Warmer days and longer nights mean that spring is officially here. Say goodbye the winter blues and hello to fresh new events and things to do right here in Montgomery County!
SPRING INTO WELLNESS AT SUBURBAN SQUARE
A curated day of wellness, learning and movement to revisit your resolutions, sample healthy food and beverages, tour the Farmers Market with a nutritionist. This event is in collaboration with Rise Gatherings. In addition, enjoy yoga, athletic wear modeling and a fitness class sponsored by Life Time Athletic.
Yes, Bob Saget has starred in many successful television shows, including two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced ("Full House" and "Americas Funniest Home Videos") but he’s also an out of his mind, Grammy-nominated standup comedian for over thirty years. From his HBO special "That Ain't Right" to his scene-stealing cameos in "Entourage," and "The Aristocrats," it’s always effective as Saget embraces his dark side.
ONE BOOK, ONE MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Adriana Trigiani’s book, Tony’s Wife, is this year’s Montgomery County Libraries “One Book, One County,” selection
EVENT DATE: April 11, 2019
Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author, will speak on Thursday, April 11 at 2:00 pm at Ursinus College, Bomberger Auditorium, and at 7:00 pm at Keneseth Israel Synagogue in Elkins Park. Book sale and signing to follow both events.
The libraries of Montgomery County are sponsoring the annual “One Book, One County.” This year’s book is Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani. Love, ambition, and the consequences of both lie at the heart of this spellbinding epic of two working-class kids who become a successful singing act during the big band era of the 1940s. Tony’s Wife is a richly layered novel that explores how a traditional Italian-American family grapples with the seismic shifts they face in a rapidly changing world. Replete with a pageant of vivid, complex characters, this deeply human saga of love and sacrifice showcases Adriana Trigiani’s gifts as a captivating storyteller and reveals her understanding that there are many different kinds of families: that over time love can evolve in ways that nobody can predict, especially when the hearts involved are open to forgiveness.
Visit www.MontcoLibraries.org to find out about local tie-in events and for ticket information. Tickets prices are $15 and $20 plus a service charge.
ONE BOOK, ONE COUNTY thanks Ursinus College, Keneseth Israel Synagogue, Open Book Bookstore of Elkins Park, and The Arcadia Foundation.
Beer, Wine & Spirits Events
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!
SCREENING OF SISTERS IN FREEDOM
Woodmere Art Museum
Lecturer: History Making Productions
Sisters in Freedom, a documentary produced by History Making Productions, tells the story of pioneering black and white women in the 1830s who defied social, economic, and cultural norms to come together to agitate against slavery, white supremacy, and inequality of race and gender. A presentation on the film will follow.
RUTH'S SPRING CLEANING
Banish dust and dirt the colonial way at “Ruth’s Spring Cleaning” at Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, April 13th, from 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Roll up your sleeves to discover how people in the 18th century kept their homes clean. Take part in cleaning the reproduction kitchen, from sweeping away cobwebs to wiping down the hearth. Learn how to clean and polish tables and discover how wood ash was used as a cleaning agent. Lend a hand with the laundry to help remove spots and stains from fabric. See how soap was made and uncover the surprising ingredients used to make it. Living history interpreters invite all ages to take part in the hands-on history. Discover if your cleaning meets the high standards of an 18th century housekeeper at Pottsgrove Manor.
The Museum Shop will also be open and has books, soaps, period reproduction items, and much more. Tours of the 1752 manor home of the Potts family will also be available. This event is Rain or Shine and welcomes all ages. There is a suggested $2.00 donation per person.
Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422 near the Carousel at Pottsgrove and Manatawny Green Miniature Golf Course, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites.
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.
GOLDEN GATE WINGMEN
Ardmore Music Hall
In the tradition of psychedelic dance music, the Golden Gate Wingmen keep the Grateful spirit alive! Comprised of musicians that have performed extensively with the original members of the Grateful Dead, the Wingmen delight audiences with original songs, as well as a wide variety of covers and Grateful tunes. United by their love to jam and make people dance, Golden Gate Wingmen formed in 2014 to perform a show at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California. As Furthur finished a wonderful run of over 300 shows, Kadlecik, Chimenti and Lane wished to carry on their musical brotherhood, and with his creative and unique approach to playing bass, Mathis completed this amazing quartet. Touring nationwide over the last several years, the Wingmen have developed a style all their own. From Bob Dylan to Van Morrison, to Bob Marley to Led Zeppelin, the Wingmen create a fusion of rock, funk and jazz like no one else!
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.
On the Stage
AIN'T I A WOMAN: MY JOURNEY TO WOMANHOOD LAVERNE COX
Laverne Cox explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne draws from her own personal narrative to share how she has been able to navigate the world and all it's challenges. From growing up in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress, to finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew at heart was her destiny, Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love.
COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: BUDDY FITZPATRICK AND MARION GRODIN
Valley Forge Casino Resort
As seen in the Sopranos, on Gotham Comedy Live AXSTV, and two appearances on nickmom Night Out. When not currently headlining, Buddy can be seen opening for Joy Behar and was a frequent opener for Joan Rivers. He recently completed film work on American Brawler, Hospital Arrest, Blue Lives Matter, and Puppets
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.
SAME TIME NEXT YEAR
March 19 - April 14
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.
by Bernard Slade
The beloved Broadway romantic comedy. George and Doris - married to other people - meet for an annual tryst for 24 years. Starring Tony Braithwaite and Tracie Higgins.
"Genuinely funny and genuinely romantic" -The New York Post
ACS BRIDAL SHOW
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Join Valley Forge Casino Resort in welcoming the ACS Bridal Show on April 14 at the Event Center! The Bridal Show offers everything: fashion shows, live music, wedding vendors, cash prizes, giveaways, and more!
Don’t forget to visit the Valley Forge Weddings booth while you’re at the Bridal Show!