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MeSee magazine

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june july

2018

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CONTRIBUTORS

4 • OUR LETTER 5 • NEED A MINUTE 6 • Q & A W/ DR. CRAIG BAIR 10 • BUSHKILL FALLS 12 • FIREWORKS ROUND UP 14 • CLAWS 'N' PAWS - THE ZOO IN THE WOODS

• Creative & Graphic Design Kelly Slinger

18 • GEORGIA O'KEEFFE INSPIRED ART

• Copy Editor

20 • BEAR MOUNTAIN BUTTERFLY SANCTUARY

Jamie Bowman

24 • DATE NIGHT @ BOARD & BRUSH

• Distribution Annie Messina

26 • HUNGRY? WE DELIVER

Tina Nicholas

28 • LOCAL FAMILY FEATURE

• Contributing Writers

30 • WEEKENDS ARE FOR GETAWAYS

Jamie Bowman Karen Bumbaugh

32 • KIDS IN THE GARDEN

Tom Eccleston

34 • DIY SANDBOX W/ COVER

Kelly Gillow

38 • SPRUCE LAKE RETREAT SPRING FEST

Amanda Kuhn

40 • THINGS TO DO

Allison Mowatt

47 • GIVEAWAY

• Contributing Little Artist

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Brayden Hardy Designed for parents by parents, MeSee is a creative collaboration of everyday ideas to celebrate the joys, swerves and curves of parenthood. 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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BRAYDEN HARDY • 6 MeSee Magazine • 3


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From MeSee Do you love summer? Do you look forward to this time of year? Do your kids also nag you and fight at the slightest sign of boredom? Do the words “I’m BORED” ring in your ears daily? Summertime can be such a conundrum. While we as parents look forward to the end of school, we also dread it at the same time. Rest? Relaxation? Will we really be getting that during the next few months? No. The answer is definitely no. BUT now is the time to make some memories and cut yourself some slack. I know work responsibilities don’t go away during the summer months, but let’s let the other stuff slide. Don’t worry about dishes. Eat frozen pizza or hot dogs every night. Hang outside until the sun goes down, blowing bubbles or playing tag. Those are the things your kids will remember. This issue of MeSee is full of summer fun. We have ideas for quick day trips and visits to the zoo, plus lots of local events and crafts to try at home. Our area has all kinds of activities for families to do together this season, and we’re looking forward to getting out and trying them too. Keep your eye out for us; we’ll be hitting up local events and grabbing pictures for our next issue. When your kids start singing the song of boredom, give them some art supplies and put them to work on our next cover. Each cover of MeSee is created by our readers. If the size is right and the colors fit, we’ll feature your kid’s artwork as well as his or her picture on the inside cover. We love making our mini artists famous! We also want to feature your family! Send us an email or message on Facebook and tell us about your family. Our Family Feature in each issue is for local families to tell us what they like to do together. Check out our Family Feature in this issue to see what we’re talking about. As always, we love to hear from you. Share your ideas, stories, and more. You can find us on Facebook or email us anytime at info@meseemag.com. We know that moms and dads have all the secrets and know all the tricks to entertaining kids, so tell us what we need to know! We hope you continue to enjoy MeSee Magazine as much as we enjoy creating it. Now get out and make some memories!

Amanda & Kelly


need a minute?

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Q &A

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DR. CRAIG BAIR @ BAIR PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY

Let’s be honest, even for most adults, a trip to the dentist

of the Bairs’, and they feel extremely fortunate to have

isn’t something we look forward to. Taking a child to the

the privilege to provide dental care to the many wonderful

dentist can be even worse, and, for many of us, it is at our

members of the community, including infants, children,

child’s dental appointments that we realize we need to be

teenagers, and individuals with special needs.

brushing better. As your kids get older and require more dental care, dental visits can be stressful. But what if you could find a dentist, orthodontist, and periodontist all in one office? Is it possible to cover all your child’s needs in one appointment? It sure is! Dr. Craig Bair, owner of Bair Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Justin Bair, owner of Bair Orthodontics, and Dr. Daniel Bair, of Pocono Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, work together to create a one-stop shop for all of your children’s dental health needs…and yours too! Establishing a dental practice in their home town of Stroudsburg has always been a dream 6 • MeSee Magazine

Tell us about yourself, Dr. Bair. We know you're not as scary as some children may think dentists are!

I was raised in Stroudsburg, and I am a proud alumnus of the Stroudsburg Area School District. My wife, Lauren, works as a Pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist, and we are blessed to have a 5-year-old son, Ari, and a 3-year-old daughter, Ava. I graduated from


Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in

A child's first dental appointment is an important milestone. When should regular dental visits

Psychology - Go Orange! I received my Doctorate Degree

become part of a child's normal healthcare

in Dental Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh and

routine?

remained in Pittsburgh to complete a residency program in Pediatric Dentistry. Following my residency program, I became Board Certified and am a Diplomate of the American

As advocated by the American Academy of

Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric

In my spare time, I enjoy reading fiction thriller novels, playing tennis, following sports (particularly the Philadelphia Eagles and other Philadelphia sports teams), and spending quality time with family and friends.

Dentistry, and American Dental Association, I recommend the first dental visit occur when your child’s first tooth erupts or no later than 12 months of age. This allows for a thorough oral examination and the opportunity to provide insight and hands-on demonstrations on brushing and flossing at home. Your child’s dentist will

Bair Pediatric Dentistry is a family-friendly, stress-free office. What else can patients expect to find when arriving for the first time?

discuss how diet contributes to getting cavities and will advise on teething, oral habits, and injury prevention. These early visits will allow children to become familiar with the dental team, the dental office, and various tools/equipment used during routine procedures.

Upon first arriving, our pediatric or teenage patients should expect a warm welcome from our office staff and doctors. They will find a waiting room with

Getting kids of any age to brush correctly (or at all) can be a struggle for parents. Do you have

toys to play with, books to read, and tablets to keep

any suggestions on how to make it easier?

themselves occupied. Children should also be aware that their parents are invited back into the operatories during their visits. Once in the treatment room, I like to take some time to get to know my patients; I find it particularly important when treating children to build a rapport and establish a sense of trust to help reduce the anxiety some patients have during dental appointments. During the first visit, we also discuss each child’s medical history and provide parents with an opportunity to share any concerns or questions they may have regarding their child’s oral health.

From a position standpoint, standing/sitting behind your child allows for a more natural arm position when brushing, while allowing your non-dominant hand to help your child open. For toddlers, distraction and modeling often help. For example, try counting, singing a song, holding a favorite toy, watching something on a device, or listening to a song. Brushing at the same time as the parent is a great way to model good brushing. As your child gets older, it is important to emphasize the

What are some important factors parents need to consider when selecting a dental office?

importance of brushing and also explain the consequences of not brushing. Trying different toothpastes or different toothbrushes can be helpful and make the experience more enjoyable.

