Monday, November 28, 2011
Mom: “I’m so excited for her.”
Children love to pretend and use their imaginations when playing with family and friends. Today they may be a fireman or doctor. Tomorrow they are cowboys or Indians. But for Juliann Cichocki, daughter of Michael and Brandy Cichocki of Lower Macungie Township, acting has become a way of life. “I always wanted to be an actress,” she said. According to her mother, Juliann, a third-grader at Seven Generations Charter School in Emmaus, showed an interest in acting at the age of 2. “She would watch the TV and try to imitate what the actors and actresses were doing,” said Brandy. While in the second grade, Juliann began taking acting classes at Main Line Models and Talent in Media, who sent her picture to casting directors. The classes started …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Without swagger, passengers on fateful Sept. 11 flight rescue us from despair.
There are movies – such as “Schindler’s List” – that you know you should see but don’t want to go through the experience of actually watching that kind of human horror. Knowing that the terror, cruelty and pain inflicted are based on true events from the Holocaust makes it all the more agonizing. So you steel yourself because sometimes your job as a human being is to not look away. I couldn’t bring myself to watch “United 93” when it first came out because when I rent movies, escapism usually wins out over “painful but important.” But with the 10th anniversary of September 11 upon us, it seemed like the right time to not look away. By now, nearly everybody knows the story: After passengers on the hijacked United Flight 93 learned that …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The new Emmaus event is coming on Sept. 10 and pre-registration for certain activities must be done by Aug. 27.
Editor's Note: This story has been revised to explain the role of Air Products in underwriting costs associated with an outdoor movie showing at the library. Need a lift and break from discouraging news? Teri Madison of Emmaus Main Street Partners and Retail Committee Chair Donna Marks talked this past spring about exactly that - the need for people to have a break from the economy, unemployment, Afganisthan, the housing market. Madison and Marks wanted a community day in Emmaus for people to totally forget about the world’s problems and enjoy themselves wholeheartedly. And, they’ve pulled together a fantastic event new to Emmaus: Farewell Summer Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10, starting at 10 a.m. The festival, which they wanted to be no …
Monday, August 1, 2011
Devotees of the book and movie series are invited to rant and rave about the Deathly Hallows Thursday night.
Emmaus Public Library is offering Harry Potter fans a final opportunity to delve into the popular series on Thursday night. At 7 p.m. on August 4, Hogswarts apprentices age 13 and up are invited to a book and movie discussion at the library that will focus on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” The library says that registration for the discussion group is encouraged, but not required. Register in person at the front desk in the library or by calling (610) 965-9284. Costume, too, is optional.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
For many teens and young adults, the midnight release of the final Harry Potter film on Friday felt like the end of childhood.
A full moon, crowds of wizards and a trolley full of snacks--that’s what the scene looked like outside Rave Motion Pictures at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley Thursday night, as countless fans waited to see the first local showing of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two." The final film in the wildly successful series opened at the Center Valley cineplex at the stroke of midnight Friday, and before it did, people of all ages celebrated while dressed in their house colors or as their favorite characters. Spirits were high, but there was also a feeling of bittersweetness, as everyone prepared to bid farewell to the Harry Potter movie era. People began lining up outside the 16-screen theater as early as 6pm, and Rave Motion …
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Jennifer Elston, of Emmaus, worked at the Harry Potter press junket in New York on Sunday.
When her husband came home and told her that he was going to be working at the red carpet premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” in New York, Jennifer Elston, a self-described “giddy school girl” when it comes to all things Harry Potter, had a single thought: “I HAVE to be at that premiere.” Jen, who together with her husband Christopher, owns Christopher Elston Photography in Emmaus, told Chris he needed to do whatever he could to get her to the movie opening. Chris knew there was no way he could bring Jen to the premiere. So, he did the next best thing – he got his wife a job at the Harry Potter press junket at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Sunday. A press junket is when television interviewers all come to …