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MeSee magazine

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2019

designed for families.


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• Publishers Smart Blonde Creative, LLC • Business & Marketing Amanda Kuhn

CONTENT

CONTRIBUTORS

4 • OUR LETTER 5 • NEED A MINUTE 6 • Q & A W/ CALLIE'S CANDY KITCHEN 12 • THE POCONO INDIAN MUSEUM 14 • THE STOURBRIDGE LINE 18 • POCONO SOAP

• Creative & Graphic Design

22 • DINING FEATURE

Kelly Slinger

27 • BARRETT HALLOWEEN PARADE

• Copy Editor

28 • AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY

Jamie Bowman

32 • KIDS IN THE KITCHEN

• Distribution

34 • LOCAL FAMILY

Tina Nicholas

36 • CREATIVE HALLOWEEN CARVING

• Contributing Writers Tom Eccleston

39 • BACK TO SCHOOL PICS

Amanda Kuhn

40 • THINGS TO DO

• Contributing Little Artist Valerie Cooper

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ABOUT

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

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From MeSee By the time you read this it will be October. The kids will be into the swing of school, and we’ll all be back on track with our various schedules. Schedules can be hard, and they can make us all feel like we’re spinning our wheels. But not today! Today, as I write this, ALL of my kids are in school for the first time this year! I’m sitting here in peace, able to carry a single thought from my brain to the computer. It feels amazing. So when you’re reading this, think back to that first day of school when you regained that very small sliver of freedom. Maybe your kids are too young to head off to school, or maybe they are too old for your to truly appreciate this phenomenon - whatever the case, enjoy every ounce of freedom you get today, because you certainly deserve it! I think I have said this before, and it’s likely an unfavorable opinion, but why do we all look forward to summer so much? Fall is the BEST! There’s so much to do and see during the next few months, and I’m excited to get out with my family and enjoy. Get ready, because we’re bringing you all the fall fun! In this issue, you’ll learn about some amazing restaurants in our area that are great spots to take your entire family. You’ll find features on Pocono Soaps, the Pocono Indian Museum, The Stourbridge Line, Country Junction’s fall festivities, and more. We’ll also round up all the pumpkin picking, apple gathering, Halloween scaring fun. Be sure to check out our delicious, seasonal treats and goodies - all things you can whip up at home. As always, we love to hear from you! Share your stories and ideas, pictures of your family, and more. You can find us on Facebook, or email us anytime at 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 enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed putting it together. Thanks for reading and being part of our MeSee community.

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Whether you were raised on Cookie Dough Fudge or visit

close-knit network, taught him a great deal about the art of

annually for the free samples, one thing is certain - Callie’s

candy making. Aside from that, it took a lot of trial-and-error

is synonymous with candy here in the Pocono Mountains.

and hard work to get to where we are today.

Operating a small business is no easy feat, but 67 years later, Callie’s Candy Kitchen continues to churn out tasty treats while helping families make lifelong memories. No one knows the business better than Gretchen Callie

Is there a “secret” to being successful in this business?

Reisenwitz, President of Callie’s Candy Kitchen and daughter of the late Harry and Carol Callie, founders of Callie’s Candy Kitchen. With her father’s knack for business and her mother’s eye for decorating, Gretchen is keeping the Callie tradition alive and well.

My dad, a proud Italian, always said, “You don’t change the gravy. You change the shape of the macaroni.” When it came to chocolate, he truly believed this. We use the same chocolate in all of our candy; we just change the “macaroni.” From chocolate pops shaped like popular cartoon characters to

For those who don’t know, how did Callie’s

chocolate covered pretzels, we create candy that everyone

get its start?

can enjoy. Over the years, we’ve gotten especially inventive with our chocolate covered items. Cream cheese, potato

In 1952, my parents, Harry and Carol, were newlyweds living in Bangor, PA. My dad loved

chips, even Swedish Fish - you name it, we’ll chocolate cover it! We apply this same rule of thumb to our pretzels.

the idea of starting a business and wanted to do something that would make people happy. What makes people happier than candy!? They decided to open a candy store and luncheonette on Broadway in

Callie’s Pretzel Factory has been in business since 1985. What led to that new venture?

Bangor. After three kids and 20 years in business, my parents relocated to Mountainhome to capitalize on Pocono tourism.

My husband, Mark, and I were ready to run a business of our own. Dad suggested pretzels, a Pennsylvanian favorite. Just like the candy store, we purchased a house and converted it into a

How did your parents learn so much about candy making?

factory. We started making simple, soft pretzels and, little by little, expanded our offerings. Today, Mark, runs the show at the Pretzel Factory and is always inventing something

In 1969, my dad attended Retail Confectioners International’s (RCI) Gus Pulakos Candy School in Erie, PA. This education, combined with RCI’s

new. The “Everything” Pretzel is one of our best sellers and is available in both soft and hard form. We have everything from pretzel dogs and pizza pretzels to chocolate covered popcorn and pretzel ice cream sandwiches! MeSee Magazine • 7


With SO much to choose from, what is a must-

the start of our candy making days along with instructional

try for first-time visitors?

videos and photos taken over the years. I built the museum to honor my parents, and I think it serves as a testament

I think it goes without saying that our chocolate covered strawberries are irresistible. Peanut Butter Krispie Bark is one of our best selling items and a favorite among peanut butter lovers. Try a free sample - I guarantee you’ll want a box of your own! Pocono Crunch is an item unique to Callie’s, and the combination of rice krispies, butterscotch, and crushed cashews is inexplicable but truly delicious. Our crushed

to their hard work and love of the candy business and the community. At the Pretzel Factory, the bakery is surrounded by glass windows, so visitors can see pretzels being made every day. If you’re visiting with children, ask a member of our team for a piece of dough so they can practice the art of pretzel twisting! We welcome group visits and love the opportunity to teach others about our craft. Oh, and did we mention both stores have free samples?

peanut clusters and chocolate covered Jordan crackers are Callie’s staples. We actually own the patent on the Jordan

The holiday season is rapidly approaching.

cracker. If you can’t decide, choose your favorite flavor

What can customers expect this time of year?

(peanut butter, caramel, nuts, cookies) and find it in candy form!

Let me start by saying, we LOVE the holidays here at Callie’s! I especially enjoy decorating and Callie’s surely belongs on everyone’s list of places to visit in the Poconos. What sets your stores apart from others in the area?

transform the store for every holiday and season. I also decorate both storefronts to create fun photo opportunities for visitors and their families. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can see how we make

Callie’s Candy Kitchen and Callie’s Pretzel Factory are both so much more than just places to fulfill your daily calorie count. In 2015, we opened the Callie’s Candy Museum: The History of Callie’s Candy Kitchen. The museum is filled with artifacts from

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candy canes on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Pretzel Factory. In addition to seasonal treats on display in the store, we also complete a lot of special orders during the holidays. Need a platter of candy to bring to Thanksgiving


dinner? Done. Want to thank your clients for their support all year long? We have a basket, tin, or gift box for that. We’re here to help bring smiles to all our your favorite people’s faces.

