Past Events @ ASC

Animal Pageant 2018

For the 15th consecutive year, the animals helped us celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve at 4:00 p.m.  Von Thun Farms’ miniature donkey Dazzle brought the holy couple to Bethlehem and some of her stable mates, a sheep and two goats, joined her at the altar to receive, along with the shepherds keeping watch over them, the Good News from the angels.  The youth choir sang two pieces, The Friendly Beasts, a French carol, and In the Bleak Midwinter, Christina Rossetti’s lovely poem set to music.

The Misses Haases, Adelaide, Olivia and Julianna were majestic, regal and serene as Wise Women, coming to a Herod (Roland Patterson) both menacing and comic to ask where to find the Baby.  Kelechi Anyanwu did an excellent job as sturdy dependable Joseph.  We had large angels this year (Sarah Patterson, Muna Anyanwu and Anneka Anderson) and small shepherds who handled the jostling of excited goats and sheep with calm and efficiency.  They were Tommy Bond, Carl and Soren Furmanski, Uchemma Anyanwu and Noelle Rambow, the two latter of whom were dwarfed by the unruly sheep but who were unruffled by the pushing and shoving.  Kudos to them both for their courage!

Special mention goes to our three principals who helped to carry the story, and invest it with much of its warmth this year.  Ingrid Anderson was a small, smiling, spritely Mary who brought grace and charm to the role.  Her smiling presence personified happiness and joy, which very much affected the character of the production.  She created a happy, upbeat, gay atmosphere which lifted the audience into the spirit of the story: Good News of great joy to ALL people. Thank you, Ingrid!

Madeleine Rambow as Elizabeth was magnificent.  It can be hard to play Elizabeth and keep the action alive through the long reading describing Elizabeth’s reaction to Mary’s visit.  Madeleine did an excellent job with both face and body, her gestures made us believe that she was astounded by Mary’s visit and greatly moved, but not overwhelmed, for at the end of the reading she flung her arm around Mary’s shoulders. This touching gesture helped us to see the affectionate relationship between the cousins and made us like them and invest in the story. Her Elizabeth was expressive, warm and relational.  Well done, Madeleine!

Ellie Furmanski inhabited the role of Gabriel, appearing three times to address first Mary, then Joseph, then the shepherds.  Ellie’s Gabriel was elegant, austere and fierce – a determined messenger demanding attention:  Look!  I bring you tidings of Great Joy!  Ellie’s slender figure and terrifying demeanor gave weight to the drama and lifted it away from any hint of cuteness.  Ellie’s posture seemed to convey:  This is joyful news I bring, but serious news, too!  Heed me!  A superb job in a difficult role, Ellie!

The candles lit the back wall and the windows; the readers all read with feeling.  The players committed to their roles, the sheep sang with the choir and the goat pooped to the delight of the youngest there.  A good time was had by all!

Christmas Services 2018

Crisis Workshop

  Combating the Opioid Crisis:  What the Church Can Do!

         A Workshop Sponsored by

        The Recovery Commission of the Diocese of New Jersey

    Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:30AM till 2:00 PM (lunch provided; workshop free of charge)

                         All Saint’s Episcopal Church, Princeton, New Jersey

                        16 All Saint’s Road, Princeton, New Jersey 08540, 609-921-2420

                                   Directions on Web Site:

 To register:  E-mail: or call 609-921-2420

More than 2 Million Americans are abusing Opioid prescription pain medication such as Oxycodine; and Opioid streets drugs such as Heroin and Fentanyl.  So far in 2018, the Center for Disease Control has tracked 115 opioid overdose deaths per day in the United States!  In 2016 there were 63,000 opioid overdose deaths in our nation.  This crisis touches so many!

This workshop will explore the history and some of the causes of the current “Opioid Crisis.”  It will also examine issues of race and culture beneath the designation of the Opioid Crisis as an American social problem.  The workshop will explore ways our religious congregations can respond to Opioid addiction, facilitate awareness, help to break stigma, foster appropriate intervention, and support families with loved ones living with addiction.

Women’s Advent Retreat

Please join the women of All Saints’ Church to welcome the light the advent women’s retreat
“O Glorious Light”…..prologue to John’s Gospel
Saturday, December 1st
9:30 at the Rectory
Call the church office or email Emily Skilling at

Rectory Open House, December 16th, 2018

Last Sunday, December 16th, the Revs Hugh & Elly Brown hosted the annual Rectory Open House at their home, following the service of Lessons & Carols. They had 12 different Christmas trees beautifully decorated! Thanks to Reed Wilson for the photos!

Pergola Project, November 11th, 2018

The Outreach Ministry of All Saints’ Church invited all parishioners to participate in the final phase of the Building Project of the new Pergola and Meditation Area at the HomeFront Family Shelter in Ewing, NJ; this was the construction of a pathway to the Pergola, along with some landscaping of the area.  All were welcome to join us!  Even for spiritual support; work included projects that were done regardless of experience.  We are thankful for those who joined us as we completed this offering of service, love and justice to HomeFront, a non-profit is a powerful force in support of homeless persons and families, including at risk-children, in Mercer Co.

Annual Chili Cook-off!

Blessing of the Animals, October 7th, 2018

The people of All Saints’ Parish had our Annual “Blessing of the Animals” on Sunday, October 7th, following the 10:15 AM service in the front lawn of the parish grounds; our parish tradition is to bless our animal friends on the Sunday following the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4, Thursday this year); so we included special prayers in observance of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi on October 7th Sunday as well.  All parishioners were invited to bring pets for blessing; “pet care” was provided during the service by our parish youth and children; all pets were welcome for the service as well!

Celebration of Fr. Gordon Graham’s Ministry at All Saints’

Our good friend and colleague, Father Gordon Graham, Ph.D. retired from Princeton Theological Seminary this summer.  He and his family moved home to Scotland, and he completed his six-years of faithful service to All Saints’.

