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is possible to be cowed by Beatrix Farrand even now, over 100 years since her first landscape commission at Princeton University and half a century since her death. There is much to be thankful for in the sylvan, living landscape she put in place to give an austere campus a greener aspect. Two hundred years ago the university was practically a field; there were no trees at all around Nassau Hall. Farrand‘s influence remains most evident today in the twisting blooms of wisteria that climb the great Gothic walls of the Graduate College each spring. Or the Wyman House rose garden. Or the sugar maples and beeches that accentuate—rather than compete with—the university’s soaring architecture. Or for that matter the entire, park-like character of campus. Still, she is a little intimidating. First consulting landscape architect at Princeton University. Designer of gardens at the White House, at the University of Chicago, at the Morgan Library in New York. Creator of the celebrated garden property Dumbarton Oaks. Niece of novelist Edith Wharton. Only woman founder, along with 10 men (including Frederick Law Olmsted), of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Consorter with many of the wealthier families of the early 20th century— Rockefellers and Morgans and Cabot Lodges. Only child. Perfectionist. Workaholic. Bachelorette until age 41, when she married Max Farrand. And early feminist, though she probably would not have given herself the label.

1943 portrait of Beatrix Farrand. Courtesy of the Beatrix Farrand Society. Portrait by The Gledhills Portraits, Santa Barbara, CA

“I have put myself through the same training and look for the same rewards,” Farrand told the New York Daily Tribune in 1900 when, no doubt, some impertinent reporter asked her why she demanded equal footing in the masculine world of landscape architects. Although she wouldn’t have agreed with that title, either. She called herself, always and unfailingly, a landscape gardener. “We still do things based on her vision and her thoughts about how the campus should look,” said Devin Livi, Princeton’s Associate Director of Grounds and Landscaping. “If a tree dies, we try to replace it in kind and are very concerned with what she wanted the campus to look like. The way the campus looks today is the result of her work—the vines, the espalier, the native plant choices. “I got the torch from my predecessor when I got here, and I’m carrying it now,” Livi added. “When you start to peel away the history of her work, it’s fascinating.” Although it was relocated in the 1960s, a nursery started by Farrand for the cultivation and acclimation of campus plants and trees is still in use today by the university. Formerly on Faculty Road, the nursery was moved to West Windsor in the 1960s. Many have speculated about how Farrand, socially fortunate though she was, managed to accomplish so much so early in the game for herself and other women. The 19th Amendment, after all, was still eight years from ratification when she began her Princeton work in 1912. A quick survey of her upbringing amid strong, ambitious women in New York City—her mother wrote articles and a book about women; her aunt wrote The Age of Innocence—and the question practically answers itself. The better question is, how did she learn landscape architecture in an age when there were no schools for it, and when the avenues for women of means were strictly delineated? With her social standing, Farrand would more likely have been expected to design flower gardens and host garden clubs. But the muscular art of paring and shaping a landscape was a privileged discipline for a privileged few. Meaning men.


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photographs by ricardo barros View through a canopy of Wisteria towards the Dean's Garden at Princeton Graduate College.

Detail of the Dean's Garden at Princeton Graduate College.


Another possibility is the architect Ralph Adams Cram, Princeton’s first consulting architect, tapped to design the Graduate College. His office in New York City was close to Farrand’s. However, since his architectural plans also included topographical analyses for landscaping that Cram apparently wanted to do himself, this theory is less likely. In his 1994 thesis on Farrand, Frederic Webster posited that a chance meeting between Farrand and Mrs. Moses Taylor Pyne led to the assignment. Farrand did work on the Pynes’ home, Drumthwacket, in 1910 and Pyne was, after all, on the building committee for the Graduate College. Whatever the case, Princeton distinguished itself, wrote Webster, by being “among the earliest and perhaps the first university in this country to carry on an unbroken policy of planting and care of its campus.” Farrand was a major early factor in that distinction. In a letter to the Controller of the University in 1912 about the College, Farrand wrote: “I shall be glad to consider the work in detail when the proposed tentative drawing for the possible development of the land is made by Mr. Ralph Cram. In regard to the terms of payment my charges are fifty dollars a day and my traveling expenses. Work done in the office is paid for at the same rate.” When she wrote that letter, she was 30 years old.

Born in 1872, Farrand exhibited an early talent for garden design, at least in part because she witnessed the careful laying out of the family summer home, Reef Point, overlooking Frenchman Bay in Maine, when she was just 11 years old. Her grandmother was also noted for having one of the first espaliered fruit gardens in Rhode Island. Farrand took on a career-starting commission as early as 1897, working on the first of several private homes in and around Bar Harbor. By the end of her career, she would have landscaped as many as 50 private homes in that area alone. A family friend introduced her to the great horticulturist at Harvard, Charles Sprague Sargent, director of The Arnold Arboretum. Farrand began apprenticing under Sargent, and soon moved into his family home as his favorite pupil so that her studies could continue uninterrupted. It was Sargent who taught her, according to the Dictionary of Notable Women, that she should seek to “make the plan fit the ground and not twist the ground to fit a plan.” This philosophy in particular enlivened and undergirded Farrand’s future designs for Princeton University. There are several possible explanations for Farrand’s introduction to Princeton. One is that Sargent himself—knowing Princeton’s intentions The path to the Reef Point Gardens, Bar Harbor, Maine, 1946. Courtesy of the to landscape a new property for its Graduate Beatrix Farrand Society. From Reef Point Gardens Bulletin, I:1. College—put her name in the hat. In fact, Sargent made a present of two Cedars of Lebanon to the first Dean of the College, Andrew Fleming West, and these trees have have a quiet, commanding presence within the Old Quadrangle today. Sargent also later sent Farrand specimens and seeds for use in Princeton plantings.

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photography by frances benjamin johnston, 1864-1952. wikimedia commons. Hand-colored photograph of the southeast garden at the White House, Washington, D.C. in 1921. Beatrix Farrand designed the garden for Ellen Axson (Mrs. Thomas Woodrow) Wilson in 1913.

Hand-colored photographs of Reef Point, Beatrix Farrand’s summer home in Bar Harbor, Maine, in 1920.


