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Upcoming Local Events, January 2016

Peddlers Village

Bavaria Bucks 01/14/2016 – 01/16/2016

Hold on to your Lederhosen! Just in time to banish your midwinter malaise, Bavaria meets Bucks County for a series of dining events featuring German cuisine, wine, beer, and entertainment at Cock ‘n Bull on January 14-16, 2016.

You’re invited to experience the rich culinary and cultural heritage of southern Germany when the feasting starts with a Wild Game Dinner on Thursday, January 14. Explore new ground with a four-course dinner of culinary masterpieces, perfectly paired with German wines.

The event continues with German Old World Cuisine and traditional beers on Friday and Saturday, January 15-16. Grab your bier stein for WinterFEAST on Saturday, January 16, an evening of classic Bavarian small plates and lively entertainment.


Valley Forge National Park

Join the Continental Army

  • Multiple Days: 01/02/2016, 02/06/2016, 03/05/2016, 04/02/2016
  • Children are invited to Join the Continental Army and experience a day in the life of the continental soldier. Recruits will be mustered, or registered, by receiving enlistment papers and continental currency. Recruits will then be issued wooden (dummy) muskets and learn how to stand, march, and carry their musket as one of Washington’s soldiers would have done. Park rangers dressed in continental uniform will train the recruits in a full musket drill.
  • Attendees are encouraged to participate in the series of four Saturday training sessions in order to advance in skills and be promoted within the ranks of the Continental Army. Topics covered will be different each month and build upon the previous sessions. Children must be at least seven years old to participate in the Continental Army program. Children who cannot participate in the full four-part series are welcome to participate on any of the four Saturdays in the Army Essentials program during which they will learn the basic drills and commands of the Continental Army. The Army Essentials program is open to children of all ages.


  • Programs take place on the first Saturday of each month from January through April* 


  • Programs begin at 11:00 the Visitor Center. Please arrive by 10:45 to “muster”, or sign in.
  • No reservations necessary. Weather dependent, activities will take place outdoors, so please dress accordingly and wear sturdy shoes.

Valley Forge National Park

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service , 01/18/2016

Black and white photo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his

Location: Valley Forge NHP | Map Time: 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Cristina Ramirez Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 610-783-1014

Make it a Day On; NOT a Day Off!

On January 18, 2016 millions throughout the nation will come together to volunteer and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who never stopped asking the question, “What are you doing for others?” The Martin Luther King Day of Service is a moment to work together to fulfill King’s vision for a better America – it’s a day “on” instead of a day off.

There are countless ways to get involved this coming MLK Day. Join us here at Valley Forge National Historical Park on Monday, January 18th as we plan to honor King’s legacy with hands on environmental and maintenance projects.

Volunteer sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in the park theater. A screening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream speech will take place in the theater prior to the beginning of the work day. All volunteers must register in advance, contact to sign up.

Learn more about The King Legacy of Service in this video by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m.                       Volunteer gathering, sign-in and walk-in registration at Park Theater

9:00 a.m.                       Welcome to MLK Day of Service at Valley Forge NHP

9:10 a.m. – 9: 30 a.m.    The viewing of “I Have a Dream” Speech by Dr. Martin L. King 1964

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.     Connect volunteers with project work leaders

9:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.     Work sessions at various locations throughout the park


Remember this is an outdoor/indoor event. Come prepared and dress warmly. Bring water and snacks.


Sunday, January 10th at 2:00 pm, The Great Horned Owl, Norristown Farm Park • 610-270-0215

Learn about the natural history of our largest local owl, the Great  Horned, at this informative indoor program. Elmwood Park Zoo

will join us with one of their interpreters and an owl, so you  will get the chance to see one at close range. Pre-registration

required; meet at the park office. Ages: adults & children ages 6 & up; suggested donation $3 per person.