The most important factor when selecting a dental office for your child is to select a practice that places your child’s oral health and well-being as its number one priority. Other considerations often factor in,

At what age can children be trusted to brush their teeth correctly by themselves?

including practice location, office hours/availability, and personal financial considerations. At our office, we strive

Typically, children can start brushing all the

to provide the highest quality dental services while treating

necessary surfaces around 5 or 6 years old. For

every patient with care and compassion, delivered in a relaxing setting. We also pay extra attention to parents’

children younger than that, I recommend parents help their kids brush their teeth in the morning and at

concerns, tailor our treatment to each individual patient, and

night. Parents should also expect to help their kids floss until

are honest and up front with our office philosophy.

at least that age as well.

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Bair Pediatric Dentistry www.bairpediatricdentistry.com (570) 559.8011

Bair Orthodontics www.bairorthodontics.com (570) 559.8011

Pocono Periodontics & Implant Dentistry www.poconoperioimplant.com (570) 664.2125 296 East Brown Street, Unit C East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Visiting the dentist regularly is important to a child's overall health. Can you explain how

This can prevent the need for more extensive treatment once permanent teeth are settled in the jaw.

neglecting a child's oral health can affect more than just the mouth?

Your brother is an orthodontist and owner of Bair Orthodontics, correct? Can patients

Just as oral health is a component of general health, oral disease can have a major impact on overall

needing orthodontics be referred there seamlessly?

health. If untreated, oral disease, such as cavities or periodontal (gum) disease, can lead to pain, infection, and loss of function. For kids, this can adversely affect eating/nutrition, learning, communication, and normal growth and development. Periodontal disease has been associated with cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Oral diseases can also increase the risk for problems with esthetics and a developing psyche, such as lower self-esteem and selfconfidence.

At what age do kids start requiring the help of an orthodontist? The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7. While most children won’t begin active orthodontic therapy until adolescence, an early evaluation provides orthodontists with an opportunity to treat developing problems and guide jaw growth and permanent teeth into a more favorable position.

Correct. My older brother, Justin, is a Board Certified orthodontist. I find it incredibly beneficial and convenient for patients to have to such easy access to an orthodontic specialist. Dr. Justin and I work at the same office and are often available for treatment during the same hours, which allows your children to have their dental and orthodontic needs evaluated simultaneously, without the need for multiple appointments at different locations.

What is the most common piece of advice you give parents regarding their children's oral health?

It is important to implement a pattern of good home care for your child and offer a diet that reduces the risk of developing cavities. It’s easy to forget that cavities are not just based on how much sugar children eat/drink, but also on how long that sugar is on the teeth. Limiting drinks with sugar (including milk) to mealtimes only and encouraging children to drink only water in-between meals and at night is really helpful at reducing tooth decay. 

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“A day trip here allows families to commune in a beautifully wooded setting.”

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by: Tom Eccleston Stand before a rush of cascading water and feel its mist

With a zenith of 1,200 feet above sea level, Bushkill is

permeate your skin, easing the sting of sun exposure. Relief

accessible via a series of steep steps leading to connecting

is tangible, as your burn gradually gives way to goose-

paths. Because of the sometimes sketchy terrain, Smith

pimpled coolness. And who needs antihistamines when these

has a few anecdotes. “Definitely wear comfortable shoes

droplets soothe the itch of bug bites?

and clothing. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. Just take your

You don’t need to travel south of the border to immerse in this tropical locale. Pennsylvania’s answer to Niagara Falls can be found in Bushkill, a Pike County community close to uber-quaint Milford. The famous scenic attraction is 300 acres of sylvan supremacy where a couple miles of bridges, walkways, and hiking trails are interspersed among eight waterfalls. Coves of mosses, ferns, and wild flowers dot the landscape. Ravines scattered with mammoth boulders

time, and explore casually,” she advises. When sated from traversing the heights of the Main Falls to the valleys of the Lower Gorge, other activities are ready to give you a second wind. Wildlife and Native American exhibits provide an educational contrast to roaming the great outdoors. Fishing, paddleboat, and miniature golf rentals are clustered near the entrance to the Falls, where picnic and grilling pavilions will satisfy hunger pangs brought on by fresh mountain air.

evoke a primeval era, untouched by humanity. “This place will

But becoming a gold miner could be the most enriching

make you appreciate what our nation’s forests have to offer,”

part of your Bushkill experience. Pick up a bag of “rough”

extolls Donna Smith, who serves as General Manager at

from the gift shop and sift its contents in the sluice, a trough

Bushkill Falls. “A day trip here allows families to commune in

with circulating water. An assortment of gems are magically

a beautifully wooded setting.”

unearthed, and panners receive a card identifying what

Indeed, the pastoral sanctuary may resemble an artist’s vision leaping off the canvas, but it’s actually the handiwork

they’ve mined. “It’s the perfect souvenir from visiting us,” says Smith.

of Mother Nature’s brushstrokes. Arborists can pay homage

With so much at hand, you’ll think of Bushkill Falls as a sort

in shaded temples of hemlocks and pines. Other trees,

of amusement park, minus the flashing neon. 

including oak, maple, and birch, serve as nesting spots for call of the wild birds. All this, as water gurgles through rifts in rocks, trickling down the clefts to feed awaiting streams.

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round up! Honesdale Central Park July 2, Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk www.visithonesdalepa.com Come to Honesdale's beautiful Central Park on Monday, July 2 for fun, food, music, and a fantastic fireworks display from Irving Cliff. The celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. with children's activities, vendors, and entertainment in the park. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Friday, July 6. Free; donations accepted

Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark July 3 Live Music: 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Fireworks Show: 9:30 p.m. www.camelbeach.com At this Independence Day celebration, you can enjoy all of Camelbeach's 37 rides, slides, and attractions during extended hours, hit the dance floor and rock out, and enjoy a variety of delicious food, including BBQ, pizza, smokehouse creations, ice cream, and more! The Fireworks Spectacular begins as soon as the sun goes down and the moon rises. Admission to the Camelbeach Fireworks Celebration is free for Camelbeach ticket holders and Camelback Lodge guests. All festivities are free with Camelbeach admission; Music and fireworks are

Mount Airy Casino Resort July 3, 9:30 p.m. www.mountairycasino.com Mount Airy Casino Resort presents free fireworks for all to enjoy. Catch the Independence Day event on Tuesday, July 3 at 9:30 p.m. Free!

free to general public after 8 p.m.

Shawnee Mountain July 3 Gates open: 7 p.m.; fireworks begin: 9 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. www.shawneemt.com Shawnee Mountain Ski Area is holding its annual

Dansbury Park

Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display, benefitting the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company. Bring your own chair or blankets for great slopeside seating.

