With the 4th of July holiday a thing of the past, many MontCo residents have returned from the shore and are looking to keep it local this weekend.  Ideally, we’d recommend a cold beverage and lawn chair next to the pool  as it’s looking to be hot and sunny once again (we’re not complaining).  This is summer at its finest folks, and we hope you get out to take advantage of it.  This weekend in Montgomery County there are a few different-sounding events happening around town that have peeked our interest.


North Wales Second Friday: Continuing the spirit of the 4th of July, this Second Friday in North Wales will host various events and activities themed after “Celebrating America.”  Stop by downtown North Wales from 6-9PM Friday to see a number of performers including Kabudi Project (a reggae band), The Dick Faber Trio, Chet Smith and William Morris.  The highlight of the evening will be the Pie Baking Contest which will establish the “Best Pie” in North Wales.  Also, several games and crafts for children will be provided by retailers around town.

Historicon 2011 (Valley Forge Convention Center): From Thursday, July 7th through Sunday, July 10th Historicon 2011 comes to the Valley Forge Convention Center.  Described as “The historical miniatures gaming convention in the United States. Each year, thousands of avid gamers enjoy what the New York Times has described as the “mother of all wargaming conventions.” There will be hundreds and hundreds of games, the world’s biggest wargame hobby shop, painting events, seminars, and much, much more.”  Personally, I have never been to a convention of this sort, but it sounds like a neat and different way to spend the weekend.

Narberth Greens Vegetable and Flower Exchange: What a great idea for a community event: A place where local residents bring their own home grown vegetables, flowers, fruits and herbs to trade.  If you’re like me, you might not be a “green thumb” and your garden could use a little work.  The Narberth Greens Vegetable and Flower Exchange, located at 80 Windsor Avenue outside of the Narberth Library, is the perfect place to learn growing tips from fellow neighbors.  Come out at 10AM on any Saturday through the end of September to chat with local gardeners over tea while looking over the fresh local produce!

Courtesy of Ambler Main Street

Ambler Restaurant Week: For those not familiar with downtown Ambler or anyone just looking for a discounted gourmet meal, check out Ambler’s First Restaurant Week which starts this Sunday, July 10th and continues through Friday, July 15th.  The week-long event will feature art work displayed throughout the town, live music, and extended retail hours.  Please visit the Ambler Main Street website for a listing of all the restaurant specials, the highlight of the event of course!

Elvis Impersonator (Norristown): This Sunday, July 10th, The King visits Norristown.  At 7PM Elvis Impersonator Mark Reno takes the stage at Elmwood Park Bandstand.  Although he’s not the real deal, I hear the performance will be quite entertaining.


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