Friday, February 27, 2015

Frozen in Catasauqua

I don't care
What they're going to say
Let the storm rage on,
The cold never bothered me anyway!

Well, that might be good for Elsa, but that is not good enough for me.  This winter in Catty didn't start out that bad.  December wasn't that cold but then came January, February and now March.  I just came back to the office and they are brining the streets here is in Allentown for some more snow this weekend.  I haven't seen much predicted 1 to 3 inches maybe.  Some mornings when I drive down Third Street in Catty I am in awe of the snow/ice mounds everywhere.  Where does the next snow go?  

I don't think the snow bothers me as much as does the cold.  The sun burns bright today but the temperature is in the 20's.  The ice doesn't melt.  After lasts weekend brief warm temperatures my back yard turned first into mud, then a lake and now a small frozen pond.  Since my Mother parks out in the driveway she has come up with a creative way to get to her car.  Instead of going straight down the yard she has devised a clever path whereby she hangs a right at our shed then climbs the fence, swings from the tree and lands on her car.  Okay - it might not be as complicated as that but when my mom tells me that's what I envision.  

But take heart Catasauqua, the sun is shining and it is 21 days until Spring - so what if the real feel temperature is 18 degrees and the low tonight will be zero, frolic in the sunshine and know that next weekend starts daylight savings time, so it will be light and cold longer every day.

So stay warm fellow Catasauquians and take heart - before you know it we will be complaining about the heat.....and that's Another Day in Catasauqua.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

And the Rocket's Red Glare - J4 Fireworks

What a day!  First a parade past my house.  Then the Mother of all Reunions at the North Catasauqua Playground.  All this ending with a BANG at Alumni Field with some spectacular fireworks and some family time.

Catasauqua - nice job on the fireworks.  You put the Iron Pigs to shame.  I loved the purple and green firework that occasionally lit the sky.

Parke and I left early and got a spot in the parking lot - of course, he will never forgive me for that - oh yeah he will.  We picked a shady spot to wait and soon the Reiter Family, along with the Khouri's showed up next.  Soon the Lynn & Schadler families arrived.  Some food, some snacks and a lot or laughs were next.  Then the rest of my own Werner clan showed up with the Morgans.  You know what they say - the family that watches fireworks together yells ooooooh together.

Catasauqua, I would like to thank you for a wonderful time.  I know there is one more event - the house tours tomorrow.

The grand finale of Old Home Week is the Historic House and Garden tour on Sunday, July 6, 2014 from 12 to 5 p.m. This is the grandest house tour HCPA has offered. The self-guided tour explores some of the beautiful homes and mansions in Catasauqua’s Historic Districts and beyond. There are 16 properties featuring original architecture of various styles, including Queen Anne, Victorian, Georgian and Federal styles. The interiors feature original woodwork, impressive staircases, stained glass windows, ornate fireplaces and parquet flooring. Catasauqua’s homes reflect Catasauqua illustrious past as the birthplace of the American Anthracite Iron Industry and one of the most prosperous towns in the United States. 

On the day of the tour tickets can be purchased for $18 at The Biery House, 8 Race Street, Catasauqua. . The ticket provides a map and description of each property on the tour. 

I won't be touring this year and please don't stop by my house, I'll be cutting the grass.  

Sincerely though, North Catty and Catty really know how to throw a party.  I love this town.  Also, without Catasauqua in the name of the blog it would just be another day.  Happy J4 and Old Home Week to all.

and that really is ......another day in Catasauqua

The MOTHER of all Class Reunions

And what a mother it was!  Ben Ferenchak, my Red, White & Blue hat's off to you.  What a wonderful job you did along with anyone who helped you. 

I have hugged more people today that I have all year.  Most of my class that I saw today, I see around town or have ran into them here or there.  But I did get to see someone who haven't seen in - oh here is where it hurts - 39 years.  Yes, I am from the class of 1975 and next year, we realized today, will be 40 years since we graduated CHS.   Ouch.

