Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association’s community parade is set for Oct. 17.
First held in the mid-1950s, the parade has not missed a beat for more than six decades, as large crowds still gather on sidewalks along Second and Chestnut streets. Unlike some parades where judges award prizes to first-place recipients in various categories such as bands, floats and marching groups, Coplay Recreation & Welfare gives each entry a stipend for participation.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., will be hosting a Chemo Bag Zumbathon 6:30-8:30 p.m. Oct. 13.
The Chemo Bag is a nonprofit, growing organization that raises money to deliver gender-neutral bags to first-time chemotherapy recipients.
These bags contain various items to help pass the time while patients receive treatments — lip balms for chapped lips, puzzle books to keep the boredom at bay, crocheted lap blankets for chilled bodies, hard candies or lemon drops for dry mouth, etc.
Northampton Exchange Club will hold a fall craft fair and tricky tray 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
More than 70 crafters and direct sales vendors will have displays.
Admission and parking are free.
Luncheon foods and beverages will be available for purchase.
The Siegfried Railroad Station, home of the Northampton Area Historical Society, will be open to visitors for the last time this year Oct. 15. Hours are 1-4 p.m. The station is located on West 21st Street (Route 329).
Tickets for the annual basket raffle are now on sale at the front desk. All we need are your name and phone number on the large stub.
The baskets will be on display by the large front windows from 9:30 a.m. Oct. 16 until noon Oct. 30. So far, we have eight baskets, and these items have already been donated: IronPigs items, a grill basket, dog basket, Lafayette Ambassador Bank items, a read and relax basket, fall basket, read to me basket and an ice cream basket. We are going to have between 90 and 100 baskets or items up for raffle.
The Whitehall Zephyr varsity football team will visit the Bethlehem Catholic Golden Hawks Oct. 13. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Come out and support the Zephyrs!
If you are looking for something fun to do Oct. 14, stop by Zephyr Stadium to be entertained by area marching bands. The Whitehall Marching Zephyr Band will be hosting Music in Motion. The Whitehall Chorale leads with the national anthem 5:55 p.m. The first performance is 6 p.m.
• St. John’s Friendly Fifties meeting, 1 p.m., in the social hall of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, 1343 Newport Ave., Northampton
• Woman’s Club of Whitehall meeting, 7 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua
• Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association community food bank is open, 8:30-10 a.m., in the basement of borough hall, 98 S. Fourth St.
• Intro to Microsoft Word class, 6 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St., will be having a basket social, featuring many different baskets, 4-7 p.m. Oct. 6 and 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 7.
There will also be a bake sale, flea market tables and food. The food available for purchase Friday will be hot dogs, barbecue, potato salad, pierogies, potato chips, pickles and hot and cold beverages. Saturday morning breakfast will consist of eggs, pancakes, meat, home fries, doughnuts and hot and cold beverages.
For more information, contact Ann at 610-821-0568 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., will hold a halupki dinner 4-7 p.m. Oct. 14.
There is a cost. The meal — which can be enjoyed in the social hall or taken home — includes two halupkies, mashed potatoes, roll and butter, cupcake and beverages.
For details, call 610-262-7186.
Reminder: Oktoberfest is planned for 7:30-10:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at Northampton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, Main Street and Laubach Avenue.
Karaoke with Crazy K is set for 8-11 p.m. Oct. 14.
The community food bank, operated by Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association in the basement of borough hall, will be open 8:30-10 a.m. Oct. 10. Among the more immediate needs, food pantry volunteers say they need donations of rice, fruit cups, potatoes, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly.
Coplay Sports Inc. will meet 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Sixth Street field house. The public is invited.
The upcoming youth basketball and cheerleading programs will be on the agenda.
In this third column, Mr. Larry Oberly and this writer are over at the old Essroc Cement office, now Lehigh Hanson. Essroc was formerly Coplay Cement, so we were given permission to search for some old Coplay history.
There are records for the early Coplay Cement Company, which was founded in 1866. Many are handwritten. We found many interesting flashbacks to the company’s past. Among the photographs we found were many projects in New York City, Maryland, New Jersey and other East Coast cities that used Coplay Cement.