WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
Back to school party
The “ABC’s of Style” takes place noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at Montgomery Mall, Routes 309 and 202, Montgomery Township. Highlights include the Simon and Teen Vogue style guide, a fashion show featuring Teen Vogue beauty style expert Lauren Cosenza and Clothes Encounters fashion blogger Jenn Im, a “meet and greet” and live musical performance by indie pop trio AJR, free interactive games, a sneak peek of the Fox fall series “Red Band Society,” product demonstrations, and giveaways from St. Ives, Simple, Q-tips, Coca-Cola and more.
Also, share your back to school look via Twitter or Instagram before Dec. 31 using #foundatsimon and #contest and one lucky winner per month will receive a $500 Simon malls shopping spree. For official rules and prize descriptions, visit www.simon.com/foundatsimonrules.
Text PLAY to 74666 for a link, or go to www.simon.com/instantwin from your phone for an ABC’s of Style Instant Win mobile game, and enter to win prizes from your favorite brands and stores instantly before Sept. 15. For official rules and prize descriptions, visit www.simon.com/instantwinrules.
Tabora Farm and Orchard, 1104 Upper Stump Road in New Britain is holding an Irish Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 24. Event features music, foods, crafts for the kids and more including the Fitzpatrick School of Irish Dance, the Lock Rannoch Pipes and Drums and the McLean Avenue Band. Also featured will be craft beer and hard apple cider tent. Check http://www.taborafarmandorchard.com/
The Heckler Plains Folklife Society and the Lower Salford Historical Society present Hecklerfest 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 23 in Heckler Plains Park, Morris and Landis roads, Lower Salford (rain date Aug. 24). Highlights include demonstrations of colonial crafts; hands-on candle dipping, scherensnitte, quilting and tin punching; children’s games; entertainment; colonial style cooking; genealogy presentations; and crafts. Admission is by donation, with proceeds going to the Heckler Plains Folklife Society’s restoration of the barn, house and bake oven at the park.
Elmwood Park Zoo’s Country Fest will feature live music, mechanical bull riding, WXTU’s Andie Summers, dancing, cookout fare, giraffe feedings and more 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at the zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Tickets are $9, $7 for children under 12, $5 for zoo members (food, beverages and giraffe feedings extra). For more information, contact guest services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 221.
Lansdale Founders Day is Aug. 23. Happenings in the borough begin at 9 a.m., and conclude with a fireworks display at dusk, and include the Festival of the Arts in Memorial Park, a Lifetime Achievement Award presentation at Railroad Plaza, open house events at the police station and the Lansdale Historical Society, excursion train rides (Tickets are $20 for ages 2 and up, $60 for a family of four), a water battle at the Fairmount Fire Company, a health expo, a Family Fun Festival in the Century Plaza parking lot, a garden dedication and beer tasting event at the Lansdale Public Library and more. Check www.discoverlansdale.org.
•The 10th annual Philadelphia Ganesh Festival runs Aug. 29-Sept. 7 at Bharatiya Temple, 1812 County Line Road, Montgomery Township. Events include the YComm Sports Fun Event Sept. 6, a Young Stars Indian music and dance concert Sept. 2, a three-day, outdoor India Fest Aug. 30-Sept. 1, a Hindustani vocal music concert with Meeta Pandit and Gwalior Gharana Sept. 3, a Kathak dance recital Sept. 4, sitar concert with Ustad Nishat Khan at 7:45 p.m. Sept. 6 and more. Free shuttle will be running to the parking lots at Montgomery Elementary School and the Montgomery Township building, both off of Stump Road; as well as the lots at Panacea Technologies off of Commerce Drive, and Penn Manufacturing Industries at Stump Road and Commerce Drive. You’ll need to phone (484) 800-1-PGF as soon as you’re parked to call the shuttle. For the complete schedule of religious and cultural programs, click on the brochure tab at www.philadelphiaganeshfestival.org. Also, get updates at www.facebook.com/pages/Philadelphia-Ganesh-Festival-at-Bhartiya-Temple.
•The annual Polish-American Festival runs noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 1 and Sept. 6-7 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, 654 Ferry Road, New Britain. Enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, re-enactments, ethnic foods, midway rides and more. Admission is $12 (some rides require additional cost). Check www.polishamericanfestival.org.
• Tabora Farm and Orchard, 1104 Upper Stump Road, Hilltown, holds an Irish Festival 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24 with the McLean Avenue Band, Fitzpatrick School of Irish Dance, Loch Rannoch Pipes and Drums, vendors, face painting, children’s crafts, food, craft beer and hard cider. Admission is $5, free to children 2 and under. Call (215) 249-3016 or visit www.taborafarms.com.
•The 30th annual Scandinavian Fest is held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 in Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Road, Budd Lake, N.J. The day includes entertainment, re-enactors, dancers, Vikings (and a Viking boat), children’s activities, Nordic foods, a Scandinavian marketplace and more. Advance tickets are $ 11, $14 at the gate, $13 for seniors, free to children under 12 and anyone in authentic regional Nordic folkdress. Get more information at www.scanfest.org.
