Friday, June 23, 2017


Friday, June 23, 2017
This 2015 photo provided by Chronicle Books shows an overview of Erin Benzakein’s Floret Farms in full bloom in Mount Vernon, Wash. The photo is featured in Benzakein’s book, “Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden.” (Michele M. Waite/Chronicle Books via AP) Copyright - michele m waite photography

ike a tiny green sprig reaching upward, it happened slowly at first. And then, suddenly, it was everywhere.

A wilder, more seasonal and local look in floral arrangement is replacing the stiffer, more formal arrangements of a decade ago. Bouquets featuring grass or clematis, loose arrangements of flowering or fruit-laden branches, spare displays of flowering purple basil, sweet peas or bearded irises, or surprises like towering fennel — the trend reflects changes in aesthetics as well as in where flowers come from.

Friday, June 23, 2017
Fidget spinners are on the annual list of hazardous summer toys compiled by World Against Toys Causing Harm Inc., a nonprofit consumer watchdog. AP FILE PHOTO Copyright - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

BOSTON (AP) — Thinking of getting your kid the wildly popular fidget spinner? A consumer watchdog group is warning parents to think again.

Boston-based World Against Toys Causing Harm said Wednesday in unveiling its summer safety report that the ubiquitous spinners, already banned in many schools, can fall apart and the small pieces can create a choking hazard

W.A.T.C.H. said children in Texas and Oregon have been taken to hospitals recently after choking on fidget spinner pieces.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

For the second straight year, 12-year-old Rose Ostrowski of Berwick will perform at the Historical Bethlehem Society’s annual Blueberry Festival at 4 p.m. July 15. She’ll be located at the community stage.

Ostrowski recently released “Your Words” to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Her third single is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

The two-day festival will take place July 15-16 at the Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem. The family event has nearly everything to indulge in all things blueberry such as blueberry pie, ice cream, beer, wine, mead and more.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Air Supply will perform at the Sherman Theater Oct. 14. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - @ 2015 Michael Schoenfeld

Air Supply is coming to the Sherman Theater, 524 Main St., Stroudsburg, at 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for “Jesus Christ Superstar” in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing.

The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock’s soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell’s simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Another Day Dawns includes, front, Tyler Ritter, and back from left, Livi Dillon, Dakota McGeehan and Nick McGeehan. Scan this photo with the Prideo app to see a video of the band rehearsing. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - JJ Horvath

It might not ring true to say that Another Day Dawns is an overnight success, having formed the band about six years ago, but that’s not wrong either.

After having played gigs throughout the area over the years, and opening for some big names such as Sammy Hagar, Trapt and Fuel, Another Day Dawns is about to take it to the next level when they hit the road later this summer.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Here’s what’s coming up at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

• Saturday, Craig Thatcher’s Eric Clapton Retrospective, 8 p.m.

• June 29, Free show with Dwight & Nicole, 7:30 p.m.

• June 30, Splintered Sunlight, Summer of Love 50th anniversary party, 8 p.m.

• July 1, EagleMania, 8 p.m.

• July 8, 40 Story Radio Tower with House of Hamil, 8 p.m.

• July 14, David Bromberg Quintet, 8 p.m.

• July 15, The Elovators, 8 p.m.

• July 20, The Birdie Busch Band, 7:30 p.m.

• July 21, Start Making Sense, 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

There is a huge array of talent heading to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe.

• Saturday, Fuel with Marcy Playground and Dishwalla, plus Another Day Dawns

• June 30, Back to the Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl, 8 p.m.

• July 1, Yonder Mountain String Band, 9 p.m.

• July 7, Buckcherry, 8 p.m.

• July 14, Phil Vassar, 8 p.m.

• July 15, Great White with special guest Faster Pussycat

•July 28, Mr. Speed – World’s Best KISS tribute

• July 29, Josh Turner, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 15, Ted Nugent, 8 p.m.

• Aug. 18, The Beach Boys, 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lansford Music in the Park will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kennedy Park at the gazebo, located next to the Panther Valley football stadium on Route 209.

Music this week will be by Gene Morrison of Hometown, who plays acoustic classic rock, country, R&B and Americana.

Sponsored by Lansford Alive Events Committee. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served. Bring a lawn chair.

Proceeds benefit revitalization of the park.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Shrimp, Avocado and Orange Salad with Spicy Orange Dressing AP PHOTO Copyright - Sara Moulton

Summer’s here and the time is right for summer salads gussied up with light proteins. Boiled shrimp is the perfect candidate, especially when it’s paired with orange, avocado and mint, as it is here.

There is a problem, however; shrimp often becomes bland and chewy when it’s boiled. In fact, all proteins, not only shrimp, tend to turn tough when they’re subjected to the violence of boiling water. And if the boiling water isn’t well-salted, the protein in question will end up flavorless and tough.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I love a deep-fried, puffy-battered fish sandwich, with a tempura-like coating, but I’m not doing that at home. That’s for an indulgent summer seafood shack lunch, or if you’re lucky enough to find yourself in a British pub.