Summer Activity Guide 2009 May

MAY 2009

 

AMERICAN MUSIC THEATER.  2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster.  5/1-30:  "Rocketmen:  The Music of Billy Joel and Elton John."  Celebrate the music of two of pop's most enduring icons with this recreation of the signature sounds of these legendary artists.  Tuesday-Saturday  3 PM and 7:30 PM.  $37 adults; $35 seniors 55 and over; $18.50 children 3-17.  (717-397-7700; www.americanmusictheatre.com). 

 

BARN PLAYHOUSE.  Christopher Lane and Rittenhouse Boulevard, Jeffersonville. 5/8-23:  "A Chorus Line." Musical. 8 PM.  5/17 matinee at 2 PM.  $15 - $2 discount for senior citizens over 63 and children under 12. (610-539-BARN; www.barnplayhouse.org). 

 

BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE. 70 S. Main St., New Hope.  5/1-13:  "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" Tuesday & Wednesday 11 AM;  5/1-17: "Little Women" Thursday & Friday 11 AM & 8 PM, Saturday 4 PM & 8 PM, Sunday 2 PM; 5/21-31:  "High School Musical 2" Wednesday-Friday 11 AM & 8 PM, Saturday 4 PM & 8 PM, Sunday 2 PM.   Musicals. $25. (215-862-2041; www.buckscountyplayhouse.com).

 

CHURCHVILLE NATURE CENTER. 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville.  Nature trails open sunup to sundown every day.  Visitor Center open Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM.  Saturday Morning Bird Walks:  7-9 AM. Free.   Lenape Village public tours Saturdays:  1-4 PM. $5 age 4 to adult; under 4 free.   (215-357-4005; www.churchvillenaturecenter.org).   

 

FRANKLIN INSTITUTE.  222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia.  "Galileo:  The Medici & the Age of Astronomy."  Monday-Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM; Wednesday-Saturday 9 AM-8 PM; Sunday 9 AM-7 PM.  $21.75 adults; $20.75 12-24 & 62+; $19.00 4-11.  (215-448-1200; www.fi.edu). 

 

GRANDVIEW SPEEDWAY.  Passmore Rd., off Rt. 100, Bechtelsville. NASCAR Sportsman-Modifieds & Late Models race on a one-third mile, high-banked clay speedway each Saturday. Special event 5/20:  Thunder on the Hill featuring Pennsylvania Keystone Cup Speed Week Series with 410 Sprints & ARDC Wingless Midgets. (443-513-4456 for tickets)   Special event 5/24:  North East Enduro Tour Series (NEETS) at 2:30 PM. (267-767-4932 for tickets) Weekly series:  7:30 PM. $13 adults; $5 ages 6-11; under 6 free. Free parking.  (610-754-7688; www.grandviewspeedway.com).

 

JAMES A. MICHENER ART MUSEUMS. 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Through 5/17:  "Outdoor Sculpture by Barry Parker." Parker's sculptures are constructed of hammered and formed bronze sheets that are then welded together.  Through 5/31:  "From Swords to Plowshares:  Metal Trench Art from WWI and WWII."  5/1-31:  "Pulp Function" surveys a wide variety of artistic expressions using handmade paper pulp, recycled paper, paper cuts, cardboard, papier-mâché, and folded paper. Tuesday-Friday 10 AM-4:30 PM; aturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  $6.50 adults; $6 seniors; $4 students; under 6 free. Museum is handicapped accessible. (215-340-9800; www.michenerartmuseum.org).

 

KING OF PRUSSIA FOLK MUSIC SERIES. Upper Merion Twp. Bldg. Park, 175 W. Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia.  Concerts on Sundays at 7 PM.  $10 adults; free for seniors 62+ and ages 16 & under. (610-265-1071; www.umconcerts.org).

 

LANGHORNE PLAYERS.  Spring Garden Mill in Tyler State Park, Newtown.  5/1 & 2:  "The Underpants" by Carl Sternheim.  5/29-31:  "Three Tall Women" by Edward Albee.  Drama.  Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7:30 PM; Friday and Saturday at 8:30 PM.  $10-12.  (215-860-0818; www.langhorneplayers.org). 

 

LEHIGH VALLEY HERITAGE MUSEUM.  432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.  Audiovisual program by Lincoln scholar John Lupton about his work researching and authenticating Lincoln manuscripts and documents is part of the year-long 200th birthday celebration of Abraham Lincoln.  (610-435-1074; www.lchs.museum).   

 

LEHIGH VALLEY IRON PIGS.  Coca Cola Park, Allentown.  Second season of the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.  5/1-3 vs. Toledo Mud Hens; 5/4-7 vs. Buffalo Bisons; 5/16-19 vs. Richmond Braves; 5/21-24 vs. Durham Bulls; 5/29-31 vs. Rochester Red Wings.  Fireworks:  5/1, 5/16, 5/22 & 5/29.  Tickets:  Club level & front row  $14; field level $9; field reserved $7.50; lawn $6.  (610-435-3001; www.ironpigsbaseball.com). 

