The Berks-Mont News (

WEEKEND FUN GRAB BAG: Coming up next is a Mummers Mardi Gras Parade, music, art and more

By Brian Bingaman,, @brianbingaman on Twitter

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bring it home

Greater Philadelphia Expo Center: The Philly Home + Garden Show runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 16, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 17 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 18 at 100 Station Ave., Upper Providence. Special guests include Paige Davis of TLC’s “Trading Spaces” and Rachel Street of DIY Network’s “Philly Street Flippin’.” Admission is $10, $8 online at, free to children 12 and under.

Another parade?

Main Street, Manayunk: Manayunk Development Corporation hosts the fifth annual Mummers Mardi Gras Parade 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 25. Last year’s parade drew an estimated crowd of 15,000.

Walk in the park

Green Lane Park: Take a “Cabin Fever Hike” at 10 a.m. Feb. 24 to explore the woods along the Orange Trail. Along the way, search for signs of early spring animal activity in the woods. Since terrain ranges from rocky to potentially icy or muddy, you should wear appropriate footwear. This free hike is appropriate for ages 9 and up. Pre-registration is required by calling (215) 234-4528. Meet at the “Lost Corner” parking lot at Deep Creek and Snyder roads, Marlborough Township.

Art appreciation

Hill School Center for the Arts: Contemporary artist Mary Kane will talk about her artistic process and the works in her current show at the Boyer Gallery. Pottstown Area Artists Guild sponsors this free talk 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 20. The gallery is at 766 Beech St., near the intersection of Beech and Sheridan streets, Pottstown.

Woodmere Art Museum: Celebrate the illustration work of Philadelphia native Charles Santore with “Fifty Years of Art and Storytelling,” including his commercial work from the 1960s to his 2017 children’s book, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” theater posters, album covers and celebrity portraits made for TV Guide in the 1970s and 1980s. Located at 9201 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays and Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors 55+, free to children and students. Visit

Special month

National Constitution Center: Throughout February, the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, hosts a variety of programs in honor of African-American History Month. Visitors will learn about the history of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, the background of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, and key figures from the Civil Rights Movement. The interactive Breaking Barriers show examines the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson and other trailblazing African-Americans. At 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 it’s an America’s Town Hall Program “Landmark Cases Part 2: Historic Supreme Court Decisions,” featuring a panel discussion of cases, such as Plessy vs. Ferguson, which allowed racial segregation in public spaces, and other cases pertaining to the 14th Amendment. During February you can get discounted admission online for $10, $7.50 for youths 6-18 (tickets must be purchased in advance). Get free admission to the center on Presidents Day Monday, Feb. 19. Featured programs on Presidents Day include a Meet the Presidents Kids Town Hall, a Presidential Costume Contest and more. See

‘Good Night’ every day

Pottsgrove Manor: Sunset did not mean the end of the work day in colonial America. The exhibit “Good Night at the Manor” opens Feb. 24 and examines the evening work and routines of the Potts family and their household staff. Opening day includes a special introduction by curator Amy Reis at 4 p.m. This will be followed by candlelit tours of the manor. Experience the night as the Potts family would in an immersive experience for all ages. Located at 100 W. King St., Pottstown, Pottsgrove Manor is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call (610) 326-4014.

Heroes and villains

Wells Fargo Center: Marvel Comics fans of all ages, assemble for this live action battle to defend the universe from evil. Spider-Man, The Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with Doctor Strange in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands. Show times are 7 p.m. Feb. 16; 11 a.m. and 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 17; noon and 4 p.m. Feb. 18; and 3 p.m. Feb. 19. Check ticket availability at

Laugh it out

Quality Inn and Suites, West Chester: On Feb. 17 at Reactors Comedy Club comedian Bob Nelson is featured. He is know for his characters like Boxer Jiffy Jeff and Epps Epperman. The venue is at 943 S. High St., West Chester. Call (267) 374-0732 or visit

Local wine

Berks County Wine Trail: It’s a “Chocolate & Wine Pairing Event Weekend” noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 17-18 at a dozen wineries. Experience tastings of regional wines paired with a sweet array of chocolates and confections. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the event. Go to Also see for what each winery has planned.

Music highlights

The Highlands: A Tea & Symphony chamber music program is offered 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 25, showcasing music presented by members of the Copeland String Quartet and special guest, Dr. Kim Reighley. The performance will be held in the grand center hall of the 18th century Georgian mansion at 7001 Sheaff Lane, Whitemarsh. There will also be teas from Taste of Britain in Wayne, sweets and savories served during the intermission. Tickets are $25 for non-members. Call (215) 641-2687 or go to

Kimmel Center: “From Classical To Jazz with Branford Marsalis” is presented at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 in Verizon Hall. Tickets range from $35-$50.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is at 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Call (215) 893-1999 or go to

Merriam Theater: “Gobsmacked!” is an a cappella show with street corner harmonies, multi-track live looping, beatboxing and more. It takes the stage at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at 250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $29-$69. Visit

On stage

Santander Performing Arts Center: Cesar Millan, original host of the “Dog Whisperer” series and star of the “Cesar Millan’s Dog Nation” series on Nat Geo Wild, will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their canines in a live show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22. Tickets range from $54.50-$94.50. The venue is at 136 N. Sixth St., Reading. Call (610) 898-7299 or see

Ursinus College: Women on both sides of a war collectively resist the men waging that war. An update of the ancient Greek comedy, “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes, comes to the Lenfest Theater in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22-24 and 2 p.m. Feb. 25. Tickets are $8, $5 for seniors and students. Ursinus is at 601 E. Main St., Collegeville. Contact or (610) 409-3030.

Lansdale United Methodist Church: The Laymen Playmen will present “Peter Pan” at 8 p.m. Feb. 16, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 17, and 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the church at 300 N. Broad St., Lansdale. Proceeds benefit the Hatfield Pastors’ Fund that assists the less fortunate in the community. Ticket reservations can be made by calling (215) 368-9484, or visit

Want to submit an event? Email