Revisiting the 50th Annual Christmas Peace Pilgrimage

December 10th, 2010 posted by

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Tomorrow is the 51st Annual Christmas Peace Pilgrimage in Lehigh Valley. It’s a 10-mile walk from Nazareth to Bethlehem, two of the most historically relevant towns in local Moravian heritage.

According to my mom, who did the “peace walk” last year, the purpose is to encourage peace rather than violence in a non-political setting. With a friend from church by her side, Mom drove to Bethlehem to meet the bus that would take her to the starting off point for the pilgrimage at Nazareth Moravian Church in Center Square. Then as the clock struck noon, Mom and 240 other “pilgrims” began their walk along Route 191toward Bethlehem.

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It’s time for Nouveau Weekend in Lehigh Valley

November 16th, 2010 posted by

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A couple years ago, my friends and I attended Nouveau Weekend at three Lehigh Valley wineries for the first time. Considering the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will be celebrating Nouveau Weekend this weekend, November 20 – 21, I figured a look back at my inaugural experience was warranted … especially since I won’t be making it this year given that Rosie is still a good 19 years away from the legal drinking age.

We did the Northern part of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail, stopping at Franklin Hill Vineyards, Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards and Big Creek Vineyard. Each winery had their new harvest wine and a food pairing.

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Fun and fright all in one night here in Lehigh Valley

October 22nd, 2010 posted by

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Last Saturday was “Ladies and Gents Day Out” in Lehigh Valley. Now, as I tell you about our day out, keep in mind I already set everything up and it ran smoothly, so feel free to use this as an itinerary for you and your friends.

Around 4 p.m. on Saturday, 15 or so of us met at Mazezilla in Saylorsburg. I had allotted 2 – 3 hours there because they have so much to do: corn maze, pumpkin sling shot, pumpkin patch and hayride.

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One week in a small town (Part 2)

August 11th, 2010 posted by

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…now for the rest of the local festivities I started discussing yesterday.

A quick recap for those of you just tuning in, these “local festivities” take place in Plainfield Township and Roseto, just north of Lehigh Valley.

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One week in a small town (Part 1)

August 10th, 2010 posted by

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Growing up in the small town of Bangor, located just north of Lehigh Valley, there are two things you can always look forward to at the end of summer: Roseto Big Time and Plainfield Farmer’s Fair. Both Roseto Big Time and the Plainfield Farmer’s Fair always occur the same week at the end of July; they start on a Tuesday and end on Saturday. They’re either free (Roseto Big Time) to get in or a few dollars ($2 Plainfield Farmer’s Fair).

If you’re a farm fanatic, love the taste of a good apple dumpling, want to see a demolition derby or just like to relax while listening to your favorite music, Plainfield Farmer’s Fair is the place to visit. What? That didn’t sound fun? OK, well how about if you like carnival rides and games, beer, cheese steaks, seeing old friends and fireworks? Sound a little better? Then you want to stop by Roseto Big Time.

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Outdoor watering holes in Lehigh Valley

July 22nd, 2010 posted by

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Its summer in Lehigh Valley, which means it’s the perfect time to scout out all the outdoor bars in town. Here’s a list of my top five favorites:

1. Krocks Pub at Shepherd Hills Golf Club – They have a cabana hut over their outdoor bar and it is arguably the largest deck in the Valley. I can’t wait for their luau happening July 24!

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Top 10 indoor things to do in Lehigh Valley

January 12th, 2010 posted by

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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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The best places to run in Lehigh Valley: Part 2

December 18th, 2009 posted by

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On Monday, I told you about two of the best places to run in Lehigh Valley. Today, in part two of my “best places to run in Lehigh Valley” series, I will reveal my third favorite running spot along with some honorable mentions.

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Lehigh Valley’s Christmas Peace Pilgrimage

December 15th, 2009 posted by

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For a couple years now I’ve been hearing about something called the “peace walk” that happens every year in Lehigh Valley. Officially called the Christmas Peace Pilgrimage, it’s a 10-mile walk from Nazareth to Bethlehem, two of the most historically relevant towns in Moravian heritage. And according to my mom, the purpose of it is two-fold: 1.) symbolize the journey Mary and Joseph made back in the day and 2.) encourage peace rather than violence in a non-political setting.

Although I’m all for peace, I’m not a fan of exercise, so I’ve never done the walk myself … but Mom did.

Yesterday, Mom sent me an email telling me all about her experience in the 50th Annual Nazareth to Bethlehem Christmas Peace Pilgrimage held on Saturday. With a friend from church by her side, Mom drove to Bethlehem to meet the bus that would take her to the starting off point for the pilgrimage at Nazareth Moravian Church Center Square. Then as the clock struck noon, Mom and 240 other “pilgrims” began their walk along Route 191toward Bethlehem.

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O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

December 8th, 2009 posted by

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It’s Rosie’s first Christmas – very exciting times – so we headed out to Unangst Tree Farm in Bath to get the perfect tree. Well, more like Mike, Rosie and I went with my in-laws so THEY could hunt for the perfect LIVE tree. I didn’t want to take Rosie hunting in the garage for our perfect PRE-LIT ARTIFICIAL tree we bought a few years ago. Plus, if you read my blog from last week, you know that she likes the outdoors, so off we went to the tree farm in Bath.

Unangst Tree Farm is an experience. First, they take you on a hayride to the spot where the trees are. Then they provide the saws and the fun begins (oh, and by “fun” I mean four adults bickering over what the perfect tree looks like). Once the perfect tree was decided upon, my brother-in-law took the saw and start hacking away…TIMBER…Then the guys drug the tree back to the hayride stop where lumberjack-types tagged and bagged it for us. Once we got back to where we began our adventure, we went into the barn where you can shop for wreaths, swags, homemade jam, etc. All in all, our trip to Unangst Tree Farm was a very nice holiday experience.

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