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NEIGHBORHOODS: Memorial Day Weekend events and beyond

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
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Memorial Day
Norristown: At noon Memorial Day May 25, join the W.S. Hancock Society for their annual Decoration Day tribute to Winfield Hancock and the veterans who served from Montgomery County at Hancock Square, between West Main and Dekalb streets. It includes a presentation of the third W.S. Hancock award to a World War II veteran.
Morgan Log House: The fifth annual “Military Might” event will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 23. Reenactors and exhibits covering the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries will tell the story of how residents in this region, county, state and nation played an important role in wars spanning the past 300 years. Presentations include musket and rifle demos, War Gardens, flag raising ceremonies, and exhibits of letters, diaries, journals, photographs, postcards and Vietnam vehicles. Uniform exhibits include World War II Red Cross nurse’s uniform, an Army combat nurse’s uniform, a WAC display, a Navy Wave uniform and more. Additional exhibits include a Revolutionary War era musket and cartridge box, pre-Civil War slave chains, a Civil War recruitment poster, flechettes from the Vietnam War and more. Admission is free. The Morgan Log House is at 850 Weikel Road, Towamencin. Visit www.morganloghouse.org or call (215) 368-2480.
Lansdale parade: The annual Lansdale Memorial Day Parade steps off at 9 a.m. May 25 along Main Street, with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Participants can enter their patriotically decorated, manually powered riding vehicle (tricycle, scooter, bicycle, unicycle, wagon, etc). All children should be accompanied by an adult, either walking or riding with them.
SteelStacks: The fifth annual Memorial Day Celebration May 23-25 pays tribute to veterans and active members of the U.S. military, including a memorial service on Memorial Day and patriotic and family-focused programming. SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. For the complete schedule, visit www.steelstacks.org.
Pennypacker Mills: The 20th annual Civil War Event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 31. Highlights include military and civilian encampments, “Be a Soldier” Kid Enlistment, a Saturday artillery demonstration, Civil War era music by Matthew Dodd, a period church service, educational programs and more. Admission is a free. A food vendor will be on site. No pets allowed. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Visit www.ppmcivilwar.org or call (610) 287-9349.

Union Troops Civil War re-enactors are shown.

Union Troops Civil War re-enactors are shown.

