Monday, December 10, 2012
Downtown Macungie was a good place to be Saturday if you love Christmas!
"City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style. In the air there's a feeling of Christmas." -- Silver Bells There was so much going on Saturday along Main Street in Macungie during the 2012 Macungie Holiday. Anyone not in the holiday spirit yet certainly was after going from site to site. Gingerbread houses, Santa's sleigh, a Victorian giftshop and more were the backdrop of the annual treat. But it was the people who contributed the soul of the holiday spirit. Please feel free to add your photos of the event to these. The more the merrier!
Forks Township farm features five reindeer as a holiday tourist attraction.
You know Donner and Blitzen... Well how about Ginger, Clarise and Gus? They may not be in Santa's sled, but on a farm in Forks Township, five reindeer have become one of the Christmas holiday's hottest attractions. At the Z Arch Barn Farm, an upstart Christmas tree farm, the reindeer are just as popular as the pre-cut Fraiser and Douglas fir Christmas trees that owner Vince Zarate has on display on Klein Road. He built a barn over the past year and turned it into a place to sell Christmas trees in late November, opening for business on Black Friday. But the reindeer are the stars of this show. Zarate said he acquired three of them from a breeder in New York and the other two from another one in Wisconsin. The reindeer are very friendly for…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
The borough's annual Macungie Holiday event runs 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at venues all over town!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
There are countless ways to display the Elf, as he flies off store shelves this holiday season.
Over the past decade, the “Elf on the Shelf” has become a tradition in many homes. According to online research, the Elf was born in 2005 when a mother and daughter decided to write a book. After being rejected by numerous publishing houses, the pair decided to self-publish the book – first printing 300 copies. By the end of 2010, more 1.5 million copies of “Elf on the Shelf” had been sold. The basic premise is that Santa sends his "Elf scouts" to families’ homes. Once the family reads "The Elf on the Shelf” book, it is directed to give the elf doll (which comes with the book) a name and register it on a website to make "the adoption" official. From then on, the Elf lives with the family and watches the children’s behavior every Christmas …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen… but did you know that Christmas trees are edible?
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, according to someone. And even though that someone isn’t on our list of fun facts, there’s plenty of other Christmas trivia to enjoy this holiday season. So settle down with a mug of egg nog and enjoy our gift to you, these 10 things you probably didn’t know about Christmas: 1. Your Christmas tree is edible. Well, unless it’s made of plastic. The bark of evergreen trees is not only edible, but is actually a pretty good source of Vitamin C. Just don’t eat the pinecones. And speaking of trees… 2. The average Christmas tree takes seven years to grow to a height of 6 to 7 feet. ...and is used for about two weeks. That means, if you were born today, and a tree was planted today, you’d be in second grade…
We wish you a Merry Christmas.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Sunday, December 25, 2011
1. Weather: Those of you dreaming of a White Christmas will have to settle for partly sunny, with a high near 42, according to The National Weather Service forecast for our area. Temperatures should get down to 28 tonight. 2. In Case You Missed it: Check out Bruce Frassinelli's Grandpop Dreads the Santa Claus Question. 3. Quote of the Day: "God bless us, every one!" -- Tiny Tim in Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" 4. Coming Up: Ten Little-Known Christmas Facts. 5. Today in History: The Christmas Truce of 1914 started shortly after midnight when German troops along the western and eastern fronts in World War I stopped firing their guns and began to sing Christmas carols. At dawn, many German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached…
Thursday, December 22, 2011
We’ve been given the gift of time. The trick is to use it well.
The movie “In Time,” released earlier this year, is about a futuristic society in which time is the main currency. Poor people work to be able to extend their lives a few more days, while the rich stockpile time, living to a ripe old age. You could argue that the film simply adds a dramatic edge to deals most of us make every day. After all, the wealthy can already buy more leisure time and better health care, nutrition and safety, which often contribute to longer lives. The working poor essentially sell chunks of their time every day to make money to keep body and soul together. In this economy, many of us in the middle class are just happy when someone is willing to pay us to work 40 hours each week. Unlike in the movie, we don't have …
Sunday, December 18, 2011
1. Weather: Sunny and colder still. The National Weather Service forecast for our area says the high today will only be near 38 degrees. 2. In Case You Missed It: Dickey's Barbeque is open in Wescosville. 3. Quote of the Day: "Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas." -- Calvin Coolidge. 4. Coming Up: Don't miss our Moms Talk question today at 2 p.m. 5. Today in History: On this day in 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, abolishing slavery in America. The amendment read, "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to…
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Borough kicks off Christmas season with scaled-back tree-lighting ceremony caused by downpours.
Colored lights shown brightly through the raindrops that poured down Tuesday on the Flower Park in Macungie during an abbreviated tree-lighting ceremoney to kick off the Christmas season. The event was planned whether it rained or skies were clear and, well, it poured at times. That meant bands canceled and only the hardy showed up to huddle under the train shelter to try to stay dry. But a small group did arrive to honor the tradition. The lights lit up, a short ceremony was held, refreshments were enjoyed and the Christmas season was under way in the borough. The Flower Park will now be lit evenings through Christmas, and the borough next prepares for Macungie Holiday, a day-long celebration of the season throughout the borough on Dec…
Monday, November 28, 2011
Ceremonies listed to kick off holidays in Macungie, Alburtis and Lower Macungie.
With Thanksgiving just completed, it's beginning to look a little more like Christmas, to modify a holiday carol just a bit. Many around the Lower Macungie Patch have taken advantage of some recent warm weather to string lights and place other decorations on and around their homes. Macungie Public Works employees have erected the familiar white snowflakes on utility poles and swapped banners to wish passers-by seasons greetings. But to more officially kick off the Christmas season, public tree-lighting ceremonies have been set. Lower Macungie Patch lists one large ceremony in each of the three municipalities it serves but welcomes other organizations to list theirs as well. Macungie: Tuesday, Nov. 29 * Tree-lighting Ceremony at the Flower …