Shop Local in Lehigh Valley for Small Business Saturday on November 29

November 26th, 2014 posted by

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Down on Main Street

Well for better or worse, the holiday buying season is upon us. Please check out the Discover Lehigh Valley web site to see our partner’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals that offer some pretty good savings for those looking to save a buck or two. Sorry for the shameless plug, but it’s my blog so I can do what I want.

Now onto the “meat” of this blog. Saturday, November 29th is “Small Business Saturday.” This day was founded back in 2010 by American Express as a way to celebrate and support small business across the country, including those wonderful establishments that make their home here in Lehigh Valley.

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Some of Our Lehigh Valley Holiday Traditions. What Are Yours?

November 25th, 2014 posted by

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Do you hide a Christmas pickle?

Traditions. The holiday season is packed full of them. When I was child, I remember every Christmas Eve my good friend’s father would take us for a walk to see the lights in our neighborhood. It would help pass the time before we went to bed, eagerly anticipating the big man’s arrival (no not Clarence Clemons for you Springsteen enthusiasts), but good old Santa Claus.

I also remember visiting a dear friend that has since passed, the Friday after Christmas, for most of my childhood and early adult life. She always had presents for me as a child, and as I grew older, she still did. But what she didn’t realize was the conversation, and the wisdom she shared with me was the greatest gift. I still love and miss you. Betty.

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“Celebrity” Bartending Night at Weaversville Inn

November 21st, 2014 posted by

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Historic Weaversville Inn

What’s that you say? You’ve never been to Weaversville Inn? Well, there’s no better time to give it a try than tonight. It’s a special week for them, and they’ve got great things lined up.

The Weaversville Inn was built around 1835. Mr. Weaver bought the property which dated back to the 1700s and was at one point home to Hay’s Tavern. It is believed that Ben Franklin stayed at the tavern often on his trips through the area. The land used was part of the Craig Settlement which was the first English speaking settlement in Pennsylvania.

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Hockey Night in Allentown is really something to See!

November 20th, 2014 posted by

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Not One Bad Seat in the House

I’ll admit that I am not the biggest hockey fan, but I’m also not a bandwagon Johnny come lately, either. I watch the NHL playoffs every year. I don’t have a team, but I really do enjoy the sport. What does this all mean? It means that TV hockey, even if it’s the NHL playoffs, can’t hold a candle to the real thing!

Being there you get to see the line changes, all of the movement and setup for offensive and defensive plays that you don’t see on TV, because the camera is just following the puck. And then there is the noise, when a shot misses the net and hits the plexiglass it’s louder than you’re expecting if you’ve never seen it in person.

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The Best in Lehigh Valley Holiday Light Displays

November 18th, 2014 posted by

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With the holiday season just around the corner, now is the prime time to get out and see some of the spectacular displays throughout Lehigh Valley.

New this year, be sure to make your way to the Lehigh Valley Zoo for their Winter Lights Spectacular. With paid admission, visitors will be able to stroll at their leisure through a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights and animated displays. While on your walk, you’ll enjoy holiday music, family-friendly activities, hot cocoa,  and other festive food and beverages.

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Why You Should Go to the Christmas City Follies in Bethlehem this Holiday Season

November 14th, 2014 posted by

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Come to the Christmas City Follies!

Sure, we’ve all seen a performance of  “A Christmas Carol” and we’ve all seen “It’s a Wonderful Life” on TV and you bet someone in your house still owns a copy of “Jon Denver and The Muppets: A Christmas Together.” But, if you haven’t seen Touchstone Theatre’s “Christmas City Follies,” you haven’t seen it all.

The high-spirited, homegrown, vaudevillian variety show celebrates the Christmas season in the Christmas City in a way you probably haven’t seen before. Pirates have made an appearance, as have weird robot aliens, and a few elves that maybe have drank a few too many cups of eggnog. It’s a fun Christmas party and you and yours are more than welcome to come join in on the fun!

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7 Things To Do at The Great Allentown Comic Con This Weekend

November 13th, 2014 posted by

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Don't Keep The Joker waiting...

The Great Allentown Comic Con returns to Merchants Square Mall this weekend November 15th and 16th.

Show runs from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For the first time attendee or a con regular, here is a list of seven things to do at the con this weekend.

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Five Downtown Easton Shops to Visit This Holiday Season

November 11th, 2014 posted by

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Happy Holiday Shopping!

The time is fast approaching when we start thinking about holiday gifts and what we can possibly get dear Aunt Martha this year… the woman who complains about every gift she receives!

For most, holiday shopping comes in the combination of online orders, malls, and local stores. In today’s world, we all lead such busy lives so it’s understandable that online purchases must be made. I’ve always been a huge supporter of our local businesses and try to make a purchase from a local store when I can. It’s even better when a local business has an online site to shop on.

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Nine Lehigh Valley Holiday Activities To Try This Season

November 7th, 2014 posted by

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Festive Carriage Rides

With Thanksgiving on the horizon, Christmas will be here before you can finish your pumpkin latte. I figured why not take the time to share some of the great holiday happenings Lehigh Valley has to offer?

1. Let’s start in Bethlehem since it’s affectionately known as “Christmas City.” Since 1993 ArtsQuest has held Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem®, recognized by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the top holiday markets in the world there is no slowing down in sight for this yearly festival.

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A Salute to Veterans Planned in Hellertown / Introducing “Saucon Source”

November 6th, 2014 posted by

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Photo by Jim Gavenus

By Josh Popichak

Veterans Day is one of the most sacred U.S. holidays, but sadly it’s also one many people tend to forget. In many communities there is no formal recognition of the sacrifices veterans have made, but not so in Hellertown, where a Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Union Cemetery, 89 S. Main St., on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 10:15 a.m. Mayor Richard Fluck and others will deliver remarks at the event, which is organized annually by Hellertown’s Edward H. Ackerman American Legion Post 397–an organization that is truly committed to helping veterans.

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