This Weekend Beyond the Craft Fairs

Palm Schwenkfelder Church (833 Gravel Road, Palm, PA) hosts their annual Ladies’ Aid Holiday Bazaar and The North Penn Holiday Craft Fair – a juried arts and crafts show – (1340 S Valley Forge Road, Lansdale, PA) are both taking place on Saturday, November 18, 2017 (9-3 at Palm and 9:30-4:30 at North Penn). Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt and Philadelphia’s outdoor Christmas Market also open this weekend. You can read more about these events in last week’s blog post.

Much more is happening this weekend beyond the craft fairs.

Pennsburg’s own WC (Bill) Clinton will be signing and selling his book of short stories at the Local Author Fair happening at Quakertown’s public library; the James A Michener Branch, Fourth and Mill Streets, Quakertown, PA. Twenty authors, whose works range from fantasy to Young Adult to children’s picture books to non-fiction and more, will be in attendance from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, giving them the opportunity to talk to the authors, hear about their books, and purchase any that are of interest.

Sondheim’s musical will be presented as  Sweeney Todd in Concert  by Friends of Cedar Crest Performing Arts twice on Saturday, November 18, 2017; at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., at Cedar Crest College’s Samuels Theatre in Allentown, PA (100 College Drive, Allentown – on Cedar Crest College campus).

FCCPA’s production will be presented concert-style with minimal sets and costumes. In addition to Tracy-Fusco www as Mrs. Lovett, Matthew Geist of Alburtis will play Sweeney Todd; Cedar Crest sophomore Emma Gerstein is Johanna and Rhys Williams of Emmaus is Anthony.The cast also includes Bruce McKillip of Easton as Judge Turpin, Ben Yenser of Slatington as Beadle Bamford, Jasmyn Maree Davis, a Cedar Crest senior, as Lucy/beggar woman, Lauren Jorgensen of Quakertown as Tobias and Florence Taylor of Allentown as Signor Pirelli. Kerri-Leigh Taylor directs and Trevor Davis is musical director.

This weekend you can check out artists’ studios in our area via the self-guided tour Fall into Winter 2017;

Enjoy touring the spaces of well-known local artists in Boyertown, Oley, Barto, and the surrounding areas, in this annual driving tour.  Finish your holiday shopping early with everything from fine art in all media, sculpture, pottery, glass, metalwork, fibers, and jewelry to bakery items and artisan brews.

Follow the map from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, 2017.

The Choristers’ Saturday night (November 18) concert, Shades of Light begins at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 W. Main Street, Lansdale, PA. Several of the works performed will be accompanied by an orchestra, including Morton Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. Additional works on the concert program include pieces by Ellington, Bach, Mahler, Schubert, and more.

Reverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia is the newest exhibit at the Allentown Art Museum ; opening on Sunday, November 19, 2017 and continuing through January 7, 2018. The museum offers free admission on Sundays afternoons (noon – 4) and Thursday evenings (4 p.m. – 8 p.m.). Bertoia’s musical sculptures were made in his studio in Bally, PA (where his son still works and creates sculptures of his own). The Morning Call recently published an excellent article about the sculptor, his works, and the exhibit; Bertoia sound sculptures reverberate in Allentown.

Intrigued by this sound, Bertoia began experimenting with varying metals, eventually creating “sound sculptures,” free-standing works that were not only beautiful to look at, but could also be played like musical instruments that, like wind chimes, filled the air with music as the metal clanged and vibrated.

In the next 10 years, Bertoia made about 1,500 sound sculptures, and coined the word “sonambient” to describe the sound environments his art created.

The Allentown Art Museum is celebrating these works with “Reverberations: Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia,” an exhibit running Nov. 19 through Jan. 7. It includes 10 sound sculptures, including nine that were used in a collaboration between the Allentown Art Museum and Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Muhlenberg College professor of music Douglas Ovens created a composition, “Visible Music,” which he premiered with the sound sculptures and the orchestra Nov. 4 and 5.

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