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Dear Princeton Magazine Readers,


elcome to your holiday issue of Princeton Magazine. If you have gotten to the publisher’s letter, you have already seen our cover, a beautiful photograph by Emily Reeves of the Princeton Battle Monument at the west end of Nassau Street. A print of this image along with the spring version is available at our new online store at www. The holiday issue is always a special one to put together. If you will forgive the alliteration, this issue is about partying, presents, and performance. For “partying,” we take you on a tour of your favorite bars and bartenders and treat you to their secret holiday concoctions...and with no hangover! In the “presents” category, feast your eyes on the beautiful “A Well-Designed Life” pages by Lynn Smith. Additionally, visit our “Top Ten” Stocking Stuffers page for a potpourri of gifts for your loved ones.

The holidays are always marked by performances from the American Boychoir, to the Westminster Choir College, to McCarter Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, to Broadway’s sold out musicals. We take you back stage in presenting the unique role that Jewish composers and lyricists have played in the creation of the modern American musical for Broadway. Along the way you will also discover with us an amazing Romanian couple, Carmen and Cezar Mateiescu. Carmen teaches at Westminster Choir College and Cezar hand crafts period musical instruments from exotic woods for such performers as Sting.

Photography by Andrew Wilkinson

We also take you behind the scenes on how so many presents will get to you this year with a tour of Amazon’s new 1,200,000 square foot distribution center in nearby Robbinsville. We also explore the economic aspects of the project in terms of jobs created, incentives provided, tax revenues to New Jersey and learn from Mayor David Fried how Robbinsville was chosen.

This is the season for giving...and also for giving back. One group that has been giving back is the Rescue Mission of Trenton and they have been doing it for 100 years. Join us in celebrating their centenary by learning about their good work. Our terrific staff join Editor in Chief Lynn Adams Smith and myself in wishing you the happiest of Holiday Seasons. We hope you enjoy this issue. Respectfully yours,

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A JEWISH LEGACY How Jewish-Americans Forged The American Songbook via Broadway and Tin Pan Alley BY LINDA

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You won’t succeed on Broadway if you don’t have any Jews,” Eric Idle’s clever quip from Monty Python’s Spamalot never fails to elicit laughter from a Broadway audience. It’s long been taken for granted that the Broadway musical is a particularly Jewish success story. Idle’s observation was expressed decades earlier by none other than Cole Porter, the exemplar of Broadway song composers. Porter, who was not Jewish, was once asked how he would go about writing “American” music. “I’ll write good Jewish tunes,” he said. Michael Kantor’s recent documentary, The Broadway Musical—A Jewish Legacy, celebrates the Jewish roots of this distinctly American form with a loving look at Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George and Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, and Jule Styne, among many other giants of the Broadway stage. That Jewish musicians played such an important creative role on Broadway should come as no surprise when you consider rich influences that go back to Jewish immigrants at the turn of the 20th century, to Tin Pan Alley and to the traditions of New York’s

Yiddish theater. The contributions to the Broadway musical and to what is now called, The Great American Songbook, by the offspring of Jewish immigrants to the United States at the turn of the 20th century is undeniable, non-Jews like Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, George M. Cohan, Walter Donaldson, Jimmy McHugh, and Johnny Mercer, notwithstanding. Just think of the popular songs that almost every American can hum, even if they might be unclear of the words or of a song’s origins. Irving Berlin’s “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” “Easter Parade,” and “God Bless America” spring to mind. The latter is more popular than the National Anthem, which some contend it should replace.


Kantor’s 90-minute documentary looks at the history that made the Broadway musical fertile ground for Jewish artists of all kinds. Combining interviews with performance footage, he reveals echoes of Jewish traditional and liturgical melody in works such as Porgy and Bess (music by George Gershwin, lyrics by DuBose Heyward and Ira Gershwin, 1935), West Side Story (music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, 1957) and Cabaret (music by

John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, 1966). One example is George Gershwin’s melody to his brother Ira’s lyrics in “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” which has its origins in a chant intoned with the Hebrew words “Bar’chu et adonai ham’vorach” before a reading from the Torah. Kantor, who also made the Emmy Award-winning Broadway: The American Musical and The Thomashefskys with Michael Tilson Thomas, both part of the PBS Great Performances Series, demonstrates how “Yiddishkeit” (all things Jewish) from turn of the century stages of the Lower East Side informs many of America’s favorite musicals. Narrated by Joel Grey, The Broadway Musical—A Jewish Legacy is rich with interviews. You’ll find references to the contemporary and the historic—Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, Betty Comden and Adolph Green in On the Town, Nathan Lane in The Producers, Al Jolson in Sinbad, Fanny Brice in The Great Ziegfeld, Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl, Joel Grey in Cabaret, and Ethel Merman in Gypsy. Rare film clips show Irving Berlin singing “God Bless America,” and rehearsals for Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim’s Gypsy. Richard Rodgers can be seen and heard at the piano with the original stage star of South Pacific, William Tabbert, singing “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught.” HOLIDAY 2014 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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No one is exactly sure how “Tin Pan Alley” got its name. According to legend, “tin pan” captures the cacophony of sound made by numerous song peddlers as they plunked out tunes on less than first rate upright pianos (“old joannas”). And that seems like a good bet. A sidewalk plaque on West 28th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue commemorates the fact that around 1885, music publishers and song-pluggers were hired to promote sales of sheet music—the method by which popular songs entered the market place in the days before recorded sound—began setting up shop on West 28th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Ultimately, the name came to refer to the music business as a whole. Tin Pan Alley’s beginnings coincided with a mass immigration of East European Jews to New York City in the early 1880s. Its heyday, around the time of World War I, was also a time when African Americans were moving North from the Southern states. Jewish and African American culture came together in the burgeoning city. As Rachel Rubin, professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, points out in her essay, “Way Down Upon the Hudson River: Tin Pan Alley’s New York Triumph,” Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Al Jolson, Harold Arlen and other sons of Jewish European immigrants, were key Tin Pan Alley figures influenced not only by their own ancestry, but also “intimately wound up with their relationships to actual African Americans and with the sights and sounds of blackness.” Their work, says Rubin, was heir to a tradition going back to Stephen Foster and popular 19th

century minstrel shows. The syncopated rhythms of Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” George and Ira Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm,” Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s “Ol’ Man River,” and Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler’s “Stormy Weather,” borrow from jazz to create a distinctive American sound. George Gershwin put it like this: “I’d like to write of the melting pot, of New York City itself. This would allow for many kinds of music—black and white, Eastern and Western and would call for a style that should achieve, out of this diversity, an artistic unity.” Such songs formed the musical accompaniment to an era of change. The early part of the 20th century saw women’s roles transformed (along with their hair and hemlines). Social and racial divides were relaxed in speakeasies, jazz clubs and music halls. According to Rubin, “Tin Pan Alley” also meant a style of music tending initially toward ethnic novelty songs and later, in the “classic” period (from the mid-1920s on), toward 32-bar love songs relying heavily on internal rhymes and punning in the use of language. These are the songs that provided fodder for Broadway’s early musical revues.


