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From MeSee Exercising patience with my kids is always a New Year’s resolution of mine. Actually, I guess I shouldn’t call it a resolution; it’s more of an intention. I want to be more patient. I want to be the mom that calmly corrects her children in a loving tone. I don’t want to lose my shit mind after listening to them fight endlessly. I don’t want to get frustrated when whining becomes the only language they speak. But despite my efforts, patience gets lost in the chaos, and once I find my sanity again, I recommit to being more patient. While I do want to be more patient day to day, what I’ve come to realize is that I need to see the bigger picture. I’m at the point in parenting where kids will fight, kids will whine, and kids will be crazy, loud, and unpredictable. I need to have patience and know that someday this won’t be the case. I’m not going to remind you all to “cherish these moments” or anything like that, because, honestly, sometimes it’s too hard to see past the madness. But I do find a glimmer of hope in knowing that this season will soon pass. Sure, another one will be right around the corner, but I’m not going to worry about that just yet. Whatever season you’re in, I hope you can find some patience, too. This time of year can certainly test anyone’s patience, so in this issue you’ll find some ideas to keep life entertaining while you wait for spring. We have crafts, snacks, and sights to see. Check out our feature on the Crayola Factory and the awesome snowmen you can find throughout Stroudsburg, thanks to GO Collaborative. And don’t forgot to pick up your heartshaped pizza from Kasa’s on Valentine’s Day! If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for the MeSee Kids Club! You can sign up by visiting our website and clicking “Join the Club.” There is no cost to join; just follow the link, complete the form, and we’ll send you all kinds of goodies, exclusively for club members - discounts, coupons, special information, exclusive events, and even some MeSee swag! You can read more about the Kids Club in this issue.
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College Planners of NEPA Preparing for college is a stressful time for both students
have been able to bring our findings and knowledge back
and their parents. What will it cost? Where should we
to our neighbors. Being able to assist students in reducing
begin? What financial aid is available? The entire process
their costs for college has been amazing, and we all love
can be overwhelming and emotional. Wouldn’t it be
going to work knowing we will be helping students avoid
great to have a professional walk you through each step,
the debt of higher education
ensuring that you’re taking full advantage of the programs available to you so both you and your child can have the best experience? College Planners of NEPA will do just that. We had a chance to talk with Nicole Prussman, CEO of College Planners of NEPA, to get the scoop on their
What does the process generally look like from start to finish?
services and where to begin. First, our process is structured individually to Tell us about College Planners of NEPA and how you got started.
every student. To give you a general idea, we first meet students when they come into our office or attend one of our Free Local Seminars. After every introduction or seminar, we meet every family for a
Honestly, this is a bit of a complex question. The truth is, I don’t believe any of us ever imagined this would happen. I often think this company is the perfect example of the saying, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Our staff has a broad range of skills, and we all come
complete Financial Aid Consult. At this meeting we review the individual family’s situation, discuss fields of study or career choices, and identify any college or universities being considered. At this point, we create a pathway for success by explaining the possibilities of improving their financial aid options.
from different careers paths; however, the one thing we all have is college debt. After discussing our own situations, we realized there had to be a better way to handle it. We began by reaching out to colleagues and asking
Planning for college can be overwhelming. When should parents begin the process?
questions. The next thing we knew, College Planners of NEPA was launched. And guess what? It is totally
This is such an important question. The fact is,
possible to control your college expenses. This has
we can help students as late as November of
allowed us the most awesome opportunity, because we
their senior year, but this tends to be a more
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complicated process and options may be limited. The
If a student has a particular school in mind but
best way to access our services is to attend one of
the parents fear they can't afford it, do you find
our seminars during your child’s Sophomore or Junior
ways to help them make it work?
year. Starting at this point allows us to work through the process while ensuring you and your child are not
We always take what the student wants into
overwhelmed. It also allows for the benefit of choices.
consideration, and making their dream come true
Let’s be serious, your child’s education has the potential
is a large part of our process. We are assisting in
to cost more than the home you are currently living in. Because of this, we encourage families to put serious planning time into their college decisions. The earlier you start, the more you can be prepared for and the more you can control.
planning their futures and student wants and needs are very important to this process. Because of our staff’s extensive experience, we excel at working with teenagers. While we always listen to their feelings, we also help them work through some processes to ensure they are focusing on what is important and necessary. If this turns out leading
Do you meet with families before they start to apply to colleges to best understand what they can afford?
us to a school which is not affordable, we help families plan using their current situation and any additional scholarship aid which may be awarded.
Absolutely, we cannot do this without family
What is something parents might not know about
participation. As a matter of fact, the reason
the process and the services available to them?
we say the best time for students to meet with us is their Sophomore or Junior year
The first thing we want parents to understand is
is because we want to help participate in choosing
that preparing for college is NOT a cookie cutter
a school. Selecting a school is as much a business
process. Choosing the best school and acquiring
decision as it is an academic one. Identifying a college
the best financial aid package is not a come one,
or university which will best serve your child is far from a simple task. A college tour and reviewing a website is not enough, and, unfortunately, identifying the necessary information is a daunting task for many families. We at College Planners of NEPA have access to a great deal of information regarding every college, university, or trade school in the US. Plus, our staff is comprised of highly trained educators and financial professionals who all work together to ensure your child’s college career is planned, structured, and attacked in a way which will benefit the financial aid package he or she is awarded.
come all system. It requires a personal review and plan to ensure every individual student benefits from the process. We’ve all heard the story of the student who got the free-ride versus the student who is paying back student loans. Understanding why and how this happens is what we do. The second thing we want families to understand is that income is not the only factor when applying for financial aid. Understanding how your family fits into the financial aid equation is essential to the beginning of your college planning adventure, and it is an area where our company excels. Your financial aid amount is not a mystery. There
Do you help identify any available grants or
is a set, although complicated, equation which determines
a student’s financial aid. Accessing and leveraging this equation is how we determine the best way to assist families.
