Plethora of fun this weekend in Jim Thorpe


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The Mauch Chunk Opera House is Jim Thorpe's gem of a venue for live entertainment.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House is Jim Thorpe’s gem of a venue for live entertainment.

Wine on the Mountain, hilarious improv, terrific live bands in town, Blues Fest out of town, and a painting party are just some of the fun things in store in Jim Thorpe, the gateway to the Poconos, this weekend.

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Tonight they’ll be laughing it up with future comedy stars with a night of improv at the Mauch Chunk Opera House with the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company.

Wine on the Mountain is always a fun event at Penn’s Peak with the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail’s nine wineries including our friends at Big Creek Vineyard – introducing Sweetheart, a sweet hard apple cider - live music, noshings, and an incredible view. Save $5 until 9 p.m. today. Advance ticket sales: $15, $20 at the door.

Blue Mountain Ski Area is also hosting the Pennsylvania Blues Festival  and celebrating 23 years of Blues in the Poconos. 

Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., NEPA artist Pamela Heiser will guide budding Picassos through the creative process while you enjoy wine and food at a Cork & Canvas event at Venus Rising, 92 Broadway. $50. For more information, call 570-325-3134.

After completing your masterpiece or enjoying a fabulous dinner at one of our favorite Jim Thorpe restaurants, you can take in The McLovins and Mipso for an 8 p.m. show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.  Tickets are just $10. If you’re a Carbon County resident, tickets are just two for $10!

Upright Citizens Brigade takes on Jim Thorpe


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TOURCO_08_LOGO_finalRaucous laughter is sure to ensue at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Friday night when the touring company of the famed Upright Citizens Brigade takes the stage for a night of improv by the “next wave” of comedy superstars.

The first wave included founding members Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and rippled out to splash much of today’s television and film comedies.

The UCB website touts company members’ successes from Saturday Night Live to Happy Endings to The Office to Parks and Recreation, as well as the writing rooms and offices of the Colbert Report, the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, MAD TV, not to mention Bridesmaids, Mean Girls, and The Hangover on the silver screen.

Friday’s Jim Thorpe audience will be rewarded with a unique show performed by Zack Willis, Patrick Noth, Shaun Diston, and Sebastian Connelli, that no one has ever seen before and will never see again. In longform improvisation, performers create an entire show consisting of interconnected scenes, characters, and ideas completely made-up on the spot with no pre-planning or pre writing. Take a look at the brigade in action.

Tickets are $20, available online and at the Mauch Chunk Opera House box office. Call 570-325-0249. Showtime Friday is 8:30 p.m.

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Another beautiful morning in Jim Thorpe finds residents and shopkeepers alike setting up tables on Broadway and Race Street for the annual Sidewalk Sale. Just imagine the treasures you’ll find from noon to five today and tomorrow.

The Sixties Show, featuring members of Elton John and Billy Joel’s bands, will rock the stage at the Mauch Chunk Opera House tonight for all of you Baby Boomers out there and those just looking for a fun night. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets $26.

Music, Rafting and Remembrance this weekend in Jim Thorpe


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There’s something for everyone this weekend in Jim Thorpe, the Gateway to the Pocono Mountains. With temperatures expected in the 70s and low 80s, it should be picture perfect.

If fast water is your thing, a dam release this weekend, should make for fantastic ride whitewater rafting or kayaking on the Lehigh River.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians gathered at the Old Jail and Museum for the Day of the Rope Mass, commemorating the 135th anniversary of the hanging of the Molly Maguires.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians gather at the Old Jail and Museum for the Day of the Rope Mass.

The Ancient Order of Hibernians will gather at the Old Jail on Saturday morning for a 10:30 a.m. Mass  to commemorate the Day of the Rope, marking the 137th anniversary of the June 21, 1877 execution of Molly Maguires Alec Campbell, John “Yellow Jack” Donahue, Michael Doyle and Edward Kelly, who were hanged at the same time. Six other Molly Maguires were hanged that fateful day in Pottsville, while Thomas P. Fisher, James McDonnell and Charles Sharp were hanged in the Old Jail in 1878 and 1879.

If you’d like to get an idea of what life for coal miners was like, check out Eckley Miners’ Village this weekend for Patch Town Days. The annual event celebrates the ethnic backgrounds of the mining families who lived and worked in the anthracite coal fields of Pennsylvania. Saturday there will be a car show, fashion show by Queen Victoria’s Court, and Victorian Tea in the Sharpe House. Saturday also includes a Yuengling Biergarten from noon to 7 p.m. and a special performance by the Mud Pond Boys from 4-7 p.m. Enjoy live music and ethnic food.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House welcomes back Commander Cody tonight. Saturday night Poppa Chubby takes the stage.


Summer season kicks off in Jim Thorpe


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Those who know Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania know its beauty. Judges will be in town this weekend to see if it measures up to the Most Beautiful Small Town in America.

Memorial Day weekend kicks off the summer season in beautiful Jim Thorpe, PA – Gateway to the Poconos.

There were days, nay weeks, possibly even months this past winter that we doubted summer would ever come but it’s here and so are all the familiar sites and sounds that beckon tourists all summer long.

The train whistle will be blowing as the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway excursions start running weekends with two special events early on. Next weekend on Saturday, May 31, the ever-popular Pennsylvania Dutch Treat Train runs offering passengers ring bologna, pickles, cheese, pretzels, and shoofly pie. Enjoy complimentary birch beer, bottled water, or assorted sodas.

If you thought that was fun, on June 7 and 8, you can enjoy the beautiful river gorge by train one-way and bike the rail-trail on your way back to town.

The Old Jail Museum, Asa Packer Mansion, Ghost and Town tours are also in full swing. And don’t forget the Mauch Chunk Opera House for great summer concerts and deck parties at Penn”s Peak, which kick off on Thursday night, May 29 with local favorite Becky and the Beasts.

Start off your visit at the newly refurbished PMVB Jim Thorpe Visitors Center down at Josiah White Park/Train Station. Tell Jane hello from the Times House and find out more about what Jim Thorpe, the Gateway of the Pocono Mountains has to offer.

PMVB Visitor Center Timeline shows a 1976 image of the Times House, Stone Row and historic Race Street, at the time Jim Thorpe garnered Historic District designation.

PMVB Visitor Center Timeline shows a 1976 image of the Times House, Stone Row and historic Race Street, at the time Jim Thorpe garnered Historic District designation.

Be sure to check out the new historical timeline along the rear wall of the center for a throwback photo of the Times House and Stone Row on historic Race Street.


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