With so many changes taking place in the Poconos, how has Callie’s managed to stay

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After all of these years, we pride ourselves on being a family owned and operated business. While “the face” of Callie’s may no longer be with us, his recipes and values remain. Our team is built of dedicated individuals who learned the tricks of the trade from Mr. Callie himself, and they even gave him a few ideas along the way!

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place for us to live and for others to visit. Mark and I grew up here, and we love seeing and being a part of all of the good things that continue to happen in our town. From Concert in the Park to the annual Halloween Parade, our small community is full of people with big hearts. We do our best to help keep our area one of the nicest places in the Poconos.

By now, I think everyone is wondering...what is YOUR favorite candy?

One of my all-time favorite candies is our Peanut Rolled Caramel. We cover a caramel “egg” in milk chocolate then roll it in crushed peanuts. It’s as good as it sounds and is only available at Easter!

Callie’s Candy Kitchen and Callie’s Pretzel Factory are both

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open seven days a week from 10am - 5pm. (Please note, they are closed for the month of January.) Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for mouthwatering photos and updates on what’s new and delicious. Need your Callie’s fix before your next visit? Shop online at www.calliescandy.com. And remember, chocolate makes everything better!

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“The displays contribute information on their housing, foods, weapons, and medicine. I felt like I was part of a pow-wow.”

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The Pocono Indian Museum By Tom Eccleston

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ative American artifacts, once stockpiled in teepees

and shows the Lenape’s peaceful harmony with other

along the Delaware River, are now enjoying their Pocono

Indians. Lastly, we outline the short and shocking 100 years

Indian Museum renaissance. An East Stroudsburg antebellum-style manse houses the

it took these Europeans to virtually eliminate any trace of Lenape existence,” Law says.

attraction, which first opened in 1976 and has spent the last

“You can’t help but learn a lot. After listening to the audio,

four decades guiding visitors through a decorously curated

Lance and I took the kids through a second time, because

time capsule. Indeed, more than just a kitschy tourist trap,

there were a few areas the tour didn’t directly address.

this Pocono stalwart entertains as well as informs. “We trace

Charts and models bring the timeframe to life rather starkly,”

the history of indigenous tribes through dioramas of ancient

adds Betty.

relics that form a chronological commentary on life among the Indians,” explains Malcolm Law who, along with wife Margaret, own and operate the Museum.

Open year-round, the Laws’ establishment volunteers guide services to groups of twenty or more who call ahead for reservations. “I bring my extended family to the Pocono

That this is the only exhibit in Northeast PA dedicated to

Indian Museum every Thanksgiving,” declares Crystal

the lineage of the Lenape isn’t lost on modern-day pilgrims

Wasko, of nearby Bushkill. “It’s the perfect tie-in to our

who sojourn here. “It’s an interesting place to find out about

holiday weekend.”

the early Delaware Indian tribe who dwelled in our area for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans,” says Sciota resident Betty Ackerman. “The displays contribute information on their housing, foods, weapons, and medicine. I

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felt like I was part of a pow-wow.” The totem pole culture is represented through a wide array of souvenirs. “There’s an amazing gift shop: lots of crafts from all over the US and Canada, including handmade replicas of pottery, dolls, jewelry, and clothing, along with bows and arrows,” enthuses Ackerman’s husband Lance. “On the second floor, you’ll discover an extensive library with hundreds of volumes for sale on Native American customs.” It takes approximately thirty minutes to complete an audio tour through the presentation. “We will educate and, perhaps, shock you. It depicts man from 10,500 BC to the contact

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ALL ABOARD! By Allison Mowatt

The Stourbridge Line train excursions in the historic town of Honesdale are fun for the entire family. This fall, ride the rails and take in the scenic foliage along the Lackawaxen river and through the woods as many tree species pop with bright, vibrant colors. There are a wide variety of different rides to choose from, with some ongoing through the autumn.

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The train’s history is interesting, the town is unique, and people young and young-at-heart will enjoy their Stourbridge Line train experience. I spoke with Excursion Manager Tim Wright about what makes this a must see attraction, how it all started, and what people can expect.

How have the Stourbridge Line rail excursions grown over the years? TW: The Stourbridge Line has grown tremendously, especially since we re-opened the railroad on May 9th, 2015. We’ve added newly restored coaches and several events. One recent event that was very popular was our weekly Ice Cream Express. We teamed up with a local dairy farm whose farmers make homemade ice cream.

What do children and adults love about it? TW: Children love the train itself. It seems most children are fascinated by trains (I know I was). I enjoy seeing the kids’ faces light up when we come into the station and blow the whistle. I think adults like how peaceful the ride is along the Lackawaxen River. Our vintage coaches have been lovingly restored to give a comfortable and relaxing ride.

What makes the Stourbridge Line unique? TW: Definitely our history. Honesdale is the birthplace of the American Railroad and the first commercial steam locomotive to run on rails in the western hemisphere. What better way to celebrate our transportation history than by taking a ride on the train?

What are some of the favorite excursions? TW: There are several that seem to be very popular. Our Santa Express is a great family tradition during the holiday season along with other event trains, such as the Lackawaxen Firecracker. With this, we take the train to Lackawaxen for the fire department field day and fireworks show. Then, we come back to Hawley and Honesdale in the dark. Other widely attended excursions are the Pocono Express and the Glen Eyre Limited.

What can people expect from an excursion on the Stourbridge Line? TW: A relaxing ride in clean, restored vintage coaches, friendly staff, and a great family experience.

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Santa Express Takes place Friday, November 29th and Saturday the 30th. Children delight in pictures with Santa and receive a present from him as well as a souvenir ticket and candy cane. This time honored family tradition brings children joy and is the perfect way to start the Christmas season. The excursion is a one-

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hour trip where Santa walks through the train and greets the children. The train departs the Honesdale

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station on the 29th at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. On

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the 30th, the excursion starts at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.

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A LOCAL SPOT FOR FRESHLY UNIQUE PARTIES AND GIFTS.

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t’s no surprise that when you step through the doors of Pocono Soap you’re immediately welcomed with

the most warm, refreshing scents to ever tickle your nose. Not only will you wish your home smelled half as inviting as this perfectly arranged shop, but your body and clothing as well. From handcrafted bath and body products, essential oils, natural oils and butters for soap making, and an assortment of other home/body care items, you’ll want to soak yourself in your favorite scents. And while the delicious scents might draw you in, the gifts, crafts, jewelry, and other thoughtful items will keep you coming back for more. Since August 2014, mother/daughter duo Lisa Diemer and Amanda Beam have worked to fill their store with a large selection of awesomely unique products and gifts while simultaneously offering DIY classes and coordinating parties of all kind. It’s hard to believe that it all began with the perfect honey lip balm. As beekeepers, Lisa and Amanda were always dreaming up fun things to do with the honey that their hives produced. After crafting their signature honey lip balm recipe, they began to sell it at their bakery, Kitchen Chemistry, where the lip balm grew in popularity. It didn’t take long for their lip balm to start selling out, inspiring them to experiment with new flavors and start expanding their offering of products. It was then that Pocono Soap was born, right off of Main Street in Stroudsburg.

