Save the Date! – Join Ewing’s Green Team and Arts Commission for a Discussion about the Future of the Arts in Ewing

CREATIVEASSETSWhat Role would you like to see the Arts Play in Ewing?  | Would you like to see Ewing become an Arts Destination?

Join the EGT and the Ewing Arts Commission for an open discussion about the future of the arts in our town.  When: Thursday, August 25th from 7:00-8:30 PM, at the Ewing Community Center [ESCC], 999 Lower Ferry Road.

It’s no secret that music, theatre and the arts bring people together. There is a correlation between a strong arts participation and presence, and prosperity in a community, economically, socially and individually. Art attracts visitors which helps the local economy, people want vibrant communities that offer lifestyles of culture and recreation which attracts more residents, and the more residents brings new businesses and that brings in new investment into the community. This cycle creates growth and stability and a more sustainable heathy lifestyle for everyone.

Even before our recently published arts survey we knew that Ewing had many talented artists in a variety of fields and had venues such as the 1867 Sanctuary for musicians to perform, but can anyone say that Ewing is recognized for its Creative Assets? What are Ewing’s Creative Assets?  What sets Ewing apart from Lawrence or Trenton culturally or artistically? What do you think about an Annual Arts Festival?

Arts and culture strategies help reveal and enhance the unique identity and character of a community.  What special people, places or activities make the Ewing community distinct?  What cultural challenges does our community face? What associations/organizations/networks are regarded as most important for defining the value of our community; what are the most successful in linking people together?

This should be a public discussion with everyone who has interest in making Ewing the best place to live, work and play to participate in how to promote the arts in our town.  So, please join in for a discussion about the Arts in Ewing.

“The arts are not a frill. The arts are a response to our individuality and our nature, and help to shape our identity. What is there that can transcend deep difference and stubborn divisions? The arts. They have a wonderful universality. Art has the potential to unify. It can speak in many languages without a translator. The arts do not discriminate. The arts can lift us up.” –Former Texas Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

Date: Thursday, August 25th
Time: 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Ewing Senior and Community Center [ESCC], 999 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing.
Cost:  Free and open to the public

Light Refreshments Will Be Served

 

 

 

 

5th Annual Farm to Table Fun(d)raiser at Terhune Orchards

2016farmtotableJoin the Ewing Green Team at Terhune Orchards on Thursday, July 21st for hors d’oeuvres followed by a five course dinner prepared from local ingredients and wine pairing all set to live music. In its fifth year, The Farm to Table Fun(d)raiser will benefit the Mercer County Sustainability Coalition, a group of Mercer County Green Teams and Sustainable Organizations including the EGT! Enjoy cocktails outside at 5:00 p.m. and then head to dinner served in the big red barn at 6:30 p.m. Chefs from Eno Terra, Mediterra, Teresa’s Caffe, Terra Momo Bread Company will be preparing a five course meal entirely from fresh and local ingredients. Live music will be provided by the Ocean County Band and Gary Mount of Terhune Orchards will also provide an explanation of his delicious wine-pairing choices.

We would love to see you there! The event costs $100 per person or $150 for a couple! Register here.

The Mercer County Sustainability Coalition is an alliance of the Green Teams and sustainability organizations of Mercer County, New Jersey and the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability. Formed in 2013 to better coordinate the various green teams and sustainability organizations around Mercer County, the Coalition works to promote a regional and collaborative approach to sustainability initiatives. Environmental issues know no regional boundaries. From our air and water quality, to transportation, to trash and recycling, these issues are common to all of the municipalities within a region. It simply makes sense to promote sustainability regionally and to tackle issues together. By uniting together coalition members can become greater than the sum of their individual parts.

Members of the Coalition have collaborated on the Living Local Expo, the region’s annual “green fair”. The coalition includes: Ewing, Hopewell Valley, Trenton, Robbinsville, West Windsor, Sustainable Lawrence, Sustainable Princeton, the Mercer County Office of Economic Development and Sustainability and the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

Come Walk/Bike With Us

walkingNew! Bi-Weekly trail meet-ups  starting July 9th

The Mercer County area is filled with wonderful places to walk, bike and hike and we invite you to  join Ewing’s Green Team and Environmental Commission for a casual bike ride and/or walk bi-weekly beginning Saturday, July 9th.  Our newly formed independent walking/hiking/biking club will meet to explore local and regional trails, enjoy nature, get a little exercise (at your own pace) and just have some fun.  It is open to everyone.

Each meet-up will begin at the trail site. Then we’ll head out and use the trail together. Kids are welcome with an adult. Helmets are required for those biking the trail.  We love dogs so they are definitely welcome, on a leash.  Bring what you’ll need, such as:

  • comfortable walking shoes
  • an umbrella or light rain jacket
  • insect repellant (?)
  • bicycle
  • helmet
  • water bottle
  • dog-poop bags, etc.

Schedule

The full schedule of planned meet-ups will be published shortly.  The first expedition is scheduled for Saturday, July 9, 7:00 a.m. starting at the Brearley House, a historic Georgian brick house built in 1761 in Lawrenceville.  We will walk north on the canal.

Directions

Take I95 to exit 8 for Princeton Pike Rd. north, go about a quarter-mile and take a right turn onto Meadow Rd. and go about an eighth of a mile to the end to Brearley House.

