Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
Fall! It’s a great time to get outside and enjoy cool, crisp days and bright sunshine. You can try a new sport or activity or take up one that you haven’t participated in for some time. Walking for charity or biking with a team can give the activity an entirely different dimension. From kayaking to fishing to riding a tandem bike, here are some ideas for enjoying the outdoors now and in the coming weeks.
Since 1988 Celtic Cultural Alliance (CCA) has been hosting the Celtic Classic Highland Games and Festival in Bethlehem each September. The 32nd Annual Celtic Classic is presented by Celtic Cultural Alliance, an organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the Celtic heritage through education, musical presentations, and traditional competitions. Competitions include piping, haggis eating, fiddle, dance and the National Highland Games Championship. September 27-29. celticfest.org.
Municipal Band Allentown
Wed, Jul 3 7:30 pm Bethlehem Rose Garden
Sat, Jul 6 7:15 pm Earl Adams Memorial Park
Sun, Jul 7 7:15 pm Rain Date
Fri, Jul 19 7:30 pm West Park
Sun, Aug 4 7:30 pm West Park
We recently had the privilege of attending the memorial service for a man who served his Lord, his family, and his country faithfully and at great cost. Frank Ginther was a devoted father, Sunday school teacher, Staff Sergeant in the PA National Guard, and a member of the crew of the USS Pueblo, the Navy ship captured by North Korea in 1968. Frank was also long-time manager of our local Christian radio station, WJCS. As you can imagine, the memorial service was dignified, spiritual, and had that typical Christian paradoxical mood of sorrow and victory.
I grew up in a small town in northern NJ, named Oakland. I left there for college in 1971, but I took some fond memories with me. For seniors, it seems that the more times change, the more precious and intense those memories become. The stores are stocked with pumpkins, black cats, ghosts, goblins, gore, and glittery princess costumes, so it must be time for that most sacred, spooky, and controversial of holidays: Halloween.
I can’t tell you how long I’ve waited to use that title. Because Clairol has not produced Summer Blonde Hair Lightener since the mid-60s (It’s actually archived in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History!), I’ve waited a long time to see what reaction that wordplay would get. I won’t know unless you email me, and I probably should not hold my breath.