MONTCO'S TOP FEBRUARY EVENTS

The Biggest Events and Happenings in Montco

Nearly 30 events in and around Montgomery County are available to make your Feb fab. Winter’s chill is still everywhere this month, but our calendar is as hot as ever.

VALENTINES IN HISTORY

February 1
Peter Wentz Farmstead

The intricate art of snipping paper with scissors, especially for producing Valentines, was brought to the U.S. from Germany in the 18th century. The original name for the craft is tough to say (“scherenschnitte”) but easier to learn. This workshop at Peter Wentz Farmstead cuts through the confusion and shows how.

GROUNDHOG DAY

February 2
Norristown Farm Park

February’s fuzziest weather predictor gets the spotlight at this kid-centric program at Norristown Farm Park. Learn about the animal that rates a special day on our calendar. After a natural history lesson, we’ll hear a story, play an active groundhog game and make a craft.

Much Ado About Nothing

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Through February 11
DCP Theatre

This Shakespearean comedy at DCP Theatre story is about two sets of lovers. One couple is blushing, happy to be in love and engaged. The other, Beatrice and Benedick, have hated each other for years. Villainy, schemes and deceits beg the question: Will the lovers ever be the same?

THEATERS - STEEL RIVER PLAYHOUSE

CLYBOURNE PARK

February 3-19
Steel River Playhouse

Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, Olivier Award and Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play about race and real estate. The able cast at Steel River Playhouse tackles a plot that centers on a plot (of land) that changes hands over a 50-year span, with more than a dash of irony along the way.

Artie Lange

ARTIE LANGE

February 4
Valley Forge Casino Resort

Valley Forge Music Fair at Valley Forge Casino Resort
From his numerous appearances on Mad TV to his tenure on The Howard Stern Show – to his memorable appearance as a phony Santa in Elf (“You sit on a throne of lies!”), Artie Lange has cultivated a corps of dedicated fans. They, along with more recent followers of his comedy style, will line up for this appearance at Valley Forge Music Fair at Valley Forge Casino Resort.

GARDENS - ABINGTON ART CENTER

WEAVING PUBLIC THREADS

February 5
Abington Art Center

Abington Art Center is launching a new initiative for 2017, an audience-based series of discussions, advanced by a panel of community and academic leaders. The first installment is sure to be popular, given the current climate. Entitled “Politically Correct: Reflections on Public Conversation,” it centers on the debates and discussions related to the Presidential election cycle.

Washington Memorial Chapel

SPEAKER SERIES: BEN FRANKLIN'S NAVY

February 7
Washington Memorial Chapel

While many Americans know of Benjamin Franklin’s accomplishments on behalf of the U.S. during the Revolution, few know of his role as unofficial leader of the Continental Navy. The “cast” of this adventure include sea captains, kings, spies, wives and mistresses. Hear the details for yourself at Washington Memorial Chapel.

PRESIDENTS DAY - COLEBROOKEDALE RAILROAD

CUPID'S ARROW DINNER TRAIN

February 10-14
Colebrookdale Railroad

Add a dash of Edwardian-era elegance to your Valentine’s Day celebration. The romantic excursions on the Colebrookdale Railroad feature champagne, snacks and live music, all presented with white-glove attention to detail. The café and coach cars are heated, but the open-air car invites lots of snuggling under the star-lit winter sky.

Elmwood Park Zoo Kids Night

KID'S NIGHT OUT

February 11
Elmwood Park Zoo

Parents can enjoy a pre-Valentine’s Day date night by dropping the kids at Elmwood Park Zoo before heading out. The zoo’s staff will host an after-hours tour, animal bingo, Valentine’s Day crafts, a live animal show and pizza dinner. The kids’ party is from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Act II Playhouse Julia Scotti

JULIE SCOTTI

February 11
Act II Playhouse

America’s Got Talent already know who Julia Scotti is, the “seasoned” comedian whose twisted views and energetic performance style made her a favorite. She takes the intimate stage at Act II Playhouse for a night of hilarious, groundbreaking, thought-provoking views on just about everything.

Pottsgrove Manor

VALENTINES WORKSHOP FOR KIDS

February 11
Pottsgrove Manor

Classic cards for Valentine’s Day are a combination of a little frill, a little verse and a little creativity. The morning of February 11 at Pottsgrove Manor brings these three elements together, resulting in one-of-a-kind cards for kids to share. All materials and instructions are included, as are refreshments.

CONCERT VENUES - SUNNYBROOK BALLROOM

SWEETHEART SOIREE

February 11
Sunnybrook Ballroom

It’s an evening of dining, dancing and romancing in Pottstown’s historic Sunnybrook Ballroom. This Valentine’s Day treat starts with a cocktail hour featuring hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Then, it’s onto a huge dinner buffet, lovingly prepared and presented. The lights then dim for couples to sway the rest of the night away to the tunes of the Ken Battista Band.

CLAY IN MIND

Opening February 12
Cheltenham Center for the Arts

This juried exhibition celebrates outstanding three-dimensional ceramic artworks, highlighted in the inviting gallery space of Cheltenham Center for the Arts. The creativity and inventiveness on display are inspiring in their own right, but are even more so with the knowledge that they reflect the work of high school students across Montgomery County. Judging the entries is the ceramic faculty at CCA.

