By Brian Bingaman
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Hail to the governor
Pennypacker Mills: A new exhibit exploring the life and legacy of Samuel W. Pennypacker opens April 1. Imagine Pennsylvania without historic sites such as Valley Forge, few saved historic documents, and mountains clear cut of all trees. Pennypacker, who was governor from 1903-1907, devoted much of his life to preservation of history and natural resources. The exhibit highlights his legacy more than 100 years later, through artifacts, documents and images. Tour hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. There is a suggested donation of $2 per person. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. For more information, call (610) 287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills.
Revving up at Grandview
Grandview Speedway: A large turnout of racers is expected for the March 26th free-to-the-public practice session at the NASCAR sanctioned track on Passmore Road, just off Route 100 in Bechtelsville. Activity is expected to get the green flag at noon, with many different classes of competition expected to join the Grandview regulars of T.P. Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds, BRC Late Models and Sportsman stock cars. The Saturday afternoon practice session will give racers the opportunity to test and tune their racing equipment for the new season, which gets underway at 7 p.m. April 2. See www.grandviewspeedway.com. The track phone number is (610) 754-7688.
Food, wine, beer
Philly Wine Week: From 5 to 8 p.m. April 3, Philly Wine Week 2016 will kick off with Opening Corks, a wine tasting event showcasing premium pours from more than 25 local and national wine vendors and importers at Stratus Rooftop Lounge at the Hotel Monaco, 433 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $55. The celebration of wine continues with happy hours, wine pairings and competitions, and other events at wine bars, restaurants and boutique shops. Plan ahead by going to www.phillywineweek.org
Academy of Natural Sciences: Nearly non-stop food and drink from dozens of restaurants awaits 6 to 9 p.m. March 31 at the Philadelphia Restaurant Festival. Also, enjoy a DJ and live entertainment. The Academy of Natural Sciences is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Tickets are $45. Go to www.restaurantfestival.com/philadelphia.
ArtsQuest Center Musikfest Café: Weyerbacher Brewing Co. and ArtsQuest melt together to celebrate National Grilled Cheese Month with beer and frilled cheese pairing events at 1 and 4 p.m. April 3 at the center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets are $49 and on sale now at www.steelstacks.org and (610) 332-3378.
Who wants waffles?
American Swedish Historical Museum: Every March, Swedes dust off their waffle irons to indulge in freshly baked waffles with jam and whipped cream. This spring tradition originates from a misunderstanding. The Swedish word for the Christian celebration Annunciation Day is Vårfrudagen, which sounds similar to the word Våffeldagen, meaning Waffle Day. Celebrate Waffle Day 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 26 at the museum, 1900 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia. Admission is $10 and includes museum admission, waffles and a beverage. For more information, call (215) 389-1776 or visit www.americanswedish.org/calendar.htm.
Morris Arboretum: An outdoor art exhibit, “Wrapped Up: Yarnbombing at Morris Arboretum” by fiber artist Melissa Maddonni Haims opens March 26, with an opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. Yarnbombing is a type of graffiti art in which public bridges, signs, bike racks, and outdoor sculptures are decorated with colorful knitted and crocheted yarn pieces. At the arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave. in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Haims has adorned 12 select garden features and plants in the living collection. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is $17, $15 for seniors 65+, $9 for students and active and retired military. For more information, visit www.morrisarboretum.org.
Banana Factory Arts Center: The resident artists at the Banana Factor, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, are showcased during the 10th annual “Red Show,” taking place March 25-June 25. The Red Show features two- and three-dimensional works created by the artists, who have their studios on the third floor of the Banana Factory. An opening reception is set for 6 to 9 p.m. March 25. For more information, call (610) 332-1300 or visit www.bananafactory.org.
The Annex on Filbert: The Print Center and the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center present the Philadelphia Art Book Fair noon to 8 p.m. April 1 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 2 at 830 Filbert St., Philadelphia. The fair will welcome a range of exhibitors, from photography and art book publishers, to individual artists and institutions. Displays will be complemented by a keynote lecture and a full roster of book signings and appearances by artists and bookmakers. See www.phlartbookfair.com.
Weekend of arts
Church of the Saviour: A Weekend of the Arts April 1-3 combines free photography, art and workshops in Building A. The art gallery opens at 6 p.m. April 1, followed by the 13th annual Eastern University gala at 7:30 in the main sanctuary. April 2 features photography and watercolor workshops from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The afternoon continues with the art gallery viewing from 1 to 4, followed by an outreach dinner in the gym in Building F, with speaker and jazz musician Dr. William Edgar. April 3, the art gallery viewing is from 1 to 4. The day concludes with an hors d’oeuvres reception in the Welcome Center after the 5:30 evening service. Check out www.cosnet.org.
