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Bethlehem The Arts & Culture Issue
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A City creative From mosaics to music, tattoos to timepieces, paintings to poetry, and more—meet some of the inspiring creative individuals making our community a more beautiful place to live.
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#womenswork Fig’s recurring series featuring womanowned businesses in Bethlehem: featuring PostNet. PA G E 1 0 IN THIS ISSUE
Learn more about Fig writer Kate Racculia, whose third book launches this fall.
A quick user’s guide to Touchstone Theatre’s 10-day October arts festival.
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Helping teachers provide for their students: The Feed the Children’s Teacher Store.
Our 2019 Social Mission Partner: Café the Lodge.
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Cover mural: Painted by Pau Quintanajornet, in partnership with ArtsQuest. Located at 427 East 4th street, Bethlehem. IG: @TheArtOfPau
ISSUE 24 / FALL 2019 / BETHLEHEM, PENNSYLVANIA / THE ARTS & CULTURE ISSUE
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T H I S I S S U E celebrates art and creativity, in all its forms. From mosaics to music, tattoos to timepieces, paintings to poetry, and more —you’ll meet some of the inspiring creative individuals making our community a more beautiful place to live. And they’re inviting you inside: leaf through this issue and you’ll get a peek into the studios and shops where their innovative, imaginative work is taking place. Art is a way for us to express our individuality and unique perspectives—but it’s also something that brings us together. This October 4-13, Touchstone Theatre invites us all to Festival UnBound: a ten-day festival of original theatre, dance, music, art, and conversation. With its dozens of community partners (Fig included!), Touchstone has created this city-wide event to give us all a space to celebrate and imagine our future together, in Bethlehem and beyond. Learn more about Festival UnBound on pages 17-20, and we can’t wait to see you in October! Lots of other businesses are using creativity as a force for good, too. Including Fig Industries, where we have a longtime mission of “Design for Good”. In fact, to make it official, we’ve
become a certified B Corporation. That means we’re certified as meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability to our clients and in the communities we serve. We’re one of the first publishers in the nation to achieve this certification, and we’re pretty proud! Read more on page 59. We believe, as Bethlehem does, in the arts as an agent of positive change. Art alters perspectives, opens minds, connects. There’s lots of creative magic happening right now in our community. And the good news is, there’s plenty more to come. KIERA WILHELM & THE FIG INDUSTRIES TEAM
A NOTE FROM FIG
F R E S H FA C E Welcoming new businesses to Bethlehem. Left to Right: Kenny Rampolla, Ken Rampolla, Tony Gangi, and Rob Grim
Fresh Face: Lost Tavern Brewing H O N O R T H E PA S T, craft the future. It’s not just a slogan for Lost Tavern Brewing. It’s a true philosophy, lived every day at the Main Street Hellertown craft brewery and taproom. It all began with a shared vision that childhood friends Rob Grim (President) and Tony Gangi (Head of Operations & Brew Master) had to turn their love of homebrewing into a business. It wasn’t until 2015 when Rob and Tony partnered with Ken (CEO) and Kenny Rampolla (VP of Sales & Marketing) to help make the dream of opening a brewery & taproom a reality. Their beautiful and bustling Hellertown space sits under RMI’s office, which is Ken’s steel marketing company that he’s been leading for over 30 years after his time at Bethlehem Steel. Kenny works both upstairs [at the steel company] and downstairs at LTB, but he's also behind the scenes managing the
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brewery’s growing social media channels. With the brewery’s consistently increasing fanbase, this Lehigh Valley-born-andbuilt business is looking to what’s next. What’s next is the contemporary and modern Bethlehem Lost Tavern taproom, now open in the newly renovated Moravian Book Shop in a shared space with Dave’s Deli & Gelato. “We’re blessed to have a very eclectic group of customers and patrons,” says Rob. “Really great, genuine people.” Those patrons have come to expect a certain experience at the taproom in Hellertown, and it’s a priority for Lost Tavern to give the Bethlehem location that same feeling—welcoming and unpretentious, and of course, excellent craft beer. “The staff knows beer and they’re happy you’re here,” says Ken. “It is the bedrock of the Bethlehem taproom experience as well.” And it's thanks to
the same staff and crew, who’ve helped in creating the Hellertown culture, that they can now share it across locations. “I like watching the three of these guys grow,” says Ken, who has been (literally) watching them grow up—he’s Kenny’s father, and his daughter Liz is friends with both Rob and Tony from their days at Saucon Valley High School. Now they’re all in business together, “helping put Hellertown on the map” and bringing that same energy to Downtown Bethlehem. They are proud members of the Lehigh Valley Brewer’s Guild and an active part of the vibrant local craft brew community. They’re thankful for their success, and for the whole team—including nearly two dozen staff and incredibly loyal customers. “It’s an added blessing,” says Rob, “to work with people who feel like family.”
(Guests request Chef Steve’s butternut squash ravioli every year, made with his garden-grown squash—and fall ‘tis the season! Stop in and see what the fuss is all about! )
T W I S T E D O L I V E OW N E R S Steve and Sherri Kershner believe that hand-crafted food starts with hand-crafted ingredients: for the past six years, Chef Steve has been bringing the organic bounty from their very own garden right to your plate. You’ll find the fruits (and vegetables!) of their labor on Twisted Olive’s creative menu— from figs and butternut squash to the freshest herbs and off-thevine tomatoes, and so much more—lovingly planted, grown, and harvested by the duo. It doesn’t get fresher than that.
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Where Creativity Happens From mosaics to music, tattoos to timepieces, paintings to poetry, and moreâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;meet some of the inspiring creative individuals making our community a more beautiful place to live. And they're inviting you in, to take a peek into the studios and shops where their innovative, imaginative work is taking place.
You can find Nancy’s work at Connexions Gallery in Easton, RE:find Gallery in Allentown, and online galleries Saatchi and ArtSpan.
Nancy Bossert / A R T I S T “There has never been a time when creating was not part of my life,” says artist Nancy Bossert. “It’s always just been there.” While perhaps best known for her diverse and striking paintings, Nancy also works in mixed media, clay, print, drawings, and more. “There is a definite tiein, even though it seems quite varied: a love of texture, a freedom to explore, and to truly know my materials.”
Nancy in her Bethlehem studio with her beloved Boxer, Noah
Working from her Bethlehem studio, Nancy is often commissioned to create paintings for individuals and businesses, and she makes each piece personal and unique by talking at length with her clients. She also teaches private, semi-private, and group art sessions in her studio, in the hopes of passing on her love of creating to others. “Creating takes on numerous shapes and directions,” Nancy says, “both tangible and within thought. Without the creative mind we don’t have discoveries.”
#WOMENSWORK F E AT U R I N G DY N A M I C women who are working to enrich our community.