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Homegrown honey is just one of the natural ingredients used in many of the Pocono Soap goods. All-natural soaps, lotions, and body scrubs are available in a wide variety of scents, including classics like lavender and vanilla. You can also find some truly unique scents, like Adventurer Soap, Beach Soap, Barber Shoppe Soap, Flannel Sheet Soap, Volcano Soap…even Monkey Farts Soap (the preferred scent of all kids). The famous honey lip balm is available in a number of flavors and in the form of lotion bars, bath bombs. Body and home sprays are available in this amazing scent as well. In addition to their homemade items, you can find plenty of unique and thoughtful gifts from local and international crafters, like comical signs for your home, soy candles, jewelry, and seasonal favorites like scarves, totes, and fall decor. Interested in learning how to make some of Pocono Soap’s awesome products yourself? Most weekends you can join them in their classroom to learn about topics like lip balm tin making, cold process soap making, advanced soap making, body spray and body scrub making, and more. In each of these classes you’ll learn to make a product and will get to take the final product home with you to enjoy! For a complete list of classes and other upcoming events, visit the Pocono Soap Facebook page or call for the schedule. Not only are the classes informative, they’re also lots of fun!

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Looking for a unique birthday party or celebration? No matter what the age, parties at Pocono Soap are always a memorable experience. MeSee had the opportunity to have a bath bomb making party of our own for six lucky kids. The kids were fully engaged and enjoyed picking their delicious smells (Monkey Farts, of course), mixing their ingredients, and selecting their bath bomb shapes. The bombs didn’t last very long; tubs were drawn as soon as the kids got home and they jumped into their brightly colored, Monkey Fart smelling tubs! Bath bomb parties aren’t the only parties available. Interested in body scrubs or soaps? Whatever your preference, Pocono Soap can accommodate any group. There are so many smells and sights to experience at Pocono Soap, so stop in to see (and smell) for yourself. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member, some new products to add to your beauty regime, or are interested in an upcoming class, just follow the amazing aroma to Pocono Soap, located right off of Main Street in Stroudsburg. 


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Face painting, live music, gaming centers, balloon artists,

times by sending the kids to play, get their faces painted, and

dancing, singing, laughter, and more. Sounds like an

burn off some energy while they wait for the hibachi show to

invitation to the greatest birthday party of all time! The best

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part? You don’t need an invitation to this party….or even a reservation for that matter. On a busy night at Desaki, you’ll experience all of these amazing attractions while enjoying a memorable meal to match. Grab your family and prepare to be dazzled, because Desaki has it all!

Something you also might not know is that Desaki offers many different discounts and promotions throughout the week. They offer waterpark and military discounts, as well as Tasty Tuesdays and Bonsai Birthday Wednesdays for everyone to enjoy all year round. If you don’t already, follow Desaki

Stepping into the bustling restaurant you’ll immediately be

on social media to catch Half-Off Fridays where all food is

drawn to the roaring flames lighting up the smiling faces

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surrounding the hibachi grills. Fun and laughter can be heard while Desaki’s world class chefs put on their signature show, imbued with jokes, singing, and dancing. But don’t let the entertainment distract you; Desaki’s full menu of delicious dishes is just as enticing. From hibachi and a wide variety of sushi to appetizers and signature cocktails, this menu will leave you with some difficult decision making. Customer favorites include the Flaming Fireball Shrimp, Pink Pearl sushi roll, or fresh cut Filet Mignon. However, it’s the hibachi scallops meal that gets the most rave reviews - U12 diver scallops are harvested by hand and sent to Desaki fresh, never frozen. All seafood lovers are encouraged to

Desaki is not only perfect for a night out with your family, they also know how to throw a party - obviously! If you’re planning an upcoming event or party, Desaki is equipped to meet all of your needs. While they offer set packages for various party settings, they can also create a fully customized event just for you. Desaki has everything you need to make you celebration or event amazing, including hibachi meals, buffet, plated dinners, lights, audio/video, live DJs, and more. Don’t let the stress of picky eaters and impatient kids get the best of you! Get out and enjoy a night at Desaki! Sit back and enjoy, while they take care of the rest. 

give them a try! Dining with kids can always be tricky, but with Desaki’s diverse menu and endless entertainment, the experience will be something everyone can enjoy. It’s also important to know that not everyone in your party must order hibachi to be seated around the hibachi grill. It is Desaki’s policy that at

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We’ll let you in on a little secret. You know of Pocono

to oatmeal. Burgers, sandwiches, wraps, homemade

Rocks, right? If you’re a parent, then you’ve likely been

pierogis, pizza and more are being served up at lunch, the

there, seeking refuge from your wild children. With an

perfect time to stop by for a mid-day meal while your kids

inflatable obstacle course, giant slide, rock wall, and ninja

squeeze in some fun. If you’re not hungry for a full meal, the

course, parents often turn to Pocono Rocks to find a few

soft serve ice cream is always frozen and always delicious.

hours of peace while their children run free like maniacs. What you probably don’t know about this oasis of fun is that tucked in the corner, at The Little Rock Cafe, you can find decedent breakfasts, fresh baked goods, pizzas, cappuccinos, ice cream, and more.

With amazing food and plenty of fun, Pocono Rocks is the perfect combination for any family hoping to enjoy a great meal with happy kids. Pocono Rocks has something for everyone and there’s even more fun to come! Pocono Rocks has plans to expand, adding more awesome attractions for

Not only is The Little Rock Cafe full of tasty treats, they’re

all ages. Stay up to date with everything going on at Pocono

homemade by owner and chef extraordinaire, Jodi Bohdal.

Rocks via their website or social media.

When asked about her style of cooking, Jodi will tell you that her style is the result of many years in the culinary and restaurant business. Combined with her family’s own scratch-made home cooking, customers can be assured

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they’re being served a freshly made meal. The menu consists of classic dishes and daily specials topped with plenty of desserts for you to drool over. Since breakfast is the most important meal of the day, stop by for some hearty options, such as The Bounce

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Neighborhood Bar & Grille

Where can you score a quality meal AND watch the game?

Get in the Halloween spirit with The PourHouse’s Halloween

The PourHouse Neighborhood Bar & Grille, located on Route

costume party on Saturday, October 26th. Prizes are up for

390 in Mountainhome, of course! At this family-owned and

grabs for the best-dressed participants! Return on Sunday,

operated establishment you can always count on great food,

October 27th for the annual Barrett Township Halloween

friendly faces, and football. From a smile at the hostess

Parade. Enjoy lunch with a front row seat to the parade as it

stand to an old friend sitting at the bar, your experience at

rolls down Route 390.

The PourHouse will always be one that makes you feel at home.

The PourHouse is a great spot to bring the whole family for dinner. With great choices for kids, like personal pizza and

Whether you’re in the mood for a delicious dinner (hint:

mini burgers, your little ones will be begging to go to The

order the fajitas) or an adult beverage and appetizers, The

PourHouse time after time. Or grab your food and beer to-go

PourHouse has you covered. Catch your favorite team on

- perfect for those of us who prefer to watch the game from

NFL Ticket while you enjoy an ice cold brew. With specials

the comfort of our own living room.

available during the game and craft beers on tap, you’ll never be thirsty. Be sure to check out the back patio during halftime. Complete with a fire pit, it’s the perfect place to relax on a crisp, autumn evening.

