City Profile: Bethlehem

Bethlehem is known for


in August,

Celtic Classic

in September and


in December.

Just Born

makes its famous marshmallow Peeps here, too. Shopping along Main Street and dining along "Restaurant Row" are highlights. The city's Southside features eclectic restaurants, shops and art galleries and the campus of

Lehigh University



Often referred to as "Christmas City," Bethlehem began as a settlement of members of the Moravian Church on the banks of the Lehigh River near the Monocacy Creek in 1741. From humble beginnings as a Moravian settlement to its modern status, Bethlehem has preserved its past. Today the Moravian influence remains strong, but many more traditions have joined in making the city a "melting pot" of cultures.


Sandlot Heroes is a four-piece pop/rock band from Bethlehem who gained attention after local radio sation B104 started spinning its demo CD on the air. With a name derived from band founder Dan Kastelnik's backyard football league, Sandlot Heroes' breakout hit was titled "So."

Jimmy DeGrasso

, drummer with the

Alice Cooper

Band, and former drummer for Megadeath, is a native of Bethlehem, as is

Jonathan Frakes

, director and actor seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation.