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  • Bobbie Ann Craigie sings for the crowd during open mic night in Jim Thorpe.
    Bobbie Ann Craigie sings for the crowd during open mic night in Jim Thorpe.
Published March 10. 2016 04:00PM

The sounds of steel guitar, ukulele, strong melodies and good-natured cheering have been filling up Jim Thorpe’s Stone Row Pub and Eatery from 7 to 10 p.m., every other Thursday.

The Race Street restaurant hosted an open mic night for the second month where local artists can come and show off their creative skills.

“It’s offering a place for people to display their artistic talents,” organizer John David Ambrose said. “If you’re having a good time that’s the point.”

The event takes place the second and fourth Thursday of the month, says Ambrose.

“It’s spread out enough for performers to come up with new songs and new people to come out.”

Clearly a community event the evenings have started to draw a following.

“When you get to be surrounded by friends, it’s great,” said new Jim Thorpe resident Amy Pienta. “It’s intimidating how talented they are.”

Mitch Hanson agreed.

“It’s pretty amazing especially for such a small group,” Hanson said. “We’ll keep coming to this as long as it lasts.”

Len Brunson sang a cover of “Sittin’ on Top of the World” by Howlin’ Wolf.

“I sing it like I’m sitting on top of the world, but it’s just for fun,” Brunson said with a laugh. “It’s a great way for local folks to get out and express themselves. It’s a great venue to get out and let your soul resonate in the world.”

As Brunson tunes up his Paul E. Beard Resonator he added, “If you don’t have this, you’re just playing in your living room.”

“It’s a fantastic place for people to come and try out new music where they might never have been heard before,” said local musician Kyle O’Brien. “I like to support local talent whenever possible.”

The biggest challenge when playing a night like this is playing with heart, said ukulele player Bobbie Ann Craigie.

“You want to play something to the best of your ability,” said Craigie, who played Vance Joy’s “Riptide.”

“Everyone here is so supportive. It’s about playing music. Even if you don’t listen to that kind of music, people are still into it,” she said.

Open mic is sure to have a little something for everyone’s tastes.

“It’s a culmination of all the talent in the area,” said Dee Dasher.

“I see musicians and storytellers. The word is out. It’s a positive thing to do on a Thursday night,” said Beth Christman.

“This gives people who are just visiting a chance to see what Jim Thorpe is all about. It’s nice to have that kind of outlet,” said Stone Row owner Margaret White.

The event is free to the public with a sign-up sheet for anyone wishing to try their art on the twinkle-light decorated stage.

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