As Farrand’s work for Princeton progressed, her reputation grew around the country. She would go on to designing for scores of college campuses including Yale, Within two weeks of her business engagement at Princeton, Farrand delivered up where she met her husband Max Farrand, a history professor there. She enjoyed a a landscaping plan for the Graduate College site. Her preliminary report outlined long stewardship at the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden in Seal Harbor, Maine, six points of importance. First among them, for example, was a robust connection which was inspired by her comprehensive study of designs and patterns in Beijing’s Forbidden City as her way of honoring the Rockefellers’ passion for East Asian art. between the new college and main campus. Others She did a White House garden for Woodrow Wilson. She included the priority use of evergreens at the college landscaped the area around J. Pierpont Morgan’s home entrance because “for more than half the time the in Manhattan. buildings are most in use, the deciduous trees are But her most celebrated work is the garden property leafless.” She set down a plan for border plantings, and Dumbarton Oaks, a research library administered plantings around the buildings to come. by Harvard University in the Georgetown section of This did not sit well with architect Ralph Cram. “I am Washington, D.C. There, Farrand worked in close very strongly of the opinion that the landscape treatment collaboration with owner Mildred Bliss for more than 30 around a given building should be determined by the years. Her intensity and vision are still to be seen in the architect thereof,” he wrote to then-President John Grier formal gardens with their emphasis on ornamental trees Hibben. “No landscape gardener, however competent, and shrubs. Farrand and Bliss designed every garden and can be expected to see the thing as he sees it.” hedge and sited every bench and urn at Dumbarton. Cram’s disapproval had little impact. Hibben Farrand spent her last years at Garland Farm in her apparently approved Farrand’s curvilinear, informal beloved Maine, where she kept some of the books from plantings that complemented the natural contours of her research library of nearly 3,000 volumes. She died in the setting. Farrand went on in 1915 to become the 1959 at the age of 86. university’s permanent consulting landscape architect, In a letter to Princeton Professor Gerald Breese in and enjoyed a rich and fruitful relationship with Princeton 1959 photo of the Garland Farm terrace and study. Courtesy of the 1984, noted gardening scholar and author of Beatrix for the next three decades. Intensely devoted to her work, Beatrix Farrand Society Farrand’s American Landscapes, Diana Balmori offered she was said to have followed undergraduates as they this summation of Farrand: “The extent and importance of her campus landscape work walked around campus to see where they were beginning to wear paths through the has not been studied partly because of the lack of attention given to the professional grass, after which she would decide to place a path directly there. Several boxes of letters and written materials comprise a small Farrand collection work of women, partly because of the shift in attention from the campus site to its at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library. Combing through them is a journey individual buildings. “In fact,” Balmori added, with a subtle nod toward Farrand’s broad contributions, back through time, through carefully-typed, onion-skin letters, bills of lading, orders for trees and plants and fertilizers, notes on placement and water management, old “the campus can be considered an American invention.” schematics, and pencil-smudged correspondence. And every time Farrand signed a letter, it was underscored with a straight, strong, black line.

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ack in the late eighteenth century when the Rev. John Witherspoon was the sixth president of Princeton University, he was known to end his work day at Nassau Hall when he saw a light in a front window of Tusculum, his country house and tenant farm located just a mile to the north. According to a local legend, one of Witherspoon’s daughters would light a candle in that window, letting her father know it was time to close up shop and head home.


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a charming story. Whether or not it is true, it is hard to imagine Witherspoon being able to see clear from Nassau Hall all the way to what is now Cherry Valley Road. But Princeton was rural and open when Tusculum was built

back in 1773 (Witherspoon lived there from 1779 until his death in 1794). Thanks to dedicated custodians and substantial investment by its owners over the years, most recently in the mid-1990s, Tusculum still exists as a private home. The estate is among several historically significant properties nestled in and around Princeton. Thanks to sensitive preservation and, in some cases, adaptive reuse, once-grand estates like Tusculum, Maybury Hill, Drumthwacket, Edgerstoune, and Constitution Hill survive today. In this initial installment of an occasional series exploring these unique properties, we visit Tusculum and Constitution Hill, a distinctively different estate built just over a century later.

Constitution Hill Considered an outstanding example of the work of the Philadelphia firm of Cope & Stewardson in the Tudor Revival Style, Constitution Hill stands on what is considered Princeton’s highest point. Cope & Stewardson are known for their design of Blair Hall on the Princeton University campus, as well as 19th century Collegiate Gothic buildings at the University of Pennsylvania and Bryn Mawr College. The architects were commissioned in 1897 by New York banker Junius Spencer Morgan, a nephew of the financier J.P. Morgan, to build a mansion with accompanying stables/coach house and elaborate gardens. Morgan knew and loved Princeton because he graduated from the University in 1888. He became a generous donor to his alma mater as well as an important art collector.

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A woman pushes a stroller through the gardens at Constitution Hill, in the early 1900s. The woman may be Josephine Perry Morgan with one of her children, Sarah or Alexander. The house was built c. 1896-1897 by the architectural firm Cope & Stewardson for Junius Spencer Morgan.


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His estate was built on land originally owned by William Penn. Called Constitution Hill because New Jersey’s first state constitution was signed in a former farmhouse on the site that had been owned by the Stockton family, the house was designed in Jacobean style. Morgan and his young wife, Josephine, were known for their extravagant style of entertaining. They had three daughters. The property was handed down through generations and ultimately converted to a condominium. Its elaborate detailing has been preserved. While modern houses have been built surrounding the original mansion, the ambiance of the turn of the century estate has survived.


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Tusculum The Rev. John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, is said to have entertained George and Martha Washington and other notables of the time at Tusculum. Witherspoon named the estate after a villa outside ancient Rome owned by the orator, Cicero. Occupants in ensuing years included well-known Princeton families named Stockton, Pardoe, and Pardee, who between them added three wings to enlarge the original, stone Colonial Revival dwelling. When Princeton University graduates Tom and Avril Moore bought Tusculum in 1996, they hired Princeton architect T. Jeffery Clarke to renovate and enlarge the house. Clarke replaced some additions and added others, finishing with a grand total of 8,000 square feet and 24 rooms. In 2006, the Moores sold 35 of Tusculum’s 82 acres to what was then Princeton Township for $2.9 million, said to be just under half its market value. Aid also came from Mercer County, New Jersey’s Green Acres program, Friends of Princeton Open Space and D&R Greenway Land Trust. No development can take place on the preserved, historic grounds. The remainder of the property was placed on the market and finally sold at auction to another private owner in 2013. Twenty acres surrounding the house are listed on The National Register of Historic Places. The Tusculum estate boasts a building considered to be one of the best examples of early-19th-century barns in New Jersey.

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Tusculum house in winter, Cherry Hill Road. Built c. 1773. John Witherspoon, signer of the Declaration of Independence and President of the College of New Jersey (Princeton University), acquired the farm in 1773 and built Tusculum. He rented out the property until 1779, then occupied the house from 1779 until his death in 1794.


