The September board and general membership meeting will be held in the Community Room of the Church of the Mediator at 7:00pm. The church is on the corner of Turner and West Streets. Tentatively, the Mayor of Allentown will be speaking. Everyone is welcome.
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, Beverage & cookies. Park is located between Linden & Turner Streets and 15th & West Streets. More information to follow.
Everyone is welcome and it's FREE!!
Contact: Tom Yurcka, President, WPCA 610-737-7132 or check this website.
The West Park Civic Association’s Annual House Tour, offered annually since 1982, will be held on Sunday, June 24, from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the event. Advance tickets will be available for purchase on the West Park website, and at select Lehigh valley businesses beginning May 3. Tickets may be purchased and redeemed for your tour booklet at the Episcopal church of the Mediator, 1620 W. Turner Street the day of the event from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Visit www.westpark-ca.org for information and advance ticket sales.
Pre-sale tickets will be available May 3 at Albright’s Hardware, C. Leslie Smith, BOUTIQUETOGO, Hummus House, Phoebe Floral, RE:find, Walter’s Pharmacy, and Weil Antiques. Tickets are also available on this website. Please use the link at the bottom of the page.
The tour will feature beautiful early 20th century homes featuring original details such as stained glass windows, parquet floors and woodwork. The homes are filled with stunning contemporary and antique furnishings. Visitors will enjoy a variety of interior and garden styles reflecting the individual tastes of their owners. This year’s tour will also highlight some adjacent areas of interest. Featured downtown will be Vault 634, the re-purposed Lehigh Valley Trust Company building. Allentown‘s newest premier event space showcases six Crystal chandeliers from the former Hess’s department store and a 60 foot stained glass skylight along with other lavish details. Stunning public spaces, and the home of designers Jon Clark and Ron Susser will be featured at Strata Symphony. Tour Tower Six, Allen-town’s newest all glass office building, with a birds eye view of the Lehigh Valley. Other points of interest include the General Trexler Estate (now the Elias Funeral Home), the Allentown Preservation Association, and the Episcopal Church of the Mediator. The Masonic Temple is offering the rare opportunity to view the main lodge rooms, each with a specific theme from Egyptian to gothic. Two trolleys will be available to shuttle guests throughout the district and downtown.
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.
This is a tour has something for everyone.
Come out and join us in celebrating the 36th Anniversary of the annual tradition
Your name will not appear in the booklet if your become a patron after June 11
The West Park Civic Association’s Art-in-the-Park returns to Allentown’s beautiful,
sylvan West Park. The show will feature 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 display your talent at this perennially-popular
event. The park is a treasure of Allentown’s historic West End and there is
always a good turnout of exhibitors and buyers. Free exhibition space will be
given to six high school students and six college students. The show will be organized
by a committee of volunteers chaired by art consultant/independent
scholar Dr. Christine Isabelle Oaklander. With the goal of raising the quality
and enhancing the appeal of the event, applicants will be vetted by Dr. Margo
Hobbs, Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department, Muhlenberg College;
Dr. Christine Isabelle Oaklander; and Santa Bannon-Shillea, owner of
Santa Bannon/Fine Art gallery, Bethlehem, PA. 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 Lisa Tremper Hanover, retired
Executive Director & CEO of the James Michener Art Museum and Michiko
Okaya, Director, Lafayette College Art Galleries & Collections Curator. Live
performances will be provided throughout the day in the beautiful band shell. A new addition to our slate of entertainment is music by Tri City Tango from 3:00 to 5:00, with Tango Instruction from 3:00 to 3:30. Food and drink will be available from a range of vendors. Join us in West Park for a celebration of the expressive arts! Please click on the links below for application information and instructions.
The Art Show will be held rain or shine. In the event of rain it will move into the Church of the Mediator adjacent to the park and in a tent to be erected on church property.
Your name will not appear in the booklet if you become a patron after June 7
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 June 1st thru Sunday June 3rd, 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 at The Baum School of Art
- All work painted during the workshop will be automatically entered into Art-in-the-Park on June 16th, 2018
For more on what to expect and a materials list click below: https://www.adrianofarinella.com/instruction
WPCA Contact: Joann Jones 610-972-6586 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Art, Dancing & Music in West Park
Tango Lessons & Dancing
Saturday June 16, 2018
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
When life throws you lemons….
The weather forecast for tomorrow is frightful, so we have decided to reschedule our Tango event to coincide with Art-in-the-Park on Saturday, June 16th. Come enjoy great art, music, and dancing (including Tango instruction by Svetlana Howells of Enchanted Moon Tango). Music is by Tri City Tango. Tango Instruction is from 3:00 to 3:30. Art-in-the-Park runs from 10:00 am – 5:00pm.
Cocktails/Hors d'oeuvres from 5:30 to 6:45 at the home of John & Pat Ziegler, 124 N 15th Street. Dinner/Dessert from 7:00 to 9:00 at the home of Michael Sherer, 1509 W. Linden Street. Dancing and Entertainment to follow dinner.
To RSVP and to coordinate your covered dish contact Merrily Starkey 610-351-0174 or email@example.com
A donation of $10 per person will be collected at the door.
Join West Park Civic Association & Old Allentown Preservation Association for a Halloween Mixer at Theatre 514. There will be cocktails & appetizers followed by the movie Rosemary's Baby. Historian Frank Whelan will give a talk about The Dakota in New York, the location of the film. More information below. Click here for tickets.
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.
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!
RAIN DATE: AUGUST 14
Bring a picnic dinner & beverage to enjoy with family and friends in the serene setting of West Park. Three food trucks & Paint and Party Studios will be there. Reserve Seating at one of the tables complete with tablecloths & flowers by calling 610-434-0657. See the poster below for details.
Rain Date: July 24
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 610 762-5061.
To be a patron or volunteer, email WPCA at email@example.com or call Tom Yuracka at 610 737-7132.
Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
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