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Tina Nicholas


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From MeSee We’re THREE! This issue marks MeSee’s third birthday - hooray! As a parent of a kid that is also three, I can say that three-year-olds are fun, have lots of personality, and gain confidence daily. They also whine A LOT, eat the same four foods every day, and refuse naps, but that’s irrelevant. We have so much fun filling each issue with things we hope you enjoy, and we appreciate you all reading along and supporting MeSee!


We’re still striving to be positive, joyful, and fun! Over the last year we have learned that what our readers love most about MeSee is our positive messages and fun content. We’re happy you turn to us when you’re looking for uplifting stories about local families and different events and opportunities to share with your loved ones.


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We’ve also learned how much fun it is to see your children’s artwork within our pages. Nothing makes us happier than when you submit a masterpiece made specially for us! If your little artist wants to create a cover for us, please keep in mind that our covers are vertical and we need to be able to put our logo over top of it. Seasonal colors and festive concepts are appreciated too! This issue is packed full of ideas to fill your final days of summer. We have tips on doing a classic craft with your kids, the scoop on upcoming fairs and festivals, interviews with 570 Sports Camps and the story of an amazing local family. Read about ziplining in the Poconos and Costa’s Family Fun Park. We also have more birthday party ideas for you and a suggestion for your next date night. As always, we love to hear from you! Share your stories and ideas, pictures of your family, and more. You can find us on Facebook or email us anytime at We know that moms and dads have all the secrets and know all the tricks to entertaining kids, so tell us what we need to know. Like we said in our very first issue, we don’t have the answers to any of your parenting questions, but we hope to give you some ideas to help navigate the joys, swerves, and curves of parenting. Now go have yourself a piece of cake or two. If anyone asks, just tell them you’re celebrating a birthday!

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that we have been able to take that basic ideology and infuse

That’s the mantra of 570 Sports Camps, and players (and


parents) agree. Have a kid that wants to improve at a sport? Is your child interested in sports but doesn’t want to join a school league? Or does your kid want to have fun, learn,

it into multiple camps and activities for girls and boys in the

You have a fully-loaded team of coaches. Tell us about them and their experience.

and burn some energy? All kids can benefit from 570 Sports Camps, and we had the chance to talk to Brian Mitchell, one of the founders and experienced coaches, to get all the details on this awesome organization and everything it has to offer.

There is almost 100 years of experience between the four founders of 570 Sports Camps. Chuck Dailey is known for creating the East

Can you explain what 570 Sports Camps is and how it came about?

Stroudsburg North Football program and is the athletic director at East Stroudsburg North. Jim McCarroll is the only head football coach Pocono Mountain West has ever had! He has worked as the In-

570 Sports Camps is a community organization offering youth sports leagues, camps, and clinics for girls and boys in the Pocono area (570 area code and beyond). Our motto and mission statement for all 570 Sports Camps is: Safe. Organized. Affordable. Fun!. We incorporate these standards into all the activities we offer to the Pocono area youth. 570 Sports Camps was created when four local football coaches, Chuck Dailey, Jim McCarroll, Jim Miller, and I, got together to create a new football camp. Rather than create another football camp that focuses on just one school district, we decided to create one big camp for kids throughout the Poconos. The template for our first camp was so successful

school Suspension teacher since the building opened. Jim Miller is the head coach of Stroudsburg’s football team and a business teacher at Stroudsburg. I was the long-time head football coach and athletic director at Lehman Intermediate School at East Stroudsburg North. I am a social studies teacher and have been at Lehman since the building opened. Together, we organize and run every activity. From there, we collaborate with distinguished high school coaches of each specific sport/activity to create the quality experience people have come to expect from 570 Sports Camps.

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What types of camps do you offer?

Presently, 570 Sports Camps has a football, field hockey, soccer, wrestling, and robotics camp. Our robotics camp is held at St. Luke’s Hospital: Monroe Campus and allows campers the unique opportunity to learn how STEM and robotics are used in medicine from St. Luke’s outstanding medical team. We are offering an all-new VETS sports performance-training clinic twice a week during the summer. We also offer a kicking clinic with Philadelphia Eagles legend David Akers for high school and college kickers. Does 570 Sports Camps offer other opportunities for athletes to learn, grow, and have fun?

We also have seasonal leagues! Our spring and fall flag football league are by far the most popular activities we run. Last spring, we had over 200 participants. We also offer a basketball clinic/league in the winter. We will be running our next wrestling tournament soon. This past March, our first tournament in Lehighton was a huge success with about 275 wrestlers from all over PA and NJ. It is also worth mentioning that we have athletic trainers from St. Luke’s on-site for all our leagues and camps. Do you have to be a certain age or ability level to join 570 Sports Camps?

We have activities for a variety of ages. Our activities are designed with beginners in mind; however, our experienced high school coaches know how to coach and challenge participants of all abilities. We found as coaches that too many programs were focused on the top few players, and by the time kids were eligible for junior high sports, they felt like it was too late for them to give sports a try. Since 570 Sports Camps is not affiliated with any school district, are these camps and activities meant to replace or supplement a school program?

Not at all! Our activities are designed to build interest and skill for school programs. Being around scholastic athletics for so long, we saw a need for youth programs that were run by quality people, were affordable, and were well organized. We also found that Lehigh Valley schools had an edge on our local schools. We realized that 8 • MeSee Magazine


these athletes had been competing against each other since they were very young. We wanted to bring that competitive edge to our kids by having them grow up playing against some of the best athletes from the area, not just their school. If my kid is really into a sport, will 570 Sports Camps help him grow more as a player and perform better with his school team?

Yes. All of our activities have two basic components. There is a clinical aspect that teaches players the basics and beyond (based on their ability). We also have a competitive component where your player will compete in safe, organized games against some of the best players in the area. There is no substitute for quality game experience! What is something our readers might not know about 570 Sports Camps?

We give a tremendous amount back to the community. We have donated to numerous school athletic and academic programs. We’ve donated prizes to science fairs, community nights, and tricky trays. We’ve donated money to purchase books for elementary school students. We’ve sponsored the car for a young racer. But we are most proud of our 570 Scholarship Program.


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Through our partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network Orthopedic Care, we award two $570 scholarships, annually, to athletes who have been a part of our programs What are some of the important lessons young athletes can learn at 570 Sports Camps?

Sportsmanship. The expectation of all athletes (and their parents) is that we are a positive athletic community that refuses to tolerate lack of civility and sportsmanship. The bar is set high in all our programs, and I’m proud to say our families meet and exceed our expectations. What is the best way for our readers to learn more about everything you offer?


