At Musikfest: Bach, barbershop and bluegrass


August 08, 1993|By Dorothy Fleetwood | Dorothy Fleetwood,Contributing Writer

An item in the Daytrip column of Sunday's Travel Section gave the wrong address for the 14th annual Seafood Feast-i-Val on Saturday. The correct address is Sailwinds Park in Cambridge.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Bethlehem, Pa., has always been the place to hear great music, and during the nine days of Musikfest you can chose from among more than 650 free performances. This year the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary Saturday through Aug. 22 with music for every taste and performances by nationally known stars like Crystal Gayle, Grover Washington Jr. and the duo Air Supply.

Thirteen outdoor stages provide everything from Bach to barbershop to bluegrass. Each stage, or platz, offers entertainment that relates to its individual theme. At Americaplatz, for instance, you can hear American music from the 1930s to the 1990s, and at Festplatz it's music by German oompah bands. Concerts by nationally known stars will be held at Kunstplatz. You can also learn the Chicken Dance or shimmy to the Rookie Zookie. The courtyard of the 1758 Sun Inn will be transformed into an outdoor cabaret featuring American and European folk songs.


All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but some reserved seats in front of the stage are available at a nominal charge. The schedule is: Brian Hyland and Jan & Dean, Saturday; the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Aug. 15; Grover Washington Jr., Aug. 16; Air Supply, Aug. 17; Al Martino, Aug. 18; 1964, as the Beatles, Aug. 19; Crystal Gayle, Aug. 20; Johnny Rivers, Aug. 21; and Gordon Lightfoot, Aug. 22. The final concert will be followed by fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

This year two new sites have been added. Craft Place, featuring traditional craft demonstrations and handmade and Colonial items, will be set up in Bethlehem's 18th-century Industrial Quarter. Historic buildings will be open for tours, and at the Luckenbach Mill a multimedia show tells about Bethlehem's Moravian settlement. The second new site, Spielplatz (or Play Place), offers Victorian children's games by day and cartoons and silent films after dark.

Another addition is the revival of the artist-in-residence program, which took place in 1987 and 1988. This year's artist in residence, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet, will present interactive workshops in Peter Hall at Moravian College and perform at various sites throughout the festival.

Street performers are another big attraction, entertaining with juggling, magic, banjo bands and other impromptu performances. At Kinderplatz, children can enjoy their own activities, including clowns, puppets, storytellers, art activities and a participatory backyard circus.

Food will be available at all sites. Each will feature a menu appropriate to its theme, such as regional American food at Americaplatz and international dishes at Volksplatz. Food vendors can be found at a total of 68 locations. With the exception of the concert series at Lehigh University and the candlelight concerts at the Moravian College Center for Music and Art, all performances are free.

Festival hours are noon to 11 p.m. Free parking is available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Lehigh Shopping Center, Club Avenue and Union Boulevard and Minsi Trail Bridge, Stefko Boulevard. Weekdays from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. visitors can park at Martin Tower, Eighth Avenue and Route 378, and Fuller Co. at 2040 Avenue C (off Schoenersville Road). Shuttle buses will be in continuous operation between the parking areas and the festival at a minimal round-trip fee. Call (215) 861-0678 or (800) 360-FEST.

Goschenhoppen Folk Festival

The Goschenhoppen Folk Festival is nationally recognized as an educational event for the whole family depicting life in rural Pennsylvania during the 1700s. The 27th annual event will be held Friday and Saturday at New Goschenhoppen Park in East Greenville, Pa.

A walk through the 10-acre park finds men dressed in knee breeches and rye straw hats and women in long skirts with aprons and kerchiefs in the style of the late 1700s. Some are engaged in rifle making, while others demonstrate work-a-day thatching, barrel and broom making or the domestic tasks of candle dipping, spinning or quilting.

This year's theme is "Pennsylvania German Social Events." The early Pennsylvania Germans were hard-working people; but after a long day of barn raising, hay baling or cornhusking, they found time for feasting and fun. Visitors can join a march or cakewalk, sit in on a quilting party or learn the Pennsylvania German game, "Haussie."

A full schedule of stage programs includes demonstrations, lectures and band concerts. Grand parades are scheduled both days, and there will be a wide assortment of Pennsylvania Dutch food -- corn pie, sausage sandwiches and shoofly pie, but no hot dogs or hamburgers.

The festival will be held, rain or shine, from noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults; free for children 12 and under.

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