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MONROE COUNTY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY 354 Memorial Blvd., Tobyhanna, PA (570) 216-4390 www.habitatmc.org
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What does Monroe County Habitat for Humanity do,
What are some common misconceptions about
exactly? There are many misconceptions about how
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity serves our community. The most common misconception is that they give free homes to unemployed people, which couldn’t be further from the truth. MC Habitat for Humanity is based on “neighbors helping neighbors with a hand up, not a hand out.” We had the chance to talk with Kelly Kemmerer, Executive Director of the organization, to help us learn more about the services MC Habitat for Humanity offers and how they can help you and your family.
Tell us about the general mission of Monroe County Habitat for Humanity (MCHFH)?
Many people believe that Habitat for Humanity gives free homes to unemployed people; that could not be further from the truth. Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is based on “neighbors helping neighbors with a hand up, not a hand out.” MCHFH helps get homeowners and struggling renters who earn 60% or less of median income into safer, more decent homes. The people who participate in MCHFH’s programs are called partner families. Partner families contribute sweat equity hours and pay for their homes or the materials to repair their homes through low and zero interest loans.
The mission of our organization is “Seeking to put
What is the difference between the Home
God’s love into action. Monroe County Habitat for
Preservation and Home Ownership programs?
Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.” The vision of MCHFH is “a Monroe County where everyone has a safe, decent place to live.”
The Home Ownership program helps struggling renters become homeowners. A renter’s earnings must fall within a stated range that will allow him or her to become a successful homeowner. The applicant supplies
What motivated you to work with MC Habitat for Humanity? What is your current role? In 2010, I was working on completing my Master’s Degree at ESU. I wanted to get more involved in the community and started volunteering for Monroe County Habitat for Humanity. As I learned more about the organization, I was impressed. I continued volunteering and was surprised three years later when I received an
250 hours of sweat equity to MCHFH per person, and they attend financial literacy classes. If they are approved to purchase a Habitat home, the applicant will agree to a 30year interest free or low interest mortgage. Home Preservation, on the other hand, allows current homeowners who are affected by limited income, age, and disability to make necessary, and sometimes critical, repairs to their homes.
offer for a position.
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Neighbors helping neighbors with a hand up, not a hand out!
Through your Home Preservation program you're
Finally, the Home Preservation partner family agrees to pay
able to make home repairs for qualifying families?
Habitat back for the cost of materials used in their project. This repayment to Habitat can be made over a five year
Yes, Home Preservation allows deserving homeowners to make repairs that increase the safety and health of
period and is through an interest-free loan directly through our organization.
their home. Homeowners must have owned their home Who is eligible to receive your services?
for at least two years, must be up to date on their mortgage and property and school taxes, and must have homeowner’s insurance. Habitat will not make repairs on a home that
To apply for Home Preservation, a homeowner must:
the homeowner is in danger of losing. When applicants
• fall at 60% or less of median income
call us and are behind on their taxes, we encourage them to set up a repayment plan with their local tax office. Also, if homeowners call us and do not have homeowner’s insurance, we encourage them to purchase it. We have had several homeowners who end up being more self-sufficient
• have owned a home in Monroe County for at least 2 years • must be up to date on property and school taxes and mortgage
even before they have applied for their repairs. To qualify for the home preservation program, the homeowner must agree to volunteer on another partner
Does Monroe County Habitat for Humanity pay for everything?
family’s home preservation project before their own. The
Monroe County Habitat for Humanity requires that
homeowner will then also agree to volunteer on their own
homeowners repay the cost of materials through an
home preservation project each day alongside the Habitat volunteers once it is underway. I have had several applicants tell me they were apprehensive about volunteering; these same volunteers have reported to me when their projects
interest free loan over the course of five years. Monroe County Habitat for Humanity is “neighbors helping neighbors with a hand up, not a hand out!”
were finished and said they missed working alongside the volunteers who came to their home. They say that they enjoyed meeting new people, learned a lot, and had fun while working. Many of our partner families have become permanent volunteers with our organization.
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What is the best way to find out more information? For more information please visit our website at www.habitatmc.org or call (570) 216-4390
How can residents and businesses provide support for the organization? Volunteers are needed! No skills are needed, but skilled volunteers are greatly appreciated. There are 30 home preservation projects being scheduled throughout Monroe County, so project supervisors are needed as well as skilled and unskilled volunteers.
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Volunteers are needed for committees including homeowner support, construction, public relations, and faith relations. Monroe County Habitat for Humanity operates solely on grants, donations, and fundraisers. Donations are greatly appreciated! Car donations to Car for Homes are needed! Unwanted cars, running or not, can be donated to Cars for Homes at 877277-4344 or at www.habitatmc.org/donate/cars-for-homes Car donations made to Cars for Homes in Monroe County directly benefit Monroe County Habitat for Humanity, and you may qualify for a tax deduction. Cars are either sold at auction or recycled for their steel. Monroe County Habitat for Humanity receives all proceeds, less a processing fee. Monroe County Habitat for Humanity also needs help spreading the word about our programs, need for donations, and need for volunteers!
