Through January 6 | Dining by Design: Nature Displayed on the Dinner Table
From the 1600s to present day, dinnerware designs have been inspired by nature. Everything from painted butterflies and hand-modeled flowers to molded seashells can be found on a fascinating range of dishes, plates and tureens. Visitors will see how hosts/hostesses brought the natural world into their dining rooms and will be introduced to some of the ways in which consumers purchased their dinnerware. Prepare to be delighted by this unusual, often humorous exhibition that lets you explore a visual feast of flora and fauna adorning hundreds of dazzling ceramics and tablewares. 5105 Kennett Pike Wilmington, Delaware. Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 800-448-3883 or winterthur.org.
May 1 & 2 | CHOICES
This movie was filmed and produced with the purpose of influencing change and inspiring hope for the many people who have lost their way in life due to incarceration and drug addiction.
CHOICES is based on the true story of how Ron James overcame 25 years of incarceration and drug addiction to become a successful published author and motivational speaker. James lived in Lancaster for a brief time before his last incarceration; ironically, T.J. Griffin, who plays the leading role in the film, is also from Lancaster. The film also stars America’s Got Talent winner and recording artist Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., New York Times best-selling author Rob Jolles and a cameo from Ron James himself.
The movie will be shown in select theaters across the country for a limited time. Tickets are on sale now at the Penn Cinema box office or online. For tickets, visit penncinema.com/movie/choices.
May 18 | World Night Market
Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) is teaming up with Music Friday, the City of Lancaster and Music for Everyone in hosting this free event, which brings the world to Lancaster by showcasing the cultures, foods, music, fashions and artistry of countries in which MEDA works. World Night Market is designed to promote the mission and vision of MEDA, a nonprofit committed to creating business solutions to poverty around the world. Last year’s event was a hit with more than 5,000 people in attendance. 100 block of N. Queen St. 6-10 p.m. (rain or shine). Information: 717-560-6546 or meda.org/wnm.
May 5 | Mayfest
The Maytown Historical Society will be celebrating Maytown’s birthday – founded on May 1, 1760 – with a house and garden tour of homes (all within walking distance from the town’s square), historical-themed children’s crafts, vendors/demonstrations, a 25-cent cakewalk and the traditional maypole dance. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (rain or shine). Information: 717-682-0953.
May 5 | Bike Lancaster Neighborhoods Event
Enjoy a relaxed bike tour as you circle the city of Lancaster, learning about the unique historic neighborhood identities from long-term residents who take pride in their neighborhoods. Join in the discovery by visiting individuals, churches, schools and more to learn about the city of Lancaster. Different story tellers will be on hand at each stop to share short presentations about their history, challenges and aspirations for the future of Lancaster. Each group will be guided by a leader as individuals bike from story teller to story teller. $30 for adults; $20 for students. To register, call the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society at 717-393-9745 or visit lmhs.org/events/field-trips. When registering, select a starting time: 8:15, 8:30, 8:45 or 9 a.m. 323 West James St. For more details, visit Facebook.com/groups/1624503820936895. If inclement weather is forecasted, find updates and changes on the group’s Facebook page.
May 5 | Pretzel Fest
Kiwanis Club of Lititz and Lititz Retailers will host this family-friendly event. Stroll through the charming downtown area and learn how Lititz played a role in making the pretzel a popular American snack food. Event features enticing treats, games and entertainment. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets required. Information: 717-560-2295 or lititzpretzelfest.com.
May 4-6 and 11-13 | Songs For A New World
Triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s song-cycle musical offers a vibrant, thrilling and moving journey through the life-changing moments that define us. The unforgettable songs weave individual stories into an electrifying evening, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery. This show features some of the most remarkable songs from the early works of this celebrated composer-lyricist, known also for his work with The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County, 13, and Honeymoon in Vegas. 631 S. Water St. Information: 717-327-5124 or primatheatre.org.
May 25-27 | Adamstown Community Days
The 16th annual Adamstown Community Days will include carnival rides, bingo, games, food and entertainment. Live entertainment will be presented nightly: Friday, Flamin’ Dick & the Hot Rods; Saturday, The Kramer Brothers; and Sunday, The Uptown Band. A 10,000-rocket fireworks display will take place Sunday at 10 p.m. W. Main St., Adamstown. Friday, 5-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 2-10 p.m. Information: 717-484-4973 or adamstowncommunitydays.com.
May 4 | Go Red For Women Luncheon
Get informed about the risks of heart disease and stroke by joining the American Heart Association for this annual event. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. The luncheon will encourage women of all ages to become champions of heart health. Enjoy a heart-healthy meal, educational and inspirational speakers, a silent auction and more. 620 Bent Creek Dr., Lititz. Information: lancastergored.heart.org.
May 26 & 27 | The Great PA FlavorFest
Celebrating 11 years, this festive occasion offers free wine samplings from more than 20 wineries. Enjoy cooking demos, culinary workshops, musical entertainment, a special children’s section and more. 2775 Lebanon Rd., Manheim. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 717-665-7021 or parenfaire.com/flavorfest.