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Jim Thorpe WinterFest
February 2013
I love small town festivals. I also love the winter. So, Winterfest in Jim Thorpe, PA was the perfect way to spend a weekend. Besides exploring Jim Thorpe for the first time, we went to an Allentown Band concert, watched ice carving and chainsaw carving demonstrations. We visited pretty much every shop in the town as we participated in the Mug Walk. What's a Mug Walk? You buy a souvenir mug and then take it to a bunch of shops and each place gives you some small item. We got a wide variety of stuff including soap, candy, cookbooks, garlic knots and even a cup of wine.

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001 Philadelphia Skyline 003 Snow & Church 004 Lehigh Tunnel
Heading out of Philly on a cloudy and crisp winter day
We finally start seeing snow as we head noth into the mountains
The Lehigh Tunnel
005 Train Station 009 Wood Carving 012 Train Station
The Mauch Chunk/Jim Thorpe train station greets visitors as you enter the borough
Chainsaw wood carving demonstrations were part of WinterFest
The Mauch Chunk/Jim Thorpe train station greets visitors as you enter the borough
014 Civil War Reenactors 016 Wood Carving 017 Civil War Reenactors
Civil war reenactors livened up the festival
A raccoon begins to take shape
Civil war reenactors livened up the festival
018 Civil War Reenactors 020 LC&N Building 021 Carbon County Courthouse
Civil war reenactors livened up the festival
The Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company (LC&N) Building
Carbon County Courthouse
022 Dimmick Memorial Library 023 St Mark's Church 024 Christmas Wreaths
Dimmick Memorial Library
St Mark's Church
Thanks to the cold mountain weather, Christmas wreaths were still alive in February
027 Mauch Chunk Opera House 028 First Presbyterian Church 032 Ice Carving
We went to a performance by The Allentown Band at the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House
First Presbyterian Church building was turned into an art gallery
Nothing completes an Winter Festival like ice carving
034 Ice Carving 035 Train Car 036 Train Station
Nothing completes an Winter Festival like ice carving
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railroad car
The Mauch Chunk/Jim Thorpe train station greets visitors as you enter the borough
037 Carved Wood 040 Crave Sign 041 Brass Quartet
Chainsaw carved projects for sale
We drank no absinthe, but had a delicious meal at Crave
A wandering brass quartet added a festive air to the historic streets of Jim Thorpe
043 Horse and Carriage 047 Ice Sculpture 049 Girl, Dog and Horses
Horse and carriage rides
Nothing completes an Winter Festival like ice carving
Even the dogs were bundled up
050 Ice Carving 053 Ice Carving 057 Ice on Mountain
It wouldn't be a WinterFest without ice carving
It wouldn't be a WinterFest without ice carving
The ice formations on the mountains were almost as spectacular as some of the carving
059 View from Hotel 060 View from Hotel 063 Ice Sculpture
The view from our hotel
The view from our hotel
A completed ice eagle
064 Hooven Mercantile Building 065 Gazebo 068 War Memorial
The 130 year old Hooven Mercantile Company Building now houses a gift shop
Gazebo in downtown Jim Thorpe
Jim Thorpe War Memorial
072 Asa Packer Mansion 073 Deer Statue 075 Mom
The Asa Packer Mansion
The deer statue is dressed for the season
My mother stays warm in her down coat
076 Harry Packer Mansion 077 Kemmerer Carriage House 079 House
The Harry Packer Mansion
Kemmerer Carriage House
One of many picturesque homes in Jim Thorpe
080 Harry Packer Mansion 081 Ice Carving 082 Ice Carving
The Harry Packer Mansion
Day 2 of the WinterFest brought new ice carvings
Day 2 of the WinterFest brought new ice carvings
083 Homespun 085 Old Stone Row 086 Ice Carving
Homespun was a cool little shop run by a woman from the Philadelphia area who can tell you exactly where each item in her shop comes from. I highly recommened stopping in!
Old Stone Row consists of many historic buildings, many of which now house cool sops
Day 2 of the WinterFest brought new ice carvings
087 St Mark's Church 092 Horse and Carriage 093 Carriage Driver & Dog
St. Mark's Church looks medieval
It's not only 2-legged creaties taht like a carriage ride
It's not only 2-legged creaties taht like a carriage ride
094 Country Cottage Sign 095 Houses 096 Nothing Happened Plaque
The Country Cottage has delicious pickles
Every home is unique in Jim Thorpe
Nothing had to happen somewhere
098 Wood Carving 099 Carved Wood 100 Wood Carving
It's amazing what these guys can do with a chainsaw
It's amazing what these guys can do with a chainsaw
It's amazing what these guys can do with a chainsaw
101 Allentown Band Sign 102 3 Towers 104 Carbon County Prison
We went to a performance by The Allentown Band at the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House
3 Towers was a school, but it's now an apartment building
Carbon County Prison is now a museum. Four alleged "Molly Maguires" were hanged here in 1877.
105 Carbon County Prison 106 Pink House 107 Phoenix Hose Company No 2
Carbon County Prison is now a museum. Four alleged "Molly Maguires" were hanged here in 1877.
This house may not be painted an historically accurate color
Phoenix Hose Company No 2
109 Marian Hose Company No 1 111 Inn at Jim Thorpe 112 Ice Sculpture
Marian Hose Company No 1
We tried to stay at The Inn at Jim Thorpe, but it was all booked up so we just ate there instead
Another completed ice sculpture adorns the park
113 Wood Carving 115 Wood Carving 116 Wood Carving
This chainsaw carved fish would be perfect a cabin someplace
This chainsaw carved fish would be perfect a cabin someplace
The "before" version of a chainsaw carving
117 Wood Carving 119 Wood Carving 120 Train Tracks, Mountain and Snow
Carving an eagle
Carving an eagle
Finally some snow flurries!
121 Wood Carving 122 Ice Sculpture 124 Carved Wood
Putting the finishing touches on the eagle carving
I didn't see this one being carved
The finished chainsaw carved eagle
126 Gas Lantern 127 Mauch Chunk Opera House
These real gas lamps make my compact fluorescent bulbs seem sad
We went to a performance by The Allentown Band at the historic Mauch Chunk Opera House

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