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SURF THE MOUNTAINS Your Pocono Portal American Candle: www.american-candle.com

PennDOT District 4: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/

Baileys Grille & Steakhouse: www.baileyssteakhouse.com

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Barley Creek Brewing Company: www.barleycreek.com

PennDOT District 5: http://www.dot.state.pa.us/penndot/districts/

Bear Creek Inne: www.bearcreekinne.com

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Bushkill Falls: www.visitbushkillfalls.com

PennDOT Driver & Vehicle Services: www.dmv.state.pa.us

Camelback Mountain Resort: www.skicamelback.com

PennDOT’s NEPA Transportation Website: www.neparoads.com

Century 21 Select Pocono Pines: www.C21PoconoPines.com

PennDOT’s Travel Information Website: www.511pa.com

Country Junction: www.countryjunction.com

Pike County Conservation District: www.pikeconservation.org

Country Kettle: www.country-kettle.com

Pike County Tourism: www.discoverpikepa.com

Countryside Housekeeping Cottages: www.countrysidecottages.com Crescent Lodge: www.crescentlodge.com Crystal Cabin Fever Winter Ice Display: www.crystalcabinfever.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

Delaware Highlands Conservancy: www.delawarehighlands.org

Pocono Indian Museum: www.poconoindianmuseum.com

Dorflinger Glass Museum: http://dorflinger.org/glass_museum.html

Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce:

Downtown Hawley Partnership: www.visithawleypa.com

www.lakeregioncc.com

Downtown Stroudsburg: www.stroudsburg.net

Pocono Mountain Arts Council: www.poconomac.com

Eckley Miners Village: www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com

Pocono Mountains Flying Club: www.mpoflyingclub.org

Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort: www.ehrhardts.com

Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau: www.800poconos.com

Fernwood Hotel & Resort: www.fernwoodhotel.com The French Manor: www.thefrenchmanor.com Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce: www.greaterpoconochamber.com

Pocono Outdoor Club: www.poconooutdoorclub.org Pocono Tile Works: www.poconotileworks.com Printing Craftsmen, Inc.: www.printingcraftsmeninc.com The Settlers Inn: www.thesettlersinn.com Shawnee Gallery: www.shawneegallery.com

Greater White Haven Chamber of Commerce: www.whitehaven.org

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort: www.shawneeinn.com

Grey Towers National Historic Landmark: www.fs.fed.us/gt

Shawnee Mountain: www.shawneemt.com

Holistic Health Haven: www.poconoholistichaven.com

The Shawnee Playhouse: www.theshawneeplayhouse.com

Holley Ross Pottery: www.holleyross.com

The Singing Boys of Pennsylvania: www.singingboysofpennsylvania.org

Hutton Metalcrafts: www.copperlamps.com

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain: www.ski-bigbear.com

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

Skytop Lodge: www.skytop.com Skyview Spa at Skytop Lodge: www.skyviewspaatskytoplodge.com Smuggler’s Cove: www.smugglerscove.net The Spa at Mount Airy: www.thespaatmountairy.com The Spa at Mountain Laurel: www.thespaatmountainlaurel.com

Lake Naomi Real Estate: www.lakenaomi.com

Spa Shawnee and Salon: www.spashawnee.com

Liberty Homes Custom Builders: www.libertyhomespa.com

Split Rock Resort & Golf Club: www.splitrockresort.com

Miss Elly’s Antiques and Such: www.missellysantiques.com

S&S Speedways - Indoor Go-Karts: www.ssspeedways.com

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs: www.mohegansunpocono.com

Starting Gate: www.startinggateonline.com

Monroe County Conservation District: www.mcconservation.org

Steamtown National Historic Site: www.nps.gov/stea

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

Teeters’ Furniture: www.teetersfurniture.com Theo B. Price Inc.: www.theobprice.com Upper Delaware Scenic & Recreational River: www.nps.gov/upde Visit PA: www.visitPA.com Vocelli Pizza: www.vocellipizza.com

PA Fish & Boat Commission: www.fish.state.pa.us

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Int’l Airport: www.flyavp.com

PA PowerPort: www.state.pa.us

Wilkes-Barre-Scranton Penguins: www.wbspenguins.com

PA State Park Information: www.visitpaparks.com

Woehrle’s Bait Shop: www.woehrlesbaitshop.com


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JANUARY 28, 2012 Crescent Lodge: Relaxed Elegance .......................................................4 Golf Tournament Tees Off in February ...............................................5 Crystal Cabin Fever ...............................................................................7 Shopping at Mohegan Sun ...................................................................8 Ski Season in the Poconos ..................................................................16 Skiing: Learn to Turn ...........................................................................17 Après Ski ...............................................................................................23 Ice Fishing Safety Tips .........................................................................31 Ski Big Bear Carnival ...........................................................................32 Jam at Winterfest Bluegrass ...............................................................36 Love is in the Airy ................................................................................40 Pocono Ski Rentals ..............................................................................42 Live Bait for Ice Fishing .......................................................................43 Cross-Country Skiing ...........................................................................47 Winged Migration: Eagles ...................................................................47 Sponsored Eagle Watches ...................................................................47 CALENDAR...............................6 COMING EVENTS ......................6 DINING ................................. 18 ENTERTAINMENT .................... 22 LODGING .............................. 39 MOVIES................................. 22 MUSEUMS & GALLERIES ........... 36

POCONO MAP ....................... 24 REAL ESTATE ........................... 34 SHOPPING AROUND .............. 10 SPAS & SALONS ...................... 41 SPORTS ................................ 26 SURF THE MOUNTAINS ..............2

Hit the Slopes! With winter in full swing, ski season in the Pocono Mountains celebrates the exhilaration and beauty of outdoor adventures. Ski resorts such as Big Boulder, Camelback, Jack Frost, Shawnee and Ski Big Bear at Masthope host a smorgasbord of events for skiers, snowboarders and snowtubers of all ages and abilities. Northeast Pennsylvania’s pristine parks, nature reserves and private resorts, overflowing with lakes, rivers and streams, create the perfect ambiance for dozens of other fun activities, including cross-country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing, Cover Photo: Jack Frost eagle watching and snowmobiling. The yearBig Boulder Ski Areas round arts and music scenes keep things lively once you head indoors. Turn to the “Coming Events” column or click on www.thisweek.net to plan your winter getaway... in the Poconos!

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Crescent Lodge: Paradise Found In Paradise Valley, the heart of the Pocono Mountains, Crescent Lodge & Country Inn draws visitors from New York, Philadelphia and the cities of New Jersey who are looking for a quaint country experience with contemporary amenities. Enjoying an ideal location—close to sensational spas, great shopping and a casino—Crescent Lodge features elegant rooms, and cottages with fireplaces and sunken Jacuzzis. Its onsite restaurant is world class. The neighboring towns of Stroudsburg and Tannersville are wonderful antiquing spots. Snow sports enthusiasts head for the slopes of nearby ski resorts. During spring, summer and autumn, a wealth of activities await: golf, horseback riding, whitewater rafting and relaxing poolside surrounded by the natural beauty of Crescent Lodge. The lodge features a classic main building replete with a grand lobby, antiques and cozy country warmth. Charming individual cottages create an intimate, private experience. Specials and packages may be available. Check the web site, www.crescentlodge.com, for more details. If you’re going: Crescent Lodge & Country Inn, Paradise Valley, Cresco; (570) 595-7486; (800) 392-9400.

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Fore! Ice Tee Golf Tournament in February Golf lovers: no need to wait for spring to hit the links in the Poconos. The 21st Annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament, based from Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort on Lake Wallenpaupack, gives golf enthusiasts the opportunity to tee up in the middle of winter. The legendary Lake Wallenpaupack event features two challenging 9-hole courses, complete with tree-lined fairways that are designed using recycled Christmas trees donated by participants, spectators and local nurseries. Water traps, roughs and obstacles are carved into the ice. Players will receive a colored golf ball plus a scorecard and map illustrating the course layout, and are allowed up to three clubs, including a putter. The February 26 event also includes prizes for “craziest” sled, “wackiest” hat, and the golfers who land the closest drive to “Wally Paupack,” the snowman-mascot of the Pocono Mountains Lake Region. DJ Have a Blast will create a party atmosphere. Presented by the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, major sponsors include Lowe’s, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort and Crystal Cabin Fever. Tee times are every 10 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The awards ceremony is scheduled for approximately 3 p.m. at Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort. “Green Fees” are a non-refundable donation of $15 per golfer in advance; and $20 on day of the event. Reservations are suggested. For more information: (570) 226-3191. Email: visit@lakeregioncc.com.

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See the ENTERTAINMENT Column on Page 22 for Local Live Entertainment! Now thru February 26 - Altered State? Juried Photography-Based Arts Exhibition, ARTSPACE and Studio Galleries, 18 N. 7th Street, Stroudsburg. Sponsored by the PoconoArts Council. For more information: www.poconoarts.org.

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Now thru mid-March - Eagle Watch! During winter, hundreds of bald eagles migrate to the Pocono Mountains, joining the growing, breeding population of resident eagles. On Saturdays and Sundays, trained The Eagle Institute volunteers staff popular viewing locations to assist eagle watchers in sighting these majestic birds. Winter Field Office: Lackawaxen, just across the Roebling Bridge from Minisink Ford, NY. For more information: (570) 685-5960, (845) 557-6162; www.eagleinstitute.com.

Poconos for a coupon worth $2 off any purchase of $20 or more. For more information: (570) 839-6844; www.poconocheesecake.com.

Now thru Season - The Safe Haven 2012 Calendar is available to purchase. Cost is $16/calendar, plus shipping and handling; proceeds benefit the non-profit Safe Haven Pet Rescue. Email safehaven@epix.net for more information and to order.

Now thru Season - Ski and Spa Package at The French Manor in South Sterling. Enjoy skiing at your choice of two of the Poconos’ best mountains, along with relaxation at The French Manor’s Green Spa. Package includes luxury accommodations with welcome basket; VIP Lift Tickets for two at Camelback or Sno Mountain; custom tote bag packed with bottled water, lip balm, trail mix and fresh fruit; 50-minute couples’ massage; afternoon tea daily; complimentary turn-down service with Godiva Chocolates. Full country breakfast each morning. For reservations or more information: (570) 676-3244; www.thefrenchmanor.com.