Welcome to the show
•It’s stand up comedy at Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Show time is 8 p.m. Aug. 23, with Dennis Horan, Michael Donovan, Billy Chiang and Emily Cohen. Tickets are $20.
Act II also presents the play “Beautiful Boy,” about a family’s journey through an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis, at 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Part of the proceeds go to the Pathway School in Norristown.
Call (215) 654-0200.
•The Montgomery Theater, 124 Main St., Souderton, also has a Comedy Night on tap at 8 p.m. Aug. 22 with Corey Alexander, Teresa Hummel-Krallinger and Terence O’Brien. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 723-9984 or see www.montgomerytheater.org.
•Playcrafters revisits the Salem witch trial hysteria of 1690 with “The Crucible” at 8 p.m. Aug. 22-23, 29-30 and Sept. 4-6, with a 3 p.m. matinee Aug. 31. Playcrafters’ theater is at 2011 Store Road, Skippack. Tickets are $17. Call (610) 584-4005 or visit www.playcrafters.org.
•A Victorian-style dramatic reading of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare is performed Aug. 23 and 24 at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia. The comedy play was often performed in parlors and for lawn parties in the 19th century. On Saturday, doors open at 6:45 p.m., with pre-show activities — including a champagne reception and Victorian Magic Salon, featuring Jay Efran performing magic tricks in Mr. Maxwell’s Library — at 7 p.m. On Sunday, doors open at 1:30 p.m., with pre-show activities begin at 1:45. Reservations are $25, $20 for members. Call (215) 438-1861.
•Get a mini-preview of the FringeArts festival with “Borneo Odyssey,” a new multi-media theatrical production, presented free of charge at 3 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Harrison Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St., Philadelphia. The show draws upon the archival records of the Penn Museum’s 1896-1898 expeditions to northern Borneo. Call (215) 898-4000 or visit www.penn.museun.
•A couple that adopts a boy to work on their farm is sent a girl instead. Town and Country Players, 4158 York Road, Buckingham, presents “Anne of Green Gables”Aug. 22-Sept. 6. Tickets are $15. For show times, call (215) 348-7566.
Take a taste
The Fonthill Museum, East Court Street and Route 313, Doylestown, will host its first annual Beer Fest 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 23. Sample drafts from around the country and enjoy light fare and live music. Tickets are $45 per person and $25 for designated drivers. Guests must be at least 21 and have ID. Call (215) 348-9461.
“Memphis Belle,” a restored World War II B-17 “flying fortress” bomber will take to the skies over Philadelphia, offering and ground tours and public flights Aug. 23-24 from the North East Philadelphia Airport, 9800 Ashton Road, Philadelphia. Seventy-one years after flying its last military flight, Memphis Belle’s mission is to educate about what World War II veterans experienced, and those who never made it home. Ground tours are free and open 2:30 to 7 p.m. Flights depart hourly 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost $450. Call (918) 340-0243 and choose the day and time; leave your name and phone number.
Bring a bike
The second annual Nuthin’ Fancy Motorcycle Festival is held Aug. 22-24 at the Morwood Sportsman Club, 111 Wambold Road, Salford Township. Activities include live music, camping, tattoo contests and more. Weekend passes are $40. For more information, contact Billy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good eats, fellowship
Souderton Mennonite Homes’ 39th annual Chicken Barbecue is set for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at SMH, 207 W. Summit St., Franconia Township. Highlights include pulled pork and chicken platters, a bake sale, live music by Brothers in Grace and Harmony Sound, a silent auction, a flea market and mommy market, children’s activities, a car show, plus a hymn sing at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24. Call (215) 723-9881 or visit www.livingbranches.org.
ArtsQuest’s Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, continues its Robin Williams Film Series to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “Hook” will be shown on Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m., followed by “Good Morning Vietnam” Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. and “Jumanji” Aug. 30 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for each screening are $10, $8 for seniors 60+ and $7.50 for ArtsQuest members. Visit www.artsquest.org/film.
SteelStacks also hosts a Cars and Coffee car show monthly through October, with the next one set for 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 24. See www.facebook.com/pages/Cars-Coffee-Lehigh-Valley.
Meet Bravo’s “Top Chef Just Desserts” winner Yigit Pura at 1 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Williams-Sonoma store at the King of Prussia Mall, 160 N. Gulph Road, Upper Merion. Pura will be signing copies of his new cookbook, “Sweet Alchemy: Dessert Magic,” which you’ll need to purchase at the Williams-Sonoma store where the event is being held.
The James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, is presents “Wendy Paton: Nuit Blanche,” a photographic series by a Lambertville, N.J. fine art photographer that uses old-school techniques — non-digital, hand-developed, selenium toned silver gelatin printing. It opens Aug. 23 and will be on view through Dec. 7 in the Bette & Nelson Pfundt and Commonwealth Galleries. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for youths 6-18. Visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call (215) 340-9800.