WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Fort Mifflin: The Pirate Day swashbuckling spectacle brings the colorful history of piracy on the Delaware River to life 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20. Learn what a privateer was and interact with pirates and soldiers (who will do battle at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.) during a scavenger hunt, take a guided tour, dig for treasure, drill with wooden muskets, talk like a pirate and hear live music by The Sea Dogs. Also, find out why Fort Mifflin was built by the British in the early 1770s. Admission is $10, $8 for seniors, $6 for veterans and children under 12, free for active duty military and their families, and children under 5. Visit www.fortmifflin.us.
American Treasure Tour: The Oaks attraction now offers walk-in hours on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour. Experience a collection of American antiques, pop culture and assorted memorabilia curated by an anonymous private collector. A 50-minute guided tram tour takes visitors through 100,000 square-feet of Americana. Quirky items include a castle made entirely of 369,000 popsicle sticks as well as a giant 12-foot women’s high-heeled shoe. The tour is also home to one of the largest displays of mechanical music (orchestrations, band organs and music boxes) in the country. Admission is $21.95, $9.95 for children 3-12. Visit www.americantreasuretour.com.
SteelStacks: The first SangriaFest takes place 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Sample 10 different sangrias, all made with wines imported by South Italy Imports. Performers taking the stage during the afternoon include Flowers For Taco, Tim Harakal and the Billy Bauer Band. Also, enjoy foo and games like beanbags and quoits. Tickets are $25, with $35 VIP tickets to sample handcrafted sangria cocktails designed by area restaurant mixologists. Visit www.steelstacks.org or call (610) 332-3378.
America on Wheels Museum: It’s Car-Tunes Along the Waterfront 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at the automotive museum, 5 N. Front St., Allentown. Bring your beach chairs, pop-up tents, blankets, a picnic lunch and dancing sneakers to enjoy the tunes of DJ Jimbo. Admission is free, but reservations are preferred by calling (610) 432-4200, ext. 14. Museum admission will be discounted to buy-one-get-one free. See www.americaonwheels.org.
In the future …
Berman Museum at Ursinus College: Ten artists imagine what the most recent epoch in geologic time — the Anthropocene — will look like centuries from now in “A Stratigraphic Fiction,” on view through March 19. The footprint may show signs of industry, pollution, technology and more. Check out this selection of sculptures, films, photographs and works on paper from 1970 to the present, at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, off of East Main Street, Collegeville. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is free. Visit www.ursinus.edu/berman.
Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing: The Festival of India runs 1 to 8 p.m. Aug. 20, with dance, music, food and culture and heritage displays. The Great Plaza is at Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Go to http://indiacouncil.org/festival-of-india. From noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 it’s the 30th annual Philadelphia Caribbean Festival, with music and other performances, fashion and cuisine representing 14 Caribbean islands. There will also be a marketplace of Caribbean souvenirs, arts and crafts, a “tings” Caribbean workshop; and a children’s corner, including an African/Caribbean children’s village enactment and maypole dancing. Visit http://phillycaribbeanfestival.com.
Tryzub Ukrainian American Sport Center: The 25th annual Ukrainian Folk Festival runs noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 28 at County Line and Lower State roads, Horsham. Elements of art, music and dance include pysanka Easter eggs, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and Vox Ethnika Orchestra. A public social dance is held 4:30 to 8. There will also be homemade Ukrainian foods and baked goods, a barbecue pit, picnic fare, a kids fun area, a vendors grove, arts and crafts displays and a bazaar, and live reenactments from Ukrainian history. Admission is $15, $10 for students, free to children under 15. Email email@example.com or go to www.tryzub.org.