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Natural Wonders By: Allison Mowatt
ow that summer is here, families are planning their schedules and deciding what to do in between picnics,
sleepovers, camp, and other fun outings. This season, add a visit to the only premier science center in the Pocono Mountains region, where people of all ages can discover nature and astronomy under one roof. At the Schisler Museum of Wildlife and Natural History and the McMunn Planetarium at East Stroudsburg University (ESU), there are engaging collections, innovative programs, and excitement for the curious and adventurous. This is partly in thanks to ESU alums Art and Fannie Schisler, who decided to donate their big game trophies to the university so students could learn about the animals and the habitats they live in. The museum was completed in 2014 and has been officially open to the public for three years. Curator Cathy Klingler says the facility is mostly staffed by university students and is an ideal â€œlearning laboratoryâ€? for them. They lead the tours, work at the front desk, and run the films. Wander through the museum and study the exhibits for an up-close understanding of many animals, including birds, fish, raptors, and other wildlife. Gaze in wonder and let your imagination soar inside the 30-foot planetarium dome. The museum features more than 130 wildlife species from around the globe in world class habitat recreations. In addition, there is a display of insects, touchable items, and a tropical waters aquarium. The planetarium launches stargazers into the depths of space through a state-of-theart digital projection system.
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A free community event for the entire family!
The SPITZ system is used for commercial films and custom
An outing here this summer is also ideal on a rainy day, since
star shows. The planetarium currently shows 11 films, with up
it’s based indoors. Admission includes both the museum and
to six different films shown each day.
planetarium, which are on the ground floor of the Warren E.
As you walk down the hallway toward the museum, you’re immediately greeted by Oscar, the 1300-pound Alaskan grizzly bear. Once you enter the museum, impressive exhibits in different biomes are lined throughout the space.
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Full body dioramas include The Frozen North, The Verdant
Summer hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4
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The 350-gallon tropical waters aquarium showcases a variety
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of fish as well as sharks and blue lobsters.
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According to Ms. Klingler, last year 9,000 visitors came to the museum and planetarium. With additional educational programs and events added each year, she expects continued interest and participation. An upcoming event is Nature by Night—a flashlight tour held on the first Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m. Children ages four to 13 can wear their favorite pajamas and explore the world’s habitats in the dark, guided by the light from their flashlights. “We’ll talk about how animals use their five senses in the dark,” says Ms. Klingler. One adult per family is required to remain throughout the visit. The event includes
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the flashlight tour, a planetarium film, craft, and goody bag.
Flashlights are provided, but people can bring their own or
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“My master plan is to not have a master plan, which keeps me open. It’s all about ‘layering.’
Ricky Boscarino's By: Tom Eccleston
It’s an oddball wonderland so eccentric that Alice could easily
once. While mother satisfied her yen for interior design by
bask in new adventures. But the sheer individuality of Luna
making window treatments and collecting pottery, father
Parc might render even Lewis Carroll awestruck.
proved adept at processes like cement mixing. “I was instilled
Tucked away in the farmlands of Sussex County, New Jersey, this lustrous dreamscape has been a work in progress for
with a fearlessness when it comes to working with materials,” he says.
three decades since Ricky Boscarino first encountered a
And the virtuoso’s presence illuminates every nook and
cabin in the woods and began transforming it into Luna Parc.
cranny of the Parc. The front yard is awash in brilliantly hued
The architect and self-proclaimed “King-o-Luna” has reshaped his compound, nixing Sherwin-Williams in favor of taxidermy, bottle caps, miniatures, stringed instruments, yardsticks, and religious icons. An artist skilled in several mediums, Boscarino created a four-panel, stained glass mural depicting the journey of life from infancy to death, the perfect bathroom accompaniment to a stream of running water that trickles down through pastel-colored gravy boats. Bubbling over on eight acres, the environmental madness consists of Boscarino’s gingerbread chalet, his gardens, a studio, scattered monuments, and a just-purchased annex house next door. It was a tinge of nostalgia that spurred him to stake his claim here. “I grew up in Piscataway and used to go to summer camp at Stokes [State Forest], so I knew the area a bit,” he recalls. “I started a jewelry business in 1986 and was looking for a place of my own. I really just stumbled upon it after pounding the pavement for a couple years. The building was an old hunting lodge, and the family that owned it hadn’t been around for a long time.” Artistry is part of Boscarino’s lineage, which dates back to the Medicis in Italy. During his youth, he was inspired by parents who usually tackled multiple, around-the-house projects at
sculptures, walls, and spires. Nearly everything is encrusted with swirling mosaics of tile, glass, and painted metal. This is a psychedelic castle in the air where bowling balls form flowerbed borders and fences are made out of crutches. Not surprisingly, the mastermind describes his home as a place where “more is more.” The ballroom needs some finishing touches; a rooftop garden is being planted. Luna is a labyrinth of staircases, hidden rooms, and lookout towers, all adorned with Boscarino’s visionary artwork – a hybrid of museum and thrift store. One of the outlying structures is a hut fashioned from a sea of azul. “Some are SKYY Vodka and others are Arizona Iced Tea,” he laughs. “Whenever I have an event here, I always get donations of various things I ask for. This project will be made entirely of blue glass bottles, which are the hardest to come by. I originally estimated I’d need about 1,500 bottles to complete it, but now it looks like I’ll need about 3,000. And I didn’t even drink one of them!” Another point of embellished whimsy, set amidst aging movie set props and odd junk yard finds, is a chapel that Boscarino erected as an homage to his grandfather who, notes the artisan, once witnessed a miracle in Sicily.