Now thru Season - Love at First Bite, Pocono Cheesecake Factory on Rt. 611 in Swiftwater. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. See this issue of This Week in the

Now thru January 31 - The Shawnee Original Playwright Series issues a Call for Aspiring Playwrights. In March, your work will be read before a live audience;

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This Week in the Poconos 7 the winning submission will be produced and performed at The Shawnee Playhouse on River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware. For more information: (570) 421-5093; www.theshawneeplayhouse.com. Now thru January 31 - Purchase 2012 Season Tickets from The Shawnee Playhouse on River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware, and enjoy a 10% discount. A number of season ticket packages are available at a variety of prices, and gift certificates are available. For more information: (570) 421-5093; www.theshawneeplayhouse.com. Now thru February 2 - “Just Like I Remember� art exhibit (Continued on Page 8)

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sponsored by the Monroe County Conservation District weekdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Original paintings by Eino Anttila. Meet the artist and enjoy complimentary refreshments. For more information: (570) 629-3061; www.mcconservation.org. Now thru February 15 – Women’s Wednesday Ski Program, Shawnee Mountain, Hollow Road, Shawneeon-Delaware. Recreational skiing for adult women of all ages,

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to close. Beginners welcome. Lesson at 10:30 a.m. 50% off babysitting services for participants. For more information: (570) 421-7231, ext. 254; www.shawneemt.com. Now thru February 28 (excluding Feb. 21) - Ladies Tuesday Sports Clinics, Jack Frost Mountain, Blakeslee, 10 a.m. Free with valid snow pass. No clinic on 2/21. For more information: www.jfbb.com. Now thru March 1 (excluding Feb. 22) - Wednesday Senior Day Sports Clinics, Jack Frost Mountain, Blakeslee, 10 a.m. Free with valid

snow pass. No clinic on 2/22. For more information: www.jfbb.com. Now through March 31 - Free Snowshoe Loaner Program, Promised Land State Park. A limited number of MSR-Denali snowshoes are available for day-use only, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wear hiking boots, dress in layers and bring plenty of water. Contact the park office to check snow conditions and equipment availability at (570) 6763428; www.visitpaparks.com. Ongoing – ECOZONE, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) in Dingmans Ferry. The new ECOZONE is free to the

Mohegan Sun’s Exclusive Retailers Featuring fashion-forward boutiques and gourmet goodies, the shops at Mohegan Sun help you find that illusive perfect fit for a glamorous event or special gift for the guy who has everything. Without overwhelming, the casino manages to bring only the best. Crossing Vineyards Wine & Cheese Shop specializes in awardwinning wines and multi-flights of wine and cheese, paired to complement the flavors of each. Quality wine accessories, Reidel glassware, decanters, wine bags, wine books, games and winerelated dishes are also available. Marshall Rousso dresses women in the latest styles, featuring fabulous eveningwear as well as hip casual clothes. With a wide selection of accessories, footwear and handbags, spotlighted designers include J Renee, BCBG Girls, Desario, Chinese Laundry and Onex. Brookstone, famous for its innovative, interactive shopping experience, offers superior consumer products that are both artistic and functional. Ruby Blue, known for its stunning array of jewelry, handbags and gift items, covers every trend, including inspirational, traditional and whimsical. Mogo offers a wide and fun array of unique logo items, gifts, coffee mugs, apparel and other sundry items. All of the shops at Mohegan Sun are open daily for extended hours. For more information: (570) 831-2100; www.mohegansunpocono.com.


This Week in the Poconos 9 public on two Sundays of every month, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. For more information: (570) 828-2319; www.peec.org. Ongoing, Wednesdays - Brain Freeze Trivia, Fernwood Hotel & Resort’s Wintergreens Patio Grill, 5785 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Hosted by local radio personality “Big Brain” Gary in the Morning, this team trivia game tests your knowledge of TV, beer, sports, music and more. Must be 21 and older to play. Registration at 5:30 p.m.; game starts at 6 p.m. For more information: (570) 588-9500, ext. 4260.

Daily - Free Brewery Tours and Beer Tastings, Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road in Tannersville, every day at 12:30 p.m. No reservations required. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information: (570) 629-9399 or log on to www.barleycreek.com. January 27, 28 & 29 - 2nd Annual Guest Participation Mechanical Bull Rodeo Weekend, Malibu Dude Ranch, 351 Foster Hill Road, Milford. Try your bull riding skills to win trophies and cash prizes awarded in 3 categories: adult cowboys, adult cowgirls and junior wranglers. $305 per adult; $152.50

per child between 5 and 12. Children under 4 are free. For more information: (570) 296-7281. January 27, 28 & 29 - The Pocono Bluegrass & Folk Society 12th Annual Winterfest. Enjoy the sounds of banjos, guitars, fiddles and acoustic instruments. Bring your instruments—jamming is encouraged at most of the weekend’s activities. 12 p.m. shows are held at the Elks Lodge, 260 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg, Jan. 28 & 29. Saturday’s featured performers include The Wallace Brothers Band, Chasing Blue, Plexigrass and The Lost Ramblers. (Continued on Page 42)


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American Candle—The name belies the wares. In addition to an amazing selection of dinner tapers, wind-proof storm candles, pillar candles and jar candles, you’ll also find collectibles from Legends, Dept. 56, Lenox, and Precious Moments. Keep the cold at bay with leg warmers, scarves, jackets and hats. Feast your eyes on an array of gorgeous stained glass items. American Candle also features Pandora and Kameleon jewelry,

MOGO charm bracelets, Vera Bradley accessories, Baggallini handbags, Dansko and Snap footwear. Satisfy your sweet tooth, choosing from hundreds of barrels of chocolates, gummies, hard candies and licorice. On Route 611 in Bartonsville, exit 302 off I-80; open daily. (570) 629-3388; visit www.american-candle.com. Cooks Tour—Woks to the left and rolling pins to the right. The best cookware and kitchen -OPEN SEVEN DAYS A WEEKRoute 611 Bartonsville, PA 18321

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This Week in the Poconos 11 scape and garden items, and a wine cellar with wine tasting! This shopping experience is fun for everyone; open 7 days. Call (610) 377-5050, and go to the Junction online at www.countryjunction.com. Country Kettle—Upon entering this famous Pocono Mountains store, your first reaction is likely to be, “WOW! Look at all that candy!” With over 250 barrels of your favorite treats, all at the same price, it’s sure to be an enjoyable experience. You’ll find creamy fudge, mouthwatering chocolates, gourmet caramel corn, honey-toasted peanuts, flavored sesame sticks, and many unique snack mixes. Enjoy specialty jams, jellies, marmalades, gourmet mustards, hot sauces, and tasty salsas. The Gift Shop features jewelry from Swarovski and John Medeiros. Browse collectibles featuring Jim Shore, Lenox, and Charming Tails. Enjoy the fragrance of Yankee Candles, Wood Wick Candles and signature candles. Discover kitchenware, garden flags and stones, wind chimes, and home accent décor. Business Route 209, Marshalls Creek. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (570) 421-8970; see www.country-kettle.com. Dutch’s Shur Save—This grocery store and more offers fresh-baked goodies daily, turning out breads, rolls, pastries and cakes. Located at 1564 Route 507 in Greentown. Phone: (570) 676-3373. Groceries, fresh fruits and vegetables, specialty foods, greeting cards, notions and

potions, plants, cut flowers and arrangements, kitchen helpers, and cold beer to go. Cleaning and laundry supplies, spices, sodas, candy, and fresh delicatessen. A complete market with convenience, variety, and great service, offering an enjoyable shopping experience in the Lake Region. Glass Hat—Featuring two floors filled with elegant glassware, antique oak and country furniture, collectibles, estate jewelry, pottery and Depression glass. Tea connoisseurs will enjoy the cups and saucers, teapots and tea accessories. A highlight is the Christmas Room featuring Santas, old and new ornaments and Christmas China. There’s a section devoted to old kitchenware, perfect décor for

your kitchen. The proprietors are members of the Wayne, Pike, Sullivan Antique Dealers Association (WPSADA) and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Glass Appreciation Club. Open daily, weather permitting, on Route 191 in Hamlin, ½ mile south of Hamlin Corners. Call (570) 689-4060, email (Continued on Page 12)

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other beautiful items. Gift certificates are available. Call for retail store hours: (570) 6291696 or (570) 245-5049; visit: www.poconoholistichaven. com. Holley Ross Pottery—This amazing place, on Route 191 in La Anna, is a pottery showroom, gift shop, and studio where skilled craftsmen produce beautiful wares. Up to 70% off popular items such as Fiesta ware, stoneware, mugs, glass, China sets, dolls, planters and décor. See Holley Ross’ very own Weeping Gold Pottery, plus candy dishes, colored glassware, candles, bean pots, sun catchers, and highly collectible Polish Pottery. After shopping, enter the woodland park for a comfortable stroll. Cross a sturdy suspended bridge into a beautiful forest with sawdust trails, picnic tables, and a scenic 5-acre lake. Winter store hours by appointment: (570) 676-3248, and see www.holleyross.com. Hutton Metalcrafts—Offers an array of unique handcrafted metal works, copper lanterns, lamps, candle lanterns, and fine pewter ornaments and necklaces. Route 940 in Pocono Pines. Remembrances

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and objects for the home are manufactured on the premises. One-of-a-kind copper trees by Tom Hutton, hand-hammered from a slab of solid copper, silver brazed, then heat-colored to produce rich greens on the tops and reddish highlights on the trunks. Purchase fine oil paintings on glass and stone by Xian Wei Xian, and gorgeous solid copper wall sculptures. Everything at Hutton Metalcrafts is unique and exquisitely beautiful. Call (570) 646-7778 for winter hours. Online: www.copperlamps.com. Kinsley’s ShopRite—Located in Brodheadsville, this large grocery store and pharmacy fulfills your food and household shopping needs. In-store bakery, fresh produce, and an ample selection of all your favorites. The deli counters have everything for making fresh sandwiches and platters, plus ready-made salads and cooked dishes. Full service pharmacy, wide aisles, expansive displays, and plenty of checkout counters. Play the PA lottery here. On Route 209; hours are Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Miss Elly’s Antiques & Such— A multi-dealer shop at 518 Church Street off Main Avenue in Hawley is destination all its own. Affordable treasures, including furniture, glass, pottery, paintings and prints, vintage clothing and textiles. Imported foods include British marmalades and Scottish shortbreads. The 1870 Gothic Revival building features a center gable,


This Week in the Poconos 13 tin roof with snowbirds, flattened arch-effect windows, full-length porch, and lovely antique glass. Winter hours: Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (570) 226-7513; www.missellysantiques.com. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Highway 315, WilkesBarre—Much more than a gaming casino, Mohegan Sun also features trendy boutiques and epicurean delights. Stroll the lavish shopping promenade, where you’ll find fabulous accessories, including jewelry and handbags, in Ruby Blue. Crossing Vineyards Wine & Cheese Shop is the place to go to custom build your own gourmet pairings. Nationwide specialty retailer Brookstone offers an assortment of distinctive consumer products. Go glam or dress down in designer evening gowns, casual wear, shoes and accessories from Marshall Rousso. In Northeastern Pennsylvania, these specialty shops are conveniently located under one roof where you can also enjoy gaming, fine dining, in-season harness racing, televised sports events on big screen TVs and live music. (570) 831-2100; www.mohegansunpocono. com. Pocono Cheesecake Factory— ”Love at First Bite.” Located on Route 611 in Swiftwater, the factory specializes in the fine art of cheesecakery, crafting it better than anyone else. They sell only cheesecake and other goods made fresh on the premises. Choose from a large variety of flavors

and toppings. This is the best cheesecake in the world, bar none. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (570) 839-6844; www.poconocheesecake.com. Pocono Tile Works—Serves the entire four-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, professional consultation and estimate. Pocono Tile Works is fully insured, reliable and reputable, and cheerfully provides

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are available. Find it at 4 Main Avenue in Hawley. (570) 226-2993, (800) 833-8527; www.thesettlersinn.com.

