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Well, here we are with our Holiday Issue...and just where did this year go? I think it got lost in the blur of the Presidential Reality Show, America’s newest form of entertainment. Now, it is time to settle into the traditional warmth of the holiday season with family reunions, the crackling of fireplaces, the glow of Christmas tree lights or a Menorah’s candles, and with joyous music everywhere...particularly in Princeton’s African American community, which has a rich history of Gospel music for the holidays. You can learn more about it from our interview of the talented singers from both the First Baptist Church and the Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. Also, think about taking in the holiday tour of the historic Mill Hill neighborhood that is such an important part of Trenton’s heritage. The “tour” is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. Every Christmas Day at Washington’s Crossing there is a celebration of the event that was so critical to the eventual winning of the Revolutionary War. The celebration is a re-enactment of the crossing of the Delaware River by a diverse cast of dedicated history buffs. You will enjoy reading about their training and a bit about their day jobs. More to the point, you and your family might enjoy seeing the actual crossing on Christmas day. Of course the holidays are all about shopping, whether for Christmas or Hanukkah. After browsing through the gift suggestions assembled by our staff, take a look at our Book Scene which spotlights some beautiful “Coffee Table Books “ as gifts. (They last longer than a box of chocolates.) The heart of Christmas in the home is the Christmas tree and finding the best tree is often a challenge. It can be a wonderful family excursion to go to a farm and actually cut your own. (Our daughter, Jordan, won’t let Barbara and me select our tree without her being there to approve it.) So where are these tree farms? Read our article about the ones around Princeton and...happy hunting! In the midst of all of this holiday fun, we are reminded every night on the TV News of the strife and suffering that is taking place around the world. Entire societies are being torn up and destroyed or dispersed, resulting in refugees in crisis in so many countries. The International Rescue Committee, founded in 1933 by Albert Einstein and a group of intellectuals, artists, clergy and political leaders, is dedicated to dealing with these refugee issues. Read our story on their current work with the Syrian refugees.

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Music in Princeton: Gospel and More... by Anne Levin photography by Tom Grimes

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Pearl Locklear Macie Thompson Donald Locklear lll Chai Branscomb

Andrea White, President Unity Choir Patrice Turner Shante Williams-Branscomb Willie Mae Tadlock Evelyn Counts Viviane Barbosa Tyneshia Hamilton Reverend Dr. Donald Locklear, Minister of Music

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is late on a fall Sunday morning, and the service at First Baptist Church of Princeton is in full swing. The choir sings enthusiastically, urged on by the warbling organ and thumping percussion. Everyone, even the elderly members of the congregation, is moving to the music. A more sedate observance of the day is taking place around the corner at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. The choir of mostly senior citizens, accompanied on keyboard, is singing a classical composition. They are passionate, but in a quieter way. Princeton’s two prominent black churches could serve as an illustration of the broad range of African American church music. A common misconception is that gospel music and spirituals are one and the same. In fact, they are two separate forms that relate to each other but have their own distinctions. Beverly Owens, Witherspoon Presbyterian Church’s music director and the head of its choir program, encounters the question frequently—so often that she leads a workshop explaining the difference. “Just because it’s a black church doesn’t mean it’s a gospel choir,” she says. “We at Witherspoon are a choir in a Presbyterian church. We pride ourselves on doing all kinds of repertoire. We do classical, and we do spirituals, which are directly descended from slaves. Gospel came later and evolved from that, so there’s the difference.” Spirituals were originally an oral tradition created by African slaves in the United States. The songs described the hardships of slavery while promoting Christian values. Gospel music originated in

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the 1930s with pianist and blues singer Thomas A. Dorsey, considered the father of the genre. Born in Chicago in 1899, Dorsey originally performed under the name Georgia Tom. Dorsey’s most famous composition, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” was written in 1932 as he grieved for his wife, who had died giving birth to their son. The baby succumbed soon after. After contemplating suicide, Dorsey found strength in the writing of that song. Going forward, he committed himself to gospel music. His many accomplishments include the founding of his own gospel choir and the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses. He died in 1993. Among Dorsey’s discoveries was gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, when she was 17. In a video clip about Dorsey’s life, she says, “He took church music and spirituals, and hymns, and pepped ‘em up—put a rhythm to it and called it gospel.” Dorsey influenced many musicians, black and white. Several have recorded “Precious Lord,” including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Rogers, B.B. King, and Aretha Franklin. “We wouldn’t have what we have today without Dr. Thomas Dorsey,” says Donald Locklear, an elder at First Baptist Church of Princeton and the church’s minister of music and choir director. “He was a blues pianist who brought blues to spirituals.” Locklear, who plays the organ, piano and keyboard at Sunday services, has dedicated his life to serving as a gospel musician. He earned a doctorate in 2011 from New Life Theological Seminary in South Carolina, and last June composed a gospel opera, The


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Donald Locklear III and Malik Thompson.

Longtime choir member Willie Mae Tadlock.

Assiyah Spell and her son Samuel.

Taking a selfie: Shante Williams-Branscomb, Viviane Barbosa, and Choir President Andrea White.

Taking a break: Chai Branscomb, Pearl Locklear, Macie Thompson and Tyneshia Hamilton. holiday 2016 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Reverend Dr. Donald Locklear, First Baptist’s minister of music with his son Donald Locklear III.

Way John Saw It. The opera was performed, complete with red carpet arrival, at the church. “I try to keep a theme of music to correlate with what the pastor is speaking about,” he says. “What I love about gospel is that it will cross all genres. The rhythm is important, but it’s really the lyric. You can get up in the rhythm of a song, but for the most part it’s the words that are so meaningful.” Andrea White, president of First Baptist’s choir, agrees. “It’s overwhelming,” she says. “When I sing I feel empowered. It’s so uplifting. When I’m in the midst of a difficult issue in my life, one of those songs will pop up out of nowhere, and I feel stronger. When I’m low, it lifts me up.” Gospel music is a valued and honored form at Witherspoon Presbyterian Church. “But there is more to it than that,” says Beverly Owens, who is in her nineteenth year as music and choir director. Owens has a master’s degree in sacred music from Westminster Choir College. “I’m a classically trained musician, and our training from Westminster is that a good choir does all kinds of music. There are a lot of black churches that espouse the same tradition. While gospel is a part of our heritage, it’s not the whole story. We have Bach and Beethoven and all those guys going on as well as gospel.” Owens also finds time to sing in the choir of a synagogue in East Brunswick. “I always loved music. I loved music

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in church,” she says. As for gospel music, “It touches people in a particular part of their hearts. It’s very meaningful and it engenders hope.” Witherspoon Presbyterian is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year. That makes this year’s annual “Christmas at Witherspoon” concert especially meaningful. Held on Sunday, December 4, the concert will include various performing ensembles including the men’s gospel choir, handbell choir, and versespeaking choir. First Baptist’s Christmas celebration is Friday, December 2. The church has invited choirs from throughout the community to sing two carols each, and then the entire gathering will perform the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. A skit is also planned. While styles and approaches to worship may vary, it is safe to say that music is always the focus of these holiday commemorations. “A lot of times, people may or not remember what the preacher says. But more often than not, they will remember a song,” says Owens, “how it touched them. How it made them feel. Music is so important. It’s the same message, but there is something about putting that message to music that sticks with a person.” Says White, “It brings a certain feeling to my body every time. It’s very soulful. There’s just nothing like it.”


