PRESS PHOTOs BY JIM MARSHActivities on Feb.1 for the annual SnowBlast winter arts festival, sponsored by the Emmaus Arts Commission, are centered at the Emmaus downtown Triangle with not a snowflake in sight. LEFT: The Emmaus group “The Audio Files” provides musical entertainment at the Emmaus SnowBlast winter arts festival Feb. 1. Story and additional photos appear on Page A13.
Allentown youngsters Cadence LeBlanc, foreground and Sadie Christman, paint winter character figures for a watercolor display at the SnowBlast winter arts festival at the Emmaus Triangle.
Nela O’Brien, of Emmaus, samples a pork and rice offering from the “Couchpota.doh” food truck at the Emmaus SnowBlast winter arts festival.
Emmaus Mayor Lee Ann Gilbert, left and Emmaus Arts Commission President Karri Eryn Schreppel are on hand to greet visitors at the Emmaus SnowBlast winter arts festival at the Emmaus Triangle Feb. 1.
Jan Latshaw, of Emmaus, purchases a s’mores kit from Sara and Charlotte Meck, of Zionsville, and Adam Burke, of Allentown, volunteers for The Kindness Project of the Lehigh Valley, which provides support to area foster families.PRESS PHOTOS BY JIM MARSH
Toni Daniels, of Emmaus, president of Husketeers Rescue, an organization that gathers rescue dogs from Saudi Arabia, poses with Lilly, a five-month-old husky to be up for adoption soon. Daniels hosts only one rescue dog at a time, but says she has been able to save 59 canines since June 2018. More information can be found at www.husky-rescue-3.com.
Peter Roland, of Powder Valley and his 160-pound Great Bernese, Mr. Bumbles, draw fans as they stroll around the SnowBlast winter arts festival at the Emmaus Triangle Feb. 1.
Ice artist Evan Hughes, of Scranton, uses power tools to transform blocks of ice into a giant snowflake ice sculpture at the Emmaus SnowBlast winter arts festival.
Coached by Emmaus Ambulance Corps EMT Ben Brown, Andrea Schoenlein, of Emmaus, performs a hands-only CPR technique on an infant mannequin inside the South Mountain Cycle facility in Emmaus as part of the borough’s SnowBlast winter arts festival activities.
Out-of-town visitors from Gettysburg, Carol Jean Behnke, holding daughter Charlotte, along with her husband, Adam, enjoy coffee and gingerbread hot chocolate at the South Mountain Cycle and Cafe Feb. 1, as part of their visit to the Emmaus SnowBlast winter arts festival. Their server is Kyle Durrwachter, of Emmaus.
Elijah Bednar, of Upper Milford Township, a student at Creative Learning Center, Allentown, gives an impromptu sidewalk guitar concert in front of the South Mountain Cycle and Cafe facility as part of the Emmaus SnowBlast winter arts festival Feb. 1.
Annual SnowBlast winter festival a big hit even without the snow
It was a family affair as singles, parents, children and grandparents indulged in food, fun, music and “how-you doing?” neighborly moments with friends and acquaintances packing the walkways of downtown Emmaus.
Ice carvings, an ice skating snow princess, musical groups, food and hot beverages and a warming fire set up by Boy Scouts from St. Ann’s Troop 80 took away any thoughts of bad winter weather as visitors mulled the retail and volunteer booths that ringed the perimeter of the festival area. Chilly weather was not even a problem as afternoon temperatures hovered in the unseasonably high 40s.
Karri Eryn Schreppel, president of the Emmaus Arts Commission, the host organization for the gathering, welcomed visitors just after noon at Triangle Park, encouraging them to participate in the coloring, photography, music, CPR training venues and to admire the decorations among storefronts that set the theme for the festival.
A scavenger hunt included a “palette walk’ to register visits to retail establishments along the downtown Main Street.
One visitor, a long-time area resident, said simply, “Who needs snow? This is just a good place to have fun and enjoy a few hours outside.”