Fall Festivals; from pumpkin painting to food trucks to Bethlehem’s Celtic Faire to Oktoberfest (in September) to ukes to pottery.

Fall Fest and Craft Fair Fundraiser at Herbein’s Garden Center, 4301 Chestnut Street (AKA Route 29), Emmaus, PA is this Saturday and Sunday, September 22nd and 23rd, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This Fall Fest features crafts for sale, a pumpkin painting contest, gardening workshops, educational seminars by the Lehigh County Humane Society (for whom the fundraiser is being held), food, and live music. One of the musical performers may be familiar to those who attended Make Music Upper Perk this year – Acoustic Project will be playing on Sunday afternoon, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

One can spend all of next weekend going from one festival to another, from Red Hill to Pennsburg to Bethlehem, PA. Red Hill’s 3rd Fall Food Truck Festival, raising money for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life of Upper Perkiomen, runs from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. in the Red Hill Fire Company parking lot (71 E 4th Street, Red Hill, PA) on Friday evening, September 28, 2018. There is no admission charge; there will be food trucks, craft vendors, activities, a beer garden, and live music.

The Bethlehem Celtic Classic and Highland Games Festival The Celtic Classic Hours are Friday, September 28, 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday, September 29,  9:30 am – 11:00 pm. Sunday , September 30,  9:30 am – 7:00 p.m. The Festival is set up in the fields behind Hotel Bethlehem in Old City, Bethlehem and along Lehigh River, featuring five stages of live music, as well as competitions (including Highland Dance Competition, Drum Major Competition, Fiddle Competition, Celtic Poetry Competition), food, celtic art and other vendors, and more.

Tickets are still available for the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library Beer Tasting fundraiser, featuring local craft beers (from micro-breweries and local home brewers within 40 miles of the Valley), a free tour of the vehicle museum on the Haines Estate, food trucks, and Oktoberfest style music performed by some of the musicians from the Red Hill Band. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (3327 Geryville Pike, Pennsburg, PA)

The Haines Estate is located on Geryville Pike in Pennsburg. Home of John B. Haines IV, the estate consists of the historic Andreas Reid House, a barn and tannery, and outbuildings housing the owner’s impressive collection of antique vehicles and equipment.

Funky Frets Uke Fest in Boyertown features evening concerts on Friday and Saturday, October 5th and 6th, 2018, as well as vendors and workshops on Saturday morning and afternoon, ending with a Strum-along Train Ride on the Historic Colebrookdale Railroad on Sunday morning, October 7th (train tickets must be bought before Sunday) – Strum-along train ride will be followed with a couple of workshops, picnic and a jam after the train for full ticket holders @ Funky Frets 124 N. Chestnut St., Boyertown, PA USA .The festival is a ticketed event.

Stahl’s Pottery 11th annual Pottery Festival this fall begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at Stahl’s Pottery, historic property in Powder Valley, Pennsylvania (GPS address: 6826 Corning Road, Zionsville PA).

The Pottery Festival features:

  • Around 30 local potters displaying and selling traditional & contemporary pottery
  • Tours of the potting sheds and kiln
  • Pottery demonstrations
  • Hands-on potting opportunities
  • An exhibit of original, historic Stahl’s pottery
  • The sale of baked goods & light refreshments
  • Our newest Commemorative Ornament & other SPPS items

The Festival will be held rain or shine.  Parking is free. Admission is $4.00 per person; children under 18 are free.

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Is it the middle of September already!

As hard as it may be for me to believe, tomorrow is the 15th of September, which means we will be halfway through the month when the weekend is over! The weather report has changed, again, and current predictions for our area are for sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday (Hurricane Florence isn’t due in our corner of the world until late Monday and early Tuesday).

This weekend is the Lyons Fiddle Festival; The 35th Annual Lyons Fiddle Festival 2018 will be held at the Lyons Community Park, 15 Park Avenue, Lyons, Pennsylvania, Sunday, September 16th, from 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Several Upper Perkiomen locals will be performing, and  participating in the Youth Fiddle Competition. In addition to amazing music, food and crafts will also be for sale at the event.

Rain or shine, there are more than a few local stage shows worth getting tickets for opening this weekend and next. Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers opened last weekend and continues through this one; September 14-16, 2018, performed by Between the Lines at the Macungie Institute, 510 East Main Street, Macungie, PA.

The classic musical Man of La Mancha opens tonight and runs through September 29, 2018 in Quakertown at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place (4 Main Street, Quakertown, PA).

Tickets are on sale now for the musical Billy Elliot, which is being staged at the newly renovated and restored 1920’s art deco Civic Theater on 19th Street in Allentown. The Grand Opening of Civic Theater (which has been closed for nearly a year during the restoration process) coincides with Opening Night for Billy Elliot on Friday, October 12, 2018. The show runs through October 28, 2018.