THEATERS - PEOPLE'S LIGHT

THE MATCHMAKER

Through March 12
People's Light

This Thornton Wilder play from the 1950s was eventually given a musical treatment and a new title, Hello Dolly!, which is set to be revived on Broadway in 2017 with Bette Midler. The story, which unfolds at breakneck pace at People’s Light, is about a sweet and well-intentioned widow who can’t keep from interfering in the love lives (and business dealings) of those around her.

Home and Garden Show

PHILLY HOME + GARDEN SHOW

February 17-19
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks

Get a jump on sprucing up your home and its surrounding lawn and flower beds at the Philly Home and Gardens Show at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, running February 17-19.

Valley Forge Park Nearby Attractions - Colonial Theater

OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS

Febraury 17-23
Colonial Theatre

This Colonial Theatre film fest celebrates the little gems that make a big impact. All three categories are represented (Animated, Live Action and Documentary), offering movie buffs the chance to revel in this wholly unique and creative art form. From a practical standpoint, this series can also aid Oscar-pool hopefuls, well in advance of the February 26 broadcast of the Academy Awards.

FEBRUARY EVENTS - MASTERS OF ILLUSION

MASTERS OF ILLUSION

February 17
Keswick Theatre

Masters of Illusion is a performance group that combines magic, comedy, escape, sleight-of-hand and jaw-dropping visuals. The grand Keswick Theatre is a prime setting for a show like this; audiences will be up close for sights that include a grand piano rising on its own and slowly revolving upside-down – all while pianist is seated at the keyboard, playing it!

Powwowing in Pennsylvania

POWWOWING IN PENNSYVLANIA

Opening February 18
Glencairn Museum

Pennsylvania’s tradition of ritual healing known as powwow, or Braucherei in the language of the Pennsylvania Dutch, is one of many vernacular healing systems in North America that combines elements of religion and belief with health and healing. This engaging exhibit at Glencairn Museum centers on artistic symbols, patterns and imagery as incorporated in folk-religious expression.

TRIVIA NIGHT

February 18
Empress Room

Gather your sharpest-minded friends and pit your knowledge against other teams at the trivia night fundraiser hosted by Methacton Community Theater. Tables of eight will compete in a 100-question tournament that nets the first-place winner a whopping $240 in prize money. And that doesn’t include bragging rights. Teams can also vie for best-themed group, which can (and probably should) include costumes.

Beatlemania

BEATLEMANIA NOW

February 18
Sellersville Theater

The British are coming! The British are coming! Those mop-top boys from Liverpool invade the nearby Sellersville Theater in the most accurate tribute combo of all time. Beatlemania Now brings John, Paul, George and Ringo to the stage, recreating the energy, excitement, cultural significance and (most important) sound of a band whose influence on pop culture continues today.

Bryn Mawr Film Institute

IL TROVATORE

February 19
Bryn Mawr Film Institute

Verdi’s opera Il Trovatore (“The Troubadour”) is sung by the cast at the Royal Opera House in London and presented on the big screen of the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. The plot of this great opera of the Romantic period is a story of passion and blood, love and vengeance, disaster and murder. And if you don’t recognize any of the stirring arias, you’ll certainly know “The Anvil Chorus” when the cast pounds it out.

Ken Yoder Reed

KEN REED PRESENTATION AND BOOK SIGNING

February 19
Mennonite Heritage Center

Author Ken Yoder Reed’s novel, Both My Sons, is about Swiss-German immigrants coming to America in 1710. This appearance at Mennonite Heritage Center includes a 15-minute monologue by Reed, dressed in period costume. He will then speak on the writing challenges he faced during the trek to publication. The program ends with audience Q&A and a signing of copies of the book.

Valley Forge Park Annual Events - Washington's Birthday Party

WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY

February 20
Valley Forge National Historical Park

Where better to experience the real-deal General George Washington than at Valley Forge, where wife Martha launched the whole gig of marking his birthday as a cause for celebration? The festivities, which run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., include games and crafts, a meet-and-greet, open house at Washington’s Headquarters, a chance to join the Continental Army, a variety of cakes and, of course, serenading the first Chief Executive with a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday to You!”

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

THE GREATER PHILADELPHIA OUTDOOR SHOW

February 23-26
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center

The great outdoors beckons again with displays of all kinds of gear for camping, hunting, cycling, fishing, climbing, exploring and other amazing adventures at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Attractions - Presidential Montco - Pennypacker

THE ART OF FRAKTUR

February 25
Pennypacker Mills

Discover the art of fraktur, the Pennsylvania German version of hand-lettered calligraphy. This class at Pennypacker Mills will not only teach how to craft the distinct broken-letter characters, it will ensure enough proficiency to produce a frame-worthy 5x7 house blessing.

GREEN LANE PARK

CABIN FEVER HIKE

February 25
Green Lane Park

Experts say that one of the best cures for the winter blahs is a combo of socializing and exercise. This guided trek up the Orange Trail at Green Lane Park provides both. Bundle up and come out for a brisk 2.25-mile hike that includes information on how local flora and fauna weather the cold in the big woods.

MORRIS ARBORETUM

WITCHHAZEL IS YOUR FAVORITE?

February 25
Morris Arboretum of the Univeristy of Pennsylvania

Winter landscapes may seem like endless stretches of gray, but in reality, little pops of color are out there. The trick is knowing what these brave plants are and where to find them. Guided maps compiled by the floristic botanists at Morris Arboretum point out one of winter’s most distinct bloomer, the witchhazel. An expert in the Upper Gallery will be on hand to answer questions, where kids can also create a witchhazel craft. If you need more assistance finding these little islands of color, a guided tour steps off at 2 p.m.