More than 100 performances representing the state’s rich and diverse musical genres from polka to folk to rock, and salsa to military marches will be featured during the 2018 Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration (PennMArt) at the historic Allentown Fairgrounds on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28. Admission to the family-friendly event, as well as fairgrounds parking, are free.
Hollywood actor, producer and writer Dan Roebuck paid a visit to the Boutique at the Rink May 11 to help promote the 2018 cancer fundraiser. Roebuck, a Bethlehem native, filmed a promotional piece with co-chairs Karen Hein and Sharon Kunsman, visited with volunteers, posed for photos and he recounted his visits to the Boutique as a teenager when he would purchase tuxedos to wear as an aspiring young magician.
ArtsQuest held its second annual Southside Arts & Music Festival presented by Capital BLUE April 20 and 21, featuring live music, visual arts and family programming. There were approximately 10 wristband shows per day at multiple locations such as Godfrey Daniels, National Museum of Industrial History, Lehigh Valley Charter HS for the Arts, Banana Factory and Musikfest Café at Steelstacks. The headline performers were 2018 Grammy winners The Infamous Stringdusters, Delta Rae and Dar Williams.
Coverage of Bacchanali XV wouldn’t be complete without mentioning some of the dishes provided by local restaurants and caterers for the food-tasting event. So, as I have done in the past, here are my comments on the offerings:
The bacon truffle eggs provided by Southside 313 Bar & Grille could become habit forming. The bacon bits and rosemary mixed with mayo provided a subtler taste than the usual deviled eggs.
Lehigh County Administration requested that Commissioner Amanda Holt withdraw a proposed amendment to the professional services agreement with Computer Aid, Inc. for information technology management services May 9. No reason was given. The same amendment had been delayed at the last meeting at the request of Lehigh County Commissioner Brad Osborne, who said he wanted time to study the effect of the amendment on other issues.
On the Friday before this meeting, Commissioners received a gentle nudge from Housenick trustees Bill Leeson, Stephen Baratta and Tom Brady. Trustees offered to give the Township $1.3 million in $130,000 annual payments over the next four years to restore the exterior of the mansion. The catch is that the Township must open the mansion’s first floor to the public within four years. Also, their offer was withdrawn unless the township agreed that night at their May 7 meeting.
Local Knights of Columbus members and their guests or family members gathered April 7 at the Lehigh Valley Hotel & Conference Center to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the founding of Trinity Council #13. Monsignor David James the Vicar General of the Diocese of Allentown was a guest of honor.
The charitable organization raises money for worthy causes. One recent recipient of Trinity Council #13’s charity was Bethlehem’s Mary’s Shelter Cay Galgon Center which received $6,567.17 in 2017.
State Senator Lisa M. Boscola (D-Northampton) said she is encouraged by emerging bipartisan support for her proposal that would allow independent and third-party voters to cast a ballot in the Republican or Democratic primary elections.
“Being an independent voter shouldn’t disqualify someone from having a say in who the candidates will be in the November general election ballot,” Boscola said. “I am pleased to see Republican leaders supporting this growing call for inclusion.”
The Greco-Roman wine god Bacchus had his very own Bacchanalia festival in his honor,
where sumptuous food and tantalizing wines were the order of the day. Fast forward more than 2,200 years, and some of the finest aspects of the festival have been preserved at Fountain Hills’ annual wine and food tasting fundraiser that brings together the local community to benefit the borough’s Playground and Recreation Improvement Fund.
How implementations are impacting the Lehigh Valley
While self-driving vehicles, cashier-less grocery stores and unmanned delivery systems were once a concept deeply rooted in the future, today these technologies along with many others are not far off. The question now becomes not whether or not they are possible, but what impact they will have on society once broadly accepted and widely instituted.