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designed for families in nepa.

family. community. events. fun.

MeSee magazine

[free] COVER ARTIST: Imogene Kuchinski

february march

2020


• Publishers Smart Blonde Creative, LLC • Business & Marketing

CONTENT

CONTRIBUTORS

4 • OUR LETTER 5 • NEED A MINUTE 6 • Q & A REVOLUTION ICE CENTRE 10 • BIG WHEEL ROLLER SKATING 13 • FROM THE CALLIE'S FAMILY 14 • CHILDREN'S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH 16 • WALLY ICE FEST

Amanda Kuhn

18 • STONE BOYLAN & ASSOCIATES

• Creative & Graphic Design Kelly Slinger

20 • 4-H BETTER COMMUNITY

• Copy Editor

24 • DATE NIGHT @ SKYTOP

Robin Kuchinski

28 • SNOWMEN OF STROUDSBURG

• Distribution

34 • VALENTINE'S DAY SNACKS

Tina Nicholas

36 • MOVIE NIGHT SNACK

• Contributing Writers Tom Eccleston

38 • SIMPLE STEM ACTIVITIES

Amanda Kuhn

40 • THINGS TO DO

Genie Kuchinski

CONTACT MeSee Magazine PO Box 431 • Cresco, PA 18326 570.807.6810

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• Contributing Little Artist Designed for families, MeSee is a creative collaboration of everyday ideas to celebrate the joys, swerves and curves of everyday families. Published bi-monthly, each issue will feature people, places and things that attract, entertain and inform both kids and their parents. Learn more about upcoming events, local businesses, local families, unique crafts and internet finds, activities and other inspiring editorial to make you laugh, cry and relate.

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FROGTOWN CHOPHOUSE

It wasn’t until the end of this year that I stopped to think about what I have been doing for the last decade of my life. Babies. That’s what I’ve been doing. THE WHOLE TIME! I’m still in shock. In 2010 my husband and I welcomed our first child followed by three more. No wonder I don’t know what year is

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it or what I’ve been doing with all my time. Babies. Now, my youngest is almost school age, l realize that phase of my life will soon be over. I can finally get my head above water long enough to see how amazing,

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miraculous, crazy and precious this last decade has been. If only I can remember that and appreciate how fleeting these moments are when I’m trapped indoors with this pack of wild animals I created. Oh Spring, please hurry. Amazing? Precious? Not exactly words I would describe this time of year. Cabin fever is setting in,

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kids get restless, parents get anxious and together we sit confined in our homes, silently praying that we’ll wake up to 60 degree weather. As one of these anxious parents, I’m not going to try and give you any cute anecdotes. This time of year is hard. Do whatever you have to do to make it through! This issue of MeSee has some suggestions for you and things to explore. From local favorites to new spots for you to check out, there’s plenty of ideas to keep busy. If Mother Nature decides to show us what

CHOP LIVE!

winter is all about then there are also some crafts and

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recipes to help you get through. We are always looking for more MeSee Mini Artists so break out the art supplies on those snowy days and let your kids create a masterpiece for us. You just might see it on the cover of a future issue! Take a picture and email it to amanda@meseemag.com, upload it to our Facebook page or drop it in the mail. We love seeing your kids’ works of art! We hope you enjoy this issue of MeSee as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. As parents we need to stick The Frogtown Chophouse p. 570.895.4460

e. info@thefrogtownchophouse.com 472 Upper Swiftwater Rd., Swiftwater, PA

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together, so drop us a line, tell us what you think, share your ideas with us! Until next time, goodbye and good luck - see you in the Spring!

Amanda & Kel l y


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Q&A

with

Learn to skate programs, in-house skating leagues, public

hockey teams, WVIHL league, OTHC league and Blue Ridge

skating, league games, birthday parties, special skating

Figure Skating Club. In addition, Revolution proudly serves

events, sporting events and more - Revolution Ice Centre is

as home ice for Kings College men’s and women’s ice

loaded with some of our favorite frozen activities. Located

hockey program as well as the University of Scranton and

in Pittston, Revolution is the perfect spot to discover your

Lackawanna College (future) club Hockey programs and a

new favorite hobby. Open 12 months a year, this state-of-

variety of local high schools.

the-art facility offers programs for all ages and abilities. We had the chance to learn more and what we learned is quite impressive. It’s no wonder this facitiliy has over 100,0000 spectators and participants visit each year.

Revolution Ice Centre is an impressive facility. Can you describe the center and it's amenities?

How long has Revolution been around and how did it start?

The building was built around 1998 and opened in 1999 as the Ice Box. Two owners had it previously before Jody Cordaro purchased it about a year and a half ago. He is making improvements and investing in the

Revolution Ice Centre is a state-of-the-art ice skating

facility to provide a great experience for our guests.

facility and premier hockey training program located in Pittston, PA. Revolution has two regulation sized ice sheets, seating for 800 spectators in permanent bleachers, fourteen large locker rooms, Hat Trick Hockey (a year round pro shop), private birthday party rooms and

Do you need to have prior skating experience to come to Revolution?

a concession area. The arena provides ice for kids of all ages. The arena is home to several hockey organizations including: the Wilkes Barre Scranton Knights NAHL Team, the Tier 1 AYHL Wilkes Barre Scranton Junior Knights, the EJEPL Wilkes Barre Scranton Junior Knights youth

No, you do not. We have programs for folks of all ages and abilities including a Learn to Skate program which is designed for beginners.

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Following the Learn to Skate program, how do

players can come and just work on their game on their

skaters progress?

own or with others who are there. Kind of like an informal practice.

