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The Arts in Bethlehem, Pa

When venturing out of my Bethlehem apartment, I discovered that the town of Bethlehem is full of artistic interests.  The first interesting find is the Bethlehem Bach Choir. Founded in 1898, it is the oldest Bach choir in America. Musical America has this quote about the choir: “Having heard the Bethlehem Bach Choir pour its heart into the master’s vocal music, one will never listen to it in quite the same way again.”

The present 95 volunteer members “sing with dedication and enthusiasm of the Bach Choir of a century ago.”  The concerts feature a full professional orchestra and world renowned soloists.  When living in your Bethlehem apartment be sure to check out this fascinating group for musical inspiration.
More information at the website.

Once settled into your Bethlehem apartment, the artist in you will have to visit the Banana Factory.  This dynamic cultural arts center includes three galleries, 28 resident artists, a glass works studio (the only one in area), The Olympus Digital Imaging Center, and the Fowler Arts and Education Center.

The main objective of the Banana Factory is to make the arts accessible to everyone.  The cultural center offers art education classes and programs for area schools.  Explore your creative side by taking one of the 200 plus visual arts classes or workshops offered throughout the year.  A children’s summer camp is also available.

If you are a film fanatic, living in your Bethlehem apartment will be a wondrous move, for the SouthSide Film Festival community is right around the corner.  The Third Thursday Film Club is a communal event designed to bring awareness to independent films.  The screenings are free and usually feature well-crafted documentary works not presented in movie theaters.  Films are usually shown at the Victory Firehouse on Webster Street.  The organization also features an annual art festival and benefit parties, a great excuse to get out of your Bethlehem apartment and join the community.  Visit the website for more info on parties, films, artists, and the 2011 Film Festival.

Are you an amateur or professional photographer?  Why not join the Lehigh Valley Photography Club?  They meet at the Banana Factory, right near your Bethlehem apartment, and offer photo-inspiration assignments to club members.  The intent of the club is for people in the Lehigh Valley community to share their work, meet each other, and discuss photo experiences. The LVPC is a member of the Photographic Society of America.  Visit here for more information on the club.

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In and around Reading, PA

It is easy to step out of your Reading apartment and see the sights, and the Reading area has quite a few sights to behold.  This picture, taken by Stinkfoot, shows a view of the downtown from a tourist attraction called the Fire Tower.  I think I can see my Reading apartment from here….(just kidding!).  But a short distance away I find the coolest attraction in the area: The Pagoda.

Love this picture by Ethan Carl.  The Pagoda was built near the turn of the century by William Abbott Witman.  He hired his friend Charles C. Matz to build this wonderous structure on 10 acres of the southern tip of Mt. Penn.

The Pagoda, when built, was intended to be a luxury hotel.  Mr. Witman was inspired by a post-card sent by Matz, and the magestic red brick and tile structure was built in the style of a Shogun Dynasty battle castle.  There is nothing else like it in the United States.  But Mr. Witman was not granted a license to serve liquor by the state, so the hotel plans never materialized.  Instead this feat of architecture stood empty, and eventually fell into the hands of a local bank.  The Pagoda then became owned by the City of Reading shortly afterward.  It was used as a signaling tower before radio became commonplace. Now it is one of Reading, Pennsylvania’s biggest attractions.  Come out of your Reading apartment for a while and drive up to see this one-of-a-kind castle.

There is so much to enjoy living in the Reading community…

Lovely waterways and recreations areas for taking a picnic.
Images by Janet Sobczak.

And in the evening, why not take a short drive north and visit The Christmas Village in Bernville.  Leaving your Reading apartment will be a treat any time of the year as this little shopping town boasts of everything with a Christmas theme.  Christmas year around – who could want more?!

Enjoy living in your Reading apartment or house and enjoy the wonderful sights in and around Reading, Pa.

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The Arts in Reading, PA

The lovely industrial town of Reading, Pennsylvania is perhaps most famous for its history in all of Berks County, but the local apartment dweller can find stimulation in the arts as well with the local organizations, businesses, and museums in or near down town.

When living in your Reading apartment you will find so many artistic things to check into and do, right outside your door.  Take a walk down Penn Avenue and spend an hour or two  exploring the Art Plus Gallery.  This non-profit gallery regularly features local artists who exhibit and sell their work.  The gallery encourages musicians, art students, and senior citizens “to explore the world of art.”  We think they do a great job supporting local arts in the Reading community.

And, while you visit the gallery, why not purchase a nice piece of original art to adorn one of those blank walls in your Reading apartment.  Not only will you own a one-of-a-kind conversation piece, you will also help support the arts in your community.

If you are an artist, perhaps you would like to be an art contributor.  Is that little corner in you Reading apartment you own studio?  Check out the Art Plus Gallery’s news page for info on how to join the artist community and submit your own work to the gallery.

Those long winter nights in your Reading apartment can get boring without something to do, and if you are so gifted perhaps you’ve been working on a fine piece of needlework. If so, this store is for you.  Stitch N’ Stuff is a unique shop only a short drive to on Pottsville Pike.  The store features all you counted cross-stitch needs: books, fabrics, threads in every imaginable color, and custom framing is available too.  They also carry a complete line of Vera Bradley purses and accessories.

If you would like to step out of your Reading apartment and stitch with others, the store offers a “Stitch-In” sessions where you can spend part of the day with other artists, share your work, have great discussions, and get to know fellow artists of needlepoint in your area.

Another stop: the Reading Public Museum is a state-of-the-art museum where you can fuel your mind and stimulate your imagination. Step out of your Reading apartment and get a taste of the many venues this museum has to offer in art, science, history, culture, and the world of outer space (planetarium). This prestigious museum is the best in the area and features painting and sculpture galleries that include works by Degas, Rodin, and other European masters of art, enough to grow new brain cells and get your creative juices going.  Visit the museum website for more details.