 

MENNONITE HERITAGE CENTER. 565 Yoder Rd., Harleysville. "Bits and Pieces:  Scrap Quilts."  Tuesday-Friday 10 AM-5 PM; Saturdays 10 AM-2 PM.    $5 admission donation.  (215-256-3020; www.mhep.org).

 

MERCER MUSEUM.  84 S. Pine St., Doylestown.  "Everyday Rhythms:  A New Exhibit."  On display are over 50 musical instruments including a variety of drums, banjos, bells and zithers.  Also on view are unusual instruments like a Key Bugle, Hurdy Gurdy (wheel-operated fiddle) and Calithumpian Rattle (a giant noisemaker for special occasions).   Monday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  $9 adults; $8 seniors 62 or older; $4 youth 5 to 17; under 5 free.  Free admission on the first Tuesday of the month 5-9 PM.  (215-345-0210; www.mercermuseum.org).

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY QUARTER MIDGET RACING CLUB.  920 Township Line Rd., Phoenixville.  Racing every Wednesday at 6 PM and Saturday, 5/23, at noon. Call to confirm schedule.  (610-960-4061; www.mcqmrc.com).     

 

MONTGOMERY THEATER PROJECT. 124 Main St., Souderton. 4/16-5/9:  "Spinning Into Butter" by Rebecca Gilman.  Friday & Saturday 8 PM; Wednesday & Thursday 7:30 PM: Sunday 3 PM.  $23-34, senior discount of $2. (215-723-9984; www.montgomerytheater.org).

 

NASCAR.  Check out www.wnpv1440.com for this month's schedule of Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series races on WNPV. 

 

OAKLANE QUARTER MIDGET RACING CLUB.  Tollgate Rd. (one mile west of Rt. 309 on grounds of North Penn Gun Club), Trumbauersville.  Celebrating 51 years of family motorsports.  Saturdays.  Closed 5/23, 24, and 25 for States race.  Sign-in 10:30-11:30 AM.  Racing starts at 12 PM.  (610-260-3378; www.oaklane.homestead.com).   

 

PEOPLE'S LIGHT & THEATRE.  39 Conestoga Rd., Malvern.  5/1-3:  "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens.  Drama.  Best appreciated by ages 10 and up.  Friday 7 PM; Saturday 2 PM & 7 PM; Sunday 2 PM.   5/1-24:  "Eggs" by Y York.  Part of the Adaptation Project, an NEA-funded program to bring award-winning children's literature to the stage.  Best appreciated by ages 9 and up. Thursday & Friday 7 PM; Saturday & Sunday 2 PM & 7 PM.  $30.  (610-647-1900; www.peopleslight.org). 

 

PHILLIES.  Check out www.wnpv1440.com for this month's schedule of Phillies baseball games on WNPV. 

 

PLAYCRAFTERS OF SKIPPACK. 2011 Store Rd., Skippack. 60th Anniversary Season.  5/1-9:  "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" by Steve Martin.  Comedy.  5/28-30:  "Pack of Lies" by Hugh Whitemore.  Drama.  Friday-Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 3 PM. $15. (610-584-4005; www.playcrafters.org).

 

READING PHILLIES. Municipal Stadium, Rt. 61 S. (Centre Ave.), Reading.  5/8-10 vs Altoona Curve; 5/14-17 vs. Harrisburg Senators; 5/19-21 vs. New Britain Rock Cats; 5/29-31 vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  Friday 7:05 PM; Saturday 6:05 PM; Sunday 1:05 PM.  Tickets:  $8-11.  Call for weekday starting times. (610-375-8469; www.readingphillies.com). 

 

SUMMER BREEZE CONCERT SERIES.  DeBarth Amphitheater, Sumneytown Pike, Upper Gwynedd Township.  5/27:  North Penn School District Bands showcasing the best of the district.  7 PM.  Free.  In case of inclement weather, concert will be held on Thursday evening at 7 PM.  (215-699-7777; www.uppergwynedd.org). 

 

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLAYERS.  Route 263, Buckingham.  5/8-23:  "The Butler Did It" by Tim Kelly.  Spoof of English mysteries.  Friday and Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 3 PM.  $15.  (215-348-7566; www.townandcountryplayers.org).

 

WHITES ROAD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES.  White's Road Park, White's Road, Lansdale.  5/26:  Montgomery County Concert Band.  7 PM.  Free.  (215-368-1691; www.lansdale.org).

 

WILMINGTON BLUE ROCKS.  801 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE.  Carolina League Baseball Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.  5/1-3 vs. Winston-Salem Dash; 5/4-7 vs. Potomac Nationals; 5/12-14 vs. Kinston Indians; 5/26-28 vs. Frederick Keys; 5/29-31 vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  Fireworks 5/1 & 5/30.  Weekdays 6:35 PM; Friday 7:05 PM; Saturday 6:05 PM; Sunday 1:35 PM except 5/27 11 AM.  $6 general admission; $9 reserved; $10 box seats.  (302-888-2015; www.bluerocks.com). 

 

WINTERTHUR.  5105 Kennett Pike (Rt. 52), Winterthur, Delaware.  Each Saturday in May, a group of magnificent historic automobiles from 1925 to 1953 will be displayed.  Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM.  $20 adults; $18 students and seniors; $10 ages 2-11.  (800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org).    

