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SURF THE MOUNTAINS Your Pocono Portal American Candle: www.american-candle.com Baileys Grille & Steakhouse: www.baileyssteakhouse.com Barley Creek Brewing Company: www.barleycreek.com Bear Creek Inne: www.bearcreekinne.com The Briar Patch: www.briarpatchthornhurst.com Bushkill Falls: www.visitbushkillfalls.com Camelback Mountain Resort: www.skicamelback.com CBK Mountain Adventures: www.CBKmountainadventures.com Century 21 Select Pocono Pines: www.C21PoconoPines.com Country Junction: www.countryjunction.com Country Kettle: www.country-kettle.com Countryside Housekeeping Cottages: www.countrysidecottages.com Cove Haven Resort: www.cpresorts.com/thisweek Crescent Lodge: www.crescentlodge.com Delaware Highlands Conservancy: www.delawarehighlands.org Dorflinger Glass Museum: http://dorflinger.org/glass_museum.html Downtown Hawley Partnership: www.visithawleypa.com Downtown Stroudsburg: www.stroudsburg.net Eckley Miners Village: www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com Fernwood Hotel & Resort: www.fernwoodhotel.com The French Manor: www.thefrenchmanor.com Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce: www.greaterpoconochamber.com Greater White Haven Chamber of Commerce: www.whitehaven.org Grey Towers National Historic Landmark: www.fs.fed.us/gt Gumble Brothers: www.gumblebrothers.com Hawley Winterfest: www.hawleywinterfest.com Holley Ross Pottery: www.holleyross.com House of Candles: www.houseofcandles.com Hutton Metalcrafts: www.copperlamps.com The Inn at Jim Thorpe: www.innjt.net The Inn at Pocono Manor: www.poconomanor.com Jack Frost Big Boulder Ski Areas: www.jfbb.com Jim Thorpe: www.jimthorpe.org Jubilee Restaurant: www.breakfastking.com Kittatinny Canoes: www.kittatinny.com Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.visitnepa.org Lake Naomi Real Estate: www.lakenaomi.com Liberty Homes Custom Builders: www.libertyhomesPA.com Luzerne County Convention & Visitors Bureau: www.tournepa.com Miss Elly’s Antiques and Such: www.missellysantiques.com Monroe County Conservation District: www.mcconservation.org Monroe County Historical Association: www.monroehistorical.org Mountain Springs Lake Resort: www.mslresort.com Nature Conservancy: www.nature.org/states/pennsylvania NEPA Audubon Society: www.nepaaudubonsociety.org PA Fish & Boat Commission: www.fish.state.pa.us PA PowerPort: www.state.pa.us PA State Park Information: www.visitpaparks.com

Paradise Stream Resort: www.cpresorts.com/thisweek Past Impressions Antiques: www.ilovepastimpressions.com PennDOT District 4: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/ district4.nsf/District 4 Homepage?readform PennDOT District 5: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/ district5.nsf/District+5+HomepageShort+List?readform PennDOT Driver & Vehicle Services: www.dmv.state.pa.us PennDOT’s NEPA Transportation Website: www.neparoads.com PennDOT’s Travel Information Website: www.511pa.com Pennsylvania Theatre of the Performing Arts: www.ptpashows.org Pike County Conservation District: www.pikeconservation.org Pike County Tourism: www.discoverpikepa.com Pocono Arts Council: www.poconoarts.org Pocono Builders Association: www.poconobuilders.org Pocono Cheesecake Factory: www.poconocheesecake.com Pocono Environmental Education Center: www.peec.org Pocono Indian Museum: www.poconoindianmuseum.com Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce: www.lakeregioncc.com Pocono Mountain Arts Council: www.poconomac.com Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau: www.800poconos.com Pocono Outdoor Club: www.poconooutdoorclub.org Pocono Palace Resort: www.cpresorts.com/thisweek Pocono Resorts Realty: www.prr1.com Pocono Snake and Animal Farm: www.poconosnakeandanimalfarm.com Pocono Tile Works: www.poconotileworks.com Printing Craftsmen, Inc.: www.printingcraftsmeninc.com Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm: www.quietvalley.org The Settlers Inn: www.thesettlersinn.com Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort: www.shawneeinn.com Shawnee Mountain Ski Resort: www.shawneemt.com Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain: www.ski-bigbear.com Skytop Resort: www.skytop.com Skyview Spa at Skytop Resort: www.skyviewspaatskytoplodge.com Smuggler’s Cove: www.smugglerscove.net The Spa at Mountain Laurel: www.thespaatmountainlaurel.com Spa Shawnee and Salon: www.spashawnee.com S&S Speedways - Indoor Go-Karts: www.ssspeedways.com Starting Gate: www.startinggateonline.com Steamtown National Historic Site: www.nps.gov/stea Switzerland Old World Gifts: www.switzgifts.com Tannery Depot General Store: www.tannerydepot.com Teeters’ Furniture: www.teetersfurniture.com Theo B. Price Inc.: www.theobprice.com Tokyo Tea House: www.tokyoteahouse.us Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River: www.nps.gov/upde Visit PA: www.visitPA.com Vocelli Pizza: www.vocellipizza.com Water Gap Trolley: www.watergaptrolley.com Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Int’l Airport: www.flyavp.com Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: www.wbspenguins.com Woehrle’s Bait Shop: www.woehrlesbaitshop.com


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DECEMBER 4, 2010 Hawley Winterfest Celebration .......................................................................... 4 Sing The Messiah at Shawnee Playhouse .......................................................... 5 It’s a Wonderful Life! Penn Theatre Performances ........................................... 6 ESU announces Winter Concerts ........................................................................ 6 Christmas Mischief at The Sherman Theater .................................................... 6 Shawnee Mountain offers Instructional Programs .......................................... 7 Winter Solstice is December 21st ....................................................................... 7 Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain Opens ..................................................... 7 Catch the Geminids Meteor Shower ....................................................................... 22 Hike with the Pocono Outdoor Club..................................................................... 22 Open House, Hike, and Geocaching at Nescopeck State Park .....................22 Holiday Sale at Past Impressions .....................................................................26 Shawnee Mountain Ski Area announces Improvements ...............................26 The Inn at Pocono Manor hosts Magical Fireside Christmas ........................ 26 Winter Wines by the Lake Benefit Event in Hawley ........................................27 A Victorian Christmas at The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park ..........................27 Children’s Program & Victorian Fundraiser at Eckley Miners’ Village .........28 Festival of Trees returns to Scranton ................................................................28 Northeast Ballet Ensemble presents The Nutcracker Ballet .......................... 28 The Manor Sports Club announces Buck Season ........................................... 40 Barley Creek Brewing Company offers Tours and Tastings ........................... 47 Beginners Enjoy Camelback Mountain Resort ...............................................47 Pennsylvania Ski and Winter Sports Museum & Hall of Fame .....................47 Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm Old Time Christmas .............................. 51 Events at Grey Towers National Historic Site..................................................51 Santa Express Train Rides on the Stourbridge Line .........................................53 Free Christmas Dinner hosted at Mount Pocono UMC .................................55 Trinity Episcopal Church Christmas Bazaar ..................................................... 55 Paradise Willing Workers announce Country Christmas Bazaar .................. 55 Free Demonstrations at Holley Ross Pottery...................................................57 See Candles Made at the House of Candles!..................................................57 CALENDAR..................................... 8 COMING EVENTS............................ 8 DINING ........................................42 ENTERTAINMENT ...........................20 LODGING .....................................48 MOVIES ........................................20 MUSEUMS, GALLERIES & ANTIQUITY .. 29 POCONO MAP..............................32

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Hawley Winterfest Celebration The 12th annual Hawley Winterfest opens on Friday, December 10th at 6:00pm in Bingham Park! The Victorian weekend wonderland continues through Sunday, December 12th, and includes a juried art show, living Nativity, caroling, lace making and tatting, gingerbread cookie decorating, creating holiday cards, photos with Santa, ice carving, and horse and carriage rides. Ride the historic Stourbridge Lion train! A free production starring the Ritz Theater Players, the Virgin Consort from New York City, choirs, bell ringers, live jazz, and book signings promise entertainment and culture for all. Tasty delights such as a formal White House luncheon, breakfast with Santa, brunch with harpist Diane O’Malley featuring Sugarplum French Toast Pudding, and the annual Holiday Cookie Walk and Tea will tickle your tummy. Event lodging packages are available at local inns and motels. Ski Big Bear will give towed tube rides for youngsters, The Virgin Consort weather permitting, and offer photos with the Big Bear mascot. Northeast Wilderness Experience will present a snow shoe display and demonstration, weather permitting. Select a tree from the Winterfest Tree Farm at the train station, and elves will help deliver it to your car! Take home a commemorative holiday ornament, as well as unique gifts to delight everyone on your list. Many businesses will offer in-store specials and refreshments. Most activities are free of charge; advance ticket purchase is recommended for Holiday House Tours, The Virgin Consort performance, and the Winterfest Express Train Excursion. For a schedule of events, call the Downtown Hawley Partnership at (570) 226-4064, the Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center at (570) 2262141, and make merry at www.hawleywinterfest.com!


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Sing The Messiah at Shawnee Playhouse! Join friends, neighbors, and all the company of heaven raising voices in Handel’s immortal masterpiece during the annual Messiah Sing-In at the Shawnee Playhouse on River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware. This participatory concert will begin at 8:00pm on Tuesday, December 21st, and will be accompanied by a full orchestra with conductor and soloists, a roaring fire in the fireplace, and the fellowship of the local community. For 33 years, the Messiah has been a joyous Shawnee tradition, a unique presentation in which the audience joins in the singing. Conductor Terry Flatt, vocal coordinator and producer Ginny Kirkwood, and orchestra coordinator Betsy Buzzelli-Clarke lead talented vocalists and a live orchestral ensemble in one of history’s most famous musical works, in beautiful Shawnee. Each audience member will receive a musical score, and everyone is encouraged to sing throughout the chorus selections. No tickets are sold or required. An $8.00/pp donation is requested at the door; open seating. For more information about this meaningful and exuberant event, call the Shawnee Playhouse at (570) 421-5093, and see www.shawneeinn.com.

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It’s a Wonderful Life! The Penn Theatre of Performing Arts (PTPA) presents It’s a Wonderful Life in Hazleton’s J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 West Broad Street. George Bailey is a small-town dreamer whose big plans of world travel are dashed when he must take over the suffering family business after the untimely death of his father. All his best-laid plans come to nothing, as the town miser, Mr. Potter, pressures George into handing Bailey Building and Loan over to him. On Christmas Eve, George plans to take his own life but is foiled by his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, who gives George a glimpse of what life in Bedford Falls would be like if George had never been born. The ensuing story leads to one of Hollywood’s most-loved finalés! Curtains are 7:00pm on December 9th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th; at 3:00pm on December 12th and 19th; and, at 1:00pm on December 11th and 18th. An all-you-can-eat dinner buffet is available 90 minutes before most performances. Show tickets are $15.00/general; $12.00/ages 62+ and students 12+; $8.00/ages 11 and under. Dinner/ show tickets are $28.00/general; $25.00/ages 62+ and students 12+; $18.00/ages 11 and under. Call the PTPA at (570) 454-5451, email tickets@ptpashows.org, and break a leg at www.ptpashows.org.

ESU announces Winter Concerts East Stroudsburg University (ESU) presents a Winter Jazz Concert at 7:00pm on Sunday, December 5th in the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall of the university’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets in East Stroudsburg. The concert will feature the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Otis C. French and the University Singers directed by James Maroney. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. On Wednesday, December 8th at 7:30pm, attend the Winter Choral Concert featuring an A Cappella Ensemble Concert Choir directed by James Maroney. Tickets are available at the door only, with $3.00/pp admission for ages 13+; ages 12 and under and ESU students with ID attend free. A Winter Band Concert on Monday, December 13th at 7:30pm features the University/Community Concert Band and the University Woodwind Ensemble directed by Otis C. French. The concert is free; donations are accepted. Call the ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center Events Line at (570) 422-3483 for all concert details, and learn more at www.esu.edu.

CHRISTMAS MISCHIEF AT THE SHERMAN THEATER

The Sherman Theater, 524 Main Street in Stroudsburg, presents the winter children’s musical, Christmas Mischief, on Thursday, December 9th at 10:00am and Saturday, December 11th at 10:30am. This delightful show, for all ages, is especially appropriate for children ages 1 through 10. Santa’s elves are busy sorting mail at the North Pole post office, and keeping very responsible track of the Naughty and Nice list. But oh no! The mischievous Bell Schnickle is on the loose, wreaking havoc in Santa’s wonderful workshop. How can the elves catch the Bell Schnickle and prevent him from ruining all of Santa’s Christmas plans? The elves need your help to catch the Bell Schnickle before it’s too late! Tickets are just $8.00/pp for children and parents; however, school/ preschool/daycare chaperones attend free! Purchase tickets and find out more by calling (570) 420-2808, and see www.shermantheater.com for the complete and diverse schedule of events in this historic, landmark venue!


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Shawnee Mountain offers Programs Shawnee Mountain Ski Areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s SKIwee, Mountain Cruisers, and Young Riders programs are planned to begin on Saturday, December 11th! These super-fun, instructional programs are designed for ages 4 through 15; reservations are required. Shawnee Mountain is off I-80 exit 309 in Shawneeon-Delaware. Enjoy day or night skiing on 23 slopes and trails serviced by 9 lifts and 100% snowmaking; rentals are available. Riders love the half pipe area and snowboard park! Ski schools and clinics are available for all abilities, and 6 tubing chutes served by 2 lifts are lighted for day or night tubing. Call (570) 421-7231x231, and visit www.shawneemt.com.

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain Opens!

Winter Solstice is December 21 st! Marking the Winter Solstice, Tuesday, December 21st is the first day of winter 2010! This is the shortest day and longest night of the year, occurring when Earthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s axial tilt is farthest away from the Sun. Celebrate the Winter Solstice with a brisk walk, a warm fire, some hot chocolate, and winter stories and activities. Snuggle up and enjoy it all in the Pocono Mountains!

On Saturday, December 18th, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is scheduled to open for the 2010/2011 winter sports season! Enjoy great skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing, through mid-March, weather permitting. Ski Big Bear is a family-friendly, affordable facility located 4 miles off Route 590 in Lackawaxen, offering 18 trails with 100% snowmaking, a terrain park, night skiing, rentals and services, season passes, a country store, a huge lodge with great food and beverage options, and live entertainment; closed Tuesdays. For the live webcam, current snow conditions, and hours, call (570) 685-1400 and snowplow to www.ski-bigbear.com.


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19 20 21 22 23 24 25 See the ENTERTAINMENT Column on Page 20 for Local Live Entertainment! Now thru December 26 – Feel the magic of Christmas as The Inn at Pocono Manor presents their Magical Fireside Christmas Celebration. On weekends through Christmas, bring the family and friends and awaken your senses with the sweet smell of roasting marshmallows, the warmth of the bon fire, and the spectacular display of lights adoring the grounds. Enjoy live

animal displays, horse drawn carriage rides and train rides, storytelling, children’s activities and much more. Of course save time for a chat with the very unique, one-and-only Old World Santa! The inn’s buildings and grounds are beautifully dressed for the holidays, a cheery setting for this interactive family experience sure to become a Christmas tradition. Admission is $5 per person on weekends and Activity Tickets are available for purchase. Paid admission includes all the free activities and five Activity Tickets for optional activities. Hours for the Magical Fireside Christmas Celebration are Fridays 4:00pm to 9:00pm, Saturdays from noon to 8:00pm & Sundays noon to 5:00. Donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted each day. The Inn at Pocono Manor is located off Route 314 in Pocono Manor, PA, just off of Route 940 east of the I-380 intersection. Call the Inn at (570) 839-7111 or toll-free 1-800-233-8150 for more information, or log on to www.poconomanor.com. Now thru January 1 – Past Impressions, an inviting vendor co-op in Hamlin, invites all shoppers and browsers to visit for their Holiday Sale, with 20% to 50% off most Christmas and gift items! On weekends during

the Holiday Sale, enjoy free hot cider and cookies during your time spent browsing through the vintage 1800’s Victorian house. Many fine vendors are housed at Past Impressions, offering everything from antiques to home décor, jewelry, purses & accessories, furniture, books, glassware, gifts and more! Be sure to see ‘A NEW REVIEW,’ featuring almost-new women’s and kids’ designer clothing on consignment and ready for a “repeat performance.” Hours are Monday, Thursday & Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00, Sunday 11:00 to 5:00; closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Past Impressions is located on Route 191 in Hamlin, about 500 feet north of the traffic light at Hamlin Corners. Call them at (570) 6894123 or check out their new website www.ilovepastimpressions.com! Now thru January 15 – The Christmas Village Display is open to the public on weekends at the Tobyhanna Train Station & Museum on Route 423 in Tobyhanna. Hosted by the Pocono Rail Historical Society, the station is all decked out for the holidays, including Christmas-themed running model trains and displays. On Saturdays & Sundays, the public is invited to tour the restored facility and enjoy the running model train layouts and assorted rail memorabilia. Souvenirs are available. Admission is free, however donations are appreciated. The Tobyhanna Train Station is open on Saturdays & Sundays

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This Week in the Poconos 9 from 12:00noon until 4:00pm weather permitting, up to & including Saturday, January 15. For more information about the train station and the holiday display, call (570) 894-3338 or (570) 646-3269. Now – Celebrate the season with the Holiday Specials at the Spa at Mountain Laurel in White Haven. For this special promotion, the spa is offering “This Week in the Poconos” readers a discount of 20% Off All Facials and Three 55-Minute Swedish Massages for $225. Just bring in their ad on page 23 of this magazine (or print the spa ad off of our website thisweek. net), then choose from the exciting selections of spa services. The Spa at Mountain Laurel offers a luxurious menu of services, including Sea Salt Soaks, Foot Reflexology sessions, invigorating Vitamin C Facials, uplifting Aroma Wraps, Manicures, Pedicures, a variety of Massage options and much more. Along with your treatments, enjoy the complimentary amenities including steam room, sauna, hot tubs and a day pass to the fitness center and indoor pool. Drop by and check out some ideas for stocking stuffers and enjoy the 10% discount off all products in the retail store. Call the spa with questions or to make a reservation at (570) 443-9SPA (9772); be sure to mention “This Week in the Poconos” when booking or regular prices will apply! The Spa at Mountain Laurel is located in The Mountain Laurel Resort on Route 940 in White Haven, easily found off exit 277 from I-80. You may view the spa’s full brochure of services at www.thespaatmountainlaurel.com. Enjoy! Daily – Free Brewery Tours and Beer Tastings are offered every day at 12:30pm at the Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road in Tannersville. The fascinating tours of the brewery are followed by free tastings of assorted Barley Creek brews. Reservations are not required and group tours are also available by appointment. To find out more about this authentic brewpub & restaurant, call (570) 629-9399 or log on to www.barleycreek.com. Daily – Enjoy the Free Candle Making Demonstrations from 10:00 to 5:00 at the House of Candles, located on Rt. 715 North between Tannersville

and Henryville. Watch the fascinating candle making process from start to finish. Visitors may also observe the creation of a custom hand-carved candle in your choice of color! The House of Candles is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 to 5:00; closed Sundays. Be sure to bring the kids to enjoy the Free Farmyard Petting Zoo! For details, call 629-1953 or visit www.houseofcandles.com. See their ad on page 15 of this magazine (or print from our website thisweek.net) for the coupon good for 10% off most items! Now thru mid-December – Enjoy the Free Pottery Making Demonstrations at Holley Ross Pottery on Route 191 in LaAnna (between Cresco & Newfoundland). Every Monday through Friday at 11:00am, you can see all the steps involved in making beautiful pottery, from mixing the clay to the finished product! Then browse through the creations in the large factory showroom and go for a comfortable stroll to the lake and forest park. Holley Ross Pottery is open every day, Monday – Saturday from 9:30 to 5:30, and Sundays 1:00

until 5:30. Call (570) 676-3248 for more information or visit their website at www.holleyross.com. Now thru March – The Inn at Jim Thorpe on 24 Broadway in Jim Thorpe has announced that they are offering two very special packages: the Romantic Couples Escape and the Girlfriends Spa Getaway. Romance, wine and a massage... What more do you need? The Romantic Couples Escape includes a two night stay, his and her 55-minute Swedish massages, a bottle of wine in your room, two (Continued on Page 10)

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COMING EVENTS (Continued from Page 9) souvenir wine glasses, dinner one night, and breakfast daily. Or grab the gals and enjoy a relaxing and fun getaway! The Girlfriends Spa Getaway includes a two night stay, Custom Spa Package, breakfast daily, lunch & dinner on Saturday, a bottle of wine with souvenir wine glasses, plus special discounts at area shops. The Inn at Jim Thorpe is situated in the heart of Jim Thorpe’s National Register Historic District. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this grand Victorian inn features comfortable guest rooms and world-class suites, including many with whirlpool and fireplace. For more information about these and other packages, or for your reservations, call The Inn at Jim Thorpe at 1-800-3292599. Visit online at www.innjt.net. Now thru December 19 – Celebrate the holiday season with family and friends during Christmas Tree Weekends at The French Manor in South Sterling. The Christmas Tree

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Weekend Package includes overnight accommodations in an elegant room or luxurious suite; a welcome fruit & cheese plate with sherry in your room upon arrival; a Friday night bonfire with local guitarist and singalongs, and a gourmet breakfast each morning. On Saturday afternoon, go on an excursion to Olsommer’s Tree Farm to pick out your very own wreath or tree, which they will cut down and fasten to the top of your car! You may also enjoy Afternoon Tea at 3:00pm, with Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. For your reservations or more information about the Christmas Tree Weekends at The French Manor, call (570) 676-3244. Visit their website www.thefrenchmanor.com. Now thru December 10 – The Manor Sports Club at The Inn at Pocono Manor opens their grounds to the public for Buck Season. Hunt all day for $150 on over 3,000 private acres! Stay overnight at The Manor and pay only $125 per day. PA residents need a valid hunting license (available for purchase on-site); out-of-state residents must bring a valid hunting license for your state of residency and a valid PA hunting license (available for purchase). Advance registration is required for hunting by calling the Manor Sports Club at (570) 839-3908. The Inn at Pocono Manor is located off Route 314 in Pocono Manor, PA, just off of Route 940 east of the I-380 intersection. Call the Inn at (570) 8397111 or toll-free 1-800-233-8150 for room reservations. You may also log on to www.poconomanor.com for further details. December 2 - In the spirit of the season, PoconoWomen will host their “Winter Wonderful!” event at the beautiful Shawnee Inn, River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Guests will enjoy holiday entertainment, shopping opportunities provided by local vendors, delicious seasonal fare and great company! There will also be an exciting Silent Auction, a cash Wine Bar, and a free Kindle drawing. Hours for the Winter Wonderful event are from 5:30 to 8:00pm. Tickets are $15 in advance only and limited space is available. Tickets include 3 tokens for your charitable giving, a complimentary Kindle ticket, delightful seasonal foods, holiday entertainment and networking. Charitable donations

will be made to Women’s Resources, AWSOM, the Suzanne Z. Buck Ovarian Cancer Fund, and other worthy organizations. For your tickets, register online with PayPal or credit card at www.poconowomen.com. Vendors may call (570) 620-4399 for more information. December 3 & 4 – Take part in a Victorian Christmas Celebration when an Old Fashioned Christmas Dinner is served on Friday and Saturday at The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park in Hawley. Dinner is an elegant, extravagant affair with hors d’oeuvres and seasonal beverages served by the fire, an elegant dinner and a frivolous holiday dessert table. Enjoy live music of the season along with the Inn’s festive holiday décor, inspired by the Victorianera Arts and Crafts Movement. The interior of the Inn will be adorned with hundreds of yards of live princess pine, wreathes and greens along with several mammoth trees. The Settlers Inn is located at 4 Main Avenue in Hawley, near Lake Wallenpaupack. These dinners fill up quickly, so make your reservations early! Call the Inn at (570) 226-2993 or toll-free 1-800-8338527. www.thesettlersinn.com December 3 & 4 – Join a guide for intriguing tales of reported ghoulish encounters and chilling stories of historic properties along Broadway on a GhostWalk in Old Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe). Led by a costumed storyteller with lantern, the walks are all outside and last about an hour. Hosted by the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, the GhostWalks start in the lobby of the Inn at Jim Thorpe on 24 Broadway and cover a one mile round-trip to the Old Jail. Friday night’s walk starts at 8:00pm, on Saturday night the walk starts at 7:00pm. While not scary, the GhostWalk is not recommended for kids under 7 because they become distracted during some of the longer stories; attentive children are certainly welcome. Although walk-ins are always welcome, space is limited so call (570) 325-2346, 325-2131 or 325-2849 to reserve your places. Tickets are $10 for adults, children 7-12 are $5. Visit the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club’s website at www.jimthorperotary.org or call them for all the haunting details. December 3 thru 5 – Come visit the historic Skytop Lodge in Skytop, PA for their “Holiday Dining &


