Events & Features

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

Barn Dance Benefit for Carter Road Preservation

A Barn Dance and Silent Auction to benefit the Carter Road Preservation Project, hosted by New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Hopewell Valley Citizens’ Group, will be held Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 7-9:30 pm at Music Together, 225 Hopewell-Pennington Rd, Hopewell. Local chefs and bakers are donating sweet and savory treats. The caller will be Sue Dupré. Live music performed...

Hopewell Valley Gears Up for Its Most Delicious (Restaurant) Week

Twenty-one* Hopewell Valley restaurants will be hosting the first-ever Hopewell area restaurant week, "Restaurant Week HV"during the week of February 22-28th. “I love the restaurant week idea. It’s so great to have a valley wide event that will surely taste delicious,” said Will Mooney, owner and chef of Brothers Moon in Hopewell Borough. Michael Moriello, owner and chef of Avanti’s in Pennington Boro,...

Upcoming Event to Benefit VolunteerConnect at The Painter’s Loft

On Thursday February 12, The Painter's Loft Art Studio in Pennington will be hosting "Arts & Carafes Night," an evening of painting, wine, food and fun to benefit VolunteerConnect. VolunteerConnect is Mercer County based non-profit organization that expands the reach, impact and capacity of other community organizations through effective volunteerism. By providing resources, networking opportunities and workshops, VolunteerConnect helps non-profit leaders...

Photos from Hopewell Arts Council ‘Ox’tion Gala

MercerMe.com was proud to support the Hopewell Valley Arts Council's 'Ox'tion Gala held this Saturday at Grounds for Sculpture as a sponsor and was lucky to be among the attendees (and bidders, as it happened).   With an innovative and mesmerizing presentation of performance artists, appetizers from across Hopewell Valley, cocktails and dinner created by Stephen Starr Events, local art enthusiasts gathered...

Mercer County Residents Compete in Scrabble Invitational Tournament

Sixteen of the best Scrabble players in the region will meet this Sunday, January 25th, at Classics Books in Trenton New Jersey for the 15th Classics Scrabble Invitational to decide who will be the reigning Scrabble champion."This year, we get to play 'bromance' and 'frenemy!'" said Classics Books owner, Eric Maywar, of the official Scrabble dictionary updates. Seven players of the...

The Taco Truck (finally) Comes to Town

Back in 2010, I commuted to Hoboken once a week to work on a software development project. Our team would lock ourselves in a tiny conference room and fight about discuss project details, user interface, and what should happen when you hit the back button. Gripping stuff. A key motivation for making quick decisions was that we knew,...

One More Chance to Own Your Own Ox

Do you miss seeing the colorful group of fiberglass oxen throughout Hopewell Valley? We all do. The Stampede was a wonderful for Hopewell Valley. “The project was intended to increase awareness of arts in the community and raise funds for the council,” Liz Bell explained. “The process has been a gratifying one for the arts council." While most of the Oxen were...

How to Dress in Creative Black Tie

How to dress in creative black tie attire is something that has only recently come up in my own social arena. Generally, my husband and I attend events that are either business, evening or black tie attire. I've been to a few themed events, like 1920's, and one "festive attire" which was surprisingly casual -- I should have checked what it meant...

Window Shopping: Take a Better Peek at the #HVWinterWindows Contestants

MercerMe and the Hopewell Valley Arts Council have been proudly hosting the art local/shop local event "Winter Windows" and are thrilled that it has been so well-received. These local businesses have gone all-out this season to create festive holiday windows in an ox theme. Although some holidays are over, we're continuing the celebration and supporting our local businesses and artists by extending online voting...

Whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it right, and it’s going to be fantastic

The other day, I read a short blog post about being trapped in the over-inflated expectations of the holidays, and it really spoke to me.  The moral of the story was basically that the insanity of the holiday season is, of course, stressful and exhausting for everyone. It’s a lot.  It’s no secret that moms overwhelmingly carry the bulk of...