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ome design begins the first time we draw the face of a house. For me, this was a clumsy but legible two-story square with windows where the eyes would be and a door for the mouth, a rooftop for hair or headpiece, and a chimney for Santa.   I was 11 when we moved into “a real house.” We’d been living in a gradstudent-GI-bill barracks with a pot-bellied stove. It was like going from the Little House on the Prairie to a mansion. The change galvanized my austere English professor father.  One morning I came downstairs and he’d painted an abstract expressionist mural in the space above the mantel. “What happened to the wall?” I asked. “Think of it as a giant Rorshach test,” my mother suggested. I saw some birds, a snake, a melting piano, two shapes like boomerangs in flight, a harp, and a lady in a funny hat tripping over something. When a “real artist” we knew came by one day, he stood gazing at my father’s work for a minute.  Then he formed a small “O” with thumb and index finger, placed it over the tripping lady in the hat, and said, without irony,”This bit is quite nice.” Two Great Houses

I thought of my father’s painterly audacity when I read about Cecil Beaton’s “amusing bedroom” in the Sussex Gardens home he and his parents moved into when he was 22. According to Cecil Beaton at Home: An Interior Life (Rizzoli $85) by Andrew Ginger, which includes a foreword by Hugo Vickers, Beaton’s “crowning effect” was to paint the walls “peppermint pink over-painted with large, stylized fleurs-de-lys in contrasting colors of light caramel brown and pistachio green.” He also dressed his small four poster bed in “scarlet stencilled in gold, with a bright pink satin bedspread edged with gold trimming.” The furniture was painted light pink in contrast to the peacock blue carpet. Although one journalist suggested that “one could not call it a restful room” and wondered if so much color was “almost too mentally stimulating,” another article declared it to be “probably the most original room in London.” This lavish volume (“overwhelming in the best sense,” says one reader) about a 20th-century “Renaissance men”—photographer, costume designer, set designer, playwright, creator of fashion fabrics, and writer on raffiné interiors and the personalities who inhabited them”—is centered on two Wiltshire homes “dear to Beaton’s heart”: Ashcombe House, and Reddish House (pictured with

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Beaton on the cover), not to mention London’s Pelham Place and various New York hotel suites. Beaton’s original reaction to Ashcombe House has an otherworldly quality: “I was almost numbed by my first encounter .... It was as if I had been touched on the head by some magic wand.” Beaton employed the Austrian architect Michael Rosenauer to make alterations that included a passageway through the house to unite the front and the back; elongating the windows; and the installation of plumbing and electricity. The artist Rex Whistler designed the Palladian front door surround. Some 60 years later pop star Madonna and her husband, film director Guy Ritchie, bought the house; six years later it went to Richie as part of the divorce settlement. Reddish House had a somewhat similar fate. After buying it in 1947, Beaton added rooms to the eastern side, extended the parlor, and installed new fittings. The costumes he designed for My Fair Lady were stored in the attic. He lived there until his death in 1980. Seven years later the house was bought by prog rock icon Robert Fripp of King Crimson and his wife singer/actress Toyah Wilcox; they lived there until 1999, made extensive renovations, and are apparently still married and living in Worcestershire. Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th

New York’s Museum of Modern Art will commemorate the 150th birthday of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) with a June 12-October 1 exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. Edited by Barry Bergdoll and Jennifer Gray, an eponymous monograph (MoMA $65) features a collection of scholarly explorations “rather than an attempt to construct a master narrative.” Each chapter centers on a key object that an invited author has “unpacked,” tracing its meanings and connections, and juxtaposing it to other works from the archive, from MoMA, or from outside collections. Fourteen contributors will cover subjects including Wright’s “quest to build a mile-high skyscraper, his status as one of the earliest celebrity architects, using television, press relations and other forms of mass media to advance his own selfcrafted image; a little-known project for a Rosenwald School for African-American children.” Other investigations concern his “lifelong dedication to affordable and do-it-yourself housing, as well as the ecological systems, both social and environmental, that informed his approach to cities, landscapes and even ornament.


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The publication aims to open up Wright’s work to questions, interrogations and debates, and to highlight interpretations by contemporary scholars, both established Wright experts and others considering this iconic figure from new and illuminating perspectives.” Fallingwater

Back in print in a new format in time for Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th, Fallingwater (Rizzoli Classics $39.95), edited by Lynda Waggoner with photographs by Christopher Little, includes authoritative texts on Fallingwater’s history, structure, restoration, and collections, including the house’s relationship to its setting and its importance to the sustainability movement; its meaning in the context of Wright’s body of work; the analysis and planning process that went into Fallingwater’s restoration and how a seemingly unsolvable problem was overcome through modern engineering. Fallingwater Director Waggoner’s introduction recounts the visit by architect Philip Johnson on the occasion of his eighty-fifth birthday. Standing on the west terrace gazing at the tower window, Johnson is said to have declared, “It is the greatest house of the twentieth century.” But when asked if he could be quoted, he said, “Certainly not. I’ve designed a few buildings myself you know.” In 1955, Wright called it “a great blessing—one of the great blessings to be experienced here on earth.” “The Beginning Point of Any House”

Jane Field-Lewis’s The Anatomy of Sheds: New Buildings from an Old Tradition (Gibbs-Smith $30) takes a humble subject in an imaginative new direction with over

50 examples from around the world, some simple and modest and some extravagant. While the owners themselves describe how they have created their own hideaways, Field-Lewis provides style notes and comments based on her conversations with owners, architects, and designers. For the interiors, recycled, vintage and precious items are mixed with new, functional and practical ones. One example Field-Lewis writes about has a literary source, having been inspired by the cabin in Thoreau’s Walden. The idea was to design a structure that would bridge the gap between Thoreau’s “walled-in space” and the outdoors, creating interaction between the internal and external environments. The walls and pitched roof were constructed from sections of traditonal pine and contemporary transparent acrylic glass panels, mounted on polyethylene floats and connected with rope screws. Recyclable acrylic panels were chosen instead of glass because they are lighter, more transparent, and consume less energy. The effect brings “transparency” to the building. For the builder, it’s “like a model of the primitive habitat at the birth of architecture... the beginning point of any house.” George Kennan Builds a House

Many houses after the one my father exercised his inner Picasso on, I found myself living with wife and child in a carriage house behind statesman and historian George Kennan’s lofty, Italianate Hodge Road home. Our place was painted a deep red with green trim. Directly in front of us was the playhouse the former Russian ambassador had built for his children and painted in the same colors. It would have made a nice addition to Jane Field-Lewis’s book, true to the words of the craftsman builder she quotes in her introduction: “People appreciate having their attention guided to ... something constructed carefully and well.”


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Ana Bracilovic, MD Princeton Spine and Joint Center Tell us about the history of Princeton Spine & Joint Center. Princeton Spine and Joint Center was started in 2008 by Drs. Ana Bracilovic and Grant Cooper who met at Princeton High School and are married. Drs. Bracilovic and Cooper trained in New York City together at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in physical medicine and rehabilitation medicine. After fellowship, they returned to Princeton to start PSJC, where they focus on helping patients with spine and joint pain return to their daily lives, pain-free and without surgery. In 2010, PSJC was ready to grow and two colleagues and good friends of Drs. Bracilovic and Cooper joined their practice. Drs. Meyler and Funiciello share the vision and commitment of PSJC to provide exceptional patient care and enable patients to have the highest quality of life possible without neck, back, nerve or joint pain. Where are you located? 601 Ewing Street, Suite A-2, Princeton 08540

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IT ALL BEGAN IN HOBOKEN n October of 1845—though historians will disagree on precisely when—the first game of baseball under the modern rules took place on the Elysian Fields in Hoboken, New Jersey. The New York Base Ball Club (later known as the Knickerbockers) faced off against the Brooklyn Club, and beat them handily. It was there that the 90-foot distance between bases was established—a rule that was to be practically as fundamental to the sport as gravity itself. Today, those particular bases are long gone, as are the Elysian Fields themselves—swallowed up by the urban landscape, with only a bronze plaque to mark where they once were. So now it may seem like the Garden State’s connection to America’s national pastime is fainter and more tenuous. And indeed, New Jersey residents so often find themselves pulled toward either the Mets or Yankees across the Hudson, or to the Phillies across the Delaware. It is a conflict as deep-seated as whether we root for the Eagles or the Jets or Giants, as regionally divisive as whether it’s called “Taylor Ham” or “Pork Roll.” Is our great state really a house so divided?