Connecting to the community
AND THE POSTNET TEAM
W H E N OW N E R M A R I S A L E N C I opened PostNet in August 2014, she was taking a conscious step away from the high-level corporate environment she had spent years in. “My career attention was on climbing the ladder and getting ahead,” Marisa says. “Then a shift happened, and I experienced a whole new growth path.” She found her focus moving toward compassion, community, and connection.
services—including custom graphic design, high-quality printing, direct mail, shipping services, promotional products, and more—to small business owners, local organizations, midsize corporations, and busy consumers in the area. Always working toward positive collaboration, the PostNet team takes a consultative approach to working with clients, taking time to identify their objectives, Opening PostNet allowed Marisa to utilize build on their ideas, and develop the her years of experience to provide valuable best solutions to meet their needs.
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Marisa and her team adhere to a meaningful set of Core Values that guide their interactions with each other as well as clients and the community at large. At PostNet, they have a saying: “Care for the whole”. That means being thoughtful, making a difference, going the extra mile. And it shows. “My focus is on creating an environment of patience, kindness, love, and compassion,” says Marisa. “I know that if we focus on these ideas, everything else will fall into place.”
F R E S H FA C E Welcoming new businesses to Bethlehem.
Fresh Face: Coal Lounge & Grill T H E M O M E N T YO U step inside Coal Lounge & Grill, you know it's a special place. “Coming to Coal,” says chef Kofi Armah, as he chops fresh ginger for the evening rush, “is like coming to my house.” There’s an indoor garden, a cozy and inviting lounge for friends to hang. Group seating is made from repurposed pallets, upholstered in richly colored fabrics. There’s music: a direct-from-Ghana vibe of classic and contemporary beats. And then there’s the food: Ghanaian street food, created just for you by the chef. “Everything here is custom made,” says Kofi. “We’re not telling you, hey, this is authentic, you have to eat it like that—we’re presenting it to you and letting you pick what you’ll fall in love with from the cuisine.”
Born in New Jersey, raised in Ghana by his uncle (“I was raised by a bachelor, I just had to do the cooking”), Kofi attended Moravian College for two years, then transferred to and graduated from Montclair State University in 2016. All along, Kofi dreamed of opening his own restaurant. Only he didn’t expect it to happen so soon. He planned to continue his education to become a surgeon, but in 2018, he made a choice. He could always go back to school— but he couldn’t always have the first Ghanaian restaurant in the Lehigh Valley. He’s passionate about food, about sharing fantastic flavors and experiences with customers, and he’s grateful for the people who brought Coal to life, starting 81 WEST BROAD STREET
with his business partner and Coal’s general manager Jomana Hanna. From The Hotel Bethlehem, where, Kofi says, “I learned everything I know about the restaurant industry,” to his sous chef and servers to the city of Bethlehem, to architects Phillips & Donovan, to the family and friends who helped create the space, Coal is built on community. Kofi hopes the restaurant spreads awareness of the cuisine of West Africa, and for Coal to be a place where friends and family gather to enjoy his simple but intensely flavorful fusion street food. “Even for Africans,” he says, “it’s something different. We put a little twist—and there are other people like us, looking to taste something special.” 484.456.1192
AUTHENTIC Leading the way through innovation and example.
Kate at one of her favorite bookstores, Let's Play Books in Emmaus, with resident cat Bernie.
Authentic: Kate Racculia K AT E R A C C U L I A has been a writer since her childhood in Syracuse, New York: before she could put pen to paper, she dictated stories to her parents. At twelve years old, she wrote what she laughingly describes as “a complete rip-off of The Westing Game” in three collegeruled Mead notebooks, later partially transcribed into her school’s Apple IIe. It was excellent practice: this fall, she’ll be celebrating the publication of her third novel, Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts.
an adult. As Kate puts it, “I wanted to write a lady Indiana Jones book” that also tackled what she learned about “money and wealth” in eight years of working in financial services and fundraising. The result is a gothic-infused narrative full of wit, energy, and quite a few tell-tale hearts.
Kate’s first two novels, This Must Be the Place and Bellweather Rhapsody, are set in upstate New York. Tuesday Mooney is her first Boston book, and she could only write it once she left: “living in Bethlehem gave me time to write a Tuesday Mooney, published by Houghton more complicated, complex, demanding Mifflin Harcourt, is a pun-filled adventure story, a love letter to the city of Boston book.” Bethlehem has proven to be an ideal home for this novelist: she praises (where Kate lived for eleven years), and an exploration of the complexities of becoming the “wonderfully supportive local arts
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community,” has joined the Bach Choir, writes for Fig Magazine, and works parttime at the Bethlehem Area Public Library. For Kate, having conversations with her readers is one of the joys of writing: “that is a gift: to be read by people.” She’ll have that opportunity over the next few months, when her book tour will include stops at the Easton Book Festival (Oct. 25-27); Bethlehem Area Public Library (sponsored by Emmaus bookstore Let’s Play Books, Oct. 30); and Lehigh University (Mar. 3). After that, she hopes to “keep writing, keep learning things, and keep finding ways to serve and be a part of my community.” To learn more about Kate, visit kateracculia.com
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Self-professed “pop culture nerds,” it's not uncommon for the team at Raygun Samurai to reference movies and video games in their work!
Raygun Samurai Tattoo / T A T T O O S T U D I O Owner Joshua Ross founded Raygun Samurai Tattoo
tattoo studios, the shop has already won numerous
in August of 2017, on Bethlehem’s South Side. With
awards and has been featured in several industry
experience as a comic book artist—he’s got numerous
magazines. And they pride themselves on creating a
comics in print from publishers Image Comics and
friendly, welcoming environment for any and all clients,
Devil's Due—Josh wanted to build a studio that catered
to boot. With thousands of satisfied customers between
to a unique, illustrative sensibility. As such, he’s built a
them, the team always keeps art at the center of their
team of talented artists who, Josh says, “love tattoos that
work. “We strive to not be your typical tattoo shop,” says
look like tattoos, with strong outlines and bold color.”
Josh. “We promise to provide you with a unique, custom
Driven to be one of the Lehigh Valley's best custom
piece of art that you can be proud to display forever.”
CAMPUS THIS FALL
Come experience College for a Day, one of our Senior Select Days, or simply drop in during an Open House
CHECK OUT ONE (OR ALL!) OF THESE ON-CAMPUS OPPORTUNITIES: • Tour our historic campus (Est. 1742) • Attend a Moravian class of your choice • Grab a meal in our favorite dining hall, The Star • Get to know the students of Moravian College • Meet our accomplished faculty members • Have questions answered by your very own admission counselor
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LE H I G H VA LLE Y PR I NTI N G
Tim Bream & Derek Wallen / S C R E E N P R I N T I N G You’ve probably seen the work of Tim Bream & Derek
They pride themselves on helping clients find a unique,
Wallen, the duo behind Lehigh Valley Printing,
original approach to creating designs, which is where
even if you don’t know it: since 2011 they’ve been
they start: with a design—or even just a spark of an
printing tees, hats, stickers, and more for hundreds of
idea. Then they take it step-by-step through the process
businesses, both local to the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
with each client, creating it digitally, separating each
Customers range from schools, clubs, and sports teams
color for print, printing, and ending with a finished
to businesses big and small, including SouthSide café
product to show off to your friends, clients, or at events.
