On a warm, soft, spring evening, the Society of the Arts, known as SOTA, premiered their 2010 Show House to an appreciative audience. The house, located on 28th St., in the West End of Allentown, less than a block from the cityâ€™s beautiful Rose Garden, was once The Morning Callâ€™s very own model home which has certainly helped to gain publicity for the project. Designed to bring hope to a struggling public during this countryâ€™s last great depression, the house was originally toured by thousands of people looking for a glimmer of a brighter future.
The crowd at the Friday night opening looked like they had no such concerns. The hospitality tent where jazz played and wine flowed was a lively place, made all the more attractive by its setting next to the newly renovated Malcolm Gross Garden.
The SOTA Show Houses are one of my favorite local outings. I havenâ€™t missed one in years, and I urge you not to miss this one. Itâ€™s simply beautiful, inside and out, and what I like best is that it highlights the fact that Allentown can be a wonderful place to live.