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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Engelbert Humperdinck will be performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Sunday.

It's a busy weekend at Penn's Peak with three concerts in three days, the finale being pop icon Engelbert Humperdinck.

The list of shows is as follows:

Ÿ Friday Robin Trower with Scott Weis Band, 8 p.m. Tickets $27 advance, $32 day of show.

Ÿ Saturday The Tubes with NightWind, 8 p.m. Tickets $18 advance, $23 day of show.

Ÿ Sunday Engelbert Humperdinck, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $37 and $47.

Engelbert was known not only for a long list of hits, but for his handsome appearance.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Ideals are peaceful. History is violent."

- "Fury."

"Fury" is aptly titled. The movie, with a story set in the waning days of World War II, is filled with the fury of battle, the fury of civilization devastation and the fury of human emotions.

The movie's title is taken from the nickname "Fury" painted in a white scrawl on the gun-turret of a Sherman tank.

The storyline in "Fury" is based on the heroism of the United States Army Second Armored Division, dubbed "Hell on Wheels."

Monday, October 27, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ellen Perkins, a senior at Lehighton Area High School selected to participate in the National High School Honor Choir in Nashville, stands in front of high school band and school cheerleaders which gave her a noisy sendoff to the event on Friday. The National Choir is being held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville through Wednesday.

Ellen Perkins, a senior at Lehighton Area High School, got quite a send-off Friday to participate in the National High School Honor Choir in Nashville.

Although the school has had many students make District Chorus and State Chorus (including Perkins) over the years, the 17-year-old student is the first ever selected for the national event.

The National Choir is being held through Wednesday at the historic Grand Ole Opry.

Perkins was surprised by a special performance on her behalf by the high school band and cheerleading squad, which composed a special cheer for her.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back at The Mauch Chunk Opera House on Saturday. This special performance "It Was a Very Good Year" is a musical journey about the life and times of the late Frank Sinatra starring Tony Sands as "The Voice," singing all his best loved songs performed true to their original arrangements.

Tony Sands captivates his audiences with the mannerisms, illusion and romance that have made him a must-see in Atlantic City and Vegas for more than 20 years.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Popa Chubby

Larger-than-life blues figure Popa Chubby has a lot of reasons to feel lucky this year. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of his emergence as a powerful force in the venerable New York blues scene with his very own band, and his own unique brand of hard-hitting, face-melting, blues-rockin' funky soul. And he'll celebrate this major milestone the only way he knows how, with a CD Release event at 8 p.m. Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe for his smokin' hot new studio album, "I'm Feelin' Lucky."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Kenny Rogers brings his Christmas show with Linda Davis to Penn's Peak on Dec. 20. He'll also do some of his all-time great hits like "Lucille" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town."

Several major performers are on the concert schedule for the coming months at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Recently announced were:

Ÿ Rockin' the Holidays with Felix Cavaliere's Rascals on Dec. 14.

Ÿ Pink Floyd Experience on Feb. 28.

Ÿ The Lettermen on May 29.

If you're making New Year's Eve plans, consider the Get the Led Out, which will be performing both Dec. 30 and 31. Get the Led Out is a Led Zepellin tribute band.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

One mark of an entertaining movie is what scenes, lines of dialogue or laughs, tears and thoughts stay with you after you depart the theater.

After I saw "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day," I was still chuckling to myself.

"Alexander," based on the children's book by Judith Viorst, is in the genre of family dilemma comedies. This is somewhat of a lost art in contemporary Hollywood studio film-making since many comedies are animation features or teen and college-age R-rated raunch.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Shannon Blocker, president of Blocker Enterprises, 497 S. Ninth St., Lehighton, sits on 2012 Yamaha Roadline 1900cc motorcycle, which is being given away during the 2015 Penn's Peak Radio cruise. Standing is Layne "Doc" Roberts of Penn's Peak Radio, cruise coordinator. The cruise will be May 10-17 from New York to Bermuda.

Layne "Doc" Roberts of Penn's Peak Radio is making plans for the ninth annual spring cruise.

It will be held May 10-17 and sail from New York to Bermuda.

This tour will offer a special prize: A 2012 Yamaha Roadliner 1900cc motorcycle.

Roberts is excited about this cruise and said, "It's on a Norwegian Ship, a five-star resort on water."

The cruise has such activities as walk the plank, bowling alley, video arcades, activities for children, swim area, water park and ropes.

Monday, October 20, 2014
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Singer Tommy James performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, Saturday. James sang all his major hits including "Crimson and Clover" and "Hanky Panky."

It was pretty obvious why singer Tommy James had a sellout crowd at Penn's Peak on Saturday.

His performance was incredible, he sang every one of his major hits, he signed autographs, and he delivered what the audience wanted to hear.

Wearing all black, James put on a 75-minute concert that had the crowd cheering, clapping, and even dancing.

There was one minor problem early in the show but it wasn't his fault. His amplifiers quit working just when he ended his first song.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Zion UCC, Second and Iron streets, Lehighton is again hosting its ecumenical Christmas concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 30.

The cantata was created by former Zion UCC Director of Music Paul R. Smith 40 years ago. The current Director of Music, Brad Cressley, has continued the tradition.

Last year's cantata featured 80 voices which represented 22 different chuches and organizations.

Cressley said, "This year we hope to have a choir of 100 strong and the group is once again looking for vocalists to join the cantata."