Old Man Winter stomped through Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa., with a vengeance this week, providing a one-two punch of snow and freezing rain. But thankfully, crews are diligently working to ensure clear roadways and working power grids. By this upcoming weekend, conditions should improve, enabling you to get out and about.
If only you had some recommendations.
We at The Pursuit are always happy to oblige!
Comedian Jimmy Carroll, veteran of Comedy Central and A&E, takes a humorous stroll down memory lane with his show "The Last of the Boomers," reflecting on a period of time when TVs had rabbit-ear antennas (often with foil over the tips) and every kid had a yo-yo and a hula-hoop. The show is at the Rodeway Inn, Montgomeryville, on Friday, February 7. Proceeds benefit the North Penn 16U Eclipse Softball Team.
With proper guidance on the clipping and snipping, ordinary colored paper, doilies, gewgaws and ribbons can become festive Valentine cards that your kids can make. Inspiring them to get just the proper vintage look are historians from Pennypacker Mills on Saturday, February 8. Preregistration and a small fee are required, as is a dash of imagination and a desire to flex those artistic muscles.
The air around Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, February 8, will be rich with enticing aroma of fire-cooked specialties. Food historian Deborah Peterson will be demonstrating how to make bologna sausage at the open hearth. And where does bologna belong but on top of a slab of bread? The demos continue with bread prepped in a bake kettle, which brings the promise of mouth-watering scents. Wash it all down with a draft of the beer that brewer Frank McMahon will be preparing over an open fire.
A series of art classes for youngsters kicks off on Saturday, February 8, at the Greater Norristown Art League. Running eight weeks, the session on "All Media" will spark the imagination of your rug-rat Rembrandt (6 and up). The "Basic Drawing" series is designed for older children (9 and up) and will explore pen and ink techniques, light and shadow, realistic drawing and drawing from the imagination. With the bad weather we've been having, it's certainly a better alternative than having your cooped-up crew draw on your family room walls!
Considering its stunning gothic architecture, Glencairn Museum is the perfect place to showcase medieval arts, music, weaponry and crafts, which is exactly what will unfurl on Sunday, February 9. At the Medieval Festival 2014, see a minstrel play a hurdy-gurdy; try your hand at spinning wool; watch the hand-painting of stained glass; see a Gutenberg-style printing press in action. And lest you think this is some passive afternoon of dainty lords and ladies, think again. Swords will clang and wrongs avenged when fierce knights engage in battle.
These recommendations are only a small sliver of things to do during this silvery winter in Montgomery County, Pa. We've collected many more noteworthy activities and events on our website, and shoveled together some enticing Cabin Fever Reliever deals to save you some dough in the snow.