The Easter Lily (Lilium longiflorum), native to the Ryukyu Islands of southern Japan, was discovered by plant explorer Carl Peter Thunberg in 1777 and sent to England in 1819.
Missionaries and sailors carried the Easter Lily to Bermuda in 1853. Considerable commercial bulb production took place in Bermuda during the late 1800's, hence the other name for this bulbous plant: Bermuda Lily. When a virus destroyed the crop there in 1898, production moved to Japan where it continued until the outbreak of World War II.
Karl Stirner is a towering presence.
Not as towering as his sculpture.
But a towering presence, nonetheless.
Getting Stirner's large, heavy sculpture into the Payne Gallery, Moravian Campus, Main and Church streets, Bethlehem, for the exhibition, "Transformations: Works in Steel," continuing through April 7, was no easy task.
Community Music School (CMS), 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown, holds its annual fundraiser, "Music: The Universal Language," noon - 3 p.m. April 28, Lehigh Country Club, South Cedar Crest Boulevard,
There will be food, auction items and music presented by CMS students and faculty.
This year's honorary chairs include: Amy Burkett and Ron Upton, Lawrence and Debra Johnson, and James and Mary Klunk.
Co-Chairs are Kelly and Jack E. Payne, Jr.
Amy Schumer, above, who appears on HBO's "Girls" and had a popular Comedy Central special, does her standup show, 8 p.m. March 29, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
An "Easter Nut Roll Sale" will be held, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 27, main lobby, Sacred Heart Hospital, 421 Chew St., Allentown.
Large 14-inch bakery fresh Kolache rolls with nut, apricot, poppy seed, raspberry or Lekvar filling are expected to be available.
Pre-ordering is recommended. Call Beth Fogel, 610-776-5413.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. April 11, 16, 18, 25, May 2; 12:30 p.m. April 4, 18, Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
"I Love A Piano," through June 2, 12:30 p.m., dinner; 2 p.m., show Wednesdays, Thursdays, Sundays; 6:30 p.m., dinner; 8 p.m. show, Fridays, Saturdays, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. pinesdinnertheatre.com, 610-433-2333
Allentown native Rick Braun, an internationally-renowned trumpet and flugelhorn player, producer and vocalist, has not performed in the Lehigh Valley since he left to study at the Eastman School of Music in 1973. The closest he has come to home have been performances at the Berks Jazz Fest and a performance at Kutztown University in 2000.
Braun performs in concert, 7:30 p.m. March 30, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
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@Body.8 Days Head:ARTSQUEST CENTER, STEELSTACKS
@Body.8 Days:Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300
"Amour," 7:45 p.m. March 27; 1:30, 4:15 p.m. March 28
"Quartet," 5:30 p.m. March 27; 4:30, 7:30 p.m. March 28
"Adam's Rib," 7:15 p.m. April 2. Audrey & Katharine Hepburn Film Series
"Sabrina," 7:15 p.m. April 8..Audrey & Katharine Hepburn Film Series
"Bringing Up Baby," 7:15 p.m. April 14. Audrey & Katharine Hepburn Film Series
@Body.8 Days Head:CIVIC THEATRE OF ALLENTOWN
It doesn't pay to be a bad kid as spoiled Golden Ticket winners find out in the Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University's production of Richard R. George's adaptation of Roald Dahl's "Charlie & The Chocolate Factory."
The show, 10 a.m. Thursdays and one Tuesday through May 2, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, and ably directed by Emiley Kiser, is perfect for all ages and for anyone who likes chocolate.
The Lehigh Valley Press print and online newspapers have won 20 Keystone Press Awards for work published in 2012.
Winners will be honored at the Keystone Press Awards Banquet during the 2013 Pennsylvania Press Conference May 18 at the Hilton Harrisburg. Award recipients receive plaques.
Award recipients were announced March 22 and are listed at: panewsmedia.org/Events/contest/awardkeystonepress
The Keystone Awards received, by Lehigh Valley Press editors, reporters, columnists and-or photographers are: