Bethlehem’s Rose Garden has been a place of beauty in the past, an environment that attracts wedding parties, graduates and others for photos among the variety of different colored roses. Of late, less maintenance by the city government has meant that weeds fill the flower beds and some rosebushes are diseased and need to be removed.
When he was only 4 years old, Frankie West’s parents decided to move their family north and ended up settling in Bethlehem. They had suffered one of the ultimate discriminatory experiences when, because of the color of their skin, they were refused admittance to the beach at Myrtle Beach, S.C. That was when they decided to move. West carries that scar deep inside and has only returned to Myrtle Beach once since, to watch his niece play basketball in a game at Coastal Carolina University.
The 2020 Rose Garden farmers’ market kicked off its season on June 13 with Covid-19 restrictions in place, according to organizer Mary Toulouse. Patrons were required, under the current yellow restrictions, to wear masks, practice social distancing, and be limited to 25 persons within the cordoned-off market area. “People are being very smart” about this, said Toulouse as market patrons were coming and going with purchases in hand. About 10 vendors participated on the initial weekend. Toulouse said the market will run each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Oct. 10.
Bethlehem Township resident Dave Jacoby has put his creative juices to work during the 2020 pandemic, creating artwork for his outdoor gallery and backyard retreat among a stand of evergreens he and his wife, Carol, planted 45 years ago as seedlings. They call it “The Woods.”