Five Cool Things to Look Forward To

by Carrie Havranek

Insert tired winter cliché here. Cold. Stuck inside. Cabin fever. Slippery roads. And so forth. But guess what? Spring is just around the corner, and 2011 promises to be chockablock with both new and recurring things to look forward to once the weather breaks. Here are five of them.

1. Steel Stacks, Bethlehem. In addition to providing the new home for Musikfest, the four-story mega complex in SouthSide Bethlehem, brought to you by ArtsQuest, promises three stages and entertainment options 365 days a year. It’s a tall promise, and one that’s not without controversy, but it’s something that’s bound to breathe some serious life into the already thriving SouthSide. The first show at the Musikfest Cafe is the Steve Miller Band on April 30.

2. CSAs planting, farmers markets, and gardening in general. Are you seriously missing fresh, seasonal vegetables and fruits that you grew or someone else did? The seed catalogs are arriving, and the growing season will be here before you know it. This also means that it’s time to buy a share in a farm that’s participating in Community Supported Agriculture. Lucky for us, we’ve got tons of farms to choose from, and if you’re not sure where to start, Local Harvest is a good site to explore. Easton Farmers Market starts up on May 7, and the Emmaus Market starts the previous Sunday, on May 2.

3. Baseball in general; IronPigs specifically. Fans of baseball are already counting the days until pitchers and catchers report, but closer to home, IronPigs baseball starts up again in early April. Tickets went on sale in December, and the first exhibition game is April 5. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

4. Dining outside, al fresco, on sidewalks, terraces, porches, patios, and the like. I don’t think that needs much elaboration.

5. Tell us what you’re looking forward to! The possibilities are endless.

Carrie Havranek is a writer in Easton who is hoping to secure a plot at Lafayette College’s Organic Garden this season.


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