Traditions and New Visions

If there is one event in our city that has brought a consistent touch of class and beauty to Bethlehem, it’s the annual Bethlehem Fine Art & Craft Show. Celebrating its 46th year, it features a side-walk show along Main Street in Historic North Bethlehem. What that really means, is that two block of Main Street are filled with over 80 juried artists and crafters. There will also be live acoustic music, and the area stores tend to offer some pretty nice deals. The artists are judged for “Best in Show” and a “Purchase Prize” which is then given to the City’s art collection. There is also a children’s program area and an artist in residence (Sculptor, Virginia Abbott) at one of the booths who will be demonstrating her sculptural techniques.

Rain or shine, the event offers a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the end of another exciting semester. The show runs Saturday (10:00am – 5:00pm) and Sunday (11:00am – 5:00pm) – perfect for Mother’s Day. Link to official website here. Parking is available in both north side parking garages, but we encourage you to enjoy the walk over the bridge. Or don’t forget about the Loop bus; quick, easy and convenient.

If you want to mix a generous helping of “Fringe” into your weekend, the kick-off to the Art of the Urban Environment Festival and Chansonnette Fringe Festival begins Saturday at 11:00am in Easton, PA. Don’t miss the kick-off concert at the fringe festival site on 12th and Northampton streets.

(Map of Festival central to the left)

The Asphalt Orchestra from NYC will present a spectacular performance of contemporary music that will be sure to grab your spirit and give it a few shakes. What does that mean? The band plays music from Bjork, Charles Mingus, Frank Zappa and Swedish Metal Band Meshuggah, as well as new pieces written for them by Yoko Ono and other musical luminaries.

The “art” part of the festival is 11 art installations spread throughout the Easton and the Lafayette College’s art campus on North Third Street. The installations can be viewed by taking a self-guided driving tour or catching a trolley at the Chansonette Fringe Fest on 12th Street between Northampton and Spring Garden streets. This will run for 16 weeks throughout the summer. We encourage everyone to try to make it out to Easton to see this festival. It’s truly epic in vision and execution; worthy of any time you can give to experience it. Find out more through this link.