Valley Forge & Montgomery County
Cool weather. Cooler Events. In the Coolest places. Welcome to November in Montgomery County. We hand-picked 18 of our favorite things to do this month. Which ones will become your favorites?
BOUNTIFUL HARVEST EXCURSIONS
November 4-5, 12-13, 19-20
Many of the November departures for the scenic Colebrookdale Railroad blend the autumnal scenery of western Montgomery County with a vintage, white-glove service brunch or dinner. Take a seat in the beautiful café car and enjoy a glide through the cathedral arches of colorful foliage. As the meal comes to a conclusion, passengers can then enjoy the intoxicating scent of fall from the open air car.
SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE FINAL ADVENTURE
The game is afoot! Sherlock Holmes and all his Baker Street associates embark on what may be his last mystery of all. But it's all too compelling for him to ignore, considering the King of Bohemia is in peril. It's a little dangerous. A little puzzling. And a lot of fun at DCP Theatre.
November 4-6, 11-13
Shannondell Performing Arts Center
The sweeping music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and the impactful lyrics of Tim Rice come together in this celebrated musical that won multiple Tonys during its original run on Broadway. The Methacton Community Theater cast holds nothing back in this production, performing the story of Eva Peron and her powerful rise and fall with passion and electric energy.
LES CANARDS CHANTANTS
This presentation, subtitled the "Secret Music of the Renaissance," is the perfect fit for the acoustically intricate and beautifully appointed Great Room at Glencairn Museum. Les Canards Chantants is a solo-voice ensemble committed to dynamic interpretation of renaissance polyphony (multiple vocal lines sung concurrently). The Boston Musical Intelligencer calls this quintet "brilliant and moving."
1777 WHITEMARSH ENCAMPMENT
The annual Whitemarsh Encampment takes over the grounds of Hope Lodge in Fort Washington on November 5. Events are scheduled throughout the day, highlighted by the children's muster and skirmishes between the Colonial and British armies.
A GEORGIAN DINING EXPERIENCE
This two-day dive into colonial cookery at Pottsgrove Manor is definitely a chance for participating history/food buffs to get their hands dirty. Saturday is all about preparing 18th Century dishes, while Sunday is a Georgian-style dinner party with the societally expected level of decorum.
Steel River Playhouse
The Senior Follies is one of Pottstown's treasured theatrical performances of the year. A talented cast of performers takes the Steel River Playhouse stage by storm, proving that they've still got some spring in their (dance) step. The theme this year is "The Steel River Mystery Radio Hour (and a Half!). It's 90 minutes of big laughs, wild applause and a chance to figure out who-done-it.
UPRIGHT CITIZENS BRIGADE
Upright Citizens Brigade, a premier improv and sketch comedy group, hails from Chicago, the same environment that gave us Second City. Their performance at the Sellersville Theatre features Caitlin Puckett, Lui Vega, Luke Field and Lily Du, creatively navigating unpredictable scenarios in unscripted and off-the-cuff ways - all with lightning-speed creativity and hilarious results.
HIGHLANDS HUNT BREAKFAST
Highlands Mansion & Gardens
Tally Ho! The grounds of Highlands Mansion will thunder with the hoof beat of an old-fashioned hunt on November 6. Although there are no foxes involved (the horses and hounds follow a scented bag), the thrill is not diminished. A traditional breakfast sourced from area bakeries is part of the morning's festivities.
Macoby Run Golf Course
Jewelers, caters, travel experts, videographers and other resources valuable to brides and grooms will collect under the beautiful pavilion of Macoby Run Golf Course for a day of connecting, sampling, browsing and planning. The setting for this show is definitely unique; this golf course enjoys one of the highest elevations in the county, and the array of fall foliage in the background is guaranteed to be stunning.
WORDS + MUSIC WITH TRACY GRAMMER
Act II Playhouse
Tracy Grammer, writer and musician, fills the intimate Act II Playhouse with her personal story, presented through readings from her memoir-in-progress interspersed with songs on violin and guitar. Early in her career, she toured internationally, including five weeks as Joan Baez's bandmates. But when health issues intervened, she took her career in another direction. This concert chronicles that journey in terms both heartwarming and memorable.
BUBBY'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Elmwood Park Zoo
Happy birthday, Bubby! Come out to the Elmwood Park Zoo on November 6 and celebrate with Bubby and his mascot friends.
THE PERFECT DOG
The Centre Theater
This charming musical presents an original script and score to tell the tale - or is that tail? - of a girl and her beloved dog. The story was originally written by John O'Hurley, former Seinfeld cast member, but it has been given legs as a fully realized theatrical piece through the efforts of B Sharp Productions, as profiled in our blog.
Calling all Octo-Cadets! For the first time ever, The Octonauts are bringing their live stage show to the Keswick Theatre. "The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure" features brand new and fan-favorite songs from the entire crew of beloved underwater explorers, led by the intrepid Captain Barnacles. Join them as they embark on an exciting new quest through an aquatic world full of adventure, interactive opportunity, and "must-sea" surprises.
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Valley Forge Music Fair at Valley Forge Casino Resort presents the star of Comedy Central's hit show Mind of Mencia, funny man Carlos Mencia. This one-night-only appearance is a must-attend for fans who have followed Mencia on Opie and Anthony, Howard Stern and the "Laughin and Livin" podcast.
AL STEWART: YEAR OF THE CAT
The Colonial Theatre
Al Stewart and his acoustic trio performs Year of the Cat in its entirety - every track, every hit - in a rare and not-to-be-missed appearance at The Colonial Theatre. Year of the Cat, released in 1976, spun off two top 20 hits (the title song and "On the Border") on its way to becoming a million seller album.
2016 NATIONAL DOG SHOW
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Three new canine breeds join the 2,000 dogs vying for Best in Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. All competing animals will be onsite for the duration of the show, meaning plenty of wagging tails, slurpy kisses and ears to ruffle. A large pet-themed expo - plus demonstrations and therapy dog appearances - are all part of Montgomery County's furriest weekend of the year.
FAMILY CONCERT SERIES
Metropolitan Ballet Company
The Metropolitan Ballet Company will take to the stage at the Abington Friends School for a family-friendly set of shows. The dancers will tell the tale of "The Rainbow Fish," plus present a portion of the Tchaikovsky ballet, Sleeping Beauty. A tea party aimed at little dancers is being held in the school library on November 20.
Ardmore Music Hall
Tom Chapin's music DNA runs deep; he began performing in the 1960s with his brother Harry, of "Cats in the Cradle" fame. In the ensuing five decades, Tom's own singing/songwriting talents - in the storytelling mode of his brother - have netted him 23 albums and three Grammys. His resume also includes work as a 1970s children's television show host (Make a Wish) and a run in a Broadway musical.