Nightlife at Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton's municipal race heats up, Ntozake Shange's birthday celebration & more…

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Night Forms: Infinite Wave

Tickets are now on sale to the public for Night Forms, a unique synthesis of video projection, light and sound as a bridge between architecture, technology and storytelling at Grounds for Sculpture and we can’t wait to visit! Digital projection mapping is designed to create a dialog with sculptures in the collection, offering new perspectives and turning the act of viewing into an immersive event. Sculptures shrouded in the winter landscape become beacons to remembering a long-forgotten ritual.

Experience this rare opportunity to explore Grounds for Sculpture at night through more than a dozen site-specific works, including an illuminated tree-lined path created by Klip Collective.

This year’s exhibition will include a new route through the grounds as more than a dozen installations punctuate the dark. It will be on view from November 25, 2022, to April 2, 2023 from sunset until 11 pm. Click here for tickets.

Ntozake Shange Celebration at the Trenton Free Public Library

We're excited to learn that the Trenton Free Public Library will have a celebration in honor of world-renowned playwright and poet, Ntozake Shange for what would have been her 74th birthday on October 18th. Details are still under way, but once we find out more, we will let you know the details of the celebration. In April the Trenton Journal sat down with Shange’s brother and sister as they discussed the For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf Broadway revival, growing up in Trenton, and life with their big sister. You can read the interview in our newsletter here or watch our YouTube video here.

Let the race begin!

September 6th was the last day for would-be candidates running for office to submit their petitions with the city clerk. This will be an interesting race to say the least after four years of acrimony between the city council and the mayor's administration. We want to note that we’re non-partisan at the Trenton Journal and do not endorse any candidate. It’s important for voters to make an informed decision before they cast their ballots on November 8th. The 2018 election turnout was so low candidates won and loss by the slimmest of margins. Out of 39,731 registered voters in the city only 22% voted.

In July the Trenton Journal and the Trenton Branch NAACP hosted a meet-and-greet candidate forum to give perspective at-large council candidates an opportunity to engage with the residents of the city. We had a great turn out, and look forward to keeping you engage with more “Meet the Candidate” interviews, forums, and ways you can participate in the upcoming election. We’re interested to know if there were any surprised candidates who filed their petitions other than the previously reported 27 candidates running for the mayor’s office and city council. Stay tuned for more!

Monster Trucks at the Cure Arena

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party is coming to Trenton for the first time ever! Fans of all ages will experience the thrill of watching their favorite Hot Wheels Monster Trucks in the dark! This one-of-a-kind show will visit the CURE Insurance Arena for four epic performances! Tickets and event information are available at or at Tickets are subject to convenience and facility fees. Remember to bring your earplugs to the show!

Show times are as follows:

  • Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. / Crash Zone, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 11, 12:30 p.m. / Crash Zone, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m. / Crash Zone, 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 12, 2:30 p.m. / Crash Zone, 12 p.m.

Mercer County Trail Riding Program

The Mercer County Trail Riding Program is back and inviting you to participate in the 2022-2023 Trail Riding Season! The 45-minute guided trail ride around the Mercer Stables property is quite the experience for ages 12 and up; adults are welcome too! This is a relaxing walk-only trail ride. Previous riding experience is not necessary but riders must be able to control the horse. At the management’s discretion, riders may be on lead for the rider's safety. Weight Restrictions: 220 lbs. max weight limit, weigh-in will be required by all participants. Participants must be physically able to get on and off the horse without assistance. Boots are preferred; no open-toed shoes, ballet flats, thin sneakers (like Vans/Converse) or tight clothing. Wearing a riding helmet is required (provided by MCS). Please allow for some extra time before and after your scheduled trail ride. One adult from the same family must register with minors. Additional policies will be explained when making your reservation.

Look at local weather

Thinking about making plans for the weekend? Knowing the forecast helps when deciding to make in-door or out-door activities and choosing what to wear. Here is a look at the forecast in our area from September 9th to September 19th, click link here.

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