Through April 2
Act II Playhouse
This revue presents the unusual talent of Tom Lehrer, satiric songwriter from the 1950s and 1960s. His best-known work – tackled a while ago by Daniel Radcliffe on The Graham Norton Show – is “The Elements,” a list of chemicals from the Periodic Table performed lightning-fast song-style. This review at Act II Playhouse, breezes through Lehrer’s unique song-style satire.
Through March 12
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.
Peter Wentz Farmstead
Pre-schoolers love working their little fingers on project that not only increase manual dexterity but also engage their creativity. Both these skillsets come into play at Peter Wentz Farmstead’s program on yarn and fabric. Kids will first see how these materials are made the old-fashioned way; they will then get a “sewing” project to complete at home.
Through March 5
The charming tail – er, tale – of Stuart Little will bring a smile to DCP Theatre audiences of all ages in this live presentation. For anyone not familiar with the story (as if!), it’s about a mouse who is born into an ordinary New York family, finding adventures both big and small.
JOIN THE CONTINENTAL ARMY
Valley Forge National Historical Park
After this interactive, educational program at Valley Forge National Historical Park, when you send the kids to their rooms with the order to “March!” don’t be surprised if they exit in formation. The program also include special guests for this edition: the reenactors of the 2nd PA Infantry. This group of historians is 20-30 members strong and includes infantry, artillery, crew and camp followers.
Abington Art Center
With Mother Nature’s spring wake-up call firmly in progress, it’s time to cast an artistic eye toward the great outdoors. In no time, this workshop at Abington Art Center will have you expertly sketching flowers and plants while exploring form, color and composition.
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
This free festival at the John James Audubon Center explores the evolution of maple sugar techniques by visiting Native American, Colonial and modern-day sugar-making stations. The program features maple syrup tastings, tree tapping demonstrations, live owls, a pancake breakfast, raffles, crafts and – new this year – guided bird walks.
MAPLE SUGAR MAGIC
Green Lane Park
Here’s a sweet way to spend some time in the outdoors of early spring. Staff at Green Lane Park will demonstrate tree-tapping and boiling sap, while sharing stories of “sugaring off” in the old days. Visitors can taste real maple syrup (not the over-processed supermarket stuff) and purchase pure Pennsylvania maple candy, cream and syrup.
MEET MR. FRANKLIN
To open Pottsgrove Manor’s new exhibit, “Rise and Shine at the Manor,” Benjamin Franklin will speak about his contributions to everyday life, including the idea of daylight savings time. Following Dr. Franklin’s talk, the manor house will open for guided tours that highlight early-morning preparations and activities of its past inhabitants, from former familial residents to domestic staff.
"SPRINTER" - THE FIFTH SEASON
Norristown Farm Park
“Sprinter” is an apt name for this unpredictable time of year between late winter and early spring. Despite up and down temperatures, however, nature’s timetable is moving along, with subtle hints that spring is on the way. Guides at Norristown Farm Park will point out exactly what’s going on and why.
Temple University Ambler
Dr. John Francis, National Geographic Explorer and Environmental Educator will speak about his transformation from an environmental activist to environmental practitioner and how his and our own journeys might lead us closer to sustainability. He speaks at Temple University’s Ambler campus at the invitation of Morris Arboretum.
dineKOP RESTAURANT WEEK
King of Prussia
The dining along North Gulph Road is experiencing a true Renaissance. The King of Prussia District, through dineKOP Restaurant Week, puts the best of the best within very friendly price ranges: $10-$20 for lunch, $20-$40 for dinner. A portion of the proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
THE REVOLUTION'S LAST MEN
Washington Memorial Chapel
To preserve the stories of American Revolution soldiers, Reverend E.B. Hillard interviewed six of their final survivors in 1864 and used the then-emerging technology of photography to capture their images in a book. Washington Memorial Chapel welcomes historical author Don N. Hagist to discuss this publication, including its missteps, and retell the stories of the last of the actual heroes who fought for our liberty.
