Be it Polish, Italian, Puerto Rican or Lithuanian, there are festivals all over Pennsylvania in late summer and early fall that let us pause to remember and enjoy the traditional foods, music and dress of our ancestors. (Jim Thorpe celebrates the Irish big time in March with their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.)
The town will play host to two such festivals this weekend, however, your forefathers birth country has nothing to do with it.
Don’t be surprised to see men wearing cravats and corseted women wearing long gowns strolling downtown Jim Thorpe today. The Victorian Festival kicked off last night with a dinner and lecture at Through the Looking Glass Cafe. Local historian Jack Gunser spoke about Victorian wedding customs.
From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., the appropriately dressed Mauch Chunk Players will serenade tourists from the balcony of the Inn at Jim Thorpe. At 4 p.m. actors portraying Harry Packer and Mary Lockhart will promenade up Broadway to the Mauch Chunk Ballroom for a reenactment of their August 1872 wedding followed by a grand Victorian Ball. Tickets are $50. Proceeds benefit the Kemmerer Carriage House restoration.
It’s not only a beautiful day for a wedding but a beautiful day to enjoy Mauch Chunk Lake Park and its Heritage Fest held today. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. goers will enjoy historical displays, exhibits, crafters, food and refreshments, plus lots of live Blue Grass music and a bonfire at dusk.
If you’re in Jim Thorpe this evening,you can catch a great Neil Diamond tribute concert. The Real Diamond will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House – back by popular demand.