American cartoon producer William Hanna - half of the Hanna-Barbera duo responsible for characters such as Tom and Jerry and Fred Flintstone - was born July 14, 1910.
You can honor his achievements in the entertainment industry (including seven Academy Awards) this weekend by joining "The Pursuit" of a "yabba-dabba-doo" good time.
- A number of Hanna-Barbera series found second life in reruns on the Cartoon Network's Boomerang Channel. Boomerangs - as both weapon and toy - are explained and demonstrated on Saturday, July 13 at Pennypacker Mills. Learn the basics of boomerang aerodynamics by creating several indoor versions made of cardboard, then perfect the technique of throwing them.
- The first network animated sit-com, The Flintstones, spawned crossover products in numerous other media, including the children's book Stone Age Nursery Rhymes. Colonial rhymes and poetry are being presented Saturday, July 13 at Valley Forge National Historical Park, part of the ongoing Voices of Valley Forge Series. Storyteller Denise Valentine portrays African-American poet Phillis Wheatley, the first African-American to publish a book of poetry.
- The Hanna-Barbera series Wacky Racers (1968) was a slapstick animated tale of an episodic car race. Among the unique cars rallying to cross the finish line was #4, the Crimson Haybaler. Cultivating, baling, storing and using hay has been an important part of agra-business for centuries. Peter Wentz Farmstead demonstrates both modern and historic approaches to hay mowing on Saturday, July 13.
- One of the most iconic characters in the Hanna-Barbera universe is undoubtedly Scooby-Doo, the Great Dane super-sleuth. July 13, you can give your own canine pal a treat with a free trip to the Conshohocken Dog Park. The park, just opened, normally requires a membership fee for entry, but this Saturday, it is waived. You're on your own for supplying post-playdate Scooby Snacks!
- The 1964 high-action series The Adventures of Johnny Quest featured Hadji Singh, an orphan with abilities that included snake charming. On Sunday, July 14, Elmwood Park Zoo gives you the chance to meet a real-life snake handler, conservation biologist Shawn Heflick. Heflick is one of the stars of National Geographic Channel's Python Hunters. Heflick's presentation will feature photos and stories from his many travels, as well as select animals from the Zoo's collection.
To paraphrase the Hanna-Barbera mountain lion Snagglepuss, "Heavens to Murgatroyd" there's a lot to do this weekend.
So get out there and get started!
Exit, stage left, already.