Welcome to the Virtual Bethlehem Christmas Tree Lighting 2020!
The fun and festive Bethlehem Christmas Toss for Charity will be held on December 19 at 11 a.m. at More Miles Automotive, 1458 Stefko Blvd., Bethlehem, PA.
The original event was first held in 2002 when then Meineke Car Care owner Peter Kearns challenged Mike DeCrosta, currently of More Miles Automotive, to a contest. The resulting yearly tradition became something of a bizarre, but wildly popular, way to celebrate the holiday season. Peter Kearns passed away in 2016.
The event originally ended in 2013 after Kearns retired, but was revived in 2015 at the behest of fans and former participants.
“Pete is the one who came up with this wonderful idea and made sure that it was always in the spirit of raising money for charity,” DeCrosta said. “We want to continue to honor him by holding the event in his name.”
More Miles Automotive, in conjunction with Lehigh Valley with Love Media, will host the ‘Peter Kearns Memorial Christmas Tree Toss’ with proceeds going to Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley. The public is encouraged to attend and throw Christmas trees for distance in an effort to be this year’s champion! There will also be small giveaways and refreshments.
Local dignitaries will also be invited to attend and participate in the event. Last year, more than 50 attendees threw Christmas trees a variety of distances last year, including children, who have their own mini tree to throw.
Donations of $5 per throw are encouraged. However, donations of all amounts are accepted and can be made in person at the event or by mailing a donation payable to Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley ℅ More Miles Automotive 1458 Stefko Blvd., Bethlehem, PA.
We’ve teamed up with the Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Downtown Bethlehem Association to produce a “Meet the Merchants” video series.
Learn more about downtown Bethlehem businesses in these short snippets.
Join us on July 30 for “History Happy Hour: Early PA Dutch Therapies For Pandemics (and Other Diseases) with Dr. Ned Handel of the Williams Township Historical Society”
Our sponsor is Social Still!
Lehigh Valley with Love has partnered with Cancer Support Community Greater Lehigh Valley to bring you the latest in face mask radicalness.
Wear this bodacious cooling active band in dozens of ways. Wet it and it’ll keep you cool while you skate on down to the… Skateaway. That seems like a good spot.
For only $15 this face mask, headband, dish rag is ultra soft, super absorbent, and easy to active: just soak, wring, and SNAP!
A portion of proceeds from every face mask sold will go to Cancer Support Community Greater Lehigh Valley. Find out more about this wonderful organization.
Please allow 2 weeks for delivery if you live somewhere far away. Otherwise, give us a week or so 🙂 We appreciate you.
Lehigh Valley Passport to History is launching a virtual ‘History Happy Hour’ series starting on July 16.
The five-part series, hosted by Lehigh Valley with Love Media’s George Wacker, will air live on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. on the Lehigh Valley Passport to History Facebook page.
Each 30-minute episode will highlight a different theme and discussion from the night’s host museum, as well as a featured drink from the night’s drink sponsor.
Kelcie’s design, “Compassion Double IPA” won out of more than a dozen submissions. The decision wasn’t easy, Kelcie’s design incorporated what many of us are trying to convey during these uncertain times.
The Bethlehem Chamber, Downtown Bethlehem Association, Southside Arts District and Community Action Development Corporation of Bethlehem have come together to launch the #BacktoBethlehem campaign as their counties move to the Yellow Phase.
This campaign is all about preparing both the merchants and the community for getting back to business. “We want to make sure our business community is equipped with all the information and supplies they need in order to safely re-open.” said Tammy Wendling, Downtown Bethlehem Association Manager.
In addition to making sure merchants are ready, Missy Hartney, Southside Arts District Downtown Manager says “it’s extremely important to make sure the community knows what expectations there will be for them as customers as well as making them feel comfortable with coming back out to support these small businesses.”
Bethlehem merchants have been asked to take the Vow of the Valley, launched by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Those who sign the online vow, will receive a “Back to Bethlehem” graphic to use on social media and their website. This will let the community know these businesses took a pledge to protect their health and safety during this re-opening phase.
In addition to the Vow of the Valley, this task force partnered with Lehigh Valley with Love Media to create a video encouraging the community to come out and support Bethlehem businesses in the yellow phase.
As seen in the video, DLP Real Estate Capital and South Carolina based, SC Health generously donated 10,000 masks to the Bethlehem business community to ensure the safety of both employees and customers.
For more information on this campaign and to take the Vow of the Valley visit : www.lehighvalleychamber.org/backtobethlehem
Weyerbacher Brewing Company, along with Lehigh Valley with Love Media, have teamed up to create a brew to help benefit Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley.
There’s one catch. Well, two. We need a name and a logo.
No, we’re not being lazy, we just thought it’d be a lot more fun to have the design come from the people of the Lehigh Valley who have been quarantined for three months.
Use #NameOurBeerLV on social media or just comment on this post on Facebook or Instagram. We’ll pick one of them and you’ll be given credit.
If you’d like to submit a logo, make up a name and logo and head to this link: https://forms.gle/dcXJfPoy1HbiTjzS6
One winner will receive $100 from us and a Weyerbacher gift card.
This contest ends on June 17 and then we’ll use the logo in promotion as well as the name, always giving credit to the original winners.
Thank you for helping and supporting Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley!
Also, check out our interview with Danielle Brunner below!
In our final qurantine series interview as we move into Yellow we’ll put up another post wrapping them up) we talk with Michael Keller, Marketing Manager for Made Possible in Lehigh Valley.
The Made Possible in Lehigh Valley campaign seeks to increase outside awareness of the positive attributes Lehigh Valley has to offer, develop a positive image of the region, and market it as an attractive place to live, visit and locate a business.
Jimi Storey was in Europe heading up Halsey’s World Tour when they got the notice he’d have to come home to Bethlehem due to covid cancellations.
We talk about the touring industry, how he got started, and what he’s looking forward to. It’s on of @ih8kate’s besties!
We talk with James Hamill, Director of Public Relations Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau about how the area is preparing to open and especially the #poconopromise
James and George also went to Honesdale High School together. Fun stuff.
We catch Mike Schlossberg PA State Rep District 132 before he left for Harrisburg. We talk about what’s going on in his district, which mostly makes up Allentown, and his thoughts on what’s open and what’s not.
Thank you, Mike!
*We interviewed his write-in opponent, Mike McCreary, previously. Please see our videos for his episode.