The grand opening of Morris Arboretum's popular summer Garden Railway Display is this weekend with the theme "Around the World in an Afternoon!," 12 architectural wonders, including the Great Wall of China, Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Sphinx, Eiffel Tower, recreated in miniature with natural materials, on a quarter-mile track through the Arboretum's garden, nestled among woody plants and colorful flowers, 100 Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Grand opening celebration is Saturday, May 25, 1-3pm, with children's activities. Pennsylvania Train Weekend, June 8-9, Train Enthusiast Night, June 13, Circus Week, June 29 through July 7.
Longwood Gardens' Fireworks and Fountains kicks off this weekend with illuminated fountain shows, fireworks and concerts scheduled throughout the summer: Rocket Man: Music of Elton John, May 25, August 17, September 14; Celebrate America, July 3; Festive Fireworks: Music of Dmitri Shostakovich, July 20, August 31. Includes all day admission to the Gardens, Route 1, Kennett Square, PA.
The National Constitution Center pays tribute to the men and women who have given their lives in defense of the Constitution and its legacy of freedom with activities that explore how Americans today honor our military heroes this Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27, with special shows, flag etiquette workshops, flag ceremonies, flag folding activity, karaoke, make and take crafts and more, included with museum admission, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin: An Unfortunate History" takes to the stage as the finale of EgoPo Classic Theater's yearlong American Vaudeville Festival. Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling book of the 19th century and radically transformed the nation's sentiments toward slavery, and the stage adaptation became the most seen play in American history. Into the 20th century, theatrical productions fostered racial stereotypes, ironically inhibiting the kind of social progress that the book had sought to promote. EgoPo revisits the original story with a twist – a race-reversed adaptation that tackles questions of diversity, empathy, race relations and liberation, starring Ed Swidey as Uncle Tom, Steven Wright as Augustine St. Clare, and Tiffany Bacon as Marie St. Clare. Directed by Lane Savadove and choreographed by Paule Turner, the unique world premiere is onstage May 31 through June 9, Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia.
New Jersey's Wildwoods host special events: Wildwoods International Kite Festival, Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27 on the Beach at Rio Grande Avenue and inside the Wildwoods Convention Center, beginning with illuminated night kite fly, Friday, May 25, 9pm; Boardwalk Craft Shows, Saturday and Sunday, May 25-26, 9am-5pm; Wildwood Crest Summer Kickoff Concert, Sunday, May 26, 7:30pm, outdoor concert with the Fabulous Greaseband, Centennial Park, Fern Road and Ocean Avenue, Wildwood Crest, NJ.
The 24th Annual Cape May Music Festival features music for all, from classical to world traditions to new sounds. Artists include Girsa with McDermott's Handy performing traditional Irish Music, as well as classics from the Bay-Atlantic Symphony, the New York Chamber Ensemble and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players, to Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers. Bach's Lunches, mini-concerts offered by members of the Bay-Atlantic symphony, offer an alternate intimate environment where concert goers can enjoy afternoon concerts and elegant tea luncheons. The Festival kicks off Sunday, May 26 through Thursday, June 13 at various venues in Cape May, NJ. Presented by the Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities (MAC).
- Public Radio