Roasted, which Derek also co-owns. “I actually started
Tim says, “We love taking someone’s design or vision
this to have t-shirts for the restaurant,” says Derek.
and being able to turn it into a product that the client will be proud to wear and represent their brand.”
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Lehigh Valley Printing takes orders of all sizes! Whether you need 50 or 5,000 pieces, they’ve got you covered.
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ed latest community-bas its ts en es pr ne to hs , Touc music, ar t, and Coming this October inal theatre, dance, ig or of al iv st fe y . da tene our future toge ther in ar tis tic of fering— a ag im d an e at br le d to ce conversation, designe IN 1998, after an almost 150 year history building this nation, Bethlehem Steel finally shut down steel making here in Bethlehem. It was a traumatic event, and Touchstone, to help the community work its way through it, created and assembled several works of art and cultural projects into a festival called Steel Festival: The Art of an Industry. Now, as October 2019
approaches and the 20th anniversary since that extraordinary event, we face a challenge of a different and perhaps more daunting nature. Who are we, now that the Steel is gone? What are the challenges ahead, and what are the values that will hold the community together as we face the task of shaping our future?
Out of conversations and questions with the community, themes and stories have emerged. Visions of the future are being forged onstage and in dance studios, on college campuses and in public parks, on canvases and in coloring books, between young and old, across racial divides, across the gender spectrum, through Lehigh Valley citizens from all walks of life.
FUTURE— R U O N IO IS V E JOIN US, AS W THER. E G O T — T R A H G THROU
ALL ING ON O G S T OND! T EVEN 20 GREA OWN—AND BEY DT AROUN OPENING CEREMONY
Route begins at intersection of New Street and South Bethlehem Greenway
PROMETHEUS / REDUX
Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts 321 East 3rd Street
Touchstone Theatre, parking lot | 321 East 4th Street
Payrow Plaza | 10 East Church Street
Bob Cohen Room at Bethlehem Area Public Library | 11 West Church Street
Touchstone Theatre | 321 East 4th Street
BETHLEHEM’S FORGOTTEN UTOPIA Single Sisters' House | 50 West Church Street PBS 39 | 839 Sesame Street
Bethlehem Area Public Library | 10 East Church Street
KITCHEN CHRONICLES PBS 39 | 839 Sesame Street
Along the South Bethlehem Greenway with auxiliary events at the Bethlehem Area Public Library
A JOYFUL NOISE
Zoellner Arts Center, Baker Hall 420 East Packer Avenue
Café the Lodge | 427 East 4th Street
THE HUNT FOR UTOPIA
Route begins @ Charles A. Brown Ice House 56 River Street
POETS, TROUBADOURS, & TROUBLEMAKERS
The Sigal Museum | 342 Northampton Street, Easton The Lyric Room, Miller Symphony Hall | 23 North 6th Street, Allentown Godfrey Daniels | 7 East 4th Street, Bethlehem
THE FUTURE OF OUR WARRIORS
Touchstone Theatre | 321 East 4th Street
Bethlehem Area Public Library | 11 West Church Street
Zoellner Arts Center, Black Box | 420 East Packer Avenue
ABRAZOS A BELÉN
The Charles A. Brown Ice House | 56 River Street
The Charles A. Brown Ice House | 56 River Street
CLOSING CEREMONY FESTIVALUNBOUND.COM
Payrow Plaza | 10 East Church Street
S T N E V E F O THEATRE
a collaboration with Teatr Brama (Poland) and Moravian College
Hidden Seed: Bethlehem’s Forgotten Utopia
MUSIC A Joyful Noise
explores the collective act of choral singing
an evening watering hole: food, drinks, performances, and conversation
Poets, Troubadours, & Troublemakers
three evenings of live original music
savor Bethlehem's favorite foods part immersive performance, part family gathering
a dive into the hidden history of Bethlehem’s birth
a companion piece to the 1999 “Steelbound”
a new work about Hilda Doolittle by Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
CLES A T C E P S R O O OUTD Opening Ceremony
a celebratory processional down the South Bethlehem Greenway
The Hunt for Utopia
an interactive, wild, theatrical bicycle ride through Bethlehem
a new show devised and written by Bethlehem teens
an outdoor extravaganza and gathering of our 21st-century village
a noontime lunch series exploring festival themes
a town-hall gathering to brainstorm, learn, debate, and discuss sustainability
NS IO T C E N N O C Y IT N U M COM pARTicipate: Express Yourself
collaborative art making for all ages and skills
Embracing Bethlehem / Abrazos a Belén
a collaboration with Pregones Theatre (NY) and Bethlehem's Latinx community
Forward March: The Future of Our Warriors a collaboration with Women Veterans Empowered & Thriving
an afternoon highlighting the Black community in the Lehigh Valley
Inside/Outside City a midweek, daytime event filled with music, dance, visual arts, games, and conversation
F R E S H FA C E Welcoming new businesses to Bethlehem.
Fresh Face: Shady Grounds Coffee W H E N M I K E A N D J U L I A O T T I N G E R first began experimenting with coffee roasting, it was play, literally— “We were playing around with a Whirley Pop” stovetop popcorn popper, says Julia. The more they explored home roasting, learning about flavor profiles and sourcing beans, researching machinery and equipment, the more they realized this could be their path to entrepreneurship. Shady Grounds Coffee, named for their beloved pet Rottweiler Shady, was born. Now the couple roasts coffee out of their Bethlehem home, in a commercially converted in-law suite kitchen, after they come home from their full-time jobs. They roast on Monday and Tuesday nights, which means you’ll get the freshest cup possible at the Saucon Valley and Nazareth Farmers’ Markets, where Shady Grounds is a vendor. Beans are also available by mail, and through a monthly Coffee Club subscription service that delivers fresh, locally roasted coffee direct to your door. For Julia, who went to school for hotel and restaurant management, her favorite part of the business is developing relationships with people. “It amazes me,” she says, “how many people come back for that cup of coffee every week. Working at the market never feels like work.” Mike, in supply chain management and operations, is more hands on. “I like the roasting,” he says. “I like talking about the coffee, I like the process.” The couples’ complementary skill sets and interests are essential for success, and for any young business to grow and thrive; the plan, one day, is to focus on coffee roasting full time. For now, they’re thankful for the support they’ve received from family and friends, customers, and other roasters in the growing local coffee scene, and taking it one cup at a time. “I hope,” says Mike, “when someone drinks our coffee they feel like it’s an experience.” But ultimately, “we want it to be more than just coffee. We want to make a connection with our community and our customers.”
Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k Sunday, October 6 Venue: ArtsQuest Center The Yuengling Oktoberfest 5K is back and better than ever! • Ja! Every runner receives an official race t-shirt. • Ja! Every runner receives a mug of delicious Yuengling Oktoberfest at the end of the race (we’ll have root beer too)! • Ja! Every runner receives the admiration and respect of their peers who didn’t participate in this literal race for beer!
