From Montgomery Township to Haverford … there’s lots to do in our region

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Montgomery Township’s tricentennial May 17 features a reenactment the township was designated by the Pennsylvania General Assembly, the Commemoration Day 5K for the Wounded Warrior Project, and the Stop Hunger Games for Manna on Main Street. Call (215) 393-6940 or visit www.montgomery300.com.

Horses and more
The Budweiser Clydesdales will appear at the 2014 Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, which will be held May 22-June 1 at the Devon Horse Show grounds, 23 Dorset Road, Devon. Gates will open at 8 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. daily. The Country Fair area opens at 10 a.m. for the Midway and shopping. The first Sunday, the gates will open at 11 a.m. and the horse show classes will start at noon. The final Sunday, the show ends at 3 p.m. Equestrian talent and entertainment includes Australian horseman and bush poet Guy Mclean; carriage racing; Shetland pony races; the rides, food and games of the Country Fair and more. For tickets, call (610) 688-2554. General admission is $10, $5 for children 12 and under and seniors 65+. Reserved Grandstand tickets are $15-$60, depending on the performance. Parking is $10, $20 on Grand Prix Thursday. For a schedule, visit www.devonhorseshow.net.
Great tastes
Pearl S. Buck International, 520 Dublin Road, Hilltown, hosts the 10th annual Taste of the World gala 6 to 10 p.m. May 16. The event provides guests with tastes of food, wine and music representing the various cultures of America and the world while raising awareness and funding for Pearl S. Buck International’s mission of improving the lives of children and promoting cross-cultural understanding. Tickets are $125, $50 for the Chairman’s Reception. Call (215) 249-0100 or go to www.psbi.org.
Forward march
The Morgan Log House, 850 Weikel Road, Towamencin, will hold its fourth Annual “Military Might” event 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24. Reenactors and exhibits covering the 18th, 19th, and 20th century wars will tell the story of the men and women who have fought for their country and beliefs. Presentations will include Revolutionary War female spy Lydia Darrow, war gardens, the Civil War sailor, flag raising and retiring ceremonies and Vietnam War-era vehicles; plus letters, diaries, journals, photographs and postcards. Special uniform exhibits include World War II Red Cross nurse’s uniform, an Army combat nurse’s uniform, WAC display, a Navy Wave uniform, and more. The event is free and open to the public. Call (215) 368-2480.
On stage
◆ Montgomery Theater Too stages “Into the Woods Jr.” May 23-June 1 on the downstairs Project Stage at the Montgomery Theater, 124 Main St., Souderton. Tickets are $10, $8 for children and seniors. Call (215) 723-9984, ext. 10.
◆“Altar Boyz,” a comedy about a religious boy band, is being presented by 11th Hour Theatre Company through June 1 at the Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. For show times and tickets, call (215) 987-9865 or see www.11thhourtheatercompany.org.
◆ The Buckle brothers are in big trouble. After gambling away their money on horses, a loan shark is coming to collect. “Lie, Cheat and Genuflect” is presented May 16 -24 by Town And Country Players Theater, 4158 York Road, Buckingham. For tickets and show times, call (215) 348-7566.
Spring flings
◆ The Barclay Grounds Preservation Alliance is hosting a Spring Celebration from 7 to 10 p.m. May 21 in the Barclay building on North Church Street in West Chester. The fundraising evening will include hors d’oeuvres, wine, a live and silent auction and tours of the historic trees on the property. Reservations can be made online at www.savethebarclaygrounds.org or by calling (610) 696-2282.
◆ Camp Men-O-Lan, 1415 Doerr Road, Milford Township, holds a Summerfest 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17. Activities include continental breakfast (cost is $5, free to children 5 and under), live and silent auctions, plant and bake sales, music, food and a “Kids Karnival.” From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., wristbands are $5 per child, $20 per family. Call (215) 679-5144 or go to www.menolan.org.
◆ Quakertown’s Arts Alive! Festival will be on Broad Street in the borough 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 (rain date May 18). The regional art festival includes visual arts, performing arts, street performers, art-related demonstrations, children’s area, food, wine tasting and more. Call (215) 536-2273 or visit www.quakertownalive.com.
