JANUARY EVENTS

Valley Forge & Montgomery County

January in Montgomery County means there's always a chance of snow, but there are also amazing events happening all month long. From incredible comedy shows and concerts to a dining showcase you won't want to miss, here are the biggest events coming to Valley Forge and Montgomery County this month:

Special Events

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ROARING '20S NEW YEAR'S EVE SOIRÉE

December 31st 2019 - January 1st 2020
Ardmore Music Hall

Packages Include: Gold: 5 hour Open Bar (7:30PM-12:30AM) + Dinner By Ripplewood (3 Bell Review) + Seating Area + Exclusive VIP Pre-Party + Early Entry (2 hours) Platinum: Includes tickets for up to 30 guests + 5 hour Open Bar (7:30PM-12:30AM) + Dinner By Ripplewood (3 Bell Review) + Guaranteed Table Seats in Private Viewing Area + Waitress Service + Passed h'orderves + Exclusive VIP Pre-Party + Early Entry (2 hours) Please email info@ardmoremusichall.com if you are interested in purchasing the Platinum package.

Ambler Restaurant Week

January 6 - 13
Ambler Main Street

Join our fantastic acclaimed restaurants for January Restaurant week January 6th -13th featuring: dining specials, specialty drinks and desserts, Prix Fixe menus, and of course dining choices from all around the world  

AUNT MARY PAT

January 9th
Ardmore Music Hall

Aunt Mary Pat is the “friggin Queen of Delco.” She is known as an aunt to all, mom to some, and wife to one! She is known for her hilarious social media videos discussing topics like the Philly accent, the “friggin Iggles,” Wawa, and the “Ackame.” Right after the historic Eagles Super Bowl win, she skyrocketed to prominence in the Delaware Valley area. She has performed all over the East Coast- including The Queen (Wilmington), Milton Theatre, Valley Forge Casino, Harrahs Casino, and even made her debut in Florida. Her music peaked at the top of iTunes comedy charts, including two #1 songs and a top 5 album! She was voted as Delaware’s Readers Choice for Best Entertainment 2019, and Best of Delco 2019. She is currently on tour promoting her debut album “Talk of the Township.”

BOUCHE BRIDAL SHOW

January 26
Sheraton Valley Forge

  • Engage with a curated collection of the very best wedding experts and influencers
  • Enjoy amazing hors d'oeuvres by Feastivities, drinks, and inspiration as you explore this beautiful and organized event with displays throughout the mansion
  • Stay for the live show as we unveil the latest bridal fashions & formalwear, & award highly coveted door prizes! More than $5000 worth!
  • Plus catch a bouquet of helpful planning tips, tricks, and advice to make your dream wedding into a reality.

Montco Makers

Beer, Wine & Spirits Events

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ARDMORE WINTER BEER FESTIVAL

January 11
Ardmore Music Hall

Brooklyn, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Bell's, Workhorse, Tonewood, Spellbound, Sterling Pig, Yards, & many more + Goose Island 2019 Bourbon County exclusive tasting!

VIP tickets include: guaranteed pours of Goose Island 2019 Bourbon County Stout+ Early access to Beer Festival + 4 hours unlimited sampling.

**All tickets include a complimentary signature event tasting glass!

FUNKY BRUNCH & MARKET

January 19
Ardmore Music Hall

Funky Brunch is a FREE indoor craft fair & vendor market at Ardmore Music Hall featuring local vendors, brunch menu, and live music.

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Energizing Events

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WINTER TREE IDENTIFICATION | SESSION ONE

January 7
​Haverford College Arboretum

Join Brice Dorwart and arborist professionals as they explore the winter landscape and learn how to identify deciduous tree species without their leaves. Brice is an ISA certified arborist and utility specialist from Davey Resource Group who works with PECO's vegetation management department. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather, this event will take place rain or shine. Two CEUs are available for ISA Certified Arborists. There are a limited number of spots and registration is required.

NATURE BOOK CLUB | THE BROTHER GARDENERS BY ANDREA WULF

January 10
​Haverford College Arboretum

Discuss the story of the garden revolution and the men who led the birth of an obsession in the botanical world. Light refreshments included.

