It's a tradition.
For 50 years, "Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas" has been delighting children of all ages. The annual staging of "Pip" began in 1962. This popular holiday puppet show made its debut at Hess's department store which was located in the heart of Allentown's downtown shopping district at Ninth and Hamilton streets.
The Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) present a truly unique show with a strong storyline in "Parfumerie."
The play centers around a fictional pharmacy shop, Hammerschmidt's Parfumerie in Budapest, Hungary, and includes all the fun and entertainment that audiences have come to expect from the Lower Macungie-based CKP.
The Museum of Indian Culture, 2825 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown, is selling cookies baked from recipes from Pat Chiaparas' kitchen, retired cookie entrepreneur of the original "Mrs. Chip's Fabulous Cookies."
Tins are available in three sizes and include Raspberry and Apricot Kiffles, Viennese Fingers, Nut Tassies, Cherry Shells, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Shortbread Thumbprints, and White Chocolate Macadamia. Pick-up 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 14 - 23.
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The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley-Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (BGLV-PYB) presented the Lehigh Valley's first "Nutcracker" production in 1968, a beloved holiday tradition which continues to this day.
This season's production, 2 p.m. Dec. 15 and 16, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, features world-class guest artists Ashley Bouder, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and Matthew Dibble, dancer with Twyla Tharp Company, as the Sugarplum Fairy and her Cavalier, respectively.
Tenors of our time: "The Celtic Tenors Holiday Show," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, promises to be an eclectic mix of classical, folk, Irish and pop. The Tenors, above, with worldwide album sales totaling more than one million, includes Matthew Gilsenan, Daryl Simpson and James Nelson. Their albums are "The Celtic Tenors" (2000), which went to No. 1 in Ireland and Germany and No.
"A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens," 7 p.m. Dec. 16; One-man show, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. Meet and greet autograph session follows, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. 610-866-5481
"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943
"A Christmas Carol," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton. statetheatre.org, 610-252-3132
Most outdoors-oriented individuals have accidently startled a white-tailed deer from its bedding or feeding area while he or she is out hiking or participating in other Keystone State outdoors activities.
If you did not see the deer fleeing from sight, you've probably seen the deer's white tail flashing in the distance. The tail is raised and waved as a deer runs and the tail is also flashed by the deer as a warning when danger is sensed.
"Anna Karenina" is a gorgeous mess the famous Tolstoy character and the new film version of the novel.
Director Joe Wright, who previously directed the historical romantic dramas, "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) and "Atonement" (2007), also starring Keira Knightley, who plays the title character, Anna Karenina, reached for opera and instead got soap opera.
Wright apparently made a conscious effort to not be repetitive of other critically-acclaimed movie versions of the Leo Tolstoy classic (published in installments 1873 - 1877).
If you think the Celtic Tenors' musical specialty is relegated only to Irish Celtic music, think again.
James Nelson, one third of the three-man group from Ireland, says a typical Celtic Tenors' performance includes everything from opera music to Bob Dylan covers.
"It's a bit of a cliché," he says, "but there really is something in our music for everybody."
During the holiday season, there are several "Nutcracker" ballets to choose from in the Lehigh Valley.
However, the 26th annual Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) "Nutcracker," 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, is the only one with a live orchestra.
The Allentown Symphony, conducted by Associate Conductor Ron Demkee, again performs the Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky "Nutcracker" score. The dancers must listen closely to the orchestra and watch the conductor to execute this most famous score.