Better Living Center: The 11th annual Chester Community Fair will be held 2 to 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at 501 Yarnall St., Chester. The fair will feature live music and spoken word, a back to school book bag give-away, a moon bounce, face painting, healthy food, a jerk chicken grill, community vendors, spiritual and mental counseling, healthy cooking classes and health screenings by Keystone First. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lansdale Founders Day: “Forging a Future” is the theme of this year’s Founders Day celebration 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 27. Activities include the Lansdale Farmers’ Market at the Hillcrest Shopping Center; the Festival of the Arts in Memorial Park; open houses at the borough municipal building, police station, Jenkins Homestead and Fairmount Fire Company; an FFC Water Battle; free admission to the pools at Fourth Street and White’s Road; a PennSuburban Health Expo on Susquehanna Avenue; a food truck festival on Green Street, a beer garden on Green Street; entertainment on Green Street and Century Plaza; and a fireworks display launched from Penndale Middle School.
Souderton Mennonite Homes: The 41st annual Chicken Barbecue and Gospel Music Festival is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 27. Highlights include a bake sale, a car show, a silent auction, children’s activities, a mommy market, food, the Phillie Phanatic and live music by Allegiance and The King’s Strings. Souderton Mennonite Homes is at 207 W. Summit St., Franconia Township. There will also be a hymn sing at 6 p.m. Aug. 28. For more information, call (215) 723-9881.
Heckler Plains Farmstead: Hecklerfest is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 20 at the historic site and park at 237 Landis Road, Lower Salford. There will be a double header of 1880s rules base ball, colonial craft displays and demonstrations, and a craft show.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: On Aug. 21, take a “High Style along the Schuylkill” tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Explore the fashionable lives of the early American owners of Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion and Woodford for $38, $30 for Art Museum members. Pick up and drop off happens at the West Entrance of the Art Museum, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. You can get tickets at the Visitor Services desk or register by calling (215) 235-7469.
Bikes and bicycles
Nuthin’ Fancy Motorcycle Festival: The event is held Aug. 19-21 at the Morwood Sportsman Club, 111 Wambold Road, Franconia Township. Highlights include live music, vendors, tent camping, 50/50s and beer. Gates open at 3 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $40, $20 for non-drinkers. Contact (215) 721-2726 or go to www.bikerlist.blogspot.com.
Iron Hill West Chester: On Aug. 20, hundreds of cyclists will challenge themselves on the streets of downtown West Chester during the annual Iron Hill Twilight Criterium. Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant is at Gay and High streets. Events throughout the day include the Rothman Institute Amateur Men’s Criterium, the Pro Women’s Criterium, the West Chester Dental Arts Kids Race for ages 3-10, the Tolsdorf Twilight Trike Challenge for adults, the Benchmark Community Festival, the Market Street Block Party between Church and Darlington streets, and the Kids Zone on East Gay Street. Visit http://greaterwestchester.com.
XFinity Live: En Vivo XFinity Live and El Zol 97.1-FM present the En Vivo Latin Music Festival 3 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27. There will be multiple stages with regional and national music talent, performance artists, food trucks, cooking demonstrations, salsa lessons, a car show and a family fun area. Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning merengue singer Elvis Crespo headlines the lineup, which also includes Jose Alberto “El Canario,” Bachata Heightz, and Edgar Joel. Tickets start at $15 and are available at www.xfinitylive.com. The venue is at 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia.
Tabora Farms: From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 21, it’s a Live Irish Festival with dancing, bagpipes, kids crafts and Irish food. Call (215) 249-3016 or go to www.tabora.farm. Tabora is at 1104 Upper Stump Road, Hilltown.
Green Lane Park: Philly Rock and Soul performs a free concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 in the park amphitheater. Bring your own seating. The park is near the intersection of routes 63 and 29, Marlborough Township.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: “Fernando Orellana: His Study of Life” is on view from Aug. 20-Nov. 6. It’s a site-specific installation in the Morris Gallery that features four robotic machines — outfitted with electromagnetic field, temperature, and infrared monitors — that attempt to interact with the ghost of Thomas Eakins a century after his death. “His Study of Life” also has some of Eakins’ personal possessions from PAFA’s archives. PAFA is at 118-128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia. See www.pafa.org.