July 3 & July 4

There will be an outdoor DJ, Uncle Sam Stilt Walker,

Tuesday: 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.; Wednesday: 3 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Mark Clark's All-American Magic Show, and various food

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and craft vendors. The fireworks display will be at dusk, between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., presented by the Interstate

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Enjoy this two-day festival in East Stroudsburg's Dansbury

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Park. Bring the family and enjoy carnival rides and games, food trucks and vendors, live music and entertainment. Free fireworks on Wednesday at dusk! 12 • MeSee Magazine


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Split Rock Resort & Golf Club July 7, Fireworks begin at dusk www.splitrockresort.com Watch our Independence Day fireworks show over beautiful Lake Harmony. Free; donations accepted for local organization

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The lion roars, the parrot talks, and the monkey swings from branch to branch. Although it may seem like you're in a jungle on an African safari or in the heart of a rainforest, you’re actually in the Pocono

visit the zoo Mountains at one of the most popular zoos in the area.

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Visit the

ZOO in the

Claws 'N' Paws

by: Allison Mowatt

CLAWS ‘N’ PAWS is located on Route 590, between

When they first opened the park, the property was only 15

Lake Ariel and Hamlin, off Ledgedale Road. This wild

acres and has since expanded to encompass about 100

animal park and zoo features numerous rare and exotic

acres. The zoo is spread out, and shady trails wind through

species. Referred to as “the zoo in the woods,” people of

the forest where over 120 rare and exotic wildlife species

all ages are enraptured with knowing they can get close to

live. In some cases, the animals are only inches away and,

the animals.

at designated times, the young and young at heart can

Vince and Bobbie Hall opened the park 45 years ago. The

feed and pet them.

Halls are from Connecticut and moved to the Poconos

Some of the animals include monkeys, reptiles, colorful

with the intention of opening a zoo. "We have always

parrots, skunks, deer, goats, camels, giraffes, wolves,

been animal lovers," said Mr. Hall. “It was also temporary

bears, foxes, pigs, llamas, birds of prey, otters, species

insanity on my part,” he laughingly admitted. “We never

of wild cats, including lions, white tigers, black panthers,

imagined it would be this big, but, decades later, we’re still

bobcats, and leopards, and so much more.

here and it continues to grow.”

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One of the highlights is the petting zoo, where visitors can pet and feed the goats, deer, and lambs. Guests are also able to interact with is the Lory Parrot, a small Australian bird. At scheduled times each day, visitors may enter the Lory Parrot area, hang out with the birds, and feed them. The staff distributes apple slices and the colorful birds fly down and land on shoulders and arms to enjoy their snack. According to Mr. Hall, Claws ‘N’ Paws was the first zoo on the east coast to open a Lory feeding area 25 years ago and is one of the most anticipated events at the zoo. “It’s an unusual and exciting encounter for the public. The birds think of people as big toys they can play with.”

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Another popular event is feeding the friendly giraffe, one of the zoo's more exotic animals. The giraffe likes to interact with people and give kisses. Giraffe feedings are held three times a day, and people are given carrots to feed the giraffe. This gentle animal has no problem taking carrots from eager palms. Mr. Hall explains that Claws ‘N’ Paws is the only zoo in the country where the public is given food to feed the giraffes. While the Lory Parrot and the giraffe are crowd favorites, Mr. Hall has a soft spot for the snow leopards. “Two years ago, three babies were born—Alex, Abby, and Gabriel. I had a chance to cuddle them and it was so thrilling.”

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A new feature this year is the “Keeper Chat.” This is similar to a meet and greet, in which the public can visit various animals and get to know them up close and personal. Each day features a different animal or reptile. The Keeper Chat will take the place of the wildlife shows and will allow for a more personalized experience. Claws ‘N’ Paws also features a dinosaur outpost with Dino Digs and fossil hunts, Turtle Town where children can mingle with African tortoises, and a separate area for gemstone mining. The property also holds a snack bar with nearby

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e e K f ' f O e ? a i g r o e G s i o h W by: Kelly Gillow at Country Home Learning & Art Center Georgia was one of America's most famous female artists.

Born in 1887, Georgia lived on her family's dairy farm in Wisconsin which was a great place to learn about nature. Georgia did so well with her art lessons as a child she went to art school & college in New York City and decided to make art her life purpose. Georgia's big, bold flower paintings became famous in New York City where people began falling in love with her artwork.

Georgia's favorite art studio was inside of a Model-A Ford. She would rearrange the inside of the car and paint inside to keep away from the swarming bees and the desert's hot sun. Georgia O'Keeffe died in 1986. She lived to be 98 years old and has been recognized as the "Mother of American modernism". Find more Georgia O'Keeffe facts on meseemag.com

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“The staff at BMBS really knows their science and are happy to share and answer all of your questions.”

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BEAR MOUNTAIN

Butterfly SANCTUARY

by: Jamie Bowman

D

id you know a group of butterflies is sometimes called a

after the show. For a complete list of events, visit www.

“flutter” and that they taste with their feet? And did you

bearmountainbutterflies.com and visit the Events page.

know that butterflies are found on every continent in the

world except Antarctica? Butterflies are pretty fascinating creatures, and at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary, you can get up-close and personal with these incredible insects.

A trip to BMBS is not only fun and educational, but it’s affordable, too. Visitors age 3-61 can spend a day at the sanctuary for $8, with $1 discounts offered to seniors (age 62+), active duty military, and veterans. Are you a member

In the quaint town of Jim Thorpe lies Bear Mountain Butterfly

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Sanctuary. Kids and adults alike can agree, this place is a

admission, Monday-Thursday. Frequent flyers of BMBS

must-visit. Mari Gruber, sanctuary owner and “Butterfly Lady,”

should consider purchasing a punch card; at $60 for 10

got her start in 2002. After attending a seminar on raising

admissions and no expiration date, this is one deal you can’t

butterflies for her 50th birthday, Mari was hooked. “I became

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really interested in creating a space where kids could come experience nature in an intimate setting.” But don’t let the name fool you; BMBS has more to offer than just butterflies. Exotic frogs and Axol, “the cutest aquatic salamander imaginable,” also call BMBS home. Mari explains that one of the things that makes BMBS so special is its dedicated crew. “The staff at BMBS really knows their science and are happy to share and answer all of your questions.” BMBS’s “season” starts Saturday, June 9, so you can drop in to witness butterfly magic all summer long. Visit Thursday

BMBS is a great location for school field trips, scout outings, and private parties. BMBS will also bring the butterflies to you - a great option for schools and other organizations that are unable to make the trip. For more information or to make a reservation, contact BMBS via email at bearmb@ptd.net. The calendar fills up fast, so schedule your event well in advance. From Painted Ladies and Monarchs to Swallowtails and Frits, the butterflies at Bear Mountain Butterfly Sanctuary are aflutter and awaiting your arrival. See you there! 

through Monday between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. or Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. From interactive programs to short films, there’s plenty to see and do at BMBS. Be on the lookout for special events, too. Treasure Hunts happen on Mondays and every Friday is Grandparents’ Day, where