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ALEX RODRIGUEZ Well, at some level, yes—clearly and perhaps indelibly. But New Jersey baseball is very much alive and well. It thrives in the state’s minor league teams. In fact, New Jersey minor league ball has a long and distinguished history. In his book Baseball in New Jersey: The Game of History, which accompanied a 1995 exhibit at the New Jersey State Museum, John T. Cunningham argues that the 1937 Newark Bears were among the greatest minor league teams ever assembled. He is far from alone in thinking this, and for good reason: the Bears, then minor league affiliates of the Yankees, rounded out the regular season with 109 wins and 43 losses—an incredible 25½ games ahead of the next best team. They went on to edge the Columbus Red Birds to claim the Little World title in a championship series that stretched to seven games after the Bears lost the first three. The team’s roster included luminaries such as Tommy Henrich, Spud Chandler, Joe Gordon, and Charlie “King Kong” Keller, and the overwhelming majority of that 1937 lineup would go on to play major league ball. Viewed from a present that is so saturated with sports media (instantly updated online box scores, games streaming on smart phones, dozens of sports channels on television) it’s easy to forget how comparatively limited Bears fans’ access was to their team. Most fans followed the Bears’ season through radio broadcasts—which certainly remain an element of the current baseball universe—but those broadcasts were constrained in ways that are hard to imagine now. WNEW’s Earl Harper was the voice of the Bears in those days, but when the team was on the road, he stayed in his Newark studio, essentially spinning broadcasts from thin air as he dramatized the telegraph messages he received. As Cunningham writes, “There was usually one word, ‘ball’ or ‘strike,’ or perhaps a few words, ‘popup 2B’ or ‘fly, left.’ Harper filled in the blanks as he imagined the action that might be taking place on the distant field. ‘Ball,’ for example, became ‘inside, close to Rolfe’s chest. Red steps out, glowers at the pitcher, then steps back in,’ and so on until the next telegraphed word was received.” And according to an account in the WNEW archives, Harper would also enliven his broadcasts with sound effects, snapping a matchstick in front on his microphone to the crack of a wooden bat making contact with the ball. By all accounts, he was hugely popular with his audience.



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Times have changed. Though a team of the same name later played in Newark from 1998 to 2013, The Bears left the state in 1950, the same year the New Jersey minor leagues played host to a 19-year-old Willie Mays for a brief one-season stint with the Trenton Giants on his rapid ascent to major league superstardom. There are now five minor league teams in New Jersey: The Trenton Thunder, established in 1980; the Somerset Patriots, established in 1997; the New Jersey Jackals in Upper Montclair, established in 1998; the Lakewood BlueClaws, established in 2001; and the newest addition, the Sussex County Miners in Augusta, established in 2015. The Thunder and the BlueClaws are so-called “farm teams,” meaning they have an affiliation with a major league team (the Yankees in the case of the Thunder, and the Phillies in the case of the BlueClaws) for which they develop new players rising up through the ranks. The other teams are unaffiliated. For fans, part of the fun of a minor league game is the ever-present hope that they’ll get to discover a future star before he gets his big break in the majors. Sometimes, this hope is rewarded. Thunder fans could lay claim to infielder Nomar Garciaparra before he embarked on a wildly successful career between the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, LA Dodgers, and Oakland Athletics that saw him win All-Star accolades six times. Similarly, BlueClaws fans could follow pitcher Cole Hamels’s 2008 World Series win with the Phillies, his 2015 no-hitter against the Cubs, and look back fondly to his brief 2003 stint in Ocean County. Farm teams will also sometimes host major leaguers as they rehab from injury. Former Yankees superstar Derek Jeter played two rehab assignments with the Thunder, in 2003 and later in 2011, and fans went wild. On the second night of his 2011 stint, a record crowd of 9,212 packed the Thunder’s riverside stadium—a venue that officially seats 6,150.

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JEREMY HAMILTON For young players, moving up to the majors is, of course, a huge marker of athletic success, but the way financial considerations key into all the striving can hardly be overstated. Top MLB players famously enjoy outrageous salaries. Hamels, for instance, is currently nearing the end of a six-year, $144 million contract. Not bad. But in addition to the pull of major league wages, there’s also the significant push of very modest salaries in the minor leagues. Most minor league players don’t belong to a union, and according to a CNN report, higher salaries ring in at $2150 per month—just over minimum wage. Understandably, most athletes don’t linger for very long in the minor leagues—maybe a few seasons and then it’s up or out. While these teams don’t present great long-term career prospects for athletes, they are very accessible for the communities in which they operate and they offer a fun and affordable option for family outings. Their calendars are filled with weeknight promotions, post-game fireworks, and merchandise giveaways. Last year, for instance, the Miners held a pregame “Grand Slam Beer Fest” featuring beer and cider from local breweries. And in the same season, the Jackals played host to both the Japanese Shikoku Island All Stars and the Cuban National team. So, as the weather warms, remember that all over the state, players will be returning from spring training, managers will be shuffling and tweaking their rosters, and maybe announcers will even be stocking up on matchsticks. Because soon enough it will be opening day, and then it’s time to play ball.



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turns out that surfers and philosophers have a lot in common. To be any good at what they do, they have to be hard-core realists. Good surf or bad, decent people or vile, the approach is the same: if you don’t want to be mullered, then deal effectively with conditions as you find them. As both a surfer and a philosopher, this is practically Peter Singer’s calling card. When he is at home in his native Australia, Singer’s close personal relationship with Things As They Are has led to many a fine morning surfing a point break off the coast of Victoria, regardless of whether the waves are good or not. He just likes being out there. He enjoys the “splendor” of the ocean environment, he says, not as an escape from a bruised world so much as a way to decompress so that he can keep on dealing with it. Frequently described as the planet’s most influential philosopher, Singer has spent a lifetime dealing with it while simultaneously motivating others to live more ethical lives. His latest book, Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter, published last year by Princeton University Press, emphasizes his commitment to setting our moral compass. He writes about matters for which the first solution seems to be an ability to think deeply—environmental ethics, animal abuse, elder care, abortion, the refugee crisis, and the moral conduct of individuals within the body politic. Whether writing books about what he calls “effective altruism” or presenting a TED Talk on same, Singer often operates in that gray area that can make readers wince when they encounter a particularly disturbing scenario. Most of us would have no sure or comforting answer to the moral dilemmas he discusses. That’s where he takes a deep dive. That’s why he is a pragmatist. Singer goes there. Now that the United States is riven to the point of 24-7 tumult, Singer’s imploring, utilitarian, compassionate take on human conduct seems more essential than ever. “We must make policies for the real world, not an ideal one,” Singer writes in Ethics. And then he walks the walk. Singer has been the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University since 1999. He teaches the fall semester course, “Practical Ethics,” one of the university’s most popular. He also serves as visiting professor for half the year at the University of Melbourne in Australia where he teaches a course called “Big Questions.” Of the 10 essays in the “Politics” section of Ethics, only two were written as recently as 2015. The majority, though timelessly relevant, were written years before the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Singer could likely produce a hearty volume on the exigencies of protest in the current political climate. Regardless, this proponent of effective altruism has a few things to say about what we are up against now in an email interview conducted from the other side of the world. EFFECTIVE DISSENT