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Family Fun Park By Tom Eccleston

Multiple choice may be a difficult testing method in the classroom, but at Costa’s Family Fun Park, it’s a snap. Here, you see, all options are the correct answer. Costa’s offers a boundless array of activities: bumper boats, miniature golf, laser tag, water slides, batting cages, go-karts, and video games. Throw in some hand-dipped ice cream from the snack bar, and a family’s day is made. “We’ve been to the Park several times during the summer, and it doesn’t disappoint,” proclaims Katrina Walden of Pompton Lakes, NJ. “My extended clan rents a house nearby, making Costa’s very reachable. Lake Wallenpaupack is less than three miles away.” Indeed, this Hawley-based attraction is the perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts. Lori Phillips, the Park Manager, views multigenerational enjoyment as the key to Costa’s endurance. “It’s a close-knit habitat where parents bring children and allow them the freedom to navigate [the property] on their own. But adults can just as easily participate themselves.” The ever-popular go-karts allow riders to putter along at an even pace, with smaller vehicles available for tykes at least 42 inches tall. Costa’s 18-hole miniature golf course features sand traps accompanied by a stream with an imposing stone waterfall. A laser tag system provides state-of-the-art interactive amusement, as players are suited up with a blue vest and phaser gun, promptly taking aim at targets on their opponents to score points.

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Despite its amped-up sensory octane, the Park is ADAcompliant, a blessing for moms and dads with special needs youngsters. “Costa’s is the right size for challenged kids who might not like the bigger rides at other thrill parks. There’s no waiting in long lines, either,” notes Mac Swajeski, who resides in Yardley, PA. While exploring, embrace your inner all-star at one of the batting cages, where ball machines throw a variety of pitches to accommodate all ages and abilities. The site’s game room holds more than two dozen machines, from old-school pinball to high-tech simulated car-racing. There’s also a Playland branded for smaller Costa’s patrons; downsized versions of the Park’s miniature golf and go-karts are on hand here, paired with monkey bars, a bouncing bridge, and a climbing wall. All this hustle and bustle will make you work up a sweat, so cool off with some watery rejuvenation. Four slides and ten bumper boats add up to a ton of heat relief. “The boats are equipped with far-reaching squirt pistols, but you probably won’t duck for cover, since the blast is a welcome comfort from the sun,” Phillips laughs. Longtime vacationer Barbara Petersen agrees. “For over a quarter-century Costa’s has been a great place to swim on a hot day,” says the Ithaca, NY denizen. “My children, and now my grandchildren, have a wonderful time there using and scaling the equipment. The Park never loses its appeal, and I’ll always recommend it to families.” There’s no admission fee at Costa’s, and while paying à la carte is certainly an option, snagging a wristband package green lights widespread access to the Park. You’d be right in assuming this spot hosts some energetic birthday parties, as bundled rates incorporate meal offerings with extended play time. After Labor Day and through Columbus Day, Costa’s is only open on weekends. Until then, Family Fun is a daily occurrence. “Since we’re owned by a family, it’s easy to focus the service there. Because the Park hasn’t lost sight of that, first-time visitors become return guests,” Phillips says.

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Ziplining By Allison Mowatt

Ziplining is a thrilling activity for anyone looking to try something different and exciting. It has recently become an extremely popular recreational activity. People are curious

at its Barryville, New York base. River trips, such as rafting, canoeing, tubing and kayaking are also available here as well as at the various other bases. Call 800.356.2852. 3854 NY-97, Barryville, NY

about ziplining because it allows them to see beautiful views from a high vantage point as well as revel in the fearlessness of it all. There’s something bold about seeing the area from


a bird’s eye view or scanning the scenery from an elevated angle with the wind rushing by. If you’ve ever wondered what a zip line is, it consists of a pulley and harness which is attached to the rider. This is suspended on a cable above an incline which allows the rider to be pulled by gravity along the line. It’s a safe and fun excursion through the trees.

Pocono Zip Racer - With dual, 1,000-foot racing zip lines, thrill seekers can rush through the trees at top speed. People can also try night zipping, which is available through the summer months. At Pocono Mountain Adventures, people can enjoy the zip racer, a ropes course, year-round tubing, horseback riding, and other fun activities. Call 800.552.5653. Route 209, Bushkill, PA

Whether you’ve wanted to do something adventurous this year or have always wanted to cross it off your bucket list, these local Pocono Mountain hot spots are the place to be


for ziplining. Camelback Mountain Adventures - This is your one-stop


adventure destination. Spend a day on the 4,000-foot zip line, experience the state’s only mountain coaster, or try the treetop adventure course with over 100 aerial obstacles.

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different zip lines, there is also a treetop adventure course, archery, paintball, and rock climbing. Call 570.595.8988. 1 Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop, PA


WHITEWATER RAFTING ADVENTURES Whitewater Rafting Adventures - Fly over 900 feet on the zip line, or grab your friends and family and play a game of paintball, bike on the Lehigh Gorge Trail, book a whitewater

This location boasts one of the largest zip lines in the

rafting outing on the river, or go kayaking.

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racing zip line. With views of the Delaware River, this is truly a unique experience. Kittatinny offers ziplining and paintball

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@ the We’ve been waiting all summer for this…FAIR SEASON!

157th Annual Wayne County Fair August 2 - 10 An agricultural fair building memories for 157 years. One price includes parking and rides. Enjoy over 26 big-time

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rides, kiddie rides, games, and fantastic fair food! Two large

August 5 - 10

midways are filled with down-to-earth agricultural events, like

Family-oriented fair with agricultural displays, great food,

horse, tractor, and truck pulls, kids pedal pulls, and even a pony pull, plus 4-H Club shows and judging, car thrill shows, harness racing, fireworks, the always popular demolition derby, live entertainment daily, and free grandstand shows that will have you dancin’ in the aisles. Time: 10am - 11pm (fair grounds) 12 - 11pm (midway and rides) Price: $10 per person (includes most grandstand shows, free parking, & free rides)

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rides, arena events, and musical entertainment. Ride specials daily. Musical entertainment is included with entry fee. Parking is free. There is also a spectacular, free fireworks display on Monday, August 5. Time: Monday through Friday 4 - 10pm; Saturday 2 - 10pm Price: $5 every day for everyone 6 years and older.

The West End Fair

Harford Fair August 19 - 24

August 18 - 24

Since 1858, the Harford Fair has been an opportunity to

The West End Fair is an annual event located in Gilbert,


PA, held at the end of August to celebrate the past and future of the West End of Monroe County. Join them for animal exhibits, demo derbies, and plenty of free music. Homemade and homegrown items on display, exciting rides on the midway, and food is the best feature with many mouthwatering items. Thursday is Children's Day, presented by Gary Lee's Brown Daub Kia. Rides are free for 18-and-under for two hours on Thursday plus other free things to do for children. Admission is always free for children under 11, and any student with a photo ID is only $3. There is also main stage entertainment every day in the afternoon and evening with many great acts, all listed on their website. Time: Varies by day Price: $6, ages 11 and older

celebrate agriculture, family, and community in Northeastern

From the diaper-clad to the octogenarian, there is something for everyone. Play “Farmer for a Day,” learn how bees make honey, or milk a goat. Interesting artifacts, which give an overview of the history of the fair, can be seen in the Founders Museum and the New Log Cabin. Hungry? Let the dining hall crew heap your plate full of real home cookin’; sink your teeth into a funnel cake, potato pancake, corn on the cob, or baked potato. The fair is a guilt-free zone! Whatever tickles your taste buds can be found at the Harford Fair. Highlights of the main arena events include three nights of tractor and truck pulls in addition to the popular annual events of the rodeo, horse pulls, woodsman’s contest, demolition derby, and a featured country western show. At the north end of the main arena is the horse arena which features a variety of equestrian events throughout the week. Daily demonstrations abound throughout the fair, including chainsaw carving and stained glass work, some of which is auctioned off to the public on Saturday afternoon. Throughout fair week, thirteen different acts will perform in the Shade

Greene Dreher Sterling Fair August 23 - September 1 Head to the fair! Enjoy vendors, games, music, rides, agricultural exhibits, great food, and so much more. Don't miss Connie the Cow, the fair's mascot, as she makes another fun-filled appearance! Parking is free. Price at the gate includes admission to exhibits, all musical shows, most arena events, and all rides. (Extra charges may apply for some special events.)