Gifts • Souvenirs A wonderful shop filled to over-flowing with a variety of gifts you must see to believe! Main Street (Rt.611) Mount Pocono

Second Story High End Thrift— Located at 756 Business Route 209, across from Eagles Glen Plaza in East Stroudsburg. The place for resale shopping aficionados. This discriminating store evinces the look and feel of a high-end boutique, without the high-end prices. Brand name and designer apparel, plus an ever-changing array of accessories, shoes, bags, artwork and décor pieces. Distinctive, attractive furniture is displayed throughout the gallery setting, and sold at thrifty prices. You’re encouraged to open cabinets and drawers to discover more one-of-akind treasures. For hours and more information, call Second

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Story High End Thrift at (570) 420-9948. Shawnee Gallery—Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. You’ll find full displays of art and crafts from local artists and artisans, perfect for memorable, enjoyable gifts of quality. Choose from watercolors, original oils, jewelry, ceramics, metalwork, fabrics, leather and woodwork. Winter location: Shawnee Inn, One River Road, Shawnee on Delaware. (570) 420-9404; www.shawneegallery.com. Starting Gate Action Sports— Route 209 in Bushkill is a yearround sporting goods store. For over 40 years, Starting Gate has been catering to sports enthusiasts, adventure travelers and naturalists. Complete lines from Burton, Salomon, and K2, and tons of cool apparel by Burton, Volcom, O’Neill, Bonfire, and The North Face. Some equipment is available to rent. The friendly, knowledgeable staff can recommend the best local venue for your sport of choice. Visit Starting Gate and get set with top-notch gear, accessories, and on-thescene information, everything you need for your active lifestyle. (570) 588-4807; www.startinggateonline.com. Teeters’ Furniture—Main Avenue in Hawley, carries a wide range of dining, living room, upholstered, and bedroom furniture displayed in attractive gallery settings. The inventory includes Tom Seely, Simply Amish, Kincaid, Winners Only, Chatham, and


This Week in the Poconos 15 Stanley. Quality, service, and selection are hallmarks here. Teeters’ has been selling furniture since 1849! Delivery and set-up are available. Open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Furnish your primary home, vacation home, or shop for an enduring gift. Phone (570) 226-3112, and visit www.teetersfurniture.com. The Spa at Mount Airy—44 Woodland Road, Mount Pocono. Luxurious skincare and spa product lines, including Sothys Paris, OPI, Paul Mitchell, and herbal teas by Nuwati. (570) 243-5230; www.thespaatmountairy.com. Theo B. Price Inc. Country Store—Route 390 in Cresco is stocked with handicrafts, distinctive gifts, seasonings, animal feed, folk art, hardware, and building materials. Shop for Green Mountain Coffees, Vera Bradley Bags, Byers’ Choice collectibles, Burt’s Bees, Grafton Village Cheeses, and more at this landmark store. You’ll also find everything you’d expect at a hardware and lumber store for your home and outdoor needs. Browse the Sprag Mill Art Gallery on the premises. Open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday. (570) 595-2501; www.theobprice.com. Tobyhanna Station PA—Route 423. Model trains, rail videos, memorabilia, souvenirs. (570) 894-3338.

Woehrle’s Bait Shop—Muststop if you plan to fish on the Pocono Mountains’ pristine streams and lakes. They’re open daily, stocking healthy live bait for all types of fishing. Choose from hellgramites, fat heads, leeches, night crawlers, minnows, red worms, giant mealworms, crickets, wax worms, and more. Woehrle’s

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SKI THE POCONO MOUNTAINS A PREMIER ski destination since 1946 when snowmaking was first introduced, according to USA Today’s Travel Tips, the Pocono Mountains boast seven ski resorts that cater to every level of skier, snowboarder, snowblader and snowtuber. Blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, the Poconos offer snow sports enthusiasts the opportunity to spend more time on the slopes and less time standing in lines and driving through traffic.

POCONO MOUNTAIN resorts and lodges offer a range of ski and stay packages, which make elite winter sports available to more enthusiasts. Swank accommodations, such as Skytop Lodge, French Manor in South Sterling and The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park, bring top-of-the-line luxury to the peaceful Poconos. Here’s a guide to planning your ski trip to the Pocono Mountains:

Big Boulder Ski Area—Rated a “Top 5 Terrain Park on the East Coast of Canada and the United States” by Transworld Snowboarding, Big Boulder sports meticulously groomed runs and expert-built features. For families, the resort recently introduced a new park, “One,” which offers a more mellow run. The Park’s website, www.bigboulderPARK.com, is loaded with videos, photos, blogs and updates about the many events that take place there. Big Boulder offers 14 trails serviced by seven lifts, night skiing, ski rentals, ski school and snowtubing. Lake Harmony Road in Lake Harmony; (570) 722-0100; www.jfbb.com.

Camelback Ski Area— Locals have always known that Camelback deserves to be counted among the top ski resorts on the East Coast. As the sole East Coast stop for the Nike Rail Jams ski and snowboard event, now the rest of the country knows too. Camelback features the most open acreage in the Pocono Mountains and continuously hosts events throughout the ski season, including Wednesday Night Race League, Mid-Atlantic Snowboard Series Boardercross Weekend (January 27-29), Bag of Tricks Airbag Contest, Breast Cancer Awareness Day (February 11) and adaptive races for skiers with physical limitations. Camelback offers day and night skiing, four lodges, two rental shops, two terrain parks, halfpipe and ski school. Enjoy a great meal slope side. Exit 299 off I-80 in Tannersville; (570) 629-1661; www.skicamelback.com.


This Week in the Poconos 17 Jack Frost Mountain Ski Area—According to HuffPost/AOL Travel, Jack Frost Ski Area is the best place in the Pocono Mountains for serious skiers. The majority of Jack Frost’s trails are intermediate and advanced. But beginners, don’t despair. Your Jack Frost lift ticket also entitles you to enjoy Big Boulder (and vice versa), where you’ll find a wealth of beginner-level trails. Day skiing only at Jack Frost. Just off Route 940 in Blakeslee; (570) 443-8425; www.jfbb.com. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area — Because of its easy access from New York and New Jersey and its awesome snowmaking and grooming, New Yorkers have voted Shawnee their favorite Poconos ski destination, according to HuffPost/ AOL Travel. This is an ideal choice for intermediate skiers. Shawnee hosts ongoing events including Race Against Cancer (February 4), Take Your Daughter/Son to the Snow Week (February 6-10) and Shawnee Winter Carnival Day (February 26). The resort features halfpipe area, snowboard park, ski school and clinics for every ability. I-80, Exit 309, Hollow Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware; (570) 421-7231; www.shawneemt.com. Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain—A family-friendly resort located in the most northern tier of the Pocono Mountains on the scenic Upper Delaware River, this is the perfect choice for children to learn to ski and snowboard. Open for night skiing most nights—ideal for after-school activities. Ski/snowboard lessons and rentals are available. Big Bear hosts its popular Winter Carnival on January 29. Hit the snow for Ski and Snowboard Races, an all day scavenger hunt, lunch tray races and Ski Patrol toboggan rides and much more. Carnival hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Karl Hope Blvd., Lackawaxen; (570) 685-1400; www.ski-bigbear.com.

This Year, Learn to Turn Shawnee Mountain and Fernwood Hotel team up to offer a Learn to Turn package through March 30, 2012. The special two-day package includes equipment, lessons, lift tickets and accommodations. Starting from just $306 for two, Learn to Turn is the perfect mid-week getaway. After a day on the slopes, head back to Fernwood to relax in the sauna, soak in the hot tub or swim in the indoor pool. Add meals to your package for an additional cost; Fernwood features several onsite eateries and pubs. Shawnee Ski Area is located in beautiful Shawnee-on-Delaware. Fernwood is in nearby East Stroudsburg. For more information and reservations: (888) 337-6966; www.fernwoodhotel.com.


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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; (570) 472-9045: Serving delicious food and drinks at reasonable prices since 1972, the Bear Creek Inne specializes in fresh seafood, steak, veal and chicken. Casual dining in a lovely country setting. Children’s Menu 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 p.m., and Sundays at 12 p.m. www.bearcreekinne.com. BUSHKILL Fernwood Hotel & Resort, Route 209; (570) 588-9500: Great food for all tastes and budgets. Mama Bella’s Tuscan Grille features tempting appetizers and entrees. For a casual dining experience, visit the sports pub with 8 TVs. Fernwood also has a Food Court featuring Pizza Hut, Scoops, and a cafe. Wintergreen’s Bar and Grill overlooks the lake and golf course. Enjoy cocktails and entertainment. www.fernwoodhotel.com. EAST STROUDSBURG

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Vocelli Pizza, 96 South Courtland Street; (570) 424-1949: Handcrafted dough mixed with extra-virgin olive oil and a signature pizza sauce that has been handed down through generations. Catering available. Order online, by phone or pop in. Kids Corner, Gourmet Club and Shoppe Di Vocelli. Route 611

in Tannersville by Smuggler’s Cove. www.vocellipizza.com. HAWLEY Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort & Restaurant, 205 Route 507; (570) 226-4388: Kick back and enjoy this restaurant located on Lake Wallenpaupack. Featuring an enormous menu, including steaks, seafood, salads, appetizers, sandwiches and gluten-free selections, Ehrhardt’s is perhaps the definitive lakeside destination. Open 7 days a week at 11:30 a.m. Weekly specials, live entertainment on Friday nights. www.ehrhardts.com. The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park, 4 Main Avenue; (570) 226-2993, (800) 833-8527: An artfully restored craftsman-style hotel. Savor unique cuisine made, when possible, with locally grown produce, seasonal game and fish. Enjoy artisan breads and desserts baked onsite. Regularly scheduled wine chats and dining events; serving lunch and dinner daily. Four-diamond AAA rating, Wine Spectator magazine award-winner, and Historic Hotels of America member. www.thesettlersinn.com. LAKE HARMONY Boulder View Tavern, South Lake Drive; (570) 722-9696: Weekly specials include Mon. 35cent Wing Night, Tues. King Crab Legs, Wed. Pizza Night and more. Huge imported and domestic wine and beer selection. Experience a friendly atmosphere and live music while taking in the beautiful view of Big Boulder Lake and Big Boulder Ski Area. Ideal après ski spot. www.boulderviewtavern.com. The Resort at Split Rock, One Lake Drive; (570) 722-9111: Casual dining in a distinctive 4season destination resort, including Bell’Ago Cuisine Italiano and


This Week in the Poconos 19 the beautiful Galleria Restaurant. Bell’Ago is closed to the public on Tuesdays. Split Rock features ice cream parlor, first-run movie theater with concessions, fabulous indoor waterpark, sports bar, cocktail lounge, bowling lanes, indoor pools and championship golf with accompanying Sunset Green Restaurant & Bar, numerous amenities and live entertainment. www.splitrockresort.com.

cuisine with a continental flair, plus a global wine list. Enjoy refreshing salads, homemade soups, filet of beef, chops, poultry and seafood. Dinner is served from 6 p.m., every evening. Casual dress, with collared shirts for men; no shorts, T-shirts, or sneakers. Historic 4-season destination resort with fantastic on-site activities and amenities. www.poconomanor.com. POCONO PINES

MOUNT POCONO The Original Bailey’s Rib & Steakhouse, Route 611, just north of Route 940; (570) 839-9678: This quintessential Pocono Mountains establishment features USDA Prime steaks and the “Best Ribs in the Poconos.” For lunch, enjoy burgers, wings, chicken quesadillas, crab cake sandwiches, satisfying salads, and light selections. Delicious dinner options include hand-cut USDA Prime steaks, prime rib, pasta, seafood, chicken, and slowcooked brisket and ribs. Great for après ski. Families are welcome, with a quality children’s menu always available. Reservations are accepted. Weather permitting, dine outdoors on the beautiful deck. www.baileyssteakhouse.com. PARADISE VALLEY Crescent Lodge & Country Inn, routes 191 & 940; (570) 5957486, (800) 392-9400: For fine dining, try Surf ‘n’ Turf, stuffed trout, juicy sirloin with onion rings, or chef’s special pasta. The Starting Post Cocktail Lounge serves the finest in spirits, with an excellent Pub Menu. Live piano music on weekends. Private cottages feature whirlpools, fireplaces, and decks; ask about the great lodging packages. Enjoy walking and fitness trails, and check out the nearby sports areas, spa, and casino. www.crescentlodge.com. POCONO MANOR The Inn at Pocono Manor, routes 314 & 940; (570) 839-7111: The Exchange at Pocono Manor in The Inn features eclectic American

Van Gilder’s Jubilee Restaurant & Pub in the Pines, Route 940; (570) 646-2377: The Jubilee, aka the Breakfast King of the Poconos, serves up the most important meal of the day daily from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. For lunch,

 