The Learn to Skate program has basic levels for all ages. Skaters are separated by age groups for the

From clubs and teams to an in-house league, how

learn to skate program. Each skater is instructed at

do skaters join one of your ice hockey teams?

their current level to aid in development. If one would like to continue in skating skills, there is a figure skating program where additional lessons are offered.

To join the in-house league, you can sign up online, by phone or in person. You will be contacted and fitted

If a skater wishes to play hockey, we have a Learn to Play

for equipment.

program as well. Similar to learn to skate, the Learn to Play program covers all ages and all abilities. We also run an in-house league where individuals sign up, get placed on a team and have one practice and one game a week.

The WBS Jr. Knights Club has teams for U6 and up. A link to their page can be found on our website. They hold tryouts and form teams that travel in youth hockey leagues.

Do you need to be actively involved in a program

You're also a great party spot? Can parties be

to skate at Revolution?

booked all year long?

No, you do not. There are four public skate programs

We host birthday parties all year long. You get the

every week, with more during the Christmas holiday,

room for 2 ½ hours and are on the ice for 1 ½ hours

some on other holidays and “no school” days. Also, there is freestyle time where those who want to practice figure skating can come on their own and practice or take lessons. Also, for the hockey players there are open hockey sessions for both youth and adults. There is “stick time” as well where 8 • MeSee Magazine

(during the public skate time). A host will assist you in the party room with food and anything you need and they will also be on the ice with the group for the entire skating time. More information is available online, including pricing info.


Are all of your programs running year-round?

Most of our programs are year-round. Some may be altered slightly for the summer.

• Full service landscaping including design, installation and maintenance • Hardscape installation including walkways,

What's the best way to get more information?

patios, retaining walls and fire pits • Excavating, grading and drainage solutions

Go to our website: www.revo-ice.com or call down to the facility at 570 883-1100.

• Lakefront and beach renovations and installations • Driveway repairs and improvements • Commercial snow removal and ice control

Is there anything in-particular most people don't

• Spring and Fall cleanups

know about Revolution?

Think Outside The House We will be putting the turf down on one of the rinks for April through July to accommodate other sports during that time so stay tuned!

Logan R. Evans, President (570) 646-5335 logan@mtnlandscaping.com www.mtnlandscaping.com

Revolution Ice Centre (570) 883-1100 www.revo-ice.com 12 Old Boston Rd. • Pittston, PA 18640

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R O L L E R S K AT I N G C E N T E R By: Tom Eccleston

A

s recreational pursuits change over time, brands

as well as many other charitable events,” Weiss states. “Over

come and go. We’ve seen Atari give way to

the years, we have found this to be an effective way to give

PlayStation, then Nintendo. Hacky sacks preceded Pokémon.

back, to show that our region can come together and help

Cabbage Patch Kids morphed into Reborn Baby Dolls.

support.”

Even roller skates have tweaked their charm, transforming

For Wendy Harmon, it’s the attention to detail that keeps her

from four wheels on each foot arranged in a square, to disks

husband, son, and daughter coming back for more. “We’re

in a row along a blade. But no matter what the configuration,

usually at Big Wheel while a party or skate camp is going

Big Wheel Roller Skating Center has extended lasting

on. Even so, there’s always plenty of space for us. They rent

amusement to generations of gliders.

quad and inline skates, all in nice shape, with laces that don’t

“We’ve been able to appeal to families for so many years because the business is family-owned. We know how to offer a user-friendly experience,” declares Linda Weiss, who’s been sailing along with the company for twenty years, primarily in the role of Session Manager. “Young and old

break. When patrons fall, staff members rush right over, with ice and assistance. The personnel are definitely having a ball, too, and do a terrific job controlling kids without being overbearing,” the Blakeslee resident observes. “It’s always somehow better now than the skating memories of my youth.”

alike are kept bustling and involved. That’s what makes us a

Whether it’s inlines or quads, you can coast to your feet’s

unique Pocono attraction.”

content while partaking in a monthly membership, fueling a

Children and their parents can spend hours spinning their wheels here, but in a good way. Skate parties, roller hockey,

worthy cause, or rejuvenating that inner adolescence with today’s tykes

and birthday celebrations are some of the activities that etch out an afternoon or evening of free-flowing vibes. The East Stroudsburg-based rink, which opened in 1977, is an ideal spot for families seeking fun without sensory overload. “We stop at Big Wheel during every vacation. The place is always well-maintained, with a nice arcade and snack bar. There’s a great variety of music, and they take requests,” says Treena Jackson, of Dover, DE. Those requests actually serve to benefit area residents. According to Weiss, the dollar-per-song fee has another use, apart from keeping the playlist current. “We also raise money for the community and our neighborhood friends that are in need, whether it be for someone battling to pay a medical bill,

(570) 424-5499 www.bigwheelskating.com 3226 North Fifth Street East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

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Callie’s Candy Kitchen

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g better!

ith the last name Callie, its assumed that you know a thing or two about candy making. When Harry and Carol Callie

opened their original candy store in 1952, they were laying the foundation for a legacy that would span generations and bring decades of sweet satisfaction. From chocolate pops in the shape of all your favorite characters to

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chocolate covered treats like strawberries, potato chips, cream cheese, pretzels, and more, you can always expect to find your favorites. As 2020 begins, Callie’s Candy Kitchen continues to be the landmark residents and visitors have grown to know and love. Much like her parents, Lynn Callie also has chocolate in her DNA and a lifetime experience in the candy business. Lynn is looking forward

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to continuing the Callie tradition of making people happy with delicious treats. After all these years, Callie’s is proud to remain a family owned and operated business. The Callie team is a group of dedicated individuals who learned the tricks of the trade from Mr. Callie himself. The store will be open and ready for all your Valentine’s Day and Easter goodies. Callie’s

Callie’s Candy Kitchen

Candy Kitchen is open seven days a week

(570) 595.2280 Open 10am – 5pm 1111 Route 390, Mountainhome, PA 18342

and updates on what is new and delicious.

from 10 AM- 5 PM. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for mouthwatering photos Need your Callie’s fix before your next visit? Shop online at www.calliescandy.com. And remember, chocolate makes everything better!