Pavilion, providing constant entertainment in a comfortable seated area. Time: Check website for details.

The Great Allentown Fair August 27 - September 2 The Great Allentown Fair offers a fun and educational experience for visitors of all ages. Dedicated to supporting the achievements of farmers, gardeners, and homemakers,

Time: Varies by day

the fair enables children to learn where their food comes

Price: Midweek admission: $6/person; weekend admission:

from while spending an exciting day riding rides, playing

$8/person; senior and multi-day rates available; additional

games, and seeing shows. The young and young at heart

fees apply for special features

will find tantalizing international cuisine, musical concerts,

thrill shows, and the latest in gizmos and gadgets. Please

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here’s something about the Lake Wallenpaupack area that

surely catch your eye. I’m not sure anyone can resist the

automatically makes you feel like you’re on vacation. While

Captain Wally’s Mac. With seafood dishes, brick oven pizzas,

you may only be a few miles from home, nothing beats the

unique bowls, steaks, and other entrees, your decision won’t

feeling of fun and relaxation that only comes during those few

be easy. If you’re craving a burger though, definitely go with

days each year that we get to escape reality. If a vacation

the Wally Burger. But first, you’ll just need to figure out how to

isn’t on your horizon and you’re only able to escape the

take a bite of this colossal burger.

stresses of life for a few hours, we suggest a night out at The Dock on Wallenpaupack. You can soak in the atmosphere and pretend you’re vacationing, even if it’s only for a few hours.

If you’re just hoping to sit and and take in the landscape while enjoying a drink, The Dock has you covered. Their extensive list of signature cocktails and wines are as mouthwatering as their food menu. Take a “Lake Break” from 4 - 6pm everyday,

The Dock on Wallenpaupack is located on Route 507 in

except Saturday, with various food and drink specials. On

Hawley along the lake shore. Depending on the time of

Sundays, they offer a full Bloody Mary bar from 11:30am -

year, you can look out over the lake and find boats coming

4pm. You can also enjoy live music on Fridays and Sundays.

and going, while listening to the waves rocking the wooden docks. The spectacular views are as beautiful and relaxing as the atmosphere inside or on their outdoor patio. Featuring a combination of water-inspired foods and culinary twists on some classic dishes, the menu is sure to include something for everyone. You can start your meal with The Dock’s Signature Pretzel Board which includes a jumbo soft pretzel served with smoked gouda cheese sauce, hummus, genoa salami, pepperoni, cheddar, pepper jack, fuji apples, candied pecans, pepperoncini peppers, and strawberries. YUM!

The beautiful atmosphere at The Dock makes it a great spot for hosting parties and events. Unlike many other restaurants in Hawley, they have an additional pub, a coffee house, and Starboard Room which is a private dining room for those hosting events at Silver Birches. Just downstairs is the Waterfront at Silver Birches, perfect for weddings or larger events. To view The Dock’s complete menu, check out their events, and more, visit or call 570.226.2124.

Just make sure you save some room! If the pretzel board of deliciousness isn’t your style, opt for one of the classics, like wings, shrimp cocktail, or nachos, which are all equally enticing. Following your appetizer, you can choose from a selection of soups or unique salads, like my personal favorite, Classic Caesar Salad on Pizza Crust. The crust alone is so good it can be eaten as a meal. Their Pastas & Macs will

THE DOCK 205 Route 507, Hawley, PA 570.226.2124

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Birthday Parties IN THE POCONOS

MeSee is THREE!

And in honor of MeSee’s 3rd birthday, we’re talking about some of our favorite venues.

& Village Malt Shoppe The Casino Theatre is your family film, food, and fun spot in downtown Mt. Pocono. This family-owned business has thrived over the years, and while much of The Casino’s success is a result of their ingenuity, the fun atmosphere, friendly faces, and exceptional service have kept customers coming back for years. Serving up more than just great movies with state-of-theart technology, The Casino prepares delicious homemade meals, like black angus burgers and hand-cut french fries. Top it off with one of over 60 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream in a fresh waffle cone during your movie! Think you’re finished? There’s still more fun in store! Visitors of all ages can enjoy games, mini golf, specials and discounts, popcorn, cotton candy, and more. All of this family-friendly entertainment makes The Casino a perfect spot for your next birthday party or celebration. To top it off, they have a brand new party room fully equipped with a Nintendo Switch for some gaming fun. All packages include a 3-hour party with full hostess service; all you need to bring are the cake and candles. You’ll also get pizza or a hotdog, chips, drinks, and tokens. There are four packages to choose from, depending on your needs, or customize your package by adding things like a Nintendo Switch group video game, build-your-own-sundae, snow cones, mini-golf, and more. To view the party packages available at The Casino Theatre, visit their website at or call 570.839.7831. New movies are introduced frequently, so follow them on social media to stay up-to-date on great new food, specials, movies, ice cream sundaes, and more.

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Let the creative energy flow at Creative Canvas Studio! Bring

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your next party to Creative Canvas Studio and discover a

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a painting celebration are 6 and older.

You don’t need to be a professional to have fun; artists of all abilities are welcome. With a library full of options, you can choose anything from trucks to unicorns. Invite some friends, bring your favorite snacks and drinks, and let CCS do the rest!

Want CCS to come to you? Whether you would like to host a party in your home, office, or favorite restaurant, CCS will bring everything needed for a fun night. CCS can also host corporate events at your restaurant, bar, or other business location. Social painting is a great way to fill seats

The Creative Canvas Studio is located on Ann Street

on slow nights or fill unused seats in a banquet room on

in Stroudsburg and will accommodate up to 30 guests.

the weekends. It will bring in new customers and offer your

Materials for all guests, cups, ice, and tables will all be

regular customers a unique social event that is fun and new.

provided. Wine glasses will also be provided for adult parties. To book, you’ll need to choose the date and time, and CCS will provide any additional essentials you might need. You will have access to the studio prior to your party for setting up and decorating. You can choose a painting from their gallery

To learn more about Creative Canvas Studio, check out their website for additional information or call today to schedule your next party or event. Check out Facebook for a list of upcoming events and the opportunity to experience the fun.

or commission a custom painting (additional charges may apply). Painting typically takes 2-3 hours depending on the painting choice. With unicorns, llamas, pirates, trucks, and more, a painting


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children’s parties, the space is typically reserved for a 3-hour