Singer has a long history with dissent. In fact, his career could be categorized as a broad and relentless attack on injustice as he sees it. He is best-known for writing about our relationship with animals, questions about life and death and human dignity, the obligations of the affluent, and the severely deformed or terminally ill. Ethics covers these subjects and many others equally daunting, while hewing close to the theme that invigorates everything he does. “What is most important, in my view, is ensuring that everyone, irrespective of income, has the basic necessities for meeting their physical

“MY HOPE IS THAT WE, AND THE WORLD AS A WHOLE, WILL SURVIVE THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND SLOWLY EMERGE FROM THIS PERIOD OF HOSTILITY AS WE EMERGED FROM THE HOSTILITY OF THE VIETNAM WAR YEARS,” SINGER ADDS. “THAT’S NOT BASED ON ANYTHING SOLID OTHER THAN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT THE NATION HAS BEEN POLARIZED BEFORE.” needs and to enable them to participate in society,” he says. “Those necessities include, but are not necessarily limited to, sufficient food, decent shelter, sanitation, education, and health care.” He sees social democracy, in this sense, as the best way to mitigate against the extremes of capitalism while also retaining its virtues. As a student in Australia in the 1960s, Singer participated in protests against the Vietnam War, the longest conflict in which Australians fought in the 20th century. Later, while pursuing a higher degree in philosophy at Oxford University in England, Singer organized a protest in London against factory farming. The issue did not yet have the traction then that it does today, but Singer knew early on it was a worthy fight. His books urge readers to donate at least a portion of their yearly incomes to help the planet’s poorest. So does his website, which he co-founded after writing The Life You Can Save in 2009. His essays are published in newspapers throughout the world. His May 2013 TED Talk, which to date has 1.4 million views, drastically increased donations to the non-profit group he endorsed in the talk, the Against Malaria Foundation. In fact, the Foundation attributed some $64,000 in donations to him. Singer doesn’t hesitate to point out the ironies of our occasional sanctimonious behaviors, either. For example, he writes that organic beef produces more methane per pound of beef than “less well-treated brothers and sisters,” and that at least one screening of Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth, took place in a theater so frozen with air-conditioning that Singer longed for a blanket. Through it all, and despite considerable controversy raised by some of his views, Singer has remained a staunch advocate of effective dissent through non-violent protest. “There is no obligation on citizens to oppose governments that they merely find ‘objectionable.’ But in a democracy, we should exercise our right of dissent whenever we feel that the issue is sufficiently important for us to take a stand,” he says. “In a democracy—and the U.S. is still near enough to being a democracy for this to apply—disobedience should always be nonviolent. Those using civil disobedience as a means of protest should be prepared to accept the penalty of the law and use any trial that they may face as a means of demonstrating the strength and sincerity of their convictions.” ISSUES OF SUBSTANCE

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from entering the United States, and the “even more weighty” matter of America’s potential withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. That withdrawal, Singer adds, would imperil the lives of hundreds of millions, “perhaps billions,” of individuals far into the future. So Singer leans on the example of the Rev. Martin Luther King to remind us that civil disobedience is more than justifiable when the stakes are high and the outcomes of passivity are potentially catastrophic. In emphasizing that leaders have an obligation to make decisions not just for their constituents but for the common good – which he defines as extending beyond our borders and beyond our species -- Singer proves himself the pragmatist once again. “I know that some people will deny that any politicians are ethical,” he says. “But we should not forget that if you are instituting ethical ends, such as promoting peace and reducing poverty, you can only implement those policies if you do retain power. “You can’t do much good without it.” In the end, Singer admits that his philosophical toolkit is unlikely to do much for citizens in the “sad and potentially tragic situation” of a bitterly divided nation. Instead, he urges those who wish to conduct themselves in an ethical manner to, quite simply, “do the most good you can. Think of it as an opportunity to make your own life more meaningful and rewarding. “My hope is that we, and the world as a whole, will survive the Trump administration and slowly emerge from this period of hostility as we emerged from the hostility of the Vietnam war years,” Singer adds. “That’s not based on anything solid other than the knowledge that the nation has been polarized before.” For more information on effective altruism, please visit PrincetonMAG_half_mar17 new.pdf



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ll things Trump have increasingly dominated the media since the election campaign last year, and especially in the wild first months of the Trump Presidency. A casual observer from another planet might well assume that the White House and President Trump, with an occasional nod to Capitol Hill or the Supreme Court, is the true seat of power in the United States—that the lives of U.S. citizens are shaped and determined by policies and directives from Washington. But that impression might be misleading. As the Trump Administration attempts to assert its authority, more and more individuals are becoming involved, speaking out about the issues that matter to them. People are also realizing that the true power center might not be the White House but city hall, with the key players not the president and congress but rather the local city council and mayor, as power develops democratically from the bottom up rather than from the top down. Arguments over first and second amendment rights have marked much political discourse recently, but it may be in the ninth and tenth amendments to the Constitution where potential for change and the most dramatic shifts in power occur in this troubled era. “The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people,” says the ninth amendment. And the tenth adds: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited to it by the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” “Power to the People,” the title of a John Lennon song and a slogan frequently heard in the 1960’s, is a notion seeing a comeback as Americans worry that Washington will not help them—on health care, the environment, immigration laws, civil rights, education. With federal government so often either gridlocked, unresponsive to public pressure, or erratic, in taking action, many individuals are looking to local government, the mayor and the city council, to step up and take power where federal government has failed. With a Republican Administration in Trenton, the Trump Administration installed in the White House and Republican majorities in the House and Senate, Princeton, with a Democratic mayor, Democrats dominant on City Council, will be looking more and more to its local officials for help and action on a variety of issues.

