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Starting at 8am, enjoy a serene walk along the Greenway. Notice the blossoming trees, the blooming daffodils and take in the fresh grass emerging from the long winter’s nap. Find your way to any number of breakfast spots for some important fueling:
Blue Sky Cafe, Cafe the Lodge, Alexandra’s Bistro, Johnny’s Bagels in Campus Square, Full of Crepe, even Molly’s Irish Grille & Sports Pub is open at 9am for breakfast…(did we miss anyone?). All of these places have links to their websites or Facebook pages. If you haven’t tried them yet, now would be a good time to start.
You’ll want to eat a good breakfast to get you through a full day of walking to the four (count them, FOUR) festivals happening on the same day, all within walking distance from campus. If you have Lehigh parking pass, leave your car on campus. You may be surprised at how close everything is when you give yourself the time to explore.
Cops & Kids Celebration of Reading.
This will be a good place to visit first. Make your way to the Northampton Community College Fowler Family Center (511 East 3rd street) – or follow the colorful ribbons on the historic lamps, or (even better), follow the Liberty High School Bag Pipe and Drum Corp and the Broughal Middle School Marching Band lead you. The event officially begins at 11am. Take a look at the schedule of performers, authors and stations. Some of the activities happen inside the building, some of it under tents. Hundreds of volunteers from all over the community support this gathering of joy. It’s tremendous! This event runs 11am-3pm
Lehigh Valley MiniMaker Faire
After you’ve walked through the event, take the pathway from the east end of the parking lot, near the [not yet functional, but that’s another story] Industrial History Museum that is a secret shortcut to the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. There you will explore various demonstrations of the first annual Lehigh Valley Maker Faire. That’s right, you won’t need to travel to New York City or to the Bay Area of California to experience the amazing talent right under our noses in the Lehigh Valley. Thanks to the bold vision of Mark de Vinck (Professor of Practice in Creativity) and Lisa Getlzer-Linn (Senior Director, Programs and Operations) of Lehigh University’s Baker Institute for Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation. The Baker Institute is partnering with PBS39, Lehigh Valley Tech, ArtsQuest, The DaVinci Center, PPL, Molex, Roblox and Alvin A. Butz, Inc. The event is to bring together innovative folks to celebrate making, hacking, brewing, cooking, arts, culture, creativity and technology. This event runs 10am-6pm.
Spring on 4th / What’s on 3rd?
The 19th annual celebration of the Shopping and Cultural District brings the party on the sidewalks. Boutiques, retail stores, restaurants and service industries will be welcoming customers new and familiar. There’s also a chili contest happening with more that 25 stations. Fourteen of the area restaurants will be selling chili to those who didn’t buy a passport before they sold out. Take a few tastes, vote for your favorite and stop by the corner of 3rd and New streets to take in the musical entertainment provided by a great line up of local musicians who frequent Godfrey Daniels.
The 3rd Annual Eastern Pennsylvania Wellness Expo
Your path leads you next to the Banana Factory for an “explosive day of life saving medical screenings, information, food, activities and fun for the entire family. If you want to know all the details and updates, here’s the Facebook page link. The event runs 9am-3pm and it’s all free.
Of course, one doesn’t have to follow this plan of action. There’s plenty of time to take it all in and delight in the community we all call come: South Bethlehem