With this year-end issue comes a little holiday present from us, U.S. 1’s annual wall calendar. This year we feature area artists, performers, and patrons who both color our world and introduce us to new worlds with their beautiful, evocative, and inspiring work. How did they make the cut? You’ll find out — each appears on the page of their birthday month.

If someone else at your company snags the calendar before you get to it, or if you get your U.S. 1 from a box, rack, or pile in a store or library, feel free to stop by our office — we’ll give you one for free, as long as supplies last.

We like calendars and so does Kim Moulder of the Lawrenceville Main Street Artists Network, who writes on page four about why the organization decided to produce a paper calendar as a fundraiser, despite all the calendar-related technology that now exists at the tap of a finger.

In our calendar you will find four or five events listed for each day of the year. More details can always be found on our website, www.princetoninfo.com.

And speaking of events, the day-by-day calendar listings in this issue cover Wednesday, December 21, through Thursday, January 5. We do not publish on Wednesday, December 28. Our next issue is Wednesday, January 4. But you can find out what’s going on 24/7 by visiting our website and clicking on Events. Or simply follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook, and each day we will send you a link to our continually updated events database.

We like to think a calendar listing or a photo and caption in our Preview section helps increase the audience at galleries, theaters, libraries, concert halls, and all manner of venues in central New Jersey. And every so often someone writes to us, proving that’s true. On Thursday, December 15, Carl Geisler of the Princeton Photography Club E-mailed in response to a 10-inch wide photo we ran on the Preview cover to promote a club event. “We received many calls that week after the community saw the image.”

He says about 100 people showed up for that lecture by underwater photographer Jeff Rotman. Five days later he E-mailed again: “Your support of our club’s events is most appreciated. You help make them real community happenings.”

We have been writing stories and running photos about a new organization called the New Brunswick Jazz Project, which brings name-brand performers to the Hyatt and Makeda restaurant in New Brunswick. We received an E-mail on Friday, December 16, that said: “We’ve been getting a number of new people coming to jazz nights who tell us they saw it in U.S. 1 newspaper. We wanted to let you know that we appreciate your continued support of what the New Brunswick Jazz Project is doing.”

We wish all of our readers a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

U.S. 1 Trivia: What percent of funds raised goes to the mission of the New Jersey Police Officers Association?

Answer to last week’s question: Irish tenor Ronan Tynan no longer sings at Yankee Stadium, due to an alleged anti-Semitic remark he made. Tynan claims his words were misinterpreted. He moved to Boston and now sings at Red Sox games.

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