Good morning. Get out this weekend, despite the forecast for rain. Dig out the umbrellas and go. (Unless otherwise noted, more information can be had by clicking on the header links to start each Get Out item.)
62nd Annual Merion Scout Fair. A Merion tradition since 1950, the Scout Fair is held at a place you may have only been to for a wedding or bar mitzvah. But the Merion War Tribute House was in fact donated to the Merion Boy Scouts by Eldridge Reeves Johnson (co-creator of the Victor Talking Machine Co.) in 1917, the year the Boy Scouts of America was recognized by Congress. The “Merion Liberty Troop,” as it was known back then, was an original troop within the Boy Scouts, founded in 1910. On Saturday, 101 years later, the grounds of the Tribute House will be filled with classic carnival games, prizes, hot dogs and hamburgers, a silent auction, and a 3 p.m. live auction. The Merion Cub Scout Pack 71, which takes pride in the amount of community service they give to Lower Merion every year, is evidently very good at raising money—many years ago, a group of their predecessors raised $1.4 million in Liberty War Bonds. When: Saturday (5/14), noon-4 p.m. Where: The pretty grounds of the Merion War Tribute House, 625 Hazelhurst Avenue, Merion Station. Cost: Free, with $1 tickets good for two games each.
Zydeco Dance Debut. The zydeco group Allons Danser, which recently adopted Ardmore as its new home, has its first dance blowout tonight, featuring live music from Preston Frank & Big Daddy Zydeco. A blend of Cajun, country, Caribbean, Creole, African and Louisiana sounds, zydeco is an extra large to-go container of spicy gumbo for the soul, organizers tell Ardmore Patch (look for a full story on Allons Dancer later today). When: Friday (5/14), 7:30 p.m.-midnight. Where: The Palombaro Club, 2632 E County Line Rd, Ardmore. Cost: $20 (includes a one-hour dance lesson; cash bar). For more information, click here.
. Sponsored by the Lower Merion High School Sophomore Class, this community event will have vendors (arts, crafts, clothing, second-hand stuff, etc.), food and music. Some of the proceeds will go toward Wynnewood’s own Alex’s Lemonade Stand, an organization that raises money to fight childhood cancer. Vendor tables (you can team up with neighbors for a sort of on-the-road garage sale) were still available as of this writing—$22 for the first table, $18 for any additional tables (contact LMSpringSale@gmail.com). When: Saturday (5/14), 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Lower Merion High School, 301 E. Montgomery Ave, Ardmore. Cost: Free.
Speaking of the weather, today is set to remain beautiful. So we’ll borrow this excellent suggestion from our friends at the Bryn Mawr Patch: get out and support the Harriton High School girls varsity softball team as they take on Carroll, just up Route 30 a piece. When: Friday (5/13), 3:45 p.m. Where: Archbishop Carroll High School, 211 Matsonford Road, Radnor. Cost: Free.
Narberth Music Festival. This is one of Narberth’s fairly regular closings of Haverford Avenue during the fair weather, for strolling and running into neighbors from around the Lower Main Line, having a beer and a bite of street food, watching a magic act, getting your face painted, and taking in acts with names like The Dill Pickle Old Time Orchestra (face painting combined with beer is not allowed). Also scheduled: Cabin Dogs, Rock Hill, The Zing Kings, and the Broesler School Dancers. When: Sunday (5/15), 2-7 p.m. Where: Forrest & Haverford avenues, downtown Narberth. Cost: Free, with an optional donation to Philabundance—monetary or canned goods, or both.
: Time: Friday: 10 p.m. (9:30 p.m. on Thursday). Where: 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.
: Friday: The Autumn Defense, 7:30 p.m.; $17. Saturday: The Macchiato Band, with Heavy Harold, 8 p.m.; Free. Where: 2 . Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.
The Rusty Nail: Fridays and Saturdays: Original music from local bands. Sunday: “Live at the Nail” radio show, 6 p.m. Click here for admission prices, times, and more information. Where: 2580 Haverford Rd., Ardmore.