STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Art in the park
Mondauk Park: The Friends of the Upper Dublin Public Library presents the Art in the Park 2015 outdoor craft show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 15, near the Central Pavilion of the Upper Dublin Township park at 1451 Dillon Road. Refreshments will be available for purchase and the rain date is Aug. 16. For more information, contact (215) 654-1679 or email@example.com.
Skippack: From 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7, check out free live music and artwork among the restaurants, galleries and shops along Route 73 in Skippack Village.
Lansdale: From 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 7, check out free live music by Go Commado and Cheek 2 Cheek, children’s activities and more along Main Street.
Dog Days of Summer: It’s dog-friendly fun from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 in downtown Ambler.
Magic and music
Country Creek Winery: Held 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 15, the Mythmusica Music and Faerie Festival, sponsored by the Sacred Crossroads Association, features music, vendors and more. Scheduled to appear are S.J. Tucker and Betsy Tinney, Ashagal, Brian Henke, Tiffany Apan, Project Wendigo, Ginger Ackley, Faerie Elaine Silver, and A Halo Called Fred. Tickets are $25. The winery grounds are art 133 Cressman Road, Salford Township (Note that the Moyer Road bridge is closed). Go to http://faeriefestival.sacredcrossroadsassn.org.
Indian Valley Public Library: Folk/rock combo Raspberry Tea performs during the Second Fridays series at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the library, 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
World Café Live: Jane Norman, Philadelphia ‘60s TV kiddie show host “Pixanne,” will join jazz vocalist-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber on stage during his concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. These days, Norman is a cabaret singer and composer. Tickets are $18. The venue is at 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. See www.worldcafelive.com or call (215) 222-1400.
Festivals of music
Musikfest: The 10-day music festival takes place Aug. 7-16 throughout Bethlehem. Reba McEntire, Jerry Seinfeld, Snoop Dogg, Darius Rucker, Culture Club, The Flaming Lips, O.A.R., ZZ Top, 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul, Alice in Chains, Cracker and Kristian Bush are among the 325+ artists who will perform. Aug. 6 features a preview night with a headlining concert by Duran Duran. The music is free on 15 of the 16 stages — in all, 550 free music and art performances. A zip line and four new rides are among the family-friendly highlights. Also new is the Hotel Bethlehem Platz stage. There’s also the Color Me Rad 5K on Aug. 8. For more information on Musikfest 2015, visit www.musikfest.org.
World Café Live: It’s a lineup of youth entertainers with The OMG Music Fest, featuring The Nick Tangorra Band, Jonas Marias, Dylan Holland, Reed Deming, and Gavin Becker at 8 p.m. Aug. 16. Tickets range from $25-$77. World Cafe Live is at 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 222-1400 or go to www.worldcafelive.com.
Montgomery County 4-H Fair: The fair runs 4 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 7 and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, 1015 Bridge Road, Skippack Township. The fair is the culmination of the 4-H project year for Montgomery County 4-H members to showcase their achievements in livestock, animal science and the other various 4-H clubs. The Creamery Crafters 4-H club will hold their Giant Fabric Sale. Other highlights include displays of 4-H projects, demonstrations, contests, games, music (The Daisy Jug Band is scheduled for Friday night), an Open Baking Contest, an Open Pet Show and food (including the “World’s Largest Sausage Patty”). The public is also encouraged to enter their projects into the Open Classes categories, such as gardening, sewing, cooking, crafts, art, photography and more. The Open Classes are for all ages. Get complete information at http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/counties/montgomery or call (610) 489-4315.
Goschenhoppen Folk Festival: The Goschenhoppen Historians celebrate their 50th anniversary at their 49th annual Folk Festival noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 7 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 8 at the historical society’s Henry Antes Plantation, 318 Colonial Road, off Route 73, Upper Frederick Township. The festival features living history demonstrations of home skills and trades of Pennsylvania German folk culture, circa 1750-1880. Admission is $12, $3 for children 6-15, $18 for a two-day pass. Parking is by donation. See www.goschenhoppen.org or call (215) 234-8953.
Academy of Natural Sciences: Cheer on a favorite cockroach in the Roach Race 500, talk with entomologists, examine hundreds of live bugs up close (and even taste a few), get your face painted and other activities at “Bug Fest” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8-9. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Admission is $15.95; $13.95 for children 3-12, seniors, students and military personnel; free for members and children under 3. Call (215) 299-1000 or see www.ansp.org/bugfest.
Stover Mill Gallery: Artists Patrice DeVirgilis and Nancy Shill will be showcasing their art works in the show “Color and Light” weekends Aug. 8-30 at the gallery, 852 River Road (Route 32), Erwinna. A reception is held 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 9.
Peddler’s Village: Celebrate National Peach Month in August at the Peddler’s Village Peach Festival and Sidewalk Sale 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 8-9. Highlights include peach dishes, traditional peach pie eating contests, children’s activities and live musical entertainment. The Summer Sidewalk Sale begins on Friday Aug. 7. Admission is free. The village is near the intersection of Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. For more information, visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
Morris Arboretum: The Garden Railway hosts a “Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends” weekend 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 8-9, featuring Thomas, Percy, Emily and the whole gang on the tracks — a quarter-mile in all, that features seven loops and tunnels with 15 rail lines, two cable cars and nine bridges. The layout also has miniature buildings surrounding the tracks, created from natural materials and nestled among woody plants, annuals and perennials. The arboretum is at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Admission is $16, $14 for seniors 65+, $8 for youths 3-17, students and active and retired military. Check www.morrisarboretum.org or call (215) 247-5777.
Mann Center: The Mann’s Young People’s Concert Series presents “Three Kings,” showcasing performances by The Danse 4 Nia Dance Company, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, Philly Youth Poetry Movement and more, at 11 a.m. Aug. 10. Admission is free. The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is at 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia, in Fairmount Park. Learn more at http://manncenter.org/content/young-peoples-concert-series-2015.
St. Stanislaus Catholic Church: The annual Summer Festival is set for 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 11-15. Family Nights will be Wednesday and Thursday, when you can ride most rides for $20. This year’s live music schedule is The Pennise Family Band on Tuesday, Mike Greer & Company on Wednesday, SteelCreek Country Band on Thursday, Midnight Review on Friday and Where’s Pete on Saturday. Attractions include a garage sale, a farmer’s market, a cheer booth, a raffle, a dunk tank and more. The church is at Lansdale Avenue and East Main Street, Lansdale.
New Hope Automobile Show: The 58th New Hope Automobile Show will be held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 8-9 at New Hope-Solebury High School, 182 W. Bridge St., New Hope. Tickets are $5, $3 for seniors, free for children 12 and under, and active duty military, National Guard and reserve personnel and their dependents (must show ID). Parking is $5. For more information, call (215) 862-5665 or visit www.newhopeautoshow.com.
Act II Playhouse: Stand-up comedy shows, which will contain adult content, will be on the stage Aug. 13 and 14 at the theater, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. Taking the mic. Thursday night will be Michael Donovan, Sidney Gant, LaTice Klapa and Roger Weaver. Tickets are $20. On Friday, Carl Boccuti emcees, Pat House opens and Tommy Pope headlines. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $20. For the 9:30 p.m. “blue” show, meaning no restrictions on content or language, tickets are $10. Call (215) 654-0200 or visit www.act2.org.
Mercer Museum: In conjunction with the exhibit “To Save Our Fellow Citizens: Volunteer Firefighting, 1800-1879,” modern fire companies from around the region will be at the museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 16 for a free, outdoor muster, Firefighting Day and Modern Equipment Show. The event will also includes special demonstrations like a “side by side burn” and a live, graphic demonstration of the role sprinklers play in containing and extinguishing fires before they get out of control. Activities for children include storytelling, bucket brigade and helping firefighters put out a “fire” in a model house. Visitors will also have the opportunity to see a special advance screening of the video “Let’s Go to the Firehouse!” Food and beverages will be available for purchase on the grounds, Pine Street and Scout Way, Doylestown.
Ready or not
Montgomery and Oxford Valley malls: These Simon malls and Teen Vogue are teaming up to host Back-to-School Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 8. Get a first look at the hottest fall and back-to-school trends and partake in beauty bars, photo stations, live DJs and giveaways. Montgomery Mall is at Routes 309 and 202, Montgomery Township. Oxford Valley Mall is at the intersection of East Lincoln Highway and Oxford Valley Road in Langhorne.