It's officially March, which means spring weather one day, snow the next. While the forecast may be a bit unpredictable, this week's batch of Montco exclusive events is guaranteed to make your whole week. For sunny and snowy days alike, Montgomery County has something for everyone. Check out our favorites below!
PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW
March 2 - 10
Pennsylvania Convention Center
The Annual Philadelphia Flower Show is one of the region's largest and most popular yearly exhibits, and getting to see the show is easier than ever when you book your stay in one of Montgomery County's 75 incredible hotels. When you book your stay in a Montco hotel, you'll have easy access to Septa regional rail lines, which take you right into the heart of the city for a fraction of the cost.
This year's theme of "Flower Power" celebrates one of America's most iconic era's; the 60's. Join the movement and celebrate peace, love, and flowers!
A BOWIE CELEBRATION: THE DAVID BOWIE ALUMNI TOUR MIKE GARSON, EARL SLICK, CHARLIE SEXTON, CARMINE ROJAS, BERNARD FOWLER, COREY GLOVER, LEE JOHN
Join key alumni musicians of David Bowie's bands from across the decades, anchored by his longest standing member Mike Garson along with other amazing Bowie band alumni with A BOWIE CELEBRATION: The David Bowie Alumni Tour featuring an unforgettable and critically acclaimed evening of Bowie songs with world-class vocalists and an ever-rotating mix of hits and deep cuts.
Beer, Wine & Spirits Events
WHISKEY AND BEER DINNER
Iron Abbey Gastro Pub
4 Whiskeys, 4 Beers, 4 Courses!
Attendants receive complimentary bottles of Iron Abbey's Limited release of Fear Me Lords Imperial Stout and Iron Abbey Maker's Mark Private Select Bourbon No. 5
Fear Me Lords Imperial Stout is barrel-aged in our Maker's Mark select barrel with coffee, cocoa nibs, and Madagascar vanilla. We will release this new creation alongside three other beers from Stable 12 and four whiskeys from Maker's Mark.
Can't make dinner? Limited bottle release of the Fear Me Lords Imperial Stout also tapping March 14th at 7 pm here at Iron Abbey!
SECRET VALLEY EXPEDITION MOLLY MAGUIRE'S IRISH DINNER
Traditional Irish Dinner served to our Dining car passengers provided by Molly Maguire's Irish Restaurant & Pub of Phoenixville.
Bottle of Guinness provided to those over the age of 21.
Appetizer: Corn Beef Reuben Spring Rolls served with thousand island sauce
Main Course: Shepherd's Pie (savory ground beef, carrots, celery, onions and peas ina homemade gravy topped with Molly's mashed potatoes)
Dessert: Irish Bread Pudding
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!
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.
MARC MAUER: THE MEANING OF LIFE: THE CASE FOR ABOLISHING LIFE SENTENCES
Today one in every seven people in U.S. prisons is serving a life sentence, a massive increase over previous decades. Marc Mauer will explore the policy changes that have produced this historic growth, and present evidence that life imprisonment actually reduces public safety.
Marc Mauer is the executive director of The Sentencing Project and one of the nation’s leading experts on sentencing policy, race, and the criminal justice system. In 2018 he was named a “Frederick Douglass 200” awardee as one of 200 individuals “who best embody the spirit and work of Frederick Douglass.”
This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections. The Searchlight Series discussions take place the first Tuesday of every month, free and open to the public. No reservations required.
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.
FREEDOM'S JOURNAL: THE ART OF JERRY PINKNEY - OPEN HOUSE
Woodmere Art Museum
Master watercolorist and renowned illustrator, Jerry Pinkney (born 1939) is celebrated worldwide. The exhibition focuses on the subject of civil rights and the pursuit of freedom and includes over 100 of the artist’s illustrations. A robust schedule of lectures and events, many of them with participation by the artist himself, will take place through the run of the exhibition.
OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION
Saturday, March 9 | Noon-4 pm
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
SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS
March 1 - March 10
With his own disappearance, Sherlock Holmes himself has become London's great mystery. Now it's up to a band of young rascals, The Baker Street Irregulars, to solve the case on their own. Sherlock's adversary, Moriarty, is said to have killed him, but the ragtag children are determined to convince people otherwise. When the Mayor's daughter goes missing, they have yet another piece of the puzzle to solve. Will Moriarty get the better of them? Or will this unlikely crew be able to find the answers and bring Sherlock back?
COMEDY CLUB PRESENTS: MIKE CANNON
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Mike has recently appeared as a regular guest on Fox’s Red Eye, a talking head on TruTV’s Greatest Ever, as a panelist on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, TruTV’s Top Funniest, MTV’s Failosophy, MTV’s Money From Strangers, MSG’s The Bracket and has been a contributing writer/performer for MTV2’s Guy Code. Chafin has toured with the USO to perform in Korea, Japan, Africa and Iraq. He has been a staff writer for the Sci-Fi Channel, and contributing writer for many television shows. Dustin is a regular on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio—he has been featured on Jim Breuer Unleashed, Court TV Radio, Blue Collar Radio, Howard Stern radio, Howard Demand, Insight Channel and Raw Dog. He was also featured on ABC’s special coverage of the New York Comedy Festival.
JEFF BOYER'S BUBBLE TROUBLE SHOW
The Young Arts Explorers (YAE) series presents Jeff Boyer's Bubble Trouble Show! A bubble volcano. Bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around. Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages. A hit at performing arts centers, festivals … anywhere there’s air!
TELEVISION PSYCHIC MEDIUM MATT FRASER LIVE GROUP READING
Valley Forge Casino Resort
You have seen him on FOX News, CBS Radio, NBC Morning News & More. NOW join Internationally Renowned Psychic and Medium Matt Fraser LIVE for an uplifting group reading as he helps you connect with loved ones that have passed at The Venue at Valley Forge Casino.
Internationally renowned psychic and medium Matthew Fraser is Dynamic. Electric. The Real Deal. Matt continues his mission to connect those who have passed with the loved ones they left behind in the uplifting event “Medium with a Message”. The messages he’s asked to deliver frequently include names, dates, and locations Matt couldn’t possibly know, and only add to his long established credibility as one of the most sincere and unpretentious mediums working to bridge the spiritual gap between the living and the deceased. Due to Matt’s personal and oftentimes humorous interaction with the audience, all attendees can be guaranteed to have a great time and leave feeling uplifted. But what truly matters is that the messages from heaven will touch hearts and change lives. And that’s why Matt Fraser is bringing this event to us all.