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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Kudos to the Canal Museum!

October 22nd, 2008 posted by

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Kudos to Easton’s National Canal Museum on receiving the 2008 Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Visitor Experience at a Small Institution given by the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

The National Canal Museum was recognized for its innovative canal exhibit, which offers visitors a hands-on water-based lesson on how canals work. Easton Mayor Sal Panto described the award as the “Oscar or the Emmy of Tourism.”

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