Annual Tree Lighting in the Park
6:00 PM18:00

Annual Tree Lighting in the Park

 6:00pm to 7:00pm make edible ornaments for our West Park furry and feathered friends at the Church of the Mediator, 1620 W. Turner St. 

7:00pm to 8:00pm   Music, Tree Lighting, Hot Chocolate & Cookies. The park is located between Linden & Turner Streets and 15th & West Streets.  Meet at the band shell.

Everyone is welcome and it's FREE!!

Contact:  Tom Yurcka, President, WPCA 610-737-7132 or email


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Historic House Tour
11:00 AM11:00

Historic House Tour

West Park Civic Association 37th Annual House Tour

The West Park Civic Association’s Annual House Tour, held annually since 1982, will be held on Sunday, September 8, from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  The tour will feature a variety of homes and businesses that have been completely re-purposed or restored to their historic grandeur.  This year’s tour will also feature some adjacent areas of redevelopment.  Featured downtown will be The Vault, Center Square Lofts and Tower Five and RB Collection.  Throughout the tour visitors will see a variety of interiors & gardens reflecting detailed restorations as well as the latest in contemporary living.  Please be sure to visit the Community Music School for afternoon entertainment and while there, don’t miss the restored Hess Lounge, the epitome of Hollywood Glam style. The West Park House Tour is an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.  Come out and join us in celebrating the 37th Anniversary of this annual tradition!

The West Park Historic District

West Park was created from the collective vision of a few for the solace and enjoyment of many.  The arboretum, complete with a fountain and a band shell, is home to many rare species of trees.   West Park provides the city residents with a natural setting that offers rest and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of everyday living while adding to the rich cultural heritage of Allentown.  In 2001 a portion of the neighborhood between 14th & 17th Streets and Chew & Court Streets was designated The West Park Historic District.  This designation has the objective of preserving the exterior architectural beauty of the District’s homes.  The residents of West Park are steps away from the renaissance occurring in downtown Allentown.  The City of Allentown and the West Park Civic Association provide residents of Allentown and nearby communities with many opportunities for a rich menu of cultural activities set in the natural beauty of the changing seasons of the park.

The West Park Civic Association

The West Park Civic Association, a 501C3 Organization, was founded in 1976 to preserve, protect, enhance and promote West Park and the surrounding neighborhood.  The Association’s goals include preventing park and neighborhood blight and deterioration, promoting enforcement of laws and ordnances and encouraging harmonious relations among the neighborhood residents.

Advance tickets are available for purchase here and at the select Lehigh Valley businesses below.  Tickets may be purchased and prepaid vouchers may be redeemed at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 1620 W Turner Street the day of the event from 10:30am to 3:00pm.  

 Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the tour.

To buy advance tickets click here.

Advance tickets may also be purchased at the following locations:

Albright’s Hardware, C. Leslie Smith, BOUTIQUETOGO, Hummus House, Phoebe Floral, RE:find, Walter’s Pharmacy, & Weil Antiques.

Contact: Tom Yuracka, President, West Park Civic Association 610-737-7132

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Dinner and a Movie in West Park - A Star Is Born
6:00 PM18:00

Dinner and a Movie in West Park - A Star Is Born

Bring a picnic dinner & beverage to enjoy with family and friends in beautiful West Park!

To start the evening we will have a performance by local band Smooth Retsina Glow – S.R.G. (

Followed at dusk by the movie A Star Is Born!

Call or text Mar Haeussler at 973-722-0713 or email for dinner table reservations. 

Reservations are not necessary but help with planning!

