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Bring It On Fall! What to Do This Weekend to Celebrate (9/14 - 9/16)

BY SIOBHAN DEREMER

It’s definitely beer and cider season here in the Lehigh Valley and as the fall leaves ramp up to start falling, we’ve got you covered for weekend events to enjoy—even if beer isn’t your thing and you’ve already gone on cider overload in your autumn excitement. Grab your last summer outfits and check out what’s happening this weekend.

Friday

International Cultural Festival in Allentown (4-9pm Friday; 9am-9pm Saturday / Free)
Looking to raise cultural awareness and unity, this festival taking place at the Arts Park in downtown Allentown plans to give Lehigh Valley families an opportunity to experience different cultures. There’ll be performances from local school groups, hip hop artists, and more.

Goat Yoga at Mad Lavender Farm (7-8:30pm/ $35)
Didn’t get enough from last week’s goat yoga?? Here’s your chance for another baaa-maste (I’m so clever) at this lavender farm in Milford NJ. Once the indoor session’s over, stay for petting time! Grab tickets here.

Saturday

West End World of Food Festival (11am-10pm / Free)
One of the best block parties in the Theater District on 19th Street in Allentown, this festival brings together over a dozen food trucks and local food vendors. With performances from kids from the School of Rock, you can enjoy the serenade and enter a few eating contests in the meantime.

Herbs to Help Your Yoga Practice (1:30-3pm / $15; $13.50 for members)
Different herbs can enhance how you feel and center your body and mind when paired with your yoga practice. Let Cheryl from Hilltop Herbals give you the lowdown on using herbs in teas, infusions, and food to balance you.

Eight Oaks Americana Makers & Music Festival (2-10pm / Tickets start at $10)
In its third year, this festival shares local music and gives vendors a chance to share their wares with the community. Fresh from national tours, these musical artists will fill the air while you browse artisan and handmade clothing and other items. All proceeds go to charity and you get a bonus copper mug to use and take home!

Lehigh Valley Craft Beer Festival (3-6pm / $35; $45 for VIP)
’Tis the season for beer festival and now it’s Coca Cola park’s turn. Head down to the field to sample beers from over 35 breweries and enjoy music and on-field games. VIP gets you in an hour earlier to enjoy the festivities.

1 Year Anniversary at Hardball Cider (7-10pm / Free)
Come celebrate one year of amazing cider in Bethlehem with Hardball! Enjoy drink and food specials all night to help them kick off their second year with fun and apple-filled joy. Need an idea of what to order? Their Dropball has a super light cranberry flavor that’ll get you more than ready for fall—and for celebrating.

Sunday

Feng Shui & Its Applications in Your Life (9-10:15am / Free)
Ever wondered about this practice of centering your surroundings for life success and harmony? You’ll learn the history and use of this ancient art, how it has residential and commercial application, and how you can use it for your good health and relationships.

Grand Re-Opening at Let’s Play Books (10am-3pm / Free)
One of the best bookstores in the Lehigh Valley is on Main Street in Emmaus. A local staple, this house of used and new books is debuting their new layout this weekend. Check it out and see if they unveil a new name, too!

Cars & Coffee Lehigh Valley (9am-12pm / Free)
Calling all car buffs! Head down to SteelStacks to check out modded and rare exotic vehicles of all sorts. Sip on some joe and let your jaw drop at custom cars from all over. Chevy 21 will have some crazy ones down there, so don’t miss it!

Photo by Magova from Pexels.


15 Local Outdoor Options for Your Holiday Week (5/28 - 6/3)

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BY SIOBHAN DEREMER

It's officially the start of warmer weather and long weekends! Who is ready for some sun, breeze, and later sunsets?? I know I am. When I'm stuck inside at my desk all day, I'm dreaming of outdoor festivals, concerts, and hikes to come. Here's our list of great Memorial Day week events (most outdoor, some indoor - you never know what the weather will bring!) to keep the momentum from your #MDW going into the first week of June.

Monday

Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy your picnics, cookouts, or just plain old sit at home relaxing day. If you need some inspiration for the day, check out…

The Great PA Music and Arts Celebration (10am - 7pm / Free)
Come celebrate on the last day of this festival of local arts and music including artisans’ market, polka music, and sing-along opportunities. Dive into some local PA Dutch delicacies and tons of activities for kids and adults alike.

