PRINCESS & PIRATES PARTY
Maggiano's Little Italy
If you think there aren’t a lot of kid-centric events in King of Prussia, this event proves that you “ARRRR” wrong! Maggiano’s Little Italy is holding a party where both beautiful Belle and rapscallion Jack Sparrow are both equally welcome. Kids can dress up; parents can enjoy a cash bar; the buffet will be loaded with Maggiano’s signature dishes and the roster includes storytelling, arts & crafts and songs.
LIVINGSTON TAYLOR AND SUSAN WERNER
The Colonial Theatre
The music gene within the Taylor family runs deep (you may have heard of Livingston’s older brother, James), which helps explain his longevity in the recording industry. That and his prodigious talents. He has written Top-10 hits and toured with artists such as Fleetwood Mac and Linda Ronstadt. In this live appearance at The Colonial Theatre he is paired with sing-songwriter Susan Werner.
I AND YOU
April 2 - 23
The Washington Post has characterized this play – one of the most produced new dramas in America in 2016 – as being “sharp and funny.” The production at People’s Light represents the Philadelphia-area premier of an unconventional romance among high-school students. She’s a cynic; he’s an easygoing athlete. And their assignment to collaborate on a school report has interesting repercussions.
MEET ALEXANDER HAMILTON
Washington Memorial Chapel
The news that Hamilton, the Broadway smash, is coming to Philadelphia in 2018 has stoked yet more interest in an American who was an astute attorney, co-author of the Federalist Papers and first Secretary of the Treasury. This presentation at Washington Memorial Chapel is both factual and theatrical, with Eben Kuhns, actor, channeling Mr. Hamilton and enabling this giant in history to speak for himself.
ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION
Opening April 6
Berman Museum of Art
Celebrating more than a quarter-century of student art achievement at Ursinus College, this annual showcase introduces attendees to new work by talented art students. Media on display at the Berman represent expertise in the disciplines of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation, mixed media and photography.
LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER OPENING
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
Finding a family-friendly outing in Plymouth Meeting will be a snap with the opening of LEGOLAND Discovery Center. The 33,000 square feet of square-bricked fun will be packed with a Miniland, displaying all-brick versions of Philadelphia-area icons; a 4D Cinema featuring wind, water and fog effects; Pirate Adventure Island, a soft-play area for young children; LEGO Racers Build and Test, which includes racing ramps; and DUPLO Park, a big spot for little imaginations.
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE
April 7 - 22
Author Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None has been adapted to the stage, to film (eight times) and television, primarily on the strength of the plot: ten individuals trapped on an island are killed off one by one. What happens when only one remains? You’ll need to get to DCP Theatre during this run to find out.
JAPANESE CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
April 8 & 15
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Sure, Washington D.C. makes a big deal out of its blossoming cherry trees. But the Montgomery County-centric tribute to branches laden with pink flowers is not only closer, it’s paired with a deep dive into the Japanese cultural influence on Morris Arboretum. The two-day event includes the thundering Kyo Daiko Drumming Crew and a traditional Japanese tea. All events are free with gardens admission.
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON HOUSE REOPENING
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
The John James Audubon Center – home to one of the American icons of art and nature – has been under wraps for months, undergoing an extensive renovation. It’s time now to take down the scaffolding, fold up the drop cloths and unveil the onsite work of the historic-artisans. Visitors can expect new exhibits in the galleries, a refresh of the library and gift shop and a recharged presentation of the home’s history. In celebration of this re-do, admission from April 8-23 is free.
SWOOP'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Elmwood Park Zoo
When Philadelphia’s favorite football team is encouraged to “Fly, Eagles, Fly,” it’s usually on the wings of Swoop, the team’s fabulously feathered fan. Elmwood Park Zoo, a destination that never shies away from a good celebration, is throwing Swoop a birthday bash. The party takes place in the picnic pavilion, and the guest list – still being formulated – will be extensive enough to ensure that no sports fan’s feathers are ruffled.
THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE COCKTAIL
Abington Art Center
Of all the arts supported by Abington Art Center, this one has some kick. Andre Schloss, an award-winning cookbook author and teacher, mixes things up with a presentation on making a great cocktail. He’ll speak in detail about “balance” (incorporating the architectural theme in the title), describing how mixing techniques, bitters, equipment and ingredients all work together for a superb sip.
MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION OPENING
Museum of the American Revolution
April 19, the anniversary of the “Shot Heard ‘Round the World,” which kicked off the whole independence shebang for the colonists, was chosen as opening day for the Museum of the American Revolution. Key to the museum’s experience is Washington’s HQ tent, which gets a high-profile reveal at the end of each tour. The tent – and other components of the story of our quest for liberty – is closely tied to Montgomery County. All the county sites related to the American Revolution are united in our series of Patriot Trails itineraries. After seeing the new museum, come to Montgomery County and experience the actual turf for yourself.
