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Coronavirus cancellations: Levitt Pavilion concerts, Shinedown at Musikfest, Kutztown Folk Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An announcement about the 2020 edition of Musikfest is expected the week of June 7, according to ArtsQuest officials.

Meanwhile, the Levitt Pavilion concerts at SteelStacks on Bethlehem’s southside, are going virtual, at least to start the 10th annual season with “Levitt in Your Living Room,” Thursdays - Saturdays, which began May 28.

Musikfest, July 31 - Aug. 9, SteelStacks and downtown Bethlehem, is still on, as is the Great Allentown Fair, Sept. 1-7, as of the publication date for this article.

Summer 2020 ‘Bach at Noon’ at St. John’s, Allentown, goes online

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The summer 2020 “Bach at Noon” series at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown, will not be open to the public.

The sixth annual “Bach at Noon” at St. John’s begins June 9 with the first of three virtual “Bach at Noon” performances presented by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

Because of restrictions on large gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak, the concerts will be videotaped, featuring smaller ensembles of musicians who incorporate safe social distancing in lieu of the Choir and The Bach Festival Orchestra.

Healthy Geezer: To 70 and beyond: optimism, genes, female

Friday, May 22, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I just turned 70 and I was wondering what my chances are of getting to 100?

If you want some idea about your life expectancy, you can check out a table provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration:

If you are a “healthy geezer,” you can do better than the average.

If you want to reach 100, you should know that there are three major characteristics that seem to enable you to become a centenarian. First, be a female. Second, have fabulous genes. Third, maintain an optimistic outlook.


Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation has canceled events, including LCCC Scholarship Clay Shoot, Raising the Paw Bingo, LCCC Golf Classic and Fall Fitness Fest, for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LCCC Foundation has established the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund to assist students with expenses relating to food, housing, utilities, transportation, childcare, healthcare and more.

Yocco’s takes it out in stride to serve Valley customers

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Restaurants across Pennsylvania had to shutter their dining areas after Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 16 statewide closure of non-essential businesses in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To keep restaurants afloat while protecting workers and customers, eateries were permitted to continue offering take-out and delivery.

Yocco’s third generation owner Gary Iacocca and his employees acted swiftly to meet the challenge.

Lehigh Dialogue Center interfaith discussion

Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic cut short an interfaith discussion series, but not before two sessions were held, including March 8, prior to the last Sunday of services at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, before the Pennsylvania stay-at-home mandate.

The series, presented by the Lehigh Dialogue Center, Bethlehem, explained the similarities and differences between Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Gigless in the Valley: Musicians stay active by being interactive

Friday, May 22, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Second of six parts

For Dave Fry, one of the worst days of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown was when he locked down his bag of children’s instruments.

Fry, a Southside Bethlehem mainstay and co-founder of the Godfrey Daniels concert venue who plays folk music and children’s music, uses the toy instruments to involve children when he performs.

“My music is interactive. When I play, kids can pick up instruments and shakers. I can engage with them and have the music sneak in behind it.”

Ironically, his ability to draw crowds cost him work.