By BRIAN BINGAMAN
Out and about
■ The Montgomery County 4-H Fair is held 4 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 8 and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road, Creamery, Skippack Township. Highlights include a fabric sale; the “World’s Largest Sausage Patty;” an Open Pet Show; live music; contests; games; food; the Open Baking Contest; a Goat Dressing Obstacle Course; pony rides; and projects from 20 different 4-H clubs, including demonstrations of model rocket launching, quilting, a fashion revue, kiddie tractor pulls, an alpaca agility course, seeing eye puppies, and the horse clubs’ Parade of Breeds. You are also invited to show off your talents by submitting your own projects in the fair’s Open Classes categories: Homemade Food, Clothing and Textiles, Crafts, Art, Vegetables, Flowers, “Other Home Garden Project,” “Science or Engineering,” and Photography. These Open Classes are for all ages, and are judged by novice (children under 8), youth (ages 8-18 as of Jan. 1 of this year) and adult divisions. Call (610) 489-4315.
■ The St. Stanislaus Church Summer Festival runs 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 12-16 on the campus of neighboring Mater Dei Catholic School, 493 E. Main St., Lansdale. Enjoy rides, games, food and live music, including The Pennise Family Band.
■ The Goschenhoppen Folk Festival revisits the area’s agrarian and Pennsylvania German roots noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 8 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Goschenhoppen Historians’ Henry Antes Plantation, 318 Colonial Road (off Route 73/Big Road), Upper Frederick. The theme for the 48th festival will be “Am Butze, Immer Am Butze” (“Cleaning, Always Cleaning”). This year, pork, ham, bacon, sausage, scrapple and ground beef from the butchering demonstrations will be available for sale. Other highlights include 18th century hearth cooking demonstrations and men’s trades demonstrations; food; pastimes, needlework and clothing construction exhibits; a Revolutionary War soldier’s encampment; children’s games; horse-drawn wagon rides; book sales and more. Admission is $12, $18 for a two-day pass, $3 for youths 6-15. See the Folk Festival page at www.goschenhoppen.org.
Jazz on tap
Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown, is hosting a Blues & Jazz Night at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. The event will feature a buffet dinner, cash bar and two sets performed by Barbara D. Mills and the Bubalishus Blues Band. Tickets are $40, $35 for members. For more information, call (610) 277-3825, ext. 221.
Wine and music
Crossing Vineyards, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Newtown, will welcome up-and-coming singer Jessica Martindale to its Wine and Music Series at 7 p.m. Aug. 8. Her music has been featured on E!, Oxygen, MTV and VH1. Tickets are $15; bring your own seating. Call (215) 493-6500, ext. 19.
**The Broadway Dreams Foundation and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts present “Take It to the Limit: Defining Extra-Ordinary,” a Broadway cabaret featuring performances by Broadway veterans and emerging local talent, at 3 and 8 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $25-$128 and are available at (215) 893-1999 and www.kimmelcenter.org.
*“Tarzan, the Stage Musical,” based on the Disney animated movie, is performed by students from fourth-grade through college in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center Lenfest Theater at Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Performances are at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 and 2 p.m. Aug. 9. Tickets are $10 and $11. See www.facetimetheatre.org or call (610) 983-4636.
*Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company presents “The Glass Menagerie” through Aug. 24 at the Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom St., Philadelphia. Performances are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors. Go to www.brownpapertickets.com/event/757123 or call (610) 202-7878.
*Family Stages performs “Peter Pan” with just two actors at 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Ambler Theater, 108 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors/grandparents $10, and free for children under 3. Call (215) 886-9341, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.familystages.org.
*The 11th annual Dali Quartet Camp & Festival Orchestra Concert is set for 4 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St., Philadelphia. Enjoy a Pre-Concert Fair, starting at 2:30 p.m., with body percussion workshops, chances to meet the conductors, composers and members of the Dali Quartet, chamber music activities, a Latin fiesta workshop, refreshments and children’s activities. Performing will be the Dali String Quartet and junior, youth and pre-college/college orchestras from the Dali Quartet Camp. The concert program will feature “Two Pieces for String Orchestra” by Ricardo Lorenz, “Rumanian Dances” by Bartok, an orchestral adaptation of a Mendelssohn string octet, “Camerata Guanguanco” by Cuban composer Guido Lopez Gavilan, “Miniaturas Andaluzas” by Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo and more. Tickets are $20, $10 for children 3-12, seniors and students.
*Indian Valley Public Library’s Second Fridays series presents a free performance by Time Travelers Two at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 8. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
*Linkin Park, Thirty Seconds to Mars, and AFI bring their “Carnivores” Tour to Susquehanna Bank Center, 1 Harbour Blvd. Camden, N.J., Aug. 15. Tickets start at $40.50. Call (856) 365-1300.
*The Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, presents a Kids Corner concert with Kira Willey & Friends at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Online tickets at http://bit.ly/MAconcerts are $25 per car ($20 for members). At the gate, tickets are $30 per car ($25 for members).