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“That’s where the crutches come in, kind of like ‘Catholic kitsch.’” Then, there’s the forthcoming tribute to a pancake topping: hundreds of empty syrup bottles set into concrete blocks. “I’m going to have a nine-foot replica of Mrs. Butterworth that’ll be lit from within. Actually, it’s almost better describing what this will look like rather than what it might end up being,” he declares. A time-out from frivolity comes from the studio where Boscarino creates his finer pieces of jewelry and pottery, which he peddles at craft fairs across the country. Earrings and charms are three-dimensional utilitarian items – shoes, chairs, and kitchen gadgets, to name a few – made of brass and silver. With the help of assistants, he forges ornate pins, necklaces, and pendants in a variety of styles. The ceramic concepts boast unconventional shapes and glazes, and a recent series of Face Pots, loosely based on Pre-Columbian vessels, imbue Boscarino’s sense of humor. Two years ago, he formed Luna Parc Atelier, a nonprofit that brings prodigies to the site for teaching and mentoring. “I want to set an example of how an artist can make a living from his work. It’s part coaching, part giving them life skills,” explains Boscarino. Recently, he also visited public schools and worked with students, imparting variegation techniques
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and helping them create permanent exhibits. Luna serves as the penultimate training ground, where apprentices make and glaze their clay tiles, fabricate the patchworks, and participate in the installations. Despite his long-range goals, Boscarino avoids an endgame for the ever-evolving estate. “My master plan is to not have a master plan, which keeps me open. It’s all about ‘layering.’ I can take something down and improve on it, or move it around and add to it. There are no mistakes, that’s the magic. Things will always change. People have this misconception of the final product. If it starts to deviate from the original idea, they get frustrated. The beauty of creating stuff is that progress is inevitable.”
Luna Parc is a private home not open to the public, other than by invitation.
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Date Night @
Barley Creek By: Jamie Bowman
Few things are more refreshing than an ice cold beer on a
Complete with a tiki bar, food truck, and wiffleball field, the
hot summer day. And at Barley Creek Brewing Company,
Pint Size Park is the ideal place to spend an evening. Plus,
you can have that and more! Whether you’re looking for
there are fire pits! The Park is open Sunday from 1-9pm and
a delicious meal, refreshing beverages, or a place with
Monday through Thursday from 4-9pm and offers plenty of
atmosphere, Barley Creek has it all. Located on Sullivan
fun games, like cornhole and ping-pong, that the whole family
Trail in Tannersville, Barley Creek is just a stone’s throw from
is sure to enjoy. Each day has its own special theme. Stop
Camelback Mountain and the perfect spot for your next date
by for Taco Tuesday or Wing Night Wednesday. If you’re
– night or day!
a seafood lover, like me, you won’t want to miss Sundays’
Since 1995, Barley Creek Brewing Company has been a staple among Pocono restaurants. Known for its carefully
Seafood Bake & Boil. Clams, crab legs, and corn on the cob? Sign me up!
crafted brews and mouthwatering menu, Barley Creek is the
Did you know you can enjoy your favorite Barley beverages
go-to for beer drinkers and foodies alike. Craving a pale ale
outside of the restaurant? The team’s latest venture is the
and a pizza? Try a pint of Slippery Slope and a Cheesesteak
Barley Creek Tasting Room & Pub, located at The Crossings
Pizza fresh from the brick oven. In addition to their own beer,
Premium Outlets. With a variety of Pennsylvania craft beers
which is brewed on-site, they offer a rotating selection of
and wine along with Barley’s small-batch spirits, the Tasting
guest brews. But if you’re not into beer, no worries! Barley
Room & Pub gives a whole new meaning to retail therapy.
Creek has also mastered the art of distilling, so you can
If you find yourself cheering on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
enjoy your favorite cocktails made with local liquor, including
RailRiders this season, look for beer from Barley Creek.
vodka, whiskey, rum, and even moonshine. That’s right, I said
Baseball and a Barley brew – a winning combination.
moonshine. Try “The Barley Palmer,” and thank me later.
No matter how you define “summer fun,” let Barley Creek
Over the years, Barley Creek has certainly broadened
Brewing Company be part of your plans. Meet a friend for a
its horizons. Now, that even includes the most important
drink, plan an outdoor date night, or tour the brewery (tours
meal of the day. The Morning Toast serves up breakfast at
are at 12:30pm every day). Bottoms up!
Barley Creek Brewing Company from 8:01am until 11:00am daily. From crepes and frittatas to pancakes and eggs, The Morning Toast offers a delicious array of unique breakfast items. More importantly, you’ll want to check out the morning cocktail menu, because it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! Brunch favorites, like Bloody Marys and mimosas, have been reimagined. Bacon lovers won’t be able to resist the Bacon Bloody, while beer drinkers will enjoy The Man-Mosa, a spin on the classic mimosa that contains vodka and Barley Creek Belgian Wheat Beer. They’ll even spike your coffee or hot chocolate!
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Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, there’s more! This summer is the perfect time to check out the Pint Size Park – Barley Creek’s outdoor dining area and event space.