THE LARAMIE PROJECT
Steel River Playhouse
This drama at Steel River Playhouse uses the citizens of Laramie, Wyoming, to tell the tragic tale of Matthew Shepard, a 21 year-old student who was the victim of a fatal beating characterized as a hate crime. The author interviewed more than 200 locals, resulting in a compelling multi-view account of the horror. As staged, it is a compelling and moving theatrical experience.
GREATER PHILADELPHIA BOAT SHOW
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
Just about any watercraft you can imagine – from jet skis to pontoon boats – is on display at the 2017 boat show, which docks at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for an entire weekend. Just in time for summer, this is a chance to kick the tires – well, kinda-sorta – on the latest in aquatic leisure-crafts.
March 10 - 18
Variety Club Recreation Hall, Worcester
Methacton Community Theater presents this wild farce in a two-week run that relies heavily on the talented cast’s goofy-yet-precise sense of comic timing. The story involves a French monastery that has hit financial difficulties. No bones about it, the solution they devise is hilarious.
Towne Book Center & Cafe
The phrase “mad as a March hare” became commonplace through Lewis Carroll’s children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Given that literary connection, it’s clear why Towne Book Center & Café positioned its March children’s program as a tea, with Alice and the Hatter in attendance.
STAR WARS DAY
Elmwood Park Zoo
Feel that force? The one pulling you toward Elmwood Park Zoo? It’s the draw of Star Wars Day, which opens with a buffet breakfast that promises to be the best one that costumed kids ever BB8. The rest of the day features characters (until 3 p.m.), trivia, games, collectibles and for adults, out-of-this-world cocktails.
LANDSCAPES AND STRUCTURES PHOTOGRAPHY
Pawling's Farm, Valley Forge Park
The 6:30 a.m., start time for this program might be daunting, but the results will be stunning. Photographers of all skill levels can bring their equipment of choice (from high-end camera to cellphone) and capture dawn at Pawling’s Farm within Valley Forge National Historical Park. Rangers will not only point out picturesque highlights, they’ll also provide some history.
LOCALLY GROWN SHOWCASE
Indian Creek Foundation
This event, from the Souderton-Telford Business and Professional Women’s Club, closes the gap between the local community and locally grown vendors. The showcase at the Indian Creek Foundation (420 Cowpath Road, Souderton, PA ) promotes farm-to-table restaurants, food producers and suppliers, local organizations and local charities. Local food trucks and winery selections will be onsite as well.
Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn reconnects with her family roots when she comes back to the Bryn Athyn Historic District for this concert. The program consists of selections from Franck, Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns and Vivaldi (“Spring” from The Four Seasons, of course). For more on her backstory, see our blog from last year (but note that the 2017 concert date is March 19, not March 20).
For our colonial forebears, breakfast was a big deal, fueling a day of rigorous chores. This open-hearth cooking demonstration at Pottsgrove Manor covers a traditional morning meal, which was much heartier (and delicious) than anything today eaten out of a Styrofoam clamshell container or sipped out of a cardboard cup.
Successfully creating textile art using a punch needle is something like embroidery on a large scale; it involves a weaver’s cloth and a series of small loops created with a special tool. This hands-on workshop at Pennypacker Mills will have participants producing a wall hanging suitable for an 8x8-inch frame.
BLISS BRIDAL SHOW
Valley Forge Casino Resort
The springtime Bliss Bridal Show at Valley Forge Casino Resort is back and better than ever. Take advantage of access to some of the most stylish, creative and helpful vendors in the area, as well as the giveaways, tastings and live entertainment. The wedding team from the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board will also be onsite.
You may know Bob Saget from Full House, Fuller House and America’s Funniest Home Videos. But if that’s the only way you know him, you’re in for a special night. Discover his pointed and provocative standup side when he takes the spotlight at the Keswick Theatre.