The warm glow of Christmas Past beckons you to the 34th Annual Olde Time Christmas Festival in Jim Thorpe, PA, celebrated the first two weekends in December – December 4, 5 & 6, 12 & 13.

Like a scene from Currier and Ives, the village nestled in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains and decorated in Victorian style will kindle the heart and captivate the imagination.

Recognized by Smarter Travel as one of the 10 Best Small Towns for the Holidays and 10 Most Christmassy Things to Do in PA by Undercover PA, the Olde Time Christmas Festival is presented by the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency (JTTA).

With Santa, strolling carolers, characters and musicians, there’s lots of fun for the whole family.

tree lightingThe tree lighting celebration at Josiah White Park (train station) kicks off the festivities on Friday, December 4 beginning at 5 p.m. with music, caroling and dancing. Santa will arrive by firetruck at 6 p.m. to light the Jim Thorpe Christmas tree donated by Beisel’s Christmas Tree Hill in Lehighton.

Also Friday evening, the historic St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 21 Race Street, will host an open house, with tours, caroling, guitar music and refreshments, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Donation requested to benefit St. Mark’s.

Throughout Olde Time Christmas, goers will enjoy train rides with Santa, a gingerbread house display and children’s story time at the Dimmick Memorial Library, 54 Broadway, the 8th annual display of more than 500 crèches from around the world (Dec. 5 & 6) at St. John Lutheran Church, 319 South Avenue, holiday shows and concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, and shopping Jim Thorpe’s 35 unique shops and galleries for that perfect gift.

Lovers can celebrate a little holiday romance and meet under the mistletoe all over the town named by Philadelphia Magazine as its 2012 Best of Philly: Best Romantic Getaway. The shops, galleries, restaurants, pubs and other local businesses will have sprigs of the “kissing plant” strategically hung. Folks can bring home a little Jim Thorpe love, with mistletoe sold by JTTA outside of the train station in Josiah White Park.

Gilded Cupid treeA visit to the Gilded Cupid, 40 Broadway, will take folks back in time with a German old-world themed tree display on Saturdays, December 5 and 12, from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fireside stories for children will be presented at 2 p.m. on both days.

F. Hiatt’s fireside stories for adults only are also back by popular demand at 9 p.m. on both Saturdays. Reservations are required. Refreshments will be served. $10. A portion of donations from the afternoon and evening events will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

There are many charitable opportunities to give back this year, including the annual Toy Drive and Mitten Tree collections. Likewise, Stone Row Pub and Eatery is celebrating the season with a Steam Punk Tea offering that benefits St. Mark Episcopal Church’s bell restoration fund.

For more information on Olde Time Christmas events, follow us at www.facebook.com/JimThorpeOldeTimeChristmas or visit http://www.jimthorpe.org 

You needn’t go far away to feel as if you’ve gotten away from the stress of the holidays. Jim Thorpe is only 90 minutes from Philadelphia, two hours from New York City and 35 minutes from the Lehigh Valley.

JTTA plans, presents and promotes four major festivals each year: WinterFest (February), the Jim Thorpe Birthday Celebration (May), Fall Foliage (three weekends in October), and the Olde Time Christmas festival (December). These events attract thousands of visitors, who stay at hotels, B&BS, inns and campgrounds in Jim Thorpe and throughout Carbon County. For all things Jim Thorpe, visit http://www.jimthorpe.org

The Glimmer Twins perform music from the Rolling Stones finest era, 1965 – 1975 and believe when we say, they do it right. It’s always a pleasure to have them at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

They rock the house on Friday, 11/20 at 8 PM. Tickets are at http://www.mcohjt.com.

To help celebrate, they’ll be hosting pre-show party at the Broadway Grille, adjacent to the Inn at Jim Thorpe. It starts at 5:30 PM – be there!

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If you really want to get a sense of the local scene, cross the bridge and come on over to Union Publick House, “the only dive bar in Jim Thorpe.”


Great drinks at the Publick House!

It’s the perfect place to go get a beer (over 80 in stock), shoot some pool, throw some darts, listen to some tunes on the jukebox (or the occasional live band), get some grub and relax in this ugly joint that screams awesome 1970s basement.

There’s a lunch menu, a dinner menu, and even a late night menu-it’s the only place you’re gonna get a bite to eat until 1am. The menu is filled with burgers, wings, and things you’re not going to find anywhere else, like the build your own grilled cheese, deviled eggs three ways, and buffalo chicken po’ boys.

It’s open 7 days a week so you can hit the bar whatever day or night works for you. Their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/unionpublickhouse

Be sure to check out the excellent  weekly specials:

Monday=wing night & free pool

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Tuesday=piano night with Dave Westrip

Wednesday=Taco Night

Thursday= Burger & Trivia night

Friday & Saturday= Happy Hours

Sunday=Brunch Day! Specials and the BEST bloody mary around.

Smoking is allowed after 9pm, FYI. Like we said, you get a taste of the local scene – we love this place!

Dugan’s General Store has been at its current location on 60 Broadway, just up the street from the Inn at Jim Thorpe, since September of 1954, say Jim and Jack Dugan, the store’s proprietors. They have long been the first contacts for many a resident and visitor here in Jim Thorpe and everyone’s trusted ears and eyes as to what was going on in town.

