Late spring is here with rain and blooming trees and soon summer will be upon us with the "A Midsummer Night's Dream" production of the Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, 7 p.m. May 24, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.
As Shakespeare's King Oberon from "A Midsummer Night''s Dream puts it, "I know a bank where wild thyme blows, where oxlips and the nodding violet grows ... "
Here are some questions to ask yourself when diagnosing plant problems in the landscape.
What is the name of the plant? It is important to know the normal appearance and growth habit of a plant before diagnosing problems. The perceived "problem" may be normal for this plant. Accurate plant identification is the first step in diagnosing plant problems.
Examples: Larch is a deciduous conifer and appears "dead" in winter. White pines shed inner needles profusely in autumn. Sweetgum has corky ridges on its stems. Variegated cultivars often appear abnormal in color.
The Wailers, Bob Marley's band, presents a free concert, 5 p.m. May 27, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, in celebration of the venue's one-year anniversary.
The festival begins at noon with Flintface and A.D.D. in the Vision Bar.
The outdoor party is in the parking lot adjacent to Vision Bar and the Event Center Box Office. There's a pig roast by The Pig Pit and beer provided by Victory Brewing.
Actors in Action: "The Atheist," "Sensitivity Training," "The Un-Named Body Project," June 13 - 30, Allentown Public Theatre, Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown
"Beauty and the Beast" May 31 - Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL
"Crazy For You," June 12 - 30, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre, Baker Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre & Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. 484-664-3333
The magic returns with this year's Mayfair, which boasts a new venue, renewed focus on the arts, and a luscious and varied food menu.
Mayfair also has new hours, opening at 10 a.m. May 25, to accommodate school groups which are admitted free of charge, and concluding at 7 p.m. May 27.
Though the 27th annual Mayfair is again held over the holiday weekend and concludes Memorial Day, it opens on a Friday rather than a Thursday.
Mayfair 2013 is being staged at the Agri-Plex, surrounded by what's called The Mayfair Village, at the west end of Allentown Fairgrounds.
New York premiere: "Mommalogues," a play written by Lehigh Valley playwrights Gretchen Klinedinst-Furst, above left, and Sharon Lee Glassman, above right, has its New York premiere, May 22 - June 2, for six performances at The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., New York, as part of Marvell Repertory Theatre's season. The show, which had its world premiere at Civic Theatre of Allentown in May 2012, is a collection of monologues honoring mothers and the bond they share with their daughters.
R. Timothy Ziemer, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.), U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator, is guest speaker for the annual Memorial Day Sunday Service, 9 a.m. May 26, Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, 1151 S. Cedar Crest Boulevard, Cedar Crest and I-78, Salisbury Township.
Ziemer, a Vietnam War Veteran, was born in Sioux City, Iowa, and raised in Asia as the son of missionary parents serving in Vietnam. Upon graduation from Wheaton College, he joined the Navy, completed flight school, and returned to Vietnam during the war.
PRESS PHOTO BY DON WENNER
Lehigh Valley Baptist Church members entertain the Emmaus Senior Citizens at their meeting May 10 at St. Matthew's E.C. Church in Emmaus. Chris Gable is conductor for the group, Nina Hall is pianist and Benjamin Hall is handbell director.
The 2013 Freddy Awards Ceremony is broadcast live at 7 p.m. May 23 from the State Theatre on 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com.
Leading the nominations with 15 each are Parkland High School and Freedom High School.
Tickets are available to attend the For a sneak peak of the May 22 dress rehearsal night at the State.
Here are the 2012 Freddy nominations for participating high schools, in alphabetical order:
Bangor Area: 4
Bethlehem Catholic: 2
Easton Area: 6
Playing for real: Touchstone Theatre presents the eighth "Young Playwrights' Festival," a showcase of new plays written by area elementary and middle school students, May 18, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem. Immediately following is a gala reception in the Lehigh University Art Galleries. Participant schools this year include Dual Language Charter School, above; Donegan Elementary; Freemansburg Elementary; Lincoln Elementary, all Bethlehem, and Harrison-Morton Middle and Central Elementary, both Allentown. One play from each participant school is produced in the festival.