Pi Day Princeton 3.14.15
Don’t forget! The Official Information Desk will be inside the Nassau Inn Lobby this year!
7 a.m. — Walk a Pi Event sponsored by YMCA Princeton – 59 Paul Robeson Place. Grab your gym bag and head to the new work out facility at YMCA at 59 Paul Robeson Place. Log 3.14 miles on one of the state of the art treadmills or elliptical trainers, take a photo of your Pi Mile and post it on the Pi Day Princeton Facebook Page! All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative poster and free two week trial membership with a waived joiner fee if you join the YMCA!
9 a.m. — Pie Eating Contest at McCaffrey’s in the Princeton Shopping Center – 301 North Harrison Street – moderated by Princeton comedic celebrity, Adam Bierman. Contestant Age Groups: Youth 4-8 and 9-13; Teens 14-18 and Adults 19 and above. There is no advanced registration. Simply arrive by 8:45 a.m. and report to the second floor inside McCaffrey’s to compete in this hysterical event. There is no registration for these hysterical events!
9:26:53 a.m. — My Once in a Lifetime Teacher Winner Presentation – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn – Prince William Ballroom. Pi Day is a celebration of Einstein. This contest was borne in honor and celebration of Einstein’s favorite teachers. Einstein was the first to disclose he did not believe he was a genius but credited his teachers as changing his love for learning. His teachers in Switzerland demonstrated the revolutionary modern education principles created by Johann Pestalozzi. The My Once in a Lifetime Teacher Video Contest is calling out to all Princeton Students (age 18 and younger) to submit an short iPhone video describing how their Princeton teacher changed them for a lifetime of learning! Please include the name of the teacher, the school, the grade, and the why/how this teacher made such an impact. The winning student video and highlighted teacher will win $314.15! Why is this event at 9:26:53 a.m.? Because 3.141592653 will only happen once in everyone’s lifetime, silly! Registration is now closed. Winner will be announced to the press and community at 9:26:53 a.m.)
9:30 a.m. — The Westminster Cello Orchestra is an ensemble of cello students from Princeton’s own Westminster Conservatory of Music – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom – In its fourteenth year, the ensemble plays tunes by Bach, Bernstein, Vivaldi, The Beatles, Tchaikovsky and The Turtles, to name a few! (Did you know Einstein adored music? TRUE! He once said that had he not been a scientist, he would have been a musician. “Life without playing music is in-conceivable for me,” he declared. “I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music…I get most joy in life out of music.”
10 a.m. — Princeton Symphony Orchestra holds a friendly Kids of All Ages Violin Exhibition – 10 Palmer Square – inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom for kids 3yrs – 6yrs! Extra credit will be awarded to those who come dressed as Einstein. Don’t forget, the Einstein Look A Like Contest immediately follows this event! All participants will win free Pi Day Princeton commemorative bracelets and PSO ticket vouchers! For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
10am – 11am - KENKEN Lecture and Demo - 65 Witherspoon Street inside the Princeton Public Library – Tetsuya Miyamoto, the inventor of the immensely popular KENKEN puzzle, returns to the library by popular demand! Miyamoto-sensei is a subversive math instructor who’s students have so much fun solving his puzzles that they don’t even realize they are mastering math at the same time. Learn the history and insider tips of the puzzle that Will Shortz (crossword puzzle editor of the NYTimes) is “completely addicted to.” Don’t know how to KENKEN? Learn from the inventor!
11:00am to 12:00 p.m. - KENKEN Tournament for Teens - 65 Witherspoon Street inside the Princeton Public Library, Community Room. Need more KENKEN? Feeling competitive? Step up to the overhead projector for a full hour of KENKEN face-to-face competition.
11 a.m. — Happy Birthday Party, Albert! at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau St., for children ages 6 to 12. Who was Albert Einstein? Learn about the public and private life of the famous scientist and humanitarian through examination of photographs and his personal belongings. Then, play like Einstein – build a house of cards, solve puzzles and enjoy some cake! For children ages 6 to 12. Tickets: $5 per child (one adult included free. Additional adults are $4. email@example.com to reserve a space.
11 a.m. — Einstein Look-A-Like Contest – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom – This is always a STANDING ROOM ONLY EVENT SO PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY – Smarty pants of all ages come to portray Princeton’s favorite resident genius. The competition can be fierce so educated contestants always come knowing a few facts about Albert Einstein. Mimi Omiecinski, founder of Pi Day Princeton, asks tough questions like “How old are you?”, “What school do you go to?” and “What made you want to dress up like Einstein today?” All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative wrist band and contestants 13yrs and younger are eligible to win $314.15! If your birthday is on Pi Day, you are automatically allowed to judge this event AND you can be a judge for the rest of your life! Why? Because Einstein had a life time job in Princeton, silly! Register your ‘lil genius and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 a.m. – Pi X Pi(e) Bike Tour – begins at Kopp’s Cycle Shop at 38 Spring Street – Einstein never learned to drive a car so he biked or walked wherever he went! Enjoy farm-baked pie, farm store discounts, and a bike tour of Einstein’s favorite places with Princeton based NJ bike tours! The Pi x Pi(e) ride will journey through Einstein’s commute to his office buildings and favorite places in downtown PLUS a visit to Terhune Orchards for free pie tasting and farm store discounts! The tour is 9.86 miles round trip (3.14 x 3.14). All ages and fitness levels are welcomed. It’s a flat and safe ride with safety-focused guides fully supporting different fitness levels and speeds. The tour is Pi priced at $31.41, discounted by over half off normal rates, and all proceeds go to benefit the Garden State Community Kitchen charity. This family friendly bike tour will start and stop at Kopp’s bike shop on Spring Street in Princeton. Plenty of parking at the municipal garage next door. Bring your own bike, helmet and water. Limited to 30 participants – This is a single file group ride so independent riders must be 14 yrs – (younger participants may be connected to guide bikes or trailers.) For more information and to register and pay for the event, contact NJ bike tours directly!
