Celebrating Chambourcin Weekend in Lehigh Valley

October 6th, 2015 posted by

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Join the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail for Chambourcin Weekend

Every March a bunch of us get together to experience “Vino in the Valley”, one of the many events throughout the year organized by the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail. It is a lot of fun because by then we can’t wait to get out of the house after a long winter of cabin fever.

Well, coming up on October 17th & 18th, we can take the scenic drive around Lehigh Valley to the nine family owned wineries that make up the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail before we batten down the hatches for winter. It will also be a great time to check out the fall foliage as we celebrate Chambourcin Weekend.

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Easton’s Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts Returns September 19 & 20

September 17th, 2015 posted by

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Riverside Festival of the Arts in Easton

The Lehigh Valley forecast for this weekend looks great, so if you had indoor plans for Saturday or Sunday, September 19 & 20 you may want to reconsider. Easton will, once again, hold its Annual Riverside Festival of the Arts at Riverside and Scott Parks.

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Rocking with ZZ Top, Collective Soul, 3 Doors Down and More at Musikfest

August 14th, 2015 posted by

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Ready, Set, Rock

There’s a reason I had a second cup of coffee today. I’m exhausted after two nights in a row enjoying the performances of five different bands on the Sands Steel Stage at Musikfest.

Lehigh Valley has no shortage of year round music venues but August is our time to show the world just how to throw a party! Thanks, ArtsQuest!

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Easton Heritage Day Returns on Sunday, July 12

July 9th, 2015 posted by

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Fireworks kick off just after dusk.

I love fireworks, but I miss them every year on the 4th of July because we go to a friend’s picnic instead. Not to worry! While Lehigh Valley has fabulous firework displays in Allentown and Bethlehem on the 4th, Easton holds out for a later date. Why, you may ask? Easton’s big celebration is on Heritage Day.

This year Heritage Day is on Sunday, July 12 in celebration of a historic event.

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What Makes Summer Concerts at the Levitt Pavilion in Bethlehem Special?

May 12th, 2015 posted by

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Levitt with Stacks (photo credit Frank Smith)

A few years back, Staples office supply stores used the famous holiday song clip “…it’s the most wonderful time of the year…” promoting back to school season. I thought that was a clever marketing ploy, but it’s just how I feel this time every year.

Why, you might ask? It is the start of free outdoor concert season in Lehigh Valley! Once again I can throw my long retired soccer mom chair in the trunk and head on over to live performances at the Levitt Pavilion on the SteelStacks campus in Bethlehem.

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Year Round Fun At Merchants Square Mall

March 5th, 2015 posted by

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Merchants Square Mall

Winter has been especially harsh this year in Lehigh Valley. I, like many others, long for warmer days when you can stroll through our quaint downtowns, popping in and out of their unique shops and boutiques.

Luckily we have Merchants Square Mall in Allentown to go to for that one of a kind shopping experience all year long. They have over 100,000 square feet of antique and collectibles shops and some pretty cool specialty and consignment stores too. I love seeing items I remember from my parents and grandparents homes as much as seeing the value of my collected treasures.

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“Weston’s Women” Debuts at Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley

February 27th, 2015 posted by

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I am always amazed at the difference between a picture I take and those by my professional photographer friends. Getting the right shot is really a talent, even with all the sophisticated digital equipment available today.

If you really want to appreciate original photos of fine art quality you must check out “Weston’s Women: Edward Weston and Cycles of Influence” at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. which runs through May 17.

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The 108th Bethlehem Bach Festival Returns in May

January 29th, 2015 posted by

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Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Like most people, I enjoy a wide variety of musical genres. I listen to the big band and swing legends of my parent’s youth, the great crooners in the Sinatra era, as well as old punk, funk, jazz, blues and the top 40 hits of today. Actually, I think the only music I never adopted was country.

Here in Lehigh Valley, we have plenty of great music venues to satisfy whatever live music you’re into. There’s the year round stages at SteelStacks, Miller Symphony Hall, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Godfrey Daniels Music Listing Room and annual musical events such as Musikfest and The Great Allentown Fair, to name a few.

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Some of Our Favorite Lehigh Valley Organizations to Donate To

December 9th, 2014 posted by

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The Art Museum is one of many organizations you can help

Five years ago I wrote a post about my favorite tax deductions. That one cost me a chunk of change after I realized a few of my memberships to the non-profit organizations I wrote about had lapsed.

Of course I had to renew them all before end of year. Well, it is mid-December again and the contents of my mailbox (the old fashion one on a post outside my house) are split between junk mail, Christmas cards, and solicitations for donations to a variety of charities.

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Allentown, a Downtown Back from the Past

October 30th, 2014 posted by

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PPL Center at 7th and Hamilton

I was not born and raised in Lehigh Valley but I’ve made it my home since 1981. I know local natives love their hometowns but I think transplants to the region (and visitors) have a special appreciation of Lehigh Valley.

My first introduction to the area was opening what is now the Holiday Inn Center City Allentown. The full service hotel at 9th & Hamilton Streets was the “Allentown Hilton” back then. We shared the intersection with the famous Hess’s department store which was still going strong, the iconic PPL tower and a really cool bar and restaurant, The Good Spirit on the fourth corner. As a young 20 something I was excited to be working in a real city.

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