Kathryn M. Van Druff, Author at Lehigh Valley Marketplace's Posts

10 Reasons to Visit the Christmas City this Holiday Season

10 Reasons to Visit the Christmas City this Holiday Season

Look closely and you’ll find dozens of reasons to visit the Christmas City during the holidays. Here are 10 of our favorites: 1. HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES  From November 23 – December 30, experience the old-world romance of the Christmas season as you enjoy a tour of Bethlehem’s downtown National Historic Landmark District by carriage. historicbethlehem.org/carriage-rides... »

The Christmas City

The Christmas City

With festivities abuzz and lights aglow, it’s fitting for Bethlehem to be known around the world as Christmas City. The earliest inspiration for this moniker came in 1741 when Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf and a group of Moravian missionaries settled along Monocacy Creek, naming the area Bethlehem on Christmas Eve that same year. O Little Town of Bethlehem In 1937, ... »

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ICS Heating & Air Conditioning

Relaxation, work, chores, playtime, entertaining—whatever you do at any given time goes so much better in a comfortable setting. When your heating and cooling systems at home and work operate as intended—running quietly and efficiently in the background—life moves rather smoothly. But in the moment your heater quits on the coldest day of the year, or when your air conditio... »

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Halloweenify Your Home

The tale of Halloween’s beginning goes back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain—a day devoted to turning away ghosts, as the Celts believed ghosts returned to be among the living on that day. People roasted their bonfires high and donned costumes to chase away spirits, but this time also celebrates the arrival of harvest time and the advent of the darker half of the ... »

Speak Out for Domestic Violence Awareness

Speak Out for Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic violence often goes unnoticed, shrouded by pretenses at the surface level. The fact of the matter is that domestic violence is the number one killer of women worldwide. Does this staggering figure scare you? It should. “Globally, 6 women are killed every hour by someone they know,” says Heidi Markow of Beginning Over Foundation and TruthtotheMasses.com. “And last ... »

14 Scenic Lehigh Valley Area Nature Preserves & Sanctuaries

14 Scenic Lehigh Valley Area Nature Preserves & Sanctuaries

Sometimes with the hustle and bustle of everyday life, all you really need is a little fresh air and a glimpse of nature to lower your stress levels. The Lehigh Valley is home to so many beautiful creatures and stunning nature preserves and sanctuaries. Add these natural settings to your list of must-see outdoor attractions right here in our own backyard. Trexler Nature Pr... »

The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play

It’s no secret that children learn about the world around them through playing. They discover and absorb new things like thirsty little sponges. By ensuring that children take the time to play, you have a sturdy hand in the trajectory of their future. “Maria Montessori said, ‘Play is the work of the child,’ says Dr. Shannan Boyle Schuster, Head of School at The Swain Schoo... »

10 Activities with Pop!

10 Activities with Pop!

Great Family Outings & Things to Do with Dad The earliest inklings of Father’s Day began as a way to honor many men lost in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907. The first Father’s Day celebration took place on June 19, 1910, at the urging of Sonora Dodd of Spokane, WA. As the founder of the holiday, Dodd called for a day to celebrate fathers after witn... »

10 Mother’s Day Activities in the Valley

10 Mother’s Day Activities in the Valley

For more than a century, Mother’s Day has served as an official holiday to honor moms and maternal figures across the country. The holiday became official under Woodrow Wilson in 1914 when he signed a proclamation to mark the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Today’s moms tend to wear many hats as they attempt to do it all—from raising a family to handling the housewor... »

Mom to Mom

Mom to Mom

It’s said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that statement couldn’t be truer for Nikki Brezack. Brezack opened Hello Baby in the Lehigh Valley as a family business with her husband and two young children last May. Inspiration for the boutique struck as she and her husband were choosing baby furniture for their own kids but not finding anything special close to... »

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