This Week in the Poconos 11 Decorating” Theme Weekend and get into the holiday spirit! Refresh your skills in the art of merrymaking during a weekend filled with helpful holiday entertaining, cooking, decorating and party-planning demonstrations by Skytop’s knowledgeable staff. It’s the perfect way to get ready for the fast approaching holiday season! For your reservations or more information about this popular Theme Weekend, call Skytop Lodge at 1-800-345-7759 or (570) 595-8980. See photos of the breathtaking mountain estate at their website www.skytop.com. December 3 thru 5 – Celebrate the holidays at Jim Thorpe’s 29th Annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration in an intriguing town full of history and Old-World charm. During this season, the town of Jim Thorpe is magically transformed into an authentic Victorian Christmas village. A Christmas Parade kicks off the action on Friday at 5:30pm, followed by a Tree Lighting Ceremony at Josiah White Park. This year’s features include holiday music from street carolers and musicians, train rides and photos with Santa on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, breakfast with Santa at the elegant Albright Mansion Restaurant, scavenger hunts, greetings from Peef the Christmas Bear downtown at Nature’s Trail, musical performances and special stage shows. The Grand Master Concert Organ will provide a musical backdrop of favorite Christmas tunes at Josiah White Park. Carolers will perform from the balcony of the Inn at Jim Thorpe while visitors stroll through town on the popular Mug Walk, filling their souvenir mugs with hot drinks at the local shops and galleries. The Festival of Trees display and Holiday Craft Fair at the Mauch Chunk Museum is a wonder of style, ornament and light while a special Victorian House tour featuring local bed & breakfasts will provide another opportunity to step back in time. For the complete schedule of town-wide events, visit www.jimthorpeoldetimechristmas.com. You may also call the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce at (570) 325-5810 or visit their website www.jimthorpe.org. December 4 – Today is Opening Day (weather permitting) at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area in Shawnee-onDelaware! Also today, Shawnee

Mountain unveils the Tomahawk Express, Pennsylvania’s Newest High Speed Detachable Quad Lift! Shawnee Mountain is located just off I-80 exit 309 in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Call them at (570) 421-7231 or log on to www.shawneemt.com for a snow report! December 4 – The annual Children’s Christmas Program returns to Eckley Miners’ Village, a restored coal miners “patch town” in the Western Poconos. The children’s program will be held in the Village museum from 1:00 to 4:00pm. Kids will be able to create their own 19th century Christmas ornaments and will be treated to a wagon ride through the historic Village. Noted storyteller Kathy Long will entrance the children with her storytelling skills, and a visit from Saint Nicholas is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face! This festive event is appropriate for children 5 to 12 years old. Admission is $3 adults and $5 for kids and reservations are required. Occurring concurrently with the children’s program will be the Victorian Christmas Fundraiser, from 1:00 to 4:00 in the Sharpe House. Visitors will be charmed by the holiday spirit in the historic Sharpe House, which will be decked out with Christmas trees adorned in traditional Victorian style. A Victorian tea will also be served and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase hand-made ornaments created by Village volunteers. Eckley

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COMING EVENTS (Continued from Page 11) unusual Christmas gift you’ve been looking for, have a lovely lunch by the fireside and pick up some dessert to take home. Trinity Episcopal Church is located on Trinity Hill Road, which runs off of Route 611 just south of Mount Pocono village. For further information, call the church office at 839-9376. December 4 - The annual Community Christmas Party hosted by the Delaware Water Gap Fire Department will be held at the firehouse from noon until 3:00pm. This party for children will include arts & crafts, a visit from Santa Claus, drinks & snacks, and many kid-friendly activities. The party is free and all are welcome! The firehouse is located on Route 611 in the town of Delaware Water Gap, between the Vertellus Chemicals Plant and the Martz Bus Station. For more information, call (570) 424-8589. December 4 – Come join the Pocono Mountain Public Library and the Coolbaugh Township Historical Museum for the “Jinglebaugh” Holiday Festival, their 3rd annual holiday family extravaganza! It will be an afternoon of family-friendly holiday events, music and activities. Both the Library and the Museum are conveniently located at the Coolbaugh Township Municipal Complex on Route 611 (5540 Memorial Blvd.) in Tobyhanna. Jinglebaugh events at the Library include the Holiday Brass Ensemble with Ralph Harrison playing holiday music selections at 2:00pm; Story Hour & Songs with Miss Sue at 2:45, and Visits with Santa at 3:15 with gifts! At the Museum, the Annual Holiday Party begins at 2:00pm (all are welcome); Laura Goss & the Mountain Winds Ensemble will play holiday songs beginning at 2:30, and at 3:40 Santa Visits with gifts. Then at 4:00pm, join Santa outside to Light the Municipal Tree! Make time to visit the historical Tobyhanna Train Station located nearby on Route 423 in Tobyhanna to see the Station beautifully decorated for the holidays. There will be running model train layouts, a “Christmas Village” display, Thomas the Tank Engine and more! The Tobyhanna Train Station is open

on Saturdays & Sundays from noon to 4:00pm. For more information about the Jinglebaugh Holiday Festival in Coolbaugh Township, call the Library at (570) 894-8860. December 4 – Evergreen wreaths smell wonderful and add charm to your winter decorating scheme. Learn how to decorate your own unique wreath with natural materials when you attend Art in Nature: Evergreen Wreaths, being offered from 9:00am until noon at the Lackawanna College Environmental Institute near Moscow. Join Gerry Janus of Vileniki Herb Farm to learn how to decorate your own unique wreath with natural materials. Classes may be conducted indoors and outdoors and all materials will be provided. There is a fee of $15 per person and pre-registration is required. The Lackawanna College Environmental Institute is housed on the beautiful 42-acre Moffat Estate, located on Route 435 just outside of Moscow (across from AJ Chevrolet). For more information or to register, contact the institute at (570) 842-1506 or log on to www.lackawanna.edu/ environmentalinstitute. December 4 – A Country Christmas Bazaar is being hosted by the Willing Workers of Paradise Valley from 10:00am until 2:00pm at Keokee Chapel United Methodist Church in Paradise Valley. There will be many wonderful crafts for holiday gift-giving along with a Bake Sale. Lunch will be served, with your choice of hot dog platter, BBQ platter, homemade soups and apple dumplings. Keokee Chapel is easy to find on Keokee Chapel Lane, off Route 940 in Paradise Valley. Proceeds from the Country Christmas Bazaar will benefit local charities and service organizations. December 4 – The Pike County Chamber of Commerce invites you to come out with the whole family for the Annual Festival of Lights, starting at 5:00pm at the Community House/ Pike County Public Library on 201 Broad Street in Milford. See the Star on The Knob and watch the Christmas Tree Lighting. Christmas music by the Dingman Delaware Choir will get you in the holiday spirit while you enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and donuts. Be there when Santa arrives by fire truck to greet all the children! For more information about the Festival of

Lights, call the Chamber at (570) 2968700. December 4 – Bring your family and friends to Nescopeck State Park for the “Christmas Naturally” Holiday Open House from 12:30 to 3:30pm today. Take part in some festive activities, and create one-of-a-kind tree ornaments and holiday decorations using a variety of natural items such as pinecones and milkweed pods. Learn some eco-friendly ways to have a “green” Christmas that are easy on the budget and good for the environment too! Visitors are welcome to stop by anytime during the three hours and should bring a bag or box if they wish to take any of their creations home with them. The Holiday Open House is free to all ages. Call the Nescopeck State Park office at (570) 403-2006 for more information or log on to the Pennsylvania State Parks website www.visitpaparks.com. December 4 – Safe Haven, an all-volunteer no-kill dog rescue group based in the Poconos’ West End, invites you bring your pets and your kids for “Pet Pictures with Santa Claws” from 10:00am until 2:00pm at Berger’s Agway, Route 209 in Brodheadsville. Doggie and kitty gifts will also be available for purchase. All proceeds from this event will go to care for dogs awaiting their forever homes. To see the pets available for adoption, or to volunteer and foster, visit www.safehavenpa.org or email safehaven@epix.net. December 4 – The Eagle Institute’s 12th annual Volunteer Orientation Program to train volunteers for upcoming winter eagle monitoring and interpretive programs is set to begin at 10:00am at the Lackawaxen Township Building in Lackawaxen. Volunteers will be trained to monitor and collect data on the more than 150 bald eagles that migrate to the region every winter. Volunteers will also learn how to assist the thousands of people who come to view the eagles. Binoculars, spotting scopes, training manuals, data forms, hand warmers and foot warmers are provided by the Institute. Additional volunteers are sought to help with the most popular viewing sites: the Poconos’ Lackawaxen, PA and in nearby Forestburgh, NY. Winter season assignments for volunteers are 3-4 hour shifts on Saturdays


This Week in the Poconos 13 or Sundays for 8-10 weeks, from January through mid-March. All new volunteers must attend the Orientation Program. The training includes a brief classroom session and field visits to the monitoring/viewing sites, so dress warmly! Registration is required for Volunteer Orientation Program. To sign up, call The Eagle Institute at (570) 685-5960 or (845) 557-6162, or email them at eagleinstitute@yahoo.com (preferred). Visit their web page at www.eagleinstitute.org to learn more. December 4 & 5 – Spend a winter evening on the farm when the 20th annual Old Time Christmas Celebration returns to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Turkey Hill Road near Stroudsburg. A visit to Quiet Valley during these special days provides a unique opportunity for people of all ages to get a taste of Christmas as it was celebrated in the 1800’s. Guides dressed in period clothing will lead guests by candlelight through the various buildings and displays on the farm. Hear the voices of the carolers and the soft noises of the animals at the manger. Enjoy storytelling and a visit from Belschnikel. You’ll even find a real, live Barnyard Nativity Scene in the 1850 barn, complete with shepherd and farm animals! Tours of the farm run every 15 minutes from 3:30pm to 7:00pm; last tour goes out at 7:00. Be sure to dress warmly! Free refreshments will be served. The cost to attend Old Time Christmas is $10 adults, $5 kids ages 3 through 12. Old Time Christmas will also be celebrated at Quiet Valley on December 11 & 12. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, a private, non-profit educational organization, is located 3½ miles south of Stroudsburg off of Business Route 209. Just follow the signs from Business Route 209. Call (570) 9926161 or log on to www.quietvalley.org for directions or for more information about the annual Old Time Christmas Celebration. December 4 & 5 – While the other eight reindeer take it easy, Rudolph will be joining his good friend and employer Santa Claus aboard the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions’ “Santa Express” Train Rides in Honesdale! While Santa usually prefers to travel by power of reindeer, he looks forward to his annual diesel-powered jaunts from Honesdale to Hawley and back

aboard the Stourbridge Line. Departure times are at 10:00am and 1:00pm on Saturday & Sunday. On these special rides, Santa and his red-nosed buddy will be meeting everyone on the train, naughty or nice. Pictures can be taken with Santa and Rudolph, holiday singalongs will ring out, and a special gift will be given to all the kids. The train will depart promptly at 10:00am and again at 1:00pm from the train station in Downtown Honesdale (at the Wayne County Visitor Center). Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids 12 & under and reservations are recommended. Make your reservations today by calling (866) 637-2457. For more information, call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce at (570) 253-1960 or log on to www.waynecountycc.com. December 4 & 5 – Bring the kids to Country Junction, “World’s Largest General Store” on Route 209 near Lehighton for Pictures with Santa. Kids should bring their wish lists and visit with Santa for a picture any time from noon to 4:00pm on Saturday & Sunday. Santa pictures are only $5. Mom & Dad, bring your gift lists, too, because Country Junction has the best presents for every member of the family! And don’t miss their ad in this magazine (or print ad online) for the FREE Wine Tasting Coupon and 15% off of a case of twelve bottles! Country Junction is easy to find on Route 209 (6565 Interchange Road) at Forest Inn, near Lehighton. Log on to www.countryjunction.com for directions and more information about the incredible inventory, or call (610) 377-5050. December 4 & 5 – The popular holiday reading of “A Christmas Carol” will again be performed by Joe Plummer and Son at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford. Now in its 29th year, the dramatic reading has been a favorite holiday event at Grey Towers, continuing a tradition of hospitality and community spirit started by Governor Gifford Pinchot and his family when they lived at the mansion. The holiday readings begin at 2:00pm on Saturday & Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.greytowers.org or by calling (570) 296-9625. Managed by the US Forest Service, Grey Towers is the ancestral home of former Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot, who

founded and served as the first chief of the US Forest Service from 1905 to 1910. To find Grey Towers from Route 6 near Milford, turn onto Old Owego Turnpike (near the Apple Valley Shops Complex) and travel about ¼ mile to the entrance on the left. For more information, call Grey Towers at (570) 296-9630 or (570) 296-9625. Log on to the unique websites www.greytowers.org and www.fs.fed.us/gt. December 5 – East Stroudsburg University proudly presents their annual Winter Jazz Concert, to begin at 7:00pm in the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall of the university’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets in East Stroudsburg. The concert will feature the University Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Otis C. French and the University Singers directed by James Maroney. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Fine & Performing Arts Center’s Events Line at (570) 422-3483. You may also log on to East Stroudsburg University’s website at www.esu.edu. December 5 – Explore the beauty of the season when you go along on a free Guided Hike at Nescopeck State Park at 1:30pm. Join park staff for a moderate three-mile hike through forest, past lakes and wetlands, and along the scenic Nescopeck Creek. Look for signs of wildlife such as tracks and scat while enjoying a walk through the park. Participants are reminded to wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Registration is required for the (Continued on Page 14)


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COMING EVENTS (Continued from Page 13) Guided Hike by calling the Nescopeck State Park office at (570) 403-2006. Visit the Pennsylvania State Parks website www.visitpaparks.com. December 5 – Join members of the Pocono Outdoor Club on a Hike to Slateford Farm in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Enjoy a nice 4+ mile hike on the various trails of the Slateford Farm beginning at the Arrow Island parking lot on Route 611, up to the farm and around the farm, then back down to 611. Participants should meet at 9:30am in the Arrow Island parking lot on Route 611, south of Delaware Water Gap. Wear proper footwear and bring water. Contact hike leader Roy Kleinle at (570) 421-8982 for directions and more information. The Pocono Outdoor Club is a friendly hiking group open to all individuals interested in exploring the trails of the Pocono Mountains. To learn more about the club and its outings in the wilds of the Poconos, contact today’s hike leader or check out www.poconooutdoorclub.org. December 5 – Traditional Earth Skills - Winter will be offered from 1:30 to 3:30pm at PPL Corporation’s Martins Creek Environmental Preserve on the shores of the Delaware River in Bangor. This special presentation is the last in a series of four programs is designed to help promote the understanding that every day is Earth Day. How did the Pocono Mountains’ native people live in harmony with the Earth? What can we learn from them as our culture struggles to understand sustainability with the environment? Step back in time with Mike Dennis of Traditional Earth Skills of North America to explore the day-to-day activities of the native Lenape people through the seasons. Historically,

the cold months found people indoors by the fire tending to their upcoming needs, including making extra moccasins from the deer taking during the fall season. During today’s wilderness skills workshop, attendees will be making the Lenape pucker-toe style of moccasin and learning about other regional styles. The program will begin at 1:30 at the Lower Mount Bethel Welcome Center, 7701 Martins Creek-Belvidere Highway in Bangor (adjacent to Riverton Bridge). The cost for materials is $10 per participant payable at the start of the program, and registration is required by December 3. To register for Traditional Earth Skills - Winter, send an email to pplpreserves@pplweb.com or call PPL at (570) 594-9763. You can find directions and more information at the website www.pplpreserves.com. The Martins Creek Environmental Preserve, in conjunction with PPL’s Martins Creek and Lower Mount Bethel Energy power plants, offers 215 acres of woodland and meadows for hiking and exploring. December 5 - The Wayne Choralaires will present their Winter Concert - “Christmas around the World” at the Central United Methodist Church, 11th and Church streets in Honesdale. In the first half of the concert the group will sing sacred and secular songs from Africa, England, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Spain. The second half will feature songs from the United States, including “Mary Had a Baby” and “Winter Wonderland.” Show times are 2:30pm and 7:00pm; the concert lasts about an hour and a half, including intermission. Admission is free, but a free-will offering will be accepted. To find out more, call (570) 253-2782 or (570) 253-2104. December 5 – Bowfire: Holiday Heart Strings goes on stage at 7:00pm at the Sherman Theater on Main Street in Stroudsburg. Head over to the Sherman for a holiday party featuring

the incredible music and dancing of Bowfire! For the first time, Bowfire brings you a special edition of their blockbuster stage show called Holiday Heart Strings. Celebrate the season with some of the world’s greatest violinists and fiddlers performing new arrangements of holiday classics like Sleigh Ride, Twelve Days of Christmas, Silent Night, and Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree. Bowfire has enjoyed several highly-successful tours of North America as a unique show that weaves together many genres and styles of music, including pop, rock, classical, jazz, Celtic, bluegrass, country, and distinctive ethnic styles. They put on an eclectic performance that appeals to all musical tastes. The Sherman Theater is located at 524 Main Street in Downtown Stroudsburg. For tickets or more information, call the Sherman at (570) 420-2808 or buy online at their website www.shermantheater.com. December 5 - The Equinunk Historical Society will hold its annual Holiday Open House from noon to 3:00pm in the quaint village of Equinunk. The Open House will be filled with music and conviviality, and the Calder House Gift Shop will be open for holiday shoppers with reasonably priced items new and old. You are welcome to bring a plate of holiday goodies to share with friends and neighbors. The Society is located in the center of the village of Equinunk, at the junction of the Hancock Highway (Rt. 191) and Pine Mill Road. Call (570) 224-6722 for information or directions. December 6 thru 10 – Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford celebrates the season with their annual Holiday Open House Tours. See all three floors of the 1886 mansion beautifully decorated for the season by the Milford Garden Club on guided tours beginning at 1:00 & 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. It takes weeks of planning and at least two full days of intensive hanging, draping, adorning and arranging to decorate all three floors, staircases and fireplace mantels in the French chateau-esque mansion. Tour fee is $4 per person. Grey Towers is the former home of eminent conservationist and former Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot. Today the US Forest Service, (Continued on Page 52)


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‘ROUND THE MOUNTAIN In Thornhurst, you’ll find a Christmas shop in the true country spirit! The Briar Patch at 239 Pine Grove Road specializes in decorative and useful holiday wares, like folk art, Santas, wooden toys, pottery, potpourri, snowmen, teddy bears, angels, stockings, hand-made ornaments, and tree skirts. Shop for primitive crafts, quilted throws and pillows, and Yankee Candles. Displays feature a collection of antiquity, old sleighs, skis, radios, and pumpkin wagons. The Christmas shop complements Thornhurst Nurseries Christmas Tree Farm. Grown on the premises are White, Norwegian, and Colorado Blue Spruce, as well as Frazier Fir, Concolor Fir, Balsam Fir, and Douglas Fir. Create a holiday memory when you stroll among 5,000+ live trees, and choose the most special one. From Route 940 in Pocono Lake, take Locust Ridge Road to Thornhurst, turn right onto River Road for 2 miles, turn left onto Pine Grove Road. Call (570) 842-8072 or (570) 842-1266 for hours, and see www.briarpatchthornhurst.com. Tannery Depot General Store, at Route 534 and Tannery Road in Lehigh Tannery, purveys fishing tackle, camping equipment, bike rentals for the 25-mile Lehigh Gorge State Park trail, hiking supplies, hunting accessories, firewood, outdoor apparel, breakfast foods, sandwiches, beverages and other fare, and groceries. Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Phone (570) 606-4325, and discover www.tannerydepot.com!

Woehrle’s Bait Shop hellgramites, fat heads, leeches, night crawlers, minnows, red worms, giant mealworms, crickets, wax worms, and more. Gift certificates are available for your favorite angler! Woehrle’s is located off Route 940 at Park Avenue in Mount Pocono. To find out what’s working today, call “The Poconos’ Most Complete Bait Shop” at (570) 839-7338, or visit www.woehrlesbaitshop.com.

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Klocks, Mr. Christmas music boxes, Rhythm Small World clocks, Russian collectibles and nesting dolls, Steiff plush, Steinbach nutcrackers, and Ulbricht nutcrackers. The stylish Chamilia Beads jewelry line features over 650 different sterling silver, 14k gold, and Murano glass beads; create and customize your own bracelet or necklace! New beads are frequently added. Find it all on Route 611 in Tannersville, just north of the traffic light at Route 715. Open daily at 10:00am; call (570) 620-2003, and clock some shopping time at www.switzgifts.com. If you’re looking for fun, you’ll find lots of it at Starting Gate Action Sports on Route 209 in Bushkill. Selling 4 seasons of fun for 40+ years, this well-stocked, shopper’sdream sports center caters to active lifestyles and trend-setting people. Complete lines of equipment by Burton, Salamon, and K2, and tons of cool apparel by Burton, Volcom, O’Neill, Bonfire, and The North Face. Some equipment is also available to rent. The friendly, knowledgeable staff can recommend just the right local venue for your sport

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Pocono Book Exchange is your local source for the published word! Need a great read for leisurely evenings, a story/picture book to lift a child’s spirits, a gift book to commemorate a special occasion, or an informative handbook to guide your next project? Check out the neat shelves of page-turners, from contemporary to venerable, just waiting for you to discover what’s between the covers. Literacy is a life skill, a rewarding pastime, and vocabulary and conversational enhancement for all ages. New and used books are sold at prices for every pocketbook, in a comfortable setting conducive to leisurely browsing. Trades are made at the owners’ discretion, and special orders are available. Open daily at 10:00am; call (570) 355-5757, or drop by the shop on Route 940 in Pocono Lake. Step up to Second Story High End Thrift, located at 756 Business Route 209, across from Eagles Glen Plaza in East Stroudsburg. This discriminating store has the look and feel of a high-end boutique, but the prices will amaze you! To see everything, you’re encouraged to open cabinets and drawers to find what one-ofa-kind treasures await you inside. In addition to the beautiful brand name and designer apparel, you’ll enjoy browsing through the wide array of accessories, shoes, artwork, and décor pieces. Eclectic furniture is tastefully displayed, and sold at thrift prices. Second Story High End Thrift opens at 10:00am Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and on Sunday at 1:00pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Call (570) 420-9948, or just drop in! Have an illuminating experience at American Candle! Candlery,

gifts, and accessories, great for decorating or giving. Browse through an incredible selection, from dinner tapers and wind-proof storm candles to pillar candles and jar candles. Choose from hundreds of candle gift baskets and wedding candles. Catch a candle making demonstration! You’ll find collectibles from Norman Rockwell, Legends, Dept. 56, Lenox, Precious Moments, and more. Now featuring Pandora jewelry, Vera Bradley accessories, gorgeous stained glass, and Snap Shoes! Savor a cup of gourmet coffee or cappuccino from the Gourmet Candy and Kitchen Shop, featuring dips, sauces, and soups. Choose from 250+ barrels of chocolates, bonbons, gummies, and licorice! On Route 611 in Bartonsville, exit 302 off I-80; open daily. Phone (570) 629-3388, or visit www.american-candle.com.

Spaetzle machines to the left and woks to the right; you’re at Cooks Tour! Every type of cookware and kitchen helper can be found here. The names speak for themselves: Cuisinart, Scanpan, Bourgeat, Henckels, Gaggia and Pavoni, Wusthoff, Le Creuset, Zyliss and Mouli. Pepper mills, pasta machines, fondue sets, and quiche pans fill this amazing shop, and the selection of specialty foods will satisfy the choosiest foodie. Gift certificates are available. Personalized service ensures that you’ll find the right ingredient, technique, cookbook, or device. Also a popular cooking school; classes are offered in international, low salt, sugarless, and low cholesterol preparations. Open daily on Route 390 in Mountainhome; call (570) 5950370. Bon appetit! (Continued on Page 18)

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This Week in the Poconos 19 Pocono Tile Works serves the entire 4-county Pocono Mountains region with expert custom tile design and installation. Marble is also a specialty. See genuine examples of their beautiful, quality work at www.poconotileworks.com! Call (570) 460-6439, or email rafal@ poconotileworks.com to schedule an appointment for your free consultation and estimate. Pocono Tile Works is fully insured, reliable, and excellent references are available! An original in the Lake Region, with 2 Gumble Brothers, Inc. locations! Complete home centers with hardware, lumber, and renovation/ remodeling supplies. Newfoundland store is on Route 191, (570) 6763304; and, the Paupack location is on Route 507, (570) 226-4531. Paint, lumber, building supplies, plumbing, and electrical supplies; house wares and home supplies; power and hand tools, sporting goods, spackle, spades, and spigots. Free local delivery. The Newfoundland store is also a complete Rental Center stocked with quality, courtesy, and savings! Scope out www.gumblebrothers.com. Antiques collectors and bargain hunters will love Past Impressions, an exciting vendor co-op in Hamlin offering items from days gone by. Located on Route 191 north of Hamlin Corners, the store’s home is a stunning 1910 Victorian with crystal chandeliers and lots of history. Many vendors are housed at Past Impressions, offering true antiques, home décor, clothing, jewelry, gifts, and beautiful ladies’ designer clothing on consignment! You’ll find genuine antiques, affordable reproductions, furniture, glassware, pictures, antique books, and wrought iron. Perhaps you’re looking for a particular piece of glass to finish a set? There’s plenty to choose from, and the atmosphere is welcoming. Past Impressions is open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

Call (570) 689-4123 and see www.ilovepastimpressions.com. While dining or staying at The Settlers Inn or visiting historic Hawley, drop by The Potting Shed gift shop! The Shed’s merchandise changes seasonally, and is chosen with an eye for quality craftsmanship and environmental friendliness. Each product line is selected as a natural follow-through from the Inn’s commitment to green hospitality practices. You’ll find the perfect gift, or a must-have item for yourself. From interesting jewelry, innovative stationery, and gardening implements to works of pottery influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement, The Potting Shed has something for everyone. Gift certificates are available. Located at 4 Main Avenue in Hawley. Phone (570) 226-2993 or 1-800-833-8527, and see www.thesettlersinn.com.

Watch pottery being made at Holley Ross Pottery! This amazing place, located on Route 191 in La Anna, is a pottery showroom, gift shop, and studio where skilled craftsmen produce fine items offered for sale. Watch the demonstrations Monday through Friday at 11:00am, and shop in the factory showroom for Fiesta Dinnerware, stoneware, mugs, glass, China sets, dolls, planters, and decor. See Holley Ross’ very own “Weeping Gold Pottery,” and candy dishes, colored glassware, candles, bean pots, suncatchers, and highly collectible Polish Pottery. How about a birdbath or a figurine for your yard? After you’ve shopped, enter the woodland park for a comfortable stroll. Walk across a sturdy swinging bridge and into a beautiful forest with sawdust trails, picnic tables, and a scenic 5-acre lake. Open Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sundays 1:00pm to 5:30pm. Call (570) 676-3248, and see www.holleyross.com.

Let Kinsley’s ShopRite Market in Brodheadsville fulfill your food and household shopping needs! In-store bakery, fresh produce, and t F irst Bite ’ S ince 1 an ample selecve a 98 o 5 tion of all your ‘L favorites. The deli counters have everything for making fresh sandwiches and platters, plus ready-made salads and cooked Freshly Baked • Many Flavors • Pastries dishes. Try their Sugar Free/Low Carb • Specialty Cakes • & More! delicious hickory-smoked ham Open Daily 10AM-6PM and bacon. Full service pharmaRt. 611, cy, wide aisles, Swiftwater, PA expansive displays, and plenty Credit Cards of checkout Accepted TAKE counters. Play HOME ONE the PA lottery WIT Seasonal Shipping YOU! H here! On Route 209; hours are Monday through Saturday from www.poconocheesecake.com 7:00am to 11:00pm, and Any Purchase of $20.00 or Sundays from 8:00am to More with This Coupon 10:00pm.

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ENTERTAINMENT Listings are subject to change; contact the venue for the latest information. Refer to the Sports column listings for winter sports areas offering live entertainment.  QUIET VALLEY LIVING HISTORICAL FARM OLD TIME CHRISTMAS, in its 20th season, makes a festive appearance on Saturdays and Sundays, December 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th, from 3:30pm to 7:00pm. Experience Christmas in the 1800s as guides dressed in period clothing lead you by lantern light around the farm, through various buildings and displays. Enjoy the live nativity, Belschnikel, storytelling, caroling, holiday gift shop, and more. Use the display ad for a coupon, and dress warmly. Admission is $10.00/general and $5.00/ages 3 through 12. Group tours are available by reservation. Find it just south of Stroudsburg off Business Route 209; call (570) 992-6161 and visit www.quietvalley.org.  HAWLEY WINTERFEST, in its 12th year, features train rides on the Stourbridge Line from Honesdale, a historic house tour, carols and motets by the Virgin Consort, jazz, ice carving, theatre, and a juried art show. From Friday through Sunday, December 10th through 12th, take festive pleasure in this community celebration! Book signings, antique displays, and demonstrations of flower arranging, holiday card making, cookie decorating, and lace making, as well as winter sports demos by Ski Big Bear, a cookie walk and tea, a living Nativity, choirs, bell ringers, Christmas trees, elves, photos with Santa, and delicious culinary offerings make this a truly wondrous winter festival for all ages and tastes. Call (570) 226-2141, and get into the spirit of the season at www.hawleywinterfest.com.

 PENN THEATRE OF PERFORMING ARTS presents It’s a Wonderful Life in Hazleton’s J.J. Ferrara Center, 212 West Broad Street. George Bailey is a small-town dreamer whose big plans of world travel are dashed when he must take over the suffering family business after the untimely death of his father. All his best-laid plans come to nothing, as the town miser, Mr. Potter, pressures George into handing the Bailey Building and Loan over to him. On Christmas Eve, George plans to take his own life but is foiled by his guardian angel, Clarence Odbody, who gives George a glimpse of what life in Bedford Falls would be like if George had never been born. The ensuing story leads to one of Hollywood’s most-loved finalés! Curtains are 7:00pm on December 9th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th; at 3:00pm on December 12th and 19th; and, at 1:00pm on December 11th and 18th. An all-you-can-eat dinner buffet is available 90 minutes before most performances. Show tickets are $15.00/general; $12.00/ages 62+ and students 12+; $8.00/ages 11 and under. Dinner/show tickets are $28.00/general; $25.00/ages 62+ and students 12+; $18.00/ages 11 and under. Call (570) 454-5451, email tickets@ptpashows.org, and break a leg at www.ptpashows.org.

 FERNWOOD HOTEL & RESORT on Route 209 in Bushkill offers luxury hotel rooms and villas, themed restaurants, a sports pub, a 50’s-style diner, and the Tuscan Grille. Enjoy Karaoke every Friday and Saturday at 9:00pm. Every Wednesday at 6:00pm is Brain Freeze Trivia team trivia game for ages 21+ hosted by Gary “Big Brain” in the Morning. Magicians, illusionists, jugglers, and comedians perform on weekends, and Saturday Night FIND LIVE LOCAL MUSIC Bands take the stage on Saturdays at 10:00pm for ages 21+. Make reservations now for a Slammin’ www.LiveLocalMusicNow.com New Years Eve in

the Astor Room, featuring hors d’oeuvres, raw bar, desserts, Champagne toast, and live entertainment with The Slammin’ Band; ages 21+ only. Pools, fitness area, massage therapist, horseback riding, tennis, 18-hole par 71 golf course, Game Zone, daily activities, a Winter Fun Center, and vacation/weekend packages. Call 1-888-FERNWOOD or (570) 588-9500, and see www.fernwoodhotel.com.  THE CRESCENT LODGE is a delightful year-round resort with a country inn atmosphere, located on Route 191 in Paradise Valley. Enjoy wonderful food, with dinner music every Friday and Saturday by pianist Keith Herrmann. He has performed on the Tonight Show, The Today Show, CBS This Morning and the Golden Globe Awards; hear classical and Broadway at their best! On Sundays, enjoy the blues/jazz piano of Michael Fossa. He has performed with The Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger, among other legends. Check out the delicious Pub Menu. Renowned for a refined atmosphere of leisure and fun; ask about the great lodging packages! Spas, championship golf, skiing, outlet shopping, an adventure park, and a casino with slots and table games are very nearby. Call (570) 595-7486 or 1-800-392-9400; visit www.crescentlodge.com.  THE GEM AND KEYSTONE in Shawnee-on-Delaware hosts live entertainment every Friday and Saturday night, and Jazz/Fusion Jams/ Open Mic Nights on most Thursdays! The popular musicians scheduled to perform include the Brian Dougherty Band, Tom Riccobono, Jimmy Brown, John Curtin, Cush & Scott, and Diane and Willie. Have a happening Happy Hour Monday through Thursday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The Gem and Keystone features ShawneeCraft artisanal ales and lagers, and delicious, farm-totable food; it’s next to The Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort on River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Taste www.GemAndKeystone.com, or call (570) 424-0990.  BARLEY CREEK BREWING COMPANY near Camelback


This Week in the Poconos 21 Mountain Resort in Tannersville presents talented local musicians at frequent special events and on some Friday and Saturday nights. Join a Free Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting any day of the week at 12:30pm or by appointment at this authentic brewpub and restaurant. Barley Creek is open daily from 11:00am, at the intersection of Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road. Great deck and pavilion, kids’ treasure box, and a wiffle ball stadium. Call (570) 629-9399 for the entertainment/event schedule, and sip www.barleycreek.com.  THE SETTLERS INN AT BINGHAM PARK, 4 Main Avenue in Hawley, is an artfully restored, craftsman-style historic hotel. Settlers Inn offers an unparalleled experience, with fine dining, wine pairing, lovely accommodations, Potting Shed Gift Shop, and entertainment events. Get away from it all in a relaxing atmosphere; reservations are suggested. The Settlers Inn is easy to find along Route 6/Main Avenue in Hawley, the heart of the Poconos’ vibrant Lake Region. Four star AAA rating, AAA Top Ten Favorite Historic Hotel, Historic Hotels of America member, and Wine Spectator award-winner. Call (570) 2262993 or 1-800-833-8527, and see www.thesettlersinn.com.  VAN GILDER’S JUBILEE RESTAURANT & PUB IN THE PINES boasts 40+ years of good food, good drinks, and good times at their original location on Route 940 in Pocono Pines! The Jubilee has live entertainment many weekends, a full bar with 15 beers on tap, big screen TVs, pool, darts, and an awesome jukebox. Their famous Wing Nights are on Sundays and Thursdays. Unique and special pasta dishes are featured on Mondays, Steamer Clam Nights are Tuesdays, and Wednesdays are Peel & Eat Shrimp. Visit “the Jube” online at www.breakfastking.com, or call (570) 646-2377.  THE INN AT POCONO MANOR overlooking the beautiful mountains offers top-notch entertainment in the lounge most Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as special themed

events. Featuring a daily Happy Hour, with complimentary hors d’ oeuvres and drink specials from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, and a Light Fare menu from 9:00pm to 12:00am. Check out the exceptional Exchange Restaurant, Laurel Spa, golf, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and special events! It’s time for Magic on the Mountain, a holiday tradition featuring Santa and his reindeer, train and horse-drawn carriage rides, storytelling, and more. The Inn at Pocono Manor is located on Route 314, via Route 940 or Route 611, in Pocono Manor. Call (570) 839-7111x7601 or 1-800-233-8150x7601; see www.poconomanor.com.  THE SHAWNEE INN AND GOLF RESORT in Shawnee-on-Delaware features John Grant, a New YorkPRESENTS...

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December 10 th The Tourist (PG-13) The Tempest (PG-13) The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader(PG) The Company Men (R)

December 17 th Tron: Legacy (PG) Yogi Bear (PG) How Do You Know (R)

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Catch the Geminids Meteor Shower Catch a shooting star when the Geminids Meteor Shower, peaking on Monday and Tuesday, December 13th and 14th, climaxes the year 2010 with its strongest dependable and observable display. Geminid rates are predicted to surpass 60-70 meteors/hour at maximum! Meteor showers are produced when the Earth passes through debris created by a comet. A good show may also be experienced any night from December 4th through 16th. Concurrent activity from Leo and Canis Minor is also notable during the Geminids, considered to be among the most spectacular meteor showers of the year.

Pocono Outdoor Club Hikes The Pocono Outdoor Club is a friendly hiking group open to all who are interested in exploring the trails of the Pocono Mountains. All hikes require sturdy footwear, appropriate apparel, water, and snack. To learn more about the club and its various outings, call a hike leader and check out www.poconooutdoorclub.org! On Sunday, December 5th, join a 4+ mile hike on trails of the Slateford Farm from the Arrow Island parking lot on Route 611, up to and around the farm, and back down to Route 611. Meet at 9:30am in the Arrow Island parking lot on Route 611 south of Delaware Water Gap. Contact hike leader Roy Kleinle at (570) 421-8982 for more information. Meet at 12:00pm at the Glen Onoko parking area in Lehigh Gorge State Park near Jim Thorpe on Sunday, December 12th, for an easy 8 mile hike to Butcher Hollow and back. Take Route 209 south through Jim Thorpe and past the train station. Turn right at the traffic light onto Route 903 North, across the bridge. At the stop sign, continue straight to Coalport Road. Turn left to Glen Onoko for 1.5 miles across the wooden bridge over the Lehigh River; park in area on right. Call Kate Andrew, hike leader, at (570) 236 -6831. You’re invited to hike the Dixon R. Miller Recreation Area, formerly Pohopoco, in the Delaware State Forest on Saturday, December 18th. Meet at 10:00am at the trailhead off Route 115, a mile south of Pocono Raceway. Turn into the entrance road on the west side of Route 115; see the trailhead on the left. You’ll visit the fire tower and hike trails to a small boulder field and a trilithon, about 6 miles total. Hike leaders John and Fran Whipple may be contacted at (570) 350-2977 or (570) 350-2967. Join the annual New Year’s Day Hike to Mount Minsi on the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, January 1st. Meet at 1:00pm in the Lake Lenape parking lot near the Deer Head Inn in Delaware Water Gap for this strenuous hike on rocky, steep terrain. Contact hike leader John Motz at (570) 236-1462.

Holiday Open House, Guided Hike, and Geocaching Programs at Nescopeck State Park Anytime from 12:30pm to 3:30pm on Saturday, December 4th, attend the Christmas Naturally: Holiday Open House at Nescopeck State Park near Drums. Enjoy festive activities and create tree ornaments and holiday decor with pinecones and milkweed pods, or make a birdseed ornament to hang outside. Bring a bag or box to transport your eco-friendly creations home. On Sunday, December 5th, join park staff for a Guided Hike on Nescopeck and Creekside Trails at 1:30pm. This moderate 3-mile hike through beautiful forest, past lakes and wetlands, and along Nescopeck Creek will reveal signs of wildlife such as tracks and scat. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Registration is required. Intro to Geocaching will begin indoors at 1:00pm on Saturday, December 18th, with an introduction to using a GPS unit for geocaching. You’ll then be set free to find geocaches hidden in the park! Bring your own GPS unit if you’re familiar with its operation, or borrow one from the park; registration is required. All 3 programs are free; call (570) 403-2006 to register. Pennsylvania’s state park system, in competition with the best systems in the country, was awarded the 2009 National Gold Medal for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management! For directions and information about them all, see www.visitpaparks.com.


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SPAS & SALONS Le Spa Forêt at The French Manor Inn and Spa, off Route 191, South Sterling. This spa is attuned to the rhythms of nature, as well as the rhythms of the human body! A truly innovative green spa retreat, Le Spa Forêt offers aromachology, body enhancers, a naturally filtered pool and hot tub, fitness center, conference room, relaxation lounges, couples’ massage suite with fireplace, manicures and pedicures, bridal party suite, and luxurious, tranquil décor. For the full menu, treatment guide, and more information about this splendid venue, phone 1-877-720-6095, or visit www.thefrenchmanor.com. The Inn at Jim Thorpe, in picturesque Jim Thorpe. The grand Victorian Inn is a landmark treasure, located in the National Register Historic District, featuring comfortable guest rooms, romantic suites, and relaxing in-house spa services. Quaint shops, antique stores, galleries, opera house, pubs, restaurants, and hiking/biking trails are right at the Inn’s doorstep. Take advantage of great packages such as Ski & Stay, Show & Stay, Shop ‘til You Drop Getaways, Spa Weekends, Romance Packages, Girlfriend Getaways, and more. For information and reservations, call The Inn at Jim Thorpe at 1-800-3292599, and visit www.innjt.net. The Spa at Mountain Laurel at the Mountain Laurel Resort is just off Route 940 in scenic White Haven. The luxurious menu includes a wide variety of massages, sea salt soaks, foot reflexology, vitamin C facials, aroma wraps, body treatments, nail services, hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, tanning, a fitness center, hair salon, and indoor pool. Gift certificates and spa packages are available. Bring in the print or online display ad, or mention This Week in the Poconos when scheduling. Receive 20% off all facials, 10% off all products, and purchase 3 Swedish massages for just $225.00! Call (570) 443-9SPA (9772), and check out www.thespaatmountainlaurel.com. The Laurel Spa at the Inn at Pocono Manor, off Route 314 in Pocono Manor. The Laurel Spa at Pocono Manor is 8,500 sq. ft. of Roman Tuscan design, which creates the perfect setting to nurture your body, mind and

spirit. Designed with their clients in mind, the spa features state-of-the-art equipment to provide an unforgettable experience. The menu of spa services offers massages, facials, wraps, scrubs, nail services, waxing, and Spa Packages. You may also create your own luxurious package. Your spa experience begins in the steam facility; then, relax in a Quiet Room to await your services. Mention This Week in the Poconos when scheduling! Call The Laurel Spa at The Inn at Pocono Manor at (570) 839-0140, and view current specials at www.laurelspaatpoconomanor.com.

Spa Shawnee at Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, River Road in Shawnee-onDelaware. Inspired by the life restoring elements of nature, Spa Shawnee strives to be a sanctuary of restoration for re-energizing the body, mind and soul. Facials and body treatments are inspired by ancient traditions of Eastern and Western cultures, using only the best all-natural, organic products. The 3,200-square-foot facility includes single massage rooms, a couples’ massage room, hydrotherapy room, full salon offering hair, make-up, scalp treatments, waxing, facials, body treatments, and mani/pedi station. Call (570) 4244000 x1438, and see the menu at www.spashawnee.com. The Skyview Spa at Skytop Lodge, off Route 390 in Skytop. Invigorate, stimulate, and rejuvenate! From manicures to massages, Skytop’s spa treatments for men and women will pamper you from head to toe. Serviced by a fully certified staff of professionals, the facilities include 6 treatment rooms,

a Quiet Room with mountain views, a manicure and pedicure room, locker rooms, and bathrooms with showers. Try the Exfoliating Sea Salt Scrub, followed by a velvety Body Butter Wrap. Melt stress away with a Hot Stone Massage, or indulge in a Spa Signature Facial. Fine spa products are available to purchase, and gift certificates are available. Mention This Week in the Poconos when ordering! The Skyview Spa is located on the 5th floor of historic Skytop Lodge. Phone (570) 595-8968, and visit www.skyviewspaatskytoplodge.com. Call Skytop Lodge at (570) 595-7401, and see www.skytop.com.

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The Pocono Mountains of northeast Pennsylvania are a lively place to be, with attractions, displays, amusements, and demonstrations planned just for you! AMERICAN CANDLE on Route 611 in Bartonsville offers something for everyone! Candles are made daily and are created in a full line of scents, colors, shapes, and containers. Catch an illuminating candlemaking demonstration! Featuring name brands including Pandora, Vera Bradley, and Switch Flops, in addition to Norman Rockwell, Dept. 56, Lenox, and Precious Moments. After shopping and browsing through the myriad candles, gifts, food items, and collectibles, drop by the old-fashioned candy store, or refresh with an ice cream sundae or gourmet coffee. Phone (570) 6293388. www.american-candle.com.

