All aboard for fun
The quarter-mile Garden Railway opens for the summer season May 28 at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. Celebrating its 19th year, the 2016 theme is “Awaken the Senses,” and will feature buildings that incorporate one or two of the five senses in the structure, such as Ye Olde Cakery Bakery and Randy’s Donut Shop. Grand opening activities will take place 1 to 3 p.m. May 28. Take part in a kids craft and enjoy free ice cream and hard pretzels (while supplies last). Through Labor Day, hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and till 5 p.m. on weekends. On Wednesday evenings in June, July and August, the arboretum is open until 8 p.m. and the trains will run until 7:30.
Special weekends are planned throughout the summer, including Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends Weekends planned for Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17; Saturday, Aug.13 and Sunday Aug.14; and an additional weekend Saturday, Sept. 10 and Sunday, Sept.11. Also planned is Circus Week at the Garden Railway on Saturday, July 2 through Sunday, July 10 and an encore week Saturday Aug. 27 through Monday, Sept. 5; and more. The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is at 100 E. Northwestern Ave. in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. For more information, visit the website listed below:
Hancock Square: At noon Memorial Day, the annual tribute to Winfield S. Hancock is held at the Soldier’s and Sailor’s monument in Norristown, off of Swede Street. There will also be a presentation of the fourth W.S. Hancock award to Harry Snyder of Lansdale, a 94-year-old veteran of World War II.
Kennett Square: The annual Memorial Day Parade steps off at 10 a.m., with antique military vehicles, convertibles, Civil War and Revolutionary War re-enactors, Mummers and more. The route begins at Kennett High School, travels to East South Street, South Union Street to East Cypress Street, South Broad Street to West State Street , to North Union Street to the Union Hill Cemetery.
Lansdale: Celebrates Memorial Day with a parade at 9 a.m. featuring fire trucks from local companies, area school bands and neighborhood kids and families. A ceremony starts at 10 a.m.
Morgan Log House: The sixth annual “Military Might” event is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 28, and dedicated to the men and women who have fought for their country, beliefs, ideas and futures. Activities include musket and rifle demos, war gardens, flag raising ceremonies, and exhibits of letters, diaries, journals, photographs, postcards and Vietnam vehicles. Additional exhibits are also featured. The event is free and open to the public. Morgan Log House is at 850 Weikel Road, Towamencin. For more information visit www.morganloghouse.org or call (215) 368-2480.