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Judy Reinford PHOTOGRAPHER Though she boasts over 30 years of experience, “I’m a kid at heart,” says photographer Judy Reinford. Take one look at her work and you’ll understand: sweet, sleeping newborns swaddled and adorned with flowers. A custom-made fantasy scene of beanstalk-climbing children. Portraits that incorporate a sense of whimsy. An image that brings you eye-to-eye with a giraffe. In her ever-evolving catalogue of work, it’s the animals that have caught her latest fancy. “When I make eye contact with these various creatures,” Judy says, “my heart is happy.” And she uses this gift to make others happy, as well. Recent donations of her giraffe images raised several thousand dollars for special barns for the longnecked creatures. She also sits on the Lehigh Valley Zoo Gala committee and is on the board of For the Love of Alex, Inc., a nonprofit providing funding for low-income families in need of urgent veterinary care. “I have my favorite animals but continue to spend time with creatures I have ignored,” Judy says, “to learn and grow as an artist but also as a person.”
Judy’s work blends photography with digital painting, making creative options for her custom images virtually limitless.
House Artists in the House DANNY POLK
Danny believes that glass art is captivating not only for its fluid beauty, but for its expressive possibilities to describe the relationship between the thermal dynamics of gravity, and the curious forces of our creative energies. Much of his love and passion for glass grows from the processes involved in its creation alone. An inexplicable relationship between artist and medium is achieved every time Danny composes a new piece of glass.
WILLIAM KELSEY Many of William’s artistic tables and desks are reclaimed— from old farm equipment, old fashioned machinery, printing presses, and more. He dismantles the old machinery, saving every bit, and uses those components to create his works of art. Some of William’s favorite projects are commissions in which he makes furniture out of precious family heirlooms, to be celebrated by future generations.
S TA C I L O U I S E S M I T H Staci uses an eclectic mix of components to create her jewelry—from gemstones to sea glass—as well as her own handmade components and beads. Her work brings together a modern industrial feel combined with a natural world sensibility by using metal and polymer clay to capture some of the diverse textures, colors, and patterns found in nature.
M AT T H E W “ PA C O ” C A L L E R I
Matthew “Paco” Calleri combines his love for collecting and restoring vintage musical gear with his 25 years of experience in Lighting and Scenic design. Cracked cymbals, random drum shells—even old motorcycle engines!—are transformed into furnishings and decor. In 2013, Paco started Steel City Vintage, which specializes in the rental, repair, and sales of vintage guitars, organs, and gear.
D O U G KOZO Doug creates his time machines by taking unfamiliar elements and turning them into something that is familiar. Parts that would have been designed for function, and which spend their life in motion, become static elements of something visually interesting. Rust, wear marks, and other imperfections— combined with pattern, shape, and color—add to the interest of each time machine.
Ward Van Haute Executive Director/ Curator
B ETHLE HE M HOUSE GALLE RY IS COM M IT TE D to the arts—not just by supporting, but by practicing art in all its forms. The gallery staff includes writers, painters, sculptors, actors, designers, floral arrangers, radio and podcast personalities, film makers…you name it, they’ve done it.
Rachel Bell Gallery Assistant
Kate Hughes Gallery Director
Wall art by Domenick Naccarato
Michael Lebson Assistant Curator
In the gallery, you’ll be delighted by the display of contemporary artwork arranged in a modern home-like interior setting. The team at Bethlehem House believes that anyone can be an art collector—and that all homes can be enriched by original fine art. Let them help you find the collector in you. 459 MAIN STREET 610.419.6262 BETHLEHEMHOUSEGALLERY.COM
“I love a good theme,” says Aly. “Especially when it involves dressing up in costume.” (This might have something to do with the fact that she was born on Halloween.)
Aly Haskins / A R T N C R A F T P A R T I E S B Y A LY If you enjoy making something, chances are someone
flexible projects—instead of everyone painting the same
else will enjoy it too! “And why not share that with other
thing—so everyone can create something they love. Aly
people?” says Aly Haskins, life-long crafter, and owner and
especially enjoys when a participant “thinks they can’t do
instructor of ArtNCraft Parties by Aly. “Sitting down to
something, but realize they can. There’s always one person
create something relaxes me,” she says, “and I enjoy the
at a party who says something like, ‘I have zero artistic
feeling of accomplishment when a project is finished.” She
talent,’” she says. “By the end, they’re usually holding their
hosts traveling paint and craft parties for all ages, with
project up and admiring their work.”
Mind. Body. Heart. Spirit. AT 4 D I R E C T I O N S Counseling LLC, everything (and everyone) works together in service of the bigger picture—and the whole person. A group practice founded by Dr. Alex Milspaw in May 2017, 4Directions’ unique approach to treating mental health, pain, and trauma is integrative and interdisciplinary. Grounded in the 4-D Wheel therapeutic approach—encompassing a person’s mind, body, heart, and spirit—4Directions offers a diversity of services as well as diverse service providers. “There’s great synergy and energy between us all,” says Dr. Milspaw. “And that allows us to craft a personalized approach to every person’s needs.”
4Directions’ dedicated team includes both male and female-identifying counselors who specialize in LGBTQIA, child, and adolescent populations; couples and families, including integrated families; and for those working through addiction, trauma, sexual health issues, and chronic and pelvic pain. They take pride in their “sex positivity and inclusivity, especially for clients with alternative sexualities or relationships,” says Sara Edwards, M.Ed. M.Ed. Their therapeutic programs are never strictly talk therapy, but an experiential and holistic model that draws from a number of methods, all working in concert to speed the healing process—from neurolinguistic
programming to mindfulness meditation and hypnotherapy. Educating clients and other wellness providers is a cornerstone of their philosophy as well; Charlie Curtis, BCH, MNLP, offers training courses in hypnotherapy year-round to the general public. “The big plan,” says Dr. Milspaw, “is to one day open a retreat center”—a healing space that can offer yoga, a central location for workshops, and a direct connection to nature. “We pride ourselves,” she says, “on being able to address trauma in ways that most people do not”—together, using personalized programs and tools that honor the uniqueness of every person.
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Dana and Michael are one of only two married couples to have their work selected for the ArtPop Eastern Pennsylvania Artist Billboard Competition since its inception.
Figurative artist Michael Hess can disappear into the process. “I tend to lose my surroundings while working,” he says. The better to create a piece that captures the qualities of the unseen—an emotion, an incomplete memory, or a fragmented thought—and give his portraits their auras of vivid, dynamic life. Michael’s primary subject matter is the face and human form at large. “For me they embody the essence of beauty,” he says, “which is the underlying theme of my art as a whole.” Working in oils and oil-based mixed media, he’s been an artist all his life, but he’s not the kind to wait for inspiration. “For me,” he says, “it’s a matter of getting into the studio, picking up a brush, and making it happen.”
