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.


For all things Jim Thorpe, visit www.jimthorpe.org 

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.

For all things WinterFest and all things Jim Thorpe, visit http://www.jimthorpe.org


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 http://mcohjt.com/

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.

For the complete schedule of Olde Time Christmas fun, visit http://www.jimthorpe.org/OTC.htm

Jim Thorpe candlelight vigil for peace

candle-in-the-darkJim Thorpe will join the world in prayers for peace during a candlelight vigil Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Josiah White Park.

Jim Thorpe author and spiritual activist Michelle Gallagher organized the bring-your-own-candle event after witnessing social media reaction to terrorist attacks and the Syrian refugee crisis.

“Let’s create peace in the world by starting right where we are – on and offline. This is for our children,” Gallagher said.

The bells of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church will ring to open the ceremony which will include poetry, music and the ringing of Tibetan bells to raise and carry the vibration of peace around the world.

Those unable to attend the actual event are encouraged, wherever they may be, to light a candle and offer their own thoughts and prayers for peace.

For more information or to participate in this event please contact Michelle Gallagher at 570-954-4520 or email at Michgall@gmail.com