Jim Thorpe, PA hosts its 17th annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23. The rain date is April 24. Musicians, artists and crafters, and other vendors complement the theme of environmental activism that has been the hallmark of this celebration over the years.
Musical groups highlight the schedule with free performances at Jim Thorpe’s downtown Josiah White Park, up the street on Broadway, and outside the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W Broadway.
The Sons and Heirs, a tribute to The Smiths and Morrissey, are a fitting headline group to underline diverse musical offerings with a Saturday night performance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. For more information call (570) 325-0249. Tickets are also available on www.mcohjt.com.
Organized several years ago by Shelli Holland, the owner of the Horizons Gift Store at 105 Race Street in Jim Thorpe, the Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration sought to maintain and increase environmental awareness at a time when much of the country had been swept up in the economic prosperity of the nineties.
The times were similar in many respects to 1970, the year of the first Earth Day in the United States. At the time, Americans burned leaded gas through massive V8 sedans while industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity.
Earth Day 1970 turned that all around. That April 22, twenty million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment while Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies.
With the recent resurgence of interest in the environment and sustainable lifestyles, Earth Day has reclaimed its place in the national conscience. Over the years, Ms. Holland’s work has helped grow the event’s message of environmental awareness, while shaping a local celebration that has become a well-known staple of the Jim Thorpe festival scene.
Contact: Shelli Holland at (570) 325-2079 or visit here!