PREVIEW: MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Washington Memorial Chapel
The story of our pursuit for liberty cannot be fully told without the inclusion of Valley Forge; therefore, Montgomery County is wholly incorporated into the soon-to-open Museum of the American Revolution. This presentation at Washington Memorial Chapel, from R. Scott Stephenson, Ph.D., previews the items that museum-goers will see, including Washington’s original tent, which sheltered him for the eight-year duration of the war.
January 7, 12, 14, 21, 26, 28
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Here’s an interesting and informative way to stay warm on a chilly January day. The Jeremiah Sweinhart Carriage Factory within the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles roars to life in these public demonstrations of the fiery skill of blacksmithing.
Before "spinning" was a class at the gym, it was a necessary task for Colonials, producing thread for sewing and weaving. Distaff day marked the official end to holiday celebrations in Europe, when the more mundane duties associated with running a household were again taken up in earnest. Pottsgrove Manor revives the tradition with up-close-and-personal demonstrations of this vintage art.
N CROWD IMPROV COMEDY NIGHT
Steel River Playhouse
The N Crowd specializes in a style of stage comedy known as short-form improv. The set-up unites a small corps of sharp-witted, fast-thinking people who rely heavily on audience participation to engage in a series of ludicrous scenarios. This Steel River Playhouse appearance will get your 2017 off to a hilarious start.
Sellersville Theater hosts Olate Dogs, 2012 winners of NBC’s America’s Got Talent in a pair of family-friendly performances (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.). Richard Olate, trainer and performer, got his start in 1989 when he adopted a stray dog in Chile and taught it tricks. Now, he and his canine corps entertain audiences all over the world.
BRITISH FILM SATIRES
January 8, 15, 22, 29
The Colonial Theatre
The Colonial Theatre’s classic Sundays for January highlight movie comedies with a British bent. The laughs are sure to ripple throughout the house when the big screen lights up with The Three Musketeers (January 8), The Ruling Class (January 15), Being There (January 22) and Arthur (January 29).
I WILL NOT GO GENTLY
January 10 - 29
Act II Playhouse
A rock ‘n’ roll queen returns for her crown in this acclaimed one-woman-show from Jennifer Childs, who won a 2016 Barrymore Award for this performance. The play, onstage at Act II Playhouse, tells the story of rock icon Sierra Mist, along with a cast of colorful characters, as she attempts to revisit her glory days.
GOLF, TRAINS, PETS
January 13 - 15
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks
The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center has something for everyone during the second weekend of January. Bring your favorite foursome and browse the merchandise at the Golf & Travel Show; or imagine yourself in the miniature cab of a locomotive at the Greenberg Toy & Train Show. For people who adore critters of all shapes and sizes, the Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo will leave them panting in anticipation.
SURFACE TENSIONS: WALL PROJECTIONS
Opening January 14
Abington Art Center
Five budding artists from the Temple University program in Graduate Film & Media Arts overtake the gallery space of Abington Art Center in a startling and delightful exhibit. The artists use film and video projections to create startling juxtapositions for attendees.
January 14 & 28
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
Bundle up for a brisk and informative walk through the pathways of Morris Arboretum. Knowledgeable guides highlight winter’s impressive evergreens, pointing out distinct patterns of forms, foliage, bark and of course, cones!
WINTER WINE FESTIVAL
Courtyard by Marriott Philadelphia Lansdale
Raise a toast to Old Man Winter and sample some of the best vintages in the county at this celebration of grape goodness. Four sessions take place throughout the day (starting at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.), providing plenty of time to sample and sip at the Lansdale Courtyard by Marriott.
RESEARCHING YOUR OLD HOUSE
17th and 18th Century homes in Montgomery County are fairly common, but homeowners may not know exactly the period that their architecture reflects. This informational session at Pennypacker Mills will use trends in design – plus title search data – to help residents discover more about their houses. Attendees are encouraged to bring photographs as a launch for group discussion.
January 15 - 16
Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. This Keswick Theatre appearance is a prime opportunity to see her at her hilarious best.
LOCKTENDER'S HOUSE TOUR
Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park
When the Schuylkill Canal was a major transportation route for commerce, the role of the locktender was crucial. He and his family oversaw the passage of barges, the maintenance of the mechanisms, communication with the pilot and safety concerns related to weather. It was a 24 x 7 job, which led to the construction of onsite housing. This tour, at Lock 60, introduces the public to this unique residence.
AMBLER RESTAURANT WEEK
Ambler Main Street
Twice a year, Ambler celebrates its diverse culinary scene during Ambler Restaurant Week. The January edition promises to be better than ever with prix fixe menus from the best restaurants in Ambler.
TIARA'S & TIES: FATHER DAUGHTER DATE NIGHT
Elmwood Park Zoo
Make memories together at the Elmwood Park Zoo’s Father Daughter Date Night. Canopy Gardens Hall will be decorated to the nines, and daddy-daughter pairs can snack, play games and get their photos taken. With all that out of the way, it’s time to hit the dance floor. Want to bring more than one daughter? Discounted pricing makes that easy.
CROSS-COUNTRY SKI CLINIC
Norristown Farm Park
This learning session is a “go” even if the snow is a “no.” But if the grounds of Norristown Farm Park happen to be covered in white, the instructors are prepared to use it in demonstrating techniques and tips. Bring your skis and meet in the salt wing of the barn to discover one of winter’s healthiest cardio workouts.
CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION DINNER
Chinese New Year is January 28, bringing in the Year of the Rooster. The traditional lucky dishes being taught at Cooking Spotlight ensure that the coming 12 months will be something to crow about. Menu items are vegetable lo mein, steamed bass with ginger and scallions, pork and shrimp dumpling and a dessert of oranges with ginger and anise.
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
Opening January 27
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?