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NEIGHBORHOODS: Get in the spirit of Montco’s Irish Festival

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
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Celebrate outdoors
Lansdale Day: Rotary Club of North Penn presents Lansdale Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6 on Main Street, Lansdale. Attractions include a juried arts festival of artisans and crafters, a community marketplace to network with various local businesses and civic organizations, Pet Alley, food, entertainment, the announcement of this year’s Little Miss Lansdale, a Rotary cash raffle drawing, a new car show, a dog agility show, zip lining, “El Toro” the mechanical bull, a petting zoo, children’s activities, and the North Penn YMCA Kugel Ball 5K race/jog/walk. Refer to www.rotaryclubofnorthpenn.org.
Souderton soap box races: The Indian Valley Soap Box Derby starts at 9 a.m., and continues through 4 p.m., June 6 on the hill of Souderton’s Main Street. Main Street/Route 113 will be closed to vehicular traffic, and the rain date is June 7. The winners in both the stock and super stock divisions in Souderton move on to the championship week activities in Akron, Ohio in July.
First Friday Skippack: Skippack Village’s First Friday series of free live entertainment, art exhibits and more gets underway 5 to 9 p.m. June 5. The village’s Summertime Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 6, with a craft show, visits from cartoon characters, a moonbounce, magic, face painting, caricatures, games and more. Call (484) 997-8001.
Mercer Museum: In conjunction with the museum’s volunteer firefighting exhibit, a special outdoor Firefighting Day and Antique Equipment Muster is held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 on the grounds of the museum, Pine Street and Scout Way, Doylestown. This free event features fire companies from around the region showcasing their pre-1960, hand-drawn, horse-drawn and motorized apparatus. Visitors can also purchase food on site. If you want to see the “To Save Our Fellow Citizens: Volunteer Firefighting, 1800–1875” exhibit, regular admission fees apply. Note that during the outdoor event, the Mercer Museum’s parking lot will be closed. Park on the street or in the nearby Boy Scouts and Free Library parking lots. Call (215) 345-0210 or visit www.mercermuseum.org.
Creative and crafty
Peddler’s Village: The annual Fine Arts & Contemporary Crafts Show runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 6-7. The outdoor exhibition showcases original artwork from regional fine artists, displaying and selling a variety of work from paintings, photography, wood creations and mixed media to jewelry, ceramics, glasswork, fiber creations and ceramics. There’s also live music throughout the weekend. Peddler’s Village is at Route 263 and Street Road, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
On view
Berman Museum: The black and white urban landscape photographs of George Tice will be shown June 4-Sept. 6 at The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Admission is free and hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Northern Lights: Scandinavian Design” is on view through Oct. 4 in the Art Museum’s Perelman Building, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave., Philadelphia. Explore the concepts that have shaped Scandinavian design, from the modern lines of mid-century furnishings to the video game “Minecraft.” Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is $20, $18 for seniors 65+, $14 for students and youths 13-18, free to children 12 and under, members, and “pay what you wish” the first Sunday of the months and after 5 p.m. Wednesdays. The museum’s Art After 5 series presents Lee Smith May 29 and Almanac Dance Circus Theatre June 5. Both performances start at 5 p.m. in the Great Stair Hall of the Main Building, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Visit www.philamuseum.org.
Philadelphia Center for Architecture: Philly will soon have a new tallest building with the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center. Check out a “Designing Our Skyline” exhibit of detailed models, renderings and sketches May 29-June 21 at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia. An opening reception is held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 29. The center is open seven days a week and admission is free. Call (215) 569-3186.
Banana Factory: New Mexico acrylic painter Joshua S. Franco is the focus of the new exhibit “A Mine Hole Adventure” May 30-Aug. 9 at the Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem. Franco’s work explores the complexity of relationships and the feelings that accompany them. Over the years his work has been displayed in the Southwest, Paris, Korea, China and Japan. The show marks his first exhibition in the Lehigh Valley, where he was born and raised. Gallery hours are 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. The opening reception will take place 6 to 9 p.m. June 5.
American moment
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.
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. There’s also a PBW app. Events happening in the suburbs include a Chimay Happy Hour in Wayne, “The Great IPA War” in Norristown, Barren Hill Tavern Dessert Night in Lafayette Hill, and “Hips ‘N’ Hops: A Beer, Music & Yoga Event” in Plymouth Meeting.
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.

