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First NIght Bethlehem 2018 -- Volunteers Needed

Nov 25, 2017

Bethlehem is hosting its second annual First Night celebration – a family-friendly, fun event – on New Year’s Eve, Sunday, December 31.  Festivities will kick off at 6:30 pm with Fireworks at the Four Corners, followed by entertainment from 7 to 10 at nearby locations.  Join us for an evening of music and family fun, including The Swing Docs, Mendelssohn Club, Big Fez & the Surfmatics, Andy the Music Man, GB-five, Heard, Michael Benedict Jazz Vibes, Playin’ With Fire Band, Jester Jim, Bounce House, DJ & Talent Show, Kids Crafts, Face Painting, and more!  First Night buttons are available at several locations throughout town and online at Eventbrite.com.  See flyer for more information.

Volunteers are needed at all locations – 2-hour shifts – free button. Please call 518-605-6580 or email info@friendsofbethlehemparks.org to sign up!

Net proceeds will go to programs that help our less fortunate neighbors through the Bethlehem Community Fund, Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited, Bethlehem Senior Projects and Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.  Presented in partnership with the Town of Bethlehem and the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce.  Many thanks to all of our generous event sponsors!

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Boston Bus Trip - Saturday, March 17, 2018 - optional Flower Show Tix

Nov 25, 2017

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Spend the day with Friends in Boston!!  Attend the Boston Flower & Garden Show.  This year’s theme is “Savor Spring” -- for more information, visit bostonflowershow.com. Or spend the day your way – explore the North End, go to the New England Aquarium, walk the Freedom Trail, visit one of the world-class museums, or take advantage of Boston’s unique shopping scene.

The bus will leave Elm Avenue Park at 8 a.m. and return at 10 p.m.  The cost is $65 per person for the bus and a discounted Flower Show ticket, or $49 for the bus alone. The cost includes a driver’s tip, an afternoon shuttle from the Flower Show to Faneuil Hall, and a donation to Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation.

Print out the flyer, complete the form, and submit your payment by February 16.

Questions? Contact info@friendsofbethlehemparks.org or call 518-605-6580.

Year-end Giving Campaign: #Giving Tuesday through December 31

Nov 18, 2017

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation’s Year-end Giving Campaign will run from November 28, #GivingTuesday, through December 31, 2017.

  • All funds raised during the 2017 campaign will be used to for programs and activities for our senior citizens.
  • All donations made from November 28 through December 31 will be matched up to a total of $1,000. Please double the impact of your donation and help us leverage these funds in full.
  • To make a contribution in any amount, please go to our Donate & Sponsor page to make your donation electronically or print a mail-in donation form.

Thank you for your support and generosity!

Bethlehem Celebrates "I Love My Park Day" at Town Hall

May 08, 2017

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Once again, the weather cleared for “I Love My Park Day” on the first Saturday in May. Bethlehem's fourth annual "I Love My Park Day" event took place at Town Hall.   Volunteers, Town staff and the capable crew from Pettinellli & Associates installed a beautiful new red, white and blue playground. Meanwhile, outside the construction area, volunteers of all ages – including local Girl Scouts and Town Hall neighbors – weeded, raked, trimmed and planted flowers. What a difference a morning can make!

The Friends board is deeply grateful to M&T Bank for being our corporate sponsor for a fourth year and to those who provided generous in-kind donations -- Hewitt’s Garden Center (Glenmont) and Hannaford (Delmar).  We would also like to thank the Parks & Trails New York, Pettinelli & Associates, members of the Bethlehem Police Officers' Union, and the Town of Bethlehem for their guidance, hard work, materials, and equipment.  But most of all we want to thank every “I Love My Park Day” volunteer who participated. What a great group of people!

"I Love My Park Day" is a statewide event coordinated by Parks & Trails New York. Saturday's sixth annual "I Love My Park Day" was celebrated at over 125 locations throughout New York State, with volunteer efforts coordinated by local friends groups.

Please join us next year on the first Saturday in May for “I Love My Park Day” 2018!

Many Thanks to the Bethlehem Business Women's Club

May 08, 2017

Friends of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation received a generous grant from the Bethlehem Business Women’s Club. The funds will be used for a water station -- water fountain, bottle filler, jug filler and mister -- to be located in Elm Avenue Park near the new playground, soon-to-be-completed fitness circuit and picnic pavilions. Members of the two organizations pictured here are Joan Gavrilik, Marilyn Kaltenborn, Nan Lanahan, Andrea Angerame, Catherine Lowenski, Paula Rollins, Mary Lyn Koval and Sally Cooney.