Despite the turbulent weather Fall Foliage Weekend number 2 attracted an excellent turnout, and for good reasons. Our dedicated vendors were set up, music moved smoothly indoors to the Shapolsky Gallery, and our restaurants, pubs, shops and galleries welcomed visitors as always. This coming weekend 10/24 and 10/25 concludes the festival.
On Sunday, the weather began to clear and we were able to move some of the entertainment back outside. The Faculty Brass strolled up and down the streets to add to the atmosphere, while Jim Thorpe High School band The Funken Five drew people up the street to listen to their outstanding set of jazz-funk on the Dimmick Library stage. After a set outdoors on the steps of the Opera House, Shannon Marsyada, an outstanding singer-songwriter talent from Hazleton, moved indoors for an inspiring set at the Anita Shapolsky Foundation’s first floor gallery. Upstairs, the jamgrass band Cabinet drew an enthusiastic crowd for their Sunday performance on the second floor gallery stage.
In addition to the excellent vendors downtown at the train station and park, Jonathan Young, organizer of the Jim Thorpe Farmers Market, has been serving up delicious hot stews and soups, pastries and coffee from his stand in front of the Opera House.
As a result, the festivities continued well into the evening on Sunday, concluding with Wandering Root’s rousing finishing set at the Shapolsky Gallery. Amid scores of Abstract Expressionist paintings and sculptures, and Tiffany and LaFarge stained glass windows, it is a remarkable place to stroll through and contemplate the work of many prominent and less-known artists.