WINTER ACTING CLASS + FREE WORKSHOP

January 13 - March 2
New Life Church

Delve deep into monologues and scene work through movement, character creation, and tactics. Students will engage in games and exercises that develop the fundamentals of acting. The class is a fun mix of exploration and theater play. Students gain self-assurance in their acting as well as a self-confidence that they can keep for a lifetime. The first class of Theater Arts is a free workshop for students to get a feel for the class before committing to the full 8-week session. Scene and character studies will lead to a performance at the end of the session. AGE: FOR GRADES 6-12 MEETING TIME: MONDAYS | 7PM - 8:30PM LOCATION: NEW LIFE GLENSIDE TEACHER(S): BRIANNA MARSH CLASSES BEGIN: JANUARY 13 FINAL PERFORMANCE: MARCH 2

WINTER TREE IDENTIFICATION | SESSION TWO

January 14
Haverford College Arboretum

Join Brice Dorwart and arborist professionals as they explore the winter landscape and learn how to identify deciduous tree species without their leaves. Brice is an ISA certified arborist and utility specialist from Davey Resource Group who works with PECO's vegetation management department. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather, this event will take place rain or shine. Two CEUs are available for ISA Certified Arborists. There are a limited number of spots and registration is required.

SUPER CAMP FAIR 2020

January 26
Plymouth Meeting Mall

MetroKids’ 12th annual Super Camp Fair will host over 85 day, residential, and specialty camps. Fun for the whole family includes interactive exhibits, live demonstrations, and hands-on activities; plus chances to win prizes and camp scholarships. Along with the invaluable opportunity to meet directors from some of the area's best summer camps, the MetroKids Super Camp Fair is the only camp fair to provide free entertainment, food sampling, games and a photo booth. Families and camps can register online at http://www.metrokids.com/MetroKids/Super-Camp-Fair/Super-Camp-Fair-Advance-Registration/, and the first 100 families to register will receive a FREE goodie bag!

CONIFERS: A TOUR OF HAVERFORD'S PINETUM

January 31
Haverford College Arboretum

The Ryan Pinetum is the area's largest and finest collection of mature conifers. Started in 1928 this prominent Arboretum feature showcases coniferous trees arranged by scientific collection and planted by family and genus. Haverford College horticulturist Charles Bone will lead the way in exploring this diverse educational resource. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather.   In the case of inclement weather this tour will be moved to Friday, February 7 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY CORNHOLE

October 22, 2019 - February 25
Worcester Golf Club

Montgomery County Cornhole Tuesday Night League 

Patriot Trails

Historic Events

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DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND

January 18 - 20
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Join Eastern State Penitentiary as we commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his 1963 "Letter from Birmingham Jail.” Engage in special readings from the landmark text and respond to its relevance today. All special activities are free and open to the public. Daytime tours of Eastern State are available for standard admission prices.

Professional actors, youth, and community leaders read excerpts from Dr. King’s letter three times a day on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. After each reading, visitors are invited to respond to the letter’s relevance today during an informal discussion moderated by a civil rights scholar. 

In addition, on Monday, January 20 only, join us for family activities (10 am - 4 pm) with the African American Museum in Philadelphia and Art Sanctuary, musical performances (1 pm and 3 pm) by Justin Griggs, and community electronics recycling (10 am - 2 pm) with PAR-Recycle Works. More information at www.EasternState.org.

POTTSGROVE MANOR BY CANDLELIGHT


Pottsgrove Manor

In Colonial America, Twelfth Night was one of the largest celebrations in the calendar year. During the candlelight tours at the historic Pottsgrove Manor, the holiday comes back to life through costumed interpreters. Open-hearth cooking demonstrations and kids' crafts will also be featured.

DR. JASON M. WILLIAMS: RACE AS A CARCERAL TERRAIN: BLACK LIVES MATTER MEETS REENTRY

January 7
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Dr. Jason M. Williams will unpack the criminalizing elements of race as a broader social control mechanism. In doing so, he will introduce excerpts from a recently published special issue he edited in The Prison Journalthat looks at the connection between Black Lives Matter and reentry.

Dr. Williams is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. His main areas of research are race, gender and justice, reentry and punishment, policing, and the broader implications of social control.

COMEDY NIGHT

January 17
Stone and Key Cellars

Join us for a night of comedy on January 17 at 7 pm. It is sure way to keep off the winter blues. 

TWELFTH NIGHT TOURS

December 1 - January 5
Pottsgrove Manor

Uncover the origins of many holiday traditions alongside some forgotten favorites on guided tours of Pottsgrove Manor. The entire house will be transformed for the season, sharing the stories of both the endless preparations done by the household staff and the celebrations that the Potts family would have enjoyed.

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Special Events

Band

ECHOES, THE AMERICAN PINK FLOYD PRESENTS: "FIVE SIDES LIVE"

January 3
Ardmore Music Hall

Spend an amazing evening with Echoes, the American Pink Floyd, North America's number one Pink Floyd tribute, as they perform five complete album sides from some of Pink Floyd's best selling albums of all time! With 10 musicians, a dedicated light and laser show and over 2 hours of very Floydian video content, you'll be transported back to the Golden Age of Prog Rock and see why Echoes is rated number one again and again by Pink Floyd fans everywhere.