From celebrating and preaching on numerous Sunday mornings, to organizing our splendid series of Adult Forums, providing pastoral care, and so much more, Father Graham has contributed so much to the life of our parish. And he has done all this, and more, as a volunteer, never asking for or receiving any remuneration for the countless hours he has so generously given to our parish family.

We honored Father Graham on June 24th at the 10:15 AM service with special music by the Choir of All Saints’ Church and had a reception immediately following.

Adult Forum: Scripture, Tradition, and Reason: The Foundations of Belief and Practice in the Episcopal Church

Adult Forum @ ASC

Music @ All Saints’: CUSP presents etymology: sound becomes speech becomes song

Alexandra Porter, soprano
Presented by Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project
Friday, May 11 at 7:30pm
All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 16 All Saints‘ Rd Princeton, NJ 08540
The program included works by Erin Gee, Georges Aperghis, Luciano Berio, Dave Reminick, Joni Mitchell, and a world premiere by Princeton University student Shruthi Rajasekar

Contemporary Worship Service: An Evening of Hope

On April 8th from 4pm-5pm members of the community and congregation attended a contemporary worship night following our Lenten journey. Musical worship was led by seminarian musicians and facilitated by seminarian intern, Emilee Snyder. The evening moved us through our Christian journey of death and resurrection — and hope — and provided space for meditation, reflection, and meaningful worship.

Table-Talk and Transformation: Bread-Baking and Eucharist as Reconsiliatory Practice

Leaders: Jennifer Lewis, Matthew Neumann, and Andy Clack

Want to dig deeper into the relationship between our reconciliation to God and the call to love and reconcile with our neighbors? Longing to participate in the Eucharistic celebration in a meaningful way? Simply want a chance to bake bread, be with new and old friends, and bridge the challenging topics of justice, truth, repentance and the forgiveness that brings peace?

Saturday, April 7th, 2018 from 3-4:30PM members of the congregation for an afternoon of bread-baking and encouraging conversation around these most important moments in the Christian life: celebration of the Eucharist and compassionate love for neighbor. The event was a continuation of our Lenten series “From Reconciled to Reconciling” post-Easter (Christianity’s key reconciling event), with an opportunity to think about how the “core” practices of reconciliation come alive in the Eucharist. The afternoon included some time for fellowship, bread-baking, and break-out conversations around Eucharistic celebration and reconciliatory practices.

Adult Forum: From Reconciled to Reconciling

From Reconciled to Reconciling: An Invitation to a Holy Lent

Reconciliation between God and a sinful humanity is at the heart of the Gospel. It is the experience of this reconciliation that underwrites the mission of the Church in the world – to be an agent of reconciliation between those who are separated by conflict, color, class or creed. This series of forums, led by our teaching ministry seminarians, will explore key aspects of the work of reconciliation with case studies of real examples.

Adult Forum @ ASC Lent 2018

Youth Outreach Challenge to Adults: Make 100 lunches for TASK on Palm Sunday

The Youth of All Saints’ Church challenged the adults of the parish to join them on Palm Sunday, March 25th after service to make lunches for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen.  The challenge to the adults was to make 2 lunches for every lunch the youth prepare.  35 parishioners came out to put together 180 lunches and TASK was very glad to get them.

Holy Week at All Saints’

Holy Week Calendar @ ASC

Lenten Soup Lunches & Talks: Tongued with Fire

Lenten Lunches & Talks @ ASC 2018

Music @ All Saints’: La Fiocco presents Vivaldi & Company

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Kinnara Ensemble present Meditations

Kinnara Ensemble @ ASC

Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project presents APPARITION

Ash Wednesday Services

All Saints’ Ash Wednesday services, which included Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes, were on Wednesday, February 14th at 12PM and 7:30PM. We also offered “Ashes to Go” at Hines Plaza at the Princeton Public Library from 9AM to 2PM.

Arm In Arm Valentines for Food Drive

Arm In Arm Valentine's Drive 2018

Adult Forum: The Many Faces of Christ

The Many Face of Christ 2018

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Breakfast Supper

ASC celebrated Shrove Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, Tuesday evening, February 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the South reception room.  All proceeds go towards funding future youth mission trips for the youth of the parish.

50 lunches prepared for and delivered to TASK

On Sunday, January 15th, 11 young people together with their parents prepared 50 bag lunches for Trenton Area Soup Kitchen!  On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Anneka and Ingrid Anderson and I delivered the bags, and earned ourselves a behind-the-scenes tour of this amazing ministry.  We plan to do this again on Palm Sunday, March 25th, and include the parish. The goal will be to prepare 150 bag lunches for people at TASK whose needs grow towards the end of each month as support checks run out.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to all youth and families who participated in our bag lunch making.  Blessings on you for doing a wonderful thing for God’s people in need.

In faith – Pastor Maddy

Griggs Farm Fire Relief Fund

We offer our gratitude and thanksgiving for all who contributed, this past Sunday, January 21– to Princeton Community Housing for Assistance for the “Griggs Farm Fire Relief Fund”–to assist residents of Griggs Farm, one of the housing communities of Princeton Community Housing which was devastated by fire just before Christmas.

The offering will go to help with many needs as a result of this fire–temporary housing for displaced residents, gifts of food, clothing and other necessities for the residents, and funds to help with rebuilding.

With last Sunday’s special collection;  between checks made directly to Princeton Community and our Plate offering–we raised in one Sunday–over 1,000!
This was sent to Princeton Community Housing this week with our prayers and love in Christ.

Please consider gifts to Princeton Community Housing for this relief effort!  The need continues;  Please make checks out to All Saint’s Church marked, “Princeton Community Housing Relief Fund” or directly to Princeton Community Housing (we will see your gifts getst to PHS); you can also give online at

Princeton Community Housing operates Affordable Housing Communities in the Princeton and Mercer Co areas for thousands of residents and is our primary local advocacy non-profit for affordable housing.

They do amazing and life-giving work.

Thank you for your gracious support of this fine organization.

Princeton Boy Choir Presents “United in Song Concert Series”


Adult Forum: Reflecting on the Advent Antiphons

Adult Forum Advent Reflecting on Advent Antiphons 2017

Lessons & Carols

Our Annual Lessons & Carols Service will take place next Sunday, December 17th, at 10:15AM. This is a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas season. Please join us in worship.

