran Andrew H. Philbrick arrived at Hunter Farms in Princeton to find a 1960s-era riding stable in financial ruin. Since then, Philbrick has built the farm into a world-class horse facility with show and training rings, riding fields, and 37 boarding stalls. The Farm today, located off The Great Road and at Hunter Farms North, its new, 110-acre facility in Skillman, offers two large show rings, two warmup rings, three grass Grand Prix Derby fields and an all-weather Grand Prix ring, complete with pure silica sand for the surest equine footing. Hunter Farm’s horses and riders have competed in Olympic, World Cup, and World Championship shows and jumping contests. Philbrick himself represented the United States Equestrian Team in the Olympic Team Trials and at international shows in Dublin, Rome, Madrid, Calgary and Barcelona. He won seven Grand Prix championships in one year, and was formerly ranked in the top 100 of the World Jumper Riders index. “Hunter Farms is a very unique farm in that we have, for 30 years, run a riding program for the general public by someone who has ridden on national teams and competed internationally,” said Philbrick. “And yet we also have this elite rider training program that we do at the same time. We also have 400-500 of the sport’s top competitors coming to every Princeton Show Jumping competition—and they’re coming from all over the world.” Philbrick pointed out that spectators are not squirreled away in enclosed stands, but are “standing ringside with” World Cup finalists and Olympic riders. “Where else can you find that? And we are right down the road,” said Philbrick.
Through its show entity, Princeton Show Jumping, Hunter Farms will host its first major contests of the season in April. The first show will be held April 16 through April 20; the second will be April 23 through April 27. Family Days will be held on the Sunday of each show (the 20th and the 27th), and will both feature the Grand Prix jumping event. Family days feature pony rides, face painting, horseless horse shows, and frisbee-dog contests. Covered bleacher seating is available. Spectators are also welcome to bring their own chairs or blankets to set up on the grass hill next to the show ring. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Additional show jumping contests will be held June 25 through June 29; July 2 through July 6; July 9 through July 13; and August 20 through August 24. Hunter Farms also offers summer riding instruction for the beginner to the advanced rider. For more information on the Hunter Farms series
of show jumping contests, visit the website at www. princetonshowjumping.com, or www.hunterfarms.us. HEAVEN FOR THE HORSEY SET
The United States Equestrian Team’s training and home facility at Hamilton Farm in Gladstone is about as a close to horse heaven as it could possibly be. The deservedly famous stable has an ornate interior with carriage rooms, tile walls, terrazzo floors and brass fittings in a presentation that makes one feel horses that live there are very lucky animals, indeed. The central entrance leads to a tiled octagonal foyer with fired-brick walls and floors, a split-level stable and a second-floor trophy room and library. First purchased as a private farm and showplace for Wall Street financier James Cox Brady in 1911, and named for his wife Elizabeth Jane Hamilton Brady, the Farm eventually spanned 5,000 acres and
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three counties. It held prize dairy and beef cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and other fowl. But there was never any doubt that horses were the main event. The USET was founded in 1950, but did not join with Hamilton Farms until 1961. Today, Hamilton Farm features 54 box stalls; an outdoor competition arena; a large grass area for multiple competitions, and a grove for vendors; and two warm-up rings for horse shows. The facilities can accommodate any of the so-called High Performance horse disciplines, including dressage, driving, show jumping, and vaulting, among others. The facility holds public show events through the year. This season opens with the New Jersey Region Pony Club Dressage Show on Sunday, April 6; the New Jersey Region Pony Club Rally on April 26 and 27; the GEA Pleasure Driving Event May 2 to 4 at the Pine Meadow Venue; and the 2014 U.S. Dressage Festival of Champions and WEG Selection Trials from June 12 to 15. The United States Equestrian Team website is located at www.uset.org. WORLD-CLASS EVENTING
The New Jersey Horse Park in Allentown is a rare, collaborative property of state government and private not-for-profit groups, which have come together to build a world-class facility for the horse. The site, on Route 524 about seven miles off the New Jersey Turnpike, has two large show rings, a schooling ring, a Grand Prix ring, a large grassy tailgate area, an indoor arena and stable areas. While the Park supports a year-round series of clinics, shows and activities, its premier public experience is the Jersey Fresh International Three-
