Attention to detail is theme of Allentown’s “Fashion in Film” exhibit

June 5th, 2009 posted by

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Portrait of a Lady evening dress by Janet Patterson

As someone who enjoys period films, I knew I would like seeing the fancy gowns, costumes and wedding dresses from some of my favorite movies at the “Fashion in Film” exhibit. So earlier this week, I headed to Allentown Art Museum and took a guided tour.

I was interested to learn that the exhibit is on loan from U.K.-based Cosprop, one of the world’s leading costumiers, and that it was created to show costume design as an art form. I also never realized the important role costumes played in creating a feeling of authenticity and setting the mood of a scene. 

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Explore Lehigh Valley on a budget

March 20th, 2009 posted by

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Liberty Bell Museum - Credit Ang Caggiano

Money is tight for all of us these days, so I wanted to share a list I recently put together of Lehigh Valley attractions and events that are either free or cost less than $5 per person. 

Museums & Galleries: • Liberty Bell Shrine Museum (pictured) – no fee, but donations are appreciated – see a replica of the original bell, which was hidden from the British in the basement of this church. • Allentown Art Museum – Admission to the facility’s main galleries is free on Sundays; however, a $5 fee is charged for admission to the special exhibit area. • Banana Factory – Admission is free to watch a glass-blowing demonstration, tour the galleries and 23 artists’ studios, and visit the gift shop selling handmade art. • Lehigh Valley Wine Trail – Visit all nine of the family-owned and operated wineries in the region; some wineries may charge a nominal fee for tastings. • C.F Martin Guitar Company – Free one-hour factory tours are offered from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (a small fee is charged for groups of 10 or more). After the tour, check out the 1833 gift shop, Pickin’ Parlor and company museum.

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Another step forward in downtown Easton

February 13th, 2009 posted by

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LVCVB Easton Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of attending the grand opening ceremonies of Lehigh Valley’s newest visitor center. Located in downtown Easton, the center is located on the ground floor of the Two Rivers Landing building; it’s the same building that The Crayola Factory and the National Canal Museum are located in.

On more than one occasion I have found myself in downtown Easton on a weekend attending the Easton Farmer’s Market or doing some shopping, and have run into a family exiting Two Rivers Landing. I must look friendly to strangers, because many of them will stop me to ask for suggestions of places to eat or other things to do in the area. In some instances I’ve actually approached them and offered my services – I’m happy to do it since I think Easton is a great city with a downtown district that continues to improve.

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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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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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