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My Picks for Musikfest, August 2, 2014

Image Courtesy of Mucca Pazza
Image Courtesy of Mucca Pazza

Musikfest professes to have one of the most diverse genre venues around. It’s a claim many music festivals make, but IMHO, Musikfest meets the challenge. Where else can you find a music festival that features musicians playing everything from polkas to indie punk rock? The selections are so varied, it’s hard to choose who to see.

I’m always up for a new experience, so here are my two picks for tonight.

Mucca Pazza, 7:30 p.m. Volksplatz

This is a special shout out to all band geeks. Yes, I spent my time marching 8-to-5. We were bad; bad doesn’t even begin to describe it. There were no tryouts for our band, they were begging for warm bodies. For the first four or five home football games, I carried an instrument without a mouthpiece, just to help fill out the ranks. We did run-ons that were so chaotic the director told us “if you slip, bow. Make them think you meant it.” When the sousaphone player became enamored of one of the trumpet players, our director arranged Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia” with a sousaphone solo.

With that kind of background, I really need to see Mucca Pazza the rambunctious 20-piece circus-punk indie-rock marching band from Chicago that plays everything from Balkan brass to zombie mambo and demented arrangements of Dmitri Shostakovich. The group will lead a parade starting at 5 p.m. at Liederplatz and winding through the festival on the north side.

After that, I’ll go for King Paris and His Hypnotic Guitar, 9 p.m. Volksplatz. Rick Vito, who was lead guitarist for Fleetwood Mac and Bob Seger in the 1980s and ’90s (and is a Kutztown University grad), takes his new turban-wearing persona to the stage. I spent my formative years in the San Francisco Bay Area. What can I say? His videos look like a couple of parties I attended. Besides, I’m totally intrigued by someone who pairs “Ring of Fire” with belly dancers.

If neither of those float your boat, you can find something more to your taste here.

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Win Tickets to 2014 Vineyard & Winery Tour in Lehigh Valley

Discover Lehigh Valley has Two Pairs of Tickets to Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery’s special 2014 Vineyard & Winery Tour Series

All you need to do to enter is LIKE, SHARE, and COMMENT on their Facebook picture and tell them who you’d take with you. They’ll select TWO winners on Friday and notify them in their post.

Go to link;

Image Courtesy of Clover Hill

Image Courtesy of Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery

Join Clover Hill Winery for an inside look of their vineyards and production facility. Let them show you their winemaking process from the grape to the glass. The tour is approximately 1 ½ hours and includes wine tasting along the way. Reservations are required and space is limited. Guests under 21 are free and they are handicap accessible.

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery is a small, family owned business located in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Today Clover Hill is producing more than 75,000 gallons of wine annually.

For reservations please call 610-395-2468.

Tour tickets are $12 per person, under 21 free.
Tickets are still available for the July 21 session (this coming Monday) Call 610-395-2468 to reserve your session.

Event dates:
July 21, 2014 @ 2pm
August 9, 2014 @ 1 & 2pm
August 11, 2014 @ 2pm

Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery

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Win Two Free Tickets to Beauty & the Beast in PA

Image Courtesy of Lehigh Valley, PA

Image Courtesy of Lehigh Valley, PA

The friendly folks at Lehigh Valley, PA are giving away TWO PAIRS of tickets to see Beauty and the Beast at State Theatre Center for the Arts on June 3, 2014. To enter to win, go to their Facebook page and LIKE, COMMENT, and SHARE the photo.

They’ll announce two winners on Tuesday, May 20.
More information on the show:

To enter the ticket contest, go to:

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Win Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience

Dominator Scream

Image Courtesy of Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom

This Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience will have you and your family screaming with excitement and gasping for air as you get set to enjoy one of the east coast’s most thrilling amusement parks along with Lehigh Valley’s one of a kind interactive science center. This experience includes:

The Night Before

Day One

  • Four tickets to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom
  • Four Fast Lane passes for priority access to 10 premium rides (date specific)
  • Four tickets to Dinosaurs Alive!
  • Four souvenir water bottles
  • $100 gift card to be used for lunch inside the park, don’t forget to try the candy apples
  • $75 gift card to enjoy dinner at Red Robin
  • Overnight accommodations at the Allentown Comfort Suites

Day Two

  • $50 gift card to enjoy breakfast at Perkins Family Restaurant
  • $75 gift card to enjoy lunch at TGI Fridays
  • Family membership for two adults and two children to Da Vinci Science Center

Did you know that Olympus® North America is headquartered right here in Lehigh Valley, Pa.? As a bonus, the winner of this experience will receive an Olympus® Tough TG-630 iHS Digital Camera to capture their Ultimate Lehigh Valley Experience courtesy of our friends at Olympus®.

A winner will be announced on June 2, 2014 and this experience must be used by August 30, 2014

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Ultimate Date Night


Looking for a heart pounding date idea for Valentine’s Day? Chocolate and dinner is so obvious, why not head over to Lehigh Valley Grand Prix, and take advantage of the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Couple’s Package? It’s something new, distinctive and exciting to share with your Valentine.

You and your partner get to experience the excitement of high speed racing, share pizza and get your chocolate fix. For added romance, your love gets the traditional red rose. All for $99 per couple.

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