GREEN BANANA MOSAIC CO. A dance of light and dazzling color, timeless yet modern and completely unique: what’s magical about the art of stained glass is even more so in the hands of mosaic artist Dana Hess, owner of The Green Banana Mosaic Company. Inspired by a simple mosaic coaster kit that had been sitting in her closet for years until it ignited a creative spark—“you’ve got to start somewhere!”—her designs have been sold all over the world through her online shop. Now her work hangs beneath the blue skies of the Lehigh Valley as a winner of the 2019 ArtPop Eastern Pennsylvania Artist Billboard Competition. “I have always loved stained glass,” she says: the rich colors, the different hues and sparkle. “There’s a bit of magic there, just waiting to happen.”
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all over Bethlehem’s Historic District. Visit the businesses on these pages and throughout Downtown Bethlehem this fall—and see how they’re taking the creative approach to serving you!
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Advocating for small businesses in the historic, arts, and shopping districts. WHO WE ARE The Downtown Bethlehem Association is a council of The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce.
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W H AT W E D O We aim to revitalize, rehabilitate, promote, and advance downtown business areas within the City of Bethlehem. JOIN US Have questions about the downtown, current events, or just curious about how to get involved? Visit getdowntownbethlehem.com. Find out about the benefits of being a member of the DBA by contacting Tammy Wendling at TammyW@lehighvalleychamber.org or Lauren Bertucci at LaurenB@lehighvalleychamber.org. GETDOWNTOWNBETHLEHEM.COM
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says Rabbit, “to make everyone look and feel unique!” Using their active social media platforms to educate and inspire, The Warren’s Instagram account pops with cuttingedge (pun intended!) styles and vibrant colors, that speak not just to customers but also to other stylists and barbers. “We never stop learning,” Rabbit says. “That’s the beauty of this industry—there are always ways to keep it fresh.”
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Crochet Coral Reef BY MARGARET AND CHRISTINE WERTHEIM AND THE INSTITUTE FOR FIGURING
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ARTIST TALK AND OPENING RECEPTION September 12, 2019 - 5-7:30 pm BAKER HALL, ZOELLNER ARTS CENTER FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Hear artist Margaret Wertheim discuss Crochet Coral Reef, then join for a reception for all of the LUAG fall exhibitions in the Main Gallery.
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prefer something one-of-a-kind? Then sit down with Lara
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in her workspace—at a table strewn with her hand-drawn
be greeted by Lara herself, with a vivacious personality
designs next to stacks of fabrics she’s picked up on her
that will make you feel instantly welcome. Then, there’s
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the color—hues of turquoise and crimson, pops of fuchsia
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and ochre, splashes of gold and bronze. Mannequins and
creating an original piece just for you. “My sole purpose is
clothing racks are adorned with Lara’s handmade designs, in
to create modern, feminine clothes for women who want to
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Painting for the Community T H E S O U T H S I D E A R T S D I S T R I C T is committed to giving
local artists the opportunity to showcase their work and make art accessible to all. They’re proud to announce the addition of the SouthSide Mural Arts Project—a yearly public art initiative dedicated to bringing five new murals to the District streetscape each spring. The murals scheduled to make their debut in 2020 are ready to be previewed—on display at Color Me Mine’s Art Gallery located at 25 East 3rd Street. Artists were invited by a jury of public art experts to submit their ideas by selecting an inspirational word relating to the SouthSide’s community, culture, and spirit, and creating an image that brings that word to life. Stay tuned for an open
by Devyn Briggs Devyn’s mural celebrates the recent arrival of many Puerto Rican families after the hurricane, and the strength it takes to start a new life. The subject of this mural has roots on the island that sustain him even as he reaches his new home. Devyn Leonor Briggs was raised in Bethlehem, PA. She earned her B.A. at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her Master’s Degree in the Business of Art and Design before returning to Bethlehem to work as a full-time artist. D E V Y N L E O N O R B R I G G S .CO M
call to artists for 2021!
by Lauren Kuhn Bethlehem Steel is such a significant part of our town’s history and our future, Lauren thought painting the iconic Bethlehem Steel and Blast Furnaces would be a perfect way to represent both. The mural will be installed at the Tally Ho Tavern to emulate a window of the building. After graduating from Villanova University, Lauren worked in education and graphic design before becoming a full-time fine artist in 2013. She is a resident artist at The Banana Factory and serves as the vice president of the Emmaus Arts Commission. B A N A N A FAC TO RY.O R G / A R T I S T S / R E S I D E N T- A R T I S T S / L AU R E N - K U H N
by Ramiro Ramiro wanted to paint an image that represented music because of South Bethlehem’s lively music scene. On every corner, on any day of the week, visitors can find multiple opportunities and genres to enjoy. Ramiro Davaro-Comas is an Argentine/American artist and creator/director of “Dripped on the Road”—a traveling artist residency program based out of an RV that helped create the large steampunk Steel Workers Mural near 3rd and New Streets. Ramiro’s work launches its viewer into a colorful mystical world. R A M I R O S T U D I O S .CO M
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by Maltas Con Leche With their mural, Maltas Con Leche’s goal is to show both diversity and what we have in common in the Lehigh Valley, through food and our scenery. Maltas Con Leche is a family of artists, and its youngest participating member is 9 years old. All members paint together on projects and have a say on the ultimate designs that are presented to clients. FAC E B O O K .CO M / M A LTA S CO N L E C H E
The SouthSide Arts District is a nonprofit organization committed to creating an economically thriving South Bethlehem Business District. For more information on their merchants, events, and opportunities, please call 610.419.9180 or visit southsideartsdistrict.com.
by Chris Colon In an era where the women’s revolution is at its peak, this mural looks to celebrate that. The symbolic reference to fighting for your dreams combined with the pop culture inspiration looks to inspire its viewer. Chris Colon’s work has been described as whimsically exuberant, vibrantly expressive, and richly ornate. Drawing inspiration from graffiti artists as much as from the Baroque and Art Nouveau movements, Chris’ paintings and wearable art straddle the line between pop and traditional, fantasy and reality. C H R I S CO LO N O R I G I N A L S .CO M
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GIVING BACK Making a difference in the lives of others.
Giving Back: Feed the Children’s Teacher Store N O T H I N G H E R A L D S the start of fall like school supplies: unsharpened pencils. Tidy binders. Fresh notebooks, ready to be written in. But not every kid has access to the materials required to make the school year a success. National nonprofit Feed the Children firmly believes that education is one of the best ways to help children escape the cycle of poverty. Dedicated to reducing barriers for at-risk children and increasing access to educational resources, and recognizing that “teachers are spending more and more out of pocket every day to cover the cost of supplies,” they founded the Teacher Store—a place where teachers can shop for necessities for their classrooms—for free.