Over time, as song sheets gave way to recorded sound, and vaudeville gave way to the musical revue, a new genre emerged. Showboat, written in 1927 by the successful Tin Pan Alley songwriters Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, is regarded as the first fully-developed musical. Kern supplied

the music and Hammerstein, the lyrics, with, oddly enough, a bit of help from P.G. Wodehouse. With a beginning-to-end narrative plot instead of a series of songs with some segue dialog thrown in between, Showboat was the beginning of the end for the light operettas and follies-style reviews that had gone before. In the history of Broadway, it’s described as “a watershed.” Sandwiched between George Gershwin’s 1924 Rhapsody in Blue and 1935 “folk opera” Porgy and Bess, Showboat handles the serious issues of racial prejudice and tragic love with songs made fresh by contemporary singers today; classics like “Make Believe,” and “Can't Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine.” Based on Edna Ferber’s bestselling novel of the same name, the musical follows the lives of performers, stagehands, and dock workers on a Mississippi River boat, The Cotton Blossom, over four decades from 1887 to 1927. It’s interesting to note that Showboat came out on Broadway in the same year that Broadway performer Al Jolson belted out “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet,” in Hollywood’s first talking picture, The Jazz Singer. Things would never be the same again. In 1930, Harvard professor Isaac Goldberg wrote the first serious academic examination of the American music business. He titled the book: Tin Pan Alley: A Chronicle of the American Popular Music Racket. Goldman used the word “racket” to deliberately convey the slightly derogatory reputation that Tin Pan Alley and Broadway had in the popular imagination. More than seven decades later that perception is gone. As Michael Kantor’s documentaries make clear, the Broadway Musical has been elevated to American icon status. HOLIDAY 2014 PRINCETON MAGAZINE

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FURTHER READING/VIEWING Explorations on this topic on You Tube reveal some historic gems such as George M. Cohan with a very young Jimmy Durante in a rare dance scene, to mention just one item that will lead to hundreds of other snippets. KURT WEILL


For more, visit: The National Museum of American Jewish History,


Irving Berlin: An American Song AGNES NIXON, 2005


BOOKS Immigration and American Popular Culture RACHEL RUBIN WITH JEFFREY MELNICK, 2006

American Popular Music: New Approaches to the Twentieth Century RACHEL RUBIN AND JEFFREY MELNICK, 2001

Tin Pan Alley: A Chronicle of the American Popular Music Racket ISAAC GOLDBERG, 1930

The American Popular Ballad of the Golden Era, 1924-1950 ALLEN FORTE, 1995

Yesterdays: Popular Song in America CHARLES HAMM, 1983

A Right to Sing the Blues: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song JEFFREY MELNICK, 1986

Making Americans: Jews and the Broadway Musical ANDRE MOST, 2004

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At Home with Carmen and Cezar Mateiescu By Linda Arntzenius | Photography by Andrew Wilkinson


Music for a while, shall all your care’s beguile. —Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

f the life story of accomplished musicians Carmen and Cezar Mateiescu was presented as an opera it would surely be styled as an Elizabethan romance, complete with cruel tyrant, divided and re-united lovers, and a long sojourn in the Holy Land, where he works as a carpenter against a backdrop of monasteries and rose gardens, and she gives birth to their first son in Nazareth. Far-fetched? Not one bit. Both the Mateiescus were born and raised in Communist Romania. Under President Nicolae Ceaușescu from 1967 until 1989, it was not a happy place to be. Shortly after Cezar graduated high school in the 1970s, he followed his sculptor father, Patrick Mateescu, to the United States where the renowned Bucharest artist had a commission for work in California. By this time, Cezar and Carmen had already formed a close attachment, having met at the Bucharest conservatory of music where Cezar took lessons from Carmen. They kept in touch but it was some years before they were re-united and married in Jerusalem’s Greek Orthodox Church. In Israel, while waiting for permission to make their journey to the United States, the couple volunteered to work in several monasteries including the Greek monastery on the Mount of Olives. There, Cezar honed his skills as a carpenter and repaired musical instruments. In Nazareth, he rebuilt monastery windows and tended the rosegarden of the Greek Patriarch, now a must-see on the tourist itinerary. Having brought them together, music continues at the center of their lives. Carmen teaches and composes as adjunct professor at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University and head of the theory department at Westminster Conservatory of Music. Cezar makes instruments: lutes, early guitars, vihuelas (a Spanish lute/guitar hybrid) from the medieval through the Baroque periods. Her passion lies in the oral tradition of peasant music from central Europe and the Himalayas to Gregorian and Byzantine chant, and her compositions are performed in Princeton, Philadelphia and New York. Transformed from lifeless blocks of wood, his hand-crafted instruments are prized by worldclass musicians like the Argentine-born lutenist Evangelina Mascardi and French composer Stephane Wrembel. You may have heard the latter’s music in two of Woody Allen’s most evocative movies, Midnight in Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

And then there’s Sting. After being introduced to Cezar’s instruments by Bosnian-born lutenist Edin Karamazov, the former Police lead singer now owns no less than four. With Karamazov, who is acclaimed for thrilling solo recitals and performances with leading international early music groups, Sting demonstrated his love of the lute on a U.K. charttopping album Songs from the Labyrinth. To his fans, it seemed like quite a departure for the singer best known for the hit songs “Roxanne,” “Every Breath You Take,” and “Fields of Gold.”

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Featuring compositions from John Dowland (1563-1626), Songs from the Labyrinth started a lute Renaissance after it was released in 2006. Check it out on YouTube or on the live concert DVD documentary, a showcase for several of Cezar’s 13-string archlutes. They even play “Message in a Bottle.” Sting’s breathy tenor suits Dowland’s haunting melodies and love lyrics. He brings a freshness to the work of the Elizabethan master he describes as “the first English singer/songwriter.” Calling them “pop songs written around 1600,” he said, “I relate to them in that way; beautiful melodies, fantastic lyrics, and

great accompaniments.” Sting clearly relishes these works as is evident in multiple YouTube videos. For the first lute that Sting commissioned of Cezar, the couple traveled to New York to meet him in his Manhattan apartment. Subsequently, a chauffeured limousine was sent to the Mateiescus’ Princeton Junction residence to collect an instrument that sat like a VIP on the back seat. At Home in Princeton Junction

The Mateiescus’ remodeled ranch house has a peaceful ambiance. Cezar designed and built an additional music room and dining room to take what had been a simple ranch to a more personal residence. The house sits on 1.5 acres, guarded by half-century old maple trees, which inspired the name the couple chose for their home, “Maple Glade Cottage.” Art objects of personal significance and Orthodox Christian icons evoke more reverential times. Some of the icons were recently created by Carmen, a student iconographer under Maureen McCormick, with whom she continues to study and participate in yearly workshops led by Vladislav Andrejev (founder of the American Prosopon School of Iconology) at Trinity Church in Princeton. Artfully arranged stringed instruments stand ready to be picked up and played. The house has been altered considerably since they bought it some 14 years ago. Inside, improvements can be seen in the expansive and light-filled music room and in Cezar’s climatecontrolled workshop. Outside, the garden has sculptural installations, some by Cezar, others by his father, Patrick, now retired and living with his wife Rodica in South Brunswick. Now 87, Patrick Mateescu’s body of work includes large pieces displayed on American campuses including the “Westminster Flower” in front of Westminster Choir College’s Talbott Library. Now American citizens, the Mateiescus have two sons. Nicholas, 28, studied mechanical engineering at NJIT (New Jersey Institute of Technology) and now works in White Plains. Matthew, 26, studied at the Pratt Institute and is now a graphic designer in Manhattan. This month, the Mateiescus celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.