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othing makes my children feel prouder than finding a new
The main goal of the program is to let everyone explore and
“pet.” Getting an A+ on a math test? Eh, okay. Finishing
get hands-on experience with the animals living in our ponds
up another year of school? That’s fine. Scoring the
and streams. Everything is returned to the pond at the end of
biggest, fattest frog from the sandbox? Hallelujah! Alert the
the program in a safe manner for the critters. Throughout the
media! Get some photos of this monumental moment! I love
experience, you will learn how to identify all the animals and
to see the pride on their faces as their muddy fingers hold up
how they interact with each other, like who eats who. The
buckets filled with loot. You would think they must be buckets
PEEC staff will discuss how the water quality and pollution
of gold or precious gems, but nope, just snails, salamanders,
can affect the little ones in the ponds. You’ll also learn some
and frogs. How can a perfect report card compete with that?
weird and random facts about the animals, like how dragonfly
If your kids are like mine and enjoy hunting some of nature’s slimiest creatures, Pocono Environmental Education Center
nymphs can shoot out water out of their rear ends, like a jet, to move around!
has you covered. With events like Bug Exploration, EcoZone
Pocono Environmental Education Center is committed to
Discovery, various hikes, and nature walks, your kids will
advancing environmental education, sustainable living,
get to learn about all the creatures living in their backyard.
and appreciation for nature through hands-on experience
The most exciting event of all (according to my children) is
in a national park. PEEC is located within the 77,000-acre
PEEC’s summer Frog Frolics - guaranteed to be a ribbiting
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area along the
Delaware River. For more information on PEEC’s programs,
On Saturdays, June 8th and 30th, from 1pm - 3pm, spend the afternoon with the PEEC team in their ponds and streams
visit their website at www.peec.org, and join their email list to stay up-to-date on upcoming events and programs.
to learn about frogs. Wear your boots and plan to get muddy as you gently catch and release these hopping amphibians. Upon arrival, PEEC members will take you up to one of their ponds and begin searching along the sides with dip nets. Typically, you’ll catch a whole bunch of critters, including
dragonfly nymphs, tadpoles, snails, damselfly nymphs, red-
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you’re lucky, you might even catch a few that are more tricky to find.
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Here’s what’s living in our ponds and streams. How many can you find?
Dragonfly larvae (nymphs) are aquatic, usually drab, with
Damselfly larvae (nymphs) are aquatic, slender, usually drab
6 legs, large eyes, and small wing buds on the back of the
insects, with 6 thin legs, large eyes, and small wing buds
thorax. Gills are located inside the rectum (unlike those of
on the back of the thorax. The 3 gills are leaf-like or paddle-
damselflies, which extend from the hind end like 3 leaf-like
like and positioned in a tripod configuration at the tip of the
tails). They breathe by drawing water in and out of their hind
abdomen (unlike the gills of the related dragonflies, which
ends. By forcefully expelling this water, the animal can move
are hidden within the tip of the abdomen). The lower jaw is
quickly in the form of jet propulsion. The lower jaw is scoop-
scoop-like and covers most of the bottom part of the head.
like and covers most of the bottom part of the head.
Damselfly Nymphs are very similar to Dragonfly Nymphs.
Tadpoles are young amphibians that usually live in the water.
Otherwise known as the eastern newt, the red spotted
During the tadpole stage of the amphibian life cycle, most
salamander frequents small lakes, ponds, and streams or
respire by means of autonomous external or internal gills.
nearby wet forests. The eastern newt produces tetrodotoxin
They do not usually have arms or legs until the transition to
which makes the species unpalatable to predatory fish and
adulthood and typically have a large, flattened tail with which
crayfish. It has a lifespan of 12 to 15 years in the wild and
they swim by lateral undulation, similar to most fish.
may grow to 5 inches in length. These animals are common
Snails There are many different families of snails The great majority of freshwater gastropods have a shell, with very few exceptions. Some groups of snails that live in freshwater
aquarium pets, being either collected from the wild or sold commercially. The striking bright orange juvenile stage, which is land-dwelling, is known as a red eft.
respire using gills, whereas other groups need to reach the
The green frog’s background color varies from bright green
surface to breathe air. In addition, some are amphibious and
to dark green or greenish brown. Green frogs are often
have both gills and a lung. Most feed on algae, but many are
confused with bullfrogs. The best way to tell them apart is
detritivores and some are filter feeders.
by their glandular folds. On green frogs, this fold starts at the eye and stays straight and goes down the back. On the bullfrog, the folds wrap around the tympanum.
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Beat the Heat:
Waterpark Adventures By: Karen Bumbaugh,
Been There Done That with Kids
nce the dog days of summer have arrived, spending time outdoors will be much more comfortable for the kids if it includes the cooling effect of playing in the
water. Be prepared for the sultry summer days by checking out these fabulous options for water fun in Pennsylvania.
Hersheypark's Boardwalk Last year, Hersheypark added two new water attractions to its already enormous 11-acre water park section called
Dutch Springs Dutch Springs Aqua Park in Bethlehem differs from a traditional water park in many ways. Instead of the typical water slides and spray grounds, Dutch Springs offers an inflatable obstacle course on top of a spring-fed lake. While the course may appear to be easy to navigate at first glance, it can be slippery and challenging. There are rewards for completing the obstacle course though, including a leap from the Wibit tower into the cool water below.
The Boardwalk. Thrilling slides, like the world’s longest mat racer and a new water coaster filled with splashes of water and intense twists and turns, make this water park ideal for teenagers. However, there are plenty of pint-sized water activities for younger children too. In addition to a 378,000 gallon wave pool, which gradually deepens from zero to six feet, there’s a shallow kiddie pool with gentler waves and geysers. Plenty of tube slides and a multi-level water play structure round out the water park offerings. Admission to Hersheypark includes access to the water park and ZooAmerica, giving park guests three types of entertainment for one price.
