Lehigh Beats Lafayette!

November 24th, 2008 posted by

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After four years of frustration, my alma mater, Lehigh University, beat its archrival, Lafayette College, on Saturday. Here are my top five thoughts on the game:

1. This was the 144th time the teams played each other, making it the most often played rivalry in college football.

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Hidden Treasures Tour

November 22nd, 2008 posted by

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My wife, Sybil, two friends, Stan and Ellane, and I did 83% of the Hidden Treasures Tour last Sunday. This is the fourth year my wife and I have done the tour, and it never ceases to impress. Artist DeLana Hornbeck is the brains behind the tour and she does a great job.

Each of the six venues on the tour is a working studio of one of the artists. Two or more additional artists set up to sell their work in the studio as well, and light refreshments are generally available. You have the opportunity to talk with the artists and learn what’s behind their work and, in some cases, also see how it’s made. It is a great opportunity to see and buy original work.

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Buy local this Saturday, Nov. 22

November 21st, 2008 posted by

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The older I get, the more I’ve come to appreciate things that are handmade, especially those items made locally. Whenever I can, I try to buy things from local places as opposed to the chain stores. That’s not to say you won’t see me at the Lehigh Valley Mall or The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. I love those places too. But I’ve come to value the person behind the product; to meet the lady that bakes the pies, grows the vegetables or makes the homemade soaps.

This Saturday, Nov. 22, is your chance to do the same on “Buy Local Day,” also known as “America Unchained” day. It’s part of a national campaign to get people to consider shopping in their own downtowns from locally owned and operated stores, shops and restaurants. They predict that if all of us would purchase our goods locally for just one day, it would have a considerable impact on local economies all over the country.

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Cloud Cult At Zoellner

November 20th, 2008 posted by

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I survived the doubleheader concert extravaganza last weekend, so here's my Cloud Cult experience, as promised. 

Like many Zoellner concertgoers, our group of six started at The Tally Ho for a drink. After that, we made our way to another favorite spot of Zoellner regulars: the front porch of a college student’s house. It's not as bad as it sounds; we were just stopping by to pick up another over 21 Cloud Cult fan. After having the standard warm can of beer, we made our way up the hill to Zoellner.

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Experiencing Easton

November 19th, 2008 posted by

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Last week I had the pleasure of spending the day in Easton (fun fact I learned about Easton: it’s where Dixie cups are made!). My colleague Tracey and I were at the Northampton County Courthouse for one of our community presentations (a grassroots effort by the bureau to promote the region and things to do to the locals), so we decided to grab a bite to eat in town while we were there.

Tracey had to stop by the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor office at Hugh Moore Park before lunch, so I got to see where the National Canal Museum gives canal boat rides. I made a mental “note-to-self” that I need to bring my fiance back there when the weather gets warmer and take a ride. Where else in the area can you take a boat ride pulled by live mules!?

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Hess’s Memories

November 19th, 2008 posted by

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If you moved to Lehigh Valley within the last 10 years, then you’ve no doubt heard the name Hess’s mentioned a few times by locals. That’s because those of us who grew up here have a fond place in our hearts for our once-majestic department store and still mourn its passing. Some of us, myself included, can wax poetic about their Hess’s experiences, everything from great bargain-basement deals and dazzling merchandise displays to strawberry pie at the Patio and expensive French Room gowns.

Starting this weekend, we get to relive those grand days at the new “Holiday Magic of Hess’s” exhibit at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Center in downtown Allentown. On Saturday, Nov. 22 at 12:45 p.m., the exhibit will be kicked off with the arrival of Santa and his elves on an antique wagon from the store drawn by horses through the streets of the city. It will leave from the old store location at 9th & Hamilton Streets.

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I hate shopping, which is why I love Dan’s!

November 18th, 2008 posted by

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For those of us who absolutely cannot stand long lines, annoying music and searching for a parking spot that’s even remotely close to the store, the internet has become our saving grace during the holiday shopping season. Unfortunately, sometimes I have to go to a store, which brings me to the topic at hand: Dan’s Camera City in Allentown.

I love Dan’s! Thanks to Dan’s wide variety of photo gift options, it’s the place I always find myself going when I just can’t figure out what to get someone. My grandparents’ 50th wedding anniversary? I had Dan’s turn their wedding portrait into a photo blanket. My “you don’t have to get me anything” dad for Christmas? I had Dan’s turn a photo from his Alaskan vacation into a canvas print.

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Nouveau Sunday

November 17th, 2008 posted by

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My friends and I attended Nouveau weekend at three area wineries this weekend and they were all “new” to us. Get it? New. Nouveau. Anywho …

We did the Northern part of the wine trail, stopping at Franklin Hill Vineyards, Sorrenti Cherry Valley Vineyards and Big Creek Vineyard. Each winery had their new harvest wine and a food pairing.

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Ready … Aim … Fire!

November 17th, 2008 posted by

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My son spent the weekend up in the Poconos with my brother and nephew hunting turkeys, which makes me think back to my younger days of shooting guns at targets at my family’s cabin in the mountains. Now, while the thought of killing an innocent turkey or deer is mind-boggling for me, oh how I love to shoot any sort of target, be it a soda can or a traditional bullseye. And I must admit, I’m a pretty good shot, even though some people think I am a girly girl.

Not too long ago, our office staff took a field trip to Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays in Coplay. While I haven’t tried out this type of shooting – yet – I am anxious to do so when it gets warmer, although they are open year-round.

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Ya know that game …

November 15th, 2008 posted by

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Ya know that game your parents made you play on vacation to pass the time in the car? The one where you keep track of different license plates you saw?  Well, this past Sunday we drove to The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley.  Since I was in the passenger seat, I had the chance to look around and noticed a Virginia plate, then a Michigan plate. Good, I thought…VISITORS!

Two are easy to remember, but after that I decided to play the game. Grabbing a business card from my purse, I started jotting them down. Here’s my tally…

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