It's a milestone year for Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, which will have a record number of artisans on weekends, beginning Friday and continuing through December 23. The popular holiday marketplace, which has attracted more than one million guests to the Christmas City in its history, is celebrating its silver anniversary.
To commemorate the occasion, an exclusive, limited-edition anniversary ornament has been created by Germany's Kathe Wohlfahrt.
"We're thrilled to work with the nonprofit ArtsQuest... since Kathe Wohlfahrt has been attending Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem longer than any other holiday market in North America," said Steve Thoreson, the president of Kathe Wohlfahrt North America.
This year's event will feature up to 165 artisans and vendors each weekend, with close to 190 artisans and vendors during its six-weekend run, with representation from more than 20 states.
In addition, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem will have live Christmas music, an authentic German St. Nicholas, and European favorites like wursts and strudel. There'll be ice carving demonstrations and glassblowing sessions, with early registration recommended. An expanded children's crafts area will feature professional artists of the Banana Factory.
The U.S. Postal Service is partnering with Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem and will have a 12-foot-high-by-8-foot-wide temporary "big blue box" post office on site, staffed by a postal employee and opened every day of the event for shipments and the official "Christmas City – Bethlehem PA" pictorial postmark.
Hours for Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem: Nov. 17-19 & 24-26; Nov. 30-Dec. 3; Dec. 7-10, 14-17 & 21-23; Thursday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Dec. 23, closes at 6 p.m.). Location is PNC Plaza at SteelStacks, 645 East First Street.
For further info: christmascity.org
Star of the Day is preparing for its third annual gala and 2018 season reveal honoring Dirk "Captain" Leisher on Saturday from 6 to 10 p.m., at McCoole's Arts and Events Place, 10 South Main Street, Quakertown, Bucks County.
Leisher has been building sets for Star of the Day since his daughter, Reilly, appeared in its production of "Gypsy." He has built sets for Northwestern Lehigh Middle School's "Beauty and the Beast" and Star of the Day's "Les Miserables, School Edition."
Featured will be performances by Kirsten Almeida, Jessie Dau, Chris Egging, Nina Elias, Will Windsor Erwin, Mikayla Fuentes, Abigail Garrigan, Melissa Gump, Becca Hobart, Hannah Kern, Rachel Knappenberger, Hailey Knight, Brady Love, Amanda Carol Pascale, Daniel Petrovich, Francesca Rhoads, Connor Roberts, Vince Rostkowski, Benjamin Ruth, Paige Sheridan, Doug Theye-Ace, Maggie Toner, Tyler Turansky, and backed by a band led by Amy Foeller.
Star of the Day will be presenting "Annie Jr. the Musical," December 1-3, 8-10, and 16-17.
For further info: staroftheday.org
As a precursor to the ever-popular Moravian College Christmas Vespers held at Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, a preview will be offered this weekend for those unable to attend the annual December event which will be held December 1-3 and 8-10.
"Everything but the Candles... Moravian College Vespers Preview" will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the college's Foy Concert Hall, Hurd Campus, Main and Church streets.
All of the music will be presented, with the college choir, women's chorus, brass ensemble, and other music ensembles, under the direction of Dr. Paula Zerkle and Eduardo Azzati. All of the appropriate hymns will be sung, including "Morning Star." The musical prelude will begin at 7 p.m.
A free-will offering will be taken.
For further info: moravian.edu/music
"Industry through the Viewfinder," part of Lehigh Valley Photography Month and ArtsQuest's InVision Photography Festival, is on exhibit through November 29, at the National Museum of Industrial History, 602 East Second Street, Bethlehem.
The industrial-themed exhibit features everything from Bethlehem Steel to the construction of the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, according to Glenn Koehler, the museum’s marketing and outreach coordinator.
"We've had digital photos, film photography, and a photo taken with a 19th century Palladium printing technique," Koehler said.
On November 29, the museum will host a special awards ceremony honoring the top-three best photos as chosen in a blind voting by its staff. Museum tours will be held from 4 to 5 p.m., with the gallery open from 5 to 7 p.m.
For further info: nmih.org
The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 West Walnut Street, Allentown, is hosting a new exhibit, "The 1960s: A Decade that Transformed America," opening Saturday at 1 p.m. The special program will feature documentary filmmaker Scott Reda of the award-winning Lou Reda Productions and singer/musician Joe Janci.
Reda will discuss hippies and celebrities of the 1960s. Participants will have the opportunity to view clips from his film, "Hippies."
The exhibit will feature a selection of iconic images, artifacts, popular music, and television shows highlighting historic events of the 1960s that are both inspirational and uplifting.
For further info: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org
It's improvisation at its best when these two come together. "Whose Line is it Anyway?" stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will take to the stage of the State Theatre in Easton on Saturday at 8 p.m., with their "Scared Scriptless Tour."
This dynamic duo improvises new material from audience suggestions and participation. Their highly-rated series, "Whose Line is it Anyway?" can be seen on The CW and is now in its fourth season.
For further info: statetheatre.org
Founding member Mike Krisukas and the current instrumentalists of Zen for Primates will once again gather to present "The Music of Zen" on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at the Jazz Upstairs Series at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.
On hand will be Jodi Beder (cello), Shelagh Maloney (violin), and Pete Fluck (sax and harmonica). Also on the program will be original members of Zen, Mark Golin (violin) and Dave Smith (sax). Joining them will be Doug Hawk, among other guest vocalists.
For further info: millersymphonyhall.org
Lehigh Valley award-winning singer/songwriter Steve Brosky n' his Big Lil' Band will perform on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Eve, at 8 p.m., in the Fowler Blast Furnace Room at SteelStacks in Bethlehem.
The Brosky/Meyer Duo will perform on November 24 at McCoole's Red Lion Inn, 4 South Main Street, Quakertown, Bucks County.
For further info: stevebrosky.com
Artists and galleries in Barto, Boyertown, and Oley will open their spaces to the public for the seventh annual "Fall into Winter Tour" on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Participating artists and galleries include the founder of the studio tour, Linda Rohrbach-Austerberry and her friends artist Gail Fronheiser; woodworker Ken Burton, and jewelry designer Angela Colasanti, all in Barto; Studio B Fine Art Gallery featuring the exhibit, "Larger than Life;" Frecon Farms, The Other Farm, and Forge; Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery and Studio showcasing more than 200 American crafters; and Taylor Backes Glass Studio and Gallery, all in Boyertown, and Clay on Main in Oley.
During the tour, visitors will receive a ticket at each venue that can be entered in a special drawing for hand-crafted items or gift certificates donated by the participating artists or venues.
For further info/tour map: studiobbb.org/fall-into-winter
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