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Record Number of Artisans & Vendors Set to Welcome Guests to Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem This Year

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Annual holiday market presented by Univest Bank & Trust Co. opens Nov. 16; tickets on sale Nov. 5

BETHLEHEM, PA—Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, the popular holiday marketplace that attracted nearly 90,000 people to the Christmas City in 2017, celebrates its 26th year with more than 200 vendors and artisans, new attractions and more holiday cheer than ever during its six-weekend run. The event, presented by Univest Bank & Trust Co., runs Nov.16-18 and 23-25, Nov.29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9, 13-16 and 20-23 at PNC Plaza at SteelStacks.

Tickets for Christkindlmarkt go on sale starting Nov. 5 at www.christmascity.org and 610-332-3378. Special Christmas City Combo Tickets, providing admission to Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites’ “Trees of Historic Bethlehem” exhibit and four historic Moravian buildings, will also be on sale for $25 at www.christmascity.org and 610-332-3378.

Established in 1993, Christkindlmarkt is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that brings the spirit of Bethlehem, the Christmas City, alive with the season. Twice recognized as one of the top holiday markets in the nation by Travel + Leisure, this heart-warming holiday event features aisles of handmade works by the nation’s finest artisans – with thousands of unique gift ideas for family and friends – as well as live Christmas music; an authentic German St. Nicholas; and European favorites like wursts and strudel.

This year’s Christkindlmarkt features its largest array of Christmas items and collectibles ever, with up to 125 artisans and vendors each weekend. Among the 48 new participants are HillyBilly’s Jerky of Fort Loudon, which offers a range of smoky, sweet and spicy dried meat; Mandy’s Tutu Bowtique of Bethlehem, which features a delightful array of hand-crafted children’s accessories and room décor; Mechanicsburg’s Torch Bearer Sauces, a brand of all-natural gourmet sauces and condiments featured on the YouTube series “Hot Ones;” and Seamless Southworth of Phoenixville, which creates beautiful, handmade wire wrapped gemstone jewelry. In all, more than 200 different artisans and vendors will visit Christkindlmarkt during its six-weekend run, with vendors coming from 20 states.

Additional highlights include:

NEW! Christkindlmarkt Hot Glass Experience – Candy Cane or Ornament
Start your glass-making adventure by doing a Hot Glass Experience. With the guidance of one of our artists, you’ll work one-on one to create your own glass candy cane (new for 2018) or holiday ornament. Each session takes 20 minutes. Ages 6 and up are welcome.
Tickets: $55 per 20-minute time slot (includes admission to Christkindlmarkt); SIGN UP HERE.

Breakfast with St. Nicholas presented by Giant Food Stores
Dec. 1, 8 & 15, 9 a.m.
Children and their families will enjoy a fun-filled morning featuring St. Nicholas, delicious hot breakfast, photo with St. Nick and admission to Christkindlmarkt. Tickets, which go on sale Nov. 5, are $18.95 for ages 10 and older, $15.95 for ages 3-9 and $9.95 for ages 2 and under.

NEW! Holiday Spirits & Wine Tasting
Saturdays (Excluding Nov. 17), 4 & 6 p.m.
This memorable tasting experience features a different Christkindlmarkt partner each Saturday, including Franklin Hill Vineyards, Social Still, Eight Oaks Craft Distillers, Vynecrest and Colony Meadery. Admission includes entry to Christkindlmarkt, an instructional presentation of the drinks offered and two specialty samples.
Tickets: $25; limited space available.

NEW! Van Pelt Hot Dog Co.
A Musikfest favorite in 2018, Van Pelt Hot Dog Co. comes to Christkindlmarkt with a tasty variety of gourmet dogs including its famous Chicago Dog.
Back for 2018 – United States Postal Service’s Big Blue Box

USPS returns to Christkindlmarkt to solve all your shipping needs. Mail your purchases directly from Christkindlmarkt to family and friends with the Big Blue Box’s convenient postal services including flat-rate shipping, stamps and packing supplies. Open Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Christkindlmarkt Dates:
• Nov. 16-18 & 23-25
• Nov. 29-Dec. 2
• Dec. 6-9,13-16 & 20-23

Hours:
Thursday & Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

Admission:
Ages 13+: $10
Ages 6-12: $6
Ages 5 and under: FREE

Christkindlmarkt presented by Univest Bank & Trust Co. takes place at PNC Plaza at SteelStacks, located at 645 E. First St., Bethlehem, with convenient free parking adjacent to the venue. Partners helping to make the holiday marketplace possible include 100.7 WLEV, 99.9 The Hawk, Adams Outdoor Advertising of the Lehigh Valley, B104, Cat Country 96, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley, Crayola, Giant Food Stores, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Just Born Quality Confections, La Mega Radio, The Morning Call, Inc., Star Auto Mall, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications, The United States Postal Service and WFMZ-TV 69 News.

