Thursday, April 28, 2011

Oh....the Dandelion

The dandelion is a perennial, herbaceous plant with long, lance-shaped leaves. They're so deeply toothed, they gave the plant its name in Old French: Dent-de-lion means lion's tooth in Old French. If you look around Catasauqua you will see many, many and I mean many dandelions. This spring has produced a bumper crop of the bright yellow flower, and now with the rain I see fields of white fluffy stuff already!

So you might say what is dandelion good for, well there are a few things. One of these is you can eat dandelion as a salad. The Farmer's market even sells it (I know I bought some, why I ask myself). The best time to get it though is when it first grows and before it blooms. The older it gets - the bitter it gets (like many of us).

Did you know - When placed in a paper bag with unripe fruit, the flowers and leaves of Dandelion release ethylene gas ripening the fruit quickly.

The flowers can be used to make wine. I did try this once. The best day to pick the dandelion flowers is May the 1st, thusly why it is sometimes called May Wine. I think I still have one bottle left, I didn't like it because I made it way to bitter and also it tasted a little grassy to me. I used a recipe that I got off line but I have since received my great-great grandfather's recipe, which I might have to try one of these days.

The humble little Dandelion has remarkable nutritional value, being very high in vitamins A and C, with more beta carotine than carrots and more potassium than broccoli or spinach, not to mention healthy doses of iron and copper for good measure.

Externally, the white sap from the stems or roots can be applied directly to ease the pain of sores and bee stings, and is useful in the elimination of warts, acne, and calluses.

Both dandelion leaf and root have been used for centuries to treat liver, gall bladder, and kidney ailments, weak digestion, and rheumatism. They are also considered mildly laxative. The fresh root or its preparations are thought to be more potent than the dried root. The leaves have traditionally been used as a diuretic.

Dandelions are especially well-adapted to a modern world of "disturbed habitats," such as lawns and sunny, open places. They were even introduced into the Midwest from Europe to provide food for the imported honeybees in early spring. (hmm, so that's how we got them) They now grow virtually worldwide. Dandelions spread further, are more difficult to exterminate, and grow under more under adverse circumstances than most competitors.

Did you ever notice that if you mow over blooming dandelion, it will just bloom lower so you can't run over it! Darn smart that dandelion. Every year I wage war with the dandelion and every year they win. So I leave you with this poem.

Simple and fresh and fair from winter's close emerging,

As if no artifice of fashion, business, politics, had ever been,

Forth from its sunny nook of shelter'd grass--innocent, golden, calm as the dawn,

The spring's first dandelion shows its trustful face.

Source: "Leaves of Grass," by Walt Whitman

and that's ..... Another day in Catasauqua.

Tree City, USA

Many years ago, as we were coming home one day we were sitting at the light at Front and Pine Street on the Pine Street Bridge, Parke says to me, "We should go there sometime." and I was like "huh". Well, to the right there is a sign that says Tree City, USA and right above the Tree City sign is a one way sign that designates Front Street, one way, that-a-way. Parke thought Tree City was down the street somewhere. We had a good laugh about it, and to this day I occasionally say, "we should go there sometime." But the fact is that Catasauqua is designated a Tree City by the Arbor Day Foundation. And, may I add, what a beautiful Tree City.

Parke and I took a walk the other day, my first since having bronchitis, so armed with my camera I took pictures of the many flowering trees that our town is graced with at this time. Magnolias (my favorite) flowering cherries, flowering pear trees and the dogwoods are just starting.

I love this time of year, despite my wheezing, and really enjoy seeing the trees in full bloom. If you ever had a child in the Catasauqua School system who had to do a leaf project, you also know what half the trees are. So on that note, I will leaf you alone, oh what a beech I am. Oh don't be a crabapple, you know that was funny, maple I'll come up with some more, cedar later..... and that's ...another day in Catasauqua.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Virtual Tour of Catasauqua

Google Street View is a technology featured in Google Maps that provides panoramic views from many various positions along many streets in the world. It was launched on May 25, 2007, originally only in several cities of the United States and has since gradually expanded to include more cities and rural areas worldwide. One of the areas is Catasauqua!!

Google Street View uses a fleet of specially adapted cars (and tricycles and snowmobiles when a car is to big or unable to travel in some areas) that are equipped with nine directional cameras for a 360 degree view. You can see road below and the sky above!