 

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May 1:  AN EVENING IN EMMAUS.  VFW, 316 Main St., Emmaus.  The music of spring is in the air featuring the Concord Chamber Singers.  7 PM.  $12.  (610-965-6279; www.emmausmainstreet.com). 

 

May 1-2:  BPW YARD SALE.  728 Juniper Street, Quakertown.  The Quakertown Business and Professional Women's Club will hold a yard sale to benefit the club's general fund and local scholarships on Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM and Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM.  For information, call Judy at 215-536-5196 or Melissa at 215-536-2914. 

 

May 1-3:  ACTORS NET OF BUCKS COUNTY.  The Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville.  "Mass Appeal."  Comedy.   Friday & Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 6 PM.  $20 adults; $17 seniors 62+; $10 children under 10.  (215-295-3694; www.actorsnetbucks.org). 

 

May 1-3:  MONET TO MATISSE:  FRENCH MASTERWORKS FROM THE DIXON GALLERY & GARDENS.  Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown.  This exhibition brings together 30 masterworks of French Impressionism and Post- Impressionism from the renowned collection of the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tenn. Featuring paintings and pastels by the most influential artists of each movement, the show includes fine examples of outdoor painting by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Camille Pissarro that exemplify and illuminate the Impressionist aesthetic; representations of the dance by Edgar Degas; portraits and social scenes by Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec and Mary Cassatt; commanding Post Impressionist landscapes by Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse; and vibrant floral still-lifes by Georges Braque and Marc Chagall. Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM-5 PM; Sunday 12-5 PM.  $5 fee in addition to regular museum admission for entry to this special exhibit.

Regular admission:  $6 adults; $4 seniors; $3 ages 6-12; under 6 free.  (610-432-4333; www.allentownartmuseum.org). 

 

May 1-3:  NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER.  525 Arch St., Philadelphia.  "America I Am."  Historical look at the pivotal moments of courage, conviction, and creativity of African Americans. Monday-Friday 9:30 AM-5 PM; Saturday 9:30 AM-6 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  $12 adults; $11 seniors; $8 children 4-12; under 4 free.  (215-409-6600; www.constitutioncenter.org).  

 

May 1-16:  ANNUAL STUDENT EXHIBITION.  Berman Museum at Ursinus College, Collegeville. Main Gallery.  Tuesday-Friday 10 AM-4 PM; Saturday & Sunday 12 noon -4:30 PM.  Free. (610-409-3500; www.ursinus.edu).

 

May 1-18:  STATE MUSEUM OF PENNSYLVANIA. 300 North St., Harrisburg.  Official museum of the Commonwealth featuring historical exhibits, fine arts and a planetarium.  Special exhibits:  "Trailblazers:  Notable African Americans in Pennsylvania History."  Some of the prominent Pennsylvanians include opera singer Marian Anderson; C. Delores Tucker, political pioneer and civil rights activitist; Billy Eckstine, jazz musician; photojournalist Charles "Teenie" Harris; and Horace Pippin, painter.  Tuesday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  Planetarium shows Saturday & Sunday 1 & 2 PM.  Museum free except $5 admission for children's area.  Planetarium $3.50.  (717-787-4980; www.statemuseumpa.org). 

 

May 1-31:  READING PUBLIC MUSEUM.  500 Museum Rd., Reading.  "Dinosaurs of the Deep."  Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM-5 PM; Friday until 8 PM; Sunday noon-5 PM.  $7 adults 18-60; $5 ages 4-17 & 61+.  (610-371-5850; www.readingpublicmuseum.org). 

 

May 1-31:  WAVES, WATERFALLS AND RIPPLES:  WATER IN JAPANESE ART.  Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown.  Majestic waves, rushing waterfalls and rippling streams can be found in this amazing exhibition as the museum examines the Japanese culture's fascination with water.  Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM-5 PM; Sunday 12-5 PM.  Regular admission:  $6 adults; $4 seniors; $3 ages 6-12; under 6 free.  (610-432-4333; www.allentownartmuseum.org). 

 

May 2:  BATTLE OF CROOKED BILLET ILLUMINATION.  Graeme Park, 859 County Line Rd., Horsham.  Spend an evening on the grounds of Graeme Park learning about the Battle of Crooked Billet which took place in Hatboro in 1778.  Admission. (215-343-0965; www.ushistory.org/graeme).   

 

May 2:  BETZWOOD FILM FESTIVAL, Science Center Theater, Montgomery County Community College, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell.  "Secrets of the Betzwood Archive."  Train wrecks, Roman orgies, the Schuylkill River in flames, and Betzwood's role in the First World War, all this and more will be revealed when the vaults of the Betzwood Film Archive are opened for the special 20th Anniversary Show. 8 PM.  $8.00. (215-641-6354; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

 

May 2:   BUCKS COUNTY BOAT RENTALS.  Opening day for rentals at Peace Valley in New Britain and Core Creek in Langhorne.  Prices range from $8 per half-hour rowboat rental to $80 daily 14-foot sailboat rental. Weekends 9 AM-7 PM (Peace Valley 215-345-1097; www.bucksviews.com.  Core Creek 215-757-1225; www.buckscounty.org).       