For more information on Christkindlmarkt and other Christmas City events, visit www.christmascity.org.

Save up to 25% on Lehigh Valley Vegan s’Mac Down Tickets on World Vegan Day Nov. 1

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BETHLEHEM, PA—In celebration of World Vegan Day Nov. 1, tickets for the Lehigh Valley Vegan s’Mac Down Nov. 18 are discounted $5 today only. Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378. General admission tickets are $15 for the public ($20 regularly). VIP tickets, which include a vegan tote bag and early entrance to the event for the first chance to taste the macs and meet the chefs, are $24 ($29 regularly). CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

From classic dishes like Roasted’s baked mac and cheese with a bread crumb topping to kicked up favorites like Levy’s “Easy Cheesy Buffalo Cashew S’mac and Cheesy,” the Vegan s’Mac Down will feature a variety of vegan “mac and cheeze” recipes from more than 10 restaurants throughout the region.

Sessions take place inside the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling at 1-2:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m., with VIP sessions at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. During the afternoon, attendees can taste all the delicious “mac and cheeze” presented by restaurants and caterers from throughout the region. After sampling each delectable dish, attendees will vote for their favorites. The s’Mac Down Champion will be awarded a custom-blown trophy from the ArtsQuest Glass Studio at the Banana Factory.

Restaurants and caterers confirmed so far are:
• Black & Blue, Easton
• Clean Roots Vegetarian & Vegan Cuisine, Quakertown
• Hot Plate Soul Kitchen, Bethlehem
• Levy Restaurants & the ArtsQuest Center Culinary Team, Bethlehem
• NYTERA Vegan Cheese, Easton
• Om-Made Foods, Allentown
• Roasted with Vegout, Bethlehem
• Santoro’s Franks & Chili, Bethlehem
• The Flying Egg, Bethlehem
• The Hummus House, Allentown
• Vegan Treats, Bethlehem

The event will also feature variety of vegan friendly vendors like Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Vegan Treats, No Whey Bakery, LV Kombucha and De Novo, as well as vegan cocktails.

The Lehigh Valley Vegan s’Mac Down is made possible thanks in part to Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lehigh Valley Vegan and the ArtsQuest Arts Education Fund, which helps to provide quality arts and education programs for area students. For more information visit www.steelstacks.org.

Holly Jolly Things to Do with ArtsQuest

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By Ben Youngerman, ArtsQuest Marketing Manager

Bethlehem, PA is called The Christmas City for a reason: we do the holiday right! At SteelStacks and The Banana Factory, we make sure our lineup is as full of holiday merriment as St. Nick’s bag of presents. From one of the country’s best Christmas markets to festive concerts, classic films, seasonal art projects and comedy shows that will make you laugh so hard you shoot eggnog out of your nose, ArtsQuest will get you in the holiday spirit!

CHRISTKINDLMARKT PRESENTED BY UNIVEST BANK & TRUST CO.

Christkindlmarkt pres. by Univest Bank & Trust Co. – Thursday-Sunday, 11/16-12/23 – buy tickets

For the 26th year, Christkindlmarkt is a one-of-a-kind family event that brings the spirit of Bethlehem alive with the season. Twice recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure! Shop for thoughtful gifts, enjoy festive music, watch ice carving, visit jolly ol’ St. Nicholas and more!

CONCERTS

Ronnie Spector & the Ronettes – 12/12 – buy tickets

Iconic singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Spector absolutely loves Christmas, and she’ll ring in the holiday season once again with her spirited multi-media show “Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever!”

