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Beer, wine, food, fall seasonal events among must-do happenings

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Cheers
Tavern Night: The Morgan Log House, 850 Weikel Road, Towamencin, hosts Tavern Night Sept. 18. This year’s fundraiser event for the historic site will feature pairings of eight food dishes prepared by the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College, beers from Round Guys Brewery and Free Will Brewing Co., cider from Kurant Handcrafted Ciders, meads from Haymaker Meadery, and more. There will also be period music, colonial beer brewing, distilling, cooking and  after-hours museum tours. A VIP hour from 5 to 6 p.m. has been added this year, with tickets at $65 per person. General admission starts at 6 and is $40, $70 per couple, $30 for designated drivers. Advance ticket purchase is required at www.morganloghouse.org/tickets or (215) 368-2480.
Wines on the Hill: Pennsylvania wines, food, music and more than 50 vendors and exhibitors will be part of the Wines on the Hill Festival, benefitting Hilltown Township Volunteer Fire Company, noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 on the soccer fields and grounds of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1530 Augsburg Drive (at Hilltown Pike), Hilltown. There will also be antique appraisals from noon to 3 p.m. (small additional fee; no modern firearms) and raffles. Commemorative goblets will be distributed to the first 700 attendees. Tickets are $15 advance, $25 at the gate, $5 for designated drivers.  Visit www.hilltownfirerescue.org or call Mike at (215) 453-2051.
Oktoberfest: An Oktoberfest Beer Tasting Festival is set for noon to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Sample dozens of beers from around the world and fare from local food trucks. The afternoon also features entertainment by The Regan Brothers Band and DJ George Gibson, plus live animal encounters, raffles and more. Note that the zoo will be closed to regular admission that day. Tickets are $40, $75 for VIP tickets. Call (610) 277-3825, ext. 229 or 238.
Beer Fest for Educational Innovation: Hope Lodge, 553 S. Bethlehem Pike, Whitemarsh, holds a beer tasting festival 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13. Get your tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/beer-fest-for-educational-innovation-tickets-11905185731.
For foodies
Main Line Restaurant Week: The launch party for Main Line Restaurant Week (Sept. 22-28) is 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at 30 Main, 660 E. Lancaster Ave., Berwyn. Get more on the participating restaurants and the prix fixe menus at www.mainlinerestaurantweek.com.
International Food Festival: St. Philip Orthodox Church, 1970 Clearview Road, Hilltown, holds its third annual International Food Festival  4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 20. Taste dishes from Greece, Lebanon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Russia, Romania and America.  Tour the church, hear a choir concert and check out a craft bazaar. A portion of the proceeds benefits Keystone Opportunity Center and Manna on Main Street. Visit www.st-philip.net.
Street Fare: From 6 to 10:30 p.m. Sept. 18, enjoy food and drink from 50+ food trucks, plus live music and family fun in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia along Germantown Avenue. Call (215) 844-6021.
Chef’s Dinner: A three-course food and wine pairing dinner to support the new PAWS Adoption Center and Wellness Clinic is set for 6 p.m. Sept. 15 on the SCA Club Level at Lincoln Financial Field, Pattison Avenue and 11th Street, Philadelphia. For tickets and more information, visit http://phillypaws.org/chefsdinner.
Memory lane
Lansdale Cruise Night: The fourth annual event, which includes a food drive for Manna on Main Street, is held 7 to 10 p.m. Sept. 13. A ribbon cutting at 8 at the Kugel Ball on Railroad Plaza officially opens the Main and Broad streets cruise in Lansdale Borough. Registration is $5, plus a minimum two-canned-good donation. Gather in the Madison Parking Lot. Visit www.lansdaelcruisenight.com.
Drive-in movie: Relive the nostalgia of watching a movie on the big screen in the comfort of your vehicle Sept. 19, when Montgomery County Community College and Whitpain Township’s Department of Parks and Recreation present Disney’s “Maleficent.” The college’s parking lot near the 595 Cathcart Road entrance will open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin at dusk. Admission is $10 per car, $5 for MCCC students, faculty and staff. Concessions will be available. As part of the college’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebration this year, the first 50 cars will receive anniversary magnets. Prior to the start of the main feature, a brief trailer of “The History of Montco, a Documentary” will be shown.
What happened
History Fair: Heckler Plains Farmstead, Morris and Landis roads, Lower Salford, hosts the Montgomery County History Fair 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 20. The W.S. Hancock Society will mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Admission is free and there will be a fee for some activities, such as pony rides. Get more at www.wshancocksociety.org or (610) 630-0912.
Country Fair
Central Schwenkfelder Church: The Worcester church on Valley Forge Road has held its old-fashioned Country Fair since 1951. From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 20, it’ll be held on historic farm property adjacent to the church. Highlights include food, live music, a model railroad display from the North Penn S Gaugers, an antique and classic car show, tractor rides, face painting, games, a raffle for a Stitches for Missions Quilt, a live auction, “The Book Stall,” “Attic Treasures,” “Kid’s Treasures,” “The Country Market,” “Bakery Booth,” a fresh flower booth and more. Call (610) 584-4480 or see www.centralschwenkfelder.com.

