To celebrate the arrival of the apple harvest and the beginning of fall, Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites sponsored its fifth annual Apple Days festival in early September.
The Burnside Plantation, location of a colonial farm during Bethlehem’s earliest years, was the site of activities of all sorts that attracted a large audience. Kids crowded into the petting zoo and played in a small maze, many with their faces painted. Older guests listened to talks and demonstrations of early farm technology or enjoyed fiddlers who played traditional music.
The sky was overcast at 8 a.m. Aug. 18, when the Knights of Columbus yard sale began at St. Anne’s Catholic Church. As time went on, however, the skies brightened, and there was a steady stream of customers hunting for bargains until the sale ended at 3 p.m.
Bargains there were on such items as toys, books, vases, tools, furniture, computer equipment, luggage and decorative objects. Many of the shoppers were St. Anne’s parishioners; others spotted the sale as they drove down Washington Avenue between Linden Street and Easton Avenue.
On Aug. 16 roughly 40 children and their mothers visited the National Museum of Industrial History for the final event in a summer reading program. The program was jointly sponsored by The National Museum of Industrial History, the Bethlehem Area Public Library, Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites, Artsquest, PBS39, and Cops ‘n’ Kids Lehigh Valley.
These six organizations joined to sponsor programs that promote literacy throughout the year. Every week during June and July participants in the program were welcome to visit each nonprofit to hear award-winning children’s books.
If it’s a Tuesday evening during the summer, it’s game night for children at the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Perhaps because it was raining or maybe because Musikfest was in full swing, the group that gathered Aug. 7 was small, but everyone seemed to be having a great time.
If you like animals, music, gardening, competitions, martial arts, colonial history, or any and all things blueberry, you’d be bound to love Historic Bethlehem’s 31st annual Blueberry Festival at Burnside Plantation.
The jammed parking lot attested to the fact that the festival has many, many fans of all ages. For the young, pony rides were available and in a barn kids could read to therapy dogs.
“Give me you tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses
yearning To breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless,
Tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my Lamp beside the
The United States is no stranger to mass protest marches. One need only think of all the marches against the Vietnam War, the Women’s marches in Washington, The Million Man March to unite the black community, the annual March for Life, and countless others. But the nationwide marches that took place March 14 were different: participants were primarily high school students.
In the wake of yet another school shooting, this one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS a month ago, students in nearly 3,000 schools across the nation left their classrooms to send the nation a message.
They were all there; clothing for children and adults, toys, household goods, decorative objects, cleaning products, and much more at the fifth annual Governor Wolf ES Mommy Market sale. Customers poured in from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 24. Sellers, interested in cleaning out a closet or two, and buyers looking for great bargains, included Governor Wolf employees as well as community residents. There were refreshments on sale, including coffee, cookies, donuts, for all attendees.
The evening of Dec. 9 marked the 20th anniversary of a beloved tradition in Bethlehem and throughout the Lehigh Valley, Luminaria Night. On that night rows of white paper bags holding a lighted candle anchored in sand are arranged in rows up and down streets, creating a magnificent sight. All of the money collected for the Luminaria kits goes to New Bethany Ministries, which serves the needs of the poor.
For many in the audience it was the proverbial “blast from the past,” the past being President Nixon, Watergate, Woodward and Bernstein. What brought it all back to the packed audience in the Moravian College gym on Oct. 24 was the presentation by this year’s Cohen Arts and Lecture speaker, Carl Bernstein. It was Bernstein and Bob Woodward, his colleague at the Washington Post, who broke the Watergate scandal that resulted in President Nixon’s resignation.