Every decade or so, a film comes along that’s emblematic of the zeitgeist of a generation, a coming-of-age movie, a film where the audience in the theater makes discoveries along with the characters on the screen as they awaken to self-discovery, the verities of life, and some often unforgiving truths.
“Lady Bird” is one such film.
With the advent of the month of December, the mood around the country has changed. We have entered “the holidays,” a time when we look forward to spending time with family and friends, shopping for gifts, and perhaps relaxing and taking a little time off from work.
Sometimes during December, we get trapped in the bustle of errands, shopping, cleaning, and cooking, and we forget that really the most important thing we can do during this time of year is to spend time with the people we care about.
It was written in 1843 in the midst of the bleakness of the Industrial Revolution, but also in a period in England when interest in Christmas traditions was being revived. Charles Dickens’ novella, “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas,” was perfect for its time.
The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “The Happy Elf,” continuing through Dec. 17, is a welcome change from slick traditional Christmas fare. It’s a musical comedy featuring a cast of mostly youthful actors and singers of diverse ages who are definitely full of the holiday spirit.
If you are dreaming of having a white Christmas this month, your best bet is MunOpCo Music Theatre’s stylish rendition of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas: The Musical,” on stage through Dec. 10 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown. The play is based on the 1954 holiday classic movie of the same name, which in turn, was named for the Academy Award-winning hit song featured in the 1942 film “Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.
The annual “Christmas City Follies” is Touchstone Theatre’s holiday gift to the community, and it comes wrapped in witty scripting, colorful costumes and fine acting, all tied together with a touch of satire and loads of wisdom. Created by the Touchstone Ensemble and directed by Artistic Director Jp Jordan, this year’s 18th edition of “Follies” continues through Dec. 22 at the south side Bethlehem venue.
Q. My parents have been babysitting my children since they were born, but now my parents are getting older and are not as physically able or alert as they used to be. I am not comfortable having them watch the children anymore. How do I tell them without hurting their feelings?
Harold and Dolores (Houseknecht) Sell, of Macungie, celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Nov. 15.
The couple was married at Mennonite Bretheran in Christ Church, Emmaus, now called Bethel Bible Fellowship, by the Rev. W. W. Hartman, in 1952.
Harold is the son of the late Harold and Annie Sell, of Allentown.
Dolores is the daughter of the late Charles and Bertha Houseknecht, of Emmaus.
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Wednesday, Nov. 29: Beef stew, buttered noodles, broccoli and cauliflower, applesauce.
Thursday, Nov. 30: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, oriental vegetable, banana.
Friday, Dec. 1: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, mixed fruit.
Monday, Dec. 4: Roasted pork, whipped potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce.
Tuesday, Dec. 5: Chicken dumplings, Capri blend vegetables, pineapple.
Wednesday, Dec. 6: Salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, carrots, orange.
The genre-defying Annie Moses Band Christmas tour makes a stop, 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville, Lehigh Township, performing classic carols and holiday tunes.
The group is made up of siblings Annie Wolaver Dupre, violin and vocals; William Alexander Wolaver, viola; Benjamin Wolaver, cello; Camille Da Silva, harp; Gretchen Wolaver, violin, mandolin and guitar, and Jeremiah Wolaver, guitar.