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Monday, September 12, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS A 32 member chorus from several churches sings during 9/11 service in Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill. The choir was directed by David Perkins, and also sang in St. Peter's Lutheran and UCC Church, West Penn Township.

September 11, 2001 was remembered in unique style at two local churches yesterday.

"Homeland" was the title of a musical program staged at Hope of Christ Presbyterian Church, Summit Hill, and St. Peter's Lutheran and UCC Church, West Penn Township.

The program consisted of a combined, 32 member choir from several churches, including the two host churches.

Under the direction of David Perkins, music director at Christ Presbyterian Church, the chorus sang a number of patriotic and Americana selections.

About 100 people attended the Summit Hill service.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

One day you may meet your own true love.

The movie, "One Day," proposes you may already have, but didn't realize it.

Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess) are University of Edinburgh graduates who meet annually for friendship and frolic. She's drawn up a strict list of rules. They rarely get past the big R, as in Romance.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Jonathan Edwards will be performing at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Two nights of music are featured on Labor Day weekend at the Mauch Chunk opera House

On Friday, the Philadelphia-based band US Rails takes the Opera House stage.

These A-list musicians and songwriters consisting of Ben Arnold, Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin, Matt Muir and Tom Gillam possess individual talents. They echo some of the classic folk, pop and rock unions of the 60's and 70's.

Opening will be the Shannon Marsyada Trio.

On Saturday, Sept. 3, folk rocker Jonathan Edwards and his Band perform.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
Marrakesh Express will be performing Saturday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe.

There are hundreds of tribute bands performing the music of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, U2, and other monsters of rock. But Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young?

Next to none.

A band dedicated to tributing CSNY is unheard of due to the difficulty in replicating the 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies that made the group international superstars.

Marrakesh Express excels at reproducing CSNY's complex songs and cascading, layered harmonies.

Thursday, August 11, 2011
LVW heavyweight champion Kekoa the Flyin' Hawaiian will defend his pro wrestling title Sunday at the Carbon County Fair in Palmerton.

Professional wrestling returns to the Carbon County Fair on Sunday, with match time set for 4 p.m.

There's a double main event, both of them steel cage matches.

The Rebel with Mr. Saturday Night, currently the tag team champions in the Lehigh Valley Wrestling Federation, opposes Dominic Monroe with Kras Van Tasse.

The other steel cage match has Tech, a former LVW heavyweight champion who is one of the most arrogant performers in the squared circle, takes on "Pretty Boy" Eric Hiller.

Monday, August 8, 2011
Special to the Times News/John Clauser Ten-year members of the Northeast Variety Band are: Joe Gutosky, alto sax, Weatherly; John Trethan, accordion, Lehighton; Harry Dunheimer, tenor banjo, Pottsville; Ed Williams, tenor banjo, Allentown, Ken Clauser, plectrum banjo, South Whitehall; Mary-Jane Sterling, accordion, Summit Hill; Annette Miller, drums, Roseto and Marianne Williams, alto sax, Allentown.

The Northeast Variety Band announces the celebration of its 10th year anniversary on July 18. It is a rare event for a band to reach that milestone.

Eight members who belonged to several different bands met at a restaurant in Hamburg to talk about forming an entirely new and different type of band. A new name was chosen to reflect the area the members live in and the style of music they would play.

Through word of mouth the band now numbers 20 members and our latest gig was playing on a float in the Wyomissing Fourth of July parade to an enthusiastic crowd.

Saturday, August 6, 2011
PAUL WILLISTEIN/special to the TIMES NEWS Bob Kuntz with his 1969 Camaro, which will be displayed at Das Awkscht Fescht, Aug. 6 and 7 at Macungie Memorial Park, Main Street-Route 100, Macungie.

Bob Kuntz is a Chevy man.

It's not only that he has worked for 26 years at Rentschler Chevrolet, Slatington, where he is parts manager.

It's the Camaros.

Kuntz has five Chevrolets, three of them collectible Camaros.

The 1969 coupe, painted "Olympic Gold" with black "hockey-stick stripes" along the sides, has rally wheels and a 350 automatic.

He's owned it since 1990.

"Basically, that was in good condition. We repainted it. It wasn't a full restoration."

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Aug. 6

Ÿ 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: The Macungie Band

Ÿ 12:30 - 2 p.m.: Jake Kaligis & The New Constitution

Ÿ 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.: Mike Dugan Blues Mission

Ÿ 4 - 6:30 p.m.: Crazy Heart

Ÿ 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.: King Henry & The Showmen

Aug. 7

Ÿ 11 a.m. - Noon: Steve Brosky 'n' Jimmy Meyer

Ÿ 12:30 - 1:45 p.m.: The BC Combo with Bev Conklin

Ÿ 2 - 3:45 p.m.: The Vince Pettinelli Swing Band

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron Streets, Lehighton will be holding the second annual Music Academy starting Sunday, Aug. 7 and continuing through Aug. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Zion UCC church .

The academy is open to the public and is for children and teens of all ages.

This year there will be a middle school age and high school age band, vocal opportunities, and a music recorder class.

Once again, they will also feature "recycled rhythm" which is a craft opportunity for youngsters to create rhythm instruments out of household and recycled items.

Monday, August 1, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Shakura S' Aida performs on the main stage during the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area on Sunday.

They juked and jived to the soul and rhythm like there was no tomorrow.

Hip was indeed in at the Pennsylvanis Blues Festival, which celebrated 20 years of Blues in the Poconos this past weekend as the event made a seamless transition to Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

Prior to this year, the event - then known as the Pocono Blues Festival - had been held from 1992 to 2010 at Big Boulder Ski Area in Kidder Township.