STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Light of Day Winterfest 2016: Help fight Parkinson’s disease by checking out a 10-day live music lineup Jan. 8-18 throughout the New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia metro area. “Songwriters Up Close & Personal,” the first-ever Light of Day concert in Philadelphia, will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at World Café Live, 3025 Walnut St. Hosted by Ben Arnold, the show stars Willie Nile, Rob Hyman of The Hooters, Mutlu, Blake Morgan, Lisa Bouchelle, Dawg Whistle featuring Vini “Mad Dog” Lopez and more. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Go to www.worldcafelive.com. Get full information on all Light of Day events at www.lightofday.org.
St. Luke’s United Church of Christ: The annual January Tuesday at Noon Organ Recitals will again be held at the church, 125 N. Main St. (Sumneytown Pike), North Wales. These free recitals are sponsored by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The organists include Vincent Ryan on Jan. 5, Tim Shaw on Jan. 12, Wesley Parrott on Jan. 19 and David Furniss on Jan. 26. A reception follows each performance. Check www.uccnorthwales.org.
State Theatre: The Pennsylvania Philharmonic performs with Cirque de la Symphonie jugglers, contortionists, strongmen and more. Show time is 2 p.m. Jan. 3. The theater is at 453 Northampton St., Easton. Tickets range from $35-$55. The concert is also performed at 2 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Phoenixville Middle School auditorium, 1330 Main St., Phoenixville, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Upper Dublin High School Performing Arts Center, 800 Loch Alsh Ave., Upper Dublin. See www.paphilharmonic.org/201516-season.
At 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, it’s the Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards. Royal Marines Bands are celebrated for their music, visual grandeur and precision drills. The band’s repertoire includes popular classics, big band, contemporary works and solo features. The Corps of Drums bring movement, color and the traditional ceremonies of the Royal Marines. The origins of the Band of Scots Guards go back to at least 1716, when they were employed as musicians, as distinct from the regimental drummers who had a military role. The Band of the Scots Guards represents the United Kingdom throughout the world, as one of the iconic images of the British nation. Tickets are $35 and $40.
Call (800) 999-7828.
Kimmel Center: Political satirists The Capitol Steps join the Philadelphia Orchestra on stage at 2 p.m. Jan. 3. Tickets range from $29-$75. The orchestra then presents a “Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathetique’” program at 8 p.m. Jan. 7, 2 p.m. Jan. 8 and 8 p.m. Jan. 9. Tickets range from $40-$108.
A “More Awesome Americans” pops-oriented concert by Vox Ama Deus, and guest pianist Peter Donohoe, will feature the music of Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin and John Williams at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 in the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center at Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia. Tickets range from $20-$75.
Call (215) 893-1999.
Cheltenham Center for the Arts: Jazz Bridge presents a “Jazz in Cheltenham” concert at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 with Anwar Marshall and his band. The center is at 439 Ashbourne Road, Cheltenham. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Call (856) 858-8914 or (215) 517-8337, or visit www.jazzbridge.org/events/neighborhood-concerts.
Old school spinning
Pottsgrove Manor: From medieval times, the day after the Feast of the Epiphany was known to Europeans as “Distaff Day.” Named after the spinning tool, Distaff Day was when women resumed their work after the 12 days of Christmas. See demonstrations of traditional spinning fiber into thread 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9 at the historic site at 100 W. King St., Pottstown. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Call (610) 326-4014.
Wrestling and dancing
Sands Bethlehem Event Center: See TNA Impact Wrestling Live at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5-7 and 7 p.m. Jan. 8-9 at the SBEC, 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem. Then it’s “Dancing with the Stars: Live!” at 3 p.m. Jan. 10. For tickets, call (610) 297-7414 or visit www.sandseventcenter.com.
Academy of Music: Shen Yun Performing Arts presents a new production of classical Chinese dance at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, and 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Academy, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $60-$180. Go to www.shenyun.com or call (215) 893-1999.
