It’s Thursday, so it’s time to think about the weekend plans. Check out a former American Idol contestant from our area perform. Enjoy a magical musical adaptation of Shakespeare. Play some bingo for a good cause. There’s plenty for everyone, so let Marple Newtown patch throw a few ideas out there.
1. American Idol on Stage
Where/When: Burlap and Bean, Fri., March 18 at 8 p.m.
Why Go: Kenny Hoffpauer, of Havertown, took part in the eighth season of FOX’s popular reality show. After his elimination, he teamed up with two bands, and has been working on a record that includes a song given to him by Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora. Casey Cattie will open for Hoffpauer.
2. Kidsummer Night’s Dream
Where/When: Swarthmore United Methodist Church; Fri., March 18, and Sat., March 19, at 7 p.m., and Sun., March 20, at 2 p.m.
Why Go: Performed by Marple Newtown Players, it’s a modern-day musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Full of mischief and mayhem, misunderstanding and magic potion mix-ups, the show is enjoyed by children of all ages.
Pricing: $7 general admission; $6 on Friday night if you buy four or more
3. Cherry Blossom Festival
Where/When: Newtown Public Library; Sun., March 20, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Why Go: Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival while learning some origami art. Hear some stories from Japan. Best for ages six and up.
4. Bingo Night
Where/When: Middletown Free Library; Sat., March 19, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Why Go: Bingo is fun and the event is for a great cause. You can play up to 20 games, and help raise money for the library. Pizza and soda will be served.
5. Candlelit Auction for Young Leaders
Where/When: Reformation Lutheran Church; Sat., March 19, at 5:30 p.m.
Why Go: You’ll be supporting the Youth Mission and Scholarship Fund, which will send 10 youth and four adult leaders to the Appalachia Service Project. Silent and live auction items include golf outings, a week at the shore and a hot air balloon ride. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a wine bar hosted by Chaddsford Winery. Guests will be treated to pianist Bill Meehan.
Price: Adults $20, Children (12 and under) $15