Beating the heat with a Captain … America, that is.

July 26th, 2011 posted by

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Captain America's Shield

Thanks to weather.com, I know now that Saturday’s temperature was 11 degrees over the average high and only 3 degrees off the record high, in Allentown anyway.

So, I’ll let you in on how I beat the midday heat, and let me tell you that I wasn’t alone…

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Some Questions About My Childhood (And Terrance Malick’s)

July 25th, 2011 posted by

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I think the last time I was at The Civic Theatre in Lehigh Valley was during elementary school to see a Christmas play or something. I wonder a lot of things about myself back then. Why did Pokemon seem so cool? Did anyone who told me they believed I could play in the NBA actually mean it? Who thought showing The Ring to an easily-traumatized coward was a good idea? And now I can add another question to that list: How did I not realize how awesome The Civic Theater is?

I went with my film major friend Pat to a screening of Terrance Malick’s The Tree Of Life, which included a “talk-back” with one of my favorite professors from Muhlenberg College afterwards.

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Dinner at Melt in Center Valley

June 8th, 2011 posted by

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The Granchio Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Lemon Garnish may well be the single most delicious thing I have ever eaten. I partook in this culinary delight at Melt, one of the premiere restaurants at Lehigh Valley’s Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley. The best part? It was only the appetizer.

In addition to the delicious food, the atmosphere is equally impressive. Their website describes it as “warm” and “soothing,” and they actually deliver on that with soft lighting and subtly striking decor. They have this really cool chandelier (pictured), and these neat luminous vases flanking the granite staircase. I wish I could have explored the place a bit more, just to find out what other sights there were to be seen. Oh, and the bathrooms are amazing. If you go to Melt, do not miss the bathrooms. I’ll just leave it at that.

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Let’s Go to the Drive-in!

May 20th, 2011 posted by

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Becky's Drive-In

For the past month or so, I’ve been overly excited to see the movie Bridesmaids. Friday night, May 13th, Bridesmaids hit the theatres. Finally!

I found a friend, Emily, who was interested in seeing this hilarious movie with me and we planned our ‘date night’ to Becky’s Drive-in (one of two drive-ins in the Valley, bet ya didn’t know that). It was Emily’s first time at Becky’s, I helped to build her excitement by telling her about how they have two screens, both of which feature two movies a night for only $8 (per person). “Only 8 bucks! We’d have to pay $10 at the theater for only ONE movie!” Emily said.

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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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It’s Lehigh Valley Drive-in movie time!

May 31st, 2010 posted by

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Lehigh Valley is fortunate to be home to not just one drive-in movie theater, but two: Becky’s Drive-In in Berlinsville and Shankweiler’s Drive-In in Orefield. Considering there are only 35 drive-ins left in Pennsylvania, I’d say the fact that we have two of them is pretty unique.

My favorite drive-in movie theater is Shankweiler’s Drive-In, only because I grew up near by (did you know that Shankweiler’s is America’s oldest drive-in, opening in 1934). My girlfriend used to live right behind the drive-in and had access to the speakers so we could hear and see the movies from her roof.

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Lehigh Valley Getaways

March 30th, 2010 posted by

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Fair warning: I’m cranky today. I was sick most of last week and still don’t feel “back to normal”…whatever that is. My desk, usually “cluttered” (and by cluttered I mean I’m not sure what color the formica top is) now looks more like the inside of the junk mail dumpster at the recycling center.

The happy little tune repeating in my head is Huey Lewis and the News’ 80s hit “All I need is a couple days off.” Well, part of the clutter on my desk will provide 11 lucky people with just such a cure. I have a complete list of Lehigh Valley Overnight Getaways and corresponding gift certificates just waiting to be mailed out to winners of our drawing from the New York Times Travel Show.

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Top 10 indoor things to do in Lehigh Valley

January 12th, 2010 posted by

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Top ten courtesy of coinlink dot com

Winter has certainly fallen upon Lehigh Valley. Too bad I can barely stand to be out in the cold for the time it takes me to get the mail, let alone spend hours in it skiing like I used to. But I know I’m not alone, so for those of you who are looking for things to do this time of year without having to dress up like an eskimo, here are my top ten favorite indoor things to do in the Valley:

1. Go-kart racing at Lehigh Valley Grand Prix in Allentown. (Learn about my first-ever go-karting experience.)

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Watching the world end in comfort at Rave Motion Pictures in Center Valley

November 17th, 2009 posted by

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Sunday night I did something I hadn’t done for a long time: I went to the movies. Now, yes, I did go to Civic Theatre back in July for the indy flick “Cheri,” but the last time I was in a regular movie theater was two years ago to see the very disappointing “Beowulf.”

We figured the 7:45pm showing of “2012” (which even has a local connection) on one of the 16 screens at Rave theater at The Promenade Shops would be perfect timing to finish watching the Eagles/Chargers game and grab something to eat beforehand. Needless to say, we didn’t get to eat and we got into our seats in time to see the last preview before the feature started – thanks, Eagles!

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