Visit their website at pourhousepa.com, or follow along on social media to stay up-to-date on events, performers, and food & drink specials. See you on game day! 

But The PourHouse is much more than just a hotspot for football fanatics. Thursday night is Wing and Sing. With wings at just 50 cents apiece, you’ll want to try all 13 tasty flavors. After you eat, belt out your favorite karaoke tunes in the bar. On Saturdays, treat yourself to a 14oz. slow-roasted prime rib for only $16.95. If you’re out and about late at night, swing in and grab a bite from the Late Night menu, available until midnight.

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The

Frogtown Chophouse

The finest cuts of meat, signature Maryland style crab cakes,

Frogtini’s to quench your thirst. They didn’t forget the brews

delicious vegetarian dishes, and an impressive wine list are

either. Their ever-changing draught beer list is sure to include

just a few of the items you’ll find at The Frogtown Chophouse.

some of your seasonal favorites.

This traditional steakhouse with a modern twist is casual fine dining at its best. While the food may be worthy of a suit and tie, the atmosphere is friendly and laid back - the type of place where you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a few drinks

What we love most about The Frogtown Chophouse is that it’s a family affair. The Lyman and Noone families are working hard to bring you the finest foods while raising their kids. The

while you recover from an amazing meal.

restaurant business is known for long hours, but this amazing

Appetizer or no appetizer? That’s the first tough decision

time at home.

you’ll have to make. and, in this case, the answer is always YES! Bangor Trust Flatbread or Lobster & Shrimp Spring Rolls are a great way to get started. Perhaps you’re in the mood for Crab Imperial Potato Skins or a Grilled Blue Tomato. Either way, you can’t go wrong. For your next course, try the Braised Short Ribs (cut locally by Corona Butcher) or the Lamb Porterhouse Trio. The Chophouse Burger is always a favorite along with Frogtown Fries. Whether you’re craving beef,

team bands together, juggling pick-ups, drop-offs, and quality

This crew also knows how to have a good time! You can catch Lyman and Eric every Thursday at 1pm on Facebook Live for an episode of “Chop Live.” The duo catches up with local business owners and chats about all things Frogtown. For a guaranteed laugh, be sure to tune in! For more information about The Frogtown Chophouse, Chop Live, or upcoming events, visit thefrogtownchophouse.com or follow them on Facebook. 

seafood, or vegetarian, there’s something for everyone on the menu. Enough about the food. Have you

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behold. If wine isn’t your drink of choice, no worries; there are plenty of cocktails and

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“The Jub” has been serving up the finest food in Pocono Pines for over 50 years and, like any old friend, deserves an affectionate nickname. In August 2018, the Jubilee

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celebrated the big five-oh and has improved with age. What

The Jubilee also boasts a separate bar area with plenty of

was once a 16-seat coffee shop is now one of the most

seating and plenty of beer. At “The Pub in the Pines,” visitors

popular restaurants in the Poconos. Today, the five VanGilder

can enjoy the same tasty food and beverages in a laid back

children, Laura, Vicki, Cyndi, Jen, and Bill, are keeping their

atmosphere, complete with a pool table and TVs. Here’s

parents’ legacy alive. And while each member of the family

the best part - they even carry the BigTen Network! At the

has his or her own professional pursuits, they all find the time

Jubilee, you’re sure to find a Nittany Lion or two to be the

to pitch in and make the Jubilee a great place to be.

“Penn State!” to your “We Are!”

Whether it’s breakfast or beers, the Jub does it right. For

“Like” Jubilee Restaurant on Facebook to stay in the loop

good reason, they are famous for their wings, served every

on all things Jubilee, including specials, events, and even a

Thursday and Sunday night. And with 13+ flavors, you’ll want

giveaway or two. Stop by their website to see what’s on tap

to try them all. But the Jubilee has so much more to offer

or for information on catering. Hurry, if you leave work now,

than just wings. From the Billy Burger to the Brady’s Lake

you can still make Happy Hour! 

Chicken Salad, the lunch and dinner menus are full of great dishes to try. But when it comes to the most important meal of the day, the Jubilee is king. (No, really. They’ve been nicknamed “The Breakfast King.”)

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Throw on your Halloween costume, grab your candy bag,

The Rotary Club of the Pocono Mountains, along with the

and be part of Barrett Township’s longest running tradition,

Barrett Township Halloween Parade Committee, are hard

the annual Barrett Township Halloween Parade. Creative

at work on this year’s event. This year’s parade will be held

floats, live music, fire trucks, antique cars, and Santa will be

on Sunday, October 27th at 2pm with a rain date of Sunday,

rolling down Route 390, throwing candy and getting crazy.

November 3rd. The parade begins at the former Barrett

There’s a reason thousands of parade-goers come to witness

Elementary Center and continues along Route 390, ending at

this awesome event each year; it’s not only about the fun, it’s

the Mountainhome Methodist Church. To stay up-to-date on

tradition!

event details, follow the Barrett Township Halloween Parade’s

For 54 years the Barrett Township Halloween Parade has

Facebook page which is updated regularly.

been an anticipated event, an event I have personally

Want to get in on the fun? There are many ways to be part

attended for 36 of those years. As a kid, I remember being

of the parade, from floats to sponsorships. If you own a

pulled in a trailer by my grandfather’s tractor, my cousins

business and would like some great exposure, consider

and I dressed in pumpkin costumes throwing candy from

entering a float in the parade. Your float will be visible to

“Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch.” Some years I stood, fully

3,000 attendees and also televised on BRC TV Channel 13.

dressed in costume, flagging down candy and scrambling

Not interested in entering a float but would still like some

to fill my bag. Other years I marched, dressed proudly in my

exposure? Become a parade sponsor! For more information

Girl Scout uniform, waving flags and singing songs. Now, I

on participating or becoming a sponsor, visit the parade

love bringing my kids and witnessing their excitement that I

website at barretthalloween.com.

remember so well. It’s a tradition that has lasted generations and one that this small town is proud to uphold. Rain, snow, freezing temperatures, even a hurricane can’t stop this parade from happening. Throughout the years, Mother Nature has challenged parade-goers, yet 2,500 3,000 people line the parade route each year, prepared for anything. Last year’s parade included over 50 floats - local businesses and organizations dress up their vehicles for the big event in hopes of winning the coveted awards. Marching bands get us moving while the fire trucks honk their horns and sound their sirens. Scout groups, schools, youth organizations, and sports teams show their support, throwing

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Celebrating

100 years of patriotic service

The American Legion Auxiliary is a patriotic service organization which has served millions of hours to enhance

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the quality of life for veterans, military, and their families. The organization acts as an advocate for veterans, educates citizens, mentors youth, and promotes patriotism, good citizenship, peace, and security. On November 10th, the ALA celebrates a remarkable 100 years of service. The ALA was established to help widows and orphans who suffered loss. Today, many service members survive their war injuries but must face living with new challenges. The ALA strives to help these individuals. Because of the ALA,

Women veterans are a fast-growing demographic serving in the U.S. military, and they are six-times more likely to die by suicide than non-servicewomen. To help combat these issues, the American Legion Auxiliary National Executive Committee passed a resolution in 2018 to partner with U.S. VETS for the Women Vets on Point project. The goal of the project is to bridge the gap in effective care and support for women veterans.

members and volunteers are able to advance their mission of service to veterans, the military, and military families. Over the years, the American Legion Family has influenced

Military Caregivers

considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans, helped military families through

The American Legion Auxiliary is among 13 groups

transition, and produced many important programs for the

nationwide to receive a grant from the Elizabeth Dole

country’s youth. The Auxiliary’s efforts are focused in three

Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Campaign. The grants are for

primary areas: Veterans/Military Support & Advocacy, Family

innovative and evidence-based programs that address the

Support, and Youth Development.

long-term needs of military caregivers, spouses, parents,

In addition to several events hosted throughout the year honoring Veterans, some of the ALA’s initiatives include the following.

and loved ones caring for service members and veterans at home, helping to fill the gap that exists for this population. According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, more than 44 million Americans are caregivers.