BOX OF RAIN (ESSENTIAL GRATEFUL DEAD '68-'74) W/ THE SHERWOOD BROTHERS

January 4
Ardmore Music Hall

Box of Rain is the classic six piece that pays tribute to the most prolific and formative period of the Grateful Dead, 1968-74. Featuring an all-star lineup with former members of Dark Star Orchestra, Living Earth, Boris Garcia, Zen Tricksters, and Dead On Live, Box of Rain channels the sound and magic that could only have emerged from that special time. And what a time it was! The Dead were at the height of both their songwriting and improvisational prowess.

Box of Rain Features an extended Pig Pen presence, one very swingin’ drummer, and the most coherent and visceral space and improvisations that capture the legendary 5-6 hour Grateful Dead performances.

LEZ ZEPPELIN (ALL-FEMALE ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE)

January 17
Ardmore Music Hall

LEZ ZEPPELIN, the New York City-based all-girl band has gained worldwide critical acclaim for the musicianship, passion and gender-bending audacity they bring to the music of Led Zeppelin.

WILLOW HILL

January 18​
The Vault

The Vault is your newest weekend stompin’ grounds as we shine the spotlight on the area’s hottest rising country stars. Join us on January 18 with Willow Hill.

Willow Hill is a burst of color on the canvas of modern country music. The husband and wife duo of Alexandra & C.T. Fields has earned a loyal fan base across the entire United States with Alexandra’s iconic soulful voice and C.T.’s infectious guitar riffs. Having written songs together for over 12 years, the two enjoyed some national success in their rock group Lovebettie with a Rolling Stone “Band to Watch” mention, and over 200 dates per year of touring.

XPN WELCOMES: J RODDY WALSTON

January 20
Ardmore Music Hall

For nearly two decades he’s been the “J Roddy Walston” of the “and the Business”. Now he’s just him, and a whole rack of songs…. and a moving truck full of synths, pianos, tape machines and sequencers. After quitting the music industry in december of 2019 he’s back and some would say backer than ever. Ready to play all your favorite songs in completely unfamiliar ways, and all his new songs in the only way he knows how, J Roddy Walston is out to meet himself again, and do it in front of other people. Join him as he shares a single dose of strangeness.

Live Performances

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On the Stage

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SOUVENIR

December 10 - January 5
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.

The amazing true story of the infamously bad singer who became a household name and a music legend. A hilarious and intimate hit show, starring April Woodall and Sonny Leo.

LITTLE RED ROBIN HOOD: A MUSICAL PANTO

November 22 - January 5
People's Light

Fairytales collide in our brand new holiday panto — Robin Hood is dead, his merry men are in hiding, and Nottinghamshire is taken over by a greedy villainess. (Gasp!) Can a new hero, or heroine, emerge from Sherwood Forest and save the day? Set in the 1940s with a dash of the medieval, this hilarious, musical mashup is our most inventive panto yet. For tickets and more information, please visit: https://bit.ly/2qfrg4h

AUNT MARY PAT

January 9
Ardmore Music Hall

Aunt Mary Pat is the “friggin Queen of Delco.” She is known as an aunt to all, mom to some, and wife to one! She is known for her hilarious social media videos discussing topics like the Philly accent, the “friggin Iggles,” Wawa, and the “Ackame.” Right after the historic Eagles Super Bowl win, she skyrocketed to prominence in the Delaware Valley area. She has performed all over the East Coast- including The Queen (Wilmington), Milton Theatre, Valley Forge Casino, Harrahs Casino, and even made her debut in Florida. Her music peaked at the top of iTunes comedy charts, including two #1 songs and a top 5 album! She was voted as Delaware’s Readers Choice for Best Entertainment 2019, and Best of Delco 2019. She is currently on tour promoting her debut album “Talk of the Township.”

TOGETHER AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

January 15 - February 2
Act II Playhouse, Ltd.

A hilarious all new review of sketches, songs, and fun from Philly’s funniest friends.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS IN CONCERT

January 24 - 26
Theatre Horizon

Cast members from Theatre Horizon’s hit musical The Color Purple reunite to lift their voices to the rafters in this rock musical comedy. When meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant, he names it "Audrey II" after his coworker crush. But the insatiable shrub has a secret—a taste for human blood! The R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune as long as Seymour keeps feeding the plant. Over time though, Seymour discovers Audrey II's true intent: global domination!

THE SNOW QUEEN BY FAMILY STAGES

December 28 - January 25
Ambler Theater

Before there was Frozen, there was a tale of two friends, an unhappy troll, and a lonely queen. The Snow Queen follows young Gerda's search for her lost friend, Kai. Her path leads through a magical winter landscape with talking crows, clumsy bandits, and a singing reindeer. When she finally reaches the Ice Palace, she brings the warmth of rediscovered love to her best friend and a forlorn queen.

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