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Today’s sunny skies and brisk weather can make you step a little quicker and make you want to celebrate all the good things life has to offer.

What better place to do that than Jim Thorpe this weekend.

Take a hayride along the historic Switchback Trail on Saturday when Mauch Chunk Lake Park plays host to the 5th Annual Bluegrass and Anthracite Heritage Festival.

From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. goers can enjoy great music, exhibits, coal mining memorabilia, environmental programs, food vendors, crafters, not to mention the beauty of the Mauch Chunk Lake. Admission is $5 for adults; kids 12 and under are free.

Enjoy the sounds of Simon and Garfunkle on Saturday night when AJ Swearingen and Mark Beedle perform their fabulous tribute to the duo at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Always a great show!!

Come hike, bike, segway or shop in Jim Thorpe and with several great options for foodies and free wine tasting at Big Creek Winery next door to the Times House B&B on Race Street, life is good.

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