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Day in the Life of Eight Oaks Distiller Caitlin Bagenstose

Day in the Life of Eight Oaks Distiller Caitlin Bagenstose

When Catilin Bagenstone looks at a bushel of red winter wheat seeds, she sees bottles of vodka—630 to be exact. Of course, she’s viewing it through the eyes of a distiller at Eight Oaks Craft Distillers in New Tripoli. “We used this metric when our farmer was planting last fall to estimate just how many bottles of vodka we’ll yield in the future from one acre. It’s amazing... »

The Kutztown Folk  Festival

The Kutztown Folk Festival

As a native Kutztonian, I grew up hearing the phrase “If you ain’t Dutch, you ain’t much” invoked regularly, usually followed by a sly wink. Turns out, in fact, there’s veracity to the platitude, as the Kutztown Folk Festival makes much ado about Pennsylvania Dutch culture during its 69th annual celebration, running from June 30 to July 8. While new attractions are feature... »

In Search of Fresh Local Seafood

In Search of Fresh Local Seafood

Warm weather whets the appetite for light, healthful seafood. And with meticulously managed systems of logistics in place, long-standing area seafood markets provide swimmingly fresh catches abundant enough to rival most shoreline locales. From farmed freshwater trout to saltwater mollusks, crustaceans, and cephalopods (yes, octopus, we’re talking about you), local consume... »

Best I Ever Had: Bolete Lobster Roll

Best I Ever Had: Bolete Lobster Roll

Growing up in New England, I took lobster rolls for granted. To me, it was a given that they’d contain large hunks of fresh lobster meat tossed in just the right amount of mayo and piled into a soft buttery roll. But since moving to the Lehigh Valley, I’ve had my fair share of sad, rubbery duds. That is, until I experienced Bolete’s Maine Lobster Roll. It hits all those es... »

Take a Ride on the Wild Side

Take a Ride on the Wild Side

The rush of adrenaline coursing through your veins, the crash of the invigorating water surrounding you—a river rafting adventure in the Lehigh Valley satisfies thrill seekers of all ages and abilities. Whether it’s your first whitewater excursion or if you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve lost count, you can choose a river rafting adventure to carry your summer fun to ... »

Protect Those Peepers!

Protect Those Peepers!

It’s often said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. But in reality, eyes are the windows to knowledge. As kids, they’re how we learn about shapes, colors, letters, numbers—and the limitless ways in which they can be combined in the world around us. But not every child is graced with perfect vision, and that can lead to difficulties around the home, in the classroom,... »

Day in the Life of Organic Farmer Lynn Trizna

Day in the Life of Organic Farmer Lynn Trizna

  Like most farmers, Lynn Trizna works long hours and is hyper-focused on the weather, a common fixation in her profession. But unlike most agriculturists, this energetic 30-year-old earned a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh before deciding that her true passion lay in a different field, quite literally. After an intense, hands-on e... »

The Best I Ever Had: Chicken Salad

The Best I Ever Had: Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad – The Brookside Deli Marketplace is about the exchange of goods and services, so we’re constantly in search of businesses doing great things. When we come across something we absolutely love, we want you to know about it. If you are a fan of chicken salad and want the very best, look no further. Brookside Deli, located at the intersection of Brookside a... »

Kitchen Remodel with Bella Casa

Kitchen Remodel with Bella Casa

A Q&A with Faye Motsenigos The economy is strong, and its time to start investing in your home again. So, where’s the best place to start? We suggest where all the action happens and considerable value can be created – the kitchen. In this Q&A, we share the expertise of Fay Motsenigos from Bella Casa to serve as a guide for kitchen remodels. I want to redo my kitch... »

Day in the Life of a Golf Pro

Day in the Life of a Golf Pro

David Fields A golf pro is someone who earns money by playing golf, teaching golf and/or managing golf operation at a club or resort. Managing operations can include everything from the flow of play to the experience itself—both on the course and in golf shop. They work very closely with Course Superintendents to manage the quality of the game through its primary regulatin... »

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