Steampunk in Allentown, and Peeps Art in Peddler’s Village!

Don’t miss the free Steampunk Street Fair and Scavenger Hunt at Arts Park (downtown, by Allentown Art Museum on 5th Street, a block off Hamilton) in Allentown, PA, Saturday afternoon,  April 20th, 2019. There will be live music, street performers, vendors, steampunk fashion, and more – starting at noon tomorrow and winding up around 5 p.m.

The Allentown Steam City “Scavenger Hunt “ is an outdoors event and is FREE to the PUBLIC.

We wanted to let everyone know that, although, we plan on having an AWESOME Scavenger Hunt, we will also have a FUN Steampunk Children’s Area. The Silent Disco, Great Food, Memorable Music and LOTS of SURPRISES in store for EVERYONE!

Head towards New Hope to Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA anytime this weekend (or next) to check out, and vote on, sculptures, dioramas, and wall art made out of Peeps! Peeps in the Village is a 12-day exhibit, so you’ll have until April 28th to see all 70 artworks in competition, including a marshmallow Phillies Phanatic,  and Game of Thrones diorama created out of multi-colored rabbit and chick Peeps, and a Peep astronaut recreating the first moon landing. Read the Philadelphia Inquirer article for more details, if you still aren’t convinced its worth the drive.

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48 hours left to Register to Play at MMUP2019! (Volunteers meet May 4th)

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Musician registration for this year’s Make Music Upper Perk closes at midnight on Saturday night, April 20th, 2019! All musicians are welcome, including amateurs and professionals; all ages from 3 years old to 100, playing and singing all types of music from folk to Celtic to punk rock; jazz to pops orchestra to Sousa. And we’re still hoping for a bagpiper to sign up to play at some point during our daylong, valley-wide, free celebration of music!

Make Music Upper Perk doesn’t happen without volunteers, as well as musicians. Volunteers have been busy putting up signs, designing maps, taking photographs, arranging for sound systems for various venues, and more! If you’d like to be part of MMUP2019, working before, during, or after June 21, 2019; behind the scenes or out front as a site host introducing the musicians, come to our next Volunteer Meeting – Saturday, May 4, 2019 – beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Pennsburg UCC (775 Main Street, Pennsburg, PA), in the social hall. Read more about volunteer opportunities and sign up online. Or just show up at the meeting and hear about how you can be a part of the band!

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Theater for Families (and others)

The Lion King, Jr – a slightly shortened version of the Broadway musical, adapted for younger audiences and recommended for ages 2 and up – is on stage this weekend only, at the beautifully renovated art-deco Civic Theater at 19th Street, Allentown, PA. Run time is 90 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission. The show features a student cast.

The Princess King continues its stage run at DeSales University (2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley, PA) through April 16, 2019. Tickets for the one hour play may be bought online. There is also “special carpet seating;” Children can get a front row seat for the fun with on-stage carpet seating. Seating is first come, first serve. Performances are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., on Tuesday, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Shows sell out quickly, so buy your tickets online (or call the box office).

Come curl up with a bedtime story as our senior theatre majors present The Princess King – a tale of love, loyalty, and a little bit of lasagna! Join Princess Genevieve and Henry the Cook, as the two take on a competition to prove that Genevieve is just as capable as any prince, and remember, “You’re never too old for a bedtime story!”

Godspell is being performed in Quakertown, Pa, for the next two weekends, at East Swamp Church, 2405 E. Swamp Road. Tickets for the musical, produced by Star of the Day, may be purchased online.

Less well known, but very interesting sounding shows, are also on stage this month in our area. DCP Theater in Telford (795 Ridge Road) is taking on the true 1959 story of Alabama’s state librarian Emily Reed who was told (by a state senator) to remove the children’s book The Rabbit’s Wedding from the shelf because it told the tale of a black rabbit marrying a white rabbit. The Alabama Story opened yesterday and runs through April 20, 2019.

A children’s storybook has caught the attention of the Alabama State Senate. The Rabbits’ Wedding by Garth Williams presents a controversial idea at a time when segregation still presides. Emily, the Alabama State Librarian, is approached by the Senator and asked to remove the book from the shelves. A powerful piece of literature is about to be banned, but an even more powerful movement in history is about to change the southern town of Montgomery and the relationships there.

