Revisit the First Day of Summer and Make Music Upper Perk 2019!

Has it only been a month since the first day of summer? (And nearly twenty degrees cooler?) One month ago, on June 21, 2019, Make Music Upper Perk celebrated its seventh year of bringing the community together to make and share music. Over 300 musicians played over 135 sets over the course of 13 hours. And a roving band of seven photographers traveled around five towns and stopped at over twenty places to take pictures of so many of the people who were a part of the event.


The photographs are now available online, free to view and download. In some instances, where professionals have taken the photos, prints may be ordered from the photographers, as well. While some of the sites may require a password to enter or download the images, the passwords are free for the asking (and some are listed below).

  • Make Music Upper Perk 2019; Pixieset (Jake Wink, Susan Royer, Lee Schultz, Erin Dry, and Alex Foreman photographers) – to download photos; enter your email address and enter password – 3846
  • Art Olsen Photos  (Art Olsen photographer) – no password needed to enter site, just to download
  • Littlewing Studio  (Kristi Morris photographer) – password to enter site is 0621


Many of these photographs will be appearing on Facebook in the months ahead. And please, feel free to share your photographs from Make Music Upper Perk with us, via our Facebook page, or email them to us at and we’ll add them to the Pixieset gallery and/or Facebook.


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Jazz at New Gosh Park and Shakespeare in Green Lane (and a Moon Party!)

Like me, and many of our neighbors, you may have spent yesterday beginning the clean-up as the flood waters receded. There is a strong possibility that it will be a long process, so may I suggest you pace yourself, and plan on a few (free!) breaks in your weekend and week to take a breath and enjoy music, art, and the spoken word.

Tonight, the Red Hill Jazz Band is holding their 1st Annual Jazz Concert at the New Goshenhoppen Park band shell (W. Third Street in East Greenville), from 7-8 p.m. This Saturday (July 13, 2019) evening concert is open to the public free of charge.

The Red Hill Jazz Band is a smaller ensemble of musicians playing music from the era of the big bands all the way to more current renditions with a jazzy flare. You’ll recognize favorites from Elvis such as “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, to “Eye of the Tiger” from the Rocky soundtrack.

Don’t miss out on being part of the newest tradition the Red Hill Band has to offer with their first ever public jazz band concert.

Thursday night, July 18th, 2019, Green Lane Park amphitheater (by the tennis courts and playground) is hosting Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. The free open air performance begins at 6:30 p.m. Bring a blanket, or lawn chairs, and consider having a picnic before or during Commonwealth Classic Theatre Company’s show.

The city is adrift in moral decay. The Duke decides to go undercover as a holy man, leaving his holier than thou deputy, Angelo, in charge to harshly enforce the strict morality laws of the city. Angelo begins his rule by making an example of Claudio, sentencing him to death for getting his fiancé with child. Claudio’s sister Isabella, a young novitiate, pleads for his life. Hypocritically, Angelo agrees to spare Claudio but at great cost to Isabella. She has an impossible choice to make. Give up her innocence or give up her brother for execution.

In Shakespeare’s bawdy and witty, dark comedy, questions of mercy, justice, corruption of power, and religious hypocrisy are explored in a thrilling story line seemingly made for today. What are the human consequences of power in the wrong hands? How can the scales of justice and mercy be leveled fairly and humanely? Join us in exploring the questions that lay at the passionate heart of William Shakespeare’s timeless and timely work.

**Parental Discretion Advised: While we are sensitive to the family nature of outdoor performance and welcome all ages, CCTC is not a children’s theatre company. Shakespeare’s play deals with mature subject matter that you may not consider appropriate for your younger children. 

And don’t miss out on noting and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing (June 19) and walk on the moon (June 20). PBS has been running a wonderful series of documentaries on the subject, and various news and cable stations are following suit this weekend and week. Naturally science museums, among others, will also be marking the occasion. Locally, the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA (601 E Main Street) is hosting a free all day, and most of the night, free Moon Party with activities for all ages on Saturday, June 20, 2019, beginning at noon. While there, check out the current exhibit Science Fiction;   featuring the work of international artists who were all born in the 1960s and 70s, when the line between science and fiction seemed to blur in unprecedented ways. Admission to museum is alway free and open to the public.