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Peter Rushton, owner of PT Reptiles, has been entertaining and educating people about all things reptiles since 2001. Customizing presentations for groups of all sizes, ages, and expertise, Peter has been able to share his lifelong love of reptiles and give his “students” the opportunity to see, touch, and interact with some cool, cold-blooded creatures. If you’re looking for unique and educational birthday party fun, Peter can bring his program to you and customize it to fit any scenario. The selection of animals PT Reptiles will bring to your location may include snakes, lizards, tortoises, turtles, frogs and toads, spiders, and scorpions. Some crowd favorites include: ‘Shelby” (African Spur-thigh tortoise), “Avocado” (green Burmese python), “Mick” the monitor (lizard), and “Curly” (curly hair tarantula). “Blue” (blue-tongued skink) is a longtime favorite and the honorary program closer, among others. Peter will work to meet any specific requests you might have, both what to bring and what NOT to bring! Peter and his cast of reptiles have been doing local presentations at parties, events, libraries, and schools and have made plenty of fans along the way. His genuine love for nature and animals is apparent, and his knowledge is presented in a fun and interesting way. For more information about PT Reptiles, visit their website at Want to check them out in advance? Peter regularly entertains throughout the area - check out his event calendar to see where you can find him next. Want to talk about your party needs? Call 570.234.8410 and talk to Peter himself!

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Pizza, cheesesteaks, hoagies, wings, burgers, Turkey Hill Ice Cream, and Taco Bell all under one roof? What could be better!? Whatever you and your family are craving, Kasa’s has something for everyone. Chances are, if you live in the Poconos, you’ve likely been treated to a slice from Kasa’s. But did you know Kasa’s has been in operation since 1978? Who remembers the days of renting a VHS tape from the attached video store while picking up a pie? Today, you can find more than just a deliciously diverse menu of food, you’ll also find an awesome Play Place, equipped with climbing walls, crawling platforms, tunnels, mats, and a slide! With delicious food, a huge selection of Turkey Hill Ice Cream flavors, and a full play space, Kasa’s is the perfect spot to host your child’s next birthday. With food and fun under control, all you need to provide are any decorations you would like to make your child’s birthday special. Parents are also welcome to come and relax in the area surrounding the play space while their child enjoys the party. Kasa’s is located on Route 940 in Paradise Valley. Stop in and sample the menu today! Or, visit their website,, and social media for more information.

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or kids, the start of a new school year is like New Year's Eve: a chance to start

fresh and set intentions for the year ahead. It's a time to reboot, make new friends, get new clothes and gear, and find new opportunities to fuel their passions. As parents, you can help your children have a Happy School Year by encouraging them to set and accomplish their goals - or school year's resolutions. Whether they want to join math club, improve their finger-painting skills, or just make the bus on time every day, Amazon has the resources and tips to help kids achieve their goals this year.

Record school year's resolutions. Take the time to sit down and chat with your children about what they hope to accomplish in the new year

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and how they envision getting there. This is a great way for you to learn more about your kids' dreams - the answer may surprise you! Plus, it's even a great time for you to make school year's resolutions. A new school year represents a fresh start for parents too. By setting goals with your child, you can lead by example and bond over the journey of seeing your goals through.

Celebrate school year's eve. Help your child avoid a case of the "Sunday scaries" before the first day of school by hosting a School Year's Eve Party! Make the new school year something that is fun and celebrated, not feared and dreaded. Include festive decorations and party props, a Happy School Year playlist on Amazon Music, and your kid's

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favorite foods and treats. There are a lot of sweet schoolthemed snacks you can make too. Grab some fun cookie cutters or check out Pinterest for tips on how to use what you already have in your kitchen to make fun treats.

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and still growing Get organized. New school year, new schedule. Develop a system to keep yourself and your family organized, ensuring resolutions don't


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Fresh produce, flowers, meats, breads, preserves, and more from your local farmers

fall by the wayside. Use an Amazon Wish List to keep track of supplies needed for the year, a personalized planner to track projects and activities, and sticky notes to keep everyone posted (literally) on family whereabouts. To help your family track progress, you can even create and decorate a family "Happy School Year" cork board.

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Stock up for success. Every new school year comes with classroom supply lists and new wardrobe needs. A one-stop shop retailer like Amazon lets you complete your shopping on your own schedule and have items shipped to you, allowing more time to soak up those last bits of summer as a family. You can also sign up for a Prime membership to get deals and free shipping to save on the essentials. Plus, the incredible selection makes it easy to find everything from the classroom must-haves to those special items your kids need to achieve their school year's resolutions - whether that's art supplies to become a better artist or rainbow socks to be more colorful every day. Radio personality and co-founder of Lil' Libros Patty Rodriguez likes

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Ease into the year. To give your children the best chance of having a Happy School Year, try easing into the school year by adjusting your routine a week or more in advance. For example, if your child's resolution is to make it to school on time, Patty Rodriguez suggests setting the morning alarm a full week before the first day of school. Find school year essentials and fun supplies at amazon. com/happyschoolyear.

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Introducing a new addition to the Spruce Lake Family


ur community has grown to know Spruce Lake as a

transform this property into an impeccable space, their plans

place of positivity, connection, exploration, and fun. As

for the future are even more exciting.

parents, we trust Spruce Lake with the care and education of our children. As families, we visit to reconnect, explore nature, and feel closer to God. As individuals, we look to the organization to build meaningful relationships, refresh the body and soul, and deepen our faith. Spruce Lake is a name that is synonymous with faith, trust, and goodwill. On October 17th, 2018, the Spruce Lake family grew when the organization officially took over stewardship of Pinebrook. With the goal of extending their values and reaching further into the heart of our community, Spruce Lake plans to continue “Pointing People Toward Christ” as they build on the deep history of the Pinebrook grounds.

One of the things we love most about Spruce Lake is its impressive summer day camp program. Unique programming and opportunities for kids reassure parents that their kids are making the most of their summer days. Beginning summer of 2021, Pinebrook will be offering the same summer day camp program

As a resident of the Poconos, chances are you have traveled

for kids. Day camp is just the

by the property now known as Pinebrook. Located off of

beginning of plans to better

Route 191 in Stroudsburg, the Pinebrook property spans 134

serve families in need of

acres and includes Pinebrook Park, the roaring Brodhead

care. Future endeavors also

Creek, and miles of lush forest. In 1933, Pinebrook was

include before and after-

established by well-known evangelist Percy Crawford. The

school care for kids with the

property began as the Pinebrook Bible Conference for young

same awesome opportunities

people in the Pocono Mountains. Percy brought many of

summer campers receive.

the nation's leading Bible teachers, like Billy Graham, and musicians to the property during the 28 years he served as director. Today, Spruce Lake honors the 85 years of history and tradition established by Crawford by offering a peaceful location to rest, restore, and reconnect.

Pinebrook is now open to local residents and church organizations looking for meeting space. They even have the perfect space for baptisms. If you would like a tour of the property or more information, visit or call 570.424.1212. You can also check them out on Facebook!