And as long as we’re looking ahead, September 21st sees the opening of two more local theatrical productions; The Importance of Being Earnest at DCP in Telford, PA, (795 Ridge Road) and the classic Broadway musical Brigadoon staged by Munopco Music Theatre of Allentown at the Scottish Rite Cathedral (1533 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA.).

Now is also a good time to buy your ticket for the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library Beer Tasting fundraiser, featuring local craft beers (from micro-breweries and local home brewers within 40 miles of the Valley), a free tour of the vehicle museum on the Haines Estate, food trucks, and Oktoberfest style music performed by some of the musicians from the Red Hill Band. The event is scheduled for Saturday, September 29th from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. (3327 Geryville Pike, Pennsburg, PA)

The Haines Estate is located on Geryville Pike in Pennsburg. Home of John B. Haines IV, the estate consists of the historic Andreas Reid House, a barn and tannery, and outbuildings housing the owner’s impressive collection of antique vehicles and equipment.

 

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Labor Day Weekend!

House of Hamill is giving a free show (!!) at a new brewery – Blueprint Brewing Company just down the road in Harleysville, PA (1571 Gehman Road), on Friday night, August 31, 2018, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Rose Baldino (fiddle/vocals) of Burning Bridget Cleary and Brian Buchanan (guitar/fiddle/vocals) of Enter the Haggis make up the eclectic folk/roots/Celtic group. Wondering about their music and want a sneak preview? Listen to their new album online for free, buy it digitally or get a CD shipped quick!  Blueprint Brewing Company makes “gluten free and gluten full beer.”

Saturday, September 1st might be a good afternoon to head over to New Goshenhoppen Park (3rd Street, East Greenville, PA) for one last picnic, and a chance to hear Piano in the Park presented by students from Susan Royer’s Grace Notes Piano Studio from 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Take a break to eat at 4 (food will be on sale from 4 – 8 p.m.) and then settle in for the Allentown Band Concert, which starts at 5:15 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. The musicians will be on the bandshell stage; there is bench seating under cover. Parking and concerts are free and open to the public.

If you feel like taking a slightly longer drive this weekend, don’t forget about the 166th annual Allentown Fair (Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Chew Streets, Allentown, PA), now through Labor Day; showcasing goats, chickens, sheep, cows and more, the biggest tomatoes and pumpkins, blue ribbon photographs , cakes, and Lego constructions, midway food and rides, free entertainment at multiple stages (in addition to the ticketed grandstand shows). Other festivals worth a drive include the Pocono Garlic and Harvest Festival featuring 35 garlic food vendors and musicians, magicians, and jugglers, on Saturday and Sunday – the first two days of September – at Shawnee Mountain Ski area and the Polish-American Family Festival and Country Fair  on the grounds of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa (654 Ferry Road, Doylestown, PA), featuring polka musicians and dance groups and Polish and American food, and crafts, this weekend, Saturday through Monday, and next weekend, September 8 – 9, 2018.

 

 

 

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No matter the weather, outside and inside events for the last weeks of August abound.

The Philadelphia Folk Festival takes place this weekend, August 16-19, 2018, outdoors, by the Perkiomen Trail in Schwenksville on the Old Poole Farm. Day and weekend passes are available online and at the gate.

The annual Peach and Ice Cream Festival at Pennsburg UCC (775 Main Street, Pennsburg, PA) is this Saturday, August 18, 2018. In addition to homemade bbq, soup, desserts, and, of course, peaches and ice cream, there will be live music from 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on the church lawn. In case of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018. Patrick McGovern, who many of you may have heard at Make Music Upper Perk, among other venues, will be playing from 3:30 – 4:30, followed by the Red Hill Band, scheduled to play from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

If you prefer to be inside, out of the heat and potential rain storms, head over to some local art museums (Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Michener Art Museum, or Allentown Art Museum, for example) or buy a ticket to a show at a local theater!

The family friendly Broadway Disney musical Newsies takes the stage in Pottstown at the Steel River Playhouse (245 E. High Street) tonight, and runs through August 26, 2018.

Next weekend the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast, Jr will be staged at the McCoole’s Art Event Place (10 Main Street) in Quakertown, PA. Performances are August 24-26, 2018.

Phil Stahl opens for the Little River Band at the Quakertown Amphitheater (501 W. Mill Street) on Thursday, August 23, 2018. This is a ticketed event.

The free concert summer series continues at the Church of the Holy Spirit on Friday, August 24, 2018 with Break from Blue Collar.  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. The Church of the Holy Spirit is in Harleysville (corner of Sumneytown Pike and Barndt Road).

Break from Blue Collar is making a distinct mark in the world of barbershop and acappella music, mixing fresh interpretations of barbershop classics with the exciting sounds of rock & roll. The result is an entertainment experience that can’t be beat.

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Summer Concert Series in Harleysville Continues

There are 3 more summer concerts (free and open to the public) taking place in Harleysville as part of The Best of Holy Spirit 25th Anniversary Concert Series. 

This Saturday, July 28th, 2018, Lizdelise (Liz de Lise and Mark Watters) will be performing beginning at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road), Harleysville, PA). Free will offering and refreshments after the concert.

