Time to support our ol’ Opera House



It's not too late to donate to help support the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

It’s not too late to donate to help support the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House is throwing a party for itself tomorrow night – the Luv it Live Benefit Bash! And for the lucky folks with tickets to the sold out affair featuring Craig Thatcher, it’s going to be a blast!

The former vaudeville theater now stages live entertainment to throngs of locals and tourists alike, who can always count on a great show in at a great price.

Chris and I love the Mauch Chunk Opera House and are always happy to support it, hosting entertainers and concert package auction winners. If you go, see if you can find our seat. :)

If you can’t make the show but love this gem of a venue, don’t worry. You can still support it here.


Wheeling around Jim Thorpe


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(From right) Barb Timberz of Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz and Maggie Miller pose for a quick pic on historic Race Street .

There are lots of ways to experience the beauty of Jim Thorpe and the Lehigh Gorge- hiking, biking, by foot, by car, by train, even by horse and buggy.

For motorcycle enthusiasts and folks just out for an adventure, a ride in a vintage BMW sidecar is the perfect way to take in the sights.

According to the Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz website, you can choose from a one-hour to four-hour excursion taking in the incredible sights and sounds of each season’s unique beauty. Cool off with a thrilling country ride along amazing local waterfalls deep in the mountain laurel; or visit a local winery for a tasting!

The vintage BMW sidecar rigs can accommodate two riders on the bike in addition to your guide. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz now offers three sidecar rigs that can accommodate up to six riders in addition to the tour guides. Experienced antique motorcycle enthusiasts Barb Timberz and Ed Fink will pick you up at your location. $75 per hour, per bike. Goggles and helmets are provided. 570-249-1570.

Times House one of several JTTA members awarded Certificate of Excellence

Times House on Historic Race Street

Jim Thorpe, PA  — (May 26, 2015) — The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency (JTTA) is proud to announce its member accommodations, restaurants and attractions that were awarded 2015 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence last week.

The Inn at Jim Thorpe, the Times House Bed & Breakfast in Jim Thorpe and the Hampton Inn in Lehighton were recognized for excellence in accommodations; Moya, Tony Stella’s Encore, and Wheel for excellence in restaurants; and the Asa Packer Mansion, Bear Mountain Butterfly, the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, Mauch Chunk Opera House, the No. 9 Coal Mine & Museum, Penn’s Peak and Pocono Whitewater for excellence in attractions. The Jim Thorpe Memorial was also recognized.

“We are very proud of our JTTA members who consistently set the bar for quality of service in Jim Thorpe,” said JTTA president Randall Sellers. “Their extra effort is what brings customers back for return visits and encourages them to tell their family and friends to visit our area. Return customers and positive word-of-mouth are extremely important to tourism, which drives our entire local economy.”

Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.  To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honor exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travelers on the site,” said Marc Charron, President of TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Jim Thorpe, PA has been touted by National Geographic, the Travel Channel/USA Today and Philadelphia Magazine as among the best places to live and play, most beautiful, friendliest and best romantic getaway. Nestled in the Lehigh Gorge and the gateway to the Pocono Mountains, tens of thousands of tourists visit Jim Thorpe each year.

The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency’s mission is to draw visitors to Jim Thorpe from N.Y.C, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., throughout the Lehigh Valley, the Poconos, the entire Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, across the country and around the world.

JTTA, a nonprofit volunteer organization, plans and promotes four major festivals each year: WinterFest, the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration, Fall Foliage and Olde Time Christmas.  JTTA maintains a website with photos, an events calendar and clickable links to accommodations, restaurants, shops and attractions. A full-color, glossy Visitors Guide with walking map is produced annually.

For an online visitor guide, more information on Jim Thorpe events, attractions, accommodations, restaurants, shops and more, visit   www.jimthorpe.org 

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. 


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