Noon - Miss Amy “Fitness Rock & Roll” Interactive Concert – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn Prince William Ballroom – YES! YES! YES! Miss Amy will be headlining Pi Day Princeton this year! (Did you know she performed for the White House? TRUE!) This high energy family fun event is guaranteed to be a rockin’ good time! Miss Amy is a Grammy Nominated Artist, Author, Educator and Kids’ Fitness Pro. She is also an official Advocate for the President’s Challenge Program and “Let’s Move” Trained Activity Leader.
Noon – 15 minute mini production of the Steve Martin play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau St performed by The Pennington Players. The play imagines what might have happened if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Parisienne bar in 1904. Both are on the verge of their greatest achievements as they discuss the nature of talent and genius. A host of quirky characters add to the whimsical hilarity that ensues as they all anticipate the future and the possibilities it might bring!
1 p.m. — Pi Recitation Contest at 10 Palmer Square inside Nassau Inn in the Prince William Ballroom. Marc Umile, 2007 Pi Recitation North American Champion with more than 15,000 digits of Pi is the official judge of the event along with judges are from Princeton University. Academic celebrity attendees include Gareth Conway, age 13 and 2-time Pi Day Princeton champion and his father, John Conway, Professor of Mathematics and John Von Neumann, Distinguished Professor in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Princeton University. All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative tee shirt and Winner of the Youth Category (aged 7yrs – 13yrs) compete to win $314.15! Email email@example.com to register your child 13yrs and younger. (We used to allow adults to perform at this event but, well, it got too long so this event is only for kids 13yrs and younger! Hope everyone understands!) THIS IS ANOTHER STANDING ROOM ONLY EVENT PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY!
1:30 p.m. – 1:59 p.m—Hands on Interactive Event for Children - 65 Witherspoon Street inside the Princeton Public Library – This is always an interactive event, especially geared toward children ages 5 and up. In past years’ the Library has hosted champions of Rubik’s Cubes, Origami construction and all sorts of sparkly smartypants who love math, science, Einstein and, of course, Pi!
1:59pm – Princeton Pirade by Kids’ Music Round – 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn – Go to Pi Day information desk for details on where the parade will begin …you read that right … it’s a “parade” to celebrate Pi! Go to the Pi Day Princeton information desk at to receive a digit of Pi for each member of your family. The folks from Kids’ Music Round will lead the first 314 people to walk a circular path throughout the sidewalks of historic Palmer Square. The Pirade will end inside the Prince William Ballroom for a fun music experience led by the area’s premier Mommy & Me Music Class gurus! Bring you camera for this once in a lifetime chance to be in a Pi “Parade” on 3.14.15!
1:00 p.m. — Serious Inventors Only Cocktail Making Class inside Einstein’s first residence – Peacock Inn 20 Bayard Lane – You and a friend will learn how to construct the perfect cocktail and receive an exclusive tutoring session with Master Mixologist Josean Rosado. Pi priced at $31.41 per person. To pre-purchase tickets to this exclusive event contact the Peacock Inn directly. (Was this really Einstein’s first residence? Yep. He stayed at the Peacock Inn whenever he visited Princeton even the night before moving into his first home in Princeton!)
1:59 pm. Pizza Pi Competition sponsored by Princeton Pi and princeton genius tours at 86 Nassau Street. On Pi Day, one elementary, middle school and high school aged participant will be chosen to compete at this event. Contestants will be chosen based on enthusiasm and creativity! Each competitor will have 5 minutes to choose from all the ingredients at Princeton Pi to create the best pizza! Judges will be selected from the audience! All participants will win a free Pi Day Princeton commemorative wrist band and winning participant will win one free medium cheese pizza each month for the remainder of 2015!
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm – He’s Got a Theremin and He’s Not Afraid to Use It!: Where Music and Physics Meet at 65 Witherspoon Street inside the Princeton Public Library – Almost one hundred years ago Leon Theremin, a Russian scientist, created the first fully electronic musical instrument. By harnessing the power of electromagnetic fields and using the human body as a capacitor, he waved his hands in the “empty” air to produce ethereal music without ever touching the instrument! See this scientific, musical marvel played by one of today’s top theremin virtuosos, Kip Rosser. Join him for a multimedia leap into physics, sci-fi silliness and all types of music from classical to jazz to popular to experimental. Plus, get a rare glimpse into the brilliant mind of one of the twentieth century’s greatest inventors. Then… you’ll have a chance to try the theremin yourself!
