Lehigh Valley’s newest attraction, the Sigal Museum

August 19th, 2010 posted by

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Lehigh Valley’s newest attraction, the Sigal Museum in Easton, officially opened to the public last Saturday, but I was lucky enough to be invited to the posh “Private Reception” and ribbon cutting the previous Wednesday. Truth be told, my boss was actually invited, but since he couldn’t make it they graciously allowed me to go in his place.

All the buzz created prior to the opening prompted phone calls to our office from people asking about the new “sea gull” museum. Obviously, they didn’t realize the Northampton County Historical Society named its new home after the Sigal Bridal Shop that occupied the space for so many years.

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Groundbreaking Events in Lehigh Valley

July 1st, 2010 posted by

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June was a busy month for groundbreaking events in Lehigh Valley!

On the 10th I attended the Allentown Art Museum’s expansion celebration, complete with hard hats and shiny shovels. On the 11th I was in the parking lot of the Steel Ice Center for PBS Channel 39’s ceremonial “tape cutting” event. No, PBS won’t be broadcasting from the Steel Ice Center. It was held there because their new studio will be built right next to Steel Stacks, which currently is being constructed right next to the Steel Ice Center. The tape cutting symbolized how state-of-the-art the new facility will be. Film is sooo last decade.

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A Lehigh Valley 2nd Birthday Celebration!

April 16th, 2010 posted by

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Clear your calendar for Saturday, April 17th…there's a very special 2nd birthday celebration to attend in Lehigh Valley. Unlike most 2-year-olds, America On Wheels will be throwing their own party, and we're all invited!

Any successful party for a – year-old needs to have a cool theme and lots of activities to keep both young and old alike entertained. Well, the Earth Day themed celebration that Linda at America On Wheels has planned fits the bill. (What a good Mom!)

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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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Childhood memories brought to life at The Crayola Factory

March 26th, 2010 posted by

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Do you ever wish you could go back to the days when you were a kid? You know, not having to deal with all the pressures of adult life? I may date myself here, but there were no computers or cell phones back then. Heck we didn’t even have fax machines let alone PDAs! It was a much simpler lifestyle.

Recently I had the opportunity to step back in time and be that kid again. How’d I do that? It wasn’t any special time warp machine or anything, although wouldn’t that be cool? Really, all I had to do was travel to Easton to visit one of the most colorful places in Lehigh Valley … The Crayola Factory.

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My Favorite Lehigh Valley Tax Deductions

December 16th, 2009 posted by

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As any good accountant would tell you, this time of year is your last chance to rack up some tax deductions. Luckily, there are plenty of worthwhile Lehigh Valley non-profit organizations that I like to support through membership.

Here are some of my favorites:

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An event at the Kemerer Museum in Bethlehem, Pa.

December 9th, 2009 posted by

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Last month I told you about a luncheon I attended at America on Wheels. Well, I've got another great location to tell you about. Yesterday I went to the Women's Business Council's "Holiday Tea & Trees" event held at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Artsin Bethlehem. Basically, it was a fund-raising event for the WBC's scholarship fund.

I've toured lots of museums in Lehigh Valley, including the Kemerer on several occasions, but many in the WBC had never been there until yesterday (ladies, you really need to get out more often!). Charlene Donchez-Mowers gave an abbreviated tour and everyone was really impressed with the collections on display for the holidays. It did my heart good to hear so many people say, "I'll have to come back with [fill in the name] to see the entire dollhouse collection!"

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Lunch and more at America On Wheels

November 25th, 2009 posted by

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Last week Jenny and I attended a luncheon at Lehigh Valley’s only over-the-road-transportation museum, America On Wheels. That’s right … we had lunch at a museum! Turns out, if you really want great attendance at a function, hold it in a unique meeting space.

In addition to enjoying a tasty lunch catered, in this case, by the Allentown Brew Works, we were free to roam around the 23,000 square feet of exhibit space. America On Wheels has several permanent displays, which are really cool, but also changing exhibits.

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Lock Ridge Iron Furnace is Recognized

October 23rd, 2009 posted by

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A couple of weeks ago I went to the unveiling of the official state historical marker commemorating Lock Ridge Iron Furnace in Alburtis. Lock Ridge Furnace was the last furnace in the U.S. to solely use anthracite coal as fuel.

The remnants of the 1868 Lock Ridge Iron Furnace, which look a bit like the ruins of a castle, are actually located in a beautiful park. At this time of year with the leaves changing, it is a great opportunity to see some history and enjoy fall foliage at the same time. You can also visit some of the merchants in the business district of Alburtis while you are there.

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Only in Lehigh Valley: the Martin Guitar Factory Tour

October 20th, 2009 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 on Friday, he took me to the Martin Guitar factory over in Nazareth to help me fulfill one of my last remaining New Year’s resolutions for 2009: 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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