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Are you prepared for a dental emergency? Thousands of dental emergencies—from injuries to a

F

painful abscessed tooth—take place every day. Would ebruary 1st marks the beginning of the American Dental Association’s National Children's Dental Health Month. This month-long national health

observance brings together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children,

you know what to do if your child broke a tooth or had a tooth knocked out while playing outdoors? What if you had a bad toothache in the middle of the night and couldn’t get to the dentist until the next day? Knowing what to do can lessen the pain and save a tooth that might otherwise be lost. Keep your dental office phone

their caregivers, teachers and many others.

number and an emergency number where the dentist

Not only can poor dental care effect your children in

numbers, such as your family doctor, and fire and

the short term, it can also have a significant effect on

police departments. Some families post these numbers

their overall health. We all know the importance of

on the refrigerator or inside a kitchen cabinet door near

brushing and flossing but are we prepared for other

the phone. Call the dentist immediately for instructions

types of emergencies.

on how to handle a dental emergency.

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can be reached after hours with other emergency


Toothache: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to remove any food or other debris that may be caught between the teeth.Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth. This could burn gum tissue. If the toothache persists, try to see the dentist. Don’t rely on painkillers. They may temporarily relieve pain but your dentist should evaluate the condition.

Knocked-out (avulsed) tooth: Try to find the tooth! This may not be as easy as you think if the injury took place on a playground, basketball court or while skateboarding, so try to stay calm. Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse the root in water if the tooth is dirty. Don’t scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If it’s possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket while you head to the dentist. If that’s not possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and bring it to the dentist. Time is critical for successful preimplantation, so try to get to your dentist immediately.

Broken tooth: Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the outside of the cheek to help reduce the swelling.

Tongue or lip bites or wounds: Clean the area gently with a clean cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding can’t be controlled, go to a hospital emergency room or clinic. You may able to reduce bleeding from the tongue by pulling it forward and using gauze to put pressure on the wound.

Objects caught between teeth: Try to gently remove the object with dental floss. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object with floss, contact your dentist.

Possible broken jaw: Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Get to the hospital emergency room immediately. Information provided by the American Dental Association. For more information about the ADA or National Children’s Dental Health Month, visit ada.org.

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Explore the winter wonders in the Northern Pocono

and cozy then head over to the Lodge at Watonka for a hot

Mountains on February 8 - 9th.

chocolate and sit at the outdoor campfire while watching the

It’s time to get out and experience what the Lake

rest of the games. There’s something for everyone!

Wallenpaupack, Hawley and Honesdale area has to offer this

Be sure to check out two of the main events, a Pocono

time of year. Don’t let the frozen temps scare you, there’s

Pond Hockey Tournament and the Anthracite Club Curling

plenty of winter fun to enjoy. Whether you’re traveling from

Demonstrations and Games. This year’s events will take

near or far, the weekend is packed with special events. From

place at the new Watonka Outdoor Facilities.

pond hockey to curling, you might just discover your new favorite sport.

Celebrate the best of winter fun in the Poconos! For more information, visit wallyicefest.com for a complete itinerary

Visit the amazing restaurants and enjoy plenty of

and event list. Also check out the new watonkaoutdoor.

entertainment throughout the weekend. Stop by the big tent

com. Stay up to date with the specifics of the events

at Wally Ice Fest to enjoy live music while you wait for your

and the latest, up-to-the-minute details on

next game. Look behind the tent to the basketball courts for

Facebook as well. See you there!

fun games of chance & skill. Or if you'd like to stay warm

WALLY ICE FEST 2020

WEEKEND ITINERARY

Friday, Feb. 7th • Pre-Game Warm-Ups & Live Music • 6 - 9pm:Teams Check-in / Volunteer Meeting @ Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. • 6 - 9pm: “Lighten Up! Band” @ Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. • 8pm - Midnight: “Kevin Campion” @ The Dock at Silver Birches

Saturday, Feb. 8th “Sticks & Stones” • 9am - 4pm: Pond Hockey Tournament @ Rinks #1-8 on Lake Watonka • 10am - 3pm: Curling Demonstrations & Games @ the curling rinks “Crowd Pleasers” • 10am - 3pm: Public Skating @ public rink (need your own skates) • 11 - 11am: “Clean Sheet” Challenge - ice bowling (all ages)

• Live Music, Food, and LaBatt Blue specials! • 12 - 3pm: “Bob Tellefsen & Co.” at the Fire Pits and Tent • 3 - 6pm: “Wally & the Paupacks” inside Watonka Lodge “Center Ice!” • 5 - 5:30pm: Hockey Social at “The Lodge ” @ Watonka Lodge • Tournament Awards Ceremony and Door Prizes “Between Periods” We invite you to enjoy a delicious meal at any of our wonderful nearby restaurants along the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack! The Boathouse, Gresham’s Chophouse, The Dock at Silver Birches “Overtime” • 8:30 - 11:30pm: Live Music w/ “ Jonny D ” @ Gresham’s Chop House

Sunday, Feb. 9th

• 12 - 12:30pm: “Stick ‘n’ Tired” Game - Cornhole (ages 12 & up)

“Lord Wally's Cup”

• 1 - 1:30pm: “Fore in the Five-Hole” Challenge (ages 6 & up)

• 9am - 2pm: Pond Hockey Playoffs @ Lake Watonka Rinks #1-8

• 2 - 2:30pm: “The Kegger” - keg tossing and keg roll races (ages 12 & up)

• 2pm: Pond Hockey Championship Awards - see rink staff for exact time and location.

• 3 - 3:30pm: “ LRC D-ICE” Game (left, right, center dice) (ages 6 & up)

• 2:30pm: Championship Celebration @ The Boathouse Restaurant.

“Rhythm & Blues”

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4-H

Aims to Better Our Community

C E L E B R AT E T H E R O L E 4 - H Y O U T H P L AY S I N MAKING OUR COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE.

The importance of agriculture is abundant - from the food we eat, the major industries it supports and the benefits it provides to our environment. But looking ahead, in order for agriculture to continue to advance, it's essential to educate and inspire young minds, invest in the next generation and turn today's youth into tomorrow's leaders. That's where youth agriculture organizations come in. According to Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company, the nation's largest rural lifestyle retailer, the future of farming is in the hands of these young leaders. "Organizations like the 4-H and FFA play an integral role in educating youth and fostering the importance that agriculture plays within our society," said Korzekwa. "It's important to inspire these young members while providing opportunities to showcase their achievements and form strong relationships within their communities.� There are over 150 different projects that 4-H members may choose from. Here in Monroe County, popular projects include horses, veterinary science, pet care, entomology, sewing and photography. Have a child interested in joining? Here are some questions for them to consider.

Is 4-H right for me? Do you like to be with old friends and meet new ones, have fun and explore your interests, make new things and enjoy new activities? Then 4-H is right for you. 4-H Programs teach young people how to put their heads, hands and health to work in their own lives and in their communities MeSee Magazine • 21


Are you adventurous? 4-H members can work with others on projects in their community or project clubs, in their schools, or with other organizations. They can go to camp, show their work at fairs, travel, and host international youth. They can meet their legislators, participate in county, regional, state and national opportunities and additional learning experiences. They can attend meetings and other events at Penn State youth events and more!

Do you enjoy hands-on learning? The 4-H slogan is “learn by doing.” 4-H is an educational program, so you are encouraged to try new things for yourself and get involved in doing things you like to do. This teaches you to think and learn and apply what you learn to your life. You can then make better decisions, gain new skills, develop self-esteem, give back to your community,

Based in the West End, Eggs & Ears is a local 4-H group focusing on chickens and rabbits. This group works on preparing for the West End Fair as well as other community projects like making dog treats which are

What would you like to learn about? More than 150 “learn-by-doing projects and activities await you when you become a 4-H member or adult leader. For example, you can make something, develop a skill, raise or train a small or large animal, launch rockets, photograph wildlife, cook, sew, learn about geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS), or serve your community.

delivered to local animal shelters.

As you explore a topic you can gain knowledge related to your project

Eggs and Ears meets on the

and practical skills to use throughout your life—problem solving,

3rd Tuesday of the month at the

decision-making, communicating, and working with others.

West End Presbyterian Church.

You will be encouraged to record your learning experiences so you can evaluate your progress and note your accomplishments. You may also give written and oral demonstrations about your project and participate in judging and other contests involving your project. 4-H projects can be rewarded with scholarships, prizes, awards and special recognition. An adult 4-H volunteer who will be the project leader will guide your work. 4-H programs are administered in Pennsylvania by Penn State Extension, 4-H is a community of more than 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. Penn State Extension 4-H youth development educators in all 67 counties throughout the commonwealth administer local 4-H programs through non-formal education and outreach.

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Date Night at

While Skytop Lodge is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day, it doesn’t need to be a special occasion to plan a romantic getaway. Whether your planning an evening out, a fun daytime event, or mini staycation, February at Skytop Lodge has everything you need for fun, relaxation, and reconnection.

Winter Beer Festival Tap into the fun at Skytop’s Annual Winter Beer Festival. Saturday, February 1st. Experience happiness in a glass and a chance to meet and sample beers from breweries such as Free Will Brewing, Sloop, Roy Pitz, Helltown, Stickman Brewing, Platform Brewing, Maine Beer Co., Abomination Ales, Three 3’s, New Trail Brewing, Six Point Brewing, Hardball Cidery, Wicked Weed Brewing, Kromacher, Devil’s Backbone, Shawnee Brewing and more. With each ticket you receive a keepsake tasting glass (available for the first 350 guests to pre-purchase their ticket), great food, an ice skating voucher, and live entertainment. This year’s menu includes pretzel bites, a European cheese selection, house-made charcuterie, pickled vegetables, Scheinshaze chili, pulled Carolina BBQ pork, mini hot dogs, Nashville style boneless wings, apple cider pierogis, potato pancakes and miniature desserts to top it off. Dress warm! The fun takes place along Skytop Lake at the Skytop Lodge Outfitters Shop. Don’t worry, warm up stations with campfires and heaters will be available!


Valentine's Prix Fixe Menu

Chocolate Weekend If beer isn’t your thing, how about chocolate? February 7th - February 9th is Chocolate Weekend. That’s right, a whole weekend dedicated to

First Course FIG SALAD Arugula, Apples, Toasted Almonds, Gorgonzola, Shaved Dark Chocolate, Sherry Vinaigrette

SWEET POTATO RAVIOLI Ricotta, Spices, Hazelnut Cream Sauce

Second Course BOUILLABAISSE Muscles, Turbot, Lobster, Shrimp, Saffron Broth, Rouille, Toasted Baguette

BEEF WELLINGTON Filet Mignon, Mushroom Duxelle, Puff Pastry, Sweet Onion Jus, Asparagus

CHOCOLATE! Skytop has crowned February as the unofficial month of chocolate, giving you the perfect excuse to indulge and satisfy that sweet tooth. Interactive culinary classes, demos, activities and specials will all be available….and chocolaterelated!

