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Woodcutters Volunteer Day

Woodcutters Volunteer Day

Saturday, November 12, 2022

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Princeton-Blairstown Center



This annual tradition of setting up the PBC Campus for winter continues!  PBC is in a beautiful environment. Spectacular 268-acre outdoor Campus, surrounding 16-acre Bass Lake, nestled between the Appalachian Trail and the Delaware Water Gap.  Map link

This one-day volunteer event asks participants to pitch in to complete winter prep tasks and restore the property. Raking leaves, splitting or stacking wood [see yours truly above at previous Woodcutters], mulching, waterfront restoration, garden work, library cleanup, window washing, etc.

Princeton-Blairstown Center serves young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming.

In 1908, a group of Princeton University undergraduates and alumni founded the Princeton Summer Camp. They were determined to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged inner-city children by offering healthy and character-building camping experiences. In 1930, the Blairstown Campus, which eventually grew to 268 acres, was purchased. In 1973, professional staff began providing experiential education to urban youth. Princeton undergraduates continue to help staff the Center during the summer months. 

Volunteer spots are limited, and pre-registration will be required. Link to registration is  Lunch and dinner provided.  Approximately 1 ½ hours from Princeton, Exit 12 off I-80 west. Carpooling planned.  Looking for PA3 families [8-10 volunteers including children 10 and up] to join us; we’ll be there again. 

Rick Ober ’65 & Carol Ober ‘h65 

Contact info & Driving directions

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Posted by tmswift 24 days ago.


South African Wine Tasting

PA3 cordially invites you to 

Wines of South Africa

Saturday, October 8, 2022

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Via Zoom


South Africa is one of the world's top 10 wine-producing countries. High quality South African wines are often sold at very reasonable prices, so they can be much more affordable than wines from other areas of the world. Wine came to South Africa with Dutch traders in the 1600s, although the wines
didn't enter the international markets until the Mid 1990’s when the Apartheid system ended and the International trade sanction were lifted. Today, about 70 percent of the grapes grown in South Africa go to wine production. Most of South Africa's wine regions are located in the Southwestern part of the
country, known as Western Cape.

As always, our sommelier Sebastian Koncurat with lead the tasting and will enlighten us about wine production in South Africa.

We will be tasting two reds and two whites, which may be ordered from Public Wines.  The cost for the four wines is $82.  

For Zoom instructions, RSVP with affiliation by October 4 to Mo Chen ’80 at

Public Wines is able to deliver locally and to ship out of town. Please call or email wine consultant Sebastian at the shop for details: 609 924 0750 or

Cheese Pairings

STORM POINT CHENIN BLANC 2021 - W.O SWARTLAND:  Pont l'Eveque - Cow milk based cheese, soft, from Normandy, France

NEIL ELLIS WHITEHALL CHARDONNAY 2018 - ELGIN VALLEY W.O.:  Leyden. Cow milk cheese flavored with cumin, semi-firm, Pasteurized, Netherlands.

BEESLAAR, PINOTAGE TAJ 2020- SWARTLAND W.O.:  Beemster Goat. Pasteurized cheese. Firm texture. Netherlands

KLEIN CONSTANTIA ESTATE RED BLEND - COASTAL REGION:  Ewephoria. Sheep milk based cheese, hard texture. Pasteurized

You may order a cheese plate from Olsons here


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Posted by tmswift 24 days ago.


A Conversation with Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch ’80


"Princeton in the Nation's Service and the Service of Humanity":

A Conversation with Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch ’80


***Tuesday, June 21st *** @ 5:30pm ET




The Princeton Association of New York City (PANYC) and the Princeton Women's Network (PWN) of NYC are delighted to bring you this bring you this highly relevant and topical conversation.

Marie Yovanovitch '80 is the embodiment of Princeton’s informal motto, “In the Nation’s Service.” Please join Alexandra Lebenthal ’86 for a conversation with the Ambassador about her long career in public service, her moment in the spotlight during the Trump Administration, the conflict in Ukraine, and her recently published memoir, Lessons From The Edge.

Ambassador (ret.) Marie L. Yovanovitch is a Senior Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, after serving three years as the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine (2016-2019). She previously served as Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia (2008-2011) and the Kyrgyz Republic (2005-2008). From 2012-2013, Ambassador Yovanovitch was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she was responsible for policy on European and global security issues. She also served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2004-2005. She retired from the Department of State as a Career Minister in January 2020.

A graduate of Princeton University with a master’s degree from the National Defense University, Ambassador Yovanovitch received numerous Presidential and State Department awards, including the Secretary’s Diplomacy in Human Rights Award.



When: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm ET via Zoom

Register: Please register with your name, email and Princeton graduation class.

To send questions in advance:

A Zoom link will be emailed at time of registration.

Copies of Lessons From The Edge can be purchased here

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Posted by tmswift 3 months ago.


Second chance with Prof. Keith Whittington

A Discussion with Prof Keith Whittington

Monday, March 16, 2022 5pm

Registration Link

PA3 held an event with Professor Whittington last December.  If you missed it, you have a second chance via the Princeton Alumni Association of Essex and Hudson counties.  Details below.
We're thrilled to invite you and PA3 to PAAEHs's 2nd annual multi-city virtual speaker event which will feature Professor Keith Whittington.  Professor Whittington, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics, will speak on his book, Speak Freely, which was President Eisgruber’s Pre-Read selection for the Class of 2022.


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Posted by tmswift 5 months ago.


An Evening with Brett Lunger '67

An Evening with Brett Lunger '67

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Starts at 8pm EDT

Register Here


Brett Lunger '67 is one of the few Americans to have competed at the highest levels of international motorsports.  He drove in Formula One from 1975 to 1978.  In 1975 he was teammate to world champion-to-be James Hunt.  In 1976, he was one of the drivers who stopped their race to drag Niki Lauda from his burning Ferrari during the German Grand Prix.  This promises to be a fascinating look back at racing in the 70s, a period when the risks were far higher than today (12 F1 drivers were killed racing during the decade).

Registration is via the link above.  Brett asks that you provide a brief summary of any motorsports or "hot car" experience you have.  You may send these to


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Posted by tmswift 5 months ago.