Bethlehem is a delightful village with an active community spirit. The surrounding hills abound with natural beauty throughout the year, and provide a wealth of outdoor activities and athletic events for all ages.
Thousands of visitors come to the Bethlehem Fair every September to enjoy the live music, delicious food, amusements, hand-made crafts and animal exhibits that make up this harvest celebration. Almost every one of the residents volunteers during fair weekend or enters one of the juried competitions.
A visit to Bethlehem to send holiday mail and attend The Christmas Town Festival around the town green has become a tradition for many families. It began in 1938 when the Bethlehem Post Office started issuing a specially designed Christmas card cachet. Today there are 73 different designs. Visitors come from all over New England to stamp their cards and enjoy caroling, sleigh rides, entertainment and crafts.
The surrounding hills abound with natural beauty throughout the year, and provide a wealth of outdoor activities and athletic events for all ages. For the outdoor enthusiasts there is fishing, hiking, hunting, and swimming at Long Meadow Lake. During the winter cross-country and downhill skiing are available nearby.
One of the first houses of contemplative Benedictine nuns in the United States, The Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis is located in Bethlehem. It was founded in 1937 encompasses 400 acres. The nuns who reside there still make their own cheese and perform Gregorian chants daily. Stately period architecture surrounds the picturesque town green and an ample selection of home styles and sizes on expansive lots.
There is one elementary school located in Bethlehem and is part of Regional School District 14. The middle and high schools are in Woodbury.