Currently, Pinebrook serves primarily as a retreat and conference center for Christian and corporate groups. The sprawling property includes six lodging units with 92 rooms that can accommodate up to 424 guests. A variety of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces ensure that groups of all size can be accommodated. Other amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, an outdoor amphitheater, a basketball court, gaga ball court, playgrounds, a gym,

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and more, all available to guests. You won’t want to miss

a meal while at Pinebrook either. Three buffet-style meals

are served every day and are always a highlight of any visit. While Spruce Lake has already begun working their magic to

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Invite your friends and neighbors over, spread out some comfy seating and dim the lights. Whether it's a birthday sleepover, an adults-only gathering or nearly anything in-between, hosting a movie night in the comfort of your own home - or on a projector in the yard - can be the perfect escape. Of course, tasty snacks only add to the fun. Light and airy popcorn is a movie watching staple, and one you can feel good about eating. At only 30 calories per cup, whole-grain, freshly popped popcorn is naturally low in fat and calories, nonGMO, gluten-free, contains no artificial additives or preservatives and is sugar-free.

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Pop Up a Movie Night

Enjoyed a handful at a time or as part of creative, flavorful

snack recipes - like Popcorn Pepperoni Pizza Dippers and

Sweet and Salty Popcorn Party Mix - popcorn offers plenty of versatility to fit nearly any theme. Find more recipes perfect for serving at your next movie night at

Popcorn Pepperoni Pizza Dippers Makes: 16 squares

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Nonstick cooking spray 2 eggs

1/2 cup tomato and basil reduced-fat cooking cream 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese 1/8 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 10 cups popped popcorn 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/3 cup thinly sliced pepperoni, coarsely chopped marinara sauce, for dipping

Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 8-inch square baking pan with

Sweet & Salty Popcorn Party Mix Makes: 14 cups

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10 cups popped popcorn 2 cups miniature pretzel twists 1 cup pecans 1 cup peanuts 2 cups rice, wheat or corn cereal squares 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Heat oven to 300 F. In large bowl, combine popcorn, pretzels, pecans, peanuts and cereal squares; set aside. In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat butter, brown

nonstick cooking spray.

sugar and corn syrup. Stir mixture until it begins to boil. Boil

In large bowl, whisk eggs, cooking cream, parmesan

baking soda. Note: Mixture will foam.

cheese and black pepper. Stir in popcorn, mozzarella

3 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in

cheese and pepperoni.

Pour syrup over popcorn mixture and stir until evenly

Spread mixture in prepared pan, patting down with spatula

roasting pan. Bake 30 minutes, stirring twice during baking.

or spoon.

Stir mixture several times as it cools. Store in airtight

Bake about 15 minutes until set and lightly browned. Let

coated. Pour mixture onto large, rimmed baking sheet or


sit 5 minutes. Cut into 16 bars. Serve warm with marinara sauce.

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The Berghoefer Family



ur family came together in 2011, when John (Tuna) and

and drawing. When TJ is not dabbling in the arts, he enjoys

I began dating. From the start, Tuna made his now step-

spending time with friends and playing video games. He is a

children part of the “major” decisions, from asking them if

magnificent big brother and entertains his younger brother all

he could date me to asking their permission to marry me.

the time.

The road wasn’t always smooth and carefree as we became a family, but, like any real family, we worked through the bumps and troubles together. Tuna and I both moved here from New Jersey but have been here long enough to say we are from the Poconos. We both attended and graduated from Pocono Mountain High School before there were East/ West sides. I have been employed by the Pocono Mountain School District since August of 2001 and have taught special education on both sides of the district. I currently am a 2nd grade learning support teacher at SEC. In February of 2001, John began his career at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, where he is currently an EMS Supervisor in command of the “B-team” or 2nd tour. TJ is 15 years old and attends Pocono Mountain East High School. He is involved in marching band and chorus and was also in this year’s production of “Pippin.” He plays the piano outside of school and loves anything to do with art

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Julianna is 12 years old and attends Swiftwater Intermediate School. She loves to play basketball and is actively involved in several leagues. When she is not playing basketball, she enjoys playing outside, talking to and hanging out with friends, and, of course, playing video games. Jackson is almost 2 years old and attends the Oxford School two days a week. He is a typical toddler, always exploring his surroundings and learning new things. He loves playing with trucks and spending time outside. He truly loves when his older brother and sister play with him and entertain him; the belly laughs during these times are endless. In February of this year, our journey as a family began to take a turn no one ever imagined. Our oldest son, TJ, came downstairs and said, “Hey mom, my neck is swollen.” At first, I shrugged it off and told him to go salt the driveway. When he came back in, his neck was still bothering him. As

any mom would do, I checked his glands, but the swelling

will learn that he is stronger than he ever thought and is able

was closer to his shoulder. I felt a lump that was hard and

to accomplish anything. Julianna, on the other hand, is very

didn’t feel “normal.” A visit to the doctor and an ultrasound

trusting. When she tries something new, she always ends

showed that he had several enlarged lymph nodes. After two,

up with a big smile on her face and says, “I don’t know why I

unsuccessful rounds of antibiotics, TJ was sent to Danville for

was afraid of that.”

a biopsy. There, an oncologist performed a surgical biopsy. With that, our roller coaster ride began. TJ’s biopsy was conducted on March 21st. On March 27th, I received a call that no mother, or parent for that matter, ever wants to get. TJ was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Despite the doctor’s assurance that it was completely curable, I worried about the treatment that would lead us to the cure. My message to families is to listen to your children and your instincts. If I had continued to shrug off TJ’s complaints as a teenager not wanting to complete an undesired chore, we wouldn’t be on the road to recovery, and things may have been a lot worse.


Jennifer… With our crazy schedules, any time together as a family is my favorite. My ultimate favorite thing to do as a family is any holiday celebration, Christmas Eve night and Christmas morning being at the forefront. We have traditions, new and old, that we are teaching Jackson, and I believe this is one of the things that has made us blend so well as a family. Each Christmas Eve, everyone (including the dogs) wears special Christmas pajamas, and we sit around the Christmas tree as I read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Christmas morning has become a favorite, as our entire family travels to our house for breakfast and a present exchange. It is a crazy,

It’s funny for us to see how nervous mom gets when she finds out exactly what we’ve been up to. I think the kids are plotting to be the ones that introduce Jackson to all of the things that give moms and dads gray hair!

TJ… My favorite activity is fun, family Fridays at our house. These nights tend to go really late, but we get to spend time together with our cousins and aunt and uncles as well. Fridays at our house include lots of laughter, playing games, and catching up with each other.

Julianna… My favorite activity is family vacations. We take the most awesome family vacations together. These are my favorite because we always do fun things and the adventures are endless. I especially like any water activities my brother, cousins, and I do together. I cannot wait to go this year, because we will be bringing our own boat and that means a lot more fun on the water.