Join the party
Philly Beer Week: Running May 29-June 7 at various venues, tickets are sold separately by individual venues and events. Get a look at the scheduled dinners, tours, pub crawls, tastings, meet-the-brewer nights and more at www.phillybeerweek.org.
Historic Germantown: The fundraiser Peonies in Bloom is held 5 to 7 p.m. May 30 at a private home in Historic Germantown at 8811 Towanda St., Philadelphia. There will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. For tickets and the RSVP, call (215) 844-1683 or email programs@freedomsbackyard.com. See more at www.freedomsbackyard.com/programs-events/peonies-in-bloom-historic-germantowns-fourth-annual-benefit/#sthash.7C37ZLFa.dpuf.
Let’s play
Mennonite Heritage Center: The seventh annual Whack & Roll Croquet Tournament is held rain or shine May 29 and 30 at the MHC campus, 565 Yoder Road, Franconia Township. The public is invited to the Friday evening Reception on the Lawn on May 29 that features a roast pork and strawberry shortcake dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and entertainment by the Ken Gehret Bluegrass Band. Croquet courts will be available for practice during the evening. Advance tickets are required and cost $25. Spectators are welcome to bring a lawn chair and watch the tournament competitions. On May 29, the Senior Division Croquet Tournament begins play at 10 a.m. Teams of two will be playing in friendly competition for a traveling trophy for their retirement community. On May 30, teams have registered to play for cash prizes for one of 27 area nonprofit organizations, with elimination rounds beginning at 9 a.m. Spectators can enjoy fresh sticky buns and light breakfast fare ($5) and a picnic lunch ($10). On Saturday afternoon, youth groups from area congregations will compete in the fast-paced Survivor Croquet for cash prizes for their mission trips. Visit www.mhep.org or call (215) 256-3020.
On stage
DCP Theatre: An appearance by the Virgin Mary in a Buffalo barbershop may not have happened the way family legend described it. “Miracle on South Division Street” runs May 29-June 13 at the theater, 795 Ridge Road, Salford Township. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. May 29 to June 7, with opening weekend director’s wine receptions May 29 and 30. Closing weekend performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 11-13 are at 8 p.m.,with champagne on June 11. Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors and students. Call (215) 234-0966 or go to www.dcptheatre.com.
Lantern Theater Company: A Sherlock Holmes mystery gets a zany makeover in “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” which closes the Lantern’s season May 28-June 28 at St. Stephen’s Theater, 10th and Ludlow streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $22-$39. Go to www.lanterntheater.org or call (215) 829-0395. Discounts are available for seniors 65+, groups of 10 or more and U.S. military personnel.
Montgomery Theater: “Shrek The Musical Jr.” is on the Project Stage May 22-31 at the theater, 124 Main St., Souderton. Go to www.montgomerytheater.org or call (215) 723-9984.
Bursting with flavor
Mount Hope Estate: The eighth annual Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest is held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23-24. It features regional wineries, cooking demos, specialty food sampling, artisans, live music, and an interactive/crafty kids’ area. Admission is free. Mount Hope Estate and Winery is on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Route 72, south of Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 266, Cornwall. Visit www.parenfaire.com.
Fresh air
Elmwood Park Zoo: Zip line at night at 7 p.m. May 23 with “Night Adventure” in the Treetop Zoofari, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Reservations are $64.95 and must be made in advance. Tickets include admission to Treetop Adventures, dinner prior to beginning the course, and one drink ticket per person (21+). All participants are equipped with head lamps. Course duration is approximately two to three hours. All participants must be at least 54 inches tall. Call (610) 277-3825, ext. 225.
Norristown Farm Park: Join a freshwater stream investigation for ages 6 and up at 1 p.m. May 24, and collect and identify all the living things you can find — insects, fish and amphibians — to determine water quality. Wear sturdy water shoes or old sneakers and expect to get wet. If able, please bring a net. Preregistration is required by calling (610) 270-0215. Meet in parking lot 3, near the kiosk, West Germantown Pike and Barley Sheaf Drive, East Norriton.
Penn’s Landing: The Blue Cross RiverRink will be open for outdoor roller skating with Summerfest May 22-25. DJ Jazzy Jeff headlines the entertainment lineup in Spruce Street Harbor Park. Access this area of Penn’s Landing from Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia. Check out www.delawareriverwaterfront.com.
Devon Horse Show: The show grounds in Easttown Township are busy with equestrian action, shopping and a country fair through May 31. The Horse Show opens with Junior Weekend, featuring the nation’s top young riders and local rising stars competing for ribbons and trophies. Experience the nostalgia of carriage driving May 24, followed by the adults and professional riders for a full week. There will be antique coaches, high stepping Saddlebreds, and horses of all kinds. The Devon Grand Prix is set for May 28. This year’s special exhibitions include carriage racing, Shetland pony racing and trick riding demonstrations. Proceeds benefit Bryn Mawr Hospital. For more information, daily schedules and tickets, visit www.devonhorseshow.net.
Concert highlights
Beam’s Music: “Memories of the Main Point III: Still More Songs and Stories about your Favorite Folkies” recalls when Bryn Mawr’s Main Point opened its stage to performers like Gordon Lightfoot, Don McLean, Michael Martin Murphey, Odetta, Tom Paxton and others. Your hosts are Larry Ahearn, Al Bien and Emmet Robinson and it gets underway at 8 p.m. May 30. Admission is $10 and reservations are recommended. Beam’s Music is at 480 Lancaster Ave., Frazer. Contact (610) 647-3647 or steppinout@chesco.com.
Mann Center: All Time Low are in concert at 6:30 p.m. May 22 on the Skyline Stage with opening acts Issues, Tonight Alive, and State Champs. Tickets are $28. The Mann is at 5201 Parkside Ave. in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. Check www.manncenter.org.
Sands Bethlehem: A comedy show with Kathy Griffin starts at 8 p.m. May 22. Tickets range from $49.50-$79.50. The third annual Memorial Day Festival on May 25 features a free concert at 6 p.m. with Cabinet, Dave Hangley and Sons of Izzy. Outdoor fun starts at noon. The Sands Event Center is at 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem. Call (610) 297-7414.
SteelStacks: Spyro Gyra, Dr. John and saxophonist David Liebman are among the acts performing May 22-29 as part of RiverJazz 2015 at the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. For tickets and more information, see www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378.
Green Lane Park: A free outdoor concert features the Red Hill Band at 7 p.m. May 23. Bring your own seating. The Green Lane Park Amphitheater is at 2298 Green Lane Road near the intersection of Green Lane Road and Hill Road, just off Route 29, Marlborough Township. For more information, call (215) 234-4528 or visit www.montcopa.org/greenlanepark.
Philly Pops: A “Pops at Longwood” patriotic concert featuring the Philly Pops and vocalists Klea Blackhurst, Kathryn Guthrie and Ross Lekites, starts at 7:30 p.m. May 23 at Longwood Gardens, Routes 1 and 52, Kennett Township. Tickets range from $55-$85, with discounts for Longwood Gardens members. Call (215) 893-1999.
Kimmel Center: The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, which includes 16-year-old Souderton area resident Keoni Bolding, marks its 75th anniversary at 3 p.m. May 31 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $15-$25. Call (215) 893-1999.
Jazz It Up Philly: On May 26 The Prime Rib, 1701 Locust St., Philadelphia, at the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, welcomes 20 live jazz artists. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guests will walk the red carpet on arrival, pose for a photo and enjoy a welcome cocktail and butlered hors d’oeuvres. The night continues with a three-course dinner. Performers include pianist Alex Ayala, Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, classical guitarist Dariel Penjazek, vocalist Alexa Barchini accompanied by the Tim Brey Trio, Joanna Pascale, and The Jost Project featuring headliner Paul Jost with vibraphonist Tony Miceli, bassist Kevin MacConnell and drummer Anwar Marshall. Go to www.jazzitupphilly.com.
Conversation starter
Painted Bride Art Center: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture presents an “Arab Art for All” reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. May 29, then “{De} Perception: Live Art & Music” at 8 p.m. The Painted Bride is at 230 Vine St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at door, $15 for students. Call (267) 809-3668.
Farmers markets
Lansdale: Lansdale Farmers Market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October in the Madison Parking Lot on Wood Street between West Second Street and the SEPTA rail line. Check the entertainment schedule at www.lansdalefarmersmarket.org.
Ambler: The market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October in the SEPTA parking lot on Butler Avenue at the corner of Maple Avenue, adjacent to Trax Restaurant & Cafe. Check www.amblerfarmersmarket.wordpress.com.
Glenside: The market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through November at the SEPTA station at Easton Road and Glenside Avenue, Glenside. See what’s in season at www.theglensidefarmersmarket.com.

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