Despite the turbulent weather Fall Foliage Weekend number 2 attracted an excellent turnout, and for good reasons. Our dedicated vendors were set up, music moved smoothly indoors to the Shapolsky Gallery, and our restaurants, pubs, shops and galleries welcomed visitors as always. This coming weekend 10/24 and 10/25 concludes the festival.
On Sunday, the weather began to clear and we were able to move some of the entertainment back outside. The Faculty Brass strolled up and down the streets to add to the atmosphere, while Jim Thorpe High School band The Funken Five drew people up the street to listen to their outstanding set of jazz-funk on the Dimmick Library stage. After a set outdoors on the steps of the Opera House, Shannon Marsyada, an outstanding singer-songwriter talent from Hazleton, moved indoors for an inspiring set at the Anita Shapolsky Foundation’s first floor gallery. Upstairs, the jamgrass band Cabinet drew an enthusiastic crowd for their Sunday performance on the second floor gallery stage.
In addition to the excellent vendors downtown at the train station and park, Jonathan Young, organizer of the Jim Thorpe Farmers Market, has been serving up delicious hot stews and soups, pastries and coffee from his stand in front of the Opera House.
As a result, the festivities continued well into the evening on Sunday, concluding with Wandering Root’s rousing finishing set at the Shapolsky Gallery. Amid scores of Abstract Expressionist paintings and sculptures, and Tiffany and LaFarge stained glass windows, it is a remarkable place to stroll through and contemplate the work of many prominent and less-known artists.
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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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The Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce has added the Gallery Music Series to its lineup of free performances featured at its Fall Foliage Weekends 2009 event. These shows take place on the upstairs stage at the Anita Shapolsky Gallery at 16 W Broadway in Jim Thorpe, from about 2 to 4 on 10/10-11, 10/17-18 and 10/24.
The schedule is as follows: 10/10 – Sarah Ayers, 10/11 – Boris Garcia, 10/17 – Craig Thatcher, 10/18 – Cabinet, and 10/24 – Dakini.
The concert stage is on the second floor of the gallery. It is filled with outstanding examples of Abstract Impressionist artwork, and sculptures as well as genuine Tiffany and LaFarge stained glass windows which are especially beautiful in the afternoon light. Each performance is free. The gallery is open at 11 AM each day of Fall Foliage Weekends.
Copyright 2009 Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce
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