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It’s hard to believe, but planning for the Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival 2011 is nearly complete.

Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage 2011There are some new wrinkles this year. We’ll be presenting new special events and programs including events at the Opera House. On October 16, the Lyra Ensemble from Bethlehem presents Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps along with other selections in a 3PM classical show. Here is the full program.

On October 23, with the Carbon Environmental Center, we present Owls, a terrific program for the family. It will be held at 2 PM at the Mauch Chunk Museum.

Also there will be regular Yoga classes on the weekends at the Opera House. They might be particularly appropriate after one or two organized bicycle rides (road and mountain) leaving the train station on Saturdays, October 8 and 15. More information on the rides shortly.

Tom Storm will lead photographic seminars, so that amateurs and experts can enjoy the many artistic opportunities that exist in Jim Thorpe, and particularly in the Fall! Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage 2011

Free music will be heard from the downtown gazebo to the opera House steps from noon to 5 each day. A new stage is being added at Quarry street that will focus particularly on acoustic music. The schedule is firming up now, so check back often.

Our goal is to make it a relaxed event to visit, rain or shine, with lots of fun events to check out. The operative word is relaxed, even with lots of folks around.

If you’re coming, try and make it here early and then you’ll avoid the traffic that you might encounter any time after noon or so. Then you can park your car in the county lot and, if your far from the visitors center, a free van will be available to transport you to and from your vehicle. Keep an eye on the official Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival site  for details!


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It was a big first weekend of the Fall Foliage Festival here in Jim Thorpe. And we all did a dance of thanks for the utterly gorgeous weather. Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival

Despite the tough economy our vendor organizer aka butterfly gal, Mari Gruber, has been able to recruit an excellent variety of vendors, craftspeople and food options downtown at the Josiah White Park. More information on the offerings is here, come on out and wander among the various booths and food vendors. 2 blocks up the street in front of the Opera House delicious food options were being served up by 14 Acre Farm and the soon-to-open Bear Appetit Deli and Restaurant.

Fall Foliage Festival in Jim ThorpeIn both locations there was lots of live music, featured also at the Dimmick Library Stage. Downtown vendors and visitors asked me to please keep Shannon Marsyada and Eponymous at the park, but that was a promise we couldn’t make as we have them performing next Saturday, October 9 at the Anita Shapolsky Upstairs Gallery in a free 3PM concert.

But there’s plenty of other excellent music to come including Americana roots rockers Friends of Tom, Mr. Desheesh, the Explorophonic Space Machine and festival favorites Brosky & Meyer. Click here for the schedule.

The weekend concluded yesterday evening with a 6 PM headline show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House by The Badlees, one of Pennsylvania’s finest bands. They packed the house and put on a powerful, joyous show that our crowd loved.

Shannon MarsyadaThere’s more of that to come next Sunday, October 10 at 6 PM with the Craig Thatcher Band performing a show of their own original electric and acoustic work. Led by one of the Lehigh Valley’s premiere guitarists and band leaders, we expect a very exciting performance. The show costs only $12 at the door or tickets can be ordered online in this benefit show for the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce.

Mauch Chunk Opera HouseOther paid shows this weekend at the Opera House are the Billy Cobham Band on Friday, October 8 and AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle’s Simon and Garfunkel Retrospective.

Hope to see you next weekend! The long range forecast is looking great!

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OK now, if all goes well we’ll have nothing but gorgeous weather during our Fall Foliage Weekends, which are set for the first 3 weekends of October. In truth however, it won’t matter whether it’s raining or not – Jim Thorpe is an atmospheric town where there is plenty to do and enjoy.

Lots of information is available to guide you through the event. A new Facebook page has also been set up this year.

Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe PA

Downtown Josiah White Park

The leaves have cooperated by starting their change of colors a bit early, though the recent rains seem to have held the process up a bit.

Here are directions for getting here.

First, a note about parking. Jim Thorpe was built for horse-and-buggy so expect parking in town to be a distinct challenge. Your best bet is to park in the County Municipal Parking Lot right behind the downtown train station. Get here early to make it easy on yourself. It’s only $5.

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Stroll along Broadway

We have a fine group of artists and crafters, food vendors, and musicians lined up for each weekend, both downtown and 2 blocks up Broadway at Opera House Square. The goal of the organizing committee has been to focus on truly handmade items and foods.

There will be Yoga classes at the Flow Restaurant and the Opera House on Saturdays during Fall Foliage Weekends.

Musically, you’ll see a lively mix of talent from the surrounding region and from within Carbon County, ranging from a brass quartet to bluegrass and classic rock bands to an experimental electronic group.

