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Pursued by a Bear, in Skippack

Tomorrow is a special evening in Skippack. One of the times I look forward to most of all. Mrs. Skippack Blogger and I will leave the house, walk into town, and head to the Barn theater on Store Road, home of Playcrafters of Skippack. A peaceful evening walk thru a beautiful village, followed by great live theater. What a lifestyle.

This time, theater night in Skippack promises to be especially rewarding — a world premiere play, Pursued by a Bear by John O’Hara, a writer based in Skippack. I’ve met with the playwright, director and cast members — one of the pleasures of being the Skippack Blogger. Now it only remains to sit back and relax as this talented crew delivers the goods.

Tears, Laughter, and a Special Request

Pursued by a Bear poses a simple but powerful question. “If you knew you had only six months to live, what would you ask for from those closest to you?”

Director David Deratzian explains, “The main character in the play, Jack, must figure out what to do with regard to the future of his six year old daughter.” He turns to his friends for help, asking them to look after his daughter after he’s gone. The story of the play evolves from this request.

In the play Pursued by a Bear, Jack's friends react as they learn of his cancer diagnosis. From left to right: Ben Fried, Greg Kasander, Jerome Neville.

In the play Pursued by a Bear, Jack’s friends react as they learn of his cancer diagnosis. From left to right: Ben Fried, Greg Kasander, Jerome Neville.

Writer John O’Hara gives his play a feeling of reality, creating characters who make believable decisions, behave in authentic ways (not always nice but real), and find humor in the most challenging circumstances.

The unfolding drama explores both the joys and limits of friendship. One question posed — are these people, who’ve been friends for thirty years, really friends?”

Pursued by a Bear performed in the intimate setting of the Barn theater offers a very personal entertainment experience. Watching a dress rehearsal, I found myself drawn to the characters as their awareness of the meaning of events deepens. I got so caught up in the play that I left my notebook at the theater and had to walk back for it.

Faced with life's most difficult decisions, Jack turns to his friends. Will they provide the support he needs?

Faced with life’s most difficult decisions, Jack, played by Lenny Grossman, turns to his friends. Will they provide the support he needs?

The Right Place for this Premiere

It is fitting that Pursued by a Bear have its world premiere in Skippack. We are town that thrives on interpersonal relationships. Shop here a few times and shop owners will know you by name. The server who pours my coffee at breakfast knows me. Authenticity and warmth are our ace in the whole; what Skippack can offer you that you can’t get easily at Walmart or the King of Prussia Mall.

Human connection is the essence of small town life and the defining characteristic of Skippack. Men and women trying to get along, find happiness, and build meaningful relationships, in the face of their own mortality.

In such places, happiness Is found. In such places, great drama is written and produced.

For more information, visit Playcrafters of Skippack.

Autumn and Other Skippack Seasons

Upcoming Events

First Friday

Skippack Days

Winetober Fest

International Car Show

Skippack all year round, yes. But fall is my favorite time.

The Rest of the Year

Skippack Fall

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–

True, I love the giddiness of spring, when Skippack Village reawakens, and people start to reappear in numbers along the sidewalks and in the Cabana Bar. Youthful expectation fills the air; the unexpressed potential of months ahead.

Summer days are warm and relaxed, more easygoing. Perfect for dining outside and an occasional escape into one of our beautiful, air-conditioned shops, each individually owned and run and a special world unto itself.

November ends and December brings the holiday shopping season, decorations, lights, and boisterous gatherings at our restaurants and pubs: The festive flicker of a candle before the quiet of late winter.

And yes, I welcome the rest that comes in January and February.

Skippack Autumn

IMG_8702But fall is special: it is Skippack in her prime, elegantly dressed in rich red and orange, confident with experience of past seasons, but still retaining her youthful energy. Her appetite for activity is still in full force: She is now a seasoned hostess, undiminished by the passage of time.

And how is this autumn energy expressed? Fall is the busiest season on the events calendar. There is the first fall First Friday on Oct 2. First Fridays have been consistently excellent this year, so you don’t want to miss this kick off event in the month of October.

To see the full beauty of Skippack autumn, go inside our shops. This is a Halloween display from Pennsylvania Traditions.

To see the full beauty of Skippack autumn, go inside our shops. This is a Halloween display from Pennsylvania Traditions.

Quick upon the heels of First Friday is Skippack’s most well-known and well-attended event, Skippack Days, a two-day craft, shopping, and entertainment extravaganza. Skippack at its liveliest, with crowded sidewalks and exhibit after exhibit of crafts, household items, jewelry, and gifts.

The following week is Winetober, our popular wine festival. And the next week is the International Car show. This is no ordinary car show. Classic and antique automobiles shine like jewels set against the green velvet beauty of Skippack Village. It is an event not to be missed. A powerful display of the potential for elegance and sophistication in small town life.

And there is always more. Don’t overlook our community theater. Also here you find the incredible potential for sophistication in a small town. And if you want peak into Skippack’s past, checkout events of the Skippack Historical Society’s Annual Banquet, which takes place in November.

