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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Down by the water
St. Michael’s Park: The Schuylkill Canal Association’s 34th anniversary is celebrated during Canal Day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 26 at Lock 60 and St. Michael’s Park in Mont Clare, across the Schuylkill River from Phoenixville. Activities include a five-mile Trail Run, kids fishing derby, Sly Fox Kan Jam Tournament, a singles and doubles horseshoe tournament, a five-mile canoe/kayak race, a kayak sprint race, Highland Games, the Canal Joust Championship, Dr. Kelly’s Medicine Show, Old Canal Days stories and songs, kids games and live music. Towpath Road will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 8:30. Admission is $5, free to children 12 and under. Check out www.schuylkillcanal.org.
Northbrook Canoe Co.: Colonial Day is June 18, with colonial games, colonial Chester County trivia and, of course, opportunities to canoe, kayak or tube the Brandywine. Northbrook is at 1810 Beagle Road, West Chester. Call (610) 793-2270 or visit www.northbrookcanoe.com for more information.
Return of the dinosaurs
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: “Dinosaurs Unearthed,” an assemblage of roaring, moving, life-size dinosaurs offers a journey back in time June 25-Jan. 17. The exhibit also features skeletons, claws and horns, mosasaur and spinosaurus teeth, an oviraptor egg, touch stations and a chance to control the movements of a yangshuanosaurus and protoceratops. The Academy is at 1900
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Admission is $17.95, $13.95 for children 3-12. Call (215) 299-1000 or see www.ansp.org.
Peddler’s Village: “Paris in the Village — A French Wine & Food Fest” runs June 23-26. Reserve your seat at any of the series of dining events, such as “Murder at the Moulin Rouge”, an open-air murder mystery dinner theater show; a French wine dinner at Earl’s New American; a Parisian Sunday brunch; and weekend Wine Strolls. The weekend also features live entertainment on the Main Green. Peddler’s Village is at Route 263 and Street Road, Lahaska, and you can get a detailed schedule at www.peddlersvillage.com or (215) 794-4000.
pucciManuli: A five-course Summer Supper farm-to-table community dining experience, to benefit Ardmore Food Pantry and World Food Programme, is set for 6 p.m. June 18 in the block outside of Ardmore boutique at 35 Cricket Ave. The evening features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, wine pairings and live music. Tickets are $120, two for $200. Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-supper-tickets-25678179125.
251 Dekalb: The luxury apartment complex at 251 W. Dekalb Pike, Upper Merion, hosts a Brazilian Carnivale at noon June 18. Free and open to the public, you can taste signature Brazilian-themed food and drinks and enjoy activities like samba music, stilt walkers and face painters.
Chaddsford Winery: “A Taste of Little Italy” is offered 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 18 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 19, pairing wine with Italian fare and live music. Admission is free, and all wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go. The winery is at 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Visit www.chaddsford.com.
XFinity Live: June 26’s Burger Brawl also includes a Taco Takedown and Cutthroat Cocktail Competition. It happens 4 to 7 p.m. at 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia. Tickets are $50, $125 for VIP tickets. Children under 10 are free. Visit www.phillyburgerbrawl.com.
Independence Seaport Museum: “Artship Olympia” opens June 25, and features 16 site-specific art installations on Cruiser Olympia’s interior and exterior decks, curated by Philadelphia Sculptors. It highlights each artist’s personal interpretation of the vessel, while highlighting the ship’s history, stories and culture through Oct. 2. The museum is at 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Visit philasculptors.org/olympia.
Barnes Foundation: “Sun Splashed,” a mid-career survey of the found-object assemblage art of Nari Ward, goes on display June 24-Aug. 22. The exhibit brings together more than 30 works from the ‘90s to the present, and connects with The Barnes’ impressionist art and collection of African sculptures, masks and tools. Located at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays and 6 to 9 p.m. every first Friday of the month. Book tickets at www.barnesfoundation.org.
James A. Michener Art Museum: “Oh Panama!: Jonas Lie Paints the Panama Canal” opens June 25, joining recently-added exhibits “Lloyd Ney: Local Color” and “Tête-à-Tête: Conversations in Photography.” The museum is at 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, and hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for youths 6-18, free to members and active military personnel and their families. For more information, call (215) 340-9800 or go to www.michenerartmuseum.org.
Studio B: “Art Attack 2” is the summer art show for works in all media June 17-Aug. 21 at 39 A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown. A reception is held 5 to 8 p.m. June 17. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Call (610) 563-7879.
Scatter Joy Center for the Arts: “Fantasy Tales,” an exhibit of the Bucks County Illustrators Society, features 19 local artists interpreting stories, fables and folk tales June 24-July 20 at 305 Horsham Road, Horsham. Opening night festivities will happen 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 24. Hours are Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (215) 672-3140 or visit www.scatterjoyarts.org.