◆ The Moravian Pottery & Tile Works’ 16th annual Tile Festival happens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 18 at 130 E. Swamp Road, Doylestown. Tour Henry Mercer’s tile factory and view historic and contemporary ceramic tiles by artists, dealers and collectors from around the country. Admission is $6, free for youths under 18. No pets, please.
◆ Haverford Spring Fest, a free live music and arts festival, happens noon to 7 p.m. May 18 at Brookline Boulevard and Darby Road, Havertown. Entertainers include Blackthorn, Jeffrey Gaines, Christine Havrilla, Cruiser and more. For the children, there’s mazes, obstacle courses, bounce houses, and activities organized by local groups and organizations. Vendor booths will feature food, treats and items for sale. There will also be local crafters and artisans. Check out www.haverfordspringfest.com.
◆ Towamencin Township Community Day is noon to 4 p.m. May 17 in Fischer’s Park, 2225 Bustard Road. Highlights include live music, a food court, inflatables, face painting and balloon animals, free petting zoo/pony rides, games and more. New this year will be an Environmental Education Section. Pets are welcome and the event is rain or shine.
◆ Penn View Christian School invites you to their 53rd annual Country Fair and Auction with Chicken Barbecue, to be held 4 to 9 p.m. May 16 and 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 on their campus at 420 Godshall Road, Franconia Township. Friday activities include a mobile zip line, pony rides a Kids’ Auction and a Twilight Auction. Saturday-only highlights include a country style breakfast, “Mascot Mania,” including appearances by Red Robin and the Reading Fightin’ Phils’ Screwball, and a helicopter candy drop. Additional highlights all weekend include games, inflatables, face painting and food. On-site handicapped parking and free shuttle bus service is available from Franconia Mennonite Church on Route 113. Visit www.pennview.org or call (215) 723-1196.
◆ The Skippack Farmer’s Market will be held on Fridays 4 p.m. to dusk, May 16 through mid-November at 4112 Skippack Pike, across from the Wawa, in the market lot next to Chiaro’s Pizzeria, near the intersection of Route 113, Skippack. Get a clue of what’s new at www.iloveskippack.com.
◆ The Lansdale Farmers Market is in the Century Plaza parking lot at Main Street and Railroad Avenue, Lansdale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 1. Check out www.lansdalefarmersmarket.org.
◆The Collegeville Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22 in the DaVinci’s Pub and the Power House parking lots, 217 E. Main St., Collegeville. To receive the market’s newsletter, with weekly information on vendors and all the market’s upcoming offerings and events, sign up at www.collegevillefarmersmarket.org.
Music adventures
◆ The Philadelphia Singers present a “Mozart+Schubert” program at 3 p.m. May 18 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. A pre-concert lecture panel, led by assistant conductor Brian Schkeeper, will take place at 2 p.m. Call (215) 751-9494 or go to www.philadelphiasingers.org.
◆ The Philly Pops hosts the singers featured in the original cast of “Jersey Boys,” The Midtown Men, for a “Sixties Hits” concert at 8 p.m. May 16, and 3 p.m. May 17-18 at the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $33 to $110. Visit www.phillypops.org or call (215) 893-1999.
◆ The Valley Choral Society will perform a “Bernstein & Berlin” concert at 7:30 p.m. May 17 at Church of the Holy Spirit, Sumneytown Pike at Barndt Road, Upper Salford, and at 4 p.m. May 18 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 S. Fifth St., Perkasie. Featured will be Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” sung in Hebrew, and Irving Berlin’s “A Century of Song.” Get tickets at www.valchor.com, (484) 932-8301 or at the door.
Great outdoors
◆ Montgomery County Parks, Trails, & Historic Sites presents the following free programs at Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Drive and West Germantown Pike, East Norriton (meet in parking lot No. 2). You need to register by calling (610) 270-0215.
“Birds for Kids,” 8 a.m. May 17. Bring binoculars if you have them.
“Spring Bird Migration,” 8 a.m. May 18, ages 7 and up. Bring binoculars if you have them.
“Spring Sensory Saunter,” 2 p.m. May 18, ages 5 and up.
