Published on August 2, 2018
Phoebe Allentown, 1925 West Turner Street, will hold a 115th Anniversary Lawn Fête and band concert by The Royalaires from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22. The event is free and open to the public.
The event will feature a program honoring members of the local community with ties to Phoebe’s history, a blessing and re-dedication, carnival games, a full chicken dinner and other food available for purchase, and an outdoor concert.
The Lawn Fête is the kick-off to a yearlong recognition of Phoebe’s 115 years of care and service to older adults. The August start to the celebration marks the month that Pauline Hoffeditz, the very first Phoebe resident, moved to the original farmhouse that once stood where Phoebe Allentown is now.
Organized in the 1950s, the Phoebe Home Auxiliary’s Annual Lawn Fête and band concert was an August tradition in Allentown’s West End. Another Phoebe tradition, “The Annual Visiting and Donation Day,” later renamed “The Phoebe Festival,” was held on the front lawn for over 100 years.
As part of the celebration, an historic photo from the 1930 Donation Day will be re-created at the event. All attendees are invited to help us stage the new photo at 5:30 p.m. during the Fête. The original photo as well as the re-creation will be featured on the Phoebe Ministries Facebook page.
Lawn Fête Schedule
4:30 to 7:00 p.m. – Food available for purchase, games, and other activities
5:00 p.m. – Program and Re-dedication
5:30 p.m. – Re-creation of the 1930 Donation Day photo
6:30 p.m. – Big Band performance by The Royalaires
In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in Moyer Hall inside the Phoebe Allentown Health Care Center. For more information call 610-794-5126 or visit https://phoebe.org/115 .