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THE FIRST NAME MONROE COUNTY TRUSTS FOR ORAL SURGERY Dr. Thomas E. Helfst has built a practice – and reputation – centered around delivering quality healthcare in Monroe County since he opened Stroud Oral & Facial Surgery in 2001. More than two decades later, he continues helping his patients achieve their goals with a personalized approach to care in each facet of practice – from oral surgery to cosmetic procedures and more. Choosing a healthcare provider is an important decision, and that’s why we invite you to learn more about Dr. Helfst, and his extensive training, at drhelfst.com. Contact our office with questions, or would like to schedule an evaluation.

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St. Luke’s Orthopaedic Specialists and Dr. Stacey Gallacher are proud to welcome Dr. Leigh Hopkins to our team of highly skilled surgeons and specialists. Dr. Hopkins is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in general orthopaedics and joint replacement. St. Luke’s Orthopaedic Specialists provide the most advanced diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation for patients with musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. We are committed to providing outstanding quality care with a patient-centered approach.

SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS! within 1 business day of the initial phone call.

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LOC AL FLAIR is published bi-monthly and distributed throughout the greater Pocono area. Local Flair reserves the right to refuse to sell space for any advertisement the staff deems inappropriate for the publication. Unsolicited manuscripts must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Letters to the Editor are welcome, but may be edited due to size limitations. Press releases must be received by the 15th of the prior month of publication. All contents of this magazine including without limitation to the design, advertisements, art, photos, and editorial content, as well as the selection coordination and arrangement thereof is the Copyright of Local Flair, Inc. No portion of this magazine may be copied or reprinted without the express written consent of the publisher.

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Women & Wine

February is the month of love, let’s take it seriously. The winter weather is finally settling in and for many of us, so is cabin fever. Grab your kids, your sleds and skis and head for the hills. Turn off the television and make some angels in the snow. Make a statement with a snowball in someone’s face rather than a snarky comment on Facebook. Get out from in front of the news and try something new with an old friend instead. Go to The Renegade Winery February 18th or 25th and listen to the awesome band, The Kings of Queen Street. Try a new food, like the amazing Indian flavors at Tandoor Palace, in Tannersville. Learn how to make pottery at Country Home Learning Center in Brodheadsville. Visit Above the Bar, in Pocono Summit, buy yourself some bath balms and relax.

Enjoy the season and this winter issue of Local Flair. We will see you in the Spring.

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EXPLORE THE POCONOS

CLARKS SUMMIT FESTIVAL OF ICE February 17th through 19th Free Admission | www.theabingtons.org Clarks Summit will host the 13th Annual Festival of Ice in Downtown Clarks Summit. Over 50 sculptures will be present with this year’s theme “Ice, Lights, Cabaret.” Enjoy the parade on Friday night, live music, carriage rides and much more throughout the entire weekend.

SKI FOR THE CURE February 25th, 8AM - 4PM | www.jfbb.com Jack Frost presents Ski for the Cure, Breast Cancer Awareness Day to benefit Susan G. Komen, for the Cure, NEPA. Activities include pledge ski-a-thon, timed race gates, dedication run, raffle, tricky tray, and more. Get pledges & donations from family and friends for your runs, as you ski, board or tube. Visit the donation table in the guest services area throughout the day for raffle tickets, tricky tray, race bells, helmet stickers and more. DOWNTOWN STROUDSBURG WINTERFEST WEEKEND February 18th & 19th Free Admission www.visitdowntownstroudsburg.com Downtown Stroudsburg will be a winter wonderland during President’s Day Weekend! The main street will come alive with your favorite characters and Courthouse Square will be transformed into a sculpture garden. Enjoy fun-filled family events throughout the day, wine tastings and a community concert on Saturday evening.

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TURKUAZ AT SHERMAN THEATER March 25th Doors 8PM; Show 9PM $15/advance; $18/day of show www.shermantheater.org Turkuaz is a 9-piece Powerfunk outfit from Brooklyn, whose modern take on the classic funk sound has established them as leaders in the funk revolution. Blending elements of Pop, Rhythm and Blues, and Soul with their distinct aggressive funk core, Turkuaz sounds like the musical love child of Sly and the Family Stone and Talking Heads.

PARKING LOT PARTY! March 18th | 9AM- 10PM $20 for each parking space, which will be donated to our local dog rescues www.skicamelback.com Prepare yourself for a fun-filled weekend at Camelback Mountain. There will be tailgating, grilling, live music, games, prizes, pond skimming, cardboard box derby, cook-offs and a tailgate decoration competition. Plus Camelback will be giving away over $2,000 in prizes throughout the day, including: season passes, jackets, gift cards, and much more. Reservations for parking spaces must be made in advance and will be open first to Super Passholders on March 4. Parking spaces will be available for purchase by general public on March 12th.

CRYSTAL CABIN FEVER Recurring weekly on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday from 11AM - 5PM $15/adults; $10/children ages 3-14; under 3 free; $12/seniors/military www.crystalcabinfever.com The 11th Annual Crystal Cabin Fever is Pocono Mountains coolest winter event. This is an amazing interactive ice display made from over 100 tons of ice! The event features a 50-foot dual-run ice slide, ice carving demonstrations, interactive ice displays, and ice carving competitions. Enjoy a complimentary hot chocolate, an expanded courtyard with live woodcarving and glass blowing, food, music, and tons of photo opportunities. This year’s theme is Once Upon a Time! Keep a lookout for Jack and the Beanstalk, castles, fairytale creatures and much more!