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Cezar Mateiescu at work in his studio.

The couple attends services on the campus of Princeton University where the Orthodox Christian communities of Russia, Romania and Greece have met in Murray Dodge Hall for some two decades. “There’s a surprisingly large Romanian community here in New Jersey,” says Carmen. “It’s not as large as in Queens, where there are churches, shops and restaurants, but it is growing.” Here in New Jersey, the Mateiescus now feel like locals. “I can reminisce about ‘the old times’ with my friend who grew up in New Brunswick,” laughs Carmen. For recreation, they walk along the Delaware and Raritan Canal near their home and take trips to the Delaware Water Gap area. They recently hiked in Vermont and in the European Alps, in Italy, Switzerland and the Tyrol. Working with Wood

A musician since he first picked up the guitar at age 12, Cezar came to his life’s work by a circuitous route that took him from Romania to California to Paris, where a friend of his father introduced him to instrument-making. “The idea of taking a plank of wood and turning it into something that would make beautiful music was exciting and the old way of crafting an instrument by hand appealed to me,” he says. There is nothing of the production line here. Each instrument has a personal sound and although representative of an earlier period, they are not replicas. As Cezar explains, his work is part of an ongoing tradition that is very much alive. “Even though there is an uninterrupted thread for building



the lute, every generation of makers adds new techniques in response to the demands of musicians.” Composers drive those technical changes and Cezar follows a tried and tested tradition of employing techniques available to the contemporary artist. “I believe that tradition is perfected by innovation; for tradition to remain alive it has to adapt and to adopt contemporary technologies and materials, such as the glues that are available nowadays,” he says. While some secrets of original makers may have gone unrecorded and lost to history—one oftcited example being the “Cremona varnish” used by Stradivarius—the main principle they followed was respect for the needs of the musicians. “That’s what drives change and advancement,” says Cezar, speaking as a musician as well as an instrument maker. “Without the composers’ and performers’ constant input reflecting the development of instrumental music, the evolution of the lute would not have reached the sophistication it came to possess during the baroque period (with composers such as Bach and Sylvius Leopold Weiss) and would have remained a five-course instrument closely resembling its ancestor, the Arabic oud.” Cezar uses some of the same principles as the originals but without copying every detail. “When I build a Renaissance lute, the outside and inside are authentic but the sound is bound to be different, as it is for each maker.” Useful as a learning tool, imitation is just a beginning. “It’s an apprenticeship, if you like, to recreate and duplicate the master, but as you progress you find your own voice,” says Cezar, who admits that he is always in pursuit of an ideal sound. “That’s what keeps me going; I try to achieve that

with every new instrument that I build. There is always an element of surprise to make the work interesting.” According to one lute enthusiast, Cezar’s instruments “have a soul that you can feel and hear.” Using modern tools like electric band saws, sanders, and surgical grade scalpels, the lutenist listens to music as he works, always anticipating the moment when wood transforms to musical instrument. One can only imagine the excitement of plucking the strings for the first time after weeks of painstaking work. On average it takes from three weeks to two months to complete pieces that will range in cost from $4,500 to $9,000, depending on the type of instrument, materials used, size and degree of ornamentation. Cezar’s somewhat utilitarian website, where he has simplified his name to “Mateus,” shows the gorgeous richness of his artistry and the fine and sometimes rare woods he uses. He doesn’t advertise and clients usually find him by word of mouth. Like Sting, many clients have more than one of his instruments. In addition to building instruments, Cezar maintains a violin shop and retail store in partnership with his friend Joseph Melillo. The business caters to string players in the greater Princeton area and is well-known and appreciated by professionals and students alike. Starting out as a guitarist, he studied guitar performance and composition while maintaining interests in sculpture and poetry along the way. His passion for the lute developed when he was a student at CalArts in Valencia, California, and


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(BELOW-LEFT) Cezar with Sting (photo courtesy of Cezar Mateiescu). (BELOW-RIGHT) Carmen and Cezar at home (photo by Linda Arntzenius). (BOTTOM) Detail of Sting’s Archlute.

then at Cal State Northridge. As he drove to class he listened to the talented lutenist Hopkinson Smith performing the work of Bach contemporary Sylvius Leopold Weiss. It wasn’t until he observed violins being made in France, however, that he tried his hand at instrument building. He served a threeyear apprenticeship with Master Luthier J. Gonthier there. Back in the States, he worked in violin restoration for a number of years, while he continued to study the lute with performers and teachers Pat O’Brien, Edin Karamazov, Hopkinson Smith, and Olav Chris Henriksen. When dissatisfied with his first lute, he built his own and a found a whole new career. Carmen began studying music as soon as she went to school. It was an enormous decision to leave Romania and the research she had done in ethnomusicology at the “Constantin Brailoiu” Institute for Ethnography and Folklore in Bucharest, where she was immersed in the traditional music of her homeland. In New Jersey, she furthered her studies at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and embarked on a teaching career.



“I love teaching passionately, I love my students, and the recognition and love I get from my present and former pupils melts my heart.” “I am coming to a point at which I will be able to do more writing and more composing,” she says, adding that even while teaching, “research went on with the preparation for each course I taught or ethnomusicology student I coached—and my students have been the first beneficiaries of my new thoughts.” “While preparing a course on counterpoint, for example, I realized that what I had been researching all those years ago in Romania had relevance to the transmission of music in the oral tradition—including the Gregorian Chant. Afterwards, I was able to extend the same observations to the vocal music of Bhutan, to the ‘classical’ music of various cultures, and found a striking resemblance with the composition techniques of the medieval poems that circulated unwritten for a long time.” Having authored a number of articles on ethnomusicology as well as LPs and CDs with Romanian traditional music, theory and musicianship textbooks for children, and a “bridge” course in the theory of western art music for musicians educated in non-European traditions, Carmen now plans to put her entire body of work into a series of textbooks. “It’s a large project but I have all the materials I need.” And then there’s the one composition that is close to her heart, an opera based on the Romanian folktale, Youth without Age, Life Without Death, that she hopes to hear performed in Princeton in the not too distant future.

In addition to the satisfaction of her professional accomplishments, Carmen is also proud of her role as a working mother. “I must admit to the joy of seeing how our two sons, Nick and Matt, turned out: honest, hard working, well-balanced, compassionate, and trustworthy men. Each found the profession that is right for his talents and aspirations and excels in it. Nick and his beautiful wife, Ivette (an architect and digital marketing specialist) have a 14-month old son, Aiden. Raising children in New Jersey has rooted the Mateiescus here. “While during the first few years my heart was still in Romania (often sighing with Robert Burns ‘My heart’s in the highlands, my heart is not here’) a subtle change took place over time and now I feel Romania is in my heart and my attachment to New Jersey and America has grown immensely,” says Carmen.