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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. Established in 1968. www.breakfastking.com. SHAWNEE-ON-DELAWARE 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 beer, handcrafted and brewed on the premises. The contemporary and varied menu features local produce, 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 some weekends and weekdays; available for private parties and group events. www.GemAndKeystone.com. River Room, located on River Road, at the historic Shawnee Inn & Golf Resort. Ph: (570) 424-4000: Breakfast features made-to-order eggs and omelets, homemade granola, smoothie of the day and fresh fruits. The lunch and dinner menus feature local specialties, such as wild boar and rack of lamb, with a variety of fish and pasta options. Fine dining amid spectacular views. www.shawneeinn.com. SKYTOP Skytop Lodge, Route 390; (570) 595-7401, (800) 345-7759: Historic Skytop Lodge boasts 2 extraordinary dining venues. Lakeview Restaurant features nouveau American cuisine served amidst panoramic views of the

mountains, golf course and Skytop Lake. International wine list. The Windsor Dining Room, featuring garden views, serves American fare and a “wine of the evening.” Skytop is a Wine Spectator Magazine award-winner. Both restaurants offer children’s menus and light entrees; and both restaurants require men to wear coats; ties are optional. Appropriate attire for ladies is suggested. www.skytop.com. SOUTH STERLING The French Manor Inn and Spa, off Route 191, 8 miles south of I-84 Exit 20; (570) 676-3244, (877) 720-6095: Gourmet French cuisine, a superb wine list and a spectacular mountain view from this castle-like manor, which was modeled after an estate in the south of France. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer The French Manor serves a “dinner fit for a king.” Jackets are required, and reservations are suggested. Casual dining is available in Hanna’s Café at The French


This Week in the Poconos 21 Manor. Four-diamond AAA rating. www.thefrenchmanor.com. TANNERSVILLE Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail & Camelback Rd.; (570) 6299399: “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 ales and lagers. Originally an 1880’s farmhouse, Barley Creek boasts a big, rustic atmosphere, a deck for brews with a view, pavilion and wiffle ball stadium available for catering, private parties and pick-up games. Barley Creek brews worldclass ales and lagers onsite in its own English brewhouse. Free brewery tours and beer tasting. Soups, salads, pub fare, steaks, seafood, daily specials and children’s menu. www.barleycreek.com. Smuggler’s Cove, Route 611; (570) 629-2277: “Seafood King of the Poconos.” Casual dining at its best in this Pocono landmark and family tradition for 30+ years. The menu offers appetizers, soups, salads, pasta, Allen Brother’s prime rib and steaks, and the largest selection of all your favorite fresh seafood. Children’s menu. Just minutes from the Crossings Outlets and Camelback Mountain Resort. Reservations are accepted, and large parties are welcome. www.smugglerscove.net. Vocelli Pizza, Route 611 at Smuggler’s Cove; (570) 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. Featuring catering, plus online specials such as ordering, coupons, Kids Corner, Gourmet Club and Shoppe Di Vocelli. Visit Vocelli’s at 96 South Courtland Street in East Stroudsburg, too. www.vocellipizza.com.

WILKES-BARRE Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Highway 315; (888) 9464672. Pennsylvania’s premier casino resort, serves up a list of dining options that appeal to all tastes. Ruth’s Chris Steak House is one of the best-known restaurants in the country. Rustic Kitchen features Mediterranean. Timbers Buffet honors the local cultural heritage of the Mohegan tribe while offering an array of all-you-can-eat options. The hip and elegant Sunburst Bar is the perfect place to sip cocktails created with top-shelf liquors. The casual, cool and comfortable Bar Louie is a great place to grab an over-stuffed sandwich or appetizers and a signature drink. Sushi-lovers

will adore the sophisticated Pearl, while kids’ faves, Johnny Rockets and Hot Dog Hall of Fame, serve up hamburgers and other American classics. For fabulous fast food, try Wolfgang Puck. Pacer’s Clubhouse combines fine dining with amazing ambience. All great meals deserve a great dessert. Stop by Ben & Jerry’s and Betty & Joe’s for a sweet ending. www.poconodowns.com.

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E NTERTAINMENT Information is subject to change.  CAMELBACK, 1 Camelback Road, Tannersville, presents live music at its Thirsty Camel Bar & Grill and at Glen Lodge. Thirsty Camel schedule: January 28—Aardvarks, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; January 29—Pair of Nuts, 2 p.m.to 6 p.m.; February 3—Lonely Toby, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; February 4—No Where Slow, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Coors Light Promo); February 5—Happy Medium, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; February 10—Pair of Nuts, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; February 11— Pink Slip, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Sam Adams Promo). Numerous events take place at Camelback every weekend. For more information: (570) 629-1661, (800) 233-8100; www.skicamelback.com.  CRESCENT LODGE is an elegant country inn resort on Route 191 in Paradise Valley. Enjoy exceptional food, with dinner music on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays by blues/jazz piano of Michael Fossa. He has performed with The Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger, among other legends. Known for a refined atmosphere of leisure and fun; ask about lodging packages.

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Spas, championship golf, horseback riding, outlet shopping, outdoor adventure park, indoor water park, and a casino are nearby. Call (570) 595-7486 or (800) 392-9400; visit www.crescentlodge.com.  EHRHARDT’S RESORT & RESTAURANT features live music on Friday nights. The lineup includes Rich Horvath on January 27, Abbey Road on February 3 and 30 Pack Light on February 10. 205 Route 507; (570) 226-4388; www.ehrhardts.com.  FERNWOOD HOTEL & RESORT on Route 209 in Bushkill offers luxury rooms and villas, food court, sports pub, and Tuscan Grille. In Wintergreens, Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Brain Freeze Trivia team trivia game for ages 21+, hosted by Gary “Big Brain” in the Morning. Enjoy Karaoke on the weekends. Live bands perform every weekend at the Trolley Stop Pub. Astor Room features wellknown performers. Entertainment and many amenities are open to the public, as well as to guests of the resort. (570) 588-9500, and see www.fernwoodhotel.com.  JACK FROST BIG BOULDER offers extensive après-ski and an entertainment destination in its own right. Live music at Boulder View Tavern, Cantina, Tbar and E-2000 Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Artists appearing include: YMI: January 27 & 28, February 4, February 11; Windfall Duo (vocals, keyboard, sax): February 28; UUU: January 28; Mother Nature’s Sons: January 28, February 11; Strawberry Jam: February 3; Jim Roberti Band: February 4; Pair of Nuts: February 4; Tribes Duo:

February 4; High Strung: February 10; The Approach: February 11; AcoustiKatz: February 11. Check JFBB website for venues, performers, dates and times: www.jfbb.com/events/music. Big Boulder, 1 South Lake Drive, Lake Harmony, (570) 570-443-8425. Jack Frost, 1 Jack Frost Mountain Road, Blakeslee, (570) 443-8425.  MOHEGAN SUN AT POCONO DOWNS features popular local bands and duos in two of its venues—Breaker’s and Bar Louie. Catch the stellar Marko Marcinko Trio Jazz Band every Friday (6 p.m.-9 p.m.) and Saturday (8:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.) at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Thursdays, the Steakhouse presents guitar trio The Blend. Highway 315 in WilkesBarre. (570) 831-2100.  SHAWNEE INN AND GOLF RESORT in Shawnee-on-Delaware. The River Room Piano Bar and Lounge is the perfect spot for great music. On Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to midnight, the talented and versatile pianist Flo Powell—also known as Lady Flo—dazzles with her extensive repertoire, which includes the works of Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Louis Armstrong, Cole Porter, Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Bill Joel, Lionel Richie, Dionne Warwick, Billie Holliday and many more. Stools around the piano allow sing-a-long patrons to be close to the action. (570) 4244000; (800) 742-9633.  THE INN AT POCONO MANOR—Lamplighter Lounge open from 11:30 a.m. and closing, as late as 2 a.m. Entertainment available Fridays & Saturdays.


Route 314 and One Manor Drive. (570) 225-0167; (888) 374-1295.

 THE SHAWNEE PLAYHOUSE on River Road in Shawnee-onDelaware presents Those Fantastic Forties! Show times: January 28 at 8 p.m. and January 29 at 2 p.m. Also on slate is Ken White’s Visions of Johanna, a wonderfully written full-length comedic winner of the 2011 Shawnee One Act Winner Series. This original play centers on Stuart, who has lost his purpose in life. But a knock on the door may propel him into a new reality of flying horses, southern cooking and, best of all, love. Show times: February 4 & 11: 8 p.m.; February 5, 10 & 12: 2 p.m. Tickets for all shows are $18 for adults; $15 for seniors and $10 for children under 12. Call (570) 4215093, email shawneeplayhouse@ hotmail.com, and see www.TheShawneePlayhouse.com.

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The Grey (R) The Woman in Black (PG-13) One for the Money (PG-13) Chronicle We Need toTalk About Kevin (R) The Innkeepers (R) Rampart (R) W.E. (R) Albert Nobbs (R) In Darkness (R) Big Miracle (PG) Man on a Ledge (PG-13)

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Après Ski in the Pocono Mountains After a day or night on the slopes, what could be better than to kick back with a drink, refuel with a tasty meal and soak up the superb atmosphere that characterizes the Pocono Mountains? Here are four fabulous places to get your après-ski on:

BARLEY CREEK BREWING COMPANY—Grab a burger or sandwich. Savor award-winning wings. Children love the Kid’s Menu and game room. Naturalists love the “greening” of Barley’s: 165 solar panels installed on the roof, LED lights, hand dryers and other eco-friendly moves. Bonus: Barley Creek makes its own beer. Tannersville; (570) 629-9399; www.barleycreek.com. BOULDER VIEW TAVERN—Overlooking Boulder Lake and Big Boulder Ski area, this laidback bar/restaurant features barbeque ribs, salads, great appetizers, desserts, wines and beers. Kids menu. Bonus: live bands every weekend. Lake Harmony; (570) 722-9696; www.boulderviewtavern.com. FERNWOOD RESORT—Pop into the Trolley Stop Pub for drinks, casual fare and live entertainment. Mamma Bella’s Tuscan Grille features fine dining Italian-style. Bonus: Karaoke and trivia contests. East Stroudsburg; (888) 327-6966; www.fernwoodhotel.com. GEM AND KEYSTONE—Featuring local ShawneeCraft Beer and vegetarian-friendly menu, Gem and Keystone is always a hit with visitors from New York and Philadelphia. Bonus: in season goodies plucked straight from its Shawna Farm and other foods raised as sustainably as possible. Shawnee-on-Delaware; (570) 424-0990; www.gemandkeystone.com.


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BAIT & TACKLE 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, hellgramites, and more. Celebrating 30+ years in business, this complete bait shop is open every day, all year. (570) 839-7338; www.woehrlesbaitshop.com. BOWLING Split Rock Resort, One Lake Drive, Lake Harmony. 8-lane bowling center in the resort’s spacious Galleria is open to general public and resort’s

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guests, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Beautiful lanes, digital scoring, and concessions. (570) 7229111; www.splitrockresort.com. CLIMBING

The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge, Route 390 and Dutch Hill Road, Skytop. Outdoor 30’ climbing wall; 8 stations, from beginner to very advanced. Custom built with a real rock look and feel, and 300+ moveable handholds. Classes available, day use fee, top rope belaying; weight up to 310 pounds. (570) 595-8988; www.skytop.com.

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The Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 in Pocono Manor via Route 611 or Route 940. Call (570) 839-7111 for operating hours; www.poconomanor.com. Skytop Lodge, off Route 390 in Skytop. XC skiing is offered to guests of the resort. Ski rentals are available. (570) 595-7401, (800) 345-7759; www.skytop.com. Starting Gate Action Sports, Rt. 209 in Bushkill, adjacent to Pocono Indian Museum. Wide selection of skis, snowboards, skateboards, skates, footwear, sportswear, swimwear, accessories, and equipment.


This Week in the Poconos 27 Rentals. (570) 588-4807; www.startinggateonline.com. DOGSLEDDING The Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 in Pocono Manor via Route 611 or Route 940. Call (570) 839-7111 for operating hours. Web site: www.poconomanor.com. FLY FISHING INSTRUCTION The Orvis Shop at Skytop Lodge, Route 390, Skytop. Instruction for the novice fly fisher covering casting, entomology, wading, knot tying, etc. in a classroom and on the water; equipment provided. Private lessons and guide service. Waters open to the public, for a fee, for fly fishing only. (570) 595-8929, (570) 595-7401; www.skytop.com. The Rod & Gun Club at The Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 in Pocono Manor via Route 611 or

Route 940. Lessons for beginners to experienced anglers, classroom and streamside. Cast & Stay Packages available. Scenic 2.5 miles of remote flyfishing open to the public for a fee. Call (570) 839-3908 or email poconosports@ poconomanor.com; www.poconomanor.com. GEOCACHING The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge, Route 390 and Dutch Hill Road, Skytop. A 30minute Geocaching and GPS Basics class teaches how to find a Skytop geocode with Global Positioning System units. Complete the class, and rent a GPS to locate your choice of caches. Registration is suggested and minimum age is 13 without a parent/guardian. (570) 5958988; 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. (888) 337-6966; www.fernwoodhotel.com. The Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 in Pocono Manor via Route 940 or Route 611. Year-round horseback riding on gorgeous, scenic trails. Horsedrawn hay rides and sleigh rides in season. Phone: (570) 839-6237; email: stables@ poconomanor.com; web site: www.poconomanor.com. KART RACING S & S Speedways Indoor GoKarts, Business Route 209 in Snydersville. High-powered gokarts with slick tires. Experience is similar to real track racing. Single(Continued on Page 28)

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person ride; must be at least 54” tall. Video arcade and snack bar. Hours are Thursday and Friday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m., and Monday through Wednesday 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Use the display ad for a Free Race. (570) 420-5500; www.ssspeedways.com. PAINTBALL The Adventure Center at Skytop Lodge, Route 390 and Dutch Hill Road, Skytop. Play paintball on 5 fields with games in and out of the woods including speedball. Equipment available, outside paint not permitted; all paintballs must be purchased at the Adventure Center. Minimum age 10 with waiver signed by guardian. Paintball

shooting gallery with no age restriction. (570) 595-8988; www.skytop.com. Fernwood Hotel & Resort, Route 209 in Bushkill. Guests can play Destination Paintball at a discount. (888) 337-6966; www.fernwoodhotel.com. SKI AREAS Big Boulder Ski Area, Lake Harmony Road in Lake Harmony; use I-80, exit 284, follow Route 115 to Route 903 to Lake Harmony Road. 14 trails serviced by 7 lifts and 100% snowmaking, with night skiing, ski rentals, ski school, snowboard park and snowtubing. (570) 7220100; www.jfbb.com. Camelback Ski Area, 3½ miles from I-80 exit 299 in Tannersville. With 33 trails and 14 lifts, including high-speed detachable quads and a magic

Ski, Snowboard, Tube! 18 trails, 100% snowmaking, terrain park, night skiing! Hours: Sun. & Mon., 9am – 4:30pm Wed. & Thurs., Noon – 9pm Friday & Sat., 9am – 9pm Closed Tuesday

carpet. 100% snowmaking, 100% night skiing, 4 lodges, 2 rental shops, ski school, 2 terrain parks and halfpipe. Dining and slope side accommodations available. (570) 629-1661; 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. (570) 443-8425; 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 9 lifts and 100% snowmaking. Rentals are available. Riders welcome in the halfpipe area and snowboard park. Ski schools and clinics available for all abilities. Ask about deals and packages. (570) 421-7231; www.shawneemt.com. 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. (570) 6851400 or; www.ski-bigbear.com. SLEDDING The Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 in Pocono Manor via Route 611 or Route 940. Call the resort at (570) 839-7111 for operating hours, www.poconomanor.com.

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This Week in the Poconos 29 Harmony; use I-80, exit 284, follow Route 115 to Route 903 to Lake Harmony Road. 14 trails serviced by 7 lifts and 100% snowmaking, with night skiing, ski rentals, ski school, snowboard park and snowtubing. (570) 7220100; 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. (570) 629-1661; 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 2-hour day sessions on weekends & holidays and 4-hour night sessions Thursday through Monday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. (888) 337-6966; 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 and complete facilities. (570) 443-8425; 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 2 lifts are all lighted for day or night tubing. Use the display ad coupon for special savings on tubing, all season. (570) 421-7231; 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 more information, including days and hours, (570) 685-1400; www.ski-bigbear.com. SNOWSHOEING The Inn at Pocono Manor, Route 314 in Pocono Manor via Route 611 or Route 940. Call the resort at (570) 839-7111 for operating hours; www.poconomanor.com. Skytop Lodge, off Route 390 in Skytop. Snowshoeing through the beautiful wooded grounds is offered to guests of the resort. Snowshoe rentals are available. (Continued on Page 30)


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(570) 595-7401, (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. Multi-station clay course spanning 120+ acres. High-flying teal, rolling rabbits, and fast

First Shop on the Road to Camelback! SKIS • SNOWBOARDS SNOW BLADES Sullivan Trail Tannersville, PA

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crossing and incoming birds; scenic woodland course. Walk or ride along the stream between stations. Trained staff assists with 1st round. Instruction, gun rentals, ammo, and gear. Appointment required. Phone: (570) 8393908; email poconosports@ poconomanor.com; web site: www.poconomanor.com. The Orvis Shop at Skytop Lodge, Route 390, Skytop. Regulation, 12-station sporting clay range open to the public. Suitable for beginners, with challenges for experienced. Instruction and gun rentals. Appointment required. (570) 595-8929, (570) 595-7401; www.skytop.com. SPORTS EQUIPMENT Pocono Ski Rentals, Sullivan Trail, Tannersville. Skis, snowboards, snow blades, and other snow sports equipment, including hats, gloves, goggles, jackets. Day, multi-day, seasonal rentals. Full retail shop; full service shop

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Starting Gate Action Sports, Rt. 209 in Bushkill, adjacent to Pocono Indian Museum. Wide selection of skis, snowboards, skateboards, skates, footwear, sportswear, swimwear, accessories, and equipment. Rentals. (570) 588-4807; www.startinggateonline.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 30+ years in business, a complete bait shop open every day, all year. (570) 839-7338; www.woehrlesbaitshop.com. TRAIN RIDES Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, I-81 exit 185 Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

WOEHRLE‛S BAIT SHOP Rt. 940 & Park Ave., Mt. Pocono THE POCONOS’ MOST COMPLETE BAIT SHOP We Also Have Crickets & Hellgramites!

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This Week in the Poconos 31 (Central Scranton Expressway), left at light to Lackawanna Avenue, follow signs to Steamtown. Cross-country steam-powered and historic diesel-driven rail excursions, working roundhouse and turntable, 2 museums, Park Theatre, and Visitors Center. (570) 340-5200, (888) 693-9391; www.nps.gov/stea. WATERPARKS Split Rock Resort & Golf Club, Wolf Hollow Road in Lake Harmony. H2Oooohh. indoor waterpark with family raft ride, body slides, multi-level splash playground, children’s activity pool, wave pool, whirlpools, and Flowrider simulated wave machine. Lockers and snack bar. (570) 722-9901,(800) 255-7625, or (570) 722-9111; www.splitrockresort.com.

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The Art of Ice Fishing With a lure all its own, Ice Fishing is equal parts action, relaxation, contemplation and exhilaration. Due to an abundance of pristine lakes, streams and rivers, the Pocono Mountains are the perfect place to get hooked on this popular winter sport. To make the most of an Ice Fishing expedition, consider taking a course. The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) offers several courses for learning basics and beyond. Cost is minimum—$10—and all equipment is provided. The PEEC courses don’t require you to have a fishing license. See Current Events in this magazine and visit the PEEC online at www.peec.org for dates and times of courses. If you have a fishing license and are ready to tackle an Ice Fishing outing, remember to follow these safety measures:

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

MOUNTAIN INFO: 15 Slopes Beginner to Advanced 7 Chair Lifts Snowboarding Terrain Parks 17 Snowtubing Chutes

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CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN RESORT

Located off Exit 299 on Interstate 80 Follow the signs to Camelback Mountain Resort Tannersville, PA MOUNTAIN INFO:

34 Trails Beginner to Expert 20 Acres of Terrain Park • Competition Size Halfpipe • 14 Lifts • Lighted for Night Skiing • 800’ Vertical 100% Snowmaking Average Annual Snowfall 50” All Levels, Snowsports School Rentals • On-Site Nursery Restaurants & Lounges with Live Music

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Winter Carnival A day of fun and games awaits snow sports enthusiasts at Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain on January 29. Stoke your competitive fever in Ski and Snowboard races and a Big Air contest. Test your sleuthing skills in an all-day scavenger hunt on the mountain. The Carnival also features lunch tray races and Ski Patrol toboggan rides. Purchase a lift ticket for entree to all the outdoor fun. Carnival goers can head to the rental shop for a wax and sharpen, and visit the Lodge for raffles, live entertainment, free blood pressure screenings and more. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain is located at 192 Karl Hope Blvd., Lackawaxen. For more information: (570) 685-1400; www.ski-bigbear.com.


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REAL ESTATE BUILDERS, SERVICES, NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION Liberty Homes, Route 940, Pocono Lake; (570) 646-4600; w w w . l i b e r t y h o m e s PA . c o m . Quality Pocono building since 1978. There’s never been a better time to build than right now. Offering House/Land packages close to skiing, rafting, shopping, good schools and major commuter routes. The Lakewood model features custom glass, 3 bedrooms including a master bedroom which

overlooks an enormous great room. Community offers pool, golf course and club house. Prices start at just $670 per month for qualified buyers. Liberty Homes: luxury living made affordable. Pocono Builders Association, 745 Main Street, Stroudsburg. The Pocono Builders Association (PBA) Contractor Quality Commitment program, formulated in conjunction with Pennsylvania Builders Association guidelines, provides positive support by establishing criteria for members, developing and enforcing standards of excellence for reputable contractors, and educating the general public as to the benefits of receiving services from reputable contractors. The PBA identifies

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Pocono Tile Works rentals; a family tradition since 1964. Lake Naomi is a nationallyacclaimed four-season recreational community, perfect for a vacation home. Call (800) 537-1479 or (570) 646-2222, and see www.lakenaomi.com. VACATION RENTALS Century 21 Select Group, Route 940 in Pocono Pines, and Route 940 in Pocono Lake at Locust Lake Village. Real estate sales and vacation rentals in Lake Naomi, Locust Lake, Timber Trails, and Pinecrest Lake. Call Pocono Pines

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Fernwood Hotel & Resort, Route 209 in Bushkill. Spacious villas, on-premises restaurants, fitness center, swimming, championship golf, horseback riding, hiking/ biking, live entertainment, special events, and winter sports with snow tubing. Call (888) 337-6966; and see www.fernwoodhotel.com. Lake Naomi Real Estate, Inc., at routes 940 & 423 in Pocono Pines. Specializing in Lake Naomi/ Timber Trails sales and vacation rentals. Lake Naomi is a nationallyacclaimed four-season recreational community, perfect for a vacation home. Call (800) 537-1479 or (570) 646-2222, and see www.lakenaomi.com.


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ARTSPACE GALLERY, 18 North 7th Street, Stroudsburg. Gallery of the Pocono Arts Council, the arts leadership, service, and education organization serving the 4-county Pocono Mountains region with the mission Culture Builds Community! Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Shows, displays, events, exhibits. Call (570) 476-4460; see www.poconoarts.org.

BETHEL ONE-ROOM SCHOOL; from Route 6 at Indian Orchard, take Route 652 east for 1 mile, turn right onto Bethel School Road, travel a mile to the schoolhouse on left. Administered by the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main Street, Honesdale. See the one-room school, built circa 1872, during open houses and by appointment. Call (570) 253-3240, or visit www.waynehistorypa.org.

BELL SCHOOL, on Cherry Valley Road in Stormsville, southwest of Stroudsburg. The circa-1860 oneroom school served students until 1953. Artifacts, photos, guided tours. Presented and maintained by Monroe County Historical Association. Open seasonally and by appointment. Donations accepted. Call (570) 4217703, email mcha@ptd.net, see www.monroehistorical.org.