We use an array of local, private, and public programs to compile and help students search for available scholarships and grants. This is an excellent way to acquire additional funds
College Planners of NEPA also has a blog. What type of information can be found there?
for school, however, it also includes student involvement. We can produce a never-ending list of scholarships, but if they aren’t applied for, the money goes unclaimed for another year. While this process is student intensive, it is a process which we will guide your child through in order to ensure success. 8 • MeSee Magazine
I am so glad you asked. Our blog is a newer addition to our website, and we are using it to assist students and their families in navigating some of the bigger points of the college planning process.
On our blog, you can find links to articles, calendars, and
For a current list of seminar locations, times, and
information which is beneficial as you make this journey to
updates, visit us at facebook.com/nepacollegeplan. When
higher education. I strongly encourage our newer students to
you find a seminar which fits your schedule, simply click
spend time reviewing and reading through the information we
the link and fill out a registration form. This ensures we
always have enough space for everyone who attends.
In addition to our blog, we are also on Facebook and Instagram to help us keep our students updated on
We often fill up, so please register to make sure we can fit you in.
expectations, deadlines, and information about how to choose and apply to a college or university. What is the best way to contact you for more information? You also hold seminars and informational sessions. Are these open to the public? Where can people find a schedule?
Since we work with teenagers, our staff is available via an array of resources. To contact one of our staff members, you can:
We hold numerous seminars twice a year, during the fall and spring. All of our seminars are FREE and open to anyone with a high school student interested in college. We offer these seminars all over the Poconos. During the session we offer a complete breakdown of the college financial aid and application
1. Call our office at 570.253.9945 2. Send us a message on Facebook at facebook.com/nepacollegeplan 3. Connect with us via Instagram - @cpnepa
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Any route will ensure you are able to chat with one of our
to what they truly need to understand about applying for and
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eady to doff the hats, gloves, and scarves? If so, amplify Old Man Winter’s blues with a wide color spectrum from the Crayola Experience, where
pigments don’t just pop, they burst forth, letting a cascade of sunshine replace gloomy skies. Picture Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, but instead of guzzling from chocolate waterfalls and gorging on candied goop, you’re dancing in virtual wax rain. Or bringing a coloring page to life. Or even naming and wrapping your custom crayon. And all without the pratfalls of possessing a Golden Ticket. “We have activities for a wide range of ages and interests,” extolls Kristy Martin, Crayola’s Marketing and Sales Manager. “The Experience brings innovation and mechanics to the brand.” Indeed, over two dozen attractions offer hands-on synergy to keep young ones delighted for the day, with Martin noting a couple standouts. “Kids love our prismatic, two-story playground, where they can climb to their hearts’ content. The Water Works is another big draw, as participants maneuver a toy boat through an 85-foot water table.” It’s here that children morph into maritime trailblazers, splish-splashing around a lock and canal system where they can load cargo and operate levies.
“The Experience brings innovation and mechanics to the brand.”
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The Easton-based warehouse provides visitors some historical perspective, as well. In 2003, the Experience unveiled The World’s Largest Crayon, a 15-foot-long behemoth, as part of its centennial celebration. At 1,500 pounds, the titanic tube was made of scrap “leftolas” sent in by kids from across the country. It became the record holder until 2017, when the factory crafted a larger version using its fresh hue, “bluetiful.” In the Crayola Chronology, the paraffin-splattered shoes of Emerson Mosler, a decades-long employee, are enshrined. Mosler is credited with forming an estimated 1.4 billion crayons during the course of his career. Another clothing item is the sweater worn by Mr. Rogers when he forged the 100 billionth crayon in 1996. The actual coloring tool, displayed in museum fashion, was won as a contest prize by a grandmother – Crayola paid her $100,000 to get it back. “In addition, we have a Hall of Fame that pays homage to eight colors retired by the Experience,” says Martin.
“Entire families can express their creativity and immerse in color in a whole new way. Whether it’s concocting a waxy masterpiece or using a magic tablet to solve riddles, we offer the perfect setting to explore advancing technology”
Tourists can watch Crayonologists pour buckets of wax into molds that form smoking-hot crayons as mascots interact with their human counterparts. Old Crayola commercials notch up the nostalgia, and staffers will even supply random bits of Snapple cap wisdom: A human can consume 3,500 crayons and still not ingest as many toxins as a single glass of city drinking water. Parents can rest assured if their tykes mistake the radiant designs for something out of Wonka’s facility, instead of Crayola’s.
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AT THE LODGE AT WOODLOCH By: Jamie Bowman
Call me high maintenance, but I love a good spa. From chocolate manicures to open-air massages, I can’t resist a little rest and relaxation. And if R&R is what you crave, The Lodge at Woodloch is the perfect destination. This secluded spot, nestled in the quaint town of Hawley, has been the definition of peaceful for 12 years and counting. With a gated entrance and valet parking, arriving at The Lodge at Woodloch feels like something out of a celebrity vacation. Inside, the royal treatment continues. If you’re considering a weekend getaway, this adult’s only, all-inclusive resort is the perfect escape. All guests of The Lodge at Woodloch must be 16 years of age and older, so if you’re looking for peace and quiet, you’ve come to the right place. Lodge guests have first dibs on spa appointments and will enjoy three meals a day at The Lodge’s farm-to-table restaurant, Tree. (More on that later!) If an overnight stay isn’t in the cards, purchase a day pass to access the spa, fitness classes, and a first-class lunch or dinner. Whether you’re receiving massages on the regular or are new to the spa scene, The Spa at The Lodge at Woodloch is sure to leave you in a state of nirvana. And listen up, gentlemen, contrary to popular belief, spas are not just for the ladies! A Massage for Two is the perfect opportunity to unwind while spending a little quality time with your partner in crime. During my visit, my guy and I opted for The Lodge Massage, a classic Swedish massage with your choice of aromatherapy oils.
