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Thursday, August 28, 2014
Special to the Times News Duane Dellecker, coordinator of the Weissport Redneck Festival, and Weissport Mayor Jonathan Troutman demonstrate the honey dippers, which will be used in the first contest at the festival. The Weissport Redneck Festival opens at 5 p.m. Friday in the Weissport Park.

Have you ever heard of a honey dipper? Well, you'll learn all about them and you can become an honorary honey dipper in the newest contest at the Weissport Redneck Festival 7 p.m. Friday.

The Honey Dipper Contest will pit contestants using 10-foot-long poles with a scoop on one end to move liquid from waist-high tubs to fill a smaller container.

In their heyday, the honey dippers were used to clean out household sewage from outdoor toilets.

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Get On Up," the bio pic about James Brown, takes you inside the career, mind and heart of the Godfather of Soul.

James Brown was a controversial figure onstage and off.

Onstage, he was a dancing dynamo, setting the stage for Michael Jackson, the choreography of Motown groups the Four Tops, Temptations and Supremes and a bass-drums-horn rhythm section that became the foundation of funk.

Offstage, he got into trouble with the law, became an advocate for the African-American community and battled drug addiction.

Friday, August 22, 2014
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The Yonder Mountain String Band, a Colorado-based group which plays progressive bluegrass music, attracted a large crowd for a concert Thursday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Ben Kauffman

provides vocals and plays the bass guitar during the performance.

Friday, August 22, 2014
This drawing by Randolph Rabenold of Lehighton shows a street scene. Rabenold, a retired Jim Thorpe teacher, will be feted at an art show Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

The art work of Randolph "Randy" Rabenold, who taught art in the Jim Thorpe School District for 37 years, will be displayed in a special event Sunday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

The show, honoring Rabenold, will be 1-4 p.m. Rabenold turns 84 this month.

His daughter-in-law Kim Rabenold said, "The Randy Rabenold Art Show will exhibit the collective works of local area educator, known to many as a living legend and an inspiration to many who have pursued art in their life, Milan Melicharek, Doug Rontz and Tracy Everett among the many."

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tickets go on sale this weekend for four upcoming concerts at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Tomorrow at 10 a.m., tickets will be available for shows by country great Martina McBride, who visits the venue on Nov. 13, and for Dennis DeYoung, a founder of Styx, who will be here on Feb. 13.

On Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., music lovers can buy tickets for a Nov. 2 concert by Engelbert Humperdinck and a Feb. 27 event by Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
Yonder Mountain String Band will be performing at 8 p.m. today at the Penn's Peak. Opening will be Jerry Douglas.

It's not traditional bluegrass music. In fact, it defies placement in typical music genres.

One thing's for certain. Audiences have taken a liking to what some have labeled "progressive bluegrass" played by the Yonder Mountain String Band.

The Yonder Mountain String Band, a Colorado-based trio, has appeared several times in the past at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. They always have a large following.

They return for a performance at 8 p.m. this evening. Tickets at the door are $22.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Robin Williams made me laugh.

He made us all laugh.

And he lived for the laughter.

Williams' interviews were like a mini-standup, or rather, sit-down routine. He regaled a roundtable of reporters, ostensibly promoting his latest movie. I kept my recordings of interviews with him and played them for friends.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another major performer has been added to the concert lineup at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Engelbert Humperdinck, whose hits included "Release Me" and "Am I That Easy to Forget," will make his venue debut on Sunday, Nov. 2.

Tickets, which are $37 and $42, go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday. They are available now to Sneak Peak Club members.

Also announced was a performance by Creedence Clearwater Revisited on Friday, Feb. 27.

Tickets are $42 for reserved and $47 for the PIT. They also go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.

Monday, August 18, 2014
AP FILE PHOTO Martina McBride

Two big concert announcements have been made for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Martina McBride, a country music icon who sold out the venue two years ago, is returning for a concert with "The Everlasting Tour" show on Thursday, Nov. 13.

Tickets, which cost $45 and $55, go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Friday. Already they are on sale to Sneak Peak Club members.

"An Evening With Dennis DeYoung" will occur on and the music of Styx occurs on Friday, Feb. 13. Tickets, $35 and $39, go on sale Friday to the public, but are available to Sneak Peak members.

Monday, August 18, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS The Zombies, an oldies band which has been entertaining audiences for over a half century, performs at Penn's Peak at Jim Thorpe. Colin Blunstone, center, lead singer, is one of two founding members still performing with the Zombies.

The fifth number of The Zombies 21-song set at Penn's Peak Sunday night sums up their concert.

"You Make Me Feel Good" was a single released by the British group in 1964. Judging by the reaction of the audience, the show was enjoyable.

The Zombies were greeted at the onset with a standing ovation. They got robust applause throughout the 90-minute performance. People sang along to the words of virtually all the songs, but especially the group's big hits like "Time of the Season" and "Tell Her No."