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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Coronavirus impact: Baum School of Art planning 35th auction as online bid and buy

Friday, June 5, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Last of three parts

The Baum School of Art annual auction is one of the most fun-filled events on the Lehigh Valley arts and cultural calendar.

The Baum auction, a glittering light on the fundraiser circuit, attracts hundreds of art devotees to the school’s center city location for an evening of fine art and frivolity.

There’s the silent auction of work by Lehigh Valley artists past and present with some 200 pieces displayed in the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries.

Coronavirus cancellations: Levitt Pavilion concerts, Shinedown at Musikfest, Kutztown Folk Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An announcement about the 2020 edition of Musikfest is expected the week of June 7, according to ArtsQuest officials.

Meanwhile, the Levitt Pavilion concerts at SteelStacks on Bethlehem’s southside, are going virtual, at least to start the 10th annual season with “Levitt in Your Living Room,” Thursdays - Saturdays, which began May 28.

Musikfest, July 31 - Aug. 9, SteelStacks and downtown Bethlehem, is still on, as is the Great Allentown Fair, Sept. 1-7, as of the publication date for this article.

Freddys tribute telecast May 21 on WFMZ

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The “Freddy Awards: A Television Special Celebrating the High School Musical Class of 2020” will be telecast, 7 - 10 p.m. May 21, 69-WFMZ, a partner with the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The 18th annual Freddy Awards isn’t being presented because of the public and charter schools shutdown mandated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The TV special is a tribute to the Freddy Awards and especially high school seniors who participated in the 2020 musical productions, most of which were not presented because of the pandemic-mandated shutdowns.

Pandemic predictability: Canceled are Musikfest opening act; Levitt Pavilion concerts; Pride Fest; Blues Brews & Barbecue; Tunes at Twilight; Bucks Playhouse summer season

Friday, May 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With pandemic predictability, the first headliner at Musikfest 2020 has postponed its concert because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The July 31 Wind Creek Steel Stage concert of The National, scheduled to open the 37th annual Musikfest, is postponed, according to Musikfest and The National websites.

Third time not the charm for Mayfair at Cedar Crest; arts festival canceled for Memorial Day weekend

Friday, May 8, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The third time is not the charm for Mayfair with the announcement that concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have forced cancellation of the 2020 arts festival.

Mayfair Festival of the Arts was to return May 22-24 for the third year on the Cedar Crest College campus in Allentown.

The three-day festival, as with Memorial Day, May 24, is regarded as the unofficial start of summer in the Lehigh Valley. The first day of summer is June 20.

Coronavirus impact: The Baum School of Art postpones 35th auction

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

COVID-19 has again canceled conviviality.

The Baum School of Art is postponing its 35th Annual Art Auction, one of the most popular events in the Lehigh Valley cultural landscape, because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Baum school officials say that although this year’s May 16 event will not be held, they plan to hold the auction “virtually,” so that art enthusiasts may bid online from their homes.

Coronavirus impact: The Baum School of Art postpones 35th auction

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

COVID-19 has again canceled conviviality.

The Baum School of Art is postponing its 35th Annual Art Auction, one of the most popular events in the Lehigh Valley cultural landscape, because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Baum school officials say that although this year’s May 16 event will not be held, they plan to hold the auction “virtually,” so that art enthusiasts may bid online from their homes.

Lehigh Valley Press wins 12 Keystone Media Awards

Thursday, May 7, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 12 awards in the 2020 Keystone Media Awards for articles, columns, photography, illustrations, headline writing and page designs published in 2019.

The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received nine Keystone Awards.

East Penn Press received one Keystone Award.

Salisbury Press received one Keystone Award.

Northampton Press received one Keystone Award.

The coronavirus challenge and response

Friday, May 1, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is unprecedented. That’s for sure.

The apparently highly-contagious virus, first reported in December 2019, took many by surprise.

What’s also for sure is the response to the pandemic around the world and in the United States.

Many in the medical field, emergency response organizations, nonprofit and corporate world, businesses large and small, communities large and small and families have stepped up to respond to the coronavirus challenge.