It’s not just the weather that’s heating up ’round these parts. Here are two fun events you might want to hook into:
Every year the Cotsen Children’s Library on the Princeton University campus brings to life for one day a beloved book with hands-on projects, activities, live shows, and demonstrations. It’s free, it’s as enjoyable for adults as it is for kids of all ages, and this year the book is one of my all time favorites: Robin Hood. (That’s Princyclopedia creator Dana Sheridan pictured at left.)
Think falconry, longbow archery, and battle-ax and sword play, mead tasting, knights, castles, and other delights. (Every year, The Bent Spoon brings a theme-related ice cream flavor. Wonder what this year’s will be.) It’s on Saturday, April 14 from 10 am to 3 pm at Dillon Gym on the University campus. Details and logistics here. Plus, I’ll write about it in greater detail in the 4/11/12 issue of US 1, so I’ll post a link when that’s available. This year, in the spirit of Robin, there’s a food drive component, which makes me like Princyclopedia even more.
Sickles Market Goes to Sicily. Literally.
Bob & Leslie Sickles of the award-winning market in Little Silver were so entranced by a buying trip to Sicily last year that they’ve organized a food-buyer’s insider tour for 12 people this coming October. To see if you would like to be one of them, they’re offering a taste of what to expect at a Sicilian evening at Undici restaurant in Rumson on Monday, April 16, at 7 pm. Cost is $35. For reservations, contact Kirsty Dougherty at 908.512.0600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mo Rocca Refuses to Trash the Garden State
I’ve always liked Mo Rocca, but never more so than when my daughter Elizabeth told me how he came to the defense of our state on last week’s NPR quiz show Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! You can imagine the jokes and snide remarks offered by the other panelists when he was asked to name the surprising area in which NJ was recently named to be Number One in the nation. He steadfastly refused to join in – and wound up extolling many of our good points, as well as coming up with the right answer! Which, if you haven’t heard, is quite surprising. Here’s the link to the audio. (The NJ bit starts about 2 minutes and 45 seconds into the segment.)