Happy Halloween weekend in Jim Thorpe


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Ghosts on Broadway? You decide.

Ghosts on Broadway? You decide.

From Michale Graves and Boolesque at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Rotary Ghostwalks or just a stroll through the cemetery, there’s lots of spooky fun in town this weekend.

Fans of Graves, the Monster Rocker former frontman of the Misfits, are in for a Halloween treat tonight when Graves stars in a live stage play version of his recently released Zombies movie – the only time it will be performed on this tour.  Costumed or made-up audience members will receive a free copy of the film Half Human upon entering the Opera House. And all that is before the Michale Graves Band performs a full-out Monster Rock concert. Tickets: $20. Showtime: 8 p.m.

Boolesque is an annual favorite Halloween-esque performance. Tickets: $20 – $35. Showtime: Saturday, Nov. 1 – 8 p.m.

Rotary Ghostwalks gather in the basement of the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. For information, click here and reservations, call 570 325-2346.

Last but not least explore the beautiful, gothic Mauch Chunk Cemetery. Check out this previous article.

Jim Thorpe’s Fall Foliage celebration continues this weekend


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There’s lots more fun in store for fall foliage fanciers this weekend in Jim Thorpe. More food, more shopping and lots more music.

Local favorites Becky and the Beasts will perform from the gazebo at the Josiah White Park (train station), from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, while Brad and Luke will perform on the Mauch Chunk Opera House steps during that same time period. On Sunday from noon to 2 p.m., the Mauch Chunk Opera House’s own Vince and Christy AKA Day Rubies will perform on the venue’s steps. For the complete Fall Foliage music schedule of performances at the gazebo, Dimmick Library, Quarry Street and Opera House steps, check out  http://www.jimthorpe.org/fallfoliagemusicschedule.htm

Saturday night fever is sure to break out when disco party ensues at the concert venue with Dancin’ Machine. Showtime: 8 p.m. Tickets: $23.

Come Sunday, the clock turns back from the 1970s to the 1920s at the Opera House when the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra takes the stage of the old vaudeville venue, performing original scores written for silent film classics. Showtime: 6 p.m. Tickets: 25.

Don’t forget about new traffic patterns for festival parking and shuttles.


Celebrating five years


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facebook-cover-signFive years ago this month Chris and I welcomed our first guests to the Times House.

Since that time, we’ve been privileged to host hundreds of guests celebrating their own milestones – birthdays, anniversaries, engagements, honeymoons, mini-moons, babymoons – a quick getaway to take in a show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Penns Peak or a ride down the Lehigh River. We’ve hosted business travelers and writers and people just looking to find a little peace in their busy lives.

Looking through our guest books, the names of friends we’ve made along the way stand out. They not only offered their tips on what to see and do in Jim Thorpe but about life and love, as well.

One guest wrote,” I enjoyed reading all the love stories written down in this guest book. I hope you all cherish the moments you have with one another. Love is precious.”

A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our guests, our families and friends who have encouraged and supported our efforts. Thank you to our friend/bartender/Realtor/hairdresser Donna Dugan, for helping us purchase this wonderful building. Chip and Hughie, we owe you anniversary beers for your marketing efforts at the pub on our behalf. We’d also like to thank my brothers John Marasheski for all his help in setting up our websites, and Chris Marasheski , along with his wife TJ, for their hard work. Thank you to our friend and neighbor, David Price, for allowing us to use his beautiful image of Race Street on our business cards and to sign maker extraordinaire Doug Rontz for our fabulous sign. There are so many others who have been generous to us, who are not named here, but are just as much appreciated.

Anniversaries are a time to look back, celebrate and look forward. We look forward to welcoming new guests in new spaces and help them to fall in love with the town of Jim Thorpe, the way Chris and I did. We also look forward to making new friends and welcoming back old friends and return guests.

Thanks to all of you who helped make this dream of ours a reality.

Jim Thorpe’s Fall party kicks off this weekend


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Fall Foliage FestivalIt’s that magical time of year in Jim Thorpe when the mountains surrounding one of the most beautiful small town’s in America go technicolor.

To celebrate, the Jim Thorpe Tourist Agency sponsors an annual festival the first three weekends of October with vendors, food, crafts and music, music, music.

Bands will be performing at the Josiah White Park gazebo, in front of the Dimmick Memorial Library, on Quarry Street and on the steps of the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Here’s a link to the schedule.

The party continues into the evening with ticketed concerts at the Opera House. Tonight, CSNsongs take the stage with a tribute to the music of Crosby Stills Nash and Young. Tickets: $23.

Saturday night, they’ll be damning the torpedoes with a Tom Petty tribute by Damn the Torpedoes. Tickets: $18. Doors open each night at 7 p.m. Showtime is 8 p.m.

If you aren’t staying in town, you’ll want to check out this important parking information. Due to bridge construction, the train station parking lot is down a significant number of spaces and is expected to be full by 10 a.m. on festival weekends.




We love them…yeah, yeah, yeah


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Concert-goers are in for a treat as the Cast of Beatlemania takes the stage this weekend for a two night gig at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Tonight’s show focuses on Meet the Beatles and Abbey Road while Saturday’s performance covers the gamut of Beatles tunes throughout their career.

As I was driving up the turnpike yesterday listening to the Rubber Soul CD, on loan from my 19-year-old son, Ben, I thought about how John, Paul, George and Ringo may have been born across the pond but their music is just as much a part of our own musical heritage.

The very first 45 I ever owned had Something on one side and Come Together on the flip. I was eight. It was a Christmas 1969 gift from my parents along with a record player and an Isley Brothers album. Since my father was a musician, I grew up listening to great music.

When my kids were little, they were taught to recognize the Fab Four’s songs on the radio. In July, Ben drove to Pittsburgh and back again to watch Sir Paul onstage and shared the experience with me through texts. “My life is complete,” he wrote upon exiting the arena.

For those who check out the Mauch Chunk Opera House shows this weekend, I have a feeling they’ll be not only be singing along with the Cast of Beatlemania, they’ll be reliving their own Beatles memories and perhaps even making one or two.

Tickets are $22. Doors open at 7 p.m.; Showtime – 8 p.m.


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