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Art-in-the-Park Prize Winners
to Aug 7

Art-in-the-Park Prize Winners


Painting:  oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor 

First prize Egidio Galgano                                         

Second prize  Jacqueline Meyerson

Third prize    Haggis Vitae

  Works on paper (drawings, prints, photographs, collage)

 First prize  Blue Bee

 Second prize   Vincent Burke

 Third prize  Daniel La Torre

  Three-d  (sculpture [including ceramic], constructions)

First prize   Flint Hill

 Second prize  Karen Kane

 Third prize  Robert Jenkinson

  Crafts:  glass, jewelry, metalwork, fiber art, ceramics

First prize  Susan Niles

Second prize  Svetlana Howells

 Third prize  Emily Kitt

Art using recycled/repurposed materials

Prize  Devyn Briggs


 College Students

First prize  Derek Reynoso

Second prize  Lillian Wunderly

 hird prize  Amy Sanders


High School Students

 First prize  Elizabeth Ramos

 Second prize  Edna Creelman

 Third prize  Christina Swanston

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10:00 AM10:00



The West Park Civic Association’s Art-in-the-Park returns to Allentown’s tranquil, verdant West Park. The perennially-popular event features original works of fine art and crafts by 70+ artists from the Lehigh Valley and surrounding states.  Please join us for a delightful day and demonstrate your talents! The park is a treasure of Allentown’s historic West End and there is always a good turnout. Free exhibition space will be given to high school and college students. The show is being organized by a committee of volunteers chaired by art consultant/independent scholar Dr. Christine Isabelle Oaklander. Organizers are hard at work building a wider geographic pool of applicants exhibiting higher quality art in a range of mediums. Applicants will be vetted by Dr. Margo Hobbs, Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department, Muhlenberg College and Ilene Hochberg Wood, aesthetic trendsetter and prominent art patron. Artist demonstrations in various mediums will be offered throughout the day. Cash prizes will be offered in a range of categories, with the winners selected by Dr. Kathleen Jameson, the new Executive Director & CEO, James Michener Art Museum and Scott Schweigert, Curator of Art & Civilization, Reading Public Museum.  Live performances, including the nationally-famous Allentown Band, will be presented throughout the day in the magnificent bandshell.  Food and drink will be available from a range of vendors. Join us in West Park for a celebration of the arts at a glorious season.

Entertainment for the event will be:

10:00 - 10:30 Repertory Dance Theatre

12:45 - 2:00 Allentown Band

3:00 - 5:00 Hector Rosado

                           Adult Application                            Student Application

Annual Sponsorship Advertising & Patron Information

To Become a Patron

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The WPCA Plein Air Painting Workshop with Adriano Farinella
to Jun 2

The WPCA Plein Air Painting Workshop with Adriano Farinella

Painters of all skill levels are invited to join instructor Adriano Farinella at Allentown’s historic West Park for three full days of plein air painting!

Friday May 31 thru Sunday June 2, 9am to 4pm

Students will receive personalized instruction, a plein air painting guide book, and daily demos in composition, value, and color. 
 (Students must provide their own materials)

The special discounted rate of $125 for this workshop will be 
 donated in full to fund the West Park Civic Association 
 Arts Education Scholarships

All work painted during the workshop will be automatically entered into Art-in-the-Park on June 15, 2019

Feel free to email Adriano with any questions at:

For more on what to expect and a materials list click below:

Tuition for all 3 days is $125.  To sign up click here.

WPCA Contact: Joann Jones 610-972-6586 or

For a list of local lodgings click here.


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 Members Only Progressive/Pot Luck Dinner & Hat Contest on Derby Day!
5:30 PM17:30

Members Only Progressive/Pot Luck Dinner & Hat Contest on Derby Day!

WPCA's annual Progressive/Pot Luck Dinner is coming up soon.  It is a members only event, so if you haven't yet paid your 2019 dues, now is the time.  You can conveniently pay here by visiting the Store.  Just click on Connect and Store.   Space is limited for this very popular event so please RSVP by following the instructions at the bottom of the invitation and coordinating your covered dish with Merrily

Since our Progressive/Pot Luck Dinner falls on the same day as the Kentucky Derby, we've decided to hold a best hat contest (men and women) at the cocktail portion of the evening.  We encourage everyone to come wearing their finest and most extravagant hat to celebrate the derby tradition. 

The rules are simple:  each contest participant will be given a number upon arrival.  To participate in the voting, you must buy a vote for $1.  All proceeds will be pooled and the pot will be split 50/50 between the "best hat" and the WPCA.   The winner will be announced at the dinner portion of the evening.