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Princeton Councilman Lance Liverman insists that it is the Council’s duty to get involved. He contends that in the current political climate more and more citizens will be turning to local governments for support with more and more President Trump different concerns. “People are feeling helpless, like they don’t have any leverage” he says. “Many feel distant from federal and state government and more hands-on with local government. If another entity isn’t stepping up, the council will, if the issue is affecting residents in our town. We need to speak up. That’s why people voted for us. They knew we would stand up.” Liverman also emphasizes the efficiency of local government, in comparison to the federal bureaucracy. “You can get something done on the local level,” he added. ”It’s not a waste of time, as it so often is in Washington.” Looking to the federal government for solutions to immigration, health, education, energy and environmental issues might no longer be a viable strategy for progressives. Citizens are increasingly calling on local officials to step into the breach, which means sometimes clashing with federal or state authorities, and stand up for the Constitutional right to protect the needs and safety of people and the environment, to provide sanctuary for immigrants, to make the crucial decisions about their children’s education. COUNCIL MEMBER HEATHER HOWARD

Council member Heather Howard, a lecturer in the Woodrow Wilson School and director of the state health reform assistance network, embraces the new

responsibilities and expanded role for the Council in the current political environment. She points out that local government can and should provide the transparency, the channel, the safety valve, the democratic forum that people are clamoring for. “We have robust discussions and we have significant community input,” she says. “The meeting about the Charter School expansion, for example, was a response to the fact that there had been no public discussion and there hadn’t been the kind of transparency that people in Princeton expect. So we were the safety valve to let people air their views. They were frustrated that somebody in DC is going to be deciding their fate, but they felt they were heard by local public officials.” She goes on to discuss a national phenomenon she refers to as “reverse federalism,” explaining, “federalism usually has meant the federal government devolving power to the states. Then in the era of civil rights it meant states opposing the federal government, opposing progress on civil rights, but what you’re seeing now is states and localities pushing back, on immigration for example. People want to be so much more engaged, and they want their representatives to be more engaged. In New Jersey it’s happening at the local level because it’s not happening at the state level, and it’s happening across the country.” Referring to a January 31 statement from Princeton mayor and council affirming Princeton as a welcoming, immigrant-friendly community, in response to the White House executive orders on immigration, Howard notes, “We had heard from so many people who want to be engaged and so we’re reacting. We’re not just representing the values of our constituents, but we’re reacting to their desire for engagement. So something to watch is going to be the role of states and local governments having a stronger voice, and in the historic continuum, it’s a different kind of federalism, with localities standing up.” She describes the particular power that local governments can assert. “We can be a different voice,’ she said. “We can be a voice of compassion for our neighbors when we feel that’s not the voice that’s coming from the federal government It’s about being there for our neighbors and wanting to help them. It’s Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert progressive federalism, and you’re going to see more of it—in places like New York City and all over. We’re hearing from our constituents, and we’re channeling them and trying to voice their concerns.” Discussing progressive federalism on local public health issues, Howard mentions Princeton initiatives banning smoking in parks and raising the legal age for tobacco sales to 21, issues on which local residents made their voices heard. MAYOR LIZ LEMPERT

Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert agrees, claiming that local government is more important now than ever before. Citing local government as a potential model of functional democracy and of government as a deliberative body, she states, “In the next four years, local government is likely going to be the place where progressive policies are tried and implemented.” Lempert is at no loss for evidence to support and justify her faith in Princeton and its local government. “We have a terrific group of people who are all dedicated to the town,” she says in describing the six-member council. “We have the benefit of being in a relatively small and very engaged community. All of us are accessible, and we try to grapple with the important issues.” She emphasizes the high level of engagement and ability of the local community. “One of the great things about Princeton is that people are not shy in telling us what APRIL 2017 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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their concerns are. It’s a remarkable community in that there are so many smart, talented people who are willing to volunteer their time and get engaged in what’s happening locally. People are motivated by their love of the town, and even if we disagree, people’s passion is coming from a good place.” Pointing out particular advantages of local government, Lempert continues, “We often don’t have the option of kicking the can down the road. We will feel the effects of inaction, and delaying often comes with a cost that we can see and feel. There’s a level of detachment at the state and federal level that allows for gridlock and dysfunction, and often problems fall into the lap of local government to figure out.” She specifically mentions environmental policies, immigration issues and worker issues, and noted that a new source of power and influence was collective action on the part of towns working together. “You’ll see a proliferation of groups that are federations of towns that get together and work on policy collectively.” Princeton is a part of several of these groups, including Welcoming America, working on immigration services; Everytown for Gun Safety; and Sustainable Jersey. “It helps to know that we are part of a larger effort, developing policies in Princeton that are used as best practices that other communities adopt. We’re all working together and also doing our own work in our community.” Pointing out that the first weeks under the Trump Administration have “already been unsettling and challenging, in part because of the uncertainty,” Lempert anticipates many challenges and opportunities ahead for local government. Council President Jenny Crumiller

Council President Jenny Crumiller echoes the mayor’s sentiments, also highlighting the positive side of the fears, frustrations and often negative political environment. “A lot of people are feeling a duty to become more involved because of what’s happening nationally. Even though we’re only a local governing body, we’re the face of the government to our residents, so I’m anticipating we’ll get more requests to deal with national issues.” She notes the January statement on recent immigration directives, as well as past Princeton Council resolutions against the Iraq war and the Patriot Act. “It’s not something entirely new,” she said, “but there are a lot more reasons for outrage in Trump World. The silver lining to this is the sense of community and the appreciation for living in this town when so many residents share the same political leanings. They’re stepping up, organizing and giving their time and energy out of deep concern for the world and doing what they feel is right.” West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh

Across Route One in West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh, at the helm for the past 16 years, argues that his town has thrived with “a different approach.” He explains, “Slowly, quietly we have been moving in the right direction despite Donald Trump. There is power at the local level. Locally we can do a lot of things despite what the federal government tries to do. We do whatever we can at the local level.” In particular he highlights West Windsor’s efforts to bring people of different religions together. He mentioned a Thanksgiving lunch tradition he initiated in the community to bring together all different groups, the sensitivity training of the police department and their success in understanding different cultures and respecting the differences, and he pointed out the construction of a mosque on Old Trenton Road. “This represents West Windsor’s diversity,” he said, “and all of the religions in the community are behind this idea. To me that’s what West Windsor is all about.” The West Windsor mayor concludes, “We have been making progress quietly over the past ten years to make sure the whole community works together regardless of religion. Quietly we are doing what we need to do as human beings. It’s a different approach, but it’s working. In West Windsor Moslems, Christians, Hindus and Jews work together. It’s nothing new.” Repercussions? Risks?