So much depth to this village. Who can know her? Who can know her?

See for Yourself: The Beauty of Skippack in Autumn

Living History in Skippack: Our Legacy Comes to Life

You say want a revolution? Well, come to Skippack and find out what a real revolution looks like — a hopeful revolution, when we were a young country and ran after freedom and liberty, when our freedom meant everything.

The Skippack Historical society holds its living history celebration, the Revolutionary Encampment in Skippack, on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, Sept 25 (these are the dates for 2016). The hours:

  • Saturday — 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday — 11 am to 4 pm

The living history event is in honor of the encampment of George Washington and 10,000 Continental troops in the Skippack area in 1777.

Location

The living history event takes place at Evansburg Road and Skippack Pike, the location of the IndenHofen Farmstead, a property maintained by the Skippack Historical Society, across the street from the Skippack branch of the US Post Office (3801 Skippack Pike).

Continental Army Drills and Demonstrations

On Saturday, the 1st New Jersey Regiment will be marching, firing muskets, hanging out in their tents, and demonstrating campsite activities. On Sunday, the PA Rifle Regiment will join them.

Colonial-era Celebs

On Sunday, George Washington and Betsy Ross will make an appearance.

Colonial One Room School House

Skippack Living History On both Saturday and Sunday at 2:15 p.m, the one room school house opens its doors, with the charming but strict colonial schoolmarm Miss Hawkesworth ready to steal the show. Don’t miss this awesome lesson which touches on many aspects of history, education, and life. It takes place inside the barn.

Demonstrations

  • On both days: demonstrations on the work and life of an itinerant cooper, open hearth cooking, rug braiding, apple butter making, Indian artifacts,  colonial artifacts,  and old time corn shelling. 
  • On Saturday: colonial games for children and quilting.
  • On Sunday: basket making.

Tours

On both Saturday and Sunday, tours of the historic IndenHofen House, built around 1712, and barn.

Speakers

  • On Saturday at noon Mark Blystone will speak on Foraging for Supplies while at Valley Forge.
  • On Sunday, at  12:15 p.m., Doug Shupinsky will speak on Effects on Residents during the Revolutionary War.

Music

On Sunday, there will be a dulcimer concert. 

Multimedia

To get a taste of the action, watch this video:

First Fridays 2015: The Music is Awesome

The quality of music at First Fridays in Skippack is outstanding. Each month, visitors enjoy a first-class musical journey as they walk down Skippack Village’s Main Street, encountering sweet sounds from a diverse array of talented musical performers.

This amazing gathering of musical talent is largely thanks to Scott Nethery, who is a project manager in the automated identification and package logistics industry, bass player for the band The SuperNaturals, and the husband of Schang-Hai Gallerie owner Barbara Schang.

Finding Talent

Roberto de Matthaeis plays original compositons, both his own style of South American music and jazz.

Roberto de Matthaeis plays original compositons, both his own style of South American music and jazz.

I asked Scott how he found all these great musicians.

“Being a musician myself I already know a lot of talented people in the local area. But I’ve had great luck finding peformers at the some of the local open mics. For instance, this Friday’s headlining act is Mr. Fuzzy and The Barbarian, they run their own open mic at The American Barber Company in Collegeville. It’s half barber shop, half music hall; a very unique place.

“Other performers such Anthony Rotelle (pictured at the top of the page, a fine singer and songwriter from nearby Worcester) and Roberto de Matthaeis (who plays original compositions on guitar, keyboard, and percussion) I’ve found at DiVinci’s In Collegeville and The Whitpain Tavern’s open mics. Both places draw outstanding talents from the local area.”

Looking Ahead

Musician Chris Seasholtz will perform during First Friday in July as part of a live art and music event at the TL Roth Studio Gallery. Chris is shown here performing at the gallery, which features the artwork of Terry Roth.

Musician Chris Seasholtz will perform during First Friday in July as part of a live art and music event at the TL Roth Studio Gallery. Chris is shown here performing at the gallery, which features the artwork of Terry Roth.

This upcoming First Friday, July 3, the headliners will be Mr Fuzzy and The Barbarians, who play mix of Blue Grass and Country. Also on the bill is Kendal Conrad, a singer and songwriter who has performed with country star Keith Urban and at our fine community theater Playcrafters of Skippack. Roberto de Matthaeis performs original compositions, both his own style of South American music and jazz.

In addition, as part of First Friday, artist Terry Roth will be doing a live painting performance in conjunction with musician Chris Seasholtz playing live acoustic rock music. This special, live art and music event will take place at the TL Roth Studio Gallery at 4010 Skippack Pike. For information, call 571-331-0167.

Catherine Offner, owner and music educator at Catherine’s Music Studio will be the headliner for First Friday in August.

In the video below, check out the beautiful South American sounds of Roberto de Matthaeis AKA Just Beto, a new arrival on the Skippack First Friday scene.