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f you missed the MetLife concert or any of his four-hour, sold-out stadium performances, there’s still a chance. If you were not among the thousands who waited all night to be in line for one of his recent book signings, you can see The Boss in Princeton. Beginning November 18, Morven Museum & Garden is exhibiting Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey. Traveling from the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, the exhibition, on view through May 14, 2017, features more than 40 photographs, as

well as video interviews with the show’s five photographers: Danny Clinch, Ed Gallucci, Eric Meola, Pamela Springsteen, and Frank Stefanko. The images take viewers inside Springsteen’s career as a front man and songwriter, capturing his off stage vulnerability, and document the American musical legend who, like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan before him, created songs that tap into the American psyche and become instruments for change. And with Dylan winning the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” the art form has been elevated to a new realm. Springsteen’s recording career spans

more than 40 years, beginning with the Columbia Records release Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J., in 1973. In brief, he has released 18 studio albums, garnered 20 GRAMMY Awards, won an Oscar, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was a 2009 recipient of Kennedy Center Honors and named 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year. While the majority of the exhibit focuses on Springsteen off-stage, four additional live performance photographs by Barry Schneier depict the Springsteen concert at Harvard Square Theater where Rolling Stone music journalist Jon Landau uttered the now legendary statement, “I have seen the future of rock and roll, and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” HOLIDAY 2016 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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Forty-two years later, rather than succumb to the safe and secure, Springsteen, 67, continues to “poke...a finger in the chest of our national leaders and demand...answers as to why we’ve come to a place where the American dream is in jeopardy of losing its soul and promise,” writes biographer Robert Santelli. The roots of the Freehold native and Colts Neck resident’s social justice concerns were likely formed in the 1980s, when he met a labor organizer in Pittsburgh while on the Born in the U.S.A. tour. He saw how the area had been affected by deindustrialization; a food bank was being set up for unemployed steel workers, and he knew he wanted to do more than just perform and leave town. Guthrie and Dylan had shown how such emotion could be channeled into melody and lyrics. Being an avid reader helped. Santelli noted the musician’s book collection—American history, politics and art, as well as music—during a visit to his Colts Neck home in the ’90s. While traveling to Washington, D.C., with Pete Seeger to sing Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” for President Obama’s 2009 inauguration, Springsteen was inspired by the folk legend’s version of American history, and his tales of how “We Shall Overcome” moved from a labor movement song to a civil rights song. Five years later, in a tribute at Seeger’s 90th birthday

celebration at Madison Square Garden, Springsteen recounted how Seeger always sings all the verses of Guthrie’s song, as “he reminds us of our immense failures as well as shining a light toward our better angels and the horizon where the country we’ve imagined and hold dear we hope awaits us.” “Perhaps more than any other recording artist today, Bruce Springsteen celebrates the power and glory of the gospel of rock and roll,” writes Santelli. “After more than 40 years of strapping on a guitar and fronting a band, Springsteen has reached a point in his career where he could rest on his laurels and few would blame him. Only he hasn’t. And won’t.” Biographer Santelli first got to know Springsteen in 1973, when he interviewed him for the Asbury Park Press. “I had a first-row seat to see him go from a local artist to one of America’s greatest recording artists,” he said from his office at the GRAMMY Museum, where he is executive director. Previously vice president of education and public programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Santelli, a Point Pleasant native and blues and rock historian, has been a close friend of Springsteen since writing Greetings From E Street: The Story Of Bruce Springsteen And The E Street Band (Chronicle Books, 2006). In selecting the photographers for this traveling exhibition, from among the many who have immortalized Springsteen in silver halide and

pixels, Santelli looked for those who could tell a unique story through different points along his career: off stage, singer/songwriter, American citizen. “We worked with each to select images, whether artistic or never seen before,” says Santelli. Among the behind-the-scenes photographers is Springsteen’s sister, Pamela. A one-time actress (she played the serial killer Angela Baker in low-budget cult films Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers and Sleepaway Camp III: Teenage Wasteland), Pamela Springsteen has photographed Olivia Newton-John, Roseanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Ice Cube, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bill Maher, Dolly Parton, Tom Hanks, Ellen Burstyn, Keith Richards and Neil Young. Photographing her brother is different, she says, in that she is not limited to an eight- or 10-hour photo shoot. “It’s much more casual. There’s no hair, there’s no makeup, there’s no wardrobe and no assistants, it’s just me and him and a camera. We go out, we enjoy ourselves, it’s not results oriented, it’s just fun, and what comes of it comes of it.” She spends a lot of time preparing up front so everything will run smoothly. “Then you can let it happen.” A Photographic Journey shows us the artist “in various moods, in different stages of the artistic process, a man who is deep in thought, or celebratory, in a way that provides a broader picture