For more on Cezar Mateiescu’s period instruments, visit:; for more on his business for string players, visit: www. To hear Sting and Edin Karamazov performing on Cezar’s instruments, visit:; and for Sting singing the Dowland classic “In Darkness Let Me Dwell,” see:


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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22 10AM-5PM The YWCA Princeton Crafters Marketplace featuring over 130 vendors (also on November 23). 10AM-5PM Experience Christmas at a country estate during the Yuletide celebrations at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library. The Christmas tree celebrates the current Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibition (through January 4). 10AM-6PM Rutgers University’s First Global Summit on “Women’s Health and Dignity for the 21st Century.” The event will bring together a diverse group of experts to share ideas and create possible solutions for global women’s health challenges. 8PM The College of New Jersey Chorale performs alongside the Princeton Girlchoir and the TCNJ High School Honors Wind Ensemble.



SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23 4:30-8PM Franklin Square’s “Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show” will illuminate the fountain, buildings and trees around this historic square in Philadelphia with more than 50,000 lights (every night through December 31). www.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 7PM Disney on Ice presents Frozen at the IZOD Center (through November 30).

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26 11AM Morven Museum and Garden’s Festival of Trees, a must-see Princeton holiday tradition. The elegant trees are decorated by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profit organizations (on view through January 4). 7PM Holiday production of The Nutcracker at McCarter Theatre featuring the American Repertory Ballet (ARB) and local children actors (runs through November 29).

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9AM-10PM A Longwood Christmas exhibit at Longwood Gardens. The theme is bird-inspired including topiary swans, feathered trees, and a peacock masquerade ball in the Music Room (through January 11). 11AM Community Thanksgiving Day Service at the Princeton University Chapel. religiouslife/chapel. 11AM-7PM Opening of the Christmas Village in Philadelphia’s Love Park. Browse for gifts and enjoy European food and sweets like bratwurst, mulled cider, and gingerbread. The massive Kathe Wohlfahrt tent features authentic gifts from Germany (through January 1). www.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28 10AM-5PM 20th Annual Covered Bridge Artisans Holiday Studio Tour (also on November 29 & 30). 5PM Princeton’s Palmer Square Christmas Tree Lighting. 8PM New Jersey Symphony Orchestra performs Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 at Richardson Auditorium.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29 2PM Princeton University women’s ice hockey vs. the University of Minnesota at Hobey Baker Rink. www.


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10AM-8PM Christmas Festival at Peddlers Village in Lahaska, Pa. The Village will be decorated with fruit wreaths and greenery. Santa will also make an appearance. Hot cider, seasonal treats, and live entertainment (also on December 7).

8PM Princeton Sound Kitchen presents “Freelance,” a concert celebrating new works by local, Princeton composers.

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7:30PM New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat at Madison Square Garden.

7:30PM Princeton Garden Theatre screens National Theatre Live’s production of Skylight written by David Hare and starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy (also on December 7). www.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 7:30PM Holiday Cheese Class at Brick Farm Market led by the Market’s own Chevalier du Taste Fromage. 7:30PM Princeton University Orchestra performs works by Mahler, Dan Trueman, and Donnacha Dennehy (also on December 5). http://arts. 7:30PM Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! NPR’s awardwinning quiz show comes to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 7:30PM Performance by Westminster Choir College’s popular Concert Bell Choir.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6 10AM-5PM Holiday Family Weekend at Terhune Orchards. Choose the perfect Christmas tree and wreath, purchase gift baskets filled with baked goods, seasonal treats, and wine (also on December 7).

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 3PM The Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular with over 300 musicians, choirs, and Broadway vocalist Hugh Panaro (through December 20). www.kimmelcenter. org. 5PM Holiday concert performance by the Princeton University Glee Club and the Princeton University combined Jazz Ensembles. Features music for the season and Wynton Marsalis’ Abyssinian Mass.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11 11AM-2PM Spend time with Seward Johnson, the visionary founder of Grounds for Sculpture in this rare Art Salon event. Start the afternoon with a visit to the artist’s studio and experience the unique Van Gogh bedroom. Then, dine with Mr. Johnson as he reflects on his career.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14 8PM Writer and comedian John Oliver from The Daily Show and HBO’s Last Week Tonight, performs at the State Theatre.

4PM Christmas Eve Mass Celebration at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart. www.

1PM Reenactment of General George Washington and his troops crossing the Delaware River. Related activities will take place from 11AM to 3PM at Washington Crossing Park in Washington Crossing, Pa.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 31 NOON The Count’s Countdown to New Year’s Celebration at Sesame Place. Enjoy a delicious meal as you get ready to ring in the New Year with your favorite Sesame Street friends (also at 2:30PM and 5PM). A special fireworks display will begin at 6:25PM. 6PM Salute to Vienna New Year’s Eve concert at the State Theatre. Enjoy a light-hearted blend of popular Strauss waltzes, polkas, and operetta from Die Fledermaus and The Merry Widow. www. 10PM-1AM Ring in the New Year at Rat’s Restaurant. Dine a la carte or indulge in a five-course tasting menu. Dinner will be followed by a dance party in the Pavilion and a champagne toast. www.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 8PM Direct from South Africa’s acclaimed Market Theatre, McCarter Theatre presents Sizwe Banzi is Dead, a story about the political power of storytelling (through February 15).

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In July opened the doors to its new warehouse and fulfillment center in Robbinsville, bringing hundreds of jobs to Mercer County and millions to state and local coffers. Amazon is a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, Washington, offering an online marketplace where customers can browse and buy millions of new and used items, including books, movies, electronics, toys, clothes, jewelry, sporting goods, home and garden and much more. The 1.2 million-square-foot facility in Robbinsville is located at the Matrix Business Park off Interchange 7A on the New Jersey Turnpike. Here, employees pack and ship smaller items— books and DVDs and the like—to customers. “Amazon was looking for a place where they could locate…where they could have easy access to the New York and Philadelphia markets,” Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes said. “The fulfillment center is at the corner of Route 195 and the New Jersey Turnpike and that’s a place that offers access to major roadways.” Few consumers may realize that under federal tax law, online companies without a physical location in a given state do not have to collect applicable local sales tax. Instead, customers are supposed to claim their online purchases on their annual taxes and pay a “Use Fee” equivalent to the sales tax incurred. Experts say few customers claim these purchases. As part of its negotiations with New Jersey officials, Amazon began collecting New Jersey’s 7 percent sales tax from customers in July 2013. A conservative estimate at the time of the announcement put Amazon’s annual New Jersey sales tax collection at approximately $40 million, although some believe it will be much more.

A 2011 study—Estimates of New Jersey Sales and Use Tax Losses Resulting from E-Commerce commissioned by the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association [NJRMA] and conducted by Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy—estimated that online business to consumer sales tax loss could reach at least $310 million by 2015. Now some of that money will make its way into state coffers. “Amazon is clearly the largest player in the online market, but to what extent, I don’t know,” said John Holub, president of the NJRMA.

