Everywhere we look in Catasauqua, there is a reminder of our town’s proud history.
Here at the Public Library of Catasauqua, a dedicated and very knowledgeable group of volunteers has been systematically sorting and cataloging all manner of documents that have everything to do with the town’s history. At the turn of the 20th century, there were more millionaires in Catasauqua than in any other town in the country. Those fortunes were made in the 19th century during Catasauqua’s golden age of iron.
St. Peter Catholic Church’s 64th annual parish picnic and homecoming is set for noon-10 p.m. Aug. 5 at its spacious grounds at 4 S. Fifth St.
The event begins with a polka Mass 10:30 a.m.
There will be food, including pierogies, pizza, cabbage and noodles, clam chowder, home-baked goods and more.
Large inflated rides and a little train ride for children are also part of the fun.
Bingo will be in the lower level in the church hall.
Emil Schanta Polka Band will provide the music 1-5 p.m., followed by Flirtin with the Mob band, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
The Catasauqua Park Amphitheater, 501 American St., presents the Allentown Marine Band 7-10 p.m. Aug. 3.
Come on out with your lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments for a fun music-filled evening!
The Night at the Races event will take place Aug. 4 at Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St. Doors open 6 p.m., and races begin 7 p.m.
Donations (a minimum of $10) will be taken at the door.
Enjoy a complimentary barbecue dinner, beer and soda.
You must be 21 or older to attend.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4714, Main Street and Laubach Avenue, has planned the following activities throughout the month.
Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., polka and button box
Aug. 10, 9 p.m., karaoke with DJ PK
Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., polka and button box
Aug. 24 10 p.m., karaoke with Crazy K
Aug. 25, 8 p.m., music mix and dance party with DJ Flip Side
Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m., polka and button box
• Upcycled music box (for grades 6-12), 2 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. Information and registration: 610-262-7537
• Game night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
• Summer learning program concludes (Officer Wiseman and K-9 partner Zora will visit), 10:30-11:30 a.m., at Public Library of Catasauqua, 302 Bridge St. Information: 610-264-4151
Coplay Garden Club meets 7 p.m. July 26 at St. John’s Lutheran Church’s social hall, 18 S. Third St.
The club members plant and take care of flowers at public sites, such as the library grounds.
The St. John’s Lutheran Church Bible study group will have a summer cookout and movie July 29 beginning 6 p.m. at the parsonage of Pastor Timothy Boyer, Third and Coplay streets.
Another such evening will be held Aug. 19.
The Northampton AARP Chapter 3915 will meet Aug. 8 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
Doors open 11 a.m.
Entertainment and refreshments will be provided.
If interested in any trips, please call Sharon at 610-261-9182
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1235 Main St., will hold a flea market and bake sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 18.
Food will be available for purchase.
Proceeds benefit the church’s building fund.
Don’t forget about the fun goings-on hosted by North Catasauqua Recreation Committee this summer.
Here’s what’s coming up at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St.
Come on out and enjoy this calendar of events:
• Aug. 1: Carnival-themed family night, 6:30 p.m.
• Aug. 14: Wiffle ball championship game, 7 p.m.
• Aug. 17: Caribbean Rhythms concert, 7-9 p.m.
• Sept. 7: Brian Dean Moore Band concert, 7-10 p.m.
And remember, all of these events are free.
In this concluding column, Mr. Mike Bednar, noted local historian, recalls some of our railroad history. Mike worked on railroads for 41 years and, with the aid of his wife, Donna, wrote a number of books on railroad history and lore.
In the last column, we wrote about two famous Lehigh Valley Railroad trains — the Black Diamond and the John Wilkes.
Today, we board the Asa Packer, Maple Leaf and Central Railroad of New Jersey’s Philadelphia Flyer.
Catasauqua Park Amphitheater, 501 American St., presents the James Supra Blues Band 7-10 p.m. July 27.
Come on out with your lawn chairs, blankets and refreshments.
Public Library of Catasauqua, 302 Bridge St., will be showing a family movie 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 28. The movie will be “Ferdinand” featuring John Cena.
The summer reading program concludes 10:30-11:30 a.m. July 31 with Officer Wiseman and his K-9 partner Zora visiting. There will be Oogie’s ice cream as well.
For more information, call 610-264-4151.