 

May 2:  BUCKS COUNTY KENNEL CLUB DOG SHOW.  Tinicum Park, River Road, Erwinna.  Annual event featuring over 3,000 dogs of many breeds.  7 AM-7 PM. Free.  (215-822-1207; www.tinicumbucks.org).

 

May 2:  COLONIAL MAY FAIR.  Pottsgrove Manor, 100 West King St., Pottstown.    Celebrate the arrival of Spring at mid-18th century-style May Fair including dancing around the May Pole, live period music, grinning for cheese, children's activities.  11 AM- 3 PM weather permitting.  Free.  (610-326-4014; www.montcopa.org). 

 

May 2:  FISHING DERBY.  Fischer's Park, Towamencin Township.  For children 12 and under. 8-11 AM; 11:15-noon Science Show.  Free.  Raindate:  5/3.  (215-368-7602; www.towamencin.org).

 

May 2:  HERB SALE.  Heckler Plains Farmstead, Morris & Landis Roads, Harleysville.  Get an early start on your herb garden.  10 AM-2 PM.  (215-538-0853;

www.hecklerplains.org). 

 

May 2:  WINTERTHUR INVITATIONAL.  Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike (Rt. 52), Winterthur, Delaware.  Magnificent historic automobiles by Rolls-Royce and Bentley will be displayed.  Special exhibit included in general admission.  $20 adults; $18 students and seniors 62+; $10 children 2-11.  (800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org). 

 

May 2-3:  ANNUAL WILDFLOWER SALE.  Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville.  Wide variety of native and wildlife plants available for purchase including plants for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, aquatic plants, and more.  9 AM-5 PM.  (215-357-4005; www.churchvillenaturecenter.org).

 

May 2-3:  PLANT SALE.  Peace Valley Nature Center, 170 Chapman Rd., Doylestown.  6th annual native and annual plant sale including ferns and aquatic plants.  10 AM-4 PM.  (215-345-7860; www.peacevalleynaturecenter.org). 

 

May 2-3:  SPRING CORN FESTIVAL. Museum of Indian Culture, Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown. Native American cultural festival featuring foods, demonstrations, dance featuring Aztec Fire Dancers, crafts, storytelling and more. 10:30 AM-6 PM with grand entrance at noon. $5 adults; $4 senior citizens & 12-17; under 12 free.  Free parking. (610-797-2121; www.museumofindianculture.org).

 

May 3:  CHILDREN'S DAY.  Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Rd., Birdsboro.  Featuring 1st Pennsylvania Regiment Flintlock Shoot.  Noon-5 PM.  (610-582-4900; www.danielboonehomestead.org). 

 

May 3:  M.S. WALK.  Make a difference in the fight against multiple sclerosis by walking for pledge money.  Teams, prizes.  Multiple locations including North Penn High School in Lansdale & Tyler State Park, Newtown.  9 AM registration; 10 AM walk.  (800-883-WALK; www.walk4ms.org). 

 

May 3:  PENNSBURY MANOR: 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville. "Sheep Shearing & Historic Trades." Watch as sheep are sheared with hand shears, then help wash, card and spin the wool. 1-4 PM.  $7 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth (3-11); grounds pass $3.  (215-946-0400; www.pennsburymanor.org).

 

May 3:   WINTERTHUR POINT-TO-POINT.  Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike (Rt. 52), Winterthur, Delaware.  Celebrate the thrill of steeplechase racing!  Enjoy tailgate picnicking, an antique carriage parade, the glamour of historic Rolls-Royces, and the excitement of thousands at the Brandywine Valley's signature event.  $30 adults; $15 ages 12-20; $5 children 2-11; under 2 free.  $15 per car parking.  (302-888-4994; www.winterthur.org). 

 

May 3-31:  BUCKS COUNTY DESIGNER HOUSE AND GARDENS TOUR.  Foxbriar Farm at Peddler's Village, Lahaska.  34th annual event for the benefit of Doylestown Hospital and V.I.A. Community Projects.  Monday-Wednesday 10 AM-4 PM; Thursday-Friday 10 AM-7 PM; Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday noon-6 PM.  $25.  Children must be at least 10 years old.  No pets.  (215-345-2191; www.buckscountydesignerhouse.org). 

 

May 3-31:  NEW FINE ARTS FACILITY ART GALLERY INAUGURAL SHOW, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell.  Philadelphia Water Color Society Annual Members' Exhibition of Works on Paper.  (215-641-6300; www.mc3.edu). 

 

May 5:  STROKE ALERT PROGRAM.  Abington Memorial Hospital, Lenfest Pavillion, 1200 Old York Road, Abington.  Seconds count - timely treatment can change your life.  Learn about the warning signs and the importance of getting to the nearest emergency room.  6:30-9 PM.  Free.  (215-481-2204; www.amh.org). 

 

May 5:  USING COUMADIN SAFELY.  Abington Memorial Hospital, Lenfest Pavillion, 1200 Old York Road, Abington.  Everything you need to know about taking Coumadin/warfarin safely.  5:30-7 PM.  Free.  (215-481-2204; www.amh.org). 

