Happy Birthday Jim Thorpe

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Jim Thorpe monumentThe 20th Annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration takes place this weekend on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17.

The people of Jim Thorpe are doing what they have always done – honor the man born on May 28, 1888 Jacobus Franciscus “Jim” Thorpe and Wa-Tho-Huk, which means Bright Path in the Sac and Fox language.

Jim Thorpe’s grandson, John Thorpe, and Sitting Bull’s great-grandson, Ernie LaPointe,, along with Don Wild Eagle and other honored guests from the Carlisle School will participate in this year’s memorial tribute at the Jim Thorpe mausoleum at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

After winning the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics, King Gustav of Sweden declared Thorpe “the greatest athlete in the world.”

It’s only fitting that the Jim Thorpe High School Olympian Cross Country and Track teams join in on the tribute, carrying a lighted torch to their school stadium to light the Olympic torch for the Special Olympic Track and Field Competition on through the town and down Broadway to the Josiah White Park (train station).

The birthday party continues with Native American dancing, drumming, folklore, craft and food vendors, as well as a Chinese auction.

 

 

May is popping with fun in Jim Thorpe

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The Race Street Park is popping with color.

The flowers are blooming, the trains are running and there’s lots of great fun and entertainment this month in Jim Thorpe.

Penn’s Peak has Dark Star Orchestra onstage tonight. Get there early for a spectacular panoramic view of the area.

Be sure to check out Damn the Torpedoes when they return to the Mauch Chunk Opera House  Saturday night with their tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. You won’t be disappointed! They put on a terrific show, which we caught last time they were in town. Guests of ours said they sounded even better than Petty and crew! Tickets: $20. Showtime: 8 p.m.

 

Don’t forget Sunday is Mother’s Day. If you can’t give Mom breakfast in bed, consider giving her a gift certificate to the Times House Bed and Breakfast.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 14 and start next weekend out early with Emmy award-winning actor/musican Jeff Daniels at our venerable ol’ Opera House with his son’s band – The Ben Daniels Band. Tickets: $30. Showtime: 8 p.m.

Check back next week for more info: Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration – Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17. 

Let them eat cake in Jim Thorpe

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Spring in Jim Thorpe

Who needs a trip to Paris when you can enjoy springtime in Jim Thorpe?

This first weekend of May not only marks the arrival of regular season train excursions with the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway but also the start of National Tourism Week.

What better place to celebrate than Jim Thorpe! Back in 1850, known then as Mauch Chunk, it was second only to Niagara Falls as the most visited tourist destination in the United States.

On Saturday, Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency (JTTA) members will welcome tourists, locals and business owners alike down at the Josiah White Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. handing out free coffee and cake. JTTA members will also celebrate National Tourism Week at a Cinco de Mayo party on Tuesday, May 5 at the Broadway Pub & Grille.

National Tourism Week, which communities across America celebrate each year, shines a light on what travel means to jobs, economic growth and personal well-being.

Randall Sellers, JTTA president and owner of Sellers Books on Broadway, sees the impact tourists bring to his business.

 “Tourism is the backbone of our local economy, attracting tens of thousands of visitors to Jim Thorpe each year. Dollars spent in shops, attractions and accommodations benefit not just those who cater to tourists but all local businesses and families,” he said.

 It’s also a great time for JTTA to celebrate both tourists and its members.

 After all, we get to live, work and enjoy everything tourists do all year long – in a town with European charm, outdoor adventure, train rides, art galleries, fine restaurants, live entertainment, shops, pubs and wine tasting – not to mention highly rated accommodations.

Also this weekend, be sure to check out the lineup at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Steepwater Band performs Friday night and local favorite Free Range Folk takes the stage on Saturday.

Jim Thorpe celebrates Earth Day – a better late than never post

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4618486094_246x344Today Jim Thorpe celebrates its 16th annual Earth Day. Organized by Race Street’s Horizons Gift Store owner Shelli Holland, activities include a river clean-up, live music, hula hoops, rock climb, book readings, crafters, and much more. Click here for more info.

The Race Street Park will be the site for several Earth Day activities including Tai Chi demonstrations and Hula Hoop crafting.

What better place to celebrate Earth Day than a place surrounded by natural beauty. Anyone who has ever driven around the gorge on a beautiful sunny day understands the magic of Jim Thorpe.

The late Irish-born, British author Iris Murdoch captures that feeling in this quote of hers. “People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”.

While on Race Street, be sure to stop in and say hello to Beth and family at Everything Nice’s new location at 31 Race Street.

Our friends at Big Creek (formerly of Race Street, next door to the Times House) have just opened down the street next to the Train Station, adjacent to the Josiah Whie Park in the Hooven Building. Check out their new 24-foot bar for wine-tasting and wine by the glass. We’ll have pictures and let you know when they schedule their Grand Opening.

rsd+date_wide+vinyl_2012And don’t forget about Record Store Day!

Sound Check Records, 23 Broadway, will also celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, one of two days a year where independently owned record store patrons have access to special releases – CD and vinyl – and various promotional products.  For more information, visit http://www.recordstoreday.com

The Mauch Chunk Opera House features a Smiths & Morrisey tribute with Sons & Heirs tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets: $20.

 

Valentine’s Day and WinterFest in Jim Thorpe

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Valentine’s Day Romance Package all month long at the Times House.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Did you know Jim Thorpe was named the 2012 Best Romantic Getaway by Philadelphia Magazine? Lovers flocking to town this weekend to celebrate Valentine’s Day know and know why.

With Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute band) concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House both tonight and Saturday nights, delicious offerings at local eateries – some with prix fixe menus, free wine tasting at Big Creek Winery and a wine and chocolate benefit for the Bach and Handel Chorale at the Mauch Chunk Museum on Saturday afternoon, there’s lots of reasons to enjoy a romantic weekend in Jim Thorpe.

Ice sculptures are always a highlight of Jim Thorpe's WinterFest.

Ice sculptures are always a highlight of Jim Thorpe’s WinterFest.

And that doesn’t even count all the WinterFest fun – from Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway train rides, to ice carvings and magic shows, not to mention the infamous Mug Walk.

 

 

 

 

 

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