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Employment of Veterans and Military Spouses Employment is among the many key areas in which the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion try to help military heroes and their families. The nation’s veterans and service members often experience difficulty finding jobs in the civilian world — and so do many of their spouses. According to Blue Star Families and Military Officers Association, the military spouse unemployment rates range from 20% to 25%. Under-employment rates may be as high as 35% to 40% among military spouses. The American Legion Auxiliary is in the early stages of creating an employment toolkit. This toolkit will assist American Legion Auxiliary units in creating local job fairs and providing employment resources in communities.

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State & A L A Girls Nation American Legion Auxiliary Girls State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U.S. high school students. The Girls State program is a fictional, self-governing state where young women elect their own leaders, write bills for debate, and run a legislative session. In the process, these leaders meet with State Representatives and Senators. The American Legion Auxiliary Hoosier Girls State is June 23-29, 2019 at Trine University. Following American Legion Auxiliary Girls State programs, two girls are selected from each state to advance to the national program. American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation is a weeklong event in Washington, D.C. that gives participants a firsthand experience of how the federal government works. Each participant is called a senator. While in D.C., the senators visit Capitol Hill and meet with their state Senators and Representatives. More: www.ALAforVeterans.org/ALA-Girls-State


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kids

IN THE

KITCHEN

Food Fit for the Family

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Frozen Yogurt Dipped

As parents and kids navigate back-to-school routines and

grapes

extracurricular activities, making healthy food choices is essential to keep everyone energized and engaged. When it comes to selecting snacks and preparing meals, keep it simple and stock up on foods that are easy to prep and can be used in more than one way. One such food: fresh California grapes, which are abundant throughout the fall and into January. Crisp, juicy grapes can be eaten nearly anytime and anywhere, including school, the office and during afterschool activities, at home or away. Whether eaten fresh or frozen for a cool treat, grapes are a healthy, hydrating alternative to highly processed and calorie-rich foods. They can also be used as an ingredient in easy weeknight meals like California-Style Pizza, cousin to Hawaiian pizza, where fresh grapes star instead of pineapple and prepared pizza dough gives the cook a head start. Frozen Yogurt-Dipped Grapes are an easy, fun snack or dessert that kids can help prepare.

• • •

Servings: 6

60 California grapes, any color, rinsed and patted dry 3/4 cup 2% vanilla Greek yogurt 1/2 cup graham cracker flour or almond flour

Insert toothpick into each grape. Place yogurt in small bowl. Pour graham cracker or almond flour onto plate. Line 9-by13-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Dip each grape into yogurt, coating two-thirds of grape, then dip yogurt-covered grape into desired flour to coat bottom. Place each dipped grape on baking dish; repeat until all grapes are yogurt-covered and dipped in flour. Freeze at least two hours, or until grapes are frozen solid.

For more snack and meal inspiration, visit grapesfromcalifornia.com.

Nutritional information per serving with graham cracker crumbs: 100 calories; 3 g protein; 20 g carbohydrates;

California-Style

pizza

• • • • •

Servings: 8

1.5 g fat (14% calories from fat); 0 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 55 mg sodium; 0 g fiber. Nutritional information per serving with almond flour: 110 calories; 4 g protein; 14 g carbohydrates; 4.5 g fat (37% calories from fat); 0.5 g saturated fat (4% calories from saturated fat); 5 mg cholesterol; 15 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

1 pound prepared pizza dough 3/4 cup prepared pizza sauce 1 1/2 cups halved California seedless grapes 1 cup diced lean ham 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat oven to 450 F. Divide dough into eight equal portions. Spread into pizza rounds on baking sheets. Spread with pizza sauce; sprinkle with grapes, ham and cheese. Bake until dough is lightly browned and cheese melted, about 12-14 minutes. Nutritional information per serving: 220 calories; 11 g protein; 32 g carbohydrates; 6.2 g fat (24% calories from fat); 15 mg cholesterol; 573 mg sodium; 121 mg calcium; 1.4 g fiber.

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THE KUHN FAMILY

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L O C A L F A M I LY F E A T U R E

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

MOMMY AMANDA Dance parties and family movie sessions on the couch. (We need a bigger couch!)

D A D DY

DY L A N Going to restaurants like The Hotel.

BOWEN Going to the beach!.

DAVE

S H AY

Soccer days. Running around from field

Running around together.

to field watching the kids play.

C O DY Playing with our new puppy.

Hi there, we're Amanda and Kelly! Together, we create each issue of MeSee Magazine - a job we both love. Work and family are synonymous at MeSee, with most of the magazine's content being pulled from the things we see and do with our own families. Parenthood is crazy, so sharing tips and

THE SLINGER FAMILY

MOMMY

tricks with other parents can often be a lifesaver. We hope that MeSee provides you with the same kind of support. We're always on the lookout for great places to take our kids, events to attend, and

KELLY I love our family game nights, playing cards or board games! I also love going on our annual

businesses and people that local families need to know about. MeSee is a family effort, and we hope that you and your family enjoy it!

family trips with our BFFs the Leffersons.

D A D DY

ZOEY

ANDY

Going to the bounce house and going

My favorite thing is our yearly trip to Dutch Wonderland.

to Kasa's for pizza and ice cream!

LEXI Going swimming and camping.

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A CREATIVE TWIST ON

HALLOWEEN

CARVINGS

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W

hen it comes to Halloween, carving the same pumpkin designs each year can become routine. This year, save a

pumpkin and carve your spooky masterpiece into a watermelon instead. Nutrient-rich watermelon can be a healthy alternative to other sweet treats full of added sugar during Halloween festivities as it's a source of vitamins A and C as well as the antioxidant lycopene and the amino acid citrulline. Because they are made up of 92% water, watermelons can be an effective way to stay hydrated during trick-or-treating, and creations like a Mummy or Jack O'Melon can help satisfy

MUMMY SUPPLIES AND TOOLS: • Watermelon

• Cheesecloth or gauze

• Cutting board

• Straight pin (optional)

• Kitchen knife

• Battery-operated candle or light

• Dry-erase marker • Small bowl • Paring knife

• Blueberries or bloody candy eyes

• Melon baller

• Toothpicks, pins or glue

• Scoop • Vegetable peeler

sweet cravings while keeping friends and family members frightfully delighted. To get started, consider these carving tips and tricks:

• To make cutting and slicing easier, the

watermelon should be at room temperate when carving.