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Rectory Holiday Reception

Following the Lessons & Carols service on Sunday, December 17th, there will be a reception at the All Saints’ Rectory. The Revs. Hugh Brown and Elly Sparks Brown invite all parishioners for a Christmas Coffee Hour to usher in the holiday season!

Christmas at All Saints’


Come Celebrate Christmas with Us!

Christmas Eve
4 PM   Christmas Pageant with Live Animals!
Carols and Holy Eucharist
Children of all ages welcome!

9 PM Festival Eucharist
Choral Prelude begins 8:30 PM
Christmas carols and candlelight
with the Choir of All Saints’ Church

Christmas Day 
10:15 AM Holy Eucharist with Carols

16th Annual Womanspace Communities of Light

CommunitiesofLightlogo-285x300All Saints’ is proud to be a supporter of, and to have participated in, Womanspace’s 16th Annual Communities of Light on December 4th, 2017. All Saints’ purchased Luminary kits to sell to parishioners and held their own lighting, with prayers from The Rev. Maddy Patterson, Director of Children & Youth, on December 4th at 4:30PM on the church sidewalk. We were happy to support and pray for all men, women, and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in our community!


During the winter solstice in December, Communities of Light™ (COL) candles line the streets of central New Jersey – a powerful symbol of hope for men, women and children impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in our community. Communities of Light raises awareness of the services available to help those victims in Mercer County. The candles come from luminary kits which help spread our important message that Peace Begins at Home.

For more photos, click HERE!

For The Rev. Maddy Patterson’s prayers offered at the lighting, click HERE!

Women’s Advent Quiet Morning 2017  

The Art of Astonishment: Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary 
Saturday, December 2, 2017
9 am to 12 pm @ the Rectory

Laundry and Bills. Dirty dishes and Doctor’s appointments. Acts of terror and tragic violence. In a world full of anxiety and lives full of activity, it is easy to miss the God who meets us in the mundane moments of life. Advent, as a season of “awaiting”, reacquaints us with the astonishing: both the astonishing truth of God become flesh and the astonishing truth that our fleshy world is the tabernacle of God. As you approach this Advent, do you remember what feels like to be astonished, to be awed with wonder at the world?

The Women of All Saints thought about this question during their annual Advent Quiet MorningSaturday, December 2nd, from 9 am-12 pm, and learned the “art of astonishment”, awoken again to the mystery and majesty manifest in ordinary life!

Adult Forum: The Church at Work in the World

Adult Forum @ ASC: The Church at Work in the World

Annual Arm In Arm Food Ingathering

ASC’s Annual Arm In Arm Food Ingathering was this past Sunday, November 19th. We collected non-perishable food for Arm In Arm, formerly known as Crisis Ministry, to provide food to those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.Thank you to all those who contributed!

HomeFront Pergola Project

All Saints’ Saturday, November 4th, All Saints’ participated in building a Pergola on the new location of HomeFront in Ewing, NJ. The parish for our 50thAnniversary Project in 2010, built a Pergola and Meditation Garden area at the HomeFront Family Shelter. The HomeFront Family Shelter moved to another location and invited us to build a new Pergola with Garden landscaping at their new Family Shelter location. It was a fantastic day full of outreach and fellowship. A huge thank you to our Outreach Chair, Stephen Hegarty, our Project Manager, Eddie Brady, and our on site project manager, Roland Patterson, for all the time and talents they gave to this project.

 For more photos, click HERE!

Annual Parish Meeting & Chili Cook Off

Sunday, November 5th, All Saints’ held their annual Parish Meeting, followed by our Chili Cook Off! Thank you to all who contributed chilis, salads, bread and toppings! It was a lovely day full of good food and good fellowship!

CUSP Presents “Ariadne – Stabat Mater”

Arm In Arm Sock Drive

Since December, Arm In Arm outreach workers Luis and Kevin have been meeting homeless neighbors in Trenton to connect them with resources and help them find stable housing. Their ultimate goal is to help these neighbors get off the streets and into safe homes, but they also seek to meet their needs where they are now. One of those needs? Socks. All Saints’ aided in this effort by collecting socks to support Arm In Arm’s ongoing street outreach activities.

Arm In Arm Sock Drive @ ASC

The Rector’s 10th Anniversary: Love Bade Me Welcome

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Celebrating the Sacred Arts

This past Saturday, September 23rd, All Saints’ celebrated the Sacred Arts with a day full of the following events:

  • Reflections on the recently completed art work in the Sanctuary with the Artist Makoto Fujimura
  • Script readings of 2 plays from local writers
  • Book Launch – Philosophy, Art and Religion by Gordon Graham
  • A Service of Music and Movement
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ASC Parishioner and internationally acclaimed artist, Mako Fujimura, with ASC parishioner, Peter Travers, after his presentation on the ASC Sanctuary art!

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ASC Parishioner and Playwright, Colin Hill, and his wife, Maggie, before the dramatic reading of his most recent play “Fall from the Sky”

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ASC Priest Associate and Author, Gordon Graham, preparing for his presentation on his newly published book Philosophy, Art, and Religion: understanding faith and creativity

One set of Sanctuary paintings by ASC parishioner, Mako Fujimura.

CUSP Presents: LOVE (LOSS)

LOVE (LOSS) – Calliope’s Call
Megan Roth, mezzo soprano
Clare Longendyke, piano

Saturday, September 9 at 7:30pm
All Saints’ Episcopal Church | 16 All Saints’ Rd, Princeton NJ

Calliope’s Call is an arts organization based in New England which is dedicated to creating exciting and diverse performances of art song for the cultural enrichment of our community and beyond. Calliope was the Greek goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, and her name means “beautiful-voiced.”

