While the Vernal Equinox may not get as much social media attention as the Summer Solstice, it cannot be underestimated for its power to drive mythology, symbolism and celestial phenomenon. For the Chinese, it arrives in the form of a Green Gragon, for the Greco-Romans, it is depicted in the stars as the Ram with a Golden Fleece. The Egyptians aligned the Great Sphinx to face that day’s rising sun, while others claim that an egg will naturally balance on its its narrow end. During this time, the hours between night and day are roughly the same and it offers us the opportunity to restore our balance through ritual and grounding. In honor of its return, remember to check on the seeds you planted, but had forgotten about, and be amazed that they have started sprouting. As we enter this fourth weekend in March under a waning moon in Aires, all conditions are favorable for a season of legendary growth and deepening roots.
Friday, March 22
Bike Movie Night: Vote for your favorite bicycle-themed movie to be screened on Friday night – “The Triplets of Belleville”, “Breaking Away”, or “Black Label Bike Club”, Trenton Coffee House and Records, 750 Case St., Trenton, 6:30 pm, www.facebook.com/events
Saturday, March 23
Trenton Circus Squad Fundraiser: Trenton Circus Squad will present an all squad, all staff, performance to raise money for bleachers. Owning bleachers will allow us to double the local audience we can accommodate in our regular free performances at the Wireworks building. All of our programming is free and open to all. Performing with the Squad will be the Ever After Band and national recording artist Bradd Marquis. Come see juggling, acrobatics, aerials, German wheel, clowning, tight wire and so much more! We’ll have live music, popcorn, cotton candy and other goodies to enjoy as you witness the inspiring performances of our team in the historic Roebling Wire Works building. Roebling Wire Works, 675 S. Clinton Ave., Trenton, $25 adults, $15 under 17 , trentoncircussquad.org
Art Making Day: Day 1 of two days of artistic fun with interactive murals, upcycled projects, and more. Now in its 7th year, this free two-day event promotes the ability to educate and connect the entire community through various forms of creative expression. Parents, grandparents, teenagers and children…there is not a soul too old nor too young. Bring your family and participate in fun art activities! All ages and skill levels welcome! All materials provided! Artworks, 19 Everett Alley, Trenton, 12-4 p.m., artworks.org; Saturday, March 30: Day 2 takes place 12-4pm at NJ State Museum, 205 W. State St., .www.nj.gov/state/museum, Trenton Free Public Library, 120 Academy St., Trenton, www.trentonlib.org, and Boys and Girls Clubs of Trenton, 212 Centre St. Trenton, www.BGCMercer.org,
Sunday, March 24
Manufacturing a Revolution: In the winter of 1777-1778, George Washington’s Army suffered through harsh winter with limited supplies at Valley Forge, PA. During that same winter, the residents of Trenton were almost overwhelmed with satisfying the Army’s manufacturing and supply demands while also trying to perform their obligations to serve in the militia. Come see the scale at which production was happening in Trenton in 1778 in order to sustain the needs of the Continental Army. The Old Barracks will host 18th century carpenters, tailors, seamstresses, shoemakers, hornsmiths, leather workers, hatters, gunsmiths, laundresses, soapmakers, clerks, and members of the local militia and Pulaski’s Legion. Program also runs Saturday, March 23.Old Barracks Museum 101 Barracks St., Trenton, 10 am – 5 pm, Old Barracks Historical Interpreters will offer introductions to the Winter of 1778 at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm, and the artisans and tradesmen will be demonstrating all day, both days., $10-Adult, $8-Student/Senior, Free-Children under 6, Active U.S. Military, Members, barracks.org
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Photo/Artist Credit: Unicycle duo performing with Trenton Circus Squad