Twelve Twenty-Four – 12/12 – buy tickets

Twelve Twenty-Four presents a high energy, full-scale, holiday rock orchestra concert featuring everyone’s favorite rock-edge holiday music as well as their own holiday creations.

This Wonderful Life – 12/16 – buy tickets

This Wonderful Life is a one-man play beautifully based on the iconic 1946 holiday favorite film, It’s a Wonderful Life! The production brings to life over 32 familiar people in an amazing display of physical and verbal virtuosity.

Jimmy & The Parrots: A Parrot Holiday Party – 12/21 – buy tickets

The Christmas City will feel like Margaritaville when Jimmy and The Parrots return for their annual Parrot Holiday Party in the Musikfest Cafe presented by Yuengling!

Swingin’ The Holidays with Rob Stoneback Big Band – 12/22 – buy tickets

The excitement and energy of a full-sized big band cannot be duplicated. Nineteen truly professional musicians who funnel their collective gusto into music that sets your feet tapping and your body swinging.

The Sofa Kings’ New Year’s Eve Party! – 12/31 – buy tickets

Ring in the New Year with one of SteelStacks’ favorite party bands! They cover all genres including all forms of dance, Motown, R&B, classic rock, and the current hot tunes on the Billboard charts.

FILMS

Christmas Classic Matinees buy tickets

The Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas presents four Christmas Classics that you’ve always wanted to see on the big screen: White Christmas, The Bishop’s Wife, Meet Me in St. Louis and It’s A Wonderful Life. All showtimes are 12:30pm.

Holiday Quote-Along Series buy tickets

NO SHUSHERS ALLOWED! The Holiday Quote-Along Series returns to the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas with another lineup of some of the most quotable and memorable holiday films including Elf, Die Hard and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

COMEDY SHOWS

Staycation Presents: The Office Holiday Party – 12/13 – buy tickets

Terrible gifts, bosses dressed up as Santa, ill-placed Mistletoe and much more all combined to create an HR nightmare so complex you’ll be kicking off the New Year with safety workshops and revised Employee Handbooks.

Spoiler Alert: Jingle All the Way – 12/22 – buy tickets

Two grown men are preparing to blow your mind into itty-bitty tiny pieces by recreating a movie for you, live on stage! Grab your Turbo Man action figure, because this time up it’s the 1996 Schwarzenegger classic Jingle All the Way!

The All-New 61-Minute Harry Potter Marathon – 12/23 – buy tickets


Happy Christmas, ‘arry! Instead of watching the Harry Potter marathon on TV for the umpteenth time, hop on your Nimbus 2000 and make your way to SteelStacks for this laughter-filled, completely unauthorized parody about the exploits of the boy who lived and his associates.

Home for the Holidays: Doogie Horner & Jim Tews – 12/26 – buy tickets

Born and bred in the Lehigh Valley, these comedians have gone on to make a name for themselves in New York and Los Angeles. But they’re home for the holidays and ready to make you laugh!

Improvised Standup: Home for the Holidays Edition – 12/26 – buy tickets

Comedians face a new challenge when they’re given topics to talk about…while they’re onstage! Born and bred in the Lehigh Valley, these comedians have gone on to make a name for themselves in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere, but they’re home for the holidays and ready to make you laugh!

VISUAL ARTS

Christkindlmarkt Hot Glass Experience – 11/16-12/23 – buy tickets

With the guidance of one of our artists, you’ll work one-on-one to create your own glass ornament or candy cane. Each session takes 20 minutes. Ages 6 and up are welcome. Includes admission to Christkindlmarkt presented by Univest Bank & Trust Co.

Creative Family Workshop: Chalk Lettering Ornament – 12/7 – buy tickets

Make a family keepsake ornament using chalk-lettering and wood! Families are encouraged to bring a family photo to add to the ornament, or to use their child’s photo with St. Nick.

Creative Family Workshop: Gingerbread Houses – 12/9 – buy tickets

We’ll clean up the mess for you! Come as a family to this workshop and see how creative you can be together by making a beautiful gingerbread house with cookies, candy, and sprinkles!

Glass Fusing: Holiday Ornaments – 12/15 – buy tickets

Students will learn the basics of sheet glass cutting while exploring the process of kiln formed glass. You will create an ornament(s) to cherish every holiday season that is perfect for a gift or your own home. No experience necessary.

