It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the 1803 House in Emmaus, but you can’t credit Santa Claus or his elves for that.
Instead thank the Emmaus Garden Club, whose members spent a couple of hours Nov. 29 with their clippers creating windowsill arrangements for the historic home.
“We enjoy getting together and doing something such as this,” Faye Schuler, president of the garden club, said. “It’s something we take seriously.”
It was scary, it was spooky and it was even a little silly and that meant everything went just right. What else would you expect when you go on Halloween night to hear tales from the dark side at the Emmaus Public Library?
To pull this off, it takes an expert storyteller with a penchant for performance and drama. Performers Rob Aptaker and Judy England McCarthy were able to do that. The two Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild representatives weaved stories that combined psychological thrillers and chillers, while providing family-friendly entertainment.
Lehigh Valley Baptist Church in Emmaus was chartered 40 years ago and the first services held evoked images out of the Second Great Awakening.
“This was the last parcel of a fairly large farm that was subdivided through the years and this land was the final piece sold off,” Pastor Roland Hammett said. “Originally a barn was on the location and the first auditorium was the barn. We still use it. It’s not our auditorium anymore, but we still use it for functions in our ministry.”
Today’s main sanctuary is not only a house of worship, it’s also pragmatic.
The most successful season in Emmaus Green Hornets football history ended with a thud Saturday as the Hornets were beaten by Freedom 49-17 in the District 11 Class 6A final at Andrew S. Leh Stadium in Nazareth.
The Hornets ended the season 11-2, while Freedom (12-1) claimed the school’s first-ever District 11 championship and advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals to play District 12 representative St. Joseph’s Prep.
To win a high school football playoff game, teams have to execute, concentrate, limit mistakes and make some big plays.
The Emmaus Green Hornets did all of that in an entertaining 31-24 District 11 Class 6A semifinal playoff win over the Easton on Nov. 10 at East Penn School District Stadium. With the win, the Hornets advance to the District 11 Class 6A final for the first time in their history on Nov. 16, where they will battle the Freedom Patriots. The Patriots earned their trip with a 35-21 semifinal victory over Parkland.
Among the many lessons Lincoln Elementary School students learned during a Veterans Day assembly held at the school Nov. 9 was that freedom is, most certainly, not free.
The ceremony, which honored Emmaus veterans in particular, began as the children – students in kindergarten through fifth grade – stood in respect as members of American Legion Post 191 presented the colors. The entire assembly – featuring many veterans and parents or relatives of students who were veterans – then placed their right hand over their hearts and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Emmaus football team’s offense has so many playmakers that opposing defensive units are often rendered somewhere between bewildered and hopeless. The saying “you can’t stop them, you can only hope to contain them” is about right.
But last week, the Green Hornets’ offense ran into an opponent that literally wiped them out.
The second-seeded Emmaus football team welcomes the third-seeded Easton Red Rovers in a District 11 Class 6A semifinal game at 7 p.m. on Nov. 9 at East Penn School District Stadium.
The Rovers are one of the most consistently successful programs in the Lehigh Valley. At times, coach Jeff Braido’s 2018 squad has struggled, suffering consecutive defeats to Freedom and Bethlehem Catholic. However Easton has won three consecutive games, including a 39-19 District 11 Class 6A quarterfinal win Nov. 2 over Northampton. At one point, during a driving rainstorm, Eason led 39-0.
Time will tell if the Emmaus girls cross country team gained wisdom at the 2018 PIAA Cross Country Championships on Nov. 3 in Hershey.
Coach Kelly Bracetty’s young squad (six of the seven runners at states were underclassmen) finished with 382 points, good for 16th overall out of 19 schools in the Class 3A results. The Green Hornets’ average time was 21 minutes and 21 seconds.
“Today was a good learning experience for the girls team,” said Bracetty. “This was their first state meet for many of them. They really didn’t know what to expect at the start.”
How do the arts enhance your life?
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) says plenty.
The 501c3 organization was established “to promote the value of the arts, foster collaboration in the community and encourage arts engagement for all people in the Lehigh Valley.”
The Arts Council honored its membership at the annual Arts Count 2018 annual fall reception and Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Grant Awards presentation Oct. 16, Butz Corporate Center, 842 Hamilton St., Allentown.