Friday, June 27, 2014

Events All Week Leading Up To Independence Day

As I said in my Diary entry the other day, we've got 3 all-day events in Norristown on Saturday. Well, actually, we have 4. Odds are, if you step outside your door and wander just a few blocks, you'll bump into one. And those events aren't the ONLY things happening either. If you don't want to do anything, my advice is to stay in your bed with your head under the pillow until Monday. Or maybe even until July 7th.

Before I get to the highlights, let me remind you that there are kids events nearly every day at the Library and things like Open Mics and Happy Hours at our coffee houses and restaurants, and the Farmer's Market downtown. Check the complete listings on the TNP and Municipal calendars by using the links in the righthand column.

This is the last weekend for "The Fantasticks" at the Centre Theater. 8 pm Friday and Saturday nights, 2 pm on Sunday. This is truly a community show and has been getting raves from everyone who's seen it. Get your tickets at

Saturday from 8:30 am until 2 pm, the Norristown Men of Excellence is presenting a free Football Clinic for kids K-12 at the Norristown Youth Eagles Field, 1001 Sterigere St. Registration begins at 8:30 am. Parents must be present. Lunch will be provided for all campers.

Saturday from 10 am until dusk, CADCOM is celebrating its 48th anniversary by hosting a Community Day in Oak Street Park. Basketball tournament, free health screenings, prizes, food, and more. Contact Heather Lewis at 610-277-6363 x166 or at

Also Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm at Selma Mansion, 1301 W. Airy St., the Norristown Preservation Society hosts the History Day Festival. Living history demonstrations, interactive singing and dancing, fiddler Ken Laskey, displays, food by Main Street Water Ice, vendors, Buck Jones and his horses, and psychic readings by Rosalyn Bown of the SyFy channel's Ghost Hunters' Academy. Adults $5, Students 6-12, vets, and seniors $3; kids 5 and under and active duty military FREE. All proceeds go toward the restoration of Selma Mansion.

AND Saturday from noon to 6 pm, on West Marshall in the vicinity of Kohn St., the Norristown Business Association presents the international Gran Festival. Music, food, vendors. Note that W. Marshall St. in that vicinity will be closed Saturday.

Elmwood Park Zoo will close at 1 pm on Saturday in preparation for their "Beast of a Feast" celebration of the zoo's 90th birthday that night. The Feast is sold out.

Saturday night, 8 pm to 1 am, Pennsylvania Underground Paranormal Society will hold a paranormal investigation of Selma Mansion with special guest Rosalyn Bown. Come meet Selma's ghosts. $20 per person. Reservations a must. Call 610-597-3619.

Sunday at 7 pm, The Elmwood Park bandshell concerts continue. This week, in the lead up to Independence Day, Norristown's Verdi Band under the direction of Ken Laskey, will perfom patriotic and other works. Refreshments at the snack stand. Sponsored by The Arcadia Foundation. For cancellations, call 610-270-0467 on the day of the concert.

According to the Municipal calendar, a Town Hall meeting with Chief Talbot is scheduled for Monday night at 7 pm at Hancock Fire House, 820 W Airy. I haven't heard anything else about this anywhere so I'm not positive this is taking place.

Tuesday night is the Municipal Council Meeting. The Municipal calendar says 7:30 pm, but lately the meetings have taken place at 6:30 so I'm not sure which is right. I'll let you  know when I find out. No agenda posted yet, but I heard that Temple University will present the findings of the sustainable food survey of Norristown that they did a few months back.

Wednesday from 2-4 pm, you can attend a FREE Basic Computer Skills Class at Montgomery County OIC, Arch Street. Participants will learn basic computing skills and applications of Windows. Space is limited to 8 per session, registration is required. Call (610) 279-9700 to register.

N. Cameron Chandler
Thursday night at 7 pm, Christ UCC Church at Noble and W. Marshall presents their annual Independence Eve Concert in the church parking lot. The Concert will feature The Song Sheets, N. Cameron Chandler, and special guest Josh Myers. Bring a lawn chair. Refreshments will be available.

Next Friday is Independence Day! There will be events all day long-- a 5K run, our annual parade, concerts. I'll post them all next Thursday.

Meantime, get out and enjoy!

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