Creative Family Workshop: Tree Branch Wall Hanging – 12/16 – buy tickets

This Christmas wall hanging will make a beautiful, personal addition to your home decorations, as well as a great gift!

Wine’d Down: Chalk Lettering Ornament – 12/19 – buy tickets

Make a beautiful keepsake ornament using chalk-lettering! A voucher for a glass of wine or beer will be provided to students to get the creative juices flowing! This class is for students aged 21 and older.

Holiday Week Art Camps – 12/26-28 – buy tickets

ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory Arts Center provides young artists the opportunity to explore the exciting world of art and creativity through diverse themes and media under the guidance of professional teaching artists. Full & half-day programs for ages 4-9 years and Pre-Teens.

For information about all of the holiday events going on in festive Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, visit http://www.christmascity.org/

Ana Popovic, Paul Thorn & The Dustbowl Revival Coming to SteelStacks

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BETHLEHEM, PA—Blues guitarist Ana Popovic, southern rock singer-songwriter Paul Thorn and American roots orchestra The Dustbowl Revival are the three new performances announced for the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks. Tickets for the performances go on sale Tues., Nov. 6, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest Members and Fri., Nov. 9, 10 a.m., to the public at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.

On Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m., The Dustbowl Revival takes the stage at the ArtsQuest Center’s Fowler Blast Furnace Room. Over the past few years, The Dustbowl Revival has been making a name for itself with a vibrant mix of vintage Americana sounds. Critics have proclaimed that this eclectic eight-piece “would have sounded utterly at home within the hallowed confines of Preservation Hall in New Orleans’ French Quarter” (Los Angeles Times) and their “upbeat, old-school, All-American sonic safaris exemplify everything shows should be: hot, spontaneous, engaging and, best of all, a pleasure to hear” (L.A. Weekly). Rob Sheffield, in Rolling Stone, hailed them as a great band “whose Americana swing was so fun I went back to see them again the next day.” The band, which formed in 2008, is touring behind its self-titled, fourth studio album which spent three weeks on Billboard charts, hit #1 on Amazon Americana-Alt-Country, #2 on Amazon Folk, and spent 16 weeks on the Americana radio chart peaking in the Top 20. Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance, $18 day of show.

Ana Popovic will rock the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling when she returns to SteelStacks Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. Called “one helluva a guitar-player” by Bruce Springsteen and nominated for six Blues Music Awards, Popovic has appeared on the covers of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player magazine. Her albums “Can You Stand The Heat” and “Unconditional” were USA Today Picks-Of-The-Week and featured on NPR Weekend Edition, which praised her “fiery technique on the Stratocaster”. She and her six-piece band have toured tirelessly, sharing stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Jeff Beck and Joe Bonamassa, among many others. Since her 2007 release, “Still Making History,” Popovic’s albums have consistently landed in the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts. Now she’s back on the road promoting her new album, “Like It On Top,” which focuses on empowered, successful and inspiring female role models. Tickets for her show are $25-$29.

On March 21, 7:30 p.m., the Fowler Blast Furnace Room welcomes singer-songwriter Paul Thorn. With appearances on shows like Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live, as well as features with NPR and hits on Billboard’s Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts, Thorn has created an innovative and impressive career, pleasing crowds with his muscular brand of roots music – bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, yet also speaking universal truths. This year he released the album “Don’t Let the Devil Ride,” which Thorn describes as “the culmination of my whole life in music, coming back to my roots.” It marks his first time recording gospel music – featuring guests such as the Blind Boys of Alabama, the McCrary Sisters and Preservation Hall Horns – and his creation of a body of strikingly original songs that addresses the foibles of human relationships without necessarily favoring the sacred over the profane. Tickets for his show are $30 in advance, $35 day of show.

The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is located at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. For more information on these and all ArtsQuest Center shows, visit www.steelstacks.org.

SteelStacks Hosting Outdoor Viewing Party for Penn State-Michigan Game Nov. 3

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CENTER VALLEY, PA– Join Penn State Lehigh Valley and ArtsQuest in cheering on the Nittany Lions football team at SteelStacks, as Penn State faces off against University of Michigan Nov. 3, at 3:45 p.m. The free viewing party includes the big game shown live on the Levitt Pavilion’s large outdoor television screen plus food and drink specials like buffalo, sweet chili bacon or garlic parmesan wings for $1 each, as well as featured items like fried pierogies, nachos and more.