There are free indoor concerts scheduled for Saturday, 10/9 (Shannon Marsyada and Eponymous) and 10/16 (Hogmaw) held at the Anita Shapolsky Foundation at 3 PM both days in the building’s gorgeous upstairs gallery. The building is a former Presbyterian church located next door to the Opera House at 20 West Broadway. Surrounded by masterful works of artists from the fifties and sixties, genuine Tiffany windows, high ceilings and a beautiful stage the gallery serves as a special venue for featuring outstanding groups.

Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe PA

Anita Shaplosky Foundation Upstairs Performance Space

New this year are two inexpensive concerts at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Sundays, 10/10 and 10/17 at 6 PM. Featuring The Badlees and The Craig Thatcher Band, the performances highlight original music by two of eastern PA’s best-known bands. Headline shows at the Opera House during Fall Foliage Weekends include The Billy Cobham Band, The Simon and Garfunkel Retrospective and Cabinet.

Eateries in town are tailoring their menus to the season, a particularly beautiful time of year here in Jim Thorpe. For a small community we are able to provide an excellent choice of places to dine.

Shops will feature extended hours and sales throughout town. Historical attractions abound here in Jim Thorpe, ranging from the Asa Packer Mansion, The Old Jail, and the Mauch Chunk Museum. There are several tour organizations that can help you enjoy your visits to these and other fine attractions.

Fall Foliage Festival in Jim Thorpe PA

Outdoor Food Vendor at Opera House Square

Outdoor outfitters can provide you with a tailored experience of the countryside here in Jim Thorpe. If that is your thing, you’ll enjoy the much-anticipated new Rail-Trail, opened this past summer in June. It extends 26 miles from Jim Thorpe through the Lehigh River Gorge Park all the way to White Haven.

Fall Foliage Weekends have been extended to the first three weekends of October to give you plenty of choices as to when to visit. We’re doing our best to put together a fun time for you!

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It’s hard to say “Pennsylvania band” without also saying “The Badlees,” possibly the most well-known rock outfit to emerge from these parts. Their Sunday, October 3rd date at the Mauch Chunk Opera House looks back on a long career and looks ahead as well.

(Badlees fans: the Sunday, October 3 show is at 6 PM. Doors are at 5:30 PM. Give yourself plenty of time to get to town as it’s a Fall Foliage Festival Weekend. It is best to park 2 blocks down from the Opera House at the Carbon County parking lot behind the downtown Train Station.)

Long in each others’ orbits as friends, drinkin’ buddies, and as  members of other bands, frontman Pete Palladino, guitarist and songwriter Bret Alexander, guitarist Jeff Feltenberger, bassist Paul Smith and drummer Ron Simasek came together in the early nineties. Soon they saw that more and more fans were turning out for their shows, excited to hear their singular brand of Americana rock ‘n’ roll, reminiscent of John Mellenkamp and Tom Petty, but with a distinctive Badlees sound. The Badlees

What ensued was a parable describing the arc of a fast-rising rock band’s existence: a best-selling album in River Songs, a video for MTV (featuring Julianna Margulies), tours around the country performing not only to sold-out rooms but arenas, opening for Bob Seger and Gregg Allman, even touring the Chinese mainland.

But the time also included being hostage to the machinations of large record companies, as their label was gobbled up by another, delaying the release of Up There Down Here by almost 2 years. The 60 minutes of inspiration performing onstage was preceded by hours of boredom, the existential malaise of touring, endless wrangling with record companies, and the unmet demands of families and friends.

After a nearly 15-year run the Badlees split up in 2003 to pursue personal projects and other objectives.

Fortunately, they remained good friends and have attracted a lot of attention recently by reuniting to play selected gigs. Their shows have been selling out with good reason.

First of all, they never lost their legions of fans. Then last year they released the fine new album Love Is Rain, a beautifully-produced and satisfying collection of songs that traverse many musical styles. The album flows easily among genres, from rock ballads to mandolin-driven acoustic tunes.

The Badlees

The Badlees are the featured performers on the first weekend of Jim Thorpe’s Fall Foliage Festival. This concert will explore two basic themes: the first set will look back over their career and focus on River Songs, their best-selling album. The second set will look at the road ahead, featuring music from their many other albums but emphasizing Love Is Rain. They might even invite a guest or two onstage.

We’re looking forward to a great show. As a commenter said in response to a YouTube posting of a recent Badlees performance: Just love you guys. Your music is good for my soul.

Tickets can be ordered by calling 570-325-0249 or by selecting your seats online. Doors open at 5:30 and showtime is 6 PM.

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