CALDER HOUSE MUSEUM, Route 191 and Pine Mill Rd. in Equinunk. Historical displays, exhibits, and programs hosted by the Equinunk Historical Society. Also see the restored Joel Hill Water-Powered Sawmill on Duck Harbor Road off Route 191 at Lookout. A National Historic Site. Phone (570) 224-6722 for a schedule to see the mill in operation; visit www.waynehistorypa.org.

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. Visit 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Call (570) 325-3673 or (888) JIM-THORPE, and see www.JimThorpe.org. COLUMNS MUSEUM, 608 Broad Street, Milford. The restored 1904 neo-classical home is the museum of the Pike County Historical Society. Highlighting the “Bloody Lincoln Flag,” placed under President Lincoln’s head after he was shot at Ford’s Theater. Exhibits on philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce, and Father Francis Craft, liaison at The Battle of Wounded Knee and 1st white Chief of the Sioux. WWII posters, propaganda, weapons, uniforms. Genealogical research

Celebrate the Blues at 12th Annual Winterfest The Pocono Bluegrass and Folk Society kicks off its 12th Annual Winterfest music festival on Friday, January 27. The Friday night concert at the Driebe Freight Station, 537 Ann Street, Stroudsburg, features The Lost Ramblers and Plexigrass. The three-day event, showcasing the talents of outstanding performers, is a winter boon for all musicians, music lovers and their families. Winterfest features Friday and Saturday night jam sessions, open mics and band contests held at the Cedar Room of the Pocono Inne Towne in Stroudsburg. Enjoy the sounds of banjos, guitars, fiddles and acoustic instruments. Bring your own instruments—jamming is encouraged at most of the weekend’s activities. Noon shows on Saturday and Sunday are held at the Elks Lodge, 260 Washington Street, East Stroudsburg. Saturday’s featured performers include The Wallace Brothers Band, Chasing Blue, Plexigrass and The Lost Ramblers. On Sunday, Country Grass and the Water Gap Band light up the stage. Kids’ programs throughout the weekend include workshops hosted by Peter Tawny. Weekend tickets are $30; Saturday’s show is $20; and Sunday’s is $15. Teens (12-17) are $10; children under 12 are free. For more information: (570) 992-2259; www.poconobluegrass.org.


This Week in the Poconos 37 information, maps, photographs. Seasonal Museum. Open Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday September through June, and Wednesday through Sunday in July and August. Call (570) 296-8126; see www.pikecountyhistoricalsociety. org. COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION MUSEUM, in the Township Complex, 5550 Memorial Boulevard, Route 611, Tobyhanna. Ice harvesting, the military, extensive photo collection, and artifacts. Programs, displays, speakers, and historical, social, and cultural events. Admission to the museum is free, donations appreciated, tours by appointment. Regular hours are Mondays 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., and Saturdays June through September from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meetings are the 3rd Monday at 7 p.m., except December. Phone (570) 894-4207 or (570) 839-7306; see www.coolbaughtwp.org. CRESCO STATION MUSEUM, Sand Spring Road off Route 390 at Cresco Railroad Depot. Antique toys, anthracite coal mine display, diorama of the 1764 John Price homestead, churches of Barrett Township, P.O.S. of America Lodge, Civil War, and early Boy Scout displays. Craftsmen demonstrate old-time skills. Free; donations accepted. Art shows, socials, and music programs. Administered by the Barrett Township Historical Society; call (570) 595-6157, and visit www.barretthistory.org. DORFLINGER GLASS MUSEUM in the Dorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary, Long Ridge Road, White Mills. Highlighting the life of Christian Dorflinger, creator of fine crystal and cut glass, educated at the Cristalleries de Saint Louis in France. In 1865, he built a glass factory and town of 100 homes to design and produce lead crystal. Largest collection of Honesdale Glass in the world, plus period antiques and factory artifacts. Open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from

1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; call (570) 2531185 and see www.dorflinger.org. DRIEBE FREIGHT STATION, 537 Ann Street next to McMichaels Park, Stroudsburg. Restored 1882 railroad freight station housing a working model train display, industrial exhibits, general store, music exhibits, and gift shop. A 1923 Chestnut Hill Railroad caboose displays memorabilia. Phone (570) 424-1776 to schedule a visit; donation suggested. THE ANTOINE DUTOT MUSEUM & GALLERY, Main Street, Route 611 in Delaware Water Gap. Housed in a brick schoolhouse circa 1850 with rotating fine art exhibits in a 1st-floor gallery, and 2nd-floor museum of local history featuring a preserved schoolroom. Sit at an antique desk, view a slide show of local history, and see memorabilia. Open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. Phone (570) 476-4240; visit www.dutotmuseum.com. EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY Madelon Powers Art Gallery, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Normal and Marguerite streets, East Stroudsburg. Open Monday/ Wednesday/Friday from 11 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday/Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Phone (570) 4223483; see www.esu.edu. ECKLEY MINERS’ VILLAGE, 10 miles east of Hazleton on Highland Road, 3 miles off Route 940. Relive history in a coal miners’ patch town. Founded in 1854, Eckley was an anthracite-mining community of

company-owned homes. In 1971, the village became a living museum with miners’ homes, churches, company store, and doctor’s office. Open year ‘round, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission. Guided walking tours available; call (570) 636-2070, see www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum. com. EQUINUNK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1972 Pine Mill Road in Equinunk; listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Collects, preserves, and interprets the history of the Upper Delaware River corridor, from prehistoric times. Books, documents, photographs, cultural objects, educational programs, lectures, special events, library, genealogy, and publications. School room, loom room, farm room, and Stockport Room. Call (570) 224-6722, email ehs22@ verizon.net. Calder Museum, Calder Corner Shop, and Civil War-era Joel Hill water-powered sawmill; see www.rootsweb.com/~paehs. GREY TOWERS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE in Milford, former home of Pennsylvania Governor and founder of the US Forest Service, Gifford Pinchot. The 1886 French chateau/mansion serves as a museum and conference center under the stewardship of the USDA Forest Service. Guided tours, special events. From Route 6, turn on Old Owego Turnpike, go ¼ mile to the entrance. Call (570) 2969630; see www.greytowers.org or www.fs.fed.us/gt. (Continued on Page 38)

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OLD MAUCH CHUNK LANDING, Route 209 in Jim Thorpe. A former New Jersey Central Railroad Station, built in 1888 to serve a 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 9:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. Call (570) 325-3673 or (570) 4215791; visit www.jimthorpe.org. 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. Dedicated to preserving the history of winter sports in Pennsylvania, open to the public free of charge. Call Camelback at (570) 629-1661; see www.skicamelback.com and www.paskimuseum.org. 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 a 1/2price tour admission with a fullprice adult tour admission. Excellent gift shop, gift certificates available. Open daily except Christmas, Easter, and Thanksgiving; adjacent to Starting Gate Action Sports. Phone (570) 588-9338; 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. SHAWNEE GALLERY is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11

a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays ‘til 8 p.m. through the month of December, at 116 Worthington just off River Road in Shawnee-on-Delaware. You’ll find full displays of art and crafts from local artists and artisans, perfect for memorable, enjoyable gifts of quality. Choose from watercolors, original oils, jewelry, ceramics, metalwork, fabrics, leather, and woodwork. For more information: (570) 420-9404. Browse pieces for sale at www.shawneegallery.com. SLATE BELT HERITAGE CENTER, 30 North First Street, Route 191, Bangor. Self-guided tour of 9 rooms honoring founders and industries; Slate Room, Textile Room, Welsh Room, Cornish Room, WWII Home Front Room, artifacts, videos, and data collection information. Chairlift available. Fire Museum exhibit with Bangor’s 1st fire truck. Open Saturday, Sunday, and by appointment. Free. Call (610) 588-8615 or (610) 588-3434; visit www.slatebeltheritage.com. STEAMTOWN NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, 150 S. Washington Ave., Scranton. Only National Park devoted to steam railroading. Locomotive and railroad equipment displays, museum, and train rides. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Exit 185 off I-81, Central Scranton Expressway; entrance at Lackawanna and Cliff avenues. Call (570) 340-5200 or 1-888-693-9391; see www.nps.gov/stea. STROUD MANSION & LIBRARY, 900 Main Street, Stroudsburg. Built by Jacob Stroud in 1795, housing artifacts and exhibits of Monroe

County; hosted by the Monroe County Historical Association. Elizabeth D. Walters Library with extensive genealogical materials, museum, library, and gift shop. Open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 1st and 3rd Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; guided tours 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Admission. Call (570) 421-7703; see www.monroehistorical.org. TOBYHANNA TRAIN STATION & MUSEUM, Route 423 in Tobyhanna. Hosted by the Pocono Rail Historical Society, open seasonally and for special events. Tour the restored facility and see how it was when the station was bustling. Rail videos, running model train layouts, memorabilia, railroad art, and souvenirs. Free; donations accepted. Call (570) 894-3338. WALLENPAUPACK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, Lake Wallenpaupack. Williams House, 103 Manor Woods Court in Paupack off Route 507, has tools, guns, weaving implements, artifacts, and a sleigh; by appointment. Palmyra Township Building off Gumbletown Road has wallpaper tools, early woodworking tools, and bells from 1-room schools; 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Thursday. PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center off Route 6 has Ray LaTournou’s Dorflinger glass collection, glass blowing tools, samples, and artifacts; Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (570) 226-8980; see www.wallenpaupackhistorical.org. WAYNE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM RESTORED JASON TORREY LAND OFFICE BUILDING, 810 Main Street, Honesdale. Delaware and Hudson Canal Company office, a National Historic Landmark; Americana exhibits, library with climatecontrolled storage of artifacts and documents. Wayne County exhibit, Honesdale glass, quilt and photo displays, Native American artifacts, and Movin’ Energy display. Call (570) 253-3240; see www.waynehistorypa.org.


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BUSHKILL Fernwood Hotel & Resort— Luxury hotel room and villa rentals, just minutes from local attractions. Themed restaurants include sports pub, Pizza Hut, Scoops, food court, café and the Tuscan Grille. Amenities include live entertainment, indoor/ outdoor pools, fitness area, and spa with massage therapists, year-round horseback riding, outdoor tennis courts, an 18-hole, par 71 golf course, Game Zone arcade, daily activities, and special events. Check out Fernwood’s Winter Fun Center, with snow tubing and more. Great getaway vacations and weekend packages. Route 209. Call (888) 337-6966 or (570) 588-9500, and visit www.fernwoodhotel.com. HAWLEY Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort & Restaurant—Owned and operated by the Ehrhardt family for over 60 years, this consummate Lake Wallenpaupack resort offers motel rooms, family units, cottages, lakeside apartments and suites. Winter specials include Couple’s Midweek Getaway, Valentine’s Dinner Theater Package (February 10-12), Ski & Stay weekends, and stay 2 nights and get the 3rd half price. Live entertainment on the weekends. Lake front restaurant featuring huge menu. 205 Route 507; (570) 226-4388; www.ehrhardts.com. The Settlers Inn at Bingham Park—Artfully restored 1927 craftsman-style hotel with 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. Seasonal game, meats, and fish. AAA 4-diamond rating; member Historic Hotels of America. Located across from Bingham Park on Route 6. Call (570) 226-

2993 or (800) 833-8527, and see www.thesettlersinn.com. LAKE HARMONY The Resort at Split Rock— Amenities include H2Ooooh! Indoor Waterpark, championship 27-hole golf, 18-hole miniature golf, fitness center, outdoor and indoor pools, basketball, bowling, video game room, racquet sports, archery, billiards and movie theater. The Galleria Dining Room features a superb continental menu; Bell’ago overlooks beautiful Lake Harmony and serves fine Italian cuisine. Call (800) 255-7625 or (570) 722-9111, and visit www.splitrockresort.com. PARADISE VALLEY Crescent Lodge—Awardwinning retreat, comfortable and elegant, surrounded by the beauty of Paradise Valley. Each room at Crescent Lodge has its own distinctive style. Many cottages feature a fireplace, sunken Jacuzzi for two and private outdoor patios overlooking exquisite flowerfilled grounds. Country Breakfast Buffet included with all room rates. The inn features one of the finest restaurants in the Pocono Mountains, with an extensive wine selection. Enjoy walking and fitness trails, and nearby spas, adventure park, ski area and casino. Find it

