Reason #4 to Attend the Sustain-a-Ball:  Marathon Portrait Painting

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We know that you support farmland preservation, which is the reason for this event.

However, you also like a good time, and Saturday night will be one heck of a good time!

Besides the awesome jazz ensemble,

Besides the performance and blessing by world renowned Native American performing artist, Delwin Fiddler, Jr.,


Besides the great, locally sourced food and local, award winning Allentown Brew Works beers,

Besides the fabulous sense of community we’ll have putting so many farmland preservation supporters under one roof,

Besides the opportunity you have to get some interesting and unique items at the silent auction,

Besides the opportunity to win 24 bottles of wine with the Wall of Wine raffle,

Besides the honoring of our region’s truly remarkable farmland preservation heroes,

At the 2017 Sustain-a-Ball, you will have an opportunity to have your portrait painted during a four hour Marathon Portrait Session by Emmaus/New York artist and local madman (we say this affectionately) Dr. Barnaby Ruhe, PhD.


If you do not have a portrait of yourself painted by Barnaby, here’s your chance to get one.  Barnaby will have his easle set up to create impressive 4 foot portraits of you (ink on paper, colored with acrylic paint.) Donations for the portraits will benefit RenewLV’s farmland preservation campaign.

If you can join us on Saturday, we would love to have you in the room.  We can still squeeze you in.  You can purchase the tickets for $50 per person online at:

If you cannot join us but care about farmland preservation and would like to make a donation to our campaign, please go to: and make a donation in any amount.  Or, send a check made out to “RenewLV” to 1337 East Fifth Street, Bethlehem, PA  18015

You are sure to have a really good time on Saturday night, honoring our farmland preservation heroes, enjoying food and music, having your portrait painted, receiving a Native American blessing and joining together in community for a cause that is near and dear to so many hearts.

Join our title sponsor, Embassy Bank and others including Samuel Adams, The Amaranth Foundation, Jenny’s Kuali, The Sustainable Energy Fund, Canns Bilco, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Wesley Works, Kate Dixon, Morris Black & Sons, Working Dog Press, The Rural Preservation Association for Northwestern Lehigh County, David Horung Architect Planner, Inc., Morgan Stanley, The Fegley’s Allentown Brew Works, Don Miles, Mike Drabenstott, Bill Erdman, Bill George, Dick Lane, Julie Thomases, Lehigh University, Natural Awakenings,  Edge of the Woods Native Plants,



Saturday, June 17 from 6 – 10 PM

Allentown Brew Works, 812 W. Hamilton Street

Program, hors d’oeuvres

Ceremony by Lakota Leader

Pasta bar, dessert, music, dancing

Silent Auction

Attire: Formal to Farm-All! 

Dress is Formal to Farm-all!  From bow ties and pearls to overalls and pitchforks.

If you have questions, call 917-288-3936 or email


Area farmers markets and sustainability-minded business will have an opportunity to share information at our information tables.

Posted on June 14, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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