Cultural & Community Events

Mark your calendars and join us this spring for many exciting events including: plays, films, concerts, book signings and more!

The Herkness Real Estate Books

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Presenters: David Rowland, president of Old York Road Historical Society, and Dolores Fidishun, head librarian at Penn State Abington

Sponsored by: Old York Road Historical Society, Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association

Are you interested in the history of your neighborhood and possibly even your house? Come learn about the Herkness Real Estate Books, which document the dealings and developments of Herkness & Stetson Inc. and later Wayne and Malcolm Herkness who charted the Rydal and Meadowbrook areas' course between World Wars I and II. They chronicle the houses bought and sold--and sometimes built--by the Herknesses in Abington, Bethayres, Huntingdon Valley, Jenkintown, Lower Moreland, Meadowbrook, Rydal, and Upper Moreland.  Light refreshments to follow along with viewing the original books and tours of Penn State Abington’s Ogontz School Archive Room. Free admission

2:30 p.m., Library, Woodland Building

Friday Night Film Series: Bethlehem

Friday, March 20, 2015Bethlehem

Moderator: Dr. Mills

Riveting Israeli film dealing with the complex relationship between a Jewish secret service agent and his teenage Palestinian informant. Admission: $10 (Free to Students, Faculty, and Staff with ID)

7:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

Tribute to The Piano Man: Robert Eric and Band

Friday, March 27, 2015Piano man

Co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Jenkintown, and partially funded by the Sally Leah Reinitz Endowment for the Arts.

If you know every word to Billy Joel’s Piano Man or Only the Good Die Young don’t miss Robert Eric and his band’s rockin’ re-creation of the live Billy Joel experience! Eric, known as “Philly’s Piano Man,” began his Piano Man Tribute in 2003, he and his band have opened for Billy Joel twice at the Wachovia Center. Admission: $10, tickets sold at the door (Free to Students, Faculty, and Staff with ID)

7:30 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium (Doors open at 7 p.m.)


Check out the band at http://www.roberteric.com/

Deserving Desire: Women’s Stories of Sexual Evolution

Friday, April 10, 2015Deserving Desire: Women's Stories of Sexual Evolution

Dr. Beth Montemurro, author and associate professor of sociology

Dr. Beth Montemurro, author of Deserving Desire: Women’s Stories of Sexual Evolution, discusses her wide-ranging look at the evolution of women’s sexuality over time, and shares stories based on interviews with a diverse group of 95 women between the ages of 20 and 68. Dr. Montemurro explores how women become more comfortable with their bodies, when most begin to enjoy sex, and more. She will be reading excerpts from her book, taking questions and signing books, which will be available for purchase.  Free admission

7 p.m., Lubert Commons, Lares Building

Penn State at the Philly POPS!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

We invite you to "Epic Hollywood Soundtracks" featuring conductor Michael Krajweski, the Philadelphia POPS Orchestra and the POPS Festival Chorus. Enjoy scores from the most popular films of all time as the Philly POPS perform music from Gone With the Wind, Ben Hur, Dances With Wolves, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and more. The afternoon includes a VIP Lunch at the Kimmel Center with a special program prior to the show. Space is limited. Admission $55

Register online: http://bit.ly/1AzzZKv

For more information call 215-881-7378.

1 p.m., The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Friday Night Film Series: Belle

Friday, April 17, 2015Belle

Moderator: Dr. Mills

Enjoy the intriguing story of the beautiful multi-racial daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral who is reared by her aristocratic uncle in 18th century England. Complications are sure to ensue. Admission: $10 (Free to Students, Faculty, and Staff with ID)

7:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

An Afternoon with the Arts--Opera Lecture: Don Carlo

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Moderator: Dr. Mills

A beautiful noblewoman is betrothed to the father, but loves his son. This tragic triangle sets in motion one of Verdi's most brilliant operas. Composed at the height of the Maestro's career, Don Carlo is filled with gorgeous music that exemplifies the lust, the greed, the betrayals, the murderous rage that overpowers the lives of these aristocrats caught in the chaotic turmoil of 16th century Europe. Light refreshments served during intermission. Admission: $15 (Free to Students, Faculty, and Staff with ID)

2:30 p.m., 112 Woodland Building

Spring Theater Showcase

April 23-25, 2015

Dilemma of a Ghost

This play tells the story of what happens when an African man brings his African American bride home to his village to meet his family and make a new life. When cultures collide, how does love survive, Ghanian playwright Ama Ata Aidoo asks, in this delightful comedy performed by Penn State Abington students. Admission: $5, tickets sold at the door (Free to Students, Faculty, and Staff with ID)

April 23: 7 p.m. Sutherland Auditorium
April 24, 25: 8 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

Make Your Own Succulent Wreath!

Saturday, April 25, 2015succulent wreath

Grab your friends and join us to learn the techniques for creating an amazing living wreath, featuring beautiful succulents in an array of colors & textures that will provide year-round interest. These unique wreaths will offer a piece of living artwork for your outdoor space and they are low maintenance & drought tolerant! Each participant takes home a 14-inch living succulent wreath. All materials are included in the cost. Space is limited to 20.

Admission $45

Register: 215-887-5900.
 
1 p.m., PHS Meadowbrook Farm,
1633 Washington Lane, Meadowbrook

Spring Sing

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Treat your soul to the magical harmonies of the Penn State Abington singers, musicians and a capella group, the AbingTones. Free admission

7:30 p.m., Sutherland Auditorium

Briar Bush Commissioner Walk

Saturday, May 9, 2015Briar Bush Commissioner Walk

Briar Bush walks are a great way to get to know your commissioners and other important people in the community, while learning more about local natural areas. Join Briar Bush and Penn State Abington for a walk on Penn State Abington’s campus with commissioner Steven Kline and Dr. Karen Wiley Sandler, Chancellor, Penn State Abington.


The walk will begin at the Sutherland Building. Free admission

9 a.m., Sutherland Building


For more information about the Briar Bush Nature Center, please visit www.briarbush.org

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Pam Brobst
Pam Brobst
215-881-7634
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215-881-7634
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