Bloomfield Farm: Morris Arboretum’s biennial Insider Art and Craft Show & Sale is held 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19 at the farm, across the street from the arboretum’s main entrance on East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. While on site, tour the historic grist mill from 1 to 4 and see how corn was milled for meal and flour in the 19th century. Admission is free. Visit www.morrisarboretum.org or call (215) 247-5777.
St. Paul’s Elkins Park: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19, it’s Juneteenth, the oldest known celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery in the United States. The festival at the church at 7809 Old York Road, Elkins Park, includes presentations, tours and exhibits — featuring Daisy Century as Harriett Tubman and Robert Fuller Houston of the 3rd Regt. Inf. U.S. Colored Troops Civil War Re-enactors, along with representatives of the African-American Genealogy Group of Philadelphia and Camp William Penn — a marketplace, children’s activities, food and live music.
Pennypacker Mills: On June 25 at 1 p.m., the site hosts a free 1800s-style vintage base ball game (baseball was spelled as two words back then) with the Athletic Base Ball Club of Philadelphia versus the Brandywine Base Ball Club. In those days, pitching was done underhand, the score was kept on a blackboard, most of the players had moustaches, and no one used batting helmets, fielding gloves, or a catcher’s mask. Guests are encouraged to stop by the team bench and meet the “ballists” as they warm up. After the game, kids can play “Town Ball” with the team members. The team provides all the instructions and equipment. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township, and you should note that the Route 73 Bridge over the Perkiomen Creek is closed. There is a detour onto Plank Road to Route 73 to reach the site; follow the signs. Refreshments will be available, but visitors are also encouraged to bring a picnic, as well as lawn chairs or a blanket to sit on. The mansion will also be open for tours.
Green Lane Park: Investigate the nighttime activities of fireflies with “Catching Lightning in a Jar” at 8:30 p.m. June 17. The program is suitable for ages 3 and older. Bring a plastic container (no glass, please). All of the insects will be released after they are examined. Meet at the Tennis Court Parking Lot at 2298 Green Lane Road, Marlborough Township.
Calling all collectors
Jordan United Church of Christ: The Allentown Philatelic Society sponsors the Eastern Pennsylvania Stamp Show from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 25 at the church, 1837
Church Road, Allentown. Admission is free and the show will feature 15 dealers, 25 tables, a kids’ area offering free stamps and collecting materials, and hundreds of dollars in door prizes. For more information, contact Jerry at (610) 974-9415 or email@example.com or visit http://greatzvmer.wix.com/aps/#!epass.
Renninger’s: An Antiques Extravaganza, at the Kutztown location at 740 Noble St., is held June 23-25. It opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Browse furniture, glassware, jewelry, China, ceramics, paper, dolls, art glass, tinware, clocks, paintings, prints, toys textiles and more. Admission is $15 Thursday, $6 Friday and $4 Saturday. Visit www.rennigners.com or www.facebook.com/renningers or call (570) 385-0104.
Welcome the solstice
New Hope Eagle Firehouse: A Solstice Expo & Holistic Fair features energy healers, mind/body therapists, massage and stress management experts, artwork, jewelry, crystals, stones and gems, aroma therapists and products, new age beverages and products, and more 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 19. Admission is $7. The firehouse is at 46 N. Sugan Road, New Hope. See http://wearesme.com.
American Helicopter Museum and Education Center: FatherFest returns 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 at West Chester’s AHMEC, 1220 American Blvd. Featured will be a Drone Racing Extravaganza by Skygear Solutions of Wilmington, helicopter rides, classic car and motorcycle shows, rides, games, magicians, “Star Wars” characters, vendors, crafters and food trucks. Museum tours will include historic and experimental rotary wing aircraft and multimedia, hands-on and children’s science exhibits. Helicopter rides during FatherFest 2016 are $60. Admission is $10. See www.americanhelicopter.museum or call (610) 436-9600.
Under the Lights Car Show: Lansdale’s Fairmount Fire Company rolls out the red carpet for hundreds of classic vehicles starting at 7 p.m. June 18 (rain date June 19) on West Main Street. Also, Pypes Performance Exhaust, 2705 Clemens Road, Hatfield, holds an open house car show June 17-18. On Friday, there’s an afternoon cruise-in, and a casual cruise through the local area with food. Saturday features a Muscle Car & Truck show, a Mustang show and a Pontiac show.
Skippack Village: The Continental Car Show & Motorcycle Competition features American-made cars, crafters and vendors, food, music, face painting, a kids’ cartoon character visit and more 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 19 (rain date June 26) in the Hotel Fiesole parking lot off Main Street, Skippack.
