Voices of the Hollow Maze at Venus & the Moon

Acclaimed local artist David Watkins Price will exhibit some of his latest works during the March 2, First Friday event at Venus & the Moon, 31 Race Street in Jim Thorpe. Each month Venus & the Moon features artists whose work is forward-looking and transformational, connecting the viewer with cosmic energies.

Known for his seminal work Standing Stones (for which he received the F. Lamott Belin Scholarship out of Waverly), Price is working on a series of new prints he calls Voices Of The Hollow Maze. Inspired by travels to China and Egypt, Price recently returned from central France where an interest in Templar Architecture led him to a small stone cottage. In a place untouched by the outside world he found inspiration for this new series, a section of rural France where the past remains in abundance. Surrounded by fields of wild flowers and labyrinths of speaking streams, farm ruins of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries are poised between past and present time. These experiences forged a vision for Price’s new series of prints.

“The works are nurtured and transformed by luminal places in the margin we connect with–worlds beyond our sight,” says Price. “Voices of the Hollow Maze is less about architecture and more about resonance–the resonance of forms left behind by people who have abided within them all the days of their lives. These works are about people whose hands have lit the fires on homely hearths, whose hands have stirred apple butter in their summer kitchens, and who have walked the hollow maze of paths that connect with quiet places in the margin. Perhaps the most important connection I feel as an artist is to the feelings of love found in ordinary things.”

Price’s Voices of the Hollow Maze will be exhibited throughout the month of March. The First Friday event begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit Venus & the Moon.

It’s WinterFest!








If it’s President’s weekend, it must be WinterFest in Jim Thorpe – the Switzerland of America, the gateway to the Poconos.

This year marks the 18th annual festival sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce. Goers will enjoy ice and wood carving exhibitions down at the Josiah White Park (train station), the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk, pinata busting, kids shows, Civil War reenactors, and much more.

The Lehighton-based Faculty Brass, shown here in front of the Times House Bed & Breakfast, can always be counted on to lend a musical backdrop to Jim Thorpe festivals. They'll do the honors once again on Saturday for the 18th annual WinterFest.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House has two great shows lined up for the festival weekend. On Saturday night, the British blues band, Savoy Brown, will celebrate the release of its new CD, Voodoo Moon. Blues guitarist and Opera House favorite, Craig Thatcher, will open.

The acclaimed Allentown Band will take the Mauch Chunk Opera House stage for a 5 p.m. Sunday show. http://www.mauchchunkoperahouse.com

Up on historic Race Street, the Country Cottage will be offering huge savings during its Anniversary Sale. Be sure to ask Lori for a pickle fact. She’s got a hundred of them. On Saturday, just a few doors down, David Miller will be doing Tarot card readings at Venus and the Moon from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-in appointments subject to availability.

LaBrusca is back in stock at Big Creek Vineyard and Winery. Stop in the Race Street shop for a taste and don’t forget to check out Homespun’s new line of gourmet food and bath products.

The Times House Bed & Breakfast still has availability for the weekend of February 24/25 –  the last weekend for guests to take advantage of its February Valentine’s package. Book two nights and a dozen roses, a bottle of Big Creek wine and a heart-shaped box of chocolates will be waiting for you in your suite.


PS – More Valentine’s weekend happenings on historic Race Street

In celebration of Valentine s Day, Big Creek Vineyard and Winery is releasing a very limited bottling of its 2011 Muscat.  Sweet as Aphrodite but as serious as Bacchus: When sipped, curiously and almost without exception, lips curl into a mischievous smile and the eyes twinkle  An Old World style dessert wine that all wine lovers will enjoy.  This wine deserves a special glass so we will also have our Schott Zwiesel Crystal on sale at half price

Muscat Tasting Notes and Availability
The color is a crystal clear straw blonde with aromas of honey, melon, ripe peach, orange and pears dancing above the glass.  Compared to the previous vintage, it is a little higher in alcohol, lower in residual sugar and fuller bodied.   The 2010 vintage was extremely well received and sold out quickly (2010 tasting notes and award)

Wines will be available beginning Friday February 10th at $12 per bottle until supplies are gone.  We will have it at both the winery in Kresgeville and the Shoppe in Jim Thorpe (27 Race Street) Big Creek Vineyard and Winery

Venus & The Moon for a little Magick
Learn all things Aphrodisiac at Venus & the Moon, 31 Race Street, and leave with love inspired luxuries some made just for you, by you like *Massage Oil *Bath Salts *Love/Lust Karma Bags. Snag St. Valentine’s Tea, Valentine’s Soap, and Love/Lust Incense too!