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NIGHT W/ THE GIRLS @ E T DA

by: Jamie Bowman

It’s no secret, I love a good date

that represent your family, seasonal signs, and unique home

night. But sorry, guys, we’re due

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for a ladies’ night! Grab your

you’ll be able to further customize your sign’s stain and

girls, jump in the car, and head to Board & Brush Creative Studio for an unforgettable night of do-it-yourself fun. Located on Hamilton Boulevard in Allentown, Board & Brush is “the original and fastest-growing DIY wood sign chain in the United States.” But with over 160 locations across the country, there’s nothing “chain-like” about this place. Each wooden piece is unique and most can be customized to fit your personal style. Board & Brush is a saving grace for those who love Pinterest projects but aren’t always the most successful when it comes to completing them. No Pinterest fails here! The instructors at Board and Brush will walk you through the process of completing your very own work of art from start to

color palette. Workshops typically last about 3 hours, so prepare yourself for an exciting evening. To book your class, visit www.boardandbrush.com and select Allentown, PA as your location. Choose a “Pick Your Project” class to create any design for just $65. Special workshops are available periodically, so check the calendar to stay informed. When making your reservation, be sure to list the friends you’d like to be seated with in the “comments section.” Hosting a special event? Board & Brush is the perfect spot for birthday parties and bachelorette fun. Simply book a private event to ensure that your entire group is accommodated. Board & Brush even offers parties for kids, age 6-12, and teens, age 12-15. It’s also a great option for your organization’s next fundraiser.

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Family Feature LOCAL

The McCarthy Family Lara, a Reading Speacialist/Dyslexia Practioner for a Lehigh Valley school district, and Jennifer, a Chief Human Resources Officer for the Greater Valley YMCA, welcomed Samantha into their family from foster care when she was 17 months old and their lives changed for the better. While it was not an easy journey - 18 months of caseworkers, court cases, and birth family visits - it was totally worth every moment. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but every single day is a new adventure and a blessing for them. They became an “official” family just before Samantha’s 3rd birthday when her adoption was finalized. They try to help other families looking to grow their families by sharing their story of adoption. 28 • MeSee Magazine


What is your favorite thing to do together as a family?

Momma LARA Making Memories. We have had some significant losses in our family over the past few years, and this has taught us that spending time together is what is most important. It isn’t about the “stuff” in your life; it is all about making memories with your loved ones.

Momma JENNIFER Exploring and learning about new places and things during our family adventures. We love being able to travel, even locally, to explore and see new things together. We both spend a lot of time commuting during our working lives, so being able to be a family and watch Samantha grow as we spend time together is truly amazing.

Samantha 5 YEARS OLD Family Game Night. I love playing cards and games with my Moms.

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Weekends are for

GETAWAYS Ideas by Age Group by: Karen Bumbaugh, from Been There Done That With Kids

Choosing the perfect summer getaway for your family is a difficult decision. Many factors weigh into the choice, such as driving distance, each family member’s unique interests, and, of course, budget. Age appropriateness of the destinations should also be considered, and we’ve got you covered! Here are four summer, weekend getaways to please children of each age group.

2 and 3-year-olds

4 and 5-year-olds PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA Building, discovering, and learning await this age group with a trip to Philadelphia. Outside the city, in Plymouth Meeting Mall, Legoland Discovery Center brings Lego-fun alive for your child. Enter the Discovery Center via a train ride with interactive magic wands and emerge in Legoland with attractions that include tons of building stations, a multi-story

LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA

indoor playground, a 4D theater, and a laser maze. The mall

At this age, it’s all about pretend play, and your child’s fill of

end your day.

it exists in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Start a long weekend with a trip to the heart of Dutch Country, and spend the day at Tiny Town, an indoor play center that replicates an entire kid-sized city block. A salon, fire station, library, hospital, and more line the walls of this beautifully renovated former

also boasts a double decker indoor carousel, a fun way to

On day two, enter the city to visit the Franklin Institute. This hands-on science and technology museum is the perfect mix of learning and fun. Walk inside a giant replica of the human heart, climb around in the brain, and watch a live science

factory building outside of the city.

show.

Hands on House, a few miles north of Tiny Town, hosts

If the weather is nice, enjoy some outdoor play with a visit

another set of pretend play opportunities, including a full-size tractor with farm activities, play factory, grocery store, and dress-up stage. An outdoor garden provides additional play

to Smith Playground. The favorite here is the giant wooden slide, a must-do when visiting the city with children.

The grand finale of the weekend is a day at Dutch

6 and 7-year-olds

Wonderland, an amusement park that is the ideal size for

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

space during the warmer months.

the younger crowd. Heaps of kiddie and family-friendly rides greet you as you walk through the castle doors, including favorites like the train, log flume, and antique cars. Enjoy time cooling off in Duke’s Lagoon, the water play section of the park. Then, listen to a story read by a princess, or sit in the splash zone at the diving show. This year, the park opened a new suspended family roller coaster which simulates a magical journey with Merlin the Magician, in search of his fun-loving, but mischievous, dragon friend named Mayhem. 30 • MeSee Magazine

Pittsburgh, also known as Kidsburgh, has tons of activities and destinations to offer this age group. Visit the MAKESHOP, a maker station in the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, full of the materials and tools to get your child’s imagination flowing. Next, get dizzy and disoriented in the museum’s gravity room, and don’t forget to bring a change of clothes for the water play area. Kennywood and Sandcastle are an obvious pair to topoff your getaway to Pittsburgh. Kennywood is an historic


amusement park in the nearby town of West Mifflin and offers a wide variety of kid-friendly and thrilling roller coasters. Sandcastle Water Park, a bit closer to the city, boasts a dozen water slides, shallow-water play area, and a wave pool. The best scenario for visiting Sandcastle is when your child reaches over 48 inches barefoot, then they can take advantage of the large water slides.

8 year-olds and up SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL NEW JERSEY Adventure awaits the eight and over crowd with a mix of dry rides and water slides in New Jersey. Diggerland USA, a

KENNYWOOD

unique construction-themed park in West Berlin, New Jersey, is a kid’s paradise. Even if your child is not obsessed with backhoes and diggers, who doesn’t want a chance to operate these large machines in this fun, controlled environment? Five new rides were added this year, including a zip line which towers 130 feet off the ground. Even more thrills are to be had at Six Flags Great Adventure, where the #1 wooden roller coaster and the tallest roller coaster in the world call this large amusement park home. Even if your child is not interested in thrill rides, there’s still plenty to do. An animal safari, various shows, and tamer rides will fill the day with fun. If bad weather tries to ruin your New Jersey getaway, Sahara Sam’s Oasis can save the day with an indoor water park which hosts various slides and a lazy river. If the weather is beautiful, there’s even an outdoor section of the water park, so you can soak up the sun. Enjoy the summer with your children by planning a getaway to

DUTCH WONDERLAND

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one of these fabulous destinations. 