Dads and grads
One Liberty Observation Deck: Through June 30 at the 57-story-high observation deck at 1 Liberty Place Philadelphia, all graduates get free admission if you show up wearing a cap and gown and are accompanied by a paying guest. On June 19, there’s free admission for dads on Fathers Day that are accompanied by a paying guest. Daily tours are given at 2 p.m., offering an overview of the region’s signature sights.
Alverthorpe Park: Storybook Musical Theatre sponsors its annual, one-mile Family Fun Walk at 11 a.m. June 25 in the park, Forrest Avenue and Jenkintown Road, Abington. Proceeds benefit Storybook’s Educational Theater Initiative, that provides subsidized tickets to needy children, and the Abington Parks and Recreation Department. Search for favorite characters, including Beauty and the Prince (The Beast) from “Beauty and the Beast,” Hansel and Gretel, and the Cheshire Cat and White Rabbit from “Alice in Wonderland.” Each child will receive a special passport to be stamped by the fairy tale characters. If they get all the stamps required, the passport will be redeemed for a free ticket to see the Storybook Musical Theatre’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” playing from July 13 to 23 at the Gratz College Theater in Melrose Park. Refreshments and giveaways will also be provided. Cost to participate for one adult and one child 3 or older is $22 for Abington residents, $27 for non-residents. Each additional adult or child is $13 for residents, $18 for non-residents. Register at www.storybookmusical.org/special-events.html.
Spring Mountain Ski Area: The third annual Spring Mount Fitness Challenge on June 18 involves a team relay 5K and fitness event. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m., the Family Challenge starts at 10 and the main event starts at 10:30. The Tiki Bar will open at noon for food and refreshments. Registration is $240 for a team of four, $70 per individual, $50 for a family of up to six members. Get more information at www.corefittraining.net. Spring Mountain is at 757 Spring Mount Road, Upper Salford.
Roll & Stroll: The Indian Creek Foundation’s 25th annual Roll & Stroll on June 18 in Franconia Township features family-friendly activities; cycling courses of 64, 39, 20 and 10 miles; and a 5K and 1K course for walkers or runners; and a picnic buffet for participants with live music and a raffle. All activities wrap up by 1 p.m. Get complete registration information and a schedule at www.indcreek.org/roll-and-stroll.
Wentz’s United Church of Christ: The sixth annual Garden Tour features locations in the Perkiomen and Upper Perkiomen valleys 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 18. Tickets are $15, $30 if you’re also attending the High Tea Luncheon. Call (610) 584-4855.
SteelStacks: Headlining concerts by salsa star Kevin Ceballo and Grammy-nominated Alex Bueno, Latin cuisine, a Reggaeton Night and a Latin performance by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra highlight the sixth annual iSabor! Latin Festival June 17-19 at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Other events include a bilingual storytime, a fashion show and a mariachi Mass. Check the schedule at www.steelstacks.org.
Downtown Alive: The free Reading outdoor concert series on the 500 block of Penn Street starts with local singer/songwriter Stephanie Grace opening for the country duo Brothers Osborne at 5 p.m. June 22.
East Greenville Fire Company: Andy Svrcek and The Romano Sisters present an Elvis Gospel Show at 3 p.m. June 26. The firehouse is at 401 Washington St. East Greenville. Call (610) 331-7527 for tickets.
Church of the Holy Spirit: The Summer Chamber Music Concert Series continues at 7:30 p.m. June 17, featuring a string trio of Keonie Bolding on violin, Lockman on cello and Trumbore on piano. The program will include works by Brahms, Piazzolla, Franck and Gliere. The church is at Sumneytown Pike and Barndt Road, Upper Salford. For more information, contact the church at (215) 234-8020 or view the web page at www.churchoftheholyspirit.us.
Salt Performing Arts: It’s Bring Your Own Food and Drink Dinner Theatre with “Beehive, the ‘60s Musical,” featuring songs like “Downtown,” “To Sir With Love,” “It’s My Party,” “Where the Boys Are” and “Respect.” Tickets are $25 and performances are at 7 p.m. June 17-19 and 24-26 at 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs. Go to www.saltpa.com.
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire grounds: The 18th annual Celtic Fling Celebration features music, dance, Celtic culture, Highland games, arts and crafts and more 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. June 25-26. The weekend actually begins with a Friday Night Kick-Off event June 24 — gates open at 4 p.m. — with entertainment by Seamus Kennedy, Screaming Orphans, The Town Pants and Seven Nations. Tickets are $26.95 at the gate and $23.95 in advance, $10.95 for children 5-11, and two-day passes are available. Go to www.parenfaire.com. The grounds are on Route 72, south of Pennsylvania Turnpike exit 266, Cornwall Township.