Happy New Year, everyone! Does anyone make New Year’s resolutions anymore? Have you?
This Sunday, Jan. 6, is the Epiphany, or Twelfth Night. According to the Gospels and tradition, this is the night the Wise Men actually arrived in Bethlehem to see Jesus.
The Upper Milford Historical Society resumes its regular monthly meetings 7 p.m. Jan. 31, when Aaron Heckler will present “A Picture Postcard Tour of Upper and Lower Milford Townships.” Heckler will show scenes from his vast postcard collection. You may want to bring some of your own vintage Milford postcards.
With Thanksgiving so early this year, it seems the December holiday season has been in full swing for a couple of weeks. Hanukkah started at sundown this past Sunday and Christmas preparations are well underway, everywhere you look.
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Vera Cruz Fire Company will hold its second annual Hometown Christmas 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8. Santa will be available for photos with your human and well-behaved furry children!
Upper Milford Western District Fire Company will host a breakfast with Santa 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 16.
The Upper Milford Historical Society is having its first-ever special event; a performance/lecture by The Jameson Sisters, celebrating “The History of Thanksgiving and Christmas Music.” The program will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Upper Milford Township building, Old Zionsville. There is a cost for tickets, which will be available at the township building, by calling 610-967-2092 or at the door that evening. For additional information, see the society’s website at Uppermilford.org.
Happy Fourth of July! I love fireworks and my husband humors me by taking me to South Bethlehem to watch their fireworks from SteelStacks. But there are several fireworks displays going on throughout the valley. Check local media to find the one most convenient for you.
If it’s June, it’s carnival time at the Lower Milford Fire Company on Limeport Pike. This year’s carnival will be held June 13 to 16. Grounds open nightly 6 p.m. and live music begins 7 p.m. Fireworks will be held June 15, beginning at dusk.
There will be rides, games, a silent auction, a beer pavilion and much more. For a list of the bands who will appear, details on the silent auction and other information, check out the Lower Milford Fire Company online.
Spring finally seems to have arrived and Salem United Methodist Church will celebrate by holding Springfest 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 5 at the church, 6440 Powder Valley Road, Zionsville. The event will feature homemade baked goods, a light lunch, flea market items, flowers for your garden, plus hanging plants for sale. There will be some free items too. This event will be held rain or shine. For information, call 610-965-6796.
Now that Easter’s over, we’re all more than ready for spring, particularly after that cold, miserable, snowy March.
Once again, the Joint Environmental Advisory Council of Emmaus and Upper Milford Township will celebrate spring by sponsoring an Earth Day community cleanup. It will be held 8:30 a.m. to noon April 14. Participants will meet at Emmaus Community Park for coffee and to get organized, then start cleaning up by 9 a.m. Instructions and directions to all the cleanup sites will be provided at the park.
It doesn’t feel like spring as I write this, but spring is in the air!
St. Peter’s Union Church, 7863 St. Peter’s Road, Macungie, will hold its spring bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24. The bazaar features raffles, barbecue, baked goods, craft and vendor tables, a light lunch and the church’s popular homemade soup.
You can pre-order quarts of chicken pot pie, beef vegetable soup or chicken corn noodle soup before March 18 by calling Ron at 610-845-2525 during the day or Deb in the evening at 610-367-8307.
Vendors are welcome. Call Janet at 610-845-8070 to rent a table.
At a brief meeting Feb. 15, Upper Milford Township supervisors passed a resolution supporting FairDistrictPA’s efforts to reform the redistricting process. FairDistrictsPA is a statewide group advocating for reform to make the process of redistricting less partisan. The group is supporting two bills in the state legislature, Senate Bill 22 and House Bill 722, which would create an independent commission to draw congressional and legislative district lines.
It may be cold outside, but the Upper Milford Youth Association reminds us it’s time to think spring! Registration for recreational spring soccer, ages five to nine, is now open. Register at www.umya.org using the “Register Online” link in the upper left hand side navigation menu. Details for the soccer programs can be found on the home page as well as the under the “Register Online” link.