Rise and Fall of Bethlehem Steel Tour

5410January 20 – February 25, 2018 · view days & times

Learn how blast furnaces worked, why men needed brass checks to get in the gate every morning, and which buildings housed which operation on this on-site walking tour that gives visitors a glimpse into the day-to-day life of a steel worker.

*Children 3 and under are free
Presented by Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites



2d7436b1c1293c8a2722b99810332275Now that we’ve officially crossed the half-way mark of January, I thought it was only fitting to take a second and check in on each other. How are you doing? How is the new year going so far? I finally took the plunge and tossed out our Christmas tree last weekend. Even though it sure was hard to say goodbye to that bone-dry mini fir, I convinced my husband to leave up a few strands of lights around our apartment. That way, we can enjoy the spirit of the holidays for just a tad-bit longer. Plus, those warm white bulbs always illuminate such a cozy vibe, don’t you think?

Anyway, enough of my off-tangent rant. Time to get back on track.

How are your new year’s resolutions coming? I know I mentioned some simple resolutions to revitalize your body, mind and soul here that are totally doable any time of the year, but then I got to thinking: What about the people that are looking to grow and evolve but aren’t really keen on resolutions in the first place? And that’s why I’m here today.

Instead of creating one, two, three (four, five, six) giant self-care goals to achieve throughout the next 365 days, why not take the year one month at a time? That way, you can tackle smaller challenges with each 30/31 days that pass and revel in just as much (if not more!) self-improvement success by the time December rolls around. Enticing, right?

Now of course, everyone is unique so your idea of self-care might differ with what I’ve listed below, but I’m hoping it will at least help you get started on your journey!

January: Infuse your mind with inspiration.

With the cheerful holiday decor all packed up and the outdoor temperatures consistently dropping, it doesn’t take much for January to seem a bit dreary. But don’t let the cold frigid weather get you down. Instead, take time to infuse your mind with inspiration. Plan a trip. Add adventures to your bucket list. And if you don’t have a bucket list, create one. The excitement of having something to look forward to will be the heat needed on even the coldest of days. FULL ARTICLE AT WIT & DELIGHT


SterlingEstates ModelThe New Year is bringing new beginnings for many buyers at Sterling Estates, the intimate collection of just 41 estate-style single-family homes in Lower Nazareth, PA.

Heightened sales velocity in fall and early winter has resulted in nearly 75% of the residences in the community’s second housing phase sold and brought an enthusiastic group of new homeowners to the Lehigh Valley community.   The flurry of activity is fast transitioning Sterling Estates into an established address with its suburban streetscapes coming into focus and neighborly feel on display.

The sales success at Sterling Estates and its growing popularity in this burgeoning housing market can be largely attributed to a creative offering program devised by its developer, Sterling Properties.  Residences at the suburban neighborhood are released in various stages of construction to meet the specific timelines and needs of a broad range of homebuyers, including young couples relocating to eastern Pennsylvania for work or affordability to local families looking to move-up to luxury estate-style living.  Continue reading

FREE: Three Kings Celebration at SteelStacks

5762Sunday, January 7th from 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Follow the star to Bethlehem this January as SteelStacks celebrates El Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day), the cherished religious and cultural tradition of many Latin American countries.

During the annual Three Kings Celebration at SteelStacks, Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar arrive to spend time with guests, presenting gifts donated by PPL Corporation, B. Braun Medical Inc. and West Side Hammer Electric to children ages 10 and younger. Plus, they’ll share the story of the Three Kings in both Spanish and English, read by La MEGA Radio hosts Victor Martinez and Alfa Lopez.

The festivities continue with fun-filled activities just for kids including a scavenger hunt and crafts. There’s also live music by local Latin group Herencia Jibara in the Musikfest Café and delicious Latin food prepared by Holy Infancy Catholic Church is available for purchase. The Puerto Rican Culture Preservation Organization will also be on hand to say hello to throughout the afternoon with their 2017 Royal Court and 2018 Royal Court candidates. Everyone is welcome to attend this dynamic cultural experience.


jo-maloneCandles may as well be currency in the interior-design world. Interior designers use them as the final touch to a room, the one that elevates a space to the next sensory level. We mortals love them too but have a hard time knowing where to start.

To help you wade through the morass, we rounded up our favorites. Psst — they are also on every interior designer’s list!

Get ready to buy matches in bulk.

Jo Malone

If it’s good enough for Kate Middleton, then it’s good enough for us. The Duchess of Cambridge had Jo Malone’s citrus scents — Orange Blossom ($65) included — perfuming Westminster Abbey during her royal wedding. ‘Nuff said.

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The Cat’s Meow: Lehigh Valley in the Age of Art Deco & the Roaring twenties


Sigal Museum in Easton presents Exhibit now through August 6, 2018

Welcome to 1920 and 30s America: The Lehigh Valley is roaring with red light districts, illegal underground speakeasies, and organized crime. Immigrants, women, and children are finding work in the booming steel and textile industries across the area. The modern era is on the horizon.

In a bold reaction against tradition, the Art Deco movement emerges to the forefront of design. It is a grand symbol of change in an increasingly mechanized world. Architecture, furniture, apparel, graphic design, cars, trains, ocean liners, and jewelry all begin to reflect the growth and change of a young 20th-century America.