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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.
Cooper River Park: The first annual John DeBella Tomato Fest is held noon to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Pennsauken, NJ park, 5300 N. Park Drive. Highlights include a Tomato Queen beauty contest; a tournament of Bump Ball to decide whether it should be called tomato sauce or tomato gravy; contests for biggest tomato, best tomato sauce, best salsa contests, Mr. Tomato Head and best tomato pie; dunking John DeBella Show member Super Steve in the dunk tank; beer and cocktails; and rotten tomato target practice. See www.wmgk.com.
Fairmount Park: The second Philadelphia Jerk Festival will be held noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 28. The multicultural, family-oriented celebration offers an opportunity to experience of Caribbean and Jerk cultures and traditions in the Philadelphia and adjoining areas with food, games, live entertainment, a kids zone, costumed walkabouts, face painting, souvenirs, arts and crafts and more. For more, go to www.philadelphiajerkfest.com.
Slice of Scandinavia
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.
Vasa Park: The 32nd annual Scandinavian Fest is held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at the park, 92 Wolfe Road, Budd Lake, NJ. Entertainment is covered or indoors and features re-enactors, dancers, a Viking boat, kids activities, Nordic foods, a 62-vendor Scandinavia marketplace and more. Tickets are $11 in advance at www.scanfest.org, $14 at the gate, $13 for seniors, free to children under 12 and anyone in authentic regional Nordic folk-dress.
Horror of horrors
Colonial Theatre: The home of “The Blob” at 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, announces its fifth annual Italian All Night Splatterfest, starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 and featuring 35 mm screenings of Lucio Fulci’s “Zombie,” Massimo Dallamano’s “What Have You Done to Solange?”, Juan Piquer Simón’s “Pieces,” Michele Soavi’s “Cemetery Man” and Claudio Fragasso’s “Troll 2.” There will also be an Italian themed meal for VIP ticket holders, special merchandise and prizes. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors and students. VIP tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the door. Children under 13 will not be admitted. See www.thecolonialtheatre.com.
Grab your camera
Green Lane Park: A free “Bugs & Blooms” photography outing for ages 12 and up meets at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 in the fly fishing area, off Church Road. All skill levels are welcome and you need to preregister at (215) 234-4528.
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.
Peter Wentz Farmstead: A Laerenswert lecture, “Cherished Paintings & Revolutionary War Propaganda,” starts at 2 p.m. Aug. 28. How accurate were the images of the Revolution that we saw in textbooks? Did the artists have a hidden agenda? The site is off of Shearer Road, Worcester. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Call (610) 584-5104.
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.
Chaddsford Winery: Enjoy food from Luigi and Giovanni’s, live music and wine during the Labor Day Music Fest 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 3, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 4-5 at the winery, 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford. Admission is $10 (free for children), and includes your first glass of wine. Additional wine and food purchases are pay-as-you-go. Performing Sept. 3 will be Beaucoup Blue and Tap Room Trio. Performing Sept. 4 will be Casey Alvarez and Ryan Tennis. Performing Sept. 5 will be Hake & Jarema and Roger Girke.
Merwood Park: Singer/songwriters Jill Sobule and Christine Havrilla will take the stage for the Haverford Concert in the Park at 6 p.m. Aug. 27. The park is at Wynnefield Lane and Cherry Lane in Havertown. Tickets are $10, free to children 12 and under. Visit http://kellymusicforlife.org/events. Concessions will be available, or you can bring your own refreshments.
Norristown Farm Park: A free Fall Migrants Bird Walk for ages 7 and up is set for 8 a.m. Aug. 28. Bring binoculars and wear waterproof shoes. Pre-register at (610) 270-0215 and meet in Parking Lot No. 2.
Green Lane Park: A free Star and Night Sky Watch for ages 6 and up with the Bucks-Mont Amateur Astronomers starts at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 1 (rain/cloud date Sept. 3) at the park in Marlborough Township. Telescopes will be provided and binoculars are welcome. Meet in the Red Trail parking lot on Knight Road.
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.
Studio B: The studio at 39-A E. Philadelphia Ave., Boyertown, announces “ Transitory Collective,” a show of woodcut and linoleum prints by 11 local artists known for their work in other disciplines. The exhibit from their first print exchange opens Sept. 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. and runs through Sept. 11. Participating artists include Susan Biebuyck, Miles DeCoster, Liz Edwards, Suzanne Fellows, Amy Forsyth, Sarah Gersbach, Sharon McGinley, Suzanne Molyneux, Abby Ryder, Lauralynn White and Kristen T. Woodward. Printed collaboratively, the only criteria for the exhibit is the orientation of the matching frames. Each hand-made print in this exhibit is from an edition of 25. Each artist chose his/her own theme. Unframed, signed prints will be available. At Studio B, the prints and plates will be exhibited in pairs. Artists’ talks, demonstrations and workshops illuminating the process will be announced. The schedule of offerings can be found on www.studiobbb.org or @Studio B on Facebook.
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.
Norristown Farm Park: “Dragons and Damsels” at 2 p.m. Aug. 28 means dragonflies and damselflies. Bring an insect net and a large bug jar for this free program for ages 6 and up. Pre-register at (610) 270-0215 and meet in Parking Lot No. 3.
WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN