The Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center will be sponsoring this 24th annual Jim Thorpe Birthday Weekend on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th. This event is in honor of James Francis Thorpe, a Native American and “Athlete of the 20th Century”.
The festivities start off on Saturday, May 18th at 10:30 am with a Native American Tribute at the Jim Thorpe Mausoleum along with Don Wild Eagle, John Thorpe (Grandson), Carlisle Guests and Native Americans. At 11am, Our Olympian Cross Country and Track Teams will carry the lighted torch from the monument to the Jim Thorpe High School Stadium to light the Olympic Torch for the Special Olympic Track and Field Competition and then down Center Street to South Avenue on the Heights, down Opera House Hill and then down Broadway to Josiah White Park for the lighting of our Olympic Torch.
Medals will be awarded to the team and coach and the resolution that Rep. Doyle Heffley had the Pennsylvania House pass declaring that May 18, 2019 has been named “James Francis Thorpe Day” in the Commonwealth will be read. Town dignitaries will also be invited to honor this occasion with their presence.
A Large Birthday Cake will be presented, cut and pieces sold as part of the festivities for the weekend.
JIM THORPE H.S. STADIUM
Special Olympic Track & Field Competition – Saturday Only
ADDITIONAL FEATURES IN JOSIAH WHITE PARK:
Saturday and Sunday
Earth Lore & Dance by Don Wild Eagle & Family
Medicine Horse Drum Group
Brad & Luke Duo
Buster the Clown for Children
The Faculty Brass Strolling through Town Terry Strongheart – (Gazebo)
Face Painter for Children
Train Rides 11am, 1pm and 3pm.
Jim Thorpe Cheerleaders – Saturday Only
MAUCH CHUNK OPERA HOUSE:
May 18th – Classic Rolling Stones (Formerly The Glimmer Twins)
May 19th – Molly Tuttle
John Thorpe – (Jim Thorpe’s Grandson)
Chuck & Wanda Gentile
(Retired Sports Director – Carlisle U.S. Army War College)
OLYMPIAN AUCTION – JOSIAH WHITE PARK • Saturday and Sunday
Donated items being accepted and may be dropped off at Nature’s Trail, 5 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.
Attractions, Shops And Restaurants Open All Weekend For Your Enjoyment. Many Great Craft Vendors And Lots Of Good Food Will Be Available All Weekend.