It is truly a great week to live in the Valley! After the tattoo convention on Friday night, get up and get over to South Side Bethlehem for street shows, bikers in high heels, chili sampling and sidewalk sales. And let’s not forget all of the vendors of the 5 Alarm Arts Fair selling their goodies.
Spring on Fourth! Who’s on Third? is a FREE and family-friendly event is packed full of people to see, businesses to patron and food to stuff into your belly. the Bethlehem Bike Co-op will be hosting “Heels on Wheels”, sassy ladies dressed up extra-glam riding their bikes all over Bethlehem to raise awareness for better bike parking and lanes in the city. Hopefully you’ll be in your dancin’ shoes for the Community Dance Party.
The Banana Factory is hosting an Arts Block Party with lots of artsy demonstrations and fun, watch hula-hooping street shows, and shop the many stores that will be holding sidewalk sales! Be sure to bring some used clothing you no longer wear (in good condition) to Homebase Skateshop and they’ll give you 1% off for every donated item they take in (up to 20% off!) so you can get something new in the shop. More info HERE. Also check out the skateboarding demonstration in the street!
Save some room in your stomachs for the Chili Cook-off. From Noon-2pm, local eateries prepare their best chili recipes for sampling. One Dollar gets you three chili samples from the cook of your choice! Over 30 kinds to choose from, including some veggie-friendly chilis from Blue Sky Cafe and (probably) Wildflower Cafe.
And Lehigh’s campus square will be home to the 5 Alarm Arts Fair. The Community Artists of Bethlehem will again host this Arts Fair for it’s second year. CAB representative and designer of fancy hair accessories Loly Reynolds spoke to us about the Arts Fair.
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Five is a lot of alarms. What IS the 5 Alarm Arts Fair?
CAB is excited to showcase about 20 emerging and seasoned artisans in its second edition of “5 Alarm Arts Fair” which will be located at the intersection of Morton and South New Streets from noon til 4pm. The event will coincide with “Spring on Fourth! Whats on Third?” annual event when includes music and demos throughout the Southside, as well as a beloved chili cook-off which has become an area tradition!
Merchants will include photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelery, chic/avante garde items for home and self and much more. This is a family event complete with activities for the kids…including an Win-A-Sundae coloring contest! Whether you enjoy a flair for the spicy or like to keep it cool, there is sure to be excitement to suit everyones taste!
What does 5 Alarm aim to do?
I hope that 5AAF encourages more commradery among area artists, have new friendships/partnerships flourish and basically encite collaborations to grow among us while enjoying an amazing community day that hopeful is lucrative for the artists. Its a great way for new an upcoming artists to get their name out there and to connect with more seasoned artists who may impart their experiences.
Are your vendors local?
All of the artists are from in and around Bethlehem, with a few exceptions. I network with individuals from past exhibits, as well as word of mouth (friend of a friend) and I get out there to where stuff is happening and enjoy meeting new people. I have also found Myspace and Facebook to be very useful for artist calls.
What are some of the goodies we can expect to find?
One can expect to find work with fresh perspectives at the fair because many are young, creative sorts that are up to the minute with the latest trends and new ideas. You may sift through The Square eyeing anything from acrulic paintings, jewelery, crocheted hats, hair accessories, photography, hand painted purses, mosaics, ceramics and even a make-shift designer boutique.
Last year was the first Arts Fair. Why is it called “5 Alarm”, and what was is the community response?
Its called “5 Alarm” because of the fact that it coincides with the Southsides “Chili Cook-Off” and because there is always a great turn out for that event we had a nice turnout for the Arts fair as well. Its our way to get involved in the many wonderful things going on during “Whats on Fourth” event that seems to kick off the warm weather season!
Its a great way for us as artists say we’re are here “working” too and we want to be apart of the evolution of this prospering community. We have a 30% more artists this year and I expect that we are going to fill out Campus Square nicely, creating a presence. We have Megan Everett coming this year to host a coloring contest to win a free Sundae at The Cup and a tote full of creative ideas for the little ones to put on their imagination caps and create a masterpiece to take with them!
As if anyone had any doubts, please make your last plea for why everyone from all over the Valley needs to check this out. Ready? Go!
Its going to be a really fun day that will entertain the whole family…..Mom and dad can shop the vendors while the kids are entralled in creative ativities or hula hooping! Also it is located right next to where the skateboarders and bmx-ers will be hosting a demo on S. New St. with DJs keeping us groovin’ to the beat! If you’ve always said you think its great that Bethlehem has become such an artsy town….come on out and meet the artists!!!
It’s going to be a busy weekend! Get to Bethlehem around Noon to make sure you don’t miss a thing, bring a few dollars to eat some chili, and bring your family and friends.
See you there!