A Date Night at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

July 25th, 2012 posted by

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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The husband and I headed out for a date night, a rare occasion since we have a 3-year-old at home. That darn baby had a sleepover at Nana’s so we had a night to paint the town.

We headed out to the Copperhead Grill in Center Valley for dinner before Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s production of Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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“Much Ado About Nothing” at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

July 18th, 2012 posted by

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Much Ado About Nothing

Last Friday night my friend Linda and I packed a bottle of wine and headed to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival to catch “Much Ado About Nothing”. The annual festival, held on the campus of DeSales University, is top quality professional theater right here in Lehigh Valley. I try to attend at least one show every year but I wish I could see them all.

Normally I start the evening watching the “On The Green” musical performance but a light drizzle gave those musicians a night off. We decided to pick up a quick dinner from the Shakespeare Café rather than packing our own picnic basket and were just as entertained by chatting with the volunteers staffing the tent.

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”

June 18th, 2012 posted by

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

This past Friday night I rounded up friend Tracey Werner of Blabbermouth Communications and we went to Broadway. The great part about it was we weren’t stuck in hours of traffic, we didn’t have to pay any tolls and best of all, parking was free!

That’s because we went to the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival located on the campus of DeSales University, right here in Lehigh Valley. We went to see “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” which won a Tony Award for Best Musical.

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Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”

June 14th, 2012 posted by

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Caitlin and Milquetoast

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to a faraway land we go as the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival transformed the Shubert Theatre stage into the timeless Brothers Grimm classic, with a modern twist, of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The intimate theatre was the perfect setting for parents, grandparents and kids alike.

The kids were allowed to sit directly on the sides of the stage, on carpeted rugs, which made for some fun as the actors conversed with them up close and personal.

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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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Lehigh beats Duke. Where’s (Who’s) Lehigh? Now you know.

March 21st, 2012 posted by

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Lehigh Beats Duke

This past Friday night, lightning stuck for the second time in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Just hours after Norfolk State stuns Missouri to become just the 5th 15th seed in NCAA history to upset a #2 seed, Lehigh finished off Duke to make it 6 times. And Lehigh Valley went crazy.

Here’s a little history lesson: you know of the two most recent 15 over 2’s, but the others are Hampton over Iowa State in 2001, Coppin State over South Carolina in 1997, Santa Clara over Arizona in 1993, and the first time it happened was Richmond over Syracuse in 1991.

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The Small Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Presents the Snow Ball’s 23rd Anniversary

February 15th, 2012 posted by

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SnowBall-2012

Having been born and raised in Lehigh Valley for 43 years, and working for Discover Lehigh Valley for the last 13 years, I’ve been awarded the opportunity to explore quite a few attractions and attend many events. At this point it’s not too often that I can say I did something for a first time in Lehigh Valley; however that was not the case this past Saturday night. For this particular night, that holds true for the location AND the event itself, which is even rarer. So, where’d I go you ask? I attended the 23rd Anniversary Small Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Snow Ball 2012.

This was not your typical monthly mixer by any means. This year, the event took place at University Center at DeSales University, Center Valley. This was a new venue for the event and one of the buildings I had never been to before. As we pulled into the enormous campus there were luminaries that lined the roads to direct the traffic which was a nice touch being that there are so many buildings on campus.

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Lehigh Valley Election Day Tradition

November 8th, 2011 posted by

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Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce

This blog post is hot off the press. I just got back to the office from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards. I haven’t seen so many suits in a room since…well, last year’s event. Let’s just say it would make many a dry cleaner smile. Lunch is served but that’s not the reason local business leaders pile into Stabler Arena every year. It’s all about the networking.

With almost 1,000 people in attendance it is amazing how few people are new faces, maybe that’s because I’ve been going to this Election Day event for nine years. After much coaxing by the chamber staff, eventually everyone takes their seats and digs in to their boxed lunch to see what “culinary delights” are inside. Like I said, the lunch isn’t why we go.

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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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Pride & Prejudice at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

July 20th, 2011 posted by

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Pride & Prejudice

Oh that Mr. Darcy! The most “abhorrent, repulsive, vulgar, rude, man in all of Hertfordshire” invaded Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival last night, much to my delight.

Pride and Prejudice’s Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy have the greatest love story ever written. This production, which started it’s run last night, captured the essence of one of my favorite novels. The quick pace of the play was especially focused on the humor of Jane Austin’s writing, which was so refreshing.

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