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Friday, August 22, 2014
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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."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Robin Williams made me laugh.

He made us all laugh.

And he lived for the laughter.

Williams' interviews were like a mini-standup, or rather, sit-down routine. He regaled a roundtable of reporters, ostensibly promoting his latest movie. I kept my recordings of interviews with him and played them for friends.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Zion Opera Workshop will once again be presenting a Broadway style revue.

The revue will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 12 in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater. There is no charge for admission to this concert.

There will be full chorus numbers as well as many solos, duets, trios and group numbers.

The full group will be performing "Let it Go" from Disney's hit movie, Frozen. This song will feature Tara Crowe in a solo.

The large group will also perform "You Can't Stop the Beat" from the "Broadway" musical and movie, Hairspray.

Monday, August 4, 2014
TN FILE PHOTO Professional wrestler Gene Snisky, left, gets hit by a ladder from an opponent in a WXW pro wrestling match. Snisky, a graduate of Panther Valley High School, will be seen Thursday night wrestling for Total Nonstop Action wrestling on Spike Television.

Professional wrestler Gene Snisky, a native of Nesquehoning who wrestled for World Wrestling Entertainment under the name "Snitsky," will be featured in a bout on Total Nonstop Action wrestling on Thursday.

TNA is a competitor of the WWE.

Snisky makes a cameo appearance as part of a team put together by villanous owner Dixie Carter.

Following the bout, Carter has a confrontation with wrestler Bully Dudley, who threatens to harm her.

It's one of only two appearances on TNA for Snisky. He did appear briefly on the program last Thursday.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Incendio will bring Latin music to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Friday.

Two shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe this weekend capture the very soul of different, but equally transcendent, types of music.

On Friday, Flamenco and World music are at the heart of the Latin guitar sound of Incendio.

On Saturday, the acclaimed Philadelphia entertainer Eddie Bruce pays tribute to the great Tony Bennett, on the eve of the icon's 88th birthday.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Zion UCC, Second and Iron Streets, Lehighton, will be hosting its fifth annual summer Music Academy on Sunday, Aug. 3 through Thursday, Aug. 7 from 6:30 - 8 p.m.

This free program is offered to any school aged child grades K-12, college students and to younger children accompanied by a parent.

This program offers multiple choices for the participants.

They can participate in one or all of the offered stations.

There will be a station where musical crafts are designed. This is a favorite for many of the younger participants.

Friday, July 25, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The McLovins will be playing the music of Phish when they appear Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Two concerts are scheduled this weekend at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Tonight, the lively music of Latin guitars will be heard when the passionate guitarists of Incendio take the stage. The concert starts at 8 o'clock.

On Saturday, The McLovins do the music of Phish in a concert starting at 8 p.m.

Over the last decade, Incendio, a Latin guitar world fusion group, has committed a unique alchemy of composition, technique and performance to seven critically acclaimed international CD releases.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The 44th Annual Men of Marian Summer Picnic will take place this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The three-day picnic/festival will be held on the grounds of Marian Catholic High School in Hometown.

Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday with music provided by "Kartune."

Friday will be Alumni Night.

Saturday features entertainment from the country band "Crazy Hearts" at 5 p.m., while Sunday sees the return of the ever popular "Remember When" at 4 p.m.

A huge flea market will again be a part of the picnic, offering deals and bargains.

Monday, July 14, 2014
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO Mary Fulton, left, and Jackie Colancecco cook up some tasty wings at the St. Joseph's Festival in Summit Hill last year. Wings are just one of the many ethnic and American foods that will be available during the 80th annual St. Joseph's Festival July 18-20.

Hurry, hurry, hurry. Step right up.

It's time for the St. Joseph's Festival in Summit Hill.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the annual three-day event. The festival will be held July 18-20 on the grounds of the church on West Ludlow Street. Hours of operation are 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, rain or shine.