Northwestern Lehigh Middle School auditorium was packed and all eyes were fixed on the time capsule buried 25 years ago.
The artifacts, carefully placed in the time capsule, stirred the collective imagination and represented what the school valued when it first opened its doors in 1992.
The school’s first principal, Dr. James Warfel, that had the capsule placed in the cornerstone of the building, knowing one day it would be exhumed.
When Northwestern students first found out “High School Musical” would be produced in early March, they could barely contain their enthusiasm.
“I was thrilled and even more thrilled to get the role of Sharpay Evans, because she has always been my favorite,” Meghan McGorry said. “I think it’s incredible the amount of people that came out for the show.
“When Bill [Mutimer] first announced the show, we were a little bit nervous about how we were going to get all the guys involved. But it’s amazing to see them all come together.”
Jessica Parker has earned a second place for her recitation of three separate poems at the annual Poetry Out Loud competition Jan. 18. As in the past, the regional contest was held at the Allentown Art Museum.
Dressed in a black dressed patterned with embroidered flowers, Parker seemed to embody the themes of the three poems she memorized for her recitation.
These included Lord Byron’s “She Walks in Beauty,” and two newer works, one by Ellen Bass about a butterfly, and another by Liz Waldner about a moth.
The harvest is in but the work is not over, not for Joe Greff, a Staten Island native, and his wife, Vickie, owners of Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli.
Greff explained that Nouveau wines (bottled the same year as harvested) are “bottled very young with little barrel aging,” resulting in “light, fruity and semi-dry to dry red wines.”
By all accounts, the Lehigh Valley is Pennsylvania’s fastest growing wine region and no one knows that more than Greff.
He and his wife started the winery 31 years ago with five acres.
With memories of warmer days dancing in their heads, the high school band boosters celebrated individual members and the overall season on one of the coldest days of the new year.
Members of the band and their families recently attended the banquet at Olde Homestead Golf Club, New Tripoli.
After brunch, band director James Lykins acknowledged those who contributed to the band’s success.
He thanked the band boosters,
“It’s our vision to extend this down to the younger grades,” Lykins said.
Carol Fella, assistant band director, also expressed her thanks.
Santa may have left town but the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is a perfect time to enjoy family and friends surrounded by the nostalgic and symbolic items that mean so much.
No one knows that better than Gene and Marianne Allen of Kempton, who have been collecting Christmas memorabilia for decades.
“I have a couple of things from my grandmother and a few things from my parents,” he said. “The rest I collected.
“I still have one more box to put up,” he laughed, vowing to get to it even though it was Dec. 23, 2017.
When the Northwestern Lehigh Scholastic Scrimmage team competed at PBS on Channel 39, it was an unforgettable experience.
“We did pretty well this year, better than last year,” said senior Trevor Spaide, who appeared on the show along Patrick Maurer, Mason Sechler and Adriana Walp.
The team naturally felt some pressure.
“It was nerve-racking to be on TV, so I just tried to pretend that I wasn’t,” Spaide said.
“The team made it to round two,” adviser Beth Johnson said.
Northwestern faced Allentown Central Catholic.
As the fifth grade students marched into the high school’s STEAM lab, excited voices reflected their enthusiasm at the prospect of exploring scientific principals using science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics in an innovative way.
The event was conjured up by husband and wife team Jeremy and Tracy Smoyer.
Clarinets, mallets and soaring voices resounded in the middle school auditorium Dec. 13 at the high school’s annual winter concert, heralding the advent of the holidays foreshadowed by the recent snow and brisk temperatures.
The high school chorus, under the direction of Greg Snider, set the holiday tone, performing three pieces including “’Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” which featured Morgan Moss on flute.
Moss also arranged a piece called “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” for a clarinet group called the Tenutos, lightening the mood.
When the Northwestern Lehigh fall drama debuts Nov. 30, audiences will notice some major differences from past performances.
Instead of seeing one play, they will view 20 skits performed all in one night under the title “Eat Your Heart Out.”
“I was really intrigued when I first found out we were doing this, ” said Aaron Green, vice president of the high school drama club.
“It’s not like a traditional show. It gets to showcase individual talent.”
Green said everyone gets time in the spotlight.