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.

The Coal Country Christmas Carol has grown into an annual tradition.

Several years ago, playwright Joe Hiatt and friends wanted to create a version of the classic Dickens’ story, “A Christmas Carol.” However, there were a few elements Mr. Hiatt wanted to use if he were going to write an adaptation. First, he wanted to make it specific to the coal region of Pennsylvania, a place Dickens himself visited when he came to America.

Coal Country Christmas Carol in Jim Thorpe

“There is so much history here that speaks directly to the Scrooge story,” Hiatt explains, “I wanted to bring it home and make it unique to Pennsylvania, which has no shortage of ghosts!”

He also uses the incredible talents of the artists and performers who live and work in the coal region. Home not only to actors and writers, but some of the finest musicians, dancers, circus performers and visual artists around, Carbon County is truly unusual. From this idea grew the Christmas Carol as a live, staged radio play where anything and everything can happen.

What do Scrooge’s ghosts look like? What are his memories? The first time Dani Davison flew out over the audience in an aerial ballet or the velvet box grew into Dan Becker’s towering Christmas tree we realized, in the world of the imagination, it could be anything.

This year, we’re going even further with more music; tradition and original songs by the Free Range Folk, Christie McGorry and more, we’ve added the amazing talents of Bill Lance, Maya Kowalcyk and the Eclectic Circus. Be ready for the march of the breaker boys, the dance of the silk mill girls and, of course, ghosts! It promises to be a Christmas Carol like you’ve never seen before.

“The Coal Country Christmas Carol” is a Jim Thorpe tradition that the entire family can enjoy. You can purchase tickets on the Mauch Chunk Opera House website or downtown at SoundCheck Records. Call 570-325-0249 for more information.

Many call them the original tribute band, having followed the developments in Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band for over 30 years.

Others just call them a tireless band from nearby Jersey that happens to do Springsteen, does it well, and totally rocks the house, no matter where they play.

Either way, The BStreet Band is always happy to oblige. They perform the Friday night right after Christmas, 12/27, at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Talk about a party, time to get out of the house!

BStreet Band Springsteen TributeOriginally known as Backstreets, the band was formed in Asbury Park, New Jersey in May of 1980 by musicians Will Forte and the late Bob Chipak. Since that time, the band has performed from Maine to the Bahamas for well over 3 million people.

Whether it’s opening for Bruce and the E-Street Band at the Philadelphia Spectrum Final Four Shows, entertaining Hard Rock Chairman/CEO James Allen and fans at both the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl,  rockin’ Duke University and the graduating classes of Harvard and Princeton, the list goes on and on.

BStreet Band Springsteen TributeOver the last 30 years, the band has been estimated to have played in over 800 different nightclubs and 200 colleges through 20 different states and is now considered to be the longest running tribute band in the world.

Whatever you may call them, the Opera House calls it a great time for the entire family. Hope to see you!

Reserve your seats online at the Mauch Chunk Opera House website or call SoundCheck Records at 570-325-4009.

Customer Appreciation Day in downtown Jim Thorpe, PA is Friday, November 14, 2013. Our downtown shops and eateries want to thank both our local and regular customers by having a sale! Without these special customers, our businesses would not be successful.

Thirteen years ago, this sale was started by Tom Lux of the Mauch Chunk 5 & 10. This year 14 shops – filled with unique gifts you won’t find anywhere else – are offering discounts of 10% – 20% off!

Jim Thorpe Customer Appreciation DayYou can find something in Jim Thorpe for everyone on your Christmas list! You will be greeted with a warm welcome and customer service is always offered with a smile. Most shops will be open until 8 PM.

Don’t forget to stop in Antonio’s which will offer you a discount – relax in the dining room in the back or take-out something for your family waiting for you to return from your shopping adventure.

For a listing of participating shops http://peggystreasureshop.com/JTHappenings.html

We hope to see you Friday, November 14 – browsers are always welcome! What better way to start your Christmas shopping than with a sale?


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