• Cut a small, thin, flat piece from the bottom

of the watermelon to provide a stable base for carving.

• Draw the design on the watermelon rind with

a dry-erase marker before cutting. If you make a mistake, this can make it easier to wipe off.

• Use a sharp knife with a pointed tip for

easier, cleaner cuts. Consider a paring knife with a smaller tip for ease of detail.

Blend scraps of watermelon that are too

messy for dicing or slicing to create an easy juice. For more watermelon carving ideas, visit watermelon.org.

DIRECTIONS: Wash watermelon under cool running water and pat dry. On cutting board, place watermelon on its side and use kitchen knife to cut off 1/4-1/2-inch of rind from bottom to provide sturdy base, being careful not to cut too deep into white part of rind. Cut 1-2 inches from stem end to create opening for bowl to be added. Using dry-erase marker, draw eyes, nose and mouth, along with wavy slits around carving. Use paring knife to cut them out, being sure to cut through to red flesh to let more light flow through. Use melon baller to hollow out inside of watermelon. Reserve watermelon balls. Use scoop to remove remaining watermelon. Using vegetable peeler, remove green skin off outside of watermelon, similar to peeling cucumber. Wrap thin strips cheesecloth or gauze around mummy carving and secure with straight pin, if needed. Place battery-operated candle or light inside carving and fit small bowl into top of carving. Trim away excess rind to make bowl fit securely. Fill bowl with melon balls. Attach candy eyes or blueberries using a toothpicks, pins or glue.

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JACK O'MELON

DIRECTIONS:

JACK O'MELON

Using knife, cut thin slice from bottom of watermelon to provide stable base. Cut circular piece of rind from top of watermelon big enough to reach into and remove flesh. Carefully remove top section and reserve for use as "lid."

SUPPLIES AND TOOLS:

Remove flesh from inside watermelon using melon baller, reserving melon balls for snacking. Hollow out remaining watermelon flesh and use blender to juice scraps and

• Knife

excess juice.

• Round watermelon • Melon baller

Using dry-erase marker, draw outlines of eyes, nose,

• Dry-erase marker

mouth, hair, ears and other features on side of watermelon.

• Toothpicks (optional)

If mistake is made with marker, wipe off using paper

• Battery-operated light

towel to start over. Following outlines, carve features into watermelon and remove excess rind. Safe, battery-operated light can be firmly placed inside watermelon to provide haunting glow. Place circular piece of rind back on Courtesy of Family Features

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top of watermelon.


things to do!

Hotel of Horror featuring Altered Nightmares The 2019 season will celebrate the 27th year that The Hotel

The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival

of Horror has been fascinating and horrifying legions of fans from the far reaches of the U.S. and even internationally. The Hotel of Horror and Altered Nightmares Halloween Haunted

There's so much to see and do at the Great Pocono Pumpkin

House Attractions are both housed inside the Legendary

Festival, open daily late September through October. Pick

Lake House Hotel in the picturesque Pocono Mountains,

pumpkins, play games, and enjoy some great food. Enjoy

intertwined and breathing next to one another, sharing

daily hayrides, family corn maze, haunted house, and much

organs and a circulatory system like conjoined twins. The

more. There's even more fall fun on weekends, including

sinister subconscious of the Hotel of Horror feeds off the dark

wagon rides, midway rides, bumper balls, and a gourd

energy that stains the lumber skeleton of this once pristine

grenade activity. The escape rooms will be open! Fees apply

mountain resort, while Altered Nightmares celebrates the

to weekend additions. See website for details.

chaos that grows stronger as each soul travels through its

Country Junction Now - October 27th www.countryjunction.com

decaying halls and abandoned rooms. Please enter with caution as the inmates run this asylum. Both are indoor, walk-through haunted houses that are open rain or shine with a covered wait. This event takes place on October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26, 31 and November 1, 2.

Waldorf Estate of Fear Every Friday and Saturday in October, visit the Waldorf

Lake House Hotel Now - November 2nd, check website for times www.hotelofhorror.com

Estate of FEAR for four terrifying haunts: The Haunting at the Waldorf Hotel haunted house, the Terror in the Corn haunted hayride, the Infection Zombie Apocalypse game, and the

Lights Out Ziplines

Zombie Escape Rooms. Brave one or attempt all four for an unforgettable adventure. Reservations are recommended for

Race your friends through the night sky on the 1000’ Double

the Zombie Escape Room. Tickets for all haunts are available

Barrel Zip Line past the shadowy creatures below, where the

online. On-site ticket booth is cash only. Some attractions are

only light is from passing fireflies and distant torches. With

weather permitting. See website for FAQ.

the popularity of the Lights Out Ziplines, please call ahead

Waldorf Estate of Fear October 4th - November 2nd, recurring weekly on Fridays & Saturdays, 7 - 11pm www.waldorfestateoffear.com

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and reserve your launch time. Camelback Mountain Adventures Now - October 27th, recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 6 - 10pm www.camelbackmountainadventures.com

The Monster Coaster

Take the Hawley Explorer train to charming Downtown Hawley to experience the Farmers Market. Enjoy four

Beware of the dark and the creatures that come to life as you

wonderful blocks of Main Street with many shopping and

race through the woods on the USA's only Monster Coaster.

dining options. Do some antiquing and catch the train back

ZOOM past the phantoms of the forest with ghouls, specters,

to Honesdale at 3:30pm. The ride is 3.5 hours, round-trip,

and things that go bump in the night. Ticket sales end 30

including almost two hours in Hawley. The train departs on

minutes prior to the coaster's closing time. The Monster

October 4, 11, 18, and 25.

Coaster will also be open on Columbus Day, Monday,

The Stourbridge Line Honesdale Station Now - October 25th, check website for times www.thestourbridgeline.net

October 14 from 6-10pm. Camelback Mountain Adventures Now - October 27th, recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 6 - 10pm www.camelbackmountainadventures.com

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Hawley Harvest Hoedown Get into the spirit of fall and dive into a colorful pile of festive activities and autumn beauty! The Hawley Harvest Hoedown celebrates fall in the charming town of Hawley. Enjoy a Saturday full of cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, entertainment, locally grown foods, shopping, and so much more. Some activities may include a fee to participate. Downtown Hawley October 5th, 10am - 10pm www.visithawleypa.com

Farm Fest Come visit the Lehigh Valley Zoo for our 2019 Farm Fest! This year we will be featuring tours of our barn yard exhibit, oversized lawn games, farm themed crafts and activities, photos with tractors, music, and more! Each day we will have music courtesy of DJ Ray from Fling-A-Things and Animal Mingles! Be sure to try your hand at cow milking at our Milking Simulation Station or stop by our interactive exhibits to learn some fun facts about our awesome animals! Lehigh Valley Zoo

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Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival Your whole family will enjoy fall foliage weekends in Jim Thorpe. There will be scenic train rides, handmade arts and crafts, delicious food, free live music, children's activities, spooky ghost tours, and seasonal specials from local restaurants, shops, and galleries. Witness Downtown Jim Thorpe in all its autumn splendor. See website for complete details.