Program included:

  • Wasting the Night by Scott Wheeler – Young lovers with a cool detachment to love, sharing the little they have with a stranger
  • Brutal Arithmetic by Delvyn Case – A song cycle about loss and abandonment, death and the inevitability of life, the issues of poverty
  • One Life Stand by Cheryl Frances-Hoad – A modern take on Schumann’s Frauenliebe und -leben

Parish Picnic

Sunday, September 10th, All Saints’ kicked off the new program year our annual Parish Picnic, organized by the ASC Men’s Group. It was a beautiful afternoon filled with fellowship and great food!

Parish Picnic @ ASC

Kinnara Ensemble presents “Reformation”

Kicking off their tenth anniversary season, one of the nation’s premier professional chamber choirs, Kinnara Ensemble, presented “Reformation” on Sunday, September 10th at 4PM in the sanctuary of All Saints’ Church, Princeton. Marking the quincentennial of Martin Luther’s thetical revolution against corrupt Catholic practices, Kinnara Ensemble performed works from a rich legacy of music, spanning centuries and styles including pieces by Luther, Franck, Tallis, Bach, Brahms, Distler, and more. Following the concert, audience members joined Kinnara Ensemble for a special reception to celebrate the ensemble’s tenth anniversary season. They enjoyed champagne with our artists, and received a copy of Kinnara’s first commerically-recorded album, Provenance.

Kinnara Ensemble @ASC

Adult Forum: The Diocese of New Jersey: its work and witness

Adult Forum Easter @ ASC

Confirmations & Receptions on Pentecost

Sunday, June 4th, we welcome The Rt. Revd. George E. Councell, 11th Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey, who confirmed and received 13 candidates into the All Saints’ Community. Thank you to all who came to support the candidates and celebrate with them.

Congratulations to all our candidates for reception and confirmation:

Kelechi Anyanwu
Michael Austin Brown
James Colagiuri
Thomas Colagiuri
Alexandra Cummings
Richard Cummings
Faith Falkowitz
Janice Elaine Moore Kisthardt
James Nevin Kisthardt
Edward Lowe
Hillary Pearson
Emily Rambow
George Rambow

Viaggio: A Transatlantic Love Affair

Last Sunday School Sunday

Sunday, May 28th, we celebrated the last Sunday for Sunday School this academic year. During the service, the Sunday School students participated by reading Lessons, taking up the offering, handing out bulletins, providing music, and giving the sermon in “skit” form.

Childcare will still be available throughout the summer, thanks to Ursula Beesley!

Sundae Sunday

Sundae Sunday @ ASC 52817Following the 10:15AM service on Sunday, May 28th, All Saints’ held its annual Fellowship “Sundae” Sunday! Thanks to all the volunteers who scooped Thomas Sweet Ice Cream and helped with the toppings! It was a lovely day!

Communiversity 2017

All Saints’ once again participated in Communiversity Artsfest in downtown Princeton on Sunday, April 30th, from 1-6PM, to get the word out to our community about All Saints’ Church.

ASC @ Communiversity 2017

Parishioner, Happiness Akaniro, offered her artistic talents in face painting!

ASC @ Communiversity 2017

Parishioner, Scott Ricketts, and his band mates providing wonderful jazz standards for all to dance to!

ASC @ Communiversity 2017

Parishioners, Colin Hill and Jim Barringer, setting up the ASC booth!

Music @ All Saints’: CUSP presents Resilience + Unity

All Saints’ was thrilled to welcome back the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project for their concert entitled “Resilience + Unity: New Works for Two Sopranos and Oboe”, Saturday, April 29th, at 7:30PM.

Music @ All Saitns': CUSP presents Resilence + Unity

Adult Forum Lent 2017: The Sacred Arts

Sacred Arts 2017 @ ASC

Lenten Women’s Retreat: In the Palm of God’s Hands

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In the Palm of God’s Hands

A pre-Holy Week morning retreat for the women of the church

Taking the theme from the prophet Isaiah, we will engage Scripture, Art, Poetry, Music, Prayer and Being Together to explore what it means in a time of uncertainty, to be held in God’s hands.

Leaders: The Rev. Elly Sparks Brown & The Rev. Joy Kulvicki

Saturday, April 8th 9-12:30 at the Rectory (8 All Saints’ Road)

Music @ All Saints’: CUSP presents sTem

  Music @ ASC: CUSP
 All Saints’ is thrilled to welcome back the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP), presenting New York City based ensemble sTem, on Saturday, April 8th.
Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP) is Princeton’s newest concert series dedicated to the elevation of modern art song composition. In the third concert of their second season, CUSP is thrilled to present New York City based ensemble sTem . sTem will present a diverse program focusing on personal struggle and spiritual ascension through Ned Rorem’s Ariel and settings of Rilke by Rex Isenberg. The program will also feature the world premiere of Naughty Boy by Frédéric Lacroix.
Hailed as interpreting with “profundity and power” (RuideroXXI, Mexico City), sTem features clarinetist Eric Christian Umble, soprano Meagan Amelia Brus, and pianist Silvie Cheng. Formed in 2013 at Manhattan School of Music, sTem has performed numerous concerts throughout the United States and abroad, including in their native New York City at Spectrum, the Actor’s Temple, the Firehouse Space, the DiMenna Center, and the LGBT Center. Their programs connect with audiences through dramatic and riveting performances.
sTem is dedicated to sharing their passion for music and facilitating cultural dialogue through education. sTem was presented in November 2014 by the National Clarinet Conference in Mexico City, Mexico where they performed a recital in Xochipilli Hall and conducted masterclasses at Escuela Nacional de Música and Escuela Superior de Música. sTem has also presented masterclasses and workshops at Millersville University.
sTem focuses on expanding the repertoire by re-imagining existing works and commissioning new ones through collaborations. sTem has commissioned settings of Rainer Maria Rilke by American composer Rex Isenberg which have been performed in Prague, Mexico City, and across North America. Their 2016 season includes residencies at Cornell University and the Avaloch Farm Institute, as well as performances in New York City, Princeton NJ, and Pennsylvania.
Featured Ensemble: sTem on Saturday, April 8 at 7:30pm
ARTISTS: sTem | Meagan Amelia Brus, soprano; Eric Christian Umble, clarinet; Silvie Cheng, piano
VENUE: All Saints’ Episcopal Church | 16 All Saints’ Rd, Princeton NJ 08540
TICKETS: $20 adults, $10 students; available at the door
The Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project creates a platform for modern classical compositions for the voice by supporting both emerging and established performers, composers, and visionaries in the world of contemporary music. Audiences will become familiar with the music of our time – the music being composed and performed all around them, previously unheard and unseen. Young performers are given the chance to create something new through unique programming. Composers can work closely with artists to bring their work to life.
To learn more about CUSP, click HERE!

