One of my favorite family excursions when I was a boy was our many Sunday afternoon family visits to the Harry C. Trexler Trexler Game Preserve, now the Lehigh Valley Zoo, Schnecksville.
My parents always found the time to schedule visits to the preserve during the warm season months when it was open to the public. It was a very economical outing. We usually finished the afternoon by visiting the Lil-Le-Hi Trout Nursery, along Fish Hatchery Road at Little Lehigh Creek, Allentown.
Photographic visions: Lehigh Valley art galleries are the settings for the third annual Olympus InVision Photo Festival, Nov. 2 - 4, centered at the Banana Factory community arts center and SteelStacks arts campus in Bethlehem. Internationally-acclaimed photographers Joyce Tenneson, Joe McNally, Zoe Strauss and Jay Dickman headline presenters at the festival. There's also the SlideLuck Lehigh Valley photo party and the first Pennsylvania Photographers Competition.
Emily Bergl was just in from a crisp autumnal bicycle ride along Hudson River Drive.
The song stylist and movie, TV and stage actress likes the word autumnal. A recent phone interview begins with the Phi Beta Kappa grad listing other favorite words.
Bergl returns to ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, to perform "Kidding on The Square," 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Fowler Blast Furnace Room, where she wowed Lehigh Valley audiences last April with her "NY I Love You" cabaret show.
"Cinderella: Enchanted Edition," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3; 4 p.m. Nov. 4, Stagemakers at the J, JCC of Allentown, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown. allentownjcc.org, 610-435-3571
"Faust in France," adaptation by Christopher Shorr of Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus," Moravian College Theatre Company, 8 p.m. Nov. 1 - 3; 2 p.m. Nov. 4, Arena Theatre, Haupert Union Building, Moravian College, Bethlehem. moravian.edu/theatre, 610-861-1489, ext. 3
The 2012 Greater Lehigh Valley Filmmaker Festival (GLVFF) will be held Nov. 2 - 4 in Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
Award winners will be announced the night of Nov. 4 in a ceremony at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas.
The festival will present several awards to participating filmmakers including Best Feature, Best Short (15 - 50 min.), Best Short (less than 15 min.), Best Commercial-Viral Video, Best TV Pilot-Web Series, Best Documentary and Audience Award.
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council is presenting the second annual "Art for Everyone," 2 - 5 p.m. Nov. 4, suite adjacent to L.L. Bean, Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, Center Valley Parkway, Upper Saucon Township.
Tom Hall Auctions will auction off more than 100 fine-art paintings and prints with the proceeds shared equally between the artists and the arts council. Thirty regional artists are represented, including Michael Sincavage, Kim Robertson, Vivian Fishbone, John Gaydos and Daniel Kainz.
Oct. 16, 1942, was the premiere of the ballet, "Rodeo," by Aaron Copland at the Metropolitan Opera House with dancer and choreographer Agnes de Mille and the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, a dance company that moved to the United States during World War II.
Salisbury High School kicks off the Freddys high school musicals season with "Little Shop of Horrors," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10 and 2 p.m. Nov. 11, high school auditorium, 500 E. Montgomery St., Salisbury Township.
The show includes, above, left to right: Taylor Heverly (Audrey), Alan Mendez (Audrey II) and Tommy Walters (Seymour).
"Little Shop of Horrors" is a 1982 off-Broadway musical which went to Broadway. It is based on a low-budget 1960 Roger Corman-directed horror film spoof. The musical was made into a 1986 movie directed by Frank Oz.
Dr. Robert S. Mattison remembers when he discovered the roots of the iconic work of Franz Kline, the abstract expressionist king of coal country.
Mattison, the Marshall R. Metzgar Professor of Art History at Lafayette College, curated "Franz Kline: Coal and Steel," with 64 works by Wilkes-Barre born Kline including many rarely or never seen by the public through Jan. 13 at The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley.
Soon after arriving at Lafayette in 1981, Mattison and his wife, Liza, drove to the Lehighton area to see the roots of Kline's work.
Each decade, one and sometimes a handful of films is embraced by and-or define and seem to symbolize a generation of high school and college-age youth.
In the 1950s, of course, it was "Rebel Without A Cause" (1955).
The 1960's brings "The Graduate" (1967) to mind.
In the 1970s, there was "American Graffiti" (1973), "Saturday Night Fever" (1977), "Grease" (1978) and "Animal House" (1978).