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Downtown Jim Thorpe October 5th - 20th, recurring weekly on Saturday and Sunday, 11am - 5pm www.jimthorpe.org

Pickle Me Pocono Festival Join Pickle Me Poconos and Pocono Chamber of Commerce for the inaugural Pickle Me Poconos Festival, located on Crystal Street in East Stroudsburg. Enjoy all things pickle, food, drinks, and family fun! Crystal Street, East Stroudsburg October 5th, 12 - 5pm

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Rocktoberfest

Knoebels Hallo-Fun 2019

Rocktoberfest is back! Join Hawley Silk Mill during the

Every year when the crisp fall winds begin to blow and

Hawley Harvest Hoedown on October 5th from noon - 5pm.

Halloween approaches, Knoebels transforms into a

Entrance fee includes beer tasting. Oktoberfest food is a la

spooktacular place for ghosts and ghouls of all ages!

carte. Soup samplings and soups to-go a la carte.

Stay tuned for this year's Hallo-Fun details! Book your

Hawley Silk Mill

Knoebels Park Campground or Knoebels Lake Glory

October 5th, 12 - 5pm

Campground sites today, and purchase pay-one-price plans

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online.

Monroe Farmers Market Saturday Mornings

Visitors can experience tasty treats, thrilling games, freaktastic attractions and, of course, a selection of Knoebels’ hallo-riffic rides. Experience gentle haunts, scary attractions,

The Monroe Farmers Market has been serving the

and treats to suit everyone’s taste. There are even special

Stroudsburg community for 40 years and is still growing

treat stops for children 12 and under in costume! So join the

strong. The market offers quality produce, flowers, meats,

boo crew at Knoebels Spooky Amusement Resort this fall... if

breads, preserves, and much more from local farmers.

you dare!

Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg

Knoebels

Now - November 2nd, recurring weekly on Saturday, 8am - 12pm www.monroefarmersmarket@gmail.com

October 11th - 27th see website for specific dates and times www.knoebels.com

Old Jail Ghost Tours

Autumn Timber Festival

On October 5, 12, 19 & 26, stroll the dark halls of the original

Catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor at beautiful Shawnee

1871 Old Jail and HEAR haunting tales of true, ghostly

Mountain Ski Area during prime fall foliage time in the

happenings while you HUNT for spirits. Enjoy spine-chilling

Pocono Mountains. Come out for this action-packed autumn

stories that really occurred in the Old Jail. This is not a made-

event, and enjoy lumberjack competitions, blacksmith demos

up haunted house; the Old Jail is home to REAL spirits. Tours

by Jim Doherty, saw mill demos, chainsaw sculptures,

begin every 20 minutes. Children under 12 are not permitted.

children's activities, and live music with food and craft

No advance tickets. Part of the proceeds from the October 26

vendors galore.

tour will benefit the Jim Thorpe Fire Department.

Shawnee Mountain

Jim Thorpe

October 12th - 13th, 11am - 5pm

October 5th - 26th, recurring weekly

www.shawneemt.com

on Saturday, 6:15 - 9pm www.theoldjailmuseum.com

Signs of Fall Hike Take a hike and discover the science behind the wonderful season of fall. Discuss changing animal behavior, why leaves change color, and why it’s the best season to be out and about! Pocono Environmental Education Center October 6th, 10am - 12pm www.peec.org

NePizza Festival Pronounced: Neh-PEET-suh Festival! A melting pot of the Pizza Capital of the World's cheesiest, sauciest, square and round trays, not pies, from the best pizza people in NEPA! Come stroll the grounds and cash in food tickets for a plain or specialty sample slice or purchase from your favorite pizza places around the area. The event runs from noon until 6pm on Saturday, October 12th inside the lodge and rentals building at Montage Mountain. With good weather, the event will be indoor/outdoor. This event is held rain or shine. Montage Mountain October 12th, 12pm

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PEEC’s 9th Annual Harvest Festival Celebrate Fall at PEEC’s 9th annual Harvest Festival! Enjoy animal presenters, arts and crafts, hands-on activities, conservation exhibits, live music, local food, old-time activities, and more!  Bring your family and friends to this great event! Pocono Environmental Education Center October 12th, 11am - 4pm www.peec.org

Ottertoberfest Grab your lederhosen and join us at the Lehigh Valley Zoo on

years

Saturday, October 12th to celebrate OTTERtoberfest! This annual event will incorporate a vast selection of gourmet food, craft, and gift vendors stationed throughout the zoo, courtesy of the Happy Dutchmen German Band from 11am2Ppm! For our 21+ guests, be sure to visit our Ottertoberfest Beer Tent to grab your favorite seasonal hard beverages! Lehigh Valley Zoo October 12th www.lvzoo.org

Quiet Valley’s 45th Annual Harvest Festival

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Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm celebrates their 45th Annual Harvest Festival. Come enjoy harvest time on the farm. Learn about heritage crafts and traditional skills, such as spinning, weaving, broom making, scrapple making, apple butter making, basket making, and candle making. There

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will also be plenty of folk entertainment, good country food made by hand, children’s activities, pumpkin decorating, a quilt raffle, pony rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, one-room schoolhouse presentations, outdoor brick bake oven, and much more. This event is great fun for all ages and will be held rain or shine. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm October 12th - 13th, 10am - 5pm www.quietvalley.org

saturdays 8am -your 12 • special MAY THROUGH NOVEMBER Celebrate day at Bloom! • Variety party packages & event IN courthouse square • ofstroudsburg PA space rental options

see what the excitement is about at monroefarmersmarket.com Contact us at info@bloomplayspace.com or by phone at 272-200-2245 to start making plans for your next party or event!

• Basic party package starts at $10 per child

Additional packages such as a Paint & Play, or Learn & Play, as well as add-ons such as face painting or professional photography avaiable.


Boo at the Zoo

Pocono Food Truck and Art Festival

Happy Halloween! Join Claws ’N’ Paws on the 12th or the

The Pocono Food Truck Festival will feature 25+ food trucks.

13th for the annual Boo at the Zoo!

The food truck line-up will feature the best food on wheels

Activities include face painting, animal parade, snacks, and more! Claws ’N’ Paws Wild Animal Park October 12th - 13th, 6pm www.clawsnpaws.com

14th Annual Harvest Lake Stroll Join Skytop Lodge for the 14th Annual Harvest Lake Stroll. Amid fiery foliage and crisp autumn air, celebrate the sights, smells and tastes that make the harvest season so spectacular. The day will include something for everyone,

ranging from sweet and savory to spicy and delicious. Festival attendees will get a chance to cast their vote for the best food truck. The annual Art on the Mountain Art Show and Sale will feature some of the region's talented painters, crafters, photographers, sculptors, and more. The Hope Lodge at Shawnee Mountain will house 65+ artists and artisans on two floors. The artwork on sale will fit any budget and taste. Shawnee Mountain October 19th - 20th, 11am - 5pm www.shawneemt.com

Pocono Food Truck and Art Festival

with live entertainment and rich food samplings set around pristine Skytop Lake. National and regional vineyards will

