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To the Editor
Another wonderful season of the Princeton University
Summer Concerts has come to an end. Once again, we have been fortunate
enough to enjoy some of the world’s most talented musicians right
here at home at Richardson Auditorium, without the hassle of travel,
parking, and stress that go with trips to New York venues.
But attending these concerts has its own stresses, which — as
I have been pointing out, in vain, to the concert committee for
years — are unnecessary.
Those of us who wish to attend an 8 p.m. concert are compelled to
line up for ticket distribution that begins at 6 p.m. This line forms
by 5:15 p.m. The next line begins to form at 7 for the 7:30 p.m. entry
to the theater. Not everyone is available to begin this process at
5:30 or 6 p.m. — people have jobs, commutes, family
Has this system has been designed to keep out total segments of
It certainly seems that way when you see the sea of gray heads in
the audience — these may be the only people who have the time
that is involved to attend.
There is a much simpler way:
Earlier this year, there were at least two events at Richardson, both
anticipated full houses — the Brentano Quartet concert (which
had some significant competition from other events on campus), and
author Toni Morrison, who filled every seat. For both events, the
door opened 1/2 hour before the event, and people began to line up
just about an hour before the event. They lined up once and entry
Another suggestion (used at an annual film festival I attend in
People line up outside the theater as early as one hour before the
film. An usher then hands out tickets to those in line. When all the
tickets are gone — amen. Once you have your ticket, you may leave
or wait to go inside.
I appreciate that the concert committee is made up of volunteers —
but one would think that they might appreciate some suggestions about
making the process a little easier for concert-goers. Perhaps other
readers will have other suggestions.
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of "Little Women" on Saturday, August 19, at 1 p.m., and
August 22 at 7 p.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Route 34 and
Franklin Street, Matawan. Performances take place at the church from
November 4 to 12. Call 732-583-7874.
singers for the 2000-’01 season at the Presbyterian Church of Bound
Brook throughout the month of August. Positions in all sections are
available for volunteer singers. To schedule an audition or for more
information, call 732-560-7132, extension 2.
Monday and Tuesday, August 21 and 22, at Princeton Day School on The
Great Road. The Princeton Girlchoir is a community-based, auditioned
choir for girls who have a commitment to and passion for singing.
The three choirs in the organization consist of the Grace Notes
3-4), the Semi-Tones (grades 5-6), and the Princeton Girlchoir (grades
7-9). All choirs rehearse on Monday nights at Princeton Day School.
Call the PGC office at 609-688-1888, or e-mail PGChoir@aol.com.
actors for "Aladdin" on Saturday, August 26, 4 p.m., in the
Stephen J. Capestro Theater, Roosevelt Park, Edison. Performances
are scheduled for October and November. Call 732-548-2884 or go to
the website: www.playsinthepark.com.
teen actors, singers, and playwrights to create an original musical
production based on Oscar Wilde’s story, "The Canterville
The program, a two-semester class called "The Play’s the
begins auditions August 28, with dates available to September 8. For
catalog, information, and audition time, call 609-921-7104.
entries for its 31st Annual Juried Exhibition. The exhibition will
take place at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton,
October 2 through December 8. Over $5,000 in awards will be given
to the New Jersey resident artists whose entries are selected. Entry
fees are $25, and pieces must be hand delivered to the hospital on
Saturday, August 19, between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon. For
send a SASE to Marge Chavooshian, 222 Morningside Drive, Trenton,
08618-4914, or call 609-695-8645.
join its 2001 corporate art exhibition program. Artists working in
two-dimensions can apply with 10 to 15 representative slides (no
or photographs are accepted). Interested artists can call Lisa Tinsman
at 609-734-5621 or 609-734-5910 for application and guidelines, or
contact ETS at www.ets.org.
