Barney Live at Stabler Arena

July 1st, 2011 posted by

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The lights dim. Small children wait in anticipation. Then it happens. You hear this:

“I love you. You love me. We’re a happy family….” It’s BARNEY LIVE!!!!!!

Yes, that loveable purple dinosaur put on quite a show this past Saturday at Lehigh University’s Stabler Arena

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The Comedy of Errors is double, double, toil and trouble X 2

June 27th, 2011 posted by

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The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Last Friday night I took my mom to The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival at DeSales University. It was her first time, and she couldn’t believe that we have such high quality talent and a wonderful venue to view performances right in here in Lehigh Valley. Me on the other hand … I’m a veteran to the festival and I look forward to going each year. The hardest part for me is deciding which performance to see!

Typically my show nights start with dinner. I normally pack a dinner and a bottle of wine and sit on the lawn outside the theatre and listen to the music and improv performances. This year the weather was a little iffy so we decided to dine at Melt at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley. It also happened to be my mom’s first time there … she doesn’t get out too much. She will definitely be heading back to Melt soon!

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My Enchanted Evening in Lehigh Valley

June 21st, 2011 posted by

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I often wondered why I love musicals so much, and Saturday night I figured it out. Unlike movies with a good plot and great acting, concerts with wonderful music and powerful singing, or performances by nimble dance ensembles, musicals are a combination of all three. When done well, they are unforgettable.

Case in point, South Pacific … the quintessential musical (you’re probably humming “Some Enchanted Evening” right now, aren’t you?).

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A Cool 52° in June?

June 14th, 2011 posted by

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Lost River Caverns

Call me old fashioned, or stubborn even, but I don’t have air conditioning…not in my car or in my 100 year-old apartment. And since I have yet to reach millionaire status, I haven’t gotten around to installing a pool in my apartment either. So when summer comes each year, I look for fun and affordable things to do to beat the heat. One way I recently found is to take a trip to Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, and at 52° all year it’s perfect for cooling down in the sweltering heat.

Lost River Caverns is a series of beautiful underground chambers in a cave that descends 100 feet below the earth’s surface. Over the course of roughly 250,000 years, water slowly dissolved the limestone, forming winding caverns and leaving behind stalactites, stalagmites and picturesque crystal formations in its wake. Lost River Caverns is named for the “lost river” that flows through it, which is aptly named since the origin and destination of the river remain a mystery (They’ve made several unsuccessful attempts at getting to the bottom of it, including sending out 150 ping pong balls with their name and phone number on them).

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Destination Lehigh Valley

May 27th, 2011 posted by

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This past wednesday I finished a 10.5 hour hospitality and tourism certification program called “Destination Lehigh Valley,” which is conducted semi-annually by Northampton Community College (NCC) and Discover Lehigh Valley. The course is intended to provide new hires to the tourism industry with a greater understanding of the importance that superior customer service and hospitality have in our industry. With roughly 23,000 jobs in Lehigh Valley revolving around tourism, this course could really be beneficial for a lot of service industry businesses in Lehigh Valley.

David Schweiger, the director of the Hotel and Restaurant Management Program and Hospitality Career Institute at NCC (he might also hold the Guinness World Record for longest job title ever), conducted this certification in conjunction with Mike Stershic, President of Discover Lehigh Valley.

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Majestic Vision – 20 Years of Drama

May 26th, 2011 posted by

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Lehigh Valley is blessed with some incredible talent. Yesterday I had the opportunity to witness several aspects of that talent. The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival held each summer showcases impressive local and professional talent in its productions. In honor of its 20th season a book of photographs of these seasons has been released entitled Majestic Vision. That is exactly what it is, a portrayal of the majesty of the productions of PA Shakespeare Festival. It is an incredible book with more than 190 pages of full color photographs, documenting productions since the early beginnings of the festival. Printed on high quality paper and hard bound, this book shows the artistry of the PA Shakespeare Festival productions.

Official PA Shakespeare Festival photographer, Lee Butz (whose office is down the hall from our offices) has demonstrated an ability to capture the moment in his photographs. Lee, an amateur photographer whose photographs are nothing less than incredible, is a Lehigh Valley native and for more than thirty-five years headed Alvin H. Butz, Inc., one of the country’s largest construction management firms. Lee is at the podium in the photo above.

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An Evening with Elizabeth Gilbert

April 29th, 2011 posted by

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Has a book ever fallen into your hands just when you needed to read it? Five years ago, Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Eat, Pray, Love, was that book for me. It found me at a time when I was no more certain about my future than I was about the weather and it told me exactly what I needed to hear.

That book turned me into a huge Elizabeth Gilbert fan…although cyber-stalker might be a more accurate description. From the moment I turned the last page, I wanted more of Gilbert’s wit and inspiration. So I tuned in when she appeared on Oprah, I watched her TED speech on YouTube, I scoured every corner of her website; I even visited her Frenchtown, N.J. furniture store, Two Buttons, hoping to catch a glimpse of her. So you can imagine my excitement when Zoellner Arts Center announced that she was coming to Lehigh Valley as part of its Notations Lecture Series. Let’s just say I would’ve knocked down old ladies to get tickets. (Fortunately, I didn’t have to.)

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Lehigh Valley Heros

April 15th, 2011 posted by

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Last night I met a hero.

As a member of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council I was invited to attend their annual membership reception held at Penn State Lehigh Valley’s beautiful campus in Center Valley. There were a lot of cool Lehigh Valley events I could have attended last night, but I’m so glad I picked this one.

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Things to do in Lehigh Valley: Top 5 for 2011

January 20th, 2011 posted by

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As I tried to figure out what to write this blog post on, I realized it’s time to make a to-do list. Not only will a list motivate me to go do something in Lehigh Valley, but if I share it with you, I’ll feel a sense of responsibility to follow through with it. (I did it once before and it worked out pretty well.)

If you’re ever looking for things to do in Lehigh Valley, the Lehigh Valley Map & Guide is a great starting off point for ideas. I paged through the proofs for the new Lehigh Valley Map & Guide (which should be here in two weeks!) and found five things I now plan to do during 2011:

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Lehigh Valley Arts Scene

October 19th, 2010 posted by

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One of Lehigh Valley’s biggest assets isn’t just one place or thing, but a collection of places and things…our local arts scene. Last night I had the pleasure of attending Arts Count, a rally in support of the arts hosted by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council at The Crayola FACTORY in Easton.

To say I was probably the least-creative person in the room would be an understatement. The room was packed with enthusiastic, like-minded people from all disciplines of the art world. Speakers included Mike Perry (CEO of Crayola), Chris Martin IV (CEO of Martin Guitar) and Linny Fowler, to name a few.

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