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Thursday, January 28, 2010
Special to the TIMES NEWS Dr. Christopher Kiver, right, directs the Penn State University Glee Club during a concert. The club will be performing in concert on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lehighton Area Middle School and on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Pleasant Valley High School.

The Penn State Glee Club, which has a built a stellar global reputation in its 112 year of existence, is coming to two local school districts:

Ÿ On Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. the club will perform in the Lehighton Area Middle School.

Ÿ On Saturday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. a concert will be given at the Pleasant Valley High School.

A donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens will be accepted at the door for the Lehighton concert.

Thursday, January 28, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Kathy Long of Lehighton displays two books which she wrote and illustrated and two story CDs she has recorded.

There's probably no local storyteller better known than Kathy Long of Lehighton.

She tells her stories in schools and libraries. She has been making an annual Christmas visit to nationally-known Eckley Miners Village where she has a new tale to tell every year. Her storytelling has taken her as far away as Tennessee.

She has illustrated and authored two books.

Now her stories have been put on CDs.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Penn State Glee Club will present a concert at Lehighton Area Middle School on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

David Perkins, music director in the Lehighton Area School District, said the high school choir is looking to find housing for the university students on Feb. 5 following the concert.

There are 72 members of the Glee Club. About two dozen still need housing.

Any family interesting in hosting a student should contact Perkins at (610) 377-6180 during school hours as soon as possible, or e mail Perkins at dperkins@lehighton.org.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What takes "Extraordinary Measures" beyond a disease-of-the-week TV movie are the performances of a grizzled pro and a fresh-faced youngster.

Harrison Ford is the pro as Dr. Robert Stonehill, a biochemist in a story inspired by true events about the development of a drug to counteract Pompe disease, an inherited genetic disorder.

Monday, January 25, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Travis Tritt sings before a crowd of well over 1,000 at Penn's Peak Saturday night, showing his great versatility with an acoustic show.

Travis Tritt has become known as "Mr. Country Club" although there isn't anything stuffy about him.

As he proclaims in his hit song "Country Club," he "drives and old pickup truck" and does "his drinkin from a Dixie cup."

Wearing jeans and sipping from a Dixie cup, the country music singer did an acoustic concert Saturday night at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, attracting a large, responsive crowd for the performance.

He sang most of his hits, did tributes to the late Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, and even interjected some blues.

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Vicky Zetterberg performs as Frida from ABBA during Arrival's visit to Penn's Peak in July, 2008. At left is Finn Sjoberg, an original guitarist for ABBA. Arrival -The Music of ABBA returns to Penn's Peak Friday night. JOE PLASKO/TIMES NEWS

Arrival's timing for its Penn's Peak performances couldn't be better, at least from the perspective of ABBA fans.

The tribute group, which hails from Sweden, like the original ABBA, last played at the Jim Thorpe venue in July, 2008, coinciding with the theatrical release of the movie version of Mamma Mia!, the musical filled with ABBA songs, which starred Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan.

Thursday, January 21, 2010
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Travis Tritt during a previous concert at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. He's returning Saturday night for an acoustic performance.

Saturday night at Penn's Peak, country start Travis Tritt makes a return visit. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $37 and $32.

What makes this performance unique is that it is an acoustic show whereby he will not be backed by a band. The performance has been receiving great reviews.

Some of the hits by Tritt include "Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)," "Country Club," "Help Me Hold On," and "Tell Me I Was Dreaming."

Born just outside of Atlanta, Travis Tritt grew up on a musical combination of Grand Ole Opry, Southern Rock and Delta Blues.

Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Sweetback Sisters will beperforming Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

"The Sweetback Sisters" will debut at the Mauch located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe on Saturday, Chunk Opera House Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8:30 p.m.

With a special guest appearance on the iconic nationally syndicated "A Prairie Home Companion", this young group of stellar Brooklyn-based musicians perform an incredible array of traditional old-time and honky-tonk rock music reminiscent of the 1940's & 50's.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is making a return to the Great Allentown Fair on Sunday, Sept. 5. Tickets already have gone on sale.

Last year, Dunham performed on two different nights of the fair. One of them was a sell-out.

It's the second show announced for the 2010 edition of the fair. Also on the fair grandstand will be country sensation Keith Urban on Friday, Sept. 3. Tickets also are on sale for this concert.

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auditions in Jim Thorpe

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Dave Rehrig of Twitty Fever Band will present, with Tim Gillis, the "Branson Review" as a luncheon show at Penn's Peak on April 27 and 28.

The recent warmer temperatures have many thinking about spring.

One cure for cabin fever is a luncheon show at Penn's Peak, with the season kicking off in April. This year there is quite a varied line-up.

The sound of Branson, movie music, and big bands are are slated, although two big bands coming to the Peak this spring already are sold-out.

For all luncheon shows, reservations are required and can be made by calling toll-free at 877-764-6328.