I’m spending my weekend on the YMCA athletic fields (not that I’m complaining, mind you, just relating information). But there are a lot of cool things going on that I would be hitting if I weren’t cheering from the sidelines, and I want to share.
In the interest of not spamming my Facebook friends, I’m gathering up my favorite things happening in the general Delaware & Southern Pennsylvania areas this weekend and posting them here. It’s simple- green- organic- happy- LOCAL! Fun!
Saturday April 9th from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Bob Carpenter Center. Parking & admission are free. Dozens of local vendors exhibiting, including the Delaware Center for Horticulture, Delaware Energy Office, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle, Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, Rain Gardens for the Bays, Royal Pest Management (they have stink bug solutions!) and loads more. Face painting & other activities for the kids; door prizes include a $200 gift basket from Newark Natural Foods and family passes to Cherry Crest Adventure Farm.
There will be collection sites set up for household batteries, cell phones, ink cartridges, eyeglasses, plastic bags & nail polish bottles, and FREE shredding of up to 2 boxes of your top-secret confidential documents 🙂 courtesy of East Coast Shredding.
Peanut Butter & Jams welcomes Daria
Saturday April 9th at 11:30am at the newly reopened Queen Theater in Wilmington. PB & Jams is kids’ music that won’t make Mom & Dad want to stuff their ears with gauze! My own kids saw They Might Be Giants play PB & Jams in Philly, and if that’s not an awesome first concert I don’t know what is. (Well, I danced onstage with Neil Diamond at my first concert, but ya’ll can’t be me.)
Anyway, “in this unique interactive show, kids get to become part of world music by playing along on authentic instruments from the four corners of the globe such as guiros, buffalo drums, shekeres and much more…kids will also be able to make their own recycled rattle, play it along with the show and take it home.” Coming soon: Milkshake, Joanie Leeds, and Gustafer Yellowgold.
Saturday April 9th from 6:00 to 8:00pm at the Meadow (Newark Natural Foods). Talk with Raz Godelnik, CEO of Eco-Libris, and other green peeps about “ideas for simple practices in daily life that can positively impact your own personal (and family) health and well-being, your community and the environment.”
Before the talk, pop over to the co-op and pick up some just-arrived locally-grown, pesticide-free veggie and herb plants! Whoop whoop!
Great Train Robbery
Sunday April 10th at 3:00pm at the Strasburg Rail Road. The robbers (really improvisation actors from Act 1 Productions, recognizable by their early 20th century dress) will be mingling with guests at Strasburg’s train station, shops and on board the train. Unsuspecting passengers will be given “loot” to carry onto the train. As the robbers move from car to car, they will interact with the passengers and try to swipe some loot.
As the passengers give up their loot, they can also hand over real cash – for a good cause. All money collected on the train will be donated to the Woge’s Warriors, a Relay for Life team based in Lancaster, PA. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. (If you can’t make it this weekend— we can’t— there will be other robberies taking place in July & October.)
Between the Folds
Sunday April 10th at 5:45pm at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville. I watched this documentary a few weeks ago and was completely blown away. This chronicle of ten passionate origami artists is simply beautiful in every way. (Or, spend the whole afternoon! At 2pm a Silent Movie Cornucopia begins with organ accompaniment, featuring Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Laurel & Hardy.)
The Colonial is an old historic theater that regularly shows classic movies (my first time there was to see the three Indiana Jones films in one go, and I know they did the Back to the Future trilogy recently as well), as well as hosting musical acts and family-friendly shows. If you can’t make this one, I very highly recommend you Netflix Between the Folds and check out what’s upcoming at the Colonial (hint: the Three Stooges, The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz, The Godfather marathon, and lots more).
That’s what I’d do. What are YOU up to?