Music @ All Saints’: The Houghton College Choir presents We Give Thanks

The Music Program at All Saints’ is very excited to be hosting the College Choir of Houghton College, NY, as part of their tour of the East Coast.  In between tour stops at major venues in New York and Philadelphia, they’ll be offering a concert here at All Saints’ at 7:30 PM on Monday, April 10 – that’s the Monday following Palm Sunday.  The Houghton College Choir is an excellent and exciting ensemble, and they have a high concentration of alumni in the area, so this is a great opportunity for All Saints’ to bring many new people into our sanctuary, just as folks are considering their Holy Week/Easter worship plans.  We’re equally pleased to be able to continue to offer first-rate musical events such as this to our own worshiping community.

We invite you to join us for this free concert and an evening of fun. Bring a friend!


Lenten Soup Lunches & Talks: Artefacts of Faith

Lenten Lunches & Talks 2017 Artefacts of Faith

Music @ All Saints’: Kinnara Ensemble presents Provenance

Music @ ASC: Kinnara Ensemble

Nia @ All Saints’

Kinnara Ensemble members are not only fantastic singers, but have many other talents, just like alto, Sarah Nickerson. Sarah offered pop-up Nia classes, a non-impact, barefoot fitness practice combining dance, the martial arts, and the healing arts, right here at All Saints. A huge thank you to Sarah, and we hope you will join us next time!

Nia @ All Saints'

Music @ All Saints’: Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project presents Composer Portrait: Juliana Hall

Music @ ASC: CUSP

All Saints’ was thrilled to welcome back the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP), presenting a Composer Portrait of Juliana Hall, on Saturday, March 25th.

Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP) is Princeton’s newest concert series dedicated to the elevation of modern art song composition. In the second concert of their second season, CUSP focused on the music of contemporary composer Juliana Hall. Three different singer and piano duos presented three song cycles: selections from The Poet’s Calendar, Night Dances, and the world premiere of The Bells – a longform art song setting the final poem by Edgar Allen Poe. It was an exciting exploration of the human voice and expression through the poetry of Poe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Brontë, Emily Dickinson, and Edna St Vincent Millay.

American art song composer Juliana Hall has composed over 50 song cycles and works of vocal chamber music, which have been described as “brilliant” (Joseph McLellan, The Washington Post) and “the most genuinely moving music of the afternoon” (Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe), and her songs have been regarded as “legitimate modern heirs to the great tradition of German lieder” (Philip Greene, New Haven Register). Juliana Hall began her musical career as a pianist, studying with Boris Berman, Jeanne Kirstein, Seymour Lipkin, and Lee Luvisi. She became a composition major at the Yale School of Music, where she earned her Master’s degree in Composition studying with Martin Bresnick, Leon Kirchner, and Frederic Rzewski, and she completed her formal composition studies with composer Dominick Argento in Minneapolis. In 1989 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition.


The Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project creates a platform for modern classical compositions for the voice by supporting both emerging and established performers, composers, and visionaries in the world of contemporary music.  Audiences will become familiar with the music of our time – the music being composed and performed all around them, previously unheard and unseen. Young performers are given the chance to create something new through unique programming. Composers can work closely with artists to bring their work to life.

To learn more about CUSP, click HERE!

Adult Forum January-February: Christian Faith: Scripture, Doctrine, Practice

Adult Forum @ ASC Winter 2017

Christmas Eve Pageant with Live Animals – December 24, 2016

Thank you to all who participated in our Annual Christmas Eve Pageant with Live Animals! It was a huge success and a great way to usher in holidays! A HUGE thank you to Maddy Patterson and the Patterson Family for their talents in organizing the players, costumes, props, decorations, and so much more!

For more photos, click HERE!

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ASC Parishioner, Mary Travers, plays Elizabeth!

Christmas Eve Pageant 16 @ ASC

ASC Rector, Fr. Hugh, with the three kings and some wonderful Sunday School shepherds!

Christmas Eve Pageant 16 @ ASC

Thanks to Von Thum Farms for our live animals!

Christmas Eve Pageant 16 @ ASC

Sunday School students, Faith Falkowitz and Kelechi Anyanwu, playing Mary and Joseph.

Lessons & Carols – December 18, 2016

lessons_7336cOur Annual Lessons & Carols Service took place Sunday, December 18th, at 10:15AM. In addition to wonderful music and lessons to usher in the holiday season, our Sunday School students serenaded parishioners as they arrived for the service with Christmas carols at the entrance of the church. Thank you to our wonderful choir, Organist and Music Director, Tom Colao, Director of Children and Youth, Hillary Pearson, and the lovely students from our Sunday school for their talents used towards the worship of our Lord on this day!

Adult Forum November-December: Christian Identity

Adult Forum @ ASC Advent 2016

Holiday Cookie Decorating for HomeFront

cookiesThe Annual Holiday Cookie Decorating for HomeFront took place Sunday, December 11th, following the 10:15AM service. Many Sunday School Children and their parents joined us for decorating over 100 Christmas cookies for the children of HomeFront. Thanks to all who provided cookies to be decorated and joined us for this Holiday event!

Book Signing with Mako Fujimura – Silence and Beauty

All Saints’ parishioner Mako Fujimura inscribed copies of his most recent book Silence and Beauty in the breezeway after the service on Sunday, December 11th.

