Once upon a time, in July, 1948, Sally Pitcher embarked on a trip to

Europe on the Marine Flasher, a converted Liberty Ship. At the dock,

Pitcher met fellow traveler and recent Princeton graduate, William

Sword. They traveled to Paris together, fell in love, became engaged

the next year, married in 1950, and had four children. To toast their

love of Paris and each other they began to have an annual Bastille Day

party at their home. The party grew each year, and in the mid-1980s,

when Sally joined the board of trustees of Trinity Counseling

Services, the party became Trinity’s annual fundraiser. (William

Sword, who formed his own Princeton-based investment firm in 1976,

died in June, 2005.)

This year’s party, aptly titled "A Movable Feast," inspired by Ernest

Hemingway’s ode to Paris, was originally scheduled for Drumthwacket

but was moved at the last minute to Pretty Brook Farm at Princeton Day

School, due to the government shut-down. It was a true garden party,

with perfect weather and dozens of beautiful women in equally

beautiful summer cocktail dresses, complementing this year’s theme of

a French flower market.

Guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn, then music by Double Take in the

dining tent. The menu, by Main Street Fine Catering, featured eggplant

caponata on sliced French baguette, tenderloin au poivre and king

prawn, and banana cream profiteroles for dessert. Every place setting

was topped with a small card containing a quote from Hemingway’s book,

such as "I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you

are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to

me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this

pencil." Tres chic.

— Jamie Saxon

The Arts

Villagers Theater seeks actors for "Jack and the Beanstalk." Auditions

are Sunday, July 16, and Tuesday, July 18, at 7:30 p.m. Auditions for

"Dial M for Murder" are Tuesday and Wednesday, July 11 and 12, at

7:30. Both auditions are at Villagers Theater, 415 DeMott Lane,

Somerset. For information visit www.villagerstheatre.com.

Phoenix Productions seeks 24 actors ages 18 to 30 for "Hair." Audition

is Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Phoenix Rehearsal Center,

111 Monmouth Street, Red Bank. This production will include nudity,

required for some roles, optional for others. Prepare 16 bars of a

rock song and be prepared to do movement. The production opens

September 9, at Count Basie Theater, Red Bank. For information E-mail

anthony@anthonydamato.com.

Roxey Ballet holds auditions for the classic "Nutcracker" and "Nutty

Nutcracker" on Saturday, September 16, for ages four and up. 243 North

Union Street, Lambertville. For information and schedule according to

age, visit www.roxeyballet.org or call 609-397-7616.

Donations and Volunteers Needed

Trenton Area Soup Kitchen needs food for the pantry including canned

vegetables, fruit, spaghetti, and spaghetti sauce (not glass). Deliver

to TASK, 72 1/2 Escher Street, Trenton, on Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m.

to 5 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. TASK is also in need of

volunteers to help with meals and children’s activities. Must at least

13 years old. Call 609-695-5456.

Crisis Ministry is sponsoring a school supplies and backpack drive

throughout July and August for low-income children in the greater

Mercer County area. Needed are donations of backpacks with the

following suggested school supplies including folders, notebooks,

crayons, markers, colored pencils, rulers, lunchboxes, calculators,

glue, and pencils. All supplies must be new. Bring all donations to

123 East Hanover Street, Trenton, or 61 Nassau Street, Princeton. Call

609-396-9355 for information.

Middlesex County Improvement Authority seeks donations to the food

bank and organizations to sponsor summer food drives. MCFOODS provides

collection containers and flyers to any group holding a drive.

Donations are welcome at libraries in Plainsboro, South Brunswick,

Monroe, Edison, Milltown, and Woodbridge. Call 609-409-5033 for

information.

Princeton Warriors Cancer Survivor Dragon Boat Team seeks people with

a history of cancer to join the group in paddling in a dragon boat on

Lake Mercer on Saturdays at 11 a.m. Call 732-329-0888 for information.

Participate Please

Middlesex County Earth Center offers guided tours to groups at

Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, South Brunswick. The demonstration areas

include a vegetable garden, an herb garden, a shade and ornamental

tree display, and earth-friendly gardening techniques. Visit

www.co.middlesex.nj.us/extention services or call 732-398-5262.

For Kids

Writers Corner USA in Doylestown, PA, offers a creative writing camp

for kids and teens. One-week sessions begin Mondays, July 17 and 24.

$250 per session. Call 215-230-1070 for information.

Windsor Chapel vacation Bible camp is Monday to Friday, July 17 to 21,

9 a.m. to noon, at 401 Village Road East, West Windsor. Call

609-799-2559.

Community Christian Choir presents an arts and music camp in August at

First Presbyterian Church of Hamilton Square. Classes prepare students

entering grades four to eight for musical performances of "Rescue in

the Night," a musical story of Daniel in the lion’s den. Begins

Monday, August 14. Visit www.ccchoir.com or call 609-587-7076 for

information.

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