Bethlehem’s Teacher Store is one of five in the nation. Store Supervisor Beth Baier oversees stock, and works closely with her team of volunteers—“I get to meet so many people from different walks of life,” she says, “and watch them come together to help a great cause and make the world a little better.” She also liaises with participating school districts, and hopes that even more districts register for the program; “we would love nothing more than to help as many area teachers and students as we can.” In addition to traditional school supplies, the Teacher Store strives to support all a child’s needs. “We try our best,” says Beth, “to stock our shelves with classroom
staples but we also have personal hygiene items, and sometimes food that teachers can take for children who may need it.” The Teacher Store is here to lift children and teachers together. “We want to work alongside educators to help fill the gap, and provide students with the materials needed for success in the classroom,” Beth says. Her hope is to keep changing lives, providing “the pencils, binders, and books that help these kids get through school and graduate. Sometimes it’s the small things that make a difference and impact a child’s life.” For more information, visit: feedthechildren.org/resources/ teacher-store or call 610.419.9356.
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Martha and the team at Tuskes know that home is your refuge and your retreat—a place you reenergize, relax, and unwind with family and friends. Inside and out, the emphasis at Tuskes is on helping you live a healthy, happy lifestyle. Take a tour and you’ll see for yourself the care that goes into each and every project. Let Martha help you picture yourself in a Tuskes home.
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Maryanne’s best-selling candles are Basil + Citrus, Fresh Coffee, and “Unicorn Farts”, which you’ll have to stop by the shop to experience.
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Maryanne Young / M A K E R / D E S I G N E R At Young’s Magasin de Quartier on Main Street in
She’s also responsible for a wide selection of hand-
Bethlehem, owner Maryanne Young has curated a shop full
poured, soy-based candles found in the shop. “I have
of hand-selected craft and gift items made by artisans and
always enjoyed the creative process,” Maryanne says.
makers both global and local. Some very local: Maryanne
“A few years ago, I began making candles and selling
herself is the creator of some of the jewelry at Young’s—a
them at festivals and fairs.” And she’ll customize
wearable line of bracelets, earrings, and more, featuring
those for clients, too—creating candles as favors for
natural stones, sterling silver, and leather. Don’t see
weddings and parties. “I design an original label with
exactly what you’re looking for on the shelf? No problem.
my customer and it becomes their own unique gift.”
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The Art of Making & Shaking T H E S O U T H S I D E A R T S D I S T R I C T is full of arts, culture,
food, and custom cocktail and craft beer experiences sure to take your palate to the next level! Explore these signature artisan locations in South Bethlehem, and taste the difference! Each with their own unique style, atmosphere, events, and creativity—it’s time to go beyond mediocre. Wow your friends—and your taste buds—at any of these five locales.
610. 419.6660 The motto for Bonn is “Love! Gratitude! And EVERYTHING NICE!” and the team at Bonn lives by exactly that. Nestled in a cozy spot on Taylor Street, Bonn is the community’s brewery. “America is built on taking the world’s ideas and the world’s art and f lavor and community and creating our own version of it. As American brewers we have an incredible responsibility to uphold and to push the envelope. This is our interest—it’s in the community, in society, and to see all of us be able to rise up and watch this incredible area of ours be what it is, and to maintain that. We aren’t changing the world, we’re just making beer (and we’re not even doing that—yeast does that).” S A M A N D G I N A M A S O T TO, OW N E R S
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Fresh, fresh, fresh, is the most important element of what Social Still does. Not only their spirits, but their cocktails have fresh ingredients delivered every day. They don’t buy anything in the bottle; they create and make from scratch every day. Social Still sources Pennsylvania grains and corn for all of their Bourbon and Rye Whiskey production. Not only is it good for the community, Social Still knows that Pennsylvania farmers are the best in the world. They honor the history of farming in their production every day. A DA M A N D K AT E F L AT T, OW N E R S
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The Bookstore Speakeasy team crafts their cocktails using laborious and time-honored techniques from the past with the finest liquors available and hand-squeezed fresh juices daily. Their cocktail list features timeless classics from the prohibition era—with a few modern additions—that are destined to become classics in their own right. They serve distinctive, modern American cuisine and design the food and cocktail menus to complement one another on their seasonal menu rotation, sourcing locally whenever possible. S E A N A N D L I N DA B A R S I K , OW N E R S
The Colony Meadery 211 East 3rd Street 8 5 5 . 6 3 2 .3 6 6 9 When Colony Meadery opened, there were about 40 meaderies in the country. Now there are more than 400, and they’re proud to have helped the mead industry grow and thrive in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. With the belief that mead is for everyone, the Meadery uses natural ingredients like honey (of course!), fruits, and spices to craft bold, eclectic f lavors like birch beer, mojito, coffee with cayenne pepper, and more. That eclecticism manifests itself in their tasting room, as well—where you’ll hear music from hip-hop to zydeco, see movies from horror to comedy, and enjoy a flavor spectrum as broad as the imagination. GREG HELLER-L ABELLE, C E O A N D CO - FO U N D E R
ZEST offers views of Bethlehem that are unrivaled. Expectations are high, and the team at ZEST constantly strives to exceed them, creating cocktail recipes that are approachable and can stand the test of time, not trend. The bar team at ZEST aims to create a balance using fresh ingredients that simply taste delicious when crafted together—and when there’s a cocktail that they simply can't take off the menu because it's too popular, they know they have succeeded. J O H N T R A PA N I , OW N E R
The SouthSide Arts District is a nonprofit organization committed to creating an economically thriving South Bethlehem Business District. For more information on their merchants, events, and opportunities, please call 610.419.9180 or visit southsideartsdistrict.com.
Easton has a Secret
This town known for its creative flair is home to an arts center that needs to be on your radar
WE’VE GOT THE SCOOP on one of the Lehigh Valley’s great cultural attractions: The Williams Center for the Arts is a jewel of a performing and visual arts center perched atop Easton’s College Hill, at the entrance of Lafayette College, where it stands as a welcoming sentinel for the region’s adventurous arts lovers.
The Williams Center’s art gallery is known for its lively series of thoughtprovoking exhibitions and related programming exploring a wide range of ideas, cultures, and time periods. The theater is acoustically sublime
and its intimate size means every seat is the best seat for enjoying performances by world-renowned classical and jazz musicians, cuttingedge dance companies, acclaimed theater artists, and performers from every corner of the globe. “The same artists you’ll find at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, right here in your backyard,” says Hollis Ashby, executive director of the performance series. Longtime fans consider this venue the Valley’s best kept secret; the 19/20 season is the perfect time to discover the Williams Center for yourself.
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Come see for yourself! Jazz Pulitzer Prize-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and the formidable Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bring their exceptional talent to the 19/20 Williams Center jazz series on Nov. 3, but first the season opens on Sept. 13 with the exhilarating young vocalist Jazzmeia Horn, winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Competition. The reigning monarch of the Hammond B-3 organ, Joey DeFrancesco, comes to town Mar. 7, followed on Mar. 28 by the Grammy Award-winning Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio.