THE BRODHEAD CHAPTER TROUT UNLIMITED 19TH ANNUAL BANQUET March 24th, 5:30 PM @ Stroudsmoor Country Inn $35 Adults | $25 Children Under 12 www.brodheadtu.org Trout Unlimited is the nation’s oldest and largest coldwater fisheries conservation organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s trout and salmon and their watersheds. Ticket cost includes a buffet dinner. There will be a cash bar available throughout the event. The Chapter will be raffling off a multitude of prizes.

TUBEFEST WEEKEND AT FERNWOOD RESORT March 3rd - 5th | www.fernwoodresortpoconos.com Two night weekend Villa stay WITH two White Lightning TubeFest tickets and $25 food voucher starting from just $222 per night. It’s time to start thinking spring and what better way than spending the weekend at Fernwood Resort and playing in the snow at the White Lightning TubeFest weekend. Tubefest at The Villas will feature live music, games, food and drink specials, prizes and giveaways. Try the new Pocono TreeVentures ropes course and Zip Racer, the dual racing zip lines, swim in the indoor pools, and soak in the hot tubs. Celebrate spring at the White Lightning TubeFest.

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No matter the question, the answer is always

CHOCOLATE. February 17-20

Chocolates • Hard Candy • Lollipops • Brittle • Fudge

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We are a full service floral shop and interior design studio with custom work ranging from unique fresh flowers to custom silk statement pieces. In our design studio, we specialize in residential, commercial and staging work. Whether you are working from brand new blue prints or revamping an outdated home, Imaginations Florist is here to help.

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MAKE GREAT FOOTPRINTS FOR FAMILY PROMISE

“THE JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES BEGINS WITH one step.” – LAO TZU

Family Promise is committed to helping families facing homelessness throughout Monroe County. Through the program and as fast as possible, families are moved into safety and provided with hot healthy food. A Case Manager works with each family to plan their rapid return to independent housing. Family Promise also helps to secure services, such as: securing

Please join them to leave some great footprints by joining Family Promise of Monroe County on March 4th for their 8th annual “Footsteps for Families” 3K Walk-a-Thon at the Stroud Mall. •

housing, employment, job training, and entitlements. They also assist families with social service needs, referring them to other organizations as appropriate; and

advocate with agencies on their behalf. Because of their unique approach of teaming with local congregations, there is no time limit on how long a family can remain in the Family Promise shelter program. However, on average, families return to independent housing in about 80 days. Friendship and follow-up for at least a year enables Family Promise to insure each family’s return to independent living is permanent.

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“Footsteps for Families” raises money to give homeless families with children a place to call home while getting a chance for a fresh start You will be helping Family Promise to continue to advocate for homeless families throughout Monroe County The walk will be INSIDE Stroud Mall Enjoy hot coffee, juice, water and bagels while you check in from 8 am - 9 am A DJ will be playing tunes during the entire event Everyone, of all ages and ability, are welcome There will be tricky tray baskets and selections of fine items raffled off

Registration is only $10 and kids under 5 are free!

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Top & Pants: Comfy | Vest: Art of Cloth | Bag: Latico 114 Washington St. | East Stroudsburg | 570.420.0994

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You can learn... and we can help! Classes available for knitting, crocheting, beading Charlotte’s Dream Class (**) 3/11, 3/25, 4/1 9:30-11:30am $40 + Supplies In this class we will be crocheting the Charlotte, a large crocheted square with dense overlay stitches combined with lacy parts to create a delicate, vintage feel. This square can be used to make a pillow cover, or can be crocheted in multiples and then sewn together to make a great blanket.

Fan Shawl Class (B/I) 2/25, 3/11, 3/25 Noon-2pm $40 + Supplies This lovely shawl is made from a single fan pattern and all subsequent fans are connected resulting in less ends to tuck in at the end. The Painted Sky yarn’s range of colors gives this design a distinctive look.

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Call to sign up for a class today! Visit mtnknitspearls.com for info.

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LOCALmakers

for the love of

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Kelly Gillow opened her home to children in search of learning more about art, but she has loved art for as long as she can remember. “Growing up, I was always painting or drawing something,” Gillow said. “I always wanted to be a teacher and an artist.” After studying early childhood education, then teaching Pre-School for eight years, she opened her home to private students. Gillow’s dream of opening her own studio came true three years ago in the form of Country Home Learning & Art Center in Brodheadsville. The business has taken off and she currently teaches both children and adults in the walk-in location. “It has been so rewarding to build something from nothing and watch it grow,” says Gillow, “it has been so much fun to meet so many great people on their quest to become more creative!” Gillow taught herself how to do everything in her business, “in the beginning, the ad

budget was small, so I would print, wrap and hand deliver advertising to locals before the newspaper delivered,” she explained. From learning how to create the bisques, fire the pottery, work the wheels, she learned it all so she could incorporate the different techniques at Country Home Learning. Country Clay Studio, The Art Loft and The Glass Bottle --- 3 studios in one, where you can paint pottery, glass or canvas without the costly studio fees. Gillow explained, “I wanted to make the studio affordable so everyone would feel it is approachable. You can literally stay all day and paint if you want!” In addition to the walk-in services, Country Home Learning also offers a party room, Paint and Sip Nights and a fantastic Summer Arts Camp for the kids. From June through August, your kids can learn about Art & Science, Art & Craft and Clay. Art Camp at Country Home Learning is flexible and FUN! To see the summer camp schedule go to

www.countryhomelearning.com. “When you’re having fun, it doesn’t feel like work,” says Gillow. “This is so much fun for me...this studio is my dream come true and I go home and feel like I did something good every day.” Remembering a child who was struggling with low self-esteem, Gillow explained, “she was so shy and would barely talk, it was tough for her to communicate, but I could tell how much she loved art. Now, I’m blown away by how much pride she takes in her art work. Putting a smile on one child’s face a day is my reward!”

