Happy Earth Day


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The Lehigh River bends through the mountains in Jim Thorpe creating a magnificent terrain for hiking, biking, rafting and just enjoying the scenery.

The Lehigh River bends through the mountains in Jim Thorpe creating a magnificent terrain for hiking, biking, rafting and just enjoying the scenery.

The gateway to the Pocono Mountains, Jim Thorpe’s landscape, energy, residents and visitors alike make it a special place to celebrate and appreciate this magnificent planet.

First celebrated on April 22, 1970, Earth Day was a national call to protect the environment. Some 44 years later, it’s celebrated all over the world.

For years, Jim Thorpe has been rolling out the green carpet to celebrate Earth Day. This year is no exception.

Jim Thorpe Earth Day organizers have planned a great lineup of events, with live music, vendors, crafters, games, workshops, a Lehigh River clean-up and an 11:30 a.m. reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax at the Dimmick Library.

Check out Earth Day events at the Race Street Park this Saturday, April 26.

Check out Earth Day events at the Race Street Park this Saturday, April 26.

At the Race Street Park, across the street from the Times House B&B and just down the street from Jim Thorpe’s Earth Day event founder/organizer Shelli Holland’s Horizons Shop, 105 Race Street, you can participate in Tai Chi demonstrations from 11 a.m. until noon. You can check out a Native American artifact display there from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Selena from 13th Moon Creations, 31 Race Street, will lead a Green It Up Workshop from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., where you can make your own all natural cleaning agents. ($5 fee for supplies.)

You can also have the chance to win a rain barrel on Saturday with entry forms available at participating shops . Drop off entries at the Mauch Chunk 5 & 10. The drawing will be help at the Josiah White Park (train station) about 6 p.m. You must be present to win.

Rain date is Sunday, April 27. For a full list of the days activities, check out http://www.jtearthday.com/

The Mauch Chunk Opera House will also play host to a trifecta of concerts this weekend. On Thursday, April 24, the Dead Winter Carpenters will perform Tickets: $10). On Friday, April 25 The Wiyos take the stage (Tickets: $15 ) and on Saturday, April 26, the Opera House presents its Earth Day show with the Underwater Sounds and Wallace Brothers. (Tickets: $10)


Get your Irish on in Jim Thorpe


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Carbon St. Patrick's Day ParadeThe pipes, the pipes will be a calling this weekend as Jim Thorpe hosts the 17th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Grand Marshal Matthew P. Stinson will lead the way joined by aides Ed Coll, Jennifer Skelly-Becker and Shari Lynne Beers down Broadway.

While the parade starts at 1 p.m. Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 9, Irish eyes will be smiling and singing on Saturday at the 4:30 p.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. It has long been a cherished tradition for Hibernians and all those who have a drop of Irish blood coursing through their veins.

A few hours later, the Tartan Terrors will get the party started with a Parade Weekend Spectacular at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

The parade itself kicks off on Sunday at 1 p.m. back at the church with a blessing, and then a stop at the old jail to lay a wreath in memory of the Molly Maguires hung there in 1877, before heading down Broadway.

Here’s a video from last year’s parade:


Love and WinterFest – perfect together


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It's WinterFest weekend in Jim Thorpe.

It’s WinterFest weekend in Jim Thorpe!

Baby it’s cold outside  - a perfect time to celebrate romance, winter,  history and a hunk of burning love in Jim Thorpe!

With Valentine’s Day and Jim Thorpe’s annual WinterFest celebration this weekend, there’s lots in store for visitors to the town Philadelphia Magazine named its 2012 Best of Philly: Best Romantic Getaway.

Each President’s Day Weekend, visitors to Jim Thorpe enjoy WinterFest Ice sculptures, wood carving exhibitions, the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk, magic shows, Civil War reenactors and much more.

Here’s a video of the Faculty Brass outside of the Times House B&B on historic Race Street during last year’s WinterFest.