The fun includes:

  • Food Trucks
  • Local Brewery Truck
  • Moon Bounce
  • Face Painting
  • Outdoor games, Art activities, Slime-making
  • Photo booth with an astronaut
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Solar Telescope
  • Virtual Moon Tours
  • Free Moon Pies
  • Raffles
  • Science Fiction Exhibition tours with curator Judith Hoos Fox
  • Hands-on fun with a NASA Solar System Ambassador
  • Attempt to call the International Space Station with the Education Alliance for Amateur Radio (EAAR)
  • Moon Observation Party with Ursinus Faculty (after dark)
  • Costume Contest: Wear your astronaut, Star Wars, Star Trek, or space-related costume for a chance to win a prize
  • Outdoor screening of the 1902 film, Trip to the Moon
  • Outdoor screening of the 2011 film, Hugo

Save the date, rain or shine!

You can check out other ongoing and upcoming music and theater performances in our area, as well as art exhibits, on this website.


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Rain or Shine (but we’re rooting for sunshine!)

Rain or Shine, Make Music Upper Perk will be celebrating the first day of summer, Friday, June 21st, with over 135 sets, over 300 musicians, over 13 hours, over 20 locations, in 5 towns, in one Upper Perkiomen Valley!

While there are five venues scheduled to host performances outside, if it rains the music will still go on – all but one at the same address, just moved inside. Musicians scheduled to play at the St. Mark’s Gazebo/Lawn will perform under the bandstand at the New Goshenhoppen Park, 3rd Street, East Greenville, if the weather prevents them from playing outside.

The music will be performed by folks of all ages, and there are several places where anyone can join in the singing and music making; Ukulele Workshop (ukes provided!) and Parent and Me Music Time at the Upper Perkiomen Library, Family Music at the YMCA, and two campfire sing-alongs (9 p.m. at Pennsburg UCC and New Goshenhoppen Park – if it rains, there will still be singing, but under cover, and probably no actual fire).

And remember, it’s all free, all open to the public, all day long!

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Festivals in the Sun – summer’s nearly here!

Wonderful weather for this weekend’s local arts festivals and events (and hopefully we’ll see the same next weekend, starting on Friday, June 21st for our own all day free music five town celebration at Make Music Upper Perk).

The free two-day annual Montgomery County Studio Tour, 20 studios showcasing 47 artists and their work, takes place this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16, 2019. Many studios are nearby, in Pottstown, Souderton, Lansdale, Collegeville, and in Green Lane – Brad Hendershot and Katharine Krieg share a studio at 5455 Hoppenville Road, Green Lane and will be hosting their open house from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.

We invite friends, families, art enthusiasts, and the curious to experience and meet a variety of outstanding artists as they exhibit their work during this free, two-day event. This unique and intimate opportunity provides unlimited access to the artists, and a clearer understanding of their stories and creative processes.

Allentown Art-in-the-Park is another free festival taking place today, where over 70 artists, professionals as well as high school and university students, show off (and sell) fine art and crafts ranging from sculpture to jewelry to glass to painting to repurposed pieces and more. There will be artist demonstrations and live performances by Repertory Dance Theater and the Allentown Band. Food and drink vendors will also be in the park. There is no admission charge. Art-in-the-Park takes place from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at West Park, 16th and Turner Streets, Allentown, PA.

Stahl’s Pottery holds their Summer Festival rain or shine from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. today, Saturday, June 15, 2019, Over 30 potters will show and sell their contemporary and traditional pottery, and demonstrate some of their techniques. There is a $4 admission charge for this event at 6826 Corning Road, Zionsville, Pa.

If you want to get out of the sun, this is the final day for the South Side Film Festival in Bethlehem, Pa. The most fascinating (and hard to find) films can be seen here; documentaries, short animated and live action films, locally made and independent films from around the world. The films are categorized by genre to make your viewing decisions slightly easier.

And Muhlenberg Summer Theater in Allentown (Bring it On; music and lyrics by Lin Manuel-Miranda) DCP in Telford (Shakespeare in Hollywood), and PA Shakespeare Festival in Center Valley (Crazy for You) all have productions opening this weekend.

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Support MMUP Raffle and Everyone Wins!

Make Music Upper Perk (MMUP) is holding a raffle to help fund this all volunteer, free to the public, all day celebration of music – just two weeks away!

By buying a ticket, not only do you have a chance at winning one of three music themed prizes, but you are helping Make Music Upper Perk bring everyone free musical performances all over the Valley, and all day from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m., on Friday, June 21, 2019 – and free music for all ages, performed by musicians of all ages, makes everyone a winner!

