Weekend Escape

After a week where so many were snowed in, and activities were cancelled due to predictions of “snowmageddon,” this is a good weekend to escape the house and winter weather.

Cinderella ticketRodger and Hammerstein’s classic Broadway musical, Cinderella, opens tonight at the Upper Perkiomen High School (2 Walt Road, Pennsburg, PA). This year’s high school musical takes the stage in the school auditorium at 7 p.m. tonight, Thursday, March 8, 2018. Tickets will be sold at the door beginning an hour before the show; doors to the auditorium open half an hour before the show. Performances continue through the weekend; 7 p.m. curtain on Friday and Saturday, March 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

If you are interested in attending musical theater all weekend long, students from the Lincoln Leadership Academy Charter School takes over the stage at Cedar Crest College’s Samuels Theatre, located in the Tompkins College Center (100 College Drive, Allentown, PA) for their musical production of The Wiz (7 p.m. March 8-10; 2 p.m. March 11, 2018), and The Music Man opens at Saucon Valley High School2097 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown, PA: 7 p.m. March 8-10; 2 p.m. March 11, 2018.

Saturday night, March 10, 2018, head over to the Church of the Holy Spirit, 2871 Barndt Road, Harleysville, PA  to attend the 7 p.m. Concert with Keoni Bolding, Violin & Seth Trumbore, Piano & Aidan Bolding, Cello. Free will offering/reception to follow the concert.

Sunday evening, March 11,  enjoy the Acoustic Blues Project (with Tom Cooney, Earl Andrews, and Leon Bonam), jamming at the Hava Java Cafe, 526 N. 19th Street, Allentown, PA (West Allentown, across the street the the 19th Street Civic Theatre!).
And if you just need some convincing that spring will eventually return to our area, two flower shows are taking place this weekend; the Philadelphia Flower Show (ending Sunday) at the Convention Center in center city Philadelphia, Pa, and, a bit closer to home, the Lehigh Valley Flower and Garden Show at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 N. 17th Street, Allentown, PA; noon – 8 p.m. Friday, 10 am. – 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday (March 9-11, 2018).
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Only in the Month of March – MMUP Kickstarter Campaign

The first day of March is also the first day of Make Music Upper Perk’s Kickstarter campaign.


Money raised allows us to print flyers and save the date cards, and print programs and maps to be distributed at the the local library, senior center, and other places around town, as well as printing the program in the local newspaper. Last year we bought more yard signs to expand the area covered and grow our audience. This year we are hoping to acquire some small MMUP banners for our performance stages, and to pay for filing costs to apply for official non-profit status.

At Kickstarter you can donate as little as $10 or as much as your wallet can spare, for the wonderful cause of keeping Make Music Upper Perk community funded and community supported; with local musicians for local audiences (although we do welcome and include musicians, and audience members, from all over and outside of the Upper Perkiomen Valley). But don’t wait, don’t hesitate – It’s All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by .

Kickstarter is an enormous global community built around creativity and creative projects. Over 10 million people, from every continent on earth, have backed a Kickstarter project.

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Last Chance – First Chance

Tonight is the last chance to see Princess Who, this year’s play performed by the students at Upper Perkiomen Middle School. Fairy tale characters take the stage at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, February 24, 2018 in the auditorium at the  Upper Perkiomen Middle School, 510 Jefferson Street, East Greenville, Pa. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $5 to see this very funny story featuring fractured fairy tales; a mix of familiar stories with a twist that has everyone guessing as to who is Princess Who.


Tomorrow afternoon is the first chance this year to see and hear the Red Hill Band in concert. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018, the Red Hill Band will open the Community Band Festival at Strayer Middle School, 120 Ronald Reagan Drive, Quakertown, PA. The Boyertown Alumni Band and the Quakertown Community Band round out the program. What a wonderful idea for a festival!


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Make Music Upper Perk February Update!

The first volunteer meeting for 2018 Make Music Upper Perk (MMUP) brought together volunteers who’ve been part of the event since the beginning, in 2013, and newcomers who have never even attended MMUP, let alone volunteered. In addition to talking about the event and the many varied volunteer opportunities, we handed out flyers and postcards to start posting and distributing in the area. Some people couldn’t make it to the meeting, but have emailed us or signed up online (it’s not too late to volunteer).

