Spring has definitely sprung with birds coming and going.
Many bird species visit for a specific period of time each year. The slate-colored juncos arrive in November, stay for the winter and head north in April.
The juncos leave about the same time as when the ruby-throated hummingbirds come from the south to spend spring, summer and early fall here. The final day we saw juncos in our yard was April 25. White-throated sparrows are also winter visitors that head north in early spring.
All about the bass:The Peter Paulsen Quintet performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. May 19, Rodale Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Paulsen, Principal Bass of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, is Assistant Professor of Double Bass-Jazz Studies at West Chester University. The quintet will present two world premieres, “Chair Suite” by Paulsen, and “Concrete & Fireflies” by Jonathan Ragonese, which utilize and combine specifically composed ensemble passages with improvised, interactive sections.
Call 610-559-3245 for locations.
Wednesday, May 17: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, baby greens w/ ranch dressing, wheat roll with margarine, raspberry filled cookie.
Thursday, May 18: Cranberry juice, Swedish meatballs over noodles, succotash, wheat bread with margarine, tropical fruit.
Friday, May 19: Apple juice, marinated turkey cutlet, rice pilaf, country blend vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, fresh seedless grapes.
Monday, May 22: Chili con carne with cheddar cheese garnish over bread bowl, pepper slaw, Mandarin oranges.
Aaron and Joan (Krause) Miller of Laurys Station, North Whitehall Township, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 15.
The couple was married April 15, 1967, in St. John’s United Church of Christ, Laurys Station, by the Rev. Harry Kissinger.
Both their wedding day and anniversary were on Saturdays.
Joan is the daughter of the late Ray and Peg Krause.
Her husband is the son of the late Evelyn and Frank Miller.
Growing your own strawberries is one of the most rewarding gardening activities.
Since strawberries are a perennial plant, they can produce a bountiful crop for four years when properly cared for, and they are not difficult to grow.
There are two types of strawberries.
The most common type is June-bearing, which does not produce a crop the first year, but produces an abundant, early summer crop for the next four years.
Emmaus High School’s “Miss Saigon” received 18 Freddy nominations, the most of any nominated high school musical production in the 2017 Freddy Awards.
Parkland High School’s “Pippin” was next with 17. Southern Lehigh High School’s “Sister Act” received 12. Dieruff High School’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” received 12. Rounding out the Top Five, also in double-digits, was Freedom High School’s “Peter Pan,” with 10.
The 2017 Freddy Awards Ceremony will be broadcast at 7 p.m. May 25 on 69 WFMZ-TV and wfmz.com from the State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
Peter Paulsen had his own “Chair Suite” and “Concrete & Firelies” by the quintet’s saxophonist Jonathan Ragonese in mind when he assembled his quintet. Both works contain composed ensemble sections as well as improvised sections calling for almost conversational interaction among quintet members.
The Peter Paulsen Quintet presents the world premiere of these two works in the next “Jazz Upstairs” at Miller Symphony Hall, May 19. The group will play two sets. Doors open at 7 p.m.
What’s best about the Bach Festival of Bethlehem is its surety of purpose, its certainty of artistry, its expectation and fulfillment of inspiration.
The 110th Bethlehem Bach Festival, continuing May 19 and 20 with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Festival Orchestra and world-renowned soloists, is billed as a celebration of the human voice.
The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and Bach Festival Orchestra
Greg Funfgeld, Artistic Director and Conductor
Festival soloists: Agnes Zsigovics, soprano; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Rosa Lamoreaux, soprano; William Sharp, baritone; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Dashon Burton, bass
Festival artist-in-residence: Tricia van Oers, recorder
Guest artists: Doug Roysdon & Mock Turtle Marionette Theater
Pre-concert performances: Festival Brass Choir, Suzuki Violin Program of the Lehigh Valley
Friday, May 19
“Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2” brings the usual crew of galactic misfits back for an entertaining mix of 1970s-era mix-tape music, galactic shenanigans and a summer movie season of bountiful quips.
The best part, though, is that writer-director James Gunn was to the movie superhero spoof genre born (writer-director, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” 2014; “Super,” 2010; “Slither,” 2006; writer, “Dawn of the Dead,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,” 2004; “Scooby-Doo,” 2002; “The Specials,” 2000; “Tromeo & Juliet,” 1996).