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WEEKEND EVENTS: From Radnor Fall Festival to Lansdale Oktoberfest, there’s something for everyone

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Tavern Night
Morgan Log House: The Towamencin historic site on Weikel Road has collaborated with Round Guys Brewery, Free Will Brewing Co., the Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College, Haymaker Meadery, Kurant Hand Crafted Ciders, Asher’s Chocolates, Stone and Key Cellars and the Rising Sun Inn Restaurant to bring you the third annual “Tavern Night” fundraiser 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18. The event will feature eight dishes prepared by the CAI and Rising Sun Inn, paired with specific beers, cider or meads. You’re encouraged to ask each brewer, owner, chef and expert about their decisions on certain pairings, or even how they do what they do. The evening is accented with period music, after-hours museum tours and a VIP hour with limited special beer, mead and distilled spirits from Boardroom Spirits Distillery, along with specialty foods only for VIP ticket holders. Advanced ticket purchase is required by going to www.morganloghouse.org/tickets.
Celebrate nature
Green Lane Park: The fifth annual Upper Perkiomen Bird & Wildlife Festival is held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the park amphitheater, 2298 Green Lane Road, Marlborough Township. Admission is free and events include live animals, a bird calling contest, live music, crafts and games for children, environmental exhibits, hay rides, raffles and more.
Montgomery County Community College: Explore the night sky during a free open community night in the Observatory and Observation Deck from 8 to 10 p.m. Sept. 21. The Observatory is on the third floor of MCCC’s Advanced Technology Center, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. This event is subject to weather conditions, so call the observatory hotline at (215) 641-6460, an hour prior to the event for possible cancellation information.
Valley Green Inn: Friends of the Wissahickon hosts a free talk at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 with naturalist and writer Scott Weidensaul, who will give a talk about migratory birds and the importance of preserving their habitat in the Delaware Valley. Valley Green Inn is on Forbidden Drive in Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will be offered after the event. Register for the lecture by contacting Sarah at marley@fow.org or (215) 247-0417, ext. 109.
Ride again
Cruise Night: You won’t have to worry about getting pulled over by police for cruising Main Street in Lansdale from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19. That’s the official Lansdale Cruise Night, which will feature food trucks, restaurant fare and a food drive for Manna on Main Street. Registration is $5, plus a minimum of three canned goods. Get details at www.lansdalecruisenight.com.
Best of Korea
Morris Arboretum: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19, celebrate traditional and modern Korean culture with music and dance performances, food tastings and hands-on activities. Admission is $16, $14 for seniors, $8 for youths 3-17, students and active and retire military. The arboretum is at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
Full of flavor
Skippack Food Truck Festival: from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (or until supplies run out) Sept. 26 in the Blue Comet Motorcycle Club & Pavilion, 4042 Mensch Road, Skippack, it’s more than a dozen food trucks, a beer garden, a Kid Zone, live music and more. Food options to try include vegan, local meats, cupcakes, deep fried Oreos and much more. Bring your own seating for enjoying the three bands. The rain date is Sept. 27.
St. Philip Orthodox Church: The fourth annual International Food Festival takes places noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 18-19 on the church grounds at 1970 Clearview Road, Hilltown Township. Featured will be cuisine from Greece, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Romania, Russia and the USA. Entrees range in price from $9-$11. A portion of the proceeds benefits Keystone Opportunity Center, Manna on Main Street and Pennridge FISH. There will also be tours of the church, live entertainment on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, choir concert on Saturday, an iconography demonstration, children’s activities and a craft bazaar. Check www.st.philip.net/festival or call (215) 721-4947.
Indian dance
Painted Bride Art Center: “Facing East,” a new dance festival in Philadelphia, celebrates the richness and diversity of Indian dance and music. It is being presented by Courtyard Dancers at 8 p.m. Sept. 18-19 at the Painted Bride, 230 Vine St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $20. Go to https://paintedbride.org/events/facingeast.
Art adventures
The Print Center: The center’s “Centennial Celebration: The Print Center 100” is comprised of three exhibitions running Sept. 18-Dec. 19, each offering a reflection on the role of contemporary art in memorializing, illuminating and celebrating history. Highlights will include an immersive multimedia installation from Philadelphia photographer and performance artist Gabriel Martinez; new video and experimental mixed-process prints; and rarely seen photographic gems from the archives. A complete list of “The Print Center 100” and details on related events is available at www.printcenter.org. The Print Center is at 1614 Latimer St., Philadelphia.
