Valentine's Day is almost here and romance is starting to appear on our calendar of events with Valentine's Dinner Trains from the Colebrookdale Railroad. But the big day is still a week away, and there's plenty of events to enjoy right now, including the annual Philadelphia Golf and Travel Show. It's also the last week to catch two current theater productions, and your only chance this year to see Masters of Illusion live in Montco.
Still need a reason to visit? Here's 13 events coming to Valley Forge and Montgomery County this week that you won't want to miss.
PHILADELPHIA GOLF AND TRAVEL SHOW
February 9 - 11
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
The Philadelphia Golf Show is a must-visit for any golf lover. The event includes aisles of vendors, demo ranges, long drive championship, long putt challenge, guest speakers and instructors, and much more. Be sure to stop by the Destination Montco Golf booth for more information on more than 50 golf courses right here in Montgomery County, Pa.
ROMANCE ON RAILS: VALENTINE'S DINNER TRAIN
February 9, 10 & 11
Celebrate Valentine's Day in Edwardian splendor as you ride the rails on the Colebrookdale Railroad. The Valentine's Dinner Train will carry couples on a romantic journey through the Secret Valley with Champagne and chocolate for all and roses for the ladies.
Live Music, Comedy and Performances
August Moon Restaurant
Crying Sam Entertainment presents Second Saturday Jazz, featuring some of the area's best in jazz music taking the stage at the August Moon Restaurant in Norristown. This week's featured performer is Conjunto Philadelphia.
TERENCE BLANCHARD & E-COLLECTIVE
Montgomery County Community College
The Montgomery County Community College's Lively Arts Series continues on Saturday with a performance by Terence Blanchard and E-Collective. Blanchard leads this revolutionary jazz ensemble with his virtuoso trumpet playing.
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Closing Week: At an all-girls boarding school, a malicious young girl named Mary starts a rumor about owners Karen and Martha. As the rumor spreads, it turns into a town-wide scandal that threatens to ruin the school, relationships, careers, and lives. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Steel River Playhouse
Boy, a new play by writer Anna Zielger, is a story of love in the midst of confusion about sexual identity. Based on the true story, the play calls into question how we become who we are. Performances are Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.
MORNING'S AT SEVEN
Wednesday - Sunday
Closing Week: Morning's at Seven, the latest production from People's Light, is a comedy-drama that puts the focus on family dysfunction. Four close-knit sisters confront long-held secrets with humor in this play by Paul Osborn. Performances are held Wednesday through Sunday. Showtimes vary. Be sure to check daily schedule for details.
SEARCHLIGHT SERIES: LAUREN-BROOKE EISEN
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
The Searchlight Series at Eastern State Penitentiary explores contemporary issues in corrections with experts from varied backgrounds. On Tuesday, author Lauren-Brooke Eisen discusses her book Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration, where she gives the perspective of inmates, their families, correctional staff, and more.
THE SOUTHERN CAMPAIGN OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Washington Memorial Chapel
The Valley Forge Park Alliance Speaker Series is held on the first Monday of every month from fall through spring. This month, local historian and park guide at Valley Forge David Lawrence will present a look at the Southern Campaign, the last-ditch attempt by the British to quell the rebellion and win the war by taking the fighting to the southern colonies.
VALENTINES WORKSHOP FOR KIDS
Kids can celebrate Valentine's Day like it's 1899 at Pennypacker Mills. On February 10, the historic home will host a Valentine's Workshop for Kids where all children in attendance will create a lacy Victorian card, a bee mine hanging decoration, a paper heart-themed quilt ornament, and a sachet tote with lavender potpourri to share.
AMERICAN GIRL TEA & HISTORY
Bring your children (and their dolls) to the Schwenkfelder Library on Sunday for an American Girl Tea & History program. Enjoy an afternoon tea while learning about the featured American Girl doll and what life would have been like during her era.