Valentine’s at Skytop Looking for the ultimate couples’ escape this Valentine’s Day weekend? Skytop has everything you need to create a memorable weekend with your significant other. Unwind at the Skyview Spa, a world-class luxury spa, enjoy the awesome amenities Skytop has to offer, and check out their special events including couples sip & paint class, couple cocktail class, live entertainment, and a special prix fixe menu specially designed for the occasion. For more information, tickets and reservations for

Dessert

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CHERRY PASSION FRUIT MACARON Cherry Gelee, Passion Fruit Italian Buttercream Vanilla Macaron, Almond White Chocolate Streusel, Chocolate Sauce

CREME BRULEE COCOA NIB GATEAUX Barry Callebaut Chocolate Mousse, Creme Brulee & Carmelized, Cocoa Nib Gateaux, Cocoa Gelee, Bubble Sugar, Coffee Ice Cream

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While we haven't seen much snow this winter there are still plenty of snowmen to be found. The Snowmen of Stroudsburg are back and making a buzz all over town. A special thank you to the talented artists and GO Collaborative for creating our fun, new friends. “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

Artists Ball Artist: Doug Gilbert

Bo-Zentangle Artist: Thomas Dillon

Gamut Art Gallery. Downtown Stroudsburg's Winterfest is the perfect opportunity to check out these frozen displays. Included on page 32 is a map of where they can be found as well as photos. Can you find them all? Be sure to share a photo of you and your favorite friend with us on Facebook!

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Celtic Hood Artist: Lorraine Fagan

Christmas Cat Artist: Laura Gonzalez


Cadence Artist: Tricia Lowrey Lippert

Captain Cofresi

Dragon Princess

Artist: Maria Ferreris

Artist: Krystal Walz

Churchill

Downtown

Eva Cactuspants

Artist: Shary Maloney

Artist: Grace Spezzano

Artist: Kayla O'Conner

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Frostina

Artist: Jane Mayhew MacHale

Girl Cat Power

Artist: Heidi Hooper

Only Human

Artist: Jim Evanisko 30 • MeSee Magazine

Four Seasons

Artist: Judy Moeller

Gus

Artist: Briggie Williams

Pocono Joe

Artist: Go Collaborative

Wayfarer

Artist: Doug Gilbert

Hike PA

Artist: Jody Singer

Sam

Artist: Albert Shivers

Winters Children Artist: Thomas Dillon

Jack

Artist: Maria Ferreris

Scottee-Z

Artist: Origins Gallery


Jerry G

Artist: Steve Windhorn

Skyman

Artist: Jason Williamson

Mr. Penny Bags

Artist: Gamut Art Gallery

Sowing Love

Artist: Ariane Kaszupski

Ohaldo

Artist: Briggie Williams

Tournesol

Artist: Tricia Lowrey Lippert

Valentina

Artist: Anna Kaszupski

Underwater

Winter Wonderland Artist: Michael Glenn

Visit the Go Collaborative website at www.gocollaborativestbg.com/snowmenofstroudsburg for more information, a map of snowmen locations and community sponsors. Don't forget to snap a selfie! Have 5 "Snowmen of Stroudsburg" selfies and stop in at participating sponsors to receive a promotional freebie at that location!

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Valentine’s Day Valentine’ Eats and Treats

Valentine’s Day naturally brings thoughts of hearts, flowers, sweetness and love. Because it also occurs during American Heart Month, it’s a perfect opportunity to start taking care of your own heart and the hearts of loved ones.

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Part of the charm of the day’s celebrations is in giving family and friends flavorful foods to enjoy from chocolates and candies to other sugary treats. However, the festivities don’t have to be completely focused on unhealthy bites in order to make someone feel special. This year, it can be easy to share in the fun of Valentine’s Day by serving those you love with sweet, seasonal treats. For example, these Frosted Watermelon Cutouts make for ideal snacks for children and adults alike whether it’s an after-school treat or a sweet dessert with just three ingredients, heart-shaped cookie cutters and minimal time spent in the kitchen. If you’re really looking to impress that special someone, this Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board calls for creativity and plenty of tasty morsels like berries, cashews, almonds and dark chocolate. Without any baking or cooking required, simply spread out the ingredients for a platter that’s just as visually appealing as it is appetizing. Both recipes include the benefits of watermelon, which boasts plenty of vitamin C to boost the immune system’s defenses as a cholesterol-free, fat-free and sodium-free food. Plus, watermelon draws its red color from the powerful antioxidant lycopene (12.7 mg per serving), which may help protect cells from damage, and the healthy treat is American Heart Association Heart-Check Certified with just 80 calories per serving, making it the perfect centerpiece for Valentine’s Day recipes. Find more Valentine’s Day inspiration and recipes at watermelon.org.

Frosted Watermelon Cutouts 

1 seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2 - 3/4 inch thick slices

4 brownie bites

1 cup frosting (any flavor)

Using heart-shaped cookie cutters, cut shapes out of watermelon slices or simply use cut watermelon wedges, if desired. Top heart shapes with brownie bites and add frosting as desired.

Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Servings: 6-8 

1/2 medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges and cubes

1 cup fresh raspberries

1 cup fresh red cherries

1 cup strawberries, trimmed and halved

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/3 cup roasted, salted cashews

1 cup chocolate covered almonds

1 bar dark chocolate, broken into squares

1 cup coconut chips

mint leaves, for garnish

On serving board, arrange watermelon in center and surround with raspberries, cherries, strawberries, cranberries, cashews, almonds, chocolate and coconut chips. Scatter mint leaves around board for garnish. Courtesy of Family Features

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the Perfect Movie Night Snack Tasty snacks add to the fun when hosting a movie night, whether it’s a birthday sleepover or an adults-only gathering. Light and airy popcorn can be enjoyed a handful at a time or

In large bowl, combine popcorn, pretzels, pecans, peanuts and cereal squares; set aside.

as part of a creative, flavorful recipe like this Sweet and Salty

In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat butter, brown

Popcorn Party Mix. Ready in less than an hour, you can have

sugar and corn syrup. Stir mixture until it begins to boil. Boil 3

a movie night treat prepped for the whole party.

minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in baking

Find more recipes perfect for serving at your next movie night at popcorn.org.

Sweet & Salty Popcorn Party Mix Makes: 14 cups 

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.

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soda. Note: Mixture will foam. Pour syrup over popcorn mixture and stir until evenly coated. Pour mixture onto large, rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan. Bake 30 minutes, stirring twice during baking. Stir mixture several times as it cools. Store in airtight container. Courtesy of Family Features


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Visit Historic Downtown Stroudsburg for the annual WinterFest and enjoy this year's theme, Aliens & Superheroes Visit local shops, art galleries, restaurants and wineries as you search for ice sculptures. Many businesses will offer specials, demonstrations or activities to celebrate the day! Don’t forget to check out the Snowmen Of Stroudsburg as well!

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Simple STEM Activities to do at home Winter is the season for family gatherings, snow days and

a variety of shapes, textures, weights, smells and sounds for

breaks from school and work, but all this time indoors can

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adults. Before you face another chorus of "I'm bored,"

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consider these simple activities you and your child can do

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Toddlers Show your toddler how to make ramps by stacking blocks or small cardboard boxes and placing one edge of a piece of cardboard on top. Invite your child to gather toy vehicles or balls and other objects to see how they roll. Gather objects that will roll and a few that won't. Encourage your child to ask questions and experiment with ramps of different heights. These experiments in force and motion can help develop your child's understanding about how different objects behave on inclines.


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things to do! Family Night at Shawnee Mountain Pack up the family and head to Shawnee Mountain for some Sunday fun. Save 50 percent on night lift tickets, ski or

Summer In Winter Family Fun Night Join us on Saturday, January 18th from 6-8 PM for friends and family fun at our Summer in Winter event. This free event will feature camping games, music, arts & crafts and a build your own trail mix table!

snowboard rentals, or first-time beginners' packages. Click

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coupon at lift ticket windows (ski school desk for Beginners

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Winter Beer Festival Tap into fun at Skytop's Annual Winter Beer Festival! Come out on Saturday, February 1 to experience happiness in a glass and a chance to learn about and sample beers from breweries such as Rusty Nail, Nimble Hill, Yards, Fat Tire and Victory. Admission includes a keepsake tasting glass, beer tastings, great food, ice skating on the lake and live entertainment. The event takes place outside, so be sure to dress warm! Warm up stations with campfires and heaters

Snow date: February 1, 2020... stay tuned for updates in case of inclement weather! Pocono Family YMCA February 2, 6 - 8pm www.poconoymca.org

Eagle Watch Join an Environmental Educator on this field trip to the upper Delaware River in search of our national symbol, the Bald Eagle. Once a rare sight, many wintering and 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

will be available.

includes bus transportation. Participants should pack a lunch

Skytop Lodge

for coffee and snacks. Preregistration and payment required

February 1, 12 - 3pm

by Friday, January 31st, 2020. Must call 570-629-3061 to

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and binoculars and dress for the weather. Stops will be made

register. Seating is limited. Refunds will be given only if notification is made at least one week in advance.

Tiny Tot Elmo Party

Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center February 5, 8:30am

Tiny Tot session 10-11:30 AM. Saturday, February 1st. $5.00

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admission with special appearance by ELMO! Coloring pages! Big Wheel Roller Skating February 1, 10 - 11:30am www.bigwheelskating.com

PT Reptiles @ Barrett Paradise Friendly Library Pete will be visiting the library again with his reptile friends in tow. He will teach us about various snakes and reptiles, and you may even get to touch some of them! This show

Wacky Science Adventures Put on your lab coats and prepare to conduct some crazy

is open to people of all ages. The event is free, but you will need a ticket to enter. Please call or visit the library for more information.

experiments! You’ll get to create your very own slime,

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oobleck, and attempt to launch a rocket into space. All ages

February 8, 1pm

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Couples Retreat 2-nights lodging & 5 meals (Saturday breakfast through Sunday noon) Couples Retreat Schedule includes speakers Robert & Kim Garrett. Pastor Robert Garrett is an international Bible teacher, preacher, author, consultant, pastoral counselor, singer and musician. Mrs. Kimberly Garrett is a sought-after consultant in home economics, marriage and family. Spruce Lake Retreat February 7 - 9 www.sprucelake.org

Intro to Snowshoeing Learn the basics of snowshoeing and enjoy a winter walk

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through the woods. No experience necessary – we provide the equipment and teach you everything you need to know. 

and still growing

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

Valentine's Family Painting Party Join Nicole Smedley of Squirrel Studios for our Valentine's Family Painting Night, where 2 or more family members can work individually on canvases of birch trees with engraved hearts/initials, that when put together, creates a beautiful birch forest with each painter's initials represented. The suggested age is 6 and up, but younger children will be

