Tea party in Lehighton coincides with Tax Day
It was more than 225 years ago - Dec. 16, 1773, to be exact - that a group of colonists boarded ships containing taxed tea and tossed the tea into Boston Harbor as a protest to the taxation.
Another tea party will be held on Thursday, income tax deadline day, in Lehighton.
Although there's no harbor or ships containing taxed tea, the protest concept is being followed.
The tea party will be staged in the Lower Lehighton Park from 4-7 p.m. It is being held by the Lehighton 9/12 project.
The theme of the event is "We Are TEA's (Taxed Enough Already)."
The master of ceremonies will be Layne "The Doc" Roberts from Penn's Peak Radio.
Singer Jeann Andrews of Lehighton will participate.
The schedule of events include:
• 4 p.m. - Opening ceremonies.
• 4:15 p.m. - Jake Towne, who will speak on taxes.
• 4:45 p.m. - James May of the Sam Rohrer campaign.
• 5:30 p.m. - Kevin Dellicker of the Pat Toomey campaign.
• 6 p.m. - Joe Steber of the Lehighton 9/12 Project.
• 7 p.m. - Closing ceremonies.
This is the second year for the Tea Party on Tax Day in Lehighton. Last year several hundred people attended the event.
On Wednesday, April 21, the Lehighton 9/12 Project's Candidate Research Group is hosting a "Meet the 122nd State Representatives" at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance Building, 902 Mill Road, Mahoning Township.
Candidates will speak for five minutes than take questions for five minutes.