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FUN FOR EVERYONE: There’s lots to do this weekend and beyond

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN 
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First Person Arts Festival: The 14th annual festival features storytelling by both renowned artists and everyday people at various venues, in formats from food events to workshops and more. Events run Nov. 4-15. Check out the schedule at www.firstpersonarts.org.
Main Line Unitarian Church: “Maine Reflections by Barbara J. Zucker” is on view through Nov. 29 in the church’s Fireside Gallery, 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon. An artist reception is set for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 15.
New Leaf Club: Main Line artist Elaine Lisle is presenting a “New Vistas of Color and Light” art show Nov. 1-30 of her recent plein air paintings of Charlottesville, Va. and locations in Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York City and Pennsylvania at New Leaf, 1225 Montrose Ave., Rosemont. The art exhibit is open to the public, with a reception to meet the artist 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 8. Check out www.newleafclub.org and www.elainelisle.com.
Franklin Commons: ARTsisters, a group of professional women artists from the Philadelphia area, will be working with The Art Gallery at Franklin Commons to produce a group exhibit, “Explorations of Contrasts” Nov. 7-Dec. 4. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. An opening reception will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7. Franklin Commons is at 400 Franklin Ave., Phoenixville. During the run of “Explorations of Contrasts,” the ARTsisters will be donating to New Day Women’s Drop-in Center, the centerpiece of the Salvation Army’s efforts to address human trafficking. Visit www.artsisters.org and www.franklincommons.net.
Gravy Studio & Gallery: The Northern Liberties gallery opens at its new home Nov. 2 at 910 N. Second St., Philadelphia. The featured show, running Nov. 6-29, will be photography by Ryan Scott, “Wandering Vietnam.” See www.gravy-studio.com.
Music highlights
Pennsylvania Philharmonic: The orchestra’s 2015 season opens with guest soloist Philippe Quint in “The Firebird & The Violinist: Masterworks of Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.” Upcoming performances will be 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Ave, Bethlehem, and at 2 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall at West Chester University, 700 S. High St., West Chester. For more information, call (610) 401-3650 or visit www.paphilharmonic.org.
Vox Ama Deus: A “Majestic Mozart” concert will be performed by the vocal and instrumental forces of Vox’s Ama Deus Ensemble at 8 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center, Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $20-$75. Call (215) 893-1999 or visit www.kimmelcenter.org.
Kammermusik Main Line: A concert with chamber works by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch and Schumann will be performed at 3 p.m. Nov. 1 at Main Line Unitarian Church, 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $13 for students. For more information, call (610) 664-0346 or email philtrio@aol.com.
Chester County Concert Band: A “Music of the Theatre: Stage and Screen” concert starts at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at J.R. Fugett Middle School, Paoli Pike and Ellis Lane, West Chester. Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and students, free for children under 12. Call (484) 639-9118 or visit www.cccband.org.
Lenape Chamber Ensemble: A Baroque Fest concert with music by Vivaldi, Telemann and Bach, is set for 3 p.m. Nov. 8 in Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Building, New Britain Road and Butler Avenue, Doylestown. Tickets are $18, $15 for seniors and students, $5 for children. A Concert in the Round version of the program geared toward children 4-12 begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 7. Admission is $2 for children, free for parents. Call (610) 294-9361 or visit www.lenapechamberensemble.org.
Voltage Lounge: Jen Pennise of Lansdale’s Pennise Family Band performs a solo set of originals and covers during an all-ages show 6:30 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at Voltage, 421 N. Seventh St., Philadelphia. Cover is $11. Visit www.aftonshows.com/JenPennise.
Academy of Music: You knew nobody in the band Jethro Tull is named Jethro Tull, right? Ian Anderson and a four-piece band celebrate the life and times of the English agricultural inventor, who inspired the band’s name, with “Jethro Tull — The Rock Opera” at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Academy of Music, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $39.50-$129.50. Call (215) 893-1999 or see www.kimmelcenter.org.
