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Thursday, May 23, 2019 by CORRINE DURDOCK Special to The Press in Columns

Emmaus Flag Day Association celebrates 50th anniversary

Emmaus Flag Day Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary June 14. The program, coordinated by The Woman’s Club of Emmaus, will be held 6 p.m. in Emmaus Community Park.

The current fifth and eighth grade students who are selected as winners of the Flag Day writing contest will present their poems and essays. The focus of their writing is “What the American Flag means to me.”

The program also includes the Emmaus Chorale, Emmaus veterans, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Also winners in the poetry and essay writing contests from the 1970s through the 1990s have been invited to read their winning essays and poems.

The Rev. Brian Dixon will serve as chaplain. Emmaus Police Patrolman Adam Polster, an Emmaus High School graduate, will be the speaker. Polster is a U.S. Marine combat veteran who completed multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan and is the recipient of two Purple Heart awards. For information, visit flagdayemmaus50@ptd.net.

The Emmaus Recreation and Entertainment Commission will hold a 40th anniversary party 2 to 8 p.m. June 2 at Emmaus Community Park. The Scott Marshall and Marshall’s Highway band will be on the pavilion stage the entire day. Many guest musicians will join the band for hours of fun and great music.

There will be a car cruise during the event. The public is invited to join the cruise with their hot rod, antique or muscle car (visit emmausrec@gmail.com for information on joining the cruise). The event will feature food trucks, vendors and community groups as well. There will be a children’s area with games, crafts and a huge inflatable obstacle course.

The schedule for June for concerts 6 to 8 p.m. Sundays in the Sam Landis Arts Pavilion is June 9: Main Street Cruisers; June 16: No concert on Father’s Day: June 23: Tommy Zito (5 to 8 p.m.); June 30: James Supra Blues Band with Sarah Ayers.

The commission is also hosting a Tunes at Twilight on the Triangle June 28. The Acoustic Project will play 6 to 9 p.m. Check the website or Facebook for more details. Many surprises to come.

Bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy a movie under the stars at community park June 21. The feature will be “Lego Movie 2.” Free Zumba is held 9 to 10 a.m. in the Community Park Arts Pavilion every Saturday (donations for instructors are welcomed).

The Emmaus Community Park pool will be open noon to 8 p.m. June 1, 2, 8 and 9. The pool will open daily for the summer season noon to 8 p.m. beginning June 14.

Emmaus Borough Council meets 7 p.m. June 17 in council chambers at borough hall, 19 S. 4th St.

Emmaus will hold a community yard sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1. The rain date is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 2. Permits or fees are not required.

The E-waste Recycling Center at the borough garage, 33 Kline’s Lane, is open noon to 6 p.m. June 10. For information, visit borough.emmaus.us.pa.us.

The Emmaus Senior Citizens group will meet 1 p.m. June 7 at St. Matthew’s E.C. Church, Fifth and Ridge streets. Musician Fred Arnold will entertain. All local senior citizens are welcome. The group will hold a picnic noon June 14 at the church. Reservations for the picnic need to be made by May 31. Call 610-966-4273 to make a reservation. This is the last meeting until September. The members wish you a pleasant summer.

Citizens Fire Company #2, 1017-21 Pennsylvania Ave., will hold a community carnival 6 to 10 p.m. June 5-9.

The Knauss Homestead, will host an open house noon to 3 p.m. June 2. The historical site is located at 152 E. Main St. (enter at the Cintas building driveway and follow the garden signs). For information, visit the knausshomestead.org or The Knauss Homestead on Facebook.

The Emmaus Garden Club meets noon June 4 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 3002 N. 2nd St. Frank Licata, master beekeeper, will present a program on “Beekeeping in America: Promoting the Medical and Historical Aspects of Keeping Bees.” Honey and products made with honey, such as soaps and lotions, will be available for sale. Guests are always welcome. Meetings begin with social time, noon followed by the program. Call 610-965-6109 for information.