Imaginative scarecrows, like this "Peter Pan" one, are featured in the Peddlers Village Scarecrow Competition and Display. Photo courtesy of Peddlers Village.

Imaginative scarecrows, like this “Peter Pan” one, are featured in the Peddlers Village Scarecrow Competition and Display. Photo courtesy of Peddlers Village.

Fall favorite
Scarecrow Festival: Peddler’s Village’s annual Scarecrow Competition  and Display has been on view for the public to vote for their favorites. But perhaps the best time to see it is during the Scarecrow Festival  10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 20-21. Activities include scarecrow-making workshops, pumpkin pie-eating contests, pumpkin painting, live music and children’s activities. Admission is free. The village is at Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. For more information, visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
Rough stuff
Excellence Professional Wrestling: September’s show is titled “Chopping Block,” with bouts starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Forrest Lodge, 2118 Old Bethlehem Pike, West Rockhill. Tickets are $15. See www.excellenceprofessionalwrestling.com.
Community days
Montgomery Township:  A Community Day Celebration in honor of the township’s 300th anniversary happens noon to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in William F. Maule Park at Windlestrae, 1147 Kenas Road (rain date Sept. 27).  Activities include a children’s scavenger hunt, musical entertainment, game booths, pony rides, a petting zoo, scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating, police K-9 demonstrations and a fireworks show. Some activities require a nominal fee. With the purchase of an wristband, children can have access to scarecrow making, pumpkin decorating and age-appropriate inflatables. They’re $8 in advance at the township recreation office and $10 at the park. For questions , call Stacy at (215) 393-6900.
Kulpsville Day: Christ Covenant Church on Mainland Road in Towamencin will be the site for the annual Kulpsville Day 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13. It is a time for people to share photos and memories of the village of Kulpsville. Sarah DiSantis, director of the historic Morgan Log House, will give a PowerPoint presentation of that property. Bring a covered dish and/or dessert. A $3 donation will be collected at the door. For more information contact Jon at (215) 368-2884.
Party in the Park: A free event for the local community is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 in the park at Plains Mennonite Church, Welsh and Orvilla roads, Hatfield. Highlights include a moon bounce, face painting, clowns, food, a bungee run and more.
Trappe Community Day: The borough’s 11th annual community celebration runs 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 (rain date Sept. 20) in Water Works Park, 23 W. First Ave. Highlights include children’s activities, music, stage performances and demonstrations. There will also be food vendors and display booths throughout the park.
Vernfield Family Fun Day: The Univest branch in Upper Salford’s Shelly Square, 2870 Shelly Road and Sumneytown Pike, will feature a car show, refreshments, a moon bounce, a 50/50 raffle, fire company vehicles and more from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
Arts and cycling
Doylestown Arts Festival: Sept. 13 and 14 Doylestown will feature artisans and crafters, live entertainment and food, as well as a children’s bike race and professional cycling events. The Doylestown Arts Festival is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. The third annual, two-day Thompson Bucks County Classic professional cycling event starts at 10 a.m. and spans Doylestown to New Hope. An ideal viewing area is along the Delaware River at the Black Bass Hotel and Lumberville General Store.
The 12th annual Thompson Criterium of Doylestown circles the Arts Festival and kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with the Cyclosportif 100K, a recreational ride. The Professional Women’s race begins at 10, followed at noon by the children’s races for ages 3-13. Admission is free and free parking is available at the Courthouse Parking Garage, 228 N. Broad St. For more information, visit www.doylestownartsfestival.com and www.buckscountyclassic.com.
Cultural celebrations
Native American Day: Montgomery County Parks, Trails & Historic Sites presents a Native American Day 10 a.m.  to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 in Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Drive at Germantown Pike, East Norriton. The free celebration of Lenape culture includes artifacts by Lee Hallman; artifact appraisals; and demonstrations and displays of Lenape culture, including flint knapping, jewelry, tools, foods, crafts and games.

