A slide-lecture and discussion, “Christmas Among the Pennsylvania Dutch,” will be presented at 1 p.m. Dec. 9, Lehigh County Historical Society
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
“This talk is for anyone interested in the history of Christmas in America. The Pennsylvania-Dutch introduced many holiday traditions to our popular culture,” Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum, said.
The Governor Wolf Historical Society holds its monthly “Tavern Night,” 7-10 p.m. Dec. 8, at the society’s campus, 6600 Jacksonville Road, Bath.
The event includes an evening of music, colonial craftsmen and spirit tastings in the candlelit ambiance of three historic buildings.
Listen to the Celtic sounds of Seasons in the historic Ralston-McKeen House. The piano stylings of Steve Meyers will be featured in the 1785 Wolf Academy.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Admission is for those 21 or older.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Michèle LaRue will present dramatic readings of two holiday stories, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.
The stories are “Dick Spindler’s Family Christmas” (1894) by Bret Harte (1894), and ”The Gift of the Magi” (1906) by O. Henry.
LaRue, a Chicago-born and New Jersey-based performer, tours nationally with her repertoire of century-old American “Tales Well-Told.”
The event is free and open to the public.
Information: allentownpl.org; 610-820-2400
Peter T. Kalandiak, 92, of Emmaus, died Nov. 14, 2017, at Cedarbrook, Allentown. He was the son of the late John and Anna Kalandiak. Orphaned at a very young age, he was brought up by his late aunt, Anastasia Turczyn and her daughter, Mary Turczyn.
He was an economic development consultant with PPL for 33 years, retiring in 1986.
He was a member of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Bethlehem and St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral, Philadelphia. He was an active member of St. Nicholas Senior Citizens.
Caroline B. (Sabatino) Abruzzi and Alfonso C. Abruzzi, of Coplay, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Nov. 2.
Caroline is the daughter of the late Bonaventure “Benny” and Mary D. Sabatino.
Alfonso is the son of the late Pasquale and Philomena Abruzzese.
The couple was married Nov. 2, 1947, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Roseto, Northampton County, by the Rev. Ducci.
They are the parents of David, husband of Wendy, of Slatington; Dennis, husband of Eileen, of Whitehall; Karen, wife of Glenn Lewis, of Easton, and Colleen, of Allentown.
John P. Panczyszin, 65, of Macungie, died Nov. 30, 2017, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Allentown. He was the husband of Rachel A. (Rack) Panczyszin, with whom he shared 35 years of marriage this past Nov. 20. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late John and Helen (Kuzma) Panczyszin.
He was last employed by Tyco/formerly the Central Sprinkler Co., as a financial accountant. Prior to that he worked in the same capacity for both Mack Truck, Inc. and Ingersoll-Rand, Inc.
He enjoyed photography and was the owner and operator of Lasting Impression Photography for many years.
The Good Shepherd Home - Raker Center in Allentown and the Good Shepherd Home - Bethlehem each received a ranking of five stars overall in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 - 2018 Best Nursing Homes. The rankings highlight facilities in the United States providing high-quality care.
Barbara A. Rex, 76, of Emmaus, died Nov. 25, 2017. She was the wife of the late Howard T. Rex, Jr. Born in Catasauqua, she was a daughter of the late Robert L. and Gertrude V. (Barley) Dougherty.
She worked as a homemaker for L.C. Homemaker Health Aide Service.
She was a member of St. John’s U.C.C., Emmaus. She was a former member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Allentown. She was also a former member of Mary Livingston Chapter #167 Order of the Eastern Star, where she received her Gold Pin for 25 years of membership.
ArtsQuest has announced that Jane George is the new Executive Director of the ArtsQuest F6oundation. George, selected for the position following a national search, is the first full-time Executive Director in the Foundation’s history. She began her new role Dec. 4.
For the past 17 years, George, a resident of South Whitehall Township, worked for St. Luke’s University Health Network, most recently as Assistant Vice President of Government Relations & Capital Development.