Cherry Blossoms, Earth Day, Bells, and Fire Theater

This is going to be a good weekend to enjoy the sunshine, arts, and music, going from festival to festival.

Allentown’s First Cherry Blossom Festival begins at noon on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Cedar Beach Park, between Hamilton and Parkway Boulevard. Events include kite making, live music (including Japanese flute music by Nora Suggs at 1 p.m., traditional Asian music at 3 p.m. by the Mekar Sari Gamelan), the Mock Turtle Marionette Theater puppet shows, calligraphy instruction, parasol painting, and more; until 5 p.m. that day. The festival is free and open to the public.

The Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus is holding their own Earth Day Festival from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014 with activities ranging from birding, building bird boxes, newspaper pots and recycled art projects. Live entertainment will be provided by singer/performer Jay Smar, and Muhlenberg College’s Roaming Improv Dance Troupe.  Free program, open to all ages.

The opening parade, led by the Liberty High School Bagpipe and Drum Corps, and the Broughal Middle School Marching Band begins at 10:30 a.m on the Greenway in South Bethlehem. Spring on Fourth! What’s on Third? Street Festival and Chili Cook-off takes place on the South Side of Bethlehem from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., also on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Some chili locations will be selling chili by the bowl, as part of the chili cook-off.  Local musicians will be playing at the Third and New Streets Band Shell, while many family activities (including crafts, theater, music, Irish dancers, jazz, drumming, children’s authors, and more) will be held at the Northampton Community College Fowler Family Southside Center,  511 E. Third St, Bethlehem.

Burning Hearts Fire and Light Theater are performing Saturday night as part of HeARTs Fest at Union Terrace Park Amphitheater (Daddona Lake and Terrace, 101 S. Saint Elmo Street) in Allentown. The free Art and Crafts festival begins at 3 p.m., while the Fire Theater Performance takes place at sundown (approximately 8 p.m.) A Kids Station where children can play with performance tools in addition to making music and artwork, will be on hand, along with area folk, bluegrass and rock musicians. Informational tables, area artisans, and the new Taza Truck (an Egyptian food truck, recently well reviewed in The Morning Call) will also be part of the event.

What is a Fire Performance?
Often one of the hardest things for us to explain is what it is that we do.

  • We are dancers, moving with flow to the sound of music.

  • We are jugglers, manipulating objects with surprising skill.

  • We are actors, presenting a scene to convey a feeling.

  • We are magicians, performing tricks that suspend belief.

  • We are dare devils, doing all this with objects lit on fire.

  • We are all of these things wrapped up into one.

Two concerts featuring the Mainstreet Brass, and four Bell Choirs take place on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the 16th Annual Holy Trinity Lutheran Spring Bell Festival, Third Avenue and W. Market Street, Bethlehem, Pa. The 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. concerts are free and open to the public. A free-will offering will be accepted. 610-865-2684



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