Main Line Unitarian Church: “Constance Culpepper: What is Old is New,” a study in domesticity and how it’s something we all have in common, is in the Fireside Gallery through Oct. 18. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, till 2 p.m. Sundays. The church is at 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon. Go to www.mluc.org for directions.
Ducks in the pool
Hatfield Aquatic Center: On Sept. 19, hundreds of rubber duckies will float along the HAC’s pools for the PennSuburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County’s first-ever duck race. Visitors can adopt a rubber duck for $5 and watch their duck race against others, with the fastest ducks winning prizes including $500 cash, an Apple iPad mini, or a GoPro. Call (215) 362-9200 or visit www.pennsuburban.org.
Time warp
Morris Arboretum: From 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 20, it’s Grist Mill Demonstration Day at Bloomfield Farm, across the street from garden’s main entrance at 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Families and history buffs alike should enjoy a visual narrative of the social, economic and technological role mills played in food production in the 19th century. Springfield Mills, one of the arboretum’s oldest architectural features, has been restored and made operational again. Watch one-ton millstones grind corn and wheat kernels. Observe 160-year-old machinery transport and sift the grind to produce meal and flour that will be added to the ingredients to bake muffins on site. Kids and adults will have the opportunity to grind flour on the pedal powered mill. Admission is free; donations appreciated. For more information, call (215) 247-5777 or visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
Pennypacker Mills: Experience the Victorian tradition of an afternoon tea on the mansion porch 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27. Enjoy three courses, including scones and jam, tea sandwiches, desserts and tea, served by living historians. Actor Neill Hartley will portray showman P.T. Barnum, and following the performance there will be a short informational session about the circus, Barnum’s life and a short reading from his book “The Art of Money Getting.” The fee is $40 per person; preregistration and prepayment required. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Call (610) 287-9349.
Mercer Museum: The Friends of Bucks County Historical Society presents “A Lively Afternoon with Mark Twain” during their meeting at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Admission is free.
Village Renaissance Faire: The Village Library of Wrightstown’s 16th annual Renaissance Faire is a family-friendly, two-day community celebration featuring hands-on learning experiences through audience participation, interactive play, workshops and crafts. Check it out 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 19-20 at the Middletown Grange Fairgrounds, 576 Penns Park Road, Wrightstown. Admission is $5, free to children under 5. Call (267) 304-8060 or visit www.villagefaire.org.
Concert highlights
Upper Dublin Lutheran Church: The Fairmount String Quartet will present a program of contemporary pop music, jazz standards and Latin music in their “Pack a Picnic Pops” concert at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 at the church, 411 Susquehanna Road, Upper Dublin. Feel free to pack a picnic dinner to enjoy at this outdoor event. In case of rain, the concert will be held indoors. Suggested donation is $20, $5 for students. Visit www.fairmountstrings.com.
Miller Symphony Hall: At 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, master jazz guitarist Frank DiBussolo and his group perform at Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. This show is part of the “Jazz Upstairs” cabaret series in the Rodale Community Room. Light fare and cash bar will be available. Tickets are $25 in advance, and can be ordered at www.millersymphonyhall.org. Door seats will be available for $30. For more information, call (610) 432-6715.
Daylesford Abbey: The Abbey Faith & Music Fest is out to pump you up for Pope Francis’ visit with speakers and live music by Brandon Heath, Matt Maher, Sara Groves, Jenny and Tyler, Marie Miller, Righteous B. and Ike Ndolo. It happens 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Daylesford Abbey, 220 S. Valley Road, Paoli. Tickets are $45, $15 for children 6-10, $95 for VIP tickets and $165 for a family four-pack. Get all the particulars at www.theabbeyfest.com.
Lansdale: The 2015 Lunchtime Concert Series continues at noon Sept. 23 with The Large Flowerheads on Railroad Plaza, 201 W. Main St.
Mann Center: Hear a 90-piece orchestra and choir take on video game-inspired music with “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Master Quest” at 8 p.m. Sept. 18. The concert program includes video from the Zelda series on a giant screen. Tickets range from $40-$100. The Mann is at 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia. Visit www.manncenter.org or call (800) 745-3000.
Art and more
Souderton Art Jam: The free festival, held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 26 at Souderton Community Park, Wile Avenue and Reliance Road, Souderton, features fine arts and crafts, live music, “100 Thousand Poets 4 Change,” food trucks and craft beer, wine and hard cider tastings. VIP tasting tent tickets are $55 in advance. General admission tasting tent tickets are $25 in advance, $35 at the door. Go to http://stms.ticketleap.com.
