Spring continues to take its time nestling fully into Montgomery County, but area calendars are hot-hot-hot with things to do, especially with Easter just around the corner. The following recommendations will make your Saturday and Sunday warm and fuzzy:
One of the most distinguishing features of Montgomery County are its eclectic small towns and vibrant main streets. Each one has a local watering hole that is just perfect for sports fans to watch the ongoing March Madness action. All weekend long, the squeak of shoes, the swish of baskets and the roar of fans can be heard at our favorite locations.
Weather delayed the Conshohocken St. Patrick's Day Parade two weeks ago, but the sound of bagpipes and drums can be denied no longer. What has been called the "Best Littlest Parade in America" marches forth from 11th Avenue and Fayette Street at 2 p.m. on March 28. The brigades, bands, dancers and dignitaries process to Elm Street (all downhill, fortunately), ending in front of the Washington Fire Company. Along the route, restaurants and pubs will host parties and serve specials.
Hop into the Easter season with events that include a ride on a special railroad and an egg hunt in one of the county's most kid-friendly sites. Other community-based egg hunts are being held March 28 at:
- White's Road Park, Lansdale
- Upper Perkiomen Park, an after-dark hunt using flashlights
- Heebner Park, Worcester Township
- Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford
- Anderson Farm Park, Collegeville
- Weingartner Park, North Wales
- Trinity Lutheran Church, Lansdale
- Fischer's Park, Harleysville
- School Road Park, Hatfield
- Norristown Farm Park, Norristown
The Victorians' special way of celebrating spring and Easter is the focus of a Pennypacker Mills workshop on March 28. Kids will create cards and decorations with supplies of ribbon, fancy papers, colorful accents and materials of differing textures. Egg dyeing is also part of the program.
For a natural approach to Easter decorations, bring the kids to the natural egg dyeing presentation at Norristown Farm Park on March 29. They will try their hands at the Pennsylvania Dutch tradition of using wild berries, bark, grasses and roots to color eggs. The colors that result from using natural elements aren't always predictable but they are always uniquely beautiful.