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The Lehighton-based Faculty Brass can always be counted on to give a musical backdrop to Jim Thorpe summer weekends and festivals.

The clip, clop of horse hooves down Race Street, the train whistle’s all-aboard toot and the Faculty Brass rendition of La Bamba floating through the air can mean only one thing – the summer season has officially begun in Jim Thorpe.

Flags were flown and planted all over the borough this weekend in remembrance of those who served our country and fought for our freedom. We remembered my late father-in-law, who at 16 years-old lied about his age to join the Navy just before the start of World War II. He was the same age as my son is today.

Memorial Day is also the much anticipated kick-off of Jim Thorpe’s summer season.

The Asa Packer Mansion is now open seven days a week and the Mauch Chunk Museum, operated by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society, is also open for the season. The Old Jail Museum with its legendary haunted hand print offers tours every day except Wednesday. If the spirit moves you, guided ghost walking tours through town are also available on Saturday nights.

In addition to all of Jim Thorpe’s outdoor adventures awaiting visitors in the Pocono Mountains, another treat is a tour of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church – right next door to us at the Times House Bed and Breakfast. Listed on the National Historic Register, the beautiful Gothic church with its stunning architecture and incredible Tiffany windows also offers connections to the Packer family – some a little spooky, too. Tours run Wednesday through Sunday.

Four-day weekends don’t have to be celebrated on holidays alone. Thursday night deck parties at the Molly Maguires Pub and Steakhouse (love the pickle chip appetizer) and selected Thursday nights up at Penn’s Peak are a great way to get summer weekends started. The Mauch Chunk Opera House also has some Thursday night concerts planned for this summer season.

The Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce will also kick off its Thursday Summer Date Night campaign next week, featuring extended store hours, Kyle and his Crystal View Carriage rides around town some Thursdays, as well as a host of soon-to-be-announced activities.

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