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Acclaimed Race Street artist David Price captures the magical spirit of Jim Thorpe in his Christmas Eve on Race Street.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the image of the borough of Jim Thorpe appearing as you drive around the Lehigh Gorge must be worth a million.

This weekend art lovers will flock to the picturesque Victorian town for the Jim Thorpe Art Festival. Visitors will enjoy not only self-guided studio and gallery tours but will have the opportunity to learn more about the art of Victorian architecture, participate in photography workshops and take advantage of free stained glass and stone lithography demonstrations.

Visitors staying at the Times House and other Jim Thorpe area Bed and Breakfasts get free admission to see historian/storyteller Jack Gunnser’s costumed presentation of funny stories about the early days of Mauch Chunk and the artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany that visited the booming town. (Saturday, 1 p.m. at the Harry Packer Mansion. Advance tickets are $5: $10 at the door and at the train station.)

There’s something for everyone celebrating the art of music. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, a free concert in the Josiah White Park down at the train station will entertain festival attendees and weekend tourists. Local favorite and talented guitarist Monte Lane will set just the right mood with his rendition of popular favorites at Doc Baker’s Gallery from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, where the photography of MaryAnn Schwartz will be on display. Marianne Monteleone Designs will exhibit the work of JoAnn Morell, who will also perform jazz standards, original tunes, blues and folk music with her husband Ernie during the 7 p.m. galllery opening.

It’s Saturday night, however, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House that is the highlight of the weekend’s musical festivities with a special return performance of the Marko Marcinko Latin Jazz Quintet. You’ll want to start celebrating Cinco de Mayo as soon as you check out video from their last performance at our beloved Opera House. 

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