Memorial Day service
The Laurel Hill Cemetery will offer a traditional Decoration Day service of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Meade Post 1 at noon Sunday. The service will be re-created at historic Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Ave., site of the first Memorial Day observance in Philadelphia in 1868. The entourage with honor guards will gather at the resting place of General Meade, hero of the Battle of Gettysburg. The free ceremony will include a wreath-laying and speeches. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony, and tours of Laurel Hill will be available. Information: 215-228-8200, www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.
The Old Fashioned Picnic at Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion on Saturday will feature activities for children and adults including a scavenger hunt, croquet, ring toss, and face painting. Visitors who wear Victorian clothing can have a photograph to take home. A juggler will perform, and hot dogs and root beer, popular during the Victorian era, will be served from noon to 3 p.m. at the mansion, 200 W. Tulpehocken St. Admission is free, but visitors pay $1 for each activity. Information: 215-438-1861,
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Not just beautiful
Useful uses for roses will be the topic Saturday at Wyck, 6026 Germantown Ave. Roses have been prized for centuries for their uses in beverages, desserts and potpourris. Wyck's landscape curator, Nicole Juday, will offer a tour at 2 p.m. through Wyck's historic rose garden, and she will demonstrate how to make rose petal jelly, rose water, rose beads, and potpourri. Admission is $7 for Wyck members, $10 for others. Information: 215-848-1690, www.wyck.org.
The Landsdowne Farmers' Market will be open every Saturday from Memorial Day through the fall featuring locally grown fruits, veggies, and meats including organics and heirlooms; pasture-raised meat and poultry; free-range eggs; hormone-free cow and goat milks, yogurts, and cheeses; freshly baked breads and pastries; cupcakes; salads, entrees, and desserts for eating at the market or taking home. Each week, an artist and a musician will be featured. The market, open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., is in the municipal parking lot across from Lansdowne Theater, 30 N. Lansdowne Ave. Rain or shine. Information: LansdowneFarmersMarket.com
Jazz on Colorado Court, presented by Lucky Old Souls, will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday at Colorado Court, 1713 McKean St. The free outdoor neighborhood concert will be near the future home of the Lucky Old Souls jazz club on McKean Street between 17th and 18th Streets in South Philadelphia. Food is available from a variety of vendors each week including Honest Tom's Tacos, Buttercream Cupcakes, Tyson Bees, and Little Baby's Ice Cream. Scheduled to perform is Three Blind Mice (featuring Lucas Brown and Victor North). Free. Information: 215-913-3617.
The fourth annual Great Pennsylvania FlavorFest is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Lancaster County. The fest includes wineries sampling their vintages, cooking demonstrations by area chefs, specialty foods for taste and sale, master artisans, live music, the Crafty Kids area, and free admission and parking. The event is at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery, 2775 Lebanon Rd., Manheim. Information: 717-665-7021.