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Earth Day Jim Thorpe PAJim Thorpe, PA hosts its 16th annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 18. The rain date is April 19. 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.

Earth Day Jim Thorpe PAThe 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 http://www.jimthorpeearthday.com

Geoff Gehman writes two interviews per month for the Mauch Chunk Opera House here in Jim Thorpe. They probe the unusual, the seldom-told, the insightful aspects of a performing artist’s career, and can be found by visiting the Opera House website, www.mcohjt.com

Geoff Gehman’s The Kingdom of the Kid: Growing Up in the Long-Lost Hamptons (SUNY Press) is a funny, fond, frank memoir about a special place at a special time teaching a kid how to be special.

Over six years Gehman was changed, forever and for good, by a host of remarkable characters. Baseball hero Carl Yastrzemski. Literary hall of famer Truman Capote. Race-car champion Mark Donohue, who conquered the wicked track where Mario Andretti befriended Paul Newman. A classic-car museum. A penny-candy shop. A newspaper. A cemetery. A dead general store.

Kingdom is three houses under one roof. A vivid biography of Long Island’s South Fork in the late ’60s to early ’70s, the last time the Hamptons were a middle-class paradise. A poetic pilgrimage to understand a schmoozing, boozing social bulldozer of a father, who ended his son’s reign on the East End by selling the family home without his wife’s permission. An unusual, exceptional Boomer coming-of-age story about the beach, drive-in movies, rock ’n’ roll, first friendships, fast cars, faster women, alcoholism, divorce, suicide and the redemption of building a bridge back to your lost island.

This is a tale for anyone who has lived or has wondered about living in the Hamptons, anyone who rode shotgun on the tailgate of a Ford LTD station wagon, anyone hungry for a juicy slice of Don McLean’s “American Pie.”

Gehman is a former arts writer for The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa. and the author of Down But Not Quite Out in Hollow-weird (Scarecrow Press), an epistolary film biography of Eric Knight, screenwriter for Frank Capra and author of the novel Lassie Come-Home.

 

Pocono Biking is eager to announce a partnership with the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway that will bring a one-of-a-kind Rail-Trail Bike and Train Ride to the historic town of Jim Thorpe.

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAI hope you are as excited as we are about this unique program. We strongly feel this new event will help draw more visitors to area and become an annual affair.

Here are the details:

On June 7th & 8th, it’s all aboard the scenic bike train! Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles, then pedal your bike back down to Jim Thorpe at your own pace along the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail.

Your day begins in Jim Thorpe where you & your bike will board the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway for a one hour ride as the train swings onto the former Lehigh Valley main line and passes Glen Onoko, the southern gateway to the Lehigh Gorge State Park.

Bike and Train in Jim Thorpe PAWhile you sit back, relax and take in the outstanding scenery, the train will  follow the winding Lehigh River for 25 miles, rounding curve after curve until you reach the village of White Haven. Here you and your bike will be dropped  off at the Lehigh Gorge trailhead.

Once at the trailhead, pedal at your own pace down the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail for 25 miles back to Jim Thorpe. Along the way, you’ll pass canal remnants, swim spots, scenic overlooks and railroad trestles. Remember your camera. The many sparkling waterfalls provide great photo opportunities.

There are two convenient arrival times to choose from – 10am and 2pm.  If you don’t have a bike, no worries – you can rent one here in Jim Thorpe.

Train Ride/Shuttle with your own bike rates: $19.99/Adult, $9.99/Child (ages 3 – 12)

Train Ride/Shuttle & Rental Rates:  $39.99/Adult, $34.99/Child (ages 3 – 12)

Advance tickets/reservations are required and  can be made by calling Pocono Biking at: 570-325-3654

Please do not hesitate to call me directly at 570.732.0690 should you have any questions about this event.  We will have promotional materials for this event  shortly and hope you will help us spread the word about the Pocono Bike & Train!

