Sunday, November 24, 2019
“Silver bells, silver bells
It’s Christmastime in the city …”
~composed by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Early Christmas shoppers hunt for treasures to place under the Christmas tree at Christmas Huts On Main in historic downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
The charming area was transformed into an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt, or open-air Christmas market. Vendors set up shop in Christmas-themed wooden huts brimming with unique gift ideas along Main Street in what is known as The Christmas City.
These Christmas Huts are located in front of Central Moravian Church, founded in 1742. The buildings to the right are part of the South Campus of Moravian College, my alma mater, also founded in 1742.
On Christmas Eve 1741, in a stable, while a small group of Moravians were singing a hymn with the stanza “Not Jerusalem, Lowly Bethlehem” Count Nicolaus Ludwig Von Zinzendorf christened this little town “Bethlehem.” Since that time Christmas in Bethlehem has been central to the city’s identity. From the first documented decorated Christmas tree in America to the efforts of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce to get Bethlehem nicknamed “Christmas City USA” in 1937, to the current time when both sides of the river boast Christmas markets filled with artisan craft, retail and food vendors, Bethlehem is rife with one Christmas celebration after another.
Monday, July 29, 2019
“Places I love come back to me as music …”
~ Sara Teasdale~ American lyric poet & Pulitzer Prize winner
~ “The Collected Poems”
The historic Helfrich Springs Grist Mill is patriotically festooned with The Cowpen’s flag and American flag bunting on a beautiful summer afternoon in late July.
Peter Grim built this substantial stone structure in 1807. A waterwheel powered by spring water turned massive burrstones used to process grain into flour and feed grown on local farms. Grim resided in the brick home at the northwest corner of Mickley Road. Reuben Helfrich purchased the mill in 1872 since then named Helfrich Springs Grist Mill. Milling ceased about 1930.
The mill is located at Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania along the Jordan Creek. It is a three-story fieldstone mill and measures approximately 30 feet wide and 58 feet deep and has a slate roof. The Township of Whitehall acquired the property by eminent domain in 1963. The building is owned and operated by the Whitehall Historical Preservation Society, who began restoring it in 1984.
It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. A boundary increase in 1999 added the Peter Grim House.
The Cowpens flag, or 3rd Maryland flag, is an early version of the United States flag that meets the congressional requirements of the Flag Resolution of 1777. Like the Betsy Ross flag, the white stars are arranged in a circle on the blue field; but the circle consists of just 12 stars, with the 13th star in the center.
Sunday, May 5, 2019
“I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past.”
~ Walt Disney
I just love this sign on Manassas Guth Covered Bridge on an early April afternoon, depicting the bridge’s history in a painterly way.
The sign reads: “Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge, Guth’s Bridge, 1858, South Whitehall Township.”
Manassas Guth Covered Bridge crosses the Jordan Creek in South Whitehall Township, Pennsylvania. The historic wooden bridge was constructed in 1858 and rebuilt in 1882. It is a 108-foot long Burr Truss Bridge with vertical siding. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and is part of Covered Bridge Park.