Arts Festival June 3, Rain or Shine!

Let’s hope the day is sunny, as has been the case for the previous two Annual Saucon Creek Arts Festivals!

Volunteers have been sprucing up the Heller House, Widows’ House, the grounds, and the garden in preparation for the largest outdoor arts event in the Saucon Valley region.


We just held our Photo Workshop–thanks again to photographer Frank Smith!–and our board and members are eager to host the Arts Festival. It’s free, it’s fun, and we can guarantee you will see something you just love.

Our vendors offer beautiful ceramics, jewelry, framed and mounted photographs and paintings, prints, sculpture, fiber arts, wood craft, glass, and more. Food’s available (thanks to Lehigh University’s Füd Truck), and Bethlehem’s Godfrey Daniel’s Live Music Listening Room has sponsored a host of music performers, live at the Homestead.

In addition, the Houses will be open to the public for tours. Our volunteer docents, wearing period costumes, will offer interpretations of the Homestead’s long history as generations of local families inhabited and altered the original stone homestead.

Free! Don’t miss it! June 3 from 10am-5pm at Heller Homestead Park, 1890-92 Friedensville Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18015.


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Spring Events at Heller Homestead!

Don’t forget that two GREAT events sponsored by Saucon Valley Conservancy are coming up very soon! If you are interested in photography, be sure to sign up to attend Frank Smith’s popular, lively photo workshop on May 20th at the Heller House:


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And, just a few weeks later, June 3 from 10am- 5 pm, is your chance to experience the 3rd Annual Saucon Creek Arts Festival for art, high-end crafts, jewelry, ceramics, and more as well as music, food, and fun for the kids. You can also tour the historic Heller House and Widow’s House. Don’t miss it!


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Victorian Garden

IMG_2714Spring means planting time. At the Victorian 4-square garden, here at the Heller Homestead, volunteers have been hard at work rejuvenating the herb & vegetable kitchen garden. We have also been weeding perennial beds around the perimeter of the Widow’s House and the Heller House.

The Stever family lived at the Heller Homestead for more family generations than the Hellers did, and it would have been the Stevers who planted a German-influenced, Victorian-style kitchen and herb garden beside the Widow’s House.



Here is how the garden looked this morning:


And, after a bit of work and water, here is how the garden beds looked this afternoon:


Our volunteer gardeners trimmed the century plant that graces the center of the 4-square garden and added vegetable seedlings and marigolds, as well as weeding and cutting back the perennial herb borders that line the garden fence.

In the process, they discovered a very small garden snake and a very large toad. Not everyone is comfortable with snakes and toads, but they have long been friends to the gardener–especially in the days before there were pesticides. Little garden snakes and toads eat large numbers of insect pests.


A pair of Canadian visitors wandered along the lawn at Heller Homestead Park.

And the old redbud offered some startling, pink blossoms to welcome the gardeners.


Please sign up for the Photo Workshop event with Frank Smith, May 20, and mark your calendars for June 3: the date of the Third Annual Saucon Creek Arts Festival at Heller Homestead.

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Birding at Saucon Creek

For bird-watchers, March 25th was an exciting day at the Heller Homestead. The presentation and the gallery of photographic artwork set the scene for a morning of observation and, for some, photography of the winged fauna. Here are a few of our participants:


The event was well-attended and successful enough that SVC will plan another bird-watching event in the future. Saucon Valley Conservancy thanks member Ruth Dennison for her hard work getting this event going and for the artful job she did hanging the photographs in the Joseph Heller Gallery.


Many thanks also to the sponsor, Wild Bird Center of Lehigh Valley.

Next event at The Heller Homestead? Saucon Valley Conservancy is again running our popular photo workshop with pro Frank Smith! Details at our webpage or purchase tickets immediately at our Flipcause site.


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Volunteers Needed!


Coming up at Saucon Valley Conservancy–planting the 4-square garden. Volunteer help would be appreciated on Saturday, April 29, 2017 or the week before (for weeding around the homes and general garden prep). Contact if you can bring tools, donate mulch, or just offer another pair of helping hands.

And don’t forget these upcoming events at the Heller Homestead!

If you are a photographer, check out our call for entries for the “Our Town” photo exhibit at the Michael Heller Gallery on June 3, 2017. Entries are due by April 23. Check out the page here for information.

Interested in improving your photography skills or starting to take photography more seriously? Come to a workshop with a pro! Frank Smith’s Photo Workshop at the Heller Homestead is going to be held the morning of May 20, 2017! For more information and to reserve a spot:

And our two most popular events are coming up soon, so mark them on your calendar!

June 3, 2017– The 3rd Annual Saucon Creek Arts Festival

September 9, 2017–The 10th Annual Barn Tour





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