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WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Enjoy hippo-themed games, plenty of art; plus Mummers in Manayunk

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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On view
Wayne Art Center: “Expressions of Radnor 2017,” “Art Work by Frank Bernard” and “Elisabeth Braun: Deep Space” will be on display Feb. 21-March 18 in the Davenport Gallery. The opening of all three exhibitions will be celebrated 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 26. This event is free, and offers the public a chance to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments. The Wayne Art Center galleries are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The center is at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Call (610) 688-3553, email info@wayneart.org or visit www.wayneart.org.
Chadds Ford Gallery: “Passages,” paintings of various means of travel by 11 artists, can be seen through Feb. 26 at 1609 Baltimore Pike (Route 1), Chadds Ford. Call (610) 388-2412 or visit www.awyethgallery.com.
Barnes Foundation: “Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie” features works by more than 50 international artists who have taken to the street to play detective, make maps, scavenge and shop for new materials, launch guerrilla campaigns, and make spectacles of themselves to speak to issues such as commodity fetishism, gentrification, gender politics, globalization, racism and homelessness. Check it out Feb. 25-May 22 in the Roberts Gallery, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. General admission includes access to the exhibition and is $25, $23 for seniors, $10 for youth 6-18, 0-5 free, and free weekday access for college students with valid ID. Book tickets at (215) 278-7000 or www.barnesfoundation.org. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays.
James A. Michener Art Museum: “Light & Matter: The Photographic Object” opens Feb. 18, and explores photography being used as sculpture, rather than being printed out or stored as digital files. Some of the artists take the idea a step further, using technology, such as our smart phones and new virtual reality platforms that further confuse physical space, showing us how the shallow space of the screen can be misleading in its process of sculptural perception. It runs through June 25 in the Fred Beans Gallery, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for youths 6-18. Call (215) 340-9800.
Brandywine River Museum of Art: “From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art” is on display Feb. 25-May 21. The exhibition reflects the diversity of style and expression in American art created between 1870 and 1950. The museum is off of Route 1, Chadds Ford. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for students and children ages 6-18, free on the first Sunday of the month. Visit www.brandywine.org or call (610) 388-2700.
On the wild side
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Sportshow runs noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 23-24, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 26. This family-friendly event includes fishing, hunting, archery, boat, RV, hiking and taxidermy experts, Jeff “the Bear Man” Watson and his 700-pound grizzly bear and more. Admission is $12, $3 for children 5-11. The center is at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Go to www.sportshows.com/philadelphia.

The two resident hippos at Adventure Aquarium.

