STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Philadelphia Museum of Art: From Sept. 12-Dec. 6, it’s “The Wrath of the Gods: Masterpieces by Rubens, Michelangelo and Titian.” The museum is at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (open Labor Day); till 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Admission is $20, $18 for seniors 65+, $14 for students and youths 13-18, free for members and children 12 and under. The first Sunday every month and every Wednesday after 5 p.m. it’s “pay what you wish.” For more, go to www.philamuseum.org or call (215) 763-8100.
Montgomery County Community College: The Natural Lands Trust’s “Embrace Open Space” exhibition spotlights natural features found in the region’s preserved areas in art works by 50 artists. It’s on view Sept. 9-25 in the Central Campus’ Fine Arts Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Admission is free and gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The artwork will be available for purchase.
Main Line Art Center: “Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century” runs Sept. 12-Nov. 4, and is a celebration of the photographic image and its role in printmaking, video, film, animation and gaming design. Main Line Art Center is at 746 Panmure Road in Haverford. Visit www.mainlineart.org or call (610) 525-0272.
Love to ride?
Lansdale Bike Night: The 20th annual Lansdale Bike Night is set for 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 12 along West Main Street. Highlights include food, live music, vendors and a bike show. Admission is free for spectators and the rain date is 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 13. To preregister your motorcycle for the bike show, or to get more details, see www.bluecometmc.com.
A&T Chevrolet-Subaru: It’s a free Corvette show at the Sellersville dealership at 801 Bethlehem Pike. Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Sept. 12 with Corvettes from vintage to modern. Awards will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served by Boy Scout Troop 187. The only requirement for participants is that they register upon arrival the day of the event. A&T switches gears with its annual Tuner Show 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13. Registration to display your tuned car is $15, payable the day of the event, with proceeds benefitting Keystone Opportunity Center. Participants will compete for Best in Show, Best Subaru and Fan Favorite awards. Everyone is welcome to see a variety of modified vehicles as well as enjoy music from DJ Lobie and refreshments from Kona Ice. A&T will also have a modified Cookouts for Causes, with the Pennridge High School cheerleaders.
Brews at the zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo: It’s an Oktoberfest beer tasting festival for ages 21+ from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 12. Steve Morrison and Kathy Romano of 93.3 WMMR’s Preston and Steve Show will appear from noon to 2. Tickets are $45 and include unlimited beer samples, live music by funk/rock jam band Great Big House, animal encounters, raffles and more. Designated driver tickets are $15. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Contact the Development Department at (610) 277-3825, ext. 229 or 238.
Wines on the Hill: This benefit for Hilltown Township Volunteer Fire Company is held noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 12 on the soccer field at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1530 Augsburg Drive, Hilltown. The eight Pennsylvania wineries offering samples will be Blue Mountain, Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow, Cherry Valley, Peace Valley, Sand Castle, Stone & Key, III Ponds and Unami Ridge. There will also be barbecue, seafood, funnel cakes, music by The Doylestown Bluegrass Jam and a DJ, plus basket raffles and more than 60 vendors and exhibitors. Tickets are $15 in advance, $25 at the gate $25, $5 for designated drivers, $4 for ages 13 and over, free for children under 12. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the fire company or by mail to Hilltown Twp. Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 231, Line Lexington, PA 18932 or online at www.hilltownfirerescue.org, or by calling Mike at (215) 453-2051.
Harvest the fun
Burnside Plantation: Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites presents Apple Days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12. Activities include an apple pie cooking contest, an apple bobbing contest, cider press demonstrations, apple stamping, hard apple cider tastings, colonial cooking demonstrations featuring apple recipes and live music. Visit www.historicbethlehem.org to order apple pies, dumplings and other treats. Admission is free. Park at Martin Tower, 1170 Eighth Ave., Bethlehem. Call (610) 691-6055.
Wyck: The Philadelphia Honey Festival runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at the historic site at 6026 Germantown Ave. This event includes honey tastings, extractions, presentations, bee-bearding, mead making and tasting and more. There will be other Philadelphia Honey Festival events — a Friday Honey Happy Hour at Wagner Free Institute of Science Sept. 11, and at Bartram’s Garden Sept. 13.
Pennsylvania Eggfest: The Woodburners, 11 N. Market St., Hatfield, is hosting their 12th annual showcase of cooking with the Big Green Egg grill on Sept. 12 starting at 9 a.m. There will be food, door prizes and a raffle for a Mini Green Egg. Admission is $20, $40 per couple, free to children 12 and under and participating cooks. Call (215) 362-2443.
Dogs in the pool
Hatfield Aquatic Center: Before draining the pool for the season, HAC will host its third annual Dog-A-Poolooza event 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 12 , when visitors can bring their four-legged friends for a swim in the pool. Entry costs are $5 per human and $10 per dog, with proceeds going to local animal rescue charities. All dogs must be leashed at all times, unless they are in the water swimming, and humans must be with their dog in the water. Call (215) 362-2685, visit www.swimhatfield.org or follow @Swimhatfield on Twitter for details.
Hay Creek Festival: Held 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11-13 at Joanna Furnace in Morgantown, the festival features early American craft demonstrations and interpretations, a Civil War encampment and a home craft and antique market. The parking area will be off of Route 10 at 740 Harmony Road, with shuttle service to Joanna Furnace. Visit www.haycreek.org.
Pennypacker Mills: In 1777, George Washington and 8,000 soldiers camped at the Pennypacker Mills site before and after the Battle of Germantown. From 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 9-11, senior citizens are invited to a special Senior Social for a re-telling of this American Revolution story. The fee is $3 per person. Refreshments will be served. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Call (610) 287-9349 to preregister and pre-pay.
Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts: In conjunction with the steampunk exhibition at the museum, learn the anatomy of vintage pocket watches from Brooklyn watch designer David Sokosh from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12. The Kemerer Museum is at 427 N. New St., Bethlehem. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10. Check www.historicbethlehem.org/event/the-art-of-watch-making or call (800) 360-TOUR.
Smorgasbord of culture
Scandinavian Fest: The 31st annual ScanFest celebrates all things Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 in Vasa Park, 1 Wolfe Road, Budd Lake, N.J. The day’s events includes entertainment, re-enactors, dancers, Vikings, a Viking boat, children’s activities, Nordic foods, a Scandinavia marketplace and more. Admission is $14, $13 for seniors, free to children under 12 and anyone in authentic regional Nordic folkdress. See the full program at www.scanfest.org.
Rides and more
Allentown Fairgrounds: The 163rd Allentown Fair continues through Sept. 7, with food, agricultural displays and demonstrations, vendors, rides, J&J Demolition Derby, midway games and concerts featuring Jim Gaffigan; deadmau5; and Eric Church. Hours through Sept. 6 are noon to 11 p.m., noon to 10 p.m. Labor Day Monday. The fairgrounds are at 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. Admission — not including ride tickets, games, grandstand shows or the Folks Butterfly Exhibit — is $8, free for children 12 and under. Get more information at www.allentownfairpa.org.
Upper Gwynedd carnival: The township carnival runs 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 10-11, 1 to 10 p.m. Sept. 12 and 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 in Parkside Place off Sumneytown Pike. Mega passes are $35 and family ride passes are $20 on Thursday, and Saturday and Sunday afternoon. There will be fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights.
Lansdale: First Friday returns 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 on Main Street in downtown with autumnal apple activities, live music, a moonbounce and more. For updates, see www.discoverlansdale.org or call (267) 498-5060.
Phoenixville: Splintered Sunlight will be the featured band on the main stage on Sept. 4. Other performers and visual artists are part of the evening’s events along the downtown district from 6 to 10 p.m., according to www.phxfirstfriday.com. Also featured are shopping and dining.
Skippack: The first Friday of the month means live music, art exhibits and shopping in Skippack Village from 6 to 9 p.m. along Skippack Pike.
Ambler: The First Friday community block party in Ambler is due again Sept. 4 along South Ridge Avenue. For updates, see www.firstfridaysinambler.wordpress.com.
Trappe: The 12th annual Trappe Community Day starts at 10 a.m. Sept. 12 (rain date Sept. 19) in Water Works Park, 230 W. First Ave. Highlights include music, magic, dance, a puppet show, food, inflatables, pony rides, Stubby the Traveling Helicopter, Bruster’s Rock Climbing and Bungee Jump, What Knott Farm Petting Zoo, Caring Clowns, Reading Fightin’ Phils mascot Screwball, historic and community organizations and local businesses.
Haverford Music Festival: The fifth annual festival is scheduled for noon to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 12. Headliners are singer/songwriter Wesley Stace (sometimes known as John Wesley Harding), rockabilly band Dibbs Preston & the Detonators, country/Americana artist Laura Cantrell and “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” stars The Grip Weeds. There will also be many local and regional artists performing on four stages near the intersection of Eagle and Darby Roads in Havertown. Area businesses and vendors will fill booths along Darby Road and Hathaway Lane. There’ll be food, a beer garden, children’s activities and fun for the whole family. Admission is free.
Come Home America: The Veterans Square Monument in Lower Makefield Township’s Veterans Memorial Park, at Edgewood and Heacock roads, is the site for the Come Home America concert with New York jazz vocalist-songwriter Marcus Goldhaber and his six-piece band and the Pennsbury Community Band. The performance will be held Sept. 7 as the headline attraction for the fifth annual Labor Day Concert, hosted by the Veterans Square Foundation. The concert starts at 5 p.m. A donation of $5-$8 per person, or $15-$20 per family, is suggested to pay for ongoing maintenance of the monument. Visit www.veteranssquare.org or call (267) 295-1195.
Susquehanna Bank Center: Experience 5 Seconds of Summer at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4. WMGK’s Big Gig features The Doobie Brothers and Steve Miller Band at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5. The center is at 1 Harbour Blvd., Camden, N.J. Check ticket availability at (856) 365-1300.
Indian Valley Public Library: At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11, Norm Williams joins The Druckenmillers for a set of old-timey Civil War tunes at 7:30 p.m. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Art and more
Doylestown Arts Festival: Held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 12-13, the festival includes 160 artists, five stages of live music and two food courts between Court Street and Oakland Avenue, Doylestown. On Sept. 13, the Thompson Bucks County Classic brings five bicycling races to the festival. For more information, call (215) 340-9988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For the Bucks County Classic schedule, visit www.buckscountyclassic.com.
Montgomery County Community College: MCCC and the Whitpain Township Department of Parks and Recreation will present “Jurassic World,” rated PG-13, as a drive-in movie Sept. 12. The film will begin at dusk in the Morris Road parking lot. Admission is $10 per car, $5 for MCCC students, faculty and staff. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, visit www.whitpainrec.com.
Kimmel Center: A free open house is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. It will feature festival-style performances, food, children’s activities, rare behind-the-scenes access and demonstrations, a chance to buy tickets for the 2015-2016 season without surcharges and more. Visit www.kimmelcenter.org.
Force of Star Wars
The Sellersville Museum, 120 E. Church St., Sellersville, presents an exhibit of collectibles and memorabilia from the Pennsylvania Star Wars Collecting Society from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 12-13. Admission is free; donations are accepted.
How American are you?
Indian Valley Public Library: In honor of Patriot Week, play a quizzo-style game of USA trivia starting at 2 p.m. Sept. 10. Winners will receive bragging rights and a patriotic prize. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.