Dave Roper never aspired to fame, although he had the talent for it, because he did not wish to leave the Lehigh Valley.
Roper, a Lehigh Valley music treasure, died April 8. He was 82.
Over the years, the pianist built a substantial following for the Dave Roper Trio’s many years at the Hotel Bethlehem, and before that, for 15 years at the now-closed King George Inn in South Whitehall Township.
Roper also played many times, usually annually in the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. He last played there July 19, 2019.
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On the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene, professional folk, country, blues, jazz, rock and pop musicians have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdowns.
Concerts have been canceled, performance venues are temporarily closed and restaurants and bars aren’t allowed to open their doors.
While many area singer-songwriters and music entertainers have gone online for virtual concerts, there are no real substitutes for live audiences.
Q. I am a mom who is totally losing her mind trying to home-school three kids, cook, clean and work. I feel guilty about having to divide myself so much. How can I spend more time with my kids and give them the attention they need?
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home mandates. the panelists had words of encouragement for the mother.
“First and foremost,” said panelist Chad Stefanyak, “we need to let the mother know that this is everybody right now. She is not the only one feeling this way.”
Lehigh Valley Press newspapers received 12 awards in the 2020 Keystone Media Awards for work published in 2019.
The Bethlehem Press and its contributors received nine Keystone Awards. East Penn Press received one Keystone Award. Salisbury Press received one Keystone Award. Northampton Press received one Keystone Award.
I live in an apartment complex with about 30 units and I am now working from home. With more people hunkered down at home, what are some polite ways apartment-dwellers can handle noise levels?
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home mandates, people are spending most of their time at home. When you’re in an apartment building, this is the time to be especially mindful of neighbor etiquette.
Q. I wear dentures now. Any pointers I should know about?
The following are some tips for eating with dentures:
- Don’t bite with your front teeth or pull your food outward from your mouth.
- Chew food on both sides of your mouth simultaneously to stabilize your dentures.
- Cut food into small pieces.
- When you first eat with your dentures, you should avoid sticky foods, raw vegetables and hard-to-chew meats.
- It is more difficult to feel inside your mouth when you wear dentures, so be careful with hot foods and anything with small bones.
During this time of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home and social distancing, now is the perfect year to start vegetable gardening.
Nothing’s better than eating a tomato or lettuce just picked from your own garden.
Plus, gardening is very therapeutic. Working outside in the fresh air, getting exercise, a good family activity, even being able to save money at the grocery store are all really great stress-relieving reasons to garden.
When planning your garden, it’s important to ask yourself a few basic questions:
- Who will be doing the work?
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, May 13: Sweet and sour beef, stir fry vegetable blend, brown rice, crackers, orange.
Thursday, May 14: Baked ham, Brussels sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes, rye bread, oatmeal cookie.
Friday, May 15: Chicken parmesan, garlic broccoli, whole wheat penne, grapes.
Monday, May 18: Hot meatloaf sandwich, French onion soup, mashed potatoes, whole wheat sandwich roll, cottage cheese and fruit.
Tuesday, May 19: Omelet, turkey sausage, sauteed peppers and onions, diced potatoes, whole-grain English muffin, fresh orange.
For locations, closings and current updates, call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Pandemic predictability: Canceled are Musikfest opening act; Levitt Pavilion concerts; Pride Fest; Blues Brews & Barbecue; Tunes at Twilight; Bucks Playhouse summer season
With pandemic predictability, the first headliner at Musikfest 2020 has postponed its concert because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The July 31 Wind Creek Steel Stage concert of The National, scheduled to open the 37th annual Musikfest, is postponed, according to Musikfest and The National websites.