Jackson… Jackson cannot yet tell us what his favorite activity is, but he is happiest when we are all home together, gathered in the living room chatting and entertaining him. It sometimes becomes a contest as to who can make him laugh the most.

busy two days, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

John (Tuna)… My favorite thing to do with the family is to introduce them to new activities that they may not be comfortable with. I was blessed to have a childhood where my brother and I were always experiencing new things, and I enjoyed taking something that made me feel uncomfortable and turning it

The best way to find HL early is to be on the lookout

into something I enjoyed.

for possible symptoms. The most common symptom is

The differences between the two older kids are what really

a lump or bump under the skin which usually doesn't hurt. It's

make it fun for me. TJ tends to be a little more reserved and

most often on the side of the neck, in the armpit, or in the groin.

calculated when he tries new things, so I have to have a

More often this is caused by something like an infection, not

more nurturing approach when encouraging him to try things

HL, but it’s important to have such lumps checked by a doctor.

that he might be apprehensive about. I was the same way as a kid. When everything is said and done, I hope that TJ

enlargement or swelling of one or more lymph nodes, causing

Information provided by the American Cancer Society. For more information and to donate visit

Let me start by saying that I am NOT a crafty person. Occasionally I’ll dabble in the craft world, mostly for magazine purposes or because I think it’s something my kids might enjoy. When I’m scrolling through Pinterest, I always look for the easiest, most fool-proof ideas. Each project starts with an unrealistic amount of confidence. “This will be so easy. How could anyone mess this up?” I often tell myself. Inevitably, the end result is always embarrassing. Let’s not forget about my holiday brownie-filled ice cream cones that still remain in the bottom of my oven.

My kids and I were both AMAZED by the final products! Even without any crafting abilities, our shirts still turned out great, and my kids have been wearing them proudly ever since. All I can say is that if I can do it, you can too! Here is how we did it and the techniques we used.

STEP 1: Head to Michael’s or any craft store and pick up a tie-dye kit.

For this issue, I decided to try a timeless craft - tie-dyed

You might think this is cheating, but the kit we got had SO

t-shirts. People have been tie-dying things for decades; how

MANY COLORS! The variety of colors made it more fun for

hard can it be, right? Let me remind you that I have four kids,

my kids, and they didn’t fight over who had the color they

so even the simplest of tasks often become exponentially

wanted. NOTE: Similar to Target, you can leave Michael’s

harder. (Can we just PUT SHOES ON already!?) While the

with so many things you didn’t intend to buy. In addition to

preparation had my head spinning, because excited kids ask

the dye kit, we also left with a turtle figurine, shark tooth fossil

A LOT of questions, it was easy for them to dye their shirts

kit, and hair bows. Why?

with minimal assistance.

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My kids and I started by watching tutorials online on how to

Wear gloves, pants, snowsuits, full body armor - whatever

do different techniques to achieve different results. At this

necessary. I made sure mine were wearing gloves, which is

point, they were all REALLY EXCITED. Loud. Confusion.

why their arms, legs, and feet are still dyed. One week and

Chaos. Brain. Overload.


Are my kids the only ones that start fighting each other when


they’re excited? Why?

STEP 3: Forget the stupid tutorials. Wing it.

STEP 4: We decided to set up our tie-dying station outside. We all started twisting and wrapping shirts with rubber bands. In the meantime, my younger kids sprayed us all with the hose and fought about who got to fill the dye bottles with water. I also had to remove a splinter, break up more fights, and answer 985 more questions. Are we having fun yet!?

STEP 5: After all shirts were twisted, wrapped, and banded up, we filled the dye bottles with water.

Let the dying begin! This is where my kids really had fun. Some of them were really meticulous about where they applied the dye, while others sprayed it all over. Either way, they had fun and didn’t fight for at least 20 minutes.

STEP 8: Wrap the wet shirts in plastic and let them sit. We let them sit overnight for more vibrant colors.

STEP 9: It was like Christmas morning the next day. The kids were so excited to see how their designs turned out. One by one, we unraveled each shirt, rinsed, and hung it outside. After all were rinsed, I ran them through the washer/dryer.

What do you think!? Was it worth the chaos? Totally.

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things to do! Kid Fest / Entrepreneur Day

15th Annual Festival of Wood A Celebration of our natural and cultural heritage of wood. Enjoy handmade crafts, music, arts, programs, children’s activities, educational exhibits, and more! Self-guided tours

On Kids' Day, there's plenty to see and do for kids! Enjoy free

of all three floors of the mansion are $5 per person. Rain or

face painting and balloon animals. This year, they are also

shine. Free parking and shuttle.

looking for kid entrepreneurs. Does your child have his or her own business or make a special craft? Monroe Farmers Market would love to hear about it and, if they qualify, let them set up at the market for this special day. Come out for a day at the market and enjoy local goods and live music. Courthouse Square in Downtown Stroudsburg Saturday, August 3, 8am - 12pm

Grey Towers National Historic Landmark Saturday, August 3, 10am - 5pm Sunday, August 4, 10am - 4pm

Sciencetellers "Aliens: Escape from Earth"

During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls

4th Annual Hot to Trot Car Show Join Cub Scout Pack 129 for our 4th Annual Hot to Trot Car Show which will be held on Sunday, August 4, 2019 from 12pm - 4pm at Dutch's Market in Greentown, PA. This is a rain or shine event, and we hope you'll come out and join us. Have a vehicle? Pre-Register for $10 ($15 at the door) by calling 610-597-1521 or mail to 108 Quiet Lane Court,

from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star. Two curious kids venture into the forest to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Pursued by a crazy space scientist, they must risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their spaceship — before it’s too late! Barrett Paradise Friendly Library Thursday, August 8, 1pm - 2pm

Greentown, PA 18426. We have 5 award categories: Best in Show, Scouts Choice, Best Vehicle not a Car, People's Choice, and Best Recreational Vehicle. Motorcycles are

Heritage Craft Day

welcome. Pre-Register by July 28th. Commemorative Dash Plaques for the first 100 vehicles! Looking for a fun day out? Come check out all the cars, enjoy the food and music, and vote for your favorite vehicle. This event is FREE to the public.

Come explore Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm as it is filled with heritage craft demonstrations. This day highlights many of the traditional trade skills and heritage crafts of our forefathers. Folks will be able to see the demonstrators at work and even try crafts out for themselves. With a whole

Dutch’s Market in Greentown

day dedicated to crafts, there will be plenty of time to learn

Sunday, August 4, 12 - 4pm

about the techniques involved as well as some of the history behind them. There will be demonstrations, such as basket

Mady’s Snow Day Have you ever seen it snow in August? Snow is coming to the Pint Size Park for the 8th annual Mady’s Snow Day. Rides, games, food, brews, magic shows, and live music from an awesome line-up of great bands, including Christian Porter and the Maybabies. At the Pint Size Park…rain, snow, or shine! Cost is $10 for adults. Kids under 18 are free!

making, spinning, weaving, egg etching, wheat weaving, blacksmithing, and pottery. Everyone enjoys this true handson event, so plan to spend as much of the day as you can learning about historic folk crafts. This event will be held rain or shine. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm Saturday, August 10, 10am - 4pm

Proceeds benefit Mady’s Angels. Barley Creek Brewing Company

Simple Tree ID Program

Sunday, August 4, 1 - 10pm

As we hike through the forest, we are focused on the great variety of plants and animals we may see, but do we ever look closely at the trees? Trees are the largest living things in