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Sesame Place Water slides, a wave pool, and lazy river are interlaced with dry rides throughout the park at Sesame Place. This Sesame Street themed amusement park is located in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and is close to Philadelphia. To match the tinysized park clientele, the water attractions are made for little ones, including a very shallow wave pool called the “Teeny Tiny Tidal Wave.”
Dorney's Wildwater Kingdom Continuing the trend of a water park inside an amusement park is Dorney’s Wildwater Kingdom. This water park inside Dorney Park in Allentown, Pennsylvania has one of the longest elevated water slides in the world, which you can navigate in a gigantic eight-foot-wide raft with several members of your family or friends. Wildwater Kingdom has many other slides to choose from, including a mat racer, speed slides, and several tube slides. Take a break from your
Dutch Wonderland's Duke's Lagoon Another water park inside an amusement park, Duke’s Lagoon is perfect for toddlers and pre-schoolers. The lagoon is located within the gates of Dutch Wonderland, a kids’ amusement park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The water park features plenty of opportunities for splashtastic fun, including a water-play table and small water slides. The absence of a pool and very little standing water makes Duke’s Lagoon a bit more relaxed for kids who may not be totally comfortable being submerged in water. A bonus to this water park is that it’s right inside the castle doors, making the walk back to your car with worn-out toddlers manageable after a fun day at the park.
fun-filled day by lounging in the Wildwater River or rent a cabana to relax and unwind.
Knoebels' Crystal Pool The Crystal Pool at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsylvania is a fun tradition that dates back to when the park first opened in 1926. The pool has expanded and changed throughout the years. Unique features include slides in the middle of the pool and high dives, which are rarely seen in public pools these days. While admission to Knoebels is free, the pool does have a fee, as well as the option to pay-per-slide to use their large, traditional-style water slides. The offerings in this water park are rounded out by a kiddie area with more unique attractions, like an in-water seesaw and other kid-friendly water play structures. These are just some of the water-ful places there are to visit in Pennsylvania. Even though it’s hot, there are still plenty of
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water safety tips FROM THE PROS Summer is quickly approaching, and adventure is around every corner with all the rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and pools in the Poconos! While the water is fun, it is important to remember that it can also be dangerous. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children 1 to 4 years old and is the third leading cause of unintentional injury death for children from 5 to 19 years old. Keep your little adventurers safe with some of these water safety tips from the pros.
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By: Erika Huber Senior Aquatics Director Pocono Family YMCA
ALWAYS SUPERVISE! Actively supervise your children around pools and natural bodies of water. Ensure they know and respect all pool rules. Stay alert and do not consume alcohol. The best way to actively watch your kids is to get in there and play with them! Make memories while staying safe and having fun!
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high school, but even a small child can be hard to manage in the water during an emergency situation. Teach kids this catchy saying: “Reach, Throw, Don’t Go!” Look around and see what you could use to reach - a towel, a noodle, a stick, or anything that could reach the struggling swimmer and pull him or her to safety. If there isn’t anything that reaches, throw something to keep the swimmer buoyant, like a tube, a raft, or anything that floats.
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When in doubt, wear a Coast Guard approved personal floatation device (PFD). Puddle jumpers are a great alternative to life vests. Be sure the PFD is the proper fit based on the child’s height and weight. Like Goldilocks, find a life vest that is not too big, not too small, but fits juuust right. Floaties are not a replacement for adult supervision. With summer coming, it’s a good idea to brush up on your First Aid and CPR skills. Enroll your children in a swim lesson program. Double check the safety of your backyard pool. Make sure you have a fully stocked First Aid kit and your lifejackets are in good condition. Review your emergency plans and these safety tips with your friends and families.
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GREAT OUTDOORS MONTH Great Outdoors Month, celebrated in June, is the perfect opportunity for a camping expedition. Before packing up, consider the following ways to make the most of your trip.
THINK IN EXTREMES When preparing to spend time outdoors in summer, you may not think much about strategies for staying warm, but many locations can get quite chilly at night. Since the bulk of the time you’ll be spending in your sleeping bag and tent is after
Urban and suburban living can interfere with your stargazing
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kayaking and other active pastimes during the hotter parts of
also want to bring along a telescope to help you pick out
the day. Be sure you pack equipment and clothing for both of
constellations, falling stars, planets and more. Remember,
campsites are often densely forested, so before night falls, scope out a clearing where you can set up shop for optimal nighttime viewing.
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As a parent, instilling healthy eating habits in your children at an early age can aid in proper growth and development. Eating well goes a long way toward maintaining a healthy weight, increasing energy levels and improving moods while also reducing risk of obesity and other chronic issues such as heart disease and diabetes later in life.
