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.
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.