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Saturday, July 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The Nuge: Ted Nugent brings his brash style of rock ‘n’ roll to Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, for a concert at 8 p.m. July 11. Nugent, a guitar-playing showman, has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,500 concerts. The Detroit rocker spans five decades of multi-platinum hits, from the Amboy Dukes’ “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” to “Cat Scratch Fever.” Opening the concert: Dave Bray, a Navy veteran and now touring musician, singer and songwriter. Tickets: Penn’s Peak...

Respectfully Yours: Wedding money

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My granddaughter is getting married later this summer. I would like to give a check as a gift. Should I write the check to the bride or the groom, or both? What is the proper way to make out a check for a wedding gift?

Dear Reader, A wedding gift of money is a fantastic and thoughtful way to help a newly-married couple start a savings account or put aside money toward buying a home. For a couple starting their lives together, it can be far more freeing than a...

Auditions set for

Saturday, July 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus


Auditions for The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” are 7 p.m. July 15 and 16 at The Playhouse, 390 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem.

Callbacks, if needed, are at 7 p.m. July 17. Show dates are: Sept 28, 29, Oct 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14 at The Playhouse.

Those auditioning should prepare 16-32 bars of a comedic selection. Accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music in the correct key. Accompanist will not...

The Family Project: vacation drive

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. We leave next week for our family vacation. It will be a nine-hour drive with our three children: two boys ages four and six, and our 13-year-old daughter. My patience is already taxed, and I need a good vacation. How can I keep this fun for all of us?

Since the parent is already taxed and taking on a lot of the responsibility for the trip, panelist Chad Stefanyak suggested that she include the children in the planning, such as what snacks and drinks to bring along. He also urged...

Ted Nugent still rockin’ the American Dream

Monday, July 9, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Ted Nugent takes center stage with his “The Music Made Me Do It” 2018 tour, 8 p.m. July 11, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Nugent, who has sold more than 40 million albums and performed more than 6,500 shows, has been dubbed “the ultimate guitar-shredding showman carving his place in rock ‘n’ roll history.”

In a phone interview, Nugent says, “The music made me do it. That’s not only the title track to my new record, it’s my battle cry for more than 60 years to pursue this incredible...

Theater Review: ‘Tal’ a treat for eyes, ears, mind at MSMT

Saturday, July 7, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

“Tal: Beyond Imagination,” a joint production of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre and Atlas Circus Company, is billed as a “world-premiere circus performance for kids, parents and everyone else.”

The show, continuing through July 28, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, lives up to its billing as a show for all ages. Whether five, 15, or 55, audience members will love this dream-like production.

“Tal,” the brainchild of Noah Dach...

Movie Review: Revisit ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood’ of kindness

Saturday, July 7, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The question, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” has an implicit assumption.

It’s not “Please be my neighbor.”

it’s not “Will you be my neighbor?”

“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” implies that the decision is up to the individual being asked. It’s a straight-forward request. And it indicates a willingness on the part of the person asking, to be your neighbor to begin with.

It’s how Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003), creator and host of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” (beginning on PBS...

America On Wheels Allentown museum drives to 10th year as destination

Friday, July 6, 2018 by WALLY ELY in Focus

When Dave Bausch told me 20-plus years ago that there was a move underway to build a new automotive museum in Allentown, I was thrilled.

Bausch said they were looking into property at Lehigh Landing and the museum would be the keystone of the Allentown waterfront development.

Cars, driving and drag racing have been part of my life, starting with as a teenager on the team operating drag races at Convair Airport (Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport) in 1955-56 as a member of...

The laid-back sound of Chaise Lounge in ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, July 6, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall welcomes the Washington area ensemble Chaise Lounge to its “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. July 13.

The sextet offers swinging numbers that feature vocalist Marilyn Older while spotlighting an all-star lineup.

Charlie Barnett, who plays piano, accordion and guitar with the group, writes the tunes. His background as a composer is voluminous. He’s done more than 400 film and television show scores. He’s received...