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It’s atmospheric out, in a Twin Peaks kind of way. We’d rather have endless sun in town rather than the rather blustery weather described in the current forecast. But don’t let the weather stop you from coming to town – there will be plenty to do. If you’re modestly adventurous, it’s the perfect day for you.

Shapolsky Gallery Jim Thorpe PAObviously, bring your umbrella. The fall colors are still beautiful. It’s not that cold out, feels like high 40’s, low 50’s. No wind to speak of.

We have a gorgeous indoor venue to which we have relocated most of the free music scheduled for the outside venues on Broadway. The Shapolsky Gallery is a former Presbyterian church with two large floors, both of which are excellent for musical performance. In addition, both have beautiful art throughout and are worth the free visit on that basis alone. You can come and go from the gallery as you please and it’s only two blocks up the street from the downtown train station.

We have the Bach & Handel Chorale scheduled at 12, the classic acoustic blues of Lehigh Valley guitarist Craig Thatcher at about 2 (upstairs) and the outstanding local duo, Maury and Tim downstairs. Classic rockers The Shellshocked Cartwrights will get you into the evening with a rollicking set starting upstairs at 4. You’ll hear the Faculty Brass Quartet who will stroll around town.

The trains into the Lehigh Gorge are running on schedule. A perfect day for this ride, check it out. You can hear the whistles blowing all through town.

Also, we expect a good turnout from our many vendors. All along Broadway and Race Street there are restaurants, pubs, coffee establishments, shops and galleries which, of course, will all be open. So there will be plenty of places to duck inside and linger and relax.

Tonight there is a great show at the Opera House – Tuck & Patti, a New Age Jazz duo that plays all over the world and has released ten albums. The Opera House is the perfect place, with its intimate atmosphere and fine acoustics, to see a show like this. You can select your seats online or call 570-325-0249.

When you get to town, avail yourself of the parking lot circulator bus to help you get to the train station and into town as quickly as possible.

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Vendor spaces have been chalked off, final details on the free music up and down Broadway have been worked out, and even the new Jim Thorpe T-shirts have been delivered. We’re ready for the first Fall Foliage Weekend. There’s a lot going on, come early, stay awhile and just relax. That’s the whole object of it.

And we recommend getting here fairly early to avoid the potential of traffic lines. Park in the county lot behind the train station. Even if you have to park in some distant quarter of the lot, there will be a free ride from 12 to 4 to the train station courtesy of a van provided by the Mauch Chunk Museum. Our very own airport circulator bus.

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If you’re interested in visiting Jim Thorpe during one of the Fall Foliage Weekends (10/10-11, 10/17-18, 10/24-25) then be sure to visit our detailed information pages, which have been updated considerably since they were first posted. You can print venue maps, view music schedules and vendor lists here.

On a general note, we recommend that you try and get to town as early as possible in order to avoid the traffic which is particularly heavy in all directions from about 11 AM to 3 PM. When you get to town, park in the county lot behind the downtown train station, rather than searching for parking (difficult on busy weekends, to say the least) in town.

Other detailed visitor information on attractions, accommodations, where to eat and what to do is available at the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce website.

With these details out of the way, you can focus on having a great time. We look forward to your visit!

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We’re hard at work organizing Fall Foliage Weekends 2009. Last year we expanded the format to three weekends and added free music at four different venues up and down Broadway, all within a short walk of each other. We revamped the setup of vendors, crafters, artists and added a smaller mini-venue in front of the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

This year’s dates are 10/10-11, 10/17-18 and 10/24-25. Avoid the rush and schedule your accommodations early – a lot of people show up for this one (or should we say three)! Click here for everything you need to know about Jim Thorpe, PA.

Fall Foliage Weekends

Fall Foliage Weekends

So this year we’re trying to continue the process of improving the event to make it more enjoyable for the visitor and resident alike. There’s plenty for both to enjoy.

The free music lineup is quickly taking shape. It includes local and regional favorites like Craig Thatcher, Cabinet, Dakini, Sarah Ayers, Brosky & Meyer, and the Billy Bauer Band. We’re pulling in some other performers from outside the region such as Boris Garcia and Radio Free Earth. We’re including some other genres as well, with performances by the Bach & Handel Chorale and the Faculty Brass Quartet. We’re even scheduling the Grandmaster Band Organ, an amazing creation that is a bit hard to describe but terrifically entertaining to see.

The Anita Shapolsky Foundation Gallery serves as a remarkable indoor venue with one highlight performance from around 2-4 on 10/10-11, 10/17-18 and 10/24. The schedule is being updated as we speak and should finalize in a few days. You can keep up with it here.

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