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Bike, Brew & Brunch
Take a Moment
Enjoy a Bike, Brew and Brunch on Saturday, June 8th
Take A Moment is a photo gallery celebration of the natural
Wallenpaupack and the Lackawaxen River, and end at the
world around us and the beauty of God’s creations. You are invited to take a moment and capture a beautiful sunset, a captivating waterfall, or an exhilarating storm on your camera or smartphone. Then submit your photos to Take A Moment for a chance to be showcased in the exhibit. Nature shots only! Do not include any buildings, people, or animals. Anyone can participate– novice or expert. Take a Moment May 31 - June 1 www.takeamoment.us
Bridge the Gap: Pond Paddle Paddle around the ponds at PEEC free of charge! Sessions are scheduled for June 1 & 29, July 21, and August 3. Beginners are welcome – instructors teach you everything you need to know. Call in advance to reserve a boat. Funding for this program is provided by the William Penn Foundation.
at the Hawley Silk Mill. Ride 30-plus miles along Lake Hawley Silk Mill where you will enjoy brunch in The Boiler Room with a brew from Hopping Eagle Brewery. Hawley Silk Mill June 8, 9am - 12pm www.hawleysilkmill.com
Frog Frolic Spend the afternoon at PEEC's ponds and streams. Learn about frog friends and gently catch and release the hopping amphibians. Wear boots and plan on getting wet and muddy. Frog Frolics are set for June 8 and 30, 2019. $5 per person. Pocono Environmental Education Center June 8, 1pm - 3pm www.peec.org
Gap Con: Comic Book Show
Free! Pocono Environmental Education Center June 1, 10am to 12pm www.peec.org
Gap Con: Comic Book Show returns to the Pocono area in June for its once-a-year Comic-Con with some great guests, new faces, and vendors. The vendors offer a variety of items, from Golden Age
Spring Fest Open House FREE Community Event @ Spruce Lake! Come out and enjoy the afternoon with the whole family. Music, food & fun. Explore all that Spruce Lake offers. Spruce Lake Retreat June 2, 2pm - 6pm www.sprucelake.org
Comic Books to Modern Age Comics as well as Graphic Novels, Non-Sport and Sport Cards, Toys, Funko Pops, Back Issues, Gaming Items, Manga, Comic Themed Craft Items, Collectibles and much more! Several cosplay groups will offer interactive activities for all ages and photo opportunities. There will also be a Cosplay Contest at 2pm for all ages. Don’t miss the "Door Prize Chinese Auction" as well as "freebies" for paying attendees. Admission $3, kids 12 and
Arts & Crafts Fair in Bingham Park Enjoy the talents of artists and crafters displaying their fine wares. The fair hosts approximately 100 vendors with truly
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unique handcrafted items. These accomplished merchants travel from near and far to showcase their creative and distinctive gift ideas for that special someone or yourself! This event will take place rain or shine. Free! Bingham Park June 8, 9am - 4pm www.northernpoconoschamber.com 40 • MeSee Magazine
Ecozone Discovery Room Open select dates throughout the year. 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. See website for complete schedule. $2/person; Free for children under 3
Breakfast, Lunch & Weekend Brunch!
Pocono Environmental Education Center June 9, 1pm - 4pm www.peec.org
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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
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We love beer and we know you do, too! Warm up your summer on June 15th at the Second Annual Summer Beer Fest, featuring local brews and representatives from the breweries that create them, not to mention a menu that will keep you coming back for more. This outdoor event will have live entertainment, lawn games, samples of local and craft breweries in a keepsake glass, and food stations. $35/ person; $20/per designated driver; $10/child Skytop Lodge June 15, 12pm - 4pm www.skytop.com
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Farm to Table Experience
Enjoy four small plate tastings and learn about the featured
Bugs are everywhere! Visit PEEC to discover some insects
foods. This year, the food stars are asparagus, unusual greens and edible flowers, eggs, and spring peas. Small groups will travel from station to station with the whole experience lasting about an hour and a half. A delicious way to help support Quiet Valley. Farm to Table Experience attendees who choose to go on the historic farm tour receive a $2 discount on the tour admission. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm June 15, 11am - 3pm www.quietvalley.org
Summer Garden Party & Tour Season Kick-Off Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm kicks off its summer season with the Summer Garden Party. Visit the homestead and experience life in the 1800s. Learn about the original Pennsylvania German farm family who settled here in the late 1760s. See the farm animals, plus heritage craft and trade skills will be demonstrated as you tour the buildings
on the trails and learn about what makes them so unique. Don’t worry; they’re not as scary as they look! $5/person Pocono Environmental Education Center June 22, 1pm - 3pm www.peec.org
Superhero 5K Run / Walk 2019 Dress up as your favorite superhero and run, walk, leap, or fly to the finish line! This event supports the Children’s Advocacy Center of Monroe County. Registration begins at 8am; 5K begins at 9am. Free Fun Run for Kids at 10:15am, rain or shine. Prizes, medals, and refreshments to follow. BEST COSTUME PRIZES! Dansbury Park June 22, 8am - 11:30am
with guides portraying members of the Depper family. In addition to the tour, enjoy the Summer Garden Party for free!
Join Quiet Valley for a day looking at the life of a child in
The Summer Garden Party offers a day devoted to the art of
the 1800s. There will be hands-on activities, crafts, chores,
gardening. Tour the kitchen garden, learn about herbs and
activities, games, and much more. Enjoy the farm tour, the
their uses, explore heirloom vegetables, enjoy food tastings,
Civil War encampment, and much more on this fun-filled day.
and make a garden-inspired craft. Whether you already garden or would like to learn how, the Summer Garden Party is the place to be. $10/adult; $5/child (3-12)
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Kit’s Interactive Theater - "Grace the Pirate” Grace the Irish Pirate: The program combines history, music, dance, and improvisation where audience members are cast right into the show! Set in 1601, experience the high sea
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has been able to share his lifelong love of reptiles and give his students the opportunity to see, touch, and interact with some cool, cold-blooded creatures! Come to the library to see and touch a variety of snakes, reptiles, and critters! Barrett Paradise Friendly Library June 20, 1pm - 2pm www.barrettlibrary.org
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Disney's Aladdin JR. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of Princess Jasmine,
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Golfers will enjoy a complete program of special events, 18 holes of golf (cart included), a “goody bag”, and an exciting
awards banquet. Plus Mulligans and Foot of String, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin, New Car Hole-in-One, and
$1000 Hole-in-One. Prizes and raffles. Hole, putting green, and dinner sponsorships are available. The Knights of
Columbus proceeds will support Most Holy Trinity Parish
Building Fund, Burnley Workshop, Special Olympics, Msgr. McHugh School, and many other local organizations.