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After 50-minutes of pure bliss, we spent the afternoon
partake in cooking demonstrations, art classes, and game
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REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD
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think it’s safe to say we have all experienced that dreaded moment when you are asked to accept or
decline trip protection before confirming a travel purchase. Here we are with thousands of dollars on the line and we still
can’t help but wonder if we should add that additional cost of travel protection. I wish they would just package in the cost
I think by now you see the importance of travel protection;
of insurance and make it mandatory; that would eliminate the
however, I’m going to give you one more scenario that
moment where we could potentially make a HUGE mistake
hopefully will show you how important travel protection is.
if we decide to opt out of the travel protection. As a Travel
You made it to the airport on time with your crew for your
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flights - three hours in advance for international, two hours
If they choose to go without, they must electronically waive
in advance for domestic. You made sure you did everything
their trip protection coverage so I have proof they were
correctly - printed boarding passes, brought your passports,
offered it and chose to decline. Most people are not expecting
and arrived on time. You made it through security and are
the unexpected when they travel; however, this is the main
at the gate in record time. What can go wrong? You know
reason to purchase trip protection. The UNEXPECTED!
you should never ask that question! As your flight time approaches you realize your plane is not at the terminal
Scenario #1 You unexpectedly need to cancel your trip, and you didn’t purchase insurance. Sick spouse, last minute babysitter canceled, or your job changed its mind about your vacation time. If you are like most people, you probably didn’t read the fine print when agreeing to the cancellation terms and conditions. Every vendor has a different cancellation policy. Within this policy you will find how many days in advance you need to cancel to avoid penalties. Some vendors charge a penalty if you cancel at any point before your trip. Airlines almost always charge a change or re-ticketing fee when flight plans change. Ever notice they offer trip insurance when you buy airline tickets? That’s because they charge a fee to make changes when the unexpected happens. If you purchase the trip insurance, you only lose the cost of the insurance. In this scenario, purchasing trip insurance is the best idea.
with no airline staff in sight. You start to realize your plane is delayed! There are several factors that can be taken into consideration to determine how bad this situation can get. Are you depending on a connecting flight to get you to your destination? Are you flying in to port the day of a cruise? Is this the last flight to your destination and now you will have to forfeit one night stay? Is this the last available flight to your destination for the next few days due to weather or scheduling? You get my drift. The unexpected can cost you A TON of extra cash if you choose not to purchase trip protection. I think we can all agree that in this situation you would have been better off purchasing that trip protection. With the trip protection, additional costs or fees are covered and refunded. My rule of thumb is as follows: Whenever you invest in anything that costs a good amount of money, purchase the insurance. If you can afford to lose the entire amount of the cost of the trip without feeling pain, then you might be ok without. Moral of the story? Purchase that trip protection!
Scenario #2 You are having fun on the water slides with the kids in the destination of your choice. The last thing you imagined when you booked this trip is that your child would emerge from
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OF STROUDSBURG By: Tom Eccleston
Winters Children Artist: Thomas Dillon
Artist: Maria Ferreris If you’ve stopped by a busy Pocono hub in the last three months, some unexpected tour guides have beaconed. A couple of them are smiling. Some are donning hats. A few are toting accessories. All are the Snowmen of Stroudsburg. This seasonal encampment is the brainchild of GO Collaborative, a nonprofit think tank comprised of area citizens looking to strengthen the alliance among tourists, merchants, artists, and the greater community. “The Snowmen make downtown more attractive for residents and visitors of all ages, which increases customer traffic for businesses and boosts our economy,” explains Jim Evanisko, a Collaborative member and co-owner of Stroudsburg’s Gamut Art Gallery. None may be named Frosty, but their larger-than-life presence has conjured an inviting glow in the heart of the municipality’s shopping district. Crisscrossing several streets, these nine handiworks are the endeavor of local artists who tackled the challenge of transforming sterile polystyrene balls into eye-popping designs. “Creating a three-dimensional, wraparound draft was new for me,” recalls Judy Moeller of East Stroudsburg. “I stand 5’1”. When my snowman was in its frame [for painting], it towered at 7’6”. Resting on the ground, each one is about 5’10” tall.” For Tannersville’s Tricia Lowery Lippert, physical suffering was necessary to breathe life into her art. “There were times I was lying on my back like Michelangelo. Other times I sat Indian-style on the floor for so long my hips hurt. At other moments, I had to use a stool or a ladder. It was an immense project, but I would do it again in a second,” she says.