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of how and why Bruce Springsteen is one of America’s greatest rock and roll artists,” says Santelli. “With all the attention on his tour and book, it’s a great opportunity to add a dimension to understand him and his music.” Not surprisingly, Born to Run (Simon & Schuster) is well written, beginning with the first paragraph of the forward: “I come from a boardwalk town where almost everything is tinged with a bit of fraud. So am I. By twenty, no race-car- driving rebel, I was a guitar player on the streets of Asbury Park and already a member in good standing amongst those who ‘lie’ in service of the truth...artists, with a small ‘a.’ But I held four clean aces. I had youth, almost a decade of hard-core bar band experience, a good group of homegrown musicians who were attuned to my performance style, and a story to tell.” And tell the story he does, beginning “on the evenings before air-conditioning, [I] watched the porches fill with neighbors, seeking conversation and respite from the summer heat” and “waiting for the evening bells of the ice-cream man.” We learn how he rented his first guitar, hitch-hiked until he learned to drive in his 20s, about his grandmother who raised him and his mostly unemployed bus driver father. We read about his immersion in Catholicism and a fortuneteller’s wisdom, “marinating” in a family with mental illness and

taking Klonopin for depression, the failure of his first marriage to actress Julianne Phillips and the success of his second to band mate Patti Scialfa. Like Springsteen’s concerts, the book runs long—508 pages. He worked on it for seven years, and a companion album, Chapter And Verse, contains 18 songs that trace his musical history and tell a story that parallels the book. Morven’s Director of Development Barb Webb first became smitten when she was 15, growing up in Vineland. She and her then boyfriend listened to eight-track cassettes of Greetings from Asbury Park in the finished basement of a friend. “I remember thinking, ‘this is the greatest music ever,’” she recounts. Webb first saw him perform at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia New Year’s Eve 1975, and most recently, along with 90,000 fans, at the Meadowlands. “His high energy brought me back,” she says, and hopes the photographs at Morven will do the same for others. The exhibit fits with Morven’s mission, to interpret the cultural history of New Jersey. It was through photographer Richard Speedy, whose photographs of the Pine Barrens were exhibited at Morven three years ago, that Webb learned about one of the show’s photographers, Ed Gallucci. Born in Brooklyn, raised in New Jersey and now a resident of Roanoke, Virginia, Gallucci was one of the first photographers to shoot

Springsteen, with images going back to 1972 that document his struggle to make a name for himself. Gallucci’s first session with Bruce was at Kenny’s Castaways in New York’s West Village. Springsteen was so unknown at the time that his name was misspelled on the marquee, Gallucci recounts, and there were six people in the audience. A week later Gallucci was called back to do another shoot in West Long Branch, then went to Springsteen’s Bradley Beach apartment and met his girlfriend, for whom he wrote the song “Rosalita.” Fans at Springsteen’s recent book signings in Freehold (“My Home Town”), Philadelphia and New York told him how he’d helped them avoid therapy and even cure cancer. So just what is it about Bruce that makes him so adored? “As a live performer, he makes you feel, though you are just one out of thousands, that he’s performing just to you,” says Santelli. “All great artists have this ability, but he has it in spades. He has his finger on the pulse of the underbelly of America and writes about it in a way that is convincing, powerful, emotional and lasting. His songs are timeless reflections of the American experience.” “I just wrote about what was around me,” Springsteen told Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, “which is kind of something I’ve done for most of my life.”




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n a chilly Christmas Day in 1953, a crowd of about 700 gathered on the banks of the Delaware River as a crew of six men rowed across from Pennsylvania in commemoration of George Washington’s iconic 1776 crossing—a grueling feat of logistical prowess and grit that enabled the Continental Army to defeat the Hessian mercenaries encamped at Trenton, and the British at Princeton just over a week later. The crossing marked the beginning of what historians call the “Ten Crucial Days” that restored the morale of the American troops, who had before then been flailing badly.

The 1953 event was the first of the modern-day reenactments of Washington’s Crossing—and almost purely by accident. St. John “Sinjin” Terrell, who portrayed Washington that day, had conceived of the event as a one-off publicity stunt for the Lambertville Music Circus, an organization he’d founded four years before. But the event proved so popular that Terrell revived his role for the next 24 years, and the tradition has continued every since. These days, the operation is somewhat more involved. Now, 200-250 reenactors cross in four replica Durham boats. Ten fire and police departments from Pennsylvania and

New Jersey stand by. A small army of volunteers makes sure the event runs smoothly for the participants and the audience, which in recent years has numbered 8,000-10,000. People come from near and far to watch. (Anita Cooke, a reenactor and head of artillery for the event, notes that, every year, “you’ll hear four, five, six foreign languages.”) But it’s as a local phenomenon that the annual crossing reenactment really has a strong hold. For many families in the area, watching the event is an annual practice as deeply ingrained as any other holiday tradition. For the reenactors themselves, some of whom are third generation participants, things only get more involved. HOLIDAY 2016 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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“Reenacting is a progressive disease,” says Frank Lyons. A retired United Airlines pilot, Lyons is a longtime resident of Yardley, Pennsylvania and proprietor of the Continental Tavern. He had watched the reenactment many times and twelve years ago spoke with one of the boat captains about how to get involved. Reenactors tend to indulge their passion for history by joining regiments corresponding to actual historical military units, so Lyons recruited a couple friends, joined the 14th Continental, and found himself rowing the next year. Now, he is vice-president of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park, the organization that puts on the crossing. While some reenactors only take part in the crossing, Frank participates in about 15 events each year with his regiment, and his level of engagement is not unusual. Paul Beck, who in the twenty-first century works as a research chemist, is an oarsman for the annual crossing and the chief caretaker for the Durham boats that belong to Washington Crossing Park. Each of the boats, replicas of the


flat-bottomed cargo boats Washington and his troops used in 1776, costs $125,000, and Beck estimates he spends a hundred hours each year maintaining them. “They’re sort of like a Stradivarius violin when I look at them,” he says, adding, “I don’t start crying though.” The boatmen need upkeep as well as the boats. The boats are not nimble crafts, each weighing in at 4600 pounds empty, and it takes each considerable practice for each crew of twelve to learn how to guide them through the running waters of the Delaware. On a recent Sunday, the boatmen spent the entire morning training on Lake Luxembourg, in nearby Core Creek Park, improving their stroke, reviewing safety procedures, and planning for contingencies such as the Delaware River’s high discharge rate (the volume of water flowing by per second) and winds that could threaten to sweep them off course on the day of the event. Asked about the experience of actually rowing one of the boats, Beck is blunt: “It’s strenuous.” Even with a partner on his oar, he says he tends to keep his head

down and put his back into the work, only noticing they’ve finished once they’ve arrived on the opposite shore—before turning the boat around to fetch more troops. As a group, reenactors tend to value an attention to detail that can border on obsession. I spent an afternoon drilling and marching around Washington’s Crossing Park with 18-year-old Joe Roth. It was a mild day by September standards, but for Roth, portraying a young Major James Monroe in full uniform, the weather was sweltering. Still, as we marched well away from the park and any onlookers, he insisted on donning his leather gloves: “They’re authentic, so I’m going to wear them.” John Godzieba, a lieutenant with the Bristol Township Police who has portrayed George Washington for the annual crossing since 2010, says he puts in the time to do careful research for his part because he feels the little details humanize his portrayal and make it relatable to a modern-day audience. He likes to be able to tell people what Washington did at home, what bothered him, the