SISTERS OF SWING
Opening April 20
Patty, Maxine and Laverne Andrews were a singing sensation in the 1940s, selling more than 90 million records (nine of them gold). Their crossover appeal led to appearances on film, radio, stage shows and television. And their influence continues to be heard today, reinterpreted as R&B, jump blues and current techno-mixes. This music-packed retrospect at the Montgomery Theater tells the interwoven story of their career and their lives.
HISTORY OF THE KING OF PRUSSIA MALL
Historical Society of Montgomery County
Author Michael Stefan Shaw is working on a new book, scheduled for publication in summer 2018, on the history of King of Prussia Mall, one of the most iconic shopping meccas in the U.S. This presentation, at the Historical Society of Montgomery County, was postponed from its original date and is now being held April 20. Michael previewed some of his content – and the memories he’s collected – in a recent edition of our blog.
April 22 & 23
Ask a kid to re-seed a flowerbed, and the response is likely to be whining. Ask a kid to re-seed a hillside by tossing mudballs from a moving train and things start looking a whole lot more fun. The Colebrookdale Railroad, on its journeys between Boyertown and Pottstown, invites riders to have a “spring fling,” riding in the open car and tossing clumps of earth embedded with flower seeds.
LANSDALE INTERNATIONAL SPRING FESTIVAL
North Penn High School
For more than a quarter century, Montgomery County has held this eclectic, inclusive, family-friendly gathering. In celebrating the cultures of the world, the Lansdale International Spring Festival presents a day-long run of live entertainment, multi-cultural exhibits and vendors, a family health fair, hands-on activities, music and dance performances and a smorgasbord of global cuisines. Admission and parking are free.
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Apparently, the secret to shearing a sheep is to get her sitting on her haunches. Of course, doing that to a 120-pound animal can be a challenge. But the expert clippers at Peter Wentz Farmstead have the technique down pat. They’ll demonstrate the skill as part of this annual spring tradition, a day of colonial-style family fun.
Valley Forge Casino Resort Music Fair
Valley Forge Music Fair at Valley Forge Casino Resort presents rock icons, Barenaked Ladies. Over its 30-year history, the group has produced 14 studio albums that collectively sold more than 14 million copies. Their résumé is full of kudos, including multiple Grammy nominations and the theme song to one of TV’s most popular shows, The Big Bang Theory. Fans had better jump on these tickets quickly; the appearance in King of Prussia is one night only.
VALLEY FORGE REVOLUATIONARY 5-MILE RUN
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Here’s a run that’s gaining legs. Last year’s 12th anniversary running raised an all-time-high amount of support for furthering the visitor experience of our local gem, Valley Forge National Historical Park ($50,000 donated). This year, registrations and sponsorships are well out-pacing last year’s performance, so if you want to get in on the five-mile run, the three-mile walk or the Young Patriots Fun Run, you best not hesitate. This year, as something new, the Rev Run is incorporating an essay contest for local elementary school students.
SACRED ARTS FESTIVAL
The Sacred Arts Festival at Glencairn Museum (part of the Bryn Athyn Historic District) brings together artists from a variety of faiths to create and display their works. Demonstrations include ink drawings and paintings, music, and the creation of a traditional Tibetan sand mandala. Audio tours of the museum galleries will also be available throughout the day.
As concert experiences go, this is one that doesn’t “Monkee” around. Singer Micky Dolenz shares stories and songs from his 50-year career in a setlist that includes “I’m a Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville,” “Daydream Believer” and other fondly remembered hits. The concert, at Sellersville Theater, is only short hop from Montgomery County and well worth the jump.
THE SISTERS ROSENWEIG
Opening April 27
Playcrafters of Skippack
Wendy Wasserstein’s story of what turns out to be a stressful midlife birthday party winds up being a tender comedy about love and acceptance. In the hands of the capable cast at Playcrafters of Skippack, this production will highlight the story of three uncommon women and their quest for love and fulfillment.
MY FAIR LADY
Methacton Community Theater
The original Broadway production of My Fair Lady may have opened in the 1950s, but the sweep of the story – its glorious music, witty script and razor-sharp lyrics – has enabled it to stand the test of time. A 2016 production in Australia, for example, was a smash hit, thanks, in part, to its direction by Julie Andrews, the first Eliza Doolittle. The MCT version, staged at the Shannondell Performing Arts Theater, retains the story’s inherent romance, comedy and energy.
THE MOTH MAINSTAGE
If you’re not already a fan of The Moth podcast, it reinvents one of humankind’s oldest traditions: stories told live, without notes. If you are a fan, this is a huge opportunity to experience a night of stories, all true, spoken in the voices of those who experienced them, at the Keswick Theatre. An evening of these tales is often comedic, sometimes tragic, possibly risqué, frequently silly, very touching, significantly impactful and forever memorable.
FACE OF AMERICA: VALLEY FORGE TO GETTYSBURG
April 28 - 30
Begins at Valley Forge Casino Resort
The Face of America bike ride supports our nation's servicemen and veterans, and an alternate route this year will take riders on a two-day journey from Valley Forge National Historical Park to the battlefield at Gettysburg.