Artist: Doug Gilbert
Underwater Winter Wonderland Artist: Michael Glenn
Artist: Tricia Lowrey Lippert
Four Seasons Artist: Judy Moeller
Artist: Grace Spezzano
Dragon Princess Artist: Krystal Walz
Artist: Briggie Williams
Artist: GO Collaborative
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For some, Mother Nature provided a bounty of prolific inspiration. Michael Glenn, of Pocono Pines, tipped his hat to the power of water while dedicating over 130 hours to his snowman. “There are 40 seascape characters on my creation -- it’s an extension of a large mural I painted in Scranton. The transition from one project to the next was an easy one,” he proclaims. “I loved putting all the details into it.” Channeling the importance of family was also key when applying brushstrokes. “My idea included winter activities and the fun children and adults have this time of year,” says Stroudsburg’s Thomas Dillon. Fellow Stroudsburger Grace Spezzano emphasized Main Street’s highlights. “I wanted to create a sense of familiarity,” she adds. “I used bright colors and animated characteristics to please young and old.” Other participating artists include Maria Ferreris, Mount Pocono; and Doug Gilbert, Krystal Walz, Briggie Williams, all of Stroudsburg. According to Evanisko, other towns have experimented with inventive motifs to help generate a spike in commerce. “Snowmen are the theme we chose for the Poconos, where winter recreational sports are big.” He notes that word-of-mouth remains the best form of advertising. “I met a woman who said that she and her kids didn’t want a map showing where the Snowmen were stationed. They just planned to explore, and seek them out on their own.” By creating the Snowmen of Stroudsburg, he continues, the projected economic growth could exceed 300 percent. “This is something the entire family can enjoy,” says Evanisko. “The Snowmen delight children while their parents shop and support local industry. It’s a win-win situation all around.”
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10. Stroudsburg Fire Department
4. Blu Studio
5. American Ribbon Outlet
6. Pocono Family YMCA
13. Holland Thread Mill
11 N. 8th Street
900 N. 9th Street
907 Main Street
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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
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READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY S AT U R D AY, M A R C H 2 N D
You can help promote children’s literacy with these ideas: Give books to kids. You can find a book on virtually any topic, aimed at nearly every age and reading level. If you’re not sure what a child likes to read, simply choose a book about a topic he or she enjoys, or a favorite fictional character. Support organizations working to promote literacy. Many organizations you conduct regular business with may have selected literacy as a cause that they support. For example, the Toys for Tots Literacy Program was developed by The UPS Store and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. This program, celebrating its 10th anniversary, provides books and educational resources to underserved communities. As part of the program, $10,000 worth of children's books will be donated to 10 nonprofit organizations in support of children's literacy in 2019. Create traditions around reading. Making books part of family The National Education Association’s Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place each year on Dr. Seuss’s birthday. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!
Celebrate literacy today and everyday! Teaching a child to appreciate reading not only promotes academic achievement, but it also it opens opportunities for the imagination to soar and for kids to learn about topics beyond their wildest dreams.
rituals can help instill a love of reading among kids. You might set aside an evening for a reading marathon or read a bedtime story every night. You can also find creative ways to get young readers involved, such as assigning one child each night to read that day’s mail aloud to the family. Encourage kids to get hands-on with books. Reading isn’t the only way to appreciate books; kids can get creative and make their own literature, too. Encourage them to write and illustrate their own stories they can share with the family. For more ideas, printables and fun activities visit Seussville at seussville.com
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Heart-Shaped Pizzas @ Kasa’s Pizza The perfect recipe for LOVE this Valentine’s Day! What started as a fun holiday meal has now become a seasonal tradition. Kasa’s Pizza has been serving up pizza (and other deliciousness) for over 40 years in Paradise Valley. On Valentine’s Day, Kasa’s puts a festive twist on an old favorite - the delicious pizza you’ve come to know and love is available in the shape of a heart! Share a slice with someone special on Thursday, February 14th. Whether you dine in or take it to-go, your family will love this fun treat. While you’re there, grab a few other local, holiday treats, too! Kasa’s will be selling chocolate covered strawberries, courtesy of Callie’s Candy Kitchen, cheesecakes from the pros at Pocono Cheesecake Factory, and flowers. Visit this one-stop shop to cover all of your Valentine’s Day needs! Open Valentine’s Day 11am - 9pm.
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By: Kelly Gillow at Country Home Learning & Art Center
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Kids w n with ill LOVE decoratin g each letter on their ow extras like sequi ns & ribbons for all to see!
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Suppli es: • Felt • Hot glue • Strin g • Scis sors • Pen cil
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5 Little Leprechauns Fingerplay w/ puppets! 5 LITTLE LEPRECHAUNS 5 Little leprechauns standing in a row (hold hand up showing all fingers)
5 little leprechauns looking for gold (bring hand above eyes as if searching)
A rainbow appeared and led the way (touch both hands together to make a rainbow with arms)
And one little leprechaun danced away (dance one finger away behind your back and reappear with only 4 fingers) *Repeat the above counting down with 4 little leprechauns, 3, 2, and 1. Once you're down to the last leprechaun, the last line will be replaced with
And the last little leprechaun danced away!
lg ove puppet • Felt
Supplies: • Felt
• Hot glue
• Hot glue
• Green glove
• Black sharpie
• Black sharpie
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L O C A L FA M I LY
The Gilbert Family Roots run deep for this loving, local family. East Stroudsburg natives Ashley and Anthony Gilbert are now raising their growing family and business in the place theyâ€™ve always called home. 5-year-old Aiden attends preschool in Stroudsburg and is excited to start kindergarten next year at Hamilton Elementary. He currently is a double blue little dragons belt in karate! He is super excited for his new puppy Izzy and to be an awesome big brother to his new little sister coming at the end of April! Ashley grew up in East Stroudsburg, graduated from East Stroudsburg South High School, and recently finished her Doctorate degree. She currently works as a psychologist in Kingston. Ashley has a 2nd degree black belt in karate and helps out at the school with special events, like belt ceremonies and community events. Anthony grew up in East Stroudsburg as well and graduated from East Stroudsburg South High School. He currently runs Pocono Crimson Dragon in Pocono Summit and this past year received his 6th degree black belt! He is a huge advocate in the Anti Bullying movement, giving free assemblies for local schools for the past 8 years! They also have three amazingly sweet and incredibly large Great Danes. Wow!
