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Thursday, September 4, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ted Vigil, left, performs Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. On Saturday, AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle take the stage.

Two popular tribute shows take the stage at the Mauch Chunk Opera House this weekend.

On Friday night, Ted Vigil's Tribute to John Denver takes the stage, followed on Saturday by the Simon & Garfunkel Retrospective, with singer-songwriters AJ Swearingen and Jonathan Beedle.

Never mind the amazing physical resemblance to John Denver that Ted Vigil was born with the real story is the way he performs Denver's iconic, timeless songs. Audiences warm immediately to Vigil and his gentle, sunny personality. Once Vigil sings, people are simply amazed.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS The Palmerton Community Festival commemorative mug.

The Palmerton Community Festival is marking 25 years with a plastic commemorative mug.

At a cost of $2 the mug can be purchased at a stand along Fourth Street by the refrigerator truck.

During certain times at the Sept. 5-7 event you can fill your mug as often as you like with draft birch beer for 25 cents each time.

Visit the drink trailer from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5; 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6; and 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, for the 25-cent drinks.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Zoostock, an annual, one-day festival in Lansford that has morphed into one of the largest fundraising events in the area for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, will be held Monday at the Sports Zoo/Halftime Sports Bar.

This marks the 16th year of Zoostock. It will be held from noon to 8 p.m. and have free music, variety, food and other concessions.

Lisa Hiles, a coordinator of Zoostock, said last year's combined Zoo Crew events enabled them to present the Cancer Society with $23,000 at its annual telethon.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The money scene in writer-director Woody Allen's "Magic In The Moonlight" is when Colin Firth bows his head and prays.

Prayer? In a Woody Allen film?

"Magic In The Moonlight" not only challenges preconceived notions about a Woody Allen film, it makes us think about our own concepts of prayer, faith, death and the hereafter.

Of course, this being a Woody Allen film, "Magic In The Moonlight" gives us a lot of laughs in between the philosophical musings.

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
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS

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.