BARLEY CREEK BREWING COMPANY at Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road in Tannersville features an award-winning timber frame atmosphere housing the Poconos’ original brewpub. Enjoy soups and salads, pub fare, steaks, seafood, plus a children’s menu, treasure box, and game room. There’s a deck for brews with a view, a pavilion, and a waffle ball stadium. The unique restaurant and nightspot offers traditional favorites and genuine pub fare, handcrafted ales and lagers brewed on-site in an English brew house, live music and special events, and free tours of the brewery and beer tasting daily; see you at The Creek! Phone (570) 6299399. www.barleycreek.com.

General Store!” Follow the in-house street signs toward everything and anything you need to make your house a home. Accents, giftware, antiques, and novelties. Country Junction’s Service Team can install your flooring, windows and doors, gutter, garages, siding, lumber, fencing, and insulation. You’ll find Animal Country Puppies & More, the K9er-Diner, Barn Door Restaurant, a free wildlife exhibit, free petting farm, and a wine cellar with wine tasting! Shop for landscape and garden items too. Fun for everyone; open 7 days. Call (610) 377-5050. www.countryjunction.com.

COUNTRY KETTLE on Business Route 209, Marshalls Creek offers a tempting variety of mouth-watering delights, as well as demonstrations. This factory gift outlet and large shopping destination overflows with knickknacks, wind chimes, collectibles, and gadgets. You’ll find coffees, teas, specialty foods, and chocolates. Taste jams, jellies, gourmet mustards and cheeses, candies, cheese spreads, fudge, apple butter, plus barrels of old-fashioned candies at old-fashioned prices. Country gifts, wicker, and collectibles complete the experience. Great selection, great prices, and a great location, with lodging and other attractions nearby. Phone (570) 421-8970. www.country-kettle.com.

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HOLLEY ROSS POTTERY on Route 191 at LaAnna features free guided tours of the pottery factory, and free demonstrations of pottery and china making. Many lines of pottery, glassware, gifts, sculpture, and more are available to admire and purchase. Shop for Fiesta dinnerware, stoneware, dolls, planters, décor, candles, bean pots, suncatchers, Weeping Gold pottery, and Polish pottery. Find a whimsical figurine or birdbath for your outdoor garden! Check out the cabled bridge, lovely forest with well-maintained sawdust trails, and woodland lake with picnic area. Phone (570) 676-3248. www.holleyross.com. HOUSE OF CANDLES on scenic

COUNTRY JUNCTION at 6565 Interchange Road, Route 209, in Lehighton is “The World’s Largest

once a thriving coal mining patch town with a population of over a thousand! Founded in 1854, it was an anthracite-mining community owned by a series of coal companies. Eckley was abandoned with the advent of strip mining; the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission restored this ghost town to its former condition. Kitchens, bedrooms, personal items, clothing, laundry rooms, social clubs, churches, doctor’s office, and the company store all appear now as they were then. Tours and special events are offered, in addition to a museum. Phone (570) 636-2070. www.eckleyminers.org.

ECKLEY MINERS’ VILLAGE on Route 940 east of Hazleton was

Route 715 between Tannersville and Henryville is “The Oldest Candle Shop in the Poconos!” A factory shopping destination with free candle making


This Week in the Poconos 25 demonstrations Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Order a custom hand-carved candle. Browse 1000s of candles in 100s of scents, plus scented instant wax to make your own. See a 1000 lb. candle, a real 1930 Model A Ford, and enjoy a free farmyard zoo with a miniature horse, Chinese pheasants, peacocks, goats, and a pond with goldfish and koi. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm; closed Sunday. Use the display ad coupon; all customers receive a free gift! Phone (570) 629-1953. www.houseofcandles.com.

HUTTON METALCRAFTS on Route 940 in Pocono Pines is your source for handcrafted copper and brass indoor and outdoor lamps, pewter ornaments, fine pewter ware, copper and brass fountains, fine art painting on glass by Xian, and much more. Remembrances and objects for your home and property are manufactured on-premises. Choose from one-of-a-kind copper trees created by Tom Hutton, handhammered from a slab of solid copper, silver brazed, and heatcolored to produce rich greens on the tops and reddish highlights on the trunks. Phone (570) 646-7778. www.copperlamps.com.

TOBYHANNA TRAIN STATION & MUSEUM on Route 423 in Tobyhanna is hosted by the Pocono Rail Historical Society, and open to the public seasonally and for special events. All ages will love to tour the restored facility with the Station Master (a delightful and knowledgeable fellow!), and learn how it really used to be when the station was a bustling business. Enjoy railroading videos, fascinating running model train layouts, memorabilia, railroad art exhibits, and railroad and train-related souvenirs. Open seasonally and for special events. No admission fee is charged, and parking is free, although donations are graciously accepted. Phone (570) 894-3338.

cheesecake you’ve ever had; it’s love at first bite! Phone (570) 839-6844. www.poconocheesecake.com.

POCONO SNAKE & ANIMAL FARM on Route 209 in Marshalls

POCONO CHEESECAKE FACTORY on Route 611 in Swiftwater is a truly sweet and fragrant factory, where you can see multitudes of fresh, genuine cheesecakes being made on the premises every day; it’s the real, delicious, deal. Purchase a slice, a half, or a whole cake, with so many varieties of flavors and toppings to choose from in addition to traditional favorites. Specials orders are welcome, and special seasonal and holiday-themed cheesecake creations are featured as well. This is the best

Creek is more fun than a zoo. Feed deer, goats, and pot-bellied pigs, monkeys, and alligators. Pet many animals too, view the great reptile collection, and shop for souvenirs and gifts. Fennec foxes, sloths, lemurs, bobcats, servals, bats, chinchillas, a leopard, porcupine, tamarin, bear, wolves, and a mountain lion are here. See a 14-foot cobra, a 100year-old turtle, mamba, crocs, vipers, and rattlers. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Phone (570) 223-8653. www.poconosnakeandanimalfarm.com.

STEAMTOWN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE at 150 South Washington Avenue in nearby Scranton is the only National Park site devoted to steam railroading. Enjoy locomotive and railroad equipment displays, as well as an impressive,

fascinating museum. Regular and special train excursions are offered throughout the year, departing from the boarding platform and rolling past historic buildings, through tunnels, along mountain streams, and amidst beautiful woodlands. Take exit 185 off I-81 (Central Scranton Expressway) and follow signs to the entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff avenues. Phone 1-800-22-WELCOME x5. www.visitnepa.org.

TANNERY DEPOT GENERAL STORE, at Route 534 and Tannery Road in Lehigh Tannery, purveys fishing tackle, camping equipment, bike rentals for the 25-mile Lehigh Gorge State Park trail, hiking supplies, hunting accessories, firewood, outdoor apparel, breakfast foods, sandwiches, beverages and other fare, and groceries. Open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Phone (570) 606-4325. www.tannerydepot.com.


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Holiday Sale at Past Impressions Past Impressions is an exciting, 2,200-square-foot vendor co-op on Route 191, just north of Hamlin Corners in Hamlin. Housed in a stunning 1910 Victorian with crystal chandeliers and lots of history, this shopping destination is known for distinctive, one-of-a-kind finds. From now through Saturday, January 1st, a not-to-be-missed Holiday Sale features free weekend hot cider and cookies, plus 20% to 50% off most Christmas and gift items! Discover treasures like genuine antiques, books, designer clothing on consignment, accessories galore, and new, vintage, and handmade jewelry, as well as reproductions, furniture, glassware, art, photographs, and wrought iron pieces. The fascinating inventory is always changing! Hours are Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Call (570) 689-4123, and be impressed by the past at www.ilovepastimpressions.com.

New at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area Pennsylvaniaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest high-speed detachable quad lift is the center of attention at Shawnee Mountain, as the ski area invested over $5 million in capital improvements for the 2010-11 winter sports season. If weather permits, Opening Day is planned for Saturday, December 4th! The Tomahawk Express Quad, manufactured by Doppelmayer CTEC USA, is centrally located along the Tomahawk trail, replacing a fixed grip quad lift relocated to the Arrowhead trail. The new Tomahawk Express will whisk skiers and riders 3100â&#x20AC;&#x2122; to the summit in just 3 minutes! Despite its high speed, the new detachable quad has a slow load/unload speed. Each of the detachable 4 person chairs has rear slanting seats. The Tomahawk Express Quad can transport 2,400 skiers/riders per hour. In addition to the new Tomahawk Quad, major improvements at Shawnee Mountain include extensive exterior and interior Summit Lodge renovations, additional automated snowmaking, and a new family locker room with 150+ new electronic Go Pod Lockers in 2 different sizes! Shawnee Mountain offers special events, entertainment, rentals, half pipe area, snowboarding park, snow tubing, and ski schools and clinics for all abilities. Find it just off I-80 exit 309 in beautiful Shawnee-on-Delaware; call (570) 4217231, and check out www.shawneemt.com.

The Inn at Pocono Manor hosts

Magical Fireside Christmas

Let the magic and spirit of Christmas cheer you as The Inn at Pocono Manor presents an interactive Magical Fireside Christmas on weekends through Sunday, December 26th! Awaken your senses with the aroma of roasting marshmallows, the warmth of a bonfire, and the spectacular display of lights and decor adorning the grounds. Enjoy live animal displays, train and horse drawn carriage rides, storytelling, and a chat and photo with the one-and-only Old World Santa! Magical Fireside Christmas hours are Fridays from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, Saturdays from 12:00pm to 8:00pm, and Sundays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is $5.00/pp which includes some activities; optional activity tickets are available to purchase. Donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted each day. The Inn at Pocono Manor is a 3000-acre destination resort just off Route 314 in Pocono Manor, via Route 940 or Route 611. Call (570) 839-7111 or 1-800-233-8150, and feel the magic at www.poconomanor.com.


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Winter Wines by the Lake Benefit Event The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce (PLRCC) announces a wonderful benefit event, Winter Wines by the Lake, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm on Friday, December 10th. Warm up to a crackling fire inside the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center on Route 6 in Hawley, amidst candlelight and festive sounds of the season, while sampling delicious wines produced by local wineries. Tasty hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres will be served, holiday baskets will be raffled, and seasonal items from specialty vendors will be offered. The cost, which includes a commemorative wine glass, is $15.00/pp in advance or $20.00/pp at the door. Co-hosted by American Legion Post 807, a portion of proceeds will benefit the Pennsylvania Home for Homeless Veterans. Tickets are available through the PLRCC and Honesdale National Bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lake Wallenpaupack branch. This event is open only to adults 21 years of age and older. Call (570) 226-3191, email visit@lakeregioncc.com, and visit www.lakeregioncc.com.

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The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park Victorian Christmas takes place on Friday and Saturday, December 3rd and 4th. Halls are decked with boughs and more, seasonal music fills the air, and dinner is a fa-la-la affair including Mulled Cider, Champagne Punch, Amish Cheddar and Apple Butter Board, Wild Mushroom and Walnut Spread with Garlic Toasts, Pumpkin Soup with Maple Ginger Drizzle, Salad of Organic Greens, Forks Farm Pan Roast Chicken Breast, Pan Seared Diver Scallops, Grilled Berkshire Pork Tenderloin, Tonjes Farm Herb Rubbed Veal Roast, Beef Two Ways, and a frivolous holiday dessert table.

A Beautifully restored Craftsman lodge

Welcoming ladies and gents to the Lake Wallenpaupack region since 1927, the Inn features English Arts and Crafts-inspired dĂŠcor, guest rooms and suites with whirlpools and fireplaces, a remarkable wine selection, and farmto-table menus of quality fare. The Undercroft Room accommodates groups comfortably, and live entertainment is offered on occasion. The Inn holds the AAA 4-diamond rating, and is a Wine Spectator award-winner and Historic Hotels of AmericaÂŽ member. The Potting Shed carries beautiful gifts, stocking stuffers, and special items for the home and garden! Find it all at 4 Main Avenue in Hawley. Call (570) 226-2993 or 1-800833-8527 for reservations, and see www.thesettlersinn.com.

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Children’s Program & Victorian Fundraiser at Eckley Miners’ Village Settled in 1854, Eckley Miners’ Village is a restored company mining town, or patch town. The living history site preserves a way of life which dominated the anthracite coal region for more than 150 years. An annual Children’s Program will be held in the Village museum from 1:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday, December 4th. Children will make their own Christmas ornaments, and be treated to a wagon ride through the Village! With an entrancing storyteller and a visit from jolly Saint Nicholas, the festivities present aspects of the Village’s diverse ethnic heritage, and are designed for ages 5 through 12. Admission is $3.00/adults and $5.00/children; reservations are required. A Victorian Christmas Fundraiser will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm as well. Be charmed by the fullness of the holiday spirit in the historic Sharpe House, decked out with Christmas trees adorned in traditional Victorian style. A Victorian tea will be served, and you may purchase ornaments created by Village volunteers; proceeds benefit Eckley Miners’ Village. Eckley, PA is on Highland Road, near Freeland, 3 miles off Route 940. Eckley Miners’ Village is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and supported by the Eckley Miners’ Village Associates. Call (570) 636-2070, and visit www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com.

Festival of Trees returns to Scranton From Friday, December 10th through Friday, December 31st, a wondrous Festival of Trees returns to the Electric City Trolley Station & Museum, 300 Cliff Street in Scranton. Enliven your holiday spirit as you enjoy over 50 Christmas trees, splendidly decorated for the holidays by a variety of local groups and organizations. Benefiting Toys for Tots, the spectacular display is open during regular museum hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days/week. For directions and details, call the Electric City Trolley Museum at (570) 963-6590. For information about Scranton for the holidays, call the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-22-WELCOME ext. 5, and discover www.visitnepa.org.

Northeast Ballet Ensemble presents

The Nutcracker Ballet Northeast Ballet Ensemble is dedicated to the art of movement and community enrichment through dance. Local performances of The Nutcracker Ballet 2010 are scheduled at Shawnee Playhouse in Shawnee-on-Delaware on December 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, and 26th; and, at Notre Dame High School in East Stroudsburg on December 18th and 19th. Diane Verdi, Director, studied ballet and modern dance and was a soloist with the Garden State Ballet Company and the Morse Donaldson Modern Dance Company. She has taught for 40 years, guiding some students to become professional dancers. Her studio features an eclectic repertoire of classical ballet, and modern, ethnic, and lyrical dance, and offers ongoing auditions as well as performances throughout the year. Find it at 554 Main Street in Stroudsburg, and pirouette to www.northeastballetensemble.com!


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museums, galleries and antiquity ARTSPACE GALLERY, 18 North 7th Street, downtown Stroudsburg. A gallery of the Pocono Arts Council, the arts leadership, service, and educational organization serving the entire 4-county Pocono Mountains region with the mission Culture Builds Community. Hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm; Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Shows, displays, special events, and exhibits. Call (570) 476-4460, and view www.artspacegallery.net. THE BRIAR PATCH is a Christmas shop and gallery at 239 Pine Grove Road in Thornhurst. You’ll find primitive crafts, folk art, Santas, wooden toys, pottery, potpourri, snowmen, teddy bears, angels, ornaments, wreaths, candles, and antique sleighs, skis, radios, and pumpkin wagons. The Briar Patch is home to Thornhurst Nurseries Christmas Tree Farm; choose and cut your own tree! From Route 940 in Pocono Lake, take Locust Ridge Road 5 miles to Thornhurst; turn right onto River Road for 2 miles; turn left onto Pine Grove Road. Hours through Christmas Eve are Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Call (570) 842-8072 or (570) 842-1266; visit www.briarpatchthornhurst.com. CARBON COUNTY WELCOME CENTER, 2 Lehigh Avenue, Jim Thorpe. Exhibits include coal mining, canal shipping, rail transportation, Delaware and Lehigh Corridor, hiking, biking, skiing, museum tours, train rides, shopping, restaurants, and accommodations. Hours are 9:30am until 5:30pm daily. Call (570) 3253673 or 1-888-JIM-THORPE, and visit www.JimThorpe.org. COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MUSEUM, located in the Township Complex at 5550 Memorial Boulevard (Route 611) in Tobyhanna. Exhibits include ice

harvesting displays, the military, an extensive photo collection, and historic artifacts. Special programs, displays, speakers, and events; meetings monthly. Admission is free, donations are appreciated, and hours are by appointment. Phone (570) 894-4207 or (570) 839-7306; visit www.coolbaughtwp.org. EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY Madelon Powers Art Gallery, Fine and Performing Arts Center. Open Monday through Thursday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm during university sessions. Learn more at www.esu.edu. ECKLEY MINERS’ VILLAGE, 10 miles east of Hazleton on Highland

Road, 3 miles off Route 940. Re-live history at this coal miners’ patch town. Founded in 1854, Eckley was an anthracite-mining community for 115 years. Owned by a series of coal companies, the houses were never sold to the occupants. In 1971, the village became a museum with over 200 residents; today, just 18 residents remain. Museum, miners’ homes, churches, company store, and doctor’s office. Open year ‘round; administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Guided walking tours, staff and weather permitting. Call (570) 636-2070, and see www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com. (Continued on Page 30)

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(Continued from Page 29) THE GLASS HAT, Route 191, ½ mile south of Hamlin Corners. Two floors filled with elegant glassware, antique oak and country furniture, estate jewelry, pottery, Depression glass, and general antiques and collectibles. Teacups and saucers, teapots, and lots of interesting tea things. A Christmas room, and a section of old kitchenware. Member of the Wayne, Pike, Sullivan Antique Dealers Association (WPSADA) and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Glass Appreciation Club. Free 2011 calendar with purchase! Open daily, weather permitting. Call (570) 6894060, visit www.wpsada.com, or email tkobo@echoes.net. HAWLEY ANTIQUE CENTER & COUNTRY COTTAGE in Hawley has everything for your country home! Carrying Donna Sharp quilted handbags, unique jewelry, country home décor, and quality gifts. Antiques and old books too! Located at 318 Main Avenue in historic downtown. Open daily. Phone for hours at (570) 226-8990. MISS ELLY’S ANTIQUES & SUCH is a friendly multi-dealer shop housed in an 1870 Victorian at 518 Church Street, off Main Avenue in Hawley. Discover affordable treasures from smalls to furniture, glass, pottery, paintings and prints, vintage clothing and textiles, and primitives. Imported gourmet and specialty foods include British marmalades, buttery Scottish shortbreads, and other goodies. The Gothic Revival building is a mustsee with its center gable, tin roof complete with original “snowbirds,” flattened arch-effect windows, and full-length one-story porch with decorative brackets. Still boasting lovely old glass in her 7-light transom and 5 sidelights! Open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm, and by appointment. Call (570) 226-7513, and visit www.missellysantiques.com. OLD MAUCH CHUNK LANDING, Route 209 in Jim Thorpe. A former New Jersey Central Railroad Station, built in 1888 to serve the booming passenger trade. Now a hub for

special events, exhibits, and rail excursions. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore industrial heritage exhibits from 9:30am until 5:30pm daily. Call (570) 325-3673, or (570) 421-5791. PAST IMPRESSIONS is a vendor co-op located on Route 191 just north of Hamlin Corners. The store’s home is a stunning 1910 Victorian with crystal chandeliers and lots of history. Vendors offer true antiques, old and new home décor, clothing, jewelry, purses, books, and gifts, and ladies’ and children’s clothing on consignment! You’ll find affordable reproductions, furniture, glassware, pictures, and wrought iron pieces. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am until 5:00pm, and Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Most Christmas and gift items are 20%-50% off, now through January 1st! Call (570) 689-4123 and be impressed by www.ilovepastimpressions.com. PENNSYLVANIA SKI & WINTER SPORTS MUSEUM & HALL OF FAME, at Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville (I-80 exit 299). See the evolution of skis, bindings, and related equipment during the 20th century. Also highlighted are skates and sleds, clothing, historic photos, biographies, and posters. The Museum, dedicated to preserving the history of winter sports in Pennsylvania, is open to the public and free of charge. Call Camelback at (570) 629-1661; see www.skicamelback.com and www.paskimuseum.org. POCONO BOOK EXCHANGE, Route 940 in Pocono Lake. Great books make great gifts! A good mystery enhances wintry evenings, a story/picture book will brighten any child’s day, and informative handbooks guide successful projects. You’ll find plenty of gift-worthy pageturners, in a leisurely setting, just waiting for you to discover what’s between the covers! New and used books are sold at prices for every pocketbook, trades are made at the owners’ discretion, and special orders are available. Open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 7:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 6:00pm, and

Sunday 10:00am to 4:00pm; call (570) 355-5757. POCONO INDIAN MUSEUM, Route 209, Bushkill. Living history, ancient artifacts, and crafts of the Delaware Indians residing in the Delaware River region of Monroe and Pike counties. Receive 1 free tour admission with 1 paid adult tour admission! See the display ad for the coupon. Nice gift shop; gift certificates available. Open daily, excluding Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving. Adjacent to Starting Gate Action Sports! Phone (570) 588-9338, and visit www.poconoindianmuseum.com. RESICA FALLS SCOUT RESERVATION, Route 402, 6 miles north of Marshalls Creek. Indian museum housing fabled Cornell Faucett and Andrew Lewis Indian Artifacts Exhibits, Scout handcrafts, and local postcards. Free. Phone (570) 223-8312. Open weekends or by appointment. STEAMTOWN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, 150 S. Washington Ave., Scranton. The only National Park site devoted to steam railroading. Locomotive and railroad equipment displays, museum, and train rides! Open 9:00am to 5:00pm daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Exit 185 off I-81 (Central Scranton Expressway), past the Mall at Steamtown; entrance at Lackawanna Ave. & Cliff Ave. Phone (570) 340-5200 or 1-888-693-9391, and see www.nps.gov/stea. STROUD MANSION & LIBRARY, 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg. Built by Jacob Stroud in 1795, housing Monroe County artifacts and exhibits. Elizabeth D. Walters Library has extensive genealogical materials. Hosted by the Monroe County Historical Association. Museum, library, and gift shop are open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00am to 4:00pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month from 10:00am until 4:00pm. Guided tours are at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Admission. Phone (570) 421-7703, and see www.monroehistorical.org. TEETERS’ FURNITURE, Main Avenue, Hawley. Established in 1849, the Teeters have built a reputation for fine furniture displayed in a gallery atmosphere; bedding and carpeting


This Week in the Poconos 31 too! Open Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 5:30pm; Friday, 8:30am to 8:00pm; Saturday, 8:30am to 5:00pm; and Sunday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm. Phone (570) 226-3112, or visit www.teetersfurniture.com. THEO B. PRICE INC. COUNTRY STORE, Route 390 in Cresco. Mickey and Maryann Miller keep handicrafts, distinctive gifts, seasonings, animal feed, folk art, hardware, and building materials. Shop for Green Mountain Coffees, Vera Bradley Bags, Byersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Choice collectibles, Burtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bees, Grafton Village Cheeses, and hardware/lumber. Browse the artwork displayed in the Sprag Mill Art Gallery. Open from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday. Call (570) 595-2501, and visit www.theobprice.com. TOBYHANNA TRAIN STATION & MUSEUM, Route 423 in Tobyhanna. Hosted by the Pocono Rail Historical Society, and open seasonally and for special events. Park free, tour the restored facility, and see how it was when the station was bustling. Rail videos, running model train layouts, memorabilia, Railroad Art Exhibit,

and souvenirs. No admission fee; donations accepted. Call (570) 8943338 for schedule. WALLENPAUPACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 3 locations, Lake Wallenpaupack. Historical Society located at the Williams House, 103 Manor Woods Court in Paupack off Route 507 north of I-84. Open by appointment only. Includes tools, guns, weaving implements, artifacts, and an old sleigh. The Palmyra Township Building just off Gumbletown Road displays wallpaper tools, early woodworking tools, and bells from one-room schools. Open 8:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Thursday. PPLâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center off Route 6 near the dam in Wilsonville houses Ray LaTournouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dorflinger glass collection, glass blowing tools, samples, and artifacts. View Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Call (570) 226-8980, or visit www.wallenpaupackhistorical.org. WAYNE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM RESTORED JASON TORREY LAND OFFICE BUILDING, 810 Main Street,

Honesdale. The old Delaware and Hudson Canal Company office, a National Historic Landmark, houses Americana exhibits including a library with climate-controlled storage of priceless collections of artifacts and documents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wayne County Experienceâ&#x20AC;? exhibit, Honesdale glass, quilt and photo displays, Native American artifacts, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Movinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Energyâ&#x20AC;? display. Open through December. Call (570) 253-3240, and see www.waynehistorypa.org.

