Saturday, August 1, 2015


Friday, June 12, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – It's not uncommon to see floral patterns on quilts. But how about flowers planted in a quilt pattern?

The quilt garden at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville is designed to mimic the shapes and colors found in traditional quilt block patterns.

The quilt theme connects the garden to the arts and crafts heritage of the Southern Appalachian region, according to Clara Curtis, director of design, events and education at the arboretum.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Doerfel Family Bluegrass Band, a faith-based, contemporary band, will appear in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 579 Main St., Stroudsburg.

The concert is a fundraiser for the church and will be followed by a reception. Tickets are $15.

The band originally hails from a small town in New York but now calls Key West home.

Self-labeled "spazz jazz" artists, the Doerfels perform music that blends country, gospel, and bluegrass with a touch of blues, jazz, swing, and classical, and have won rave reviews for their musicianship.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

On July 22, Trigger Hippy, with special guest Will Hoge, take the stage at 8 p.m. at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Trigger Hippy covers a lot of ground on its self-titled debut album.

Cruise through the 11 tracks from this Nashville quintet and you'll hear propulsive rock, gritty blues, heart-searing soul, sinewy grooves, sublime vocal harmonies and a rich, earthy sensibility steeped in Americana roots.

What to call it? Drummer and co-founder Steve Gorman favors "a rock band that can jam."

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The annual Cherry Valley Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road in Stroudsburg.

The event will feature nature walks, farm tours, bird walks, music, arts and crafts vendors, a benefit auction, and food.

Special events include:

11 a.m.: Cooking demonstration by Mikuna Kitchen. Learn how to make gnocchi from scratch, plus how to use seasonal vegetables for easy dinners.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Robair Bern Devine of Jim Thorpe won Best of Show as well as First Place in the sculpture/mixed media category at the Carbon County Art League's 34th Annual Art Show, which was held last weekend.

This year's event was held at the Palmerton Area Library.

DeVine creates visually stunning fine art glass and mirror sculptures that are illuminated with a vibrant color changing light system controlled by a 44-key wireless remote.

All art is sketched, cut and carved by his hands using aluminum oxide, high speed rotary and a chipper.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council Arts Alive 2015 Series continues next weekend with "Wood & Steel," a tour of furniture designer and craftsman Bill Kreider's studio, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20.

Inspired by unconventional and discarded items, often with historical context, Kreider's designs use contemporary lines to offset traditional materials, including most famously, Bethlehem Steel "I" beams into bookcases.

Join Kreider for a personal tour of his studio workspace, which is located in the old Pennsylvania Stage Company scene shop on 127 N. Lumber St. in Allentown.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Make sure to save the date for the 12th annual Wine on the Mountain wine festival, which returns to Penn's Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe, from noon to 5 p.m. July 25 and 26.

Discount tickets will be offered on Sunday at the door.

The 12th edition of the Wine on the Mountain wine festival includes the nine member wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail featuring wine samplings and sales, local artisans selling wine-related arts and crafts, and light fare available for purchase, as well as live music both days.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Do you have a terrific father? One who's gone above and beyond for his family? Made special sacrifices?

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

July is National Grilling Month but families are already enjoying the outdoors and cooking over an open flame. In fact, 80 percent of all U.S. households own a grill, according to a 2013 Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association study, increasing the chances of a possible home fire.

Make your family cookout memorable for the right reasons this summer. Ensure the fire stays in the grill by keeping a home fire extinguisher on-hand and within easy reach.

To prevent accidents before they happen, the National Fire Protection Association offers these safe-grilling tips for summertime:

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Bites, stings lead to other things

For many people, bug bites and bee stings aren't a big deal beyond a small irritation.

But for some, it could mean the start of a painful possibly long-term or even deadly experience.

Despite their size, ticks, mosquitoes and bees can pack a wallop. Every summer, reports appear about the havoc they can cause through Lyme disease, West Nile virus and allergic reactions.