To view Country Home Learning & Art Center’s event calendar go to www. countryhomelearning.com or phone 610.895.4090 for more information.

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andrei

PROTSOUK

The language in his paintings can be seen as a continuous folly between his inner-‘Russianess’ and western life. His style changes as his relationship and understanding of his western lifestyle grows. Protsouk’s unique relationship with his surroundings and his subject matter dictates his visual and philosophical language. “Artists see things differently and evoke beauty in what others may seem as usual, mundane or an everyday

If you live or work in the Pocono Mountains, it is almost certain you have seen a painting by Andrei Protsouk. Born in 1961, in Donet’sk, Ukraine, the prolific contemporary painter has called the area his home since 1994, when he moved here with his whole family. Protsouk has embedded his use of line into all of his art and has coined his distinct technique as “Fine Line.” His straight, constructive use of line embodies his classically trained eye in every way. While studying at the Imperial Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg, Protsouk was revered as a master of composition. While most artists use only a few elements of composition in their art, Protsouk incorporates all of them into his. The eye is drawn to move around his canvases in a way which allows the viewer to see his paintings differently each time they look. Protsouk has come a long way from Soviet Russia.

occurrence,” he explains, “not me, I see things through the eyes of a true artist representing the world around me as an expression, an extension of my physical being, in my own language and empathy.” The soul of his artwork is his infatuation with human relationships, love and beauty. He takes particular interest in representing love; evoking the beauty of monogamous relationships between a man and woman. His paintings often show people flirting, kissing and hugging while perfoming activities like skiing or eating. Protsouk says, “I believe that the universal language in the world is love because people live together on this planet synchronously and I embrace that in each painting playfully, with unique colors, lines and textures not seen in any other contemporary artists’ work.” His artwork is the very synthesis of emotions he feels with his subjects and his visions of love in the modern world. Protsouk’s art evolution can be seen through his various themes since his immigration to the United States.

He finds inspiration in his environment and in the modern, societal activities which he incorporates into his paintings. His peer artist and great friend, Gennadii Gogoliuk, describes his artwork as ‘Americana Eroticism’; or, the celebration of love and life in a free American society, while enjoying life’s simplest pleasures.

Andrei’s Studio Gallery is located at 7 North 6th Street in Stroudsburg. Visit him online at www.AndreiArt.com for openings and events.

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It’s time for...

Join us in Beautiful Downtown Stroudsburg as it is transformed into a winter wonderland! FEBRUARY 18TH & 19TH COME SEE OVER 40 ICE SCULPTURES AS THE STREETS ARE TRANSFORMED INTO A WINTER WONDERLAND! Come see Pokemon, Olaf, Cinderella, and many other of your favorite characters!. There will be events throughout the day including a scavenger hunt where you can win tickets to Shawnee Mountain, gift certificates and more great prizes!

JOIN US FOR THESE GREAT EVENTS ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH; 1-3PM 3-4PM 4-5PM 5-7PM

Stroudsburg Student Art Show At First Keystone Community Bank Prize Winner Drawing in Courthouse Square with Music and Complimentary Hot Cocoa (Weather Permitting) The Trinity Centennial Band featuring The Vocal Locals at The First United Methodist Church, brought to you by First Keystone Community Bank Wine Tasting

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A TASTE OF

INDIA

IN TANNERSVILLE

Located in Tannersville, Tandoor Palace is most notably known for being the only AAA certified Train Coach Restaurant located in the Pocono Mountains. At Tandoor Palace, guests enjoy the exotic flavors and subtle tastes of India’s finest cuisine. Award winning Chefs, Subash Bhardwaj and Ram Chandar Godiyal specialize in North Indian recipes. Chef Subash gave me a tour of the kitchen and explained Tandoor means “clay oven,” in India. “We cook our Naan, Garlic Naan, Roti and our skewered meat dishes in the oven which is 580 degrees,” he explained as he expertly prepared a Garlic Nann that had my name on it. Because most people from India are traditionally vegetarian, it was surprising to learn Tandoor Palace has such a large selection of chicken, lamb, seafood and goat on the menu. “People don’t realize we have such a wonderful variety to choose from, however, there is no beef on the menu. The cow is sacred in India,” explained Chef Subash. Eating at Tandoor Palace is a feast for the senses. Coriander, Turmeric, chili powders and other authentic spices are bought from a specialty importer and blend to create the distinct flavors in all of the curry dishes, marinades for the skewered dishes and sharba’s or soups. Tell your server if you like mild, medium or bold spices and the Chef will prepare your dishes to your preference. The vegetarian dishes are my favorite, when you go, try the Methi Malai Mutter, which is the Chef’s specialty and his own creation. “You will not taste anything like it anywhere!” he shared, “this dish is a blend

of Fenugree leaves, spinach and green peas. Fenugree leaves are known to help lower blood cholesterol, control blood sugar levels and aid with digestion. It is a most flavorful and healthy dish.” Tandoor Palace is AAA rated and serves only the freshest foods. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and take advantage of their new delivery service for your convenience.

Chef Subash shared his CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA RECIPE with us, Go to www.flairmag.com/tandoorpalace to view it.

Tandoor Palace is open Sunday through Thursday from 11am to 9pm and Friday and Saturday from 11 Am to 10 PM. They have a full bar and they now deliver to your home or hotel. Tandoor Palace 126 Hill Motor Lodge Road, Tannersville | 570-619-0068 | To view their menu visit www.TanddoorPalacePA.com Local Flair | February/March 2017

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THE

RENEGADE

W INERY

WINE TASTINGS BY THE GLASS | BY THE BOTTLE

BEER ON TAP

At Tandoor Palace, our guests enjoy the exotic flavors and subtle tastes of India’s finest cuisine. Our award-winning chefs are professionally qualified and specialize in North Indian recipes. We use only the freshest and highest quality ingredients to suit even the most discriminating palate. Come join us and enjoy fine dining for lunch or dinner!

126 HILL MOTOR LODGE ROAD | TANNERSVILLE, PA 18372 (570) 619-0068 | TANDOORPALACEPA.COM

The Pocono Mountain Region’s first urban concept winery. Reject tradition with us be a Renegade.

@therenegadewinery 600 MAIN STREET STROUDSBURG, PA therenegadewinery.com

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LIVE. LOVE.

REVOL T.

Opened in November this year, The Renegade Winery has taken over the old Newberry Building in Downtown Stroudsburg. Britton and Amanda Detrick started their Urban Winery two years ago from their home with the intention of opening a spot in Downtown Stroudsburg eventually. The success of Britton’s brother, Randy Detrick of Blue Ridge Winery, spurred their interest and inspired them to go for it. Originally, the couple were thinking about a brewery, but it was a much more expensive endeavor to get off the ground. Amanda explained, “Urban Wineries are becoming popular nationally, because you don’t need the vineyard. We source juices and [now] grapes through partner farmers throughout the country.” They received their official license in April, opened the doors in late November and celebrated their Grand Opening on January 14th with hundreds of their fans.

projects their tagline, “reject tradition with us, be a Renegade.” Hosting great, local bands like The Kings of Queen Street and Regina Sayles on Friday Nights and open mic nights every Thursday from 9pm - 12am will be the norm at the Renegade. The space also lends itself to events like showers, birthday parties and corporate functions. The art and gallery were always a part of the plan. Andrea Rimberg, who runs the SOHO in the Burg Gallery has partnered with the Winery to bring new art to the walls every month. “It’s the perfect pair,” says Rimberg, “great wine and great art!” The next show titled “Love, Love, Love” will open Saturday, February 11th and run through March 9th, featuring paintings, sculpture and photography from emerging local artists.

The winery doesn’t serve food, but guests are welcome to order from Main Street restaurants, like The Charcuterie and Yard of Ale. They will deliver your food for you while you taste the different varieties of wine. As a bonus, everyone who does a tasting, gets a complimentary glass. My favorites are the Petit verdot, which is a full bodied red and the Reisling, which is a white on the dry side. Pair the Riesling with the Brie Grilled Cheese from The Charcuterie and you will not be disappointed. Formerly the SOHO in the Burg Art Gallery, The Renegade has been thoughtfully renovated and the cool and vintage vibe

The Renegade Winery and SOHO in the Burg Gallery are located at 600 Main Street. Visit www.therenegadewinery.com for events and more information. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @liveloverevoltwinery

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Panoramic Lakefront ESTATE! Entertainers delight with large yard, 50+ acre white heron lake & over 500 acres of preserved land with hiking trails! This circa 1923 grand estate offers 5,500 Sq. Ft. of living space with five bedrooms & three baths located just minutes into Pennsylvania! Medical centers, university, skiing, golf, appalachian trail, Delaware River, 100’s of restaurants, three indoor water parks, casino & outlet

shopping minutes away! Yes, you can have it all! Relax and entertain on the large original flagstone patio perfect for ice skating & fire pit parties or summer fun including swimming, kayaking & fishing! When retreating indoors relax in the grand salon with soaring 27’ Ceiling while the chef of the house prepares a gourmet meal for all in the commercial grade kitchen!

Go to PoconosHomeSales.com to view the listing and 3D Reality Tour. For more information contact Bob Kelly at 570.213.4884 or bob@kellyrealtygroup.com

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photos by Jill Nobles

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IMAGINATIONS

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BRIDE

Local Flair teamed up with Shear Design Salon & Spa, Silvery Moon and Imaginations to create a Vintage look. Stylists Claire Cohen and Hannah Louszko accomplished a natural look for makeup using products by Glo Minerals, which are available at the Shear Design Salon. Trends in wedding hair include long flowing, natural waves and vintage pin curl nests. Kelsey Kruk, Tessa Bakke and Maya Trethaway are modeling Vintage gowns which will be on exhibit with over a dozen others at The Silvery Moon Guest House in February. To learn more about Shear Design follow them on Facebook @sheardesignsalondayspa or visit them online at www.sheardesignsalondayspa.com Visit www.silverymoonguesthouse.com for Vintage Dress show updates. For more information on bouquets, phone Imaginations at 570.620.2680

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BLOOMING


Sarah Rachel Photography

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Jim Conger and Jim Nelson (affectionately known as “the Jim’s”) opened up shop in Bartonsville. Imaginations specializes in delivering unique floral designs, assisting with complete party and wedding planning, and delivering personalized service and Interior Design in the Pocono Mountains. 25 years later, the only change is their location. The store, which also has unique gifts has moved locations several times before finding its current home in Tannersville inside the old St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. With a flair for fabulous florals, the Imagination’s team love of all things in bloom shows in their portfolio of work. Their favorite flower to work with is tropical but, “it depends on the style we are creating for the bride and groom,” says Conger. “All flowers

are beautiful and we can be creative with any flower type. Our inspiration comes from keeping up with the current trends, researching bridal magazines for gown choices and color combinations. Interacting with our brides on a very personal level is where the true magic happens.” We create one of a kind weddings and never duplicate a previous wedding. It has to be their own style for their own day.” The design process starts as soon as you pick your venue and date. “The earlier the bride and groom start with floral planning, the better,” explains Jim. The initial meeting will almost always uncover a couple’s likes and dislikes - favorite flowers and colors, and what will work within their budget. “We offer suggestions to incorporate their preferences, but also offer alternative suggestions when something they like won’t work. Some flowers are too delicate for designs or to not have a water

