Neighborhood gardens are awakening all across the county,
with brave flowers swaying in the springtime breezes. Even if they droop
somewhat during our still-chilly nights, they represent welcome return of color
to the local landscape.
Montgomery County is equally as vibrant this weekend, with
plenty of things to do and see.
Interweave Bead Fest - Greater Philadelphia
Interweave Bead Fest at the Greater
Philadelphia Expo Center
strings together some of the most talented
crafters in the U.S., demonstrating their art. Wander the displays, drop in on
a class and pick up some tips during a demo. For fans that are wired for these
kind of arts-and-crafts creations, it will be a ball.
Dinosaurs - Sellersville Theater
It's Jurassic Park
meets The Muppets
in this interactive
and unique presentation at Sellersville
. Jim West, who has performed with both the Metropolitan Opera and
Mr. Rogers, mixes storytelling, puppetry, pre-history, biology and the music of
Mozart and Bach in a performance of monstrous proportions. The kids in the audience
will roar for more.
The Capitol Steps: Mock the Vote - The Colonial Theatre
Without becoming partisan, let it suffice to say that the
2016 election cycle gives these sharp-minded, musically gifted satirists plenty
of material to work with. Find out for yourself exactly how far they'll go and
which Washington insiders - if any - escape their jabs and parodies. Fans
should contact the box office of The Colonial
quickly, as this appearance may well sell out.
The Glass Menagerie - Steel River Playhouse
It's opening weekend for this Tennessee Williams classic at
Steel River Playhouse
, where the black-box style stage makes the drama that
much more compelling. The story may only involve a four-person cast, but the
emotional impact packs a wallop. Performances run until April 17.
Gerry Timlin in Concert - Act II
The playlist will remind you of St. Patrick's Day, but
considering how green local lawns are getting, that's probably apt. Timlin
hails from Ireland, but he has toured throughout Canada and the U.S. and makes
Pennsylvania his home. This presentation at Act II Playhouse
is a mix of song
and story, with a liberal dose of heart and humor.
Sheep-Shearing Day - Peter Wentz Farmstead
We're not pulling wool over your eyes: Missing this demo of
an annual Colonial farm chore would be baaaad. Watch as Peter Wentz
herders give the flock its yearly haircut. The day also includes
an explanation of other farm tasks associated with the end of winter, as well
as toys and games, springtime scarecrow-building, a puppet show, open-hearth
cooking, tours, spinning, weaving, Colonial music and historical crafts.
Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival - Morris Arboretum
Sure, Washington D.C. makes a big deal out of its
blossoming cherry trees. But the Montgomery County-centric tribute to branches
laden with pink flowers is not only closer, it's paired with a deep dive into
the Japanese cultural influence on Morris
. The two-day event includes the thundering Kyo Daiko Drumming
Crew and a traditional Japanese tea. All events are free with gardens admission.
I Do at the Zoo - Elmwood Park Zoo
Wedding destinations exist throughout Montgomery County, but
one of the most unique - guaranteed to provide a wild time - is at Elmwood Park
. The wedding showcase at the zoo gives just a hint at what the
possibilities are for this unique space. Vendors will be on hand to show their
skills, and of course an animal or two will greet attendees. The event is free
but requires preregistration
Straight No Chaser - Keswick Theatre
April 10 (3 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
The close-knit harmonies, bouncy rhythms, brotherly
camaraderie and good-natured humor of the acapella group Straight No Chaser
come to the Keswick
for two performances. The set list will have fans raving,
especially when the guys break out their 1970s medley. Another highlight is
their take on "All about That Bass" (No Tenor!).