It was great to see Linda and omg, it brought memories back to me that I didn't even think I had. 

And a shout out to Tracey - who wouldn't let me take her picture, but reads my blog.

There was a mass of people, smiles everywhere, with the occasional tear.

Thank you Ben, for making this such a memorable day.  Thank you Catasauqua and North Catasauqua for Old Home Week.  You make me proud to be a Catty Girl.

And that's another day in Catasauqua

The Parade passed me by - Literally - the J4 Parade-Old Home Week

Let the Festivities begin!!!!  The J4 parade just went by.  Bff's John and Judy stopped by and we all watched the parade.  It was a short parade - but it is always a great way to start J4.

I made a joke about the first year - I said it was Betty and Ed Miller along with Howard Hahn dressed as Uncle Sam and that was it for a parade.  After I said that the parade began and guess who was in the front - yup Betty and Ed along with Howard dressed as Uncle Sam!

We also had Miss Pennsylvania and General Grant in the parade, along with George Taylor Building and lots of children.  We should have such energy so early in the day.

Anyway - there are a lot of partying ahead.  Next is the MOTHER OF ALL REUNIONS up at the North Catasauqua Playground.

Check in for the reunion, is from 10 to noon. Meet with classmates at your decade tent; feel free to bring your own canopy and chairs also. Shop community group food stands for lunch. 'Gym class' is at 1. Door prize drawings at 2:30. Final exam is at 3pm (Catty Trivia). Schools out at 4pm with happy hours at various venues. Fireworks pre-show starts at 7pm at Alumni Field (now the Middle School). Don't forget to kick in toward the J4 fireworks.

Wow - what a day - see you out there.

And that's Another day in Catasauqua

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday in the Park - Old Home Week - Part 2

Well, I got back down to the park this evening to listen to Common Bond.  I am so bummed that I missed Tavern Tan - I wanted to hear Andy B.  I wrote my earlier blog in a hurry so I could get to my Pampered Chef Party - I was a little late - but that's okay.  I wanted to make sure that if you didn't know what to do today and saw the blog that you would trek on down to the playground.

Catasauqua - what a beautiful weather weekend - and tonight was no different.  I heard there were good crowds today.  There were a lot of people both of the times I was there.  I heard lots of good things to.  Many people enjoyed the fact that the stands were step up on the pool side of the playground instead of St. John's Street.  It made it more shady - I know I enjoyed it.  

Parke again got a sandwich at Evonne's - I am afraid he is going to start hanging her her sandwich shop. 

I want to say what a Great Job you are all doing  to the people who are running these events.  KUDOS & THANK YOU!!!

The festivities continue next weekend starting with the Pub Crawl, Thursday Evening starting at 5:00 PM.  I am sorry to say that my pub crawling days are over.  I would make it to one bar and be crawling home.  Maybe as some of you crawl by my house I'll take pictures and blog about it.  Let me know when you do the Pepsi Crawl, I'll be there.

And an event that I have been attending for the last two years and will be there again this year - it has become a tradition on July 4th to assemble on the lawn of the George Taylor House for a Reading of the Declaration of Independence at 10AM with an Honor Guard salute. There will be patriotic music by the Antebellum Marine Band and tours of the house from 9AM to noon.

Don't ever say there's nothing to do in Catty - this weekend has been great fun.  All you have to do is get out there and enjoy.  And that's Another day in Catasauqua

Sunday in the Park - OLD HOME WEEK - Catasauqua

What a beautiful day and what better place to spend it than at the Catasauqua Park!  Swimming is free for Catasauqua and North Catasauqua residents and darn I am tempted to go, but my schedule is packed for today.

After a morning at church, where I preached, well more like I did a Sunday School Lesson (now don't be impressed - I am
the last person on the list to fill in on Sundays); Parke and I had breakfast and then we decided to check out the Sunday in Park.  This is the continuing celebration of Old Home Week. 

Oh it was great - I love that the vendors are set up under the trees, much cooler to walk through than on the street.  I saw some of my favorite ladies - Eugenia Emert and Carol York Roach, plus many other crafters that I only get to see at the Muhlenberg Medical Festival or Musikfest. 

