Two weekends of Irish fun in Jim Thorpe

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 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.

Be sure to check out  page for new and updated events. Book your stay at the Times House and you’ll be within walking distance to all of the fun.

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Jim Thorpe Style

flag dimmickCome 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 m20140705_095949orning, 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.


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Get your Irish on in Jim Thorpe

IMG_2421Sure 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. 

St. Patrick's Day window at the Times House in Jim Thorpe
Times House B&B pays a little St. Paddy’s Day homage to O’Neill ancestors.

Love is in the air Winterfest weekend in Jim Thorpe

Hearts melt at the Times House in Jim Thorpe.

It’s no wonder Jim Thorpe was deemed Best Romantic Getaway by Philadelphia Magazine, a few years back. Love is not only in the air but also on the ground this WinterFest/Valentine’s/Presidents Day weekend.

I found this heart melted on the ground by the railing of the Times House B&B on Race Street.

If you’re not snuggling up with your sweetie, there’s lots of fun out and about in Jim Thorpe.

Ice carvings are a highlight of WinterFest in Jim Thorpe.
Ice carvings are a highlight of WinterFest in Jim Thorpe.

A dusting of snow overnight adds the perfect frosting to WinterFest festivities from train rides, to ice carvings and magic shows, not to  mention the infamous Mug Walk.

A romantic dinner at one of Jim Thorpe’s favorite restaurants, some with prix-fixe menus, Tusk’s Fleetwood Mac tribute at the Opera House, wine tasting at Big Creek Vineyard and Stonekeep Meadery add to the fun.

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More Olde Time Christmas fun in Jim Thorpe – no mittens required

OTCheaderNew (2)Despite the mild December weather, you can still wear your ugly Christmas sweaters  but there’s no need for mittens this weekend to enjoy Jim Thorpe’s 34th annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration this weekend.

There are train rides with Santa, strolling musicians, carolers, and Evan the 7-foot Elf. There’s storytelling and Gingerbread houses on display at the Dimmick Memorial Library. A Christkindlmart will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Route 903 and 5th Street on the East side, from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with a free organ concert, tours, food, gifts and even a yard sale.

Back to the historic district- At 2 p.m. on Saturday, folks will get the chance to worship the way the Packer and Sayre families would have done when the parish was founded. On the National Historic Register, St. Mark’s and St. John’s Episcopal Church, 21 Race Street Saturday, will celebrate a Victorian Eucharist from the 1789 Book of Common Prayer. The combined choirs from Trinity Church, Easton and St. Mark’s and St. John’s will provide the musical offering during this liturgy.

According to the Rev. John Wagner, all baptized Christians are welcome to receive the Eucharist.

The liturgy will be followed by the 21st Century equivalent of High Tea (coffee, tea and baked goods) to be served in the Great Hall.  During that High Tea, music from the Victorian Age will be offered by the Trinity Church, Easton, choir.

There is to be no charge for attendance at either the Eucharist nor the High Tea.  Offerings will be gladly accepted.

Come Saturday night, local favorite Craig Thatcher will return to the Mauch Chunk Opera House for his Rockin’ Christmas Show. For tickets and info, visit

Sunday afternoon, there will be a special presentation of the 40 Story Radio Tower with J.F. Hiatt onstage at the Opera House. Some may know the playwright from his Olde Time Christmas fireside stories at the Gilded Cupid.

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