■ In conjunction with its summer exhibit “America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66,” the Mercer Museum, Pine and Ashland streets, Doylestown, will conduct an evening walking tour to explore local automotive history. The Doylestown “Car Culture” Walking Tour will take place at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. Aug. 15. This family-friendly walking tour will make stops on South Main Street, which was once the site of the McLaughlin Garage & Chevrolet Dealership, built in 1921. Other stops along the tour include State Street, once the site of “tourist cottages” and Borough Hall, originally a garage before becoming a police station. Guests will also learn about Henry Mercer’s personal chauffeur, Benny Barnes and view historical images from the Mercer Museum’s collection. The hour-long tour meets in front of the Mercer Museum front entrance. Cost is $11, $6 for children 6-12. Make reservations by calling (215) 348-9461.
*“Dragons and Damsels” refers to dragonflies and damselflies, which have been on earth since before the dinosaurs. Learn about them and search for them around Norristown Farm Park. The free program for ages 8 and up starts at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 in the park. The entrance is at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Meet in parking lot No. 3, near the kiosk. You need to pre-register by calling (610) 270-0215.
*The Downingtown Main Street Association presents a Swingin’ Summer Saturday 5 to 10 p.m. Aug. 9. This is a street festival located on Wallace Avenue just off Lancaster Avenue with food and craft vendors, along with musical entertainment. Visit www.downingtownmainstreet.com or call (610) 269-1523.
* Valley Township will hold its 10th annual Valley Day from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 9. It will be held on the grounds of the Highlands Corporate Center at Airport Road. There will be a petting zoo and pony rides, inflatables, rock climbing, face painting, mobile game station, photo booth station, attractions “Trampoline Thing” and “The Orbotron,” “Stubby the Helicopter,” a free health fair and displays of Westwood Fire Company equipment. Food and crafts will be for sale and a silent auction featuring various donated items will be held to benefit the Recreation Authority. Also planned are performances by Russell’s Dance and Baton Studio and the annual talent show. Call (610) 384-5751 or go to www.valleytownship.org.
Art for August
During August the Morgan Log House, 850 Weikel Road, Towamencin, presents “Take a Walk in History” by Tom Lebish, a presentation of historic sites as seen through the artist’s eyes. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $4, $3 for seniors 65+ and children 6-17. Call (215) 368-2480 or the North Penn Arts Alliance at (215) 393-9110.
Peace Valley Nature Center, New Galena Road, New Britain, holds a Campfire Music Night from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 8 (rain date Aug. 9). The free night of music and fun for children and adults touches on how nature has inspired music, from Lenape-influenced songs to modern rock music. Pre-registration is required by calling (215) 345-7860.
You also need to make a preregistration call to attend the opening reception of “Gallery of Peace Valley,” a photography exhibit of images taken on the Peace Valley Nature Center grounds. The reception 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 9 is free and includes hors d’oeuvres.
In honor of National Peach Month Peddler’s Village holds a Peach Festival and Summer Sidewalk Sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9-10, rain or shine. Take in peach pie eating contests, live musical entertainment, Bucks County peaches and more. The village is at Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Check www.peddlersvillage.com for more.
The Eagle Arms Weapons Show is set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 9 and till 4 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Admission is $10, with an online coupon available. Get more information at www.eaglearmsgunshows.com.
Art meets science
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, presents “Pinned: Insect Art, Insect Science” Aug. 9-Nov. 9. Oregon artist Christopher Marley’s colorful insect mosaics are displayed alongside the academy’s own scientific specimen displays. The academy’s insect specimen collection is used by researchers around the world to help solve issues related to diseases, agriculture, pollution and climate change. “Pinned” also shows the methods scientists use to preserve and store insects.
And don’t forget the academy’s annual “Bug Fest” event Aug. 9-10, with hundreds of live insects, insect cooking and tastings, games and other activities.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, till 5 p.m. weekends and holidays. Admission is $15.95, $13.95 for children 3-12. Call (215) 299-1000 or check out www.ansp.org.
Obscure no more
*The Springfield Mills at Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, has been restored and made operational. Come visit this 19th century mill and see how corn was milled for meal and flour during a Grist Mill Demonstration Day noon to 3 p.m. Aug. 17. It’s located at Bloomfield Farm across form main arboretum entrance. Admission is free with regular garden admission of $16, $14 for seniors, $8 for children 3-17, students and active and retired military personnel. Call
*On Aug. 9, visit the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation to travel through 300 years of American history from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with last admission at 4 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for children 4-12. Lunch and souvenirs may also be purchased. The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is in Ridley Creek State Park off Route 3, west of Newtown Square. Visit www.colonialplantation.org.
More than books
**North Wales Area Library, 233 S. Swartley St., North Wales, offers a free screening of “Philomena” at 1 p.m. Aug. 11. On Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m., catch a performance by Aesop’s Fables Puppet Theater for school-age children. Registration is required for the Literary Lunch with author Kathleen Andrew Davis (“The Blue Velvet”) at 12:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Call (215) 699-5410.
**Lansdale Public Library, 301 Vine St., Lansdale, has free screenings of “Inspector Gadget” and “Dr. Doolittle” at 2 p.m. Aug. 8 and 15, respectively.
** In the Community Room at the Indian Valley Public Library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, meet local Katie Minerva Adventure author Linda Quinque at 11 a.m. Aug. 11.