Oh speaking of music - there will be music in the park or shows all day.  I just happened to catch "The Gas House Dance House" Girls dancing.  Oh now I might have to just go check them out - I wonder if I a chubby girl with bad knees can dance like that.  Anyway - there is more entertainment coming, the Tavern Band and Common Bond are to perform.

There is a petting zoo, games for kids and so much more. 

I am making this short - but I might blog part 2 later. I have to run again. 

Now get out and PARTEE down at the Catasauqua Playground.....and that's another day in Catasauqua.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Block Party - Old Home Week in Catasauqua

Just got back from the The Downtown Block Party and it was nice.  I wish I would of seen more people out there to support those vendors that are participating.  I also which more churches, including mine would of participated.  I know everyone is busy at this time and volunteers are hard to find - so kudos to those who can and are out there today.

The Block Party followed the 5K Race held this morning - Parke said he was going to run it but I forgot to wake him but Congrats to those who did.  Runners that I know - Jaime "the Birthday Girl" Khouri (by the way Jaime you looked good running past my house especially after coming up the Walnut Street Hill), Bradshaw Henning - I didn't see you but I heard you did - also Montana and her Mom, all members of Salem UCC - WOO HOO!

I must say the music was great - just got there in time to hear the Phat Boys.  Besides being a little chubby they are and excellent band.  Then we hit the Library to check out the history exhibit.  It was very informative!  I loved looking at everything.  So much history for this small little town of ours.  We should be proud!  What a great reason to celebrate.

We meandered down the street to check out the food - pulled pork was certainly on a lot of menus (Did FeFe and Ferrous wander into town...hmmmm I wonder?)  Any way there was also halupkies, haluski, and I saw pizza, some desserts.  A little of everything.    I decided on the pulled pork from Evonne's Sandwich Shop and what a good decision it was.  Served in a hoagie roll it was very filling and really yummy.  

I really wanted to stay longer and listen to the Blackbird Society Orchestra - OMG it was like stepping back in time.  The singer sang into a megaphone - shades of Rudy Vallee.  They are really great.

It was a nice time with bf, Parke.  We sat under a tree and ate - listening to the music and sounds of Catty.  I can't help but love this town and the people in it. 

Some more events coming up this weekend -

Later Today

Saturday June 28, 6pm @ Willow Brook Farms

The 28th is capped off with a Square Dance and barbeque at the old stone barn at Willow Brook Farms. There will be wagon tours of the farm beginning at 5:30. Music will be provided by Diane Hartzell (caller) and the Contra Deceptives with Mr. Peifley as a featured guest caller!
Note:Due to Fire Code Regulations, the dance & BBQ will not be in the old stone barn, but will be outside at the lake by the kilns.
Directions: Enter off of Howertown Road at Fuller Drive, just south of the Willow Brook Golf Club. At the end of the tree-lined drive, turn right onto the narrow paved road (there will be a barrier for thru traffic). Parking will be at the end of the road.

I ask myself  - What lake - what kilns?  Can I just come out a watch?
and tomorrow - 

June 29, Sunday In The Park

A whole day of family activities and entertainment in the Catty Park will begin at 10am with a community worship service, featuring local church choir music. The Suburban North Family YMCA will be having all types of athletic competitions and events throughout the day and throughout the park for participants and fans; plus there will be games inside the pool area, so bring your swim suits. Community organizations are invited to sell food. Artist and Crafters are invited to set up tables and/or booths. Demonstrations will go on throughout the day, including dance, martial arts, quilting, blacksmithing and other historic crafts. Music will be provided by Tavern Tan & Common Bond. There will be picture and memorabilia displays of Catasauqua’s history. More events just for the kids include the Catty police bike rodeo, crafts and an “Animal Kingdom”.

So there are many opportunities this weekend and next to enjoy our town - not stop reading and get out there.

and that's Another Day in Catasauqua