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Day Event. This exciting, well-attended event will be held this year from May 8 to 11. Day One of Jersey Fresh will feature a dressage contest, which highlights the beauty and grace of the competing horses as they proceed individually through a complicated program of precise, full-ring maneuvers, in which rider and horse appear to move in complete concert. Each movement in the series is scored separately, and overall precision and harmony is taken into consideration before final scoring. Day Two is a fast, cross-country endurance contest performed over a four-mile field course. It includes 24 to 36 fixed and solid obstacles—fences, ditches, bank jumps, and water complexes. Spectators flock along the sides of the course, and watch the action from the sidelines. Day Three is a show jumping contest in an enclosed ring over 12 to 15 colored fences of varying height and spread. Jersey Fresh is a Federation Equestre Internationale-sanctioned event. The FEI is the sole international authority in registered dressage, show jumping, three-day eventing, driving, endurance riding and vaulting. You can visit the New Jersey Horse Park website at horseparkofnewjersey.com BUCKS PARK FOR HORSES
The Bucks County Horse Park in Revere, Pennsylvania is a non-profit center that operates as part of Bucks County’s park system. The Horse Park provides a theater for some 50 competitions each year between March and November, which attract over 5,000 competitors and spectators. These competitions make full use of the park’s facilities, including
driving, hunter paces and chases, and miles of trail rides and judged classes. Both English and Western riders stage shows at the show rings. The opening competitions this year begin with a Sunday, March 23 “Mix N Match” show, with a dressage competition, a stadium jumping course, and four cross-country courses. A Combined Test and Schooling Dressage Show takes place Sunday, April 6, and will include both dressage and stadium jumping. Other shows include a Friday, April 18 Eventing show; the Sunday, April 27 Spring Hunt Pace; and a Saturday, May 3 Dressage show. Shows, including hunter paces, dressage, judged trail rides, and stadium jumping shows continue throughout the spring and summer. For more information on the Bucks County Horse Park, visit the website at www. buckscountyhorsepark.org. Although the event itself is slightly off-area, no survey of the spring horse experience would be complete without a nod to the granddaddy of springtime shows, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which will be held in Devon, Pennsylvania from May 22 to June 1. It started as a one-day show in 1896, and has grown into one of the largest and most prestigious horse events in the country. With classes in equitation, hunting, jumping, driving, coaching and pony classes, the 11-day event features some of the highest-performing horses and riders on the show circuit. The highlight of the show is the Thursday, May 29 Grand Prix evening jump-off. A country fair, with booths of food, clothing and country gift items for sale, rounds out of the offering. For more information, visit the Devon Horse Show website at www.devonhorseshow.net.
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ew Jersey is gifted with approximately 217 miles of coastline. During the summer months, it is not uncommon to hear discussions of your neighbor’s “shore” house or when the family reunion is planned at one of the local beach rentals. In fact, ask anyone who was raised in New Jersey what their fondest childhood memories are and they will undoubtedly mention summers spent “down the shore.” For such a small state, each beach is unique in its own way. While Ocean City is alcohol-free and kid-oriented, Asbury Park is rock and roll, and Spring Lake is country club chic. No matter where your summertime memories reside, the shore is entwined within many New Jersey residents’ identity and it can’t be ignored.
long “multiuse path” through Sandy Hook. Another attraction is the Sandy Hook Lighthouse built in 1764. It is the oldest working lighthouse in the US and was originally built as a guiding light for ship captains entering New York Harbor. Not to be overlooked are Sandy Hook’s beaches, which feature public conveniences like restrooms and snack bars. Sandy Hook’s North Beach and South Beach are family friendly and monitored by lifeguards. For those who are interested, Gunnison Beach is a registered nude beach, which means that clothing is entirely optional.
