The New Normal: Global Implications of China –
Evan Osnos, is an award-winning American Journalist and Author. His journalism career has focused on foreign affairs in the Middle East, East Asia, and China. As Staff Writer for The New Yorker, he writes on a wide array of current topics, most notably on China, North Korea, money in politics, and the formation of American foreign policy. Currently, he is a nonresident fellow at the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution. Early in his career, while reporting for the Chicago Tribune and later as a correspondent for The New Yorker, Osnos spent eight years living in Beijing, and was witness to profound political, economic, and cultural upheaval. In 2003, after embedding himself with the US Marines to report on the Iraq War, he went on to report on the Middle East from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran. The 2014 National Book award winner and a Pulitzer-Prize finalist, his Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China, describes, through insight and storytelling, the clash between the rise of the individual and the Communist Party’s struggle to retain control.
Kindness Rocks – Children Inspiring Others
Across the globe, The Kindness Rocks Project has brought inspiration, encouragement, and joy to kids of all ages. Last year, young Buck Hillers launched their own version of this project by painting small rocks with uplifting messages and designs, and then hiding them in locations throughout the community. Those who found them moved the rocks to a new location to await the next discovery. Again this year, children of all ages will enjoy a game of hide-and-seek with countless unsuspecting rocks turning up in unsuspecting places. This event is in coordination with the Buck Hill Art Association.
Quakers Who Changed The World – Marcelle Martin
Mary Roberts Smith Lecture*
Early Quakers risked life and liberty to share their message across the American colonies. Over time their efforts had profound social implications related to religious freedom, equality, and peace. What can the radical faithfulness of these early Quakers teach us in today’s divided world? Quaker author and teacher, Marcelle Martin, will tell stories of the first Quakers and how their radical spiritual message contributed to creating a more loving society. Marcelle is the author of Our Life is Love: The Quaker Spiritual Journey, and has led workshops across the country. On her blog, A Whole Heart, she writes about spirituality today, taking inspiration from the past to help us fund the courage to become all we have been created to be.
*The Mary Roberts Smith Memorial, Established in 1948
In 1882, Mary Roberts Smith came to Buck Hill Falls. Her parents, Ellwood and Mary Long Roberts, built a cottage in 1902. A summer resident of Buck Hill Falls since childhood, Mary treasured Quaker meetings and Foxhowe events. When she died in 1948, Buck Hill friends and family wanted to honor Mary and established an endowment to The Foxhowe Association in her memory. Many of Mary’s descendants continue to enjoy Buck Hill today, with five Buck Hill cottages among them.
The Middle East: A Road Well Traveled –
David & Marina Ottaway
Internationally renowned for their knowledge and expertise on the Middle East, David and Marina Ottaway have experienced first-hand the Middle East and North Africa. David lived with an Algerian family when the War of Independence was taking place. He and Marina returned two years later, in 1964, when the country became independent and both experienced first-hand Algeria’s attempt to superimpose a Yugoslav socialist system on a peasant society. Subsequently, the Ottaways co-authored their first book: Algeria: The Politics of a Socialist Revolution. The Ottaways spent many years living in Africa, including Ethiopia, Zambia, and South Africa, before returning to the Middle East. From 1981 – 85, David was a Foreign Correspondent in Egypt for The Washington Post, while Marina was a researcher and taught in local universities. For the next 25 years, David worked in various capacities at “The Post” while Marina was a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where she founded and directed their Middle East Program. They returned to joint authorship three more times; most recently with a study of the aftermath of the Arab uprisings in 2011, A Tale of Four Worlds: The Middle East After The Uprisings. Today, the Ottaways continue their important work as Middle East Fellows at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC.
A Musical Weekend with Martin Guitar
C.F. Martin & Co. has been creating some of the finest guitars in the world, favored by Eric Clapton, Gene Autry, Marty Stuart, John Mayer, Elvis Presley, and Paul McCartney, to name a few! One of the world’s leading acoustic guitar makers, all Martin Guitars are handmade by skilled craftspeople in nearby Nazareth, PA. Embraced by artists world-wide, Martin Guitar helped define virtually all genres of music: classical, country, blues, folk, and acoustic rock. Under the leadership of CEO Chris Martin IV, the company has expanded into a technologically sophisticated and ecologically responsible operation that produced its 2 millionth guitar in 2017!
Dave Fry, Folksinger
Folksinger and arts educator, Dave Fry, will play a lively concert for children of all ages. Performing on the guitar, mandolin, and banjo, Dave will surely be entertaining. Fry is the winner of multiple Lehigh Valley Music Awards including “Best Folk Performer,” and “Best Children’s Performer.” He received the LVMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016, and was honored as Bethlehem’s “Artist of the Year” in 2012.
Craig Thatcher & Nyke Van Wyk Concert
Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, Craig Thatcher, is an International Clinician and Ambassador affiliated with Martin Guitars. A featured artist at Bethlehem’s Muskfest, he has performed throughout the Lehigh Valley, in almost every state and in over 35 countries. Teaming up with violinist Nyke Van Wyk, these musicians promise a lively and dynamic performance. In coordination with the Pocono Mountains Music Festival
Snake Handler & Wildlife Expert – Pete Mackevich
A wildlife expert with over forty years of experience, Pete Mackevich enjoys sharing his passion for forest dwelling creatures. A popular Pocono Mountain figure, Pete uses stories and humor to teach groups how to identify–and avoid–the timber rattlesnake and copperhead, two poisonous snakes indigenous to the Poconos. Pete thrills onlookers with his traveling menagerie of all sorts of creepy, crawly critters, including an alligator!
From Ferraris to the Audi: A Career in Fast Cars –
Jason H. Harper
Jason Harper has the job every 8-year old dreams of: he drives fast cars around the world, and then writes about it. Harper is an automotive and travel journalist, and if you can think of an exotic or ultra-fast car, he’s probably driven it. The former automotive columnist at Bloomberg News, he’s also written for Road & Track, Robb Report, Automobile Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, and appeared as a TV host on The Travel Channel. The job regularly takes him to famous racetracks around the world, and puts him next to the racing world’s most famous luminaries. Highlights include racing a vintage BMW during the week of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and piloting an invaluable Audi prototype race car that won Le Mans in 2014. Harper will share what it’s really like to drive all those cars you see on shows like the BBC’s Top Gear.
Bipartisanship: Important to America’s Future –
The Honorable Ray H. LaHood
Over a span of 36 years, Ray LaHood has had a distinguished and influential career in public service. Among his career accomplishments, LaHood’s preferred legacy is the ongoing role he played in promoting bipartisanship to solve difficult problems. LaHood was a Teacher, Youth Program Administrator, and a Social Services Planner. He became staff to Illinois Congressman Tom Railsback in 1977 and subsequently served as Chief-of-Staff to Congressional Minority Leader Robert Michel. LaHood was elected to Congress and served seven terms. Quickly rising in the ranks, he served on various Committees, including the House Appropriations and Intelligence Committees, and the National Security Agency. In his key leadership position as House Speaker Pro Tempore he presided over numerous debates, including the contentious debate on the impeachment of President Clinton. In 2008, President Obama appointed LaHood to his Cabinet as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He had responsibility for 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget with focus on improving safety in every mode of transportation, improvements to America’s infrastructure, and fuel efficiency. In 2015, LaHood authored a book, Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics, along with Frank H. Packman of The Dirksen Congressional Center, to document his experiences and reaffirm the importance and value of bipartisanship in building America’s future.