Date night at the Sands Bethlehem complex … Smokey Robinson included!

January 17th, 2014 posted by

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My mom lives in Lehigh Valley, yet she had never been to the Sands Event Center, casino or the outlets at the complex. I figured we’d start by getting a few last minute gifts at the Outlets at Sands Bethlehem, head into the Sands Bethlehem casino for some dinner, and then make our way to our seats in the concert venue.

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Bethlehem Visitor Center in Bethlehem Steel Stock House is one of our Eight Visitor Centers

June 18th, 2013 posted by

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8 Lehigh Valley Visitor Centers

Friday afternoon, we gathered to hear people speak about what was, what is and what will be for the new Bethlehem Visitors Center at SteelStacks™ in the old Bethlehem Steel Stock House. The Stock House is the oldest building still standing on the old Bethlehem Steel complex. It is a gateway Visitors Center, meaning that we hope it will encourage people to see all that Lehigh Valley has to offer. See our gallery and a short video of the new touch screens below.

It is a very unique place, housed in the restored Bethlehem Steel Stock House, but did you know it is one of our eight Lehigh Valley Visitors Centers?

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Bethlehem Steel a Target for Comic Book Villian

April 26th, 2013 posted by

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When the first Fortune 500 list came out in 1955, the Steel debuted at #12, and remained near the top 10 for many years, peaking at #8 and rubbing shoulders with Gulf Oil, CBS, General Electric, Mobil, DuPont, Chrysler, and AT&T.

Bethlehem Steel built not just bridges and buildings but monuments…

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New Philadelphia Union Soccer Uniforms Pay Homage to Bethlehem Steel F.C.

February 27th, 2013 posted by

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When the Philadelphia Union MLS soccer team take the pitch on March 2 against Sporting Kansas City they will be wearing a piece of Lehigh Valley history.

The team pays homage to the Bethlehem Steel Football Club, which won the U.S. Open Cup in 1915, 1916, 1918, 1919, 1926. The club was one of the most successful early American clubs and one that took the notice of those charged we redesigning the Union’s new digs.

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A Media Tour of Lehigh Valley

September 28th, 2011 posted by

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Lehigh Valley IronPigs

A few weeks back I had the opportunity to spend a day showing off Lehigh Valley to a member of the media from Scranton, Christopher J. Hughes, who is also a close friend.

He was here to complement his story on the SWB Yankees. He’d been hearing about our beautiful Coca-Cola Park from me since it opened including the great atmosphere and the success of the IronPigs. The SWB Yankees are hoping to remedy some of their issues with their new stadium, scheduled to open for the 2013 season.

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Bethlehem’s new ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

April 26th, 2011 posted by

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What do you get when you combine a lot of history with a bit of new architecture in Lehigh Valley? A whole lotta awesomeness! This is the way I would describe the new ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks which sits on the Bethlehem Steel property that shut down in 1995. It’s built right in front of the steel stacks making for a dramatic backdrop, especially at night when they’re illuminated with colored lights.

For me, the location is one of the best parts. Not only have they converted one of the largest industrial brownfields in the nation, but my grandfather used to operate a crane at Bethlehem Steel for years, so just being on the site where he worked gives it an eerie, yet comforting feeling. I remember when I was a little girl he used to take us for a ride to the SouthSide to pick up his paycheck. We were always in awe over the grand inspiring views of the site.

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Sneak Peek of SteelStacks in Bethlehem

February 25th, 2011 posted by

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View from Southside windows of ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

A few of us from Discover Lehigh Valley recently went on a hardhat tour of the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. It was impressive, to say the very least. The massive 4-story performing arts center will be the anchor for the SteelStacks campus, bringing musical and cinematic performances to Lehigh Valley every day of the year.

The list of functions that this space will allow is incredible. Aside from the musical, cinematic and theatrical elements (many of which are FREE), the ArtsQuest Center will offer an Alehouse Cinema (yes, you can enjoy cocktails, beer or wine while watching a movie in stadium style seating), al fresco dining, areas for business/conference meetings and free space for local non profits and community groups to offer programming.

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Bethlehem by segway … just my style

June 11th, 2010 posted by

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Lately I’ve been thinking about all the really cool old buildings throughout Lehigh Valley and how many of them are in the cities. Bethlehem is a perfect example, with its rich Morvaian background and industrial roots. But how can you appreciate the history of the 1744 Single Sisters’ House as you drive by it in a car? You can’t! And I’m too lazy to walk, so that means I’ll never get to really enjoy the local history, right? Well, that’s where Segway of Lehigh Valley comes in.

I had never ridden a segway before, but that wasn’t a problem; before heading out on the streets, I watched a safety video on how to use a segway and then had time to practice right there in the Segway showroom (in the heart of Southside Bethlehem).

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Celebrating SteelStacks progress in Lehigh Valley

June 11th, 2010 posted by

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It’s pretty tough to follow a couple weeks of celebrity guest bloggers recanting their favorite Lehigh Valley discoveries, but just last week I became a part of Lehigh Valley history: On May 27th I signed the last beam for ArtsQuest’s SteelStacks Performing Arts Center and then watched with pride as it was hoisted up and bolted in its final resting place.

It seems like yesterday many of the same people who were in the crowd for the “final beam laying” ceremony were assembled to hear ArtsQuest President Jeff Parks announce his vision of what would rise from this section of the historic Bethlehem Steel site. Actually, the date was November 11, 2005. (I saved the press kit from that bitter cold day. Hey, it might be worth something someday!)

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Explore Bethlehem on a segway

March 26th, 2009 posted by

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I know walking is good for your health and all, but I'd rather not do it when I go sightseeing in (a lot of walking leaves me with sore ankles for days). And being a country girl, it's too much work to maneuver through city traffic, watch for pedestrians and take in the sights. Therefore, the best way for me to sightsee in a city is on a segway.

Last year, I took a segway tour of Bethlehem via Segway of the Lehigh Valley (SLV). I had never ridden a segway before, but that wasn't a problem; before heading out on the streets, I watched a safety video on how to use a segway and then had time to practice right there in the SLV showroom.

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