Can’t stop the bloom
Longwood Gardens: Relish being outdoors with the seasonal attraction “Spring Blooms” April 2-June 3. Highlights include flowering trees, spring blooms and an outdoor spring bulb display, culminating in a rainbow of more than 250,000 blooming tulips in Longwood’s Flower Garden Walk and Idea Garden. Located at Routes 1 and 52, Kennett Township, Longwood is open daily. Admission is $20, $17 for seniors 62+, $10 for students 5-18. Check out www.longwoodgardens.org.
Scott Arboretum: A free guided tour of the Scott Arboretum’s plant collections is held noon to 1 p.m. March 31. The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum offices, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, call (610) 328-8025.
Fonthill Museum: Visit areas of the castle that are not on the regular daytime tour, including the kitchen, crypt and Terrace Pavilion, and up to the top tower through back passages, with Behind the Scenes Tours 6:30 to 9 p.m. March 26. The museum is at 525 E. Court St., Doylestown. Registration is $18. A Tower Tour for Families is held April 2 at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Cost is $14 for adults and $8 for youths. Call (215) 348-9461.
Hop on down
Elmwood Park Zoo: Easter Bunny Brunch & Egg Hunts are open at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. March 26-27. Highlights include an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet, family photo opportunities with the Easter Bunny, egg hunts, crafts, games, music and more. Bring your own basket. Cost is $30.95, $19.95 for children, $10 for babies 2 and under; discounts for zoo members. The zoo is at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. For questions or reservations, contact Guest Services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.
SteelStacks:outh Street Headhouse District: The 85th annual Easter Promenade on South Street in Philadelphia is set for March 27. Come dressed in your Sunday best and promenade down South Street. Master of ceremonies Henri David leads the parade from the corner of Passyunk Avenue/South Street down to Headhouse Square (Second Street). Enjoy Easter treats, live music from the Philadelphia Freedom Band, the Bunny Hop, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail and much more until 2 p.m. Children and adults can enter to be crowned Best Dressed, Best South Street Razzle Dazzle or Best Easter Bonnet. For more information, visit www.southstreet.com or call (215) 413-3713.
On March 26 at 11:30 a.m. is a concert with Jack and Kitty for families and children of all ages. On March 27 at 11 a.m., the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks presents an Easter brunch in the Musikfest Café. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (610) 332-3378. Prices are $34.95 for ages 13 and older, $13.95 for ages 6-12 and free for children ages 5 and under. Entertainment will be provided by pianist Jeremy Sweet. Following brunch is the Peeps Hunt (bring your own basket), which will be divided into three age groups, and an appearance by the Easter Bunny. The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Visit www.steelstacks.org or www.facebook.com/steelstacks.
Peace Valley Nature Center: A free Egg-cellent Search commences at 2 p.m. March 26. A Nocturnal Egg-cellent Search with glow eggs, recommended for ages 7 and up, will take place at 8:30 p.m. Flashlights are allowed. The center entrance is off New Galena Road, New Britain. Call (215) 345-7860.
Franklin Square: A “Great Egg Hunt” for children 10 and under is on for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26. Register for free starting at 10 a.m. For more information, call (215) 629-4026.
Giggleberry Fair: The indoor family fun center in Peddlers Village, 166 Carousel Lane, Lahaska, holds an Easter Family Fun Day from noon to 3 p.m. March 26. Egg hunts for children 1-10 will be divided into age groups and the Easter Bunny will be there for selfies. Get more at www.peddlersvillage.com.
Annenberg Center: Jazz pianist/composer Hiromi performs alongside contrabass guitarist Anthony Jackson and drummer Simon Phillips at 8 p.m. April 1. Tickets range from $30-$60.
At 8 p.m. April 2, it’s an “Easter Rising” show with Cherish the Ladies & Friends. Tickets range from $20-$50.
The Johnny Clegg Band is featured at 7 p.m. April 3. Tickets range from $25-$55.
The Annenberg Center is at 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Visit www.annenbergcenter.org or call (215) 898-3900.