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names of his English foxhounds (Truman, Bluelips, Drunkard). People don’t always ask, but it’s best to be prepared. The day I spoke with Kathy Pasko, she had spent the morning researching buttons at The David Library of the American Revolution on behalf of the 6th Pennsylvania. Reenactors tend to make or buy their own uniforms, or ‘kits’, and a high quality one can easily cost over $1000, so Pasko wanted to ensure that hers would be as accurate as possible. The discussions can become dizzyingly granular. Pasko recalled a recent hour-long button debate in her regiment: Which buttons were appropriate for their unit, a conglomerate regiment formed part way through the war? If they found the right buttons, would it be realistic for a coat to have all five, or should some be missing to reflect the wear and tear of service in the Continental Army? If there are missing ones, what would replace them? But for all the emphasis on a faithful interpretation, not everything about reenactors’ impressions is one hundred percent accurate. In

Pasko’s case, the most salient exception is that, as a bow poleman, she is portraying a role that would have been strictly reserved for men during the Revolution. Spectators often suspect as much, but Pasko relishes their questions, saying that it “opens up a dialogue” and allows her to teach them about the roles women played in the war—primarily as camp followers, doing the crucial but humble work of feeding and caring for the troops, and on rare occasions as soldiers themselves, disguised as men under the penalty of expulsion. “Remember the ladies,” Pasko advises, quoting Abigail Adam’s famous wartime exhortation to her husband John Adams. Even in the current reenactments, it’s still often the case that the ladies do much of the essential but unglamorous work for the crossing, Pasko says, citing the women who run the registration for the big day, as well as the women camp followers who spend the duration of the event away from the drama of the boats and artillery. And there’s the work of volunteers like Mary Ryan, who with a few friends and coworkers, started up the

monthly sewing circle at Washington Crossing Park in order to provide exactingly researched and hand-stitched period garb for volunteers just getting started and not yet ready to invest in a full kit. The group behind the annual crossing encompasses a wide range of ages, professions, and talents. Some come to the event secure in their devotion to American colonial history and drawn to one of its great pilgrimages, others come casually and get swept up in the excitement. What seems to unite so many of them is a spirit of sharing, both with each other—through the friendships forged by “times that try men’s souls”—and with the public. Many participants use the term “living history” in lieu of “reenactment,” which Godzieba says may better capture the vitality of the event. It’s not a static portrayal in the pages of a textbook; for spectators and participants both, the senses are fully engaged and the history of the Revolutionary War becomes real and felt. “We’re living it too,” Godzieba says.


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othing can replicate the scent of a freshly cut Christmas tree. Perhaps that’s because it is more a memory than a smell. With that sweet-piney aroma comes Dad’s slushy boots walking through the living room with the tree in tow, dust billowing off ornaments as they’re unwrapped for the season, and decorative lights waiting to guide Santa Claus. Our local tree farms help preserve these old-fashioned family traditions by providing the quintessential choose and cut Christmas tree experience. If you’re pining for the holidays, plan a trip to one of the local tree farms outlined in our directory. Chris’ Trees: 900 Canal Road, Princeton, NJ 908.874.3237 Hours: Monday – Friday, 9AM – dusk from November 25 – December 24 Services: Choose and cut trees Choose and cut trees: Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir Chris Geckeler fell in love with the area while attending Princeton University (Class of ‘59). In turn, his eponymous tree farm on Canal Road brings Princeton’s natural beauty to local families each holiday season. Located in a bucolic area along the Delaware and Raritan Canal, the choose and cut tree farm is the ideal setting for a winter outing. Geckeler, who spearheads everything from planting to harvesting the trees, has watched longtime customers grow up and start to bring their own children to his long-standing tree farm.

Bear Swamp Farm: 300 Basin Road, Hamilton, NJ 609.587.1411 (Matt Willard) or 609.480.4861 (Glenn Willard) Hours: Monday-Friday, Noon – dusk and Saturday-Sunday, 8AM – dusk from November 24 – December 25 Services: Choose and cut and precut trees, wreaths Choose and cut trees: Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, Canaan Fir, and Blue Spruce The Willard family is the authority on Christmas trees in the Bucks/Mercer County area. Family patriarch, Samuel Willard, purchased the Jug Hill Christmas Tree Farm in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania in 1942, and slowly expanded the business to three other locations: Carousel Village in Newtown, Pa., Sandy Creek in Columbus, NJ, and Bear Swamp in Hamilton, NJ. Today, Samuel’s sons, Glenn and Steve, and his grandson, Matt, operate the farms. Ironically, these arborists have no tree traditions of their own as they are hard-at-work helping others create Christmas memories. All the Willard tree farms offer activities and services beyond trees. At Bear Swamp in Mercer County, they offer rope for holiday decorating and hayrides on the weekend.


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Carlson Christmas Tree Farm 58 New Road, Lambertville, NJ 609.737.2178 Hours: Weekends, 9AM – 4PM from November 26 – December 18 Services: Choose and cut trees Choose and cut trees: Blue Spruce, Concolor Fir, Norway Fraser, Serbian Spruce Carol and Philip Carlson have been offering live trees, homemade chocolate chip cookies, and Christmas cheer for over 25 years at Carlson Tree Farm in Hopewell Township. Living in a home on their 20-acre farm, the Carlsons are wholly dedicated to their business and treat all their guests (including leashed dogs) like family. While tree shopping, customers can enjoy Carol’s fresh baked chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa free of charge. Among the four varieties of trees offered at Carlson is the Serbian Spruce that has upswept branches that “make it look like it’s smiling,” according to Carol. To beat the crowds, the Carlsons suggest tagging your tree during their opening week and picking it up at a later date.

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Tuckamony Christmas Tree Farm 6320 Upper York Road, New Hope, PA 215.862.9510 Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 10AM – 5PM and Friday – Sunday, 9AM – 5PM from November 25 - December 24 Services: Choose and cut and precut trees, wreaths, holly Choose and cut trees: Fraser Fir, Concolor Fir, Canaan Fir, White Pine, Scots Pine, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce Founded in 1929, by Forrest C. Crooks, Tuckamony Farm claims to be one of the oldest family-owned Christmas tree farms in the country. Forrest named Tuckahomy after Peg Tuckahomy, who was thought to be one of the last Lenni Lenape Native Americans to live in the area. In 1939, he worked with neighboring farmers and the U.S. Conservation Service to create the Honey Hollow Watershed. Made up of 650 acres and five farms, including Tuckahomy, Honey Hollow was one of the first cooperative conservation efforts by farmers. The project became a model for future conservation programs and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1969. Today, Forrest’s great-grandson, Lars Crooks owns and operates the historic tree farm that offers everything from hand-made wreaths and holly from their orchard to arts and crafts from local vendors.


