A waning moon marks the end of another lunar cycle as we bid farewell to Virgo this third weekend in September. In the Mt. Fuji series, this period corresponds with an image of Enoshima, a small island at the mouth of the Ketase River in Japan where the deity Bansaiten is enshrined. Originating from the Hindu goddess Saraswati, both cultures recognize her as a goddess of protection and fortune, a venerated spirit who embodies the flow of water, music, time, wisdom and eloquence. Her vows to protect any who will uphold and teach the tenets of the “Golden Light Sutra”, are highlighted in the ancient Hindu/Buddhist text, which expounds on the fundamental importance for leaders to be good examples for their kingdom in order to ward off threats. It also goes on to expound on how great things are when a kingdom has righteous governance in its corner and how when it doesn’t, things pretty much end in disaster.
Friday September 20
Movie Night at Thunder Stadium — Bee Movie: A drive-in movie experience! Visitors are also welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy outside. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Movie for the evening will be Dreamworks Bee Movie. Arm and Hammer Park, 1 Thunder Way, Trenton, 7:30-9:30 (Doors 6:30), Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events
Saturday September 21
Trenton Ciclovia Open Streets Fest: Trenton Ciclovia/Open Streets Festival is a free, city initiative that closes the streets to cars and opens them to people, promoting healthy living and safe streets in Trenton. For one day, Warren Street will become temporarily car-free for families to run, walk, skate, ride bikes, enjoy active events, and explore the city’s streets and history! Ciclovia is an opportunity to transform our streets into a public space for all of the community. Trenton Battle Monument, North Warren and North Broad Sts., Trenton, 10 am-4pm, Free and Open to the Public, facebook.com/events/trenton-battle-monument
The Colonial Tea Parties – Boston and More!: Join us to learn more about the importance of tea as the focal point for protests in the colonies. Our guest lecturer will discuss the events leading up to the Boston Tea Party and similar acts of civil disobedience that occurred throughout the colonies, including several in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We will also be having samples of the five teas that will be available for tasting. Presenter Mike Raab holds a BS in Applied Mathematics and an MBA. A lifelong amateur history buff he combines his training and knowledge of tea with that love of history. He and his wife Debbie are the founders and owners of Tea-For-All, a Trenton based marketer of Tea-based Beverages, packaged teas and related tea accessories. Both are Certified Tea Specialists by the US Tea Association. William Trent House, 15 Market St., Trenton, 1pm, $10.00 for members/ $12 for non members. Light refreshments will be served. williamtrenthouse.org
Sunday September 22
Into the Light: The Early African American Men of Colgate University Who Transformed a Nation, 1840-1930 – Reception and Book Signing with Author Diane Ciccone: Diane Ciccone details the histories of pioneering black men such as Jonas Holland Townsend, who was the first African American to attend this institution, in 1840. Henry Livingston Simpson was the first African American to graduate, in 1853, and five black college presidents came from Colgate. Ciccone herself is a Colgate pioneer — a member of the first graduating class of women, the first black woman on the Board of Trustees (1993–2000), and co-founder of the Alumni Of Color Organization. Colgate has recognized her with a Maroon Citation and the Wm. Brian Little Distinguished Service Award, and one of the Residential Commons is named for her. Ellarslie, Parkside Ave. at Cadwalader Park, Trenton, 4pm, Pay As You Wish ellarslie.org
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Photo/Artist Credit: “Walk the Labyrinth” by Bernard McMullan will provide an opportunity for meditation and contemplation at the First Annual Trenton Ciclovia Open Streets Festival on Sat. Sept. 21