Happy St. Patrick's Day, Montgomery County! This year's holiday is packed with parades, restaurant specials and adventurous outings all across Montco. Celebrate the joys of Irish heritage with some of our favorite things to do. Éirinn go Brách!
Conshohocken St. Patrick's Parade
Begins at 2 pm
Fayette Street, Conshohocken
Join in the celebration of all things Celtic this weekend at Conshohocken's annual St. Patrick's Parade. The parade is produced by the A.O.H. Notre Dame Division 1 Montgomery County. The day will kick off with a pre-parade Irish Coffee Contest followed by traditional Irish music and dancing and a day full of fun activities that will have you saying Sláinte to everyone you meet.
THE 69TH PENNSYLVANIA IRISH VOLUNTEERS: AN IRISH CIVIL WAR BAND
Crooked Eye Brewery
Musical CD Credits: Rock of Erin (2002); In Their Honor (2006)
Movie Credit: Placebo-(Anomaly Films 2008): winner of the 2009 Festivus Film Festival for best Cinematography (Denver, CO).
All proceeds will be donated to Civil War battlefield, tombstone dedications and Irish preservation projects
Beer, Wine & Spirits Events
ST. PATRICK'S DAY EXPEDITION
Join us on the Colebrookdale Railroad for one hour and forty five minutes of merrymaking -- Irish style. Don your kelly green attire, gather up your shamrocks, and get ready for a rambling good time. If we are lucky enough, we'll even see a rainbow!
We're serving Corned Beef and Cabbage on the dining car. Coffee, hot tea and water is included.
We will have Green Beer and Irish Coffee available.
KING OF PRUSSIA RESTAURANT WEEK FEAT. GRITTY & THE FANATIC
Xfinity King of Prussia
No restaurant week is complete without a special guest appearance. Stop by the KOP Town Center's Xfinity store to meet Philadelphia's most iconic mascot, The Philly Phanatic, and the city's newest star, Gritty from 12-1pm this Saturday.
- Gritty in-store meet and greet appearance 12-1pm
- WPEN 97.5 The Fanatic radio remote 11:30am-1:30pm
SECRET VALLEY EXPEDITION
Board one of our meticulously restored century-old rail cars for a two-hour expedition into one of the most scenic and historic regions in the northeast. Once the province of pioneers and patriots, the Colebrookdale is your ticket to a verdant land lost in time.
SUNDAY FAMILY/PUBLIC SKATING
February 22 - March 30
Philadelphia Skating Club & Humane Society
Get the family together for Sunday afternoon skating! We offer family/public skating on Sundays in February and March (excluding March 3rd) from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Admission is $10 per person (regardless of age) and $5 per skate rental. Come join us!
ELMWOOD PARK ZOO - TREETOP ADVENTURES
$5 Off Admission
Treetop Adventures features over 70 challenge games and zip lines spanning as high as 50 feet in the trees of the Elmwood Park Zoo. Receive $5 off admission when you present your valid SEPTA TrailPass, TransPass, One Day Independence Pass, SEPTA Key or SEPTA Employee ID.
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.
THE ART OF LOOKING TOURS
Woodmere Art Museum
The Art of Looking Tours
Session A: Wednesdays, March 6 & 13
Session B: Wednesdays, April 3 & 10
The Art of Looking will deepen your ability to make your experiences with art more meaningful. Each meeting will focus on a different artwork. The tours are designed to engage sensory perceptions, and to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and fun environment.
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
COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: KEVIN BRENNAN
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Known for his no holds barred style, Kevin Brennan is one of the top standup comedians in the country. Brennan started his comedy career in Chicago but soon relocated to New York City to pursue his dream of being on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” He shined on his first Letterman appearance which then led to subsequent memorable appearances on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “Last Call with Carson Daly”.
BODY SHOTS TOUR BERT KREISCHER
BERT KREISCHER is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and host who performs to sellout crowds across the country. His standup special BERT KREISCHER: SECRET TIME is currently streaming globally on NETFLIX. Described as having a “rare and incredible talent” (Interrobang), Bert has evolved from being named Rolling Stone’s 1997 "Number One Partier in the Nation" to one of the top names in comedy. Between his two previous stand-up specials, THE MACHINE on Showtime (2016) and COMFORTABLY DUMB on Comedy Central (2009), his two podcasts: “Bertcast,” and “Open Tabs,” his YouTube cooking show: “Something’s Burning,” his book Life of the Party: Stories of a Perpetual Man-Child (2014), along with formerly hosting the Travel Channel’s TRIP FLIP and BERT THE CONQUEROR and FX’s HURT BERT, Bert has succeeded in finding the elusive blend of “being a cringe comedian with real insight” (Interrobang). Lauded as one of the best storytellers of his generation, Bert seamlessly and sincerely shares anecdotes about his family and fatherhood while showing his ability to prove “that there’s a way to take his [party-boy] antics into middle-age,” (Forbes). In January 2019, Bert will kick off the BODY SHOTS WORLD TOUR where he will travel across the US and across Europe. Tickets can be found at BertBertBert.com.
March 15 - March 30
The Village Players of Hatboro
Catherine has inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. She has spent years caring for her now-deceased father, and upon his death, she feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life without him. Caught between a new-found connection with Hal, one of her father’s former students, and the reappearance of her sister, Claire, Catherine finds both her world and her mind growing increasingly unstable. Then Hal discovers a groundbreaking proof among the 103 notebooks Catherine’s father left behind, and Catherine is forced to further question how much of her father’s genius or madness will she inherit. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Auburn’s Proof is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love.
March 14 - April 7
A surprisingly funny story of seething tensions and missed connections, from the author of The Whale.
In the days before the Internet, a small town editor plays matchmaker by publishing a newspaper that runs personal ads, uniting the truck drivers who traverse America’s lonely roads. When her own lost lover resurfaces, long-simmering tensions expose carefully guarded secrets, by turns hilarious, exhilarating, and poignant. Meanwhile Matthew, an eager young writer, compels his jaded mentors to consider whether recommitting to the human race is worth all the trouble.