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kids

IN THE

GARDEN It’s time to get outside, get dirty, learn, and have some fun! Gardening with your kids not only cultivates flowers or food but also valuable life lessons. Working in the dirt helps to develop nurturing skills, empowers kids, inspires creativity, teaches responsibility, and provides a sense of accomplishment. No matter how much space you have, gardening can be easy, even if you don’t have any experience. Here are a few ideas to help get you started and make gardening fun for you and your kids.

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First you’ll need to decide what you would like to grow. Whether you choose flowers or vegetables, right now is the perfect time for planting. My kids and I like to plant vegetables, particularly green

Your plants will need to be exposed to the elements, so be sure to select a location with plenty of sunshine and rain.

beans, peas, cucumbers, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, and tomatoes. When choosing your seeds, be mindful of how the plants like to grow. Just check out the back of the seed packet - all of the directions for successful planting are described on the back. Time to play in the dirt! If you’re planting in your back yard, you’ll need to turn up the soil and get it ready for planting. If you’re using a planter, fill it up with soil to prepare for planting, and then plant your seeds according to their directions.

Depending on the amount of space you have available, whether in your yard, porch, or driveway, you can select a planter that’s just the right size. It can be a pot, a bucket, an empty crate, a raised bed, or just spot in your yard - be creative! You can find lots of ideas on Pinterest to fit any location of your

Be sure to take care of your seeds daily -

home. Be sure to do a little research on the types of

watch for weeds and make sure they are

vegetables you’d like to grow. Some grow up, some

getting enough sunshine and water. Your kids

grow out - you’ll need to make sure your plants have

will love checking their progress and seeing

plenty of room to grow.

their hard work come to life!

For more tips on gardening,

check out these helpful websites. You’ll need tools for planting and soil if you’re not planting directly into the ground. These supplies can be picked up at Lowe’s, Home Depot, or any other gardening store. Visit Stonewall Garden Center in Canadensis, where store owner Elaine can help you find exactly what you need.

• 10 Easy Veggies to Plant w/ Kids www.picklebums.com/veggies-to-grow-with-kids

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• 11 Tips for Beginner Gardeners www.thefreerangelife.com/11-tips-beginninggardeners

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DIY Sandbox with Shower Curtain Cover After watching three little boys cram themselves into our tiny, plastic turtle of a sandbox I decided it was time for an upgrade. Our new sandbox would need to be large enough to

2. Prepare and stain your boards if desired. 3.

First, make the base of your sandbox. Pre-drill through the

accommodate my two sons, their cousins and their growing

longer sides and use 1 ¼” screws to attach the short

collection of trucks and sand toys. It was time to break out

sides.

the power tools and get serious.

4.

your plywood scrap using 1 ¼” screws.

I found the plans for our sandbox via Ana White’s website, with the project contributed by Gina of Lady Goats. Gina’s sandbox was just what I was looking for. It was big, included built-in benches perfect for sitting and truck parking, and also had a lid. Living in the woods, a tight, waterproof cover was a necessity, so I topped off the project with a simple shower curtain cover. Thanks to Gina, my sons now have a new favorite spot in the backyard, and I get to bask in the sun while watching them dig holes, bury trucks and haul sand.

Next, choose the bottom of your sandbox and attach to

5.

Attach two of the top planks to either side of the sandbox, spacing them apart about ½” inch. I would suggest laying all of your planks across the box prior to attaching them and measuring the distance between them to ensure they will all be evenly distributed at the end. Be sure to countersink your screws through the top.

6. Next, build what will become the seat(s) by screwing two planks onto the 2 x 4 armrest. You will need to make sure the 2 x 4s are far enough in from the edge (about 1”) to allow them to fold into the box. Test your seat by laying it on top of the sandbox. You will also want to make sure the

1. Cut your boards to the following dimensions:

• 1 x 8 @ 47 ½” (2) Long Sides of Box

• 1 x 8 @ 46” (2) Short Sides of Box

• 1 x 4 @ 47 ½” (12) Top Planks

• 2 x 4 @ 7 ½” (4) Arm Rests

• 2 x 4 @ 12 ½” (4) Back Support/Handle

• Plywood Scrap cut to 47 ½” x 47 ½” for Bottom

spacing of your top planks is even. (Make two of these).

7. Attach 4 of the hinges (2 per seat) to the seats. You will be attaching the hinges on the second and third planks in from each side.

8.Next, build the backs to your seats by screwing your remaining planks to the ends of the 2 x 4s. Again, watch your spacing. (Make two of these).

9. Add the remaining four hinges to the fourth and fifth planks in from each side on the inside of the lid (easier to do with the seat “up”).

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10. Screw the 4 handles into each of the four 2x4s when the sandbox is closed.

11. Lastly, cut the shower curtain down to an appropriate size. Attach eight Velcro disks to the ends of each side of the sandbox and then attach the opposite side of the Velcro disks to the shower curtain. This results in an easily removable, colorful, waterproof cover.

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SPRUCE LAKE

Spring Fest OPEN HOUSE A free community event for the entire family! Please RSVP @ 800-822-7505

what's in store

2018

• Free community event, fun for the entire family! • Music, BBQ, prizes and surprises! (including zip line, barrel train rides, and more) • Meet the staff of our growing Day Camp and Overnight “Wilderness” Camps & Expeditions. • Explore the lovely surroundings of 888 acres with waterfalls and hiking trails. • 3 p.m. – Dedication of the NEW Youth Activity Center Spruce Lake Day Camp and Overnight Wilderness Camp is exactly how a kid’s summer should be - full of adventure and the outdoors! Kids ranging in age from 5-18 can enjoy swimming, hiking, kayaking, paddle boating, zip lining, mini golf, basketball, tennis, volleyball, and more! Clean facilities, a low ratio of children to counselors, and a kind and dedicated staff ensure that your little ones will be in the greatest of care and will love every minute they spend at camp. Located nearby in Barrett Township, Spruce Lake’s Open House is a great opportunity to learn more about Spruce Lake’s impressive summer programs. • Overnight Wilderness Camp: Give your kids a summer to remember at Spruce Lake’s Wilderness (overnight) Camp for ages 7-18! Experiences include exciting, new Color Clash fun, swimming, outdoor recreation, zip lining, and nightly fireside worship, as well as off-site canoe, backpacking, and mountain biking trips! Counselors and staff are positive role models who put the love of Christ into action and demonstrate the spirit of getting along with others. 38 • MeSee Magazine

JUNE 3, 2018 2 P.M. - 6 P.M.

Rain or shine!

• Day Camp: Spruce Lake Day Camp, for kids ages 5-13, is filled with so much fun, your kids will store up memories for a lifetime! Day Camp is an exciting mix of play, learning, and worship that is different every week, capturing campers’ interests and creativity. Experienced, caring counselors guide the children at all times throughout the day and demonstrate how to get along with others. Kids are encouraged to discover how God is involved in their lives and world. During this year’s Open House, Spruce Lake will be dedicating the NEW Youth Activity Center. The vision for the youth ministry is “to grow Spruce Lake Wilderness camp into a year-round Youth Ministry Center to point more young people toward Christ.”