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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO AS A FAMILY? MOM Mom’s favorite things are going to community events ,like the tree lighting, StroudFest, fireman’s carnivals, and fairs. Exploring new places, like when we went to Lake Erie and Pittsburgh, and hanging around the house with weekend trips to Target and baking together. Baby on the way likes community events, Broadway plays, and limeade (we know because she moves a lot!)
DAD I like our family day trips, hanging on the couch watching movies, spontaneous trips for ice cream, and going to the park.
Interested in Karate? Karate skills are
There are so many things he likes to do together!
a family trait in this family! Join them at
After some prompting he said, “going to the beach
Pocono Crimson Dragon.
on vacation, hanging and watching shows together, playing in our big back yard on our water slide,
building Legos, and playing Pop the Pig.” MeSee Magazine • 35
MISCHIEF! I know, I know…didn’t we just finish up with the Elf? Now Leprechauns!? While we all dread the work that goes into creating these special memories for our kids, there’s nothing better than seeing their genuine excitement when they discover a little bit of magic. From Leprechaun traps and bait to gifts and goodies, here are a few ways to add some magic to your St. Patrick’s Day.
The Crafting Chicks
The Crafty Morning
A painted shoebox and some gold coins, guaranteed
Make breakfast fun with these awesome green
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pancakes your kids will surely love.
Grey House Harbor
The Suburban Soapbox
A cardboard creation from Grey House Harbor with a
I heard Leprechaun’s can’t resist sugary treats, and I’m sure
free slide! What Leprechaun could pass that up?
they aren’t the only ones you’ll find sneaking this snack.
Busy Kids Happy Mom
A Blonde & 3 Boys
Finding Leprechaun footprints all over your house is almost
Put your kids to work building the perfect trap for a
as fun as finding out your Elf toilet papered the place!
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GIFT OF GRATITUDE Open House & Bring a Friend Event As part of BAYADA Home Health Care’s transition to nonprofit and to show gratitude to BAYADA employees for the meaningful work they do, BAYADA Founder and Chairman Mark Baiada surprised employees with a $20 million gift to be distributed among RNs, LPNs, social workers, home health aides, therapists, associates, client services managers, clinical managers, office support, and other staff among the ten specialties in the 22 states in which the company operates. “Maintaining a truly impactful and lasting legacy for BAYADA starts with our great people, who embody our core values and contribute to and maintain our unique mission-driven culture,” said Baiada. “I am honored to be able to pass on my gift of gratitude to these deserving employees and am excited for what the future holds for all of us with the nonprofit transition.” While this gift is a once-in-a-lifetime gesture, the organization believes its symbolism is a testament to the unique environment Mark Baiada has successfully created, and to BAYADA’s commitment to its employees. “BAYADA is a special company full of employees who are all bonded together in our deep commitment to our clients,” Baiada said. “My wish is that in 100 years, we are continuing to celebrate these incredible health care professionals and the work they do to improve the lives of our clients." To learn more about the company’s pending move to nonprofit, visit www.bayada.com/legacy. To connect with BAYADA, call 1-888-833-5706 or go to bayada.com/ contact for a live chat with a team member or to request a return call. Follow the story with #BAYADAGratitude and #ThisIsBAYADA.
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things to do!
Animal Tracking Animals leave behind clues that give us glimpses into their
Family Swim Friday’s Family Swim Friday is time for the entire family to swim and enjoy the pool. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult Swim diapers are required for those not pottytrained and life jackets are available if needed. Groups of 10 or more: Please call in advance at: 570-426-1512 or email email@example.com at least one week to ensure adequate staffing. $5 per person or $15 per family (4 people) Cash only - to be paid at the pool. Chipperfield Elementary School Now - May 17, 6:15 - 8:30pm www.srosrc.org/programs-events
lives. Explore our natural areas for tracks, trails, scat, territory marks, chew marks, and other signs animals leave as they travel through the fields and forests of the Poconos. Pocono Environmental Education Center February 3, 1 - 3pm www.peec.org
Take Your Son/Daughter to Snow Week Your daughter or son, age 18 and under, will receive a FREE youth lift ticket when a parent purchases a full price, adult daily lift ticket. Special coupon required. Download and print the coupon on Shawnee Mountain's website. Shawnee Mountain
Winter Beer Festival Tap into fun at Skytop's Annual Winter Beer Festival! Come out on Saturday, February 2nd to experience happiness
February 4 - 8, 9am - 9pm www.shawneemt.com
Student Artists’ Reception & Awards
in a glass and a chance to learn about and sample beers from breweries such as Rusty Nail, Nimble Hill, Yards, Fat
Annual Student Exhibition, showcasing the accomplishments
Tire, and Victory. Admission includes a keepsake tasting
of K-12 artists in Monroe County. Show runs February 1- 23.
glass, beer tastings, great food, ice skating on the lake, and
Come see and support local, talented student artists. You'll
live entertainment. The event takes place outside, so be sure
to dress warm! Warm up stations with campfires and heaters will be available.
Pocono Arts Council February 8, 4 - 6pm
Skytop Lodge February 2, 12 - 3pm www.skytop.com
Shawnee Mountain Super Scout Sunday The 3rd Annual Super Scout Sunday is offering prime snow conditions at discounted scout pricing. Lift tickets, equipment,
DIY Bird Feeders Spend the morning putting together your own unique and custom bird feeder from a variety of recycled materials, just in time for spring. We’ll provide everything you need, but you are welcome to bring your own supplies.
