Turning the corner on Cancer this third weekend in July, we find ourselves in the thick of a mid-summer haze, a heady mixture of FOMO, YOLO and increasingly oppressive air quality. But we are hard-wired to tap into our collective memories of a bygone era that encourages us to have fun in the sun and exercise our right to happiness through resource consumption even while temperatures hit over 100 on the “feels like” meter and we drown in chemical sunscreens. As a result, those who complain, opt out or even offer solutions can set off a defensive response that “feels like” people are more interested in having their good time than solving urgent problems and finding common ground. Astrologically, the presence of an Aries Point in a chart can indicate a moment of multiplied experience that speaks to the connection between private, public and civic life — something we could all benefit from in sensitive and divisive times. And while it eludes us at this moment, it presented itself 50 years ago this Saturday, when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and we took a collective step into the future and sent the message that “we come in peace for all mankind”. A complicated reminder that achieving grand visions, creating inclusion and making progress can also leave room for finding wisdom in sentiment and nostalgia.
Friday July 19:
Speak & Sew Open Mic Night: Classic poetry open mic with a twist. As part of the Summer Fiber Art Fest at BSB is hosting events, pop ups, and workshops all summer long to celebrate and unite the Trenton / Mercer County fiber arts community. A sign up list will be available in the gallery and run on first come first serve basis. Attendees are recommended to bring any knit, crochet, or sewing project and work while listening to local poets and performers share their gifts. Don’t have a fiber project to work on? Create a complimentary embroidered square to add to our Fiber Finale, a public yarn bombing in Mill Hill Park on Sept 14th. BSB Gallery, 143 East State St., Trenton, 6:00-8:30pm, Free and Open to the Public, All ages with Light Refreshments facebook.com/events
Capture the Change: Help us capture the change created by the Roebling Park Wetland Restoration. Bring your camera and snap pictures as we hike around Spring Lake, learning about the history of the park, as well as the future. Submit your photos to help us photo-document the restoration. Each month, one visitor submitted photo will be featured at our Nature Center and online! Tulpehaking Nature Center, 157 Wescott Ave., Trenton, 6:30 pm, Free and Open to the Public, All Ages. facebook.com/pg/MercerCountyParkCommission/events/
Saturday July 20
Apollo Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration: Music, Free Solar Observing, Activities and more on the lawn of the Museum. Bring a picnic and blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening! The Amateur Astronomers Association of Princeton will be on hand with telescopes to assist in the solar observing. While you’re here, make sure to visit “Many Inspired Steps”, the new exhibition which explores the space race to reach the moon. The Planetarium will present two special discounted shows, “CapCom Go! at 6:00 PM and Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” laser show at 7:00 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the event will move inside the Museum. New Jersey State Museum, 205 W State St, Trenton, 4-8pm, $5 discounted Planetarium Tickets. facebook.com/events
“Morir Soñando” Album Release: A night of music and culture presented by Josue Lora and Nota G. Live music by Afro Dominicano, DJ itsjustahmad, Sonic Asaad and friends and 1oakjason. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 7-11 pm, $15-$100, facebook.com/events
Sunday July 21
“Pittsburgh’s Lost Outpost: Captain Trent’s Fort” Lecture and Book signing: Get swept away by history as author Jason Cherry talks about his new book, “Pittsburgh’s Lost Outpost: Captain Trent’s Fort”. He will share the results of his extensive research into the life of William Trent’s youngest son as he lead a band of men to defend the English control of the Forks of the Ohio River- the frontier in the struggle between the French and the English for the heart of the continent. William Trent House, 15 Market St., Trenton, 12:30pm Book Signing/1 pm Lecture, $8 Members/$10 Non-members, Light Refreshments and Free Parking. williamtrenthouse.org
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Photo/Artist Credit: The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission to the Moon is the subject of “Many Inspired Steps”, currently on view at the NJ State Museum.