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.

Stone Row Pub & Eatery opens today on Race Street – a better late than never post


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Stone Row Pub is open for lunch, dinner and drinks today.

Stone Row Pub is open for lunch, dinner and drinks today.

We are excited to share the news that our neighbors at 45-47 Race Street are opening their new restaurant – the Stone Row Pub & Eatery today and tomorrow for lunch and dinner with a limited menu.

The Grand Opening is yet to come.

After months and months of hard work at the old Black Bread Cafe, Margaret and Charlie White are opening the Stone Row Pub & Eatery, which caters to folks with dietary restrictions – vegan, gluten free, nut-free, etc. – while still serving up traditional comfort food for all of the meat and potato lovers out there.

Margaret and Charlie White are bringing a new concept in restaurants to town at the Stone Row Pub and Eatery.

Margaret and Charlie White are bringing a new concept in restaurants to town at the Stone Row Pub and Eatery.

An invitation-only open house last week gave friends and neighbors a sneak preview of what the Whites and executive chef Phil Magnum have in store for patrons.


Executive Chef Phil Magnum likened the Stone Row kitchen to a kosher kitchen for dietary restrictions.

“Our focus is on creating vibrant food made from scratch that pleases eclectic eaters inside and out. Our kitchen is free from peanuts and shellfish and any gluten-filled products are made off premises. Equal attention is given to craft cocktails, beer offerings, and wine options. The selective menu changes with the seasons, allowing for innovation and creativity,” they tout on the restaurant’s Facebook page.


We are thrilled that Margaret and Charlie have Magnum on board, look forward to enjoying many delicious and creative dishes to come and wish them all the best!



Don’t miss Bruce on Bennett at the Mauch Chunk Opera House tonight


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You may remember him as the host of Dancin’ on Air or if you’re a little older from the Al Albert’s Show in Philadelphia.

While those are notable accomplishments, Eddie Bruce, the talented orchestra leader who hails from Northeast Philadelphia, is becoming increasingly known for his incredible tribute to Tony Bennett, who turned 88 earlier this week.

Bruce, backed by the superb Tom Adams Trio,  returns to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe for third time tonight, performing Bruce on Bennett, which has wowed audiences there, at Feinstein’s in New York, the Prince Music Theater in Philadelphia and everywhere else he’s performed. Tickets are $20. Doors open at 7 p.m. Showtime is 8 p.m.



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.

Follow the links for more information.

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!


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