Lizdelise is a dreamy pop rock duo from Philadelphia. Angular guitar lines meet looper, drum machine, and synth to create pulsing, intricate soundscapes and melodies–distortion and delicateness at once.

On Wednesday, August 1, 2018, the Church of the Holy Spirit Choir, along with some friends, will perform a concert of music they will be singing on their pilgrimage tour to Lincoln Cathedral, UK. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road), Harleysville, PA). Free will offering and refreshments after the concert.

The Church of the Holy Spirit in Harleysville will host its final concert of the summer on Friday, August 24, 2018. Break from Blue Collar will fill the sanctuary with music beginning at 7:30 p.m. As always, tasty treats and beverages will be offered (at no charge) to all in attendance during the reception following the concert. A free will offering will be taken at the end of the night.

Break from Blue Collar is making a distinct mark in the world of barbershop and a cappella music, mixing fresh interpretations of barbershop classics with the exciting sounds of rock & roll. The result is an entertainment experience that can’t be beat.

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Relive Make Music Upper Perk 2018 – Images of the Day Online Now!

If you were at any of the Make Music Upper Perk performances this year, you most likely spotted at least one of our two amazing roving photographers. They assigned themselves the task of capturing images of every single musician who took the stage at one of our venues in the Upper Perkiomen Valley on June 21, 2018! Relive the day and enjoy the images of a beautiful day when the community came together to share and celebrate live music throughout our area, inside and outside (and then mark your calendar for next year’s Make Music Upper Perk – always June 21st!).

Kristi Morris of Littlewing Studio

Here is the link to your “Making Music Upper Perk 2018” online gallery.
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Making Music Upper Perk 2018

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Art Olsen

Everyone is welcome to view these photographs from Make Music Upper Perk 2018. Please contact the photographer if you are interested in downloading these photos, or in prints.

 

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Free Summer Arts Events!

One of my favorite things about summer time is the overwhelming bounty of free theater, concerts, and arts events that are held in our area and beyond.

In The Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony award winning musical, will be performed free outside at the Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks (645 E. 1st Street, Bethlehem, PA – South Side Bethlehem) tonight, Monday, July 16th and Monday, July 23rd, beginning at 7:30 p.m. I suggest folks get there early! Parking is free, as is seating;

  • Blankets or folding chairs. Lawn seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The front section of the Pavilion is reserved for blankets only.
  • Food & beverage are available for purchase at the Mack Truck Stop and the ArtsQuest Center.
  • Coolers are permitted (non-alcoholic beverages only). Alcohol is available for purchase for patrons 21 or older. Outside alcohol is not permitted.

Third Thursday in Allentown, PA, on July 19th this month, in downtown Allentown is free and open to the public from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., and this month features a group summer art show, “Landscapes, Cityscapes, Faces & Places,” Free Art Making with Francis Beaty from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at The Baum School of Art (510 Linden Street, Allentown),  and free admission to the Allentown Art Museum where the galleries will be filled with the sounds of Interactive Drumming with LV Drum Circle, along with photography workshops, a documentary screening, and free tours of the art on display will be offered.

The marvelous chamber music trio, Illumine will be giving a concert at New Goshenhoppen UCC Church (1070 Church Road, East Greenville, PA) on Friday, July 20, 2018 at 7 p.m. Admission is free; a donation is suggested.

Projecting the distinct voices of five contemporary composers, illumine presents a dramatic journey from the depths of hardship and longing for what could be, through enlightenment, to the whimsy of wit, and ardent love of family. Specially featured is the world premiere of The House With Nobody In It, composed for illumine by Timothy Miller (PARMA Recording Artist), winner of the 2018 Commissioning Competition. Joining Miller’s piece will be works by the two competition runners-up, Paul Richards (Research Foundation Professor of Music, University of Florida) and Tony Solitro (PhD, UPenn); flutist-composer, Cynthia Folio (Chair of Music Studies, Temple University); and illumine violinist, David BrownFlutist, Carolyn Giardini, and composer-conductor, Andrew Desiderio join the ensemble.

The 2nd Annual Red Hill Band Pops Concert is Sunday night, July 22nd, 2018, at the New Goshenhoppen Park (3rd Street, East Greenville, PA). Music selections include pieces by Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, The Beatles, Barry Manilow, Lady Gaga, and more. The concert is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be sold by the Green Lane-Marlborough Lions Club.

And for something completely different, the Monkees tribute band, The Monkeephiles (yes, there really is such a thing!), will be playing at Maurice W. Foulke bandshell in Souderton Park (Wile Ave & Reliance Rd, Souderton, PA ) on Sunday, July 22, 2018, as part of Concert Sundaes.  The concert is free (bring blankets/lawn chairs, and maybe some pocket money if you are interested in buying some ice cream!). In Case Of Rain, the concert will be moved indoors at Indian Crest Midddle School at 139 Harleysville Pike. 

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