 

May 8:  FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT.  Mount Hope Estate & Winery,

"Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile" with special guest Scythian and Oneside.  Gates open 5 PM.  $26.95.  (717-665-7021; www.parenfaire.com). 

 

May 8:  SECOND FRIDAY AT INDIAN VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY.  100 E. Church Ave., Telford.  "Vincente!"  Classical guitar in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.   7:30 PM.  (215-723-9109; www.ivpl.org).     

 

May 8:  SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL.  Arneth Entertainment Center, Fischer's Park, Towamencin Township.  Celebrate spring with sounds of local school groups. 

6:30 PM. Free.  Bring a canned good for the food drive to benefit Shepherd's Shelf.  (215-368-7602; www.towamencin.org). 

 

May 8-9:  THEATRE & KIDS.  Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts, 311 Main St., Lansdale.  "Goldilocks."  10 AM. $8.  (215-858-9528; www.lansdalecpa.org).   

 

May 8-31:  STUDENT ART EXHIBITION.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  11-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.  Opening of 108th annual student art exhibition. 5-8:30 PM.  Regular hours Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM.  $12 adults; $8 students; $6 children.  (215-972-7600; www.pafa.org).

 

May 9:  BREWFEST AT MOUNT HOPE.  Mount Hope Estate & Winery,

11 AM-3 PM and 4 PM-8 PM.  Must be 21 or older to attend.  (717-665-7021; www.parenfaire.com).   

 

May 9:  CHILDREN'S DAY.  Brandywine Battlefield Park, Chadds Ford.  Various demonstrations and hands-on activities including an operating blacksmith shop and the opportunity to try your hand at 18th century chores and crafts.  10 AM-4 PM.  $6 adults; $5 seniors; $3 youth; under 6 free.  (610-459-3342; www.ushistory.org/brandywine). 

 

May 9:  WINTERTHUR INVITATIONAL.  Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike (Rt. 52), Winterthur, Delaware.  Magnificent historic automobiles from "across the pond" will be displayed.  Special exhibit included in general admission.  $20 adults; $18 students and seniors 62+; $10 children 2-11.  (800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org). 

 

May 9-10:  MERCER MUSEUM FOLK FEST. Pine & Ashland Sts., Doylestown. 36th annual event where traditional artisans make the skills and trades of early America come to life.  Live entertainment, costumed craft demonstrations, shopping and picnic foods.  10 AM-6 PM.  Rain or shine.  $9 adults; $8 seniors 62+; $4 ages 5-17; under 5 free.  (215-345-0210; www.mercermuseum.org).

 

May 9-10:  SPRING ART SHOW AT CEDAR MAZE.  252 Cafferty Rd., Pipersville.  Cedar Maze, the sculpture garden, and studio of Steven Snyder, is the natural setting for an outdoor art show featuring his stone sculpture, fountains, bird baths, and benches.  Saturday 10 AM-7 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM.  Free.   (610-294-9106; www.stonesculpture.net). 

 

May 9-10:  SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE.  Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd., New Hope.  10 AM-4 PM.  (215-862-2924; www.bhwp.org). 

 

May 10:  LIVING HISTORY THEATER.  Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville.  "Hannah Penn as Wife and Mother."  As the wife of the governor, Hannah had many responsibilities.  1-4 PM.  $7 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth (3-11); grounds pass $3.   (215-946-0400; www.pennsburymanor.org).  

 

May 10:  NEW HOPE SECOND SATURDAY.  More than 25 craft and fine art galleries stay open late the second Saturday of each month with some providing refreshments and entertainment.  5-9 PM.  (215-862-8030; www.secondsaturdaysnewhope.com).  

 

May 10:  PAFA PRESENTS.  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 11-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia.  "A Clown Lecture-Demonstration" with Pig Iron Theatre Company and Giovanni Fusetti.  Master Italian clown teacher Giovanni Fusetti will take you on a whirlwind tour of the little-understood discipline of clowning.  2 PM.  $10.  (215-972-7600; www.pafa.org). 

 

May 11:  GENEALOGY CLASS.  Indian Valley Public Library, 305 Church Ave., Telford.  "Vital Records & Census Records."  Learn about the various types of documents used by genealogists.  Registration is required.  6:30 PM.  Free.  (215-723-9109, ext. 1; www.ivpl.org). 

 

May 11-16:  PHOENIXVILLE DOGWOOD FESTIVAL.  Reeves Park, Main Street between Second and Third Ave., Phoenixville.  Saturday parade at 1 PM.  (610-935-7910; www.phoenixvillejaycees.org).  

 

May 12:  SKIN CANCER SCREENING.  Abington Memorial Hospital, Widener Building, Ambulatory Services Center.  Dermatologists perform screening for skin cancer as well as lesions at risk of cancer.  5:30 PM.  Free.  (215-481-2204; www.amh.org). 

 

May 14:  SKIN CANCER SCREENING.  Abington Memorial Hospital, Widener Building, Ambulatory Services Center.  Dermatologists perform screening for skin cancer as well as lesions at risk of cancer.  5:30 PM.  Free.  (215-481-2204; www.amh.org). 

