By Betsy Natter
As summer begins to to wind down, it’s time to soak in the sunshine and hit up the town. Enjoy some family time at these upcoming Montgomery County August events:
50th Annual Goschenhoppen Festival – Henry Antes Plantation
318 Colonial Rd., Perkiomenville, PA 18074 (just off of Rt. 73)
Join the Goschenhoppen Historians in celebrating their 50th year of preserving and sharing the Pennsylvania German folk culture and history of the Goschenhoppen region, particularly the Upper Perkiomen Valley in northern Montgomery County. The festival, held on Friday, Aug. 12th from noon to 8 pm and on Sat., Aug. 13th from 10 am to 6 pm features the daily life of the Pennsylvania Germans during the 18th and 19th centuries. This year’s theme is “Vannenaus Blaane” meaning Planning Ahead. Costumed volunteers will demonstrate canning, meat preservation, spinning, quilting and many other home skills. Enjoy shoo fly pie or peaches and ice cream. Purchase fresh apple butter, take a wagon ride or relax and listen to authentic folk music. Tickets are available at the gate for $12 (over age 16), $3 (children ages 6-15), 5 and under are free. Cash only throughout the festival. For further information visit the festival website at http://goschenhoppenevents.com/gh-home/folk-festival-2016/.
Montgomery County 4-H Fair – Montgomery County 4-H Center
1015 Bridge Rd., Creamery, PA 19426
The kids will love the annual 4-H fair, running from Aug. 11-13. The fair is the year-end project display for members of 4-H clubs throughout Montgomery Country. Participants display their learning projects including live animals such as cows, pigs, chickens and horses. Food, music, educational displays, petting zoo and horse demonstrations are some of the many activities. Club members answer questions about their clubs and promote the mission of 4-H. The public is encouraged to enter the Open Class competition in a variety of categories such as sewing, baking, jellies, art, photography, gardening and more! Admission is free. Check the fair website for more information at http://extension.psu.edu/4-h/counties/montgomery/montgomery-county-4-h-fair.
55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival – Upper Salford Township
1323 Salford Station Rd., Harleysville, PA 19438
Sing along with dozen of artists performing on eight stages at the 55th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, Aug. 18-21, 2016. The Philadelphia Folk Song Society is proud to host the longest continuously running outdoor musical festival in North America. Come for one day or stay in the camping area for the full weekend. Free parking is located nearby and free shuttle busses are available. A limited number of on-site parking passes are available for purchase. For a full festival schedule of artists, tickets and additional information visit http://pfs.org/philadelphia-folk-festival/55th-folk-festival/.
Hecklerfest – Heckler Plains Farmstead
Lower Salford Township Park, 237 Landis Rd., Harleysville PA 19438
Hecklerfest, held Aug. 20th from 10 am to 3 pm, is an annual event promoting the arts and crafts of the region. The festival is held as a fundraiser to support the children’s educational programs at the farmstead. There are colonial craft demonstrations, children’s games, a hay ride, and a large local crafts show. This year’s fest will also feature “Vintage Baseball,” with four teams playing two games in a double header at 12 pm and 2 pm. The teams will follow rules from the 1880’s, meaning use no gloves and no bases. The event is free with on-site parking.
Festival of People – Upper Merion Township Park
75 West Valley Forge Rd., King of Prussia PA 19406
A community celebration for all ages will take place on Sun. Aug. 28, from 10 am to 7 pm in the Upper Merion Township Park. Designed to be an educational and inclusive social event to promote learning about diverse traditions, there is something for everyone. Children will enjoy splashing around on the water slide in the Kid Zone while seniors can sit and relax in the Oasis Tent and enjoy the Big Band sounds of years past. Local vendors and businesses will be on hand to provide information on their services. Both professional and amateur musicians will perform throughout the day. The event is sponsored by TRM (True Reflection Ministries), the Living Ground and Upper Merion Township to raise funds for area charities and promote community. For more info see http://www.thelivingground.com.
Festival of the Arts – Memorial Park, Lansdale
300 E. Main St., Lansdale, PA 19446
Stroll through beautiful Memorial Park in Lansdale and enjoy the town’s annual Festival of the Arts on Sat. Aug. 27, from 10 am to 4 pm. A variety of fine art and local craftsmen will have their work on display and for purchase. Jazz and chamber musicians will add ambiance to the juried festival throughout the day. Free parking is available at the adjacent Penndale Middle School. In the event of rain, the festival will be held in the school.