Check it out
Barnes Foundation: Special exhibitions on view through Jan. 4 are “Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musee le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen” and “Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting.” The Barnes is at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, and hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 1, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 3-4. For more information, visit www.barnesfoundation.org.
SteelStacks: Follow the star to Bethlehem 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 3 with a celebration of El Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day), the cherished religious and cultural tradition of many Latin American countries. Children are encouraged to put on their best cloak and crown to dress up as their favorite king for the “Best Dressed King” contest. Kids can also take part in games, making their own crown and a scavenger hunt, while enjoying live music provided by Los Pleneros USA and Herencia Jibara. Admission is free. The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Visit www.steelstacks.org.
Indian Valley Public Library: The Second Fridays program for Jan. 8 features a historical drama about the 1930s Olympic-winning golf and track and field star Babe Didrickson, portrayed by Linda Kenyon. It starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Future is now
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: There will be a plethora of activities and exhibits for children of varying interests and curiosity levels at The Young Innovators Fair, a K-12 Science-Technology-Engineering-Math event happening at the center 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan 2-3. Highlights include hands-on attractions, exhibits and live entertainment. Participants include Google, Pixar, Kahn Academy, the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts, local museums and dozens more. The expo center is at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. See the complete lineup and get ticket information at www.younginnovatorsfair.com.
Winter at Valley Forge
Valley Forge National Historical Park: Children 7 and up are invited to join a muster for George Washington’s Continental Army at 11 a.m. Jan. 2. Dress for cold weather and wear sturdy shoes. Sign in for this free program by 10:45 at the park’s visitor center, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, Upper Merion. Call (610) 783-1075 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
At 7 p.m. Jan. 5 in the Washington Memorial Chapel, the Friends Speaker Series presents a free talk with Bruce Mowday, “September 11, 1777: The Battle of Brandywine.” The author will talk about the soldiers and civilians who shaped the first big battle of the Philadelphia Campaign. A reception will follow.
Churchville Nature Center: At 1 p.m. Jan. 10, Jim Silk will be demonstrating how stones were flint knapped into various sizes and shapes for tools, knives, arrowheads and more at the center, 501 Churchville Lane, Churchville. Cost is $8. Call (215) 357-4005, ext. 5033.
Allentown Fairgrounds: The 55th annual RV & Campground Show is held 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 8-9 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Agri-plex, 302 N. 17th St., Allentown. Admission is $7, free for children under 12. Get more details at www.allentowntradeshows.com.
What’s the story?
La Salle University Art Museum: Tell your own story, past or present, through art, photos and text to reveal what has been overlooked or untold. Bring your personal artifacts to make a “tunnel book” memoir during a “Behind Closed Doors” workshop 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 at the museum, 1900 W. Olney Ave., Philadelphia. No previous art experience required. The workshop is free, but you need to register at www.freedomsbackyard.com.
Disney on Ice
Wells Fargo Center: Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White, Tiana, Anna, Elsa and Olaf are all part of the cast of “Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic,” running through Jan. 3 at the Philadelphia arena at 3601 S. Broad St. Tickets range from $15-$100. Call (215) 336-3600.
Dublin TEC Center: Keystone N-Trak holds a free open house 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 9-10 in Suite 216, at the rear entrance of the center, 123 N. Main St. (Route 313), Dublin. Visit www.keystonentrak.us.
Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club: Get a free look at this year’s layout 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 9-10 at the rear entrance of 400 S. Main St., Phoenixville. Call (610) 935-1126.
Chelten Hills Model Railroad Club: A free open house of an HO-gauge model railroad layout is held noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 9-10 at 8000 Old York Road (Route 611), Elkins Park. Call (215) 635-9747.
Morris Arboretum: Running through Jan. 3 is the Garden Railway exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Jan. 1). It features a quarter-mile of track, with seven loops and tunnels, 15 different rail lines, two cable cars and nine bridges (including a trestle bridge you can walk under), all set in the winter garden of the Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. The display and buildings are all made of natural materials. Admission is $16, $14 for seniors 65+, $8 for youths 3-17, students and active and retired military.
