Monday, September 27, 2010

New initiative/organization - Beer Run

Some of my fellow transplants complain that they haven't found their "people" or an organization similar to one they enjoyed where they used to live.

I've got to hand it to Cara Crumbliss - inspired by a club she participated in elsewhere, she took the bull by the horns and created a running club for people who like to drink socially.

She even created a mission statement!
To welcome and encourage all fitness levels
To incorporate the art of beer drinking into your fitness goals
To explore the Lehigh Valley's running paths and watering holes
To promote the responsible consumption of beer
To create a fun and safe community of fellow beer & running lovers
The group has met twice already. The next BEERRUN is this Wednesday, September 29, at 7:30 pm. To join the group, meet in the hall outside Aardvark Sports Shop at the Main Street Commons, at Main and Broad Streets in Bethlehem. The group will run approximately 3.5 miles through Bethlehem, then enjoy post run libations at Bethlehem Brew Works... $2 Wits and Trivia!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Re-post - new dates for "The Office" tour

The NBC's hit show The Office is "set" in Scranton, PA, a mere 1-hour drive north of the Lehigh Valley (though it's filmed in California, the characters make a lot of local references and the opening credits feature shots of the real Scranton). Out-of-towners can take The Office Fan Tour, a guide to the famous and not-so-famous spots from the Emmy-winning show, including sitting down for a pint at Poor Richards. (Of course, Scrantonians would never be caught dead on a tour like this! Most think it's ridiculous and cannot figure out what the hype is all about.)

Tickets: Over 21 years (a bottle of exotic Yuengling Lager included in ticket price): $45, Under 21 years: $35

When: 12-4 p.m.
Saturday, 10/16/2010
Saturday, 11/13/2010
Saturday, 12/11/2010

The tour kicks off at The Vintage Theater - 119 Penn Ave (across from The Mall at Steamtown) in Downtown Scranton. Tickets include transportation around Scranton, lively tour guides, history of the city, stories from cast appearances, food and drinks at Coopers, drinks at Poor Richard's Pub, and even a gift bag featuring a few Dunder Mifflin items from the NBC store.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

How Do I Find Out What's Happening?

Greer asked me a GREAT question this week: "There were a ton of emails in Providence, RI, that told people about upcoming events. Does the Lehigh Valley have any?" The answer is: Yes! I subscribe to a few goodies, and I'll provide links here to sign up for them. If you have any other suggestions, please make a comment below.

There's a ton of blog content out there filled with up-to-the-minute information about local events. I link to a lot of them on this page. Enjoy!

Monday, September 13, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

While researching a piece on New Year's resolutions, I came across a list of the most popular resolutions in the US:
  • Drink Less Alcohol/Quit Drinking
  • Get a Better Education/Learn Something New
  • Get a Better Job
  • Get Fit/Lose Weight
  • Get Organized
  • Manage Debt/Save Money
  • Quit Smoking
  • Reduce Stress
  • Spend More Time with Family & Friends
  • Take a Trip
  • Volunteer to Help Others
I think I can make this into a helpful weekly blog series starting October 18. I'd like to share resources and start a dialogue about how the Lehigh Valley has everything you need to accomplish these goals. I'd like to start in October, so that all of you who are resolving to get organized can plan ahead.

Suggestions are welcome! Let me know what you've done to achieve any of these resolutions in your own life.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Gallery opening tonight at Ambre Studio

Readers of Lehigh Valley Transplant are invited by Evelyn Beckman, designer and gallery owner, to the art opening at Ambre Studio (310 West Broad Street, Bethlehem), tonight, Sept 9th, from 6-9 p.m. Meet the artist, Laura Borneman, network with other art lovers, and enjoy some free food and beverages. Plenty of metered street parking is available.

An artist speaking event on Saturday, Sept 11, 4 p.m., will chronicle a professional artist’s journey and the progression of a body of work.

The paintings and drawings of the award-winning California resident artist will be on display at Ambre' Studio through November 12.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


Sophistikate (574 Main Street Bethlehem - the corner of Broad & Main Streets) is opening this weekend, adding a new dimension to shopping on Main Street in Bethlehem.

I visited with Kate Falasca last week and got a sneak preview of her new women's boutique. There were already of-the-moment clothes on the racks and shelves! She's picked out items by Parameter, Three Dots, Nicole Miller, Autumn Cashmere, Ted Dufresne, Beth Bowley (a brand I love that's sold at Anthropologie - I miss shopping at its Georgetown and Rockville locations), perfect-fit DL1961 Jeans, and Charlotte Tarantola. The store will also offer bags by Magnes Sisters and jewelery by QVC darling Kenneth Jay Lane. She opened a huge box of new Cosabella lingerie while we were there, tearing into it like it was Christmas morning, cooing over the designs and fabrics. One pair of leggings looks like a pair of jeans! There's a selection of clothing in every price range, and in many (real) sizes.

You'll find only a couple of the lines she's carrying on racks in other retail stores in the Valley (Loose Threads Boutique and Sage are two of them), and the items she has are different from those you'll find even in those stores.

Kate has personally selected each item for the store, and has a story to go along with each piece or designer. She has earned her stripes working for Nicole Miller and retail stores, and really knows her stuff. The store is perfect for anyone who shops online for designer clothes, or makes occasional pilgrimages to their favorite stores in SoHo or South Street in Philly. It's also a great place to find an outfit for a special occasion; if it doesn't fit you right off the hanger, the tailor from Sew On and Sew Forth (85 E. Broad Street Bethlehem) is on call to make it work. Kate will also place special orders and help you find the perfect thing if you don't see it in the store.

The building's prime location should bring incidental tourist traffic, but it's worth the trip. If you've been around a while, you might remember when "the Alphagraphics building" burned in 2005. A new building replaced it, then plans for Serpico Mediterranean and Pangaea Champagne and Sushi Lounge fell through. Sophistikate is the building's first tenant (other than its owner's office suite upstairs). Check out the store's web site - it's beautifully-designed and very informative.