Sandy Hook is a narrow barrier spit located in the Northeastern corner of New Jersey. The community was notoriously hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy with roadways, homes, beaches, and businesses suffering severe losses. Thankfully, summer 2014 looks bright. This sliver of land mass encloses the southern entrance of Lower New York Bay, making it a convenient stop for ships before anchoring in New York Harbor. The now defunct Fort Hancock located in Sandy Hook was once an important U.S. military base defending the New Jersey coastline and the entrance to New York Harbor and is now part of the National Parks System. Getting to Sandy Hook from New York is part of the appeal. The journey is a 30-minute ferry ride from Manhattan. Sea Streak operates regular ferries to Sandy Hook. Exchanging Manhattan in July for Atlantic Ocean views and fresh, salt air comes as a welcome relief and change of scenery. It is also recommended that visitors bring bikes onto the ferry, which they can then use on the 5.5-mile
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(top) Sandy Hook Lighthouse; (rigHt) Sea Streak ferry; (bottom) View of New York City from Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
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(Top) The Stone pony, Asbury park; (boTToM) Jersey Shore premium outlets, Tinton Falls; (rIghT) Yachts off shore of bay head, New Jersey.
Even before Bruce Springsteen immortalized this Shore town on his debut album cover, Greetings From Asbury Park, the place was known as a top destination for live music. Modern-day musicians with strong ties to Asbury Park in addition to Springsteen include Bon Jovi, Patti Smith, The Ramones, and The Clash. Now more than ever, Asbury Park maintains a vibrant nightlife. Popular clubs dating back to the 1960s and 1970s include The Stone Pony, The Saint (formerly known as the Clover Club), and Asbury Lanes, a functioning bowling alley and music venue. Both the downtown and boardwalk have undergone recent renovations and visitors will find that these areas are filled with newly opened restaurants, hotels, and condominiums. Another fun attraction is the Jersey Shore Premium Outlets, located just ten minutes away by car in Tinton Falls. These outlets are a point of interest for shoppers from all over New Jersey. Here, you can purchase a coveted Kate Spade bag, find the perfect Theory dress, or buy a new jacket from Burberry. With beaches, bars, and local theater’s celebrating LGBT causes and events, Asbury Park has become a popular destination for the gay community. This is also reflected at Asbury Park’s beaches, where the Jersey Pride celebration is usually held in June of each year. sPring LAke
Spring Lake is a small beach resort town located in Central New Jersey. Historically, the town was a much frequented vacation spot for the wealthy families of the Gilded Age who also built homes in Newport, Rhode Island and Bar Harbor, Maine. The largely residential community maintains an attitude of quiet sophistication reflected in the well-kept lawns and seaside mansions that line the streets. The town’s two-mile stretch of beach is pristine since all food and drink is prohibited. Instead, visitors should plan on enjoying their picnic on the boardwalk or frequent one of the restaurants in town. A change of clothes is appropriate since the local restaurants are somewhat upscale. Enjoy a glass of wine at the Breakers Hotel and Restaurant or feast on a delicious seafood meal
at the Island Palm Grill. Black Trumpet, the in-house restaurant at the Grand Victorian Hotel, offers fresh local catches alongside Porterhouse Porkchops and Cavatappi Pasta. Time will really stand still at Whispers Restaurant at the Hewitt-Wellington Hotel. The atmosphere is upscale yet unhurried and diners will appreciate the opportunity to linger over their meal while admiring the hotel’s gazebos and lush seaside gardens. bAy HeAd/MAntoLoking
Bay Head and Mantoloking were decimated by Superstorm Sandy. Local residents found their beloved homes split in two, underwater or dragged and dropped into neighboring towns. Geographically speaking, the area has been permanently altered. The National Guard quickly descended, and homeowners have focused all of their energy on restoring and rebuilding. While far from complete, a great deal of progress has been made in repairing local homes and roadways. Due to their location, Bay Head and Mantoloking are very popular summer destinations for Tri-State residents. However, even strung together, the communities are small and land is at a premium. While the beach is somewhat short and narrow, the sand and water are clean. This is a quiet beach. No food, drinks or loud music are permitted. Bay Head Yacht Club and Mantoloking Yacht Club promote serious sailing, rowing, tennis, socializing and yachting. Just five minutes away, the Manasquan River Golf Club in Brielle is another fun recreational center.
