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.
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.
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.
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’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 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.
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.”
A dentist who has volunteered her time to provide free dental screenings to more than 600 Lehigh Valley women and children in need, was one of the honorees at the 23rd annual Donley Awards, held April 13 at DeSales University Center in Center Valley.
Dr. Deborah Campbell received one of the awards presented by Community Services for Children for public service that benefits children.
“I am so honored,” she said. “When I started dental screenings for Head Start, I didn’t have any idea the impact it would have on both the children and me. These kids touch my heart.”
A colorful tile mosaic of a red barn complete with hex signs is one of the most exciting pieces that will go on the block at the The Baum School of Art’s 33rd Annual Art Auction May 19.
“Pennsylvania Dutch Barn No. 2” (tile mosaic, 29 in. x 30½ in.).
by William Weldon Swallow is one of more than 300 pieces of art from the era of school founder Walter Emerson Baum, as well as from contemporary regional artists, that will be featured in a silent and a live auction that will raise funds for the Allentown teaching and exhibiting art school.
It was standing room only at the Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners meeting May 14 when firefighters filled the public meeting room to show their support for Whitehall Township Fire Chief David Nelson.
At April’s board meeting, several firefighters, who had left the department, blamed Nelson’s management style, which they said was causing low morale.
At the meeting Monday, four township assistant fire chiefs spoke during public comment in support of Nelson, saying morale is, in fact, high and policies he has enacted have improved the fire department.
There is Bach for every taste, as well as some exciting new concerts, at the 111th Bach Festival, May 11-12, 18-19, at various sites in Bethlehem.
The Festival features performances by the Bethlehem Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra, along with guest vocalists and musicians, conducted by Bach Choir artistic director Greg Funfgeld.
Festival soloists are Cassandra Lemoine and Rosa Lamoreaux, sopranos; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; William Sharp, baritone, and David Newman, bass.