 

May 15:  CONCERT.  Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Rd., Ambler.  Ambler Symphony Spring Pops concert.  8 PM.  $12 adults; $10 seniors; $5 students. (215-591-9501; www.amblersymphony.org).    

 

May 15-16: PENNVIEW COUNTRY AUCTION & CHICKEN BARBECUE.  Pennview Christian School, 420 Godshall Rd., Souderton. Outstanding strawberry pies, barbecued chicken, corn soup & more. Quilt auction, general auction, & children's activities. Friday 4-9 PM; Saturday 6 AM-2 PM. (215-723-1196; www.pennview.org). 

 

May 15-16:  RHUBARB FESTIVAL.  Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse, Lancaster County.   Annual festival dedicated to rhubarb and first harvest.  Rhubarb race car derby, pie contest, quilting bee, rhubarb jams.  Friday 9 AM-5:30 PM, Saturday 9 AM-6 PM. Free admission. (717-768-8261 or 800-732-3538; www.kitchenkettle.com).

 

May 15-16:  THEATRE & KIDS.  Lansdale Center for the Performing Arts, 311 Main Street, Lansdale.  "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."  10 AM.  $8.  (215-858-9528; www.lansdalecpa.org). 

 

May 16:  BEGINNERS CANOE TRAINING.  Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville.  Learn the basics of canoeing.  $50.00  (215-357-4005; www.churchvillenaturecenter.org). 

 

May 16:  CARVERSVILLE DAY.  Village fair with activities including pet parade, watermelon-eating contest, crafts, games and food.  10 AM-4 PM. Free.  (215-297-5139; www.carversville.com).  

 

May 16:  COLONIAL COOKING.  Hope Lodge, 553 S. Bethlehem Pike, Fort Washington.  Put winter behind with some Colonial Cooking of spring meals with Dr. Clarissa Dillon.  9:30 AM-2:30 PM.  Registration required.  (215-646-1595; www.ushistory.org/hope). 

 

May 16:  OPERA.  Central Bucks South High School, Warrington.  The Bucks County Opera Association and Academy of Vocal Arts presents "Lucia di Lammermoor."  7:30 PM.  $45 adults; $35 seniors; $30 students.  Advance purchase recommended.  (215-862-2526; www.avaopera.org).

 

May 16:  PERKASIE PATCHWORK COFFEEHOUSE.  Perkasie Mennonite Church Hall, 4th & Chestnut Sts., Perkasie.  "Kim & Reggie Harris."  Doors open 7 PM; performance begins 7:30 PM.  $9 adults; $7 seniors 65+; $4 students 13 & up; 12 & under free.  (215-723-2010; www.perkmenno.org). 

 

May 16:  POLO AT TINICUM PARK.  River Road, Erwinna.  Opening day of season. Polo every Saturday through October 14, except July 4 weekend.  $5 per carload.  Call ahead for weather conditions.  2 PM.  (908-996-3321; www.tinicumpolo.org).

 

May 16:  QUAKERTOWN ALIVE! ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL.  West Broad Street, downtown Quakertown.  A beautiful day with artists, original musical performers, food and other vendors entertaining the crowds.10 AM-5 PM. Free.  (215-536-2273; www.quakertownalive.com). 

 

May 16: RADNOR HUNT STEEPLECHASE RACES. 826 Providence Rd., Malvern. 79th annual event features carriage parade, live music, picnic. Gates open 10 AM; first race 1:30 PM. Tickets $50-$500 by advance purchase.  No tickets sold on race day.  Benefits Brandywine Conservancy. (610-647-4233; www.radnorraces.org).

 

May 16:  WINTERTHUR INVITATIONAL.  Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike (Rt. 52), Winterthur, Delaware.  Magnificent historic automobiles by Cadillac, LaSalle, and Buick will be displayed.  Special exhibit included in general admission.  $20 adults; $18 students and seniors 62+; $10 children 2-11.  (800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org). 

 

May 16-17:  PINE RUN COMMUNITY ART SHOW.  Pine Run Community, 777 Ferry Rd., Doylestown.  More than 100 Bucks County artists, 55 years or older, will feature their works in photography, oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, and sculpture.  11:30 AM-3 PM. Free. (215-340-5168; www.pinerun.org).   

 

May 16-17:  SPRING ART SHOW AT CEDAR MAZE.  252 Cafferty Rd., Pipersville.  Cedar Maze, the sculpture garden and studio of Steven Snyder, is the natural setting for an outdoor art show featuring his stone sculpture, fountains, bird baths, and benches.  Saturday 10 AM-7 PM; Sunday 11 AM-5 PM.  Free.  (610-294-9106; www.stonesculpture.net). 

 

May 16-17:  SPRING NATIVE PLANT SALE.  Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd., New Hope.  10 AM-4 PM.  (215-862-2924; www.bhwp.org). 

 

May 16-17:  TILE FESTIVAL.  Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, 130 Swamp Road, Doylestown.  Historic and contemporary ceramic tiles on exhibit and available for sale.  Saturday 10 AM-5 PM; Sunday 10 AM-4 PM.  Rain or shine.  $6 admission.  (215-345-6722; www.buckscounty.org/departments/tileworks).     