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The HBO series Boardwalk Empire has emphasized Atlantic City’s history as a prohibition-era hot spot for debauchery. However, modern day Atlantic City is ﬁlled with world-class entertainment and family fun beyond the well-known gambling and gaming facilities. In fact, the beachfront city is a year-round destination offering high-end shopping, concerts, celebrity appearances, and exotic bars and restaurants. Since the installation of direct train service from Manhattan and Philadelphia, Atlantic City has become a popular weekend getaway. The massive Borgata hotel and casino, Harrah’s Resort, Revel Casino Hotel and the Pier at Caesars are always ﬁlled with excited revelers and crowds. Such places provide Las Vegas-quality entertainment with performances by Celine Dion, Cirque du Soleil, Jamie Foxx, and Fergie. The Water Club, a 36,000-square foot spa with 16 treatment rooms, an inﬁnity lap pool, ﬁtness center, and gourmet restaurant, is one of the latest non-casino Atlantic City attractions. Another fantastic addition is the expansion of the Tanger Atlantic City Outlets, now featuring 100 outlet stores including Michael Kors and Lacoste. The Chelsea, a luxurious boutique hotel, offers the perfect getaway for a fun and relaxing weekend. The Sea Spa, located on the ground ﬂoor includes a heated saltwater pool and a tempting list of spa treatments. Guests of The Chelsea have full access to Chelsea Beach on Atlantic City’s oceanfront, complete with white cabanas, lounge chairs, and full bar service. Before you leave, work up a sweat at Chelsea’s ﬁtness center outﬁtted with the latest athletic equipment, large screen TV’s, and chilled water. OCEAN CITY
Located on a barrier island that lies between Great Egg Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean City is extremely family oriented. The town was once a favored vacation spot for Grace Kelly and her family, which owned a summer home here dating back to 1929. Due to the town’s Methodist roots, Ocean City is completely dry, meaning no alcohol can be found within the town’s borders and public drinking is prohibited. One of the main attractions is the 2.5 mile-long boardwalk, built from wide-plank wood. During the day, the boardwalk is busy with casual shoppers, strollers, joggers and bike riders. At night, Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and
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Playland’s Castaway Cove amusement parks ﬁll the air with delighted screams and laughter. There are also several miniature golf courses and a waterpark ﬁlled with serpentine slides all located directly on the boardwalk. Many leave the boardwalk having visited Johnson’s Popcorn to purchase salty sweet caramel popcorn, and Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy & Fudge, which makes authentic salt water taffy in ﬂavors like banana chocolate, strawberry and peppermint. The boardwalk is also ﬁlled with fun, surf-oriented shops where visitors can buy a tie-dye colored boogie board, shell jewelry, beach cover-ups, a hermit crab, and peach-colored polo shirts for the kids. If you are unable to secure a beach rental, Port-O-Call Hotel and The Flanders Hotel are two excellent choices. Port-O-Call Hotel is oceanfront and offers a few dining options and an outdoor pool for those kids who refuse to get covered in sand. The Flanders Hotel is an Ocean City icon, having stood on the boardwalk since 1923. Just a few strides from the beach, The Flanders Hotel offers comfortable suites that include a small kitchen, spacious bedrooms, living area, pool, and sundeck. CAPE MAY
When the Garden State Parkway’s exit numbers wind down to 0, you know you’ve arrived at Cape May. Bearing absolutely no resemblance to the images of the shore seen on reality television, Cape May is historic and ﬁlled with well-to-do homeowners from Manhattan, Washington DC, and New Jersey. Between the detailed Victorian homes and white sandy beaches, Cape May features beautiful scenery. The town is also a popular spot for beachside weddings and is a major destination for bird watchers. Another option is to escape the summer heat with a visit to the Cape May Winery where you can taste-test a wide selection of wines, or simply relax on the back porch overlooking the vineyard. Food lovers will relish a trip to Cape May where the number of restaurants seems to outnumber the number of locals. Casual options like the popular Uncle Bill’s Pancake House are always available, but it is worth visiting SeaSalt, 410 Bank Street or Peter Shields Inn & Restaurant for a taste of ﬁne dining, shore-style. If you plan an overnight visit, Congress Hall beachfront hotel and resort is a wonderful choice. Guests can relax in rocking chairs overlooking the Grand Lawn or rent bikes to tour the resort’s 62-acre Beach Plum Farm. Also, don’t miss Congress Hall’s Blue Pig Tavern, which offers delicious cocktails, American fare and the sweet smell of salt air.