The (historically controversial) 2017 Tony Award winning musical, Spring Awakening opened at Lehigh University last night. The student production continues at the Zoellner Center (420 E Packer Drive, Bethlehem, PA) through April 13, 2019. The play contains mature conduct.

And if you are in the mood for something lighter, check out Pine Dinner Theater’s newest production in Allentown, Second Chances, The Thrift Shop Musical. This comedy runs April 5 – May 12, 2019 (and ticket price includes a full course dinner and dessert! menu online) The theater is located by Allentown Fairgrounds, Chew Street and 17th Street, Allentown, PA.

You don’t want to miss this inspirational show about a church thrift shop that is in danger of being closed to make way for condos. The staff of the store band together, in an often touching but hilarious effort to save the store. You’ll be cheering for more as you discover it’s not just old treasures get a second chance!

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Weekend – local music, parades, and, just a bit farther, craft fairs…

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The Jameson Sisters will perform Celtic music with harp, mandolin, and guitar tonight, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Harleysville at the Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville, PA). The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

A Sophisticated St Patrick’s Day concert with Ellen Tepper, harp & Terry Kane, singer and instrumentalist. We’ll include some sing along songs in Irish (and English) but no green beer!!
Also that evening – a basket raffle! Free will offering and reception to follow concert.
Steve Walker, with Boyertown band Born Crossed-Eyed, will be rocking the ski slopes with acoustic and electric sets out on the deck at Bear Creek on Saturday as part of BCMR Spring Fling Weekend, from 2 – 5 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2019.  To get to Bear Creek Mountain, drive down Main Street, East Greenville and across Rt 100 – it’s just 9 miles down the road; 101 Doe Mountain Lane, Lehigh Valley, PA.

This fun-filled weekend starts with our Cardboard Box Race on Saturday and continues with Pond Skimming on Sunday. If you don’t want to participate, you can spectate and enjoy live music from 2pm – 5pm and food and drink specials at the outside grill on the deck.

Born Cross-Eyed has been rocking Boyertown and beyond since 1978, capturing the spirit of a Grateful Dead concert and mixing in The Allman Brothers, The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and their own brand of sparkling original music.

Steve Walker has two gigs lined up for this St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th;
Flanagans Irish Pub Shillington (41 W Lancaster Ave) 10 am – 1 pm and Docs Irish Pub Gilbertsville (1080 E. Philadelphia Ave) 5 – 8 pm. (Steve Walker has also performed at Make Music Upper Perk!)

Families are welcome on Saturday, March 16th, in Allentown at the sixth Irish Cultural Community Day. The free event is held at the Allentown Fairgrounds’ Agriculatural Hall Annex from noon – 4 p.m., where there will be Celtic games, art, bagpipes, fiddle, Irish dance demonstrations, and more. There will be games and prizes for children. The Agri-Plex is located at 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown, PA.

Perkasie’s fifth annual St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15th, at Pennridge South Middle School (Fifth Avenue, Perkasie, PA) and ends at Poppa Joe’s Grove (behind Sellersville Fire Department). Celtic games, live music, Irish dancing, Men’s Kilt Contest, food, vendors, and more can be found at the Celtic Fest in the park (Sellersville Fire Department, 1 N. Main Street, Sellersville, PA) from noon to 4 p.m. that day.

Allentown’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day! – beginning at the Allentown Fairgrounds and continuing through the West End. Pipe bands will play before the parade at 1 p.m. on North 19th Street between Tilghman and Liberty, Allentown, PA.

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, featuring 250 artists and craftspeople, along with music, demonstrations, and workshops, takes place all weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 15-17, 2019, at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA. There is an admission charge of $10 at the door ($8 online); Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Souderton Area High School’s annual Art & Soul Fest, with musical performances, dance, poetry, and more, is this Saturday night from 6-9 p.m., March 16, 2019.

Come out to see live art, musical performances, dance, poetry, open microphone sessions, Souderton High School’s musical preview, a capella, student artwork from all the schools in the district, and much more! Admission is free for children 4 and under, $5.00 for students ages 5-18, and $10.00 for adults.

And there will be a limited number of tickets available to be purchased at the door for this weekend’s high school musical performances of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Upper Perkiomen High School, 2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA. Friday and Saturday night shows begin at 7 p.m., Sunday’s matinee begins at 2 p.m. March 15-17, 2019.

Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming’s children’s book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find “Truly Scrumptious.”

While you are enjoying the arts this weekend, and the warmer weather, remember to mark your calendar for Friday, June 21st – this year’s Make Music Upper Perk – and help make the event a success by pledging your financial support today; any amount from $10 – $100 helps! Our March Kickstarter fundraiser ends in a few short weeks, so don’t wait!

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Support Make Music Upper Perk this month!

Once again, Make Music Upper Perk is counting on community support to fund the annual music festival held all over town, for all ages, with all types of music by all ages of musicians – at no cost to the audience – this year on Friday, June 21, 2019.

This event is run and organized entirely by volunteers, and funded entirely by members of the community and music lovers. Please show your support by making a donation of any size via Kickstarter

We have set a modest goal of $750 (though more than that is needed to meet our planned budget) – Kickstarter rules says that if we don’t meet our goal, we don’t get any of the money pledged to us!

Thank you gifts this year include music CDs recorded and donated by the following musicians, who have played at Make Music Upper Perk in the past (and plan on being part of the event in 2019!);

Ralph Pagano

Tom and Betty Druckenmiller

Steve Walker

Valley Choral Society

Donors pledging $100 or more may choose to receive book art folded by Laura Yocum. The photo below shows the book art received by donors last year.

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The deadline for donating to our Kickstarter fundraising campaign is midnight, March 31, 2019. However, there are a limited number of CDs and book art, so don’t wait – make your donation pledge today!

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Making plans for the weekend? How about a Piano Party!

Palm Schwenkfelder Church (833 Gravel Pike, Palm, PA) is hosting Grace Notes Piano Studio on Sunday afternoon, February 24, 2019. The Ensemble Piano Party begins at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend this free musical event featuring local music students. Bring your family, friends, fan clubs…..open to everyone!

Grace Note Piano Studio is a co-sponsor of Make Music Upper Perk.

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Record Musician Registration, Volunteers at Work, MMUP Videos (and how you can be a part of Make Music Upper Perk 2019!)

More musicians signed up to play at this year’s Make Music Upper Perk (MMUP) in the first week of online registration (which opened on February 1st) than signed up in the first month in 2018! Among those who signed up were five who have never played at the free, all day, Valley-wide music event before! We are super excited about welcoming back those who have been a part of the celebration from the beginning in 2013, and those who will be joining us for the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, or sixth time (yes, this is the 7th year of Make Music Upper Perk – this year in 20 locations around the Upper Perkiomen Valley, from East Greenville to Sumneytown, PA).

Quite a few folks turned up for the first meeting for volunteers for MMUP, on Saturday, February 2, 2019. The discussion ranged from basics of distributing flyers and info postcards (which are sprouting up all around town this month), to yarn bombing issues, roadies and site hosts needed on June 21st, to the March Kickstarter campaign, to the planned raffle event supporting MMUP taking place the month leading up to June 21st, and included the ongoing effort for the organization to become an official 501(c)(3) non-profit.

One of our wonderful photographers, Art Olsen, was at the meeting (and, of course, took a few photographs). With all the new venues and our ever growing number of musicians, it was agreed that more than 2 photographers (Kristi Morris of Littlewings Studio is MMUP’s other main photographer on June 21st, and has been for many years now) will be needed this year for full coverage. Another volunteer suggested looking for an “official volunteer videographer” to add to our roster and to provide more coverage of the music happenings of the day. Thanks to audience members and various volunteers, we do have some video from years past – check out some of the ones posted on YouTube at this Make Music Upper Perk playlist!

If you are interested in being a part of Make Music Upper Perk in any capacity, let us know! Music makers of all ages, abilities, and genres are welcome to join in – just sign up by April 21st.  Volunteers are needed before, during, and after June 21st; everything from site hosts, to roadies, to yarn bombers (putting up the yarn creations on trees, railings, etc.), to photographers and videographers – sign up here!

Donations to MMUP are accepted year-round, and via our March Kickstarter campaign. Make Music Upper Perk is organized and run entirely by volunteers, and supported financially by donations from community members. MMUP is part of a worldwide celebration of the role of music in our lives held in 120 countries on June 21st, all free and open to the public.

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