ROBBINSVILLE WINS THE BID Robbinsville was one of a handful of municipalities from across New Jersey that was invited to pitch its location to Amazon, Robbinsville Mayor David Fried said. “What set us apart was our history of building very large buildings, on time and on budget,” Mr. Fried said. “Amazon had a very, very tight deadline in terms of opening this building.” Gov. Chris Christie touted the Robbinsville deal in a press release on January 8, 2013. “Amazon’s multi-million dollar investment in this one facility alone is expected to result in the creation of hundreds of full-time jobs in addition to temporary, seasonal and construction jobs. Today’s announcement represents the strength of our successful partnership with Amazon and I want to express our sincere thanks for their continued commitment to investing in our state and bringing these job opportunities to our residents.” As an incentive, project developer KTR Capital Partners agreed to a 20-year Payment in Lieu of

Taxes, which will bring approximately $1 million annually to Robbinsville Township, Mercer County and the Robbinsville Public School District. The total value of the PILOT is $22 million. According to Mr. Fried, the PILOT payment in 2013 brought $650,000 to Robbinsville, $300,000 to Mercer County and $300,000 to Robbinsville schools. Robbinsville Township has been using its share of the money it’s received so far to make a dent in its $13 million debt. “As we pay down debt it will allow more money in the operating budget, which is very important for the town because we’re opening with the 2 percent cap,” Mr. Fried said. The Township also reduced its annual property taxes by about $0.02 per $100 of valuation for 2013-14. “Amazon was a great business to add to the Township,” Mr. Fried said. “We probably would have had to raise taxes had it not come along.” Over the past several years, Robbinsville has successfully lured several large companies to town, companies that needed warehousing space for their products—Mercedes-Benz, McKesson Corporation, Green Mountain Coffee. “Robbinsville had to make a decision years ago about what we could be great at,” Mr. Fried said. “Most of the real estate had been developed on the retail side, so we had to think of something else. We have a great location with the Turnpike and Route 195, so we decided that we could be good at warehousing. “It’s clean and it has good rateables,” Mr. Fried continued.” We spent a couple of years getting good at creating a good process.”


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PROJECT PROGRESSED QUICKLY Before construction could begin on the barren land where Amazon’s facility now sits, the site had to be cleared of contamination from pesticides from its prior farming use, Mr. Fried said. Contaminated dirt was removed and new fill was trucked in. The Robbinsville fulfillment center opened in July. “This place is busy,” Mr. Hughes said. “They estimate that they will be able to move 1 million products a day.” Described by Mr. Fried as a “state of the art” facility using a “significant amount of robots” to do the the heavy lifting, Amazon’s Robbinsville location is expected to employ 1,000 employees, increasing to about 1,500 during peak holiday season. According to Amazon, these positions have benefits and pay on average 30 percent more than traditional retail jobs, not including stock grants. Mr. Hughes said an education is required to operate the high tech equipment inside the warehouse and fulfillment center. “There are very few jobs that are bending your knees and lifting packages up,” he said. Mercer County officials worked to help workers connect with open jobs at the fulfillment center. They also worked with Amazon and other retailers, Robbinsville officials, Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association and NJTransit to fund and establish the ZLine, a free,

daily bus line that delivers employees directly to the Matrix Business Park. “Before that, people would have had to take three busses from downtown Trenton to get out to the site,” Mr. Hughes said. “Now you can take a shuttle bus directly to the Hamilton Marketplace.”

UNINTENTIONAL TAX SCOFFLAWS? Although online customers are legally required to claim applicable online purchases on their taxes and pay a “Use Fee” equal to the sales tax owed, only a fraction of New Jersey customers do so, said Mr. Holub. “We did a study a few years ago that shows only about 1 percent of consumers claim those online purchases,” he [Mr. Holub] added, referring to the Estimate of New Jersey Sales and Use Loss Taxes Resulting from E-Commerce. “These companies are unknowingly making the customer a tax scofflaw and a lot of consumers don’t even realize it’s happening.” But local retailers are all too aware of the issue, especially when it comes to shoppers who are comparison-shopping on big-ticket items. “Customers feel that they have saved 7 percent on a $2,000 order and that’s a lot of money to a lot of people,” said Debbie Schaeffer, the third generation owner of Mrs. G TV & Appliances in Lawrence Township, Mercer County. She would like to see a

federal solution that will even the playing field between online retailers and brick and mortar stores. “Once laws close that gap and I can bring that (formerly online) customer back into my business, then I can grow my business and bring on another two to four employees–more sales people, more support staff,” Mrs. Schaeffer said. “It’s all about the jobs.” The U.S. tax policy doesn’t reflect the 21st century marketplace, according to Mr. Holub. “For us, it’s about leveling the playing field and making sure we’re all playing by the same rules. Our members are ready, willing and able to compete any day of the week on a level playing field, but that 7 percent it’s a very small margin,” Mr. Holub said. “And if you’re operating on a very small margin, you can’t give away products at a loss.”

AMAZON TO OPEN ADDITIONAL NEW JERSEY LOCATIONS? A Gloucester County freeholder confirmed to in September that Amazon is preparing to open a distribution center in Logan Township that could bring 500 jobs to South Jersey. Other reports speculate that Amazon will open another location in Avenel, Middlesex County, which would offer the Amazon Fresh online grocery delivery to customers in New York City.

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he holiday season draws visitors to art museums in Princeton and beyond and Princeton Magazine here presents a round-up of exhibitions in town and further afield. Beginning close to home, art lovers who recently enjoyed the Arts Council of Princeton’s singular show marking the 25th anniversary of the Princeton Artists Alliance, will be able to see more work by this group as well as other contemporary New Jersey artists in America, Through Artists’ Eyes, an inspired new exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum. Founded by local artist Charles McVicker, the Princeton Artists Alliance (PAA) includes some of Princeton’s most talented painters, sculptors and photographers. America, Through Artists’ Eyes began as the brainchild of one of them, Nancy Lee Kern. Kern passed away in the spring of this year and the show stands as a memorial to her. Prompted by a 2011 exhibition of “stars and stripes” from the Pierce Collection of American Parade Flags on display at Morven Museum & Garden, Kern pondered the symbolism of the flag. Then, she contacted State Museum Curator of Fine Art Margaret O’Reilly to suggest an exhibition of artwork that would focus on the many ideas of “America.” As a PAA member, Kern had the group in mind.



O’Reilly ran with Kern’s original conception and enlarged upon it. She urged PAA members to collaborate with other artists whose life experiences might be very different from their own. In addition, she invited artists not involved with the Princeton group to participate. In this way, O’Reilly has captured a broad range of responses from diverse perspectives. Each artist was asked to define and depict “America” in the visual manner most appropriate to their own personal ideology, style and convictions. The resulting exhibition features painting, photography, sculpture, documentary video, installations, prints and handmade paper. In short, America, Through Artists’ Eyes is a multifaceted manifestation of the myriad ideas and styles that contemporary New Jersey artists offer in response to the concept of America. Visitors will recognize many of the featured artists: Joanne Augustine, Hetty Baiz, Joy Barth, Anita Benarde, Siona Benjamin, Zenna Broomer & The A-Team Artists, Jennifer Cadoff, Will “KASSO” Condry, Rajie Cook, Clem Fiori, Tom Francisco, Carol Hanson, Shellie Jacobson, Margaret Kennard Johnson, the late Nancy Lee Kern, Maria Lau, Charles McVicker, Lucy Graves McVicker & Everlyn Nyadenya, Harry I. Naar, Jim Perry, Leon Rainbow, Tamara Ramos, Richard Sanders, Ela Shah, Madelaine Shellaby, Marie Sturken, Barbara Watts and Shoshanna Weinberger. According to O’Reilly, artists usually inspired by the natural world looked at America through that particular lens while others approached the topic from their own personal narrative. Some responded to

events in American history, while others explored current social and political issues. “Each is unique; some are challenging; all provoke thought,” she says. “Just like America.” America, Through Artists’ Eyes, in the first floor East Gallery of the New Jersey State Museum, 205 West State Street, continues through April 5, 2015. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 9am to 4:45pm, closed Mondays and State Holidays. Suggested admission: $5 (adults), $4 (seniors and students); free for children under 12, teachers, veterans, active duty military and Friends. On weekdays, metered street parking is available, as is parking in paid lots throughout downtown Trenton. On weekends, free parking is available in the lot behind and adjacent to the Museum. For more information, including schedule of gallery walks, visit: www.statemuseum.