In Silence and Beauty, Mako reflects on his pilgrimage along the tangled path of Christian faith and his calling as an artist, while grappling with the reality of pain and the beauty of his own cultural heritage.  He considers these experiences in light of the renowned novel Silence, published in 1966 by Shusaku Endo.  One of the great literary works of the 20th century, Silence chronicles the persecution of Christians in 17th century Japan, and challenges the appearance of God’s silence at moments of human suffering.  Silence is the subject of a motion picture by Martin Scorcese to be released at the end of December, on which Mako was an advisor and of which his book is a companion.

Christmas Knitting Sale & Festive Tea: December 4, 2016


The Knitting Sale was a great success, especially with Joy’s Festive Tea and the carol singers.   $2300.00 will be donated to Arm – in – Arm ( The Crisis Ministry).  This is a record and we thank everyone who made the sale such a success, especially Fr. Hugh who has been so enthusiastic and supportive of this event ever since he came to the parish and especially this year!  Any left-over toys, sweaters, mitts, hats, etc were given to Homefront.

Arm In Arm Ingathering: November 20th, 2016

The Annual Arm in Arm (formerly known as Crisis Ministry) Food Ingathering took place next Sunday, November 20th, the Feast of Christ the King. We collected non-perishable food for Arm In Arm, formerly known as Crisis Ministry, to provide food to those in need for the Thanksgiving holiday. Thank you to all who donated and made a difference in someone’s life this Thanksgiving!

Arm In Arm Ingathering @ ASC

Adult Forum September-November: Know Your Story

Adult Forum @ ASC Fall 2016

Annual Chili Cook Off & Luncheon

chili-cook-offSunday, November 6th, following the Annual Meeting, All Saints’ had their Annual Chili Cook Off, which was a HUGE success. Thank you to all who donated bread, salads, and chilis, to all those who helped with set up and clean up, and to all of those who donated to their favorite Chili! We raised over $200 for Episcopal Relief and Development!

Congratulations to Caroline Walradt who  was the Chili Cook Off winner, raising over $40! Click HERE for Caroline’s recipe!

The Choir of All Saints’ Church presents After Hours

The Choir of All Saints’ Church, Princeton, warmly invites you to join us for a special concert event on Sunday, 23 October, at 4:00 PM.  The programme is entitled “After Hours”, and will consist entirely of music that was NOT composed for use during a worship service!  Included will be music written for choir, organ, piano, solo voice, and more, by a wide range of composers such as Claude Debussy, Samuel Barber, Duke Ellington and Eric Whitacre.  Several musical selections will be accompanied by a dance trio, led and choreographed by All Saints’ own Hillary Pearson!  The programme offers something for every musical and artistic taste, set in the scenic and acoustical splendor of the newly-renovated sanctuary of All Saints’ Church.

Conceived as an outreach event as well as a musical one, a free will offering will be taken during the concert, which will be used exclusively to benefit HomeFront NJ, an organization which seeks to “end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources, and expertise of the community”.

The Choir of All Saints’ Church has established a reputation for choral and liturgical excellence within the Princeton community and beyond.   Led since 2010 by Tom Colao, Director of Music & Organist, the Choir is comprised of talented and devoted parishioners supplemented by an octet of staff singers, and offers world-class choral worship each Sunday and major feast day of the academic year, as well as numerous concert offerings, services of Choral Evensong, and collaborations with other notable local ensembles.  For more information, please visit the church’s website at, or call (609) 921-2420.

ASC Choir presents "After Hours"

Music @ All Saints’: Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project in collaboration with Stone Mason Project presents “Fury: The Will to be Heard”

All Saints’ Church is excited to welcome Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (Princeton’s newest concert series dedicated to the elevation of modern art song composition), in collaboration with Stone Mason Project (a boutique production company overseeing projects related to contemporary music for the voice, spearheaded by composer/performer Pamela Stein Lynde), on Friday October 21st at 7:30PM for their concert “Fury: The Will to be Heard: Music of Women Composers”. Together, CUSP and SMP present contemporary chamber music by Amanda Feery, Louise Fristensky, Gilda Lyons, Kaija Saariaho, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Kate Soper, and the world premiere o f From the Mountain, a piece composed especially for this concert by Pamela Stein Lynde.

Tickets are $20 for adults/$10 for students, and will be available at the door.

To learn more about CUSP, click HERE!

To learn more about SMP, click HERE!

Music @ ASC: Fury

Annual Blessing of the Animals – October 9, 2016

Sunday, October 9th, we will celebrate the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment, with our Annual Animal Blessing following the 10:15AM service. We welcome all to bring their furry, and not furry, friends to the 10:15AM service where are Sunday School and Youth will provide pet care in the Haven, and stay for the blessing after the service.

Blessing of the Animals @ ASC 10916

 Annual Parish Picnic – September 18, 2016

Annual Parish Picnic @ ASC 91816Sunday, September 18th, the All Saints’ Men’s Group hosted their annual Parish Picnic! A huge thank you to all who helped, donated side dishes and deserts, and especially to the Men’s Group who were our grilling masters!

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Everyone having a great time!

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The Grilling Masters from the ASC Men’s Group

Annual Parish Picnic @ ASC 91816

Minister for Community Formation, Joy Kulvicki, helps prep the food!

Music @ All Saints’: Composer Portrait: Christian B. Carey

Carey Poster JPEGAll Saints’ welcomed Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP) for another wonderful concert celebrating the music of Composer Dr. Christian B. Carey, featuring All Saints’ very own Organist and Music Director, Tom Colao.

Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP) is Princeton’s newest concert series dedicated to the elevation of modern art song composition. CUSP closes out their inaugural season with a concert dedicated to the music of Christian B. Carey.

Dr. Carey is an accomplished composer, music critic and Associate Professor of Music Composition, History, and Theory at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. Celebrating Dr. Carey’s music and his contribution to the community as a composer and teacher, the concert featured performances by many of his friends and former students, including six alumni of Westminster Choir College. The performance featured emerging artists from across the region, including mezzosopranos Megan Ihnen and Jessica Moreno, soprano Sara Noble, composer Cortlandt Matthews, organist Tom Colao, and pianists Ian Good, Thomas Cunningham, Graeme Burgan, and Sergey Tkachenko.