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source and some are extremely expensive when out of season and can throw off a budget. We can offer different ideas that will still bring their wedding day vision to life,” says Kim Larkin, Imaginations Wedding and Event Coordinator. From a Philadelphia wedding at The Westin where the team created an entire wedding aisle and site inside the hotel, to a contemporary earthy style monochromatic themed wedding in the elegant setting of Mountain Springs Lodge in Reeders where green stole the show, the team at Imaginations will travel anywhere as long as their schedule permits. “We don’t believe in rushing, not the bride OR the family,” says Conger. “Our brides are very special to us, and usually by the time we deliver the flowers on the wedding day, we feel like part of the family. It’s such a wonderful feeling to see their bright smiles and often tears of joy. Our brides are our stars for the day!”

To book an appointment with IMAGINATIONS phone 570.620.2680

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WINE & DINE

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at the new Mountain View Vineyard


Everyone said Randy and

Linda Rice were crazy when they quit their jobs to open Mountain View Vineyard back in 2009. So many believed they could not create a successful vineyard, the pair says “it has been incredibly rewarding to see that all things are possible with hard work, faith and dedication.” Now, seven years after Mountain View Vineyard’s first grand opening, construction has started on a larger winery to accommodate their growth and success. A stunning view of the vineyards awaits as guests drive up the mountain side to the new Winery. Walking into the rustic - yet elegant new building, the tasting room will be four times larger than the original and it will feature a Bistro where guests can grab a light lunch or dinner. The lower level of the building referred to as the “barrel room, will be home to a new winemaking facility. In addition to the indoor space, there is a wrap around porch perfect for taking in the view during cocktail hour. There are beautiful event spaces which can accommodate up to 150 guests. The Rice’s hired a Wedding Coordinator to help couples create a personalized vision for their day and tend to all of the details.

“We are excited to host weddings and special events in the new facility,” says Linda, “in the past, we had to turn down requests for large events because of the small space, now, that problem has been solved!” The Rice’s look forward to hosting community fundraisers, local meetings, showers, rehearsal dinners, and so many more events at the new facility. Even with this spacious new location, the original vineyard will not be forgotten. It will be turned into a brewery. Once the brewery opens, there will be shuttle service available to take guests from the winery to the brewery and back. Though Randy and Linda are all for a bigger and better Winery, they remain serious about protecting the land. “From farming, to production, and even office work, we strive for sustainability at every step of the winemaking and distilling process,” says Linda. With more than 80-acres, the majority of the farm’s new land has been placed in an agricultural preservation and they have worked with the USDA to create a conservation plan that minimizes erosion and manages storm water runoff. Instead of spraying pesticides, a large layer of mulch is used to naturally fertilize

the vines and beetles and other insects are hand-picked off the plants. Once the fruit is harvested, it is moved to the winemaking facility, which is powered by geothermal and solar energy. Natural power is used to maintain the optimum temperature in the winemaking building and energy-efficient LED lighting is used throughout the property. Recycling efforts are made in the tasting room and reusable laminated tasting sheets dramatically reduce paper waste. Mountain View Vineyard’s new location will continue to provide a unique wine and spirits tasting experience as customers enjoy additional space, the ability to host events, the opportunity to enjoy a light meal at the bistro, and a fantastic view.

The new Winery will open its doors by early May 2017. Stay tuned for their Grand Opening Celebration. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @ mountainviewvineyard. Visit www.MountainViewVineyard. com for more information.

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LOCALdetails MERRY’S CUSTOM CAKES 110 Breezy View Ln, Stroudsburg, PA (570) 420-1091 merryscakes.com Creator of over six thousand wedding and over fifty thousand special occasion cakes, Mary Lininger has mastered a complete line of confectionery skills, including fondant, chocopan, white chocolate draping, rolled buttercream, marzipan modeling, color flow technique, pulled sugar, airbrushing, cake sculpting and sugarpaste flowers.

KITCHEN CHEMISTRY 733 Main St, Stroudsburg, PA (570) 730-4944 kitchen-chemistry.com Kitchen Chemistry is your go-to shop for “made from scratch” rich, custom cakes. They offer an extremely large selection of fillings, icing and cake flavors. They use only real, fresh ingredients, with no preservatives or chemicals. Each cake is made to order, so they require at least 24-48 hr notice.

Go to www.flairmag.com/details to see great invitation and favor ideas.

SONIAS SWEET INSPIRATIONS 927 N 9th St, Stroudsburg, PA (570) 664-6686 soniassweetinspirations.com Sonia has always had a passion for creative baking and decorating, which aligns with her body of work including her award winning cakes and specialty desserts. She began baking her beautiful and delicious sweets in her home’s certified kitchen. The business grew faster than expected, so she and her husband decided to expand the business into the storefront, which is located on North 9th Street.