In keeping with the Kentucky Derby tradition, we will be serving Mint Juleps this year.

You are invited to a
Members Only

Progressive Pot Luck Dinner

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Hosted by
West Park Civic Association
Cocktails/Hors d’oeuvres
5:30 to 7:00
Home of Charlie & Annette Thiel
22 S. 16th Street
7:00 to 9:00
Home of Michael Sherer
1509 West Linden Street
Dancing & Entertainment to follow dinner
To RSVP and Coordinate Covered Dish contact
Merrily Starkey 610-351-0174
by 4/29
A donation of $10 per person will be collected
 at the door





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6:00 PM18:00

Outdoor Christmas Caroling


Wednesday, December 19, WPCA will be caroling throughout the neighborhood.  We will meet at 6:00p.m. at 44 N West St. and visit primarily homes with elderly or shut-in residents.  If you have any requests for stops, please let us know. 

 Afterwards we will enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and good company.  Anyone who wishes to is encouraged to bring cookies to share.  We hope to see you there.  Invite a neighbor to come along and see how much fun it can be to be a member of West Park Civic Assn.

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Cocktails in the Sky
6:00 PM18:00

Cocktails in the Sky

The Livingston Roof Top
1411 Hamilton Street
Friday, September 30
6:00 to 8:00
To Promote the West Park Neighborhood and Local Businesses
Cocktails, Hor D’Oeuvres,
Live music with Andrew Mark Schaeffer,
A Silent Auction featuring local restaurants & services,
 a night at the Renaissance, hockey tickets,  and more.
 Tickets are sold out.
 This will be an elegant and fun evening not to be missed.
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Dinner & a Movie - Spectre
6:30 PM18:30

Dinner & a Movie - Spectre

Bring your own picnic dinner & beverage to enjoy with family and friends while enjoying a concert by the Pioneer Band.  Reserve seating at one of the tables complete with flowers and tablecloths by calling Peggy at 610-434-0657.  STRUT Catering Company (2 meatball sliders with a side of pasta salad-$7; assorted beverages also available) and Kona Ice food vendors will also be available to purchase food items. Then sit back and enjoy the movie, Spectre(PG-13)!! Movie begins around 8:15PM. 

The West Park Civic Association will be collecting donations of art, craft, and sewing supplies (yarn, crochet hooks, knitting needles, fabric, thread, drawing paper, canvases, watercolors, paintbrushes, colored pencils, scissors, glue, etc…) for the new Refugee Community Center at The Episcopal Church of the Mediator.  Thank you!



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11:00 AM11:00

34th Annual House Tour

34th Annual House Tour

Sunday, June 19, 2016

11 A.M. TO 4 P.M.


Advance tickets are no longer available.  Tickets may be purchased the day of the tour in front of the Church of the Mediator on the corner of Turner and West Streets.


West Park Civic Association to Host 34th Annual House Tour June 19th from 11:00 to 4:00

Join us for a beautiful day in the West Park Historic neighborhood. Enjoy fine examples of architecture ranging from early 20th century American Craftsman style to a French Empire Revival style. Your ticket grants you access to thirteen unique locations. Experience the recently restored LVHN Edward Harvey Memorial College for Nurses building at 1628 Chew Street, a shining example of sensitive restoration and adaptive reuse. Wander through homes with beautifully carved woodwork, stained glass, and unique irreplaceable architectural features. Journey through a pre-restoration project of an Arts and Craft home for its debut on the West Park Historic House Tour. Live music will be provided at various locations along the tour.


The Queen Anne style Clauss mansion (1509 Linden), featuring a recently renovated designer kitchen, vintage style powder room, and spa bath with steam shower, is a true architectural gem bordering Allentown’s West Park. Visit the Shingle style home of Mar Haeussler and John Clarry, the former Society of the Arts Show House. Cross Millionaire’s Row and experience the 1908 French Empire Revival style home, built by John Taylor, owner of the Globe Dry Goods Store. Marvel at the beautiful decorative plaster relief attributed to Herman Merkel, who was a commercial artist and expert in ornamental plaster. This home is an ongoing restoration project by Jaindl Properties. Enjoy a brief talk on Millionaire’s Row by local historian, Frank Whelan to be held at 1:00 pm at the John Taylor House.