Boo at the Zoo is back and better than ever! This annual

be on site to offer samples, and Skytop's culinary team will

crowd favorite has quickly become one of the Lehigh Valley

present a mouthwatering menu that blends the tastes of the

Zoo’s biggest events!

season. Skytop Lodge October 13th, 12:30 - 3pm www.skytop.com

Get your costumes ready and join us on one of FOUR event dates! Trick-or-treating throughout the zoo! We will have a variety of candy/treat stations, pumpkin painting, costume contests, and music from 12pm - 2pm

Barrett Township Volunteer Fire Company Open House Bring the family for a day of family fun at the fire house! Check out the trucks, try your hand at handling a real fire

each day courtesy of DJ Ray from Fling-A-Things! In addition to all that excitement, we will also be featuring a fun line up of interactive experiences including spooky animal mingles from 11:30am -1 2:30pm each day, tours inside our Lorikeet Landing, as well as a chance to hand-feed our giraffe lettuce!

hose, and see what firefighters look like in full gear. Most

Make sure to swing by and see why this event is becoming a

importantly, bring the kids for fire safety instructions and an

local family Halloween tradition!

opportunity to take a turn in the fire safety simulator. Barrett Township Fire House

Lehigh Valley Zoo October 19th & 20, October 26th & 27th

October 13th, 11:30am

www.lvzoo.org

Black Bear Film Festival

Fly in Early for Future Cardinals

The Black Bear Film Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Do you have a 3 or 4-year-old at home? Your family is invited

this year. The BBFF is one of Pennsylvania's premier

for a future Cardinal story time! A goodie bag along with a

independent film festivals.

book will be given out to the families who attend. Snacks will

Milford Theater

also be provided. Bring your family along with your child.

October 18 - 20, visit website for details

Swiftwater Elementary Center

www.blackbearfilm.com

October 24th, 6 - 7:30pm

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3rd Annual Red Shoe Luncheon

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Attend the BW NICE Monroe County's 3rd Annual Luncheon for a wonderful way to give back, have fun, and network. It

is the only afternoon red carpet networking event in Monroe County! Featuring: A vendor lineup of local businesses

Harvest Fest Oct. 26, 2019

Pumpkins, apple cider, apple pie, hot food & live music! It’s a celebration of the year's harvest. Local craft vendors, farm-themed fun and more!

starting at 10am, red carpet photography by Shootworks and Royal Cloud, complimentary red mimosas, presentation of Businesswoman of the Year Award, silent auction and tricky tray, and art auction. Music provided by DJ Johnny Johnson. Sit-down lunch at Camelback Lodge with delicious desserts created by local bakeries. Every attendee receives a swag bag. New and unique programming coming this year! Camelback Lodge October 25th, 10am www.bwnice.org

Halloween Costume Party @ The PourHouse

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soaps, candles, and more!

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the best costume party in town. Show us your best, scariest, funniest, sexiest, most original costumes. Over $500 in cash and prizes! This year, dance and party to the sounds of DJ Tiz Spinning. Mark your calendars!

The PourHouse Neighborhood Bar & Grille October 26th, 9pm - 1am www.pourhousepa.com

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HarvestFest & Trick or Treating at the Monroe Farmers Market

A Christmas Wizard of Oz

A celebration of peak season and the year's harvest. Join the

Childrens Theatre. A snow blizzard carries Dorothy and

Monroe Farmers Market as they celebrate the bounty of the

Toto to the Magical Elfinsland where Glinda is the Good

harvest season. Enjoy live music, animal costume contests,

Witch of the North Pole. Dorothy must get home to open her

extra vendors, and much more. After the market closes,

Christmas presents in the morning, so she sets off to meet

keep the spirit going as you wander the shops of downtown

the Wizard who lives in the Great Palace of Toys.

Stroudsburg for more trick-or-treating fun.

Shawnee Playhouse

Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg

November 15th - December 21st

October 26th, 8am - 12pm

www.theshawneeplayhouse.com

www.monroefarmersmarket.com

Halloween Along Main

SEC PTO TRICKY TRAY It's time for Swiftwater Elementary PTO's Tricky Tray! .

Save the Date! Halloween Along Main 2019 in Downtown

Please join us on this great afternoon for a chance to win

Stroudsburg, PA with free entertainment and, of course,

some amazing baskets and bigger ticket items. This years

Trick-or-Treating from 3 - 5pm!

Tricky Tray will be held offsite and is open to the public so

Downtown Stroudsburg October 26th, 3 - 5pm

feel free to bring your friends and family and neighbors too. Mt. Pocono United Methodist Church November 16th, 2pm

Barrett Township Halloween Parade

Holiday Open House

Throw on your Halloween costume, grab your candy bag, and maybe grab some gloves & a hat, too. Get ready for one

Join Ross & Ross Nursery for a Holiday Open House

of Barrett Township's favorite traditions. Featuring creative

November 29 & 30 and Dec 1. Return to basics with simple

floats, live music, fire trucks, antique cars and, of course,

holiday decor, handmade wreaths, beautiful trees, and a

SANTA! Find your spot along Route 390 in Mountainhome.

wonderful selection of gift giving ideas. Sample local jams,

Parade begins at the former Barrett Elementary Center and

butters and gourmet treats. Look for daily specials and door

ends at the Mountainhome Methodist Church.

prizes.

Route 390 in Barrett Township

Ross & Ross Nursery

October 27th, 2pm (Raindate: November 3rd)

November 29th - 30th from 9am - 5pm,

www.barretthalloween.com

Sunday from 11am - 3pm www.rossandrossnursery.com

Lip Balm Tin Make & Take

Steamtown’s Holiday Express

Join Pocono Soap for a Lip Balm Make & Take Event! Make your own 1/2 oz tin lip balm - you pick the flavor (you can

Take the train to visit with Santa Clause at the Reindeer

also tint it if you'd like!) Stop in any time between 10am

Barn! Take the train through the "Magic Tunnel" which quickly

- 3pm; groups will start approximately every 10 minutes.

transports the train close to the Arctic Circle and near the

Please call ahead if you have a large group. $5 per lip balm -

North Pole. Upon arrival at the station, Santa and some other

you can make more than one!

North Pole residents will be nearby to help you get ready

Pocono Soap November 2nd, 10am - 3pm www.poconosoap.com

for Christmas and the holidays. Model train layouts are in the passenger station and the reindeer barn. Some crafts and the chance to write a letter to give to Santa are also available. Light refreshments and hot chocolate are available for purchase. A goodie bag is given to each child and a cookie for each rider on the train. Steamtown National Historic Site

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54TH ANNUAL

PRESENTED BY ROTARY OF THE POCONO MOUNTAINS

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT @ 2PM RAIN DATE: NOVEMBER 3RD

BARRETTHALLOWEEN.COM Throw on your Halloween costume. G  rab your candy bag. Maybe grab some gloves & a hat too. Get ready for one o  f Barrett Township's favorite traditions. Featuring creative floats, live music, fire trucks, antique cars and of course, SANTA! Find your spot along Route 390 in Mountainhome. Parade begins at the former Barrett Elementary Center and ends at the Mountainhome Methodist Church. For more information on how to enter a float or become a parade sponsor, contact

Amanda Kuhn at 570.807.6810 or info@rotaryclubofthepoconomountains.com


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