Legend holds that music staved off attack on Bethlehem at height of French and Indian War
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Frank Whelan
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Editor's Note: This column was originally published on Patch in 2010 As Christmas approached in the year 1755, the Moravian community of Bethlehem appeared to have little to celebrate. The year had begun with a prolonged drought that by summer had left its mark with a legacy of dry creek beds and wilted crops. Then on the warm morning of July 19, as the community was gathering for prayers, the sound of pounding hoof beats was heard passing the Single Brethren House. Like a foreboding horseman of the biblical Apocalypse it sent a shiver through the assembled congregation. Community leaders knew it had to be an official courier on urgent business for the Crown. Only he would treat his mount so roughly. They were correct. Courier Nicholas …
Christmas City planning for the holidays, seeking donations of large fir trees
Sunday, July 17, 2011
The Christmas City is planning for the 2011 holiday season and needs local homeowners to think about donating trees. The call for donations of well-shaped fir trees that are 40-50-feet high is going out now because this is the time of year when many homeowners are considering landscaping issues on their property, according to the Citizens’ Christmas City Committee. Trees must be accessible by road and located within 10 miles of the city. City electrician Greg Cryder will visit the location and inspect the tree for acceptability. Tree donations will be recognized at the annual Christmas City Tree Lighting Ceremony, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Friday, November 25 on Payrow Plaza. Anyone wishing to donate a tree should call Cryder 610-865-7108.