The second annual Pi Day, in honor of one of Princeton’s most renowned residents, Albert Einstein, whose birthday was March 14 (3.14!), takes place Friday through Monday, March 11 to 14. Masterminded by Mimi Omiecinski of Princeton Tour Company and Joy Chen of JOY Cards, the weekend features everything from pie throwing contests to pub crawls.
The official website is www.pidayprinceton.com
Friday, March 11
3:14 p.m. Pi Day pricing begins. Check out all the details at www.pidayprinceton.com/merchants.
Also, Princeton Public Library screenings of “IQ” (3:14 p.m.) and “A Beautiful Mind” (6:14 p.m.) with celebrity virtual interviews.
Also, “genius” accommodations check-in begins at Nassau Inn, Peacock Inn, Element Ewing Hotel, Courtyard Marriott, the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village, Holiday Inn Princeton, and Chauncey Hotel & Conference Center. www.pidayprinceton.com/accommodations
4 to 5 p.m. Curator’s tour of Einstein exhibit at the Historical Society of Princeton. A special exhibition featuring selected pieces of furniture from the Einstein Collection of the Historical Society of Princeton. Free. Space is limited to 20 people. Reservations, 609-921-6748, ext. 100.
7 to 10 p.m. Geek Freak pub crawl with Princeton Tour Company.
Meet at 100 Nassau Street to receive maps of participating pubs. Pub Crawl Tour guides will be inside the pubs and clearly identified by their extreme geek attire. Guests will learn about all the famous geniuses in Princeton. John von Neumann, Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Richard Feynman, Alan Turing, Kurt Godel, Vladimir Zworykin, Clinton Davisson, and George Kennan were all residents of Princeton. Participants must be 21 years and older. Tour is free but drinks are a la carte.
Saturday, March 12
10 to 11 a.m. Children’s birthday celebration at the Historical Society of Princeton (HSP), 158 Nassau Street. For children ages 6 and up. Also, Sunday, March 13. $5 child; $4 HSP members. HSP will have some of Einstein’s own furniture and personal belongings on view, and kids will learn about Einstein’s scientific discoveries as well as his efforts to fight racism and foster world peace. Space is limited to 15 children. Call 609-921-6748, ext. 100, to reserve a space.
2 to 4 p.m. Interactive science fair at Princeton Public Library, Community Room. Scientists from Princeton Plasma Physics Lab assist with demonstrations
Also, book signing of “Portraits of America: Institute for Advanced Study” at Princeton Public Library, first floor reading area. Meet Linda G. Arntzenius, author of the recently published “Images of America: Institute for Advanced Study,” a pictorial history that celebrates the Institute’s unique character and history and features some 189 images, drawing upon photographs from the Institute’s archives along with images from the collections of Princeton residents and others.
3 to 4 p.m. Energy summit, Princeton Public Library, second floor fireplace area. Greg Olsen, Entrepreneur in Residence at Princeton University, the third private citizen in space, and a venture capitalist, will speak about the future of clean energy and privatization of NASA. Herb Mertz, co-founder of Psyleron, will speak about unexplained physical actions that suggest unexplained energy phenomena, the controversial PEAR Lab experiment, and how the human mind can control matter.
4:30 to 9 p.m. Geek Freak no-socks sock hop, YWCA Dance Studio, Paul Robeson Place. Einstein didn’t particularly love to wear socks so the YWCA decided to have a No-Socks Sock Hop. All ages are invited to boogie the evening away to tunes like “She Blinded Me With Science.”
7:30 p.m. “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, Solley Theater, Arts Council of Princeton, 102 Witherspoon Street. In celebration of Pi Day, the Arts Council of Princeton and the Princeton Theatre Experiment present a reprise performance staged reading of Steve Martin’s comic play, directed by Todd Reichart. $5; $3.14 Arts Council members, students, seniors.
Sunday, March 13
10 to 11 a.m. Children’s birthday celebration at the Historical Society of Princeton. See Saturday, March 12.
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Pie eating contest at McCaffrey’s, Princeton Shopping Center, at the sit down dining area. Contestant age groups: youth, 4 to 8 years and 9 to 13 years; teen 14 to 18 years; and adult 19 years and up. Interested competitors should send request to participate to email@example.com. The first 10 candidates by age group will be selected for the competition. A waiting list will be compiled in the event a candidate cannot compete. Waiting list members will be notified via E-mail 24 hours in advance of event. Participants must sign waivers. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Adults will consume a regular size pie. Youths will consume a miniature size pie.
12:05 to 1:16 p.m. Dinky train rides with Einstein. Be like Einstein and ride the Dinky train into Princeton. Meet Einstein, his mother, first girlfriend, first wife, secretary, and good friends. Be sure to ask “Einstein” where he is going on the train because sometimes he forgets.
1 p.m. Pi recitation contest at Princeton Public Library, community room. Contestant age groups: youth, 7 to 13 years; teen, 14 to 18 years; adult, 19 years and up. Interested competitors should send request to firstname.lastname@example.org. No limit to number of participants in each age group. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Youngest winning contestant is awarded a savings account with a starting balance of $314.159 from Bank of Princeton.
2 p.m. M-Athlete Challenge at Princeton Public Library, Community Room. Facilitated by John Witherspoon Middle School. Middle school aged youth, limited to 30 competitors. Interested competitors may submit request to participate to email@example.com. The first 30 contestants will be selected for the competition. A waiting list will be compiled in the event a candidate cannot compete. Waiting list members will be notified via email 24 hours in advance of event. Winning contestant is awarded $314.159 from Bank of Princeton.
2:45 p.m. Pie judging contest at Nassau Inn, second floor ballroom. See which Princeton resident pie recipe wins the hearts of our celebrity judges. Princeton residents submit sweet pie recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org. The top 10 recipes will be selected for the competition. Chefs at local Princeton restaurants will bake the masterpieces. The winning Princeton resident will be awarded the coveted “Best Princeton Pie Award,” which entitles the winner’s pie recipe to be on the official Pi Day Princeton website, a $314 donation given in their name to the Princeton School Gardens Cooperative, and a year’s worth (12 pints) of ice cream donated by the Bent Spoon.
3:14 p.m. Pie throwing event on Palmer Square Green. Bring your favorite friend or frenemy to this hysterical event. $1 per throw. Benefits John Witherspoon Middle School math and science programs.
3:30 to 5 p.m. Einstein re-enactors tours by Princeton Tour Company. Learn the chronological history of Albert Einstein as told byhis family and friends.
5 p.m. Einstein look-alike contest. Open to first 100 Einstein wannabes of all ages who register at pidayprinceton.com.
Monday, March 14
10 to 11 a.m. Airplane rides with Einstein, Princeton Airport
3:14 a.m and p.m. Visit www.PiDayPrinceton.com to find out winners of challenges, see photos of the events, find out about B-day specials/surprises of the day at participating shops and restaurants.