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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Legacy of the Lenape: Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum tries to set the record straight

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A new exhibit, “Native Americans: A Diverse & Evolving History,” opened recently at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown.

“The history of American Indians is shrouded in folklore and stereotypes from Western movies,” says Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum. “Much of their history has been written by the cultures that conquered them and took their lands.”

Museum officials contend that the new exhibit humanizes Native Americans, portraying them as people...

Review: MSMT ‘Hair’

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s the 50th anniversary of “Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical.”

“Hair” was post-hairspray. Young women let Aqua Net on the shelf, ironed their hair, or went Afro. Young men let Brylcreem on the shelf and skipped the barber.

“Hair” was pre-”Hairspray.” It set the stage for other non-book Broadway musicals (“Company,” “Godspell,” “Pippin”).

“Hair” is of a time, a time that now seems long ago, naive and quaint. It not only seems long ago. It was long ago: a half...

Review: PSF ‘Evita’ remarkable

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To begin with, to paraphrase Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Eva Peron was dead. And yet, not unlike the Ghost of Jacob Marley, the spirit of Eva Peron is still with us.

The musical, “Evita,” begins with the funeral of Eva Peron, and then rewinds magnificently, fascinatingly and somewhat shockingly through the twists and turns of her youth, cabaret success, and movie actress fame to that of First Lady of Argentina at age 27.

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF)...

Thakrar-Green:

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Alison Elizabeth Green and Anand Anil Thakrar were married June 5, 2017, on board the Norwegian Gem docked at Cape Canaveral, Fla.

Alison is the daughter of Debbie and Bryan Green of Allentown. Anand is the son of Rama and Anil Thakrar of Bethlehem.

The bride was given away by her father.

Alison’s sister, Megan Wilkinson of Quakertown, served as matron of honor.

Jordan Orth, son of the groom, of New York City, N.Y., was best man.

Raiden Kenji Thakrar, son...

Kern:

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Anna and Roy C. Kern of Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary June 21 with an intimate family party.

The couple was married in a double wedding June 21, 1947, with Anna’s identical twin sister, Kathryn, and her husband Robert Schmoyer, who are both now deceased.

The wedding took place at Neffs Union Church, Neffs, North Whitehall Township, with Lutheran Pastor Willard Weida and United Church of Christ Pastor Robert Urffer officiating...

Movie review: ‘Cousin’ fearest

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“My Cousin Rachel” should appeal to fans of “Masterpiece Theatre” and classic Hollywood movie melodramas such as “Wuthering Heights” (1939) and “Rebecca” (1940).

This should come as no surprise since the movie, “My Cousin Rachel,” is based on the book by English novelist Daphne Du Maurier (1907-1989), author of several novels adapted for the big screen, including “Rebecca,” a 1940 best picture Oscar recipient (of 11 nominations) directed by Alfred Hitchcock that starred Laurence...

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 21: Barbecued chicken, lentils, carrots, tropical fruit.

Thursday, June 22: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Asian vegetables, angel food cake with strawberries.

Friday, June 23: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, applesauce.

Monday, June 26: Three cheese ziti with meat sauce, cauliflower, tropical fruit.

Tuesday, June 27: Fish, mushroom polenta, vegetable medley, applesauce.

Wednesday,...

Northampton County senior menus

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, June 21: Cranberry juice, roast turkey with gravy, Pennsylvania “Dutch” stuffing, California blend vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, Mandarin oranges.

Thursday, June 22: Apricot nectar, tuna salad hoagie, potato chips, macaroni salad, fresh watermelon.

Friday, June 23: Chicken pot pie, green peas, tossed greens with ranch dressing, wheat bread with margarine, fresh strawberries with whipped cream.

Monday, June 26:...

Growing Green: Bloom is off the irises

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Our beautiful spring flowers have faded away. Now what should be done?

Here are some thoughts on a few of the more common plants that bloom in spring in the Lehigh Valley.

Don’t trim iris leaves. Leaves carry on photosynthesis for next year’s growth. Cut off brown tips and cut the flowering stalk down to the rhizome (fleshy roots) to discourage rot. After two to five years, when clumps become congested or lose vitality and stop blooming, divide and replant sound rhizomes in...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Historic 35th tour:The West Park Civic Association’s 35th anniversary “Historic West Park House Tour” is 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. June 25. The tour includes 10 properties, from a majestic, meticulously-restored mansion to a spectacularly-renovated 1912 townhouse with the latest fashionable amenities and contemporary decor. Homes range in style from turn-of-the-century Victorian to 1930’s neo-classical revival. Music and refreshments are at several locations on the tour. Free parking is provided at...