Chamber Music The Sphinx Virtuosi, 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latinx classical soloists, make their Williams Center debut Oct. 18, and the venerable Orpheus Chamber Orchestra returns with Ukranian-born Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman as soloist on Feb. 1. On Feb. 26, the legendary Takács Quartet celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with work from each of the composer’s periods; and on Mar. 26, the Switzerland-based early music ensemble La Morra makes its only U.S. visit with music of the Italian High Renaissance.
World Stage The 19/20 season brings Ballet Hispánico with an all-Latina choreographers program on Oct. 25; the uncommonly beautiful sound of Zimbabwe’s a cappella quintet Nobuntu on Nov. 19; and the not-so-serious stylings of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, with their witty transmogrifications of classical,
rock, pop, and film themes on Apr. 2. It all starts with a special treat on Sept. 19: Japan’s Reigakusha ensemble, purveyor of the ancient Imperial Court music gagaku, makes a rare U.S. appearance—and makes Easton its only stateside stop outside New York.
Dance and Theater Wendy Whelan, “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina” (The New York Times), and cellist Maya Beiser perform an original work by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang and dance legend Lucinda Childs on Nov. 6; and Philly’s groundbreaking Koresh Dance Company arrives Feb. 12. From the ridiculous to the sublime, theater offers a riotous night of Elizabethan tomfoolery with The Improvised Shakespeare Company on Sept. 25 and the mesmerizing, lo-fi stage alchemy of Manual Cinema in No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks on Feb. 22.
Don’t Miss the Art Gallery! This fall the Williams Center Gallery presents 19th century Japanese woodblock prints by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and a full slate of related programming from film screenings to artmaking workshops. Jim Sanborn’s Looted? (spring 2020) includes exquisite 21st century high-end reproductions of Khmer artifacts. Indistinguishable from the centuries-old originals, Sanborn asks whether “contemporary antiquities” can fulfill the desire of collectors and thereby stop looting of heritage sites. All exhibitions and activities are free and open to the public.
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Fresh Face: Your CBD Store S O M E T I M E S A N E W PAT H appears that we never even knew existed. “I had a professional trajectory of what my career was going to look like,” says Sandra Freeman, owner of Your CBD Store in Easton. “And yet, here we are!” An accountant working for a large company in the south, Sandra never thought she would be a small business owner. But when a friend opened her own Your CBD Store, and not only succeeded personally but was bringing relief to others, Sandra started to wonder. When she and her family moved back to the Lehigh Valley— Sandra grew up in Bethlehem, and coming home “always made sense”— could she open a store of her own?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is an oil compound extracted from hemp that does not, like marijuana, contain the psychoactive THC. An anti-inflammatory used in natural, holistic pain relief that works by encouraging systemic balance—rather than targeting only specific receptors in the nervous system—CBD’s popularity is increasing exponentially. Sandra was at first skeptical. But once she started taking it to treat her own IBS, she experienced fewer, less aggressive flare-ups, and genuine relief. “It works,” she says. “I get it. And I’m someone who is very anti-drug; I’ve never done drugs, not even pharmaceuticals.”
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S O M E T H I N G B I G I S C O M I N G to downtown Allentown, and it’s bringing doughnuts, espresso, poke bowls, artisan pizza and—oh, by the way—a Food Network star. Introducing the Downtown Allentown Market, a 12,000-square-foot food and drink hall with nine local, regional, and national merchants offering creative, fast-casual concepts. With a vibrant location on the ArtsWalk, bright murals, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, the Market is sure to become your new favorite spot to connect with friends and family. The Market is one more exciting development in downtown Allentown’s continuing revitalization, thanks to City Center Investment Corp., the real estate developer behind five office towers, the Renaissance Allentown Hotel, seven residential communities, and many unique restaurants and shops, such as The Hamilton Kitchen and Sorrelli Jewelry.
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V E N D O R S F O R T H E M A R K E T represent new and familiar faces from around the Lehigh Valley and beyond: Zahra is a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean concept from the owners of longtime local favorite Aladdin; sushi and poke bowls at Shinsen will come from the owners of Asian Bistros II; Little Miss Korea, from Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market, will offer authentic, fresh Korean bowls; and Emmaus’s Licensed 2 Grill @ The Market will serve in a Southerndiner style. There’s also signature pasta and pizza from fresh-face Tavola; fine baked goods and coffee from Doughnut Love; super-premium ice cream from Batch Microcreamery; and craft-distilled spirits, beers, and wine from Boardroom Spirits. And celebrity chef Robert Irvine—a 30-year culinary industry expert, cookbook author, and star of Food Network favorite Restaurant: Impossible—will open Fresh Kitchen by Robert Irvine in the Market. At Fresh Kitchen, customers will watch their food being prepared in full view at the counter—dishes that embody the essence of today’s diner, prepared fresh at a reasonable price. Irvine himself will appear at the market several times a year. “I’m a huge believer in fresh food,” he says. So, this season celebrate fresh—and celebrate local—with all the tasty new possibilities in downtown Allentown.
TAVOLA LITTLE MISS KOREA LICENSED 2 GRILL @ THE MARKET ZAHRA
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Susan Bella Jewelry / J E W E L R Y D E S I G N E R A N D O W N E R Susan Bella Linski grew up in the jewelry business. “As a kid,
and found about a dozen 18th- and 19th-century clock
I was always playing with loose gems,” she says, “holding
hands,” she says, and they brainstormed the entire way
them up to mountings in catalogs to see what jewelry they
home. And last spring, Bella Mani ® —a sleek collection
would look best in.” Now Susan custom designs and sells fine
whose aesthetic marries a clean, modern sensibility with
jewelry in her own shop, Susan Bella Jewelry, in Allentown’s
the romanticism of antiquarian clock hands—was born,
West End. But for as long as she can remember, Susan has
with its first pieces available for purchase late this fall.
wanted to design a complete line of jewelry of her own.
It’s about time, literally and figuratively, and finding true
It was on a trip to Newport, RI two years ago that inspiration hit: “My husband Dan and I happened upon the smallest, most obscure and eclectic antique store,
1746 WEST ALLEN STREET, ALLENTOWN 610.434.8001 SUSANBELL A JEWELRY.COM
The name of Susan’s new line of antique clock hand-inspired jewelry, Bella Mani ®, means “beautiful hands” in Italian.
inspiration: “Everywhere I go, I notice the beauty that surrounds me,” Susan says, “even in what may seem like unconventional places, and it moves me to design.”
Sleepy Cat recently won a gold, four silver, and a bronze medal at the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition! Stop by and try their awardwinning wines.
WA NT TO TE AC H O R TA K E A C R E AT I V E C L A S S ? Sleepy Cat holds paint-and-sips, tie dye, pottery, jewelry, string art, succulent, wreath-making classes, and more every month. Visit their website and Facebook page for more information!
