The Princeton University Engineering School is hosting an ice cream social on Tuesday, August 21 at 4 p.m. to showcase Professor Michael Littman’s display of iconic (and beautiful) engineering objects from the early 20th century. Thanks to Ed Sproles for telling me about it!
Littman, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, will give a short talk and demonstration of early telephones, radios, phonographs, and a player piano — all working devices. The event will take place in the Friend Center Atrium and is free and open to the public. The Friend Center is on Olden Avenue between Nassau and Prospect.
Littman’s display cases are across the hall from Princeton’s Art of Science exhibit (image shown at left is Tropical Fish by Yunlai Zha, taken from Curator magazine.. View all the Art of Science entries here. Both exhibits are located in the Friend Center for Engineering Education, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Another free afternoon event, the McCarter Theater annual block party, is Wednesday, August 22, 5 to 8 p.m. You’ll hear the Philadelphia Jazz Orchestra and you can buy a taste test of the best food in town including Tenneseee barbecue by my friends from Blue Diamond Que. Raindate, Thursday, August 23
Parking suggestion: if the dinky lot is full, the seminary lot or the Princeton University garage. The barbecue sauce and the Italian ices are fabulous, but wear something that doesn’t show drips!