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LOCALvenues SPLIT ROCK RESORT 100 Moseywood Rd, Lake Harmony, PA (570) 722-9111 splitrockresort.com There is no setting more romantic than the Poconos Mountains and Lake Harmony at Split Rock Resort. With the help of wedding professionals and specialists, all your wedding dreams will come true. From wedding planning to day-of coordination, your special event will be the perfect day. Split Rock Resort offers beautiful wedding rehearsal, ceremony, reception, and cocktail hour options that will have you and your guests swooning.

MOUNTAIN SPRINGS LAKE 1246 Mountain Springs Dr, Reeders, PA (570) 629-0251 mslresort.com The Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake Resort is an intimate wedding venue situated amid the splendor of the Poconos. Whether you prefer a traditional elegant wedding, rustic chic wedding, or a magical romantic wedding, the Lodge is the perfect location to make your wedding dreams come true. Our on-site wedding planners will help you choose the perfect wedding package for your big or small Pocono wedding! The Lodge stands out as one of the best Pocono resorts for weddings due to our amazing accommodations and well thought out wedding packages that make your wedding planning easier and your big day even more special.

HIDEAWAY HILLS 5590 Carney Rd, Kresgeville, PA (610) 681-6000 hideawaygolf.com Your wedding day is a celebration of your love and the journey you are about to embark on. This once in a lifetime event deserves a magical venue where friends and family can gather to witness this special event. Located in the beautiful Poconos Mountains, Hideaway Hills is a magical wedding venue. Offering breathtaking views from our Fountain Courtyard to memorable receptions in our Fireplace Room, we will work with you to create the wedding day of your dreams. Specializing in outdoor and indoor weddings, Hideaway Hills continues to be one of the premiere wedding venues in the Poconos.

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SMILE PEACE LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY East Stroudsburg, PA smile-peace-love.com Callie & Albert grew up together in the same small town though they never really knew too much about each other until after they had left. In their early twenties, Callie reached out to Albert on social media and they began a lifetime together without even realizing it. They journeyed together and supported each other through trials and tribulations. Albert, was in the Army, stationed at Fort Drum and later Afghanistan. Callie was a school teacher working on her Master’s degree. Through the best and worst, they were there for each other while enduring multiple deaths in their close circle of family and friends.

They gave a short introduction and reasoning behind why they chose the self-uniting ceremony and then asked their loved ones for help. As they passed their wedding bands around the entire circle, they recited their vows and asked that each person hold their rings and say a blessing for their marriage. When Albert pronounced them Husband and Wife, their circle of family and friends yelled “You may now kiss your bride!” Albert and Callie believe they crossed paths for a reason. They were meant to be there for each other during both the hard times and the amazing ones.

Albert proposed to Callie on a Fall day at the Kinzua Train Bridge. She of course said “Yes”. The wedding was put together beautifully and was hosted at a gorgeous private, victorian home owned by the church they belong to. With handpicked wild flowers, mismatched colorful chairs, a barn as the backdrop and a rustic-chic theme, it could not have been more beautiful.

I knew instantly when I spoke with Callie & Albert that they were my ideal clients. Their love for each other and confidence resonated. Their engagement session, bridal session and their wedding were all some of my favorite shoots to date. I feel truly honored to have been their photographer. Getting to meet them and capture their unique and beautiful, selfuniting, Quaker ceremony was a moment I will never forget.

They were married in the center of a circle of their friends and family in a self-uniting, Quaker ceremony.

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Micro Weddings

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GARDEN COURTYARD CAFÉ DUET 35 N 7th St, Stroudsburg, PA 570-431-3442 cafeduetpa.com Private Event Capacity: indoor up to 15, outdoor up to 25 people, BYOB Quaint European coffee house nestled inconspicuously in downtown Stroudsburg’s charming Courtyard Square. At 5:30pm, after the last loyal patron whisks away the day’s ultimate cup of freshly-ground coffee and artisan pastry, Café Duet’s back garden beckons for intimate special events that are sure to be memorable. Spring through Fall, this urban-style patio can accommodate bistro dining or be arranged for communal-farm-table-style seating. The menu showcases a unique spin on café fare, including an array of seasonal fare and worldly inspirations.

LANES END FARM Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 917-673-2499 lanesendfarmpa.com Private Event Capacity: indoor up to 12 people, outdoor up to 100 people, BYOB For 25 years, classically-trained Chef Daniel Mattrocce catered to the culinary needs of some of the Big Apple’s most famous celebrities at some of its finest venues. A few years ago, he bought an 1800’s farm in Marshalls Creek as a personal refuge, though the tranquil setting quickly inspired the Lanes End Farm, where today, Daniel creates new culinary experiences for intimate groups through enrichment of the senses: farm-style meals prepared from locally-sourced ingredients beneath a copper-clad skylight doming over the kitchen, served overlooking the century-old apple orchard and pond, or perhaps entwined throughout the sculpture garden with choreographed music in the background. Aperitif in the potting shed…yes please!

THE TAP ROOM AT SHAWNEECRAFT BREWERY 100 Shawnee Inn Dr, Shawnee on Delaware, PA 570-213-5151 | gemandkeystone.com Private Event Capacity: 15-70 people, serves ShawneeCraft Beer and local wines The brewery sits in fertile bottomland along the wild and scenic Delaware River, in the heart of the historic Shawnee Village, flanked on all sides by thick forests and protected hillsides. The brewers follow the tradition of centuries to produce small-batch, hand-made beers, showcased and shared with great pride in the Tap Room. Like a rustic exhibition hall, the Tap Room features custom-built, oft-repurposed furniture adorned with locally-forged metalworkings from the town’s own Smith. Warm and comfortable, yet calculated and precise. Private events feature traditional tavern fare catered by the Gem & Keystone Brewpub, including wood-fired entrees, sauces from scratch, and fresh salads. Live acoustic music is a great addition to any event in the Tap Room!