Tickets go on sale on Saturday, June 8th – stop by Redner’s Market, 6th Street, Red Hill, PA between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. where raffle tickets will be on sale in the lobby; $1 per ticket or 6 for $5. Tickets will also be on sale on June 21st at the MMUP t-shirt table in front of Java Bake & Company, 254 Main Street, East Greenville, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. The ticket drawing will be held at 8 p.m. during the Red Hill Band intermission on the lawn at St. Mark’s, Pennsburg, PA. Winners need not be present to win.

Wondering what you might win? Look below at our three music themed one-of-a-kind items! And don’t forget to come up and enjoy the music on Friday, June 21!


Quilt made and donated by Bea Gilbert

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Vinyl LP bowl made, painted, and donated by Jean Thobaben


limited edition fine art giclee print by Rebecca Rhodes (anonymous donor)

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Check out crafts (and strawberries, and funny cake) at New Goshenhoppen Strawberry Festival, Saucon Creek Arts Festival, and the Artisan Pop Up Shop at Steel Stacks – all this weekend!

Strawberries and ice cream, a home-made funny cake cake-walk, crafts, an auction, and so much more will be on hand, ending with an early evening concert by the Red Hill Band (5-7 p.m.)  – all happening Saturday, June 1, 2019, at New Goshenhoppen Park (3rd Street, East Greenville, PA) as part of the Annual Strawberry Festival . The gates open at 8 a.m. when the flea market and crafts open to the public (donuts, coffee, and breakfast sandwiches will be for sale in the dining hall in the park) – no admission fee. At 10 a.m. the “new item” auction in the bandstand kicks off. Rides, petting zoo, balloons, stilt walkers, and more children’s activities take place from noon to 6 p.m. Juli Kell’s Dance Center will be performing starting at 1:30 p.m.

The 5th annual Saucon Creek Arts Festival will be held rain or shine at Heller Homestead Park, 1890 Freidensvill Road, Bethlehem, PA from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. There is no admission charge. There will be live music, 50 juried artists, food trucks, and a kids activity area.  Tours may also be taken of the Heller Homestead House and Herb Garden.

SteelStacks in Bethlehem (101 Founders Way) is hosting an Artisan Pop-Up Shop on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, June 1 and 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Attendance is open to the public and free.

Concentration is on artisans whose work concentrates on the outdoors and nature. This includes but is not limited to: garden arts, pet items, pottery, outdoor recreation, photography, herbal crafts, glass, recycled materials, nature art, jewelry, paper making, and sculpture.


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Free admission this weekend for: Museums, Festivals, Concerts…

International Museum Day is this Saturday, May 18th, which means admission is free (!) to many museums and cultural institutions, like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum, 

Head over to Harleysville for COHS Fair Day and Pie Festival starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning, May 18, 2019. Over thirty local crafters and vendors will be set up at the Church of Holy Spirit, 2871 Barndt Road (corner of Sumneytown Pike and Barndt Road), Harleysville, PA, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will also be a car wash, children’s games, plant sale, food, “attic treasures,” and, of courses, a pie contest and pies for sale.

Enjoy live music, jugglers, kids crafts, strawberry-themed food, and the works of 50 artisans at Peddler’s Village 41st Annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.!  Pie-eating contests for adults and children will be held on both days at 3 p.m. Peddler’s Village shops will be open until 8 p.m. on Saturday. Admission and parking are free. Event is rain or shine.

The Valley Choral Society is singing on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2019. Their concert, Words of a Soul, will take one on a musical journey incorporating religious music, Marlowe’s poetry, text by Chief Seattle, and a piece or two from contemporary musicals, including; All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord, What a Wonderful World, Make Them Hear You (from the musical Ragtime), We are Made for Music, and Al Shlosha D’varim. Saturday’s concert begins at 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1565 Sleepy Hollow Road, Spinnerstown, PA. Sunday’s concert starts a little earlier, at 4 p.m. in Perkasie at Trinity Lutheran Church, 19 S. 5th Street. Tickets are not needed for either concert. There will be a free will offering collected during intermission.

The Red Hill Band’s 119th Annual Spring Concert starts their 2019 season on Sunday, May 19th at 4 p.m. in the Upper Perkiomen High School Auditorium, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA.  Admission is free.

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