Devon Horse Show and Country Fair return after two years away [Events roundup] – Delco Times

The following events are planned for the coming week across the region:

• After a pandemic-induced two-year hiatus, the Devon Horse Show & Country Fair returns this year, from Thursday to June 5 at 23 Dorset Road, Devon. Before the pandemic, the Devon Horse Show had been held annually since 1896 and is considered both the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed horse competition in the United States. In 1919 the Devon Country Fair was established as the philanthropic arm of the organization to raise funds for Bryn Mawr Hospital, while providing the community with fun family activities. The horse show runs throughout the day and evening and takes place rain or shine. Doors open daily around 8:00 a.m. and close around 10:00 p.m. The Country Fair area opens around 10:00 a.m. for plenty of food stalls, midway, and shopping. On the first Sunday, doors open at 11 a.m. and horse show lessons begin at noon. On the last Sunday, the show ends around 3 p.m. and is immediately followed by a plant sale. For ticket options, an overview of special events including Devon After Dark parties and more information, visit

• Comedian Anthony Rodia presents ‘The Road Rage Tour’ at the Santander Performing Arts Centre, Reading, Friday at 7.30pm. Rodia is known for his insightful, real, and pointed observations on marriage, parenthood, road rage, and everything in between. worthy of a social media rant. In just two years, his ability to intimately portray life in all its absurdity has garnered over 700,000 social media followers with over 22 million views on YouTube. “I don’t write my humor based on what I think is funny; I write my humor based on what I think people will relate to the most,” he says. “I found you laughing at what you connect with. Anything home-related makes it even more fun. Tickets start at $39 at

Asking Alexandria headline a concert on Sunday at Santander Arena, Reading. (Courtesy of Danny Worsnop)

• Asking Alexandria and Nothing More with special guests Atreyu and Eva Under Fire will take over the Santander Arena on Sunday at 6.30pm. They are on tour in support of their seventh studio album, recorded as the five members hunkered down in a house in Franklin, Tennessee, in early 2021. They returned to their roots and drew inspiration from some of their early influences. and musics. heroes, including Led Zeppelin, Metallica, AC/DC and Queen. The project’s lead single, “Alone Again”, poignantly powerful and guitar-driven, was written by the entire band. Beyond its soulful lyrics and soaring melodies, it’s a rallying cry and a statement from a group of artists who are here to stay and ready more than ever to be heard. Tickets start at $29.50 at

• The Philly POPS will present its Memorial Salute Friday at 7 pm at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Led by guest conductor Byron Stripling, rising star singer Sydney McSweeney and violinist Jennifer Orchard will perform with the full POPS Orchestra. The show will feature a collection of patriotic anthems, classic American songbooks and showtunes. Memorial Salute, Philadelphia’s only concert in honor of Memorial Day, has been an annual tradition since 2016, especially for many service members and their families. Memorial Salute is part of the Philly POPS Salute Series, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, which honors the service community and families with free public concerts on civic celebration holidays. For more details and a link to free tickets, visit

• TCM Big Screen Classics and Fathom Events present 45th anniversary screenings of “Smokey and the Bandit” at select theaters Sunday, and next Wednesday and Thursday. Starring Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Sally Field and Jerry Reed, “Smokey and the Bandit” is one of the biggest box office hits of all time. Bandit (Reynolds), a fun-loving, fast-talking trucker, undertakes his wildest haul yet – delivering 400 cases of beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in just 28 hours. While Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Gleason) is on his trail and eager to teach him some respect for the law, the thug joins forces with good ol’ boy Cledus (Reed) and runaway bride Carrie (Field). ). Screenings include exclusive information from Turner Classic Movies. For participating theaters, show times and tickets, visit

• Steel River Playhouse, Pottstown, presents “Matilda” beginning Friday and weekends through June 12. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 2 p.m. on Sundays, June 4 and 11. Follow the rambling heroine as she outwits her enemies, discovers hidden talents and achieves her dreams in this fast-paced magical musical comedy based on Roald Dahl’s novel. Director Rebecca May Flowers notes, “Matilda reminds us to stand up for what’s right even when it’s really, really hard. Relying on your extraordinary mind will help you solve life’s big problems, but you can still have fun along the way! For tickets, visit

• ‘Road to Recovery’, a benefit concert for chainsaw carver Todd Gladfelter, will take place Saturday from noon to 5 pm at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton. Eight musical acts will perform. Admission is by donation to support Gladfelter and his ongoing recovery from partial paralysis suffered in a fall. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camping chair or blanket, and food will be available for purchase from Vince’s Cheesesteak food truck with ice cream from local dairy The Nesting Box. Performances will include Keith Brintzenhoff, Crow Hill, Luke Hertzog, Texas Rose Band, Big Valley Bluegrass, The Youngers, Dave Kline & The Mountain Folk Band, a presentation by Todd’s son, Bryce Gladfelter, a song from the Interns’ Spring Class by Hawk Mountain, the singing of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and a closing jam featuring Gladfelter, Kline and other musicians. For more information, visit

• Reading Public Museum hosts Dogs & Brews, a fundraiser in aid of the Animal Rescue League, on Sundays from noon to 4 pm. Spend the day on the museum grounds and visit local craft drink vendors and shop for treats, toys and other assorted crafts. Many food trucks will also be present on site. Tickets are $45 for individuals or $80 for couples. Designated driver tickets are $25, which includes admission to the event and museum and unlimited access to soft drinks and refreshments. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

• The Keswick Theatre, Glenside, features Mo’Nique headlining comedy shows on Fridays at 7pm and 10pm. Correy B, Craig McLaren, Turae, Malcom Hill and Buck Wild will also perform. ‘The Parkers’ star Mo’Nique proved her dramatic credentials when she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in ‘Precious’. But his talents don’t stop there. She brings the same fire to her first love, comedy, while successfully performing on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” BET’s “Comic View,” and The Montreal Comedy Festival, among others. She was also the first woman to host NBC’s “Showtime at the Apollo” and the visionary and star of Oxygen Network’s “Mo’Nique’s FAT Chance.” Tickets start at $50 at

• Thy Geekdom Con, Greater Philadelphia’s Anime and Gaming Convention, returns to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks Friday through Sunday. A gathering of all things geeky in pop culture, the convention includes acts, anime, artists, board games, comics, cosplay, crafters, panels, tabletop games, tournaments television/movies and video games. Hours are 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Discounted advance tickets are available at At the door, tickets are $45 for the entire weekend, $25 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday.

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