 

May 16-17:  TRAINS IN MOTION PICTURES.  Railroad Museum of PA, Rt. 741 East, Strasburg.  Lights.  Camera.  Action!  Grab some popcorn and enjoy the fun of watching trains in silver screen and classic railroad films.  Create your own star for the Railroad Museum Walk of Fame and bring your video camera to direct your family's action on an authentic caboose or locomotive.  Saturday 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday 12 PM-5 PM.  $10 adults; $8.00 youth (3-11); children 2 & under free.  (717-687-8628; www.rrmuseumpa.org). 

 

May 16-31:  NEW FINE ARTS FACILITY ART GALLERY.  Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell.  College's Art Faculty and Invited Art Alumni Mixed Media Show.  (215-641-6300; www.mc3.edu). 

 

May 17: OPEN HEARTH COOKING.  Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville. "The 17th Century Pudding." Watch as the Manor cooks prepare 17th century pudding.  1-4 PM. $7 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth (3-11); grounds pass $3.  (215-946-0400; www.pennsburymanor.org).

 

May 17-31:  FASHION IN FILM:  COSTUMES FOR THE SCREEN.  Allentown Art Museum, 31 N. Fifth St., Allentown.  The mystique and allure of historical costumes never fail to fascinate, and when you add in the star power of Gwyneth Paltrow, Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore and Madonna, the combination is potent for young and old, male and female alike. Fashion in Film showcases thirty-six period costumes worn by these and other high-profile celebrities in film classics known to all.  Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM-5 PM; Sunday 12-5 PM.  $5 fee in addition to regular museum admission for entry to this special exhibit.  Regular admission:  $6 adults; $4 seniors; $3 ages 6-12; under 6 free.  (610-432-4333; www.allentownartmuseum.org). 

 

May 19:  UPPER BUCKS BUSINESS EXPO.  Quakertown High School, Park Ave., Quakertown.  "Back to Business Basics."  Displays of area businesses under the auspices of the Upper Bucks Chamber of Commerce.  1-6 PM.  Free.  (215-536-3211; www.ubcc.org). 

 

May 20:  FOR SENIORS ONLY:  AN ARTHRITIS FAIR AND SO MUCH MORE.  Abington Hospital event at Giant Super Store, Willow Grove.  Panel discussion, giveaways, light refreshments, hand massage, and more.  10 AM-1 PM.  Free.  (215-481-BONE; www.amh.org). 

 

May 21:  MUSICAL TOUR OF THE PEARL S. BUCK HOUSE.  520 Dublin Rd., Hilltown.  Pearl S. Buck's 1959 Allen Organ fills the house with a selection of the author's favorite music.  Complete tour of the house and light refreshments included.  $15 adults; $12 seniors & students.  Reservations required.  2:30 PM.  (215-249-0100, ext. 110). 

 

May 21-24:  HARLEYSVILLE JAYCEES COUNTRY FAIR DAYS.  Community Center, Park Ave., Harleysville.  Special activities include a Saturday parade, amusement rides, carnival games, food and more.  Wednesday-Thursday 6-10:30 PM; Friday 6 PM-midnight; Saturday noon-midnight.  (215-256-8087; www.lowersalfordtownship.org).

 

May 21-25:  MAYFAIR FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS.  Cedar Beach Park, Allentown.  Celebrating life through the arts.  This year's theme is "The Magic of Mayfair."  (610-437-6900; www.mayfairfestival.org). 

 

May 22-31:  MONTGOMERY THEATRE JUNIOR.  124 Main St., Souderton.  "Seussical Jr."  Thursday-Friday 4 PM.  $10 adults; $8 children 5-12.  (215-723-9984; www.montgomerytheater.org). 

 

May 22-31:  SPORTS CARS IN AMERICA.  Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey.  As the weather gets warmer you may find yourself dreaming of a trip down a country road in a sports car with the top down and your hair blowing in the wind.  Just in time for summer, the AACA Museum will be paying tribute to the sports cars that travel America's roads.  9AM-5 PM.  $9 adults; $8 seniors; $7 children; 3 and under free.  (717-566-7100; www.aacamuseum.org). 

 

May 23:  KNOWING NATIVE PLANTS.  Bowman's hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Rd., New Hope.  "Flowering Shrubs."  10 AM-1 PM.  (215-862-2924; www.bhwp.org). 

 

May 23, 2009:  WINTERTHUR INVITATIONAL.  Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike (Rt. 52), Winterthur, Delaware.  Magnificent historic automobiles by Packard and Studebaker will be displayed.  Special exhibit included in general admission.  $20 adults; $18 students and seniors 62+; $10 children 2-11.  (800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org). 

 

May 23-24:  THE GREAT PENNSYLVANIA FLAVORFEST.  Mount Hope Estate and Winery, 2775 Lebanon Rd., Manheim.  An all-encompassing showcase of Pennsylvania's unique cuisines and the region's cultural diversity.  Enjoy cooking demos and cook-offs that spotlight regional chefs.  Partake in lessons in the culinary art of pairing beer and wine with a variety of meals, workshops on an organic approach to eating, etc.  Diverse mix of musical entertainment.  Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and local artisans will sell one-of-a-kind items that will pique the interest of even the most seasoned shopper.  11 AM-5 PM.  $16.95 adults; $6.95 children 5-11; under 5 free.  (717-665-7021; www.parenfaire.com). 

