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‘Pa.-Dutch Fall Fest’ at Troxell-Steckel

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A “Pennsylvania-Dutch Fall Harvest Festival” will be held 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at the 1756 Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum, 4229 Reliance St., Egypt, Whitehall Township.

The festival features vintage farm equipment, tours, crafts and activities.

“Visitors will travel in time as they see wagons, carriages, sleighs, and other history relics, dating back almost 200 years,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.

Visitors will discover the...

Midiri Brothers Orchestra in Pa. Jazz Society concert

Friday, September 20, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Midiri Brothers Orchestra brings its exciting brand of jazz to open the Pennsylvania Jazz Society’s fall 2019 season, 2 - 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Dewey Banquet Hall, 502 Durham St., Hellertown.

Group members include Joe Midiri, clarinet, sax; Paul Midiri, vibraphone; Dan Tobias, trumpet; Pat Mercuri, guitar; Jack Hegyi, bass, and Jim Lawlor, drums.

“Our band is eclectic. We play a little bit of everything,” says Joe Midiri in a phone interview.

“We’re inspired by the...

‘Open Sing-Along’

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

ASO CHorus:

The Allentown Symphony Chorus hosts an “Open Sing-Along,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St. Allentown.

This free event is open to singers who would like to informally sing with the Allentown Symphony Chorus as it sing the choral repertoire for the 2019-2020.

The event will be led by Allentown Symphony Chorus Master Eduardo Azzati. Allentown Symphony Orchestra Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry of the...

40th annual Crop walk to start at St. Timothy’s

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The 40th annual Greater Allentown CROP Hunger Walk, locally sponsored by The Lehigh Conference of Churches, will be held Oct. 13, with registration at 1 p.m. and the walk starting at 1:30 p.m., at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church, 140 S. Ott St., Allentown, for a five-mile loop, with rest stops along the way, that will join the Allentown Halloween Parade.

An accessible “Golden Mile” will be held in the neighborhood around St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church.

One quarter of proceeds will...

Allentown Symphony season-opener weds the old, new, borrowed and blue

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

I remember when I got married, this was the saying that everyone followed in order to ensure a good and happy marriage.

Well, I am coming up on my silver anniversary, 25th years, as music director and conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, and I think we’ve had a pretty happy and successful relationship.

During this time, we’ve grown the orchestra artistically, expanded the classical concert...

Lehigh Valley housing market spurs Carbon County real estate

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by KRISTINE PORTER in Focus

The Lehigh Valley continues to see a shortage of houses for sale for the number of people looking to buy. Those eager to purchase a house are not waiting. Instead, they are coming to Carbon County.

“Carbon is having a nice run on their market,” said Justin Porembo, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR). “We’re happy to see a robust Carbon County market. The whole geographical footprint has seen a strong market.”

The number of houses with pending sales...

‘Hobbs & Shaw’

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s an odd movie title: “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw.”

How can a movie present two of its characters?

Perhaps the title was chosen so as to not confuse the movie with the “Calvin and Hobbes” daily newspaper comic strip (1985-1995) by United States cartoonist Bill Watterson.

Just kiddin.’

There’s no confusing the comic strip with “Hobbs & Shaw,” although the action movie’s plot line is paper-thin and the dialogue might as well be enclosed in...