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Thursday, July 15, 2010
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A feature attraction at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville are the African penguins. This one looks like he's posing for photo. The zoo has dozens of animals besides the penguins, including zebras, ostriches, tortoises, and kangaroos.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Professional wrestling, a tractor pull, and two demolition derbies are highlights at the 11th annual Carbon County Fair.

The fair will be held Aug. 11-15 along Little Gap Road near Palmerton.

At this year's fair, there will be live entertainment, along with a wide array of fair food, agricultural displays, exhibits and rides. Not to disappoint you, get ready for two demolition derbies, the antique field stock tractor pull and new this year, a professional wrestling event that includes a ladies bout as well as a steel cage match.

Thursday, July 15, 2010
Old Crow Medicine Show at Penn's Peak

The Old Crow Medicine Show, which recorded songs such as "Wagon Wheel" and "Down Home Girl," will be coming to Penn's Peak for a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 22. The music of Old Crow Medicine Show blends American roots, folk, blues, gospel, bluegrass and rock. This is the band's first appearance at Penn's Peak. Tickets are available for $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A spectacular fireworks display Saturday night will occur at the annual block party of the Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Company.

The festival will be held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the fire company grounds.

On Friday, the band Nite Flyte will entertain, with a seafood dinner served from 4-7 p.m.

On Saturday, Night Wind is the featured band, followed by the fireworks display.

The band Boomerang entertains on Sunday.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The 76th annual St. Joseph Parish Festival in Summit Hill will be held tomorrow through Sunday, with a St. Gabriel Procession occurring at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and fireworks being fired Sunday after 10 p.m.

The festival features kiddie rides, homemade ethnic foods including halupki, halushki, bleenies, and funnel cake, and live entertainment.

Friday, the band It Takes Two performs from 7 to 10 p.m.

Saturday night entertainment features Becky and the Beasts from 7 to 10 p.m.

On Sunday, Asking Andy plays from 6-10 p.m. followed by the fireworks display.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS A large crowd rocks with the band Cinderella at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe last night. More rock music is in store at the venue on July 30 when Skid Row appears with Firehouse.

There was no glass slipper but there was quite a ball with Cinderella last night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The hard rock icons of the 80s and 90s played before a large crowd in a stop on their summer tour. The band, with its original members, returned to the road this year after a four-year hiatus.

Lead singer Tom Keifer, a native of Springfield, Bucks County, showed the energy of a 18-year old (but believe it or not he is 49 years old).

The other band members are Eric Brittingham, Jeff LaBar, and Fred Coury.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The title of "Grown Ups" is ironic, given the movie's juvenile humor.

Adam Sandler co-wrote the script with Fred Wolf, former "Saturday Night Live Writer," who wrote the screenplays for "Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star" and "Joe Dirt."

Sandler also wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for his movies, "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," "Little Nicky," "The Waterboy," "Happy Gilmore" and "Billy Madison."

So, you know what to expect with "Grown Ups": tart and often humorous observations about perceptions, mistakes and learning from them.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
JOSEPH CULTICE/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The B-52s (from left, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson) will perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday.

Nowadays, The B-52s are well-established as prime purveyors of party music for their danceable rhythms and campy songs.

They have also registered their share of quirky hits along the way, including "Love Shack", "Roam", "Rock Lobster", "Private Idaho" and "Channel Z".

There was a time, however, when the band's offbeat approach landed it right in the vanguard of the burgeoning New Wave scene of the late 1970's.

Monday, July 12, 2010
Raymond the Amish Comic keeps the Penn's Peak crowd laughing. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Raymond the Amish Comic is a fixture of the July schedule at Penn's Peak.

Raymond's show has been running the same weekend at the Jim Thorpe venue for so long that he has become attached to it. He told the crowd there Saturday night that if he passes away before next year's date, he would haunt anyone who was booked to fill it.

Raymond's popularity at The Peak is strong enough to survive the summer, which is normally a lull time for comedians. He did note, however, that this year he lost some of his regular fans for the show due to pig roasts.

Monday, July 12, 2010
Peter Noone entertained fans at Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, on Friday night.

They came from 24 states, plus Canada and England for the first Fabfun Noonefest at Penn's Peak and then they stayed on Friday night for the Peter Noone concert which followed the inaugural event.

While it was the first time Elizabeth Stevens of Nesquehoning saw Noone in concert, she met up with the Noonatics from all over the country who follow Noone everywhere.