(top-left) Hetty Baiz, American Pastoral 1, 2014, mixed media on paper. Courtesy of the Artist. (top-right) Zenna Broomer and the A-Team Artists: Patrick Bowen, Derrick Branch, Carla Coleman, James Covington, Dolores Frails, John Hayes, Sharon Jackson, Carol Johnson, Karen Lulick, Ethel Mack, Frankie Mack, Shorty Rose, Charles Smith and Kevin Waverly, US-A-TEAM, 2014, silkscreen on canvas. Courtesy of Zenna Broomer and The A-Team Artists. (opposite, top-left) Leon Rainbow, Land of The Free, 2014, mixed media. Courtesy of the Artist. (opposite, top-right) Will “KASSO” Condry, 1985, 2010, acrylic and spray paint on canvas. Courtesy of the artist.


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Historical Society of Princeton at Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street and Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road: Princeton’s Portrait, town history through vintage photographs. For more information, call 609.921.6748 or visit: www. Morven Museum & Garden at 55 Stockton Street: Festival of Trees, Morven’s holiday tradition is to decorate for the holidays with trees adorned by local businesses, garden clubs, and non-profits. November 26 through January 4, 2015. Also, Hail Specimen of Female Art! New Jersey Schoolgirl Needlework, 1726-1860 through March 29, 2015. For more information, hours and admission, call 609.924.8144 ext.106 or visit: Drumthwacket, the official residence of the Governor of New Jersey, at 354 Stockton Street is open weekly on Wednesdays for regular guided tours and is decorated for special Holiday Open Houses from 11am to 1:30pm in December. Reservations required; $5 suggested donation. For more information including dates, visit: Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton: Seward Johnson: The Retrospective, extended by popular demand to July 2015. For more information, visit

Princeton University Art Museum on the university campus: Kongo across the Waters, through January 25, 2015; Chigusa and the Art of Tea in Japan, through February 1, 2015. For information and hours, call 609.258.3788, or visit: http://artmuseum.

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Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library at 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Del: Costumes of Downton Abbey, designs from the award-winning television series through January 4, 2015. For more information, hours and admission, visit: www.


The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia: William Glackens, the first comprehensive survey of William Glackens (1870– 1938) in nearly 50 years, brings together more than 90 paintings with key works from each decade of the native Philadelphian’s long career, through February 2, 2015. For more information, call 215.278.700, or visit:

(below) William J. Glackens (American, 1870–1938). Cape Cod Pier, 1908. Oil on canvas, 26 x 32 inches (66 x 81.3 cm). Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University; Gift of an Anonymous Donor.

James A. Michener Art Museum at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, Pa: A Sense of Place: Paintings by Ranulph Bye, more than 40 works by Ranulph de Bayeux Bye (1916-2003), the Princeton-born watercolorist known for masterful renderings of rural American landscapes, from November 8 through March 1, 2015. For more information, hours and admission, call 800.595.4849 or visit: www.


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In my dissheveled outsider’s view, the fashion world is best approached when it relates to art or cinema or literature, or, as I’ve just learned, when it’s embodied by designers who live up to Matisse’s definition of creative people. After scanning some new fashion-oriented publications appropriate to the holiday season, I’ve found the virtues of curiosity, persistance, independence, a spirit of adventure and a love of play in people like fashion legend Loulou de la Falaise (1948-2011) and Alber Elbaz, the creative director of Lanvin. I have to say that I prefer a smiling Loulou to the somnolent, trancedlooking creature (or should I say creation) on the cover of Loulou de la Falaise (Rizzoli $65), written by Ariel de Ravenel and Natasha FraserCavassoni and designed by Alexandre Wolkoff, with a foreword by Pierre Bergé, and afterword by Loulou’s husband Thadée Klossowski. Not that there’s anything not to like about the cover image, with its compelling evocation of the Bohemian chic for which Loulou was famous (or infamous, some admirers say). Given my comfort level with literature, I find it hard to resist a face styled to suggest a romance of the demi-monde: a touch of Colette and Coco Chanel mixed with the earthy charisma of a courtesan out of Balzac, and Marlene Dietrich as a bored femme fatale who yawns as she sends men to their doom. The most bizarre touch is the cigarette, which is as much an ornament as the necklace and earrings, there not to be smoked but to be worn. The sly, outré humor of the cigarette reflects the “love of play” Matisse mentions, a characteristic of Loulou and Yves Saint-Laurent (1936-2008), for whom de la Falaise was both muse and co-author of an epic narrative of design that galvanized the fashion world. Jeffrey Felner’s review of Loulou de la Falaise in the New York Journal of Books refers to “a museum worthy showing of photographs that lays testament to who and what she was during her life. What comes through it all is the feeling that you would want to be friends with someone who was that creative, that free, that inclusive. She was indeed crazy about her husband, her family, and her extended family, and even those who wanted to dislike her fell under her thrall. She was truly creative and infused her being into the lives of those she adored and into a business where she was more likely to have been ostracized than loved.” To see why Loulou was loved you need only look at photographs of the Bois de Boulogne reception following her June 1977 wedding to Klossowski. Shown in one photograph with Bianca Jagger and Saint-Laurent, the beaming Loulou is radiant in a starstrewn midnight blue chiffon sheath, an iridescent tiara shaped like a crescent moon in her hair, starlight flashing around her ears, an enchanted vision out of a Midsummer Nights Dream world that is equally worthy of her wish to appear “like a summer night sky in Marrakech.”




