Get your Irish on in Jim Thorpe


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Carbon St. Patrick's Day ParadeThe pipes, the pipes will be a calling this weekend as Jim Thorpe hosts the 17th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Grand Marshal Matthew P. Stinson will lead the way joined by aides Ed Coll, Jennifer Skelly-Becker and Shari Lynne Beers down Broadway.

While the parade starts at 1 p.m. Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, March 9, Irish eyes will be smiling and singing on Saturday at the 4:30 p.m. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. It has long been a cherished tradition for Hibernians and all those who have a drop of Irish blood coursing through their veins.

A few hours later, the Tartan Terrors will get the party started with a Parade Weekend Spectacular at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

The parade itself kicks off on Sunday at 1 p.m. back at the church with a blessing, and then a stop at the old jail to lay a wreath in memory of the Molly Maguires hung there in 1877, before heading down Broadway.

Here’s a video from last year’s parade:


Love and WinterFest – perfect together


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It's WinterFest weekend in Jim Thorpe.

It’s WinterFest weekend in Jim Thorpe!

Baby it’s cold outside  - a perfect time to celebrate romance, winter,  history and a hunk of burning love in Jim Thorpe!

With Valentine’s Day and Jim Thorpe’s annual WinterFest celebration this weekend, there’s lots in store for visitors to the town Philadelphia Magazine named its 2012 Best of Philly: Best Romantic Getaway.

Each President’s Day Weekend, visitors to Jim Thorpe enjoy WinterFest Ice sculptures, wood carving exhibitions, the famous Jim Thorpe Mug Walk, magic shows, Civil War reenactors and much more.

Here’s a video of the Faculty Brass outside of the Times House B&B on historic Race Street during last year’s WinterFest.

Wine and chocolate lovers will enjoy a benefit at the Mauch Chunk Museum on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., to raise funds for the Bach & Handel Chorale. There will be a DJ, wine from Big Creek Winery, a chocolate fountain, hors d’oeuvres, gift baskets and raffle prizes. Tickets: $20; Students – $10.

From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, you can enjoy an hour of love songs across the street, at the Gilded Cupid Bed & Breakfast. Light snacks and an adult beverage are included in the $10 ticket price. Reservations required. For more information, call 570-325-5453. 

The Mauch Chunk Opera House will be hopping all weekend. The festivities begin Thursday evening, Feb. 13 as the Southside Film Institute of Bethlehem presents Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights. The Opera House will stage two concerts by Tusk, a Fleetwood Mac tribute band on Friday and Saturday nights, with a Sunday Memories of Elvis tribute concert by Chris MacDonald. Visit the website for more details.

Experience the enchantment of Olde Jim Thorpe this Christmas


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Hikers found this fairy cottage on Flagstaff this week.

Hikers found this fairy cottage on Flagstaff this week.

Jim Thorpe is a magical place any time of the year. Each Christmas, however, it takes on a whole new feel with the town’s celebration of Olde Time Christmas.

The lights, the decorations, train rides with Santa are all part of the festive event. Adding more to the excitement, Jim Thorpe seems to have fallen under an enchantment this Christmas. Fairy houses have been popping up around the town of Jim Thorpe – on the mountain, near the river bank – perhaps to remind us of the magic and the mystery all around us.

Tonight, Friday the 13th, we’ll be celebrating the town’s enchantment at Three Mountains Gallery, 29 Race Street, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Fairy cottages entered into the Olde Time Christmas festival contest, as well as others created by local artists Randall Sellers and Stephanie Verme, will be on exhibit, along with works by Race Street artist/gallery owner David Price and Amanda Hoffman. There will also be readings of written works inspired by the enchantment of the mountains by Price, Colleen Davis, and Diane Prokop.

Refreshments will be served. This is a free event.  For more information, visit

While up on Race Street, be sure to stop in at 13th Moon Creations for their Open House.

Thankful in Jim Thorpe


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Times House B&B, Jim ThorpeNovember is a month when we more consciously turn our thoughts to appreciation –  from thanking the men and women who have served our country on Veterans Day to thanking God for our blessings on Thanksgiving Day.

Chris and I would like to take the time this November to give thanks for all of the encouragement and support we’ve received from our family, friends, and other Jim Thorpe business owners as we celebrate the Times House B&B’s fifth year here on historic Race Street.

Most of all we’d like to thank our guests, who have allowed us to play a part in their celebrations, vacations and getaways here in the Switzerland of America. We are humbled by their generous emails, notes and reviews and will continue to work hard to make sure each visit is special for them.

Many guests have commented on how much they’ve enjoyed my apple cake, for which I must thank my dear Aunt Cass, whose birthday her family celebrated on Friday for the first time without her. In honor of our family’s Martha Stewart before we knew who Martha Stewart was, I’d like to share Aunt Cass’ recipe.

Aunt Cass Apple CakeApple Cake
4-5 apples
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbs. cinnamon
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup oil
4 eggs
3 cups flour
3 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup orange juice

Peel and cut 4 to 5 apples, add 1/3 cup sugar and 2 tablespoons cinnamon. Mix together in bowl. Blend together the remaining ingredients with electric mixer.

Layer 1/2  batter, 1/2 apple mixture and repeat. Aunt Cass’ recipe calls for a tube pan but I use a mini-loaf pan – just the right size to share for breakfast. :)

Bake at 350 degrees or 375 degrees for about an hour to one hour-fifteen minutes until golden and toothpick comes out clean. Enjoy!!

Don’t forget that this Friday, November 15, Jim Thorpe merchants hold their annual Customer Appreciation Day with extra savings coupons for shoppers at participating stores.

Also, be sure to check out the awesome lineup of shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Saturday night’s The The Band Band’s Last Waltz show will be extra fun with  hors d’oeuvre courtesy of 14 Acre Farm.

Simon & Garfunkle tribute kicks off Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Fun


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Mother Nature puts turns on the color in Jim Thorpe each fall.

Mother Nature turns on the color in Jim Thorpe, the gateway to the Pocono Mountains, each fall.

Just as folks make their annual pilgrimage to see the technicolor displays of Mother Nature each fall in her jewel of Jim Thorpe, music lovers likewise flock to the Mauch Chunk Opera House for another perennial favorite – A. J. Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle performing Simon & Garfunkle.

Their popular tribute is one of several headline concerts this month, which include Jeffrey Gaines, Eaglemania, the Cast of Beatlemania, Childhood’s End and a Frank Sinatra tribute.

Fall Foliage FestivalFor the Fall Foliage Festival outdoor concert schedule and more festival information, check out

The Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway fall foliage tours are also a highlight for visitors to Jim Thorpe, a Rand McNally Best of the Road Most Fun Small Town in America finalist.

You can also enjoy fun just outside of downtown Jim Thorpe at the beautiful Mauch Chunk Lake Park, where they are offering hayrides along the Switchback Trail. Call the park office at 570-325-3669 for more information and to reserve your space.


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