OK now, if all goes well we’ll have nothing but gorgeous weather during our Fall Foliage Weekends, which are set for the first 3 weekends of October. In truth however, it won’t matter whether it’s raining or not – Jim Thorpe is an atmospheric town where there is plenty to do and enjoy.
The leaves have cooperated by starting their change of colors a bit early, though the recent rains seem to have held the process up a bit.
Here are directions for getting here.
First, a note about parking. Jim Thorpe was built for horse-and-buggy so expect parking in town to be a distinct challenge. Your best bet is to park in the County Municipal Parking Lot right behind the downtown train station. Get here early to make it easy on yourself. It’s only $5.
We have a fine group of artists and crafters, food vendors, and musicians lined up for each weekend, both downtown and 2 blocks up Broadway at Opera House Square. The goal of the organizing committee has been to focus on truly handmade items and foods.
There will be Yoga classes at the Flow Restaurant and the Opera House on Saturdays during Fall Foliage Weekends.
Musically, you’ll see a lively mix of talent from the surrounding region and from within Carbon County, ranging from a brass quartet to bluegrass and classic rock bands to an experimental electronic group.
There are free indoor concerts scheduled for Saturday, 10/9 (Shannon Marsyada and Eponymous) and 10/16 (Hogmaw) held at the Anita Shapolsky Foundation at 3 PM both days in the building’s gorgeous upstairs gallery. The building is a former Presbyterian church located next door to the Opera House at 20 West Broadway. Surrounded by masterful works of artists from the fifties and sixties, genuine Tiffany windows, high ceilings and a beautiful stage the gallery serves as a special venue for featuring outstanding groups.
New this year are two inexpensive concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Sundays, 10/10 and 10/17 at 6 PM. Featuring The Badlees and The Craig Thatcher Band, the performances highlight original music by two of eastern PA’s best-known bands. Headline shows at the Opera House during Fall Foliage Weekends include The Billy Cobham Band, The Simon and Garfunkel Retrospective and Cabinet.
Eateries in town are tailoring their menus to the season, a particularly beautiful time of year here in Jim Thorpe. For a small community we are able to provide an excellent choice of places to dine.
Shops will feature extended hours and sales throughout town. Historical attractions abound here in Jim Thorpe, ranging from the Asa Packer Mansion, The Old Jail, and the Mauch Chunk Museum. There are several tour organizations that can help you enjoy your visits to these and other fine attractions.
Outdoor outfitters can provide you with a tailored experience of the countryside here in Jim Thorpe. If that is your thing, you’ll enjoy the much-anticipated new Rail-Trail, opened this past summer in June. It extends 26 miles from Jim Thorpe through the Lehigh River Gorge Park all the way to White Haven.
Fall Foliage Weekends have been extended to the first three weekends of October to give you plenty of choices as to when to visit. We’re doing our best to put together a fun time for you!