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  • SteelStacks Transforms Bethlehem Past into White-Hot Future

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     
  • SteelStacks Transforms Bethlehem Past into White-Hot Future

     
    FROM THE Fall 2015 ISSUE
     

The Lehigh Valley has gone through a transformation, and there is no better place to witness this renaissance than at SteelStacks. This 10-acre property was home to the Bethlehem Steel plant for nearly a century. The plant served as a prosperous economic facility within the area, employing tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians. Before closing its doors in 1995, the Bethlehem plant produced steel for countless structures across the country, including skyscrapers, bridges and arenas like the world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York. Instead of demolishing the plant, individuals and community leaders overcame obstacles and gathered support to transform the property into a cutting-edge, community-focused event area. This forward-thinking vision became SteelStacks, which today serves as a prospering tourist destination in the Northeast region.

The SteelStacks campus is often buzzing with activity; you will be hard-pressed to find an event or activity on the grounds that doesn’t suit the interests of all individuals. The Musikfest Café serves as a multipurpose venue with floor-to-ceiling windows and a fantastic view of the campus. This musicbased venue can host anything from concerts to dining events for over 400 guests. The Fowler Blast Furnace Room & Loft provides a cozier, more intimate feeling. Located in the ArtsQuest Center, the multipurpose facility features high ceilings and seating for over 200 for dining events. For guests looking to relax and unwind, look no further than the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas. The two-screen theater offers independent and foreign films for a reasonable price.

Business-focused individuals will want to check out the Lee & Stella Yee Family Connect Zone, a space located within the ArtsQuest Center. The venue boasts high-definition televisions and customizable seating arrangements for presentations or small group meetings. The Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons serves as a perfect pre- or-postmeeting gathering space. For guests looking to enjoy pleasant weather, the Sands Deck is an outdoor venue open May through October. The deck can accommodate up to 60 guests for dining events.

The various unique venues of SteelStacks are sure to satisfy your guests at your next event. Whether the campus is hosting a corporate event or special celebration, SteelStacks remains wildly entertaining while staying true to its historic roots.

In England tea time is a right of passage, but here in the U.S., enjoying tea with friends or family is often reserved for special occasions.

Luckily, Pennsylvania is flush with tea rooms serving up everything from simple cream teas to delectable sandwiches, pastries and savory treats.

These tea rooms invite guests to step away from the rush of everyday life and enjoy a few hours sipping tea and enjoying the company of colleagues.

 

INSPIRATION

The texture of the Norman Arch leading into the historic Masonic Temple in Philadelphia inspired this clean, midcentury modern table.

DETAILS

This summer table fit for a special event, such as a chairman’s dinner, features a mix of midcentury design with modern elements. Carolyn Rizzo, head designer of Garnish, says this technique is easily accomplished in décor but challenging to pull off in event design.

 

Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program. More than 30 years old, it has supported the creation of 4,000 public art pieces that have transformed public spaces and helped the city earn the nickname “City of Murals.” Decorating facades of buildings in neighborhoods throughout the city, the organization even offers mural tours (our own Maureen Hennessey experienced one last year). Now, the organization has announced something new and exciting – a 10-episode radio broadcast starting with a large-scale performance on Independence Mall.