Continue downtown to learn more about the rich and varied architectural history of Allentown. Vintage trolleys will transport you from Church of the Mediator on 1620 Turner Street to several historic downtown locations. Continue your tour at Trout Hall, built in the Georgian style, Allentown’s oldest surviving home. There you will find docents in period costumes to transport you to the late 18th Century. Visit a charming mid-19th Century townhome retaining most of its original features. Enjoy a tour of Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, home to the 112- year-old Lehigh County Historical Society. Restroom facilities and light refreshments will be available at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum.

Tickets can be purchased the day of the tour for $15 at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, 1620 W. Turner Street. Advance tickets are available for $12 and may be purchased online or at the following locations: Albrights Hardware, C. Leslie Smith, Phoebe Floral, Walter’s Pharmacy, Hummus House, BoutiqueToGo, and Re:find. Tickets will also be available at Art-In-The-Park on June 18th. Free off street parking is available at Masonic Temple, 16th and Linden Streets and at 1425 Hamilton Street (rear of John Taylor House). This year’s tour, hosted by West Park Civic Association, is sponsored by Jaindl Properties, City Center Lehigh Valley, and BB&T. Please wear soft soled shoes, no heels that may damage floors.

Interested in helping support the West Park Civic Association and its Annual House Tour? Here is how you can help:

Volunteer to be a docent.

2 shifts available: 11 to 1:30 or 1:30 to 4. It’s free and you get to meet a great bunch of people!

Be a Patron!

$25 Silver, $50 Gold or $100 Platinum donation gets your name listed in the Patron section of the tour booklet.


1/3 page black & white ad (business card) is $60. Full color is $75.
1/2 page black & white ad (4.25” x 5.5”) is $75. Full color is $115.
Full page black & white ad (8.5” x 5.5”) is $125. Full color is $165.

Ad pricing above is for camera ready ad in .jpg, .png, or vector format files. PDF files will also work. There will be a modest charge if an ad must be created for you. Deadline for advertisers is May 20.

To place an ad, email Bob Berner at, or call 610 762-5061.

To be a patron or volunteer, email WPCA at or call Tom Yuracka at 610 737-7132.

Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

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10:00 AM10:00

Art in the Park Award Winners

Saturday, June18, 2016

 Congratulations to the 2016 winners!!!

  Watercolor: 1st Karen Benco, Allentown, PA; 2nd Lee Baldwin, Allentown, PA; 3rd Karen Dyche, Bethlehem, PA; HM Andy Smith, Lititz, PA Photography: 1st Bill Cooperman, Allentown, PA; 2nd Pamela Eden, Columbia, NJ; 3rd James Villaume, Allentown, PA; HM Carol Stephens, Center Valley, PAGraphics: 1st Jordan Koch, Glendele, CA; 2nd Richie Pacheco, Allentown, PA; 3rd Valerie Martz, Kintnersville, PA; HM Leah Joseph, Allentown, PAOils& Acrylics: 1st Claudia McGill, Wyncote, PA; 2nd Carol Perlowski, Easton, PA; 3rd Joseph Kwaw, Allentown, PA; HM Joy Barnes, Allentown,PA 3-D: 1st Svetlana Howells, Allentown, PA; 2nd Karen Kane, Easton, PA; 3rd Robert Jenkinson, Bethlehem, PA; HM Jon Harrington, Bethlehem, PA Pastels: 1st Ron Mansley, Quakertown, PA; 2nd Audrey Altemose, Saylorsburg, PA Student Artists: 1st Derek Reynoso, Allentown, PA; 2nd Katie Lutterschmidt, Whitehall, PA; 3rd Kira Butz, Allentown, PA; HM James Heckenberger III, Mertztown, PA.

for more information call (610) 434-0657

Student Artist's Application
Artist Application
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