Receive over a handful of aphrodisiac recipes & more.  Classes Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 at Noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. $50 per couple. Register at VenusNTheMoon@Gmail.com

Natural bath & body products, incredible hand dipped incense, organic botanicals, essential oils, stones, wedding & shower favors, Zen Creations Jewelry. Featuring local artists every month. Spiritual consultation & Tarot reading with Michelle Gallagher by appointment.

Moya Restaurant for a Romantic Dinner
Join Heri, Stephanie and Maxine for innovative, elegant, straightforward cuisine in a beautiful setting that’s easy for everybody to enjoy.

Heri s primary goal in opening Moya is to offer gourmet, eclectic cuisine. His food has few rules and is executed in a relaxed, healthy style with an emphasis on flavor and freshness. His menu is constantly changing to accommodate local product and palate. Moya is also home to the paintings of noted local artist Stephanie Verme, wife of Chef Heri Yunda and the co-owner and manager of Moya,  24 Race Street, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229-2004 (570) 325-8530 http://jimthorpemoya.com/

Spend Valentine’s weekend on the most romantic street in the Poconos

Horse-drawn carriage rides down Jim Thorpe's historic Race Street are a highlight of many a romantic weekend getaway.

Historic Race Street in the heart of Jim Thorpe is considered by many one of the most romantic streets in the Pocono Mountains – not to mention this side of the Atlantic.

In the foothills of the Pocono Mountains, just a block above Broadway, you are in the heart of all Jim ‘Thorpe has to offer but  located where it’s a little quieter than the hustle and bustle of the main street.

Race Street also offers the comfortable elegance of the Times House Bed and Breakfast, as well as fine dining at Moya’s, shops, a gallery and free wine-tasting at Big Creek Winery, not to mention the magnificent architecture and Tiffany windows of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, recognized on the National Historic Register.

On Race, visitors stroll hand-in-hand and often mention the European feel of the street. A few minutes walk up Race Street leads you to Broadway, directly across from the Mauch Chunk Opera House, where Times House guests get a discount. This weekend Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute concert is scheduled.

The Times House celebrates Valentine’s Day all month long and provides the perfect setting for your celebration with complimentary roses, a bottle of Big Creek wine and a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Just bring your love. For Valentine’s weekend – February 10 and 11 – special pricing is also offered.

The Times Elegance Suite is the perfect place to spend Valentine's weekend.

Two nights in the Times Elegance Suite, roses, wine and chocolates are offered at $298, plus tax.

The Times II Suite offers the romantic charm of another era.

For Valentine’s weekend, two nights in the Times II Suite, a bouquet of roses, a bottle of wine and a heart-shaped box of chocolates is only $249, plus tax.

Winter full of fun at the Times House and Jim Thorpe

Though it’s mid-January, there is still plenty of fun to be had and to look forward to in Jim Thorpe.

Despite just a sprinkling of snow to date this winter, Blue Mountain is hopping with lots of trails open. You can check out Blue Mountain Ski Area Report for up-to-date conditions. Folks looking for ski packages and winter getaways, need look no further than the Times House and Jim Thorpe’s bed and breakfasts.

You can always count on a great line-up of shows at a great price at the Mauch Chunk Opera House – where our guests get a discount -and plenty of good food and good company in Jim Thorpe’s restaurants and pubs, not to mention free wine-tasting at Big Creek next door to us on Race Street.

Each February, the Times House celebrates
Valentine’s Day all month long.

Book two nights  in one of our romantic suites
and receive a complimentary bottle of wine, a
bouquet of roses and a heart-shaped box of

Just bring your love.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for
WinterFest 2012, celebrated on February 18
and 19 during President’s Day Weekend. Goers
will enjoy ice and wood carving demonstrations, Civil War Re-enactors, shopping specials and the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk. For more information, check out  http://jimthorpe.org/festivals/wfest.htm

Ice carvings at the Josiah White Park are always a WinterFest highlight.

The countdown is also on for the annual St. Patty’s Day Parade, held the Sunday before St. Patrick’s feastday. This year it will be held on March 11. Here are a few photos to warm an Irish heart, the first of which shows our friend and 2010 Grand Marshall Hugh Dugan.

Here comes Chip Burnett and the AOH.
The Pipe Bands are always phenomenal.
On St. Patty's Day, it's easy being green in Jim Thorpe.

And if you’re longing for some more warmer weather fun, Pocono Whitewater just issued its Whitewater Dam Release Schedule.