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Country Creek Winery: The Xtreme Folk Scene presents the 15th annual XFest June 12 and 13. Gates open at 5 p.m. June 12 and at 11 a.m. June 13. Friday night’s music lineup features Full Frontal Folk, Adam Brodsky and Psych-A-Billy. On Saturday, catch Spuyten Duyvil, Burning Bridget Cleary, Jersey Corn Pickers, The Punkabillys, The Wallace Brothers, Black Horse Motel, Dirty Daze Quartet and Jason Ager. Gene Shay will emcee and there will be craft vendors, food and wine. All-festival camping tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the gate, $25 for children. Day passes are $30 in advance, $35 at the gate, $15 for children. Children under 11 get in free. See www.xfsmusic.org.
North Penn Church of Christ: The seventh annual ArCoNet Spring Orchestra Concert will feature selections from Dvorak, Holst and Shostakovich at 7 p.m. June 14. Special guests include conductor Carlos Rubio from the Dali Quartet, bassist Brent Edmondson from the Lancaster Symphony and pianist Lisa Paino. Suggested donation is $5. The church is at 300 North Wales Road, Montgomery Township. Check www.arconetwork.org.
State Street Blues Stroll: From 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. the evening of June 13, Media hosts this rain-or-shine event. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, $17 in advance for WXPN members, $22 at the gate. For the complete schedule, visit www.statestreetblues.com.
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.
Elmwood Park Zoo: The zoo’s three new red panda brothers make their debut June 6. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Admission is $14.95, $10.95 for seniors 65+ and children 3-12, $12.95 for students. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Call (800) 652-4143.
Bloomsday Festival: A celebration of James Joyce’s epic novel “Ulysses,” The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia offers a schedule of literary programming for all from June 9-16. The manuscript for “Ulysses” has been in the Rosenbach’s collection since 1924. Highlights include the special exhibition “Deciphering Ulysses: A Playful Introduction to Joyce’s Novel,” Joycean quizzo, a concert of traditional Irish music by guitarist John Feeley and singer Fran O’Rourke and a day-long public reading from the book by artists, public figures and other celebrities. See the complete schedule at www.rosenbach.org.
Wine Me Up!: This wine and tapas festival is held noon to 5 p.m. June 6-7 at Blue Mountain Resort, 1660 Blue Mountain Drive, near Palmerton. Highlights include Pennsylvania wines, musical entertainment, crafts and food. Tickets are $45. Call (610) 826-7700.
Lansdale: First Friday Lansdale 6 to 9 p.m. June 5 features magic by Rick Dziekan, music by Where’s Pete and the Bobby Newton Band and more along Main Street, Lansdale.
Also, 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.
The fourth PA Hometown Hero Walk in Lansdale will take place June 13 to honor the service of all veterans and help Pennsylvania veterans in need. It starts and ends at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main St. Registration is from 8:30 to 10 a.m., with the walk stepping off at 10:30. The post-walk celebration includes a performance by the Red Hill Band and refreshments. Minimum donation is $20. Contact Mike “Bish” Rieg at (215) 362-1089.
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.
Sanatoga Fire Company: The Lewis & Clark Circus presents its show at 5 and 7:30 p.m. June 9-10 on the grounds of the firehouse, 2222 E. High St., Pottstown. Come early for pony and camel rides. Reduced adult tickets are available at www.lccircus.com.
Join the party
Cars & Cigars: Cigars are optional at this free antique/classic car event 3 to 7 p.m. June 13 in the Parc Bistro parking lot, 4067 Skippack Pike, Skippack. Food is served à la carte. Call (610) 584-6004.
Women’s World Cup: The Lehigh Valley SoccerFest & Viewing Party returns June 8 to SteelStacks for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team match vs. Australia on a giant outdoor screen. It starts at 4 p.m. with live music, food, soccer-related activities, and the game at 7:30. For more information on, visit www.lvsoccerfest.com or like www.facebook.com/LVsoccerfest.
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 Spirit 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.
Playcrafters: “The Glass Menagerie” is performed at 8 p.m. June 5-6 and 11-13, and 3 p.m. June 7. The theater is at 2011 Store Road, Skippack. For tickets, call (610) 584-4005 or go to www.playcraftersofskippack.tix.com.
Indian Valley Public Library: Linda Kenyon impersonates Julia Child during a Second Fridays program at 7:30 p.m. June 12 at the library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: Combining theater with stand-up, Robert Dubac crashes head-first into the barriers of sex, race, religion, politics and the media with “The Book of Moron” at 8 p.m. June 12, 2 and 8 p.m. June 13 and 3 p.m. June 14 at Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. Tickets start at $25 ($15 for students). Visit www.brtstage.org or call (215) 785-0100.
Annenberg Center: The School of Pennsylvania Ballet presents “A Glorious Beginning” at 7 p.m. June 6. Tickets are $30. The Annenberg Center is at 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Visit www.annenbergcenter.org/event/the-school-of-pennsylvania-ballet.
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.
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.
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden: The new dance ensemble Graffito Works presents an improvisational, site-specific work at 2 p.m. June 14. Shofuso is in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park at Horticultural and Lansdowne drives. Admission is $7; $5 for students, seniors and children 3-18, free for members, children under 3 and active duty military.
Art and science
Academy of Natural Sciences: “Clearly Beautiful: Photographs by Adam Summers” depict the results of a method of studying animal anatomy called clearing and staining June 6–Oct. 4 in the Art of Science Gallery, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.