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McLaughlin Tree Farm 1312 Old York Road, Robbinsville, NJ 609.259.8122 Hours: Thursday-Monday, 9AM – 3PM from November 24 December 23 Services: Choose and cut, pre-cut, and live trees in a root ball, wreaths Choose and cut trees: White Pine, Scotch Pine, Blue Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Norway Spruce, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Canaan Fir Greg McLaughlin grows show-stopping trees—best in show—to be exact. Twice, the family-operated farm was named the Grand Champion for Best in Show at the Annual New Jersey Christmas Tree Contest. The McLaughlins also provided the tree and 13-foot wreath for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, a task that required a special truck for transportation. However, the Christmas experience at the farm goes far beyond trees. McLaughlin has hand-made and decorated wreaths, hot cider, popcorn, hayrides, campfires, goats, chickens, and of course, Santa Claus. In fact, a peculiar trend has started popping up on the farm: Christmas tree tailgating. According to McLaughlin, families will park their cars and set up temporary tents and grills for an entire day of holiday fun.

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Pleasant Valley Tree Farm 47 Pleasant Valley Road, Titusville, NJ 917.301.8557 Hours: Weekends, 9AM – 3PM from December 3 – December 18 Services: You choose, we cut trees, firewood Choose and cut trees: Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, Fraser Fir When Hugh Fordin acquired the land that is now Pleasant Valley Tree Farm, he noticed one thing: big trees. In addition to the standard 8-10 foot Christmas tree, his family farm specializes in those ranging from 18 to 25 feet. According to Fordin, the key to 22-years-worth of hearty trees is not trimming them too close to the trunk. Simonson Farms 260 Dey Road, Cranbury, NJ (choose and cut trees) 120 Cranbury Neck Road, Cranbury, NJ (choose and cut trees) 118 Dey Road, Plainsboro, NJ (precut trees) 609.799.0140 Hours: 260 Dey Road: Weekends, 9AM - dusk from November 26 – December 23 120 Cranbury Neck Road: Monday-Friday, Noon – dusk from November 25 – December 23 118 Dey Road: 9AM – 6PM on November 19, 20; opens 12 – 7PM weekdays from November 25 – December 24 (on customer’s honor) Services: Choose and cut and precut trees Choose and cut trees available: Exotic Firs, Douglas Fir, Concolor Fir, Canaan Fir, White Pine, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, White Spruce

Simonson Farms has three locations, four generations, and more trees than you can count. Rodger and Samantha Jany currently run the family owned and operated business, but their children, ages three, four, and eight, think the fifth generation has already taken over. Although a tad small to tow trees, the Jany kids try their best to assist their parents, cousins, grandparents, and the rest of the clan with the farms’ Christmas operations. At Cranbury Road, visitors take a holiday-clad covered wagon to select and cut their tree of choice. It’s also the location of their annual Candy Cane Hunt, where Santa Claus acts as the event’s biggest cheerleader. In addition to precut trees, the Dey Road location offers food trucks, homemade popcorn, and a Christmas shop.

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THE ORANGETHEORY FITNESS BRAND Since its debut last Winter, Princetonions have not only experienced the Orange Effect, but also the “Alla Borzillo Effect.” As the owner and operator of Orangetheory Fitness Princeton, Alla Borzillo ensures that her clients will feel motivated, confident, and cared for while sweating away their calories. After all, Borzillo can’t help but be nurturing toward her clients as a clinically trained social worker, fitness-loving wife, and caring mother of two. Below, Borzillo shares her enthusiasm for the OrangeTheory Fitness Princeton studio located at 640 Nassau Park Boulevard.

What is Orangetheory Fitness all about?

Orangetheory fitness is a 1 hour total body workout. Half endurance, half power and strength. Midway through we switch to provide variety and challenge. Everyone in the class wears a heart rate monitor that is strapped around the chest or one that is worn on the wrist. Hear rate, calories burned and progress are displayed live on large led screens in the studio. We train in 5 different heart rate zones with a goal of working 12 - 20 minutes at 84% or greater of your target heart rate. Each class is led by an experienced fitness coach to make sure you are not over or under training. On average members burn as much 900 calories including the after burn. After each workout your results are emailed to you or downloaded to your personalized OTBeat app on your phone.

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Participants use a variety of equipment including 12 treadmills, 12 rowing machines and 12 work out stations with TRX suspension training and free weights. We also have 2 spinning bikes and an elliptical machine for added flexibility. We offer lockers to secure items and have mens and woman’s showers and bathrooms.

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The wonderful people of Princeton and the surrounding areas who have become our beloved members. To see the difference we make in people’s lives is so rewarding. We have members that range from elite athletes to people who have never worked out. Members as young as 14 to as seasoned as 65 years young. Its exciting to see people transform their health and fitness level. For example, we had 50 members participate in our weight loss challenge and lost just over 800 pounds by working out with us at least 3x a week during the 6 week program.

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The small group setting, motivating coaches, direct instantaneous feedback of the OTBeat heart rate monitors and the total body nature of the workouts are highly effective and results focused. However, what separates us the most is the personal touch and our attention to detail. We strive to delight our members by anticipating their needs and exceeding their expectations. From providing fresh fruit to the unique toiletries to the nurturing and friendly front staff, we pride ourselves on making our studio a respite from the hectic lives we all lead. Your stress will melt away with the pounds and you will leave the studio not only drenched

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We offer a Basic, Elite or Premier membership which provide members access to either 4, 8 or unlimited classes per month. We also offer the ability to purchase class packs of 10, 20, or 30 sessions. The memberships are month to month with no long term commitments. Orange theory provides nationwide reciprocity which means members at our studio can use any other Orangetheory Fitness studio in the nation. Members use an OTF app to schedule classes right from a smart phone at any studio in the country.

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The best way is to try a class! The first class is always free. So call us at 609-474-0090 to schedule a complementary class. You will be asked to arrive 20 minutes early so you can be fitted with a heart rate monitor and spend 1 on 1 time with a coach to orient you to the equipment and the flow of the class. You can also visit Orangetheory Fitness Princeton on Facebook where you can click “see inside” to take a virtual tour of the studio. You can also read our “Listen 360” testimonials from members. Visit Orange Theory Fitness on Yelp for more reviews. You can also visit our website at princeton. If I am fortunate enough to earn your fitness business, you have my word that my staff and I will make your time with us the most productive time of your day!

