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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Nicole Donatone, who has recorded an original CD and who has a weekly show on Penn's Peak Radio, will be performing at the West End Fair in Gilbert on opening day, Sunday, Aug. 26, at noon, 2, and 4 p.m.

As summer winds down, so does the fair season.

There are still several fairs occurring in Eastern Pennsylvania with some major performers attending.

Here's a rundown of the remaining fair schedules:

West End Fair

Gilbert

Aug. 26

Noon, 2, and 4 p.m. - Nicole Donatone.

Aug. 27

1, 3, and 4:30 p.m. - John Hamby with Southern Comfort Band.

5:30 p.m. - Pleasant Valley Band.

6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. - The Cramer Brothers Band.

Aug. 28

Noon, 2, and 3:30 p.m. - Len & The Sidekicks Band

1, 3, and 6:30 p.m. - Joe Nagele.

Friday, August 10, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Line dancers enjoy themselves at the Carbon County Fair near Palmerton while in the background, the band Crazy Hearts performs. The fair will have a "Country Spectacular" featuring five bands tomorrow.

Five country bands will be performing at the Carbon County Fair on Saturday, with a giant jam session serving as the grand finale.

The "Country Spectacular" gets underway at 1 p.m. with the jam session set for 9:30 p.m.

Participants are:

Ÿ 1 p.m. - Tracy Lee.

Ÿ 3 p.m. - The Hawks.

Ÿ 5 p.m. - Joe Bonson & Coffee Run.

Ÿ 6:45 p.m. - Brooke Unger.

Ÿ 7:30 p.m. - The Cramer Brothers.

Ÿ 9:30 p.m. - Jam Session.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Kylie Barrett, left, and Natalie Morris, sing and dance during third annual Music Academy staged for school children this week at Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton.

The third annual "Music Academy, a week-long, free music camp held this week at Zion United Church of Christ in Lehighton, had a lot of variation.

The pre-schoolers made music with all sorts of recycled objects: toilet paper rolls, paper plates, water bottles. The middle school students enjoyed vocal selections, with some of the youngsters not only singing but dancing to the tunes.

Some attendees who played musical instruments formed a band.

The music camp was directed by Brad Cressley, music director at the church.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The third and final Concert Under The Stars by the Lehighton Band will take place in Eurana Park, Weatherly, on Sunday evening, August 12 beginning at 7 p.m. and in the Lehighton Park on Thursday evening, August 16, beginning at 8 p.m.

This will be an evening of light music featuring three graduating seniors as soloists.

The concert will begin with the march, "Old Comrades" by Tieke followed by a very delightful number, "Overture Energico" by James Barnes.

This number, unlike many overtures, is peppy with some very delightful melodies.

Monday, August 6, 2012
Met a Star

Brianna Boyle and Lance Williams, Tamaqua, met Nash Overstreet, (center) guitarist and vocalist with the pop rock band "Hot Chelle Rae," on Fifth Avenue during a recent visit to New York City.

Friday, June 29, 2012

There are concerts scheduled tonight and tomorrow night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Tonight, US Rails with the Sterling Koch Band perform at 8:30.

The Cast of Beatlemania will perform at the Opera House on Saturday, June 30th, at 8 p.m.

The latest album of U.S. Rails, Southern Canon, is a formidable testament to how tightly knit Ben Arnold, Tom Gillam, Joseph Parsons, Scott Bricklin and Matt Muir have become as a band. They produce some of the finest driving rock 'n' roll and folk rock and around.

Monday, June 25, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Robert Morgan, an Australian actor who plays the lead Viking, Stoic, in the production of "How to Tame Your Dragon" at the Mohegan Sun Arena, stands next to one of the smaller dragons in the production. Some of the dragons have wing spans up to 46 feet.

Twenty-three dragons, some with wing spans up to 46 feet, come to life in a unique production that kicks off Wednesday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.

"How to Train Your Dragon," which was a successful film, has been converted into a spectacular performance that not only presents the fire-breathing creatures in realistic proportions, but retains the story that was set in the movie.

The Mogehan Sun performances, eight events through July 1, is the first of 27 cities in America where it will be presented.

Friday, June 15, 2012
Drew Bonner

The streets of Linz, Austria, will soon be filled with the sounds of music as the world's best tuba and euphonium players gather for the annual International Tuba and Euphonium Conference and a Tamaqua man will be right in the center of things.

Drew Bonner, son of Joseph and Sandy Bonner of Tamaqua, will make the trip half way around the world with the 15 member Pennsylvania State University Tuba/Euphonium Ensemble. The group has been invited to participate and perform at the 2012 ITEC in Linz from June 23 through July 1.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

On Thursday evening, June 14, the Lehighton Band will begin the 2012 series of "Concerts Under The Stars."

At this program, the band will have as their special guests the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band. The concert will begin in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater at 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Beginning the program will be the Prep Band of the Lehighton Boys and Girls Band.

Under the direction of Jacki DePue, the band will play several selections including "La Bamba" and "Carnival Of Venice."

Monday, May 14, 2012
Dark Star Orchestra, best known for re-creating concerts of the Grateful Dead, has a concert set for Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, May 31.

Three more concerts have been announced to the 2012 lineup at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

They are:

Ÿ Lita Ford on Thursday, July 12. Tickets go on sale to the public on May 18.

Ÿ Paul Revere & the Raiders on Friday, Oct. 26. Tickets go on sale to the public on May 18.

Ÿ The Lettermen - The Christmas Tour on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets go on sale to the public on June 2.

Tickets for all three concerts are available to Sneak Peek Club members.