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till known to many in Princeton as the “old Town Topics building,” the imposing 19th-century brick edifice at 4 Mercer Street was restored by its owner, Princeton University in 2013 and will see new use as apartments for faculty and staff on the second and third floors and office space on the first floor. The building had been empty since the Town Topics newspaper moved to its new location on Witherspoon Street in 2007. The renovation has brought the building into the 21st Century without disturbing the wooden architectural elements that ornament the façade and the dormer windows in the roof. A new three-story addition to the rear, a residential duplex, maintains the original’s brick construction. Dating to 1878, when its address was One Nassau Street, the building has been put to a variety of uses over the years. Incredible as it seems, the change of address came about when the entire structure was moved some 60 feet back from Nassau Street to make way for the War Memorial in 1914. At that time, Priest’s Drug Store occupied the ground floor and, according to a contemporary account, the move was so smooth that not a drop of water spilled from a glass on the counter inside. It is thought that Priest’s remained in the building until 1944, but the building’s history during the thirties and forties is a little murky. The 1938 Polk City Directory for Princeton, has the Turk’s Head Restaurant listed at 4 Mercer Street.
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Donald Pillsbury’s grandfather owned three area restaurants including the Turk’s Head (or Turkshead) and The Pillsbury. According to Pillsbury family lore, the family restaurant was housed in the former Town Topics building during the Great Depression. “It closed when the cook found better work by enlisting in the military for the war,” says Mr. Pillsbury, whose grandmother, Martha, may also have run an eatery from the same building. Martha’s Kitchen is listed at 2 to 4 Mercer Street in the 1932 Polk City Directory for Princeton. By 1935, however, the directory shows Martha’s Kitchen having moved to 20 Bayard Lane and Newlins Dining Room occupying its place at 4 Mercer Street. The latter may have been replaced in turn by the Swiss Inn in 1942. What is known for sure, however, is that Town Topics moved into the building in 1950, four years after the newspaper was founded by Princeton University graduates Donald Stuart and his brotherin-law Dan Coyle, together with Don’s wife Emily (known as “Cissy”) and Dan’s wife Mary. The newspaper continued as a family business until it was sold to the current publisher Lynn Adams Smith, architect J. Robert Hillier, and a small group of investors in 2001 by Don and Emily’s son, the late Jeb Stuart. In 2007, Mr. Stuart recalled: “From the early 1950s until 1973, my aunt Mary Coyle was office manager at Town Topics. At that time, Mrs. Priest, the wife of the owner of Priest’s pharmacy, lived on the second floor. She was an old lady and infirm and had
a nurse with her all the time. Every now and then, Mrs. Priest would fall out of bed and the nurse would call my aunt to have her come up and help the old lady back into bed again.” It has been said that the ghost of Mrs. Priest still falls out of bed occasionally. Perhaps the new residents will keep an ear cocked. The days of ticker-tape news releases, cold type and hand-pasting in the composing room are a far cry from today’s digital publishing and yet many of the old-timers at Town Topics have fond memories of 4 Mercer Street, even though it was cold in the winter and sweltering in the summer, its linoleum was cracked, its paint was peeling and its electrical supply was grossly inadequate for the needs of computers whose cables snaked along corridors and garlanded doors and windows. It’s good to see this beautiful old building restored and getting ready for new tenants and another century’s worth of stories, ghost or otherwise.
