Poetry and Prose Open Mic


Friday, January 12th at Book & Puppet Co. in Easton

Poets need love, and this is where you’ll find the love. Come to read, or just to listen. Songwriters welcome. Bring your chapbook! Featured poets scheduled in advance, open sign-up starts at 6:45.

Ages 16 and up. Refreshments served. $5 admission.



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.

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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.


Restaurants, ‘artsy uses’ lining up for Easton silk mill

b10725a42f21b6ddvia LehighValleyLive – Expect a flurry of new retailers and restaurants moving into the Simon Silk Mill early next year, according to the landlord.

Mark Mulligan, who redeveloped the vacant mill at 13th Street and Bushkill Drive, said he’s negotiating with numerous businesses to move into the artists’ community.

“We have a couple restaurants. We’ve got some more retail, some good artsy uses we’re talking to,” he said Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Many new businesses opened at the mill in 2016 and even more followed in 2017, including a brewery, an Australian-themed cafe, an art gallery and fitness center.


50 Christmas Cocktails to Get You Through Holiday Drama


Have one glass (or six) of these cocktails and punch bowls—who’s counting during the holidays, anyway?

via Alyse Whitney at Bon Appetit

All you need are two steps to survive Christmas: Take a deep breath and make a cocktail, stat. Cozy mulled wine, spiked egg nog, and dangerously-strong bourbon punch will help you get juuuust drunk enough to survive everything from fake-smiling through bad gifts to your post-feast food coma.

Take me to the cocktails! >>>