The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley

October 19th, 2011 posted by

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Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley

Saturday evening Sybil and I attended the Members Preview Party at the Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley. As with all their preview parties, it provided members the opportunity to see the new museum and the Kress exhibit the day before it opens to the public. Two things were immediately apparent. First, there are windows and second, there is space – a lot more space.

The Fifth Street façade has windows from the old church where the new entrance is located to and around the corner near Linden Street. Being able to see into the museum added an approachability that seemed to be missing before. Being able to see out, with the great views of the Baum Art School, the DaVinci Horse, The Art Park, the mural on the east wall of Symphony Hall and the skyline beyond reminds you of where you are and what great treasures are located nearby.

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The Liberty Bell Museum…in Allentown!

August 24th, 2011 posted by

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After lunch with some co-workers on Tuesday afternoon, we decided to stop in at the Liberty Bell Museum (622 W. Hamilton St.) in Allentown since I hadn’t been there yet. It’s located in the basement of the Zion’s Reformed Church, that huge building with the red doors. I’d walked by it plenty of times, but the FREE admission sign (which is apparently every day!) drew me in.

If you don’t already know the history of the Liberty Bell in Lehigh Valley, I’m going to give you the quick rundown…

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Stay & Investigate in Lehigh Valley – No. 9 Mine

July 19th, 2011 posted by

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This past Wednesday I took a driving tour of locations in and around Lehigh Valley that are to be featured in our newest Stay & Save deal for visitors called “Stay & Investigate”. With the long history of inhabitants in Lehigh Valley, there’s bound to be a few accounts of paranormal / haunted activity in some of these buildings (many of which date back to the 17th century).

A few locations in particular caught my attention; the Old Jail Museum in Jim Thorpe and the No. 9 Mine & Museum in Lansford. Unfortunately, the Old Jail Museum is closed on Wednesdays but I still got a few nice photos of the exterior and got to visit the beautiful town of Jim Thorpe. Upon leaving, I headed west to the No. 9 Mine to get there in time for the last tour.

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Noah “The Science Guy”

July 15th, 2011 posted by

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Last Saturday my wife and I had the opportunity to take our five-year old son, Noah, to the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown. The center bills itself as a place in which experiences engage minds of all ages with science and mathematics. Promoting curiosity, creativity, and imagination, I think they hit the nail on the head. From the minute we entered the building, we were greeted with displays that encourage children and adults alike to get involved.

The first room we entered explained the concept of die casts and how these forms are used over and over again to create everyday items such as cardboard boxes, safety helmet, plastic spoons, hangers and more. There is even a station that allows your child to create a cardboard box. The box wasn’t so special but the smile on my son’s face was invaluable.

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A Lehigh Valley Familiarization (FAM) Tour

May 31st, 2011 posted by

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A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit several Lehigh Valley attractions on a familiarization tour with a bus full of people who were visiting the region. Everyone aboard the bus is responsible for planning group getaways for their area (Shamokin, Pa.).

The day was very busy, it started with a tour of the Martin Guitar Factory and Museum, followed by Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem and ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. The last stop was Vynecrest Winery and it was the perfect way to end the tour.

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Exploring in Easton

April 12th, 2011 posted by

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Last week was a very exciting week in Lehigh Valley.  It was opening day for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and a birthday celebration for the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown.  In addition to those events occurring, there was also a very special event taking place in Easton.  The Longaberger Basket Festival was taking place at The Crayola FACTORY®.

Since this was a unique event I decided to spend Thursday in Easton talking to the visitors of the Basket Festival.  I spent the first 2 hours in The Crayola FACTORY® answering questions about the festival and encouraging guests to explore Easton on their way out.  After spending this much time talking about Easton, I decided it was my turn to take a walk.

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Bethlehem’s Sun Inn: Do You Believe?

April 8th, 2011 posted by

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Nowadays it seems that every channel you turn on the TV has some sort of ghost show being featured, doesn’t it? Some of them feature human experiences and others may be animals that have had these types of paranormal experiences. Overall, some of those programs just really fascinate me. I have seen a few that had Lehigh Valley venues featured which really got me thinking, so I decided to take a step back and really dig into what there is here. I found that there are over 80 locations that have either documented proof of a spirit, or a horrific story behind the location, such as an Indian massacre.

This piqued my curiosity that there were so many stories so I decided to check one of them out for myself. The Sun Inn in Historic Downtown Bethlehem was featured on one of the shows I had watched so I thought this would be a great location to start my own investigation.

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My trip to the Martin Guitar factory

February 3rd, 2011 posted by

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My boss is a huge fan of Martin Guitars. He owns at least five of them and he’s been on the free factory tour numerous times (he says it never gets old). So one Friday, he took me to the Martin Guitar factory over in Nazareth to help me fulfill one of my New Year’s resolutions: Take a factory tour of Martin Guitar.

Our tour guide handed out individual headphones and battery packs for all of us in the group to wear, that way no matter where we were in the tour we could hear what he was telling us, and we were off.

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A dose of nostalgia at America On Wheels just in time for the holidays

December 7th, 2010 posted by

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Holidays in Lehigh Valley are a special time. This year a bit of nostalgia is here that can be found nowhere else.

For many people, the Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed movie directed by Frank Capra, It’s a Wonderful Life, is the quintessential holiday movie. During a recent visit to America On Wheels for their annual fundraiser, I noticed that the taxicab used in the movie to shuttle Jimmy Stewart's character, George Bailey, around Bedford Falls is on display (but only through the end of the year). The 1930 Yellow Cab was restored by Nicola Bulgari and driven to the museum last week. The 1946 film is also being shown at the museum throughout the holiday season. If you are a fan of the movie or an historic car buff, you really must go see this timepiece.

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Roadside America: The world’s greatest indoor miniature village

October 8th, 2010 posted by

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On a distant hill is a mountain resort called Paul Revere Tavern, which stood near Boston, Mass. and was destroyed by fire in 1849. A little while later you enter Sleepy Hollow, an American village from the 1800s. You might also run into Aunt Matilda, the town mid-wife, who was highly regarded in a village which had no doctor (she was also the first American nurse). Or, you may opt to watch the village blacksmith at work.

You will find all of these displays as you tour Roadside America in Shartlesville, Pa., located right off I-78 between Allentown and Harrisburg, about 20 minutes from Lehigh Valley. I hadn’t been to Roadside America since I was in elementary school and each time I passed it I always told myself that I’d stop next time. Well, a couple of weeks ago I finally had the opportunity and I’m glad I made the stop. It was like going back in time for me. There were plenty of things that haven’t changed a bit.

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