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Kira Willey guitar outside

Kira Willey

Bringing Musical Yoga And Mindfulness to Underserved Kids in the Lehigh Valley If you ask children’s yoga instructor Kira Willey the career milestone she’s most proud of, the answer may surprise you. The singer-songwriter has recorded four award-winning albums of children’s music and mindful moments, published a children’s book, had multiple yoga and mindfulness episodes a... »

Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra

Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra

Before the pandemic, Michael Arenella was traveling to New York City three to five days a week, performing jazz at various clubs, venues and events. These days, the trombonist, singer and band leader, who moved to Tinicum Township in 2015, is more likely to be found playing in Bucks County than in the Big Apple. “Even before the pandemic, I had been planting the seeds to p... »

Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society

Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society

The sheer vastness of outer space can be staggering. Our nearest planetary neighbor, Mars, is roughly 54 million miles from Earth. Our closest star, the sun, is about 93 million miles from us; the next closest, Proxima Centauri, is a staggering 25 trillion-plus miles away (about 4.24 light-years). Space exploration has been an endless source of human fascination for millen... »

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery

A Family Tradition What started out as a hobby is now the second largest winery by volume in Pennsylvania. Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, with four retail locations in and around the Lehigh Valley, began as a hobby when founders John and Pat Skrip planted grapes at their home in Breinigsville in the 1970s. That hobby developed into a passion, and they began producing ... »

Kreeky Tree Farms

Kreeky Tree Farms

A Shangri La In Slatington Kreeky tree farm follows the dream of business and life partners Allan Schanbacher and Chris Gangi. Incredibly diverse and productive, especially for its 7-acre footprint, this agricultural oasis is tucked into the woods at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Slatington. Schanbacher is a classically trained chef who has worked at some of the ... »

Jake Kaligis: A Day in the Life

Jake Kaligis: A Day in the Life

If you’re a music lover and enjoy Lehigh Valley night life, chances are you’ve already heard of Jake Kaligis. Performing locally for over 25 years’, he is a staple as an awardwinning singer/songwriter. Currently, he plays with three bands and a duo: No Flies on Frank, New Constitution, Crippled Moonshine, and The Dynamic Duo. He also performs solo and teaches guitar at Wes... »

Lehigh Valley Arts Council

Lehigh Valley Arts Council

The arts serve a spiritual need for the community,” says Randall Forte, Lehigh Valley Arts Council’s executive director. What began in 1989 as a grassroots organizational effort by the heads of a number of arts organizations and individuals with a strong belief in the importance of art in the community now boasts more than 100 arts and cultural organization members, along ... »

The Crayola Gallery

The Crayola Gallery

Photos Provided By Artsquest Crayola Gallery in Bethlehem: what is it, you ask? Well, it’s not where crayons are made—the Crayola factory makes 12 million crayons daily in Easton. But the Crayola Gallery is a bucket list attraction because it’s part of the umbrella of ArtsQuest goodies housed at the Banana Factory Arts Center. And the flagship gallery is a cool, multipurpo... »

Lehigh Valley Music  Awards

Lehigh Valley Music Awards

photos by Lisa Boehm Photography The Lehigh Valley Music Awards, the annual showcase for our region’s outstanding music-related talent, turns 21 this year—and it’s traveled a long path since the founding of the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association in 1999. Early versions of the program were held in little clubs throughout the Valley; as few as 100 people watched the pre... »

Girl on the Hill Framing

Girl on the Hill Framing

Despite our sophistication, we continue a practice of our cave-dwelling ancestors: placing mementos on walls. Crude paintings of wild beasts have yielded to diplomas, medals, and photographs, but the intent is the same. Girl on the Hill Framing in Bethlehem specializes in crafting artful displays for them. Owner Dawn Moser traces her artistic roots to her childhood years. ... »

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