The fun begins at 2:45 p.m. with a visit by the Nittany Lion, who’ll get the crowd pumped up and pose for photos. Fans attending the viewing party Nov. 3 are encouraged to come dressed in white to show their support for Penn State for a special “White Out” party. Following the festivities, attendees can then catch all the action on the Levitt screen. Limited seating is available, so attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs and blankets if they plan to sit.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase throughout the event at both the Levitt Pavilion’s Mack Truck Stop and the ArtsQuest Center’s MIKE & IKE Bistro. Parking is available in the public parking lots on First Street, only a short walk from the Levitt Pavilion.

UNIVEST NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF CHRISTKINDLMARKT BETHLEHEM

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Financial Services Corporation’s Support Helps Nonprofit ArtsQuest Enhance Holiday Experience for Visitors

One of the region’s top holiday attractions, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, is adding to its holiday experience this year thanks to the support of Univest Bank and Trust Co., the new presenting sponsor of the event. Named one of the top holiday markets by media like Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler, Christkindlmarkt kicks off its 26th year when it begins its six-weekend run at SteelStacks Nov. 16.

Established by the nonprofit ArtsQuest is 1993, Christkindlmarkt is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience that brings the spirit of Bethlehem, the Christmas City, alive with the season. The event features aisles of handmade works by more than 125 of the nation’s finest artisans, live Christmas music, an authentic German St. Nicholas and European favorites like wursts and strudel. For families, there are also ice carving demonstrations, where children can watch talented sculptors using picks, chainsaws and blowtorches to create works of art from ice, and glassblowing sessions, where ages 6 and older can work hand-in-hand with artists to blow their own glass ornaments and candy canes.

Among the enhancements this year are holiday-inspired creative family arts workshops, additional artisans/vendors on several weekends and new holiday performances, such as The Swing Time Dolls performing their “Dolled Up Christmas” show in vintage holiday-inspired costumes on Nov. 20 and Dec. 14. Over the past quarter-century, more than 1.2 million people have been drawn to Bethlehem and the region thanks to the annual holiday event, including a record 88,923 visitors at Christkindlmarkt last year.

“We’re proud to sponsor the region’s premier holiday market in an effort to bring people of all generations together during the holiday season,” says Annette D. Szygiel, executive vice president and chief experience officer at Univest Corporation. “Through our partnership with Christkindlmarkt and ArtsQuest, we are continuing to carry out our mission of supporting the arts, culture and education in our local communities.”

Headquartered in Souderton, Univest Bank and Trust was founded in 1876 and has been part of the Lehigh Valley community for more than a decade, with offices on Main Street in Bethlehem, Broadway in South Whitehall Township and Hamilton Boulevard in Lower Macungie Township. As part of its commitment to giving back to the communities it serves, Univest supports a variety of community, financial literacy and family-focused programs and events. It also provides “Connecting with the Community,” a corporate volunteer program that helps area nonprofits advance their missions and programs.

“On Nov. 15, we recognize National Philanthropy Day, a day honoring the many individuals, foundations and businesses that enrich our communities through their support, in-kind contributions and volunteerism,” says ArtsQuest Sr. Director of Business Development Nicole Dotta. “So, it’s fitting that Christkindlmarkt kicks off its 26th year Nov. 16 with Univest as our primary partner.

“Over the past two years, Univest has supported Christkindlmarkt and our community wholeheartedly, not only through their financial contributions, but also by volunteering several days at our holiday market. As a nonprofit, the support of ArtsQuest’s corporate partners and volunteers is the only way we can present all of our holiday programming for our region, and Univest plays a lead role in making it all possible.”

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem dates are Nov. 16-18 and 23-25; Nov. 29-Dec. 2 and Dec. 6-9, 13-16 and 20-23. Hours are Thursdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Fridays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Admission is $10 for ages 14 and older, $6 for ages 6-12 and FREE for ages 5 and under. For more information, visit www.christmascity.org/christkindlmarkt.