As mayors and city councils prepare to take on more responsibilities and more power in response to their constituents’ requests for empowerment, representation, voice, action or protection, these local officials may be entering new, uncharted territories—and there may be consequences. “It’s a scary time,” Liverman says. “I don’t hate Trump, but I think he’s misguided. He has a mean streak, an impulse to get back at you.” But ultimately,

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Liverman points out, local officials have to represent the best interests of the public. “I’m not looking for a fight,” he added, “but we have to protect our citizens.” “President Trump has threatened to pull funding for sanctuary cities,” Lempert adds. [Princeton has officially declared itself a ‘welcoming community rather than a sanctuary city.] It’s not clear if he would try to do that with other local policies, but every elected official takes an oath to uphold the Constitution, and I’m very mindful of that, and I believe we need to follow the laws even when we don’t agree with them.” Roger Martindell, former borough councilman and local lawyer, points out that Princeton does not depend heavily on funding from the federal government but that friction between Washington and Princeton could revolve around other issues. “What’s going on in Washington is going to affect our values more than our budgets—how we treat each other, how we work with governmental entities, how we approach the larger issues of the day,” Martindell says. He cites immigration laws and policies as a potential flashpoint. “The Trumpian effort to alienate, isolate, discriminate against and otherwise hassle immigrants could affect our community, because we have so many immigrants. There are immigrants at the University, and we have a large Latino population, a significant proportion of which is undocumented. They’ve lived in town, in some cases for decades, and their children are our citizens. “There are opportunities for the town to fight the good fight for the immigrants, and the question is, will we step up and do that. That remains to be seen. If we have immigration raids—we have had some over the years—but if they become more prevalent, what are we going to do about it? We can sit on our hands and cry, or mobilize and join a larger movement to make a public expression against the policies in Washington. Whether we will rise to that occasion remains to be seen.” Martindell emphasizes the risks of countering federal authorities. “If you poke Donald Trump in the eye, he can by all accounts be vindictive and nasty, and he could poke us back in the eye. He can’t really do it fiscally, but he could tell immigration authorities to pick on Princeton particularly. For example he could put pressure on the state government to put pressure through the Department of Law and Public Safety on municipal police to be more cooperative with the immigration authorities. That could have a serious effect on our community. Our police are trained to follow the orders of the attorney general’s office in Trenton. If it got to that it could be a serious problem.” Princeton professor of sociology and public affairs Doug Massey predicts “a lot of opposition from states and localities that are opposed to the kinds of policies that the president Is issuing.” Massey says groups, on campus and off, are organizing to prepare for actions Trump may take, the most serious of which might be the rescinding of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) executive order that protects about one million people who otherwise would be deportable, including many students at Princeton University and other schools and colleges in Mercer County. “At one point Trump said ‘I’m not interested in hurting kids,’ but he’s a very volatile guy.” Massey says. “If he rescinds the DACA order, these people are instantly deportable. Their addresses and contact information are all in the Homeland Security computers. They are certainly vulnerable to immigration authorities. To the extent that there’s protest and opposition, he could target Princeton as an elite institution that he doesn’t like.” But Massey declines to offer predictions or advice, adding, “I’m just an academic, not a politician.” From her office in the Municipal Building on Witherspoon Street, the Princeton Mayor remains mindful of the needs and growing worries of the more than 30,000 individuals she represents. She is realistic about the challenges of responding to those concerns as she reads the daily news feed from Washington, Trenton and elsewhere, but Lempert’s optimism prevails. “On the positive side, I have been completely inspired by the number of people who have gotten involved over the past months,” she says. “I keep meeting people and sharing the story over and over again of people who’ve never been to a rally or a political meeting who never felt the need to get politically engaged who now are fully engaged. They want to know how to help and many of them are looking to get involved here in Princeton.” Amidst worries on the national level about the dysfunction and decline of democracy and democratic institutions, Lempert sees encouraging trends. “A lot of young people are showing up, and it feels like real democracy in those meetings where you see people turn out who want to help shape what their government looks like and what their community is going to look like,” she concludes. “And the more people who can be involved, it can only be better.”


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am led upstairs to the waiting area outside the tea room. It’s a Saturday morning and there is a lesson already underway inside. Sunlight streams into the space, illuminating its warm wooden hues. It is February, and the outside world is freshly blanketed in snow, but here a diminutive space heater keeps the chill at bay. One of my hosts, Glenn Swann, instructs me to wash my hands in ritual purification while we wait. Following his lead, I use the bamboo ladle to pour water over alternate hands, left then right, rinse out my mouth with perhaps a teaspoon more, and finally pour out what remains along the ladle’s handle into the basin below. “Now, do you have any white socks?” Swann asks. I glance at his feet and see that he’s wearing loose white tabi—toe socks that divide the big toe from the rest of the foot. I hesitate, having no such thing among my worldly possessions, and lift one foot slightly to indicate the blue and grey running sock that covers it. “Well… that’s ok,” he says, and we continue. But now, even before we begin, it is already abundantly clear that detail matters here. I’m at Princeton Chanoyu, a traditional Japanese-style tea house in Kingston, New Jersey that is run and owned by Kiyoko Heineken. It is located in what was originally a carriage house, set back from the road and tucked slightly behind the main house—a large, late-19th century Victorian-style home. It’s difficult to imagine what the carriage house looked like before Kiyoko and her husband Ty remodeled it in 1994 with the help of their friend, the late Shizuo Watanabe. Using a combination of local materials and elements imported from Japan, they gave the structure new life as an architecturally fitting home for the tea room—as well as for Studio Japan, a private Japanese folk art museum they run on the first floor. Now, the building might look at home in Kyoto: on its front, a circular marumado window sits above a skirt-roof and sliding shoji screen doors. Its contrast with its surroundings is charming and unlikely in equal measure. APRIL 2017 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Chanoyu is the term for the tea ceremony— though Heineken insists that this translation misses something. “It’s more like a gathering,” she explains. Attending a tea ceremony is not a passive matter. Hosts and guests alike engage in highly ritualized practices that govern their movements, dictate portions of their conversation, and even direct their gaze. It is at least as much a showcase of delicate choreography as it is one of cuisine. Ideally, then, there are no observers in chanoyu—only participants. Mastering the intricacies of the tea ceremony takes time and dedication, so it makes sense that much of Heineken’s work at her tea house is pedagogical. She has about ten adult students who come to study and practice with her each week. Many of them have studied with her for upwards of five years. I joined them for a glimpse into this world.


Guests enter, one at a time, kneeling as they cross the threshold. We move in sequence around the room, which is no larger than 12-by-12 feet. First, we kneel at the corner alcove where we contemplate the flowers and the hanging scroll of calligraphy—both of which change to set the tone and reflect the season as the host sees fit. Then, we walk to the hearth, which is sunken into the floor, and observe the kettle, before taking our seats on the straw tatami mats. The host slides open a separate back door and enters to greet us before returning to the preparation area to retrieve sweets and the tea utensils. Chanoyu embraces an aesthetic of rustic simplicity known as wabicha. This applies to the tea room itself—with its rough and largely unadorned walls—but crucially, also to the utensils. Tea bowls and caddies are of particular importance. Certain bowls and caddies are cherished for their bumpy,

imperfect surfaces, the uneven application of their glaze, their asymmetry. In 2014, the Princeton University Art Museum built an entire exhibit around one such tea jar, a 700-year-old jar called Chigusa. Andrew Watsky, Princeton art historian and co-curator of the exhibit with Louise Allison Cort of the Freer Gallery, says that a tea object “not only has to be beautiful according to those aesthetic standards. It also has to be useful.” But, paradoxically, what begin as humble, utilitarian vessels can become highly prized collectibles. Tea objects have lineages, Watsky explains, and an object owned by a tea master accrues value not only because of the prestige of its owner, but also because of the aesthetic acuity of its owner. That mark of approval becomes wrapped up in the value of the object.


