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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. ... »

Have a Very Vintage Christmas

Have a Very Vintage Christmas

Photos by Daniel Yund and Blake Drummond While there’s no formal curriculum on becoming a vintage lifestyle expert, stylist and interior designer Bob Richter was nutured on this aesthetic from early childhood. By age 6, he was rescuing antiques from the family home’s attic and learning the stories behind them. Other formative experiences of this Allentown native included a... »

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Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt

When history and alcohol collide, really interesting things happen,” says Mark Will-Weber.  “Alcohol is part of the whole fabric of the colonial and American story.” The Bethlehem author learned just how deeply the two are entwined when researching his books “Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt,” which examines the drinking habits of America’s presidents, and “Muskets and App... »

The Heart of Healthy Cooking

The Heart of Healthy Cooking

Cardiology patients at St. Luke’s University Health Network might notice a familiar face cooking on “The Chef’s Kitchen” this season. Dr. Dwithiya Thomas, director of St. Luke’s Women’s Heart Center, is the featured chef in three how-to videos that were filmed by the cooking show inside the kitchen at Easton Public Market. The featured recipes come straight from her heart-... »

The Handman

The Handman

For Bruce Gaston, music is a labor of love. Manual labor. Gaston, also known as Mr. Handman, is among the best known of a handful of manualists—musicians who make music by squeezing air through their hands—having been featured on CNN, NPR, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “America’s Got Talent,” Germany’s “Das Supertalent,” and numerous radio shows. The son of a music tea... »

Kim Hogan

Kim Hogan

MOSAIC STAINED GLASS ARTIST It’s a Monday afternoon at the Banana Factory, and Kim Hogan’s students are gathering up their projects at the end of their stained glass mosaic class. Hogan compliments a girl who comes up to show her the progress she’s made and reminds another to be careful as she hurries out the door. “I love teaching, both adults and kids,” says Hogan, who t... »

Billboard

Billboard

Like many Lehigh Valley residents, Zeke Zelker remembers the three men camped on a Whitehall Township billboard in the early 1980s for a radio contest. “I remember going by there with my mom and wondering what they were doing and wondering what was going on at the radio station,” he says. “I have always thought that what goes on behind the scenes of something is a lot more... »

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