"Learn To" ski/snowboard packages, meal discounts, and
Pocono Environmental Education Center
commemorative patches will be available to all scouts
February 9, 1 - 3pm
and their immediate families. No minimum ticket purchase
required. Online sales only; limited tickets available. Contact Group Sales at 570-421-7231 ext. 201 for event details or visit online for more information.
Chocolate Dipping Event
We'll supply warm chocolate and centers so participants can
February 3, 8 - 5pm
create a special box of chocolate for themselves or a loved
one! Register for a 30-minute time slot between the hours of 1pm and 4pm to create your treats! Each participant will create at least 6 yummy pieces, like chocolate covered
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strawberries and cherries, peanut butter cups, dipped pretzels and marshmallows, and more (up to 1/2 lb.)! $15 per person. All supplies included. Advance registration is highly
Breakfast, Lunch & Weekend Brunch!
recommended. This wildly popular class filled quickly last year! Reserve early. Kitchen Chemistry February 9, 1 - 4pm www.kitchen-chemistry.com
2019 Historic Bethlehem Chocolate Trail
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Join the Downtown Bethlehem Association for its Annual Chocolate Trail! Be prepared to be carried away by chocolate bliss! Purchase a passport for $25 to sample different
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chocolate treats from 15 - 20 participating businesses along Main & Broad Streets from 1- 5pm. Passports will go on sale the week of January 14th! Registration and passport pick up for the Chocolate Trail begins February 9th at 12 PM at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem and ends at 2pm. All passport holders must pick up their passports prior to 2pm. No refunds will be given. Downtown Bethlehem February 9, 1 - 5pm
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Wally Ice Fest Wally Ice Fest celebrates the best of winter fun in the Pocono Mountains. Tourists and community members alike will enjoy getting out and taking in the Pocono Pond Hockey Tournament, the Ice Tee Golf Tournament, and the
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curling demonstrations. Festivities are set for February 9-10, 2019 (rescheduled from January 28-29) pending safe ice conditions on Lake Wallenpaupack. See website for complete
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details. Lake Wallenpaupack February 9-10 www.wallyicefest.com
Parent/Child Valentine’s Owls Painting Party Love is in the air! Join Nicole Smedley from Squirrel Studios for a fun parent and child painting party! This art class allows you to be creative and bond with your child as you create a painting! Both canvases will combine to form a single unified masterpiece. Create a memorable new experience with your child and take home a new family heirloom! Minimum age for child is 5 for this class. Workshop fee: $35 per parent/child MeSee Magazine • 41
combo.1 additional child can be added for $10. 1 additional
WinterFest in Downtown Stroudsburg
child maximum as project cannot be completed with more than 2 children per 1 adult. Bloom Waldessori Play Space February 10, 11am - 1pm www.bloomplayspace.com
Visit Historic Downtown Stroudsburg for the annual WinterFest! This year's theme is "Fairytales." There will be magical ice sculptures, featuring characters from classic fairytales and folklore, throughout the downtown area. Stop by the local shops, art galleries, restaurants, and wineries as you search for ice sculptures. Many businesses will offer
Ecozone Discovery Room!
specials, demonstrations, or activities to celebrate the day. Downtown Stroudsburg
Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave,
February 16, 11am - 4pm
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
The Science of Snow
registration required. Pocono Environmental Education Center February 10, 1 - 4pm www.peec.org
Learn about snow science with the help of some fun handson experiments. Discover how snow is made and appreciate the unique beauty of ice! This family program begins at 10am. Registration required by Wednesday, February 13th. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/children under 12. EE Center
Valentine’s Day Party (ages 1-6)
members are free. Must call to register Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with us! We will share stories,
February 16, 10am - 12pm
songs, crafts, and snacks. Please sign up so that we can
have enough supplies for everyone. Barrett Friendly Library
John Steinbeck’s of Mice and Men @ Shawnee Playhouse
February 14, 11am www.barrettlibrary.org
Presented by Rebel Stages, Of Mice and Men is set during the Great Depression and follows two migrant workers:
Eagle Watch with PARC
George, a sharp but uneducated, short-tempered man, and Lennie, a large but simple-minded man. Together they hope to one day acquire their own piece of land. But when Lennie
Join Pocono Avian Research Center on this field trip to the
stirs up trouble on the job, George must choose between
upper Delaware River in search of our national symbol,
protecting his friend or staying the course towards his version
the Bald Eagle. Once a rare sight, many wintering and
of the American dream.
resident eagles now inhabit this region and the probability for sightings is high. Meet at the EE Center at 8:30am and return 5:30pm. Cost: $32/non-members, $26/EE Center members and includes bus transportation. Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress for the weather. Stops will be made for coffee and snacks. Pre-registration and payment required by the Tuesday preceding the program. Seating is limited. Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center February 15, 8:30am www.mcconservation.org
Shawnee Playhouse February 16 - 24 www.shawneeplayhouse.com
Winter Wonderland Express Train Excursion All aboard…The Winter Wonderland Express. The Stourbridge Line is running from the Hawley Station towards Lackawaxen up to the old Glen Eyre station. The station is no more, but the gorgeous scenery remains. Enjoy the panoramic scenery by train this brisk winter season. Advance online purchase required to guarantee seating. This one-hour round trip features heated cars with restrooms. Train departs from Hawley PA. See website for details.
