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PPL Plaza Place to Be This Summer

Last updated: 04/15/2011 10:00

PPL Plaza at 9th & Hamilton streets in Downtown Allentown is the place to be this summer for fresh made goods and musical entertainment. There are three free weekly events in the heart of the city.

Appearing at a late morning news conference on the plaza, Mayor Ed Pawlowski said the Plaza Growers Market, the Summer in the City music series and the Jammin’ on the Plaza music series offer fantastic opportunities to the public. “Whenever I’m out on a speaking engagement I always make it a point to inform the audience that there is so much to see and do in Allentown,” Pawlowski said. “That is particularly true at this very spot every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday throughout the summer.”

The outdoor market, scheduled for every Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm through October, offers a tremendous opportunity for downtown employees to do some quick shopping on their lunch break. Those within walking distance can easily stop by as they leave the office. There is also plenty of parking available at the former Hess’s Deck on Linden Street between 8th & 9th streets. Buying direct from local growers allows customers to enjoy produce that is truly in season. Another facet of the Plaza Growers’ Market is the Homegrown Music series which provides free entertainment for those visiting the market. Also new for 2009: prepared foods and iced coffee; vendors like Balasia offer ready to eat options while Coffee Scoop offers a midday pick-me-up. Several of the vendors accept vouchers or coupons from eligible recipients for locally grown fruits, vegetables, herbs and honey through the USDA Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and WIC program, making it affordable for everyone to purchase fresh, nutritious foods.

Each Tuesday through the end of September, the city and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, bring you the Summer in the City music series. Bands perform here at PPL Plaza from 11:45am to 1:15pm. The midday concert series offers a perfect venue to enjoy lunch. The future line-up includes names like Todd Wolfe; who is a former guitarist for Sheryl Crow; Steve Brosky and Jimmy Meyer and BC & Company, which entertained the crowd at J. Birney Crum Stadium on the 4th of July.

The Jammin’ on the Plaza series organized by the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation and co-produced by Valley Vision 2015 and America on Wheels takes to the stage at PPL Plaza every Thursday through September 24. Jammin' on the Plaza brings high-quality, independent music acts to the city. The line-up of bands hails from Boston, New York and the Washington, D.C. area, many with a national audience. Music plays from 4:00-7:00pm. Rosi Golan performs on the plaza tomorrow. Rosi’s songs have been featured on the television series “Private Practice” and “One Tree Hill.” Her debut album, “The Drifter and The Gypsy” was released last November.

These free events are made possible by a partnership of the City of Allentown, the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Community Action Development Corporation and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber Foundation Valley Vision 2015. The generous support of sponsors is also a critical factor in producing events that can be enjoyed by Allentown residents, employees and visitors. Sponsors who helped to make the Summer in the City music series and the Plaza Growers’ Market & Homegrown Music Series happen include: PPL, Alvin H. Butz, the County of Lehigh, Capital Blue Cross and Sodexho. Jammin’ on the Plaza sponsors include: Alvin H. Butz, Embassy Bank, Air Products, America On Wheels, Integrity Personnel, ViaMedia, pulseweekly and 401!creative.

“I invite everyone to come to the plaza to sample the goods at the Growers’ Market and to listen to some great music,” said Pawlowski. “I promise you won’t be disappointed.”
 
In case of inclement weather, Jammin’ on the Plaza is held in the Allentown Brew Works.

“These three free events are just the tip of the iceburg,” said Allentown Special Events Manager Tara Craig. “There are countless free events taking place all over the City of Allentown: Tango in the Park, Mondays in July, every Sunday the Allentown Art Museum is free and Movies in the Parks which this Friday features Madagascar 2.”

For more information on these and other events happening throughout the City of Allentown visit the events calendar at www.allentownpa.gov, follow AllentownEvents on Twitter or call or e-mail Tara Craig, Special Events Manager at 610-437-7530 or craigt@allentowncity.org.

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