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AOH Irish Festival of Montgomery County: The Ancient Order of Hibernians Notre Dame Division No. 1 will take place June 5-7 on the picnic grounds of St. Michael’s Church, 203 Jacob St., Mont Clare. Entertainment on Friday night features Tom McHugh and The McGillians. Then on Saturday at 2 p.m. it’s Celtic Sprit and Belfast Connection. An outdoor Mass takes place before the opening of the festival on Sunday at 10 a.m. Entertainment will follow with Oliver and McHugh & O’Neil. Also performing Saturday and Sunday will be The Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums and Irish dancers. Food and beverages will be served all weekend long and vendors will be selling their specialty items. Admission is $5 June 5, $10 June 6 or 7, $20 for the whole weekend. Call (610) 277-2738 or go to www.aohnd1.com.

American Swedish Historical Museum: Celebrate Sweden’s National Day noon to 4 p.m. June 6 at the museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia. There will be free admission, Swedish themed children’s crafts and activities, and a special Swedish summer dessert. Call (215) 389-1776.
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.
Philadelphia Theatre Company: A small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective has the chance to solve the murder of novelist Arthur Whitney in the musical “Murder for Two” June 6-28 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard streets, Philadelphia. Tickets start at $25. Call (215) 985-0420 or visit www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org.
Cliveden: “Liberty to Go to See,” a dramatic experience exploring the lives of three generations of the Chew family and their staff, both enslaved and free, is presented at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and noon and 3 p.m. Saturdays June 4-20 in the Cliveden Carriage House, near the corner of Cliveden and Morton streets, Philadelphia. Tickets are $12 and advanced ticket purchase is required. Call (215) 848-1777.
InterAct Theatre Company: An atheist psychiatrist is visited by three men, all claiming to be Jesus Christ. Has the Son of God really returned, or are these men equally deluded? The comedy “The Three Christs of Manhattan” runs May 29-June 21 at the Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia. For show times and tickets, visit www.interacttheatre.org or call (215) 568-8079.
Opera Philadelphia: Opera meets jazz with “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird” June 5-14 in the Kimmel Center’s Perelman Theater, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Call (215) 893-1018 or visit www.operaphila.org.
Concert highlights
Ambler Symphony: An “At the Movies, Take 2” concert starts at 7:30 p.m. May 29 in the Wissahickon High School auditorium, Houston and Dager roads, Lower Gwynedd. Tickets are $15, $10 for seniors and students, free to children under 12. Go to www.amblersymphony.org.
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.
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.
German Society of Pennsylvania: The Delius Society presents a chamber music concert at 3 p.m. May 31 at the German Society, 611 Spring Garden St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $20 and there’s free on-site parking. Call (215) 659-2871.
St. Mark’s Church: Bravo Brass, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra’s brass ensemble, performs their 12th annual Festival Concert, “Brass Symphonies,” at 7:30 p.m. May 30 at St. Mark’s, 1625 Locust St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $15. Call (215) 545-0502.
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.
Open to the public
Rydal Park: The continuing care retirement community in Abington Township celebrates the grand opening of its newly-renovated Performing Arts Center with an afternoon of music hosted and spun by Jerry Blavat at 2 p.m. June 2. The event is free and open to the public on a limited, reserved basis by RSVP to Michelle at (215) 376-6292. Rydal Park is off of Roue 611. Visit www.rydalpark.org.
Feeling brave?
Great Adventure: The new El Diablo looping roller coaster is open in the Mexican-themed Plaza del Carnaval section of the park, Route 537, Jackson, N.J. For hours and tickets, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure or call (732) 928-2000.

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