Fall Foliage Festival Fun in Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe historic Race STreet
Banners and colorful mums welcome visitors to the Times House B&B and historic Race Street.

On Penn Live’s Bucket List of 28 Things to Do in PA Before You Die, Jim Thorpe’s Fall Foliage Festival Weekends are here!

Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 – Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival Weekends – Outstanding vendors (food, arts and crafts), free music events at four stages throughout the downtown area, ticketed headline shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and seasonal specials from restaurants, and shops. For more information, visit http://www.jimthorpe.org/fallfoliage.htm

In addition to free live music throughout the historic district, there are some great shows lined up this weekend at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Tonight Ted Vigil will put on an incredible John Denver tribute concert. Showtime: 8 p.m.; tickets – $26.

Damn the Torpedoes will rock the house Saturday night. The third visit to the venerable ol’ opera house for the group, the Tom Petty tribute band’s front man Rich Kubicz does Petty better than Petty does Petty, according to some. Showtime: 8 p.m.; tickets – $20. Check out video from May’s performance.

Jim Thorpe Victorian Home and Garden Tour on Sunday

Take in the architecture and splendor of days gone by this Sunday when the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center is excited to present its Victorian Home and Garden Tour from Noon to 5 p.m.

The self-guided tour of 20 Victorian homes and gardens will offer goers a rare glimpse inside Jim Thorpe’s 19th century homes including the magnificently restored Dimmick House, the Convent home on West Broadway, the Stone Row home at Three Mountains Gallery on historic Race Street, as well as magical secret gardens such as the Friends of the Library hidden pollinator garden on Broadway.  Several private homes have never been open to the public in the past.

The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center at 41 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe is sponsoring the fall tour to help further its mission of preserving and presenting historical artifacts, personal treasures and experiences of those who lived and worked in the anthracite coal region from the early 1800s to the present time.

The Museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day through October 31; weekends November and December; by appointment January through May.

Same day tickets may be purchased at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center, 41 West Broadway, Josiah White Plaza at the Train Station in Jim Thorpe, and Friends of the Library 58 Broadway. $20 adults; $10 children. Rain or Shine.

Kick off Fall fun in Jim Thorpe Wednesday night at the Broadway Grill

Mixer20150923Come celebrate with the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency as they welcome Fall, introduce the 2015-2016 Jim Thorpe Visitors Guide and get ready for a whole season of fun in Jim Thorpe, including Fall Foliage Festival weekends – recently  listed on a “28 Things to See or Do in Pennsylvania Before You Die” bucket list.

Sponsored by the Inn at Jim Thorpe and Rainbow’s End, the Autumnal Equinox Mixer featuring live entertainment, appetizers, raffle drawings, a cash bar and drink specials will be held at the Broadway Grill & Pub on Wednesday, Sept. 23 beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person, with every dollar raised helping JTTA volunteers promote the town.

Just 90 minutes from Philadelphia, two hours from New York and 35 minutes from the Lehigh Valley, Jim Thorpe is at the center of it all, where tourists and locals alike enjoy hiking and biking surrounded by Technicolor scenery, 36 shops, boutiques and galleries, 12 restaurants, bars and wineries, fantastic live entertainment at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, mansion, jail and ghost tours, along with a full slate of events from this weekend’s Jim Thorpe Victorian Home and Garden Tour to the Victorian Ball in November.

Sunday, Sept. 27 – Jim Thorpe Victorian Home and Garden Tour – Guided tours of historic homes and churches, along the streets of Olde Mauch Chunk. 12 – 5 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $20 on tour day. For more information, visit  www.mauchchunkvictorians.com

Sunday, Sept. 27 – Ghosts of Old Mauch Chunk – Exhibit of ghostly photographs in the Rex House, 29 Race Street. Presented by Kevin Yee and Race Street artist David Price. Exhibit continues on October weekends with event on Saturday, Oct. 31. For more information visit, https://www.facebook.com/JimThorpeHistoricRaceStreet

Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 – Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival Weekends – Outstanding vendors (food, arts and crafts), free music events at four stages throughout the downtown area, ticketed headline shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, and seasonal specials from restaurants, and shops. For more information, visit http://www.jimthorpe.org/fallfoliage.htm

Saturday, Nov. 7, 5 p.m. – Mauch Chunk Victorian Ball – Mauch Chunk Ballroom, 41 W Broadway. Dinner and dancing. Victorian attire encouraged but not required.Tickets: $40. For more information, visit  www.mauchchunkvictorians.com

JTTA plans, presents and promotes four major festivals each year: WinterFest (February), the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration (May), Fall Foliage (three weekends in October), and the Olde Time Christmas festival (December). These events attract thousands of visitors, who stay at hotels, B&BS, inns and campgrounds in Jim Thorpe and throughout Carbon County.

JTTA also maintains a web site, which helps potential guests plan their daytrip or extended stay in our area. Website features include photos and a description of our town, an events calendar and clickable links to accommodations, restaurants, shops and attractions.

For more information on Jim Thorpe events, attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shops and more, visit   www.jimthorpe.org 

Time to support our ol’ Opera House

It's not too late to donate to help support the Mauch Chunk Opera House.
It’s not too late to donate to help support the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House is throwing a party for itself tomorrow night – the Luv it Live Benefit Bash! And for the lucky folks with tickets to the sold out affair featuring Craig Thatcher, it’s going to be a blast!

The former vaudeville theater now stages live entertainment to throngs of locals and tourists alike, who can always count on a great show in at a great price.

Chris and I love the Mauch Chunk Opera House and are always happy to support it, hosting entertainers and concert package auction winners. If you go, see if you can find our seat. 🙂

If you can’t make the show but love this gem of a venue, don’t worry. You can still support it here.

 

Wheeling around Jim Thorpe

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(From right) Barb Timberz of Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz and Maggie Miller pose for a quick pic on historic Race Street .

There are lots of ways to experience the beauty of Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Gorge- hiking, biking, by foot, by car, by train, even by horse and buggy.

For motorcycle enthusiasts and folks just out for an adventure, a ride in a vintage BMW sidecar is the perfect way to take in the sights.

According to the Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz website, you can choose from a one-hour to four-hour excursion taking in the incredible sights and sounds of each season’s unique beauty. Cool off with a thrilling country ride along amazing local waterfalls deep in the mountain laurel; or visit a local winery for a tasting!

The vintage BMW sidecar rigs can accommodate two riders on the bike in addition to your guide. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz now offers three sidecar rigs that can accommodate up to six riders in addition to the tour guides. Experienced antique motorcycle enthusiasts Barb Timberz and Ed Fink will pick you up at your location. $75 per hour, per bike. Goggles and helmets are provided. 570-249-1570.