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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

‘Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt’: Kutztown Folk Festival celebrates its 70th year

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt.” (“We hope to see you there.”)

The oldest continuously-operating folk-life festival in the United States celebrates its 70th year when the Kutztown Folk Festival opens June 29 and continues through July 7 at the Kutztown Fairgrounds with all the great traditional foods and displays visitors have come to expect, plus some exciting new features.

Healthy Geezer: Yoga for seniors

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Is Yoga too strenuous for seniors?

If the Yoga sessions accommodate personal physical limitations, there’s no reason a senior can’t start this 4,000-year-old practice. It’s a good idea to find out exactly what you’ll be doing in your Yoga class and discuss it with your doctor first.

Yoga has been shown to help alleviate many of the health problems faced by older adults. The benefits of Yoga are supposed to combat the aging process.

The Family Project: Summer job

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 17-year-old wants to find a job for the summer. I think he should do something more constructive, like volunteering, which would look good on a college application. What do you think?

Panelist Chad Stefanyak began the discussion by saying, “I’m applauding the youngster’s wanting to go to work, so I’m wondering why the parent seems to see work as a negative in comparison with volunteering.”

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 26: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, spinach, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, June 27: Meatball sub, Capri blend vegetables, berry crisp.

Friday, June 28: Chicken Caesar salad, Mandarin oranges.

Monday, July 1: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, roll, cottage cheese and berries.

Tuesday, July 2: Oven baked chicken legs, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll, melon.

Wednesday, July 3: Roast pork w/ sauerkraut, carrots, mashed potatoes, roll, baked apples.

Thursday, July 4: Centers closed.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Party” at The Peak: Gretchen Wilson, above, and Jessie G. are in concert, 8 p.m. June 29, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 6 p.m. Wilson, born in Pocahontas, Ill., has charted 13 singles on the Billboard country charts, including “Redneck Woman” (No. 1), “Here for the Party” (No. 3), “When I Think About Cheatin’” (No. 4) and “Homewrecker” (No. 2), all from her debut album, “Here for the Party” (2004), which sold five million copies. Her albums include “All Jacked Up” (2005) and “One of the Boys” (2007).

Respectfully Yours: Those PDAs

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I stopped at a local convenience store to pick up lunch and was minding my own business. While I was waiting for my order, there was a couple across from me engaged in hugging and kissing that made me uncomfortable. Don’t people understand that public displays of affection make the people around them uncomfortable?

Dear Reader,

Public displays of affection come in a variety of forms.

Some displays of affection are accepted everywhere. Hugging and a quick kiss are not usually offensive and typically acceptable.

Review: Cirque du Soleil ‘Crystal’ breathtaking at PPL Center

Friday, June 28, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Cirque du Soleil “Crystal” is one-part ice show, one-part circus and all-parts Cirque du Soleil.

“Crystal,” through June 30, PPL Center, Allentown, takes ice-skating and contemporary circus performance arts to a whole new level.

And, while the temperture sign on a bank building across the street at Seventh and Hamilton stated 91 degrees fahrenheit at 7:10 p.m. June 26, on opening night when the show was seen for this review, it was a world of cool creativity inside PPL Center.

On multiple levels, “Crystal” is breathtaking and thrilling.

Theatre Review: ‘Constellations’ visible at Civic Theatre

Friday, June 28, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “Constellations” puts a cosmic spin on a romantic relationship that over time travels at the speed of love.

The two-person play, skillfully-directed by William Ross Sanders (Civic Theatre Artistic Director) continues at 7:30 p.m. June 28 and 29 and 2 p.m. June 30. The opening night June 21 performance was seen for this review.

Theater Review: A merry Robin and Marian at PSF

Friday, June 28, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian,” through Aug. 3, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a fun and modern rendition of the classic tale.

As the lights dimmed and children on the stage carpet seats started looking around, the Sheriff of Nottingham appeared and the tale of Robin Hood and Maid Marian unfolded.

Kailey Edwards, as Sheriff Nottingham, is exciting and grabbed everyone’s attention with her clear, projected voice and detailed, comedic animation.

Theater Review: ‘Mystery’ of a comedy at PSF

Friday, June 28, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Mystery of Irma Vep,” through July 14 at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Fesitval, is too much fun.

That’s for openers. it’s also a fascinating, self-contained, self-proclaimed, compact comedy of manners, and ill-mannered at that, in breaking the fourth wall between actor and audience by using nearly every trick in the book.

When the director is Jim Helsinger, that’s a thick book.