New Youth Activity Center • Started construction September 2017, expect to be open for summer camp June 2018. • The new Center will house a gym with basketball and volleyball courts, indoor high ropes course, and a climbing/bouldering wall. • Meeting rooms for small group discussions or Bible studies • A stage in the gym so it can double as an auditorium • This will be our new HUB for youth ministries, including Day Camp, summer Wilderness (overnight) Camp, our new IGNITE youth weekends, as well as guest youth groups. • The building is already approximately 90% funded, and we anticipate closing out the campaign debt-free.


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things to do!

2018 Panther Pounce Please help us honor the memory of Jeaneane Pavlicka and

Alice in Wonderland Curious Alice chases the White Rabbit to a world of

Carmine Monacelli. Support the ThinkBig Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Patients and their families by running or donating for the 10th annual Panther Pounce!

enchantment, where things are never quite what they seem.

1 Mile Fun Run and 5k Races. Awards for 12 Different Age

Cheshire Cats grin, tea cups spin, Tweedle Dee meets

Group Divisions and Brand New Sports Team Divisions.

Tweedle Dum, and the Queen cries, "Off with her head!" A wonderland for children of all ages. Children can get a front row seat for the fun with on-stage carpet seating, and everyone can meet the cast after every performance for autographs and pictures. Price: $17 for adults; $13 for kids DeSales University June 1 - August 4, 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. www.pashakespeare.org

Contact Information: Bri Palazzi, Race Director pantherpounce@pmsd.org Pocono Mountain West High School June 2, 9 p.m. www.pmsd.org/Domain/12

Founder's Day 30th Anniversary Celebration The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

Pocono 400

celebrates its 30th Anniversary during Founder's Day in Hugh

Pocono Raceway will host the Pocono 400 - Monster Energy

Historic Bethlehem, and more. Free!

NASCAR Cup Series Race on Sunday, June 3, 2018, with events leading up to the race all weekend. Recognized as one of NASCAR's most competitive raceways, Pocono's unique, 2.5-mile track features three turns, each with its own degree of banking. Pocono Raceway June 1 - June 3 www.poconoraceway.com

Bloom's Grand Opening Celebration!

Moore Park. The event will include boat rides, live music, mule selfies, and exhibitors, including American on Wheels,

Hugh Moore Park June 2, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. www.delawareandlehigh.org

HONK! Jr. CHILDREN'S SHOW - Ugly doesn’t quite fit in with his darling duckling siblings, and the farm animals are quick to poke fun, despite Mama's protective flapping. Soon, Ugly finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, along the way meeting a flock of characters and finding out being different is not such

Celebrate Bloom's 1 month anniversary as we kick off with

a bad thing after all!

our official Grand Opening celebration, a chance for us to expand our reach into the community and thank all of you for your support thus far! Come enjoy a free day of play and fun activities for the kids! PAAC (Pennsylvania Autism Action Center) will be sponsoring some sensory activities and sharing info about

Shawnee Playhouse June 2 - June 23, 11 a.m. www.theshawneeplayhouse.com

Levee Loop Trail Race & Fitness Walk

their organization. We will be holding a tricky tray with lots of great prizes to win. Proceeds will go directly to PAAC to help

Join SROSRC on Saturday, June 2nd for their Annual

them continue the awesome work they do in our community!

4.5-mile run or 2.6-mile fitness walk. The event will take

We will also welcome MeSee Magazine, who will be sponsoring a Kids Art Contest! Bloom Waldessori Play Space June 2,10 a.m. - 2 p.m. www.bloomplayspace.com 40 • MeSee Magazine

place rain or shine. There will be raffles, prizes, and more. Early registration by May 25 guarantees you a t-shirt. Early Registration by May 25: $20/person; After May 25: $25/ person Dansbury Depot June 2, 8:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. www.srosrc.org


Breakfast with the Beasts

Arts & Crafts Fair in Bingham Park

Our newest event takes you deep into the zoo during the

Enjoy the talents of artists and crafters displaying their fine

early morning when the animals are actively playing, eating

wares. The fair hosts approximately 100 vendors with truly

breakfast, and planning their fun day!

unique handcrafted items. These accomplished merchants

Start this exclusive morning zoo visit with breakfast under our pavilion where you will find a breakfast buffet of eggs, home fries, sausage, fresh fruit, yogurt, refreshments, and more! Then you will be taken on a guided tour around the zoo to hear the incredible stories of our animals and their conservation stories as well. Guests will learn all about the zoo, the animals, our zoo keepers, and get an up-close look

travel from near and far to showcase their creative and distinctive gift ideas for that special someone or yourself! There will be food available and entertainment by Dan Engvaldsen. This event will take place rain or shine. Bingham Park June 9, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.northernpoconoschamber.com

at active, early morning zoo life! You will even see our education department out with some of our ambassador animals, so bring the cameras and your smile and leave the rest up to us! Plus, you get to stay inside the zoo to enjoy the rest of your day! Breakfast with the Beasts will have two times on Sunday, June 3rd. Visit www.lvzoo.org for more information. Lehigh Valley Zoo June 3, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. www.lvzoo.org/event/breakfast-with-the-beasts

Spring Fest Open House Come enjoy this music-filled, fun-filled afternoon; kids and parents welcome! There will be good food, prizes, crafts, wagon rides, tours of the Youth Ministry at Wilderness Camp, an interactive outdoor education center, and much more. Have fun sharing time with neighbors and friends! This event is held rain or shine. Come make memories and see what Spruce Lake has in store for you. Please RSVP by calling 800-822-7505. Free! Spruce Lake Retreat June 3, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. www.sprucelake.org

String Art & Wine Sip at Renegade Winery Join us in learning how to create your very own string art! Lisa will show you all the techniques to make a great piece of string art. Tickets are $35 per person and include all materials & supplies, a glass of Renegade wine, and so much fun! Please purchase the appropriate ticket for the design of your choice! The Renegade Winery June 9, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. www.therenegadewinery.com

Twin Pines Summer Celebration This open house is an exciting day which features many activities for the family! Some things you can enjoy include the dunk tank, paddle-boats, hay rides, cake walk, and much more. There will also be a yard and craft sale for you to sell or buy items that day, beginning at 8 a.m. No prior registration required for Summer Celebration. Twin Pines Camp, Conference & Retreat Center June 9, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.twinpines.org

Paint in the Park

Frog Frolic

Take a ride on the Midnight Express with this whimsical

Spend the afternoon with us at our ponds and streams!

painting! Bring a bottle of wine (BYOB) and enjoy a night out with friends. Cheese and crackers and bottle water will be provided. Price: $35/canvas