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| THE LAST WORD A guy in my class was Bob Carlin, who went on to become a professional banjo player and wrote books. I didn’t exactly study music, but I was engulfed by it. What was it like growing up in Princeton with such a passion for music? The seventies was a great time for music. And being right between Philly and New York, you had the best of both worlds with radio. Radio back then was free form – a little bit of everything. I saw shows at Alexander Hall and McCarter, right in town…Simon & Garfunkel, the Lovin’ Spoonful, Miles Davis. I remember at Alexander Hall, a very disappointed crowd who went to see Laura Nyro and expected Eric Andersen as the opening act. But instead, they had to hear somebody who hadn’t had a record out named James Taylor. His ﬁrst record came out about three weeks later, I think. There was also the radio station WPRB. I was the nerdy kid who they’d let hang out at the station, sit around and learn, and borrow records. I never gave them back. And I remember going to The Main Point outside Philadelphia to see bluegrass and folk shows. I went to Lambertville Music Circus and saw B.B. King with an organ trio, Mitch Ryder – all that stuff had such an impact. For a kid who loved music, it wasn’t difﬁcult to get around to ﬁnd a way to go to a show. It was a great time and great place to be.
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rowing up in a quieter Princeton than we know today, Buddy Miller fell in love with music at Princeton High. The 61-year-old son of Princeton Council president Bernie Miller is today a wellknown country singer, guitarist, songwriter, recording artist and producer, and is currently the executive music producer for the hit ABC-TV show Nashville, which is where he lives. Miller’s real name is Steve, but he changed it to Buddy because there was already a well-known Steve Miller in the music business. Though he moved away from Princeton “as soon as I could get a driver’s license,” he has fond memories of the town and credits the opportunities he had here with planting the seed for what has become a very successful career. In addition to his solo albums and his own Buddy Miller Band, Miller has performed with or written songs for Shawn Colvin, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Grifﬁn, and his wife Julie Miller – to name just a few. He talked to Princeton Magazine in January, just a few days before traveling to New York to appear with Bill Frisell as part of Jazz at Lincoln Center. When did you know you wanted to be a musician? The light bulb went on for me during an assembly program in high school. They brought in a group called The Strange Creek Singers. They’re sort of legendary in the bluegrass mountain world, and they sang some coal mining songs. It was just revelatory for me. It was one of the things that got me on track. Music was all I cared about. I had a great music teacher at Princeton High, Mr. Savage.
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How did you get involved with the show Nashville? The show’s writer, Callie Khouri, is married to T Bone Burnett. I was the guitar player on the Alison Krauss/Robert Plant tour he was on, and Callie came out for a lot of that tour. I got to be friends with them. When she did a pilot for ABC, she called me and asked me if I’d like to [produce] the music. So I did the pilot. When it got picked up, T Bone was executive music producer for Season One, and I coproduced with him. He couldn’t continue for Season Two so she asked me to take over. What’s it like to work with the cast, most of whom were not professional singers? We don’t have to work on the vocals that much. They’re actually really good. And they’re lovely people. They all get along. An interesting thing about the show is that they’re all starting to write songs, getting involved in the process. The lines are really blurring. They’re playing as themselves, singing songs they’ve written. Chip Esten (who plays guitarist Deacon Claybourne) actually sang before. All of these guys love music. When Callie was looking at their tests, she looked beyond what they were singing for something a little deeper. We ended up with some really good folks. What about Scarlett and Gunnar (played by Clare Bowen and Sam
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