Lehigh Valley's newest attraction, the Sigal Museum in Easton, officially opened to the public last Saturday, but I was lucky enough to be invited to the posh "Private Reception" and ribbon cutting the previous Wednesday. Truth be told, my boss was actually invited, but since he couldn't make it they graciously allowed me to go in his place.

All the buzz created prior to the opening prompted phone calls to our office from people asking about the new "sea gull" museum. Obviously, they didn't realize the Northampton County Historical Society named its new home after the Sigal Bridal Shop that occupied the space for so many years.

I've been watching the transformation of the building itself for quite some time so I couldn't wait to see the final result. Actually, there really won't ever be a "final result" since the exhibits will constantly change. I heard only around 400 items of the museum's collection of 60,000 artifacts were on display when I visited.  Even that number was far too many for me to take in on one visit, especially since I was busy mingling with the other 250 invited guests.

I have to give a shout out to Sodexo who catered this event. The selections served were wonderful and all represented foods that would have been plentiful in Northampton back in the day. The Pennsylvania brook trout on crostini was exceptional, especially when paired with a glass of wine from Sorrenti's Cherry Valley Vineyards who recently opened a retail shop right around the corner from the Sigal Museum.

On my next visit to the Sigal Museum I'll have to allow enough time to really appreciate the exhibits including the upcoming Just Born Candy exhibit.

I'm thrilled Northampton County now has its own first class museum as nice as the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum in Allentown.

Have you been to the new Sigal Museum yet?