More than a dozen individuals and groups have already signed up to play on June 21st;  registration continues through April 20, 2018; sign up online to perform at this year’s Make Music Upper Perk. Sign up options include live music performance (concert, gig, session, jam etc), participatory events such as workshops, and public gatherings for music participation (sing-alongs, drums, guitars, kazoos, etc).  Music makers of all ages, abilities, and types of music are invited to be part of this event.

We started setting up this year’s Kickstarter campaign – that fundraiser is held during the month of March. This year, donations may be also be made with MMUP 2018 donation form (one can print it out and mail the form and a check to MMUP, address on donation form). Make Music Upper Perk is in the process of seeking non-profit 501c3 status.

Make Music Upper Perk takes place every year on the first day of summer, June 21st, throughout the Upper Perkiomen Valley; free music concerts held indoors and outdoors, in local parks, green spaces, libraries, coffeehouses, local businesses, community centers, everywhere and anywhere musicians of all ages and abilities and instrumental preference would like to perform. A full performance schedule will be widely distributed online and on paper in May.

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Preparing for a Snowy Weekend

Not sure what is more unbelievable, this spring like weather in February or the predicted 30 degree drop in temperature with 4-6 inches of snowfall predicted for Saturday night. Either way, tonight might be the best night to go out this weekend.

Among the many options for this evening’s entertainment, consider going to Perkiomen School’s Keh’s Theater (200 Seminary Avenue, Pennsburg, PA), especially if you missed last week’s Broadway concert in Harleysville. The middle and upper school students at Perkiomen are performing their favorite Broadway tunes in a song and dance Broadway Musical Review this Friday and Saturday evening, 7:30 p.m. curtain and on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., February 16-18, 2018.

Civic Theater’s Rock of Ages, the Tony Award-nominated musical featuring vintage rock tunes from the likes of Twisted Sister and Bon Jovi, opened last weekend and continues through  February 25, 2018. Due to ongoing renovations at Civic Theater’s usual venue, performances will be held in the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Hall Auditorium, 100 College Drive, Allentown, PA.

And don’t forget to check out current art exhibits and plan for upcoming theater events and concerts.

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Have a Musical Weekend!

Enjoy Broadway By Request, Saturday evening, February 10, 2018, in Harleysville at the Church of the Holy Spirit (2871 Barndt Road). Proceeds from the free will offering following the concert will go to the choir’s Lincoln Cathedral Pilgrimage fund.

The evening will also feature a silent auction, festive appetizers, desserts, and beverages throughout the evening.
Beverages sponsored by: Speakeasy Coffee Company and Weyerbacher Brewing.
Food sponsored by: Thrivent Financial

Enjoy Sunday brunch while listening to one of Make Music Upper Perk’s favorite musicians, Tom Cooney, who will be  playing an eclectic mix of folk, blues, and jazz music on February 11, 2018, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Diehl’s Real Teas, 239 Main Street,  East Greenville, PA.

This is also opening weekend for Civic Theater’s first theatrical production of 2018, the musical, Rock of Ages, which will run from February 9 – 25, 2018. Due to the major renovation project going on at the 19th Street home of Civic Theater, performances will be held in the Cedar Crest College Alumnae Hall Auditorium, 100 College Drive, Allentown, PA.

And now might be a good time to take a look at the schedule of some of the upcoming musicals and start buying tickets before they sell out!


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SnowBlast Winter Festival this Weekend in Emmaus

Starting Friday, February 2, 2018,  at 5:30 p.m. , with musical performances at 6 p.m. and at 7 p.m. tonight, Award-Winning Musician – Guitarist, Songwriter and Singer, Jim Steager and  Award-Winning Gospel Artist, Singer Nah-tarsha Cherry at SnowBlast Headquarter  Liberty Worship Center (former Elephants Trunk), 348 Main Street, Emmaus, PA, this year’s SnowBlast Winter Festival  has something for everyone. Cellist and guitarist Brian Kidd performs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Emmaus Jewel Shop, 338 Main St. Artists’ demonstrations, along with a Winter Art Show (display and sale) will be held at many Main Street store locations, tonight and Saturday, February 3rd, 2018.

Yarn bombing, ice sculpting, outdoor games, blacksmith artists, live music, and more will take over the Triangle Park in the center of Emmaus from noon to four on Saturday afternoon.

Check out the full list of artists and activities, along with special food and drink offerings for this two day outdoor and indoor event at the official SnowBlast Winter Festival site. What a great way to celebrate the arts!

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