This first full weekend in June finds us with a lush canopy of trees, a waxing moon and a growing desire to bear fruit as we approach the year’s longest day of light. Dancing to the double-time pacing of Gemini, we are both reaping the bounty of our past endeavors and using that energy as a springboard for future possibilities. On the flip side, this can manifest as a time of chaos, revealing a community in need of immediate solutions that struggles to find the stability that can welcome and maintain sustainable change. Perhaps the reconciliation of these twin forces begins when the foundation gets rebuilt by way of digging, gardening, cooking, crafting, beautifying, indulging and communing our way into a culture that is built upon and inseparable from our authentic flavor.
Taste Trenton: This year, 40 restaurants will be on the self-guided tour, which includes a dizzying array of cuisine options including Costa Rican, Venezuelan, Dominican, Guatemalan, BBQ, classic African-American fare, and choices with a New Orleans flair. Food tourists purchase a wristband from Taste Trenton that are valid for the entire weekend. The tour is self-guided; those on the tour select which restaurants they want to visit, how long they want to stay, and which of the specials they want to try. Come to ArtWorks (19 Everett Alley) to pick up the wristband and a passport/guidebook that lists each participating restaurant, notes the specials being offered, and provides a map showing each location. On Saturday only, there will be free buses transporting guests from Artworks to restaurants in the Chambersburg/South Broad St area. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, $7 on-line through June 6th, $10 at Artworks. Friday June 7-Sunday June 9 during restaurant business hours. For more information including Participating Restaurants, and Interactive Map and Online Tickets: tastetrenton.com
Friday June 7
First FridayFirst Friday – Various Locations throughout Trenton; Exhibits are Free and Open to the Public 609 Worldwide Presents Monster Mash : Featuring Artwork by David Bauer, Leah Piotrowski, Tom Taylor and Tony G. Music my Jessica Stanley and Special Guest, An Amazing DJ Set By The Incredible: DJ Flea Market (Kelvin Smith), Hosted By The Man In The Streets And In Your Face: Unc Elroy, Drinks Being Slung By The Amazing: MondayNight OpenMic, Delicious Free Vodka Rig Prepared By The Illustrious: The Mill Hill Saloon. Mill Hill Saloon, 300 South Broad St., Trenton, 6pm. facebook.com/FirstFridaysMillHillSaloon/
Trent-towne: Photographs by Edwin J. Torres: Trent-towne is a documentary project that seeks to tell the present day story of Trenton and its people. Edwin J. Torres spent over a year photographing a series of portraits, conducting interviews, and revisiting iconic and lesser known locations in Trenton in an effort to answer the question of what’s really going on. This work celebrates the beauty of everyday life, but also calls to question issues of poverty, crime, and immigration. Trent-towne is also a catalyst for the creation of Document Trenton, a community-based social media presence intended for local photographers, residents, artists, and community leaders to visually document everyday life in Trenton. #DocumentTrenton. Roebling Gallery, 71 Clark St., Trenton, 6-9pm roeblinggallery.org, facebook.com/events
First Fridays on Front Street: Hosted by the African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County, this month’s celebration features Old School Jams w DJ Master Books Vendors, Raffles, Food and Drink Specials. Corner of Warren and West Front St. 5-10 pm
Agata May’kowska: Working with acrylics and mixed media such as paper, broken mirrors and fabrics, the artist uses her work as a platform to bring awareness to psychological abuse and provide victims with a visual form to express their struggle and the power and beauty of their healing. Born and raised in Poland, she immigrated to Mercer County, New Jersey in 2005, where she is a business owner, mother and volunteer in online support groups and with a local “street church” ministry helping the homeless in Trenton. Trenton Social, 449 South Broad St, Trenton, 5 pm, facebook.com/events
The Art of AsthenosPhest: The work of AsthenosPhest artists and photographers. Champs, 931 Chambers St., Trenton, 7-9 pm, facebook.com/events #WhyILikeTrenton Photo Contest!: Base Camp Trenton is excited to partner with Trenton Health Team, Inc. to exhibit selections from their #WhyILikeTrenton Photo Contest. This exhibit will include see contest winners and other entries that continue the conversation about the things we like to see in our Capital City. Base Camp Trenton, 247 East Front St., Trenton, 5-8 pm, facebook.com/events
Saturday June 8
Old Mill Hill Society’s Annual Garden Tour: Now in its 28th year, the Mill Hill Garden Tour features some of the region’s best examples of urban and small space gardening. There are 22 Gardens on the 2019 Tour. Registration and Tour starts at Artworks. There you’ll get a map of the tour gardens and a wristband, which is your admission ticket. Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, 12-5 p.m., rain or shine. $20 on the day of the tour $15 advance. For more information and to Purchase Tickets online: Trentonmillhill.org facebook.com/events
Battle Monument Clean-up: Volunteer clean-up of the Battle Monument park, as well as the surrounding area. All are welcome – tools, bags and gloves are provided by the City, with “light refreshments” provided by Kiwanis. Trenton Battle Monument, North Broad and North Warren Sts., Trenton, 12-2 pm, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/trentonbattlemonument/
World Wide Knit in Public Day: Knit in Public Day will be the first event of the season to kick off our Summer Celebration of Fiber and Textiles. We will have additional information available of our upcoming programming highlighting fiber and textile arts. We will have tables and chairs set up under a cozy tent in front of the gallery for knitting fun! Feel free to bring yarn or fabric you are looking to unload for our donation basket! So bring your needles and yarn and get ready to knit! BSB Gallery, 143 E State St., Trenton, 12-2pm. For more information and to Register: wwkipday.com/knit-at-bsb-gallery/
Archaeology at The Trent House – The Search for Mahlon Stacy’s Dorehouse: This excavation will give insight into what was on the property before the time of Mr. Trent. One of the things that we will specifically be looking for will be the foundation of the former residence of Mahlon Stacy, also known as Dorehouse. The public is invited towatch professional archaeologists Richard Hunter of Hunter Research, and Dr. Richard Veit of Monmouth University begin an archaeological dig on the property. William Trent House, 15 Market St., Trenton, 1-3pm, free and open to the public. Program takes place every Friday and Saturday from 1-3pm through July 6. williamtrenthouse.org
Sunday June 9
Sundaes on the Veranda: The Trenton Museum Society invites you to scoop up some fun as you build your own ice cream sundae with all the fixings in an artisan-made bowl and sit on the Veranda of the Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie Mansion. Members of the art club, faculty, and staff at Mercer County Community College have donated dozens of unique, hand-thrown pottery bowls for this event. This fundraiser will support Ellarslie’s educational programs. Ellarslie City Museum of Trenton, Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 2 – 4 pm, $20 for a sundae in the bowl of your choice to take home, $10 for a sundae in a disposable bowl, $6 for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult, Bowls available on a first come, first served basis, facebook.com/events
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Photo/Artist Credit: “Joe Festa” by Edwin Torres currently on view at the Roebling Gallery as part of his photography exhibit, Trent-Towne.