Guest Blogging

We are always looking for high-quality guest bloggers to feature on Discover Lehigh Valley’s blog, Lehigh Valley InSite.

Topics could include event previews, a first-hand experience at an attraction, a restaurant review, and more. We want to see your creativity.

Credit will be given to the author on the blog. Interested in writing something? Reach out to Kaitie for details.

Guest Blog Posts

Free Fishing Day in Pennsylvania

May 30th, 2012 posted by

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Memorial Day will always be a day remembered for honoring our fallen veterans, parades and barbecues, but a new tradition is quickly making a name for itself in @visitpa and @lehighvalleypa, free fishing day.

Every Memorial Day and Labor Day, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows adults to fish for free, in hopes of catching the fishing bug and become a regular angler.

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Rusted Root at SteelStacks

May 24th, 2012 posted by

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Rusted Root courtesy of Erika Liodice

Music has a magical way of taking me back to certain moments in my life.

Billy Joel conjures up childhood car rides with my dad drumming his hands on the steering wheel, Delerium whisks me back to dating my husband and gives me butterflies all over again, and Rusted Root reminds me of summers in Lehigh Valley when I was a teenager, driving around in my Jeep Wrangler with the top off and my hair blowing in the wind. They were carefree times.

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Civil Twilight at SteelStacks

April 18th, 2012 posted by

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Civil Twilight Courtesy of Erika Liodice - www.erikaliodice.com

The bands that venture to Lehigh Valley to perform at Steel Stacks’ Musikfest Café are different as night and day, but having seen four shows there, I’ve discovered one similarity between them: they all turn to the giant illuminated blast furnaces behind them and say, “Wow, this place is beautiful.”

They’re right; it is beautiful, which is one of the many reasons my husband and I love going there for concerts. We returned again on Saturday night to see one of our favorite bands, Civil Twilight.

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Ingrid Michaelson Live at Muhlenberg College

March 28th, 2012 posted by

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Photo Credit: http://www.erikaliodice.com/

My idea of a perfect concert is seeing an act I love at an intimate venue that’s close by with plenty of parking, all for an affordable price. In other words: a pipe dream. Seeing an act I love usually requires battling traffic to get to Philly or Manhattan, paying an obscene amount to park, and contending with large crowds.

So when I learned that one of my favorite singers, Ingrid Michaelson, was performing right here in Lehigh Valley at Muhlenberg College for $20 per ticket, I couldn’t purchase mine fast enough. On the way to the show last Sunday, however, doubt started to set in. Were we substituting traffic jams and expensive parking for an evening surrounded by drunken college kids?

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Chuck Negron at SteelStacks Musikfest Cafe

November 3rd, 2011 posted by

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Last Saturday, my girlfriend and I took in Chuck Negron at the Musikfest Cafe. Who? I said Chuck Negron, one of the three lead singers for Three Dog Night, the other two being Danny Hutton and Cory Wells.

Negron, whose kid plays bass in the band, started the concert with “Black and White,” followed by other classic Three Dog Night songs. Our seats where in the back row of the VIP balcony and we stood for a great portion of the show. Negron himself stated that we are lucky to have a historic venue such as this in Lehigh Valley. He also took a shot at the occupy Wall Street movement, saying that back in the day they’d be working.

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The Celtic Classic Returns to Bethlehem

September 23rd, 2011 posted by

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September 23, 24, 25 - 2011

I’m a huge fan of Bethlehem; the city really embraces the festival spirit, and it gives visitors to Lehigh Valley a great opportunity to experience the culture and charisma of the town.

Last year, I attended my first Celtic Classic. After experiencing a few rounds of Musikfest, I knew a bit about how Bethlehem ‘Fests operate, but that’s as far as my expectations took me.

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How to get to Sesame Street!

September 14th, 2011 posted by

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PBS39 Media and Education Center

This past weekend was very busy for the folks at PBS39, as they celebrated the grand opening of the new PBS39 Public Media and Education Center. Now at it’s new location 839 Sesame Street, Bethlehem at the Steel Stacks complex, they had a Family Fun Ride and other festivities on September 10th, then dedicated a Peace Pole during it’s World Peace Flag Ceremony on September 11th.

On Friday, a few of us 4O1!ers had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening Reception, where we got to rub elbows with The Cat in the Hat, Curious George, Mr. McFeely of Mr. Rogers Fame, and of course, Telebear!

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Welcome to the Big Leagues, “Kid”

August 29th, 2011 posted by

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Anthony Recker

Back in 1999, when people listened to Mambo No. 5 and Apple’s stock price was $42 a share, I played baseball as a senior at Salisbury High School. We faced some good players in Lehigh Valley at the time, including a big kid from Northwestern High School who threw 90 mph and was drafted by the Mets. But the best player in the area was an overgrown sophomore catcher from Catasauqua named Anthony Recker.

Even as a sophomore, Recker was a force. He could hit, mash for power, and no one dared run on his arm. One look at the darts he threw to second base during warm ups at the start of every inning was like a warning sign to the opposing team – don’t even THINK about stealing today.

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Summer Fun for Everyone at Dutch Springs

August 8th, 2011 posted by

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Aqua Park

My boyfriend and I took his kids, ages 10 & 8, to Dutch Springs last weekend. It was our first time there and we weren’t sure what to expect. I was happy to see that everyone entering the water park is required to wear a life jacket. The water was nice and cool — just the break we needed from the heat.

There was so much to do we weren’t sure where to start. The kids tried the Iceberg, but were unsuccessful, so we moved to the slides. They were so much fun … I’m 42, but I felt like a kid again.

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“To be, or not to be, that is the question…”

July 22nd, 2011 posted by

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Hamlet - 3

Most people, whether fans of Shakespeare or not, are familiar with this renowned opening line of the soliloquy presented by a distraught Hamlet reckoning the meaning of life. Its delivery by actor Justin Adams of The Acting Company at last night’s rendition of the play had the audience members on the edge of their seats.

In all, it’s no surprise the cast of Hamlet received a standing ovation after its performance on the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Main Stage in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. The applause can be attributed as much to their stellar acting as to an audience showing appreciation that national-caliber thespians make Lehigh Valley home for nearly two months each summer.

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