Twenty years ago, the man known these days as Raymond the Amish Comic was toiling away at a screen-printing factory. It would be the last day-job he would hold.
"In 1996, I was fired when I returned from my Christmas vacation," says Raymond, who lives in Emmaus. "I saved up my vacation so I could do some headlining from Christmas to New Year's in Reading: two shows a night, all sold-out.
Godfrey Daniels, Lehigh Valley's legendary listening room, celebrates its 39th anniversary with its Fifth Annual Membership Appreciation Concert and Party featuring Vance Gilbert and Ellis Paul, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. March 20, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem.
The concert is first in a year-long slate of concerts leading up to Godfrey's 40th anniversary.
Kicking off Godfrey's slate of performers post membership party are Davey O with Jessica Smucker, 8 p.m. March 21, Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem.
By all accounts, Peggy King's career can be described as storied. She has worked with a virtual hall of fame of performers from stage, screen, radio, film and television. It can be said of King, that she's a Queen of all media.
Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio perform in the latest installment of Miller Symphony Hall's monthly "Jazz Upstairs" cabaret series at 7:30 p.m. March 20 in the Rodale Community Room.
The All-Star Jazz Trio is: Andy Kahn, piano; Bruce Klauber, drums, and Bruce Kaminsky, bass.
"August: Osage County," Tracy Lett's 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, hits you upside the head with the force of the cast-iron frying pan wielded by one of the cast members.
Witty, comedic and unflinchingly raw dialogue combined with stellar performances by an ensemble cast make this Lehigh Valley debut a must-see, 7 p.m. March 7 - 9 and 2 p.m. March 10, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N 19th St., Allentown.
The Bethlehem Area School Board members voted unanimously Feb. 25 to move ahead with plans to explore construction of a new Nitschmann MS building. The project which will go into the design phase overseen by D'Huy Engineering Inc.
At the Feb. 4 school board meeting, the last before the Feb. 25 final decision on the Nitschmann MS renovation versus rebuild debate, district engineers D'HUY compared the old building's general space deficiencies with the more efficient newer buildings.
Thirteen areas were deemed deficient by current standards, Director of Facilities and Operations Mark Stein said, but the discussion seemed to be little more than additional confirm of existing problems to a board already leaning toward constructing a new school.
During a special meeting Feb. 11, Bethlehem Area School Board members voted to approve a preliminary budget for 2013-14 by a 6-2 vote, with Basilio Bonilla Jr. and Irene Follweiler dissenting.
The eternal question, "Why do Fools Fall in Love?" may not be readily answered, but the musical of the same name through March 10 at The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown, attempts to explore the stages of love through popular song.
The setting is Millie's (Gwen Swanson Vigorito) "Pop-Tart" pink walled living room where her friends Florence (Stacy Bechtel), Sally (Lauren Eitzenberger) and Dee Dee (Stacey B. Yoder) have gathered to celebrate Millie's upcoming nuptials.
Although Time Jumpers is not a band of science fiction time-travelers, the 11-piece group transcends time through its throwback brand of country music.
Fans will be able to "jump" deep into country music's roots at the group's concert, 8 p.m. Feb, 16, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St, Easton.
In about two months, the first cries of "Play Ball" will fill the air at Coca Cola Park, the aroma of grilled hotdogs, burgers and fries will beckon the hungry and a chilled beverage will refresh the thirsty when the gates open April 10 for the 2013 Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs season.
Yes, it's the time of year when fans' thoughts begin to turn toward America's favorite pastime.
It was all about the Phillies, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and, more specifically, Iron Pigs Charities on a recent sub-freezing night.