Jenkintown Festival of the Arts: Held 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 20, this juried art show includes jewelry, crafts, photography, mixed media, glass, painting and pottery by local artists. Also, hear singer-songwriters, jazz combos, R&B artists, modern rock bands and more. Tickets for the accompanying Brewfest are available for $30 through a link on http://jenkintown.net/festival-of-the-arts. It happens on Jenkintown Town Square, Leedom Street and Greenwood Avenue.
Gallery of the Arts: The Sellersville event features 115 artists, crafters, community organizations, live music, balloon-shaping clowns, art stations, an alpaca, seeing eye puppies, karate and Irish dance demonstrations and food noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 on Main Street and Temple Avenue. Parking is available at the Sellersville Firehouse, Lenape Park and surrounding streets. See www.galleryofthearts.org.
Fall festivities
James Park: West Rockhill Township’s 20th annual Septemberfest is set for noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 in the park at 1027 Ridge Road. Admission is free and highlights include live music; Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs mascot Ferrous; the Fitzpatrick Irish Dancers; a children’s pumpkin painting contest; a moon bounce, giant slide and rock climbing wall; horse and wagon rides; face painting; henna tatoos; caricatures; a magician and pony rides; fire company displays; food and more.
Central Schwenkfelder Church: The 64th annual Country Fair and Auction is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 19 at the fairgrounds adjacent to the church, off of Valley Forge and Steelman roads, Worcester. Enjoy games and prizes; children’s toys and clothing; homemade piccalilli, jams, jellies, shoo-fly pie, funny cake and other home baked goods and crafts; attic treasures; used books; a floral arrangements booth; an auction; an antique and classic car show; a train layout by the North Penn S Gaugers and entertainment throughout the day. Admission is free.
Montgomery County Community College: MCCC and Whitpain Township invite the community to the 2015 Whitpain Community Festival 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the college’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Admission is free for the festival and musical performances. Highlights includes a performance at 7 p.m. by singer/songwriter Matt McAndrew, second place winner on “The Voice” season 7; a Health Expo; inflatable rides for children; tours of the college; a petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides; games; a food court; and music and dance performances.
Radnor Fall Festival: Now celebrating its 22nd anniversary, the festival runs 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and includes face painting, a dog show, rides, food, art for sale, magic and live music, including The Valley Forge Military Academy Marching Band. Look for it on North Wayne Avenue in Radnor. Admission is free. Check www.radnorfallfestival.com.
Lansdale Oktoberfest: This year, the event is held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19 at Whites Road Park, Whites Road, Lansdale. Featuring an international flair, Oktoberfest is a family event featuring scarecrow building, pumpkin painting, apple bobbing, potato sack racing, live traditional German music and dance performances, music and dance from cultures around the world, food and a beer tent. Proceeds benefit the Lansdale Public Library. See www.facebook.com/LansdaleOktoberfest.
Asher’s Chocolates: The 18th annual Fall Fest happens 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Asher’s retail store, 80 Wambold Road, Franconia Township. Activities include live music by The Manatees, face painting clowns, a strolling magician, moon bounces, raffles, hot dogs and drinks. Admission is free.
Brauhaus Schmitz Street Festival: Check out the grand finale of this Oktoberfest celebration noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 19 at Seventh and South streets and Eighth Street between Kater and Rodman Streets, Philadelphia. Admission is free with pay-as-you-go food and drinks.
Hatfield Fall Festival: DJ Mike Trotter, refreshements and a car show will be happening 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 26 on Lincoln Avenue in Hatfield Borough. Vehicle check in is from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and judging takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Get more information at (215) 855-0781 or jsnyder@hatfieldborough.com.
Peddlers Village: Held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 19-20, the annual Scarecrow Festival includes the 36th annual Scarecrow Competition and Display, scarecrow making workshops, pumpkin pie eating contests, pumpkin painting, live musical entertainment and children’s activities. The village is near the intersection of Routes 202 and 263, Lahsaka. For more information, visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
Fun at Fonthill
Fonthill Museum: A Fonthill Park Walk is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sept. 19, exploring how Henry Mercer shaped the land around his castle to match his interests and ideas. Cost is $18, $8 for youths. Reservations are required by calling (215) 348-9461. While you’re there, check out the exhibit “Veneration for the Past: Mercer, Pottery & Contemporary Potters,” which will be on view through Oct. 12 at Fonthill, East Court Street and Route 313, Doylestown.

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