The Friends of the 1803 House have exciting plans for the Oct. 4 A Very Merrie Halloween Craft Show and Festival. Kids of all ages are welcome to come in costume. The 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. festival held on the grounds of the historic house, 55 S. Keystone Ave., features storytelling and games, a Halloween costume parade and a visit from the Wildlands Conservancy with some "scary" wild creatures. There will be a baking contest, tours of the historic house, a haunted gingerbread house display and juried crafts and art for sale.
The Main Street Partners will hold a Farewell to Summer Festival 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at Triangle Park and various locations along Main Street. This event includes banana split, cupcake decorating and hotdog eating contests as well as a chili cook off. There is an entry fee for some contests. There will be a Name the Logo contest, kids' activities and more. The event includes a visit by Ronald McDonald and a free concert featuring The New Constitution beginning 5 p.m. on the Triangle. For information. visit emmausmainstreet. com.
The Heritage Alliance of Emmaus has planned a celebration for Sebastian Knauss' 300th birthday at the Knauss Homestead, East Main Street, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23. Sebastian Knauss was one of the founders of the village that became Emmaus.
The party features Colonial games, food, music by LV Folk Music Society and the Moravian Brass Choir, favors, town crier proclamations, tours of the homestead and birthday cake. The other historical sites the 1803 House and the Shelter House – are open noon to 4 p.m. The Historical Society Museum will also be open.
The Emmaus Public Library has teamed up with volunteers from Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs to launch a new summer program, "Books and Barks!"
Elementary-age children are invited to read aloud to a four-legged, furry canine friend in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Sessions are scheduled 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. July 10, 17, 24 and 31.
Story time for children ages three to five will be held 10:30 a.m. July 3, 17, 25 and 31. The program includes a story, perhaps a craft, a song or a finger play. No registration is necessary.
The Kiwanis Club of Emmaus will hold its 41st annual pancake and sausage breakfast 8 a.m. to noon June 8 at Emaus Fire Co. #1, Sixth and Broad streets. For tickets and further information, call 610-395-4818.
The Emmaus Veterans Committee will honor departed comrades buried in each of the six Emmaus cemeteries May 25. The public is invited to a short prayer service, rifle salute and the playing of taps. The tributes begin 8 a.m. at Calvary cemetery. The honor guard proceeds to the following cemeteries: Old Moravian, Moravian at Ridge Street, Lutheran Reformed, Northwood and ends at Evangelical on Second and Ridge streets.
The Emmaus Kiwanis Club will host its 62nd annual Easter Egg Hunt at Emmaus Community Park, 13th and Broad streets, April 19. The hunt begins promptly 1 p.m. so plan to be there early because the hunt lasts only a few minutes. There are five age groups (toddlers through age 10).
The club also will host the Walter C. Stoudt Memorial Prayer Breakfast 7:30 a.m. April 18 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St. Seating is limited. Call 610-395-4818 for information and tickets.
The Emmaus Rotary Club is sponsoring The Fabulous Greaseband 8 p.m. March 21 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 302 N. 17th St. Doors open 6 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m. The Fabulous Greaseband is a seven member rock 'n' roll band. Proceeds support the club's local and international projects. For tickets, call 877-733-3139 or visit www. EmmausRotary.org.
The Emmaus Lions Club is holding its sixth annual "Nite at the Races" March 8 at Upper Milford West District Fire Co., Routes 29 and 100 in Old Zionsville. Doors open 5 p.m.; the race begins 6:30 p.m.
The Emmaus Arts Commission has planned a festival to help families stop hibernating and get out of the house and have a blast. A good idea after the January we've had which made me want to stay housebound.
The SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival includes many favorites such as the Friday night kick off on the Emmaus Triangle with an appearance by the SnowBlast ice princess, sculpted ice demonstrations and the popular ice bar hosted by the Emmaus Main Street Partners. The festival opens 6 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. Feb. 7 and continues 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 8.
It's hard to believe that it's time to say farewell to 2013 and welcome 2014.
As I reflect personally on 2013, there are many events that stand out in my memory. Three of them are attending my granddaughter's Hood College volleyball game at Muhlenberg College, picking up my six-year old grandson at Macungie Elementary School and having him give me a tour of the library and seeing my 17-year-old grandson sprout up to six-feet, five-inches tall.