Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Trenton Cycling Revolution's 15th Annual Bike Tour

Trenton Cycling Revolution
May 2011

This Saturday May 21, 2011 Trenton Cycling Revolution TCR will host its 15th annual bike tour of Historic Trenton NJ.  The ride will begin and end at the Olmsted designed Cadwalader Park.  www.ellarslie.org

TCR Chair Dan Fatton and Mayor Tony Mack
at the Let's Move Press Conference to promote
healthy events in May 2011 

This is a rain or shine event so be prepared.  Children are encouraged to ride as well.  At the time of this posting over 140 riders have prepaid, share this information and let’s eclipse the 300 rider mark!

The ride will be escorted by the Trenton Police department.  The 15 mile loop will be done at a leisurely pace with ride marshals providing information about the history of the city.  David Byers of Ewing and Alex Justino of Trenton will be documenting the event with photography.

The registration will begin at 8:30am with the ride starting at 9:00am.  At the midway point there will be rest stop at Artworks with refreshments and entertainment. 

Make sure you meet us at the after ride lunch at the Trenton Social Restaurant.  www.trentonsocial.com

L to R: Dan Fatton of Trenton Cycling Revolution, Sam Frisby, Mercer County Freeholder and NJ Partnership for Healthy Kids Coordinator, Monument School Phys. Ed. Teacher Tiffany Messenger, Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, Isles Board Member, Jacque Howard, Superintendent Raymond Broach and Michelle Obama's Let's Move Representative from the USDA

2010 T-Shirt

Monday, May 9, 2011

Trenton Mural Arts Paint Day Summary

Trenton Mural Arts
Apr 2011

The mural paint day was awesome!  Big up to everyone who helped to make the day complete.  The paint by numbers idea was perfect.  Small children to older adults took part.  Several of the "350" where in attendance.

The site at the Home Rubber factory near the McDonald's on
Cass Street
will become a sort of "Welcome to Trenton".

Once again thank you to Taneshia Laird, Candice Fredericks and Phil DeRose and others who have worked long hours on this project and are dedicated to making Trenton thrive; they indeed are part of the 350!

The Trenton Mural Arts project is collaboration with Artworks, Trenton Downtown Assoc., Destination Trenton, City of Trenton and Princeton University.

Jane Golden who is the creator of the mural arts program in Philadelphia is one of the many driving forces behind the expansion into Trenton.  She is also an instructor at Princeton University.  Jane had many positive things to say, however she diverted attention from herself and put it onto the project, the artist and what the program has the ability to do.  “Students can change the world!”  Jane has a way of motivating you with very few words.
Noliwe Rooks who is the Associate Director at Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies is the other.  Noliwe who is consistently quiet about her role brings a wonderful spirit to the project, and several years of dedication to make this happen.  http://www.princeton.edu/africanamericanstudies
The artist is Philip Adams who has been with the Philadelphia Mural arts program for several years, and has led several murals.  He mentioned that he has travelled to and stayed in Trenton on several occasions over the last 7 years and is excited about the project and to be here.  Kudos to Philip!  Several of Philips projects incorporate different mediums such as stained glass, the murals are interactive.

In my first breakout session thoughts came to mind of the space being organic, something that would be a “welcome sign” to travelers coming into Trenton via 129 and the Riverline.  The site has several issues because of the proximity to the highway, from some angles the view may be obstructed by things such as safety fencing, commercial multi story billboards and the fact that the mural will be on several buildings that are different heights.   

In closing the mural will continue to evolve at the hands of the artist Philip.  I have nothing but the highest expectations about the finished project and will indeed enjoy the dedication!

Remember that this is the beginning, and you can and should be apart of the future! 
As always thank you for visiting.  Share this with friends, make some suggestions about people, places or services and I will check them out.

Remember this is only the beginning of the project, drive by and take a look and see the progress.

Landscape Arch/Photographer
David Byers &
Jacque Howard

(r) Rev. Karen Hernandez-Granzen
Westminster Presbyterian Church

Photographer James Peoples observing