When the 19th century immigrants flocked to Bethlehem to work, first in the iron works, then later as steelworkers, they brought their families along. These families arrived with steamer trunks, suitcases and their religious beliefs as well. Since many did not speak English, the Windish, Germans, Italians, Hungarians, and those from other ethnic backgrounds clustered together in segregated neighborhoods to be around folks who spoke the same language as they did.
Soon churches and a few synagogues sprang up in those ethnic neighborhoods.
A certificate of appropriateness was granted to the Moravian Book Shop’s replacement awning proposal for 428 - 436 Main St. at the Aug. 1 meeting of the Historical and Architectural Review Board. Representing the owner of the iconic store, Moravian College VP for Finance and Administration Mark Reed and project manager Amber Donato were well prepared for their presentation in the Rotunda. Unlike the older, faded awning being replaced, the new taupe fabric will not be scalloped. “Moravian Book Shop” is to be painted in off-white along the bottom edge of the overhang.
A patchwork of ballet, modern dance, and tap styles came together at the Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts to end of last school year. According to artistic director of dance Kimberly Maniscalco, “The Charter Arts Dance Department’s ‘Quilt’ was the final product of a year-long repertory course that all dance students enroll in each year.” With the 2018-19 school year already underway, the instructors and students will soon begin many hours of work to craft a new quilt to be admired in the spring.
“Gentle on My Mind,” written by John Hartford, elevated Glen Campbell, a young Arkansas-born sessions musician, to stardom in 1967.
Fifty-one years later, his widow, Kimberly (Woolen) Campbell, described how Alzheimer’s disease ravaged the Grammy Hall of Fame singer’s mind.
The presentation, at the first annual Lehigh Valley Caregiver Retreat at DeSales University recently for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s or other dementias, featured Kim Campbell, co-founder of Careliving.org and Lori La Bey, founder of “Alzheimer’s Speaks.”
The Hispanic Center Lehigh Valley’s proposal to tear down a house they own to make room for a new grassy plaza was tabled by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the July 16 meeting in the Rotunda. The property consists of a former one-story gothic revival brick church with a stone façade on one side and a circa-1935 wood frame house on the other, connected at the rear by a 1940s era brick addition. A small parking area lies between the two older buildings. Representing the Hispanic Center complex at 520 E. Fourth St.
National Museum of Industrial History Education coordinator Kitsa Behringer says workshop participants will enjoy a hands-on experience while learning the art of making paper by hand and machine; setting type; printing on a hand-fed, foot-powered press; and bookbinding.
Paper-making expert Tom Necker joins master printer Bob Mueller and bookbinding expert Ulla Warcholl to supervise the “apprentice printers” in the labor-intensive processes.
Hardball Cider manager Madeline Scarinzi hit a home run for her employer with a successful signage proposal at the July 11 meeting of the Historical and Architectural Review Board in the Rotunda. Representing Geoffrey Deen, owner of the establishment at 553 Main St., Scarinzi received a certificate of appropriateness for a double-sided hanging sign featuring the business’s colorful logo of a stitched apple and crossed baseball bats. A pinstripe is to be added and the words “Gastropub and Craft Bar” are to be changed to a serif font for the 24-by-16-inch sign.
“Underpinnings,” a collaborative project between Muhlenberg College’s Martin Art Gallery and Cedar Crest College’s Center for Visual Research, brings to the fore art by Lehigh Valley arts institutions officials and employees.
Muhlenberg College Martin Art Gallery Director Paul Nicholson and Cedar Crest College Visual Research Gallery Coordinator Brian Wiggins teamed up to create an opportunity for area creatives who work behind the scenes in the arts community to show their artwork.
The Community Action Development Corp. of Bethlehem (CADCB) was granted certificates of appropriateness for façade renovations for five houses by the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission at the June 18 meeting in the Rotunda. CADCB Director Anna Smith and Lynne Holden represented South Side homeowners who had been awarded grants for façade work.
Larry Eighmy and Larson Lovdal from the Stone House Group, along with architect Bret Peters, sought advice from the Bethlehem Historic Conservation Commission regarding the structure located behind the iconic Flatiron Building. Eighmy, also owner of the property through Sycamore Hill Farm Development, presented plans to convert the Wells Fargo Bank’s parking deck at 327 Broadway and 324 W. Fourth St. into a magistrate’s office and courtroom with secure parking, a microbrewery and commercial space during the May 21 meeting in the Rotunda.