Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Tunes at Twilight - Bethlehem

Here's a secret that everyone should know: Downtown Bethlehem Association presents a series of free concerts in the Sun Inn Courtyard, Thursdays 6-8 in May and June. That means the first "Tunes at Twilight" event is coming up soon.

Here's the lineup:

  • May 3 – Jordan White
  • May 10 – Whiskeyhickon Boys
  • May 17 – Large Flowerheads
  • May 24 – Dina Hall & the Backbeat
  • May 31 – Trouble City Allstars
  • June 7 – She Said Sunday
  • June 14 – Billy Bauer Band
  • June 21 – Steve Brosky & Jimmy Meyer

  • Parking: at the Walnut Street garage or on-street. Find the courtyard behind the Sun Inn on Main Street or by navigating to "Donegal Square" in your GPS.

    Tickets, RSVP: None

    Bring: Friends, your significant other, your kids and your (well-behaved, music-loving) dog. Pack folding chairs or blankets, and a picnic dinner. You can also buy food, beer and wine there if you prefer.

    What insiders do with all the leftover booze they "smuggle" in: After the show, they stop by one of Main Street's great BYOBs, including Mama Nina and Thai Thai II. There's an amazing buzz in the air on Main Street during and after the show.

    See you there!

    Thursday, April 12, 2012

    IABC Lehigh Valley event at TechVentures

    Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) provides a professional network of about 15,000 business communication professionals in over 80 countries. Members hold positions in:
    • Public relations/Media relations
    • Corporate communications
    • Public affairs
    • Investor relations
    • Government relations
    • Marketing communication
    • Community relations
    • Writing
    • Editing
    • Training
    • Advertising
    • Photography and video production
    • Graphic design
    • Human resources
    • Teaching

    I attended a number of events hosted by the Lehigh Valley IABC chapter a few years ago, and after a brief hiatus, the group is starting up again. This should be welcome news to those of us who work in the fields listed above, and those of you who are looking for work in the field.

    On April 27, visit the Ben Franklin TechVentures incubator/post-incubator facility to learn how (my friend) Ben Franklin President and CEO Chad Paul and his team have supported aspiring technology entrepreneurs in the greater Lehigh Valley with one of the best incubators of the world. The group will also take a tour of TechVentures and see why TechVentures2—the new, 47,000-square-foot addition—earned first-place national honors in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2011 ENERGY STAR Challenge.

    For more information, or to register, click here.

    Wednesday, April 11, 2012

    Bethlehem MOMS Club event

    A reader named Laura sent me this tip:

    I love your website and it has been very helpful since my family moved to Bethlehem a year ago. Since I came to the area, I've been part of the MOMS Club. This group has been invaluable as a work-from-home parent of two little ones to meet other parents and find connections to resources in the area. Soon the group is hosting an expo: 

    Mommy and Me Expo
    Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10:00 am
    Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2133 Madison Ave, Bethlehem, PA

    Over 25 vendors and Local Businesses are coming out to support. Raffle baskets, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, Valata, Premier Jewelry, WHIMS4KIDS, and many more! Proceeds will Benefit Smile Train, which assists families whose children need cleft palate surgery. Fashion show by Milk and Honey Kids (love you and your store Rebecca!).

    Other MOMS Club activities include:
    • Playdates at the park
    • Mall walk
    • Theme parties
    • Field trips
    • Arts and crafts
    • Lunch dates
    • Moms Night Out
    Patch has all the information, and read about the MOMS Club of Bethlehem online

    If you go - let me know how it is!

    Sunday, April 08, 2012

    LVT Reader Contest: Bunco tickets

    Maybe you’ve seen it played on Real Housewives of Orange County on Bravo. It’s a silly dice game that is 100% luck and 0% skill. The game requires players (usually women) to roll dice and try to get them in a certain order. Called Bunco or Bunko, the social game is a great excuse to for the real housewives of the Lehigh Valley to get together to “play.” Sometimes groups of women schedule regular Bunco nights in a group member’s home, and often these clubs are invitation-only. If you have lived somewhere south of the Mason-Dixon Line, as I have, you might know it well. Many northerners are just getting hip to the game, which in my opinion is truly only a ruse for competing for prizes, drinking wine and socializing (and what’s wrong with that?).
    When its members aren’t busy volunteering in the community, the Junior League of the Lehigh Valley organizes an annual Bunco “tournament.” Proceeds from ticket prices and raffle ticket sales benefit the Junior League’s programs in the community.
    Female Lehigh Valley Transplant readers are eligible to win a pair of tickets to the League's April 19th Bunco tournament at Blue Restaurant in Bethlehem Township.
    No purchase necessary; to enter, all you have to do is "Like" Lehigh Valley Transplant on Facebook and leave a comment - say where you're from (originally or most recently) and why you want to meet other women in the Lehigh Valley!
    PS - If you don't win, you can buy tickets online for $25!

    Wednesday, April 04, 2012

    Lehigh Valley Transplant Takes on What It Means to be From Here Now

    Thanks to Colleen for the sweet shout-out on her blog, From Here Now. We may not have met in person (yet), but we are both members of a mutual admiration society. I look forward to her cooking posts as much as I love seeing what adventures she and her husband go on each weekend. They truly take advantage of everything the region has to offer, on a very reasonable schedule and budget. Whether it's geocaching, visiting local farms, or taking Girl Scouts on a weekend trip, Colleen is always exploring and finding meaning in her journey. She recently won a fancy blog award from The Morning Call, so I know I'm not the only fan out there.

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012

    Evans Eats: Where to go for Easter meal in the Lehigh Valley?

    It's Easter week, and for some, that means lots of cooking and preparing for guests coming in from out of town. Or perhaps, your family likes to go out after church instead.

    Heather Evans writes a great foodie blog called Evans Eats, and she posted this question:

    I received this post and wanted to pose the question for feedback: 

    Do you know of any restaurants doing special Easter meals? My family and I always going to Hotel Bethlehem for a huge Easter buffet after church, but we wanted to see if there are any other restaurants doing anything like that?

    Readers, can you recommend any local restaurants with Easter specials?

    I'd recommend Vintage Restaurant at the Club at Morgan Hill in Easton (if you can get a reservation at this late date), Manor House Inn in Center Valley (for frog's legs!), deLorenzo's in Easton (if your group loves Italian), or Rios in Nazareth (if your group loves meat, and lots of it). I don't know if they all have a buffet, but they are each offering an Easter meal. Readers, other ideas?

    Don't forget to visit Heather's blog!