Gwyneth Michel, assistant director of the Moravian Music Foundation, shows special publications to Hank Naisby, a member of Central Moravian Church and a Coopersburg resident. Naisby was visiting his son Timothy, who works for the music foundation which had a table at the festival and is located at the Moravian Archives building in Bethlehem.Press Photos by Tim Gilman
Sandy Kuder and Betty Hall from West Side Moravian Church look over picture booklets from the Moravian Nepali Outreach Mission displayed by chairperson Myra Jones. A large tent featured various Moravian-related entities participating in the festival.
Bath resident Tom Keller enjoys a baked potato from the Christian Education Building kitchen where food was being prepared by Central Moravian Church volunteers. Keller said he and his wife, Jean, were at Moravian Day to “check it out” and visit their daughter, Suzanne, who was volunteering for the Moravian Historical Society.
Above: Jamie Henry looks over the Moravian History Timeline display in the basement of the Christian Education Building. Henry said he walked to the festival from his nearby home. The posters were on loan from the Moravian Archives.
Madeleine Atwood, a Central Moravian Church member and Liberty HS graduate, attempts a 19th century wooden hoop and stick game. The Moravian Historical Society provided the game “Graces”, especially for girls “to teach them poise and grace,” said Suzanne Keller of the MHS.
Dale Howe and Caitlin Heckman, right, play in the trombone section of the Bethlehem Municipal Band during a concert in Central Moravian Church as the finale of Moravian Day. Don Kemmerer, of Bethlehem, is the musical director and conductor of the Municipal Band and the Bethlehem Area Moravian Trombone Choir.
Event celebrates city’s founding
Moravian Day, a festival for Moravians and the community, was held June 17 on the grounds of Central Moravian Church and the nearby Moravian community in historic downtown Bethlehem. The first-time event featured entertainment, food, music and family-oriented activities. The admission-free celebration was sponsored by the Bethlehem Area Moravians (BAM) and other Moravian entities as part of a 2016-17 schedule of special commemorative events marking the 275th Moravian founding of Bethlehem in 1741. A 275th anniversary Moravian Lovefeast followed on June 25 in Johnston Hall, Moravian College.