May is the month for some of the most anticipated outdoor social events of the year. Take in a day of steeplechase racing and celebrate Mother’s Day at Winterthur’s Point-to-Point on May 8. A week later, on May 15, it’s the 19th running of the Willowdale Steeplechase in Kennett Square. This year’s theme, “Hats Off to Horses,” pays tribute to a pair of event staples: over-the-top headwear and fabulous cuisine. May 21 brings the 81st Radnor Hunt Races (pictured). More than 20,000 steeplechase and tailgate enthusiasts are expected for the day’s six races, with purses totaling $180,000. And May 26-June 5, the internationally renowned Devon Horse Show and Country Fair features world-class competition, exhibitions and family fun, all to benefit Bryn Mawr Hospital. Visit winterthur.org/ptp, willowdalesteeplechase.org, radnorhuntraces.org and thedevonhorseshow.org.
Break out the grass skirts and party along to the Players Club of Swarthmore’s rousing rendition of South Pacific, running thru May 14. Winner of multiple Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, this 1949 classic chronicles love, betrayal and the sacrifices of war, all set against the sultry backdrop of French Polynesia and the mysterious Bali Ha’i. Delving into taboo topics of race and forbidden relationships, audience favorites include “Happy Talk,” “Younger Than Springtime” and “There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame.” $11-$22. 614 Fairview Ave., Swarthmore. Call (610) 328-4271 or visit pcstheater.org.
May 4 at the Keswick Theatre won’t be your typical popcorn-and-Milk-Duds affair, but feel free to sneak them in, anyhow. The 2011 Greenfield Youth Film Festival offers local high school students VIP access to film industry vets and university-level resources, culminating in this annual showcase, which features compelling work like After the Bombs (pictured), by Owen J. Roberts High School students Craig Hacker and Kyle Boland. Conestoga, West Chester East and Bayard Rustin are just a few of the other local high schools that participated this year. Awards recognize distinguished achievement in music, editing, animation, collaboration, screenwriting and more. 7 p.m. Free. 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. Visit greenfieldyouthfilmfestival.com.
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