 

May 23-25:  GARDEN RAILWAY OPENING WEEKEND.  Morris Arboretum, 100 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia.  The Garden Railway is a miniature world set in the splendor of a summer garden featuring historic buildings created entirely of natural materials each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs.  As part of Grand Opening Weekend, the Victorian-era kids Ride-On Train will be in the garden.  Cost to ride is $3 for kids and $5 for adults.  It will run only in fair weather.  Admission.  (215-247-5777; www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum). 

 

May 23-31:  DEVON HORSE SHOW & COUNTRY FAIR.   Premier equestrian event of the area.  General Admission $7 adults; $5 65+; $3 under 12.  Competition begins at 8 AM.  Tickets range in price from $11 to $45.  11-day pass:  $50. (610-525-2533; www.thedevonhorseshow.org). 

 

May 24, 2009: GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS.  Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville. Spend some peaceful time in Penn's kitchen garden as you learn about his gardeners and their work. 1-4 PM. $7 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth (3-11); grounds pass $3.  (215-946-0400; www.pennsburymanor.org).

 

May 24:  28th ANNUAL CHESTER COUNTY CAR SHOW.  Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds, Route 113, Phoenixville.  Car show, automotive and crafts flea market, food court.  9 AM-3 PM.  (610-431-2569; www.valleyforgemustang.org). 

 

May 25: MEMORIAL DAY PARADE. Broad St., Hatfield. Sponsored by American Legion Post 933. Begins at Pennfield Middle School and travels through Hatfield Borough to Railroad Plaza. 9:30 AM. (215-855-0781).

 

May 25:  MEMORIAL DAY PARADE AND REMEMBRANCE.  Memorial Park, Main St., Lansdale.  Morning events include parade featuring North Penn School District bands, local dignitaries, veterans and memorial service.  (215-368-1691; www.lansdale.org). 

 

May 29:  ACTORS NET OF BUCKS COUNTY.  The Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville.  "Booth."  Historical Drama.  Friday & Saturday 8 PM; Sunday 6 PM.  $20 adults; $17 seniors 62+; $10 children under 10.  (215-295-3694; www.actorsnetbucks.org). 

 

May 29:  FREE LIVE FRIDAYS.  DeVoe's Music, 105 W. Broad St., Quakertown.  Free live acoustic rock concerts.  5:30-9:30 PM.  (215-368-4572; www.quakertownalive.com). 

 

May 29-31:  CONRAIL DAYS.  Railroad Museum of PA, Rt. 741 East, Strasburg.  Behold the big blue engine!  Did you know that the Consolidated Rail Corporation arose from a federal bail out of the railroad industry in the 1970s to become a profitable and successful private enterprise?  The equipment, history and spirit of Conrail will be highlighted.  Saturday 9 AM-5 PM; Sunday 12 PM-5 PM.  $10 adults; $8.00 youth (3-11); children 2 & under free.  (717-687-8628; www.rrmuseumpa.org). 

 

May 29-31:  KEYSTONE GARDEN CLUSTER DOG SHOWS.  Middletown Grange, 593 Penns Park Rd., Wrightstown.  Over 1700 dogs will compete each day in conformation, obedience, and rally.  8:30 AM-5 PM.  Free.  (215-297-8568). 

 

May 30:  PERKASIE OLDE TOWNE'S HOT RIBS COOL JAZZ FESTIVAL. Downtown Perkasie.  Featuring jazz performances under the big tent, a hot ribs competition and sampling, salsa dancing lessons, lots of food, wagon rides with historic tours, children's activities including rides, clowns, and kids cooking classes.... A day of fun for all.   10 AM-5 PM.  (215-257-4989; www.perkasieoldetowne.org). 

 

May 30:  PINE BARRENS CANOE TRIP.  Churchville Nature Center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville.  Put your newly learned beginner canoe skills to use.  Departs 7 AM.  Bring a bagged lunch, beverage and extra set of dry clothes in a waterproof bag.  $23.  (215-357-4005; www.churchvillenaturecenter.org). 

 

May 30:  TRI-COUNTY CONCERTS 67th YOUTH FESTIVAL.  Montgomery County Community College.  The winners of Tri-County Concerts' youth festival auditions in piano, strings, wind, voice, ensemble, and more perform.  7 PM.  $10.  (215-641-6300; www.mc3.edu/cr/culturaf). 

 

May 30:  WINTERTHUR INVITATIONAL.  Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike (Rt. 52), Winterthur, Delaware.  Magnificent historic elegant estate automobiles will be displayed.  Special exhibit included in general admission.  $20 adults; $18 students and seniors 62+; $10 children 2-11.  (800-448-3883; www.winterthur.org). 

 

May 31:  ANIMALS AT PENNSBURY.  Pennsbury Manor, 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville. Meet the horses, oxen and sheep at William Penn's plantation and learn about the lives and contributions of their 17th century predecessors.  $7 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth (3-11); grounds pass $3.  (215-946-0400; www.pennsburymanor.org).

 

 

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