Cheltenham Center for the Arts: A Jazz Bridge “First Wednesday Neighborhood Concert Series/Jazz in Cheltenham” concert with Duck Scott starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at the center, 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. For more information, call (215) 517-8337 or visit www.jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Deducing dinosaurs
Academy of Natural Sciences: Opening Nov. 1 in the Art of Science Gallery is “Drawn to Dinosaurs,” which examines the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. The centerpiece is a 25-foot resin cast of the duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur Hadrosaurus foulkii, discovered in 1858 in Haddonfield, N.J. In 1868, the Academy became the first place in the world where the public could go to see a dinosaur. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Admission is $17.95, $13.95 for children 3-12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, till 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Visit www.ansp.org or call (215) 299-1000.
Dance all-stars
Annenberg Center: A 50th anniversary celebration of the career of Twyla Tharp features a program of her newest works at 8 p.m. Oct. 30-31 and 3 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Zellerbach Theatre, 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $30-$75. Go to www.annenbergcenter.org.
Academy of Music: The top 10 “So You Think You Can Dance” finalists are on tour and appearing 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the academy, Broad and Locust streets, Philadelphia. Tickets start at $45. Call (215) 893-1999 or see www.kimmelcenter.org.
Special tour
Pennypacker Mills: A century ago, the mansion was lit by kerosene lamps and candles. Get a feel for what everyday things were done by this type of lighting during After Hours tours 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7. Reserve your tour by calling (610) 287-9349. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township.
First Fridays
Skippack: From 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6, enjoy live music, art exhibits and more in Skippack Village on Route 73.
Lansdale: A Zombie Walk, music by Chris Evans, and more will be featured 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 6 in downtown Lansdale.
Film festival
Philadelphia Jewish Film: The 35th festival happens Nov. 7-21, with 24 films from nine countries at seven different venues. Tickets start at $13, with discounts for students and seniors. Check out the complete schedule at (215) 545-4400 or www.pjff.org.
Open for the season
Victorian Boutique: A private residence at 53 N. Main St., Telford, opens to the public for seasonal boutique shopping Oct. 31-Nov. 29. There is a $1 entry fee for the first visit. After that, additional visits you make are welcomed without the entry fee. Check the hours at www.facebook.com/VictorianBoutiqueTelford. Call (215) 723-5061 or email victorianboutiquetelford@gmail.com.
Halloween time
Penn Museum: Guests of all ages are welcome to a Day of the Dead celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31. A festive Mexican All Souls Day tradition, Dia de los Muertos brings family and friends together to pray for, and remember, loved ones who have died. The museum’s fourth annual Day of the Dead Celebration features pageantry and giant puppetry, music and dance, storytelling, paper maché artistry, sugar skull and mask making, face painting, special foods and more. The centerpiece of the day is an elaborate Day of the Dead altar, created by Philadelphia artist and muralist Cesar Viveros and personnel from the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia. Everyone is invited to bring a photo and a memento of their own to place at a communal altar, remembering the passing of a loved one. Guests dressed in a Day of the Dead-themed costume, such as La Catrina, or as a traditional Mexican icon like Frida Kahlo, can join a parade and costume contest. Halloween costumes are encouraged, and costumed guests under 12 receive half-price admission. Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $10 for children 6-17 and students. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is at 3260 South St., Philadelphia. Get more information at www.penn.museum or call (215) 898-4000.
Mercer Museum: When you think about it, the museum has some rather ghoulish and ghastly artifacts, which will be examined at 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 30 during “Mercer by Moonlight Tours” for ages 8 and up. Look for the hearse, gallows, wolf trap and a vampire killing kit. Admission, which includes light refreshments, is $14, $10 for youth under 12. Registration is required by calling (215) 348-9461. The museum is at Pine Street and Scout Way, Doylestown. A Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) model sugar skull children’s craft activity is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7. Also, listen to traditional Mexican tales with storyteller Michele Belluomini. Regular admission is $14, $12 for seniors, $8 for youths 6-17.
The Rosenbach: It’s an adult literary costume party 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia. Come dressed as your favorite literary figure, with prizes awarded in several categories. Also, get up close and personal with some of the spookiest items in the collection. Tickets are $20 and include admission to the “Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland” exhibit. Call (215) 732-1600.
Valley Forge Casino: It’s the grand opening of The Vault at 8 p.m. Oct. 31, with a costume contest and dancing. The casino is at 1160 First Ave., Upper Merion. Early bird tickets are $5, general admission tickets are $10, VIP tickets are $20 ($15 early bird). Call (610) 354-8118.
