It’s a whodunit with a comic twist and a motley cast of characters worthy of any rogues’ gallery.
It’s The Pines Dinner Theatre’s highly-inventive, wildly-funny, season-opener “Who Done It?,” an audience-participation murder-mystery stage show.
The show was presented Jan. 18, the performance seen for this review, and Jan. 19, 25, 26 and Feb. 2 at the Allentown theater.
The CHEMO Bag, Inc. recognized and thanked its 70 sponsors and volunteers at its 2019 appreciation dinner held recently at the Tavern at The Sun Inn in historic Bethlehem. In its seventh year, the non-profit is committed to providing free gift bags filled with items that provide comfort to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
The Southside Arts District in South Bethlehem is developing a new five-year plan to help it become nationally accredited and designated as a Main Street Program with the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. The plan is focused on ways to improve streetscape, economic development, marketing and branding, and organizational sustainability.
Q. Steve and I have been living together for four years, and we are thinking about starting a family. Is it important for children to have married parents? We are fine as we are, but not sure whether getting married is the right thing.
In answering this question, the panel discussed it from several different perspectives.
It was a very merry Christmas this year for nearly 600 children and adults from throughout the Lehigh Valley who, thanks to Project Hope of Easton, enjoyed a traditional turkey and ham dinner with all the trimmings, and took home gifts of coats and other warm clothing, along with bags of packaged food for families to have another holiday meal.
As part of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, Truth for Women (TFW) and a Penn State Lehigh Valley arts class have joined forces on an awareness and fundraising project involving the sale of silver heart charms meant to symbolize healing for sex trafficking victims.
Q. I’m sure everyone has gone through this, but it mortified me. What do you do when a young child (loudly) points to someone and says, “That man is fat,” or something equally embarrassing?
In response to the question, the panel observed that what young children say is an observation, not judgmental.
“Children learn from observation, sight and sound, and experience,” panelist Mike Daniels said, adding, “They make comparisons, but not connections.”
Q. I am a single mom with two young children. Nearly all my income goes to rent, keeping my car on the road and bills. “Good” food is expensive. I can already see my six-year-old getting fat on what I can afford. What can I do? I’m not sure they will eat vegetables and salad, but they sure love macaroni and cheese.
“The idea that good food is necessarily expensive isn’t exacting accurate,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said. “Grandmother showed us that if you have chicken tonight, you have chicken salad for lunch tomorrow and chicken soup the next day. You can stretch things.”
Peepsfest, the family friendly New Year’s celebration in Bethlehem, has become as iconic as the yellow marshmallow chick it commemorates. The 2018 Peepsfest marked the 10th anniversary of the popular two-day event that partners ArtsQuest, Just Born Quality Confections and PBS39. It was also the 65th year since Just Born acquired its marshmallow chick line from the Rodda Candy Company of Lancaster, Pa.
Q. My 16-year-old daughter does not have a driver’s license, but some of her friends do. She asks repeatedly for permission to get into cars with her friends who have drivers’ licenses, but are inexperienced drivers. How many ways can I say, “No?” When, or under what circumstances, should I say, “Yes?”
The panel first talked about how to deal with the daughter’s repeated requests to go driving in vehicles with friends, then switched to ways to make the experience safer when the mother eventually has to say, “Yes.”