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ATV RENTALS The Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 in Pocono Manor via Route 611 or Route 940. ATV rentals are offered to the public. Call the resort at (570) 839-7111 for operating hours, and check out www.poconomanor.com. BAIT & TACKLE Tannery Depot General Store, Route 534 and Tannery Road, Lehigh Tannery. Offering fishing

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red worms, giant mealworms, wax worms, crickets, hellgramites, and more! Celebrating 30+ years in business, this very complete bait shop is open every day, all year. Call (570) 839-7338 and see www.woehrlesbaitshop.com. BATTING CAGES Delaware River Discovery Center (DRDC), I-80 exit 310 to River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware, across from Smithfield Elementary. Explore the Delaware River and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area via canoe, raft, or kayak. DRDC also has mountain bike rentals and batting cages. Call 1-877-DRDC-FUN (373-2386) and visit www.DRDcenter.com. BIKE RENTALS Tannery Depot General Store, Route 534 and Tannery Road, Lehigh Tannery. Offering bike rentals for a 25-mile trail through Lehigh Gorge State Park, as well as camping equipment, fishing tackle, hiking supplies, hunting accessories, sandwiches, and groceries. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm. Call (570) 606-4325 and see www.tannerydepot.com. BOWLING Split Rock Resort, One Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. 8-lane bowling center in the resort’s beautiful Galleria is open the public, 11:00am to 11:00pm. Newly resurfaced lanes and digital scoring! Call (570) 722-9111 ext. 504, or see www.splitrockresort.com.


This Week in the Poconos 35 CAMPING Adventure Sports, Route 209, Marshalls Creek (2 miles north of I-80 off exit 309). Take an overnight canoe camping trip in the wild and beautiful Delaware Water Gap Natural Recreation Area! Call (570) 223-0505 or 1800-487-2628. See the display ad for a special offer, and visit www.adventuresport.com. Kittatinny Canoes, on the Delaware River. This canoe and raft center offers scenic riverside camping trips in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Float down the Delaware River to your campsite and get away from it all! Call 1-800-FLOAT-KC or (570) 296-

5890 for your reservations, see the display ad coupon, and visit www.kittatinny.com. Pocono Whitewater & Skirmish, Route 903 near Jim Thorpe. Bringing you full-day and ½-day adventures through the scenic Lehigh River Gorge. Family-style calm water float trips, wild whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, Skirmish paintball, and more! Call 1-800-WHITEWATER or (570) 3259226 for reservations, and see www.poconowhitewater.com. River Beach Campsites on the Delaware River, Route 209, 3 miles north of Milford. Tent and RV campsites; activities include canoeing, rafting, tubing, kayaking, and more. Call (570) 296-5890 or 1-800-FLOAT-KC, and visit www.kittatinny.com. Whitewater Challengers, on the Lehigh River near White Haven. Mountain bike rentals are available, with shuttle service to great trails along the Lehigh River. For your reservations, call the Adventure Center at 1-800-

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443-8554 or (570) 443-9532. See www.whitewaterchallengers.com. CANOES & KAYAKS Kittatinny Canoes, at their Milford location. This canoe and raft center also offers new and used canoes, kayaks, and watersports accessories. Dealers of Old Town Canoe, Dagger, and Perception! Located off the Route 209 Matamoras exit, 3 miles north of Milford. Call 1-800-FLOATKC or (570) 296-5890, and see www.kittatinny.com. CLIMBING The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge, Route 390 and Dutch Hill (Continued on Page 36)


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Road, Skytop. Try the outdoor 30 foot climbing wall. Climb 8 different stations, from beginner to very advanced. The wall has been custom built and features a real rock look and feel, as well as over 300 moveable handholds. Climbing classes are available. Day use fee. Weight up to 310 pounds. Top rope belaying. Call (570) 5958988 for more information and see www.skytop.com. CBK Mountain Adventures, at Camelback Mountain Resort on Camelback Road in Tannersville. Ropes Courses, Disc Golf, Mountain Segways, Euro Bungy, Climbing Wall, and Zip Lines. Call (570) 629-1661 x1123 for reservations, and see www.cbkmountainadventures.com.

FLY FISHING INSTRUCTION The Orvis Shop at Skytop Lodge, Route 390, Skytop. Instruction for the novice fly fisherman covering casting, entomology, wading, knot tying, etc. in the classroom and on the water. Equipment provided. Also offering private lessons and a local guide service. Waters on property open to the public for a fee for fly fishing only. Call (570) 595-8929 or (570) 595-7401 to schedule, and see www.skytop.com.

EURO BUNGY CBK Mountain Adventures, at Camelback Mountain Resort on Camelback Road in Tannersville. Ropes Courses, Disc Golf, Mountain Segways, Euro Bungy, Climbing Wall, and Zip Lines. Call (570) 629-1661

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The Rod & Gun Club at The Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 in Pocono Manor via Route 611 or Route 940. The Manor Sports Club offers lessons for the beginner to experienced angler, both classroom and streamside. “Cast & Stay” Packages are available. The Inn’s 2.5 miles of scenic, remote flyfishing are open to the public for a fee. Call (570) 839-3908 or email poconosports@poconomanor.com to schedule; see www.poconomanor.com. GEOCACHING The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge, Route 390 and Dutch Hill Road, Skytop. The 30-minute class Geocaching and GPS Basics will teach you the essentials you need to find a Skytop geocode using their state of the art Global Positioning System units. Upon completion of the class, you can rent the GPS unit to locate the caches of your choosing. Class size is limited; registration is suggested. Minimum age is 13 without a parent/guardian. Call (570) 595-8988 and see www.skytop.com. HORSEBACK RIDING Fernwood Hotel & Resort, Route 209 in Bushkill. Year-round horseback riding is available on the beautiful grounds of the resort. Call 1-888-FERNWOOD and visit www.fernwoodhotel.com.


This Week in the Poconos 37 The Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 in Pocono Manor via Route 940 or Route 611. Enjoy renovated stables and expanded services! Year ‘round horseback riding on miles of gorgeous, scenic trails. Also offering horse-drawn hay rides and sleigh rides in season. Call the stable at (570) 839-6237, or email stables@poconomanor.com; visit www.poconomanor.com.

Fernwood Hotel & Resort/Pocono Segway Tours, Route 209 in Bushkill. Guided segway tours every day except Wednesday, for ages 13+, amidst the 440-acre, 4-season resort. No experience required; top speed is 12 mph. Open to the public and resort guests. Reservations recommended; call 1-888-segway9 or 1-888-337-6966, and visit www.fernwoodhotel.com.

KART RACING S & S Speedways Indoor Go-Karts, Business Route 209 in Snydersville. High-powered indoor go-karts with slick tires are the closest you’ll come to real track racing! The go-karts are a single person ride and you must be at least 54” tall to drive. Video arcade and snack bar mean fun for the whole family. Hours are Thursday and Friday 5:00pm10:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm10:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm-7:00pm, and Monday through Wednesday 12:00pm-5:00. Call ahead for other times. Bring the display ad for a Free Race! Call (570) 420-5500 and visit www.ssspeedways.com.

PAINTBALL The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge, Route 390 and Dutch Hill Road, Skytop. Come play paintball on five new fields. Play a combination of games in and out of the woods including speedball. Equipment is available. Outside paint not permitted; all paintballs must be purchased at the Adventure Center. Minimum age 10 with waiver signed by guardian. Improve your skills at the paintball shooting gallery, with no age restriction. Call (570) 595-8988 and see www.skytop.com.

MOUNTAIN SEGWAYS CBK Mountain Adventures, at Camelback Mountain Resort on Camelback Road in Tannersville. Ropes Courses, Disc Golf, Mountain Segways, Euro Bungy, Climbing Wall, and Zip Lines. Call (570) 629-1661 x1123 for reservations, and see www.cbkmountainadventures.com.

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the public with equipment rentals available. Try the Paddle and Battle special: go canoeing, kayaking or rafting with your friends one day, and play paintball the next! Camping on premises. Call 1-800FLOAT-KC or (570) 296-5890; see www.kittatinny.com. Pocono Whitewater & Skirmish, Route 903 near Jim Thorpe. Skirmish paintball open daily, all year, with 50+ award-winning fields! Ages 10+ only. Also bringing you full-day and ½-day adventures through the scenic Lehigh River Gorge; family-style calm water float trips, wild whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, camping, and more! Call 1-800WHITEWATER or (570) 3259226 for reservations, and see www.poconowhitewater.com. SKI AREAS Big Boulder Ski Area, Lake Harmony Road in Lake Harmony; use I-80 exit 284, then follow Route 115 to Route 903 to Lake Harmony Road. Fourteen trails serviced by 7 lifts and 100% snowmaking,

with night skiing, ski rentals, ski school, snowboard park, and snow tubing. Call (570) 722-0100. Visit www.jfbb.com. Camelback Ski Area, 3 & ½ miles from I-80 exit 299 in Tannersville. With 33 trails and 13 lifts, including high-speed detachable quads and a magic carpet. 100% snowmaking, 100% night skiing, 4 lodges, 2 rental shops, ski school, 2 terrain parks and halfpipe. Dining and slopeside accommodations are available. Call (570) 629-1661 or go to www.skicamelback.com. Jack Frost Mountain Ski Area, just off Route 940 west of Blakeslee Corners and east of the I-476 interchange. With 21 trails and 7 lifts with 100% snowmaking, rentals, halfpipe and terrain park, ski shop, ski school, racing clinics and complete facilities. Call (570) 443-8425 and see www.jfbb.com. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Follow signs on Route 209 via I-80 exit 309. Day or night skiing on 23 slopes and trails serviced by nine lifts and 100% snowmaking. Rentals are available. Riders welcome in the halfpipe area and snowboard park. Super Park & Pipe, too! Ski schools and clinics available for all abilities. Phone (570) 421-7231 or visit www.shawneemt.com.

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Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain on the scenic Upper Delaware River, 4 miles off Route 590 in Lackawaxen. Eighteen trails all covered by extensive snowmaking, with 650’ of vertical drop for long runs. Skiers and snowboarders have fun in the Terrain Park. Open for night skiing most nights. Rentals and lessons are available. To find out more about this semi-private family facility, call (570) 685-1400 or see www.ski-bigbear.com. Closed Tuesdays (except holiday periods). SNOWTUBING Big Boulder Ski Area, Lake Harmony Road in Lake Harmony; use I-80 exit 284, then follow Route 115 to Route 903 to Lake Harmony Road. Fourteen trails serviced by 7 lifts and 100% snowmaking, with night skiing, ski rentals, ski school, snowboard park, and snow tubing. Call (570) 722-0100. Visit www.jfbb.com. Camelback Ski Area, I-80 exit 299 in Tannersville. Expanded snowtubing park features 10 runs and 4 tows, along with a powerful snowmaking system for a great ride. Single tubes and family tubes, and night tubing. Call (570) 629-1661 or go to www.skicamelback.com. Fernwood Hotel & Resort, Route 209 in Bushkill, weather permitting. Fernwood’s Winter Fun Center has 7 tubing chutes and offers single & family tubes, plus a Children’s Tubing Center! Kids must be at least 42” tall. Snowtubing is open Thursday through Monday, with 2hour day sessions on weekends & holidays and 4-hour night sessions Thursday through Monday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Call 1-888-FERNWOOD; www.fernwoodhotel.com. Jack Frost Mountain Ski Area, just off Route 940 west of Blakeslee Corners and east of the I-476 interchange. With 21 trails and 7 lifts with 100% snowmaking, rentals, halfpipe and terrain park, ski shop, ski school, racing clinics,


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Starting Gate Action Sports, Route 209 in Marshalls Creek. Renting XC skis for use at your location. Call (570) 223-6215 or go to w w w . startinggateonline. com. SNOWSHOEING Skytop Lodge, off Route 390 in Skytop. Snowshoeing through the beautiful wooded grounds is offered to guests of the resort. Snowshoe rentals are available. Phone (570) 595-7401 or 1-800-3457759 and see www.skytop.com.

tubing, and complete facilities. Call (570) 443-8425 and see www.jfbb.com. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Follow signs on Route 209 via I-80 exit 309. Six tubing chutes serviced by two lifts are all lighted for day or night tubing. Phone (570) 421-7231 or visit www.shawneemt.com. Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain on the scenic Upper Delaware River, 4 miles off Route 590 in Lackawaxen. Fun tubing runs for all ages are open on Saturdays & Sundays. A complete winter experience in a semi-private setting. For directions or more information, call (570) 685-1400 or see www.ski-bigbear.com. The mountain is closed Tuesdays (except holiday periods). CROSS COUNTRY SKIING Skytop Lodge, off Route 390 in Skytop. XC skiing is offered to guests of the resort. Ski rentals are available. Phone (570) 595-7401 or 1-800-345-7759. www.skytop.com.

SPORTING CLAYS The Rod & Gun Club at Pocono Manor, Route 314, via Route 611 or Route 940, Pocono Manor. The Manor Sports Club offers a multistation clay course spanning over 120 acres. There are high-flying teal, rolling rabbits, and fast crossing and incoming birds throughout the scenic woodland course. Enjoy a walk or ride along the stream between stations and take in the scenery. Trained staff will assist you in shooting your 1st round, and help novices elevate their shooting skills. Instruction and gun rentals are available, as are ammo and gear. Appointments are required; call (570) 839-3908 or email poconosports@poconomanor.com; see www.poconomanor.com. The Orvis Shop at Skytop Lodge, Route 390, Skytop. Regulation, twelve-station sporting clay range open to the public. Suitable for beginners with challenges for the more experienced shooter. Instruction is offered and guns are available to rent. Appointments are required. Phone (570) 595-8929 or (570) 595-7401 to schedule; visit www.skytop.com.

SPORTS EQUIPMENT Adventure Sports, Route 209, Marshalls Creek (2 miles north of I-80 off exit 309). The camp store here carries a complete line of outdoor equipment. Tents, lanterns, fire starters, water jugs, portable stoves, hats, clothing, sunglasses, snorkeling equipment, disposable cameras, and much more. Call (570) 223-0505 or 1-800-4872628. See the display ad for a money-saving coupon, and visit www.adventuresport.com. Kittatinny Canoes, at their Milford location. This canoe and raft center also offers new and used canoes, kayaks, and watersports accessories. Dealers of Old Town Canoe, Dagger, and Perception! Located off the Route 209 Matamoras exit, 3 miles north of Milford. Call 1-800FLOAT-KC or (570) 296-5890, and see www.kittatinny.com. Pocono Whitewater & Skirmish, Route 903 near Jim Thorpe. Bringing you full-day and ½-day adventures through the scenic Lehigh River Gorge. Family-style calm water float trips, wild whitewater rafting, kayaking, bike rentals, mountain biking, Skirmish paintball, and more! Call 1-800-WHITEWATER or (570) 325-9226 for details, and see www.poconowhitewater.com. Starting Gate Action Sports, Rt. 209 in Bushkill, adjacent to Pocono Indian Museum. Wide selection of skis, snowboards, skateboards, (Continued on Page 40)


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skates, footwear, sportswear, swimwear, accessories, and equipment. Rentals available. Call (570) 588-4807, and check out www.startinggateonline.com. Tannery Depot General Store, Route 534 and Tannery Road, Lehigh Tannery. Offering fishing tackle, camping equipment, bike rentals, hiking supplies, hunting accessories, sandwiches, and groceries. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm. Call (570) 606-4325 and see www.tannerydepot.com. Woehrle’s Bait Shop, Rt. 940 at Park Avenue in Mount Pocono. Healthy live bait for all seasons – fat heads, minnows, night crawlers, leeches, red worms, giant mealworms, wax worms, crickets, and more! Celebrating over 30 years in business, this very complete bait

shop is open every day all year. Call 839-7338 for more information; see www.woehrlesbaitshop.com. TRAIN RIDES Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, I-81 exit 185 (Central Scranton Expressway), left at light to Lackawanna Avenue, follow signs to Steamtown. Scenic cross-country steam-powered rail excursions, working roundhouse and turntable, two museums, Park Theatre, Visitors Center and more all make for an adventure the whole family will love. Call (570) 340-5200 or (888) 693-9391 for the train excursion schedule or more information; see www.nps.gov/stea. WATERPARKS Split Rock Resort & Golf Club, Wolf Hollow Road in Lake Harmony. H2Oooohh! indoor waterpark features a family raft ride, body slides, multi-level splash playground, children’s activity pool, wave pool, whirlpools, and the Flowrider simulated wave

machine. Lockers and a snack bar are available. Call (570) 722-9901 or see www.splitrockresort.com. For lodging reservations call 1-800255-7625; the general number is (570) 722-9111. ZIP LINES/ ROPES COURSES CBK Mountain Adventures, at Camelback Mountain Resort on Camelback Road in Tannersville. Ropes courses, disc golf, mountain segways, Euro bungy, climbing wall, and fantastic zip lines! Call (570) 629-1661 x1123 for reservations, and check out www.cbkmountainadventures.com. Whitewater Challengers, on the Lehigh River near White Haven. Zip Line Adventure, whitewater rafting, camping, canoeing, kayaking, and mountain biking. For your reservations, call the Adventure Center at 1-800-4438554 or (570) 443-9532; see www.whitewaterchallengers.com.

The Manor Sports Club announces Buck Season Through Friday, December 10th, the Manor Sports Club opens their grounds to the public for Buck Season. Hunt all day for only $150.00; or, stay overnight at The Manor and pay only $125.00 per day to hunt! Pennsylvania residents must have a valid hunting license, available for purchase at the Manor; out-of-state residents must have a valid hunting license for your state of residency, plus a valid Pennsylvania hunting license. Advance registration is required for hunting; call the Manor Sports Club at (570) 839-3908. The Inn at Pocono Manor, a 3,000-acre destination resort, is just off Route 314 in Pocono Manor, via Route 611 or Route 940. Call the Inn at (570) 839-7111 or 1-800-233-8150, and learn more at www.poconomanor.com.


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BIG BOULDER SKI AREA I-80 Exit 284, Take Rt. 115S, turn right on Rt. 903S and follow the signs to entrance

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Listings are subject to change; contact the dining location for the latest hours and menu information. BEAR CREEK Bear Creek Inne, Route 115, Ph: 472-9045: Serving delicious food and drinks at reasonable prices since 1972, the Bear Creek Inne specializes in fresh seafood and other fine dishes including steak, veal, and chicken. Choose from over 40 menu items. Salad and dessert included with all meals. Casual dining and a country setting make the Bear Creek Inne a perfect dining destination for the whole family, and a Children’s Menu is available! Reserve the Private Party Room for your next special event! All major credit cards are accepted, and reservations are recommended. Open 6 days at 4:00pm, and Sundays at 12:00pm. See www.bearcreekinne.com to find out more. BUSHKILL Fernwood Hotel & Resort, Route 209, Ph: 1-888-FERNWOOD or 588-9500: Whatever your appetite

or budget, Fernwood’s various eateries won’t leave you hungry. Mama Bella’s Tuscan Grille features tempting appetizers and entrees. For a casual dining experience visit the Trolley Stop Pub. Sports enthusiasts will love the 8 TVs. Let’s not forget everyone’s favorite blast-from-the-past eatery, the Jukebox Diner, where old-fashioned American staples such as burgers, fries, and shakes await you and your family. Fernwood also has a Food Court for your dining convenience, including a Pizza Hut, Carvel’s Ice Cream and Cinnabon! After a day of excitement at Fernwood, head to Wintergreen’s Bar and Grill overlooking the lake and golf course to refuel. Enjoy a cocktail and live entertainment. Check it out at www.fernwoodhotel.com. DELAWARE WATER GAP Water Gap Diner & The Pancake Place, Main Street, Ph: (570) 476-0132: Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and featuring traditional diner fare as well as surprisingly scrumptious specials! Bring the print or online display ad for a percentage off your

bill. Easy on/off from exit 310 of I-80; groups are welcome. Hours are 6:00am to 9:00pm on Sunday through Thursday, and 6:00am until 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday. This is a yummy people-pleasing place for all ages and tastes! EAST STROUDSBURG Vocelli Pizza, 96 South Courtland Street, Ph: 424-1949: Satisfy your cravings for perfect pizza at Vocelli Pizza, delivering classic Italian quality every time! They start with hand-crafted dough mixed with extra-virgin olive oil. Vocelli signature pizza sauce has been handed down from a family recipe; tomatoes are rushed from the field and fresh-packed within 6 hours, never from concentrate. Every pizza is smothered with 100% real Mozzarella cheese, and farm fresh toppings finish the picturesque pies. Featuring catering, plus online services like ordering, coupons, Kids Corner, Gourmet Club, and Shoppe Di Vocelli. Visit Vocelli’s on Route 611 in Tannersville at Smuggler’s Cove, too! Feel the Vocelli passion for pizza at www.vocellipizza.com. HAWLEY Cocoon Coffee House & Catering Co., Route 6 and Bellemonte Ave., Ph: 2266130: Kick back, relax, and sip coffee crafted from Electric City Roasting’s custom-blended beans, in Hawley’s historic landmark silk mill. Enjoy fresh, scrumptious, and affordable pastries, sandwiches, quiche, and salads. Open every day from 7:00am to 6:00pm, with free Wi-Fi! Professional catering, daily specials, and timely events. Email info@cocooncoffeehouse.com, and savor www.cocooncoffeehouse.com. The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park, 4 Main Avenue, Ph: 2262993 or 1-800-833-8527: An artfully restored craftsman-style hotel. Savor the unique cuisine, made with only the freshest locally grown produce,


This Week in the Poconos 43 seasonal game and fish, plus artisan breads and desserts baked at the Inn. Dine on the terrace overlooking the garden or in the comfortably elegant dining room. Select from a diverse menu featuring traditional favorites as well as nouveau cuisine. Regularly scheduled special dining events and live entertainment. Serving lunch from 12:00pm to 2:30pm and dinner from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Four-diamond AAA rating, Wine Spectator magazine award-winner, and Historic Hotels of America member. Visit www.thesettlersinn.com. LAKE HARMONY The Resort at Split Rock, One Lake Drive, Ph: 722-9111: Casual dining in a distinctive 4-season destination resort. Choose from the tempting offerings at Split Rock’s Bell’Ago Cuisine Italiano restaurant, or from the 24-item menu at the beautiful Galleria Restaurant. For your reservations, call Bell’Ago directly at 722-3391 or use ext. 756 when dialing the resort’s main number; for the Galleria Restaurant,

dial ext. 835. Bell’Ago is closed to the public on Tuesdays. Ice cream parlor, first-run movie theater with concessions, fabulous indoor waterpark, sports bar, cocktail lounge, bowling alley, indoor pools, championship golf. See www.splitrockresort.com to learn more about the numerous amenities and live entertainment! LEHIGH TANNERY Tannery Depot General Store, Route 534 and Tannery Road, Ph: 606-4325: Offering fishing tackle, camping equipment, bike rentals, hiking supplies, hunting accessories, breakfast foods, sandwiches, beverages and other fare, and groceries. Open Monday through Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am to 3:00pm. Call (570) 606-4325 and see www.tannerydepot.com. MOUNT POCONO The Original Bailey’s Rib & Steakhouse, Route 611, two blocks north of Route 940, Ph: 839-9678: Great food and good times are

standard fare at Bailey’s. Just minutes from Camelback Mountain Resort and the Crossings Outlets; open 7 days from 11:30am. Included in the luncheon menu are burgers, Buffalo wings, chicken quesadillas, crab cake sandwiches, and steak house salads, as well as light lunch specials. Dinner is served from 4:00pm with hand-cut USDA Prime steaks, juicy prime rib, pasta, shrimp, chicken, and slow-cooked brisket and ribs. Salad bar too! Blackboard specials are offered daily, and an Early Dinner Menu is served Monday–Friday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Sunday Brunch is served from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Families are welcome, and a children’s menu is always available. Receive a complimentary cake on your special occasion! Reservations accepted. See www.baileyssteakhouse.com. PARADISE VALLEY Crescent Lodge & Country Inn, junction Routes 191 & 940, Ph: 595-7486 or 1-800-392-9400: (Continued on Page 44)

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Magnificent is the word for the Surf ‘n’ Turf, stuffed trout, juicy sirloin with onion rings, or chef’s special pasta. This fine dining and lodging establishment offers delightful appetizers and extraordinary salads and desserts. The Starting Post Cocktail Lounge serves the finest in spirits, with an excellent Pub Menu. Live piano music on weekends is a perfect accompaniment to your delicious meal! The restaurant at the Crescent Lodge is open 7 days a week for candlelight dining of distinction. Early Bird specials on Sundays, starting at 4:00pm. Reservations are appreciated. Private cottages feature whirlpools, fireplaces, and decks; ask about the great lodging packages. Enjoy walking and fitness trails, and check out the nearby spa and casino! Visit www.crescentlodge.com.