Military Days at Dorney Park (10am - 10pm / Free for military; other ticket prices vary)
All Memorial Day weekend, active and retired military members can get into Dorney Park for free and have access to discounted tickets for their family members. If you’ve been wanting to check out the rides at Dorney, let them thank you or your family member for their service with free admission.

Pioneer Band Celebrates 150th Memorial Day (7pm - 9:30pm / Free)
If you’re still craving a little more flag action after your cookout’s over (and you’ve escaped a food coma), listen to the tunes of the Pioneer Band in West Park in Allentown. Grab a bag chair and head down for some patriotic music to end your holiday.

Tuesday

Lively Lunches in the Park (12pm - 1pm / Free)
Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, the Arts Park in downtown Allentown comes alive with live music. It’s a perfect way to get outside if you work downtown or get yourself outside if you need a lunch break.

Yoga & Creative Arts Night (5pm - 9pm / Free)
After your nights of brats, pasta salad, and beers, let your yoga flow come out at Emmaus’ Wellness Center at Jasper Mountain. It’d be a great night to start a yoga practice (or continue one) and bring a dish to share with others or enjoy what’s available. Donations are gratefully accepted but not required and if you aren’t fond of yoga, an art table will be set up so you can see where your creativity takes you.

Wednesday

Yoga 101 for 55+ and Better (9:30am - 11am / $55 for 5-week series)
Improve your strength, flexibility, and mobility with this 5-week series from Easton Yoga especially designed for bodies over 55 at any fitness level. Bring your own mat—all props needed will be provided.

Thursday

Say Yes to Fresh at the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market (11am - 3pm / Free)
Each Thursday afternoon, Southside Bethlehem gathers local vendors with bread, local produce, kombucha, skincare products, and yes, vegan cheeses. Live music is on from 12pm - 2pm and the market even features the Lehigh University Mending Project which will fix your sewing needs while you shop!

Cigar Factory Artist Studios Open House (6pm - 10pm / Free)
The artists that reside in the Cigar Factory on 4th Street in Allentown will be showing what they do best on Thursday night to give you a taste of the local art scene. Vendors and artists from the over 50 studios and workspaces in the building will be on display.

Friday

Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series (5pm - 2am / Free)
Tour around South Bethlehem for drinks and music with a lineup that will start your weekend on the right note. Hit up the Banana Factory, Domaci, and more with live music at each venue (and dancing too, of course). Check out the details and event lineup here.

Where Does Your Food Come From? (7:30pm - 9:30pm / Free)
It may not be outdoors, but this collab between the Nature Nurture Center in downtown Easton and Lafayette College brings together all food nerds alike. 13 historian writers will speak about food history, including that of bread, sugar, beer, and more. Learn more about why we have what’s available to us and what modern food is all about.

Saturday

First Market of the Season (9am - 1pm / Free)
‘Tis the season for farmers’ markets and this weekend is the opening of the Bethlehem Rose Gardens market and it’s sure to be a good one. Featuring some of our faves from Lehigh Valley Kombucha, Colony Meadery, Willow Haven Farm, and more.

Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley (10am - 5pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday / Free)
This free family outdoor festival in its fourth year offers you your first shot at a mud run, hands-on activities like archery and birding, and our personal favorite, the DockDogs leaping dog show! If you’re already out for this festival on Saturday, then you should check out...

Taste of the Wild at Steel Stacks (2pm - 4pm / $38–40)
In the spirit of Pennsylvania, come try some game- and fish-inspired food (think pulled duck tacos and wild boar bacon) paired with Eight Oaks spirits while you check out a hawk or pet a reptile from the Wildlands Conservancy.

Sunday

Hike & Beer at Jacobsburg Park (11am - 2pm / Free)
Lehigh Valley Girls Pint Out are headed to Jacobsburg Park in Nazareth to hike for about an hour, enjoy the fresh air, and then enjoy a fresh pint at Birthright Brewing. If you can’t make it to the hike but want to chat brewing and beer with some of the savviest ladies around, meet them at Birthright around 12:30pm.

Barre3 in the Vineyard (9am - 10am / Free)
We’ve been touting the workout and tribe that is barre3 on here since we started Live Well and if you’ve been intrigued to check them out, it’s the perfect weekend! On the first Sunday of June, July, and August, the beautiful ladies of barre3 Lehigh Valley will guide you through a workout and then join you at BlendLife food truck for a smoothie (or even a wine slushie or mimosa) at Vynecrest in Breinigsville.