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(opposite) Makbola and her daughter, Turkiya, pictured at the border camp in northern Greece, Idomeni. There are currently over 10,000 refugees stranded in Idomeni, uncertain of their futures. Photo courtesy of Jodi Hilton/ IRC. (below) David Miliband in Niger, parched refuge for Nigerians fleeing attacks by militants. Photo courtesy of IRC.


ith America and the world now facing what can only be described as a global exodus of people fleeing war, supporting refugees is more necessary than ever.”

– David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) seeks to bring attention to forgotten or neglected crises, and to pressure governments and international organizations to take action to help and protect refugees, displaced people, and other victims of conflict. It began in 1933 at the suggestion of Albert Einstein, who foresaw a New York Citybased committee, with counterparts in cities on the periphery of Nazi-occupied states. While it is true that Einstein began to work on his unified field theory soon after he settled in Princeton, his preoccupations—then and always — weren’t just those of a physicist. He was a refugee with profound humanitarian instincts. The IRC’s work has grown exponentially over the years. At the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies’ 2008 Spring Colloquium on Refugees and Forced Migration, then-IRC President George Rupp described a “global challenge rooted in myriad local conflicts.” Since then, the situation has only grown more acute.

“We are again seeing a double assault against some of the world’s most vulnerable people,” writes IRC President David Miliband in a recent article in The New York Review of Books. “Their character and intentions are often impugned and they are denied dignified refuge.” “A Deeply Religious Non-Believer”

Einstein was quick to take action in 1933. He organized a committee of 51 prominent American intellectuals, artists, clergy, and political leaders who formed a branch of what was then called the International Relief Association in New York. Its mission, as The New York Times reported on July 24, 1933, was to “assist Germans suffering from the policies of the Hitler regime.” Founding members of the group included the philosopher John Dewey, the writer John Dos Passos, and the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. Momentum built. Another group of leaders

formed the Emergency Rescue Committee when Paris fell to the Nazis in 1940, and as the crisis deepened into World War II, the two groups merged. Eleanor Roosevelt came on board a year later, in apparent response to Einstein’s expression of “deep concern” at policies being followed under her husband’s watch as President. In his letter to Mrs. Roosevelt Einstein described a “wall of bureaucratic measures, alleged to be necessary to protect America against subversive, dangerous elements.” In a forward to The Cosmic View of Albert Einstein, Alice Calaprice, compiler and editor of The Ultimate Quotable Einstein (Princeton University Press, 2010), writes about what Einstein described as his “cosmic religion,” suggesting that he “most likely meant to convey that it is possible to be religious—that is, not an atheist—without belief in the ‘personal’ God that most societies throughout the world see as the ‘real’ God. “Einstein was interested in the world,” agreed Princeton resident and self-described “avid historical holiday 2016 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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went hand-in-hand with his sensitivity to injustices that were occurring right in his neighborhood. As a result of his active interest in civil rights, Einstein became a friend of Paul Robeson and saw in Princeton, says Fagin, “a little of what he left in Germany: the different treatment and even prejudice based upon a people’s culture from one group to another.”

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hobbyist” Tim Fagin in a recent interview about his favorite historical figure. “He read lots of philosophy, loved talking politics and cared deeply about society.” Most of all, says Fagin, a guide with the Princeton Tour Company and recent speaker at the Monthly Meeting of The Women’s College Club of Princeton, “he himself was a refugee who had an interest in all matters concerning civic life.” An avowed pacifist, Einstein was a member of the “Two Percenters” who believed that if two percent of those considered eligible refused military service, it would be enough to preclude wars. “He was a deeply religious non-believer,” Fagin observes. As a “one-worlder,” another of Einstein’s suggestions was the creation of an armed

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international federation of nations, where no one nation would have more military might than another. Despite his pacificism, Einstein knew that the Germans were close to developing nuclear weapons and, as a result, encouraged their development in the United States. “If he’d have known that the Germans couldn’t do it, he would never have supported developing them here,” says Fagin. And despite being a “one-worlder,” Einstein became an American citizen in 1940 believing that democracy was the world’s best hope. Calaprice observes that Einstein “was wise enough to change his mind as circumstances and the passage of time dictated, both in his physics and in his worldview.” Einstein’s admiration for democracy, however,

At the end of World War II the IRC initiated emergency relief programs and began refugee resettlement in Europe. In 1956, it began relief and resettlement efforts for thousands of Hungarian refugees who were uprooted when a revolt against Soviet rule was crushed by the Red Army. In the 1960s, the IRC’s first resettlement office outside of New York opened in Miami, to assist Cuban refugees fleeing the Castro dictatorship. Also in 1962, when 200,000 Angolans escaped their country’s colonial government during the war of independence, the IRC launched its first programs in Africa. From 1954 to 1975, the IRC worked aiding Vietnamese refugees displaced by conflict. Following the Vietnam War, the IRC took a lead role in the largest refugee resettlement program in American history. Within weeks of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the IRC rushed to aid Afghan refugees who poured into Pakistan. More than three decades later, it continues to provide to a


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country still riddled by conflict. The IRC began work in the former Yugoslavia in 1992 following the ethnic cleansing carried out by the Serbs in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 1993, it has resettled over 20,000 refugees from the Balkans in the United States. In 1994, as a result of the Rwandan genocide and civil war, the IRC established emergency programs to aid Rwandan refugees. In the years following, the IRC helped to reunite families separated in the chaos. After a tsunami hit Indonesia on December 26, 2004, IRC mobile relief teams arrived to provide emergency aid to those affected—including providing child friendly spaces for children displaced by the disaster. As the conflict in Darfur displaced thousands, the IRC was one of the only organizations assisting refugees pouring into Chad at the beginning of the conflict. More than a decade later, millions remain displaced. Since the outbreak began in 2014, the IRC has been on the forefront of the fight to stem the spread of the Ebola in Sierra Leone and Liberia while working closely with local partners to help communities to rebuild and recover. IRC deployed an emergency team to the Greek island of Lesbos in July 2015 to aid thousands of refugees arriving to Europe from Turkey. It continues to work in Europe and in the Syrian region to assist Syrian refugees fleeing their country’s brutal civil war.

