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Reading Public Museum: “Dinosaurs around the World: Passport to Pangea” runs through Oct. 2, with 11 animatronic creatures that move and roar. Created in collaboration with paleontologist Gregory M. Erickson, it also features fossils, casts, and theories on how plate tectonics, land bridges and volcanic activity allowed dinosaurs to disperse to all corners of the globe. The exhibition poses questions to visitors about the reign of the dinosaurs and how dinosaurs on each continent interacted with each other, how
geography impacted their diets, and what the continents may have been like at the time. The museum is at 500 Museum Road, Reading. Admission is $10, $6 for children, seniors and students, free to members and children 3 and under. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit www.readingpublicmuseum.org.
Brandywine River Museum of Art: Decorative and visual art, along with 17th, 18th and 19th century antiques, will be part of the Brandywine River Museum of Art Antiques Show 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28-30. Twenty-six dealers will offer American country and formal furniture, folk art, jewelry, folk art, glass, quilts, clock cases, accessories and more. During the Antiques Show, visitors will be able to see the special exhibition “The Poetry of Nature: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting,” as well as the museum’s holdings of the Wyeth family of artists, with galleries dedicated to the works of N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth, as well as dozens of other artists. Ticketed special events include a Preview Party 6 to 9 p.m. May 27, with valet parking and catered hors d’oeuvres and a Breakfast and Lecture on “Flowery Thoughts: Ceramic Vases & Floral Ornament at Winterthur” at 9 a.m. May 28. Go to www.brandywine.org or call (610) 388-8318 for information. “A Passion for Collecting: Dealer Talks” are held 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. May 29 and 30. Show admission is $18 per day. The museum is on Route 1, Chadds Ford.
SteelStacks: Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley June 4-5 goes to the dogs this year with “Freshpet Doggie Days,” designed to encourage attendees to bring along man’s best friend to enjoy all the excitement and activities. Attractions include the Keystone DockDogs canine diving competition, free Freshpet food samples, a dog adoption day, a Doggie Bandana Design Workshop for kids, and more than 35 groups offering presentations and hand-on activities related to archery, urban birding, cycling/biking, gardening, geocaching, hiking, nature photography, bird box building and more. Step Outdoors is a free festival designed to encourage children and families to get outdoors, as well as learn about the wildlife, outdoors and conservation-focused groups working in the region. For more information, visit www.steelstacks.org/stepoutdoors. ArtsQuest at SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Indian Valley Public Library: Through July 5, the library at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford, hosts “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness Exhibition,” a traveling interactive iPad exhibition created by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. For the library’s hours, check www.ivpl.org.
Whack and Roll
Mennonite Heritage Center: The eighth Annual Whack and Roll Croquet Tournaments will be held June 3-4 at the heritage center campus, 565 Yoder Road, Franconia Township. Friday features the Senior Tournament (60+), and a fast-paced version of croquet called “Survivor,” where youth groups compete for prize money for mission trips. On Saturday, the Nonprofit Invitational takes the court. The registration for the Nonprofit Invitational is $110 for a team of two, and includes a Lunch Bash at 11:30 a.m. The registration fee for the Senior Tournament is $25 for a team of two, which includes lunch. Survivor groups can register for $25 for a team of six. Preregistration is necessary. Go to www.mhep.org, call (215) 256-3020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music and more
St. Paul’s Elkins Park: On May 29, violinist Michael Locati and Friends will welcome summer with the concert “Violins, Viola and Piano Together” at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary, 7809 Old York Road, Elkins Park. Tickets are $15. Visit www.stpaulsfriends.org.
St. Michael’s Picnic Grove: The Ancient Order of Hibernians Notre Dame Division will host the Montgomery County Irish Festival June 3-5 at the picnic grove in Mont Clare. Friday night’s entertainment features Tom McHugh and the McGillians. On Saturday Jamison will kick it off at 2 p.m., with The Hooligans hitting the stage 6. Following an outdoor Mass, Oliver McElone will entertain the crowd at noon, with McHugh and O’Neil ending the festival at 6:30. Also taking part in the festival will be the Coyle School of Irish Dance and the Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums. Vendors will be selling their goods and food and beer will be sold. A weekend pass is available for $20. One-day tickets are $7 for Friday, $10 for Saturday or Sunday. Children under 12 are free. Bring your own seating; no coolers permitted. For tickets, call (610) 277-2738. For directions, check www.aohnd1.com.
Green Lane Park: A free outdoor concert featuring the Galena Brass ensemble starts at 7 p.m. May 28, with a musical tribute to veterans, ‘50s rock, Dixieland, big band and more. Bring your own seating. The Green Lane Park Amphitheater is at 2298 Green Lane Road, near the intersection of Green Lane Road and Hill Road, Marlborough Township. Call (215) 234-4528 or visit www.montcopa.org/greenlanepark.
