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Monday, July 18, 2011
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The Yonder Mountain String Band, a type of modern blue grass band, performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. A large crowd attended the concert on Thursday. The band has several albums and has made numerous Penn's Peak appearances, playing music from several albums they've recorded. Two concerts are on tap for this week. On Thursday night, Sweet, which had a big hit with "Little Willie," will be on the stage at 8 p.m. On Friday night, it's Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits in concert.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Writer Bud Cole lives in the Lehigh Valley. The following was written for our weekly publications serving the Lehigh Valley area, including the East Penn Press).

By BUD COLE

Special to the TIMES NEWS

My wife Bev and I have been driving through Jim Thorpe for many years on our way to and from other destinations, but we had not placed the quaint borough on our "places to visit" list until recently. What we found was a wonderful place for a day visit or longer and it is within an hour's drive from anywhere in the Lehigh Valley.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The World's "Largest Model," as listed in the Guinness Book of World Records, will be featured on Penn's Peak Radio tomorrow morning.

"The Doc" Layne Roberts, host of the daily "Bump and Grind" show on the radio station each morning, said his guest tomorrow will be "Amazon Eve."

The radio station broadcast can be heard on Channel 80 on your TV dial or viewed live each morning on Digital Channel 113.

The Doc said she will be appearing after 9 a.m.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"The Music Never Stopped" is based on a case study of Dr. Oliver Sacks, physician, author and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center.

Sacks wrote "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" (1995); "Awakenings" (1990), which became an Oscar-nominated movie starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro; and "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and The Brain" (2007), basis for a PBS-TV "Nova" series show.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011
ron gower/times news

Amanda Reiber, left, of Summit Hill, uses wrench to tighten nuts on stand she and Allen Graver are putting together for the annual St. Joseph's Festival in Summit Hill. The 77th annual event will be held Friday through Sunday, July 15-17, on the church grounds. There will be live entertainment each evening.

Monday, July 11, 2011
Ryan Pelton

The annual Carbon County Fair along Little Gap Road near Palmerton will be staged Aug. 10-14, with the theme "Going Hog Wild."

Among the highlights will be the return of professional wrestling, a concert by Elvis impersonator Ryan Pelton and The Difference Band, two demolition derbies, and a "fireworks spectacular."

Pelton will be at the fair two nights - Friday and Saturday.

Monday, July 11, 2011
Nicole Donatone

On Friday night, country superstar Keith Urban will be performing at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Opening for him is another top country performer, Jake Owen.

The pre-show concert, in the AT&T Pavilion, will be by local singer Nicole Donatone, who recently released her first CD.

Donatone, employed by Penn's Peak Radio and who has been performing at various local carnivals and festivals, will be at the Pavilion from 5-7:15 p.m. You must have a ticket for the Keith Urban concert to attend Donatone's event.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tickets are still available for the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

The festival will take place over 2 days - Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st - at the Valley Lodge, located on the north side of Blue Mountain along the scenic-base.

A special feature of the festival is the Friday Night Pre-Fest Jam hosted by Chicago's own Studebaker John & The Hawks and a Saturday Night Jam hosted by Baltimore's own Big Daddy Stallings.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Trace Adkins

One of country music's biggest names is making a stop at Penn's Peak in August.

Trace Adkins, whose hits include "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk," "You're Gonna Miss This," and "Every Light in the House is On," will be here on Sunday, Aug. 28.

It's one of three new concerts announced for Penn's Peak.

The others are Melvin Seals & JGB on Thursday, Oct. 6, and Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Tickets for all three concert events will go on sale Saturday, July 9.

Life has been hectic of late for Adkins.

Thursday, July 7, 2011
Raymond the Amish Comic will be doing his 20th anniversary show at Penn's Peak, Saturday.

Raymond the Amish Comic won't say whether he's actually Amish.

"That's up to the audience to figure out," he laughed.

For 20 years, he's held claim as being the only "Amish comic" in America.

His 20th anniversary show will actually be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

One word of caution: The show contains adult content and children will not be admitted.

Raymond got his start as a comedian virtually by accident.

"My career actually started in the toilet," he said.