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the forest and are fascinating to study! Join Roger Spotts at 10am for this two-hour hike at Kettle Creek to discuss simple tree identification techniques and the important role they play in the forest ecosystem. Kettle Creek Saturday, August 10, 10 - 11:30am

Waterfall Tour The Delaware Water Gap has quite a few waterfalls within the park that all flow into the Delaware River. Join us for an afternoon as we check out some of the larger and well-known falls in the park. Spaces are limited, so call early! Pocono Environmental Education Center Sunday August 11, 10am - 12pm

ABC Supply 500 Pocono Raceway will host the ABC Supply 500 INDYCAR Series on Sunday, August 18, 2019 with events leading up to the race all weekend. On Saturday, on-track activity will include NTT IndyCar Series practices and qualifying. Also, don’t miss the Vintage Indy Car Celebration, car shows, and autograph sessions all weekend long! Pocono Raceway Saturday, August 17 - Sunday, August 18

2nd Annual Pocono Summer Fest The goal of this event is to focus on delivering services, outreach, and events that guide, motivate and inspire the communities in which they touch. The event will feature

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open five-on-five basketball tournament, 10-team cornhole tournament, raffles, games, live DJ, food/beverages, guest speaker, and kidz zone. Dansbury Park Saturday, August 17, 8am

Run Wild Run Wild is back and better than ever! The Lehigh Valley Zoo 5K/10K for animal conservation sponsored by St. Luke’s University Health Network is one of our biggest fundraisers of

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Enjoy one of the most picturesque running trails in all of Pennsylvania! Your 5K or 10K trek will take you through the Trexler Game Preserve, a serene animal sanctuary that totals more than 1200 acres. Your fun race will end inside the Lehigh Valley Zoo as you run past our zebras, oryx, camels, ostrich, and kangaroos, and end at our St Luke’s Giraffe Barn where Murphy and Tatu will be cheering you on! Awards will be given to the top 3 male and top 3 females in each of these age groups plus overall male and female winners and overall masters male and female winners. Lehigh Valley Zoo Saturday, August 17, 8 - 10am

Dragonfly Walk

Wally Lake Fest Lake Wallenpaupack is celebrated during this action-packed three-day event. Wally Lake Fest is a community-wide festival designed to help summer last a little longer in Hawley. For more information, visit their website. Lake Wallenpaupack Friday, August 23 - Sunday, August 25

Nature at Night A pleasant summer evening is the perfect time to head outside. Take a walk in the woods to listen for owls, look at stars, and enjoy the music of the night. Enjoy fun activities that test your night vision. We recommend you bring a

Learn about the wonderful world of dragonflies! Join David Trently on a search through the fields and around the ponds for dragonflies and butterflies. Call early – spaces fill up fast. Pocono Environmental Education Center

flashlight! Pocono Environmental Education Center Saturday, August 24, 8 - 9:30pm

Sunday, August 18, 1 - 3pm

Great Pocono Raceway Air Show

Outdoor Movie: Wonder Park

“The Great Pocono Raceway Air Show” will include approximately four hours of aerobatic entertainment and

Thursdays on the Green hosted by Pocono Township Parks

re-enactments on both show dates. There will also be

& Recreation. Enjoy a movie outdoors on the beautiful lawn

entertainment for all ages with multiple displays and vendors

at Northampton Community College Monroe Campus. FREE

in Fan Fair, kid-friendly activities and play areas, helicopter

EVENT. Come early and visit the local vendors. Movie starts

rides, exotic car rides, and more. Additional performers, re-

at dusk.

enactors, displays, and entertainment will be announced as

Northampton Community College, Monroe Campus Thursday, August 22, 5 - 9pm

event dates approach. See website for details. Pocono Raceway Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25, 12 - 4pm

Beer Fest at Blue Mountain Resort Calling all beer lovers! Blue Mountain Resort's Beer Fest is

The Pocono State Craft Festival

back and sure to please with craft beer sampling, delicious food, and stunning views of the Pocono Mountains! Join

The Poconos' premier art and craft festival takes place

Blue Mountain for a must-attend, two-day event featuring

every August at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

unlimited sampling of over 150 craft brews. There will be live

in Stroudsburg, PA. Experience one of the area's largest

music and talented artisan vendors. Whether you're loyal to a

varieties of art and craft demonstrations, be entertained by

certain brew style or want to broaden your palate, Beer Fest

the best regionally based musicians, and experience the very

has something for everyone! Please note, this event is for

best the Poconos have to offer.

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Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm Saturday, August 24 - Sunday, August 25, 10am - 5pm

Dog Day at the Market The Monroe Farmers Market in Courthouse Square is excited to hold Dog Day. Bring your well-behaved furbabies along for some fresh air and meet and greet! If you're seeking something special for your pet, shop the animalrelated vendors and crafters. If you're looking to adopt a pet,

Celebrate your special day at Bloom! • Variety of party packages & event space rental options

talk with local rescue organizations on-site and potentially leave with a new friend! There will be many great things going on for you and your pup. Courthouse Square in Downtown Stroudsburg

Contact us at or by phone at 272-200-2245 to start making plans for your next party or event!

• Basic party package starts at $10 per child Additional packages such as a Paint & Play, or Learn & Play, as well as add-ons such as face painting or professional photography avaiable.

Saturday, August 24, 8am - 12pm

Summer Program - BUGS! Hosted by Pocono Township Parks & Recreation Bugs are fascinating creatures that come in a variety of species. Join us on an insect safari to locate some. Mountain View ParkFREE COMMUNITY EVENT. Mountainview Park Saturday, August 24, 11am - 12:30pm

Wallypalooza Live Music on Lake Wallenpaupack, Tafton Dike. Listen to great bands perform throughout the day on a floating stage in front of the Dike on Lake Wallenpaupack. Drop anchor or lay out on the dike, enjoy the sun and tunes, but please do so safely and responsibly. Lake Wallenpaupack, Tafton Dike Saturday, August 24, 11am - 5:30pm Schedule: 11am - 2pm: Sera Bullis / 2:30 - 5:30pm: Bliss

Pocono Garlic and Harvest Festival Celebrating 25 years of the Hardneck Garlic harvest, the Pocono Garlic & Harvest Festival will fill the Poconos with the aroma of garlicky goodness over Labor Day weekend. Over 60 food and craft vendors will be offering everything from garlic vinegar and garlic ice cream to garlicthemed pottery and paintings. There will also be live musical performances, educational demonstrations, the annual garlic



eating contest, and plenty of children’s activities, making this a great family event! Shawnee Mountain Saturday, August 31 - Sunday, September 1, 10am - 6pm


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Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M The Tour

parties of 10 or more. See website for complete details. This

Nickelodeon’s JoJo Siwa D.R.E.A.M. The Tour with special

Pocono Raceway

guests The Belles presented by Parket City. Tickets are on

Saturday, September 7

sale now at the NBT Bank Box Office and Ticketmaster.

Mohegan Sun Arena Saturday, August 31, 7pm

event was formerly known as The Lantern Festival.