 

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POCONO MANOR The Inn at Pocono Manor, Routes 314 & 940, Ph: 839-7111: The Exchange at Pocono Manor in The Inn features eclectic American cuisine with a continental flair, plus a global wine list! Enjoy refreshing salads, homemade soups, and fine dishes including filet of beef, chops, poultry, and seafood. Dinner is served from 6:00pm, every evening! Casual dress, with collared shirts for men (no shorts, T-shirts, or sneakers). Reservations are appreciated. Learn more about this historic 4-season destination resort with fantastic on-site activities and amenities at www.poconomanor.com. POCONO PINES Van Gilder’s Jubilee Restaurant & Pub in the Pines, Route 940, Ph: 646-2377: The Jubilee, aka the Breakfast King of the Poconos, serves unique and delicious breakfasts from 7:00am until 3:00pm every day! For lunch, the Jubilee offers yummy burgers, wraps, paninis, sandwiches, soups, and salads. The dinner menu includes appetizers, pasta, steak, and seafood. Enjoy your favorite cocktail and munchies in the adjoining Pub in the Pines, a popular nightspot. With 15 beers on tap, multiple TVs, pool tables, darts, and a deck, the Pub is the place to watch your favorite game or check out some great live entertainment. Specials include Pasta Mondays, Steamer Tuesdays, and Wing Nights on Thursdays and Sundays featuring 11 flavors! Roll over to “the Jube,” since 1968, at www.breakfastking.com.

POCONO SUMMIT Tokyo Tea House, ½ mile west of I-380 on Route 940, Ph: 839-8880, fax: 839-1888: Savor the delectable dining traditions of Japan, amidst authentic decor. Enjoy the freshest sushi, sashimi, steaks, seafood, and delightful vegetarian specials in an atmosphere of Asian elegance. Partake of the tea, sake, wine, cocktail, or beer most suited to your palate and meal, either at the sushi bar or in the dining room. Tokyo Tea House is open every day except Tuesday; lunch begins at 12:00pm, and dinner begins at 5:00pm. A distinctive, comfortable private room is available for parties and meetings; learn more at www.tokyoteahouse.us. SHAWNEE-ON-DELAWARE The Bistro, located on River Road, by the Golf Shop of the historic Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort, Ph: 1-800-SHAWNEE x1480: Dine with a backdrop of beautiful views of the historic Shawnee Inn and championship golf course. Open for lunch and dinner. The menu offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps, paninis, and salads. For beverages, they feature fresh squeezed lemonade, beer, wine, and an array of vacation-fun drinks. For more information, visit www.shawneeinn.com. The Gem and Keystone, located on River Road, near the historic Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. Ph: (570) 424-0990: Home of ShawneeCraft Brewing Company artisanal heirloom whole-food beers, handcrafted and brewed on the premises. The contemporary and varied menu features local produce, all natural steak, lamb, pork, and chicken, Pennsylvania farmstead cheeses, and Smithsonian Sustainable Seafood. Appetizers, salads, pub favorites and seasonal entrees, drink specials, souvenir merchandise, and gift certificates. Open for lunch and dinner daily. Live entertainment every weekend, and some weekdays. Available for private parties and group events. Visit www.GemAndKeystone.com!


This Week in the Poconos 45 River Room, located on River Road, at the historic Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. Ph: (570) 4244000 x1432: The River Room is a great fine dining choice, with scenic views surrounding the entire resort. Breakfast features made-to-order eggs and omelets, homemade granola, smoothie of the day, and fresh fruits and berries. The lunch and dinner menus feature local flavors and traditions like wild boar and rack of lamb, with a variety of fish and pasta options. The River Room is guaranteed to be a nutritious, delicious dining experience. Offering Happy Hour daily from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, with complimentary hors d’ouevres on Friday and Saturday. Check out the piano bar on Thursday from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, and Friday and Saturday from 8:00pm to 11:00pm! Learn more at www.shawneeinn.com. SKYTOP Skytop Lodge, Route 390, Ph: 1-800-345-7759 or 595-7401, ext. 465: Historic Skytop Lodge boasts 2 extraordinary dining venues! Lakeview Restaurant features

American Modern cuisine served amidst panoramic views of the mountains, the golf course, and Skytop Lake. Wine connoisseurs will appreciate the international wine list. The Windsor Dining Room, located in the Lodge, features American fare with a view of the gardens and a “wine of the evening.” Both offer children’s menus and light entrees. An array of homemade desserts, estate coffees, and cordials completes this superb experience. Skytop is a Wine Spectator Magazine award-winner. Both restaurants require men to wear

a coat; a tie is optional. Appropriate attire for ladies is suggested, and reservations are requested. See www.skytop.com. SOUTH STERLING The French Manor Inn and Spa, off Route 191, 8 miles south of I-84 Exit 20, Ph: 676-3244 or 1-877-720-6095: Gourmet French cuisine, a superb wine list, and a spectacular mountain view from a castle-like manor modeled after an estate in the south of France. The French Manor has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer as “dinner (Continued on Page 46)

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fit for a king.” Serving dinner nightly; outdoor dining is available in season. Jackets are required, and reservations are suggested. Casual dining is also available in Hanna’s Café at the French Manor. Four-diamond AAA rating. Le Spa Forêt offers a delicious menu of quality spa services. Visit www.thefrenchmanor.com. TANNERSVILLE Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail & Camelback Rd., Ph: 629-9399: “The Creek” is the Pocono Mountains’ Original Brewpub and Restaurant. Everything at

the Creek is handcrafted, from the post and beam timber-frame building, the award-winning food, to the handcrafted ales and lagers. Originally an 1880’s farmhouse, Barley Creek boasts a big, rustic atmosphere, a deck for brews with a view, a pavilion, and wiffle ball stadium available for catering, private parties, and pick-up games. Barley Creek brews world-class ales and lagers onsite in its own English brewhouse. Free brewery tours and beer tasting every day at 12:30pm, and by appointment. Soups and salads, pub fare, steaks, fresh seafood, and daily specials. There’s a children’s menu, a treasure box, and a game room. Happy Hour runs from 3:30pm to 5:30pm Monday through Friday. Find it in the fork between Sullivan Trail

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and Camelback Road, a mile past Crossings Factory Outlets and 2 miles shy of Camelback Mountain Resort (exit 299 off I-80). Surf the Creek at www.barleycreek.com. Smuggler’s Cove, Route 611, Ph: 629-2277: “Fresh fish for a few clams!” Enjoy casual dining at its best at Smuggler’s Cove, a Tannersville landmark, featuring a huge crab on the roof, from October 29th through November 28th. The menu offers over 40 exciting items to choose from. Appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, steak and seafood combinations; warm up with a tasty Steam Pot! Enjoy a fresh garden salad bar, and let the little ones order from a worthy children’s menu. Special luncheon and lounge menus are available. Open every day at 11:30am for lunch and dinner in a casual and comfortable atmosphere, just minutes from the Crossings Outlets and Camelback Mountain Resort. Reservations are accepted and large parties are welcomed. Bring the display ad for 10% off all Buster the Crab Specials! Visit www.smugglerscove.net. Vocelli Pizza, Route 611 at Smuggler’s Cove, Ph: 620-9055: Satisfy your cravings for perfect pizza at Vocelli Pizza, delivering classic Italian quality every time! They start with hand-crafted dough mixed with extra-virgin olive oil. Vocelli signature pizza sauce has been handed down from a family recipe; tomatoes are rushed from the field and fresh-packed within 6 hours, never from concentrate. Every pizza is smothered with 100% real Mozzarella cheese, and farm fresh toppings finish the picturesque pies. Featuring catering, plus online services like ordering, coupons, Kids Corner, Gourmet Club, and Shoppe Di Vocelli. Visit Vocelli’s at 96 South Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg, too! Feel the Vocelli passion for pizza at www.vocellipizza.com.


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Barley Creek Brewing Company offers Tours and Tastings Barley Creek Brewing Company is the Pocono Mountains’ original authentic brewpub and restaurant. Everything at the Creek is handcrafted, from the post and beam timber-frame building, to the award-winning food, to the handcrafted ales and lagers. Originally an 1880’s farmhouse, Barley Creek boasts a big, rustic atmosphere, a deck for brews with a view, a pavilion, wiffle ball stadium, catering, private parties, and occasional live entertainment. Barley Creek brews world-class ales and lagers onsite, in its own English brew house! Free brewery tours and beer tasting happen every day at 12:30pm, and also by appointment. Soups and salads, pub fare, steaks, fresh seafood, happy hour and daily specials, a children’s menu, a treasure box, and a game room make this a destination all ages will love. Find it in the fork at Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road, just 2 miles shy of Camelback Mountain Resort, exit 299 off I-80. Phone (570) 629-9399, and surf the Creek at www.barleycreek.com!

Beginners enjoy Camelback Mountain Resort In its 47th year, Camelback Mountain Resort on Camelback Road in Tannersville is looking forward to a great winter sports season, passionately dedicated to beginner skiers and snowboarders as well as experienced enthusiasts. A state-of-the-art peoplemover makes the trip to the top of the beginner slope easy; the Coolmor Carpet Lift is similar to the moving walkways in airports! Camelback’s snow sports instructors are continually developing new teaching techniques for all ages and skill levels, providing all guests with a great experience. Partnering with the National Ski Areas Association in emphasizing January as Learn to Ski or Snowboard Month, special promotions and packages are available to encourage beginners to try these exciting winter sports. Planning to open in early December, Camelback has made significant improvements including lodge expansion with a new fire pit and new menu, 40 new high-efficiency, environmentally-friendly snow guns, and an expanded paved parking lot near the slopes. Camelback runs one of the most comprehensive Burton Learn to Snowboard programs on the east coast, with freestyle and progression programs for children and adults, including women-specific clinics. Call (570) 629-1661, and visit www.skicamelback.com for more information and online promotions!

Check out the Pennsylvania Ski and Winter Sports Museum! The Pennsylvania Ski and Winter Sports Museum & Hall of Fame exhibits historic photos, biographies, equipment, and memorabilia from yesteryear. Located in the base lodge of Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville, the nonprofit corporation is supported by associates, donors and volunteers. Collaborating with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, American Association of Museums, and USSA, the museum preserves and promotes the history and rich culture of winter sports in the Keystone State. The Hall of Fame recognizes those who have enhanced the development of winter sports. To date, 60 pioneers have been inducted, honoring current and/or native residents of Pennsylvania who have been actively engaged in winter sports, making significant contributions at the state, national, or international level. The organization’s goal is to serve as an educational institution that researches, collects, interprets, and preserves the heritage of Pennsylvania winter sports. An expansion of the museum is planned, to enlarge existing exhibits, as well as to create outreach displays in other locations in the state. To learn more, check out www.paskimuseum.org.


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BUSHKILL Fernwood Hotel & Resort: Route 209. Newly renovated luxury hotel room and villa rentals nestled in beautiful mountains, just minutes from great local attractions. Themed restaurants include a sports pub, a 50’s-style diner and the Tuscan Grille. Live entertainment, indoor/

outdoor pools and fitness area with massage therapist await you. Take a scenic horseback ride on Fernwood’s lush grounds or play a match on the outdoor tennis courts. Also enjoy the 18-hole, par 71 golf course, Game Zone arcade, daily activities, special events, and exciting live entertainment line-up! In winter, guests enjoy Fernwood’s Winter Fun Center with snow tubing and more. The Villas at Fernwood sleep up to 6, and some come with Jacuzzi tubs. Call for great getaway vacations and weekend packages. Call 1-888-FERNWOOD A

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HAWLEY The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park: Welcoming visitors to the Lake Wallenpaupack region since 1927. Step inside this artfully restored craftsman-style hotel, and experience country charm and grace! Featuring 20 guest rooms and suites; some with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. Savor a delicious meal, created in the flavors of the season, and a Wine Spectator award-winning wine selection. The chef personally chooses the freshest locally grown produce, seasonal game, meats, and fish. Dine on the terrace overlooking the gardens, or relax in the dining room. For large meetings and group events, The Undercroft Room offers a naturally comfortable setting. Special dinners and live entertainment occasionally. AAA 4-diamond rating; member Historic Hotels of America. The Potting Shed offers beautiful gifts and specialty décor for the home and garden. Located across from Bingham Park, Route 6, in Hawley. Call 2262993, 1-800-833-8527, and see www.thesettlersinn.com. JIM THORPE The Inn at Jim Thorpe: Nestled in historic, picturesque Jim Thorpe, the Inn at Jim Thorpe is a landmark treasure, featuring old world charm with modern amenities. Located in the heart of the National Register Historic District, the Inn offers comfortable guest rooms and romantic suites, many with whirlpools and fireplaces, plus relaxing in-house spa services. Best of all, the town’s quaint shops, antique stores, galleries, opera house, pubs, restaurants, music venues, and hiking/biking trails are right at the Inn’s doorstep. Take advantage of great packages such as Show & Stay, Shop ‘til You Drop Getaways, Spa Weekends, Romance packages, Girlfriend Getaways, and


This Week in the Poconos 49 more. For more information and your reservations, call The Inn at Jim Thorpe at 1-800-329-2599; visit www.innjt.net. LAKE HARMONY The Resort at Split Rock: A 4-season destination offering the ultimate in activities and accommodations, with over 500 deluxe units in unique environments. You won’t want to miss H2Ooooh! Indoor Waterpark! Enjoy the championship 27-hole golf course, 18-hole miniature golf course, fitness center, outdoor and indoor pools, tennis, basketball, bowling, video game room, racquetball, archery, billiards, ping-pong, and daily activities. Refresh in the oldfashioned ice cream parlor, and catch the latest movie with popcorn at the first-run movie theater. The Galleria Dining Room features a superb continental menu, while Bell’ago overlooks beautiful Lake Harmony and serves fine Italian cuisine. The Galleria Nightclub and Benchwarmers Sports Bar at the Lodge will entertain you. You’ll love the convenience of the Coffee Shop, Hair Gallery, and Gift Shop. The resort offers 23 meeting rooms, 77,000 sq. ft. of exhibit area/ function space, onsite banquet facilities, and conference services. Call Split Rock at 1-800-2557625 or (570) 722-9111, and visit www.splitrockresort.com. PARADISE VALLEY Crescent Lodge: This awardwinning retreat is a comfortable and elegant place to stay where you will be surrounded by the beauty of Paradise Valley and nestled in a suite or cottage. All accommodations have private baths, telephone, climate control, and remote control television, and many come with a fireplace, whirlpool, and outdoor deck. The inn also features one of the finest restaurants in the mountains, with an extensive wine selection, colorful menu, daily specials, pub menu, and Sunday early bird dinners starting at 4:00pm, plus live piano music on weekends. Enjoy walking and fitness trails, and a nearby spa and casino! The

Crescent Lodge is at Route 191 and Route 940 in Paradise Valley. Treat yourself to a quality experience, to dine or to stay! Call 1-800-3929400 or (570) 595-7486, and visit www.crescentlodge.com. POCONO MANOR The Inn at Pocono Manor: Nestled at 1,800 feet atop the Pocono Mountains since 1902, this charming year-round 3000acre resort is your gateway to fun, nature and relaxation. Their midweek and weekend getaway plans include exceptional dining and accommodations, as well as 36 holes of championship golf, an 8,500 square foot full-service spa, lounge with entertainment, horseback riding, 2.5 miles of flyfishing streams, sporting clays, indoor/outdoor pools, hiking trails, and more. The Inn at Pocono Manor is located just minutes from The Crossings Premium Outlets and Camelbeach Waterpark/Camelback Mountain Resort/CBK Mountain

Adventures. The Inn is off Route 314 in Pocono Manor, via Route 940 or Route 611. Call (570) 8397111 or 1-800-233-8150, and see www.poconomanor.com. REEDERS Mountain Springs Lake Resort: Come to this quiet and secluded resort in Reeders for a vacation you’ll never forget! The fine pleasures of mountain living will be yours at Mountain Springs Lake, with its pristine 76-acre lake and elegant accommodations. Authentic log and cedar cottages nestled amongst the evergreens around the lake are complete with cozy fireplaces and full kitchens, tastefully located off Mountain Springs Drive via Route 715. Enjoy nature trails, X-C skiing, biking, skating, sledding, tennis, boating, and swimming, all on the premises. And even though the area surrounding the resort is both gorgeous and (Continued on Page 50)

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very private, it is only a short drive to shopping, dining, attractions, and nightlife. To learn more about a stay at Mountain Springs Lake or to make reservations, call (570) 629-0251 or 1-866-629-0251; visit www.mslresort.com. SHAWNEE-ON-DELAWARE Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort: Discover this unique golf, ski, meeting, dining, and vacation destination on River Road. The resort is conveniently located 75 miles from New York City and 100 miles from Philadelphia in a scenic and secluded location in the Pocono Mountains. Set amidst the splendor of the Delaware Water Gap

National Recreation Area, the resort offers an abundance of outdoor amenities including championship golf, approach course, golf academy, tennis, guided fishing, river trips, hiking, and more. The Inn has 80 hotel-style rooms, 2 cottages, and deluxe suites; all are 1st-class accommodations. Relax and unwind at Spa Shawnee! A smoke-free resort. Call (570) 4244000 or 1-800-SHAWNEE, and see www.shawneeinn.com. SKYTOP Skytop Lodge: A refined resort for all seasons off Route 390. Enjoy the best of everything on the spectacular 5,500-acre setting. Affordable weekend and vacation plans feature superb dining and accommodations, championship golf, tennis, swimming pools,

naturalist-guided tours, and much more. A Bed & Breakfast Plan is available midweek. Skytop Lodge is known as one of the most highly regarded destinations in the Pocono Mountains region. For information or reservations, call (570) 5957401 or 1-800-345-7759, and visit www.skytop.com. SOUTH STERLING French Manor Inn and Spa: One of the most serenely beautiful spots in the Pocono Mountains, the French Manor is a full-scale country inn manor modeled after an estate in the south of France. Gourmet French cuisine served nightly, a superb wine list, outdoor dining with spectacular views, and Hanna’s Café casual dining complement the majestic views of the surrounding mountains. Selected as one of the “Ten Best Inns in America” and awarded a 4 Diamond rating by the AAA. Le Spa Forêt offers the best and most luxurious services available. Beautifullydecorated rooms are named after romantic European cities, with appropriate motifs. Call now to reserve your accommodations! Phone (570) 676-3244 or 1-877-720-6095, and experience www.thefrenchmanor.com. STROUDSBURG Countryside Cottages: A small country resort, a perfect place to be if you want to spend some quiet time indoors or outdoors while on vacation. Equipped with log-burning fireplaces, cable TV, and all the comforts of home. The rustic, woodsy setting is just a short drive off Route 611 in Bartonsville. This ideal get-away is surrounded with busy Pocono activity, such as year-round adventure at nearby Camelback Mountain Resort, shopping attractions, fine dining, and a casino. Surround yourself with fun Pocono activity with a stay at Countryside Cottages. Turn onto Bartonsville Avenue at the traffic light on Route 611 in Bartonsville. Open all year, complete facilities. Call (570) 629-2131, and visit www.countrysidecottages.com!

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Old Time Christmas You’re invited to the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm 20th Annual Old Time Christmas event on Saturdays and Sundays, December 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th. Guides in period attire will lead you through the farm; be sure to dress warmly. Your first stop will be at a rustic cabin where preparations for Christmas in the 1890s will greet you. Delight in the sight of the Christmas Putz, a Moravian tradition of placing the crèche and a miniature village complete with houses, stores, people, animals, and scenery under a decorated tree. In the barnyard, an inspirational living Nativity scene with animals brings the true meaning of the season to life. In the Granddaddy Cabin, a storyteller will warm your heart and, as the tour continues in the reconstructed 1893 schoolhouse, you can join in song with the Christmas carolers. In the 1780s cellar kitchen, find out who was naughty or nice when the Belschnikel, a traditional Pennsylvania German figure, pays a visit! Your tour will finish in the Engel Education Center with complimentary refreshments; browse in the gift shop filled with beautiful handicrafts. Partake of a time before the advent of bright lights and advertisements, with twinkling stars and lanterns, when gifts came from the heart and not the store. Tours begin every 15 minutes from 3:30pm to 7:00pm; group tours are available by reservation. Cost is $10.00/general, and $5.00/ages 3 through 12; use the coupon in the display ad for a discount! Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm is located at 1000 Turkey Hill Road, 3½ miles south of Stroudsburg off Business Route 209. Call (570) 992-6161, and visit www.quietvalley.org.

