Events & Features

Events & Features
A bit of everything -- events, local highlights, arts & culture.

Trenton Instigator: Meet Graffiti Artist Leon Rainbow

I drive by Hopewell’s Blue Bottle Café everyday. The graffiti work underlining the entrance to the restaurant catches my attention every time. Its location being at odds with the seeming quaintness and serenity of the town, not to mention that it’s a fine dining restaurant. But isn’t that what graffiti does? Intervening in ways that make you look or...

New Restaurant Coming to Hopewell Borough

Rumblings of "What's going on at the old 'Bell & Whistle?'" has been flitting around Hopewell Borough lately. There's been some increased activity at the restaurant site behind the Boro Bean on East Broad Street and curious neighbors are starting to wonder. And MercerMe has the answer to feed your hungry mind (and the restaurant will eventually feed your hungry self). SweetGrass, offering "seasonal fare...

Hopewell Valley’s Yes Man

Earlier this year, arts education was included as criteria in school performance reports for the first time in US education history, right here in New Jersey. Inside Jersey Magazine followed suit with their exclusive ranking of best high schools in the garden state. Its Editor-in-Chief, Rosemary Parrillo, explained that they gave "extra weight in the methodology to districts with...

Oxen Bidding Closes, Some Local Schools Are Highest Bidders

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council's Stampede roamed their way right into the hearts of the community and beyond. We published about Sunday's farewell event and were happy to help share the list of award winners. But another list of winners remains unclear. During the online auction process, many individuals and groups, in particular local schools, found themselves in a surprising situation...

Food Truck Friday 2: More trucks, same great town

Food Truck Friday is happening again in Hopewell Borough! Food Truck Friday in Hopewell Borough will be held outside the historic train station on Railroad Place on Friday September 5th between 5PM-9PM. And all these delicacies can be enjoyed to the sweet acoustic jazz stylings of Stringsville. Here's the food-line up: Antimo's Italian Kitchen: Hopewell Boro's own pizza and Italian food Cupcake Carnivale: Princeton based cupcake truc Jack and...

Oxen Vandalism in the Eyes of a Child

For many locals, we've either seen in person the actual damage to our oxen or read about it (if not, I've included the facts below). I say "OUR OXEN" because this project has grown from the dedication of our neighbors and friends in organizing and supporting this movement. This project was made possible with the artistic skill and intense efforts of our...

Hopewell’s best kept secret turns 30!

It is no secret that the quaint little town of Hopewell has much going on for it. The eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, playgrounds and specialty shops all within walking distance make it the appealing destination come rain or shine. Not many however know that this gem of a town is also the home of an equally charming little...

Hopewell’s Nomad Pizza to expand to…

After four years of serving up wood-fired pies in Hopewell Borough, the back of an REO Speedwagon specially outfitted with a pizza oven, and more recently two Philly locations, Mercer County's popular Nomad Pizza Co. today announced a fourth restaurant  to be opened soon in the Princeton Shopping Center. A photo posted today on Nomad's instagram account shows the new...

It’s Hip to Bee Triangle: Ecological Art by FoHVOS

If you have hiked or bird watched in the Hopewell Valley area this spring and summer, you may have stumbled on something organic or ... was it extra-terrestrial? It is the "Summer Triangle" project of Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space ("FoHVOS"), a Hopewell Valley nonprofit land trust that is dedicated to preserving Hopewell Valley's character though open space and farmland preservation...

Lawrenceville Main Street “A Night in the Village” Restaurant Tour This Sunday

Lawrenceville Main Street is presenting the 3rd Annual "A Night in the Village" walking restaurant tour this Sunday September 21st. There are two tours -- one at 4:30PM and the other at 6:30PM -- each lasting 2 hours followed by dessert and live music. The ticket price includes tastings from 11 local establishments: Acacia, Amalfi's, Chamber's Walk, Cherry Grove Farms, Enzo's,...