Gather your peeps, as in family and friends, for PeepsFest, returning for its fourth year Dec. 30 and 31, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The event, for which most activities are free, features two days of live music, arts and Peeps-related programming, culminating at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 31 with the dropping of a 4.5 - foot tall, 85 - pound, lit Peeps Chick and fireworks to welcome in the New Year.
A recent newspaper article stated that 2012 gasoline prices will almost certainly set the record for the highest average price for a single year. Other news reports predicted a record-setting year.
I'm, however, convinced that 2012 will set the record as the fastest-passing year on record.
Each year appears to go by faster than the previous one and before I know it I find myself browsing through my yearly journal and skimming my columns to summarize what has transpired during the year.
'S "Wonderful": Bucks County Playhouse, which reopened this past summer following a multi-million dollar renovation, concludes its 2012 season with "It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," through Dec, 30 at the legendary 70 S. Main St., New Hope, theater. Justin Guarini, above, center, plays George Bailey, the role made famous by Jimmy Stewart in director Frank Capra's 1946 movie classic. Guarini, a Central Bucks East High School graduate, was first runner-up in the "American Idol" 2002 debut season.
For Straight No Chaser member Walter Chase, singing at Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, is almost like bringing his career full circle.
The a cappella group's 35-show "SNC Live" fall tour began in October in Burlington, Vt. and concludes with two shows, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, in Allentown, with stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlantic City, and Westbury, N.Y.
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is holding auditions for its 33rd annual season, Aug. 3 and continuing Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day through Oct. 27.
Auditions for the Blackfryars, a volunteer acting group, are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 13. Those auditioning should prepare a one to two-minute comedic or dramatic monologue and sing a 30-second song.
Auditions the Bacchanalians, the professional acting company, are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 27. Those auditioning should prepare two one-minute monologues (one comedic and one dramatic) and sing a 30-second song.
"Bethlehem Star: The Light That Still Shines" will be presented in the style of a 1940's radio drama, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, 24, in the sanctuary by the Drama Team, Adult Choir and children's Praise Gang of Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, Cedar Crest Boulevard and I-78, Salisbury Township.
The Christmas musical by Claire Cloninger and Mark Hayes takes place on Christmas Eve when a snowstorm forces a young traveling family to seek shelter at a roadside motel owned by retired couple Hal and Nettie.
"Off The Page, " a poetry and open-mike night, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.
Poets storytellers and musicians may share their works and the inspiration behind them. Those interested in performing are asked to sign up at the event.
"A Chorus Line," 8 p.m. Jan. 12, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787
"All Night Strut: A Jumpin' Jivin' Jam," 2, 6 p.m. Dec. 22, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-417-2289
"Cirque Éloize: ID," 8 p.m. Dec. 22; 3 p.m. Dec. 23, Zoellner Arts Center, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem. zoellnerartscenter.org, 610-758-2787
The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will bring in the holidays with special seasonal programming from around the state beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 22.
This year's schedule includes a variety of holiday music courtesy of some of PCN's cable partners.
The tentative holiday schedule, including any additional airtimes, is:
:7 p.m. - Moravian College Vespers service (2012), courtesy of Blue Ridge TV13; also: 7 p.m., 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24; 4 a.m. Dec. 25;
"Hitchcock Week," screenings of films by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, continues at Civic Theatre of Allentown, in anticipation of Civic's Dec. 21 opening of the film, "Hitchcock," at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown.
The new film, which is being released nationally by Fox Searchlight, stars Anthony Hopkins as the master director and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma.