Tuesday, March 02, 2010

March First Friday in Bethlehem

March First Friday features a great lineup of special events in Bethlehem, and I've designed three itineraries for your pleasure:

If you are on a first date...
Start your night at Blue Sky Cafe (22 W. Fourth St.) for a bite to eat or cup of tea at 6. If she doesn't look like her match.com profile, you can always make an excuse and head home then. If you are both up for more, stop in at the Banana Factory (25 W. Third St.) to hear live music, see glassblowing demonstrations and to meet the artists in their studios - there will be lots to do and see that will spark conversation. If you're ready for some hand-holding, head over to Steel Ice Center (Corner of Polk & First Sts.) for some ice skating... you can pretend you're Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Finally, head over to Looper's (313 E. Third St.) or Bookstore Speakeasy (336 Adams St.) for a nightcap.

If you are with a group of girlfriends... (as I will be)
Start your night at Banana Factory, since everyone will be arriving at different times. Then wander down Third Street to Monsoon Gallery to see their new pottery, jewelry and artwork. Stop in at Shuze, because what girl doesn't love shoes and accessories? While you're there, toast Jennifer and Rich on their expansion to Main Street Bethlehem. Visit Marla Duran's studio and ask her what she thinks of the new season of Project Runway. Finally, roll up to the Sands Casino Resort (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem) and try your luck at the slots, or just cozy up at one of the bars. The band M-80 will be playing 80's covers at the Sands' Molten Lounge from 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

If you are flying solo...
Check out some of the music playing on Third Street. Dina Hall is making her first acoustic appearance at Tallarico's, and Christy Jefferson is playing at Cleo's. Home & Planet will have a DJ. There's usually a band accompanying the glassblowing demonstration at Banana Factory's GlassWorks studio. The One Stone Collective exhibition debuts on Friday in the front windows of a number of stores on Third Street. Look for the Crazy Cat Lady. Finally, grab the new friends you've met along the way and head over to Starters Riverport to dance to DJ Cyn and enjoy some tasty food and drinks.

Have you ever been to First Friday? Any chance we'll see you this week?


  1. Anonymous3/03/2010

    Some might want to drop by Zoellner Arts Center for an evening of Celtic music at 8pm. "Natalie and Donnell" is the husband-and-wife team of fiddlers Natalie McMaster and Donnell Leahy. The Leahy siblings (all six or seven of them, if I remember correctly) gave a performance of Celtic music at Zoellner a few years ago and the show was amazing. I expect a great concert on Friday.


    PS: congrats on the Lehigh Valley Style column!

  2. Don't forget the Funhouse, there's usually a good local band and a fun local crowd. You can swing at the end of the night for music and a drink.

  3. Anonymous3/04/2010

    Don't miss some of the most talented student artists in the Valley! TIMEZONES Global Goodies & Framing Gallery presents
    "Selections from the Scholastic Art Show" Opening Reception 6-9pm at 7 East Third St. (next to Monsoon) Everyone is welcome...check it out!

  4. Home and Planet is never to be missed. They always have such a great gallery opening, dj and of course wine :)