To use Google to tour Catty, first go to - type an address and a street view will come up on the left of the screen and a map on the right. You can either click on the street scene or use the orange google man, by clicking on him and moving him on to the map, now you can virtually walk around Catty. Some fun things that I have seen is at my house, my cat is in the window, because his eyes reflect the light so I know he is there. And on the corner of Walnut and Howertown, depending on what angle you look, Brian Kroope and another man are standing looking down Walnut Street with there backs to the camera car. It makes me wonder if they were watching the car drive around. As to when this car drove through Catty, my best guess is 2 years ago, maybe 3 during the month of July or August. See what you think. The picture I have included on this page is a screen shot of Canal Road where the Borough of Catasauqua sign is located.

What amazes me that the car went through most of the alley's in Catty so you can see the front of your house and the back. So, if you want to find out where something is before you actually go there, use google map and take a virtual tour around Catty, and that's another day in Catasauqua.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Arise, Shine Catasauqua

Arise, shine the morning has come. And what a glorious morning in Catasauqua it was. I was told by the weatherman that I would wake up to rain. But what do you know, the sun was shining. I thought for a brief time that darn, we should have the Easter Egg Hunt outside today at Church, but when I did get up and about I saw that the grass was wet. But it didn't matter the Easter Morning was wonderful at Church. The breakfast was delicious, the children were wonderful, listening to the Easter Story and then there was the usual fun of the Easter Egg Hunt. We had so many prizes thanks to the wonderful congregational members of Salem.

The Church service was great-- the hymns of praise for Easter, always wonderful and uplifting! (and of course, to those in the know...the secret code). The Church looked beautiful, as I am sure other churches did as they bloomed forth with flowers. Salem's cross breaks forth in lillies for Easter, always an impressive and beautiful sight. (Shout out to Roseanne for the wonderful work she did) I got out of church in record time thanks to everyone helping to clean up. I had some quiet time waiting for the grandkids, I watched the end of Mary Poppins and was watching Nanny McPhee when the family came, they brought me yellow tulips (my favorite color)!!! We had some great laughs watching the end of the movie. They went onward to see more family and now I am watching the Sound of Music, you know I never saw the Sound of Music before, I know the songs, but I never watched the movie, today just seems like the perfect day to watch it. (shout out to Cathy....edelwiess.....edelwiess)

Today is full of the promise of new life, new life that is promised to us from God, new life promised to a caterpillar who will someday become a butterfly and even new life in the bunnies and chicks. Yes, even new life in the promise of sunshine, when it was suppose to be rain, isn't life grand in Catasauqua. Yes indeed, the hills are alive with the Sound of Music (gosh I feel like twirling!) (oops, I spoke to soon, is that thunder?)

I hope dear readers, that your Easter was a blessed and joyful time and as we always say at Salem, Christ has risen.......and that's another day in Catasauqua.

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Light that Shines over Catasauqua

Tonight I attended my church's Good Friday Tanebrae Service. The Pastor read the scriptures of Jesus's betrayal and crucifixion while the lights were down low, we left in silence. When I got to the car I decided to go to Giant to pick up some Strawberries for Easter breakfast at Church and for an angelfood cake that I am having at home. I also grabbed a Cadbury Egg.

Still rather pensive I went into Giant and finished shopping quietly. As I drove back home I was still thinking about the scriptures. As I approached the Pine Street Bridge I looked over Catty, the Presbyterian's steeple shining, a welcome home. Then I saw it - to my left, a big, really big illuminated cross, hanging from the crane over at Witt's. A bright beacon on a dark night, that reminded me of what comes next, Easter and Jesus's joyful ressurrection.

I was instantly cheered, it is nice to know that there is a light in the darkness. A home to come to, friends to be with and family. Whatever you celebrate this season, whether its Passover, Easter or just Spring and Peter Cottontail celebrate it with the light of the sun or the light of the Son. Catasauqua has lots of churches so if you find yourself in need of a little inspiration this Sunday, I am sure that any of the congregations would welcome you.

In the meantime I have a cadbury egg to eat and that's ....another day in Catasauqua.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Take me out to the Ball Game

I have been wanting to write about the Iron Pigs for a while, but between work and this darn bronchitis it kept getting put off, so let me finally get started.

I feel that Coca Cola Park is in Catasauqua's backyard, mainly because it is.