Photo by Cristian Escobar on Unsplash.

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16 Ways to Get out of the house this week in the lehigh valley (3/19 - 3/25)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

Ignore those weather predictions for this week and let your need for spring take over! Hit up the Easton Public Market to chat about better food choices, get yourself started on a better path to mindfulness and relaxation, try out some parkour (!), check out the LV's biggest auto event, get some crafting on at House of Metalworks and with fellow drawing companions, and more. Grab your to-do list and add these amazing items to it this week.

Monday

Find Your Ancestors at Emmaus Public Library (5-7pm / Free)
If you’ve hit a wall in your search to fill out your family tree (or you haven’t even started the search yet and it's on your to-do list), set up a 30-minute time with a librarian at EPL to help you navigate ancestry sites and what information you may already have. Librarian power, woo!

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation (6:30-7:30pm / $15)
Meditation takes practice. If you've been wanting to start but a bit too intimidated by a regular meditation practice, this workshop will introduce you to breathing techniques and simple methods to ease your mind. Call Lux Eco-Friendly Salon in Bethlehem to reserve your spot.

Tuesday

Seated Chair Massages at Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness (11:30am-1:30pm / $10)
We know. It’s only Tuesday. But who doesn’t love the option for a 10-minute chair massage to break up your morning/early afternoon? Tell your blood pressure and heart rate to chill and head to Kula for a relaxing moment.

Caring for the Caregiver at Atria Bethlehem (5:30-7pm / Free)
If you have older loved ones or friends that you’re caring for (or you know someone who is), this workshop will teach you the importance of self-care. We all know that taking care of yourself is hard to make a priority even when you’re not caring for others on a regular basis, but let the experts from Atria give you the tools to make time for you so you can be the best caregiver you’re able to for your loved ones.

Reorganizational Healing Workshop at Vitality Natural Healthcare Center (7-10pm / Free)
This hub of gentle chiropractic care, acupuncture, and biofield balancing is hosting a free interactive workshop where you can explore new strategies to assist in your journey toward fuller physical and emotional health. Register on the site before you go and feel free to bring guests along!

Wednesday

Morning Conversation on Food (9-10am / Free)
Hosted by the Easton Hunger Coalition, this morning discussion at the Easton Public Market will explore such topics as food, local food systems, food justice, food waste, food recovery, and hunger. Conversation moderators will provide information to guide the topic, as well as action items that can be taken to support the reduction of food waste in our community.

Beer & Kingdom Bash at Sole (6-10pm / Free)
It wouldn’t be a post from the LWLV nerd without a gaming event. Sole is debuting a multiplayer game, Kingdom Bash, on their screen while you enjoy their delicious beer. Grab a controller and get your game (and drank) on.

Drink ‘n Draw Skin Sessions (7-10pm / $10)
This BYOB and BYOM(aterials) event encourages artists of all levels to come out, share drinks, and experiment with nude figure drawing at the super hip Connexions Gallery in Easton. Check out LV DrInK ‘n’ DrAw for other events coming up.

Thursday

Lehigh Valley Auto Show (10am-9pm; weekend hours vary / $7-10)
This giant auto show has been in the area since 1998 and this year's schedule and showing of cars is reportedly the best one yet. Over 300 vehicles (and more) will be on display at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus. If you're into what automobile trends are out there or just in need of a day out to check out some cool cars, this event runs from Thursday to Sunday. 

Books and Barks at Emmaus Public Library (6:45-8pm / Free)
So we all know Siobhan loves a library. They provide amazing community events and allow everyone to have access to amazing titles and programs. What could possibly make a library event even better? Puppies!! Come pet the furry friends from Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs while you read or have your child read to a puppy out loud. What could be cuter, honestly?

Friday

Garden Q&A with The Seed Farm (5-6:30pm / $5 suggested donation)
Experts from The Seed Farm will share how to prepare home gardens for the new season as well as tips for creating a successful spring garden. Even if your green thumb is getting a little gray as the winter has lingered on, head to the Moravian Historical Society—this might be just the chat to get your spring gardening thoughts started.

Fix a Flat Clinic at Trek Bicycle Store (6-6:45pm / Free)
If you’re as ready for spring as we are, your bike is set and ready for a ride. Let the team at Trek Bicycle Store in Allentown help you through the basics if you get stuck with a flat so it doesn’t ruin your ride. Bring a wheel and a lever if you have it and enter for a chance to win raffle and door prizes just for coming to the clinic!