Brandywine River Museum: “A Brandywine Christmas” features an O-gauge model train display, rare antique dolls display and plenty of whimsical ornaments and decorations through Jan 7. The museum is on Route 1, Chadds Ford. Other highlights include a children’s Christmas Party on Dec. 9 and more. Check www.brandywinemuseum.org. The museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Christmas Day). Admission is $15, $10 for seniors 65 and over, $6 for students and children 6-18. For more information, call (610) 388-2700.
Abington Lines Model Railroad Club: A free open house is held noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 2-3 and 9-10 at 2066 Second Street Pike (Route 232), Richboro. Call (215) 598-7720 or go to www.abingtonlines.org.
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church: The St. Alban’s Railroad Fellowship invites you to a free HO gauge model railroad open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 3 at 3625 Chapel Road, Newtown Square (under the thrift shop). See www.starr-mrc.org.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad: Through Jan. 3, ride a train with Santa, Mrs. Claus and a host of holiday revelers. Children and adults of all ages are invited to ride, listen to music, sing Christmas carols, sip hot cocoa and enjoy cookies while Santa visits with each child and presents them with a gift. Children are encouraged to come dressed in pajamas as well. Cash bar is available onboard the train, but there’s no dinner served. Check the schedules and fares at www.newhoperailroad.com. The New Hope station is at 32 W. Bridge St.
‘Tis the season
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library: “Yuletide at Winterthur” continues through Jan. 3. Henry Francis du Pont’s home has been decorated in holiday style, including visions of the Gilded Age and a dried-flower tree, featuring 60 varieties of flowers. Reservations for tours are recommended and are $20. The site is at 5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur, Del. Call (800) 448-3883 or email email@example.com.
Glencairn Museum: Christmas holiday events through Jan. 10 include special exhibitions, tours and programs for all ages (closed Dec. 25). Get the complete schedule at www.glencairnmuseum.org or (267) 502-2600. The museum is at 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn.
Mercer Museum: The annual exhibit “Under the Tree: A Century of Holiday Trees and Toys” is open through Jan. 3. It features trees decorated to the tastes of earlier eras, together with some of the toys that once delighted children on Christmas mornings past. Admission is $14, $12 for seniors and $8 for youths 6-17. The museum is at Pine Street and Scout Way, Doylestown. For more information, call (215) 345-0210 or visit www.mercermuseum.org.
Historic Bethlehem: Christmas 2015 tours and programming through Jan. 10 include A “100 Years of Gift Giving” exhibition will be at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 N. New St. Also on view will be a display from the Elizabeth Johnston Prime Dollhouse collection. The Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, 66 W. Church St., will host the exhibition “All Dolled Up: Polly and Her Sisters,” focusing on the history and traditions associated with German doll making. “Trees of Many Colors” is a multi-site Christmas tree display highlighting specific time periods at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, the 1810 Goundie House, the Single Sisters’ House and the Luckenbach Mill in the Colonial Industrial Quarter, off Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. The Holiday Putz Trail displays miniature replicas of the Nativity scene at the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem Gemeinhaus, Single Sisters’ House, 1810 Goundie House, and Central Moravian Church. See more at www.historicbethlehem.org or call (800) 360-TOUR.
Koziar’s Christmas Village: The Berks County holiday attraction at 782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville, is open through Jan. 2. Hours through Thanksgiving are 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $10, $9 for seniors 65+ and $8 for children 4-10. Learn more at www.koziarschristmasvillage.com.
Lehigh Valley Zoo: The Winter Light Spectacular runs 5:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays through Jan. 3 at the zoo, 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville. Bundle up and enjoy the beauty of nature as you stroll through tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights and themed animated displays. Warm up next to the outdoor fire pits while enjoying hot cocoa and s’mores. Call (610) 799-4171 or go to www.lvzoo.org.
Pennypacker Mills: Through Jan. 10, take a free Holiday Tour of the Montgomery County historic site at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township, which is adorned with old-fashioned Christmas decorations. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. The last tour of the day begins at 3. The site is closed Jan. 1. For more information, or to arrange for a group tour for 10 or more people, call (610) 287-9349.
Six Flags Great Adventure: The theme park at Route 537, Jackson, N.J., offers a Holiday in the Park winter attraction on weekends and select days through Jan. 3, including lights, entertainment, Santa’s village and select rides operating. Admission starts at $39.99. Go to www.sixflags.com/greatadventure.
Fonthill Castle and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works: “Winter Wonderland: Holiday Decorations at Fonthill” tours run through Jan. 3 at Henry Mercer’s castle, decked out for the holidays with themed trees and Victorian decorations. Reservations are recommended. The site is off Route 313 and East Court Street, Doylestown. Special Candlelight Holiday Tours run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 2. Call (215) 348-9461.
Pottsgrove Manor: Guided Twelfth Night tours run through Jan. 10 and focus on the English traditions of Twelfth Night, which was different than Christmas. The manor will be adorned with greens and holly. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Located at 100 W. King St., Pottstown, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.
Byers Choice: More than just where the Caroler figurines are made, there’s a creche collection and Christmas Museum open year-round. Located at 4355 County Line Road, New Britain, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Longwood Gardens: You need timed tickets to get into “A Longwood Christmas,” which runs through Jan. 10, and features blue and white twinkling lights, whirling fountain features, thousands of seasonal plants, and a bounty of trees with icicles and fountain-inspired glass ornaments in the conservatory. Outside, check out the Italian Water Garden, illuminated with a 20-foot tree form, a maple tree near the Meadow Boardwalk with its roots aglow, and colorful fountains at the Open Air Theatre. Longwood is near the intersection of Routes 1 and 52, Kennett Township. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For tickets and a schedule of what special events are happening the day you plan to visit, go to www.longwoodgardens.org or call (610) 388-1000.
Comcast Holiday Spectacular: The light show is shown hourly 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (except 5 p.m. on weekdays) through Jan. 3 at the Comcast Center, 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia. The 15-minute show includes “Carol of the Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and a moment from “The Nutcracker” performed by the Philadelphia Ballet as well as a nostalgic performance by actors from Walnut Street Theatre.
Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest: Through March 6, enjoy skating on a regulation-sized rink, season-long special events, a winter garden a ski chalet-style lodge, a heated tent and more. New this year is more seating, a 360-degree deck around the rink, expanded food options from Garces Group and others, more twinkling lights and more. Enter from the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing parking lot from Walnut or Market streets, Philadelphia. Check out the hours and prices at www.delawareriverwaterfront.com.
Herr’s Christmas Snacktacular: Check out this light show that runs from dusk till dawn through Jan. 3 at the Herr’s Snack Factory, 20 Herr Drive, Nottingham. Refer to www.herrs.com/whatsnew/specialevents.html.
Shadybrook Farm: The Holiday Light Show runs 5 to 10 p.m. daily through Jan. 10 at 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley. Admission is $25 per carload. Get more information at www.shadybrookfarm.com or (215) 968-1670.
National Christmas Center: The family attraction and museum is open year-round at 3427 Lincoln Highway, Paradise. It’s closed New Year’s Day; otherwise hours are generally 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with the last ticket sold one hour prior to closing. Admission is $12.50, $5 for children 3-12. Call (717) 442-7950 or visit www.nationalchristmascenter.com.
Please Touch Museum: Through Jan. 3, revisit the tradition of the Enchanted Colonial Village. This exhibit was originally on display from 1962-1975 at the former Lit Brothers department store and features an animated village store, wig maker, watchmaker and bakery. Located in Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. New Year’s Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission for ages 1 and up is $17.
Bucks County Visitor Center: Their trees are still up through Jan. 4. See 25 themed trees on display, and vote for your favorites, with the 10th annual Bucks County Holiday Treefest. There’s also a “Winter Wonderland” art exhibit. The center is at 3207 Street Road, Bensalem.