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The Father's Day run Sunday, benefiting prostate cancer research, honors the late sportscaster Gary Papa.
The Father's Day run Sunday, benefiting prostate cancer research, honors the late sportscaster Gary Papa. (JACK McCOY)
Posted: June 15, 2012

Saturday

Blooming at the museum

The Rosenbach Museum & Library will host its free 20th Bloomsday Celebration from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday in front of the museum at 2008-10 Delancey Place. The museum will celebrate Irish author James Joyce with dramatic readings from Ulysses by more than 75 creative Philadelphians. Frank Delaney, writer, BBC host, and Booker Prize judge, will launch the festivities as the first reader. Rain location is the Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22d and Spruce Streets. In addition, the 24th annual Rosenbacchanal to benefit Bloomsday programming and the Rosenbach will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the Trinity Center. Information and dinner tickets: 215-732-1600, www.rosenbach.org.

Saturday

Freedom celebration

A Juneteenth National Freedom Day Celebration is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in Historic Germantown. Free programs will commemorate the end of slavery. The festival, hosted by the Johnson House Historic Site, the 6300 Germantown Avenue Business Alliance, and Historic Germantown, will be along the 6300 block of Germantown Avenue. Reenactment performances will include a Harriet Tubman character describing her adventures helping African Americans to seek their freedom, and Hercules, one of President George Washington's slaves. There will be guided tours in the house where runaway freedom seekers were hidden by the Johnsons, a Quaker family. Information: 215-438-1768, http://johnsonhouse.org/.

Saturday

Living history explored

A dramatic tour of downtown Norristown this weekend also will explore the living history of African Americans through a cooperative effort of Iron Age Theatre and the NAACP Youth Council of Norristown. A Juneteenth walking tour will feature stops where professional actors from the region will present scenes, monologues, or historical documents on the theme of freedom. Also, the youth council will share a bit of Norristown's history during the eight-block walk. The free hour-long tours leave every 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 2:20 p.m. from the Centre Theater, 208 DeKalb St. Turner Commuting Transit will provide vans between Iron Age Theatre's Juneteenth event and History Day at Selma Mansion. For more information or to reserve a tour, call 610-279-1013, email juneteenthnorristown@gmail.com, or go to http://www.ironagetheatre.org.

Sunday

Walking for papa and mama

The Gary Papa Run, a Father's Day 5K run/walk and one-mile fun walk, is planned Sunday to benefit prostate cancer research and awareness. It's named for the 6ABC sportscaster who died in 2009 of prostate cancer. The walk, presented by the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health, will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Drive, near the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Eakins Oval. Registration is $30 in advance, $35 on the day of the run. Information: www.garypaparun.com.

Monday

Places all aglow

Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Cairnwood Estate, and Glencairn Museum, three architectural gems in the Bryn Athyn Historic District, will be lit up this weekend during "Landmarks in Lights: A Celebration of Faith." From 8 to 11 p.m. Monday, Glencairn's first floor will be open for tours and its glass elevator available for rides to the building's top, which offers a view of the Philadelphia skyline. Cairnwood Estate also will be lit Monday night. Raymond Pitcairn, the oldest son of John and Gertrude Pitcairn, supervised the construction of the cathedral while he was living at Cairnwood. For more information, call 215-947-0266 or go to www.valleyforge.org.

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