Penn State Lehigh Valley unveiled its final installation of “Spotted LanternFly Zones of Syncopation (SFZ)” Dec. 3. The tabletop displays of six mandalas stretched between the front and rear entrances of Center Hall for public viewing, along with a video explaining the art and science behind the project utilizing the wings of the non-native insect. Originally scheduled for Dec. 2, inclement weather delayed the reception.
The completed installation will be on display through December 2020 at Center Hall, Penn State Lehigh Valley in the campus reception area.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board re-elected Chairman Fred Bonsall and Vice Chairman Philip Roeder to their respective posts at the Jan. 2 meeting before getting back to business at the new start time of 5 p.m. for 2020. Bonsall reflected that he had served on the board for 42 years.
The hearings previously started at 4 p.m. with access through the city hall entrance, and Roeder reminds the public to now use the Rotunda entrance.
Peter and Charlie Dent spoke about their family’s manufacturing legacy at the National Museum of Industrial History at 602 E. Second St. Dec. 14. They described how their great-grandfather, Henry H. Dent, and his business partners founded the Dent Hardware Company in 1894.
The Fullerton-based business produced hardware for refrigerators and cold storage units in their brass and iron foundries, as well as other specialty items. Between 1898 and 1937, the company added cast iron toys to its product line.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted approval for signage to two businesses at the Dec. 4 hearing.
Restaurant owners William and Marylou Seixas were granted a certificate of appropriateness from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission for signage, awnings and exterior light fixtures for Couchpota.doh! Kitchen at 306 Brodhead Ave. at the Nov. 28 meeting held in the Rotunda.
Like a kid in his own candy store, CEO Christopher Beers excitedly greeted his first customers as they wandered in to explore Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop at his Bethlehem location’s Oct. 17 grand opening.
The Grandpa Joe’s founder opened his first candy shop in Pittsburgh in 2012. Since then, Beers said, “I’ve just continued to try to find unique small towns that really would be a great home run for a candy store like mine.”
Around $147,000 was raised by The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) at their 2019 Hearts of Gold Gala Nov. 9. Guests nattily dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live auction of children’s artwork conducted by auctioneer Jason Douglas Houser. The not-for-profit’s chic fundraiser was held at the Centennial Catering and Conference Center in Center Valley.
“Spread the cheer, free parking is here,” quipped Stephanie Augello from the mayor’s office as she announced free two-hour parking on Saturdays for holiday shoppers at the Mayor’s South Side Task Force meeting Nov. 26. Sponsored by Lehigh Valley Health Network, vehicles can be parked for two hours at no charge at 278 green-bagged meters located around the Southside Arts District and Historic Bethlehem Main Street. This continues through Dec. 21.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board unanimously granted certificates of appropriateness for signage to two shops at the Nov. 2 meeting.
Business owner Julian Sghiatti successfully scored approval for a double-sided blade sign for his Clusters Popcorn storefront at 530 Main St. It is to be hung from an existing bracket. Measuring 30 inches by approximately 24 inches, the sign features the company logo of an off-white banner with dark blue letting and backdrop, and a lighter blue border at the edges.
The four-story brick commercial building is owned by Steve Holiman.
“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its fanciful stage for another run of vintage seasonal fun in the Liberty Bell Museum, Allentown.
Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the holiday show has been going on since 2003.