Back in the '60s and '70s, Ontelaunee Park in New Tripoli brought in many major performers; stars like George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty, and The Oak Ridge Boys.
Ontelaunee Park has long been closed.
Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe has certainly picked up the slack.
The schedule for the forthcoming year looks as ambitious as ever. While the calendar is far from complete, the venue has already signed such acts as Heart, country greats Gary Allen and Vince Gill, Dr. Hook, REO Speedwagon, and Queensryche.
Penn's Peak doesn't take a winter break.
Performing tonight is a band which should make you think spring: Changes in Latitudes.
Changes in Latitudes is America's premier Jimmy Buffet tribute show. Assuredly you'll hear such songs as "Margaritaville," "Come Monday," and "Five O'clock Somewhere."
If you like oldies you'll be interested in the Valentine's Dinner Dance, featuring the band Remember When.
Remember When is a veteran band that plays songs from the 50s to the 90s. You'll probably hear hits of the Beach Boys, the Four Seasons, and anything from do wop to soul.
Coming to Penn's Peak on Feb. 21 is the incomparable Vince Gill, who has had such country megahits as "I Still Believe In You," "When I Call Your Name," and "One More Last Chance."
Gill has recorded more than 20 studio albums, charted over 40 singles on the U.S. Billboard charts as Hot Country Songs, and has sold more than 24 million albums. He has been honored by the Country Music Association with 18 CMA Awards, including two Entertainer of the Year awards and five Male Vocalist Awards. Gill has also earned 20 Grammy Awards, more than any other male Country music artist. In 2007, Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Among the performers making their debuts at the Peak this year are Rhonda Vincent and Dr. Hook.
Vincent - the fiery vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter dubbed "the new queen of bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal - just released her new two-disc album Only Me on January 28. The LP features both bluegrass and traditional country songs. It is being heralded as some of her best work in her career, during which she has won Grammy Awards and many other honors.
She's coming to Penn's Peak on March 22.
Dr. Hook might be best known for the song "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" although some might argue that "Sylvia's Mother" and "When You're in Love With a Beautiful Woman" are their favorites.
This concert will be staged on April 11.
Also making their maiden entry on the Penn's Peak stage are Fitz and the Tantrums on May 9 and Pable Cruise on June 6.
It's urged that you purchase your tickets early for events to get the best seats.
Another reason is because sometimes the shows get sold-out. That's the case with the concert by Heart, which will be held on March 30.
The schedule as announced so far is as follows:
• 8 - Changes in Latitudes, America's Premier Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show, 8 p.m. Tickets $15 advance, $20 day of show.
• 15 - Remember When Valentine's Dinner Dance (Reservations Required, call box office at 866-605-7325 or Deb Biege at 610-826-9663). Tickets $45.
• 21 - Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Tickets $49 and $54.
• 22 - Bruce in the U.S.A., 8 p.m. Tickets $17 advance, $22 day of show.
• 1 - Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. Tickets $30 and $35.
• 7 - Back to the Eighties Show With Jessie's Girl and VOYAGE, musical tribute to the band Journey featuring HUGO, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.
• 9 - Dickey Betts & Great Southern, 8 p.m. Tickets $29 and $34.
• 21 - Don Williams with Colm Kirwan, 8 p.m. Ticklets $34 and $39.
• 22 - Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.
• 27 - Gary Allan, 8 p.m. Tickets $45 and $40.
• 30 - Heart, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
• 11 - Dr. Hook featuring Ray Sawyer, with special guest Jonathan Edwards, 8 p.m. Tickets $23 advance, $28 day of show.
• 12 - Get the Led Out, 8 p.m. Tickets $36 for reserved seating, $28 for general admission in advance, and $33 for general admission day of show.
• 25 - QueensrÃÂ¿che, 8 p.m. Tickets $30 advance, $35 at the door.
• 26 - Sha Na Na, 45th Anniversary Show, 8 p.m. Tickets $22 advance, $27 day of show.
• 2 - Blue Oyster with Foghat, 8 p.m. Tickets $35 advance, $40 day of show.
• 9 - Fitz and The Tantrums, 8 p.m. Tickets $21 advance, $26 day of show.
• 30 - Dark Star Orchestra, 8 p.m. Tickets $24 advance, $29 day of show.
• 6 - Pablo Cruise, 8 p.m. Tickets $23 advance, $28 day of show.
• 20 - REO Speedwagon, 8 p.m. Tickets $35 advance, $40 at door.
• 26 - Happy Together Tour 2014 with The Turtles featuring Flo & Eddie, Chuck Negron formerly of Three Dog Night, Mark Farner formerly of Grand Funk Railroad, Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels and Gary Lewis & The Playboys, 8 p.m. Tickets $39 and $44.
• 28 - 7 Bridges, the Ultimate Eagles experience, with Clyde Barrow and the Legendary Barbusters, 8 p.m. Tickets $18 advance, $23 day of show.
2014 Luncheon Shows
• April 29 - The Artie Shaw Orchestra.
• April 30 & May 1 - A tribute to Benny Goodman and Peggy Lee.
• May 6-8 - Branson Fever.
• May 20-21 - Danny & the Juniors.
• Oct 7-9 - The Swing Dolls, a tribute to the USO.
• Oct. 14-15 - The Four Freshmen.
• Oct. 22-23 - Bill Haley's Comets.
• Oct. 28-30 - Real Diamond.
• Nov. 5-6 - The Glenn Miller Orchestra.