Chaddsford Winery: A Summer Food Truck Festival happens 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 20 and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 21. There will be seven food trucks and live music. Admission is free and food is pay-as-you-go. Wine tastings are $10, $20 to try limited-release Artisan Series wines. Both tastings include keepsake glassware. The winery is at 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford.
American Swedish Historical Museum: Observe the Swedish tradition of an end of summer crayfish feast at 6 p.m. Aug. 26 at the museum, 200 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. The menu also features bread, cheese, potato salad and snaps. Tickets are $60. Go to www.americanswedish.org.
Bing Bing Dim Sum: The restaurant at 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia hosts a Dinner with Friends event as part of Brooklyn Brewery Mash Philly. It’s a one-night-only-menu paired with some of Brooklyn’s harder-to-find beers at 7 p.m. Aug. 25. Tickets are $45. Go to www.brooklynbrewerymash.com/philadelphia.
Night Out Restaurant Week: Aug. 19-28, restaurants in Fishtown, Northern Liberties and Penn’s Landing will offer three-course lunch specials for $20 and dinner specials for $35. Get details at http://nightoutrestaurantweek.com.
Scatter Joy Center for the Arts: Harleysville’s Dan Fione has done product and medical drawing, worked in advertising and publishing, produced art for manufacturing and design, illustrated textbooks and painted murals. A retrospective on his more than 30 years as a freelance illustrator opens Aug. 26 at the Scatter Joy Center for the Arts in Horsham at 305 Horsham Road. It continues through Sept. 21 and hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. See www.danfione.com or www.scatterjoyarts.org.
A play where?
Chester County Historical Society: The Resident Theater Company presents the musical “The Last 5 Years,” starring Meg McWhorter and Barry DeBois, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19-20 at 225 N. High St., West Chester. Tickets range from $22-$32. Go to www.rtcwc.org/the-last-five-years.html.
Sycamore Hill: Theater With a View has extended their run of Lisa D’Amour’s “Detroit,” staged entirely outdoors at the Sycamore Hill estate, 481 Ebelhare Road, Pottstown. Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. through Aug. 20, Aug. 24-27 and Aug. 31-Sept. 3. The production is “pay what you can,” with a suggested $25 donation. Visit www.theaterwithaview.com.
Birds of a feather
Norristown farm Park: A free Fall Migrants Bird Walk for ages 7 and up is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 20. Bring binoculars and waterproof shoes. Register at (610) 270-0215 and meet in parking lot No. 2.
Lorimer Park: A free Audubon Bird Town Bird Walk for ages 12 and up meets at 8 a.m. Aug. 21 at the park’s Welsh Road parking lot. Bring binoculars, if you have them. Register at (215) 947-3477.
By the water
Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park: Aug. 21 features a Crayfish Trap Workshop (materials will be provided) from 10 a.m. to noon, a Canoe/Kayak Float from 1 to 3 p.m. and an open house for the Locktender’s House from 3 to 4 p.m. Registration for the workshop is $15. Paddlers should meet in the boat launch parking lot and bring life jackets. Call to pre-register at (610) 917-0021.
Lorimer Park: A free Summer Stream Search for ages 5 and up is held at 2 p.m. Aug. 21. Wear water shoes or old sneakers. Register at (215) 947-3477 and meet at the bridge over Harper’s Run.
Norristown Farm Park: “Ladybugs for Little Ones” takes a look at insects associated with milkweed and includes a ladybug craft. Cost is $5 per child. Register at (610) 270-0215 and meet at the pavilions at 10 a.m. Aug. 22.
Upper Schuylkill Valley Park: A Butterfly Celebration will tell you about tagging, feeding and raising butterflies, and will feature a butterfly release, weather permitting. Check it out 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the park, 1600 Black Rock Road, Upper Providence.
WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN