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Lifestyles over 50

Fun, Festivals, Food, and Frivolity — Things To See, Hear, and Do in the Valley

You don’t have to be the Valley’s oldest resident to enjoy the country’s oldest continuously-operated folklife festival. This nine-day event draws visitors from all over the world, entertaining families while providing valuable insight into the traditions of the Pennsylvania Dutch and their fascinating way of life. Quilts, crafts, food, fun, entertainment, kidstuff, and antique building — machts gut! The Kutztown Folk Festival is ADA-approved and wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchairs and scooters are available for rent. July 2 – 10, 9 AM to 6 PM daily. 450 Wentz St., Kutztown |

You may not have a meet-and-greet with the author, but you can enjoy fine performances by the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. A leading Shakespeare festival with an emerging national reputation for excellence, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is a professional theatre company on the campus of DeSales University. Each summer, PSF produces a season of Shakespeare and other classics, musical theatre, and children’s theatre. 2755 Station Ave., Center Valley, 18034 | | 610-282-WILL (9455) | [email protected].

Make sure to pack your lawn chairs in your trunk and head over to Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks for their concert season shows. As always, all 50 concerts are FREE, and the Mack Truck Stop will be open for delicious foods and beverages. Concerts run throughout the summer and feature many musical genres. The concerts take place at the Levitt Pavilion nestled at the base of the iconic Bethlehem blast furnaces on the SteelStacks arts and culture campus. 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, 18015 | | 610-332-3378.

If you’d like a great meal with your music, sample Bethlehem Tunes at Twilight, where top performers and bands appear at local Bethlehem restaurants. The series runs through July. While walking through Historic Downtown Bethlehem, you’ll be sure to hear the Tunes while supporting your favorite local merchants! Reservations are recommended where accepted. Visit this site for a complete listing of performers and venues:

Do you enjoy antiques? Yes, you love your spouse, but we mean antique jewelry, clothing, crafts, and other memorabilia. Combine antiquing with delicious food, deli, and bakery goods, and you have Renninger’s Antique and Farmer’s Market. The farmer’s market is open Fri. 10 – 6, Sat. 8 – 4. The antique market is open Sat. 8 – 4. The flea market is open 7:30 – 4. Special events include the Extravaganza, June 24 – 25, Sept. 23 – 24, featuring “Jewelry of all types, furniture, primitives, taxidermy, paintings, art, books, ceramics, garden items, reclaimed wood, toys, Christmas items, all types of vintage merchandise, and more. The variety is astounding.” 740 Noble St., Kutztown, 19530 | 570-385-0104 (M – Th), 610-683-6848 (Sat – Sun) |

Milford Park Bible Camp has been “a place to find refreshment for your soul” since 1927. This perfect summer retreat offers recreational fields, ga-ga pit,  playground, basketball and volleyball courts, indoor game room, air-conditioned dining room and newly-remodeled spacious lounge, in-ground pool w/certified lifeguards, playing fields, picnic pavilion, camp store, and snack shop. The outdoor tabernacle seats over 600 guests for the Saturday services and gospel concerts. Blessings abound at 6451 Chestnut St., Zionsville, 18092 | | 610-966-4240 | [email protected].