Sincerely,

Nikki Hurley,

Director of Marketing

Pocono Biking

Treat yourselves to an exhilarating “soft adventure” vintage motorcycle sidecar ride around our beautiful historic town and it’s surrounding splendor. Enjoy a sightseeing experience that you probably won’t find anywhere else in the Poconos.

Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz  Each season in the Poconos brings its own unique beauty. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz helps you enjoy it with a vintage BMW motorcycle sidecar rig that can accomcodate two additional riders on the bike to take in the sights.

Experienced vintage motorcycle enthusiast Barbara Timberz will pick you up at your location and take you on an unforgettable road trip through the beautiful town of historic Jim Thorpe and the surrounding foothills of the scenic Pocono Mountains.Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz

Sanitary goggles and helmets are provided. Inquire about additional options, such as a picnic lunch, local vineyard wine tasting, and indoor antique markets.

Sidecar ride bucket list – check – your chariot awaits you. Visit them at www.jimthorpesidecartourz.com or call 570-249-1570.

Price is only $75 per hour for two. Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz is a member of the United Sidecar Association.

Jim Thorpe Sidecar Tourz

On the face of it, this seems quite simple: the aggrieved sons of Jim Thorpe would like his father’s remains repatriated to Oklahoma from a little town in Pennsylvania that he likely never visited.

Surely, this is simply a family issue, and there must be some heinous exploitative intent here. This part of the story is the only part that news articles (and even stories from outlets like NPR) have covered. Even Keith Olbermann (who I otherwise personally admire) joins the chorus of the outraged.

Jim ThorpeI don’t want to join the usual throng of media bashers, but they never report that there is another half of Jim Thorpe’s family that inconveniently doesn’t want him moved. It never reports that while Jim Thorpe’s three daughters were alive, they became big boosters of the town and visited it often.

It wasn’t until the daughters died, that the issue of where he should be buried reared its head again. It is as if the part of the family that remained is waving and shouting from behind soundproof glass, while the press conveniently looks the other way.

The notion that his body was being “shopped” around and ultimately came here is hard to believe. If he was simply going to the highest bidder, then why would this town have won the supposed sweepstakes? It was virtually penniless in the 1950’s (and 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s …). If it was that crass, then why wouldn’t he have been buried in the center of town, where everyone would see his mausoleum, and burgers and drinks could be named after him?

Instead, his memorial is on the east side of town, all the way up the hill on the way out of town, in a place where he is actually honored, where ceremonies take place on his birthday.

You’ll never find a burger or drink with his name attached to it. This is exploitation? The way the story is typically told, it is loaded with irony, but there are many questions like these that never see the light of day.

Here is a note to me from John Thorpe, a grandson currently residing in Lake Tahoe, California:

..you (the town of Jim Thorpe, PA) are doing the right thing!… My friend’s name is Spirit Wolf of the Standing Buffalo Nation, Lakota Sioux. He holds the same position now as Crazy Horse did in his time with the tribe. He believes my Grandfather is at rest…

A more detailed look at how another family member feels is contained in this letter written to Carbon County Magazine by Mike Koehler, a grandson who was appointed by Grace Thorpe, Jim Thorpe’s daughter, to be the spokesman for the family after she passed away.

He explains his relationship to Jim Thorpe and the side of the family he comes from. He goes on to say that the legal arguments themselves don’t conform to the wishes of at least half the family and appear to stand on shaky legal ground at best. Jim THorpe

John Thorpe explained to me that he would be attending The Sundance Native American Gathering in Texas towards the end of July and that various tribal elders would be weighing in on the matter with the goal of reaching a conclusion. In effect, he says, the issue has long since transcended the status of family matter to one that affects all Native Americans.

Quite simply, Koehler has said that if Jack Thorpe had actually visited the town (as his sisters did, many times) and met the people involved with keeping Thorpe’s memory alive, there would never have been a dispute in the first place.