The concert featured selections from Carey’s works for voice, piano, and organ, including the world premieres of four pieces for solo piano ( Solo 2, Reunion, Anniversary, Lullaby) , performed by Ian Good and Thomas Cunningham, and the concert premiere of his Lullaby Vocalise for soprano and piano, performed by Sara Noble and Graeme Burgan. The concert also included Carey’s song cycle “Kenyon Songs,” based on the poetry of Jane Kenyon, performed by Megan Ihnen and Graeme Burgan, and Cortlandt Matthews’ “Nocturnes for Mezzo,” performed by Jessica Moreno and Sergey Tkachenko.

To learn more about CUSP, click HERE!

Last Sunday of the Program Year & Sundae Sunday – May 22, 2016

Sundae Sunday

sunday-school-241x300We celebrated the end of the Program Year this past Sunday, May 22nd. This was the last Sunday for the Sunday School, but childcare will still be available throughout the summer, thanks to Ursula Beesley! During the service, the Sunday School students participated by reading Lessons, taking up the offering, handing out bulletins, providing music, and  giving the sermon in “skit” form. This was also be the last Sunday with our wonderful choir! We give great thanks for the hard work and talents they have given to enhance the worship services here at All Saints’.

After the service, ASC held its annual Sundae Sunday. Everyone, especially our wonderful Sunday School Students, enjoyed making their own ice cream Sundae’s, and fellowship with other parishioners.

Communiversity – April 17, 2016

CommuniversityOn April 17th, Parishioners of All Saints’ had fun representing and supporting All Saints’ while greeting their neighbors at Communiversity ArtsFest in downtown Princeton.

It was a wonderful and beautiful afternoon of community building and getting the word out about the wonderful work All Saints’ Church does! Thank you to all who volunteered and participated!


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Hygiene Kit Assembly for Refugees – April 10, 2016

Thank you for giving a helping hand and your generous donations! The kits are a small mercy in a hurting world.

We made 191 kits and collected $505 to give to Church World Service for the transport of the kits all over the world, as well as purchase items for the kits.

Many hands made for light work…. And it was fun!

The kits are packed and will be on their way this Friday!

Music at All Saints’: The Kinnara Ensemble – April 9, 2016

All Saints’ was thrilled to welcome The Kinnara Ensemble for their concert Reflection featuring music for double choir this past Saturday, April 9th. Thank you to all who came out to support this ensemble, and ASC Music Director, Tom Colao, and ASC Parish Administrator, Jocelyn Colao, who are both members of this 32 voice professional ensemble!

If you weren’t able to attend, do not fear! The Kinnara Ensemble will be back in June 2016!

To learn more about The Kinnara Ensemble, click HERE!

Music @ ASC: The Kinnara Ensemble

Urban Promise @ ASC – April 3, 2016

The Choristers of Urban Promise joined All Saints’ for worship and shared their musical talents with us during the 10:15AM service on April 3rd.

To learn more about Urban Promise, click HERE!

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Holy Week @ ASC

Holy Week & Easter @ ASC

It was a special Holy Week and Easter here at All Saints’! Not only did we celebrate with our usual Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday Services, but we also welcomed a new First Communion Class, heard sermons from a variety of preachers, and had our annual Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch!

To see more photos of the fun, click HERE!

Easter @ ASC 2016

ASC’s first Easter in the newly renovated Sanctuary! Absolutely beautiful!

First Communion Class at ASC

On Maundy Thursday ASC welcomed many of the Sunday School students to the Lord’s table for their first Communion!

Guest Preacher at ASC

ASC welcomed guest preacher, The Rev. Sonia Waters, to the pulpit this Holy Week!

Easter @ ASC 2016

ASC Children & Youth patiently waiting for the start of the annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Music at All Saints’: Russia to America by The Princeton Symphonic Brass

All Saints’ was happy to welcome The Princeton Symphonic Brass Ensemble for their rescheduled concert Russia to America.

To learn more about The Princeton Symphonic Brass, click HERE!
Princeton Symphonic Brass @ ASC

Music at All Saints’: The Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project presents Duo Cortona

All Saints’ was happy to welcome the Contemporary Undercurrent of Song Project (CUSP), presenting Duo Cortona, on Saturday, March 19th.

To learn more about CUSP, click HERE!CUSP @ ASC

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper – February 9th, 2016

This past Tuesday, February 9th, our Sunday School students and Youth hosted their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper! It was a great evening filled with lots of delicious pancakes, games, and TONS of Mardi Gras beads!

Thank you to all who helped this event, especially Director of Children & Youth, Hillary Pearson, and our master chefs, Ursula Beesley, Elizabeth Sung, and Wendy Bond!

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper @ ASC 2916

Some of the Sunday School and Youth have a wonderful time dressing up in Mardi Gras masks and beads!

Lessons & Carols AND Sanctuary Dedication

Sunday, December 20th, was a wonderful and historic time in the life of All Saints’ Parish. We celebrated an extraordinary Lessons & Carols Service featuring the All Saints’ Choir, and dedicated our new sanctuary space, all followed by a special reception at the All Saints’ Rectory.

Many are to be thanked for their diligence, donation of time, efforts, etc., and without whom, this special occasion simply would not be possible. We especially thank Paul Murphy, Chair of the Renovation Committee, Senior Warden, Bob Bostock, Chair of the Capital Campaign, The Revs. Hugh & Elly Brown for opening their home to the congregation for the reception, Adrienne Rodewald and Joy Kulvicki for organizing and preparing the reception, Tom Colao, Director of Music and Organist, who went above and beyond his duties in preparing the new space for worship and overseeing all new altar materials, furniture, and equipment, and so many others. We are all eternally grateful for all who helped make this day a truly special time for the life of our parish family!

For more photos, click HERE!

If you happen to snap a few shots, please send them to, so we can show them off!

