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Mike McGrath: Tomatoes, love and other organic truths

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Mike McGrath, the enormously popular host of the nationally-syndicated radio show, "You Bet Your Garden," an hour of "chemical-free horticultural hijinks" originating from the NPR affiliated WHYY, 90.9 FM, Philadelphia, will be talking tomatoes, 7 p.m. April 9, Community Room, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.

The talk, "Swing Into Spring," is free and open to the public.

Gardening guru McGrath says that this is the perfect time to plan your garden and he is eager to answer your questions about organic gardening, especially about tomatoes.

Gallery View: Isidro Con Wong dreams up an exhibit at Baum

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

"My art reflects my Chinese blood with my Costa Rican spirit," Isidro Con Wong says through his interpreter and fellow painter, Rigo Peralta, owner of Rigo Art, 1131 Linden St., Allentown, at the opening of the exhibition, "The Artwork of Isidro Con Wong," through March 14, The David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown.

Peralta has been Wong's champion in the Lehigh Valley and was instrumental in putting his work in front of Baum School of Art gallery director Rudy Ackerman, who immediately connected with Wong's vision.

Gallery View: These women take to the air

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

None of the five women could remember exactly when they started painting together.

But for more than 20 years, Donna Haney, Bebe Traylor, Jill Peckelun, Sandra Corpora and Donna Needs would pack up their easels, paints, sun hats and bug spray and head to the hills, seeking their dual loves: nature and painting.

The result is "Women's Work: Five Painters," a charming collection of their work through March 14, Rodale Family Gallery, Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown.

'Heart of the Valley': one-stop antiquing

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

WDIY, Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio, is celebrating the 14th anniversary of its annual fundraiser, the "Heart of the Valley" antiques show, March 1, 2, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Sand Island, Bethlehem.

There will be 25 dealers selling their wares, including early Americana and Victorian, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. March 1 and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 2.

It's like spending a weekend antiquing without having to get in your car and drive all over the countryside.

The Ice House space is part of the pleasure of the event.

Gallery View: Muhlenberg 'girl band' exhibition rocks

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

It's like one of those word association tests. You say the word "band" and a different image appears in everyone's mind.

In the case of the art show, "girl band," Jan. 15 - Feb. 22, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown, four women artists display their very different and fully realized takes on the same theme.

There will be Bach

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Making a joyful noise with CD, Christmas concerts

This season, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, under the direction of Greg Funfgeld, is performing "What Sweeter Music," two Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 7, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, 2344 Center St., Bethlehem.

The Backpack Project: Self-respect in place

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

"When children enter foster care, it is a crisis. They are scared because everyone they meet is a stranger," says Pamela Buehrle, Director of the Lehigh County Office of Children and Youth Services whose office works in the community with children and families.

"They are missing family, separated from their siblings, moved from school, friends, daily activities. Children long for their mother or father, no matter how difficult the situation is at home," Buehrle says.

His blood pressure's normal; Lewis Black's rants are not

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Lewis Black, one of the most prolific and popular performers working today, brings his latest tour, "The Rant is Due," and his triple-threat skills as a comedian, actor and author to the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton, for two shows, 8 p.m. Nov. 21 and 22.

Black has a long history with the Lehigh Valley, previously performing at Lehigh University and the State Theatre.

"I love Easton," Black says in a recent phone interview. "Every time I go there, things have changed for the better. More shops. More art galleries. A lot of energy. The people are great."

'Hidden Treasures' revealed again

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

28 artists at seven studios in 19th annual tour

The 19th Annual "Hidden Treasures" Artisans Studio Tour, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 16, 17, includes seven studios across the Lehigh Valley where 28 artists will exhibit, discuss and demonstrate their art.

"Hidden Treasures" refers to a group of talented artists who reside and create their works in area communities. It also describes their original, exquisite creations.

The studio tour was started in 1994 to showcase distinguished local artists and artisans. The tour stretches from Topton to Bethlehem.

The Kemerer is back

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Bethlehem museum expansion gives visitors more decorative arts to view

The Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts in Bethlehem is the only museum devoted exclusively to the decorative arts in Pennsylvania.

In fact, says LoriAnn Wukitsch, Vice President and Managing Director, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites, the Kemerer is one of only 15 such museums in the United States.