December 7, 2016
New generation of African ChangeMakers
On a cold, snowy night in November, a group of 17 children from Uganda celebrated and shared their country and heritage through song, dance and drumming at the First Presbyterian Church in Bethlehem. The group, changing three times into the colorful costumes of their country, filled the packed sanctuary with voices raised in joyful harmony, singing traditional Ugandan and Christian songs of praise. Few audience members could resist the toe-tapping rhythms and pure harmonies created by the smiling, energetic performers. Photo: The African Children’s Choir performds at First Presbyterian Church, Nov. 19, bringing their message of hope through song and dance. The choir’s repertoire included crowd favorites, “Amazing Grace” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”
By Joanna Ireland
Turkey trot draws crowd
The 14th annual Turkey Trot brought Thanksgiving holiday spirit to downtown Bethlehem Nov. 26. Wearing turkey hats and T-shirts, some of the participants made the popular event festive and memorable. The 5-K race featured runners and walkers in all age categories for a total of some 1,250 participants from all over the Lehigh Valley and beyond. The popular family-friendly event is hosted by Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites as a major fundraiser. Walkers and slower runners with strollers and pets are also encouraged to enter the Turkey Trot. Photo: Turkey Trot runners of all ages start the race in the Colonial Industrial Quarter.
By Tim Gilman
New Bethany Ministries: Sharing Thanksgiving
New Bethany Ministries celebrated a familial Thanksgiving Day with new and returning faces. New Bethany is a ministry dedicated to providing heart-warming opportunities for the homeless, poor, mentally ill and hungry of the Lehigh Valley. Some opportunities include hot meals, housing, restoration and representative payee programs geared to help individuals toward self-sufficiency. Photo: New Bethany Ministries volunteers serve a hot turkey dinner to members of the local community on Thanksgiving Day.
By Selena Cintron
Becahi pushes Imhotep to the brink
If you could have written a script for a Bethlehem Catholic victory over Imhotep Charter last Friday night, it may have looked like something the Hawks unveiled during their PIAA 4A semifinal with the Philadelphia powerhouse. The goal was to make a team that dispatched their opponents with ease this season, play a full four quarters. The goal was to come out and match Imhotep’s brass and physicality. The goal was to play Bethlehem Catholic football.
By Peter Car
Repertory Dance returns with ‘Nutcracker’
Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) celebrates its 30th production of the classic holiday ballet, “The Nutcracker,” with more than 100 talented dancers.
This year, there is a fantastic addition. RDT will also present “Let’s Go Nutz!,” an evening of holiday jazz, 7 p.m. Dec 9, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Professional musicians Bill Washer, Cliff Tracy, Dave Leonhardt and others will join RDT dancers on the Miller Symphony Hall stage where they will perform jazzy versions of “Nutcracker” songs and other holiday tunes. RDT artistic directors, Jennifer Haltzman Tracy and Trinette Singleton, decided to create a festive event that would embrace the Lehigh Valley’s love of jazz.
By Camillle Capriglione
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