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Allentown Art Museum

By Carole Gorney It’s been just one year since the Allentown Art Museum completed a $15.4 million building expansion and it’s already seeing great benefits from the project. The additional space and enhanced facilities are helping to secure high quality traveling exhibits, increase community partnerships and provide the best possible experiences for its visitors. A traveli... »

Movies at the Mill

By Mary Beth Schwartz Photo courtesy of MME The fall night air is crisp with excitement. White tents dot the landscape. People are milling about on the red carpet—decked out to the nines. There is great conversation, a live jazz band, cocktails and fine cuisine from Easton’s top restaurants. Under starry skies, the crowd anticipates an eclectic mix of short films. It is ti... »

Sigal Museum

By Frederick Jerant For many people, “museum” and “historical society” evoke dry scholarship in a fusty atmosphere. But such images don’t apply to Easton’s Sigal Museum, nor to its progenitor, the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society (NCHGS). The museum is actually a stimulating trove of local information. True to its mission – “to preserve the past, serv... »

David Caserta

By Sara Hodon Building a career as a magician takes a little more work than a wave of the wand or pulling success out of a hat, as David Caserta can tell you. Caserta, the Nazareth resident who has been wowing audiences with his “Haunted Illusions” show, says it’s a challenge to continue to outdo himself, but it’s one that he welcomes. “It’s still very rewarding. I look fo... »

The Pinball Enthusiasts

By J.F. Pirro In American entertainment circles, if video killed the radio star, the advent of video games slowly smothered pinball machines. Then, as video games became smaller, arcades dried up, too. Conversely, as houses were built bigger, basement recreation rooms became modern in-house arcades—and pinball has since rebounded. Denise and Brian Heins’ Whitehall basement... »

State Theatre For The Arts

By Frederick Jerant Way back in 1910, the Northampton National Bank in Easton was torn down, just 33 years after its construction. By itself, that fact merits no more than a footnote. But the bank’s replacement–a vaudeville house originally named the Neumeyer Theater–was the genesis of a Lehigh Valley performing arts gem, the State Theatre Center for the Arts. ... »

America On Wheels

By Frederick Jerant Americans are crazy about things with wheels. It doesn’t matter whether they have two, four, six or more, or whether they’re used for fun or profit – we love to fire ‘em up and hit the road. And America On Wheels (AOW), a 43,000 sq. ft. museum in Allentown, is chock-full of historic bicycles, automobiles, trucks and other vehicles that have fueled our p... »

Q & A with Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.

By Christine A. Krahling Katherine Ramsland and I met nearly 10 years ago at the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers’ Group. A former psychotherapist and philosophy professor, she has a master’s degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University, and a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne Univers... »

Bob McLeod

By J.F. Pirro On his living room wall in Emmaus, Bob McLeod has painted white, puffy clouds set against a blue sky. His wife Lucy continues to wonder why Superman hasn’t appeared from behind those clouds. “Not yet,” he jests. Like Superman, a character that helped cinch his career, McLeod (pronounced Mac-Loud) is caught between two worlds: He’s a highly successful comic bo... »

The "Ice Screamers"

By J.F. Pirro If you want the scoop on ice cream, one Coopersburg collector is a veritable soda fountain of information. Rich Grumer* shares his passion with his fellow “Ice Screamers,” a fanatical, history-minded international collectors club. Members specialize in collecting – and celebrating – ice cream parlor and soda fountain memorabilia. The group of 450 or so member... »

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