Allentown 250th Celebration Headquarters Has History in the Bag

September 12th, 2012 posted by

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Allentown 250th Celebration Headquarters

A lot of history can be found in a bag. Or, in this case, on one.

Those same bags stores send you home with and you probably throw away as soon as you take out your new bracelet, or button down shirt. Those crinkly, thin paper bags that have the store logo on the front of them. It’s surprising how something so innocuous can provide a peek into a city’s history.

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Networking Luncheon at a Lehigh Valley Historic Site

August 20th, 2012 posted by

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Long Rifle Museum

I recently had the pleasure of attending one of Nazareth Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Women in Nazareth Networking” luncheons held on the grounds of Jacobsburg Historical Society.

The weather was perfect and the setting itself, the backyard of the John Joseph Henry house, was so peaceful it was tough to go back to work after the program.

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Art of the Fantastic – From Star Wars to Lord of the Rings and Much More!

June 13th, 2012 posted by

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There is something in the vast expanses of time and space and reality that we long for. There is something in the fantastic that captures our imaginations.

The proof is in our collective enjoyment of all things fantastic from Lord of the Rings to Star Wars. Currently, showing at the Allentown Art Museum is something for everyone; At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic. And this weekend I was there.

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Artifest … A Cultural Extravaganza in Lehigh Valley

June 12th, 2012 posted by

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Artifest - Lehigh Valley Commemorative Mural

This past weekend I traveled to Mexico, India, Africa, Ukraine, Columbia, Jamaica, Vietnam, Scotland, Philippines and Ireland. I also had a taste of Pennsylvania German and American Indian culture. Where and how you might wonder? I spent both Saturday and Sunday at Artifest, located at the Museum of Indian Culture in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

This unique outdoor festival is a celebration of old world culture with crafts, lifeways demonstrations, fine arts retailers, music and dance, children’s crafts and my favorite, ethnic foods.

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Springtime in Lehigh Valley

March 20th, 2012 posted by

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Jordan Parkway in the Sun

Winter has officially ended. Wait, did it ever really begin this year in Lehigh Valley? The region definitely had a very mild winter which was a blessing for some and a curse for others. The curse came to the ski areas located to the north and south of Lehigh Valley. Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton was able to remain open through this past weekend which was pretty amazing and goes to show that you really don’t need the natural stuff to fall in order to ski, tube or board. Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie was able to stay open to the week prior, which again made those winter sport enthusiasts happy campers.

I, on the other hand, do not really enjoy the cold winters. Sure, I love to see the snow fall, but I’d be happy doing that from my front bow window at home. I’m definitely excited that today is the first day of spring and temperatures this week in Lehigh Valley are going to be amazing.

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A Visit to the Liberty Bell Museum

February 14th, 2012 posted by

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Liberty Bell Museum

Of course we learn about the Liberty Bell in school, but how cool is it that it was kept hidden during the American Revolution right here in Lehigh Valley?!

In my quest to become more familiar with the area, I finally got the chance to visit the Liberty Bell Museum in downtown Allentown. The Museum, which offers free admission, contains permanent exhibits dedicated to The First Defenders, the Declaration of Independence, and a replica of the original Liberty Bell. It even has the identical crack painted on it!

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Frock & Roll in Lehigh Valley

February 10th, 2012 posted by

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Who Shot Rock & Roll

As you know, we never run out of cool things to write about in Lehigh Valley, but every so often the synergy in the valley comes together and well…rocks!

That is the case with the latest exhibit at The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley: “Who Shot Rock & Roll.” I’m sure you’ll hear a lot more about that after tomorrow night’s preview party. I’m going to tell you about one of the other Rock Through the Valley events.

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An Easy Way to Put a Smile on your Child’s Face

December 30th, 2011 posted by

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Lego train display

I had the opportunity over the Christmas holiday to take my wife and son, Noah, to America On Wheels. We have been there in the past, but to experience the museum during the holiday season was special. Noah couldn’t wait to get to the museum to see the train displays. He was amazed, especially with the Lego train display.

It’s a special moment to see the joy and excitement in a child’s eye particularly when it’s yours. Children sure are fascinated with trains, and in actuality my wife and I were equally captivated with the Lego train display as well.

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Megatron and the history of Mack Trucks

October 21st, 2011 posted by

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Mack

Our Annual meeting was yesterday at the Mack Truck Customer Center. FYI, yes there are still things made in the USA and some of those things are made right here in Lehigh Valley.

The Mack Truck Customer Center has it’s own showroom, where you can see Megatron from Transformers 3 and tour a great museum with the history of Mack Trucks right there. The Museum is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m..

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Fulfilling a Prophecy at the Bachmann Publick House

October 21st, 2011 posted by

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Sunday, Sybil and I went to the opening of Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past and Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania. This is the Lenape Nation Cultural Center’s new permanent exhibit and it is located in the Bachmann Publick House at Second and Northampton Streets in Easton. The Lenape Nation was the Native American tribe located in eastern Pennsylvania along the Delaware River. The exhibit is supplemented by a Lenape exhibit at The Sigal Museum further west on Northampton Street.

Located on the second floor of Bachmann Publick House, you are directed to a brief video explaining the Prophecy of the Fourth Crow. Proceeding down the hall you enter the exhibit itself. The exhibit focuses on the Prophecy of the Fourth Crow. It is a showcase of artifacts, photographs and objects organized around the four prophecies. Another room holds the Lenape Trading Post, with handmade clothing, gifts, cards, books and music for sale.

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