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Wildlife Conflicts in Your Backyard Join Roger Spotts to learn about the battles between people and Pocono wildlife in our very own backyards! The program begins at 10am and will take place indoors. Cost: $6/nonmembers, $4/children under 12. EE Center members are free. Kettle Creek Environmental Education February 8, 10am www.mcconservation.org

   

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Wally Ice Fest

Join us for a wonderful winter weekend! Commuter and day

Explore the Winter Wonders of Lake Wallenpaupack, Hawley,

Pocono Environmental Education Center

and Honesdale. Wally Ice Fest celebrates the best of winter

February 14 - 17

fun in the Pocono Mountains. Tourists and community

www.peec.org

rates available – call for details.

members alike will enjoy getting out and taking in our three main events: Pocono Pond Hockey Tournament, Anthracite Club Curling demonstrations and games, and the Ice-Tee

Jim Thorpe Winterfest

Golf event. Pond hockey tournament and curling demos and games will take place this year at the new venue,

The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency hosts the 28th annual

Watonka Outdoor Facilities located on Wangum Falls Road in

WinterFest President’s Day Weekend, February 15th and

Hawley, PA! Don't forget to register for the Ice Tee Golf

16th, 2020. A mix of ice and wood carving demonstrations,

Tournament atop frozen Lake Wallenpaupack. Visit the

family activities, special shopping and dining promotions, and

website or Facebook page for details and up to date event

the popular Mug Walk mark a weekend of winter fun in Jim

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Thorpe.

Chamber of the Northern Poconos

Downtown Jim Thorpe

February 8 - 9, times vary by event

February 15 - 16, times vary by activity

www.wallyicefest.com

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DIY Birdfeeders

Winterfest in Downtown Stroudsburg

Spend the morning putting together your own unique and

Visit Historic Downtown Stroudsburg for the Annual

custom bird feeder from a variety of recycled materials just in

WinterFest! Stroll this beautiful downtown as it's transformed

time for spring. We’ll provide everything you need, but you

into a winter wonderland! Enjoy ice sculptures, live ice

are welcome to bring your own supplies.

carvings, and plenty of winter themed activities.

Pocono Environmental Education Center

Downtown Stroudsburg

February 9, 1 - 3pm

February 15, 11am - 4pm

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President's Day Weekend @ PEEC

Wild at Heart Looking for a child friendly Valentine's Day event? Bring your family and share your love at the Lehigh Valley Zoo!

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Experience a festive, fun-filled Valentine’s Day event with

wintertime. Cross country skiing, animal tracking, nature

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This event includes: Mingles with our ambassador animals in Z-Wing for the duration of the event (mingles may include:


penguin, owl, armadillo, skunk, and more)! Lunch and dessert for each participant. Exclusive crafting activity in Build-A-Zoo Barn! Otter Cake Experience (even our otters get dessert!) Free Grab Bag at the Nature Store! Raffles in Bison Room with one free raffle ticket included in your event admission! Daytime admission to the zoo is included! Lehigh Valley Zoo

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Grooving with Baby Winter Session 2 Caregiver and baby bond while caregiver gets a cardio and toning workout using the baby's weight. Please bring your baby's favorite soft blanket to lay on the floor, a yoga mat (we have some if you need to borrow one), and water! Instructor: Lau Herguiz. Lau is a trained fitness professional who loves to bring fun and fitness to people of all ages. A self-professed child at heart, Lau has a passion for instilling a love of music and culture while having fun and encouraging healthy habits. Ages: Pre-crawlers with their caregiver. Class runs every Monday from 10-10:45 from Feb 17 - March 16. Bloom Waldessori Play Space February 17 - March 16 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.

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Tumble Time Winter Session 2 Your child will have fun learning the fundamentals of beginner tumbling while incorporating proper stretching and positioning techniques, and developing key skills such as hand-eye coordination, eye-tracking, body strengthening and lengthening, and social skills. Recommended Ages: 2-5

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Annual Chili and Salsa Fest @ Monsignor McHugh School Annual Chili and Salsa Fest at Monsignor McHugh School

March 20

in Cresco on February 29th. 11:00-3:00 "LEAP" in for Live

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Skytop Princess Adventures Join us for a magic Princess Adventure featuring a bountiful brunch and entertainment for the whole family. Meet your

Band, Refreshments, and fun for the whole family. Kids 10 for your favorite. Call to enter your chili and salsa to win prizes 570-242-2431 and/or come for the fun! Monsignor McHugh School February 29, 11am - 3pm

Reveal the Rainforest

favorite characters at this fun-filled interactive event. The morning will be packed with princess fun and activities galore. Enter the Skytop Castle to partake in this amazing experience. Activities to enjoy will be: Character Show and Sing-Along, Face Painting, Story Time, Princess Arts and Crafts, Photo Ops, Meet and Greet the Princesses, Princess Makeovers ($15). Skytop Lodge February 23, 10am - 12:30pm www.skytop.com

Face Mask Make & Take Come create your own custom face mask to take home! Our Make & Take Events are fun for all ages (little guys need

Join us for an up close animal experience like you have never seen before! On Saturday February 29th, we will be featuring a special program throughout the day highlighting several mammals that can be found in the rainforests of Central and South America. Our animal line up will include the following: 2 Toed Sloths, Kinkajou, Screaming Hairy Armadillo and a Tamandua. Electric City Aquarium & Reptile Den February 29, 10am - 6pm www.electriccityaquarium.com

Winter Ecology Hike Learn how different plants and animals survive the winter. Join us on a hike and experience PEEC in the wintertime.  All ages welcome.