I’ve made these seemingly relevant aspects of the story very much available to the press that has contacted me, but somehow it doesn’t seem to find its way into the actual reporting. In fact, one major newspaper lamely indicated to me that it was left out because of “space limitations.”

But it just isn’t as attention-getting or heart-rending a story when you tell all of it. Then there would be none of that smirky irony.

Personally, in my opinion, one of the very few journalistically fair articles I’ve read is here, by the Associated Press.

I do understand that article real estate in major papers is expensive, but it’s hard to square that with the press’ supposed responsibility to give the public at least an arm wave attempt to tell the whole story. What I’m describing here aren’t just wrinkles or a nuances, I think it’s fair to call them glaring omissions, journalistically at least.

At least that’s what half of the Jim Thorpe family would say, if that matters to anyone.

There are a lot of reasons to come to Jim Thorpe, PA for New Year’s 2013-2014 festivities. Ranging from special dinners at local restaurants to a send-off to 2013 at the Opera House, we have plenty for you to do. We’ll keep updating this page so check back often!

The Inn at Jim Thorpe   24 Broadway   800-329-2599

Ring in the New Year at our charming, historic hotel and enjoy a scrumptious New Year’s Eve meal with Champagne and live music at our new Broadway Grille & Pub. Package includes:  2 night stay, special New Year’s Eve dinner at the Broadway Grille, live music by Steve Brosky & Jimmy Meyer in the pub, $7 voucher for breakfast each morning at the Broadway Grille, noon check-out and all taxes.  Prices start at just $259 per person, based on double occupancy.

Broadway Grille and Pub    24 Broadway   570.743.4343

Special New Year’s Eve Dinner – Includes appetizer, salad, choice of entrée, dessert and glass of Champagne. See web site for full menu.  $75 per person, plus tax & gratuity. Reservations strongly encouraged. Live music by Steve Brosky & Jimmy Meyer in the pub, 8-11 pm.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House     14 W Broadway   570-325-0249

Canada’s Tartan Terrors visit for what promises to be a terrific party. One of Jim Thorpe’s favorite Celtic musical/comedy acts, The Tartan Terrors always deliver a great time. Click here for more info.

Tartan Terrors in Jim Thorpe for New Year to bring in 2014

Rather than shopping at a big-box store this Saturday, November 29, 2014 – think about keeping it local or visiting Jim Thorpe to shop in a local business. You have the benefit of knowing that your money stays here in Jim Thorpe, and supports actual people that run businesses.

Check out JimThorpe.org’s business listings here. The following Small Business Saturday account is supplied by Wikipedia:

Small Business Saturday is an American shopping holiday held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving during one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. First observed on November 27, 2010, it is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which feature big box retail and e-commerce stores respectively. By contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages holiday shoppers to patronize brick and mortar businesses that are small and local.

Small Business Saturday Jim ThorpeIn 2010 the holiday was conceived and promoted by American Express via a nationwide radio and television advertising campaign. That year Amex bought advertising inventory on Facebook, which it in turn gave to its small merchant account holders,[1] and also gave rebates to new customers to promote the event.[2][3]

American Express publicized the initiative using social media, advertising, and public relations. At least 41 [2] local politicians and many small business groups in the United States issued proclamations concerning the campaign,[4][5][6] which generated more than one million Facebook “like” registrations and nearly 30,000 tweets under the Twitter hashtags #smallbusinesssaturday (which had existed since early 2010) and #smallbizsaturday.[7]

The Twitter hashtag #SmallBusinessSaturday has existed since early 2010 and was used to promote small businesses on any Saturday (not solely that Saturday between Black Friday and Cyber Monday). The hashtag is used in a manner similar to #FollowFriday to highlight favorite local businesses. Additionally, some small business owners have run marketing specials on the November Small Business Saturday to help capitalize on the boost in foot or online traffic, as most customers in this time period are actively shopping for the holidays.

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