The evening before Groundhog Day, the guest of honor at the 83rd Versommling of Grundsau Lodsch Nummer Ains an da Lechaw was none other than King Grundsau himself.
This year, as in every year previous, festivities were conducted in the uniquely Pennsylvania Deutsch dialect as soon as the Pennsylvania Dutch celebrants swore an oath to refrain from speaking English for the rest of the evening.
Sunny skies and ‘balmy’ 30 degree weather greeted art enthusiasts at the 13th annual SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival Feb. 2 in downtown Emmaus. After the recent bout of snow and bitter subzero temperatures, folks were able to enjoy a day of activities centered around Emmaus Triangle Park without worrying about frostbite.
The East Penn Board of School Directors took a detailed look at a portion of the administration’s proposed 2019-2020 budget at their Jan. 28 meeting.
Superintendent Kristen Campbell brought a list of elementary school personnel she and Business Administrator Robert Saul recommended be hired as part of their 2019-2020 proposed $1,720,000 preliminary budget. These include an additional guidance counselor, school psychologist and a staff assistant to work with students from kindergarten through grade five. These would be recurring costs.
The East Penn Board of School Directors learned all about branding a school district and the reasons for doing so at their regular meeting Jan. 14.
Four Lehigh Valley artists bring “Simply Still” Jan. 10 through Feb. 7 to the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries in The Baum School of Art. Allentown.
Still-life subjects are skillfully rendered in three mediums by Sandra Corpora and Lauren Kindle, each working in oils, Elena Shackleton, showing watercolors, and Jacqueline Meyerson, displaying pastels. An artists’ reception is 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 17.
The Emmaus Borough Council chose John W. Hart to fill a vacant seat at a special meeting held Jan. 3.
Hart was one of five candidates seeking council appointment to the post vacated by Wesley R. Barrett who resigned Dec. 3, 2018. The Barretts had relocated nearby, but outside of the borough.
Hart is a retired Lehigh Valley Health Network senior vice president of medical operations. Although a registered Democrat, he said he considers council seats as “not political.”
There are 46 pieces by 32 members of the Bethlehem Palette Club in the 2018 Juried Exhibit, with a closing reception 1:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 3, Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Bethlehem.
“We have three exhibitions a year,” said President Diane Hutchinson, “Two are juried. One we call our ‘All Member Show,’ which means anybody can put in a piece and it is not juried for entry.” She added, “It is still juried for prizes.”
“Bear and Buddy’s Wild and Crazy Adventures,” the sequel to Bud Cole’s “The Mystery of Little Bear” is now available for fans of the late nature writer’s books.
Cole, a retired Northampton Area School District elementary school teacher, found a new outlet for his love of science and the outdoors through writing.
AccaBella serenaded the East Penn Board of School Directors at their regular meeting Dec. 10. After enjoying renditions of “Angels We Have Heard On High” and Abba’s “Dancing Queen” by the Emmaus High School a capella group, the board got back to business.
The directors voted unanimously to approve the collective bargaining agreement between the East Penn School District and the East Penn Education Association effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023. “It’s good for the district and good for the teachers,” board President Ken Bacher said about the new contract.
“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its vintage stage for the 15th season at Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum.
Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the seasonal show has been going on since 2003.