This weekend brings a brand new batch of exciting events in Montgomery County. The last remaining fall festivals of October, plenty of historic events along the Patriot Trails and much more await travelers and locals alike!
BERMAN MUSEUM FALL FEST
Fall fun for the whole family! The community is invited to the Berman Museum of Art’s Fall Fest! Activities include: Berman Bingo, Indoor scavenger hunts, Indoor exhibition tours, screenings of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, outdoor sculpture tours, including the new Cubed Curve sculpture from New York City, Outdoor games and crafts, Snacks and prizes, visits by the Ursinus Bear mascot, raffle for prizes such as posters, skeleton T-shirts, tickets to the IBT performance of The Nutcracker at the Kaleidoscope, and Ursinus College swag.
WINTERFEST: SKI + SNOWBOARD TRAVEL EXPO
Crowne Plaza Hotel - King of Prussia
Join local snow sports community for an afternoon of fun. Meet mountain reps from across North America, find amazing deals on vacation packages, and learn about the benefits of ski club membership. Event and Fundraising Auction hosted by the Eastern PA Ski Council.
Beer, Wine & Spirits
Black Powder Tavern
We’re celebrating Halloween with 4 special martinis and a spooky bash to boot on. No Halloween party is complete without costumes! Adorn your most impressive look when you join us for the chance to win a $50 gift card to our restaurant.
The Deep Eddy Betty Models will be here to help us choose a winner in addition to offering up some cool prizes and samples!
A TASTE OF BUCKS-MONT
Warrington Country Club & Banquet Center
A Taste of Bucks-Mont is an event that highlights the community's best food, wine, beer, and spirits while raising money for the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association (PRLA) Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund and the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Philadelphia Chapter. Join us for a can't miss evening that will be full of food, music, libations, tastings, raffles and a silent auction. Be the Judge of our evening's competition of The People's Choice Awards: 6 categories (Appetizer, Entrée, Dessert, Best Beer, Best Cocktail & School Competition Winner)
$25 in advance/$35 at the door
AUTUMN SPLENDOR FALL FOLIAGE - FRECON FARMS HARD CIDER TASTING FOR PARLOR PASSENGERS
Colebrookdale Railroad Preservation Trust
THE BEST FOLIAGE IN PENNSYLVANIA! Spectacular autumn colors and the rich fragrances of fall in the Secret Valley delight the senses while locally-produced autumn snacks and ciders available on board warm the soul. Our 1920s Deluxe Coach, Dining Car, First Class Parlor Car, and Open Car -The Secret Valley Explorer- provide the perfect hayride on the rails. Two-hour round trip departing and arriving in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Our Deluxe Coach serves beverages only.
CREATURES OF THE NIGHT
Norristown Farm Park
Hear a seasonal story and make some spooky crafts. Do black cats, bats, and owls scare you? Take a close look at some of the animals that are active at night. Learn about their special adaptations for hunting in the dark. Watch out! There may be a trick or a treat! Pre-registration is required; meet in the Salt Wing.
Ages 3 & up with an adult; fee: $5 per child.
BIRDS OF NORRISTOWN FARM PARK
Norristown Farm Park
Special guest Ruth Pfeffer (who leads ‘Birding with Ruth’ walks at many locations both far and near) will be visiting the Farm Park with a slide show featuring birds that have been seen here. Discover birds you’ve probably never seen before as well as some of our common species. Learn about bird migration and the importance of habitat. Pre-registration is preferred. The indoor program will be held in the Salt Wing.
Ages: adults & children 7 & up; free.
AUTHOR EVENT: STEPHEN FRIED: "RUSH"
Upper Dublin Public Library
Join the Upper Dublin & Wissahickon Valley Public Libraries as we welcome Philadelphia author and investigative journalist Stephen Fried as he debuts his latest book “Rush: Revolution, Madness & the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father”. Author Q & A, book signing and additional books for sale to follow. Presented by WVPL & UDPL in collaboration with Open Book Bookstore.
THE JOURNEY NORTH: EXPLORING REASONS FOR MIGRATION FROM HONDURAS TO THE UNITED STATES
A group of some 2,000 migrants left Honduras earlier this month and headed for the United States, triggering a threat from President Drumpf to shut down the southern border and cut off aid to Honduras and neighboring countries. What is happening in Honduras, why are so many Hondurans migrating, and what is to be done? Come for a discussion with Professor Rebecca Evans (Department of Politics & International Relations) about the root causes behind the migrants’ efforts to seek asylum in the United States as well as possible U.S. responses to migrants seeking to flee systemic violence, corruption, and poverty in their home countries. Light refreshments will be served.