The second event is planned for July 23 at 7:30 a.m. at Baldpate Mountain. We will meet at the parking lot off Pleasant Valley Rd. entrance and then enjoy a moderate hike.  Baldpate is the highest point in Mercer and affords an excellent view of the river and the City of Trenton.

Directions

Take Rte. 31 North from Ewing (abt. 2 miles from I95- Rte. 31 interchange).  Then make a left turn onto Pennington Harbourton Road (approximately three miles).  Continue on to Pleasant Valley Road for about 1.2 mi.

Use your best judgment in case of inclement weather. Summer events will begin at 7:30 a.m. to avoid the heat. *Note: Once the cooler fall weather begins we’ll look into switching the time frame to a slightly later start time, depending on interest.

Local Business Holds Shred Day for Clients

shredding 2016 1Recognizing Sustainable Business Initiatives

The EGT encourages local businesses to think greener and be greener.  Special kudos go to Garry Keel, owner of Money Management Associates, LLC, a Ewing business that specializes in tax preparation and financial management, who recently thought outside the box and held his own paper shredding event for his clients.   Garry encouraged his customers to drop off their sensitive documents and hired AutoShred, a Toms River paper shredding company, to shred on-site.  He reported: “We shredded 5 large bins of stuff.  10 clients dropped off stuff as well as my own stuff.  Very successful event and something that we will do again next spring. “

Document shredding (and subsequent recycling at paper mills) is an excellent way to contribute to waste stream reduction. It reduces the need for landfilling and incineration; prevents pollution caused by the manufacturing of products from virgin materials; decreases emissions of greenhouse gases that contribute to global climate change; and conserves natural resources. According to the E.P.A. one ton of paper using recycled fiber saves 17 trees, 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space, 350 gallons of water and 100 gallons of gasoline.

We invite other Ewing businesses to share their green business practices with us.

Ewing Green Business Recognition Program

If your business has implemented changes that embrace greener, more sustainable policies and practices, we want to hear about it.   Take our green business assessment and become recognized as a Ewing Green Business.   Your business may already be greener than you think. Go through our checklist and discover where you stand in your quest to become a sustainable business. Recycling/waste reduction, energy and water conservation, green landscaping and transportation, and purchasing local, as well as recycled, are all elements that lead to a sustainable business.

For more information contact Evan Crumiller at 609-468-0462 or email us at ewinggreenteam@gmail.com.

2016 Garden Tour

Saturday, June 11th was a beautiful day for a tour of some of Ewing’s noteworthy gardens.  We hope that all of you who attended enjoyed it. We would love your comments. What did you enjoy most about our tour? What did you learn? What will you do as a result of our tour? Will you go home and plant more and display your garden next year? We want to know!

Norway Maple – EEC Plant of the Month (Not!)

norwaymapleleafby Ann Farnham, LLA

Norway maple, Acer platanoides

No! Don’t plant this!

This maple tree is seen almost everywhere in the United States north of Hardiness Zone 7 and west to Minnesota. Native to Europe, it has thrived in the U.S.A. since it was introduced in the 18th century to Philadelphia by John Bartram, an early American botanist and horticulturist.

Acer platanoides adapts to extremes in soil (acid or alkaline, clay, sand), compaction, hot and dry weather, air pollution, and either full sun to part shade. As a result, its toughness has contributed to over-use as a street tree (especially after the Elm tree die-out), lawn specimen, and park tree. It has become invasive, crowding out native plants in our woodlands and forests because of its heavy seed crop and high germination rate, and site adaptability. Pests and diseases (Powdery mildew, Verticillium wilt, Anthracnose, Leaf scorch,) have not diminished its spread but the recent arrival of the Asian long-horned beetle may change that for the Norway maple as well as for all the native maples.

Why not?…

Why has the Norway maple fallen out of favor?

  1. It crowds out our native plants, about which we have become more appreciative and knowledgeable.
  2. It is very shallow-rooted, starving other plants of moisture and sunlight, so nothing can grow under its wide canopy (especially lawn grass and most ground covers); the roots also heave sidewalks and streets.
  3. It is fast growing and thereby brittle, causing extensive damage from breakage. Norway maple has been banned in New Hampshire, Maine, and New York.

This Maple is easily confused with our native Sugar Maple, Acer saccharum. They both have opposite, simple, 3 to 5 lobed, dark green, pointed leaves, but the Norway maple leaves are slightly larger, 4 to 7” across as opposed to the 3 to 6” Sugar Maple leaves. The Norway maple has a milky sap which can be extracted from its petioles (the leaf stalk) whereas the Sugar Maple sap is clear. The seeds in both species, samaras, are flattened, two-winged, and differ considerably as can be seen in the photographs.

Norway maple will occasionally reach 90’ in height although 40-50’ high is the average, with a spread 2/3 or equal to the height. It casts very deep shade. The fall foliage is usually yellow and the tree holds its leaves longer than other maples do. The wood is yellowish-white to pale red, and has been used for furniture making although the wood is reportedly not durable.

There are dozens of varieties of Norway maple which include a range of growth habits and leaf color, such as that of ‘Crimson King’ and ‘Dissectum’, which will doubtless continue to make this tree popular. Work is ongoing to develop sterile varieties.

To learn more about invasive plants, go to nps.gov/plants/alien and www.maipic.org

The Ewing Environmental Commission welcomes suggestions for the Plant of the Month from all Ewing residents.

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