Princeton WannaBe Blog
I'm not a real historian. I didn't grow up in Princeton. I don't have an Ivy League education.
I'm a total Princeton WannaBe.
Still, I gush about loving the heart of Princeton as much as I can!
okay, it's not true 75% of princeton families are down to one car but
WITH THE NEW freeB NEIGHBORHOOD SCHEDULE IT'S JUST A MATTER OF TIME UNTIL IT HAPPENS!
NOW, SIX DAYS A WEEK, EVERY HOUR, PRINCETON RESIDENTS CAN HAVE FREE SHUTTLE RIDES TO THE POOL, PRINCETON SHOPPING CENTER, PALMER SQUARE, THE LIBRARY AND MORE!
Come, to think of it, now employers can offer FREE PARKING TO THEIR EMPLOYEES IF THEY PARK AT THE PRINCETON SHOPPING CENTER AND TAKE THE SHUTTLE TO WHEREVER THEY WORK!
If this town keeps making decisions to meet the needs of its diverse citizens, I might just die from gushing!
I should add, our family has been a one car family for seven years. Between the free Tiger Transit provided by Princeton University and the zip car ride share and this new freeB schedule it's WAY easier than you think!
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Today, in 1946, French designer Louis Reard showcased a two-piece swimsuit at a Parisian swimming club and called it "the bikini,"
(The name was inspired by some of the first U.S. underwater atomic tests that occured that same week at Bikini Atoll. I KNOW! CRAZY!)
Anyhoo, did you know the first year Princeton went coeducational, June Fletcher was admitted and she had just WON Miss Bikini!
(She went on to get her Masters from Oxford and is a writer for the Wall Street Journal! I KNOW! SO COOL!)
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Audrey Hephurn fell in love with Princeton student Mel Ferrer '38 in 1944 and they married later that year. (Later, they starred in King Vidor’s War and Peace together.
How do I know Audrey adored Princeton? Because she not only stayed here, she was almost ARRESTED here!
Way back when, women could only stay in the 3rd floor of the Nassau Inn and it was usually full. Widows who wanted to make a bit of money would open up their houses and rent rooms for $10 per night! (Entreprenuerial widows would post notices on a bulletin board in the U-Store on University Street!)
During Communiversity, I MET a relative of a widow who swore to him Audrey Hepburn stayed overnight for four days in his great aunt's house on Mercer Street.
Yes, I got the exclusive story about Audrey's 1950's midnight break in on the McCarter Theatre stage where she and Mel entertained the entire Terrace Club in secret!
(According to the elderly mystery man, the widow had been married to a prominent police officer and the arresting officer was nervous to take such a famous woman to jail so he delivered the non-repentent Audrey back to her house before dawn. The great nephew claimed it was his great aunt's well known pound cake paired with her quick wit that kept Audrey from going to jail! I wish you could have seen me try to hear the details of this eager, birght eyed informant of nearly 80 years old over the noise of the large crowds at Communiversity! Just as he walked away, the dapper gentleman whispered to me what his great aunt said to keep Audrey from 3 hots and a cot:,
"Y'know officer, some say the greater sin would be to keep theater types off the stage. Goodness only knows what they would be up to without the stage"
and then with a wink of an eye, my mystery man informant was gone!
(Did you know in 1937, Mel won the Theatre Intime award for Best New Play by a Princeton undergraduate; the play was called Awhile to Work and co-starred another college student, Frances Pilchard, who would become Ferrer's first (and third) wife! TRUE!)
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YOU can get perks fit for the oldest money in Princeton if you are a donating Friend of the Princeton University Art Museum? TRUE!
20% off your first apparatus class (does not include mat classes)
Advance notice and 10% discount on special events
eli & ivy princeton girl friday
One hour free (a $50 value) toward eli & ivy princeton girl friday services. We are an on-call personal assistant/personal concierge/lifestyle management company. We can help you with errands, organization, events, and relocation. In one hour we can: help create a blueprint for organizing your home; run errands; pay your bills; or find the perfect gift. We give you the luxury of time with Ivy League style.
5% off any dinner party at Ezekiels Table, which hosts cooking class dinner parties for groups of eight at the historic 18th-century Houghton-Smith farmhouse, home of Marcia and Bruce Willsie, Class of 1986. Upon request, your party will include a tour of the house and its collection of 18th and early 19th-century American paintings and antiques.
Leo Arons at the Gilded Lion
Complimentary verbal valuations of up to 3 items. Call for an appointment (609) 924-6350.
10% discount on custom Holiday Cards
Mrs. G’s TV & Appliances
10% off Energy Star appliances (excluding UMRP brands)
Pristine Fine Dry Cleaning
10% off all dry cleaning
Rago Arts and Auction Center
$50 off an insurance valuation or appraisal report by Rago’s; a private walk-and-talk through the exhibition highlights of a Rago auction by a specialist for you and 6 to 12 of your friends (up to three walk-throughs per auction); a free print catalogue when you visit any auction preview; and a year’s free subscription to Style 1900 or Modernism Magazine, both published by David Rago. Please contact Miriam Tucker, firstname.lastname@example.org, to redeem.
Robin Resch Photography
10% off any print order
Summer Programs at Princeton Day School
10% off tuition for Summer Programs at Princeton Day School (for new families only)
Andiamo Tutti in Ristorante!
Art Museum members with at least three guests will receive a complimentary meal of equal or lesser value including appetizer and entree (limit one per table, offer valid Sunday–Thursday).
This offer is good at Eno Terra, Teresa's, and Mediterra.
Designer Jean-Ralph Thurin is offering a pair of customized Italian-made shoes with the purchase of any Gold or Platinum Bridal Package.
Free bottle of Tuscan Hills Olive Oil with a purchase over $200
Want access to the deals? Become a Friend to one of the country's leading art museums!
(The link is at the top of the post!)
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(Well, maybe not, because I still can't remember how to adjust photos in this blog ....)
Beginning April 7th, Princeton Tour Company will be starting tours INSIDE the Princeton Univeristy U-Store! I KNOW! I get to have a big 'ol sign in their Nassau Street window promoting the tours, tickets will be sold there AND the tour information will be on their website and print ads .... even at every Princeton athletic event!
What do the Landaus think about this? They love it because the U-Store agreed to stop carrying Einstein items to help distinguish their brand and promote their Einstein Museum. I KNOW!
(BTW, I'm not really God's favorite but I think merchant collaboration and teamwork like this definitely puts us in the plus column upstairs!! If you're looking to move a business to Princeton, it's a great place to count on collaboration and creativity!)
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