for its "Citizen Cake Exhibition" to launch its Fall Festival
of Food and Film on Friday, October 6. All submissions should reflect
the food and film theme of the exhibition. Deadline for submissions
is Saturday, September 23, with submissions accepted through the mail
or in person September 19 through 23. The show will open with a
on Friday, October 6th, from 6 to 8 p.m. and continue through October
20. The entry fee is $10 per item, with a limit of three pieces per
artist. For application and guidelines call 609-924-8777.
and 22-acre sculpture park with a contemporary focus, became a public
charitable organization, the Public Art Foundation Inc. It will
now be supported by visitors’ admission fees and annual membership
fees, as well as by arts patrons and foundations. The park and
of the Domestic Arts Building are now open, year round, Tuesday
Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Museum building closes at 4 p.m.
each day. Public tours take place each Saturday morning at 11 a.m.
Adult admission is $4 on Tuesday through Thursday; $7 Friday and
and $10 Sunday. Annual memberships start at $55 for individuals; $45
for seniors and college students. Corporate memberships are also
For membership information call 609-689-1089.
Awareness Program on Thursday, September 14, at 5 p.m. in the Hamilton
Township Public Library in Mercerville. A panel of doctors will speak
about prostate health, screening, prevention, and treatment.
is required; call 609-895-0101.
to participate in a three day, two night backpacking trip through
the forests of southeastern Pennsylvania. The trip begins Monday,
August 21, at 9 a.m. The focus of this trip will be on low impact
camping and team building. $150. For registration, call 215-297-5880.
Course, a free 12-week course designed specifically for families of
persons with major depression, bi-polar illness, obsessive compulsive
disorder, panic disorder, or schizophrenia. Limited space is available
for classes that start Thursday, September 14, at 7 p.m. in
Preregister at 609-777-9766.
from families to host an international exchange student, age 15 to
18. Host families provide room and board and include their student
as a member of the family. Families have the support of a local area
representative throughout the exchange. Call 877-846-5848.
Drive for homeless kids of Mercer County. This year’s campaign is
chaired by Avery Brooks, best known for his Star-Trek role as Captain
Benjamin Sisko. "Society really wants these kids to do well. But
that’s difficult if they don’t even have shoes. They desperately need
new supplies if they’re to fit in with the other children and have
a chance to succeed both socially and academically," says
executive director Connie Mercer. Last year the program helped 761
children go back to school with new clothes and school supplies.
Nancy Podeszwa at 609-882-8603.
Reunion Camp for children in foster care or under state supervision
because of family crisis. The primary goal is to unite brothers and
sisters, separated by foster care, for a week of family fun and
This year there are 80 children who want to participate. The cost
for the seven-day, six-night camp is $275 per child. Send donations
to The Salvation Army, marked "Reunion Camp," Box 3170, Union,
07083 or call 908-851-8237 for more information.
in a 2,000-mile seven-day bike ride from New York City to Houston to
raise $5 million for local United Ways. Bikers will leave on Monday,
September 25, and ride through the Princeton area that afternoon.
Contributions are requested, and Williams will match any increases in
donations over last year. Each gift will be recognized as a donation
to Greater Mercer County’s 2000/2001 campaign. To qualify for matching
funds, checks must be received by the day before the ride begins,
September 24. Official sponsors, those who will donate a minimum of
$5,000, can have the company name included on T-shirts and other
promotional materials by signing a commitment by August 28. Those who
donate $2,500 can have the company name on the web site.
Mario DiCocco directs the division of the Williams Company located on
Farber Road. The firm transports natural gas and is a division of
Williams Gas Pipeline Inc.
its usher corps for the upcoming 2000-2001 performance season. Ushers
attend performances free. Duties include ticket-taking, program
and seating. Assignments to specific events can become available on
a first-response basis. For more information, call 609-984-8484, menu
for volunteers to answer phone calls for its 24-hour hotline. A
course that teaches volunteers how to help people sort through their
problems will begin on Wednesday, September 20. Classes will be held
at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 45 Paxson Avenue, Hamilton. Call
609-896-2120 or 609-585-2244 for more information.
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