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Musikfest: What’s New this Summer

Musikfest: What’s New this Summer

Locals know it and love it. Others come from far and wide to enjoy Lehigh Valley’s 10-day summer music festival year after year. From live performances and popular headliners to mouthwatering food and a variety of flavorful beverages, Musikfest continues to delight guests of all ages. This year it comes with some special new additions to the programming, including a whole ... »

No Pressure

No Pressure

For many music groups, getting exposure can be a problem. But that’s “No Pressure” for the Hanover Township, Northampton County, band that Bob Sedlock manages. “No Pressure” is the name of the ‘80s-to-pop kid cover band that Sedlock’s sons Grant and Bryant created three years ago with friend Andrew “Drew” Cirillo. Growing in size and popularity each year, the band boasts a... »

And the Winner is…

And the Winner is…

The Lehigh Valley has long had a burgeoning music scene – from Lillian Briggs to Dooley Invention to Magnum to Taylor Swift – but, until 1999, there were only the usual ways of recognizing the players’ and singers’ accomplishments. Regular paying gigs are rewarding, and you can’t beat a devoted fan base… but there’s nothing quite like being called on-stage to receive a tan... »

Ann Elizabeth Schlegel

Ann Elizabeth Schlegel

When looking to adorn Allentown’s new luxury Renaissance Hotel with art that could capture the color, glamour and excitement of the city’s rebirth, one artist’s name topped the list: Ann Elizabeth Schlegel. “I immediately thought of Ann,” said Jane Heft, vice president and director of project design and branding for City Center of Lehigh Valley. Heft had seen Schlegel’s se... »

Art Museums

Art Museums

Our lives are way too hectic. We text during family dinners. The kids are on their iPads in the back seat of the car. Mom and Dad are on their cell phones during school functions. The time has come to for us to “power down.” Why not start with an afternoon visit to a museum? Here in the Lehigh Valley we have access to two great museums, the Allentown Art Museum and the Sig... »

Angela Faidley: Out of Our Minds Art Studio

Angela Faidley: Out of Our Minds Art Studio

Some might think elementary school art teacher Angela Faidley was out of her mind for launching a business in her 22nd year of employment at St. Ann’s School in Emmaus. But, if you ask Faidley, teaching art during the day and running an art studio at night is “a dream come true.” “I have asked myself, ‘Why start a new career in the middle of my life,’” she said. “But then ... »

Q&A with Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest President/CEO

Q&A with Kassie Hilgert, ArtsQuest President/CEO

By Ann Wlazelek ArtsQuest has a new leader at the helm. Kassie Hilgert, former senior vice president of marketing and advancement for the Bethlehem-based non-profit organization that runs Musikfest, Chriskindlmarkt and Steel Stacks, earned the position and was selected out of more than 30 candidates in a nationwide search for founder Jeff Parks’ successor at ArtsQuest. Q. ... »

Large Flowerheads

Large Flowerheads

By Frederick Jerant It’s like a trip back in time: The room is packed with a sea of dancers, awash in tie-dye, paisley and fringes. They’re mesmerized and excited by the driving rhythms provided by keyboards, guitars, drums and voices. The only thing missing is the aroma of incense (and some other stuff). What you’re experiencing is the closest you’ll get to a swingin’ ‘60... »

Chris Manley

Chris Manley

by Ann Wlazelek Allen High graduate Chris Manley nearly ditched his dream of making movies or TV shows while studying film at Temple University in Philadelphia. “I got the feeling that because I was in Philly, a career in film was kind of impossible. I almost changed my major to English to teach creative writing,” he said in a recent phone interview. “It seemed more sensib... »

Martin Guitar

Martin Guitar

by Liz Reph Celebrated throughout the world for its top-quality instruments, C. F. Martin & Company has been headquartered in Nazareth for the past 175 years. Although they are best known for guitars – which have been famously played by performers such as Eric Clapton, Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Eddie Vedder and Woody ... »

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