The Grinch was nowhere to be seen at the recent Northwestern winter concert, where the high school musicians had one goal in mind: to evoke the warmth of the holidays for their audience.
High school band Director James Lykins voiced this very sentiment.
“It’s so heartwarming to be able to share the holidays with you and my students,” Lykins said at the start of the concert.
The hourlong concert included selections by both the chorus and band.
Rather than lament the frigid temperatures and bleak landscapes so typical of January, area residents can travel the yellow brick road and escape to the Land of Oz.
Join some of the most beloved characters brought to life by a local acting troupe in their version of the “The Wizard of Oz,” produced and directed by Kempton resident Tom Nardone.
His daughter, Christine Nardone Storch, is serving as musical director.
On Jan. 19, the community will have the opportunity to witness Tiger tenacity on the basketball court in the fight against pediatric cancer.
In an event called Hoops for Hope, Northwestern teachers and students will channel their energy as they go toe-to-toe for a shared cause.
Student Council, under the direction of adviser Patty Mengel, is sponsoring the event that will directly benefit Northwestern families affected by pediatric cancer.
When the managing director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival contacted English teacher Ann Way with a proposal to stage “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Northwestern Lehigh High School, it was an offer she couldn’t refuse.
Though the decision to bring the troupe to the high school had to be made almost instantly, Principal Aileen Yadush snapped up the offer.
“Due to a ‘recent funding opportunity’ he could offer us the show free of charge,” Way said. “When you get the chance to offer first-class Shakespearean drama for free you jump at the chance.
Northwestern’s National Honor Society inducted 51 new members in a formal ceremony that brought students and their families to the newly refurbished high school auditorium on a crisp November evening.
Each of the officers spoke about the four important pillars of the organization — character, scholarship, leadership and service — setting the tone for the evening.
Character was represented by a green candle.
Northwestern Middle School joined the rest of the country in commemorating Veterans Day by hearing stories told by four veterans who make this district their home, and a young recruit who attends the high school.
Bill Tritt and Alfred Stirba IV joined school board President Willard Dellicker and two members of his family — son Kevin and grandson Will — speaking with the youngsters and their teachers.
Willard Dellicker told the students he documented many of his military experiences in a book titled, “Tailhooker.”
As chilly November days give way to festive December ones, Northwestern Lehigh High School joins in celebrating the holiday season with a play called, “The Last Christmas Carol,” which premieres Nov. 29 and runs through Dec. 1.
If the title seems familiar, it is certainly deliberate.
“This is a play about an uninspired director of children’s theater doing an umpteenth production of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ losing vision, patience and creativity in the process,” Director Bill Mutimer explained.
The play offers many parallels to the Charles Dickens’ classic.
The spirit of Christmas past will come alive during the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society free open house set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 1.
Everyone is invited to wander through the rooms of the Old New Tripoli Bank building to share some holiday cheer and view treasures housed in the historic building will interest children and adults alike.
Children and adults can get up close to examine artifacts dating back from another era.
There was cause for celebration Nov. 8 when community members gathered for the Northwestern Lehigh High School dedication, signaling the end of the last phase of renovations which began a year and half ago.
Visitors entered the building through a spacious and airy lobby and were invited to wander the halls and visit teachers during the open house.
The high point of the evening was the ribbon-cutting ceremony that officially ushered in a new era for the high school.
“When was the last time you just closed your eyes, took a deep breath, and gave thanks for the richness of the food we are blessed with?” Jan Pavelco asked.
The question captures the spirit of her recently released book, “The Inspired Apron: A Recipe for Life.”