Widening Gap

In addition to bureaucratic roadblocks and problems with the public’s perception of refugees today, there is a desperate need for funds. “The gap between needs and resources is widening,” writes Miliband. “In 2015, the United Nations appealed for $20 billion in order to address global humanitarians needs; it received just $11 billion.” This shortfall compromises the ability of agencies like the IRC to do its work of responding to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helping to restore health, safety, education, economic wellbeing and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. “The more than a dozen conflicts that have broken out or reignited since 2010 are behind much of the growth in global displacement,” Miliband notes. New horrors only compound old ones. “Today’s conflicts burn for an average of 37 years,” reports Miliband. Some 27 million Afghans and 1.1 million Somalis have been exiled for decades, and the global numbers only get worse. On average, 34,000 people were forced to flee their homes every day of 2015. “As in the 1940s, the longer the delay, the worse the reckoning,” writes Miliband.


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lan S. Blinder is the Gordon S. Rentschler Memorial Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, now on leave as a Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He served as the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors from 1994 to 1996, was a member of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors, and is an informal policy adviser to the Hillary Clinton campaign. Dr. Blinder is a regular columnist for the Wall Street Journal and appears on PBS, CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, and elsewhere. Wells Fargo was recently fined $185 million for opening accounts without customer’s knowledge, going back to at least 2011. Are some banks simply too big to regulate? And are smaller community banks overwhelmed by regulations, resulting in an increased number of consolidations? I don’t think any bank is too big to regulate, though no one should expect regulators to see everything— especially if the bank is not forthcoming. We may well have gone too far with regulating smaller banks. Ironically, they have been the victim of Washington’s extreme obstructionism. Both parties agree, I think, that the regulatory burden on community banks could and should be lightened. I have some hope that something might be done after the election. Please comment on the recent agreement between Governor Chris Christie and Democratic leaders to raise the gas tax 23 cents to fund the transportation program. The deal includes eliminating the estate tax, a slight reduction in sales tax, and increasing the income tax credit for low income workers. As a citizen, my reaction is: “it’s about time.” No one likes higher taxes, but the money has to come from somewhere. It’s too bad the estate tax had to be part of the ransom.

Hackers were found to have targeted election systems during the Presidential campaign. Is our financial system at all vulnerable to hackers? I think everyone knows by now that our financial system, like all of our IT systems, is vulnerable. Indeed, we have seen several major banks successfully hacked, despite prodigious efforts on cybersecurity. Your book about the history of the 2008 financial crisis; After the Music Stopped: The Financial Crisis, the Response, and the Work Ahead was a New York Times bestseller and has been praised for making complicated economic issues understandable to the lay reader. In the book, you wrote about “The Ten Commandments for the Future of Finance.” 1. Thou Shalt Remember That People Forget. 2. Thou Shalt Not Rely on Self-Regulation. 3. Thou Shalt Honor Thy Shareholders. 4. Thou Shalt Elevate the Importance of Risk Management. 5. Thou Shalt Use Less Leverage. 6. Thou Shalt Keep It Simple, Stupid. 7. Thou Shalt Standardize Derivatives and Trade Them on Organized Exchanges. 8. Thou Shalt Keep Things on the Balance Sheet. 9. Thou Shalt Fix Perverse Compensation Systems. 10. Thou Shalt Watch Out for Ordinary Consumer-Citizens.


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Today, have we fully recovered from that crisis and are we doing a good job at living by those ten commandments? We have almost fully recovered financially and economically—but not psychologically. But I’d say we’ve done only a so-so job, at best, of adhering to these commandments. For example, we have a long way to go on regulating derivatives; rating agencies continue to get paid by the companies that issue the rated securities; and some banks continue to do outrageous things. Yet Republicans still want to repeal Dodd-Frank. Could you explain why real wages have been flat and do you see that improving in 2017? I can’t, entirely. Neither can anyone else. A little bit is statistical illusion, but the plain fact is that real wages on average have done poorly and real wages on the bottom rungs of the ladder have done dreadfully. A bit of it is due to import competition, though that is frequently exaggerated. Another bit is due to the decline of unions. A third bit can be traced directly to government decisions, such as not

raising the minimum wage. But I think the main story is that technology has worked to the benefit of top earners and against low-skilled workers. This is not easily reversed, but—and this is very good news—real wages have been climbing lately as labor markets have tightened. So we don’t have to wait for 2017 to see improvement. It’s happening already. What should be the number one economic priority for the next President? It would be a sharpening of your previous question on wages. The truth is that the wages of the lower 99 percent have been doing poorly. The economy is delivering for the top 1 percent, but that’s not nearly enough. Governments should take numerous steps to help the lower 99 percent, including raising the minimum wage, making the Earned Income Tax Credit more generous, creating more apprenticeship programs, and making high-quality pre-K education a reality for all. That’s just a few things; more are needed.


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ooking gamely ahead to the holidays from the chaos of the 2016 presidential campaign, what better cure for a post-election hangover than those elegant volumes designed to give a touch of class to the coffee table? On the other hand, if you’re so inclined you could bend a line from Nobel laureate Bob Dylan and look to “negativity” to “pull you through” with Cat Wars: The Deadly Consequences of a Cuddly Killer; The Curse of Cash; Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff; and Keep the Damned Women Out:The Struggle for Coeducation, all from Princeton University Press. Not to worry: Princeton has bigger, brighter volumes for the holiday season, namely Sarah Greenough’s Photography Reinvented ($49.50) and Joseph Leo Koerner’s Bosch & Breugel: From Enemy Painting to Everyday Life ($65). Published in association with the Washington D.C. National Gallery of Art exhibit running through January 29, 2017, Photography Reinvented is composed of 35 photographs from the collection of Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rhoda Becker. According to senior curator Greenough, the collection “traverses a swiftly changing and complex period in the history of photography,” with works ranging from Richard Avedon and Walker Evans to Cindy Sherman and Hiroshi Sugimoto. In his introduction to Bosch & Breugel, Koerner discusses his exploration of “the birth of genre painting from the spirit of enmity,” a “strange beginning” he approaches by looking at “two towering painters of the European tradition,” Pieter Bruegel the Elder, the “master portraitist of everyday life,” and Hieronymus Bosch, hailed in his time “as a devil-maker” excelling “in nefarious phantasms, diabolical deceptions, and the grotesque machinery of damnation.”