5 Funniest VHS Clips from Found Footage Festival

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Get ready for a night of riotous laughter when Found Footage Festival hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher bring their new “Cherished Gems” to the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas Nov. 8, 8 p.m. With appearances including Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, the New York Comedy Festival, and the Impakt Festival in the Netherlands, Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that showcases hilarious (an hilariously awkward) footage from videos that were found at garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses and dumpsters across the country. Ahead of their show, check out our staff’s picks of the five funniest videotaped obscurities from Found Footage Festival.

5. Fun with Ventriloquism

This 1992 clip of Liz Seggen comes from a series of different how to videos the Found Footage gang uncovered at a Goodwill in Atlantic City. We offer our apologies to any I-talians who may find this ventriloquism tutorial a little offensive. You may bark, squawk or “nyeah” to show your disdain.

4. Video Dating

Before Tinder it was really hard out there for lonely men to meet women with extremely high verbal skills who like rollerblading, bubble baths and viking costumes. This 1987 video comes from the collection of comedian David Cross.

3. Total Self Defense

Found Footage Festival hails this crazy video as having one of the greatest intros committed to VHS. While we wouldn’t want to run into host John McSweeney in a dark alley, we’re also hoping no real harm has come to his patient assistant Paul.

2. Magical Rainbow Sponge

This a classic. Host Dee Greunig really brings the magic of rainbow sponge art alive as she wiggles, twists and squeezes with pure joy and ecstasy.

1. Muscle Motion Chippendales Exercise Video

More practical than CrossFit, this 1988 Chippendales exercise video will get you in shape with strategic thrusting and bouncing.

Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems
Nov. 8, 8 p.m.
Price: $16 | $14 Students & Seniors | $13 ArtsQuest Member
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas

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Lehigh Valley Vegan & ArtsQuest Partner for 2nd Annual Vegan s’Mac Down Nov. 18 at SteelStacks

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Culinary experience features vegan mac and cheese inspired dishes created by area chefs and restaurants; tickets for the event are on sale now.

BETHLEHEM, PA—From creamy cashew to silky butternut squash, the 2nd Annual Lehigh Valley Vegan s’Mac Down Nov. 18 will feature a variety of vegan “mac and cheeze” recipes from restaurants throughout the region. New for this year, the event moves to the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling for two tasting sessions.

Tickets for the event are on sale now at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378. General admission tickets are $20 for the public. VIP tickets, which include a vegan tote bag and early entrance to the event for the first chance to taste the macs and meet the chefs, are $29.

Sessions take place at 1-2:30 p.m. and 4-5:30 p.m., with VIP sessions at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. During the afternoon, attendees can taste all the delicious “mac and cheeze” presented by restaurants and caterers from throughout the region. After sampling each delectable dish, attendees will vote for their favorites. The s’Mac Down Champion will be awarded a custom-blown trophy from the ArtsQuest Glass Studio at the Banana Factory.

Restaurants and caterers confirmed so far are:

Black & Blue, Easton
Clean Roots Vegetarian & Vegan Cuisine, Quakertown
Hot Plate Soul Kitchen, Bethlehem
Levy Restaurants & the ArtsQuest Center Culinary Team, Bethlehem
NYTERA Vegan Cheese, Easton
Om-Made Foods, Allentown
Roasted with Vegout, Bethlehem
Santoro’s Franks & Chili, Bethlehem
The Flying Egg, Bethlehem
The Hummus House, Allentown
Vegan Treats, Bethlehem

The event will also feature variety of vegan vendors like No Whey Bakery, LV Kombucha, De Novo Creamery and Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations, as well as vegan cocktails including an Aquafaba Whiskey Sour, Peach Fizz, Jalapeno Margarita and Cucumber Cooler.

Weyerbacher Brewing Company will also be on hand giving away samples of their Last Chance IPA. With bottles available for purchase, Weyerbacher donates a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every Last Chance IPA to small animal rescue organizations throughout its distribution area. These shelters offer dogs, cats and other pets their last chance to find a new home. Attendees can finish the day with something sweet by Vegan Treats, named among the top 10 bakeries in the world by American Express’ Departures magazine.

Any restaurants or catering companies interested in participating can contact ArtsQuest Business Development Manager Nick Michael at nmichael@artsquest.org.

