The American flag long may it wave.
And, in Emmaus, there are two organizations working to ensure the flag is given its due honor.
Working closely with Marge Heatley, president of the Emmaus Flag Day Association, for the second year, the GFWCPA Woman's Club of Emmaus has assumed responsibility for the annual Flag Day program and the Flag Day essay and poetry contests.
Emmaus' Special Entertainment commission has planned a day full of activities May 31 for the kick off for the annual summer concert series. There will be vendors, crafters, artisans and local businesses set up throughout Community Park with activities and demonstrations for the whole family.
The Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., will celebrate its 75th anniversary with special activities May 11 through 17. The library opened to the public out of a rented space on Chestnut Street in 1940.
There is a children's book costume party planned 6 to 8 p.m. May 14. The children are invited to dress as a character from a children's book. No registration is required.
The Royalaires will provide big band music for dancing 6 to 8 p.m. May 16. This event is free and open to the public. Opening remarks and honoring of guests 6 p.m.
The Emmaus and Upper Milford Township Joint Environmental Advisory Council will host its Earth Day clean-up event April 18. Groups should meet at Emmaus Community Park 8:30 a.m. for coffee and to get organized. After the clean up, groups are invited to return to the park for snacks and educational community fun. For information, visit emmausuppermilfordeac.blogspot.com.
Trout season opens 8 a.m. April 4. The Cedarbrook Sportsmen Club stocked Furnace Dam with trout for opening day. Stop by and share in the excitement of the catch.
After record breaking cold temperatures in January and February, I am sure many Emmaus residents will join me in shouting "Welcome Spring," on March 20.
The Emmaus Historical Society museum, 563 Chestnut St., will be open for its Winter Wonderland displays through March 7. The museum is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. March 19. The program, "Toys from the Past" will feature Bob Swaim, who will recount the history of the Slinky and his effort to make the Slinky the Pennsylvania state toy.
Emmaus is inviting you to have a blast at its annual SnowBlast Winter Festival Feb. 6 and 7.
The festival schedule includes free, family-oriented community-wide art related events.
Snowflakes displayed in the store windows during the festival were created by students from Lincoln and Jefferson elementary schools, Seven Generations Charter School, Emmaus High School art club and St. Ann School.
Check www. emmausarts. org for the schedule and updates.
It's hard to believe it is time to say farewell to 2014 and welcome 2015. Looking back, time always seems to pass so fast.
As I reflect personally on 2014, memorable will be my youngest daughter's wedding at Bear Creek in August.
Emmaus' Dec. 6 Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration will help to get you in the holiday mood. Activities abound 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The historic homes will host crafts for children. There will be storybook readings at the library and at Let's Play Books. The Emmaus Theatre will show the "Elf" movie. Caramella Grille & Creamery will host face painting. The New Constitution will present a concert on the Triangle. There will be horse and wagon rides from the Emmaus Triangle 5 to 8 p.m. and pictures with Santa 5 to 6 p.m. The Triangle tree will be lit 6 p.m.
Be sure to vote Nov. 4. The polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The screening for the winning entries in the Emmaus Arts Commission's student horror film festival is 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Emmaus Theater. Congratulations to all the participants and plaudits to the Emmaus Arts Commission for coordinating such a creative event. For information visit the website emmausarts.org/student-horror-film-festival.