Special Adult Forum & Book Signing with Akiva David Presti – August 23rd, 2015

Inner Messiah, Divine CharacterFormer ASC Seminarian Intern and now Peabody-nominated DJ, journalist, and author, Akiva David Presti (aka Benjamin Yosef) well be back in Princeton and here at All Saints’ Church for a special adult forum and book signing of his newly released book Inner Messiah, Divine Character: Narrative Approaches to Be Beyond the Best. The Adult Forum and Book Signing will begin at 9AM in the South Room. Akiva David will continue the book signing and conversation at the Fellowship Hour following the 10:15AM service. We hope you will all join us for this very special event.

From ISIS to Ferguson: Inner Messiah Author Advocates Reclaiming Humanity’s Divine Origins to Overcome Political and Social Divisions

Peabody-nominated Radio DJ and Journalist, Benjamin Yosef, offers a unique voice to help calm international and domestic unrest with an interesting self-help approach that recognizes and utilizes our common divine origins to achieve new solutions to old problems.

NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Inner Messiah, Divine Character: Narrative Approaches to “Be Beyond Best” (Wipf & Stock/Resource Publications, 2014) provides a unique literary perspective on current political events and restores power and hope to disenfranchised individuals through an innovative construct, i.e., Inner Messiah, to empower readers to reclaim their divine origins as a starting point to achieve peace and justice in their individual and collective actions.

Whatever the source of current political, racial, and religious forms of persecutions and confrontations, Inner Messiah, Divine Character invites readers to pause and to consider what unites all individuals with their common, creative origins to help pursue constructive strategies to resolve conflicts and divisions.

Benjamin Yosef, legal scholar and theologian, believes that individuals cannot rely on traditional institutions to achieve acceptable, just and fair resolutions for our society’s current challenges.  Rather, Yosef encourages readers to empower their personal life stories and struggles with sacred textual narratives to converge upon some common creative origins from where all people can formulate effective dialogues to foster meaningful, positive social and political change.

 Benjamin Yosef opines,

“While religion has been manipulated to justify tremendous international horrors and race has been has been a decisive and divisive factor in domestic legislative and judicial actions, humanity’s common and collective origins have been detrimentally ignored by individuals and their leaders in adopting effective solutions to bring people together and to resolve destructive conflicts.  Perhaps, all members of society can overcome divisions and obstacles and revisit their individual self-expressions with the goal to expand their perceptions to look beyond their differences to embrace their similar divine creative origins.  In this way, current international and domestic tragedies can be conceptualized as types of Jungian synchronicities to bring individuals and societies together through common recognition of a universal spirituality at the origins of creation, rather than the destructive prejudices of international, national, and institutional self-interest and self-preservation.”

 Inner Messiah encourages its readers to evaluate various aspects of their thinking processes that preempt them from visualizing and attaining the superlative aspects of their character in both their individual and collective narrative expressions.  Drawing upon Ancient Jewish mystical traditions in Freudian and Jungian psychology, the book inspires readers to exercise their imaginations to access the divine nature inherent in their creative capacities to appreciate their potential on humanity’s collective historical narrative, as well as the role of spirituality in helping us achieve unity within the self and with all humanity—the ultimate narrative expression between Divine Creator and Divine Creation.

Book Details

Inner Messiah, Divine Character encourages readers to deploy their imaginations in describing their lives as a confluence of narrative constructs to identify, analyze, and overcome obstacles and destructive patterns in both their personal and professional lives. The book promotes a three-point strategy to empower and to improve readers’ attitudes about their personal and professional struggles.  Leading pastoral care scholars, such as Professor Donald Capps (Princeton Theological Seminary), praise Inner Messiah, Divine Character as “proof that a profound book may also be altogether practical, alive with insights that show us how we may leave our doubts and despair behind and embark on a life infused with living hope.”  For more information, please visit

Author Biography

Benjamin Yosef is a Peabody-nominated radio journalist at WPRB in Princeton, NJ, and has over ten years of spiritual counseling experience, including chaplaincy and workshop leadership. He holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University (BA), University of Michigan Law School (JD), and Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv).  For additional information about Benjamin Yosef you can visit or send an e-mail to

Media Contact: Benjamin Yosef, Inner Messiah, Divine Character, 201 788 0217,

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Children & Youth Sunday and “Sundae” Sunday – May 31, 2015

On May 31st, 2015, we celebrated our annual Children & Youth Sunday. During the service, the Sunday School students led the service by reading Lessons, taking up the offering, handing out bulletins, leading the prayers, and giving the sermon in “skit” form. We also recognized our wonderful Director of Children & Youth, Hillary Pearson, our fabulous Sunday School coordinators, teachers, students, and our graduating seniors in the Youth Group! We ended the Sunday School Semester with a formal blessing of the ASC Youth Vegetable Garden and our annual Sundae Sunday!

Even though the Sunday School Semester is finished, childcare will still be available throughout the summer, thanks to Ursula Beesley!

For more event photos, click HERE!

Earth Day with All Saints’ Sunday School

Saturday, May 9th, Director of Children & Youth, Hillary Pearson, hosted a fantastic Earth Day event here at All Saints’. Sunday School members came to celebrate God’s Good Earth by planting their very own vegetable garden, making bird feeders, taking a lovely nature walk around ASC’s beautiful grounds!

 For more photos, click HERE

Earth Day with Governor Christine Todd Whitman

Governor Christine Todd Whitman at All Saints' ChurchOn Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd, All Saints’ Church had a very special visit from Former NJ Governor Christine Todd Whitman. Governor Whitman was in conversation on God’s Good Earth: Preserving & Protecting the Environment. Christine Todd Whitman headed the EPA under President George W. Bush. As Administrator, she introduced the Clear Skies Initiative; established a watershed-based approach to protecting our nation’s lakes, streams, and rivers; and saw the passage of landmark brownfields legislation that helped revitalize neighborhoods marred by abandoned industrial sites. Whitman also oversaw the Hudson River clean-up and EPA’s response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011.

For the Earth Day with Governor Christine Todd Whitman Press Release, click HERE

For more photos, click HERE