Events & Features

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

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...

Find Art (for the Holidays) Within Reach in New Jersey

Tonight and tomorrow, you can find art within your own reach in Collingswood, New Jersey. Artists and art lovers are coming from far and wide to “Art for the Holidays 2014 @ The Factory,” an art show featuring an array of handmade items, including pottery, jewelry, painting, paper, mosaics, photography, glass, and wood. One such local artist, Chase Blanchard Easley...

How to forgive yourself for watching even 15 minutes of the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

So last night was basically insane. Working mom schedules 4pm dentist appointment, hoping that it ends on time so she's not late to pick up the kids. Same working mom also schedules gymnastics class for the girls at 6:20pm. Same working mom was not expecting 2 inches of rain and a nor'easter. Of course, the dentist was 15 minutes...

The Snow Queen at Princeton High School Performing Arts Center

As anyone with little kids can attest, this is the holiday season of "Frozen" -- Frozen themed pjs, dinnerware, walkie-talkies, bed tents. This year, the Princeton Youth Ballet is offering a way to enjoy Frozen without the suffocating amount of plastic, through a performance of The Snow Queen. Princeton Youth Ballet (PYB) will be performing The Snow Queen at Princeton High...

Have you Herd? Oxen Line Up at Pennington School

You miss them. We did too. Now you can see them again! The "top" eleven are lined up in front of the Pennington School on East Delaware Avenue in Pennington.  The Hopewell Valley Arts Council say that they will be at the Pennington School (weather depending) until the HVAC's "Year of the Ox" Gala on January 24th being held at the Grounds for Scupture where the...