If you're looking to weave some fun into your weekend, Montgomery County routinely unfolds a rigorous schedule of colorful events, and this Friday, Saturday and Sunday are no exception. The string of carefree summer weekends is drawing to a close; if you're in "The Pursuit" of making the most of your leisure time, know that as we hit late August, vacation season is hanging on by a thread.
The cloth of a checkered flag will unfurl at Speed Raceway in the early morning hours of Friday, August 23, marking the winner of the WMMR Grampy Grand Prix. Part of the Preston & Steve morning show, the Grampy Grand Prix mixes geriatrics with go-carts, pitting a field of fierce competitors against each other and a challenging course. Spectators are welcome to cheer on their favorites and win prizes that go beyond the purse offered to the racers. Preston & Steve will broadcast live onsite.
The trunks worn by vintage boxers were once made of silk and, because of their expense, were used in the long-ago beginnings of the sport to promote only fighters with great potential to become champions. Two such contenders will go toe-to-toe at the Valley Forge Casino Resort on Friday, August 23, when undefeated Pennsylvania Lightweight champion Naim "The Dream" Nelson takes on Ryan Belasco in a bout scheduled for ten rounds. Nelson, of Philadelphia, has a record of 10-0 with one knockout and has been a pro since 2011. Belasco of Wilmington, has a record of 18-5 with three knockouts; he turned pro in 2006. It's a full night of action - no throwing in the towel - that includes an eight-round co-feature and a packed undercard.
Singer Eddie Holman's place in the fabric of music infamy was sewn up in 1970, when his velvet tones were captured in the single "Hey There, Lonely Girl." The disc reached #2 on the Billboard Top 100 in 1970, and Holman's talents with soulful falsetto singing have been a favorite ever since. Holman's hit will be part of his August 24 concert at the Colonial Theater, along with the sounds of Nat King Cole, Isaac Hayes and yes, even Dionne Warwick.
Our tapestry of weekend highlights takes a literal turn with a placement class at Steve's Sewing Center. Instructor Jody Beck will teach one of her newer placemat patterns, starry wonder, showing you how to make and sew blocks together. Finishing touches include borders and wings, fashioned with Jody's "inside-out-through-the-back" method, resulting in a charming placemat. The instructions will spool out on Saturday, August 24.
Canvas fabric stretched over frames will hold the watercolors, oils and other paintings on display at the Lansdale Festival of the Arts, Saturday, August 24. The 2013 edition marks the event's silver anniversary (25 years), featuring 84 exhibits of fine art and hand-made crafts. An eclectic mix of local and regional talent will show and sell their work, as well as compete for cash awards in a number of categories: paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, and more. Performing arts will be presented throughout the day, and culinary arts (food!) will be plentiful.
When it comes to textiles, nothing beats the feel of a smooth set of sheets with a through-the-roof thread count, especially after a go-go day seeing all that Montgomery County has to offer. Don't let the search for overnight accommodations put a wrinkle in your plans. The information on our Weekends Rule! site should help you iron out all the details of a great stay. And that's not us just pulling the wool over your eyes.