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.
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
Enjoy more than 30 free performances, noon-10 p.m. May 25-27, Mayfair Festival of the Arts at Cedar Crest College, Allentown.
Headlining the festival are Philadelphia Funk Authority and Go Go Gadjet.
There also will be performances by students from local schools and colleges including Allentown School District Inner District Wind Ensemble, Dieruff High School Jazz Band, The Valley Suzuki Strings and Tap Ties, which holds community dance lessons at the college.
There are also two special events in Alumnae Hall.
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.
Do The Freddys: The 2018 Freddys Awards Ceremony will be broadcast at 7 p.m. May 24 from the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, on 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com. Tickets for the awards ceremony are made available through participating schools. Rehearsal tickets and Freddy Awards Preview Party tickets are available for the May 23 awards ceremony dress rehearsal. Ticket information: freddyawards.org. Rehearsals for the opening number of the broadcast featuring four students from each of the 29 participating schools began May 10 at the State Theatre.
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.
“Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story” is a fascinating documentary film that, if it wasn’t based on a true story, would sound like fiction.
Lamarr, who was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 and died in 2000, was an Austrian-born United States film actress.
While the dark-haired Lamarr wasn’t a Bombshell in the Hollywood movie style of platinum blondes such as Marilyn Monroe, Lamarr was regarded as one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen.
The 111th Bach Festival went from the somber to the celebratory, with a few stops along the way for humor, classical music comaraderie, a commemorative presentation of Bach’s Bible, some good vibrations, and the most stunning guest vocalist debut in years.
The 2018 festival, May 11, 12, 18, 19, marked the 120th year of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem. The May 11 and 12 first weekend was attended for this review.
Among the 154 Freddy Awards nominations for 2018, Parkland tops the list with 15, with Emmaus next with 14. Here’s the tally:
Bangor Area: 13
Southern Lehigh: 10
Saucon Valley: 9
Northern Lehigh: 9
Easton Area: 6
Moravian Academy: 5
Northampton Area: 5
Warren Hills Regional: 5
Allentown Central Catholic: 4
Nazareth Area: 4
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, May 16: Baked low salt ham, yams, asparagus, angel food cake.
Thursday, May 17: Chicken breast with creamy pesto sauce, roasted potatoes, carrots, pineapple tidbits.
Friday, May 18: Crispy fish sandwich, wild rice blend, spinach, fresh fruit.
Monday, May 21: Steamed white fish, Spanish rice, roasted pepper blend, fresh pear.
Tuesday, May 22: Turkey Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, zucchini, fresh fruit.
Wednesday, May 23: Barbecue beef Rib-A-Que, roasted potato, corn, banana.