Saturday

Move Like a Girl Parkour Workshop (10am-12pm / $30)
This could be our favorite event of the week. What is more badass than parkour?? First of all, we’re psyched to know Lehigh Valley Parkour Academy even exists and that it has a killer class for women this Saturday is a huge bonus. Grab your comfy workout clothes and get in on this amazing view into the LV’s parkour community.

Comics Jam at Book & Puppet Co. (4-6pm / Free)
If you didn’t get enough from the Skin Sessions earlier this week, head to this comic drawing time at Book & Puppet Co. in Easton. Share your designs and ideas with other artists and get some dedicated time to work on your craft. Bring your own materials or grab some for purchase.

Bourbon & BBQ Tasting at ArtsQuest (6:30pm / $60)
The Blast Furnace Blues Festival is home to the biggest BBQ and Bourbon event the LV has seen. Try 5 delectable BBQ dishes paired with Social Still’s bourbon and rum selections. Tickets include admission to the Festival!

Sunday

Stenciled Enamel Jewelry Workshop at House of Metalworks (1-3pm / $45)
It’s crafty Sunday! Making jewelry is so super cool—don’t you love the idea of wearing a statement piece and then telling everyone you made it? House of Metalworks in Emmaus has all the materials to help you make 3 enamel pendant necklaces that will definitely gain you confidence and compliments. Sign up on the site and get your craft on.

Photo by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash

13 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (9/11 - 9/17)

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By: Stephanie Eckelkamp

How many of you just had an awesome weekend? You went to an outdoor yoga class, took a night club inspired spinning class at ND Wheelhouse, checked out Hardball Cider's new tasting room, or even hit up Brew at the Zoo.

Or maybe the weekend caught you by surprise. You had no idea what awesome events were going on in your area, and you kind of just let it get filled up with random errands and Netflix. It's cool, happens to the best of us. But it doesn't have to. 

That's why Live Well Lehigh Valley is starting weekly events roundups, highlighting a curated list of LV events focused on fitness, food, and general mental and physical wellness. There's a little something for everyone!  

MONDAY

Downtown Allentown Restaurant Week (now - 9/16)

If you’ve been meaning to hit up downtown Allentown to check out the mouthwatering meals and drinks from trendy spots like The Hamilton Kitchen & Bar, Grain, Centro, Bell Hall, The Dime, and Queen City BBQ—there’s no better time than now! Restaurant week runs today through Saturday Sept. 16th and features gourmet prix-fixe menus ranging from $15 to $40 for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Here, check out the list of participating restaurants and their pricing.

TUESDAY

Doggie "Yappy" Hour for Charity at Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works (5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Animal lovers, you can now justify tipping back a few on a Tuesday! Every week, Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works hosts a “yappy” hour with proceeds from select drinks benefitting a different dog charity (this week: The American Bulldog Rescue).  And yes, there will be pups in attendance. More info here

WEDNESDAY

Bethlehem Food Co-op Main Street Mingle (5:30 pm - 7:30 pm/ Cost: Free)

Whether you're thinking of joining the Bethlehem Food Co-op or not, this event located at the Main Street Commons is an awesome way to get to know some wellness-minded LV locals and explore a few Bethlehem-based businesses. Brew Works will be offering beer tastings, Franklin Hill Vineyards will supply the wine, there will be some delicious appetizers from Social Still, and you'll get to tour a few of Captured Lehigh Valley Escape Room's spaces. Bonus: free chair massages from Rockin' Good Health! More info here

THURSDAY

Barre3 at The House and Barn (5:45 pm – 6:30 pm/ Cost: Free)

Want to hang out with us this week? Chances are at least one of the three Live Well ladies will be getting our sweat on at the free Barre3 community class at House and Barn in Emmaus. Snacks and sips to follow. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and (if you’re anything like me) a sizeable sweat towel. More info here.

Outdoor Yoga at Allentown ArtsWalk + After Party at Queen City BBQ (6pm – 7pm/ Cost: $8)

If barre workouts aren’t your jam, here’s another kick-ass way to spend your Thursday night. Really, what’s better than a little outdoor yoga in the crisp almost-fall air followed by happy hour specials and some amazing pulled pork? Nothing, absolutely nothing. More info here.

