There was something for everyone at the Harvest Festival on Main Street Oct. 5.
Children had their faces painted, adults could get a massage or throw an axe at a target 15 feet away, many visitors shopped for drinks, hand-crafted metal jewelry, framed paintings, and treats for their dogs.
Anyone driving past the main branch of the Bethlehem Area Public Library Friday afternoon would have been taken aback by the crowd that had assembled at Payrow Plaza. Many of the approximately 150 people were holding signs addressing the issue of climate change. In addition to local climate activists, there were some parents and their children. There was also a sizeable group of students from Lehigh University who were representing multiple clubs on campus concerned about climate change.
Small wonder that the sixth annual Apple Days Sept. 6 and 7 at Bethlehem’s Burnside Plantation was teeming with children. There were so many fun and interesting things to see and do.
In one tent, Jennifer Purcell invited children (and adults) not just to see, but to pet, if they wished, a skunk named Cabbage, a corn snake named Carolina, and a barn owl named Tyto. At another venue, Pat Belliel introduced Harley, her 5-year-old pet pig. At yet another venue there were sheep, alpacas and a pair of 22-year-old miniature donkeys.
Anyone needing luggage, dishes, pots and pans, furniture, mirrors, vases, etc., would have found all of these donated items and more in good condition at the Knights of Columbus’s fifth annual sale Aug. 17, on the front lawn of St. Anne’s convent.
For some, Aug. 26 was a daunting experience: their first day of school ever. For others it was the first day of their last year at St. Anne’s ES.
A warm welcome awaited all 270 students from Father Anthony Mongiello, Principal Karen Bentz and teachers from kindergarten to eighth grade.
If Bethlehem Township residents ever wished that the public library were nearer by, they got their wish Aug. 24, with the grand opening of Bethlehem Area Public Library Coolidge, a satellite library at 2740 Fifth St.
Once upon a time the Coolidge Building was a schoolhouse, and as this school year was only days away, the theme of the event was “Kickin’ It Old School.”
The 32nd Annual Blueberry Festival July 20and 21 offered something for everyone. Visitors could have their faces painted, watch a well-trained dog doing tricks on command, be entertained by band and orchestral music, watch demonstrations of colonial brewing and blacksmithing, and play lawn games, to mention a few of the activities.
One of the most popular attractions is the pie-eating contest.
For those who enjoy shopping, there was the Burnside Crafters Handmade Items on sale. Another very popular activity is sampling the blueberry treats among other culinary items on sale.
The work was finished, and it was time to celebrate. The annual AAUW Book Sale, which brought in $1,600 when it began 57 years ago, produced $47,700 this year.
The AAUW Scholarship Committee, whose members are Norma Ferguson, Myra Jones, Clare Wisson, and Louise Wisser, had studied the records of all the scholarship applicants and interviewed each one to determine this year’s winners. Awardees received either a $1,000 or a $2,000 scholarship.