2:00 p.m. - 15 minute mini production of the Steve Martin play “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau St performed by The Pennington Players. The play imagines what might have happened if Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso met in a Parisienne bar in 1904. Both are on the verge of their greatest achievements as they discuss the nature of talent and genius. A host of quirky characters add to the whimsical hilarity that ensues as they all anticipate the future and the possibilities it might bring!
2:30 p.m. – Where’s the Pi: A Physics Demonstration Show at McDonnell Hall Room A02 – on Princeton University campus. Presented by Dr. Aatish Bhatia and Dr. Carolyn Sealfon as part of the New Jersey AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) Spring Meeting! Do you believe this is free and open to the public? TRUE!
2:45 p.m. — Best Apple Pie in Princeton Contest at 10 Palmer Square inside the Yankee Doodle Tap Room, Nassau Inn – sponsored by Kitchen Twins. The residents of Princeton determine the winner of the coveted “Best Tasting Apple Pie in Princeton” award. The first 50 guests who arrive will serve as judges. All will enjoy samples of gluten free apple pies from Jammin’ Crepes, Witherspoon Bread Company and WildFlour Bakery. In honor of our special date, the owners of Kitchen Twins will be including a bonus sample too! (Why is this year’s apple pie contest gluten free? Because the owners of Kitchen Twins are convinced gluten free pies are way better!) Winning baker wins the Princeton Pillow and all the bragging rights until 3/14/16!
3:14 p.m. — — Guided Einstein Tour by Mimi Omiecinski, founder of Pi Day Princeton and owner of Princeton Tour Company and princeton genius tours. 10 Palmer Square inside the lobby of the Nassau Inn and weave through downtown Princeton, hearing darling stories of Einstein’s life and his experience in Princeton. We’ll end at the only museum dedicated to Einstein in North America!
4 p.m. — Happy Birthday Party, Albert! Happy Birthday Party, Albert! at the Historical Society of Princeton, 158 Nassau St., for children ages 6 to 12. Who was Albert Einstein? Learn about the public and private life of the famous scientist and humanitarian through examination of photographs and his personal belongings. Then, play like Einstein – build a house of cards, solve puzzles and enjoy some cake! For children ages 6 to 12. Tickets: $5 per child (one adult included free. Additional adults are $4.)
. Please call 609-921-6748, ext.102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space.
4 p.m. — Celebrating New Jersey’s Inventors: Understanding Their Contributions to Electromagnetism and Interactive Exhibits at 65 Witherspoon Street inside the Princeton Public Library – Princeton, New Jersey was home to some very famous and smart scientists! Joseph Henry and Nikola Tesla are two physicists who worked here and made huge contributions to our understanding of electromagnetism. Henry was one of the first scientists to see the potential of electromagnetism and begin experimenting with it. Tesla discovered that a rotating magnetic field generates current, which is how power is supplied to our homes today. Join us in learning how else this awesome phenomenon affects our everyday lives through our interactive exhibits! Discover what’s inside a speedometer at “Full Speed Ahead,” explore how car brakes work at “Give me a Break,” and observe the power of eddy currents in action at “Pipe Down.”
5:00 p.m. — Nerd Herd Smart Phone Pub Crawl – Check in 10 Palmer Square inside the Nassau Inn and go to Yankee Doodle Tap Room to receive your nerd glasses and Smart Phone Pub Crawl route! (Only nerds 21 yrs and above will receive access to the map of participating bars!)
7:30 p.m. The Arts Council of Princeton presents RatioActivity: A Pi Day Concert featuring Stop Correcting Me at the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, 102 Witherspoon St. – Music infused with rich rhythm and sound, “RatioActivity” was created by Wilbo Wright and realized by Stop Correcting Me (Wilbo Wright and Eric Haltmeier) to celebrate the calendric alignment with the first five numbers of pi on 3/14/15. (Pi = 3.1415…) The piece is inspired by experiments with rhythmic and intervallic interpretations, super-impositions and repetitions, all derived from the first digits of pi, 3.1415. Math is power! Suggested donation of $3.14. For more information, please visit www.artscouncilofprinceton.org or 609-924-0777.
9:26:53 p.m. – Last stop on the Smart Phone Self Guided Pub Crawl where the founder of Pi Day, Mimi Omiecinski, will announce how much money was raised to benefit the Princeton Education Foundation Teacher Mini-Grant Program via the 3.14.15 commemorative bracelets!
Commemorative tee shirts for sale at the only Einstein Museum in North America inside Landau at 102 Nassau Street!
Sound like too much fun?
We’re not even close to how irrational
this will be by 3.14.16!
(Yep, we’re already planning 3.14.16 and you can bet you’ll want to be around Princeton!)