THE LIVING WALL AT PROMISE RIDGE Stroudsburg, PA 570-369-3955 www.alisatonggcelebrant.com The Living Wall at Promise Ridge is perfect for couples who wish to elope, celebrate an anniversary or renew their vows in a breathtaking and inspiring natural setting. Situated above McMichael’s Creek in Stroud Township, the Appalachian Trail can be viewed in the distance. Framing the unique stage for “I dos” are four trees, delicately strung overhead café lights, and a living wall with annually planted cascading ferns, tropicals and succulents. No additional decoration is required for the specialness of the space to be apparent. The venue is dog friendly and can accommodate groups up to 10. All ceremonies are performed by award winning celebrant, Alisa Tongg.

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from Monroe County’s Employees Raise $300,000 local school districts announced the results for Community Services of their respective Corporate Donors Unite United Way campaigns Together to Support to a packed room United Way of Monroe of volunteers and County’s Annual supporters of the Campaign United Way. Among those presenting their At a United Way results, Sanofi Pasteur, of Monroe County community meeting held the vaccines division of Sanofi announced Thursday, December another record-breaking 15 at Northampton year of funds raised to Community College in support community Tannersville, corporate services in Monroe partners, community County Sanofi. leaders, and student and staff representatives

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TOP: Students from Swiftwater Intermediate School raised $1,150 towards United Way of Monroe County’s Annual Campaign. “We are excited about being able to give back to those who don’t have as much as we do,” said one of the fourth graders present. BOTTOM: Both photos, same order Sanofi Pasteur raised over $300,000 for United Way’s campaign. From left to right: Pamela Reincke, manager, Marketing & Sales Incentive Compensation, and campaign co-chair, Kurt Lupinsky, deputy director, R&D Project Management, and campaign co-chair, Don Zipp III, deputy director, HSE Project and Process Safety, and campaign co-chair, Ellyn Schindler, director, North America Corporate Social Responsibility, and company campaign coach and board member of the United Way of Monroe County, Grace Tobin, deputy director, Public Health Marketing, and campaign co-chair, Sharon S. Laverdure, honorary campaign chair for United Way of Monroe County, and Michael Albert, president and CEO, United Way of Monroe County

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Dr. Daniel Bair is proud to offer Periodontal and Implant Surgery at his office in East Stroudsburg. He is very excited to be providing specialized dental procedures in his hometown after spending the past decade training and practicing in Pittsburgh and Wilkes Barre, PA. As a Board Certified Periodontist, Dr. Bair is committed to providing his patients with high quality, ethical periodontal care - delivered in a caring, friendly environment.

Periodontal Cleanings Laser Gum Surgery Dental Implants Soft Tissue Gum Grafts Phone: 570.664.2125 www.poconoperioimplant.com

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The Lehigh Valley Hospital Pocono underwrote this important program featuring discussions from Steve Cunningham concerning the hospital’s current market position and future plans and Dr. Scaff presented the scope of the only certified Trauma Center in our region. Lively Q&A’s followed each presentation.

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Dr. Justin Bair is excited to return to his hometown to serve the Greater Pocono Community with quality care and state-of-the-art orthodontics after working at a busy New York practice and teaching residents as a faculty member at New York University.

PICTURED: Steve Cunningham, Vice President Market Development, Dr David Scaff, Medical Director Trauma Services, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono, Dr. David Mazza is the President and Founder of the Pocono Mountains Music Festival (formerly the Buck Hill Sky Top Music Festival) and Skip Scheetz is the new Director SERVICES of Development. • Early, Adolescent, & Adult Orthodontics • Invisalign • Orthodontic Retainers & Appliances

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Dr. Justin Bair is excited to return to his hometown to serve the Greater Pocono Community with quality care and state-of-the-art orthodontics after working at a busy New York practice and teaching residents as a faculty member at New York University.

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MARKETreport

by BOB KELLY KELLY REALTY GROUP KELLER WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE

Monroe County Housing market Jumps 9.6%

Economic development in Monroe County has taken off over the past two to three years. Now that many of the projects such as the hotels, water parks and hospitals and medical buildings have come online the housing market is also picking up. After eight straight years of housing cost decrease, we are finally started to see the pace of decreases slow in 2015. The population loss also slowed and less housing inventory was available. As I have written in previous issues, this could only have a positive effect going forward. The trend of less housing inventory available continued into 2016 and accelerated with 30-40% less inventory available at times throughout the year. This has resulted in positive price appreciation throughout the year. When the final numbers for the full year 2016 were released, Monroe County median sales price of homes jumped 9.6% and the county saw another increase in total closed sales up 12.2%. Additionally, the average

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days it took to sell a home was down to 116. A 12.2% increase in sales marks the fifth straight year of sales increases which has resulted in an 89% increase in total home sales volume over the past five years. It was an odd trend in 2012 through 2015 when we kept seeing increases in sales volume, even as home sale prices decreased. What does this mean? Supply has finally dwindled and home prices for the year have risen almost 10% - good news for Monroe County. If we look at these numbers on a micro scale, increases were present across the board and in all price ranges. As these numbers show, the highest increases in the percentage of homes sold increased more with our upscale market. Homes sold under $200,000 rose 12%, while those which sold between $200,000 to $400,000 were up 26% and homes sold from $400,000 to $2,000,000 were up 32%. The activity we’ve been experiencing through January points to what will be an amazing

2017. It has been extremely busy in the Pocono Mountains with many homes going under contract in what should be the slow time of year and with very limited inventory on the market. While inventory is down, prices are rising and interest rates while rising slightly are still relatively inexpensive hovering in the low 4’s - this may be the year to sell. If you would like to learn more about the housing market, or learn what your home may be able to sell for in this improving housing market, please feel free to give me a call or drop an email to set up an appointment.