Coca Cola Park is 3.5 miles from my house with an estimated driving time of 10 minutes according to google maps. I think I can do it in less time. I have a method as to what time we leave for the games, where to park and how to get home in about 6 minutes. Even though it is so close, when I am there I feel far from home.

If you haven't attended at least one game yet, I suggest you do. We use it as mini-vacations since we get the 18 game pack, we use to always eat there, but since money is a little tight we will be doing that less this year. (I bought our tickets last year before getting laid off, which was a good thing) But that doesn't mean that they don't have some good food. Two games ago I tried the Gyros, I highly recommend them. Their fries are pretty good and I see that they have added my favorite-- fries with bacon and cheese. I wonder what Ferrous thinks about all the bacon, ham and pork products being used. I hope they don't use anybody that Ferrous knows.

They have everything from sandwiches to a slawdog, which I think I might have to try next, grilled chicken, steak sandwiches, funnel cake, ice cream, dipping dots, and my favorites, twisty pretzels from the Pretzel Company (for a real treat try the pretzels with cinnamon and sugar, yum). Oh, I can't forget Aw Schucks Corn and Jaindl's. If you want a great hamburger skip the ones at the stands and go out to the carts, there is an order whatever you want on your hamburger stand that grills the hamburgers and serves them up with a lot of different choices on a pretzel roll, a little pricey but worth it in my opinion. I walked around at the last game and checked everything out, each stand has added more options so you really have a lot of choices.

Since we had an 18 game pack, we had the option to renew for the same seats, we decided we liked our section, even though they never throw any of the free stuff to us. The people around us are so much fun, and it was good to see everyone after a long winter. There are these 4 older ladies behind us, and boy, they know there baseball, they yell at the umpire, the catcher, the pitcher and the batter. They have a couple beers and a lot of laughs. I think my favorite comment was one evening it what getting a little cold so they put a sweater around the one ladies neck and shoulders and then said, "Oh Joyce, you look like your ready for the bus from the home to pick you up." I hope I I am like that when I get to be their age, carefree and just enjoying every minute of life. I love them.

Well, I told you about the food, the stadium and the people, now let me tell you about the team. Hmmm, maybe not, they haven't won a game that I attended yet. Most of the players I don't know yet, a lot of new names, some familiar ones, but I miss Andy Tracy. He was the guy you cheered for when he came out, he was the "star". I don't feel that there are any really stars yet this year, but I am sure someone will become the fan favorite, in the meantime we will cheer on Ferrous and FeFe.

Well, there you go, batter, batter swing and ....another day in Catasauqua.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A sick day in Catasauqua

Hello everyone, sorry this blogger has been down and out with bronchitis. I got sick so fast I didn't see it coming. Wednesday I was at choir rehearsal feeling fine and then went home to cough all night. I tried to get in to the doctor Thursday morning but the soonest I could get an appointment was Monday, it seems everyone was like me, coughing. Allergy time in Catasauqua, gotta love it. I just looked at the weather channel, we have a pollen alert for trees in the area. But oh, how I love the trees right now. I had planned on doing a blog on the trees in Catty, have you seen some of the flowering trees, they are truly gorgeous. They seem really full this year to. My personal favorite is the Magnolia, and my favorite tree is at the other end of my block. I love Magnolias so much I asked for one last year for mother's day. In a few days I will hopefully be better and do the blog.

Yesterday was quite the adventure, I could hardly get out of bed, but I knew if I didn't get some sort of medicine I would probably only get worse. So out I went to the Airport Road Emergi-Center over by Sonic and the new Target store. The concept was good as I watch the flashing sign, quick service, see a doctor and the time and temperature, that wasn't so good because I watch 2 1/2 hours pass by. From what I understand you usually don't wait that long, but so many people are sick right now. There was a little boy there - he looked like how I felt, he was sprauled out on two chairs laying there half in and out, I did it in the more adult way, I slept sitting up, hey at least the time went quicker that way.

When I finally got it I had these 2 male nurses that took vitals, and then after another wait (and nap) in the room the dr. saw me said I had bronchitis said I would be getting a shot (I love Rauol, he made it painless) and prescriptions. Yeah for drugs, well, almost anyway, took my prescription to Hartzells, I guess I should of waited that of would of been the way to get them the fastest, but by this time I could hardly sit upright and needed to get home, don't even ask me how I drove, but finally a little after 6:30 pm my ordeal was over and antibotics and steriods were in my hands.