The Lehigh Valley Vegan s’Mac Down is made possible thanks in part to Lehigh Valley Apparel Creations. Proceeds from the event will benefit Lehigh Valley Vegan and the ArtsQuest Arts Education Fund, which helps to provide quality arts and education programs for area students. For more information visit www.steelstacks.org.

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem “Family 4-Pack” Sweepstakes – Official Rules

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. SWEEPSTAKES OPEN ONLY TO PERMANENT LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, WHO ARE AT LEAST 18 YEARS OF AGE. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

1. How to Enter. No purchase necessary. To enter the Sweepstakes complete the online form at http://fest.formstack.com/forms/christkindlmarkt_family4pack_sweepstakes by 11:59PM on Sunday, December 16, 2018 or send your first and last name, full mailing address, and phone number on a 3×5 index card with the words Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem “Family 4-Pack” Sweepstakes in a #10 envelope addressed to: ArtsQuest / Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem “Family 4-Pack” Sweepstakes ATTN: Marketing Manager: Ben Youngerman, 25 W Third St, Bethlehem, PA 18015. All mail-in entries must be post-marked by December 16, 2018 and received no later than December 16, 2018. Limit one (1) entry per person. All eligible entries have an equal chance of winning, regardless of method of entry. No automated entry devices and/or programs permitted. No mechanically reproduced entries, alterations, facsimiles or forged entries. All entries become the sole and exclusive property of Univest Bank and Trust Co. (“Sponsor”) and ArtsQuest (“Promotional Partner”), and receipt of entries will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, stolen, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected, postage due, technically corrupted or garbled entries, which will be disqualified, or for problems of any kind whether mechanical, human or electronic. Proof of submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor or Promotional Partner.

2. Eligibility. Participation open only to permanent legal residents of the United States who are at least 18 years of age at time of entry. Officers, directors, and employees of Sponsor and Promotional Partner, members of these persons’ immediate families (spouses, parents, children, and siblings, and their spouses regardless of where they reside), and persons living in the same households as these persons (whether or not related thereto) are not eligible to enter or win the Sweepstakes. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted by law.

3. Random Drawing/Odds. Six (6) “Grand Prize” winners will be selected in a random drawing from all eligible entries. One drawing will take place on or about each of these dates: November 12, 2018; November 19, 2018; November 26, 2018; December 3, 2018; December 10, 2018; and December 17, 2018. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries (both online and eligible write-in entries). By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants fully and unconditionally agree to be bound by these Official Rules, including the release and waiver of liability contained herein, and the decisions of the judges, Sponsor and Promotional Partner, which will be final and binding in all matters relating to the Sweepstakes.

4. Prizes. Six (6) grand prizes (“Grand Prize”). Each “Grand Prize” winner receives four (4) general admission tickets to Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem and one (1) $50 VISA gift card. Total approximate retail value (ARV) of the “grand prize” package is $90.00. Prizes are non-transferable. No substitutions or cash redemptions. In the case of unavailability of any prize, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize or portion thereof of equal or greater value. All federal, state and local taxes, meals, gratuities, travel upgrades, incidentals, fees, service charges, surcharges, insurance costs or other unspecified costs or expenses associated with use of the prize are the sole responsibility of winner and/or his or her travel companion. Prize may be subject to restrictions imposed by prize sponsors.

5. Notification. Winner will be notified by E-mail or phone on or about the day following the Drawing and will be required to sign and return, where legal, an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release within seven (7) days of prize notification. If winner cannot be contacted within three (3) calendar days of first notification attempt, if any prize or prize notification is returned as undeliverable, if any winner rejects his/her prize, or in the event of noncompliance with these Sweepstakes Official Rules, such prize will be forfeited and an alternate winner will be selected from all remaining eligible entries. Upon prize forfeiture, no compensation will be given. Limit one winner and one prize.

