Thursday, May 11, 2017
“Filling a space in a beautiful way – that is what art means to me.”
~ Georgia O’Keeffe
Kwanzan Cherry Trees line the city with beauty in April on North Ott Street near Cedar Creek Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania as afternoon traffic flows by their beautiful but fleeting pink canvas.
There are 46 Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees in the vicinity. The original trees date to the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
"It's better to light just one little candle
Than to stumble in the dark
Better far that you light just one little candle
All you need's a tiny spark.
If we'd all say a prayer that the world would be free
The wonderful dawn on the new day we'll see
And if everyone lit just one little candle
What a bright world this would be ..."
~ "One Little Candle"
~ recorded by Perry Como, 1952
& the theme song of "The Christophers,"
whose motto is, "It's better to light
one candle than to curse the darkness."
An artistic view of the Easton Peace Candle as
sunset touches twilight over the Pennsylvania city's Centre Square, and Old Glory proudly waves in the November wind.
The Easton Peace Candle is a tower-like structure erected every Christmas season in Easton, Pennsylvania. The approximately 106-foot tall structure, which resembles a giant candle, is assembled every year over the Soldier’s & Sailor’s Monument, a Civil War memorial in Centre Square. It is typically assembled in mid-November and lighted over Thanksgiving weekend and disassembled in early February each year.
The Peace Candle was first erected in 1951, and has been erected almost every year since then, having been replaced a few times due to damage or disrepair. It is dedicated to the Easton area men and women who have served or are serving in the United States armed forces.
It has been said to be the largest non-wax Christmas candle in the country. Although conceived with the hopes of restoring Easton’s pre-20th century reputation for elaborate Christmas decorations, city officials also believed a candle would serve as a symbol of peace for all religions and denominations.
Friday, November 20, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
"Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit."
~ Khalil Gibran
Kwanzan Cherry Trees line the city with beauty in May
on North Ott Street near Cedar Creek Parkway,
There are 46 Japanese Flowering Cherry Trees in the vicinity.
The original trees date to the late 1950s or early 1960s.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
“Silver bells, silver bells
It’s Christmas time in the city ….”
~ composed by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
The spirit of Christmas illuminates on the iconic PPL building this
December in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania.
The PPL Building, formerly the Pennsylvania Power and Light Building,
is a 24-story, art deco/art moderne skyscraper at Ninth and Hamilton Streets.
It is the tallest building in Allentown and the second tallest in the Lehigh Valley, and serves as the headquarters for the electric utility, PPL.
The building is often uniquely illuminated at night, especially during
the Christmas season. During the 1960s, PPL supported the local United Fund community drive program by using the building’s brightly lit windows at night
To spell out the abbreviation “U.F.” to remind area residents to contribute to the fund drive.
The PPL building was built from 1926-1928. The building was designed by architect and skyscraper pioneer Harvey Wiley Corbett, who would later have a hand in designing New York’s Rockefeller Center, and was supervised by his assistant, Wallace Harrison, who would later design Lincoln Center, La Guardia Airport, and the United Nations Headquarters Building. The building has exterior features bas reliefs by Alexander Archipenko. In 1930, the PPL building was named “the best example of a modern office building” by Encyclopedia Britannica, and also featured the world’s fastest elevator.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
"Besides the autumn poets sing,
A a few prosaic days,
A little this side of the snow,
And that side of the haze ..."
~ Emily Dickinson
A sprinkling of this season's first sugar like snowfall remains on the ground, enhancing the beauty of a Kwanzan Cherry Tree.
On this November day these Japanese flowering cherry trees are dressed in their autumn finery as they line North Ott Street near Cedar Creek Parkway, Allentown, Pennsylvania.
There are 46 Japanese flowering cherry trees in the vicinity. The original trees date to the late 1950s or early 1960s.