◆ On May 18 the Delaware County Council presents “Horses, Hounds & History,” a Rose Tree Hunt Club Festival celebrating the club’s 105 years at Rose Tree Park in Media. The day will be filled with fox hunt reenactments, hands-on history presentations, an exhibit tent, pony rides, a scavenger hunt and vintage carriage rides. Visit www.brandywinecountry.org or call (610) 565-3679.
■ The Manayunk Craft Beer and Irish Whiskey Festival happens 1 to 5 p.m. May 17 at Kildare’s Irish Pub, 4417 Main St., Manayunk. Enjoy unlimited samples of more than 40 craft beers and more than 10 Irish whiskeys, along with music and food, for $30, $15 for designated drivers. VIP tickets are $40. This event has been known to sell out, so call (215) 482-7242 or visit www.kildaresbeerfest.com to check availability.
■ Sly Fox Brewing Co.’s Pottstown brewery and tasting room at 331 Circle of Progress Drive presents “Taps, Tunes & Trucks” 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17. Pair food from six different food trucks with more than 18 Sly Fox beers on tap. Also, be among the first to try Sly Fox’s Grisette Working Class Ale. Call (484) 524-8210 or see www.slyfoxbeer.com. Also check out www.foxtrot5k.com for details on the brewer’s 5K race to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, also being held May 17.
■ Beginning at 1 p.m. May 17, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E. State St., Media, will host their 14th annual Brandywine Valley Craft Brewers Festival, showcasing offerings from 17 regional breweries, as well as other Iron Hill locations, with proceeds donated to the Media Youth Center. The event will be held rain or shine, with live music all day. Food will be available from Iron Hill on a pay-as-you-go basis. Tickets are $45, $50 at the door, $5 for designated drivers. Visit www.ironhillbrewery.com or call (610) 627-9000.
Antiquing weekend
Browse American and English furniture, glass, ceramics, folk art, quilts, European and Chinese export porcelain, metalware, rugs and other fine antiques at the 43rd annual Brandywine River Museum of Art’s Antiques Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24-26 at the museum, Route 1, Chadds Ford. The $15 fee includes museum admission. A preview reception will take place 6 to 9 p.m. May 23, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seafood, sushi and carving stations, along with coffee and dessert. Tickets are $125, $100 for “Young Collectors” (ages 35 and under). Call (610) 388-8318 for reservations. For more information, visit www.brandywine.org or call (610) 388-2700.
Cruise time
◆ An Antique Car Show & Flea Market happens 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 at Linvilla Orchards, 598 Linvill Road, Media. Linvilla expects to welcome up to 300 cars, trucks, motorcycles and emergency vehicles. Participants can get into the spirit of the day, dressing up in period costumes. The men wear dusters, hats, gloves and boots, and the women carry parasols and sometimes wear fur coats. The event is free of charge. For Flea Market information or registration, call (610) 534-2918 or (610) 583-2578. For Car Show information or registration call (610) 454-880. Visit www.linvilla.com.
◆ The ninth annual Spring Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Cadillac Car Show, presented by Delaware Valley Oldsmobile Club, takes place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 17 at the Granite Run Mall, 1067 W. Baltimore Pike, Media. For questions, contact dvocinfo@yahoo.com.
Get a leg up
On May 24, join the community for a 5K run/walk at 9:30 a.m. and 1-mile fun run/walk at 9 a.m. through Souderton to provide support to orphans around the globe. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female competitors for each age bracket. Walk-up registrations are welcome. Early registration, through May 17, is $20 for the 5K run/walk (includes T-shirt), $8 for 1-mile fun run/walk (T-shirt not included), $45 for a Family Packet (any combination of races for one family). Registration after May 17 is $25 for the 5K run/walk (T-shirts while supplies last), $10 for the 1-mile fun run/walk, $50 for Family Packet. Pre-registration packet pick-up is available on May 23 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Grace Community Church office, 327 E. Broad St., Souderton.
Head and shoulders above
Giraffes are returning to Elmwood Park Zoo with an Independence Blue Cross Giraffe Exhibit. Daily feedings begin May 23. Giraffe feeding encounters may be purchased for $3; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Depending on the weather, feedings will be available daily through Labor Day from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The zoo is at 1661 harding Blvd., Norristown. For more information, contact Guest Services at (800) 652-4143, ext. 222.

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