I've always thought that Lehigh Valley is very fortunate to have the great visual and performing arts venues that it does. Over the years I have tried to get to as many of them as I can but often end up missing performances at theaters or exhibits at museums with much regret.

So I'm making a promise to myself to experience more of the region's arts with the help of an ARTix Passport. Produced every year by Lehigh Valley Arts Council for its members, ARTix gives you a buy-one-get-one-free deal at 25 local arts-related venues. They include some of my favorites such as Allentown Art Museum, State Theatre, and Historic Bethlehem Partnership.

I used the ARTix Passport last year to take a friend with me to see "Cyrano de Bergerac" at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

Some of the places I hope to visit yet this year (or at least before the passport expires on 6/30/10) include:

  • Godfrey Daniels - Even though I've lived in Bethlehem twice and have a friend that regularly performs at this intimate live music venue, I've still never made it there.
  • Act 1 at DeSales University in Center Valley - Sure I've been there for the PSF, but I've never been to one of their dramatic fall or spring performances. Heard good things about them too!
  • Bach Choir of Bethlehem- I've seen their annual Christmas Concert but have never been to the Bach Festival in May.
  • Cedar Crest College in Allentown - Having recently discovered the great theater at nearby Muhlenberg College, I think I should give Cedar Crest it's due too. Besides, my older sister is an alum so I kinda feel a connection.

What are some of your favorite arts venues in Lehigh Valley?