I think they are helping, I am now sitting upright, sort of, you gotta love a laptop when you are sick, I can blog from bed. But I am facing missing church tomorrow, usually I wouldn't care but tomorrow is Palm Sunday, it has always been my favorite Sunday. When I was young, it was like wow a bonus, like you got something free for going to church. When I got older it became so much more special. I didn't realize that my current church did a palm parade. We did not have one at the church I went to as a child. I was there with my mother-in-law and they started the palm parade and they had brought my son down from nursery, there he was half eating the palm and waving, at that moment I grabbed him and marched in the parade and have marched almost every year since. Wednesday night at choir rehearsal we sang the palm parade song, and I got all teary eyed.

Well, there will be other palm parades, in the meantime I am overdosing on the Syfy channel (I am on my third movie), taking my medications and having some tea, and with that it's .......another day in Catasauqua.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

As I was sitting at Happy Hour......

As I was sitting at Happy Hour today in Catty, no not what your thinking. This is at 11:00 AM to 12 Noon, Wednesdays at Salem UCC in Catty. There is a small lunch for anyone who would like to come, mostly seniors (and me). Since I do find myself not working occasionally on a Wednesday I like to go for a nice bowl of soup made by Shirley Turner. Today I sat with Dan Turner and I asked him about the Catasauqua Lake. Should of called him when I was trying to find out the information! Because as my friend LeeAnn had commented on Facebook about her father and grandfather going there, the Catasauqua Rod and Gun Club built the lake, thusly I am guessing that's why they called it Catasauqua Lake. Dan told me that he went fishing there alot, it wasn't that deep and he could wade out to the middle.

I found that Robert G. Gifford Sr. started the Catasauqua Rod and Gun Club, and that he just passed away in February at the age of 86. So I guess that gives us some sort of time line to.

So I guess that's one mystery solved, and maybe I will learn more as I explore and that's ....another day in Catasauqua.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Catty has a Lake?

About 10 years ago I was reading the paper about the Catasauqua Lake, and I think.... Catty has a lake? Well, technically no, Catasauqua Lake is located in Hanover Township. It is a 4 1/2 acre manmade lake. Hanover Township bought the lake from Lehigh County for $1.00 over a decade ago. When I visited it 10 years ago is was a tad nasty, all green with algae.

Now I read in both the Catty Press and Morning Call that the lake is being restocked after the Lake had been dredged out. If you Google Map the lake and click on the satellite view, you can see it from above as a dry lake bed, which is kinda cool. The lake in now 9 feet deep all around and they have added docks. There are even little islands in the lake, I have named the big one Bev's Island, just because I don't think they are named and I think they should be.

It really is beautiful I went Monday and took some pictures. The dock scared me because it was plastic wood, but it is really sturdy and I eventually got over my fear. The paper mentioned that you cannot fish the lake yet. The fish need about three years to rebuild their population. I did see one fish, I believe it was a minnow.

As for why it is named Catasauqua Lake and when it was built, I don't know. I cannot find any information online and Hanover Township did not return my phone calls, probably because they thought I was some crazy lady, I tried to explained that I do this blog, but it made me sound crazier. If I do get answers I will let you know. In the meantime that's......another Day in Catasauqua.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Perfect Afternoon in Catasauqua

It was the perfect day to do this. Cloudy, a little too damp to do yard work. Yes, it was the most perfect day in Catasauqua to take a nap. The nap, ahhhh, my way of resting on the Sabbath.

I don't know about you, but I have to take a nap a certain way. On the sofa, with my head at a certain end of the sofa, facing the back of the sofa with a blanket. If I face the TV, I won't nap I will watch TV. I think that I face the back of the sofa as a symbol of telling the world, leave me alone, I am taking a nap.

Today's nap was one of those naps that I didn't think I was napping. But time had passed. I laid down at 2:30 pm and suddenly it was 4:00 PM and time to make dinner.

I was very much in need of a nap, the weekend was hetic, it consisted of the craft fair and baseball games. Speaking of the baseball game, the Phillie Phanatic was hilarious. I have to put my pictures on the computer yet, but then I will blog about the game. But for today, rest it what I contemplated and rest is what I got. And that is......another day in Catasauqua.

Friday, April 8, 2011

What does a pig do when it rains?

From the picture on the left, the answer would be, wears a poncho and hits the bottle.

I didn't think I would get a chance to write, but the Iron Pigs Game got rained out. I still had a great time with my friends from Salem UCC. We had rented the Iron Pigs Suite. If you ever get to go to a game in one of the suites do so, it is a great time. I ate twice my weight in hot dogs and this wonderful steak that they have. They also had hamburgers, chicken, baked ziti, corn on the cob and potato salad. Along with chips, cookies and watermelon the night was well rounded out, like my tummy. And of course, an unlimited supply of Coca Cola (why couldn't it have been Pepsi Park).

I went on a walk to snoop around at the other suites when I ran into Ferrous, he was behind the bar carrying on, and I just snapped the picture at the right moment, when he tried to make a run for it with a bottle of Jack. Hey, what else are you going to do on a cold rainy night, can you blame him? My friend Tammy introduced me to Shocktop Raspberry, another good reason to go to baseball games, beer. Even though the game got called because of rain it was still a fun night, how could it not be with good food and good friends.....and beer.

and that's ....... another day in Catasauqua

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Weekend Update

Well, the weekend is almost upon us, so I thought I give you an update of what you can do in and around Catasauqua this weekend.

As I reported before there are Lenten Fish Dinners at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church and St. Andrews Roman Catholic Slovak Church. Plus, I think I saw a sign at St. Mary's Catholic Church, that they were also having a Fish Dinner, all this Friday. (So if Catty smells fishy on Friday, you will know why!)

Saturday morning is the Spring Craft Fair at Salem UCC (Special shout out of thanks to Gracie for coming). Saturday afternoon is the Ham and Dandelion Dinner at the Masonic Temple.

Sunday the North Catasauqua Fire Dept. will be hosting their Annual Spring Longaberger Bingo at 1:oopm at the Catasauqua American Legion, 330 Second Street, Catasauqua. Contact Susan Himer at 610-264-4334 or NCFC at 610-266-1969 for tickets. I went last year, had alot of fun. If Bingo is your game, but Longaberger is not, Bingo will also be held at St. Mary's Parish Center, 2nd and Union Streets, Sunday, April 10 starting at 1:00 pm. The kitchen will open at 11:30 AM you can call 610-264-0332 for more information.

Also Thursday was a special night in the Valley- it was opening night at Coca Cola Park! And my mother reported to me this morning that the Iron Pigs won! I have tickets for both Friday Night and Saturday Night! Saturday Night the Phillie Phanatic will be there, sounds like a lot of fun. There also games Sunday afternoon, Monday night and Tuesday Morning.

With all this please don't tell me you have nothing to do. And if you don't hear from me over the weekend don't worry, I will just be too tired to write.

......and that's another day in Catasauqua.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

What's in a name?

Catasauqua......we learn to spell this word in first grade. It has a flow to it when you spell it - it reminds me of spelling Mississippi. Did you know there is no other town in the United States with the name Catasauqua? (Thank God)

In 1840, the anthracite iron industry was founded in Catasauqua, originally Biery's Port, making it a birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Welsh immigrant David Thomas relocated to the area and opened the Crane Iron Works. Remembered as "the father of Catasauqua," Thomas initially named the community Craneville, after his former employer in Wales. (Boy I am glad they changed it, Catty might not be the easiest to spell but it's better than Craneville.)

David Thomas founded the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua. Thomas organized Catasauqua's first fire company, installed its first public water system, and served as its first burgess.

In 1854, the town was formally titled Catasauqua , from the Lenni Lanape language, meaning "dry ground" or "thirsty ground." (this is all according to Wikipedia)

My favorite part of being a Catasauquian (hmm) is when you call somewhere, perhaps ordering something and listening to the person on the other end try to pronounce it.

I like this entry in Wikipedia "The word Catasauqua is shortened to "Catty" in local dialect when speaking of the place." Local dialect, we have a local dialect? Local dialect is defined as words and phrases that are only used in a particular region/area/town/city. Parke is always telling me that he has never heard things referred to as I refer to them, such as buggy for shopping cart. Maybe that's Cattyspeak, or maybe it's just Bevspeak. And with that it's just....another day in Catasauqua.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Halupkies, etc.

