By BRIAN BINGAMAN
Free family fun
◆ The Rotary Club of North Penn presents Lansdale Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7. The main attractions include an arts festival with a juried showcase of fine artists, artisans and crafters; a community marketplace; Pet Alley; zip lining; Little Miss Lansdale; food; entertainment; the Rotary cash raffle drawing; a model railroad display; new car show; dog agility show; petting zoo; children’s activities and the North Penn YMCA Kugel Ball 5K race/jog/walk. See www.rotaryclubofnorthpenn.org.
◆ First Friday Lansdale happens 6 to 9 p.m. June 6 in Railroad Plaza, Wood Street and Susquehanna Avenue. Free activities include zip lining, live music by Real Diamond and Hank’s Cadillac, fire eater Adamo Ignis, the Family Corner, inflatables, food and more.
Get your kicks
“America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66” is now on view at the Mercer Museum, Pine and Ashland Streets, Doylestown. Learn about American migration, the evolution of automobile travel and roadside architecture, and the role that the highway played in U.S. history through stories, artifacts, a photo essay and interactive experiences. Seven classic cars, including a 1969 Mercedes once owned by Elvis Presley, will also be on display. The exhibit runs through Aug. 24. During the run of the exhibit, the Mercer will host an “America’s Roads” program series. It starts Saturday, May 31, Jay Sowers and Melody Diehl, discuss their journey driving the original Route 66 in a vintage 1962 Corvette, in their travelogue, “A Journey along Route 66.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for youths 6-17 and free for ages 5 and under and members. Call (215) 345-0210, or visit www.mercermuseum.org.
A lot of art
Peddler’s Village presents the 30th annual Fine Arts & Contemporary Crafts Show 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7-8. The outdoor exhibition showcases paintings, photography, woodwork, mixed media, jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, fiber art and ceramics by artists from throughout the region. Artists will demonstrate their craft to visitors interested in the creative process. The show will award a total of $2,000 in cash prizes.
Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy live jazz, blues and classical music. The village is at Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
◆ Elfreth’s Alley in Philadelphia hosts Fete Day 2014 noon to 5 p.m. June 7. It’s the one time a year visitors can access the private homes on one of America’s oldest residential neighborhoods. This year’s festival includes colonial refreshments, music, storytelling, scavenger hunts and a variety of games. Visitors can go on a carriage ride or take an 18th century family photo on the alley. Tickets are $20, $15 for students, $55 for families. Go to www.elfrethsalley.org,
◆ Playcrafters, 2011 Store Road, Skippack, presents “Clybourne Park,” a comedy about race, real estate and “everything that comes with it,” set in the same house before and after the events of “A Raisin in the Sun.” Performances are at 8 p.m. June 5-7, 13-14 and 19-21, and 3 p.m. June 15. Tickets are $17. Call (610) 584-4005 or visit www.playcrafters.org.
◆ The first North American tour of the new stage adaptation of “The Wizard of Oz” will follow the yellow brick road to Philadelphia for a run at the Academy of Music June 3-8. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and matinees Saturday at 2 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and June 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$115.50 can be purchased by calling (215) 731-3333 or online at kimmelcenter.org/broadway. The Academy of Music is at Broad and Locust streets.
◆ Brendan and Jason respond to a plea to sponsor an impoverished child in Bangladesh. But what happens after years go by, and the girl, who is now a teenager, shows up in their living room? InterAct Theatre Company presents “Ritu Comes Homes” through June 22 at the Adrienne Theater, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia. For tickets and show times, go to www.interacttheatre.org or call (215) 568-8079.
◆ DCP Theatre’s “Making God Laugh,” a family comedy that takes place in four scenes, each 10 years apart, at various holidays runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. through June 8. Closing weekend performances June 12-14 are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. The theater is at 795 Ridge Road, Salford Township. Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors and students. Go to www.dcptheatre.com or call (215) 234-0966.
◆ Opera Philadelphia presents the East Coast premiere of “A Coffin in Egypt,” starring Frederica von Stade, June 6-15 in the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. For tickets go to www.operaphila.org or call (215) 893-1018.
◆ The Skippack Farmer’s Market will be held on Fridays 4 p.m. to dusk 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.
◆The Ambler Farmers Market is held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the corner of Butler and Maple avenues in Ambler. See www.amblerfarmersmarket.com.
From 7 to 10 p.m. May 30, Philly Beer Week 2014 officially kicks off with Opening Tap at the 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia. Forty breweries have confirmed their participation and the opening festivities include the ceremonial Hammer of Glory (H.O.G.) Relay handing over of the official keg mallet to Mayor Michael Nutter for the first official tap of PBW. Live music will be performed by The York Street Hustle. Tickets are $45 per person, $90 for VIP tickets. Designated driver tickets will be available for $25.
June 7-8 is an All About Birds Weekend at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Check out the academy’s live birds up close and have your questions answered by the museum’s ornithologists and educators. Admission is $15, $13 for children 3-12. Plan your visit at www.ansp.org.
Ready to run
Modeled after the running of the bulls event in Pamplona, Spain, The Great Bull Run is held June 7 at the Maple Grove Raceway in Mohnton, just outside of Reading. The event will feature multiple runnings of the bulls throughout the day, followed by Tomato Royale, a tomato food fight with thousands of participants. Spectator areas will be set up along The Great Bull Run track and around the Tomato Royale arena and include music, festival games, food and beverages. Tickets are available at www.thegreatbullrun.com and at the gate, and range from $55-$75 for runners, $35-$50 for Tomato Royale participants and $10-$15 for spectators. Runners must be 18 years or older and Tomato Royale participants must be 14 or older.