WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Festivals, concerts, regatta and much more planned around the region

A scene from a past Strawberry Festival at Peddlers Village. This year’s event takes place May 20-21.
A scene from a past Strawberry Festival at Peddlers Village. This year’s event takes place May 20-21. SUBMITTED PHOTO
“Crevices” by Martha Wirkijowski, one of the works on display as part of the Cultural Council of Bucks County’s Celebration of the Arts Weekend.
“Crevices” by Martha Wirkijowski, one of the works on display as part of the Cultural Council of Bucks County’s Celebration of the Arts Weekend. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Get some fresh air

Peddler’s Village: Celebrate berry sweet traditions at the 39th annual Strawberry Festival 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20-21. The weekend features a variety of strawberry foods, a Strawberry Fields Fun Area for kids, a Strawberry Express Train, live music, dance performances, strawberry pie eating contests, an artisan marketplace and more. The village is near the intersection of Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.

Towamencin Day: The 2017 Towamencin Township Community Day is set for noon to 4 p.m. May 20 in Fischer’s Park, 2225 Bustard Road. Highlights include live music, a food court, inflatables, face painting and balloon animals, free pony rides, games, a magician, a free zip line and a dunk tank.

Norristown Farm Park: At 1 p.m. May 15 it’s “Birds for Beginners” for ages 3 and up. Hear a story and make a craft to go with the theme of the program. There is a $5 fee per child. Pre-registration is required by calling (610) 270-0215. Norristown Farm Park is at Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Meet at the pavilions.

Spruce Street Harbor Park: The Philadelphia summer-only pop-up village along the Delaware River waterfront at 301 S. Columbus Blvd. has a floating restaurant with fare from Garces Group, Federal Donuts, Chickie’s and Pete’s, Franklin Fountain and more; plus a beer garden, hammocks, a boardwalk, LED lights and a full entertainment schedule. Opening weekend May 12-14 brings the first annual UNIVESTival, an event with a tightrope and aerial show by Philly Circus, local arts companies, a magic show and live music. See www.delawareriverwaterfront.com.


Lorimer Park: On May 14 take a naturalist-led hike with mom and the rest of the family this Mother’s Day at 1 p.m. in Lorimer Park. Beginning at the ranger hut, the hike will cover a few scenic miles in the park. Wear sturdy footwear. This is a free event which is appropriate for adults and children 7 and older. Pre-registration is required by calling (215) 947-3477 or e-mailing lorimerpark@montcopa.org. The park is at 183 Moredon Road, Abington.

Einstein Medical Center Montgomery: A Walk and 5K Run through the Park on May 20 gathers at Einstein, 559 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., with the run at 9 and the 2.5-mile walk at 9:30. The walk and run both start at Norristown Farm Park. Family fun throughout the morning includes a balloon artist, music, prizes, airbrush tattoos and health and wellness activities. Go to advance.einstein.edu/walk5k or email events@einstein.edu.

Broad Street ReRun: The sixth running of the 5-mile race will be May 20, starting from The Pavilion Shopping Center on South Broad St., Lansdale. Registration is $30, $35 the day of the race. Packet pick up is available 3 to 7 p.m. May 19 at Physical Therapy & Wellness Institute, 730 S. Broad St. Following the 8:30 a.m. race, from 9:45 to 10, there will be an award ceremony where the top overall male and female will be presented with their award. Additionally, the top three male and female runners will receive awards from eight different age groups. Refer to http://broadstreetrerun.com.

Dad Vail Regatta: The rowing event on the Schuylkill River features participants from more than 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada May 12-13. Grandstands will be on the east side of the river on Kelly Drive, Philadelphia; follow the detours through Fairmount Park. Admission is free. Get more details at www.dadvail.org.

Eakins Oval/Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Philadelphia continues the fight against breast cancer May 14 with a 5K, a 5K walk, a one-mile fun walk and a kids dash. Registration is available online until 1 p.m. May 13 at www.komenphiladelphia.org/race.

Norristown Area High School: On May 21 runners of all ages can participate in the fourth annual Jake’s Run2Remember. Registration will take place by the gymnasium of high school. The course begins near the tennis courts on Eagle Drive, travel up towards Whitehall Road, through the Norristown Farm Park, back across Whitehall Road, down Eagle Drive and finish near the football field in the athletic parking lot. Proceeds benefit the Jason S. Moletzsky Memorial Fund and the Coast Guard Foundation Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund.

Take a taste

Citizens Bank Park: The first annual All Star Craft Beer and Wine Festival runs 3 to 7 p.m. May 20 at the Phillies ballpark at 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia. Enjoy giveaways, activities, more than 100 craft beer and wine vendors from around the world, food vendors, musical entertainment and appearances by the Phillie Phanatic. Making you feel like even more like a ballpark VIP will be free parking, a voucher for two Phillies tickets and an opportunity to “walk the bases” and get your picture in the Phillies dugout. Tickets are $45, $25 for designated drivers. Proceeds benefit the Fraternal Order of Police and The Barkann Family Healing Hearts Foundation. Get complete details at www.ballparkfestival.com.

Movie highlights

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks: River Jazz begins at 7:15 p.m. May 16 with “Chasing Trane,” a documentary about John Coltrane with Denzel Washington, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Bill Clinton and McCoy Tyner, in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Take a peek at the entire River Jazz series at www.steelstacks.org/festivals/riverjazz.