Made with Love L O C AT E D I N T H E H E A R T of the Theater District in West End of Allentown, Sleepy Cat Urban Winery is owned and operated by Lehigh Valley natives Mark and Carrie Gerencher. Carrie and Mark started out making wine at home—mastering several varieties including fruit wines from hand-picked fruits—and fell in love with the process. They opened Sleepy Cat (named in honor of their four beloved cats Teemu, Dante, Phoenix, and Apollo) in 2016 with a goal of providing a fun vibe and winery experience, urban style. Production and tasting all happens in their Allentown facility, so you get to see the wines made—and taste them—in the same space. 1840 WEST ALLEN STREET, ALLENTOWN 610.351.2500
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CHARTER ARTS, opened in 2003, is an audition-based public charter high school that provides a comprehensive curriculum for high school students, grades 9-12, who have a passion for the arts. Charter Arts’ unique artscentered curriculum pairs pre-professional training in the arts with a rigorous core academic program.
WA NT TO KNOW MORE? Attend an upcoming Admissions Open House Event! N O V E M B E R 5 , 2 0 19 N O V E M B E R 2 0 , 2 0 19 JANUARY 8 , 2020 Doors open at 5:30 PM for tours; program begins at 6:30 PM.
#1 High School for the Arts in PA #1 Best Charter High School in PA #4 Best Public High School Teachers in PA
The Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts provides a unique environment that fosters a creative academic approach to learning and a development of talent in the arts. Built upon passion, discipline and a commitment to excellence, this integrative educational experience inspires all students to believe in themselves and what they can accomplish.
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Café The Lodge AT F I G , we believe in the power of a community that works together to identify needs and find solutions— one that creates connections and is passionate about helping its neighbors. We believe in the mission of Café The Lodge—our 2019 Social Mission Partner. Please consider supporting and surrounding them this year. C A F É T H E L O D G E in South Bethlehem is not only a hardworking nonprofit that employs and empowers up to 18 individuals with mental health diagnoses to practice skills for independent living and competitive employment in the community. It’s not only a place to get delicious, freshly prepared food. It’s also a vibrant art space that features artwork from residents, staff, and
community members, in exhibits that rotate throughout the year. Café The Lodge’s “Artists in Recovery” exhibit began in January 2018, as a way to highlight the role of the arts as an important component of the therapeutic process—it allows nonverbal expression of concepts or emotions that can be hard to vocalize. Accompanying the work are descriptions of how
each artist utilized art as a coping skill or healing therapy in order to live fuller lives with their cognitive or mental health disorders. Visitors have the opportunity to directly support the artists and the café, as each piece is available for purchase: for each painting sold, the artist receives 85 percent of profits and the rest goes to support the programs at Café The Lodge.
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BRINKER LOFTS OPENED this July with 100% of the units leased up! The building— located in the heart of South Bethlehem a block from Lehigh University—is now home to 40 Bethlehem residents. The success of Brinker Lofts will be continued with the construction of 100 additional units located on the site of the Boyd Theater on East Broad Street in Bethlehem. Leasing of the Boyd Lofts begins in the spring of 2020. Stay tuned! 58
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To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.
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Partnering with ArtsQuest since 2008 WIND CREEK BETHLEHEM’S partnership with ArtsQuest is over a decade in the making. From its inception, Wind Creek has committed itself to not only foster a working relationship with ArtsQuest but offer support and advocacy as well. “Our objective is to leave a footprint that extends beyond being an entertainment destination,” says Kathy McCracken, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Operations at Wind Creek Bethlehem, “and is a common denominator in
the continued revitalization and development of culturally stimulating programs in Bethlehem.” Wind Creek Bethlehem understands the importance of promoting art in the cultural sector. ArtsQuest has been—and will continue to be—one of Southside Bethlehem’s main facilitators of concerts, events, comedy shows, festivals, and much more. As with any nonprofit, volunteers are the pillars that create stability and ultimately, empower day-to-day operations. Because of that,
Wind Creek Team Members actively seek out volunteering opportunities and are eager to have a hand in one of Bethlehem’s most distinguished art, culture, and educational organizations. “When it comes to our community, the Sands and now Wind Creek is a shining example of being a tremendous corporate citizen and community leader,” says ArtsQuest President & CEO Kassie Hilgert. “They have truly been a catalyst for the flourishing arts scene in our city and region.”
MUD & MAKER
Stephanie Premich & Ryan Zajac / P O T T E R S In 2011, after graduating from Arcadia University, Stephanie
at markets and festivals including Easton Farmers’ Market
Premich and Ryan Zajac found themselves seeking
on select weekends, as well as ArtsQuest's Oktoberfest
something other than a typical 9-to-5 lifestyle. “We’ve
and Christkindlmarkt at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
always been firm believers in doing what you love and loving what you do every day,” Stephanie says, “and that's why we jumped right into opening Mud & Maker in 2012.” Creating beautiful, functional pottery with a quirky twist, the duo’s studio and shop is located in Pottsville, but their work is in over 70 retail stores nationwide—and can be found locally
Having grown up playing in the dirt and rivers in rural Pennsylvania, working with clay was a natural transition. “For us, our love for clay is something ethereal,” says Stephanie. “The tactile and raw nature of a material which has come directly from the earth connects with a deeper need to be a part of the land.”
Date night: You can make your own pieces of pottery at a beginnerfriendly workshop!
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Know your Farm, Know your Farmers LOCATED JUST outside the
Lehigh Valley, Wholesome Food Farm is owned by the Moseley Family, a 2 nd generation farming family. Their mission is to create a healthy farm environment, which produces a healthy, happy, and contented animal. Taste the difference in 100% grass fed beef, as well as pastured poultry, meats, and eggs.
ENJOY SAMPLER FARM BOXES DELIVERED TO YOUR DOORSTEP
(1ST Sunday of each month)
• Self-Guided Nature Trail
COOK AND EAT HEALTHFULLY by having grass-fed and pastured products delivered to your doorstep
SAVE TIME on last-minute trips to the grocery store and spend less money by purchasing in bulk CONNECT with the farm, and the farmer, that produces your food ENJOY quality add-on products from homemade bone broth, pastured eggs, artisan cheeses, and yogurt to jams and honey, organic roasted coffee, and other locally-crafted pantry items
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• Full-Service Farm Store • Workshops & Seminars • Farm Tours
GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE A R E YO U A M A K E R W H O BUILDS WITH PURPOSE? Larry Knepper grew up on a farm in Fulton County, Pennsylvania, where he learned how to work with his hands. His father taught him to be patient and persistent, despite the challenges of life. These life skills give him a unique perspective and influence the Maker he is today. He creates functional art in the forms of tables, stools, and more in the Garden Spot Village Wood Shop.
He finds purpose in leading building projects that benefit Garden Spot Village and lending his experience for repair projects with Good Works, a nonprofit based in Chester County. Your best creations have yet to be made. Explore the opportunities Garden Spot offers to help you make yours. To read more about Larry Knepper and the other Makers at Garden Spot Village, access the Fall/Winter 2019 Destination Magazine at gardenspotvillage.org.
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24 East 3rd Street, Suite 2 Bethlehem, PA 18015
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