FRIDAY

BYOB Painting Class at Paint on Main (6:45pm – 8:45 pm/ Cost: $35)

Skip happy hour and tap into your artistic side—with a little help from your good friend pinot noir—at Paint on Main in Emmaus. Bonus: No experience is needed! Local artists will guide you step by step to create your masterpiece. Check out upcoming classes and sign up here.

SATURDAY

Organic Apple Festival at Rodale Institute (10 am – 4 pm/ Cost: $10 for parking)

Pick organic apples at the Rodale Institute, shop from a variety of organic vendors, enjoy organic food and beverages, listen to live music, and hop on a wagon for a tour of the property. And if you’re into running, be sure to sign up for the An Apple a Day 5k, which takes place at 9 am. More info on the festival here.  

Snip N Sip Flower Arranging at Easton Public Market (10am – 11pm/ Cost: $40)

We’re pumped about this new flower arranging class (with refreshments!) at Easton Public Market in which you get to create a beautiful bouquet of hydrangea, red roses, orange roses, yellow roses, mint leaves, chili peppers, and more. Bonus: Creating something with your hands requires you to be mindful and in the moment—serving as a form of meditation. More info here.

West End World of Food Festival (11 am – 10 pm/ Cost: Free)

Located at 19th and Liberty Streets in Allentown, the 3rd annual West End World of Food Festival has something for everyone – music, crafts, childrens’ activities, beer, wine and, of course, a wide variety of food to enjoy. Fingers crossed that Hai Street Kitchen, makers of the ridiculously amazing sushi burrito, will be in attendance again this year. More info here.   

SUNDAY

Barre3 at the Library (9am -10am/ Cost: Free)

If you missed Thursday’s free Barre3 class, there’s another chance to get in on all the muscle-quivering action at the Bethlehem Area Public Library. Be sure to bring your own mat! More info here.

Yoga and Brunch at Easton Public Market (8 am – 9:30 am/ Cost: $18)

Enjoy a one-hour gentle morning flow guided by an Easton Yoga instructor to wake your body up followed by a nutritious breakfast from Greenmouth Table. Talk about a healthy start to your Sunday! More info here.

Run Brunch at Union & Finch (9:30 am/ Cost: Free)

If you run to eat, join Run Happy Lehigh Valley for their monthly run brunch! Meet at Union and Finch in Allentown, run (or walk) 1.5 miles out and back, then return to U&F for some delicious food and beverages. Runners of all speeds welcome. More info here.

Yoga at Easton Riverside Festival of the Arts (9:30 am – 10:45 am/ Cost: Free)

If you’re planning to attend the Easton Riverside Festival of the Arts and all of its amazingness (food trucks, libations, stilt performers, hands-on workshops, and loads of local art), you might as well hit up the free yoga class in Scott Park. Bring your own mat. More info here.

 

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

Coconut-Curry Butternut Squash & Apple Soup

By Stephanie Eckelkamp

Fall is in full swing, which is pretty exciting for more reasons than one. Not only do you have full license to wear long, butt-covering sweaters and wool-lined moccasin slippers, but it's soup season. Specifically, butternut squash soup. And we've got just the recipe. It's creamy, delicious, and surprisingly good for you. Paleo and vegan dieters, we're talking to you, too! 

STEP 1: Assemble ingredients. Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and chopped (save seeds!)
  • 1 green apples, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons cooking fat (butter, avocado oil, coconut oil, and olive oil all work well)
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (from can)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper to taste

STEP 2: Add cooking fat to a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, curry powder, ginger, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute until onions are soft. 

STEP 3: Add squash, apples, broth, coconut milk, salt, and pepper to pot. Simmer, partially covered, until squash and apples are fork-tender, 15-20 minutes.

STEP 4: Remove from heat. Puree soup with an immersion blender on low until smooth (or carefully puree soup in a traditional blender in batches, then return to pot). Return to heat and simmer soup on low to medium-low, stirring frequently, until it reaches the desired thickness, 10-15 minutes. Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

STEP 5: Rinse squash seeds thoroughly. Add to a skillet over medium heat with a tablespoon of cooking oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Toast seeds, stirring frequently, until crispy, about 15 minutes. Remove from skillet and cool on a paper towel-lined plate. 

STEP 6: Ladle yourself a big old serving and sprinkle with toasted butternut squash seeds and maybe even some leftover turkey, bacon, stuffing, cranberry sauce...whatever. We won't judge. 

Got any amazing fall or winter recipes you want to share?? Shoot us and email, or leave a comment below, to potentially be featured!