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.

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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.

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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.

Old Friends and a Rocky Mountain High this weekend at the MCOH

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If the unofficial end to summer has you down, come on out to the Mauch Chunk Opera House to spend some time with Old Friends, Cecilia, Mrs. Robinson and get a Rocky Mountain High to boot.

Tonight, Ted Vigil’s Tribute to John Denver takes the stage, followed on Saturday by the ever-popular Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective, with singer-songwriters, AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle.

Vigil, who has an uncanny resemblance to Denver, offers some of Denver’s most familiar tunes. He performed until recently with John Denver’s former lead guitarist, Steve Weisberg, who sadly passed away recently after a brief struggle with cancer.

“I don’t know if it’s the artist, or the music, or a combination thereof, but there’s something about John Denver’s music that I’m convinced takes people more than just down memory lane,” Weisberg once said. “There’s just something about John’s music that warms the human soul.”

Saturday night’s Simon and Garfunkle Retrospective with A. J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle is a favorite of not only locals but folks across the country. The duo recently played onstage at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music with the Philly Pops. The classic songs are intertwined with the stories of how they came to be – sort of a Simon and Garfunkle 101.

Both shows begin at 8 PM, with doors opening at 7 PM. Tickets to each are $25 and available 24/7 on the Opera House website, www.mcohjt.com, by visiting SoundCheck Records in downtown Jim Thorpe from 10 AM to 9 PM, or by calling them at (570) 325-4009. The Opera House box office is open from noon to 5 PM, Monday through Friday at (570) 325-0249.

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