Bought from St. Mark’s Church the year the town changed its name from Mauch Chunk to Jim Thorpe, the house was then turned into a home and the general store so well-known to its residents today.  Anyone living on the west side (and many from the east side) of town went to Dugan’s for the newspaper, lottery tickets, smokes, a loaf of bread or carton of milk, their fix of Ben and Jerry’s.

So, while it is truly poignant to see Jack and Jim Dugan going and their fixture of a store shutting its doors this week, we fondly wish them both the best, all of us the better for knowing them and for having had the good fortune of so often dropping by their store.

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We won’t soon forget the many laughs and great conversations that one could expect at 9 AM when they’d open, or at 10 PM when their welcomes have always been a constant from behind the counter.

Jack and Jim Dugan – thanks for everything, we wish you success in future endeavors, and we are privileged to know you. While change is the only constant, you know how it is around here in Jim Thorpe: you can check out any time you like but you can never leave. We’re glad for that.

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It has been a long time coming, but after eight years of business and countless requests, Moya is finally doing brunch.

Jim Thorpe Moya Restaurant in Jim Thorpe, PADiehard enthusiasts and first-timers alike can expect a classic, Moya take on brunch where only the freshest ingredients meet Chef Yunda’s personal designs – not to be outdone by co-owner Stephanie Verme’s signature cocktails: Elderflower Martinis and Mango Mimosas, just for starters.

Having prepared food in Ecuador, Turkey and New York City, Chef Yunda and wife Stephanie have found their niche in the heart of Jim Thorpe, where consistent quality is credited to a chef who tediously oversees every dish that leaves his kitchen. They are proud to serve what they themselves would want to be served.

Here’s the menu for brunch. Check out their website for lunch and dinner.

In a quaint, Victorian town like Jim Thorpe, PA, brunch feels like a natural fit, but co-owner Stephanie Verme – the artist behind that special Moya vibe – has managed to achieve a particularly memorable dining experience, one in which elegant nuances blend seamlessly with a casual atmosphere: straightforward ingredients compliment each other, creating complex flavors; and where a spur-of-the-moment brunch gathering can turn into dinner reservations later that evening.

Jim Thorpe Moya Restaurant in Jim Thorpe, PAAnd so, without further ado, Moya will now be open for brunch Saturdays and Sundays 11-3 and 11-4, respectively, starting July 11. Reservations are recommended.

They can be reached at 570-325-8530. The restaurant is located directly across from the iconic St. Marks Church (you should check it out) at 24 Race Street, just up the street from the Train Station Visitors Center.

Sinister Rouge hosts a Bake Sale Friday, July 3rd, Saturday, July 4th, and Sunday, July 5th from 12pm – 5pm each day in front of the Mauch Chunk Opera House on 14 W Broadway in Jim Thorpe!

Proceeds will go towards helping The Something Beautiful Project, which allows us to deliver items handmade with love to cancer patients while they are undergoing treatment.  From skincare specifically for their skin after going through chemo and radiation and nourishing lip balms, to handmade hats, scarves, to books and handmade thank you cards to give out to those that help along the way, the goal is to send a little something beautiful to brighten their day.

They are accepting pre-orders to guarantee you get the goodies you prefer. :)  Just order through the link below and pick up any of the three days from 12-5pm.

Click here for pre-order info.

The items listed on the flyer are the items available for pre-order, not all of these items will be available for purchase the days of the bake sale as they will be made to order.  Items like the cupcake parfaits (cupcake cut into 1/3rds, layered with icing in a cup with a lid and spoon) will be available for purchase the days of the bake sale.

They are also collecting donations for the local animal shelters, accepting Purina Cat Chow Complete, Purina Dog Chow, towels, and blankets all three days in front of the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

If you have any questions or would like to know how else you can help out, contact us here.  If you know someone that should receive a gift package from The Something Beautiful Project, contact us here.

Jim Thorpe, PA hosts the 9th Annual Merchants and Neighbors Sidewalk Sale!  If you are looking for a great bargain, a fun shopping experience, or love to find hidden treasures, then come to Jim Thorpe’s historic Downtown District Saturday July 11 and Sunday, July 12, noon until five, rain or shine.

Sidewalk Sale Jim Thorpe PAMake a day of it – we suggest that visitors simply park behind the train station visitors center and stroll our tree-lined shaded streets that are steeped in history and local color.  Walk from the Train Station, past Hazard Square and head up roadway to the Old Jail on West Broadway.  Be sure to include Race Street and Opera House Square as well, and you’ll discover over 45 vendor tables or sites.

This two-day sale extravaganza is a bargain shoppers’ and junkaholics’ paradise, with merchants and neighbors filling their front sidewalks, driveways, porches, and side alleys with cool stuff household items, stuff from their attics, garages and basements to include antiques and collectibles, baked goodies, clothes, toys and small appliances with tons of treasures not to be missed.  Early holiday shoppers and bargain hunters most welcome!

SS1Along with the sidewalk sales, many of the downtown merchants will have special inventory reductions available this weekend.  Come for the day, stay for the weekend!  Our eateries, galleries, shops and accommodations are open as well (see the Jim Thorpe town website for info).

For information email June at jegaudreau@aol.com or call 570-325-8209.  Sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency, visit us at www.JimThorpe.org.


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