Foul weather cuts short Earth Day celebration
VICTOR IZZO/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS While the more daring tackled the Rock Climbing Wall in the background, the Kid's Corner area had hula hoops, jump ropes, games and more for the younger visitors to the Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration.
After getting off to a great start Saturday, Mother Nature herself caused the two-day run of the Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration to be cut back to only one day.
However, the Jim Thorpe Earth Day Committee announced that all of Sunday's indoor activities would still go on.
The reason for the shortened festival was the forecast for heavy, wind driven rain showers which were part of a large system moving up the entire East coast.
While the timing might have been better, the rain is badly needed in our area and others.
The lack of substantial rain and snow over the past Winter has put the Northeastern part of the U.S. under the threat of a drought situation.
The first day of the festival was very well attended as the parks, streets, and other venues bustled with activity and visitors.
On Saturday, event coordinator Shelli Holland stated that "the day has been wonderful and the turnout is amazing as always."
There was a lot of music, food, recycled Kids Crafts, drumming workshops, hula hooping, auction, rock climbing wall, games, and more.
In addition to Josiah White Park, there were also events, activities, and workshops at sites such as the Dimmick Memorial Library, the Mauch Chunk Opera House, Race Street Park, and other locations.
Holland, who owns and operates Horizons at 105 Race Street, noted that this was the 15th year of the Jim Thorpe Earth Day Celebration's run.