Delaware Valley University: The Bucks County Choral Society welcomes Jim Hogan and Krissy Fraelich for “A Celebration of American Musical Theater” at 4 p.m. June 4 and 5 in the Life Sciences Auditorium, Butler Avenue and New Britain Road, Doylestown. Tickets are$23. Check out www.buckschoral.org.
Country Creek Winery: The GoodTimes GetDown May 28-29 features camping, music, art, a “silent disco” and performances by Swift Technique, Catallus, The Wallace Brothers, Old Blotter, Kuf Knotz, GrateFolk, Chestnut Grove, Mike Greer and Company, Pete Krantz & The Valley Stills, Salient Roots, Luke & The Ego, Lyle Rickards, My Swedish Friend and Justin Leigh Walters. The winery grounds are at 106 Cressman Road, Salford Township. See www.goodtimesgetdown.com for more.
Chaddsford Winery: The Memorial Day Music Festival runs 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 28 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29-30 with wine, live bands and food trucks. Advance tickets are $10, $15 for on-site admission: $15. The music line up is Hake & Jarema and Livewire May 28, Carly Moffa and Josh Komorowski May 29 and Alex & Shiloh May 30. The winery is at 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Go to www.chaddsford.com.
Sands Bethlehem Event Center: SBEC Fest on May 30 features outdoor fun, including vendors, food trucks, kids activities and Will Hodgson and Friends at 2 p.m. The Wailers perform a free concert at 6 on the Event Center Stage. The Sands is at 77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem.
Twistback Center for the Arts: A Spring Arts, Wine and Music Festival runs 2 to 8 p.m. May 29 at 301 Muddy Run Road, Oxford. Contact email@example.com or (484) 410-4200. Also, see www.facebook.com/twistbackcenterforthearts.
Mount Hope Estate and Winery: Admission is free for the ninth annual Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 28-29. Highlights include cooking demos, specialty foods for sampling and sale, master artisans, live music and an interactive crafty kids area. Twenty-six Pennsylvania wineries will offer samples and sales of their varieties. The festival area is on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Route 72, off Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 266, Cornwall Township. For more, see www.parenfaire.com/flavorfest/index.php.
Country fair atmosphere
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church: The 2016 Spring Grecian Festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 1-4 and noon to 8 p.m. June 5 on the church grounds, 900 S. Trooper Road, West Norriton. Highlights include Greek food, music and dance; rides and amusements; Business Village vendors; church tours and more. One-price ride specials are in effect Wednesday evening and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Check www.saintsophiachurch.org or call (610) 650-8960.
Devon Horse Show: The Devon Horse Show & Country Fair runs 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through June 5 at the show grounds at 23 Dorset Road, Devon. The first Sunday, the gates will open at 11 a.m. and the Horse Show classes will start at noon. The final Sunday, the show ends at approximately 3 p.m. See the show schedule at www.devonhorseshow.net.
Harleysville Community Center: Country Fair Days runs 6 to 11 p.m. May 27 and noon to 11 p.m. May 28. Highlights include food, entertainment, amusement rides and games. A fireworks display launches at 9:30 p.m. May 27 (rain date Saturday). Two-for-one Buddy Night is 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday. The center is at 435 Park Drive, Lower Salford.
Allentown Fairgrounds: The Mayfair Festival of the Arts features 100 artist booths, eight music festivals and 20 food trucks and more May 27-30. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Enter from Gate 6 on Liberty Street, Allentown, between 18th and 19th streets. Go to www.mayfairfestival.org.
Haverford Township Heritage Festival: The 10th annual festival is held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 along Karakung Drive in Havertown. The festival features living history exhibits, live music and dancing, food and a beer garden. See www.haverfordhistoricalsociety.org/events.
SteelStacks: Elk Wellington, pheasant and waffles and rabbit sausage sliders are among the offerings at the “Taste of the Wild” culinary event 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 3. The evening will also include a cash bar, as well as the sounds of Fleetwood Mac tribute Tusk, performing live on the Levitt Pavilion stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the event, which will also provide opportunities for guests to meet the education animals and staff of Lehigh Valley Zoo, are $40. Go to www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378. ArtsQuest at SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Head to the campground
Camp Men-O-Lan: The camp’s 75th anniversary is celebrated during Summerfest 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 28. Events include auctions, a plant sale, a kids carnival and more. See http://menolan.org/get-involved/events. Camp Men-O-Lan is at 1415 Doerr Road, Milford Township.
What’s a green roof?
Scott Arboretum: Learn about the inner workings, benefits and beauty of green roofs, while exploring three of them at the arboretum at Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. A free tour starts at 4:30 p.m. June 1 from the Scott Arboretum offices. The tour will canceled in inclement weather. Children under 12 are not permitted on the roofs. For more information, call (610) 328-8025.