Contact Rich John at (570) 595-7482 or Bill Jones at (570) 460-0678. Cost: $110 per player, $400 per foursome - $55 Non-Golfer, dinner only Buck Hill Golf Club
Paw Patrol Comes to Coca-Cola Park
Meet Chase from Paw Patrol during Nickelodeon Day at
Kid’s Day Aug. 3, 2019
Aug. 24, 2019
Fiber Day Sept 21,and 2019
June 30, Check in 12pm - Shotgun Start 1:30pm www.kofc4159.org
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Wind Gap Fire Company Carnival June 29, 5pm - 11pm
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Harvest Fest Oct. 26, 2019 Fresh produce, flowers, meats, breads, preserves, and more from your local
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a Paw Patrol t-Shirt, and a ticket to that evening's IronPigs game. For $35, receive a ticket to the game and a Paw Patrol t-Shirt. Lehigh Valley IronPigs June 30, 12pm
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Fourth of July Celebration All are welcome to celebrate Independence Day at Skytop Lodge. A fireworks spectacular will be held on Friday, July 5. The evening will include live music, concessions, and more.
Fireworks Celebration Come to Honesdale's beautiful Central Park on Monday, July 1 for fun, food, music, and a fantastic fireworks display from Irving Cliff. The celebration begins at 6:30pm with children's activities, vendors, and entertainment in the park. In case of rain, event will be moved to Tuesday, July 2. Free Honesdale Central Park July 1, Festivities begin at 6:30pm Fireworks begin at dusk www.visithonesdalepa.com
4th of July Fireworks
$10/per car for non-resort guests Skytop Lodge July 5, Fireworks begin at dusk www.skytop.com
Shawnee Fireworks Display Shawnee Mountain Ski Area presents its annual Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Display which benefits the Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company. Bring your own chair or blankets for great slopeside seating. There will be an outdoor DJ, Uncle Sam Stilt Walker, Mark Clark's AllAmerican Magic Show, and various food vendors. The gates will open at 7pm and the fireworks display will be at dusk, between 9-9:30pm, presented by the Interstate Fireworks
Mount Airy Casino Resort presents free fireworks for all to
Display Company. Rain date is July 6, 2019. $15/car benefits
enjoy. Catch the Independence Day event on Thursday, July
Shawnee Volunteer Fire Company
Mount Airy Casino Resort
July 5, 7pm - 10pm
July 4, 9:30pm
Fireworks Over Lake Wallenpaupack
Independence Day Fireworks Bring the entire family out to enjoy an extended day of
Join The Chamber of the Northern Poconos, as well as many
splashing and relaxing at Camelbeach, with 37 rides, slides,
supporting community businesses, for an unforgettable
and attractions running until 8pm. When the day starts to
fireworks display over Lake Wallenpaupack. Bold Gold
wind down, the dance floor opens from 6-10:30pm with DJ
Media’s Classic Hits 105.3 will broadcast patriotic music
Joe Jinx featuring The Luxury Brothers. FREE admission to
during the show. Parking and seating is available at the
Camelbeach for the general public beginning at 6pm.
Wallenpaupack High School. Weather permitting. Rain date July 5. Free Lake Wallenpaupack July 4, 9:15pm www.northernpoconoschamber.com
4th of July Fireworks Watch the Independence Day Fireworks show over beautiful Lake Harmony. Rain date July 6. $10/per car; 25% will be donated to the Lake Harmony Fire Department Split Rock Resort & Golf Club July 5, Fireworks begin at dusk www.splitrockresort.com 44 • MeSee Magazine
Camelbeach Mountain Waterpark July 6, Live Music: 6 - 10:30pm, Fireworks Show: 9:30pm www.skicamelback.com
Stroudsburg Arts Festival Don’t miss the Second Annual 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 6, 2pm - 7pm www.visitdowntownstroudsburg.com
The Unearthing… One of the most popular and fun events of the year... the Unearthing!!! Blue Ridge has placed some of their already delicious wine in a 15-gallon Bourbon barrel, then placed it five feet underground, allowing it to rest for nine months, completely undisturbed, aging it to pure perfection. Eliminating oxygen, movement, light, temperature fluctuation,
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and humidity changes use deprivation to create perfection! You can then taste this amazing wine right out of the barrel,
MeSee is proud to launch the People Who Care
in the field surrounded by the beautiful vineyard! It's a great
campaign, designed to highlight the members of our
day! Amazing wine, live music, wood-fired pizza, topped off
community who are making a difference and having
with free fireworks! This is a FREE wine tasting event!
a positive influence through simple acts of kindness.
