November 1, 2009
'America on Wheels rolls out 'Memories'
Allentown, PA - All that was missing at the ''Moonlight
Memories'' fundraiser Oct. 24 at the America on Wheels museum's
second annual fundraiser was a request to follow the bouncing
ball and join in a round of ''Come Away with Me Lucille
in my Merry Oldsmobile.''
Flapper Kathleen Guthrie greeted guests at their first
stop of the evening. Dorothy Minnich offered bubble gum
cigars from her cigarette tray, and nearby, Dennis Smith
explained the charm of the 1901 Curved Dash Oldsmobile.
However, Lucille was not in the back seat automobubbling,
as the song says.
Harry Mericle, a volunteer tour guide at the museum, pointed
out a Chevy station wagon from the mid-1950s, a snazzy two-tone
aqua and white very similar to an all-aqua 1955 Chevy in
Scene's very own past.
Seeing John B. Curcio, president of the museum board and
the former chairman, president and chief executive officer
of Mack Trucks, was a highlight of the evening. Though he
has made plenty of over-the-road transportation history
in the Lehigh Valley, he was indeed a guest, not an exhibit.
Other guests included Paul Ritter, Arlene and Don Bernhard,
Leah Ringholm and Richard Hyde, Joe and Yvonne McDermott
and Yajaira Melendez and Manuel Lopez.
POWER OF WOMEN
Women from all corners of the Lehigh Valley gathered Oct.
20 at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem for the 11th Annual
Power of Women Fall Networking event. With the tight economy
in mind, the group went with a cocktail party instead of
a luncheon, said founder Pamela Varkony.
The women with the cocktails didn't seem to mind.
Varkony launched what she hopes will be an annual event:
the ''Top Five Women of Influence in the Lehigh Valley''
award. Categories include business, education, healthcare,
government and the nonprofit sector. Voting continues through
Nov. 23. For information, see http://www.powerofwomen.net.
Tina Bradford of Tina Bradford Public Relations spoke about
networking and social media.
Also attending were Cindy Feinberg, Kim LaBrake, Jennifer
Mann, Joellen Reichenback, Judy Williams, Pamela Bechtel,
Maggie Bonge, Marg Ford, Virginia Phipps, Dawn Washington
and Marisol Sosnowski.
For More Information:
Linda Merkel - Executive Director
America On Wheels Museum
5 N. Front St. Allentown, PA