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The terms Bosch inspires make him an appropriate artist for the aftermath of the “deceptions” and “grotesque machinery” of the recent election season. Add a playful image from Bosch world to your coffee table with Cees Nooteboom’s A Dark Premonition. Journeys to Hieronymus Bosch (Schirmer/ Mosel $29.95). Regardless of the content, it’s hard to resist that cover (kids will love the bunny as long as they don’t look too closely). According to the publisher, Bosch “visualized the vices and desires of mankind, the promises of paradise, and the horrors of hell like no painter before and after him. Carrying Bosch’s paintings in his mind and memory for 60 years, Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom describes his journeys to seven that he visited and studied in Lisbon, Madrid, Ghent, Rotterdam, and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the painter’s hometown.” Bosch himself left no words, only pictures. “Did he have a premonition of the times that were to come? … Rarely has a man who has become invisible left behind so much that can be seen.” DISNEY TO THE RESCUE

For something lighter, there’s Didier Ghez’s They Drew as They Pleased: The Hidden Art of Disney’s Golden Age (Chronicle Books $40), which features artwork developed by various concept artists for the Disney shorts from the 1930s, including many unproduced projects, as well as for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and some early work for later features such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan. The book introduces new biographical material about the artists and includes largely unpublished artwork from the depths of the Walt Disney Archives and the Disney Animation Research Library.


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According to film reviewer Leonard Maltin, Ghez focuses on four key figures: Albert Hurter, Ferdinand Horvath, Gustaf Tenggren, and Bianca Majolie: “Their sketches, doodles, drawings, and paintings are inventive, whimsical, and sometimes breathtaking. Ghez sets their work into context with his informative essays. This is not the kind of book to be swallowed whole but savored.” A Taste of Turner

Andrew Wilton’s Turner In His Time (Thames & Hudson $60) has been brought out in a new edition thanks in part no doubt to last year’s Mike Leigh biopic starring Timothy Spall. A curator at London’s Tate Gallery, Wilton has accompanied the art with known facts of Turner’s life, interweaving passages from the artist’s letters and notes, reviews and comments by contemporaries. Publishers Weekly says that “Besides offering candid glimpses of an intensely private genius, this sumptuously illustrated study is especially valuable in bringing to light little-known phases of his prolific, endlessly inventive career. Here are astonishing color experiments made on the Moselle River, huge monochrome pencil drawings, picturesque scenes of life on the road, brooding oils of architectural interiors, remarkable watercolors on blue paper, romantic mezzotints and a host of other marvels.” Turning Heads

Another striking volume with a title to fit the post-election holiday is Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round So Our Thoughts Can Change Direction (Museum of Modern Art $75), Reviewing the 2016 MoMA exhibit the book accompanies, the New York Times’s Roberta Smith finds that “Picabia’s wit, use of language and found imagery, and his style changes, make him a

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One of the new year’s most titillating and anticipated television events will be the return of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks, the network series that fascinated the nation back in the early 1990s. For viewers and fans shaking off the nightmare of the campaign, Mark Frost has assembled The Secret History of Twin Peaks (Flatiron $29.99), an in-depth preview of the reimagined and reinvented series, which will debut on Showtime in 2017. According to the publisher, the new book “enlarges the world of the original series, placing the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, beginning with the journals of Lewis and Clark and ending with the shocking events that closed the finale.” Finally, there’s a reimaging of cinema by way of Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stanley Kubrick in Robert P. Kolker’s The Extraordinary Image (Rutgers $27.95), which critic Michael Wood says “offers far more pleasures than we can easily count” and shows how the three directors “brought excitement and light to the cinema, however dark or distraught their films became.” So, best wishes for a bright and lively holiday season after a dark and distraught year of politics.


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10AM – 5PM 43rd Annual Crafters’ Marketplace at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton. The juried show exhibits more than 85 artisans and their handcrafted goods (also on Sunday, November 20).

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20 1PM Carillon Concert in the Graduate School, 88 College Road West in Princeton. https://gradschool. 2PM Katie Parla discusses her latest cookbook, Tasting Rome: Fresh Flavors and Forgotten Recipes from an Ancient City at Barnes & Noble at MarketFair Mall in Princeton.

5PM Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Spectacular in Palmer Square.

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3PM Stories and songs in German for children over the age of 2 at Princeton Public Library (recurring event).

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 8PM The Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Dance presents the Annual Princeton Dance Festival on December 2-4 at McCarter Theatre. http://arts.


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Organic Cold-Pressed Juices, Cleanses, and Raw Vegan Foods in Downtown Princeton! ®


246 Nassau Street Princeton, NJ (609) 580 -1899


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Happy Holidays from The Stockton Inn. Where the Past is Always Present.


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Locally Inspired Cuisine, Impeccable Service in a Sophisticated Romantic Setting

43 South Main St LaMbertviLLe, nJ 08530 (609) 397-1960

Over the river and through the woods... a hot toddy, glowing candles, crackling fireplace, comfort cuisine by celebrated 4-star Chef Alan Heckman in a cozy historic inn. Where better to celebrate this holiday season than at the Stockton Inn? Our new hybrid menu allows you to dine traditionally or order a variety of smaller plates designed to be shared. The Dog & Deer Tavern is Open Daily and offers our 1710 Specialty Burger Mondays through Wednesdays. Enjoy our new Daily Happy Hour. | Reservations 609-397-1250 or online: | 1 Main Street, Stockton, NJ 08559 46 Yard Road • Pennington, NJ

46 Yard Road • Pennington, NJ

From your favorite farm... to your favorite friends! Gift Baskets to give locally Gift Boxes to send Apples... Fruit & Goodies... Wine...

Now easy to order online: “click & shop”


Friday-Saturday-Sunday 12 to 5

COLD SOIL ROAD • PRINCETON, NJ 08540 (609) 924-2310 • Hours: Week Days 9-6, Sat. & Sun. 9-5

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A WELL-DESIGNED LIFE Branson shielded torch wall sconce; $540

Wall mounted ďŹ reside tools designed by Peter Maly; $1,550

Common hare decoupage oblong tray; $108

Aeon peacock chair; $1,243

Athena boot; price upon request Antique Kurdish wool rug; $2,650 Gold Z stool; price upon request

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Fresh magnolia wreath; $128 Heath andirons; $1,200 Iron pyramid log holder; $448


Jada satchel; $198


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A WELL-DESIGNED LIFE Bliss Home chain mirror; $825 Edith pendant Katerina Psoma bird rosary necklace; $258

Maxine Snider Bibliothèque cabinet; price upon request Darcy daybed in slub velvet; $1,698 Tom Ford lace up metallic python sandals; $1,950 Maxine Snider Varenne writing desk; price upon request the bright Vintage Karl Lagefeld matte gold sunflower brooch; $450


Pierre Magnol candle drip set of 4; price upon request

Alexander McQueen butterfly skull leather wallet on chain; $995

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82 S. Main St., New Hope (215) 693-1412

HALAL Casual Indian Cuisine • Halal Lunch Buffet Served Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Middle Eastern Restaurant

77 South Union St., Lambertville (609) 397-7777


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