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940 or Route 611. Call (570) 8397111 or 1-800-233-8150, and see www.poconomanor.com. REEDERS Mountain Springs Lake Resort—Quiet and secluded resort featuring the fine pleasures of mountain living, with a pristine 76-acre lake and elegant accommodations. Authentic log and cedar cottages surrounded by evergreens, with cozy fireplaces and full kitchens, off Mountain Springs Drive via Route 715. Amenities include nature trails, X-C skiing, skating, sledding and swimming, all on the premises. Only a short drive to shopping, dining, attractions and nightlife. To learn more or to place reservations, call (570) 629-0251 or (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. Conveniently located 75 miles from New York City and 100 miles from Philadelphia in a scenic and secluded location set amidst the splendor of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The Inn has 80 hotel-style rooms, 2 cottages and deluxe suites. Relax and unwind at Spa Shawnee. A smoke-free resort. Call (570) 4244000 or 1-800-SHAWNEE; see www.shawneeinn.com. SKYTOP Skytop Lodge—A refined resort for all seasons off Route 390 in a spectacular 5,500-acre setting. Affordable weekend and vacation plans feature superb dining and accommodations, an abundance of winter sports activities and guided nature tours. A Bed & Breakfast Plan is available midweek, and entertainment and themed weekends are scheduled. Skytop Lodge is one of the most highly regarded destinations in the Pocono Mountains region. For information or reservations, call (570) 5957401 or (800) 345-7759, and visit www.skytop.com. SOUTH STERLING

In a serenely beautiful locale, 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. Special packages and events are available. 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 spend some quiet time indoors or outdoors. Log-burning fireplaces, cable TV, and all the comforts of home. The rustic, woodsy setting is ideally located near to Camelback Mountain Resort, shopping attractions, fine dining, spas and a casino. 2863 Bartonsville Ave. Open all year, complete facilities. Call (570) 629-2131, and visit www.countrysidecottages.com.

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SPAS & SALONS Fernwood Hotel & Resort Spa, 5785 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg. Full service spa. (888) 337-6966; www.fernwoodhotel.com.

Holistic Health Haven, Pocono Peddlers Village, Rt. 611 in Tannersville, PA. This healing day retreat offers an array of natural, holistic therapies, including massage and Reiki, meditation classes and more. Phone: (570) 629-1696 or (570) 245-5049; www.poconoholistichaven.com.

Le Spa Forêt at The French Manor Inn and Spa, off Route 191, South Sterling. Attune to the rhythms of nature and your body in this innovative green spa retreat. Le Spa Forêt offers aromachology, body enhancers, a naturally filtered pool and hot tub, fitness center, relaxation lounges, couples’ massage suite with fireplace, manicures/pedicures, bridal party suite, and luxurious, tranquil décor. For the full menu and treatment guide: (877) 720-6090; www.thefrenchmanor.com.

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The Skyview Spa at Skytop Lodge, Route 390 in Skytop. Manicures, massages and more. Certified staff, 6 treatment rooms, and quiet room with mountain views. Purchase fine products and gift certificates. (570) 595-8968; www.skyviewspaatskytoplodge. com.

The Spa at Mount Airy, 44 Woodland Road, Mt. Pocono. Relax, rejuvenate, renew. Sensational treatments include Swedish, deep tissue and sports massages, reflexology, therapeutic facials, wraps, manicures and

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On Sunday, Country Grass and the Water Gap Band light up the stage. Kids’ programs throughout the weekend. Weekend tickets are $30; Saturday’s show is $20; and Sunday’s is $15. Teens (12-17) are $10; children under 12 are free. For more information: (570) 992-2259; www.poconobluegrass.org. January 28 - Feast & Frolic, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Restaurant, 205 Route 507, Hawley. Join snowshoe guides from NorthEast Wilderness Experience (www. newildernessexperience.com) for a 2-hour snowshoe adventure. Afterwards, enjoy a sumptuous meal at Ehrhardt’s. $58 per person for dinner, drink, guided tour. $22 snowshoe rental. Reservations required: (800) 678-5907; (570) 352-3444; www.ehrhardts.com.

January 28 - Lou Dobbs, Host of Fox Business New Lou Dobbs Tonight. Lecture plus audience Q&A. State Theatre Center for the Arts, Inc., 453 Northampton Street, Easton. 8 p.m. Tickets: $40/$35. For tickets and more information: www.statetheatre.org. January 28 - Close Encounters with Birds of Prey, Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, 1 p.m. at 126 PPL Drive, Hawley, PA. 1-hour program in which you’ll see a golden eagle, peregrine falcon, saw-whet owl and learn about the raptors of the northeast. Registration required. For more information: (570) 253-7001; www.pplpreserves.com. January 28 - Hiking/Snowshoeing, depending on conditions, sponsored by the Pocono Outdoor Club (POC). This 2- to 3-mile snowshoe/ hike takes place at Big Pocono State Park at the Wilkes-Barre and Eastern Railroad on the rail grade and lower

north trail loop. Bring snack and beverages; enjoy amazing views. Meet up at Riday’s Gate at 10 a.m. For more information, call John Motz at (570) 236-1462. January 28 - Eagle Watch I, sponsored by the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Join outdoor enthusiasts and naturalists from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this trip in search of eagles. Bring a lunch and dress in warm layers. Register no later than January 21 to reserve a seat in the van. Meet at PEEC, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. Cost is $25. For more information and to register: (570) 828-2319; www.peec.org. January 28 – Cross-Country Skiing for Beginners, Monroe County Environmental Education Center, 8050 Running Valley Road, Stroudsburg, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn about the history of skiing and the how-tos of this quintessential winter sport. Snow permitting,

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At Pocono Ski Rentals, find everything you need to make the most of your time on the slopes. Specializing in ski, snowboard and snowblade equipment and accessories, the shop, which opened in 1976, offers flexible rental packages—daily, multi-day and seasonal—new and used equipment sales, tune ups, waxing, binding adjustments, release checks and mountings. Check out the full retail shop—where you can buy helmets, hats, goggles, gloves, socks and outerwear—to ski, board, blade or tube in style. Convenient to the major ski resorts of the Pocono Mountains, including Camelback, Jack Frost and Big Boulder, Pocono Ski Rentals is located off of exit 299 in Tannersville, on Sullivan Trail. With fast and friendly service and long hours, Pocono Ski Rentals will have you hitting the slopes first thing in the morning, and staying there well into the night. For more information: (570) 629-4668.


This Week in the Poconos 43 you’ll get a chance to ski during this introductory course. Rent all necessary equipment ahead of time. Register by January 25. Must be 12 or older. For more information, ski rentals and to register: (570) 629-3061. January 29 - Family Ice Fishing, Pike County Pocono Environmental Education Center, Front Pond, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Preregistration required. For more information: (570) 828-2319. January 29 - Winter Carnival 2012, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ski and Snowboard races, Big Air contest, scavenger hunt, lunch tray races, Ski Patrol toboggan rides, live entertainment, free blood pressure screenings and more. 192 Karl Hope Blvd., Lackawaxen. For more information: (570) 685-1400; www.ski-bigbear.com.

January 29 - Introduction to Ice Fishing I, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Learn the basics of ice fishing and try your luck on PEEC’s ponds. All equipment provided. Dress in warm layers. Supervised children only. No fishing licenses required. Cost is $10. Not enough ice? Enjoy a free winter hike instead. Limited spaces available. Call to reserve your spot: (570) 828-2319. January 29 – Owl Prowl, Nescopeck State Park, 1137 Honey Hole Road, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meet at Park office for this fun and educational evening, which is the perfect winter activity since owls are more vocal during the winter. Registration required: (570) 403-2006. January 29 - Leland Faulkner, Award-Winning Kennedy Center Performer, illusionist and film director, appears at the Pike

County Historical Society, 608 Broad Street, Milford, at 3 p.m. Tickets, $15. For more information: (570) 296-8126. January 29 - A Taste of Italy, Our Lady of Victory High School Youth Group, Church Hall, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Chicken parmigiana, baked ziti, sausage and peppers. Cherry Lane Road, Tannersville. For more information: (570) 629-4572. January 30 - Winter Walk-N-Talk, Martins Creek Environmental Preserve, Cedars Pavilion, Foul Rift Road, Bangor, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Venture out in search of wildlife on the Tekening Trails. Dress warmly and wear waterproof shoes. For more information: (570) 542-2886; www.pplpreserves.com. Month of February - Adult Acrylic Painting Class, Pocono Arts Council, 18 North 7th, Stroudsburg. Ongoing weekly sessions, Mondays, (Continued on Page 44)

Live Bait If you want a great catch, you need great bait. Fortunately, at Woehrle’s Bait Shop you’ll find everything necessary to lure fish in. Woehrle’s Bait Shop, a family business established over 37 years ago, is conveniently located on Route 940 in Mount Pocono, near the lakes in Tobyhanna and Gouldsboro State Parks. Woehrle’s stocks a huge variety of live bait items, including minnows, stone catfish, giant mealworms, superworms, waxworms, spikes, mousees, butterworms, crayfish, crickets and leaches. You can buy as little or as much bait as you want. Call ahead to order bulk quantities, which are oxygen bagged and available for pick up on a specific date. Jeff Woehrle, as a teenager, established his business in his parent’s basement. It didn’t take long for Woehrle’s to grow into one of the largest bait shops in the Northeast. To reach Woehrle’s, take the 940 exit off of Route 380, head east for two miles. Woehrle’s is open seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. For more information: (570) 839-7338; www.woehrlesbaitshop.com.


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games, a sled dog team. Learn about orienteering, ice fishing and ice safety.

February 3 - Bag of Tricks Airbag Contest, Camelback Mountain Resort in Tannersville. Here’s the chance to try out your gnarliest tricks without worrying about the landings. Register at the CBK terrain park desk from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contest starts at 5 p.m. www. skicamelback.com.

February 4 - Family Fun Day, Environmental Bingo, Monroe County Environmental Education Center (MCEEC), Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, near Bartonsville) 10 a.m. Cost: $5/nonmember, $3/EE Center member and children under 12. For more information: (570) 629-3061; www.mcconservation.org.

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10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check starting date when registering. Monthly Fee: $110 for members; $120, nonmembers; $90, seniors. For more information: (570) 476-4460. Month of February - Adult Oil Painting Class, Pocono Arts Council, 18 North 7th, Stroudsburg. Ongoing weekly sessions, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Check starting date when registering. Monthly Fee: $72 for members; $80, non-members; $60, seniors. For more information: (570) 476-4460. February 1, 8, 15 & 22 - Basic Drawing, Pocono Arts Council, 18 North 7th, Stroudsburg. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuition: $72 for members; $89, non-members; $60, seniors. For more information: (570) 476-4460. February 3 - Celebrating Diversity with Phillip Mentor, BookHouse, Eastern Monroe Public Library, 7:30 p.m. Award-winning opera singer, educator and story-teller Phillip Mentor is known for his quick wit and, also, for increasing opera’s popularity. The celebrated baritone has performed throughout the US and Caribbean. His beautiful performances are suitable for adults and children. Free admission; doors open at 7 p.m. 1002 North

February 3 - Rail Jams, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, Lackawaxen; (570) 685-1400; www.ski-bigbear.com. Ride rails and hit jumps in this judged competition held in the Terrain Park. $5 entry fee; lift tickets and helmets required. Registration is from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lodge; competition from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Finals are held on Saturday, February 11. February 3 - Eagle Watch, Monroe County Environmental Education Center (MCEEC) offers field trips to the upper Delaware River in search of resident and wintering bald eagles. Participants will join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman and meet at MCEEC (Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, near Bartonsville) at 8:30 a.m. and return 5:30 p.m. Cost: $20/nonmember, $14/EE Center member and includes van transportation. Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. Stops will be made for coffee and snacks. For more information: (570) 629-3061; www. mcconservation. org.

