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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."

Friday, October 17, 2014

The 44th annual Lehighton Halloween Parade will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday at Seventh and Coal streets.

The rain date is 2 p.m. Sunday.

Julie Harris, parade chairman, said paraders are permitted to toss candy and gum to parade viewers. They are not allowed to stop and perform in front of the judges' stand.

The grand marshal is retired Lehighton Area School District music teacher Paul Smith, who serves as director of the Lehighton Band.

The lineup is as follows:

Division 1

(Form on Coal Street between Eighth Street and Beaver Run Road)

Thursday, September 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wishbone Ash will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 19.

On Sept. 19, legendary British rockers Wishbone Ash take the Mauch Chunk Opera House Stage, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, for a concert as part of their 2014 U.S. Blue Horizons Tour Summer Tour.

Led by founding member Andy Powell, the band continues to help define the modern rock sound. Touring and producing outstanding progressive rock for over 40 years, Wishbone Ash remains one of Britain's most well-known bands. Always best appreciated live, their twin-guitar sound, honed back in the '70s, is one of their defining and enduring traits.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS If the expression on 18-month-old Joshua Slaby of Palmerton is any indication, the rides at the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival were a big hit with children.

It's the perfect environment for individuals who crave a familiar place occupied by many a friendly face.

Such a relaxed atmosphere permeated from the walkways for the start of the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival on Friday.

Mayor Chris Olivia offered remarks during the opening ceremony.

He noted there has been a festival in the borough for 50 years.

From 1965-1989, it was known as the Palmerton Hospital Festival. Since 1990, it has been the Palmerton Community Festival.

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
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.

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."