Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Theater Review: The butler didn’t do it at The Pines

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It’s a whodunit with a comic twist and a motley cast of characters worthy of any rogues’ gallery.

It’s The Pines Dinner Theatre’s highly-inventive, wildly-funny, season-opener “Who Done It?,” an audience-participation murder-mystery stage show.

The show was presented Jan. 18, the performance seen for this review, and Jan. 19, 25, 26 and Feb. 2 at the Allentown theater.

With script, lyrics and direction by Pines’ long-time artistic director Oliver Blatt; original music by...

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Saturday, February 2, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Dr. Sax: Dr. Paul Cohen of the Manhattan School of Music headlines the first Allentown Symphony Orchestra “Saxophone Festival,” Feb. 4 and 5, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Area saxophone players can enhance their skills and meet other Lehigh Valley musicians. Middle school, high school and college students and adults with a minimum of three years experience are eligible. Participants must be able to learn and perform festival music and attend rehearsals and the concert. The schedule is:...

Healthy Geezer: How to achieve long life

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What are your best recommendations for achieving a long life?

The American Geriatrics Society’s Foundation for Health in Aging offers a Top 10 list for longevity that can’t be beat. Here’s an edited version of the list. The cliches are mine.

1. Go Over The Rainbow: You need fewer calories when you get older. Choose nutrient-rich foods like brightly-colored fruits and vegetables. Eat a range of colors. The more varied the colors, the wider the range of nutrients you’re likely...

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Jan. 30: Beef stew, buttered noodles, broccoli and cauliflower, apple.

Thursday, Jan. 31: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, oriental vegetable, banana, wheat bread.

Friday, Feb. 1: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, fruit cocktail.

Monday, Feb. 4: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, carrots, pineapple, wheat bread.

Tuesday, Feb. 5: Low salt baked ham, w/ maple mustard, whipped sweet potato, Brussels...

Pa.-Dutch humor

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

Dr. William Donnery will speak about “Legendary Pennsylvania-Dutch Humor,” 1 p.m. Feb. 2, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Donner will explore Pennsylvania-Dutch humor and share some of his favorite Pennsylvania-Dutch and Groundhog Day jokes.

Donner will discuss Pennsylvania-Dutch humorists, including Ted Rickenbach, nicknamed Professor Schnitzel, whose mid-20th century Pennsylvania-Dutch radio...

Review: ‘Disney On Ice’ enchants at PPL Center

Friday, February 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Disney On Ice Presents Worlds Of Enchantment” brings that Disney magic to PPL Center, Jan. 31 through Feb. 3.

The ice show has incredibly-skilled skaters, a huge cast, impressive choreography, props and scenic backdrops, spectacular lighting, pyrotechnic and fog effects and, of course, the beloved characters from Disney feature movies.

True to its title, “Disney On Ice” enchants with entertainment that can be enjoyed by the family.

The show is divided into two acts, and...

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Remembering Wyatt: “The Warrior,” a music video featuring Lehigh Valley musicians honoring Wyatt Newhard, premieres at 4:45 p.m. Jan. 27, Roxy Theater, 2004 Main St., Northampton. Newhard, 14, of New Tripoli, died Nov. 3, 2018, after battling cancer for 11 years. Vini Lopez, above, left, founding drummer of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, gave drum lessons to Newhard, above right. “The Warrior” has music by Frank DiBussolo and lyrics by Jim Steager, Jordan White, Frank Porter, Gloria...

Wyatt video premiering at Roxy

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

When Gloria Domina heard that Wyatt Newhard had died Nov. 3, 2018, she says she sat on her couch and cried.

She says she “couldn’t stop crying” for the 14-year-old New Tripoli boy who fought cancer for 11 years.

But then, she says, she decided to “take that energy and do something positive with it.”

Domina, owner of Thirteen Butterflies Productions and director and producer of the Lehigh Valley Music Awards (LVMA), started writing a song envisioning a “We Are The World”-...

Icing on the ice at PPL Center: Reading native living the dream as ‘Disney’ skater

Friday, January 25, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Figure skater and Reading native, Leocadia Lellig, joins the spectacular wonderland of “Disney On Ice,” where she’s performing for audiences across the United States.

The exuberant and talented Lellig graduated from Exeter Township High School and was accepted to The Pennsylvania State University.

She auditioned for “Disney on Ice,” and to her delight, was chosen in the summer of 2018. Lellig began touring in September and has put her college career on a hold while she lives a...

American-made: Allentown Symphony explores impact of Gershwin, Copland

Friday, January 25, 2019 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

George Gershwin and Aaron Copland are two of the most recognized and respected American composers of the last century. They were born in Brooklyn, N.Y., just two years apart: George Gershwin, in 1898, and Aaron Copland, in 1900.

Both composers were known for exemplifying and developing the “American” sound in music: Copland, for capturing the folk and pioneering spirit, and George Gershwin for incorporating jazz and saxophones into his orchestral pieces.

Each traveled...