Holiday Events at Grey Towers NHS The popular reading of A Christmas Carol will be performed at 2:00pm by Joe Plummer and Son at Grey Towers National Historic Site on Saturday and Sunday, December 4th and 5th. In its 29th year, the dramatic reading is a favorite event, continuing the tradition of hospitality and community spirit begun by Governor Gifford Pinchot and his family when they lived at Grey Towers. Tickets are $15.00/pp. Grey Towers celebrates with a Holiday Open House on Saturday and Sunday, December 11th and 12th, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. See all 3 floors of the 1886 mansion beautifully decorated for the season by the Milford Garden Club! It takes weeks of planning and days of hanging, draping, and arranging to deck the French chateau-esque mansion throughout. Free admission is featured all day Saturday, when the Gifford Pinchot Audubon Society hosts the annual Audubon Holiday Program & Tea at 11:00am. Co-sponsored by the US Forest Service, the Gardening for Wildlife program provides tips on attracting birds, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden; guest speaker is Pamela Hubbard, a Penn State Master Gardener. On Sunday, Holiday Open House admission is $4.00/pp; watch a fascinating demonstration by the Lost Art Lacers! On Saturday and Sunday, December 18th and 19th, the Holiday Open House continues from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. In addition to the beautifully decorated mansion, enjoy the Dingman Delaware Middle School Chorus performance at 2:00pm on Saturday; admission both days is $4.00/pp. Grey Towers was the home of conservationist and former Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot. The US Forest Service, founded by Pinchot, is steward of the home, offering programs, tours, and a conference center for environmental programs. From Route 6 near Milford, turn onto Old Owego Turnpike; travel ¼ mile to the entrance on the left. For information about weekday tours, the gift shop, and other events call Grey Towers at (570) 296-9630 and log on to www.greytowers.org and www.fs.fed.us/gt.


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COMING EVENTS (Continued from Page 14) which was founded by Pinchot, is the steward of the home, offering public programs, tours, and a conference center for environmental programs. To find Grey Towers from Route 6 near Milford, turn onto Old Owego Turnpike (near the Apple Valley Shops Complex) and travel about ¼ mile to the entrance on the left. For more information, call Grey Towers at (570) 296-9630 or log on to the unique websites www.greytowers.org and www.fs.fed.us/gt. December 7 – Mountain Winds will present a special holidaythemed performance as part of the free Winter Community Concert Series at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee-on-Delaware. An extraordinarily talented group of musicians, Mountain Winds is a woodwind quintet that performs a variety of music from classical to contemporary, pops to patriotic, and marches, ragtime and Dixieland. Their show starts at 7:00pm in front of the fireplace in the lobby of The Shawnee Inn. The free concert is family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Enjoy Shawnee’s gift to the community! The Shawnee Inn is located on River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Call the resort at (570) 424-4000 or toll-free 1-800-SHAWNEE for more information. www.shawneeinn.com December 7 - The non-profit Pocono Arts Council is offering a special Holiday Workshop: Trim a Tree from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the PoconoArts Gallery, 18 North 7th Street in Stroudsburg. Instructor Susan Field will teach participants how to create unique ornaments for your tree, for decorating packages, or for giving as personalized gifts. All materials will be provided. Tuition is $25, plus a materials fee of $20. For more information or to register, call the Pocono Arts Council at (570) 476-4460 and speak with Studio Coordinator Carolyn Hetherington or email carolyn@poconoarts.org. To register online, visit www.poconoarts.org. December 7 – Callie’s Candy Kitchen will present a tantalizing Chocolate Candy-Making Workshop

at the Barrett Paradise Friendly Library in Cresco. The class will be held from 6:30 to 8:00pm and the cost to attend is $10. The Barrett Paradise Friendly Library is located at the intersection of Route 390 and Sand Spring Road in Cresco. Class size is limited, so call the library at (570) 595-7171 to reserve your spot. December 8 – East Stroudsburg University proudly presents their annual Winter Choral Concert, beginning at 7:30pm in the Cecilia S. Cohen Recital Hall of the university’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets in East Stroudsburg. The concert will feature the A Cappella Ensemble and the Concert Choir under the direction of James Maroney. Admission is $3 and tickets are available at the door only. For more information, call the Fine & Performing Arts Center’s Events Line at (570) 422-3483 or check out East Stroudsburg University’s website at www.esu.edu. December 9 – Environmental educator Carissa Longo will present The Science of Snow from 6:00 to 7:00pm at PPL’s Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center on Route 6 near Hawley. Bring the kids and join Carissa to investigate the science behind snow. You’ll experience hands-on activities to learn how blubber protects animals from the cold, how to preserve snowflakes, and even make your own edible snowflake. Leave your snowsuits at home because this free program will be held indoors. For more information, contact PPL’s Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Preserve at (570) 251-6196 or (570) 253-7076 or send an email to pplpreserves@pplweb.com. Additional program details can also be found at the website www.pplpreserves.com. December 9 & 10 – The Monroe County Historical Association (MCHA) will host the annual Holiday Luncheon at the Stroud Mansion on Thursday and Friday, with seating from 11:00am until 1:00pm. The Holiday Luncheon will be held at the historic 1795 Stroud Mansion at 900 Main Street in Stroudsburg. The building will be decorated for the holiday season and music will fill the air. The luncheon will be catered and served hot buffetstyle, featuring mixed green salad with herb vinaigrette, sliced pork roast with

apple jack gravy, apricot cornbread stuffing, smashed red potatoes, green beans, assorted breads & rolls, and a selection of homemade desserts. Complementary glass of wine, coffee, decaf and tea will be served at your table. The mansion’s museum exhibit rooms will be open to those attending the luncheon. The cost for the luncheon is $16 per person and tickets must be pre-purchased at the Stroud Mansion; tickets will not be sold at the door. Buy your tickets early as seating is extremely limited! For more information, call the MCHA office at (570) 421-7703 or email to mcha@ptd.net. Visit on the web at www.monroehistorical.org. December 9 thru 12 - As George Bailey contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel comes to the rescue in one of America’s classic Christmas stories, It’s a Wonderful Life. The stage play adapted from Frank Capra’s 1946 movie will be presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts on stage at Downtown Hazleton’s J.J. Ferrara Center. The show starts at 7:00pm on Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights, with matinee presentations at 1:00pm on Saturday and 3:00pm on Sunday. Be sure to bring your appetite for the all-you-can-eat Christmas Buffet available 90 minutes before each performance. Tickets for “It’s a Wonderful Life” are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62+ and students 12 & over, and $8 for children. Dinner & Show Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors & students, and $18 children. Group rates are available and show-only tickets will be sold at the door. The J.J. Ferrara Center is located at 212 West Broad Street in Downtown Hazleton. For more information or your reservations, call (570) 4545451 or purchase tickets online at www.ptpashows.org. December 10 - The Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce will host a wonderful new event, “Winter Wines by the Lake” from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center on Route 6 in Hawley. Warm up to a crackling fire as candlelight twinkles and a festive ambiance abounds. Listen to the sounds of the season while enjoying wine samplings from local wineries. Snack on hors d’oeuvres and peruse


This Week in the Poconos 53 the seasonal items on display from specialty vendors. Take a chance to win holiday baskets and mingle with others in celebration of the season! The cost is $15 per person in advance and $20 at the door, which includes a commemorative wine glass. Tickets are available through the Pocono Lake Region Chamber and at the Lake Wallenpaupack Branch of the Honesdale National Bank. “Winter Wines by the Lake” is open to adults 21 years of age and older only. Call (570) 226-3191 or email visit@lakeregioncc.com for more information. You make also log on to www.lakeregioncc.com. December 10 - The Holiday Open House & Craft Store will be held from noon until 2:00pm at the Pike County Developmental Center, 107 West Ann Street in Milford. Visitors will enjoy browsing through the many hand-crafted gifts for all occasions. Complimentary coffee, tea and desserts will be served. All proceeds benefit adults with disabilities. For more information, call (570) 2966319. December 10 & 11 – Join a guide for intriguing tales of reported ghoulish

encounters and chilling stories of historic properties along Broadway on a GhostWalk in Old Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe). Led by a costumed storyteller with lantern, the walks are all outside and last about an hour. Hosted by the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, the GhostWalks start in the lobby of the Inn at Jim Thorpe on 24 Broadway and cover a one mile round-trip to the Old Jail. Friday night’s walk starts at 8:00pm, on Saturday night the walk starts at 7:00pm. While not scary, the GhostWalk is not recommended for kids under 7 because they become distracted during some of the longer stories; attentive children are certainly welcome. Although walk-ins are always welcome, space is limited so call (570) 325-2346, 325-2131 or 325-2849 to reserve your places. Tickets are $10 for adults, children 7-12 are $5. Visit the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club’s website at www.jimthorperotary.org or call them for all the haunting details. December 10 thru 12 – The annual Hawley Winterfest Celebration returns to the quaint Victorian town of Hawley on Lake Wallenpaupack. Hawley will come alive with a weekend filled with arts, music and fun all with a

Victorian flair during “A Weekend in a Winter Wonderland.” Plentiful holiday merriment and non-stop activities are planned for the whole family, including photos with Santa, caroling, ice carving, horse & carriage rides, train rides, live musical performances, Christmas tree sales, house tours and delicious culinary experiences. With varied activities for all ages, charming holiday decorations and lively entertainment, Hawley Winterfest embodies peaceful small-town charm. To find out more about Winterfest ’10, Hawley’s community-wide celebration of the season, call the Downtown Hawley Partnership at (570) 226-4064 or see the complete Winterfest schedule at www.hawleywinterfest.com. You may also call the Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center at (570) 226-2141. December 10 thru 12 – Come visit the historic Skytop Lodge in Skytop, PA for their special “Gingerbread Weekend” Theme Weekend. See a life-sized gingerbread house and learn how to make your own gingerbread masterpieces. Enjoy a weekend filled with holiday cookies, hot wassail, holiday stories, Victorian caroling and (Continued on Page 54)

Santa Express Train Rides While the other reindeer take it easy, Rudolph will join his good friend and employer, Santa Claus, aboard the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions Santa Express Train Rides from Honesdale. While Santa usually elects to travel by reindeerpowered sleigh, he eagerly anticipates his annual diesel-powered jaunts from Honesdale to Hawley and back, aboard the Stourbridge Line! On Saturday and Sunday December 4th and 5th, and Sunday December 12th, departures are at 10:00am and 1:00pm from the train station at the Wayne County Visitor Center in downtown Honesdale. On these special train excursions, Santa and his red-nosed buddy will meet everyone on the train, naughty or nice! Pictures can be taken with Santa and Rudolph, a holiday sing-along will ring out, and a special gift will be given to every child. Take in the sights and sounds of this merry season of good will and peace on earth, by train! Tickets are $20.00/ages 13+, and $15.00/ages 12 and under; lap-held infants ride free! Reservations are recommended, so call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce at (570) 253-1960 or 1-800-433-9008. Peighton Smith, of Waymart, is telling Visit www.waynecountycc.com to find out more. Ho, ho, ho! Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph exactly what is on her Wish List!


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COMING EVENTS (Continued from Page 53) dozens of other family-fun events. Parents will love the delicious holidaythemed meals and the holiday culinary presentations, while the kids delight in visits with Santa and even a fireside reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas.” For your reservations or more information about the popular Gingerbread Theme Weekend, call Skytop Lodge at 1-800-345-7759 or (570) 595-8980. See photos of the breathtaking mountain estate at their website www.skytop.com. December 10 thru 31 – The wonderful Festival of Trees returns to the Electric City Trolley Station & Museum, 300 Cliff Street in nearby Scranton. Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy over fifty Christmas trees beautifully decorated for the holidays by various local groups and organizations. Benefiting Toys for Tots, the colorful display will remain open through the holidays during museum hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm seven days a week. For directions and more information, call the Electric City Trolley Museum at (570) 963-6590. For more information about Scranton for the holidays, call the Lackawanna County Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-22-WELCOME ext. 5. Explore the website www.visitnepa.org. December 11 - The Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce and the Jim Thorpe Artists Music Series (JTAMS) proudly present Second Saturdays, a monthly celebration of Jim Thorpe’s growing arts community. Second Saturdays feature extended hours for each of the many galleries and studios in town, along with many other shops and establishments. Also featured will be an Art Walk. The celebration runs from noon until 9:00pm. Live Concerts sponsored by JTAMS are held at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on 14 West Broadway in Jim Thorpe concurrent with Second Saturdays. Find out more when you log on to www.jimthorpeartists.org or www.jtams.net or call (570) 3250249. To learn more about this and other exciting Jim Thorpe events, call the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce at (570) 325-5810 or visit www.jimthorpe.org.

December 11 – The SKIwee, Mountain Cruisers & Young Riders Programs Begin Today at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area in Shawnee-onDelaware! These super programs are designed for kids ages 4 to 15 and reservations are required. Shawnee Mountain is located just off I-80 exit 309 in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Call them at (570) 421-7231 ext. 231 for your reservations. Log on to www.shawneemt.com. December 11 – Go for a Hike on the Tumbling Waters Trail from 1:00 to 4:00pm at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry. Explore PEEC’s premiere hiking trail to their spectacular waterfalls on this free hike. Dress for the weather including proper footwear, bring water and a snack. PEEC, a non-profit center, is located off Route 209 in Dingmans Ferry within the beautiful Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The center enhances environmental awareness, knowledge, and appreciation through handson experience in a natural outdoor classroom. PEEC provides these unique environmental experiences to individuals, families and groups of all ages. For more information or to register, call PEEC at (570) 828-2319 or log on to www.peec.org. December 11 – A special Holiday Tea will be served at the Clymer Library in Pocono Pines at 1:00pm. Join Laura to sample different holiday teas and enjoy baked goodies. Sign up early to reserve your seat! The Clymer Library is easy to find on Firehouse Road in Pocono Pines. Call the library at 646-0826 for reservations, or visit www.clymerlibrary.org to find out more. December 11 – Downtown Milford comes alive during Art after Dark, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on the second Saturday of each month. The evening will be filled with multiple art openings, live music, fine food, shopping and events at downtown galleries, specialty shops and fine restaurants. Explore historic Milford on the Delaware River, where PA, NY and NJ meet. For information, contact the Pike County Chamber of Commerce at (570) 296-8700 or visit www.pikechamber.com. December 11 & 12 – Spend a winter evening on the farm when

the 20th annual Old Time Christmas Celebration returns to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Turkey Hill Road near Stroudsburg. A visit to Quiet Valley during these special days provides a unique opportunity for people of all ages to get a taste of Christmas as it was celebrated in the 1800’s. Guides dressed in period clothing will lead guests by candlelight through the various buildings and displays on the farm. Hear the voices of the carolers and the soft noises of the animals at the manger. Enjoy storytelling and a visit from Belschnikel. You’ll even find a real, live Barnyard Nativity Scene in the 1850 barn, complete with shepherd and farm animals! Tours of the farm run every 15 minutes from 3:30pm to 7:00pm; last tour goes out at 7:00. Be sure to dress warmly! Free refreshments will be served. The cost to attend Old Time Christmas is $10 adults, $5 kids ages 3 through 12. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, a private, non-profit educational organization, is located 3½ miles south of Stroudsburg off of Business Route 209. Just follow the signs from Business Route 209. Call (570) 992-6161 or log on to www.quietvalley.org for directions or for more information about the annual Old Time Christmas Celebration. December 11 & 12 – It’s time once again for the “Sounds of the Season,” the 28th Annual Christmas Concert presented by the Pleasant Valley Choral Society. A Monroe County tradition, the concert will be held in the auditorium at Pleasant Valley High School, Route 209 in Brodheadsville at 7:00pm on Saturday and 3:00pm on Sunday. While the program’s musical numbers vary from year to year, the Christmas Concerts have several traditions. The concert begins with a candlelight processional followed by sacred music performed in a church-like setting. The party atmosphere of the second half includes Christmas standards, a singalong, a guest appearance by KoKo the Chorus mascot, and an occasional surprise visitor. The show will close with a moving rendition of “Silent Night” which will include the audience and send a special message into the wintry night. Tickets for the Christmas Concert are $6 while kids under 12 are free. To reserve your tickets call Janet at (570) 620-1570; tickets may also be purchased at the door.


This Week in the Poconos 55 December 11 & 12 – Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford celebrates the season with their annual Holiday Open House from 1:00 to 4:00pm each day. See all three floors of the 1886 mansion beautifully decorated for the season by the Milford Garden Club. It takes weeks of planning and at least two full days of intensive hanging, draping, adorning and arranging to decorate all three floors, staircases and fireplace mantels in the French chateau-esque mansion. On Saturday, admission is free and refreshments will be available. Also on Saturday, the Gifford Pinchot Audubon Society will host their annual Audubon

Holiday Program & Tea at 11:00am, with free admission and refreshments. Again on Sunday, the Holiday Open House runs from 1:00 to 4:00 and admission is $4 per person. Be sure to watch the fascinating demonstration by the Lost Art Lacers on Sunday afternoon! Grey Towers is the former home of eminent conservationist and former Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot. Today the US Forest Service, which was founded by Pinchot, is the steward of the home, offering public programs, tours, and a conference center for environmental programs. To find Grey Towers from Route 6 near Milford, turn onto Old Owego

Turnpike (near the Apple Valley Shops Complex) and travel about ¼ mile to the entrance on the left. For more information, call Grey Towers at (570) 296-9630 or log on to the unique websites www.greytowers.org and www.fs.fed.us/gt. December 11 & 12 – Bring the kids to Country Junction, “World’s Largest General Store” on Route 209 near Lehighton for Pictures with Santa. Kids should bring their wish lists and visit with Santa for a picture any time from noon to 4:00pm on Saturday & Sunday. Santa pictures are only $5. Mom & Dad, bring your gift lists, too, (Continued on Page 56)

Free Christmas Dinner hosted at Mount Pocono UMC On Sunday, December 19th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, Mount Pocono United Methodist Church on Route 611 and Church Avenue in Mount Pocono will host its annual Free Christmas Dinner; you are invited! Ham, turkey, and all the tasty homemade trimmings will be accompanied by live vocal and instrumental music of the season in the church’s beautiful, spacious Covenant Hall. All are welcome! Reservations are not required, but are helpful and appreciated for planning purposes. Limited local transportation to and from the church is available. For more information and to place reservations, call the church office at (570) 839-9902 or email mtpumc@ptd.net. The mission of Mount Pocono UMC is to call, nurture, and send disciples of Jesus Christ. Offering open minds, open hearts, and open doors, Sunday morning worship services include contemplative communion at 8:15, contemporary with band at 9:30, and traditional with choir at 11:00. Sunday school, youth activities, confirmation, Bible study, community outreach, and women’s groups are some ministries of this diverse, welcoming community. Music opportunities include a praise band with vocalists, hand bell choirs, holiday band, and chancel choir. The church is also home to the highly-regarded Kids’ Day Out Preschool; phone (570) 839-1646. Check out www.mountpoconoumc.org!

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Christmas Bazaar The annual Christmas Bazaar returns to Trinity Episcopal Church in Mount Pocono from 10:00am to 3:00pm on Saturday, December 4th. The many quality handmade craft items will include knitting, crocheting, weaving, sewing, and wood working, as well as Christmas decorations. Home-baked cakes, cookies, pies, and more will be available, and a delicious lunch will be served. Come to find the unusual Christmas gifts you’ve been searching for, have a lovely lunch by the fire, and pick up some dessert to take home! Trinity Episcopal Church is nestled on Trinity Hill Road, off Route 611 just south of Mount Pocono village. Its mission is to share God’s unconditional love with everyone. Sunday morning worship services are held at 8:00 and 10:00, special events are scheduled regularly, and there is a labyrinth and meditation path on the church grounds. For further information, call the church office at (570) 8399376, and visit www.trinitymtpocono.org.

Willing Workers announce Country Christmas Bazaar A Country Christmas Bazaar hosted by the Willing Workers of Paradise Valley will take place on Saturday, December 4th from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Keokee Chapel United Methodist Church on Keokee Chapel Lane, off Route 940, in Cresco. Featuring crafts and a bake sale, lunch will be offered including hot dog platter, BBQ platter, homemade soups, and apple dumplings. Proceeds benefit American Legion Auxiliary Post #922, Barrett Fire Company, Barrett Ambulance Corps, Barrett Friendly Library, BarrettParadise Youth Association, Brookmont Healthcare Social Fund, Burnley Workshop, Central Pocono Ambulance Corps, Cornelia DeLange Syndrome Foundation, Disability Education Services Auxiliary, Equi-Librium, Habitat for Humanity, Forest Fire Crew #34, Pleasant Valley Manor Social Fund, Pocono Mountain Ecumenical Hunger Ministry, Pocono Mountain Fire Company, Pocono Mountain Regional Emergency Medical Services, Salvation Army, Toys for Joy, Scholarships to Pocono Mountain Students, and Families in Need. Contact Keokee Chapel at (570) 595-7048.