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February 4 WinterFest 2012, Hickory Run State Park, Nescopeck State Park Office, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums, (570) 403-2006; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy snowshoeing, children’s

February 4 - Art Opening: Pocono Watercolorists, Monroe County Environmental Education Center (MCEEC), Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, near Bartonsville. Reception, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. An eclectic collection of works by local artist. Show runs from February 4 to February 29. For more information: (570) 629-3061; www.mcconservation.org. February 4 - Hike in Promised Land State Park, Pocono Outdoor Club, 10 a.m. 6 miles; moderate pace. Meet in the parking lot on the right on Rte. 390, just past the Promise Land Village. For more information: Ernest Henzi, (570) 676-4919. February 4 - Eagle Watch! Annual Winter Eagle-Viewing Trip, Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center. Two time slots: 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 4:30. Meet at 126 PPL Drive, Hawley, PA. Explore eagle biology, habitat needs and proper eagleviewing etiquette. Transportation from the center is provided. Dress for weather and bring binoculars. Free program with limited space. To register: (570) 253-7001; pplpreserves@pplweb.com. February 4 - Race Against Cancer, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Hollow Road, Shawnee-onDelaware, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register in Hope Lodge. $5 for 2 runs; $10 for 6 runs. Lift ticket required. For more information: (570) 421-7231, ext. 254; www.shawneemt.com.


This Week in the Poconos 45 February 4 - Eagle Watch II, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take a trip north in search of eagles, with stop at the Eagle Institute to view eagles soaring, feeding and nest guarding. $25. Bring a lunch and dress in warm layers. Call by January 28 to reserve a seat in the van. Meet at 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry. For more information and to register: (570) 828-2319; www.peec.org. February 4 - Animal Tracking, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Explore natural areas for signs of wildlife. Members free; non-members $5. For more information and to register: (570) 828-2319; www.peec.org. February 4 - Family Ice Fishing, Pike County Pocono Environmental Education Center, Front Pond, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Preregistration required. For more information: (570) 828-2319. February 4 - Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer, Penn’s Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe. Classic pairing of musical artists whose work spans genres and decades. Tickets are general admission. $27/advance; $32/day of show. Doors open at 6 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. For more information: (866) 605-7325. February 4 - Commander Cody and Professor Louie and the Crowmatix, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe. The Commander’s blend of old-time rock ‘n’ roll, country, boogie woogie and swing has virtually defined American roots music. Professor Louie & the Crowmatix are 2010 Grammy Nominees and 2011 Canada South Blues Hall of Fame Inductees. Tickets $23; Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m. For more information: (570) 325 0249; to buy tickets online: www.mauchchunkoperahouse. com.

February 4, 5, 11 & 12 - Cross Country Skiing, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, Saturday mornings 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; Sunday afternoons 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Beginner lessons. Adults $20; children $10. Skis and boots provided. Register with shoe size. No snow? Join the PEEC for a free hike instead. For more information and to register: (570) 828-2319; www.peec.org. February 4 thru 12 - Visions of Johanna, Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee-on-Delaware. This full-length comedic play is a winner of the Shawnee Original Playwright Series. Show times: 8 p.m. on Feb. 4; 2 p.m. on Feb. 5, 10 & 12. Tickets: $18 adults; $15 seniors; $10 children. For more information: (570) 421-5093; www.TheShawneePlayhouse.com. February 5 - Military Day, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, Lackawaxen; (570) 685-1400; www.ski-bigbear.com, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Show your Active Military ID and receive 25% off lift tickets for you and your family. All non-active military customers are welcome to ski at a discount and support US troops by bringing two items for troops (e.g., deck of cards, travel size toiletries, nonperishable treats/snacks, batteries, etc.). Non-active military customers who donate two items receive 15% discount off regular priced lift ticket. 9am - 4:30pm. Visit www.ski-bigbear.com or call 570685-1400 for more information. February 5 - Animal Tracking on Snowshoes at Hickory Run State Park, Nescopeck State Park Office, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. If you have snowshoes, bring them. If you need to borrow a pair from the park, please reserve them when you register. For more information and to register: (570) 403-2006. February 5 – Snowshoe Hike, Skytop. Join Environmental Educator Karen N. Boyle and Kimberly Matthew, Activities Director at

Skytop Lodge, for this beautiful, 2-hour snowshoe hike. Meet at 12:45 p.m. at Skytop. Cost is $5 for members of Monroe County Education Center members, $8 for nonmembers, and $6 for children. Dress in layers. Pre-registration required by February 3. For more information and to register: (570) 629-3061; www.skytop.com. February 5 - Family Ice Fishing, Pike County Pocono Environmental Education Center, Front Pond, 538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Preregistration required. For more information: (570) 828-2319. February 5 - Sunday Race Program, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, Lackawaxen; (570) 6851400; www.ski-bigbear.com. Open to all ages and abilities. Available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 6 thru 10 - Take Your Daughter/Son to the Snow Week, Shawnee Mountain, Hollow Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Your Daughter or Son age 18 and under receive a FREE Lift Ticket when parent purchases a full price Adult Ticket. Special coupon required; available online at: www. shawneemt.com/tickets-passes/ discounts_deals.html. For more information: (570) 421-7231, ext. 254; www.shawneemt.com. February 6, 13, 20 & 27 - Watercolor Painting, Pocono Arts Council, 18 North 7th, Stroudsburg. Mondays, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuition: $72 for members; $80, non-members; $60, seniors. For more information: (570) 476-4460. February 7 - Full Moon Snowshoe Hike, Hickory Run State Park, Nescopeck State Park Office, 1137 Honey Hole Road, Drums, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Snowshoe/hike by the light of the moon. If you have snowshoes, bring them. If you need to borrow a pair from the park, please reserve them when you (Continued on Page 46)


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register. For more information and to register: (570) 403-2006. February 10 - Eagle Watch, Monroe County Environmental Education Center (MCEEC) offers field trips to the upper Delaware River in search of resident and wintering bald eagles. Meet at MCEEC (Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, near Bartonsville) at 8:30 a.m. and return 5:30 p.m. Cost: $20/non-member, $14/EE Center member and includes van transportation. Participants should pack a lunch and binoculars and dress appropriately for the weather. For more information: (570) 6293061; www.mcconservation.org. February 11 - Valentine’s Dinner at The Lodge at Mountain Springs Lake, Reeders; 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Romantic evening, including candlelight dining, dancing with live music. $55/person. (570) 629-1120; www.mslresort.com/valentine February - 11 - KC “Disco” Hike, Monroe County Environmental Education Center (MCEEC), Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary, Bartonsville, 10 a.m. Join

Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman for 2-hour hike that explores everything from animal tracks and bird life to winter adaptations and even insects. Cost: $3/EE Center members; $5/nonmembers. Dress for the weather. For more information: (570) 6293061; www.mcconservation.org. February 11 - Winter Waterfalls, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy waterfalls cascading down through chunks of ice and snow. Dress warmly and wear sturdy boots. $20. Register by February 4. For more information and to register: (570) 828-2319; www.peec.org. February 11 - Family Ice Fishing, Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Free program, no licenses required; children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. To register: (570) 253-7001; (570) 253-7076; pplpreserves@pplweb.com. February 11 - TUSK—Fleetwood Mac Tribute, Mauch Chunk Opera House, Jim Thorpe. Tickets $23; Doors: 7:30 p.m.; Show: 8:30 p.m. For more information: (570) 325 0249; to buy tickets online: www.mauchchunkoperahouse.com.

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February 11 - Hike in Jacobsburg State Park, Pocono Outdoor Club, 10 a.m. Easy 2-3 mile hike along Bushkill Creek. Meet near the gazebo in the main parking area on Belfast Rd. For more information: Sue Prendergast, (570) 242-0519. February 11 - Eagle Watch, Eagle Institute Field Office, Lackawaxen. Meet at 10 a.m. for excursion that focuses on Sullivan County, NY. $12.50. Reservations required. For more information and to register: (570) 2263164; (845) 807-0535; or email: info@delawarehighlands.org. February 11 - Rail Jams FINALS, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, Lackawaxen; (570) 685-1400; www.ski-bigbear.com. Ride rails and hit jumps in this judged competition held in the Terrain Park. $5 entry fee; lift tickets and helmets required. Registration is from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Lodge; competition from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. February 11 & 12 - Introduction to Ice Fishing II & III, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. All equipment provided. Dress in warm layers. No fishing licenses required. $10. No ice? Join the PEEC for a free hike instead. For more information and to register: (570) 828-2319; www.peec.org. February 18 - Tobyhanna Millpond #1 Ice Harvest. Volunteers will cut ice using authentic, turn-of-thecentury ice harvesting tools. 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Watch or lend a helping hand. In the early 1900s, ice was cut, stored in huge icehouses, and transported by railcar to the New York metropolitan area. The late Bill Leonard Sr. of Tobyhanna planned the first ice harvest re-enactment as part of the Coolbaugh Township Bicentennial Celebration in 1994. For more information: (570) 8948205 to confirm date.


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Winged Migration: Eagles Flourish in the Poconos One of the most majestic sights circling the sky, the eagle represents strength, courage and grace. Lofty, dignified, the eagle doesn’t flit from place to place. Rather, the eagle discovers a beautiful place to land, replenish and recreate. Among Pennsylvania’s many splendors is its abundance of eagles that are attracted to the unspoiled nature of the Pocono Mountains. During winter, hundreds of bald eagles migrate to the Poconos, joining a thriving population of resident eagles. Not only are eagle sightings more abundant in winter, it’s also the most ecologically John Goldman, The Eagle Institute sound time of year to seek out these spectacular birds. On Saturdays and Sundays from January through mid-March, the Eagle Institute in Lackawaxen and various outdoor clubs—including the Pennsylvania Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Monroe County Environmental Education Center (MEEC) and the Pennsylvania Audubon Society— sponsor Eagle Watching excursions. For more a comprehensive listing of these Eagle-watching excursions, see the “Coming Events” listings in this magazine.

Sponsored Eagle Watches Winter time is eagle time in beautiful Northeastern Pennsylvania. Until you’ve seen an eagle in person, you may not realize just how magical such an experience can be. Each of the organizations below sponsor eagle watching excursions. To strike out on your own, be sure to consult the Eagle Institute for tips. Eagle Institute Winter Field Office 176 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen (570) 685-5960; (845) 557-6162 www.eagleinstitute.org

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Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary near Bartonsville (570) 629-3061 www.mcconservation.org

538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry (570) 828-2319 www.peec.org

Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center 126 PPL Drive, Hawley (570) 253-7001 pplpreserves@pplweb.com

Crossing Paradise on Skis Cross-country skiing is a wonderful way for snow lovers to enjoy the wintery beauty of the Pocono Mountains. With plenty of trails that wind through evergreen forests and along glacial lakes, the ancient Pocono Mountains offer respite from busy urban life while providing plenty of opportunities to head outdoors for fun. The Pocono Environmental Education Center sponsors cross-country ski outings and provides equipment rentals. Many of the area’s parks and private resorts also feature the sport. To maximize your enjoyment, call ahead to make sure conditions are favorable and equipment is available. Also, check “Coming Events” in this magazine for guided excursions. Here are just a few of the many spots where you can revel in the thrill of country-skiing amid some of nature’s finest bounty:

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area—McDade Recreational Trail, River Road, Bushkill; (570) 426-2435. French Manor Inn and Spa—50 Huntingdon Drive, South Sterling; (877) 720-6090. Poconos Environmental Education Center—538 Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry; (570) 828-2319. Skytop Lodge—1 Skytop; (800) 345-7759. The Inn at Pocono Manor—Route 314, Pocono Manor; (800) 233-8150. Tobyhanna State Park—Route 423 at intersection of I-380, Tobyhanna; (570) 894-8336.



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