Corinne Rivero, Staff Writer
This is the time of the year when most people in the Northeast suffer from envy and disdain for those living in the Sunbelt. When the cold fronts blow in, many people tend to go indoors. Students and staff at Cedar Crest are also trying to find interesting ways to beat winter boredom. Breanna Ganther, who works in the campus bookstore, says that she likes to spend the winter “watching a lot of television. That’s why they make treadmills for your house!”
But what happens when you are tired of being in hibernation mode? Sophomore accounting major and CAB treasurer Aubrey Evans says, “I like to go sledding down hills. I also like hanging out with friends.” If you would like to hang out with your friends during the winter months, here are some ideas of how to spend the winter in Allentown.
Snow Sports. Are you the adventurous type? Would you like to enjoy the outdoors and breathe in the crisp winter air? You do not need to fly to Vail or even make the hour trek to the Poconos. Take a 10-minute ride to Bear Creek Mountain in Macungie. You can ski, snowboard, or even snow tube down the 86 acres of slopes and trails.
Ice Skating. Winter is the time of the year to dust off your ice skates! There are several ice-skating rinks in Lehigh Valley. Grab a few friends and spend the afternoon at the Steel Ice Rink. It is an indoor rink on Bethlehem’s South Side. If you want a more traditional outdoor experience, check out Bethlehem’s Municipal Ice Rink. This city-owned rink has low admission fees and is quite a bargain for college students looking for fun on a budget!
Museums. If you want to avoid the snow but still want to spend some quality time away from your couch, you could take in some culture by checking out some of the local museums of Allentown. Science buffs may want to take a stroll over to the Davinci Center and experience the Bodies Alive exhibit. Until Feb. 18, you can see the human body like you have never seen it before. If you would prefer to get in touch with your artistic side, check out the Allentown Art Museum. Exhibits include American and European paintings and sculpture.
Shopping. Shopping is fun in any season. Take a stroll to the Promenade Shops. You may want to check out the upscale and unique stores. You could also head over to Barnes and Nobles and spend an afternoon sipping your favorite latte and cozy up with a good read. If you want a break from hitting the books, you can take in the latest flick at the Rave theatres. Don’t want to break the piggybank while watching a movie? Just visit the Emmaus Theatre, where admission is only $3.00 on Monday through Thursday nights.
Farmer’s Market. When the Lehigh Valley Mall becomes too familiar, try something different. Spend an afternoon at the Allentown Farmer’s Market. You can enjoy the eclectic array of local grown foods. Experience farm fresh produce and baked treats from the Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish cultures. You can people watch, do a few laps around the market, and enjoy an afternoon without braving the elements outside.
No matter what you decide to do, enjoy a part of winter. You should embrace each of the four seasons that the Northeast has to offer. You never know, perhaps there is someone sweating in Arizona who is envious of you!