Washington, D.C., has its National Memorial Day Parade, Philadelphia marks the occasion with Penn’s Landing Waterfront Day, and in 2018 for the first time, Northeast Pennsylvania will observe the holiday with the “The Great Allentown Memorial Day Celebration” on May 27 and 28 at the historic Allentown Fairgrounds.
The CHEMO Bag, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing gift bags full of comfort items for chemotherapy patients, held its first major fundraiser in August at the Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course. Founded in 2013 by Leah Walia, a nurse who herself had gone through chemotherapy, the group now has more than 40 volunteers and sponsors.
“Sister Act,” though Aug. 20 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, is an evening of heavenly entertainment, from staging to acting to music direction to set design.
A convert from the hit 1992 film starring Whoopi Goldberg, the musical stage version of “Sister Act” showcases music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and book by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner.
Director Chip Rohrbach assembled a well-balanced and talented cast of singer-actors, somewhat of a miracle given that he had to cast 26 performers, most of whom not only have to sing and dance, but also play multiple roles.
Northampton Community College’s Fab Lab in South Bethlehem will double its space and learning opportunities when NCC’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship opens in May 2018.
The initiative is being made possible by a $7 million grant to renovate the first floor of the Fowler Family Southside Center on East Third Street, where the Fab Lab will expand to half of the new space for innovation, and the remaining space will be devoted to entrepreneurship.
Racism, and dealing with the trauma that it causes, was one of more than a dozen related subjects discussed at the International Institute of Restorative Practices’ 2017 Summer Symposium at the Hotel Bethlehem in July. A total of 78 people from around the world attended the three-day event titled, “A Restorative Journey: Transforming Relational Harm.”
Kevin Cutter of Toronto, Canada, and Kevin Jones from Bloomington, Ill., shared their experiences working with traumatized children from residential and transitional schools.
Two area performers will showcase their talents during the Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “Cabaret & Concert Series,” which marks Civic’s 90th anniversary season.
Allentown native Kate Pistone kicks off the series 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 with “Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway,” her compilation of show tunes that never made it to the New York City stage.
Downtown Bethlehem went to the dogs one Tuesday in June, when mental health clinician Lynette Reed used service and therapy dogs to demonstrate how they and other animals are being used to help people suffering the effects of trauma. The demonstration was part of Reed’s presentation on “Animal Assisted Strategies in Creating Safety” during the International Institute for Restorative Practice’s three-day 2017 Summer Symposium at the Hotel Bethlehem.
Award-winning Lehigh Valley pastel artist Jacqueline Meyerson has added yet another honor to her impressive list of prizes and recognition by being selected to exhibit her painting, “Locked Up,” this September at the National Arts Club’s 45th annual “Enduring Brilliance” competition in Manhattan. To compete, Meyerson’s painting had to be juried from among 1,300 entries, with only 180 being selected.
“This is the crown jewel of pastel exhibitions, and to go to this event is very exciting,” Meyerson says.
Billed as “a musical beach party,” the Pines Dinner Theatre’s latest production, “The Bikinis,” is an often funny, always entertaining and undeniably nostalgic romp down jukebox memory lane from the 1960s and beyond. “The Bikinis” continues through Aug. 20 at the Pines, Allentown. The opening night July 7 performance was seen for this review.
Thirty-two top restaurants from throughout the Lehigh Valley served up samples of everything from yellow fin tuna to lamb sliders to kourabiedes (Greek cookies) at the eighth annual Food and Wine Festival in June at the Sands Event Center.
The weekend fundraiser for the Northampton Community College (NCC) Foundation attracted more than 3,000 food enthusiasts who bought tickets to taste some of the area’s unique cuisines, and sample wines from around the world. The event raised approximately $250,000 for scholarships for NCC students.