It’s refreshing to find that Saint-Laurent himself related to literature, Proust in particular (he sometimes signed hotel registers as Msr. Swann); in fact, it would be hard to imagine a more Proustian setting for a fashionable wedding than the Bois. Needless to say, Saint-Laurent also related to art. One of the featured works in MoMA’s current show, Henry Matisse: The Cut-Outs, is The Sheaf, also a feature in Saint-Laurent’s fall/winter 1980 haute couture collection where it inspired a black velvet and moiré faille evening dress with multicolor satin appliqué leaves. The premier art event in New York this season, the Matisse exhibit was the “blockbuster summer exhibition” at the Tate Modern in London, which the June issue of Vogue observed that “the tumbling stream of Matisse’s memories... make for an ideal style cue.” Meanwhile an article on www. features “ten creative talents” who have been inspired by Matisse. Blue Nudes, the cover image on the MoMA exhibit monograph, inspired the stained-glass window of fashion executive Carla Fendi’s Roman apartment, and a Matisse drawing was the model for interior designer Billy Baldwin’s creation of the fabric for a client’s Manhattan living room. And you don’t have to look far online to find Oscar de la Renta’s Matisse Embroidered Bell skirt, which at last sighting had been marked down to $399 from $2,650. YOUNG OSCAR

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(Assouline $125), featuring images from the designer’s personal album, with a foreword by Anna Wintour, updated this year from the 2002 edition. Matisse’s “spirit of adventure and love of play” is in the picture of young de la Renta provided by Mower: “At nineteen, he left home [the Dominican Republic] and sailed to Spain, to live in Madrid and soak up the culture, in the hope of earning a living as an artist. He bought a third-class train ticket to see the country, was befriended by a family of gypsies on board and invited to a three-day wedding. The music and the flounces and the shawls and the color stayed with him forever, as did the sight of the splendid embroidery and swagger of the matadors’ costumes at bullfights. It was at a Madrid bullring that he first set eyes on Ava Gardner, who he charmed and later met in a nightclub. ‘And I danced with Ava Gardner...I remember the color of her blue-green eyes, her very matte skin, her chiseled nose and cheekbones—just unbelievably beautiful.’” LANVIN AND ELBAZ

Yet another elegant new publication is The Lanvin Anniversary Book by Alber Elbaz (Lanvin $450). Bound in grosgrain silk with hand-gilded gold edging, it celebrates a decade of the Parisian fashion house with Elbaz at the helm. Looking for the humanity behind my outsider’s view of the couture elite, I found it in Ebaz’s conversation with Interview’s Stephanie Seymour Brant. Of Lanvin, which he joined in 2001 after stints with Saint-Laurent and Geoffrey Beene, Elbaz says, “I love and respect women. I work mostly with women. And you know, our logo for Lanvin is a mother and a daughter. I’ve always said, ‘It’s not a lion, and it’s not a horse. It’s a mother and a daughter.’ I find the logo very emotional.” Another revealing admission is what he says about his travels: “I don’t ever look anymore at the

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As an outsider who believes in the creative spirit defined by Matisse, I enjoyed the February 2014 Harper’s Bazaar interview Sanjay Gupta conducted with Alber Elbaz, who says, “You know, I always think of myself as an outsider. I don’t feel like I have to promote my work by going to every party on the planet, and be a size 6 with blue hair and yellow leather python pants, and for people to think, Wow, he is so cool! Actually, the word ‘cool’ is the word I hate most in the world. I don’t like the people that are preserving some sort of pretension about that. I’m more of a director of a movie; I let the stars do the work. I feel very comfortable behind the scenes.”


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anky and energetic with an engaging and director. “If our residents don’t Mission was putting up more than 100 men smile, Rodney Hargis exudes participate in that willingly, we’ve a night. Factor in the Depression a confidence. The pony-tailed North got a real problem. We need them, decade later, and the facility was Carolina native is an analyst with they need us. Sometimes we teach being taxed to its limits. During the MercerOnline at his alma mater, each other. How great is that?” first nine months of 1931, 12,483 Mercer County Community College. At his One afternoon last month, men slept under its roof. graduation in 2009, he delivered the Abbott-Young took a visitor on Around that time, the Mission FOOD commencement speech. In his free time, he sings a tour through the Mission’s started putting clients to work to and plays guitar, mostly at gigs with his wife, string of buildings. Everywhere help offset the costs of food and a drummer and bass player, at a Grovers Mill she went—the Rescue Mission shelter. By 1953, private and group coffeehouse. Life is good. Store filled with donated furniture, counseling was initiated and several But a decade ago, it was a clothing, and housewares; the sitting new programs got underway. There different story. Hargis was and dining area of the emergency were five operating thrift stores at one addicted to drugs and homeless shelter, hallways between the time, and a thriving industrial salvage alcohol. “I had been in buildings; classrooms where clients were being operation. Female clients and drugs began to and out of jail and had counseled—she was greeted with the same figure into the picture during the years that James really reached bottom,” question: “How was your trip? Are you back?” N. Brimmer was executive he says. “I was on the Abbott-Young had been in Pittsburgh to visit director, from 1959 to 1985. streets. I had a beat-up relatives, away from the Mission for barely three Previously, the clientele SHELTER guitar and the clothes on days. But her presence had clearly been missed. was male and their my back, and that was it.” She is unquestionably the heart of the addictions were only to Now 43, Hargis is sitting in an organization, though she protests. “It has nothing alcohol. SHOWER office at The Rescue Mission in Trenton, the place to do with Mary Gay Abbott-Young,” she says. Brimmer’s son Jim he credits with saving his life. Between 2004 and “I’m just the bridge. I tell the residents, it’s all Brimmer, who is 66, 2006, he lived at the brick complex on gritty about the opportunity. Take it or leave it. All of grew up at the Mission. Carroll Street, getting himself clean and learning our counselors go to them with one goal: What do “I’ve been here my whole how to make the most of his young life. you need and are you willing to do the hard life in one way or another,” he “I came here looking for a roof over work to rebuild your life?” says. “We had an apartment on the second floor my head,” he recalls. “I’d given up The Rescue Mission will celebrate for a while. Before that, we lived on the Mission everything to my addiction. They its centennial throughout 2015 with farm in Chesterfield, which doesn’t exist took me in, and I lived in the various events including a anymore.” Brimmer and his two brothers were shelter. I did work mega-miniature golf tournament never discouraged from mingling with the men at therapy—computer stuff, held inside the facility; a talk by the Mission, save for one convicted pedophile scheduling the trucks, taking Eric LeGrand, the Rutgers from whom they kept their distance. “These men calls, whatever they University football player who were always my friends,” he says. “It was like needed—and that gave me the was paralyzed during a game and having a lot of grandfathers. I was on the bowling foundation to move ahead.” will speak on the importance of team with them and my dad. My brothers and COUNSELING Hargis’s story is inspiring, but it hope; and the induction of the first I handed out Bibles when my father preached on is hardly unique. For nearly 100 honorees into the Mission’s Hall of Sundays. We were servers at holiday dinners. I years, the Rescue Mission, located in a Fame. Next fall, a special collection event still come and visit when I can. I love this place.” former pottery and cracker factory, has been will be launched; the aim is to break the world Fresh from working in a detox unit in helping those caught in a downward spiral try to record of the number of clothing items collected. Philadelphia, Abbott-Young was hired by the reclaim and rebuild their lives. There are countless “What I really love to celebrate is how Mission in 1978 as a program coordinator for the clients with similar tales of redemption. For many, dramatically some lives are impacted,” says housing unit known as Vince’s Place. It wasn’t success has come only after two or three attempts, Abbott-Young. “Some people might leave after long before Brimmer Sr. saw that she was the one spaced out over years. Recovering from addiction being here doesn’t work for them. They might to take over when he was ready to leave. “He and homelessness is hard work. go elsewhere, to different programs. But wanted Mary Gay to be the director,” says But work has been the key, almost since the then if they don't work, they ask if they his son. “He recognized that she had the Mission’s beginnings. As part of a policy that has can come back. I think it’s wonderful right stuff. He knew you had to be evolved into the Work Therapy/Life Skills that these people who have been both tough and compassionate. You program, clients are given tasks that benefit the through so many different systems can’t be too tough to cry. But you Mission while keeping them busy and helping and institutions say, ‘There’s a have to be tough enough to take them them gain confidence. Today, about 30 percent of place I know I can go back to and by the nape of the neck and throw the Mission’s annual operating budget comes from restart my life.” them out the door if you have to.” the jobs clients do around the complex. Equally worth celebrating is the way Abbott-Young has friendly blue eyes CLOTHING “The fact that we have the the Mission is a part of the community. and a winning smile. A mother of two ability to give them the “That’s the fun part,” says Abbott-Young. (her son Barrett is the Mission’s Operating chance to contribute “Literally thousands of people of greater Officer; her daughter is a lawyer) and proud to the organization economic resources will make the effort to give to grandmother of one, she can be soft-hearted. in a way that makes the Mission. That’s the ultimate community But she isn’t afraid to raise her voice. When them responsible outreach. So the guy who puts his clothes in a box she notices a group of people loitering where people is really and donates them is just as important as anyone they shouldn’t, in front of the ARC Mercer important,” says else to our success.” building across Carroll Street, she shoves open Mary Gay The Rescue Mission was founded in 1915 by the door and yells, loudly and clearly: “Would Abbott-Young, since Mr. and Mrs. William Anderson, at a time when you please get away from the front of the 1986 the Mission’s similar institutions were springing up in urban building? Move away, please.” The group HEALTH CARE chief executive officer areas across the country. As early as 1918, the immediately disperses.