Bob Kelly is the top selling Residential Real Estate Agent in Monroe County and is Leader of the Kelly Realty Group at Keller Williams Real Estate in Stroudsburg. Visit him at www.PoconosHomeSales.com or email Bob at bob@kellyrealtygroup.com


The Face of Financial Services.

Melisa D.B. Mersini Vice President, WS&M LLC

Discover how Wealth Strategies & Management can help you work toward realizing your financial goals. Phone 570-424-1555 | www.WSandM.com 907 Main Street, Suite 102, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment advice offered through Private Advisor Group, LLC, a registered investment advisor. Private Advisor Group, LLC and Wealth Strategies & Management, LLC are separate entities from LPL Financial.

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LOCALvibe Question: How long have you been in the Pocono mountains? Answer: Doug has lived in the Poconos since 2002, and Peter moved here four years later. Q: What town do you live in? A: Stroudsburg...on Queen Street of course! About a quarter mile apart, Peter lives in the borough and Doug is on the other side of Phillips Street on the township side. Q: Tell us about your music. A: A wide range of covers, from Elvis and classic rock to Skillet and modern pop. A couple acoustic guitars and lot of harmony! We love having our musical friends and family join us as guest performers for a few songs at every gig we can. Impromptu tambourine playing by patrons is usually a given too! Our musical background together is two-fold - the opportunity to serve in the music ministry at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, and a local barbershop quartet, The Joyful Noises, which we performed in for 10 years before one of our members moved out of the area. We wanted another outlet to perform and this duo was a perfect choice. When we aren’t playing live music, we’re usually singing along to our favorite songs on TouchTunes when we’re out and about. Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant? A: Tough question...there are so many great restaurants in the Poconos and we have gotten to about all of them. We are fans of the sushi from Fume, the bacon wrapped “supers” at Rudy’s Tavern and the wings and clams at Pub 447. We could probably go on! Q: If you have never been to (blank-in the Poconos) you need to get there now. A: Rudy’s Tavern in East Stroudsburg, Renegade Winery on Main Street in Stroudsburg and The Frogtown Chophouse in Swiftwater. Q: Where do you like to explore? A: We’re both big golfers, so we enjoy the outstanding scenic golf courses in the Poconos.

Local Vibe with The Kings of Queen Street Doug Malefyt and Peter Wilson www.facebook.com/thekingsofqueenstreet kingsofqueenstreet@gmail.com Upcoming dates: February 18th - 7pm to 10pm - Renegade Winery February 25th - 8pm to 11pm - Rudy’s Tavern April 14th - 7pm to 10pm at Trackside Station Grill & Bar May 5th - 7pm to 10pm - Renegade Winery June 16th - 7pm to 10pm - Peppe’s Bistro Also...you can hear us most Sundays at the 10:45am contemporary service at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. Doug is the worship leader and Peter is involved with the praise band.

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Q: What one change would you love to see happen in the Poconos? A: Perhaps not a change, but a continuing recognition of the importance of the arts in local school districts. We’ve both had great experiences with music and hope others will have the opportunity to do the same. Q: Advice to newcomers. A: Spend time in downtown Stroudsburg. The town has been going through a Renaissance recently and there are familyfriendly activities to take part in just about every weekend. Q: Why do you stay here? A: Great family activities, restaurants, annual events and our church family at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church.


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Be Sure to Attend the Pocono Irish American

This East Stroudsburg luxury estate is the quintessential Pocono Lifestyle property. Exclusively listed and marketed through Bob Kelly, Keller Williams Real Estate.

Club’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day

Parade on Sunday March 19 @ 1:30! Bob is Proud to be the Title Sponsor for the 2nd Year!

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Now is the Time. Over $20,000,000 Sold in 2016! The #1 top selling Real Estate Agent in Monroe County for the past five years. No add-on fees! Many agents charge third party closing fees, transaction management fees & marketing fees! Your commission should cover these! Bob does NOT charge add-on fees! Always on the Cutting Edge of Technology & Marketing Your Home

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“If we could select ten stars for Bob and his team - it would not be a high enough rating. Professionalism, follow through, and a “make it happen” attitude makes he and his team stand out from the rest! Our home sold in a day with multiple offers and he worked hard to help us find a new home in a very short period of time! Bob’s the best!” -Review from Seller “Bob is the very best. Great work ethic and result oriented mentality. After attempting to sell my home through many other agents, I was fortunate to be introduced to Bob. He sold my home in a remarkably fast time frame and got me a fair and reasonable offer. Results are what counts and Bob delivered, overcoming the obstacles of the curret market.” -Review from Seller “Bob is absolutely awesome. H’es knowledgable, professional, personal, punctual and easy to work with. He will take the time to guide through the process of purchasing a home, along with making excellent suggestions. I would highly recommend Bob Kelly.” -Review from Buyer

Bob Kelly, Your Professional Realtor Kelly Realty Group Keller Williams Real Estate

404 Park Avenue • Stroudsburg, PA 18360 Cell Direct 570-242-4400 • Office Direct 570-213-4884 • Office 570-421-2890 Email bob@kellyrealtygroup.com • www.PoconosHomeSales.com Statistical data source: Pocono Mountain Association of Realtors data for Monroe County, resale homes, for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 transactions and sales sides.

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