Adventure Aquarium: It’s a Hippo Awareness Weekend Feb. 18-20 at 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, N.J. Among the activities celebrating the aquarium’s two hippos will be new hippo-themed games with a conservation message, as well as crafts in the Blue Mile. Displays will be set up in Hippo Haven featuring Genny and Button’s daily diet, a behind-the-scenes look at hippo painting in action and the hippos’ favorite treats, underwater target training, ice block interaction, hose spray play and more. To purchase tickets online, visit www.adventureaquarium.com.
More mummers
Main Street, Manayunk: The mummers’ string bands will parade down Main Street in Manayunk 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 18. The annual event is a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration. The parade will start at Shurs Lane and proceed down the length of Main Street. Refer to www.mummersmardigras.com.
Folk medicine
Glencairn Museum: “Powwowing in Pennsylvania: Healing Rituals of the Dutch Country” opens Feb. 18, and runs Tuesdays through Sundays through Oct. 29 at 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn. Learn about this healing tradition and 300 years of Pennsylvania Dutch culture through artifacts, documents and photos. Call (267) 502-2990 for hours and information, or visit www.glencairnmuseum.org.
On stage
Merriam Theater: “Shen Yun: Connecting Heaven & Earth” runs Feb. 18-26 at the Merriam, 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Get tickets and more information at (844) 888-SHOW and www.shenyunperformingarts.org/philadelphia/merriam-theater.
Cheyney University: Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will perform “Young, Gifted and Black: A Transformative Experience,” comprised of new dance works by living choreographers of color at Cheyney, at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 as part of the university’s Arts & Lectures series. The performance will be in the Marian Anderson Music Center, 1837 university Circle, Cheyney. Tickets are $25 and are available at https://cu-arts-and-lectures-series.ticketleap.com/dayton-contemporary-dance-company/dates/Feb-22-2017_at_0700PM. Cheyney University students, faculty and staff get in free with ID.
SALT Performing Arts: Catch “Seussical the Musical Jr.” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17-18 and Feb. 24-25, 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26 at 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs. For tickets and more information, visit www.saltpa.com/suessical-the-musical-jr.
Lansdale United Methodist Church: The 30th anniversary Laymen Playmen production is “The Wizard of Oz” at 8 p.m. Feb. 17; 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 18, and 2 p.m. Feb. 19. The church is at 300 N. Broad St., Lansdale. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors 65+ and students 6-18, $5 for children. Proceeds benefit the Hatfield Pastors’ Fund to assist the less fortunate. Call (215) 368-9484.
Live music
Santander Performing Arts Center: What if The Beatles had reunited 10 years after their break-up? “Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles” answers that question at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the center, 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. Tickets range from $29-$113. Go to www.santander-arena.com. Learn more about the show at www.letitbelive.com.
Montgomery County Community College: Jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimèe is in concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 in the Science Center Theater, Morris Road and DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Go to www.mc3.edu/lively-arts or call (215) 641-6518.
World Cafe Live: The Harlem Quartet will collaborate with Latin jazz percussionist Arturo Stable at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $25, $18 for students. Visit www.liveconnections.org.
Haverford College: Pianist Sean Chen will perform a program including Mozart, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven at 3 p.m. Feb. 26 in Roberts Hall’s Marshall Auditorium, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students, $5 for youths 7-17. Call (610) 896-1011 or check www.haverford.edu/music.
Valley Forge VFW Post 7878: On Feb. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. it’s a St. Valentine’s Month celebration at the VFW, 471 Church Road, King of Prussia, featuring dinner, the sounds of Sinatra, doo-wop and vintage soul; and dancing. Entertainment will be by Larry DiSalvi, a 10-year performer with The Duprees. A cash bar will be available. Admission is $25. Contact Bob at (484) 889-8337 or bhumes0912@aol.com for information and tickets.
State Theatre, Boyertown: Tachyonmetry, an alternative folk group from Bucks County, will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 25 at 61 N. Reading Ave., Boyertown. Tickets are $10 and are on sale at www.statetheatrepreservation.com, Patsy’s Potpourri of Gifts, Barry Bachman Music Store, Peppermint Stick, Zimmers Pets and The Center at Spring Street. Call (484) 415-5517 or email statetheatrepreservation@gmail.com.
Swarthmore College: Roomful of Teeth, a Grammy-winning project that performs classical singing, throat singing and even yodeling, presents a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 in the Lang Music Building Concert Hall, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. For reservations, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/roomful-of-teeth-performance-tickets-29417325011.
Fresh air
Lorimer Park: At 8 a.m. Feb. 21 explore an official Audubon IBA (Important Bird Area) during an Audubon Bird Town Bird Walk. All are welcome, including new birders. Participants are encouraged to bring their own binoculars. This free program is suitable for ages 12 and older. Preregistration is preferred by emailing lorimerpark@montcopa.org or calling (215) 947-3477. Lorimer Park is at 183 Moredon Road, Abington.
Norristown Farm Park: at 1 p.m. Feb. 22 take a look at geology with the program “Rocks Big and Small.” This event is appropriate for ages 3 and older, accompanied with an adult. Pre-registration is $5 per child. Call (610) 270-0215. Meet in the salt wing of the barn. Norristown Farm Park is at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton.
Green Lane Park: Are you getting cabin fever? Bundle up and join a free “Cabin Fever Hike” at 10 a.m. Feb. 25 on the Orange Trail in Green Lane Park. Warm and sturdy footwear is recommended, as the trail can be muddy in certain places. The program will meet at the “Lost Corner” parking lot, Deep Creek Road and Snyder Road, Marlborough Township. This program is appropriate for adults and children 9 and older. To pre-register, call (215) 234-4528.
Winter chores … and fastnachts?
Peter Wentz Farmstead: How hard was winter for a Pennsylvanian German family in colonial times? Find out between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester. Work still took place outside, while other chores occurred inside an only slightly warmer house. One of the indoor chores was preparing for the start of Lent by using some of the indulgent ingredients in the kitchen, such as butter, sugar, eggs and potatoes to produce fried potato donuts. Hearth cook Deborah Peterson will make these and other pre-Lenten treats in the Summer Kitchen. Tours of the historic Wentz home will be offered on the hour throughout the day, with a focus on the different methods of staying warm during the 18th century. The tour will finish in the outer kitchen where additional activities will be demonstrated. Watch as the staff makes tallow candles made from beef fat and prepares a hearty soup with herbs and vegetables dried during the growing season. Suggested donation is $2 per person.
Prep for spring
Scott Arboretum: Learn about “Renovating a Garden” 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Wister Center, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Cost is $30. To register go to www.scottarboretum.org or call (610) 328-8025.
Get in free
National Constitution Center: Admission will be free on Presidents Day Monday Feb. 20 at the center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia. Visitors can celebrate Presidents Day Weekend Feb. 18-20 with a variety of special family-friendly programs and activities, including arts and crafts, interactive games, Presidential Tours, a Kids Town Hall program and a Presidential Costume Contest. February also marks African-American History Month, with interactive programs like the “Breaking Barriers” show and a Giant Game Board activity. Get the schedule for the day you’re planning to attend at (215) 409-6700 or visit www.constitutioncenter.org.
Culinary wizardry
SteelStacks: Seventeen restaurants will serve up dishes made with Girl Scout Cookies during the third annual Girl Scout Cookie Crunch 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 26. Included are savory fare like lemon ricotta gnocchi made with Lemonades and Caribbean chicken meatballs with roasted tomato sauce and Caramel deLITES, as well as sweet treats like strawberry shortcake cream cheese bites featuring Shortbreads and Lemonades. Sample the culinary creations and vote for your favorites. Youths 18 and under can also vote for the winner of the Kid’s Choice Award. All adult guests will take home a box of the new S’Mores cookies, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scout cookie sale. The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets are $30, $15 for children 12 and under and active Girl Scouts 17 and under. Go to www.steelstacks.org/cookiecrunch or call (610) 332-3378.

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