help from guardian) (We won't be applying face masks,

Pocono Environmental Education Center

just making them!) Stop in anytime from 11-2, no sign up

February 29, 1 - 3pm

required! Pocono Soap February 23, 11am

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PEEC into the Kitchen

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PEEC into the Kitchen is a new cooking class series that will

Ski for the Cure Jack Frost presents Ski for the Cure, a breast cancer awareness day to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Northeast Pennsylvania. Activities include a pledge ski-athon, timed race gates, a dedication run, raffle, tricky tray and more. Collect pledges/donations from family and friends for your ski/board/tubing runs. Call for more information. Jack Frost Mountain February 29, 8am - 4pm www.jfbb.com 44 • MeSee Magazine

offer participants a peek into the PEEC Dining Hall’s Kitchen for a fun and creative cooking experience with Chef Erin Taylor. Participants will learn basic kitchen skills, tips and tricks of the trade, and make easy, delicious, family friendly meals to satisfy the gourmet culinarian, pickiest eaters, or even strictest dietary concerns. Each class will include an informational hands-on cooking demonstration, recipes for participants to take with them, and a family style meal of the items prepared in class.   Pocono Environmental Education Center March 1, 1 - 3pm www.peec.org


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Chili & Wing Cookoff

Come taste some of the best wings and chili in the Pocono Mountains as restaurants and individuals compete in this annual cookoff. There will be live music, beer tastings, and more. Proceeds benefit the Victims Intervention Program. See website for details.

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March 1, 12 - 4pm

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saturdays 8am -12 • MAY THROUGH NOVEMBER IN courthouse square • stroudsburg PA

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Spaces are limited!

Pocono Environmental Education Center March 7 - 8, 9am - 12pm daily www.peec.org

Maple Sugaring Public Day

Our 43rd 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

evaporator process, and methods of identifying and tapping a maple tree. After the tour, everyone will get a chance to taste some of our syrup on freshly made pancakes! The

event runs from 10am - 3pm and is located at the Meesing

Sugarbush outside of Marshall’s Creek. Cost: $6/adult and $4/children under 12; all members of the EE Center and all tree sponsors attend FREE of charge.

Kettle Creek Environmental Education March 7, 10am www.mcconservation.org

2020 Maple Syrup Open House

mayFest May 30, 2020

community health fair June 2020

Christmas in July july 18, 2020

kids day

august 1, 2020

dog day

August 22, 2020

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Free tours on the tradition of Maple Sugaring at Dutch

Hill Preserves. We will be running continuous tours of the

outdoor market starting May 2

sugarhouse, and a portion of the tapped woods, between the hours of 10 am and 3 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Wear sturdy shoes if you wish to head into the woods. March is a very fickle month in the Pocono Mountains. In the span of a weekend, we can have one/all elements. No worries if you can’t make the walk. There will be plenty to MeSee Magazine • 45


see or do in the sugarhouse while the sweet scent of maple scents the air. We will also have an array of foods to sample or purchase showcasing this year’s maple syrup. Dutch Hill Preserves, Co.

Salamanders, Frogs, and More! Amphibians are stirring in the woods! Join us as we explore nearby breeding pools for salamanders, frogs, and egg

March 14, 10am - 3pm

masses. We’ll provide nets and collection jars for gentle,

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up-close study. Wear boots and clothes that can get muddy or wet. 

Dinosaur World Live! Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host

Pocono Environmental Education Center March 21, 1 - 3pm www.peec.org

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

of impressive creatures, including every child’s favourite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops,

Enjoy marching units, bands, non-profit groups, politicians

Giraffatitan and Segnosaurus, to name a few!

and local businesses marching between two boroughs to

F.M. Kirby Center March 14, 3pm www.fmkirbycenter.com

Military Appreciation Weekend at Shawnee Mountain In an effort to honor the brave men and women defending our freedom and our great Nation, Shawnee Mountain is pleased to announce Military Appreciation Weekend. As a

celebrate the life and good works of St. Patrick of Ireland. With a Grand Marshall who exhibits similar characteristics, the parade kicks off at the Stroudsburg High School and ends at Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg. Downtown Stroudsburg March 22, 1:30pm www.poconoirishamericanclub.com

Ecozone Discovery Room!

special "Thank You" all active Military and their immediate family (spouse and children 18 years and under) will receive

Climb into a bald eagle’s nest, crawl into a bat cave,

FREE lift tickets and ski or snowboard rentals for any or

explore a beaver lodge, and dig in a fossil pit! Explore

all of the three days. Also, group lessons and SKIwee

this indoor discovery room and enjoy hands-on exhibits on

children's lesson programs will be made available at a 50%

natural history, sustainability and the local environment. No

Discount. Valid active military picture ID is required and valid

registration required.

dependent cards are required.

Pocono Environmental Education Center

Shawnee Mountain

March 22, 1 - 4pm

March 20 - 22, 9am - 5pm

www.peec.org

www.shawneemtn.com

Intro to Fly Fishing

Trolls LIVE! Get ready for another hair-raising adventure when Poppy,

The workshop will run from 9am to 12 Noon. Equipment,

Branch and all their Trolls friends come to life on stage in

casting, strategy, fly-tying, basic trout stream macro-

Trolls LIVE!, their first ever live tour! Jam-packed with epic

invertebrate entomology, and local fishing will be covered

music, glitter, humor and happiness, Trolls LIVE! will visit the

and demonstrated. Cost: $8/non-members, $5/EE Center

Mohegan Sun Arena, March 24 & 25 for three Trolls-tastic

members and children under 12. Pre-registration is required

performances.

by Friday, March 20th by calling 570-629-3061

Mohegan Sun Arena

Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center

March 24 - 25, visit website for times

March 21, 9am

www.mohegansunarenapa.com

www.mcconservation.org

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