The best part of operating the Times House is being privileged to be a part of celebrations – part of a person’s, a couple’s, a family’s history.
This past weekend Chris and I were excited to host two honeymooning/mini-mooning couples, two folks celebrating birthdays and other couples enjoying romantic getaways right here on historic Race Street.
On Saturday, we’ll attend the wedding of a young woman for whom I waited to be born so fervently that I can remember what I wore, where I went and what I was doing on the day she was born. After her early years, I didn’t see her very much and didn’t participate in a lot of her celebrations for a variety of reasons. However, as she walks down the aisle, I’ll remember that day and the joy her birth brought to her family.
As innkeepers not as local to family these days, we don’t get to host or attend as many functions as we once did – all the more reason, we enjoy helping our extended family of guests celebrate.
In October, we’ll celebrate 10 years of inn-keeping at the Times House. During that time, we’ve been blessed to be a part of countless birthdays, anniversaries, proposals, honeymoons, and served as a home base for brides and grooms before and after the wedding. One couple even exchanged vows just themselves in their suite.
On Sunday, Chris and I will celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary. We also honeymooned in our beautiful Jim Thorpe and are thrilled to have the opportunity to have others fall in love with the town the way we have.
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Happy first day of Spring! Just in time, SOS – Save Our Sanctuaries/Stop the Susquehanna Street Project is hosting a beach-themed Good Vibrations Dance Party at the Mauch Chunk Ballroom, 41 W. Broadway, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.
Proceeds will add to the group’s legal fund coffers as they fight to protect the interests of the community and St. Marks Episcopal Church from possible damaging vibrations caused by Carbon County’s proposed Susquehanna project. Planned excavation of the mountain for the county vehicle only parking garage and office space is just yards from irreplaceable windows executed by Louis C. Tiffany and the church’s foundation, which is the mountain itself.
So all you surfer girls and boys, dig out your flip-flops Ray-Bans and Hawaiian shirts for a night of summer fun, as DJ Dave Gasker sets off on a Surfin’ Safari to Margaritaville and back, helping to bring good vibrations and protecting St. Mark’s from possible bad ones.
Tickets: $15 in advance; $20 at the door. Click for tickets and more information.
If you’d like to join in the fight to protect St. Marks, visit the GoFundMe page.
Irish eyes keep smiling.
While the Carbon St. Patrick’s Parade won’t be making its way down Broadway next month, the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency (JTTA) invites locals and visitors alike to celebrate their Celtic roots with its Inaugural Irish Heritage Festival on March 9-10 and 16-17.
Goers donning their finest Irish accessories can kick up their heels and enjoy strolling musicians both weekends including the Faculty Brass and the Bethlehem-based Mackay Pipe Band’s drums and bagpipes will echo through town on Sunday, March 10.
The Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, will present two evenings of Celtic performances including the Tartan Terrors on Saturday, March 9 and the Kilmaine Saints, who will kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend a little early on Friday, March 15.
The luck of the Irish will be with you when you purchase a Pot-of-Gold Passport, available in advance, online at jimthorpe.org/irish for $15. The passport will unlock special discounts including $5 off Mauch Chunk Opera House shows, March 8 through March 17, menu items at local restaurants and pubs, plus 17 percent off at all participating shops. The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, 41 W. Broadway, will be open with a special discount for Passport holders.
The Stabin Museum and Café Arielle, 268 W. Broadway, will host a Youth Celtic Fiddle Showcase and Competition on Saturday March 9, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. More details to follow.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will hold an Irish-themed brunch on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. until noon. Come back to Race Street wearing your tartans Saturday night at 8 p.m. for a Kilt Party and Best Legs Contest at Stone Row Pub and Eatery, 45-47 Race St.
On Sunday, March 17, Café Arielle will offer a Celtic Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring live music.
For more information on all things Jim Thorpe, visit www.jimthorpe.org
Come celebrate the 4th of July in Jim Thorpe Style!
Recently named by Town and Country Magazine as one of the 30 Small Towns You Should Visit this Summer, Jim Thorpe is the perfect place to spend your Independence Day Weekend.
We’ve got concerts, fireworks, and lots of old fashioned fun!
Friday night, July 1, you can catch the legendary Yardbirds in concert at Penn’s Peak.
Saturday morning, July 2 is the 11th annual Race Street Run, which benefits our neighbors at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church – the beautiful Gothic Church with Tiffany windows listed on the National Historic Register.
Take a train ride aboard the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway or have a picnic lunch at Mauch Chunk Lake park and then head over to Memorial Park, 101 E. 10th Street, on Saturday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Dolon-Jones-Martino American Legion Post 304 presents the annual Jim Thorpe Stay at Home Festival. Admission and parking are free to the event featuring a pie-eating contest, potato sack races, amusement rides, carnival games, live music and fireworks. Rain Date is Sunday, July 3.
Looking for a rocking way to spend the evening? The Mauch Chunk Opera House presents KICK – the INXS Experience on Saturday night. Showtime: 8 p.m. Tickets: $20.
Penn’s Peak features local favorites Becky and the Beasts at their Sunday, July 3 Deck Party. Take in the glorious panoramic view from the Penn’s Peak deck and dance along to some great music. 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. No cover.
For all things Jim Thorpe, visit www.jimthorpe.org
Sure and Begorrah, Parade weekend in Jim Thorpe is bound to bring your Irish out.
While the 19th annual Carbon County St. Patrick’s Day Parade doesn’t begin until 1 p.m. on Sunday, there’s lots of smiling for Irish eyes to do before then.
Irish and American flags flying over Broadway welcome tourists and locals alike to parade central. If you didn’t come to town prepared, you can find a plethora of festive green hats, ties, sunglasses and green beads at the Mauch Chunk 5 & 10 before heading to the Molly Maguire for a Parade Eve Guiness.
The annual Ancient Order of Hibernians Mass at the Immaculate Conception Church at 4:30 p.m. Saturday is a long honored tradition with procession of the members of the AOH and LAOH bearing the flags of the counties of Ireland and the state of Pennsylvania.
From Holy to Terrors, the Mauch Chunk Opera House presents Celtic favorite the Tartan Terrors at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30
After a blessing outside the shamrock-bedecked Immaculate Conception Church and a laying of a wreath for the Molly Maguires at the Old Jail, Grand Marshal Francis “Snitz” O’Donnell and his aides: fellow innkeeper and fellow O’Neill, though shy one “L” Sheila O’Neil of the Gilded Cupid, Margaret Diehm, James Clauser, and Hank Williams will make their way down Broadway at 1 p.m.
May the good saints protect you and bless you today. And may troubles ignore you each step of the way.