December 2015

Alburtis Tavern and Lodge, Tavern Trivia, Pub Food & Beer Pairings

Alburtis Tavern and Lodge, Tavern Trivia, Pub Food & Beer Pairings

Anyone looking for a friendly neighborhood pub “Where Good Friends and Good Food Meet” will not be disappointed in the Alburtis Tavern and Lodge. The railroad that brought business and prosperity to the sleepy town of Alburtis in the early 1900s runs across the street reminding diners that where they now sit was once home to The American House. Unfortunately, that original... »

O Christmas Tree! One Family’s Quest for the Perfect Tree

O Christmas Tree! One Family’s Quest for the Perfect Tree

We are gearing up for Christmas in our house. I campaigned hard for a real tree this year because in my dream world, it seemed like a perfect idea. Be careful what you wish for. The Dream: My perfect world included us all dressed in Christmas sweaters, singing carols as we made our way to the Christmas tree farm. We would hike and hold hands. Then we would find the perfect... »

Marine Toys For Tots Foundation

Marine Toys For Tots Foundation

Few things are as sacred to some children as their holiday wish lists. Of course, there’s never a guarantee that their wishes will be granted, but as children set out a tray of milk and cookies before pretending to fall asleep for the evening, the overwhelming sense of hope hangs in the air that someone – Santa, mom, dad or grandpa – will deliver their dreams come morning.... »

Christmas in the Christmas City

Christmas in the Christmas City

There is perhaps no better place to enjoy the holidays than the Lehigh Valley’s own “Christmas City”. A simple stroll downtown reveals a winter wonderland of elegant Christmas displays and beautiful holiday decorations, while the rhythmic sound of horse-drawn carriages and the quaint sight of the Christmas City Village create an enchanting atmosphere. Crossing the bridge o... »

A Tribute To Saint Nicholas

A Tribute To Saint Nicholas

In Memory of Charles H. “Bud” Berge, the official St. Nicholas of Christkindlmarkt When Christmastime comes around each year, I think back to my fond childhood memories. Gathering with my family under the Christmas tree sharing presents. Baking homemade cookies with my mother in the kitchen. Watching Rankin/Bass cartoons on television. But the one that stands out among the... »

Our Favorite Christmas Movies

Our Favorite Christmas Movies

Cable viewers, TV streamers and DVD watchers are faced with an annual flood of Christmas-themed movies in practically every genre – drama, spiritual, comedy, horror, animation, documentary, and musicals. Quality-wise, they range from the sublime (Alastair Sim in “Scrooge”) to the ridiculous (“Santa Claus Conquers the Martians”). In other words, there’s something for everyb... »

Christmas Day Alternatives

Christmas Day Alternatives

How to Spend December 25 If You Aren’t Opening Presents & Drinking Eggnog No matter what your reason – religious, occupational, personal, or just plain taking a break this year – not celebrating on Christmas Day doesn’t have to be a bummer. You can create your own traditions, make it a day of great productivity, or on the opposite end of the spectrum, save the da... »

Winter Activities In the Lehigh Valley

Winter Activities In the Lehigh Valley

Nobody does jazz like John Coltrane, wine like Burgundy, or improv like Will Farrell, and nobody does winter like the Lehigh Valley. From holiday-related festivities to season-specific activities, there’s nowhere we’d rather be but nestled in our cozy corner of Pennsylvania – at least until someone steals the parking spot we just shoveled out. ’Tis the season to get bundle... »

8 Ways to Ring In the New Year

8 Ways to Ring In the New Year

New Year’s Eve! The occasion practically begs for silly hats, slinky dresses, champagne by the jeroboam, noisy revelry and midnight smooches. But if you want something that’s a bit different, check out the venues in our holiday round-up. Many of them include the standard party accessories, but all of them emphasize fun – a good change-of-pace from squeezing into a loud and... »

Allentown Cat Clinic

Allentown Cat Clinic

The Allentown Cat Clinic has been providing exceptional veterinary care to felines in the Lehigh Valley for nearly forty years. Dedicated exclusively to cat medicine and surgery, the clinic strives to create a stress-free atmosphere for its animal patients. “We believe that being a ‘feline only’ facility helps the cats feel more comfortable,” explained Terri Zuber, Practic... »

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