Happy Easter, Montgomery County! With spring in the air and the celebration of new beginnings on the way, a brand new batch of awesome events is here to brighten up your week!
GOOD FRIDAY VESPERS
Bryn Athyn Historic District
All welcome to this choral service featuring the famous Allegri "Miserere Mei" and choruses from Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions, interspersed with scriptural readings.
SCHUYLKILL RIVER 50K RELAY
Saint Michael's Grove
The Schuylkill River Relay is a 50K race that starts and finishes at Lock 60 on the Schuylkill Canal in Mont Clare, Pennsylvania. The course extends all the way to Conshohocken and back again. The Relay is divided into six, five to six mile legs.
Aid stations occur at transition points between legs.
Runners can compete as individuals or in teams of 3 or 6 members. Teams are assigned chipped bibs or bracelets.
At the finish line, your unique finisher medals, cold Sly Fox SRT Pale Ales, live music, friends, family, and food trucks await!
Beer, Wine & Spirits Events
APRIL COCKTAIL CLASS
Join us the third Wednesday of the month to shake up some cocktails and have a chance to get your concoction featured as our drink of the month! This month we will be featuring: Bombay vs. Grey Goose. We will teach our guests 2-3 cocktails per class and give you the opportunity to learn about the spirits. Once you are a master bartender, we will give you mystery ingredient to create your own cocktail.
We will have light appetizers available during the class, if you would like dinner, we suggest making a reservation prior to the class.
Classes begin at 6:30 PM at Gypsy Blu in Ambler. Limited spots available. Questions? Call our Events Manager at 215.601.2747.
April 27 - 28
EXPERIENCE A THREE-DAY BOUNTY OF WINE + BACON!
This fan-favorite event is back by popular demand for a fifth year, and the epic festival is sure to make any bacon lover’s dreams come true.
Dig into an abundance of pork-centric culinary creations, prepared by some of the best food trucks in the bacon business, then quench your thirst with a variety of award-winning, flavorful Chaddsford wines.
Admission is free, and all wine and food purchases are pay as you go.
EASTER BEER HUNT
Bald Birds Brewing Company
Easter egg hunts in the back yard are fun and all - until you realize you can hunt for BEER instead! Join us in our own backyard (err...parking lot) to hunt for hidden beers and other fun Bald Birds related prizes!
Limit 4 cans per beer hunter - but everything you find you get to take home with you!! As this involves alcohol, our Easter beer hunt will be for ADULTS ONLY.
$20 for a wristband which includes a pint of beer and the beers you find in the hunt!
Recurring weekly on Saturday
Five Saints Distilling
Tours almost every Saturday 1:30 and 3pm. Get the history of the firehouse, learn about a special piece of fire equipment and get the inside scoop on Five Saints Distilling. Please register on www.FiveSaintsDistilling.com to reserve a spot and find tour and time dates (tours may not be offered on some Saturdays)
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
All Inclusive Buffet Style Brunch on Sunday, April 21st!
All your favorite traditional American breakfast selections including an omelet station, waffle station, salads, baked goods, cheeses, french toast, a fruit station, and more!
Also featuring a large lineup of IPAs and Stouts
$29.99 per person buffet.
EASTER BRUNCH & DINNER
Holiday Inn Lansdale-Hatfield
Easter Breakfast Buffet
Celebrate Easter this year with our exclusive breakfast buffet here at the Holiday Inn Lansdale!
- Adults - $21.95
- Kids - $11.95 (10 Years and younger)
- Tax and gratuity not included.
Date: April 21st at 9:00AM - 1:00PM
Easter Dinner at the Holiday Inn Lansdale
Celebrate Easter this year with our exclusive buffet here at the Holiday Inn Lansdale! Come and experience a magical easter dinner at 1750 Bistro.
- Adults - $24.95
- Kids - $12.95 (10 Years and younger)
Date: April 21st at 3:00 - 6:00PM
For reservations call 264-646-1002
EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS
April 6 - April 20
The best way to make Easter memories that will last a lifetime is to join Peter Cottontail aboard the Colebrookdale Railroad! The Bunny brings gifts for all children and an Easter Egg Hunt right on board the train for all children up to 12 years of age.
Be sure to bring your camera to take your picture with the Easter Bunny!
9TH ANNUAL WORLD WAR II WEEKEND
Recurring every weekday
Valley Forge National Historical Park
The Military Living History Association will present its 9th Annual WWII WeekendOpens a New Window. at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge on May 4-5. The weekend will offer an exciting step back into the 1940s, with World War II encampments set up throughout the 42-acre Medal of Honor Grove, mock battles, period fashion shows and concerts, and more.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, followed by a flag-raising ceremony complete with a rendition of the National Anthem.
Battle reenactments will take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 10:15 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sunday. (They are exciting, but can also be loud and scary so don’t bring your dog.) Other activities include a Fashion Show, performances by the Magnolia Sadies Dancers, and Rich DeSimone performing the hits of Frank Sinatra and other tunes.
At 11 a.m. on both days, Mae Krier, of Bucks County, will speak about her experiences as a Rosie the Riveter during the war. On Sunday, at 9:30 a.m., a WWII Field Church Service will be held.
As 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, there will be a special ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday honoring those who participated in this historic event.
Tickets can be purchased online here.