Learn about some of our frog friends as we gently catch and release these hopping amphibians. Wear boots and plan on getting wet and muddy. $5/person

Historic Dansbury Depot

Pocono Environmental Education Center

June 8, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

June 10 & 24, July 7, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

www.srosrc.org

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Stourbridge Pie

Summer Garden Party & Tour Season Kick-Off

The Cooperage strives to provide the greater Honesdale

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm kicks off its summer

community with access to superb local agricultural products,

season with the Summer Garden Party. Visit the homestead

artisanal goods, locally produced art and live entertainment.

and experience life in the 1800s. Learn about the original

The Market is a vibrant and friendly gathering of exemplary

Pennsylvania German farm family who settled here in the

local producers, makers, artists and entertainers, and

late 1760s. See the farm animals plus heritage craft and

enthusiastic consumers, connecting through a mutual

trade skills, demonstrated as you tour the buildings with

appreciation for each other and for the regional foodscape

guides portraying members of the Depper family. In addition

and community. Don’t forget to bring the kids! Romping

to the tour, enjoy the Summer Garden Party for free! The

Radishes will be held upstairs at The Cooperage at 4 p.m.

Summer Garden Party offers a day devoted to the art of

during each market. In addition to superb local vendors, the

gardening. Tour the kitchen garden, learn about herbs and

market will have live entertainment, eats from The Anthill

their uses, explore heirloom vegetables, enjoy food tastings

Farm Kitchen, and a featured Wayne County Arts Alliance

and make a garden-inspired craft. Whether you already

artist.

garden or would like to learn how, the Summer Garden Party

The Cooperage Project June 14, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. www.thecooperageproject.org

is the place to be. $10/adult; $5/child (age 3-12) Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm June 16, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.quietvalley.org

Delaware River Sojourn The Sojourn is a guided paddling trip on the wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping, educational programs, historical interpretation and more. It is for novice to experienced paddlers of all ages; participants can sign up for the whole event or for the sections or days of their choice. The purpose of the Sojourn is to heighten awareness of and appreciation for the Delaware River and its watershed, which flows through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Visit online for specific information on each day. $80/day for adults; $50/day for children (includes kayak, paddle, life vest, transportation, programs, and food) Delaware River - Various Locations June 15 - June 23 www.delawareriversojourn.com

72nd Anniversary of Becky's Drive-In

Edible & Medicinal Plant Walk Nature provides food and natural remedies for us in the form of many plants. Join us on a hike focused on wild edible and medicinal plants. No collecting will be done in the park. Plant walks will be hosted on June 16 and July 28, 2018. Price: $5/ person Pocono Environmental Education Center June 16 & July 28,10 a.m. - 12 p.m. www.peec.org

Super Hero Dance Camp Tap, ballet, yoga, arts and crafts. Let the talented faculty at PAD foster your tiny dancer’s love of the arts. For enrollment information, email: myriahdance@gmail.com Pocono Academy of Dance June 18, 12:30 p.m. www.poconoacademyofdance.com

Celebrating 72 years entertaining our patrons with double features. Will have fireworks at approx. 9:30 p.m. Rain date will be Saturday, June 23, 2018. Admission will be $12 per

S.T.A.R.S. Camp - HONK! JR.

adult and $6 per child 3 - 12 years old. Becky's Drive-In June 16, 5 p.m. - 1 a.m www.beckysdi.com

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Theatre Camp offers young people an education-based, fun-filled theatre experience! Campers will learn about performing, diction, and choreography and will be in the show


corresponding with their camp at the end of the session. Snacks are provided, but please pack a lunch. Performance June 22nd at 7 p.m. Ages 5 - 7 Shawnee Playhouse June 18 - June 22, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. www.theshawneeplayhouse.com

Thursday on the Green Outdoor Movie NUT JOB 2 Bring your blankets and chairs! Enjoy a family movie night outdoors on the beautiful lawn at Northampton Community College Monroe Campus, Tannersville. Visit local vendors before the movie begins at dusk. Free! Northampton Community College, Monroe June 21, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. www.poconopa.gov/parks

Worlds Largest Swimming Lesson The nation's top water safety and training organizations are joining forces to present the World's Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL) to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning. On June 21, waterparks, pools and other aquatic

Saturday, June 2,2018

facilities around the globe host local WLSL events to show

Celebrate National Trails Day with us running or walking on the Levee Loop Trail!

that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™! All participants must be beginner swimmers. Registration is limited to the first 50 participants. Call to secure your spot. Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark June 21 www.camelbeach.com

Thursday Night Concerts in the Park Bring a chair, a blanket, and a picnic to join us for the third annual concerts in the park. This year we will feature music and chalk art for kids and grown-ups alike. Surrounding businesses will pack a delicious to-go dinner for you! Sixth Street & Monroe Street, Stroudsburg Every Thursday, Jun 21 - Aug 23, 6 p.m.

Registration information: 

By May 25th: (guaranteed shirt) $20 per person

Starting May 26th - June 2nd: $25 per person

srosrc.org or 15 Day Street, East Stroudsburg

570-426-1512

Race Information: 

Rain or Shine

Sign in starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Dansbury Park

Race starts at 8:15 a.m.

Fitness walk starts at 8:30 a.m.

Proceeds benefit SROSRC

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You Are a Superhero: Harness Your Inner Power You Are a Superhero will focus on helping 11-13-year-olds find their inner superpower, learn ways to get it back when it feels lost, and be comfortable with who they are. During the workshop we will do a power based flow class, practice breathing techniques that will help with combating stress and anxiety, create Mala (beads) bracelets (power bracelets), and talk about how to use personal mantras (uplifting phrases) to remember their strengths. We will play inspirational/community building games and activities, talk about stress in pre-teen life, and discuss ways to deal with stress when it arises.

Willy Wonka Jr. CHILDREN'S SHOW - The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this scrumdiddlyumptious adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale! Shawnee Playhouse June 29 - July 21 www.theshawneeplayhouse.com

Children's Day Come explore Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm and find out what it was like to be a child during the 1800s. Learn

Super Hero Girls Class: Saturday, June 23

about different skills, activities, chores, and food that would

Super Hero Boys Class: Sunday, June 24

have been part of your everyday life almost 200 years ago. Attend a lesson in the one-room school house, help gather

Boundless Yoga Studio June 23 & June 24, 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. www.boundlessyogastudio.com

Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine & Food Festival

fruits and vegetables, learn about farm animals, and more. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children and includes tours of the farm. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm June 30, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. www.quietvalley.org

Uncork summer with the 28th Annual Great Tastes of Pennsylvania Wine and Food Festival. This two-day, outdoor festival features food and craft vendors, live

View our area's firework

musical entertainment, and samples from an estimated 30

festivities on page 12!

