Weekend Fun Grab Bag: Fun at The Carousel at Pottstown, Easter Egg-citement and more

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North Penn High School: The 26th International Spring Festival is held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the school, 1340 Valley Forge Road, Towamencin. Highlights include international foods, music, entertainment, a health fair and children’s activities. Admission is free. Get more details at www.internationalspringfestival.com.

New in town
The Carousel at Pottstown: Ride a restored 1905 Philadelphia Toboggan Co. carousel at 30 W. King St., Pottstown. Enjoy refreshments from a trolley car snack bar or play child-friendly arcade games. Open noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, closed April 16 and 22. Take selfies with the Easter Bunny April 15. Call (610) 323-6099.

Signs of spring
Peddler’s Village: The Spring Fling Festival runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22-23. Savor local seasonal foods, spruce up with home and garden displays, chill out with friends and family at Earl’s Beer Garden and treasure hunt for an original handcrafted work at the Artisans Market. Treat the kids to inflatables, musical flash mobs, boardwalk-style food and live entertainment. The whole family can catch the Earth Day buzz with the Bucks County Beekeepers Association presentations and explore Nature’s Recyclers with the Bucks County Audubon Society. The village is at Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. For more information, visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.

Peter Wentz Farmstead: A Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 includes the annual sheep shearing day, tours of the historic house, open hearth cooking, live colonial music, colonial crafts, a Punch and Judy puppet show and a food truck. Check it out at 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester. Suggested donation is $2 per person.

Easter egg-citement
Everhart Park: A free egg hunt gets underway at 4 p.m. April 15 at Miner and Brandywine streets, West Chester. There will be snacks and prizes. Call (610) 696-0554 or visit www.firstpreswc.com.
Stenton: Stenton’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is on for 1 p.m. April 15 at 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia. The event includes natural egg dyeing, crafts and games. Admission is free. Reservations are required as space is limited. All ages are welcome, but egg hunts are appropriate for children under 12. Children should bring their own baskets. RSVP at (215) 329-7312 or programs@stenton.org.

SteelStacks: Families are invited to enjoy a free Peeps hunt and brunch starting at 10 a.m. April 16 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. There will also be a later brunch seating at 12:45 p.m. After brunch, hop on over to the Levitt Pavilion for the Peeps hunt. Start time is 1 p.m. for ages 3 and under, 1:30 p.m. for ages 4-7,and 2 p.m. for ages 8-12. Guests can bring their own baskets and bags. Cost is $34.95 for ages 13 and older, $13.95 for ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Live entertainment will be provided by Dan Wilkins. Reservations must be made in advance by calling (610) 332-3378.
Art in tumultuous times

Philadelphia Museum of Art: “Witness: Reality and Imagination in the Prints of Francisco Goya” opens April 22 and continues through Sept. 6. Goya witnessed decades of political turmoil and social upheaval in Spain as court painter to four successive rulers. Located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, till 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Admission is $20, $18 for seniors 65+, $14 for students and youths 13-18. See www.philamuseum.org.

In concert
Pennridge High School: The North Pennsmen Barbershop Chorus presents their spring show, “On Broadway,” with The Liberty Belles at 7:30 p.m. April 21 and 2 p.m. April 22 at the school, 1228 N. Fifth St., Perkasie. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students, free for children 12 and younger who enter with an adult and hold a complementary ticket issued in advance or at the door. Add $3 for each adult, senior and student ticket purchased at the door. Call (215) 393-1940.

Chesco Pops: The pops will be joined by Navy Band Commodores trombonist Benjamin Ford in a concert program including Gershwin songs and music from “Guys and Dolls” at 7 p.m. April 22 at Downingtown West High School, 445 Manor Ave., Downingtown and 3 p.m. April 23 at Phoenixville Middle School, 1330 Main St., Phoenixville. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors 60+, free to children and students. Visit www.chescopops.org.

Ardmore Music Hall: At 9 p.m. April 15 David Uosikkinen and his band of Philly all-stars, In The Pocket, will debut their new song, a version of Kenn Kweder’s “Man on the Moon,” along with a video documentary, at 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. The band lineup is scheduled to feature Tommy Conwell, Jeffrey Gaines and Kenn Kweder, and members of The A’s, The Soul Survivors, Beru Revue and more. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of show. Visit www.ardmoremusic.com/event/1413813-david-uosikkinens-in-pocket-ardmore or call (610) 649-8389. For more information go to http://songsinthepocket.org.

VE Club: From 4 to 7 p.m. April 23 the Franklinville Schwarzwald Männerchor and Damenchor Wald-Echo (German men’s and women’s chorus) will hold a concert featuring choral music, Viennese, folk, popular and classical music at 130 Davisville Road, Warminster. After the concert there will be dancing to the accordion music of Don Bitterlich. Food and drink, including a full bar, are available for purchase. Cost is $12. Call Mark at (610) 659-8721.

Supplee Presbyterian Church: The Ambler Choral Society presents “Beautiful Music: Our Celtic Heritage” at 3 p.m. April 23 at 855 E. Welsh Road, Upper Dublin. Tickets are $20, $15 for children. Go to www.amblerchoralsociety.org.

Haverford College: The Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chorale and ChORALE Orchestra will perform their Spring Concert, featuring Michael Tippett’s “A Child of Our Time,” at 3 p.m. April 23 in the Roberts Hall Marshall Auditorium, 370 Lancaster Ave., Haverford. Admission is free. Call (610) 896-1011 or visit www.haverford.edu/music/concerts-events.

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: The band This Way to the Egress performs a new live soundtrack for the 1936 movie “Reefer Madness,” a film that was originally intended to be a warning against marijuana use. The event happens at 8:30 p.m. April 20 in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets are $15, $14 for students. See www.steelstacks.org/event/2251/soundtrack-comes-alive-this-way-to-the-egress-in-front-of-reefer-madness or call (610) 297-7100.

This Way to the Egress performs new live music for the parts of “Reefer Madness” that have no dialogue.

Knauer Performing Arts Center: “The Summer Club” features a swinging evening hearkening back to the big band era with Jeff Coon, J.P. Dunphy and some of their most friends from Philadelphia and New York along with a 17-piece, live band. Doors at 226 N. High St., West Chester, open at 7 p.m. April 21. Admission is $35.
Big screen

Centre Theater: On April 15 the theater at 208 DeKalb St., Norristown, will launch a new Kid’s Movie Club on the first floor in a newly renovated space that holds 40. On the third Saturday of every month beginning at 10:30 a.m. children of all ages are invited to the theater to see a special selection free of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult. “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” starring Dwayne Johnson, will be the first movie. Doors will open at 10. Reservations are recommended. There is free street parking and a parking garage is near by. You can bring your own snacks. Water and juice will be available for purchase. Email centretheater@gmail.com.
Be a superhero

Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library: Comic Fest 2017 is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22, with activities for all ages. Create your own superhero costume, read to a superhero therapy dog, attend Hero School and more at 1001 Powell St., Norristown. For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.mc-npl.org.
Run for kids

Norristown Farm Park: The Run For the KIDS Montgomery County will be held at 9 a.m. April 22. This 5K run/1-mile walk is held in support of neglected, abused and abandoned children. For more information, visit http://runforthekidsmontco.org.

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