Ortlieb’s Lounge: Delta Deep, a new blues band featuring Def Leppard’s Phil Collen and Stone Temple Pilots’ Robert DeLeo, appears at 8 p.m. March 29 at Ortlieb’s, 847 N. Third St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $15-$18. Go to http://www.ticketfly.com/venue/3787-ortliebs.
Bryn Mawr College: The Imani Winds presents a “Considered (Mostly) Modern” program at 8 p.m. April 1 in the Thomas Great Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors 65+, $10 for students, $5 for children under 12. Go to www.brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html or call (610) 526-5210.
Trinity Presbyterian Church: The next Spotlight Concert is “In-the-Round,” a family-friendly of acoustic music featuring Craig Bickhardt, Thom Schuyler and Lizanne Knott, at 7 p.m. April 2. The church is at 640 Berwyn Ave., Berwyn. Contact email@example.com or (610) 644-0932. For more on the performers, visit http://spotlight.trinityberwyn.com. The concert is free, but a free-will offering is recommended.
Kimmel Center: At 2 p.m. April 3 in Verizon Hall will be the 2016 Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Showcase Performance, with Prysm, Bravo Brass and Tune Up Philly. Tickets range from $15-$25.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia presents a Bartok and Medelssohn program at 2:30 p.m. April 3 and 7:30 p.m. April 4 in the Perelman Theater.
The center is at Broad and Spruce streets, Philadelphia. Call (215) 893-1999.
Montgomery County Community College: The Anat Cohen Quartet is featured as part of the Lively Arts Series at 8 p.m. March 26 in the Science Center Theater, 1313 Morris Road, Whitpain. Tickets are $30. Find out more at www.mc3.edu/arts/lively-arts/lively-arts-calendar/la-jazz.
St. Katharine of Siena Church: VoxAmaDeus’ “Brahms — A German Requiem” features soprano Julie-Ann Green and bass Kevin Deas at 7 p.m. March 25. Advance tickets are $25, $20 for seniors. Tickets at the door at $20, $25 for seniors, $10 for students and children. The church is at 401 South Aberdeen Ave., Wayne. Call (610) 688-2800 or go to www.voxamadeus.org.
Lower Merion High School: The Lower Merion Symphony Orchestra presents a free concert at 3 p.m. April 3 at the school, 315 E. Montgomery Ave. For more information, visit www.lowermerionsymphony.org.
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The International Orchid Show and Sale features 20 exhibits, vendors and guided tours noon to 8 p.m. April 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 2 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 3. Admission is $7 and free to children 12 and under, with an online discount available at www.sepos.org.
Also at the expo center, 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence, is the Eagle Arms Weapons Show 1 to 8 p.m. April 1, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 2 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 3. Admission is $12, free for children under 10. Learn more at www.eaglearmsgunshows.com.
SteelStacks: The Fly Fishing Film Tour is back at 7:30 p.m. March 30 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets for the event, a fundraiser for the Monocacy Chapter of Trout Unlimited and ArtsQuest, are $15 in advance at www.steelstacks.org and (610) 332-3378, and $20 at the door.
Gershman Y: The Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival presents a “CineMondays” series. It begins with “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” at 7:30 p.m. March 28 at 401 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $15, $30 if attending the post-film book signing and reception. Go to www.pjff.org or call (215)545-4400.
Family fun day
Event Center at Cornerstone: From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26, enjoy games, an egg hunt, a raffle, food and a Downtown Performing Arts Center production of “Little Red Riding Hood.” Cornerstone is at 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope. Cost is $10. Call (215) 589-8473.
Broad Street Ministry: Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, in partnership with Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, presents “He Who Gets Slapped” from March 30-April 16 at 315 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Amid the cast of clowns, lion-tamers and ringmasters arrives a new clown trying to escape his past behind his cheerful makeup. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, $15 for students. Call (215) 551-1543 or visit www.philartistscollective.org for more information.
Academy of Natural Sciences: The Animal Superhero Weekend April 2-3 features specially themed live animal shows, family activities, crafts and more. Visitors who wear a costume get $2 off the regular admission of $17.95, $13.95 for children 3-12, $14.95 for seniors, students and military. The Academy of Natural Sciences is at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Visit wwww.ansp.org or call (215) 299-1000.
Performance Garage: A gala celebration and fundraiser honoring Suzanne Roberts is held 6 to 9 p.m. April 2. Featured during the evening will be performances by BalletX, Koresh Dance Company, Philadanco and Jeanne Ruddy. The site is 1515 Brandywine St., Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.performancegarage.org/gala2016.
By Brian Bingaman