It was the 90th anniversary of the founding of St. Anne’s Parish, time for a gala celebration. On Saturday, Feb. 2, some 200 parishioners gathered in the parish community center to mark the event. Attendees enjoyed a buffet supper and the opportunity to chat with fellow parishioners.
Few controversies are more fraught than immigration to this country. The issue has divided Americans and caused a crisis on our southern border.
Two guest speakers at Moravian College discussed immigration from different perspectives Feb. 13. Both gave the audience insight into what we can learn from the experiences of refugees.
Grace Han recounted her dangerous nighttime escape from”the prison state of North Korea” to China under cover of night, accompanied by her parents,
For years Valley Farm Market has done a big business selling fastnachts on the days preceding Lent, and this year was no exception.
Anticipating that they would not be eating sweets during the fourty days of Lent, people poured in to purchase a last treat - luscious doughnuts, also known as fastnachts.
Customers could choose plain, powdered, glazed, or those with granulated sugar. And pick they did - among the roughly 2,000 fastnachts sold. By 10:30 a.m on Tuesday, the day before Lent began, the fastnachts shelves were emptying rapidly.
Inspired by “The Snow Queen,” a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, and produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios, Frozen is ranked the highest-grossing animated film of all time.
The movie is about Anna, a fearless princess who goes off on a journey to find her estranged sister, Elsa, whose powers have unwittingly trapped their kingdom in winter permanently.
Though the temperature was a chilly 32 degrees, a crowd of some 200, mostly women, gathered at Payrow Plaza beside Bethlehem City Hall for the third annual Women’s March of the Lehigh Valley. This year, however, the Bethlehem Women’s March was not affiliated with the National Women’s March because of a desire to express disapproval of what was seen as anti-Semitism and ties to the Nation of Islam of some of its leaders.
Among the many wonderful programs at the Bethlehem Township Community Center -- bingo and other activities for senior citizens, yoga, painting classes for people of different ages, to name a few -- the annual Daddy Daughter Dance is quite popular.
While the weather was cold, the approximately 35 attendees brought a good deal of holiday warmth to the annual Southside tree lighting Dec. 7 at Tranquility Park. Among them were gentlemen dressed as the Three Kings.
Anna Smith, director of the Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem, welcomed attendees, first in English and then in Spanish. CADC sponsored the event.
Smith commended the children who had decorated the tree. Volunteers at the Bethlehem Public Library had made the ornaments using recycled paper from old books.
She was about to turn 99, and Jeff Bartron felt that it was time for a surprise celebration of the remarkable life of his grandmother, Betty Bartron.
Betty is an enthusiastic gardener with a huge plot that she tends herself. She is an active member of the Bethlehem Garden Club.
She is also an accomplished knitter.
A dance enthusiast until a couple of years ago, Betty would join other dancers half her age on the dance floor every Tuesday night at the Allentown Area Swing Dance Society, which meets at the Fearless Fire Co. in Allentown.
With the busy holiday season upon us, shoppers hoping to start Christmas early headed to the four enormous heated tents at SteelStacks known as ArtsQuest’s Christkindlmarkt Nov. 16, the day it opened. There they found a huge collection of goods to choose from, including, but not limited to, apparel for people of all ages, toys, jewelry, dolls and doll clothes, soaps and lotions, wine, candy, and all manner of decorative objects.
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.