Thomas Mann, Penn State Lehigh Valley Artist in Residence for July 2017, is at the heart of several art events throughout the Lehigh Valley this summer. The former Allentown resident and a successful jewelry designer and sculptor moved to New Orleans after attending a jazz fest there in 1977.
Sponsored by the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, the Second Annual Bethlehem Italian Festival was held June 17 on Main Street and in the Sun Inn Courtyard. The event featured a “Wine Trail,” with 14 wines curated by South Italy Imports were available for tasting. An “Italian Food Trail” featured culinary delights sampling at nearby participating restaurants like The Brick, Tapas On Main, Twisted Olive, and The Colony Meadery at the Book Shop.
The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) paid tribute to their late friend and former next door neighbor in the Banana Factory, Ray Smicker, with a ribbon cutting ceremony recently. Smicker, owner of Silver Images in the adjoining space and steadfast supporter of PCFLV, passed away in 2016 from cancer. PCFLV then expanded their office suite into the vacant digital print shop and named it the “Ray of Sunshine Room” in his honor.
Charter Arts stitched together a graceful “Dance Quilt” of ballet, modern, and tap styles with the help of visiting alumnus Nicholas Heffelfinger May 19 and 20.
Heffelfinger, recently graduated from Boston Conservatory.
According to artistic director of dance Kim Maniscalco, “For me a quilt represents many hours of work put forth from the hands of many people. The outcome is always a thing of beauty …”
“Our quilt was not only to please the eye and soul, but for its own practical purpose; to serve as a training ground for our young dance students.”
The Bethlehem Historical and Architectural Review Board, chaired by Fred Bonsall, quickly reviewed and unanimously approved two roofing installation requests at the June 7 hearing held in the Rotunda. HARB members also provided advice to a third applicant that had the potential to save her a considerable amount of money on her roof replacement proposal.
Reel life comes to the stage with “Puttin’ On the Ritz: A Salute to the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” through July 2, The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.
The well-paced musical revue of movie themes and show tunes from the days of silent films through World War II is brought to the cozy stage by the cast of Monica Handwerk, Dante Hill, Taylor Hopkins and Katherine Tabisz.
Deja Views: ‘Vision-Sound Revisited’ looks at Allentown’s 1980s arts scene with exhibits, concert, discussion
The Lehigh Valley will be experiencing a sense of déjà vu when the 1980s return this summer to Allentown.
“Vision-Sound Revisited: Allentown’s ’80s Art Scene,” June 14 - Aug. 2, is a collaboration between the Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery, The Baum School of Art, The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, and The Cigar Factory Alternative Gallery.
Chairman Roger Hudak began the Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting May 23 with the disappointing news of the negotiations falling through for the sale of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to MGM. Resident Stephan Antalics asked, “Is what happened in the long term good or bad for the city?” Hudak replied that while negotiations were going on, development of the real estate was put on hold, which endangered the historic buildings on the property. He asaid Sands has kept the promises made when it built the casino and hoped projects can begin moving again.
The City of Bethlehem presented the results of the recent Bethlehem Parks and Pools Study at public open house events at several city locations earlier this month.
Eighteen vocational students were honored at the Bridges Foundation’s Celebration of Excellence ceremony at the Bethlehem Area Vocational-Technical School on May 4. The high-achievers were chosen from sixty applicants for scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000.