Pennsylvania wineries. Split Rock Resort & Golf Club June 23 & June 24, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. www.splitrockresort.com

Geology Hike Take a hike on the Fossil Trail with Paul Kovalski, aka Dr. Dinosaur, as we discuss the geology of our area and what makes our park unique. Geology Hikes will be held on June 23 and September 8, 2018. Price: $5/non-member; free for members Pocono Environmental Education Center June 23, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. www.peec.org

Stroudsburg Arts Festival Please join us for the Stroudsburg Arts Festival, held in historic Downtown Stroudsburg along the N. 7th Street Corridor and Courthouse Square. Enjoy live music, performance art, and many types of high-quality art vendors! Downtown Stroudsburg July 7, 2 p.m. - 7 p.m. www.poconoarts.org/programs/annual-special-events

Annual Lavender Festival You and your family can learn all about growing lavender and some of the different things you can use lavender for.

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50 assorted craft vendors will be on-hand, and food will be

special day of wonderful, old-fashioned entertainment. The

provided by Frogtown Chophouse and WOW Food Truck,

event will be held under tents, rain or shine. The day ends

along with beer tasting by Abomination Brewing Co and

with a jam session around 3:30 p.m. Included in historic farm

Pocono Brewing Company. You can also enjoy wine tasting

tour admission: $10/adult; $5/child (age 3-12)

by Renegade and lavender baked goods by Pearls Pantry. Enjoy entertainment during the festival, featuring music by

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

Beth Goldwater and Erin McClelland, a PA Dance Network

July 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Performance, plus much more. Come out for a fun day, and

www.quietvalley.org

learn about lavender. Free admission! Paradise Lavender Farm and Ross & Ross Nursery July 7, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.rossandrossnursery.com

Barrett Paradise Concert in the Park

Thursday on the Green Outdoor Movie MOANA Bring your blankets and chairs! Enjoy a family movie night outdoors on the beautiful lawn at Northampton Community College Monroe Campus, Tannersville. Visit local vendors

Join us for an event celebrating Barrett & Paradise

before the movie begins at dusk. Free!

Townships, with great live music, wonderful food from local restaurants, and events for children. Admission is $5 and

Northampton Community College, Monroe

children age 5 & under are free! Admission proceeds benefit

July 19, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.

the Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains. This year’s lineup

www.poconopa.gov/parks

includes The Newspaper Taxis, Acoustic Pursuit, and Joe O’Malley. Old Barrett Elementary School, Cresco July 10, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. www.bpconcert.com

Oktoberfest in July With both Polish and German themes, Oktoberfest in July will feature two stages of music, traditional costumed dance performances, ethnic craft vendors, the Bier Stein Olympics, and plenty of wursts, wieners, kielbasa, pierogies and cold brews. There will be live music and lots of activities for kids.

THE TRINITY TOUR Support Youth Ministry in Spruce Lake's Motorcycle Ride & BBQ, Saturday, July 21, 2018. (Rain date, Sunday, July 22). Register 8 - 10 AM @ Pocono Mountain Harley Davidson, 4300 Manor Drive, Stroudsburg, PA 18360. As soon as you're checked in, head out and enjoy the tour! (8 AM - 12:30 PM). Your final destination will be Spruce Lake. From 12:30-2 PM, enjoy BBQ on the lawn, worship by the band, “One Came Down” and speaker Lowell Delp. Enter the Silent Auction and chance at door prizes. Optional tours of Spruce Lake at 2 PM.

Join us for a weekend of family fun and entertainment in the

Pre-registration by June 30, 2018, is $30 rider, $20/

Pocono Mountains! Advance: $9/adult, $7.50/child; Gate:

passenger at www.sprucelake.org. (After June 30, $40/rider,

$12.50/adult, $8.50/child

$20/passenger). The entire registration fee is tax-deductible.

Shawnee Mountain

Spruce Lake Retreat

July 14 & July 15, 11 a,m, - 5 p.m.

July 21

www.shawneemt.com

www.sprucelake.org

Music in the Valley

Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival

Music in the Valley features various groups performing

Known regionally as the finest art and craft show in the

traditional music at different locations on the farm. There

Poconos, the popular Audubon Art and Craft Festival

will be a sing-a-long for the children and storytelling. This

combines entertaining and educational live wildlife shows,

is a wonderful opportunity to speak to the musicians and

featuring animals native to the area with close to 100 juried

learn about folk instruments and traditional music. Enjoy this

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inspired. Add live ice sculpting and activities for the kids,

Be sure to stick around for post-game fireworks! Princess &

and you have a wonderful experience awaiting you in the

Pirate night is presented by Viewmont Mall.

Pocono Mountains. Funds raised at the festival are used by Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon to support local community and school environmental education. $5/adults; children under 12 are free Wallenpaupack Area High School July 21 & July 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.audubonfestival.com

Nature at Night A pleasant summer evening is the perfect time to head outside. Take a walk in the woods to listen for owls, look at stars and enjoy the music of the night. Participate in fun activities that test your night vision. Flashlights recommended. Walks are set for July 21 and September 15. Call for registration. $5/person Pocono Environmental Education Center July 21, 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

PNC Field July 27, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. www.milb.com/scranton-wb

Gander Outdoors 400 Pocono Raceway will host the Gander Outdoors 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race (formerly the Pennsylvania 400) on Sunday, July 29, 2018, with events leading up to the race all weekend, including the Gander Outdoors 150 - NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race on Saturday, July 28. Pocono Raceway July 27 & July 29 www.poconoraceway.com

Disney's The Lion King Experience JR.

www.peec.org

CHILDREN'S SHOW - The African Savannah comes to life

Blueberry Festival

on stage with Simba, Rafiki, and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale.

Historic Bethlehem’s Blueberry Festival has been turning tongues blue since 1986. Join the Bethlehem community every July for a weekend of great food, live music, and family fun at Burnside Plantation—Bethlehem’s farm in the city. Enjoy irresistible blueberry treats—pies, strudels, ice cream, coffees, teas, and jams. Activities include kids’ crafts, barn tours, horse patrol demonstrations, a blueberry cooking contest, blueberry brew, and the favorite blueberry pie-eating contest. Buy your ticket online today and get two extra Blueberry Brewery tastings! Parking is available onsite.

Shawnee Playhouse July 27 - August 11 www.theshawneeplayhouse.com

Dragonfly Walk Learn about the wonderful world of dragonflies! Join David Trently on a search through the fields and around the ponds for dragonflies and butterflies. Call early – spaces fill up fast. $5/person Pocono Environmental Education Center

Burnside Plantation

July 29, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

July 21 & 22

www.peec.org

www.historicbethlehem.org

Princess & Pirate Night at the RailRiders Help cheer on the RailRiders in your best princess or pirate costume as they take on the Gwinnett Stripers on Friday, July 27! Gates open at 6 p.m. and the first pitch is set for 7:05p.m. 46 • MeSee Magazine


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MeSee Magazine June / July 2018  
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