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Monday, July 16, 2018

Lehigh Valley Summer Theater: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival explores new terrain for 2018 season

Friday, June 8, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It’s one of only seven places in North America, where you can see three of Shakespeare’s plays at one event.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) 27th summer season at Desales University in Center Valley is poised to attract patrons from across the globe with its professionally-produced Shakespeare and so much more.

Emergency services building location is chosen

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

New building for police, ambulance corps set for MacArthur Road land

Plans for a new emergency services building in Whitehall Township are moving forward.

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners heard a resolution to authorize the pre-design phase of the proposed building at its workshop meeting June 4. Commissioners will vote on the resolution at their June 11 meeting.

Police continue search for suspect in mall shooting

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Police Log

A suspect in the June 1 shooting of two people at the Lehigh Valley Mall was still at large nearly a week after the incident.

Whitehall Township Police Chief Michael Marks said police continue to look for the person who allegedly shot two men around 7:10 p.m. in the mall parking lot after a fight occurred inside Macy’s. There was no update as of press time Wednesday.

George B. Miller brings farce back to Playhouse

Friday, June 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It has been a long time since George B. Miller has directed a farce.

More than 40 years to be exact.

But that is exactly what he is doing with “The Fox on the Fairway,” Ken Ludwig’s crazy farce about rival golf clubs that opens June 1 at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

“I’m known for doing serious drama,” Miller says. “This time I wanted to do something a little lighter.”

“The Fox on the Fairway” is Ludwig’s tribute to English farces of the 1930s and 1940s.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens season at PSF

Friday, June 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A feisty Alice who lands in a colorful, oversized Wonderland will take children on a whimsical journey in “Alice in Wonderland,” the playful children’s show that opens the 27th season June 1 of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF).

“The story is a beautiful adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s books, trimming out some elements of the story and concentrating on the others,” says award-winning director Eleanor Holdridge, who makes her directorial debut at PSF.

Exploring their ‘Voices’ at Touchstone Theatre

Friday, June 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Finding balance in creativity is one of the themes of “Fresh Voices,” an annual show that caps Touchstone Theatre’s apprentice program.

The theater’s 2017-2018 apprentice Chloe Anne Madison explores challenges in the creative process and the balance between chaos and structure in her original works-in-progress, 8 p.m. June 1 and 2, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

Pa. Music & Arts Celebration schedule

Friday, May 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Pennsylvania’s music heritage from traditional to modern will highlight the new Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration May 26-28 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown. All performances are free and there is no admission charge.

Along with performances, there are seminars and classes from musicians and historians.

Schedule

May 26

Camp Crane Military Proving Grounds

9:45 a.m. - Reveille & Flag Raising

10 a.m. - “Memories of a WWII Bombardier”

11 a.m. - Pioneer Band of Allentown

Pennsylvania music, arts celebrated in new festival

Friday, May 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Pennsylvania’s contribution to music and the arts and a celebration of the military combine to highlight a new free Memorial Day weekend festival in Allentown.

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration will offer nearly 100 performances of Commonwealth-based music over four days as well as recognizing veterans when it debuts May 26-28 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown. All performances are free and there is no admission charge. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 26 and 27, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 28.

Mayfair heads to higher ground on Cedar Crest College campus

Friday, May 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Mayfair returns to its roots this year as a free community festival, but at a new location.

Last year, Memorial Day weekend was left without the annual Allentown music and arts festival when Mayfair was canceled after nearly 30 years.

Now Cedar Crest College has taken over the reins and will present the three-day festival admission-free, noon-10 p.m. May 25-27, on its 84-acre, tree-lined campus at Hamilton and Cedar Crest boulevards.

Whitehall officers are honored

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

Chief awards commendations to 10 for bravery, service to community

Ten Whitehall Township officers were recognized for their bravery and service to the community at the township’s second annual police commendation program May 14 in the township municipal building.

“In this increasingly dangerous world, police officers are putting their lives on the line every day,” said Lt. Gregory Bealer, who introduced the program.

Township Chief of Police Michael J. Marks lauded the honorees for their exemplary service.

“You contribute to making this a safe community,” Marks said. “You run toward danger despite every human instinct.”