Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Police continue search for suspect in mall shooting

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Police Log

A suspect in the June 1 shooting of two people at the Lehigh Valley Mall was still at large nearly a week after the incident.

Whitehall Township Police Chief Michael Marks said police continue to look for the person who allegedly shot two men around 7:10 p.m. in the mall parking lot after a fight occurred inside Macy’s. There was no update as of press time Wednesday.

George B. Miller brings farce back to Playhouse

Friday, June 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

It has been a long time since George B. Miller has directed a farce.

More than 40 years to be exact.

But that is exactly what he is doing with “The Fox on the Fairway,” Ken Ludwig’s crazy farce about rival golf clubs that opens June 1 at Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

“I’m known for doing serious drama,” Miller says. “This time I wanted to do something a little lighter.”

“The Fox on the Fairway” is Ludwig’s tribute to English farces of the 1930s and 1940s.

‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens season at PSF

Friday, June 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A feisty Alice who lands in a colorful, oversized Wonderland will take children on a whimsical journey in “Alice in Wonderland,” the playful children’s show that opens the 27th season June 1 of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF).

“The story is a beautiful adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s books, trimming out some elements of the story and concentrating on the others,” says award-winning director Eleanor Holdridge, who makes her directorial debut at PSF.

Exploring their ‘Voices’ at Touchstone Theatre

Friday, June 1, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Finding balance in creativity is one of the themes of “Fresh Voices,” an annual show that caps Touchstone Theatre’s apprentice program.

The theater’s 2017-2018 apprentice Chloe Anne Madison explores challenges in the creative process and the balance between chaos and structure in her original works-in-progress, 8 p.m. June 1 and 2, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

Pa. Music & Arts Celebration schedule

Friday, May 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Pennsylvania’s music heritage from traditional to modern will highlight the new Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration May 26-28 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown. All performances are free and there is no admission charge.

Along with performances, there are seminars and classes from musicians and historians.


May 26

Camp Crane Military Proving Grounds

9:45 a.m. - Reveille & Flag Raising

10 a.m. - “Memories of a WWII Bombardier”

11 a.m. - Pioneer Band of Allentown

Pennsylvania music, arts celebrated in new festival

Friday, May 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Pennsylvania’s contribution to music and the arts and a celebration of the military combine to highlight a new free Memorial Day weekend festival in Allentown.

The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration will offer nearly 100 performances of Commonwealth-based music over four days as well as recognizing veterans when it debuts May 26-28 at the Allentown Fairgrounds, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown. All performances are free and there is no admission charge. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 26 and 27, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 28.

Mayfair heads to higher ground on Cedar Crest College campus

Friday, May 25, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Mayfair returns to its roots this year as a free community festival, but at a new location.

Last year, Memorial Day weekend was left without the annual Allentown music and arts festival when Mayfair was canceled after nearly 30 years.

Now Cedar Crest College has taken over the reins and will present the three-day festival admission-free, noon-10 p.m. May 25-27, on its 84-acre, tree-lined campus at Hamilton and Cedar Crest boulevards.

Those honored with Donley Award help local children

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Local News

A dentist who has volunteered her time to provide free dental screenings to more than 600 Lehigh Valley women and children in need, was one of the honorees at the 23rd annual Donley Awards, held April 13 at DeSales University Center in Center Valley.

Dr. Deborah Campbell received one of the awards presented by Community Services for Children for public service that benefits children.

“I am so honored,” she said. “When I started dental screenings for Head Start, I didn’t have any idea the impact it would have on both the children and me. These kids touch my heart.”

Mosaic of art: 33rd annual Baum School of Art auction offers something for every art collector

Friday, May 18, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A colorful tile mosaic of a red barn complete with hex signs is one of the most exciting pieces that will go on the block at the The Baum School of Art’s 33rd Annual Art Auction May 19.

“Pennsylvania Dutch Barn No. 2” (tile mosaic, 29 in. x 30½ in.).

by William Weldon Swallow is one of more than 300 pieces of art from the era of school founder Walter Emerson Baum, as well as from contemporary regional artists, that will be featured in a silent and a live auction that will raise funds for the Allentown teaching and exhibiting art school.

Get your Bach on at 111th Bethlehem Bach Festival

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There is Bach for every taste, as well as some exciting new concerts, at the 111th Bach Festival, May 11-12, 18-19, at various sites in Bethlehem.

The Festival features performances by the Bethlehem Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra, along with guest vocalists and musicians, conducted by Bach Choir artistic director Greg Funfgeld.

Festival soloists are Cassandra Lemoine and Rosa Lamoreaux, sopranos; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; William Sharp, baritone, and David Newman, bass.