December 14, 2016
Victory House gets early Christmas gift
The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Nam Knights and an 8-year-old girl, each in their own ways, recently demonstrated the true meaning of Christmas spirit this season by providing support for the 40 homeless men living at Victory House in South Bethlehem. The Nam Knights, made up of veterans of all eras, as well as law enforcement personnel, raised $2,000 in July at their VetFest at SteelStacks, then donated the money to Victory House in a check presentation ceremony after Thanksgiving. On the same day, 8-year-old Payton Besecker brought a container of some 300 pairs of heavy winter socks to Victory House to distribute to the homeless men and veterans living there.
By Carole Gorney
Celebrating the holiday spirit
Isabel Ceroveira and Maria Dias both of Portuguese heritage, look at a “Christmas in England tree” in the lobby of the Comfort Suites in South Bethlehem. Eighteen decorated Christmas trees from various ethnic and religious backgrounds are on display daily till 10 p.m. in the hotel lobby through Jan. 8 at 120 W. Third St.
By Tim Gilman
Welcoming the ‘magical’ time of year
Two hundred 40 people attended the 51st annual Community Advent Breakfast, which was held at Moravian Village. The event is sponsored by the Citizens Christmas City Committee and Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.
By Dana Grubb
Southside venue expands
Christkindlmarkt’s entrance has a new location this holiday season as first weekend visitors move through the revamped entrance area into the large retail tent. The expanded venue has more artisans as it prepares for a 25th year commemoration next year. The German-style festival continues through its fifth and final weekend Dec.15-18.
By Tim Gilman
Christmas City Village welcomes shoppers
Christmas City Village visitors stroll through the German-style outdoor market with wooden huts for vendors of food and holiday gifts alongside the Sun Inn and Main Street in downtown Bethlehem. Lighted Moravian stars hang above the Christmas City Village booths. The Christmas City Village is also located in the Sun Inn courtyard.
Putting smiles and children’s faces
The sixth annual Tucker’s Toy Run from the Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton to the St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill Nov. 5 attracted bikers who delivered toys for children under medical care during the holiday season. According to organizer Rick Newman, more than 300 bikers participated in the unique event which “puts smiles on children’s faces.” Tucker Stuart, an avid motorcyclist and close friend of Newman, died in a 2011 motorcycle accident. Above: Hundreds of motorcycles are parked in front of St. Luke’s University Hospital for the annual Toy Run.
By Tim Gilman
East Hills MS band represents district in Philly parade
Thanksgiving Day was a great experience, paired with a very proud day for the Bethlehem Area School District as the East Hills MS Marching Band participated in the ABC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.The band auditioned for a spot in the parade last year by sending in a video of its appearance in the Nazareth parade and was the only band from Bethlehem chosen to participate. Under the direction of instructor of instrumental music Christy Davies, the band practiced by marching in formation through the neighborhoods surrounding the school
By Selena Cintron
Several dozen children in the Pre-kindergarten program for 2-5 year-olds enjoyed all the turkey and trimmings their small bodies could digest at the fifth annual Thanksgiving feast Nov. 5 at the Messiah Lutheran Church Child Center on Easton Avenue in Northeast Bethlehem. Some of the parents helped out in the kitchen - preparing the sumptuous food they provided and helped serve the children, who played traditional Thanksgiving roles by wearing Native American, Pilgrim or turkey paper hats they made.The event was coordinated by Lynn Terry, director of the church child center. The logo of the special young children’s PK program is “Nurturing God’s Children.” Photo: Leesa Wimmer, teacher of the Thrilling Threes class at the Messiah Lutheran Church Child center, serves potato nuggets to children during the Thanksgiving feast.
By Tim Gilman
Hoop season upon us
While Allen enters the winter as one of the league favorites to win the East Penn Conference title, Liberty will always be lurking in the division as one of the perennial contenders. That’ll be the case for the Hurricanes again this season as head coach Chad Landis enters his ninth season after a 13-12 finish a year ago.
By Peter Car
‘Nutcracker’ bigger than ever
The Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) and the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is presenting its 48th production of the enchanting holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
“We’re keeping the history of ballet alive and going. We have one of our largest casts to date,” says Karen Kroninger Knerr, Artistic Director of the Ballet Guild since 2007. More than 100 are in the production.
By Camiller Capriglione
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