Arts & Crafts Fair at Bingham Park

Enjoy the talents of artists and crafters displaying their fine

StroudFest End the summer with Stroudfest! This free, family-friendly festival brings retail, craft, and food vendors, as well as great live music, to Downtown Stroudsburg. Sidewalks from 5th

wares. The fair hosts approximately 100 vendors with truly unique handcrafted items. These accomplished merchants travel from near and far to showcase their creative and distinctive gift ideas for that special someone or yourself! This event will take place rain or shine.

to 9th streets are filled with booths, stages, food trucks, and

Bingham Park

activity stations for all to enjoy. See website for complete

Saturday, September 14, 9am - 4pm


Downtown Stroudsburg Saturday, August 31, 11am - 6pm


On Saturday, September 14, the fall version of the ever

Artisans on Ann Come out for a day of art, food, and fun. Enjoy local artists highlighting their wares of photography, pottery, fiber media, jewelry, soap making, glass work, wood creation, and much more. There will be food and drink vendors in addition to live music. Ann Street in Stroudsburg

popular Milford Music Festival will be reprised as a boroughwide sidewalk event with music, shopping, dining, and fun all over town, attracting music lovers and encouraging them to explore Milford. Over 30 businesses participate, giving music lovers a reason to experience Milford from one end of town to the other. Call for more information. Downtown Milford Saturday, September 14, 11am - 8pm

Saturday, August 31, 9am - 4pm

Volunteer Day - Pike County Day of Caring Lend a hand and help us out with some seasonal projects. This is the perfect day to become involved with our volunteer program! Preregistration required. Lunch is

Owl Prowl Pennsylvania is home to a number of different species of owls. There are a handful of different species that live around PEEC. We may not see any, but we can definitely hear them! 


Pocono Environmental Education Center

Pocono Environmental Education Center

Saturday, September 14, 7 - 8:30pm

Saturday, September 7, 9am - 2pm

Night Lights

The Bike Train All aboard the scenic Bike Train! Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing train ride up the Lehigh Gorge for 25 miles,

Inspired by the traditional Thai Lantern Festival, Night

then pedal your bike back down to Jim Thorpe, at your own

Lights is an all-new and completely reimagined sky lantern

pace, along the Lehigh Gorge Rail-Trail. Round-trip train ride

experience. All ages welcome. Group rates are available for

tickets are also available. Advance ticket purchase required.

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Available select dates May through November. Call or visit the website for details. Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway Saturday, September 14

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Kid’s Day Aug. 3, 2019

This year's run will mark the 11th anniversary of this race. We would like to continue with the tradition of donating to

Dog Day

the Jeaneane Pavlicka Scholarship. Additionally, some of

our proceeds raised will also be donated in support to the

ThinkBig Foundation. The ThinkBig Foundation focuses on providing financial support to our neighbors. At ThinkBIG,

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they define their neighbors as the families of children who are diagnosed with cancer and treated at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

Pocono Mountain West High School Sunday, September 15

Check in: 7am until 8:30am; Race Start: 9am

Shawnee Celtic Festival

Join Shawnee Mountain for a weekend of non-stop Celtic

music on two stages, a foot stomping bagpiper and Celtic jam, working sheep dogs, Irish step dancers, a variety of Celtic crafts, and food vendors. Shawnee Mountain

Fiber Day


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Fiber Day

exhibits. Fun for all ages. This event will be held rain or

Join the Monroe Farmers Market as they celebrate all things

Pocono Blvd. in Mount Pocono

fiber, from sheep's wool to alpaca and maybe a goat or two. Come out and enjoy vendors Bloom Play Space, Green


Saturday, September 28, 9am - 5pm

Acres Goat Farm, Knob View Farm Garlic Salt, Magnolia Streamside Resort, and many more.

The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival

Courthouse Square in Downtown Stroudsburg Saturday, September 21, 8am - 12pm

There's so much to see and do at the Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival, open daily late September through October. Pick pumpkins, play games, and enjoy some great food. Enjoy

Enchanted Fairy Walk at Paradise Lavender Farm Once Upon A Fairy turns the path to Paradise Lavender Farm into a fairy wonderland. Come dressed in your fairy/gnome outfits, if you wish, and join us for a day of fairy magic. Participate in the dance of the fairies with certified dance instructor Miss Brielle. Step through the portal into Fairy Wonderland. Follow the path for a scavenger hunt for the

daily hayrides, family corn maze, haunted house, and much more. There's even more fall fun on weekends, including wagon rides, midway rides, bumper balls, and a gourd grenade activity. The escape rooms will be open! Fees apply to weekend additions. See website for details. Country Junction September 28 - October 27

fairy treasure. Make-and-take craft project under the party tent. Enjoy story time with Miss Linda.

Warrior Dash

Complementary refreshments will be served after the event in the picnic area. Children three and under are free. Ross & Ross Nursery Sunday, September 22, 1 - 3pm

Pocono Foliage Express

Do something different with your weekend. Warrior Dash is a 5K obstacle race that anyone can conquer. Whether you’re an elite athlete or just beginning the challenge, you’ll take down 12 world-class obstacles, like Super Soaker and Warrior Roast, leap over fire, and venture through mud-caked backroads as you make your loop to the finish line. You’ll be rewarded with a finisher medal, a sweet t-shirt, fuzzy Warrior helmet, free race day photos, all day festival access, and an

Join Stourbridge Line for a 1.5 hour, 20-mile round-trip ride

ice cold beer (warriors 21+). Head to the post-race party to

from Honesdale to Hawley. This is one of the best ways to

relive the course with friends, nosh on some grub, dance to

take in the natural beauty of the Northern Pocono Mountains.

live music, interact with games from sponsors, and celebrate

Keep your eyes open for bald eagles and other wildlife

your decision to leave your normal weekend in the mud.

along the river. The rail cars are heated and restrooms are available on the train. Train runs on select Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the fall. Train departs on September 25, 28, 29; October 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, and 30. The Stourbridge Line September 25 - October 30

Mount Pocono Harvest Festival

Pocono Raceway Saturday, September 28

Ecozone Discovery Room Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave, explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on natural history, sustainability and the local environment. No registration required.

Mount Pocono’s community festival, held in Downtown Mount Pocono. Enjoy food, crafts, handmade clothing, jewelry, and gift items. Children’s activities, displays, and educational

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Pocono Environmental Education Center Saturday, September 28, 1 - 4pm



& Fall Festival The a t ri cal Ge m s

Reb e l Stage s

Ruth Kochera

Performances by Theatrical Gems, Rebel Stages, Shawnee Playhouse & Ruth Kochera

OCTOBER 5, 2019 •• 12PM - 4PM

@ t h e f o r m e r B a r r e t t E l e m e n t a r y C e n t e r, C r e s c o , PA Proce eds benefit the Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains

Bounce Houses • PT Reptiles • Barrel Rides Face Painters • Pumpkin Painting & More!

Shop at our crafter ’s row & enjoy food from our local restaurants.





Marshall Machinery, Inc.

Fo od not included

For more info or sponsorship email

Rain Date: Oct. 6

Live Music • Local Food • Crafters & Family Fun!

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