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Thursday, April 14, 2011
CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

One of the acts of Harmony Scholars poses for pictures at dress rehearsal. The show performs on Friday, April 15 and Sat., April 16 at 7 p.m. in the Panther Valley High School auditorium. Front l-r are Andrea Rodgers and Chrissy Macholik, while standing l-r are

Brandon Gurka, Lyndsay Kusko, Breanna Cullen, Brittany Erbe, Thad Ogozalek, Tayler Banditelli, Zack Stanko, Ellen Krajcir, Michael Hadesty, Nick McArdle.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Country singer Collin Raye and oldies group Paul Revere and the Raiders will be among the main performers at the 2011 edition of the Schuylkill County Fair.

This year's fair will help with the bicentennial celebration of Schuylkill County.

The annual event will be held Aug. 1-6 at the fairgrounds along Route 895 in Summit Station. The entertainment is free with the cost of fair admission.

The fair lineup is as follows:

Ÿ Aug. 1 - TBA.

Ÿ Aug. 2 - Twitty Fever Band.

Ÿ Aug. 3 - Choir Contest and the Schuylkill County Idols.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Lehighton Band's Spring Concert will be held Sunday, April 10, in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The director of the band, Paul R. Smith, has announced the soloists for the program.

Lora Krum and Beth Cressley will play a novelty number called "The Elephant And The Fly." As you might expect, you will hear two instruments that are completely opposits in musical range. Cressley will portray the elephant on her bassoon while Krum will play the fly on her piccolo.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Willy Porter

Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Willy Porter will be performing at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, April 9, at 8:30 p.m.

Porter, a guitarist ,singer, songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer, defies labels and bends genres, moving between slide blues, acoustic folk, grooving rock, and soulful pop, creating a unique sound.

Porter's emergence as one of the artists at the forefront of the modern folk-music scene dates back to 1990 with his debut CD, "The Trees Have Soul."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Lehighton Band will open its 147th season with their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 10, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The concert will be held in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School on Beaver Run Rd. in Lehighton.

The concert, under the direction of Paul R. Smith, will feature a wide variety of musical styles.

Beginning with the famous Sousa march, "Washington Post" the program gets off to a rousing start.

Friday, April 1, 2011
Rod Heckman/TIMES NEWS Sixty-eight students from four Carbon County High Schools participated in the 2011 Carbon County Chorus Festival, held in the Weatherly Area Middle School. Participating high schools were Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, and Weatherly.

The 12th annual Carbon County Chorus Festival, held recently in the Weatherly Area Middle School gym, featured 68 students from four participating schools.

The participating schools and their respective directors are Eric Flowers, Jim Thorpe; David Perkins, Lehighton; Kathy McKeon, Palmerton, and Shannon Shughart, Weatherly.

The program opened with "A Jubilant Song," and included such selections as "Come In From the Firefly Darkness," "Tres Cantos Nativos Dos Indio Krao'," "In Flanders Fields," and "It Takes A Village."

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Molly Hatchet will be performing tonight at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Opening for the Southern rock band will be Blackfoot.

Molly Hatchet has the reputation of being the type of band you'd find at biker rallies.

They're in the same genre as the rebellious Lynyrd Skynrd and Charlie Daniels. The band took its name from a 17th prostitute who allegedly mutilated and decapitated her clients.

Tonight at Penn's Peak, the Southern rock band makes a return visit to the venue. Opening for them will be Blackfoot.

The concert begins at 8 o'clock with tickets costing $27.

Although Molly Hatchet will be performing their major hits, expect to hear some selections from the newest album "Justice."

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Trinity Praise Band of Trinity Lutheran Church, Lehighton, will hold a benefit concert for Hunger Relief at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19. The concert will benefit the Trinity Pantry and World Vision.

Trinity's Food Pantry (a satellite of Shepherd House, Inc.) provides emergency food relief for the needy in our community. World Vision works with people in poverty in the U.S. and works with nearly 100 countries internationally in poverty and responds to when disaster strikes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh High School students who will perform in the spring musical "Once on This Island" include (front row, l-r) Jacob Heintzelman (Papa Ge), Lydia DeLong (TiMoune), Maggie Surdovel (Asaka) (back row, l-r), Anthony Connell (Agwe) and Jill Zeiser (Erzulie).

Ever imagine what it must feel like to be stranded on an island?

Those who attend the Northern Lehigh High School Little Theatre Company's spring musical can find out for themselves up close and personal.

The three-day musical, "Once on This Island", will show at 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the high school auditorium.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rock stalwarts Journey, Foreigner and special guest Night Ranger will all perform one night on one stage at The 2011 Great Allentown Fair.

The show is part of Journey's Eclipse Tour making a run this summer in major venues across North America. It stops at the Fair on Wednesday, August 31.

This is the third concert to be announced for the Fair's venerable Grandstand venue, celebrating its 100th year of existence this year.