Today I am a real hausfrau, as I sit here writing with my apron still on, my hair up in a rubber band from the morning newspaper and halupkies cooking in the kitchen. Those halupkies are for Saturday's Spring Craft Fair at Salem UCC located at Third and Walnut Streets in Catasauqua, which will be held from 9 am to 1 pm. There will be some other great food there, haluski, homemade perogies, hot dogs, chili, barbeque, and whatever else anyone brings. Along with a bake sale, silent auction, and oh lets not forget... the crafters.

As I was making the halupkies I was reminiscing about all the great ethnic foods that come out of our area. My grandfather was polish and that's where I learned how to make halupkies and my grandmother was Pennsylvania Dutch. They say "you ain't much if you ain't Dutch!"

Some of the food we grew up with wasn't the healthiest, oh how I love butter, but it was sure tasty!!! One day I was on the phone with Reggie from Northampton Water Authority and we were talking about the names in Catty, North Catty and Northampton. A lot of them end in a sky or vits. You think with all the different enthicities in the area we could have one big Slovak, Polish, Pennsylvania Dutch Festival (hmm the Sloishutch Festival) that would put us on the map like Musikfest! or like the Kutztown Folk Festival! But alas, one thing that I have found out, especially with halupkies, is that everyone makes them different and everyone has an opinion on how they should be made, and their way is the right way. Must be the stubborn streak in us, we would probably never agree on how to make them and then there would be a huge food fight with cabbage flying everywhere!

I want to give Charotin Hose a shout out and a thank you to Erik for sending me a link for their history which includes the history for the building that the Masons currently use. I can't tell you how much I have learned lately about Catty, its been great reading.

Well, back to the kitchen and that's another day in Catasauqua.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Ham & Dandelion Dinner..a Masonic Conspiracy?

So, I am out on one of my daily walks when I saw the sign for the Ham & Dandelion Dinner, and I thought - Oh! snap a picture for the blog so I can let people know about it. But I was surprised to see where the dinner would be, at The Masonic Temple in North Catasauqua. I didn't know there was a Masonic Temple in North Catty, no one ever told me. I saw the DaVinci Code, I read the Lost Symbol. Around every corner I think there is a conspiracy, so it was time to do some digging. Actually this is what I found out.

The Catasauqua Lodge No. 248 was constituted on January 30, 1854, when the Warrant was presented to the Catasauqua Lodge the name Catasauqua was crossed out and the name Porter was inserted as the name of the new lodge. The name Porter was taken from Brother James Madison Porter who was the District Deputy Grand Master of Easton. He had great influence on the Fraternity and served as a District Deputy for a long period of time. He was instrumental in 1836 of reactiviating the Easton Lodge and several surrounding Lodges after the period of the Anti-Masonic Party. The Anti-Masonic Party was the first "third party" in the United States. It strongly opposed Freemasonry and was founded as a single-issue party aspiring to become a major party. (There is some really good reading here, especially about the "Morgan Affair.")

It introduced important innovations to American politics, such as nominating conventions and the adoption of party platforms. I could go on and on but I won't.

Anyway, back to Catty - The first meeting was held in Gross Hall, a part of what was then called the United States Hotel situated on the northeastern corner of Front and Race.

Note - this was in the Biery's Port area and William Biery is listed as one of its members. A new hall was dedicated on March 5, 1868 in property owned by Brother James Fuller , located at Front and Church. Hmmm, another big name in Catty. The Lodge continued meeting here for 24 years until March 11, 1892 when they moved to Brother Max Reis's new Hall at 513 Front Street. They bought the building in 1902. Then there is some back and forth stuff with the Chapman Lodge of Northampton, a purchase of land and then finally a new meeting place at 1103 Sixth Street, North Catasauqua in October, 1977. I like what it says in their history about the new temple..."The new Temple is a beautiful one. It bespeaks dignity and reserve, its simple, clean and functional decor promotes an atmosphere of harmony and tranquility which should be found in any Masonic Temple." I could of told you so much more but I tried to condense it and all this because I saw a Ham and Dandelion Dinner sign. I might go if I get a chance, I would really like to get inside!! Also please note that we are have a Spring Craft Fair at Salem UCC, 3rd & Walnut Streets, Catasauqua from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM that day and I have an Iron Pigs game that night. I would love to you think they would care if I sneaked off and took pictures??? Anybody want to create a diversion for me? Hey, what can I say...that's Another Day in Catasauqua.