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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron Streets, Lehighton will be holding the second annual Music Academy starting Sunday, Aug. 7 and continuing through Aug. 11 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Zion UCC church .

The academy is open to the public and is for children and teens of all ages.

This year there will be a middle school age and high school age band, vocal opportunities, and a music recorder class.

Once again, they will also feature "recycled rhythm" which is a craft opportunity for youngsters to create rhythm instruments out of household and recycled items.

Monday, August 1, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Shakura S' Aida performs on the main stage during the Pennsylvania Blues Festival at Blue Mountain Ski Area on Sunday.

They juked and jived to the soul and rhythm like there was no tomorrow.

Hip was indeed in at the Pennsylvanis Blues Festival, which celebrated 20 years of Blues in the Poconos this past weekend as the event made a seamless transition to Blue Mountain Ski Area in Palmerton.

Prior to this year, the event - then known as the Pocono Blues Festival - had been held from 1992 to 2010 at Big Boulder Ski Area in Kidder Township.

Friday, July 22, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Lead singer Joe Retta of the band Sweet, left, and founding member Steve Priest, the bass guitarist, perform at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Tonight at the Peak, Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits will be in concert at 8 p.m.

It was an appropriate start to their concert.

The band Sweet was at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe last night and opened with their 1975 hit "Action.

"I've got what everybody needs, satisfaction guarantees,

that everybody wants a piece of the action."

It was on-stage action for the rest of the night as the British rock band entertained with one wild hit after another.

Of course, the highlight of the concert was the singing of "Little Willy," a pop tune about a dancing maniac who won't go home.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

We've grown up with Harry Potter, that fictional English boarding school lad who happens to be a wizard.

For those with children, there were first the thick J.K. Rowling books read together through drowsy bedtime eyelids, and then the movies awaited with eager anticipation season to season and experienced side by side, to savor and compare.

"Words are an inexhaustible source of magic," Professor Albus Dumbledore says in the eighth and final, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2."

That rings true for Rowling, as well as readers and movie-goers.

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
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

On Saturday evening, July 9, the Lehighton Band will be presenting a concert on the ball field at the Mauch Chunk Lake Park beginning at 7 p.m.

This is the third year that the band has performed at this venue and if this year is like the past, there will be a good crowd in attendance.

The concert is free and open to the public but you will need to bring a lawn chair as there is no seating on the field.

Paul R. Smith, conductor of the band, has selected a varied program with pieces sure to please everyone's choice of music.