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COMING EVENTS (Continued from Page 55) because Country Junction has the best presents for every member of the family! And don’t miss their ad in this magazine (or print ad online) for the FREE Wine Tasting Coupon and 15% off of a case of twelve bottles! Country Junction is easy to find on Route 209 (6565 Interchange Road) at Forest Inn, near Lehighton. Log on to www.countryjunction.com for directions and more information about the incredible inventory, or call (610) 377-5050. December 11 & 12 – Celebrate the holidays at Jim Thorpe’s 29th Annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration in an intriguing town full of history and Old-World charm. During this season, the town of Jim Thorpe is magically transformed into an authentic Victorian Christmas village. This year’s features include holiday music from street carolers and musicians, train rides and photos with Santa on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, breakfast with Santa at the elegant Albright Mansion Restaurant, scavenger hunts, greetings from Peef the Christmas Bear downtown at Nature’s Trail, musical performances and special stage shows. The Grand Master Concert Organ will provide a musical backdrop of favorite Christmas tunes at Josiah White Park. Carolers will perform from the balcony of the Inn at Jim Thorpe while visitors stroll through town on the popular Mug Walk, filling their souvenir mugs with hot drinks at the local shops and galleries. The Festival of Trees display and Holiday Craft Fair at the Mauch Chunk Museum is a wonder of style, ornament and light while a special Victorian House tour featuring local bed & breakfasts will provide another opportunity to step back in time. For the complete schedule of town-wide events, visit www.jimthorpeoldetimechristmas.com. You may also call the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce at (570) 325-5810 or visit their website www.jimthorpe.org. December 12 – Enjoy the exquisite Winterfest Brunch with Harpist Diane O’Malley at The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park in Hawley. Celebrate the town-wide Winterfest Weekend event

with this elegant brunch, being served from 11:30am until 2:30pm on Sunday. Diane is a performer of contemporary, classical and original music. Her musical art flows from her heart to her harp, providing a soothing backdrop for brunch guests. The interior of the Inn is adorned with hundreds of yards of live princess pine, wreathes and greens along with several large trees for the holidays. The Settlers Inn is located at 4 Main Avenue in Hawley, near Lake Wallenpaupack. Experience the joys of the season at Hawley’s Winterfest, and make your reservations today for this fantastic brunch! Call the Inn at (570) 226-2993 or toll-free 1-800-833-8527. www.thesettlersinn.com December 12 – While the other eight reindeer take it easy, Rudolph will be joining his good friend and employer Santa Claus aboard the Stourbridge Line Rail Excursions’ “Santa Express” Train Rides in Honesdale! While Santa usually prefers to travel by power of reindeer, he looks forward to his annual diesel-powered jaunts from Honesdale to Hawley and back aboard the Stourbridge Line. Departure times are at 10:00am and 1:00pm on Sunday. On these special rides, Santa and his red-nosed buddy will be meeting everyone on the train, naughty or nice. Pictures can be taken with Santa and Rudolph, holiday singalongs will ring out, and a special gift will be given to all the kids. The train will depart promptly at 10:00am and again at 1:00pm from the train station in Downtown Honesdale (at the Wayne County Visitor Center). Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids 12 & under and reservations are recommended. Make your reservations today by calling (866) 637-2457. For more information, call the Wayne County Chamber of Commerce at (570) 253-1960 or log on to www.waynecountycc.com. December 12 – The Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Association (AFBA) invites you to their Bluegrass Shindig at the Beethoven Waldheim Club, a short drive from the Poconos at 1984 Waldheim Road in Hellertown. The featured performers today are Aimless Pursuit and Coal Country Express. The doors open at 10:00am and the show starts at 12:30pm. The day will end around 6:00pm. Admission is $7, children under 12 free. The Beethoven Waldheim Club offers reasonably-

priced food & beverages; no coolers please. Bring your own instruments for continuous jam sessions throughout the building! The indoor Shindigs are held on the 2nd Sunday each month, October through April. To find the Shindigs: From Rt. 80 use Rt. 33 south to Rt. 78 west, exit at Hellertown. At end of ramp, turn left and go south on Main St. (Rt. 412S). Go 3 miles to Leithsville Fire Co. and turn right on Flint Hill Road. Travel 1/3 mile to Waldheim Road (on right – see club sign), continue past Waldheim Road a short distance then turn right into the parking lot. Call the Waldheim Club on the day of the Shindig at (610) 838-9059 or (610) 838-9004. For more information about the AFBA or questions about the Shindig, call Barbara Merring at (610) 253-2800. Complete details can be found at the association’s website www.afbawindgap.org. December 12 – Members of the Pocono Outdoor Club invite you to join them for a Hike at Lehigh Gorge State Park, nested on the Lehigh River near Jim Thorpe. Meet at 12noon at the Glen Onoko parking area in the State Park for an easy eight-mile hike to Butcher Hollow and back. Wear sturdy boots, bring water and a snack for this impressive hike. Contact hike leader Kate Andrew at (570) 236-6831 for directions and more information. The Pocono Outdoor Club is a friendly hiking group open to all individuals interested in exploring the trails of the Pocono Mountains. To learn more about the club and its outings in the wilds of the Poconos, contact today’s hike leader or check out www.poconooutdoorclub.org. December 12 – The BarrettParadise Business Association proudly welcomes you to their 28th annual Christmas Inn Tour. Enjoy a beautiful day exploring some of the Poconos’ finest inns, decorated in their holiday best! The tour will be held from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and it begins promptly at 1:00; no early entry. Tour stops include the Cresco Railroad Station/Cresco Museum, The French Manor Inn, Skytop Lodge, the Coolbaugh Historical Association Museum, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ and many others. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 on the day of tour. Pre-sale tickets are available at Theo B. Price Country Store, Route


This Week in the Poconos 57 390 in Mountainhome or by calling Maryann Miller at (570) 595-2501. Tickets are available after 12:30 on the day of the event at the Cresco Railroad Museum, Sand Spring Road in Cresco and at participating Inns beginning at 1:00pm. December 13 – The annual Winter Band Concert will begin at 7:30pm in East Stroudsburg University’s Fine & Performing Arts Center, located on Normal & Marguerite streets in East Stroudsburg. The concert will feature the University/Community Concert Band and the University Woodwind Ensemble directed by Otis French. Admission is free, however donations will be accepted. For more information, call the Fine & Performing Arts Center’s Events Line at (570) 422-3483 or log on to the university’s website at www.esu.edu. December 13 & 14 - Catch a shooting star when the Geminids Meteor Shower peaks on these two nights! The Geminids Meteor Shower produces the strongest, most observable display of the year,

generating sixty to seventy meteors per hour during its peak! The best viewing time will be after midnight on the nights of December 13 and 14, but a good show could be experienced any night from December 4 through 16. December 13 thru 17 – Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford celebrates the season with their annual Holiday Open House Tours. See all three floors of the 1886 mansion beautifully decorated for the season by the Milford Garden Club on guided tours beginning at 1:00 & 3:00pm, Monday through Friday. It takes weeks of planning and at least two full days of intensive hanging, draping, adorning and arranging to decorate all three floors, staircases and fireplace mantels in the French chateau-esque mansion. Tour fee is $4 per person. Grey Towers is the former home of eminent conservationist and former Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot. Today the US Forest Service, which was founded by Pinchot, is the steward of the home, offering public

programs, tours, and a conference center for environmental programs. To find Grey Towers from Route 6 near Milford, turn onto Old Owego Turnpike (near the Apple Valley Shops Complex) and travel about ¼ mile to the entrance on the left. For more information, call Grey Towers at (570) 296-9630 or log on to the unique websites www.greytowers.org and www.fs.fed.us/gt. December 14 – The Pleasant Valley Choral Society will present a special holiday-themed performance as part of the free Winter Community Concert Series at the Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort in Shawnee-on-Delaware. The PVCS is an adult, community chorus with its home base in Brodheadsville. The chorus currently has forty members who have always prided themselves on performing with enthusiasm and good humor. Their performance will start at 7:00pm in front of the fireplace in the lobby of The Shawnee Inn. The free concert is family friendly and appropriate for all ages. Enjoy (Continued on Page 58)

Free Demonstrations at Holley Ross Pottery Through mid-December, watch Free Pottery Making Demonstrations at Holley Ross Pottery while selecting wonderful gifts for your loved ones and items for your home! Every Monday through Friday at 11:00am, you can observe the entire process of crafting pottery, from mixing the clay to displaying the finished product. This amazing place is a pottery showroom and studio, as well as a 150-manufacturer shopping outlet. Buy Fiesta Dinnerware, stoneware, mugs, glassware, China sets, dolls, planters, and decor. See Holley Ross’ “Weeping Gold Pottery,” plus candles, bean pots, sun catchers, and collectible Polish Pottery. How about a birdbath or whimsical outdoor figurine? After the demonstration and shopping, enter the woodland park for a stroll across a sturdy cable bridge into a beautiful forest with sawdust trails, picnic tables, and a scenic 5-acre lake. Holley Ross Pottery, on Route 191 in LaAnna, is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 5:30pm, and Sunday from 1:00pm until 5:30pm. Call (570) 676-3248, and see www.holleyross.com.

See Candles Made at the House of Candles A scenic drive along Route 715 between Tannersville and Henryville reveals the “Oldest Candle Shop in the Poconos,” the House of Candles! This factory and shopping destination offers free Candle Making Demonstrations every Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Watch the process from start to finish, and order a custom hand-carved candle! In store for you are dinner tapers, votives, and multi-wicks; browse 1000s of candles in 100s of scents, as well as scented instant wax to make your own or give to someone special for an enjoyable winter project. See a 1000-pound candle, a 1930 Model-A Ford, and a free farmyard zoo including a miniature horse, Chinese pheasants, peacocks, goats, and a pond with goldfish and koi. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm; closed Sunday. Use the coupon in the print or online display ad to save 10% on most purchases; plus, all customers receive a free gift! Phone (570) 629-1953, and be enlightened at www.houseofcandles.com.


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COMING EVENTS (Continued from Page 57) Shawnee’s gift to the community! The Shawnee Inn is located on River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Call the resort at (570) 424-4000 or toll-free 1800-SHAWNEE for more information. www.shawneeinn.com December 17 – Night Skiing Begins (weather permitting) at Shawnee Mountain Ski Area in Shawnee-on-Delaware. New for the 2010/2011 season at Shawnee Mountain is the Tomahawk Express, Pennsylvania’s Newest High Speed Detachable Quad Lift! Shawnee Mountain is located just off I-80 exit 309 in Shawnee-on-Delaware. Call them at (570) 421-7231 or log on to www.shawneemt.com for a snow report! December 17 - The Retired Law Enforcement Officers Breakfast Club will meet at 10:00am at Dale’s Coffee Bar Restaurant, 91 Route 611 in Bartonsville. The group is open to all Law Enforcement retirees in the Pocono Mountains area and is welcoming new members. For more information, contact Angela Tullo with your questions at (570) 213-2882 or atullo@troopersfund.org. December 17 & 18 – Join a guide for intriguing tales of reported ghoulish encounters and chilling stories of historic properties along Broadway on a GhostWalk in Old Mauch Chunk (Jim Thorpe). Led by a costumed storyteller with lantern, the walks are all outside and last about an hour. Hosted by the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club, the GhostWalks start in the lobby of the Inn at Jim Thorpe on 24 Broadway and cover a one mile round-trip to the Old Jail. Friday night’s walk starts at 8:00pm, on Saturday night the walk starts at 7:00pm. While not scary, the GhostWalk is not recommended for kids under 7 because they become distracted during some of the longer stories; attentive children are certainly welcome. Although walk-ins are always welcome, space is limited so call (570) 325-2346, 325-2131 or 325-2849 to reserve your places. Tickets are $10 for adults, children 7-12 are $5. Visit the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club’s website at www.jimthorperotary.org or call them for all the haunting details.

December 17 thru 19 - As George Bailey contemplates suicide on Christmas Eve, his guardian angel comes to the rescue in one of America’s classic Christmas stories, It’s a Wonderful Life. The stage play adapted from Frank Capra’s 1946 movie will be presented by the Pennsylvania Theatre of Performing Arts on stage at Downtown Hazleton’s J.J. Ferrara Center. The show starts at 7:00pm on Friday & Saturday nights, with matinee presentations at 1:00pm on Saturday and 3:00pm on Sunday. Be sure to bring your appetite for the allyou-can-eat Christmas Buffet available 90 minutes before each performance. Tickets for “It’s a Wonderful Life” are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 62+ and students 12 & over, and $8 for children. Dinner & Show Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors & students, and $18 children. Group rates are available and show-only tickets will be sold at the door. The J.J. Ferrara Center is located at 212 West Broad Street in Downtown Hazleton. For more information or your reservations, call (570) 454-5451 or purchase tickets online at www.ptpashows.org. December 17 thru 19 – Come visit the historic Skytop Lodge in Skytop, PA for their special “Gingerbread Weekend” Theme Weekend. See a life-sized gingerbread house and learn how to make your own gingerbread masterpieces. Enjoy a weekend filled with holiday cookies, hot wassail, holiday stories, Victorian caroling and dozens of other family-fun events. Parents will love the delicious holidaythemed meals and the holiday culinary presentations, while the kids delight in visits with Santa and even a fireside reading of “Twas the Night before Christmas.” For your reservations or more information about the popular Gingerbread Theme Weekend, call Skytop Lodge at 1-800-345-7759 or (570) 595-8980. See photos of the breathtaking mountain estate at their website www.skytop.com. December 18 – Weather permitting, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain in Lackawaxen Opens for the 2010/2011 Ski Season Today! Enjoy great skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing from now until mid-March. Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is a semi-private family facility in the Northern Poconos, located just four miles off of Route 590

in Lackawaxen. The ski area offers 18 trails with 100% snowmaking, a Terrain Park, and night skiing most nights. For a current snow conditions report and hours of operation, call (570) 685-1400 or log on to their website www.ski-bigbear.com. Closed Tuesdays. December 18 – Help the Northeast PA Audubon Society as they take part in the 110th Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. This important bird census provides critical data for scientists studying long-term trends in bird populations. The count will begin at dawn and will encompass a 7.5-mile radius centered on White Mills. The count will end whenever the last volunteer is finished. Whether you’re an experienced birder or an interested learner, everyone is invited to get out and take part in this count. It will be fun! For more information about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count and to participate, call Barbara today at (570) 253-2364. Call the NEPA Audubon Society office in Honesdale at (570) 253-9250 or log on to the unique websites www.nepaaudubonsociety.org and www.audubon.org. December 18 – An Introduction to Geocaching will be offered today at Nescopeck State Park beginning at 1:00pm. What exactly is geocaching? It’s a modern day “scavenger hunt” using hand-held Global Positioning System units. The program will begin inside with a brief introduction to using a GPS unit and the basics of geocaching. Participants will then be set free to test their newly-gained knowledge and try to find several caches hidden in the park. The park has a limited number of GPS units to borrow. Participants are welcome to bring their own unit, but since GPS models vary greatly, you must be familiar with its operation. The Introduction to Geocaching program is free, however registration is required. Call the Nescopeck State Park office at (570) 403-2006 to register. Check out the Pennsylvania State Parks website www.visitpaparks.com. December 18 – Join members of the Pocono Outdoor Club on a Hike at Dixon R. Miller Recreation Area (formerly Pohopoco) in the Delaware State Forest near Long Pond. This interesting outing of about 6 miles will (Continued on Page 62)


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REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE Century 21 Select Group, Route 940 in Pocono Pines, and Route 940 in Pocono Lake at the Locust Lake Village entrance. Real estate sales and vacation rentals in Lake Naomi, Locust Lake, Timber Trails, and Pinecrest Lake. Call Pocono Pines at 1-800-588-1808 or (570) 646-3600, or Pocono Lake at 1-800588-2808 or (570) 646-8844; email i n f o @ C 2 1 Po c o n o P i n e s . c o m . See everything at www.c21PoconoPines.com!

Liberty Homes Custom Builders, Route 940 at Pocono Lake. Building great vacation and yearround homes throughout the Pocono Mountains since 1979, Liberty Homes also offers terrific house/land packages. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting a family or are ready to retire, Liberty Homes can provide you with the home of your dreams. Call Liberty Homes at 866-4-YOUR-HOME or visit www.libertyhomespa.com.

Lake Naomi Real Estate, Inc., at routes 940 and 423 in Pocono Pines. Lake Naomi sales and vacation rentals are a specialty, with a large sales staff specializing in Lake Naomi and Timber Trails. Get a free Kids Fun Pack with offseason and winter rentals! Call 1-800-537-1479 or (570) 646-2222, and see www.lakenaomi.com.

Pocono Resorts Realty, 3 Lake Harmony office locations: Route 940, Big Boulder Drive, and Jack Frost Entrance; as well as Route 903 in Albrightsville! Primary and vacation home sales, rentals, investment and commercial properties, lots, and acreage. 700+ rental homes! Friendly,

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and winter rentals! Call 1-800-5371479 or (570) 646-2222, and see www.lakenaomi.com. Pocono Resorts Realty, 3 Lake Harmony locations; Route 940, Big Boulder Drive, Jack Frost Entrance, and Route 903 in Albrightsville! Primary and vacation home sales, rentals, investment and commercial properties, lots, and acreage. 700+ rental homes! Serving many communities. Call 1-800-444-3721 and visit www.prr1.com. VACATION HOME/ COTTAGE RENTALS Century 21 Select Group, Route 940 in Pocono Pines, and Route 940 in Pocono Lake at the Locust Lake Village entrance. Real estate sales and vacation rentals in Lake Naomi, Locust Lake, Timber Trails, and Pinecrest Lake. Call Pocono Pines at 1-800-588-1808 or (570) 646-3600, or Pocono Lake at 1-800588-2808 or (570) 646-8844; email i n f o @ C 2 1 Po c o n o P i n e s . c o m . See everything at www.c21PoconoPines.com! Fernwood Resort, Route 209, Bushkill. Spacious villas, onpremises restaurants, fitness facility, winter sports, swimming, horseback riding. Call 1-888-FERNWOOD and see www.fernwoodhotel.com. Lake Naomi Real Estate, Inc., at routes 940 & 423 in Pocono Pines. Lake Naomi sales & vacation rentals are a specialty, with a large sales staff specializing in Lake Naomi and Timber Trails. Get a free Kids Fun Pack with off-season and winter rentals! Call 1-800-5371479 or (570) 646-2222, and see www.lakenaomi.com. Pocono Resorts Realty, 3 Lake Harmony locations; Route 940, Big Boulder Drive, Jack Frost Entrance, and Route 903 in Albrightsville! Primary and vacation home sales, rentals, investment and commercial properties, lots, and acreage. 700+ rental homes! Call 1-800-444-3721 and visit www.prr1.com. BUILDERS, SERVICES NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION Gumble Brothers, Inc., with 2 locations! In Paupack, call (570) 226-4531; in Newfoundland,


This Week in the Poconos 61 call (570) 676-3304. Visit www.gumblebrothers.com. Liberty Homes Custom Builders, Route 940 at Pocono Lake. Building great vacation and year-round homes throughout the Pocono Mountains since 1979, Liberty Homes also offers terrific house/ land packages. Whether you’re starting a family or are ready to retire, Liberty Homes can provide you with the home of your dreams. Call 866-4-YOUR-HOME or visit www.libertyhomespa.com. Pocono Tile Works, expert custom tile design and installation. Marble also a specialty. See examples of their beautiful work at www.poconotileworks.com, or call (570) 460-6439 for your free quote! Fully insured, references available. The Service Team, routes 512 and 33 (487 E. Moorestown Road) in Wind Gap. Installation experts for roofing, siding, kitchens and baths, decks, insulation, flooring, etc. Open daily. Phone (610) 3778400. COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE Pocono Resorts Realty, 3 Lake Harmony locations; Route 940, Big

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COMING EVENTS (Continued from Page 58) visit the fire tower and hike various trails in the area to a small boulder field and the Trilithon. Meet for the hike by 10:00am at the trailhead off Route 115; one mile south of Pocono Raceway turn into the entrance road (west side of Rt. 115) and the trailhead is soon on the left. Wear sturdy shoes appropriate for hiking and bring water. Contact hike leaders John & Fran Whipple at (570) 350-2977 or (570) 350-2967 for directions and more information. The Pocono Outdoor Club is a friendly hiking group open to all individuals interested in exploring the trails of the Pocono Mountains. To learn more about the club and its outings in the wilds of the Poconos, contact today’s hike leaders or check out www.poconooutdoorclub.org. December 18 & 19 – Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford celebrates the season with their annual Holiday Open House from 1:00 to 4:00pm each day. See all three floors of the 1886 mansion beautifully decorated for the season by the Milford Garden Club. It takes weeks of planning and at least two full days of intensive hanging, draping, adorning and arranging to decorate all three floors, staircases and fireplace mantels in the French chateau-esque mansion. On Saturday, enjoy holiday vocals by area students when the Dingman Delaware Middle School Chorus performs at 2:00pm. Grey Towers is the former home of eminent conservationist and former Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot. Today the US Forest Service, which was founded by Pinchot, is the steward of the home, offering public programs, tours, and a conference center for environmental programs. To find Grey Towers from Route 6 near Milford, turn onto Old Owego Turnpike (near the Apple Valley Shops Complex) and travel about ¼ mile to the entrance on the left. For more information, call Grey Towers at (570) 296-9630 or log on to the unique websites www.greytowers.org and www.fs.fed.us/gt. December 18 & 19 - The Northeast Ballet Ensemble presents Tchaikovski’s Nutcracker Ballet on stage at Notre Dame High School,

60 Spangenburg Avenue in East Stroudsburg. Performance times are 7:00pm to 9:00pm on Saturday and 2:00 to 4:00pm on Sunday. For tickets or more information, call Diane Verdi at (570) 619-4113. December 18 & 19 – Bring the kids to Country Junction, “World’s Largest General Store” on Route 209 near Lehighton for Pictures with Santa. Kids should bring their wish lists and visit with Santa for a picture any time from noon to 4:00pm on Saturday & Sunday. Santa pictures are only $5. Mom & Dad, bring your gift lists, too, because Country Junction has the best presents for every member of the family! And don’t miss their ad in this magazine (or print ad online) for the FREE Wine Tasting Coupon and 15% off of a case of twelve bottles! Country Junction is easy to find on Route 209 (6565 Interchange Road) at Forest Inn, near Lehighton. Log on to www.countryjunction.com for directions and more information about the incredible inventory, or call (610) 377-5050. December 18 & 19 – Celebrate the holidays at Jim Thorpe’s 29th Annual Olde Time Christmas Celebration in an intriguing town full of history and Old-World charm. During this season, the town of Jim Thorpe is magically transformed into an authentic Victorian Christmas village. This year’s features include holiday music from street carolers and musicians, train rides and photos with Santa on the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, breakfast with Santa at the elegant Albright Mansion Restaurant, scavenger hunts, greetings from Peef the Christmas Bear downtown at Nature’s Trail, musical performances and special stage shows. The Grand Master Concert Organ will provide a musical backdrop of favorite Christmas tunes at Josiah White Park. Carolers will perform from the balcony of the Inn at Jim Thorpe while visitors stroll through town on the popular Mug Walk, filling their souvenir mugs with hot drinks at the local shops and galleries. The Festival of Trees display and Holiday Craft Fair at the Mauch Chunk Museum is a wonder of style, ornament and light while a special Victorian House tour featuring local bed & breakfasts will provide another opportunity to step back in time. For the complete schedule of town-wide events, visit

www.jimthorpeoldetimechristmas.com. You may also call the Jim Thorpe Chamber of Commerce at (570) 325-5810 or visit their website www.jimthorpe.org. December 19 - All are welcome at the Free Christmas Dinner being served at the Mount Pocono United Methodist Church, 12 Church Avenue in Mount Pocono. The ham and turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Live holiday entertainment is also planned. Everyone is welcome, including singles, couples, families, and seniors. Reservations are not required but are requested to ensure there will be enough food for all. Limited local transportation is available. Call 8399902 for your reservations. December 20 - The public is invited to attend the Pike County Conservation District Board of Directors Meeting, to be held at 9:00am at the Conservation District Education Building on Route 402 in Blooming Grove. No fee or registration is required. You may call the Pike County Conservation District office in Hawley at 226-8220 or send an email to pikecd@pikepa.org. Visit the website www.pikeconservation.org to find out more. December 21 – Marked by the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2010 is the First Day of Winter, the shortest day and longest night of the year. Snuggle up and enjoy it in the Pocono Mountains! December 21 – Join your friends and neighbors to raise voices in Handel’s immortal masterpiece during the Annual “Messiah” Sing-In at the Shawnee Playhouse, River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware. The sing-in concert will begin at 8:00pm and will be accompanied by a full orchestra with conductor and soloists. Each audience member will receive a musical score and everyone is invited to sing the chorus numbers with the orchestra. With a roaring fire in the fireplace and the fellowship of the local community, this is an event that contributes in a very special way to the joy of the season. No tickets are required but an $8 donation is requested at the door. The concert will be held rain or shine. For more information about this exuberant holiday event, call the Shawnee Playhouse at (570) 421-5093.


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