Making our way towards the end of October and our annual communion with the spirit world, we must pass through the first decan of Scorpio. If you have been feeling the desire to break out the cauldron, summon a fire and conjure powerful energies, it is likely because this is a period vibrates with unrelenting intensity and purpose. Channeled virtuously, it holds the capacity for transformation that remains deeply rooted in ancestral wisdom whose legacies guide us towards renewal. When it manifests destructively, it can create mechanisms that diminish our inherent, generational value in the pursuit of fleeting and shallow rewards. To put it in earthly terms — if you’re still looking for a costume come Halloween, consider dressing as an Abandoned Hotel, Broken Streetlight or the Ghost of Historic Streetscapes Past as a manifestation of your civic outrage. But if you choose to go as a Sexy Arts District Plan, remember that while everyone is drooling with flattery and distraction, the predatory developers are stuffing their bags with all the candy.
Friday Oct 25
Star Observation Session: A special nighttime star talk in the Planetarium, followed by a short drive to the Washington Crossing Park Simpson Observatory (weather permitting). The Amateur Astronomy Association of Princeton will be on hand with telescopes to observe the night sky and help visitors with their use. If viewing conditions are poor, immediately following the sky talk guests will see a free Planetarium show. Recommended for ages 7+. NJ State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton, 7 pm, Free and Open to the Public, state.nj.us/state/museum
Ghost – The Ultimate Tour Named Death: Twenty-eighteen proved to be a transformative year for Ghost. The band’s album Prequelle debuted at #3 on Billboard’s 200 chart, was named Revolver’s #1 Album of the Year, earned a Grammy nomination in the category of “Best Rock Album,” and accumulated 400,000 album sales and 200-million streams since its June release. Prequelle’s first radio single, “Rats,” held the #1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart for a record-setting eight consecutive weeks and received a “Best Rock Song” Grammy nomination, and the most recent radio track, “Dance Macabre,” became the band’s third #1 song at rock radio, a position it held for three weeks. In addition, Loudwire named Ghost its “Artist of the Year.” Cure Arena, 81 Hamilton Ave., Trenton, 6:30 pm,$25-$59.50, facebook.com/events
Saturday Oct 26
Poetry Slam @Trenton Public Library: Ages 13-17, Cash Prizes – $100 1st Prize/$50 2nd Prize/$25 3rd Prize, Sign-up by October 15th to perform. Trenton Public Library, Academy St., Trenton, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events
Sunday October 27
Autumn on the Delaware – Washington Crossing: Enjoy the stunning fall foliage along the Delaware River on this 18 mile Trenton to New Hope walk. This route shadows, in reverse order, the movement of George Washington’s troops in December 1776. We will pass the Old Barracks in Trenton, where the Hessian troops that Washington defeated in the critical Battle of Trenton were posted. We will venture along the Delaware Canal through Morrisville and Yardley before reaching Washington Crossing, where we will have the opportunity to cross the Delaware, tour historic buildings and take a mid-walk break. Bowman Hill is believed by some to be the location of the lookout point Washington used to prepare for safe crossing. The tower atop Bowman Hill offers an amazing view for about 15 miles around, particularly at this time of year. The New Hope Ivyland Railroad is along the way and offers fall foliage tours of the area on antique trains. We finish in New Hope and Lambertville, with their many galleries, shops and eateries. A great area for comfy overnight lodging in preparation for the next day’s walk! Carpooling will be provided for ease of return. We are requesting anyone who is attending to let us know if they would be willing to either drive back to the start or take someone who will park at the end to the start, so that we may have vehicles waiting at the end. Let us know if you are interested in helping out. Tour begins at Trenton Transit Center, Trenton, 8am-3pm, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events/
Halloween Spooktacular: Halloween creeps into the Museum with a spooky Pinelands theme! Enjoy hands on activities in the Riverview Court and sign up for one of the children’s costume contests, being held at noon and 1 pm. Prizes awarded in each age category. The Planetarium’s terrifyingly fun Laser Halloween program will be shown free at 11 am and 3 pm. Tickets will be available on first come, first serve basis at the Planetarium Box Office. NJ State Museum, 205 W. State St., Trenton, 10am-3pm, Free and Open to the Public, state.nj.us/state/museum
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Photo/Artist Credit: The view from Bowmans Tower is part of the 13-mile Autumn Trail Hike along the Delaware River beginning in Trenton and ending in Lambertville/New Hope on Sun. Oct. 27. Hosted by circuittrails.org and freewalkers.org