Peter Wentz Farmstead
What happened at the Wentz House after the sun went down? Come to explore night time in the 1700s and what it meant for residents of a home like the Wentz families. Tours offered at 7:30 / 7:50 / 8:10 / 8:30 / 8:50; Pre-registration required. All ages; suggested donation $2 per person
1777 WHITEMARSH ENCAMPMENT
The sound of musket fire will ring out on Saturday, November 4, during the annual 1777 Whitemarsh Encampment at Hope Lodge. The day includes Revolutionary War skirmishes, Colonial craft demonstrations, an appearance by Ben Franklin and more.
37TH ANNUAL REVOLUTIONARY WAR REENACTMENT
On Saturday, November 3, 2018, 10 AM to 4 PM Hope Lodge will host their 37th annual encampment re-enactment. Revolutionary War skirmishes on the grounds are scheduled for 11:30 am & 2:30 pm.
Since 1982, Hope Lodge has held re-enactments to commemorate the time from November 2 to December 11, 1777, when General George Washington and the Continental Army encamped in the Whitemarsh Hills surrounding Hope Lodge. Come and experience 18th-century life in Fort Washington. Reenactors dressed in authentic American and British uniforms will march to the beat of fife and drum and demonstrate the military tactics used during the Revolutionary War.
After the skirmish, visit a Revolutionary encampment where women in colonial dress demonstrate Open Hearth Cooking and children play colonial games. Textile and dyeing demonstrations, a papermaking activity presented by Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, games including a Children's Muster Drill and scavenger hunt, plus experiments of Dr. Benjamin Franklin presented by Michael Kochan are events planned for the day.
There will also be a lecture and book signing by Mary Stockwell, author of Unlikely General: "Mad" Anthony Wayne and the Battle for America. The Hope Lodge mansion will be open for tours. Sutlers selling their wares, a bake sale, and food will be available for purchase. Come and enjoy a day in the past. Admission charged. Information at http://www.historichopelodge.org/encampment
REQUIEM FOR A RUNNING BACK
WHAT SHOULD MATTER TO ME?
Follow Director Rebecca Carpenter’s odyssey across America, as she learns about the brain disease that enveloped her father, Lew Carpenter, star running back and assistant coach of the legendary Green Bay Packers. Director Rebecca Carpenter’s father, Lew Carpenter, was a running back for Vince Lombardi’s NFL Champion Green Bay Packers. When he dies, her family receives a surprise call from Boston University’s Ann McKee requesting his brain – with shocking results
October 23 - November 18
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.
by Donald Margulies
Oct. 23-Nov. 18
LAST CHANCE: A successful short story writer tries to mentor her student, but ends up creating a rival in this engaging drama with witty, acerbic dialogue. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. "A writer of wit and intelligence" -Variety
It’s 1926 and radium is a miracle cure, Madame Curie is an international celebrity, and luminous watches are the latest rage, but the women painting the watch dials are falling ill. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls chronicles the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights the U.S. Radium Corporation responsible for poisoning its employees. Gregory’s drama offers an uncompromising and uncannily timely look at American obsessions with health, wealth, and the commercialization of science.
*There will be a post-show discussion with the cast and director following this performance*
Thursday, November 1 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 2 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 3 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 pm
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME
November 2 - November 11
Methacton Community Theater
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film's Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell's new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo's gothic novel.The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn't the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it's up to Quasimodo to save them all.
THE PERFECT DOG MUSICAL
The Centre Theater
"Starving Artist Prevention" and the Centre Theater presents The Perfect Dog, a musical adapted from the book of the same name by John O’Hurley, host of The National Dog Show Presented by Purina Thanksgiving Day special on NBC. The children's musical production is part of National Dog Show Month in Philadelphia, which occurs every year in conjunction with the Kennel Club of Philadelphia’s National Dog Show.
BLISS WEDDING SHOWCASE
Valley Forge Casino Resort
Valley Forge Casino Resort hosts one of the area's largest bridal shows, the Bliss Wedding Showcase, this Sunday afternoon. Meet local vendors, taste some of the best food in Montco, and catch the bridal fashion show. Plus one lucky couple will win a seven-day Norwegian cruise to the Caribbean or Mexico.
THE BEST BOUTIQUE BRIDAL SHOW
Merion Tribute House
Ticket Includes: our signature gift bag for each bride, a chance to meet and mingle with the best local wedding experts, indulge in fabulous food, wedding cakes, & bubbly, collect brilliant planning advice- with a live appearance from “The Wedding Coaches”!, score front row access to the hottest designer fashions, a fun time for your friends, your mom, and fiancé! and, our personal favorites… the awesome prizes! Truly the best!