6. Conditions; Waiver and Release. All federal, state and local taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. Participation in Sweepstakes and acceptance of prize constitutes winner’s acknowledgement and acceptance of the Official Rules and winner’s permission for Sponsor to use his/her name, address (city and state), likeness, photograph, picture, portrait, voice, biographical information and/or any statements made by each winner regarding the Sweepstakes or Sponsor for advertising and promotional purposes without notice or additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. Prize awarded “as is” without any representation or warranty by Sponsor. Winner assumes all risks associated with use of the prize and participation in prize-related activities. Sponsor is not responsible if any scheduled event is delayed, postponed, or canceled for any reason. Accommodations subject to availability. Winner is solely responsible for observing and abiding by prize sponsors’ rules and regulations or terms and conditions for use of prize. By participating, entrants and winner agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor and Promotional Partner and their respective parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers and directors, from any and all liability, loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense whatsoever including without limitation, property damage, personal injury and/or death arising from, relating to, or which may occur in connection with, preparation for, travel, or participation in the Sweepstakes, possession, acceptance and/or use or misuse of prize, or preparation for, travel to or from, and participation in any Sweepstakes-related activity, and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Each entrant hereby agrees to indemnify Sponsor against any claims, damages, liabilities, costs and expenses (including attorney fees) arising out of or resulting from and breach by entrant of these Official Rules. Entrants who do not comply with these Official Rules, or who attempt to interfere with this Sweepstakes in any way, shall be disqualified.

7. Additional Terms. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, extend or suspend this Sweepstakes should Sponsor determine, in its sole discretion, that fraud, mistake, or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the Sweepstakes. In such case, Sponsor will select the winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by Sponsor. Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Sponsor representatives.

CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT TO DELIBERATELY UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE SWEEPSTAKES MAY BE A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

The Sweepstakes and these Official Rules will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the State of Pennsylvania. Unless expressly prohibited by governing law, entrants agree that any and all disputes, claims or causes of action in connection with this Sweepstakes shall be resolved individually without resort to any form of class action. Any and all claims, judgments, and awards shall be limited to actual, direct out-of-pocket expenses incurred, but in no event and under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to claim or obtain indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages or any other damages other than actual, direct out-of-pocket expenses.

8. List of Winner. To obtain the name of the winning individual, check the Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ChristkindlmarktBethlehem or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 24, 2018 to: Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem “Family 4-Pack” Sweepstakes Winner, ATTN: Marketing Manager: Ben Youngerman, 25 W Third St, Bethlehem, PA 18015.

9. Sponsor: Univest Bank and Trust Co.

10. Promotional Partner: ArtsQuest

The Verve Pipe and Marc Broussard Coming to Musikfest Café

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BETHLEHEM, PA—R&B singer-songwriter Marc Broussard and ‘90s alt-rockers The Verve Pipe are coming to the ArtsQuest Center’s Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling. Tickets for the shows go on sale Oct. 16, 10 a.m., to ArtsQuest members and Oct. 19, 10 a.m., to the public at www.steelstacks.org and 610-332-3378.

On Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., the Musikfest Café welcomes The Verve Pipe. With a reputation for spectacular live performances, this multi-platinum alternative rock band is recognized worldwide for its number one smash single “The Freshmen” and radio hits “Photograph,” “Hero,” “Happiness Is” and “Never Let You Down.” In 2014, The Verve Pipe released their first rock album in over 13 years with Overboard, a collection of 10 new songs including “Crash Landing,” “Hit and Run” and the haunting title track ‘Overboard.” This long incubating project brought a renewed energy and focus to this self-produced album that resulted in their most inspired writing and recording to date.

The Verve Pipe continue to tour, performing both rock and kids shows throughout the U.S., including appearances at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits Festival, Hangout Music Festival, SummerStage in Central Park and many more. Its latest album, “Parachute,” includes fan favorites like “I Can’t Get You Off of My Mind” and “Wallflower.” Tickets are $19-$24.

On March 30, 7:30 p.m., singer-songwriter Marc Broussard brings his soulful stylings to the Musikfest Café. The son of Boogie Kings guitarist Ted Broussard, Broussard was seemingly destined for a life as a music man. His upbringing in Lafayette, La. instilled in him an affinity for R&B and at age 20, he released his first album. Having toured with Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson, O.A.R. and Bonnie Raitt, among others, Broussard has honed his writing chops through collaborations with some of the top songwriters in the business including LeAnn Rimes and Sara Bareilles. His latest work, “Easy to Love,” features the hit single “Don’t Be Afraid to Call Me.” Tickets are $25-$35.

The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is located at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. For more information on these and all ArtsQuest Center shows, visit www.steelstacks.org or follow SteelStacks on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SteelStacks.