The ancient Romans were fond of their festivals in honor of Bacchus, the god of wine, which were celebrated with dancing, song and revelry. The degree of revelry is a matter of scholarly debate, but most certainly, wine flowed freely.
An estimated 200 people, many dressed in 1920s-style all-white costumes, braved rain and wind earlier this summer to attend Bethlehem's fourth annual "Rooftop White Party," jointly sponsored by the Downtown Bethlehem Association, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Bethlehem Parking Authority. Part of the proceeds from the event went to help fund a security system to protect the stalls of off-duty police horses that have been victims of intruder violence in the past.
A few lucky visitors on the first day of Musikfest spotted one of the true icons of the 10-day festival - the Chicken Lady. Some even had a chance to see the elusive hen perform her world famous Chicken Dance during a set with Joe Stanky and the Cadets. Why this rare sighting? In the person of Pat Holetz, who retired in 2004, the Chicken Lady agreed to ruffle her feathers for the first time in five years in commemoration of the 30th year of Musikfest.
If you lived in the Lehigh Valley 30 years ago this month, you might remember hearing about a small festival with a German-sounding name that was being held for the first time under the bridge on the north side of the Lehigh River in historic Bethlehem. It was being promoted as a way to bring the community together, and to encourage people to visit the Christmas City beyond just the December holiday.
If you are looking to get a half-million hits on the Internet, it's easy. Just save a baby moose from drowning. At least that has been the experience of Lehigh Valley gynecologist Dr. Karen Sciascia, whose rescue efforts while on a fishing trip in Montana went viral after being posted on a fishing guide company Facebook page.
After years of watching golf on television with my husband, and pestering about going to one of the matches in person, I finally got my wish. Only it was far beyond my expectations. For Father's Day and our wedding anniversary, our daughter gave us member passes for the final round of the 113th U.S. Open at the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.
It was 8:30 in the morning at Liberty High School, and members of the Marching Grenadier Band had already started rehearsing "Taps - Eternal Father," an emotional piece it will play at the nearby cemetery on Memorial Day.
"Can you play this without your music?" band leader Gregory MacGill challenges the young musicians. "Turn your music stands around and let's see."
A few sour notes later and MacGill waves his hands in the air to signal "stop" the music. "Turn your music stands back," he says while laughing.
It was "carry on," "cheerio" and "old chap" at the Hotel Bethlehem's recent dinner in honor of World War II British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, one of the many world dignitaries and celebrities who have stayed at the 90-year-old historic hotel.
The Chinese just finished celebrating Spring Festival, the most important holiday of the year when families get together from throughout the country to feast on special foods and rekindle relationships. Commemorating the start of the Lunar New Year, the holiday closely resembles our Thanksgiving, but it lasts for at least two weeks, usually in February, when almost all business grinds to a screeching halt.
Suicide is not just about someone going through a bad time and deciding to take his own life. It is caused by many factors, according to an expert speaking at the local commemoration of International Survivors of Suicide Day, which is held annually worldwide on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.