Colonial Theatre: Thirty years after being set ablaze during her prom queen crowning, the vengeful ghost of Mary Lou Maloney returns to settle a score with the new student body of Hamilton High in the R-rated 1987 movie “Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II” at 9:45 p.m. May 12. The theater is at 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Call (610) 917-1228.

Sense of humor

Santander Performing Arts Center: A three-time Emmy winner as Uncle Phil on “Mad about You,” and a Tony-winner for Broadway’s “The Producers,” see Mel Brooks live on stage for an inside look at his career, and the making of his comedy “Blazing Saddles” at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. “Blazing Saddles” will be presented on the big screen, followed by a conversation and audience Q&A with Brooks. Tickets range from $83.50-$129. Visit www.santander-arena.com/tickets.

Keswick Theatre: What began as a group of satirical congressional staffers looking to ease the stress of today’s major issues turned into The Capitol Steps. Their new show “Orange is the New Barack” is presented at 8 p.m. May 20 at the Keswick, 291 N Keswick Ave., Glenside. Tickets range from $32.50-$82.50. Visit www.keswicktheatre.com.

In concert

Ardmore Music Hall: The 2017 Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest presents it’s Finals Showcase at 3 p.m. May 21 at 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. The finalists are a mix of local and regional artists who had to use a theme of “ Songs of Our Time.” Advance tickets are $15. Go to www.ardmoremusic.com.

Pottstown High School: The Spring Night of Pop, Rock & Doo Wop features Quiet Storm, The Dubs, Kid Kyle, Charlie Thomas’ Drifters, The Duprees, Larry Chance & The Earls and The Demensions at 6 p.m. May 20 in the school’s Davenport Performing Arts Center, 750 N. Washington St., Pottstown. Tickets are $45, $55 for reserved seating. Call (610) 306-9361.

Perkasie Mennonite Church: The Perkasie Patchwork Coffeehouse presents The Kreider Trio and Hot Soup at 7:30 p.m. May 20 at 320 W. Chestnut St., Perkasie. Cost is $12, $10 for seniors over 65, $6 for students 13 and up. Desserts and drinks are available. A portion of the proceeds supports Pennridge FISH. Visit www.perkmenno.net.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts: The Mann’s summer season kicks off with the free “Music Among Us” with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. May 13. The Curtis Symphony Orchestra is joined by Play On, Philly! and The Rock School for Dance Education. The Mann is in West Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave., Philadelphia. Go to www.manncenter.org.

Glen Foerd on the Delaware: A Mother’s Day Concert at the Mansion features Broadway favorites performed by Jeffrey Uhlig and Krissy Fraelich at 1 p.m. May 13. Tickets for the concert, which will be held in Glen Foerd mansion’s historic drawing room at 5001 Grant Ave., Philadelphia, will be available at the door for $15. Visit www.glenfoerd.org or call (215) 632-5330.

Imperial’s Catering: It’s a Mothers Day Dinner Dance with First Ladies of Rock & Soul May 13. Dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. with the show at 8:30. Tickets are $40. Call (610) 570-6141. Imperial’s Catering is at 40 E. First Ave., Trappe.

Bryn Mawr College: The Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges will perform their annual Commencement Concert at 8:30 p.m. May 12 in Thomas Great Hall, 101 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. Admission is free. Call (610) 896-1011 or visit www.haverford.edu/music/concerts-events.

Church of the Holy Spirit: A Scottish music concert by the Jameson Sisters, featuring Ellen Tepper on harp and singer and instrumentalist Terry Kane, starts at 7:30 p.m. May 12 at the church, 2871 Barndt Road at Sumneytown Pike, Upper Salford. A freewill offering will be taken and there will be a post-concert reception. Call (215) 234-8020 or visit www.churchoftheholyspirit.us.

Art appreciation

Wayne Art Center: The Plein Air Festival 2017 Exhibition and Sale runs May 15-June 24. Take time to view this year’s Plein Air Festival paintings of familiar scenes at your own pace. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. All artwork will be available for purchase. Wayne Art Center is at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne.

Yellow Springs: The Yellow Springs Art Show continues 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 14 at 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs. Browse paintings, drawings, graphics, sculpture and ceramic art. Visit www.yellowsprings.org or call (610) 827-7414.

Exhibit B Gallery: The new Souderton gallery at 105 N. Main St. celebrates its grand opening 5 to 9 p.m. May 19. The work of 15 local artists, in a variety of media, will be on display along with live music and refreshments.

Barn Studio Gallery: The Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County presents the “Celebration of the Arts Weekend” at The Barn Studio Gallery on the historic Gronendahl Farm, 4783 Landisville Road, Doylestown. The Member Art Show will be on display and open to the public from 1 to 7 p.m. May 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 20 and noon to 4 p.m. May 21. A “Four Elements” Quick Draw competition is a plein air paint-out open to professionals and amateurs noon to 5 p.m. May 20. While strolling through the exhibition, observing the painters at work, enjoying the surroundings and listening to music, sample libations from Hewn Spirits and Bucks County Brewery. A Meet and Greet the Artists Afternoon Tea happens May 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Detailed information is available at www.bucksarts.org.

LGBTQ pride

New Hope and Lambertville Celebrate Pride: Now in its 14th year, the week-long event May 14-21 includes an LGBT history exhibit, an Art Walk Tour, a cocktail contest, a high heel race and a Pride Parade on May 20 that starts on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River in Lambertville and crosses over to New Hope for a Pride Fair featuring international entertainers and family fun. Get the full schedule at www.newhopecelebrates.com.