Wine and chocolate lovers will enjoy a benefit at the Mauch Chunk Museum on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., to raise funds for the Bach & Handel Chorale. There will be a DJ, wine from Big Creek Winery, a chocolate fountain, hors d’oeuvres, gift baskets and raffle prizes. Tickets: $20; Students – $10.

From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, you can enjoy an hour of love songs across the street, at the Gilded Cupid Bed & Breakfast. Light snacks and an adult beverage are included in the $10 ticket price. Reservations required. For more information, call 570-325-5453. 

The Mauch Chunk Opera House will be hopping all weekend. The festivities begin Thursday evening, Feb. 13 as the Southside Film Institute of Bethlehem presents Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. The Opera House will stage two concerts by Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band on Friday and Saturday nights, with a Sunday Memories of Elvis tribute concert by Chris MacDonald. Visit the website for more details.

Experience the enchantment of Olde Jim Thorpe this Christmas


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Hikers found this fairy cottage on Flagstaff this week.

Hikers found this fairy cottage on Flagstaff this week.

Jim Thorpe is a magical place any time of the year. Each Christmas, however, it takes on a whole new feel with the town’s celebration of Olde Time Christmas.

The lights, the decorations, train rides with Santa are all part of the festive event. Adding more to the excitement, Jim Thorpe seems to have fallen under an enchantment this Christmas. Fairy houses have been popping up around the town of Jim Thorpe – on the mountain, near the river bank – perhaps to remind us of the magic and the mystery all around us.

Tonight, Friday the 13th, we’ll be celebrating the town’s enchantment at Three Mountains Gallery, 29 Race Street, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fairy cottages entered into the Olde Time Christmas festival contest, as well as others created by local artists Randall Sellers and Stephanie Verme, will be on exhibit, along with works by Race Street artist/gallery owner David Price and Amanda Hoffman. There will also be readings of written works inspired by the enchantment of the mountains by Price, Colleen Davis, and Diane Prokop.

Refreshments will be served. This is a free event.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/JimThorpeHistoricRaceStreet

While up on Race Street, be sure to stop in at 13th Moon Creations for their Open House.

Thankful in Jim Thorpe


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Times House B&B, Jim ThorpeNovember is a month when we more consciously turn our thoughts to appreciation –  from thanking the men and women who have served our country on Veterans Day to thanking God for our blessings on Thanksgiving Day.

Chris and I would like to take the time this November to give thanks for all of the encouragement and support we’ve received from our family, friends, and other Jim Thorpe business owners as we celebrate the Times House B&B’s fifth year here on historic Race Street.

Most of all we’d like to thank our guests, who have allowed us to play a part in their celebrations, vacations and getaways here in the Switzerland of America. We are humbled by their generous emails, notes and reviews and will continue to work hard to make sure each visit is special for them.

Many guests have commented on how much they’ve enjoyed my apple cake, for which I must thank my dear Aunt Cass, whose birthday her family celebrated on Friday for the first time without her. In honor of our family’s Martha Stewart before we knew who Martha Stewart was, I’d like to share Aunt Cass’ recipe.

Aunt Cass Apple CakeApple Cake
4-5 apples
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbs. cinnamon
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs
3 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup orange juice

Peel and cut 4 to 5 apples, add 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon. Mix together in bowl. Blend together the remaining ingredients with electric mixer.

Layer 1/2  batter, 1/2 apple mixture and repeat. Aunt Cass’ recipe calls for a tube pan but I use a mini-loaf pan – just the right size to share for breakfast. :)

Bake at 350 degrees or 375 degrees for about an hour to one hour-fifteen minutes until golden and toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!!

Don’t forget that this Friday, November 15, Jim Thorpe merchants hold their annual Customer Appreciation Day with extra savings coupons for shoppers at participating stores.

Also, be sure to check out the awesome lineup of shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Saturday night’s The The Band Band’s Last Waltz show will be extra fun with  hors d’oeuvre courtesy of 14 Acre Farm.


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