Al-Bustan's Takht Ensemble will perform Sept. 20 at the Morris Arboretum. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

Al-Bustan’s Takht Ensemble will perform Sept. 20 at the Morris Arboretum. Photo by Jacques-Jean Tiziou.

Arab heritage: The Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia, and Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture present music by the Takht Ensemble, demonstrations and activities in  traditional Arabic art, and tours highlighting trees in the arboretum’s collection that originate from Arab countries from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20. Admission is $16, $14 for seniors, $8 for students, active and retired military personnel and children 3-17. Visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
In concert
Opera Philadelphia: The company’s 40th anniversary season begins Sept. 12, with a black-tie, star-studded gala featuring a recital by operatic couple Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez, with guests seated on the Academy of Music stage.   Join the party in a tented ballroom on Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts with guests including Nathan Gunn, William Burden, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens, Jennifer Higdon and more. Tickets are on sale at operaphila.org/gala.
Soulgrass: Grammy-nominated jam/rock/Americana/jazz saxophonist Bill Evans and his group Soulgrass performs at 9 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Ardmore Music Hall, 28 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. Evans  has worked with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Mick Jagger. For tickets, check www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/629581.
World Cafe Live: The Serafin String Quartet presents a collage concert titled “Intimate Letters” at 1 p.m. Sept. 14 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. The string quartet was composed a century ago by composer Leos Janacek, who had penned hundreds of letters to an unrequited love interest. The quartet will also perform “Sabina” by 2012 Pulitzer Prize in music finalist Andrew Norman. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at door. Visit www.worldcafelive.com.
Back to nature
Norristown Farm Park:  Meet at 8 a.m. Sept. 13 in Parking Lot No. 2 for a free Fall Migration Bird Walk for ages 10 and up. Bring binoculars.
Cost is $5 per child for “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” program at 1 p.m. Sept. 16. Meet at the pavilions and learn about how spiders move, their webs, what they eat, and more.  Play a spider game and go a field hunt for spiders.  Create a spider craft to take home.
Pre-registration is required by calling (610) 270-0215. The park is at Barley Sheaf Drive at Germantown Pike, East Norriton.
Seasonal fun
Woodmere Art Museum: Besides the Sept. 18 opening of the exhibit “Schofield: International Impressionist,” the museum’s front lawn has a straw maze inspired by Philadelphia artist Walter Elmer Schofield’s painting “Morning Tide  — Coast of Cornwall,” plus Saturday art-making activities and a Halloween-themed exhibition from the collection of local artist Peter Paone. The maze and the Peter Paone “Things That Creak in the Night” exhibition run through Nov. 2. A ticket to the straw maze includes art-making activities on Saturdays and a special Harry Potter-themed weekend during Chestnut Hill’s Harry Potter Festival Oct. 17-18. The museum is at 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia.  Admission to the exhibitions is $10, $7 for seniors, free for students, children and museum members. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, till 8:45 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays,  till 5 p.m. Sundays. The full schedule of music and film events is available at www.woodmereartmuseum.org.
Peace Day
United Nations International Day of Peace:  Activities will be held across Philadelphia Sept. 15-21 to positively build peace in your community. See all the events at www.peacedayphilly.org.
Best dressed
Philadelphia Fashion Show from Italy: Special guests include chef Luke Palladino and Philadelphia Eagles Brandon Boyko and Mychal Kendricks for the Philadelphia Fashion Show from Italy 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Morris House Hotel, 225 S. Eighth St., Philadelphia. For tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/philadelphia-fashion-show-from-italy-tickets-11828997851.
Patchwork patterns
Peter Wentz Farmstead: It’s an “Airing the Quilts” made in the 1800s to the early 20th century from the collections of the Peter Wentz Farmstead and the Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester. View the artistry and sewing skills of women from families who once lived in Worcester Township. There will be demonstrations and how-to discussions related to quilting.  Visitors will also have a chance to try their hand at piecing variations of the nine-patch pattern with textile historian Ruth Konrad. Call (610) 584-5104 or email kboice@montcopa.org.

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