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After the host serves the sweets, we have koicha—thick tea, the centerpiece of the ceremony. I’m shown how to receive the tea bowl from the first guest in the prescribed way, how to pick it up, how to nest it in one hand and turn it twice with the other. I’m encouraged to contemplate its form—the drips of glaze here, its depth, its texture. Then I drink. The matcha has a deep, mellow bitterness. And it is indeed thick, whipped to a warm, rich froth by the host’s bamboo chasen whisk. I drink perhaps two teaspoons of it before passing the bowl onward to the last guest, with that much again remaining. But this is enough. Heineken later explains that the tea ceremony is meant to engage all five senses, and it is clear that this central aspect of it does so in a remarkably deliberate and closely directed way. In describing the tea lesson, I find it tempting to reach for the word “curation,” which in recent years has gained such currency in the public sphere, because so many aspects of my experience in chanoyu were dictated for me. But I try to resist thinking of it as a “curated experience” partly because the term has developed an unfortunate aura of retail buzz, but also because, even in its earlier sense of putting together an art exhibit, the idea of curation entails a singular curator. This is different. It takes the very quotidian act of drinking tea and

thrusts it into a web of tradition and ritual that began to assume its present form over 500 years ago and has been reinforced by innumerable students and tea masters since then. Watsky, the Princeton professor, argues that chanoyu is not simply a practice of reenactment, but rather one that “both honors that past and continuously keeps itself renewed” through the subtle differences in the tea objects and how they are used and through the inherent differences that different participants bring to it. Yoshiko Okuda, one of Heineken’s students, tells me that part of what she values in studying chanoyu is its complexity and her sense that it is “so complete.” She says it makes her feel somehow more than herself. Heineken says that, for her, the tea ceremony “creates a peaceful atmosphere.” She relates a recent conversation she had with her daughter in which she was marveling at the uptick in interest she’s seen lately in chanoyu. She speculates that people must sense that the tea ceremony can help them to “have a separate space for basic life” that they have difficulty finding normally. “I just wonder,” she muses, “This world is so unstable...” The scroll in the tea room’s alcove that day read: “Go and have some tea.” This was not simply self-promotion. Glenn Swann clarifies that it is the refrain of the Zen master Joshu in a common story,

his exhortation to new monks regardless of whether he has met them before or not. Swann explains that it can be understood as an affirmation of the routine. “Daily life is the Way. It has a deep meaning,” he says. Not everyone can devote him or herself to studying chanoyu, but this seems like an idea worthy of consideration. Go and have some tea, indeed.

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10am – 10:30pm 2017 Penn Relays at Franklin Field in Philadelphia. High school, collegiate, and professional athletes will compete in various track and field events through April 29.

10am – 4pm Bunny Chase at Terhune Orchards. Follow the treasure hunt clues around the farm and find a spring surprise (also on Sunday, April 16)! http://

1pm Princeton University men’s lacrosse vs. Harvard at Princeton’s Sherrerd Field at Class of 1952 Stadium.

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6:30pm In celebration of the exhibition “The Berlin Painter and His World,” Greek jazz musician Petros Klampanis performs accompanied by a string quartet at Princeton University Art Museum. http://

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Friday, April 21 8pm World premiere of Douglas Martin’s full-length ballet, Pride and Prejudice, featuring the American Repertory Ballet and Princeton Symphony Orchestra at McCarter Theatre.



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On Pointe: Dancing Your Way Into College. Princeton Ballet School’s Dean of Students, Lisa de Ravel, will lead a discussion for parents and students with Cheryl Whitney, Asst. Professor of Dance at Rider University and faculty at Princeton Ballet School.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 30 7:30AM The Novo Nordisk New Jersey Marathon and Half Marathon in Oceanport, NJ. http://

1PM Communiversity ArtsFest 2017 produced by the Arts Council of Princeton. This event features over 200 booths showcasing original art and contemporary crafts, unique merchandise and culinary masterpieces from local chefs, plus six stages of continuous live entertainment. http://

MONDAY, MAY 1 7:05PM New York Yankees vs. Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium (also on May 2 and 3). http://newyork.

of 130 beers from more than 60 national and regional breweries, live music, and multiple food vendors. www.

4:30 – 5PM Stories and songs in Russian for children ages 3 and up at Princeton Public Library. www.

8PM McCarter Theatre Center Gala 2017 featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

SUNDAY, MAY 7 10AM – 5PM Kite Day at Terhune Orchards. Bring your own kite or choose a ready-made one from the wide selection in the Farm Store. Also, food, farm animals, country music, and more.

1PM Princeton Tour Company’s Shameless Name

4PM Julianne and Derek Hough live on tour in MOVE – BEYOND at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ.

Dropping Tour of Princeton (Saturdays and Sundays through October). The tour begins at 116 Nassau Street inside of the Princeton University Store. https://

7:30PM Clue On Stage at Bucks County Playhouse in



New Hope, Pa. (through May 20).


11AM Tiger Tales at the Cotsen Children’s Library on the campus of Princeton University (repeats weekly). www.

THURSDAY, MAY 18 4 – 9PM Girls Night Out in Palmer Square in downtown Princeton. Shopping, friends, and fun – what could be better? Also, exclusive promotions and discounts in many shops and restaurants. www.

7:30PM Screening of Wise Blood (1979) at Princeton Garden Theatre.

SATURDAY, MAY 20 NOON – 5PM Enjoy everything Irish at the Irish Festival in downtown Spring Lake, NJ. Music, dancing, food, beverage trucks, and shopping. www.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 8:30AM Bucks County 10-Miler through New Hope, Pa. and Delaware Canal State Park.

SATURDAY, MAY 27 8AM Spring Lake 5-Mile Run. Over 12,000 runners participate in this annual race.

THURSDAY, JUNE 1 ALL DAY Princeton University Reunions 2017.


6PM Audra McDonald performs at the State Theatre New Jersey 2017 Benefit Gala in New Brunswick. www.

Reunions weekend attracts almost 25,000 alumni, family and friends for walks, talks, community service projects, Alumni-Faculty Forums, picnics, parties, concerts, dancing, meeting old friends, making new ones and, of course, marching in the One and Only P-rade!


7PM Trenton Thunder baseball vs. Harrisburg at Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton.


12:30PM Gallery Talk on “Medieval Ivories and Their Stories” at Princeton University Art Museum. http://

7 – 9PM Teen Open Mic Night at the Arts Council of

10AM – 5PM Morven in May Craft Show and Heirloom Plant Sale (through May 7). All proceeds from Morven in May help fund the museum’s exhibitions, historic gardens, and educational programs.

12:30 – 4:30PM Beer lovers rejoice! The 7th Annual Washington Crossing Brewfest returns to Washington Crossing Historic Park. The event features sampling


SUNDAY, MAY 14 10AM – 6PM Celebrate Mother’s Day at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township. Stroll 42 landscaped acres and enjoy a constantly evolving collection of contemporary outdoor sculptures. www.

5 – 9PM Picturesque Marine Park in Red Bank is the setting for the popular Riverfest Food and Music Festival. Non-stop entertainment by local and regional musicians, pub river cruises, and waterfront stage (through June 4).


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