On the threshold of another Montco weekend, it's time to decide how to best spend two days off from work and school. There are plenty of choices:
- The Liberty Pro Rodeo hoofs it into the Lulu Shrine Center for the entire weekend, beginning today, September 11, and roping in crowds until Sunday, September 14. Professional rodeo cowboys and cowgirls nationwide saddle up in pursuit of prize money, but you get to enjoy a rootin' tootin' family-friendly good time.
- Baseball season is approaching its last at-bat, but before you hang up your glove for the season, get your mitts on tickets to Rounding Third at the Act II Playhouse. This two-actor comedy - with touches of insight and sentiment - opened September 9 and continues in an extended run through October 12. Early critical response to the interplay between opposing Little League coaches has deemed it a home run.
- Norristown Farm Park celebrates its Native American Day on September 13. Lee Hallman, president of the Indian Artifact Collectors Association of the North East, will display artifacts, and you're invited to bring some of your own for free appraisal. Other presenters will showcase Lenape culture, including flint knapping, jewelry, clothing, tools and food. Children's games and crafts are part of the event.
- Art & Culture fans will appreciate the September 13 Calligraphy Workshop at the Mennonite Heritage Center. The introductory workshop focuses on the techniques of an early Irish script, gaining inspiration from the Book of Kells. Along with learning the script, participants will color and letter an Irish bookmark design. Preregistration is requested by calling 215.256.3020.
- Elmwood Park Zoo is a kids' haven, but for the September 14 Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Festival, the property turns over 21 only. The 16 acres of the zoo become a food and dining wonderland, packed with brewed beverages, food-truck samples and music. The truly adventurous can experience a once-in-a-lifetime thrill: the debut experience of hand-feeding a 1,200-pound bison.
All these events can be the cornerstone of a true getaway weekend in Montgomery County, Pa., when you add a stellar meal and an overnight stay. For the former, we suggest L'angolo Blue in Blue Bell. For the latter see the accommodations on our website.