East Penn Press

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY LORETTA FENSTERMACHERAlburtis saluted the arrival of spring with its annual May Day Festival recently. ABOVE: The May Day Court includes, from left, Queen’s Attendant Ashley Harold, King Dylan Bortz, Queen Hailey Weber and Queen’s Attendant Olivia Peluso. The quartet performed for the May Day Festival at Alburtis Area Community Center. PRESS PHOTOS BY LORETTA FENSTERMACHERAlburtis saluted the arrival of spring with its annual May Day Festival recently. ABOVE: The May Day Court includes, from left, Queen’s Attendant Ashley Harold, King Dylan Bortz, Queen Hailey Weber and Queen’s Attendant Olivia Peluso. The quartet performed for the May Day Festival at Alburtis Area Community Center.
A young dancer sneaks in a short nap during May Day festivities. A young dancer sneaks in a short nap during May Day festivities.
Dancers wrap the maypole during the annual May Day Festival. Rehearsals began in April. Dancers wrap the maypole during the annual May Day Festival. Rehearsals began in April.
Francine Confer, as the jester and Faith Andrews, as the wizard, perform during the annual May Day Festival at the Alburtis Area Community Center recently. Francine Confer, as the jester and Faith Andrews, as the wizard, perform during the annual May Day Festival at the Alburtis Area Community Center recently.

ALBURTIS BOROUGH

Thursday, May 24, 2018 by LORETTAFENSTERMACHER Special to The Press in Local News

Annual May Day festival relocates

The annual May Day Festival was held at the Alburtis Area Community Center this year after festival organizers were informed by Lehigh County that Lock Ridge Park, the traditional site for the festival, was not safe because the building is in disrepair and is now condemned.

According to bystanders in attendance at the festival, including Francine Confer, who played the part of the jester in this year’s production and coordinated the performance as well as her husband Paul, who provided the music for the festival, a few years ago the park was listed as a historic site.

Lehigh County spent a lot of money repairing the building and fixing up the park, but the building has not been maintained and it is in disrepair.

The furnace was first listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

The Confers are asking everyone to contact Robert Stiffler, director of parks, at the Lehigh County Bureau of Parks and Recreation office in Allentown and ask to have Lock Ridge Park kept in good repair.