Blue Ridge Winery July 6, 2pm - 9pm www.blueridgeestatewinery.com
Whether it’s a neighbor that always looks out for your home, a teacher who goes the extra mile, a healthcare professional that spent extra time caring for your loved one, or a stranger that always brightens your day, the act of caring can leave a significant and
10th Annual Crazy for Cars All makes, models, and years are welcome; muscle, imports, hot rods, antiques, motorcycles, trucks and rat rods! $15.00 registration fee - registrants, please register by 12:00 pm. All proceeds to benefit A.W.S.O.M. Registration form here and on group page. Spectators free, with designated parking available and donations to A.W.S.O.M. will be appreciated!
lasting impression. Do you have someone special in your life that deserves to be recognized for his or her kindness? 1. Tell us your story. Write to us through mail, email or Facebook, and tell us about the special person in your life. In addition to adult submissions, children are encouraged to write to
us, too! Tell us your story so we can help you express
July 7, 9am - 3pm
93rd Annual Pocono Mountain Carnival
There are no restrictions on who you can write about teachers, neighbors, caregivers, doctors, babysitters, mail carriers, etc. If this person has positively impacted your life by showing he or she cares, we
The 2019 Pocono Mountain Carnival, hosted by the Pocono Mountain Volunteer Fire Company, will be held on July 8th to July 13th. This year’s carnival is sponsored by Bill's Shoprite. This is a free admission event with plenty of family fun, including rides, games, and food! You can expect live music nightly and the annual $30,000 raffle. More information will be posted on their website, Facebook, and Instagram. Pocono Mountain Volunteer Fire Company July 8 - 13, 6pm - 11:30pm www.poconocarnival.com
want to hear about it. 2. We will reply and gather more information about your story. 3. These stories will be featured in each issue of MeSee as well as on our website. Submissions can be sent to any of the following addresses: MeSee Magazine ATTN: People Who Care
Barrett Paradise Concert in the Park
PO Box 431, Cresco, PA 18326 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains invites you to enjoy their most anticipated event, the Barrett Paradise Concert in the Park! Listen to some classic hits performed
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everything from crab cakes and sangria to beer and pizza. Fully stocked with entertainment for all ages - kids can get their face painted, grab a balloon animal, check out some wildlife and even catch some magic! Looking to relax? Bring your blanket or lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the music with friends. This awesome event is fun for the entire family and all proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains. Have some fun for a good cause - what could be better! Admission $5; Kids 5 and under free. Old Barrett Elementary Center July 9, 4:30pm - 8:30pm www.bpconcert.com
Memorytown Music Fest 2019 Sean's Weekend presents Memorytown Music Fest, located at Memorytown in Mt. Pocono, PA on Saturday, July 13, 2019. This music festival is filled with live music, silent disco, dancing, food, games, activities, and more! Memorytown
Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival Known regionally as the finest art and craft show in the Poconos, the popular Audubon Art and Craft Festival combines entertaining and educational live wildlife shows, featuring animals native to the area. You can also expect close to 100 juried artists and artisans, many of whose work is nature or wildlife inspired. Add live ice sculpting and activities for the kids, and you have a wonderful experience awaiting you in the Pocono Mountains. $5/adults; children under 12 free Wallenpaupack Area High School July 20 - 21, 10am - 5pm www.audubonfestival.com
Cirque d’OZ Daring acrobats, world-class musicians and singers mix whimsy and theatrics to entertain the entire family! Premium seating is the first six rows of the auditorium. $20/general
July 13, 12pm - 11pm
admission; $35/premium seating; $10/student and children
Rooster Run 5K & Kids' Fun Run
Pocono Mountain East High School July 25, 7:30pm www.poconofest.org
Participate in the annual Rooster Run 5K and One-Mile Fun Run. Racers will tour the Quiet Valley property over hill and dale past the farm pond, pastures, apple orchards, and historic buildings. The course has varying surfaces, including grass, dirt, gravel, and paved roads. Rain or shine. See website for details. Price varies by race, age, and registration date. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Gander RV 400 Pocono Raceway will host the Gander RV 400 on Sunday, July 28, 2019 with events leading up to the race all weekend. Gear up for Sunday’s race with some Saturday fun, including the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practices and qualifying, NASCAR Gander Outdoors Series qualifying, and
July 13, 8am - 11am
the Gander Outdoors 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck
Series race. Call or visit the website for ticket prices.
Pocono Raceway July 26 - 28 www.poconoraceway.com
The Delaware Water Gap has quite a few waterfalls within the park that all flow into the Delaware River. Join PEEC for an afternoon and check out some of the larger and wellknown falls in the park. Spaces are limited so call early! $10/ person Pocono Environmental Education Center July 14, 1pm - 4pm www.peec.org
Butterfly Walk Learn about the wonderful world of butterflies! Join David Trently on a search through the fields and around PEEC's ponds for butterflies and dragonflies. Call early – spaces fill up fast! $5/person. Pocono Environmental Education Center July 28, 10am - 12pm www.peec.org
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PA R A D I S E
Fo o d Fe s t i v a l w i t h a ta s t e f ro m t h e re s ta u ra n t s of B a r ret t & Pa ra d i s e
JULY 9, 2019 • 4:30PM - 8:30PM
@ t h e f o r m e r B a r r e t t E l e m e n t a r y C e n t e r • C r e s c o PA
Proce eds benefit the Rotary of the Pocono Mountains
Rain Date: July 10th
*No outs ide fo od o r d rink
ADMISSION Marshall Machinery, Inc.
For more info contact Amanda @ 570.807.6810
AGES 5 & UNDER FREE Fo od not included