The Emmaus Public Library is gearing up for summer reading clubs. Participants can start signing up for children’s, teens’ and adult clubs 10 a.m. June 10 and start earning incentives while tracking your reading through Aug. 10. Then join the staff for the Summer Reading kickoff party on the library’s lawn, 11 E. Main St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 15. The event includes DJ Strick James playing the best tunes, carnival games with prizes, a make-it craft sponsored by Home Depot, a Cool Treats ice-cream truck, summer reading sign-ups and more. This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories.” The library is gearing up for a rocket full of fun, with Tuesday morning story times and Wednesday morning movies all summer long, plus many more fun and free events. For program offerings visit emmauspl@cliu.org.

Plan ahead: Enjoy a day of fun and fellowship Sept. 21 when the Friends of the Emmaus Public Library hosts a bus trip to Winterthur Museum. The trip features “Costuming the Crown,” a special exhibit of costumes designed for the Netflix drama, “The Crown.” There is a cost. Reservations will be accepted until Aug. 15 or until the bus is full (whichever comes first). For information, visit emmausplstacks@cliu.org.

The Emmaus Main Street Partners will host an EMSP and Friends Golf Classic June 17 at Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem. For information, visit JesssicaO@lehighvalleychamber.org.

The Emmaus Historical Society will hold its annual member picnic 5:30 p.m. June 19 at Emmaus Community Park Moser Pavilion. Non-member guests are welcome by paying 2019 dues. Members should call the office at 610-966-6591 to advise how many will attend and if you will bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert.

The society thanks everyone who donated treasures to the community yard sale and welcomes all to shop at the sale June 1 at the museum.

The society has several bus trips coming up: June 11: Hunterdon Hills Playhouse to see “Over the River and Through the Woods;” Aug. 27 to Rainbow Comedy Theater to see “Funny Money” and Oct. 17 to Penn’s Peak to see “Glenn Miller Orchestra ... A Legend Lives On.” For ticket information, call Nancy at 610-967-5715.

New displays and exhibits at the Emmaus Historical Society museum, 218 Main St., feature Vintage Americana, a tribute to all Emmaus High School alumni who graduated in years ending with “9“ and the 1824 room is now transformed into the Celebrate the Celebrations room where all past Emaus/Emmaus anniversaries are remembered. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. For information, visit emmaushistoric-pa.org or find the society on Facebook.

The Kiwanis Club will hold a Pancake and Sausage Festival 8 a.m. to noon June 2 at Emmaus Fire Co. #1, Sixth and Broad streets. For information, visit emmausKiwanis.org.

The Woman’s Club of Emmaus will hold an end-of-the-year luncheon June 5 at the Limeport Inn.

The Emmaus Farmers Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at the Emmaus Triangle. For information, visit emmausmarket.com.

The 13th annual veterans bricks installation ceremony will be held 1 p.m. May 26 at the Emmaus Remembrance Garden.

The program includes 16 honorees, keynote speaker Ret. Sr. Master Sgt. Chris Anthony and taps and rifle salute by the Emmaus Veterans Committee honor guard. The garden is located on the east side of Emmaus at 152 E. Main St. (enter at the Cintas building driveway and follow the garden signs). Please bring your own chairs. For information, email remgarden1@gmail.com. There will be an open house at the Knauss Homestead during the event.

Don’t forget to come out and cheer for the parade participants in the Emmaus Memorial Day Parade 9 a.m. May 27.

The Emmaus Rotary Club is hosting its second motorcycle poker run to benefit local veterans June 29. The proceeds from the event are given to Tails of Valor, a nonprofit that raises and trains dogs to live with and help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress. The club is looking for sponsors and volunteers. For information, visit pokerrun.emmausrotary.org.

You may notice youngsters visiting the borough’s historical sites June 5, 6 and 7. The students are taking part in the Heritage Alliance Education project coordinated with the schools as a way to bring history alive to the students and help them appreciate the history in their community.

Happy Fathers’ Day to fathers everywhere. Congratulations to all the local 2019 graduates. Best wishes for success in the future.

The deadline for including items in the July column is June 19. Send information to 913 Little Lehigh Dr., email durdock@aol.com or call 610-967-2661.