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Pocono Environmental Education Center
February 16, 1:45 - 2:45pm
February 19 – 22, 1 - 4pm
Jim Thorpe Winterfest Downtown Jim Thorpe hosts the 27th annual WinterFest over President's Day Weekend, February 16-17, 2019. A mix of train rides, family activities, special sales, and entertainment marks a weekend of winter fun in the Pocono Mountains. Downtown Jim Thorpe February 16 - 17 www.jimthorpe.org
Mozzarella Madness Workshop What a fun night this will be! Learn how to make mozzarella from scratch, then make your own mozzarella log to bring home. We'll cover how to fill and shape your own cheese so you can add fun and conversation to any food display. You may not want to share when you get home! This workshop makes a great "date night,” too! Ages 12+; $35/person registration and prepayment is required. Call (570) 730-4944. Kitchen Chemistry February 17, 12 - 1:30pm www.kitchen-chemistry.com
Junior Science Explorers Junior Science Explorers will go on a multi sensory adventure to discover how science can help them better understand the world around them by performing simple science experiments and fascinating demonstrations. Together we will play and explore the different areas of science and find our own answers to the question “Why?” Bloom Waldessori Play Space February 19, 11 - 11:45am www.bloomplayspace.com
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.
Homeschool Hangout (ages 6-12) Calling all homeschoolers! Elementary aged children (grades K-6) are invited to join us for S.T.R.E.A.M. stations, writing activities, and more! Please call or stop by the library to register. Barrett Friendly Library February 22, 2pm www.barrettlibrary.org
Rock 107 Cardboard Box Derby Over $2000 in prizes are up for grabs! This fourth annual event is sure to get the excitement flowing! Get your friends & family together to build your own cardboard box sled. Kids and grown-up children ages 10+ are encouraged to participate. Team sledders will be competing to cross the finish the line with the most people inside the sled or the most creative design. For guests and spectators who won’t be competing —SNOW TUBING PARTY from 10am - 3pm in the Tubing Plaza. Montage Mountain February 24, 8am - 2pm
Cooking with Insects Many cultures and people across the world use insects as ingredients on a regular basis. Try your own hand at making a tasty dessert with insect-based ingredients while learning how beneficial they can be. *This program is unsuitable for those allergic to shellfish* Pocono Environmental Education Center February 24, 1 - 3pm www.peec.org
Shawnee Mountain Winter Carnival Sponsored by Shawnee Mountain and Coca-Cola, this event will include fun activities and is open to all. Demonstrations, vendors, product sampling, giveaways, outdoor BBQ, entertainment, and après ski party are scheduled. Winter fun starts here!
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Shawnee Mountain February 24, 9am - 5pm www.shawneemt.com
Lap Swim A great indoor aerobic exercise or a great way to unwind at the end of the day. We will offer lap swim during our swim lessons & Family Swim Fridays at Chipperfield Elementary Swimming Pool.$5 per person per session - Cash Only at
Alice in Wonderland Jr. Auditions 6th - 12th Grade Students CaPAA Jr. Players Spring Production presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND, Jr. Open to all children in 6th-12th grade. Online registration will be available at www.CaPAA.org. Cast and Parent Meeting, Workshop, Auditions: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 5 - 8:30pm (end time may differ depending on size of group)
the pool. For more information contact us at 570-426-1512 or
Creative and Performing Arts Academy of NEPA
February 26, 5 - 8:30pm
Chipperfield Elementary School Monday's, Wednesday's & Friday's: 6:15 - 8:30pm www.srosrc.org/programs-events
Cyber Smarts (ages 8-12) Children use technology all the time; for school, family life, and fun! But, do they know how to use it safely? This interactive experience will teach kids how to be safe online
This winter & spring we will be teaching three sessions
when playing games, using social media, and researching for
- three weeks per session with two classes per week (6
school. Please call or stop by the library to reserve your spot.
Classes total). All Lessons will be held at the Chipperfield Elementary School: 2015 Chipperfield Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. $75 Per Person Per Session. Each Lesson will be 35 minutes in length. All sessions are Monday’s and Wednesday’s - Levels, Time & Registration online Session One: February 25th - March 13th Session Two: March 25th - April 10th Session Three: April 29th - May 15th Register in person at the Day Street Community Center
Barrett Friendly Library February 28, 6 - 7pm www.barrettlibrary.org
Maple Sugaring Public Day 42nd Public Maple Sugaring Day will feature a tour of the Sugarbush including stops to learn about Native American
and early pioneer methods of making maple syrup, our
Chipperfield Elementary School
maple tree. After the tour, everyone will get a chance to taste
some of our syrup on freshly made pancakes! The event runs
evaporator process, and methods of identifying and tapping a
from 10am - 3pm and is located at the Meesing Sugarbush
Disney Junior Dance Party
outside of Marshall’s Creek. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center
Bringing to life beloved characters from the #1 preschool television network, including Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc
March 2, 10am - 3pm www.mcconservation.org
McStuffins, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and more, this 90-minute interactive concert experience -- perfect for kids and families and was recently nominated for a Pollstar Award, honoring the top achievers in the live entertainment industry.
Daddy Daughter Dance Daddies enjoy this time with your daughter(s) during an evening made just for you. This year's theme will be
F.M. Kirby Center
Enchanted Forest. Light refreshments will be served. There
February 26, 6pm
will be dancing and a photo booth! The dance is open to
ALL daddies & daughters. $35 per couple (daddy/daughter) & $5 per each additional daughter. Ages 13 and younger. Registration can be completed online at www.srosrc.org/ programs-events or in person at the Day Street Community
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Center. Registration deadline: Monday, February 25th, 2019. Day of registration is not available. Chipperfield Elementary School March 2 www.srosrc.org/programs-events
The Great Basket Raffle Monsignor McHugh School Cafeteria March 2, 11am - 3pm
history, sustainability and the local environment. No registration required. Pocono Environmental Education Center March 3, 1 - 4pm www.peec.org
Cavalier Voice Cabaret A special event! Enjoy several cabarets throughout the 2019 season! Open seating, no tickets required. Suggested $8 donation at the door. Benefits the Cavalier Voices of J.T. Lambert
Chili Cook-Off benefiting Most Holy Trinity Parish
Intermediate School. Shawnee Playhouse
Live band, celebrity judges, Kid's face painting - fun for the entire family! $5.00 - Children under 10 are free Monsignor McHugh School Gymnasium March 2, 12 - 4pm
Sugar Shack Scramble Join us for a hike through the woods out to the “Two Saps” Sugar Shack and enjoy hot cocoa and pancakes with fresh
March 8, 7pm www.shawneeplayhouse.com
Spring Ahead Birding Meet at Kettle Creek. Join Pocono Avian Research Center on a birding adventure. This program starts at 9am. Don’t forget to change the clocks! Cost: $6/non-members, $4/children under 12. EE Center members are free. Call to register.
maple syrup! Sign up for a 9am or 9:30am start time.
Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center
March 10, 9 - 11am
Pocono Environmental Education Center March 2 & 3, 9am - 12pm www.peec.org
Chili & Wing Cook-off Come taste some of the best wings and chili in the Pocono Mountains as restaurants and individuals compete in this annual cook-off sponsored by Bud Light. There will be live music, DJ entertainment, and beer tastings throughout the afternoon. Proceeds benefit the Victims Intervention Program. See website for details. The Waterfront March 3, 12 - 4pm www.silverbirchesresortpa.com
Ecozone Discovery Room!
Military Appreciation Weekend at Shawnee Mountain Shawnee Mountain is pleased to host its Military Appreciation weekend. All active Military and their immediate family (spouse and children 18 and under) will receive free lift tickets and ski/snowboard rentals for any or all of the three days. Also, group lessons and SKIwee programs will be available at a 50% Discount. Valid active military photo ID and dependent cards are required. All branches of our Armed Forces are eligible. For all Retired Military and Reservists and their immediate families, a discount of 50% will be offered on lift tickets and rentals. Valid ID and dependent cards required. All Military and their immediate family are welcome to enjoy any two-hours of tubing for only $17 per session all weekend with ID. And, as a special bonus, those attending Military Appreciation Weekend are welcome to enjoy the Costume Carnival Day and parade taking place at Shawnee Mountain on Sunday, March 17 at 1pm. Call for
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
more information. Shawnee Mountain March 15 - 17, 9am - 5pm www.shawneemt.com
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masses. We’ll provide nets and collection jars for gentle,
Learn some primitive and modern fire making skills. Try your
hand at a flint & steel and more! Ages 10+ please. Pocono Environmental Education Center March 16, 1 - 3pm
up-close study. Wear boots and clothes that can get muddy
Pocono Environmental Education Center March 24, 1 - 3pm www.peec.org
Parking Lot Party & Pond Skimming
Girl Scout Badge Festival
Prepare yourself for a fun-filled day at Camelback Mountain!
Brownies will work on their Hiker and Cabin Camper badges.
This annual spring celebration includes tailgating, live
Juniors will fulfill the Eco Camper badge. Cadettes will work
music, pond skimming, the Cardboard Box Splash Down
on their Trailblazing badges and Seniors will work on the
Derby, cook-offs and more. Camelback will give away great
Adventurer badge. Overnight options are available - ask for
prizes throughout the day. Reservations for parking spaces
more information! Payment is required at registration. Space
must be made in advance. Visit the website for a complete
is limited - call early! Overnight accommodations with meals
schedule of events.
are available for $43/person.
Pocono Environmental Education Center
March 23, 8am - 8pm
March 30, 9:30am - 4pm
Spring Hike at Kettle Creek
Ecozone Discovery Room!
Join us at 10am as we hike the trails at Kettle Creek and
Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave,
look at the many natural happenings that spring brings to the Pocono forests. This two-hour hike will be fun for the whole family and will help to get rid of that winter time cabin fever. Cost: $6/non-members, $4/children under 12. EE Center members are free. Call to register. Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center March 23, 10 - 11:30am www.mcconservation.org
Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Enjoy marching units, bands, non-profit groups, politicians and local businesses marching between two boroughs to celebrate the life and good works of St. Patrick of Ireland with a Grand Marshall who exhibits the similar characteristics. The parade kicks off at Stroudsburg High School and ends at Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg. Downtown Stroudsburg March 24, 1:30pm
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. Pocono Environmental Education Center March 30, 1 - 4pm www.peec.org
Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2019 Annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge. Put a team together and register. All bowlers are asked to raise at least $50. Event includes complimentary refreshments and prizes for participation. All proceeds aid the children of NEPA. You can also register online at www. bbbsnepa.org/bfks2019 If you'd like us to mail you a team card, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-955-4376. Skylanes Bowling Center
Salamanders, Frogs, and More! Amphibians are stirring in the woods! Join us as we explore nearby breeding pools for salamanders, frogs, and egg 46 • MeSee Magazine
March 30, 9am - 5pm www.bbbsnepa.org
Country Home Learning & Art Center
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Kids. Love. Candy. & Pretzels too! Callie’s Candy Kitchen (570) 595.2280 Open 10am – 5pm Route 390, Mountainhome, PA 18342
Callie’s pretzel factory (3 miles South of Callie’s (570) 595.3257 Candy Kitchen) Open 10am – 5pm Route 390, Cresco, PA 18326
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