Wayne Art Center: “Trick-or-Treat at WAC” happens 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 31. Dress in costume and visit the studios for a sweet treat. Revelers of all ages can get costumed caricatures, hot cider and doughnuts. Children 3 and up, with an adult helper, can make Halloween candy necklaces or pumpkin face luminaries. The center is at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Pre-register at (610) 688-3553 or www.wayneart.org.
Halloween Ball: Tickets are $50 for this event, which features “Rocky Horror” performances, dancing and a three-hour open bar. Doors open at 9 p.m. Oct. 30 at The Field House, 1150 Filbert St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 720-1876 or visit www.petersterlingevents.com.
Historic Germantown: On Halloween night in 1867, William Hunter Jr. died in a mysterious fall from the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion’s attic window. In the room was a doll. To this day, people whisper about a curse. Reservations are required for “Murder Mystery 2015: The Case of the Cursed Doll” at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St., Philadelphia. Cost is $16. Call (215) 438-1861.
Stenton’s Harvest Festival runs 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 at 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia. Enjoy games, crafts, pumpkin painting and a spooky cellar tour. Light refreshments and cider will be served. Admission is free, but reservations are requested by calling (215) 329-7312 or emailing programs@stenton.org.
“Ghosts of the Great Road” ghost walks and live paranormal investigation tours start at 3 and 6 p.m. Oct. 31, beginning at the Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave., and Upsala, 6430 Germantown Ave., both in Philadelphia. Register at http://mtairylearningtree.org.
Mount Hope Estate & Winery: Beginning Oct. 31, Mount Hope Estate & Winery begins the 30th season of “Poe Evermore.” Guests will enjoy performances of “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “Berenice” and Poe poems inside the rooms of the mansion, in the context of the “Mount Hope Menagerie of the Macabre.” Combination meal and show tickets are available, with lunch or dinner in the Anchor & Mermaid Tavern two hours prior to your scheduled performance. Tickets are $18.95 on weekends and $16.95 midweek. Lunch/show combo tickets are $31.95 and dinner/show combo tickets are $42.95. Check show times at www.parenfaire.com or by calling (717) 665-7021. Mount Hope Estate & Winery is on Route 72, Cornwall.
Fall festivities
Peddlers Village: The 42nd Apple Festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 7-8. Highlights include apples and apple dishes, family activities, artisan displays and live entertainment. The village is near the intersection of Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000 for more information.
Phoenixville Hospital Fall Festival: The festival is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 31 in the hospital’s parking lot off of Nutt Road. Activities include pumpkin decorating, games, arts and crafts, music, food, health screenings, hospital tours and more. Park in the garage on Main Street.
For education
Academy of Natural Sciences: Tickets start at $175 for the “Cuisine from the Collections: Cocktail Edition” benefit party 7 to 10 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. The gourmet food and creative cocktail pairings are inspired by the academy’s collection of more than 18 million plant and animal specimens, and academy scientists will be on hand to explain the science behind the menu items. VIP tasting starts at 6 p.m. For more information and to register, visit www.ansp.org/cuisine or contact cuisine@ansp.org or (215) 299-3790.
Independence Seaport Museum: “Jessie’s Day,” a fundraiser for scholarships for pediatric transplant recipients, is held 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Tickets are $55. For more information, visit jessiesday.org.
Mermaid sightings
Adventure Aquarium: Florida’s Weeki Wachee Mermaids from Weeki Wachee Springs State Park are swimming up the East Coast for a limited-time engagement at Adventure Aquarium on the Camden Waterfront this weekend and Nov. 5-8 at 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J. Their human fish appearance comes from special hoses hooked to scuba tanks, so there’s no need for an underwater mask. The mermaids will dive in the 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit and appear in the “panoramic” window as sharks, sea turtles and stingrays glide past. The family-friendly program will also feature an up-close, dry land opportunity to pose for photos. You’re even encouraged to dress as a mermaid, pirate or other nautical creature. For more information, visit www.adventureaquarium.com.
Full of flavors
Six Flags Great Adventure: The “Grape Adventure” Wine and Food Festival is held at the theme park 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7-8. Enter at the main park entrance at Route 537, Jackson, N.J. Tickets are $20.99 at www.sixflags.com/greatadventure, $39.99 for a package that includes a private tour of the safari area.

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