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Vera Cruz Celebrates 60 Years at Homecoming

The 60th annual celebration will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21 in Mystic Chain Park.

Music, “Uncle Jeffy,” classic cars, cake walks, lots of food, and more will be featured at the 60th Annual Homecoming of Vera Cruz. It will be held 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 21, rain or shine at ; however, the day’s activities begin at 9:30 a.m. with a homecoming service held at the , led by the Rev. Robert Klersy.

Mopar Madness of the Lehigh Valley will display some classic cars at the event to benefit Dream Come True.

Some special activities include raffles, a coloring contest for kids, a bake sale and a free hot dog for anyone wearing a homecoming T-shirt from previous years.

The day's entertainment begins at noon with “School’s Out.”  This is a new band in the Lehigh Valley that plays a variety of music, from doo-wop to Motown to today’s hits. The group will have the stage until 3 p.m., when Uncle Jeffy will begin his live broadcast of his weekly “Health and Happiness Show” until 5 p.m. “CrazyHeart” will round out the evening from 5-9 p.m. with a bit of foot-stompin’ country music.

The homecoming is sponsored by the Vera Cruz Community Association.

Ronald Weaver August 18, 2011 at 12:28 PM
I remember 60 years ago I was a kid the neighbor kids looked forward to this yearly event. You had to buy tickets to get food at the food stand. We loved to pitch pennies on a board that would win you more pennies when you hit the right numbers. Those days we didn't have many pennies. The next day we would go to the area where they removed the board in hopes of finding a few pennies that were missed. The old folks sat on benches and listened to the Allentown Marine Band. They also had a cake walk where you walked on boards and when you stopped if you were on the right board you could win a cake . Seventy years ago they also used the park as a local farmers market where my mom , a farmers daugher of John Shelly, met her husband Albert Weaver while helping her father sell his produce.
Jennifer Marangos August 18, 2011 at 12:35 PM
What great memories Ronald! Thank you so much for sharing them.
Audra Berner August 18, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Ronald--we're still pitching pennies! (which is a Homecoming favorite for people of all ages) And, there's always a cake walk. We've tried over the years to keep all of the traditions of the Homecoming that have made it a favorite in Vera Cruz. Green benches to sit on to listen to music.......homemade food.....delicious baked goods... Our Homecoming book this year has a special section on history with some great photos from around the time period that you described.
Donna Hosfeld August 18, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Can't wait, one of my favorite events every year!
Jennifer Marangos August 19, 2011 at 04:17 PM
We've gotten word that the Vera Cruz Community Association could use a few more volunteers on Sunday at the Homecoming. If you or your organization can help out, please contact jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

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