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The Jim Thorpe Art Weekend is a relatively new entrant into the community festival scene, yet an increasingly popular one. You’ll experience many of the distinctive things in Jim Thorpe – visual art, free music, culinary treats, headline shows at the Opera House, gallery openings along Broadway and West Broadway, artists demonstrations, and interesting lectures and workshops.

It’s also relaxed, lacking the rather frenzied pace of, for example, October’s Fall Foliage Festival. It turns out that May is an especially beautiful and unhurried time of year in Jim Thorpe.

You might consider a weekend stay at a local bed and breakfast, or at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, the newly-restored downtown Victorian-era hotel. Every guest who books a stay with a bed and breakfast gets a free ticket to hear local raconteur Jack Gunsser tell entertaining stories of Old Mauch Chunk. He dresses in costume and holds forth in the very appropriately historic Harry Packer Mansion.

Other activities include a lecture on Sunday afternoon by historian Bill Allison titled “The Art of Victorian Architecture,” and guided tours at the Asa Packer Mansion, the Mauch Chunk Museum, and the Old Jail. You’ll be able to combine art and history at a photography workshop with photographer Tom Storm, who knows the spots from which you might take your most memorable opuses of town.

Jim Thorpe GalleryThe festival begins on Saturday, May 5th at 11 AM with a walking tour of studios and galleries. At the downtown Visitors Center is an information table as well as a sales booth for ticketed events. Pick up a visitor’s bag loaded with our brochure and walking tour guide, plus special offers redeemable throughout the historic district.

That evening we celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Mauch Chunk Opera House with a performance by Marko Marcinko’s Latin Jazz Quintet. Directly across the street, an opening at the Dakota Ridge Gallery will present the deeply moving photography of Madascar’s Pierrot Men. The event is open to the public.

Nic East Stained GlassSunday is a day for museums, art lectures, and art demonstrations. Stained glass artist Nic East will demonstrate how to make a stained glass window, then lead a tour through his casa d’art that features more than 30 stained glass doors and windows.

On Sunday, Stone lithographer Ron Chupp demonstrates the fine art of printmaking in his West Broadway gallery on Sunday from a stone he will prepare on Saturday. It’s an excellent chance to see how prints were made before the modern printing press.

For more information, visit here for the details on Jim Thorpe’s newest festival.


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On May 1, former Byrds and Flying Burritto great Chris Hillman visits with accompanist Don Pederson. Not only will you get some insight to what made the Byrds perhaps the greatest American classic rock band, but it will also be about as close as you can get to Gram Parsons, the massively influential singer-songwriter who Hillman teamed up with for years.

With a much different sound, but continuing in a uniquely Americana vein, Yarn, the Brooklyn-based alt-folk-country-rock band takes over on May14th, epitomizing an accessible, melodic indie sound.

New Yorkers: We’re only 2 hours from the GWB! Philly folk – only an hour and 15!

Carbon Leaf at the Mauch Chunk Opera House

Carbon Leaf

Todd Snider, the folk troubador recently profiled in Rolling Stone and The Village Voice takes the stage on the 21st, sure to attract his usual legions of dedicated fans. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him hanging out in town the next day, he seems to have taken a shine to our town.

A group seemingly poised for that next step to commercial success is Carbon Leaf, a popular Celtic folk-rock band from Richmond, VA set to visit on Friday, May 27. A lush, soft-rock mix reminiscent of acoustic Celtic and Hootie and the Blowfish, and having toured with Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, and the Counting Crows, it seems like just a matter of time. Here’s an excellent video.

For full details or to buy tickets to any Mauch Chunk Opera House event, visit www.MauchChunkOperaHouse.com. Be sure to check out the info on their new Performance Card, which gets you all sorts of excellent discounts on restaurants and accommodations, in addition to shows themselves.

Mauch Chunk Opera House Performance Card

Visit www.JimThorpe.org for all the details and information you need for a great time in town. For great deals on shows, dining, and accommodations check out the Mauch Chunk Opera House Performance Card or call 570-325-0249 for information.

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The First Annual Jim Thorpe Celebration of the Arts is set for the weekend of May 14 & 15 in the historic district of Jim Thorpe, PA.

Contact: Eileen East, (570) 325-0216, info@jimthorpeart.com

Website: JimThorpeArt.com; visit our website for more detailed information.

From free events to tours and shows, you don’t have to travel far to find great music, art and culture. It’s all right here at “Jim Thorpe on Art Weekend”. Come for the day, stay for the weekend. Book a package at one of our delightful beds and breakfasts. Just bring your friends and we’ll do the rest.

Headline event: open studio and gallery tour, a self guided tour sponsored by Jim Thorpe Art. Hours are 1pm—7pm Saturday, May 14; 12 noon-4PM Sunday, May 15. Walking map available on our website.

Headline event: free concert in the Josiah White Park at the train station by Eponymous, a popular regional group led by the powerful voice of Shannon Marsyada.

Headline event: an evening concert in the Mauch Chunk Opera House featuring Yarn, a crowd pleasing band that weaves technically impressive song-crafting with tales from the road of life. Tickets: $20 each, available online at the Opera House website.

Headline event: “Dinner at an Art Gallery “ with local culinary artist Heriberto Yunda serving a two course dinner with wine at Moya where his wife Stephanie Verme displays her colorful action paintings on the walls. $45 prefix, reservations required.

A showcase of art in our community includes:

“A photo tour of Jim Thorpe” with professional photographer Tom Storm. Learn to get the best out of your camera, and take shots you always dreamed of.  Tickets $10 each, available online at our website. Proceeds benefit the art festival foundation. Remember to bring your camera.

“Tour of Cemetery Art” with local historian Jack Sterling.  Take rubbings of the art on the headstones, and learn the history of who is buried in our oldest cemetery. Tickets $10 each, available online at our website. Proceeds benefit the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

“Amazing Tales of Art in Old Mauch Chunk” with our best story teller, Jack Gunsser who will appear in costume and regale you with wonderful stories about famous artists like Louis C Tiffany whose work shaped our town. Tickets are free to bed and breakfast guests. Otherwise, $5 at the door. Jack will appear later in the afternoon at the Race Street Garden near St. Mark’s Cathedral as a free event.

“Poetry and dramatic readings by local artists at the Gilded Cupid bed and breakfast. Free event. See tour map for location.

“Contemporary Stained Glass – a lecture and demonstration ” with stained glass master artist Nic East. Free event at Hill Home Forge bed and breakfast.

Event: Jim Thorpe Art Weekend

Dates: May 14 & 15, 2011

Location: Historic district, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

Sponsors: PA Council of the Arts, Pennsylvania Department of Tourism, Nic and Eileen East Arts Foundation, Inc, Beds and Breakfasts of Jim Thorpe, JTAMS, JimThorpePA.com, Carbon County Chamber of Commerce and the Carbon County Commissioners, Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

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