HEX SIGNS: SACRED & CELESTIAL SYMBOLISM IN PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH BARN STARS
March 1 - November 3
Bryn Athyn Historic District
Explores themes of sacred and celestial imagery in the traditional arts of the Pennsylvania Dutch, with special emphasis on the decorated barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania. This exhibition, which features actual examples of barn stars, decorated objects, and related images, is guest curated by Patrick Donmoyer, director of the Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center at Kutztown University. Donmoyer is the author of Hex Signs: Myth and Meaning in Pennsylvania Dutch Barn Stars (2013). The Heritage Center and Glencairn Museum will collaborate on a full exhibition catalog for the Glencairn exhibition.
GOOD FRIDAY WORSHIP MUSICAL
Abington Presbyterian Church
The children's choris of APC are lead by Ruth Ideen-Sall in a moving musical presentation of The Three Trees , a childrens musical which sets a folk tale reflecting the Good News at the heart of the liturgy on this somber day.
POTTSTOWN AREA ARTISTS GUILD APRIL TALK
The Boyer Gallery at The Hill School Center For The Arts
Nancy Bea Miller will talk about her life in art and writing
Artist and Author Nancy Bea Miller will talk about for her still life paintings and figurative work. She will discuss her work and career to date, making art despite the various struggles of life, that in her case includes a child born with profound disabilities, writing, and teaching.
She writes that "The richness of the world is almost overwhelming, crowding in at us from all sides and using every sense organ to make itself known. In my art I process this sensory overload by simplifying and focusing, by gathering up and presenting little stories people and objects tell as they relate to each other visually in space and time. When I paint or photograph, I create a picture of stillness pregnant with impending movement: a moment held in suspension, inviting the viewer's contemplation Unexpected or inexplicable details in an image may trip up the viewer's accustomed visual progression causing them to stop and look again. I love such 'speed bump' moments, which cause us to pause, to appreciate something new in a familiar situation. I like to remind myself of the profound un-knowableness of the known world."
Pottstown Area Artists Guild is sponsoring this talk. It will be held on Tuesday, April 16th, from 7 to 9 PM in the Boyer Gallery at The Hill School Center For The Arts at 760 Beech Street near the intersection of Beech and Sheridan Streets in Pottstown, PA. This event is free and open to the public.
HOUSE OF KNIGHT BURLESQUE PRESENTS HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS
Join us for Divas of the Silver Screen Burlesque Show; House of Knight presents a night of singing, dancing, burlesque, drag and magic.
The only Vaudeville Burlesque Troupe in MontCo. We are Positive you'll have a great time!
We are your local troupe and we had been performing in Leigh Valley where we did a Food Drive for Manna On Main in December. We are bringing our show home to Lansdale were we will love to be an active part of this wonderful accepting community.
THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY CASH STARRING PHILIP BAUER
Valley Forge Casino Resort
The Legend of Johnny Cash Starring Philip Bauer has been named the world’s greatest tribute to Johnny Cash by AXS TV and the show has seen by sold out crowds in Australia, Canada, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Philip Bauer brings the sound and charisma of Johnny Cash to life in his 90 minute stage show. W.S. Holland ( Johnny Cashs’ only drummer) summed it up after playing for Philip, “It was spooky. He is the best I have ever seen.” For a great evening of entertainment, don’t miss a touching tribute to The Legend of Johnny Cash Starring Philip Bauer on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm in The Venue at Valley Forge Casino Resort.
On the Stage
THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE
April 10 - 16
Steel River Playhouse
There is a poor fisherman who lives with his wife in a hovel by the sea. One day the fisherman catches a fish, which claims to be an enchanted prince and begs to be set free. ... When his wife hears the story, she says he ought to have had the fish grant him a wish.
April 12 - 20
A children’s storybook has caught the attention of the Alabama State Senate. The Rabbits’ Wedding by Garth Williams presents a controversial idea at a time when segregation still presides. Emily, the Alabama State Librarian, is approached by the Senator and asked to remove the book from the shelves. A powerful piece of literature is about to be banned, but an even more powerful movement in history is about to change the southern town of Montgomery and the relationships there.
COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: SPECIAL EVENT JOE DEROSA
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Joe DeRosa, in recent years, has acted quite a bit, being seen as recurring crooked veterinarian Dr. Caldera on AMC’s Better Call Saul. He also has made appearances on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, FX’s Louie,HBO’s Bored To Death, E’s Chelsea Lately, and in the video game Grand Theft Auto V
WE ARE ALL HOMELESS
March 9 - April 27
Saint Miriam Parish and Friary
Saint Miriam will be the next home for the WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project. The exhibit will feature a cross-section of the works from Willie Baronet on two levels of the parish. We will also tie into this exhibit our Lenten experience for 2019. We will sink more deeply into how we live a life of service and care for the marginalized and the lost and the lonely. We will try to deepen our own will, too, as we seek the homeless, the food insecure, and the forgotten. From the opening of the exhibit on March 9th to its closing celebration on April 27th, we will become homeless.
The WE ARE ALL HOMELESS project began in 1993 due to the awkwardness its founder, Artist, and professor, Willie Baronet, felt when he pulled up to an intersection and encountered a person holding a sign, asking for help. Willie has since purchased more than 1,300 homeless signs over the past 24 years, and he uses this collection to create installations to raise awareness about homelessness. Like many of us, he wrestled with whether or not he was doing good by giving them money or to simply ignore them or avoid their steely gaze. Mostly he admitted the internal struggle with his moral obligation, and how his own choices contributed in conscious or unconscious ways to poverty. Willie struggled with the unfairness of the lives people are born into, the physical, mental, and psychological handicaps. In his struggle, he avoided eye contact with those on the street, unwilling to really see them, and in doing so – like most of us – avoided seeing parts of himself. That changed once he began asking these people if they would sell their signs! Willie's relationship to the homeless has been powerfully and permanently altered and now, so has the world.