Affordable things to do in the Pocono region this weekend

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Jim Thorpe’s birthday: One of Town and Country’s 30 Small Towns You Should Visit This Summer, Jim Thorpe will host a celebration May 21 and 22. The downtown will feature performances at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, vendors, crafters, an Olympic run through town and a Jim Thorpe memorial. For more information, call 570-325-9281 or email [email protected]

The Young Novelists: Toronto-based roots band, known for their harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots will take stage at 8 p.m. May 20 at the Hawley Silk Mill. Tickets are $18, $21 at the door. The band recently won 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year.

Chocolate and Wine festival: The two things we can’t live without come together during the 9th Annual Montrose Chocolate and Wine Festival. From 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 21 on Chestnut Street, watch a cupcake war, listen to live music, take part in a wine demonstration or try your hand at winning a chocolate quilt raffle. For more information, visit Tickets are $20 in advance, $30 day of. All tickets include wine tasting and a free wine glass.

Take a hike: At night, by light of the full moon. Join other hikers from 8 to 10 p.m. May 21 at Salt Springs Park. The walk will conclude with a campfire, snacks and stories. The event is free, but participants are asked to bring a canned or nonperishable food item. For more information, visit