March Events

Valley Forge & Montgomery County

March madness may apply to basketball and hares, but really, the only crazy thing about this month would be sitting inside and missing out on all these fabulous things to do.

Tomfoolery

TOMFOOLERY

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.

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.

PETER WENTZ FARMSTEAD

WINTER CHORES

March 1
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.

Stuart Little at DCP Theatre

STUART LITTLE

Through March 5
DCP Theatre

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.

PRESIDENTS DAY - JOIN THE CONTINENTAL ARMY

JOIN THE CONTINENTAL ARMY

March 4
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. 

Botanical Drawing at Abington Art Center

BOTANICAL DRAWING

March 4
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 AUDOBON CENTER AT MILL GROVE

SAPSUCKER FESTIVAL

March 4
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.

Outdoor Winter Activities - Ice Fishing

MAPLE SUGAR MAGIC

March 4
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.

Pottsgrove Manor

MEET MR. FRANKLIN

March 4
Pottsgrove Manor

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.

norristown farm park sign

"SPRINTER" - THE FIFTH SEASON

March 5
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.

John Frances

APPROACHING SUSTAINABILITY

March 5
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.

Davio's Girls Night

dineKOP RESTAURANT WEEK

March 6-12
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.

Washington Memorial Chapel

THE REVOLUTION'S LAST MEN

March 7
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

THE LARAMIE PROJECT

March 10-26
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 BOAT SHOW

March 10-12
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.

Incorruptible

INCORRUPTIBLE

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 Tea Party

TEA PARTY

March 11
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.

A Storm Trooper at Elmwood Park Zoo

STAR WARS DAY

March 11
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.

Valley Forge Park Recreation Header

LANDSCAPES AND STRUCTURES PHOTOGRAPHY

March 18
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

LOCALLY GROWN SHOWCASE

March 18
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.

Elizabeth Pitcairn

ELIZABETH PITCAIRN

March 19
Glencairn Museum

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).

Pottsgrove Manor

OPEN-HEARTH COOKING

March 25
Pottsgrove Manor

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.

Attractions - Presidential Montco - Pennypacker

PUNCH NEEDLE

March 25
Pennypacker Mills

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 2017

BLISS BRIDAL SHOW

March 26
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.

Bob Saget

BOB SAGET

March 30
Keswick Theatre

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.