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“I love Mary Gay. She’s like a sister, a mother, a and develop money. Things kept growing and friend. But she’s tough,” says Wayne Frascella, a changing. We began to formalize programs. We had former client who is now a residential services an addictions unit that specialized in treating associate has worked Mission for a a homeless addicts, andThings then we made the leap “I love and Mary Gay. She’swith likethe a sister, a mother, and develop money. kept growing andto decade. “She expects a lot, butWayne she hasFrascella, another part treating theWe criminal client.” friend. But she’s tough,” says a changing. began justice to formalize programs. We had of her that a lot of is people know. services She’s tough statistics speak themselves. In former client who now adon’t residential anThe addictions unit that for specialized in treating for a reason. thewith Rescue Missionfor to be the last fiscal year,and there were associate andShe has wants worked the Mission a homeless addicts, then we made the leap to here in 25 years.” 127,978 meals servedjustice in theclient.” decade. “She expects a lot, but she has another part treating the criminal my agreatest strength andknow. my greatest Mission’s emergency while In of “It’s her that lot of people don’t She’s tough The statistics speak shelter, for themselves. weakness,” of her demanding 57,277 sleptthere in thewere shelter’s for a reason.Abbott-Young She wants the says Rescue Mission to be the last people fiscal year, side. “I 25 getyears.” so much pleasure out of what I do that I beds. A total 25,756indays here in 127,978 mealsofserved the were get“It’s frustrated when strength people don’t get greatest it. I know I’m spent in theemergency residentialshelter, addiction my greatest and my Mission’s while difficult to have as a boss. But comes here treatment program, 4,531 days weakness,” Abbott-Young sayssomeone of her demanding 57,277 people slept and in the shelter’s with theypleasure own in aout plastic bag.I How canI were inof the25,756 rooming/boarding side. everything “I get so much of what do that beds. spent A total days were Iget notfrustrated work mywhen hardest to help them?” house known as the Robinson people don’t get it. I know I’m spent in the residential addiction Of Brimmer, boss,someone Abbott-Young Program. difficult to haveher as aformer boss. But comes here treatment Forty-seven program, andclients 4,531secured days says, “If I have athey dropown of the andHow love can that employment. with everything in ahumanity plastic bag. were spent in the rooming/boarding he had, I would consider a great success.” The known Missionashas over the years. I not work my hardest to myself help them?” house thegrown Robinson The Mission was in direboss, financial shape Abbott-Young and herclients staff are especially proud of Of Brimmer, her former Abbott-Young Program. Forty-seven secured when Abbott-Young and the $3.7 million Perry Street Permanent says, “If I have a droparrived, of the humanity and love that employment. Brimmer was reluctant ask fora great success.” Complex, gleaming, four-story he had, I would considertomyself The Housing Mission has grown aover the years. government money. “He a building and withher studio occupied The Mission was in direwas financial shape Abbott-Young staffapartments are especially proud by of World War II guy andarrived, he believed 15 previously homeless when Abbott-Young and the $3.7 million Perry Streetindividuals. 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Cynthia Gooding (1924-1988) by Jordan Hillier


oday, it’s not uncommon for a female musician to be the sole talent driving a performance. Many female artists have achieved stardom without the support of back-up singers or traveling bands. In Cynthia Gooding’s time, however, a woman on stage with only her guitar for company, was an

anomaly. Gooding, who lived in Princeton and Kingston from 1964 until her death in 1988, grew up in Rochester, Minnesota. In the 1930s, at the start of her teenage years, this midwestern girl moved to Mexico City, where her love of music came to fruition. Discovering her voice with the traditional songs of Mexico, Gooding set out to pursue a singer/songwriter career in New York City, where she quickly fell in love with the blues. Gooding appreciated everything about the genre; its instruments, the overall sound that characterized the music, as well as its cultural significance. She looked to Josh White, the famed African American guitarist and songwriter, known also as “Pinewood Tom,” to guide her study of the art form. When Gooding found that she didn’t have a blues voice, she channeled the raw emotional commitment of a blues singer into her interpretations of old European songs, which she felt provided a similar emotional drive. Through a long- standing series of performances at several clubs in New York City, she developed a small following of fans. By the late 1940s, her talent had gained the attention of many, including several in the record industry.



After marrying Hasan Ozbekhan from Istanbul, Turkey, Gooding recorded her first album for Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records. Many of the tracks were Turkish songs she had learned from her husband. During the next twenty years, Gooding would record a dozen albums for Elektra and other record labels. While touring the country, taking her two daughters with her after her divorce from Ozbekhan, she picked up a knack for broadcasting and became the host of two popular shows on the NYC radio station, WBAI, Cynthia and Sensible and Cynthia’s Choice. She often interviewed famous popular musicians of the day, including Bob Dylan, and she carried her tape recorder into the streets to capture sound bites for her shows. When she settled in Spain in 1962, her tape recorder was with her as she traveled the country, gathering the sounds of the culture. In 1964, she returned to the United States and made her home in Princeton. She continued to write songs and a two-year tour with the National Humanities Series allowed her to spread her love of culture to the rest of the country. A major interpreter of folk songs from around the world in both their original language and in translation, Cynthia Gooding is remembered locally for inviting young musicians into her home, which was frequented by visitors from around the world. To hear her online, visit: where her interpretations of songs such as “Tres Moricas-anda diciendo,” “Jalisco,” “Greensleeves,” and “I Know Where I’m Going,” can be heard.


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