Northwestern’s Language Arts Department had plenty to be thankful for ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday when the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival issued a call offering to stage one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, gratis.
A week later, a troupe of actors appeared at the high school to perform “Hamlet” for the entire school.
They demonstrated the classic play remains relevant for modern day audiences.
The two performances allowed every student to see the play.
Cost is the main factor inhibiting the high school from making this an annual event.
Singers and musicians of all talents will welcome the community to their annual holiday concert Dec. 14 at Northwestern Lehigh Middle School.
Members of the chorus and band will be offering folks a musical gift the talented musicians would like to be a welcome respite from the shopping, decorating and baking frenzy that makes December the busiest month of the year.
“A field of red and white poinsettias, will decorate the stage,” said band director Jim Lykins, smiling. “I honestly don’t know if I could fit all the musicians and their instruments on the high school stage.”
Reader of the Northwestern Press may consider this article an invitation to the holiday open house, sponsored by the Lynn Heidelberg Historical Society 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 3 at the old New Tripoli Bank, Madison Street, New Tripoli.
Community members are welcome to take a step back in time and savor holiday treats while children embark on a scavenger hunt that will put them in direct contact with days gone by, all for free.
“We have been doing this for [over] the 10 years,” said Willard Snyder proudly.
Academics, service, leadership and scholarship were the qualities front and center at the annual National Honor Society induction ceremony held Nov. 14 in the Northwestern Lehigh High School auditorium.
“A large part of the 11th graders were able to qualify for National Honor Society,” organization President Bradley Shafer said. “It’s definitely a good measure of how the students and the school is doing.”
Shafer officiated the event, calling the group to order, offering a welcome and administering the National Honor Society pledge.
In the tradition of many holiday classics, “Elf the Musical Jr.,” is mainly about keeping the spirit of childhood alive and renewing family connections.
The play aptly premiers the first three days of December at Northwestern Lehigh High School.
Adam Lebrecht stars as Buddy Hobbs, the title character.
“[Buddy’s] kind of the outrageous funny guy,” Lebrecht said. “He’s put into a society where he doesn’t really know the rules.
In a mock election at Northwestern Lehigh’s High School, Donald Trump was the decided winner with 62 percent of the vote.
Hillary Clinton garnered 27 percent of the ballots, 8 percent went to Gary Johnson and 3 percent went to Jill Stein.
“We had 355 students cast their votes which is 79 percent of those students who registered,” said Jeremy Smoyer who aggregated the data. “We had 28 more students vote in the NWL mock election this year than did in [the mock election of] 2012.”
With the general election just a little more than a week away, first time voters, despite some trepidation, are looking forward to casting their ballots for the highest office in the land.
As with many Americans, the new voters are conflicted about making their final choice because of the candidates themselves.
“I think they’re both wild cards,” Dominic Mertz said. “They’ve both done some iffy things in the past, Hillary with emails. Trump is not really a politician.
With a new name and even a new roof, owners Jackie and Carl Harford have hopes of restoring the iconic building on Madison Street, New Tripoli, while building their clientele.
At the grand reopening Oct. 1, the Harford’s couldn’t help but count their blessings.
“There is history here,” Jackie Harford said. “They don’t make [buildings like] this anymore. This is forever. We just [want to] celebrate that this place is not going anywhere.
Harford said she loves the old building and the history of the building.”
Just as the harvest season was about to begin, local farmers, butchers and restaurateurs gathered at Eight Oaks Distillery to network and share ideas about the farm to table movement in the Lehigh Valley.
Barb Platt from Lehigh Carbon Community College originated the event.
Chad Butters of Eight Oaks hosted and served cocktails.
Friday night lights sparkled in spite of the drizzle and the damp as an enthusiastic Tiger stadium celebrated homecoming, crowning Emily Witt as queen and Dominic Mertz as king.
“I was super happy but I was more than a little shocked,” said Witt, who found a matching red umbrella to go with her red dress just in case.
“It was a nice surprise. I see myself as a positive person, but not one that would be nominated,” she said. “I always thought the popular kids got on the court and I didn’t see myself as one of them.”