Tuesday, January 12th at 1:00 pm , Little Hoots, Norristown Farm Park • 610-270-0215

Whooo’s coming? Touch an owl feather, examine an owl skull,  and look at a pellet. Learn about these mysterious birds, how

they hear, see, call, and hunt. Listen to a story and make an owl  craft. Meet one of Elmwood Park Zoo’s owls. Sign up early! Pre-

registration required; meet at the park office. Ages: 3 & up with adult; fee: $5 per child


Morris Arboretum 

The 27th Annual Winter Landscape Design Symposium

Zooming In/Zooming Out: Native Design from the Intricate to the Expansive

Thursday, January 14 – Friday, January 15, 2016

Science Center Auditorium, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA

Typically landscape designers first determine their overall design direction, and then zoom in to design the details. But in an ecology-based approach, a site’s intricate environmental characteristics can and should influence big picture decisions. This two-day conference will explore crucial aspects of the native design process, beginning at the scale of individual species, and gradually zooming out to include plant community design, ecological master planning, and methods for creating sophisticated ecological designs within the context of current as well as emerging landscape practices.


Morris Arboretum, Designing Sustainable Spaces – The Lukens Endowed Lecture

Speaker: Bryan Hanes, Founding Principal of Studio Bryan Hanes (SBH)

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17 | 2:00pm

Free for members, for non-members, free with admission.

Studio Bryan Hanes, started in 2008 and based in the Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia, is a landscape architecture and urban design studio that creates socially and ecologically sustainable spaces.   The firm strives to create places that enrich human experience, draw inspiration from the dynamic processes of nature, and express the artful celebration of the everyday.   In this talk Bryan will highlight the community collaboration and team work approach his firm used on some recent Philadelphia projects including the redesign of Sister Cities Garden at Logan Square, the Reading Viaduct spur between Broad and Callowhill Streets, and the Schuylkill Avenue Esplanade, an elevated roof deck over an interstate highway and Amtrak rail lines, with sweeping views up and down the Schuylkill River, sits dramatically across from the Center City Philadelphia skyline.  SBH has received numerous honors including awards from the PA/DE ASLA Chapter, AIA, Urban Land Institute, International Downtown Association, U.S. Green Building Council, and the Sustainable Sites Initiative.  The Lukens Endowed Lecture is presented annually in memory of educator and Arboretum volunteer Byron Lukens and his wife Elizabeth.


Philly Expo Center 

Young Innovators Fair , Sat, Jan 2 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSun, Jan 3 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Young Innovators Fair brings Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, also known as STEM, to life on a massive scale so children can learn more about these all-important areas.

With ten distinct innovation worlds to explore, the Young Innovators Fair delivers a plethora of activities and exhibits designed to attract children of varying interests and curiosity levels. Your young innovators can immerse themselves into these worlds to scratch their existing STEM itch or even to discover a new passion.


Philly Expo Center 

Philadelphia Gift Show,     Fri, Jan 8 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSat, Jan 9 9:00 am – 6:00 pmSun, Jan 10 9:00 am – 6:00 pmMon, Jan 11 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The nation’s largest regional gift show keeps growing!

The Philadelphia Gift Show is known as the home to every main line with a growing selection of thousands of lines from hundreds of national manufacturers and leading sales representatives, so retailers can find an unrivaled selection of new product.

Located just 5 miles from the King of Prussia area, the greater Philadelphia Expo Center is a convenient fly or drive-in destination for buyers across the mid-Atlantic region. Plus, with a show all on one floor, free parking and a casual setting, retailers can count on a relaxed and hassle-free shopping experience.


Philly Expo Center 

Philly Home + Garden Show, Fri, Jan 15 10:00 am – 9:00 pmSat, Jan 16 10:00 am – 9:00 pmSun, Jan 17 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Inspiration starts here! Discover the very latest in home and gardening tips, tricks, and products. From outdoor landscaping to the heart of the home, be inspired!

Welcome Spring with all the tools you’ll need to make your home and garden dreams become reality.


Philly Expo Center 

Motorsports 2016,   Fri, Jan 22 2:00 pm – 10:00 pmSat, Jan 23 11:00 am – 9:00 pmSun, Jan 24 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 31st edition of the Motorsports show fills all 255,000 square feet of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center with everything motorsports.

More than 200 racing vehicles representing just about all forms of the sport will be on display throughout the three days.

Show attendees will have the opportunity to meet many local, regional and national motorsports figures and be able to participate in free autograph sessions.

More than 600 exhibit booths offering 400 plus racing dealers, hardcore manufacturers of racing equipment, and more will be part of the huge show considered the biggest and best of its type in the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states.

There will be free industry seminars, antique race car displays, stage shows, interviews with major figures in the sport, the BPG Racing Ms. Motorsports Contests, the special Metal Fab sponsored Sunday activities for youngsters and so much more.

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