Coming Events~Moments that Last a Lifetime:

Information subject to change.

Face it, life passes you by too fast. We all make an effort to take life by the horns and live it to the fullest. Whether you’ve chosen to include the Pocono Mountains in your repertoire of vacation travels, or elected to pick the area as your fulltime home you’ve always dreamed of; there’s just something about the Poconos that draws you in.

Perhaps it’s the awe inspired scenery and nationally known venues complimenting things outdoors and in; like amazing recreational vehicle adventures, horseback riding and go-karts. Or maybe the festivals and nature excursions TWIP collects aid in guiding you on your path to a lifetime of joy.

No matter what the reason, take a peek and plan your week with some of these awesome events:

Thursday, July 31: Science Exploration with Pocono Mountain Public Library at Tobyhanna State Park, Tobyhanna, (570) 894-8860. Practice using microscopes and exploring the organisms that inhabit Tobyhanna Lake. All ages welcome with pre-registration required. Call for time and meeting location.

Thursday, July 31: Wayne County Creative Arts Council’s 47th Annual Summer Festival of Events in Full Swing, Honesdale Central Park, www.honesdaleparkevents.org. Come one come all (don’t forget your lawn chair and blanket) to WCCAC’s FREE annual festival featuring exciting music in the park with Joe Stanky & the Cadets taking the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 31 through Sunday August 3: 26th Annual Bluegrass Festival at Mountain View Park, Wind Gap, (610) 838-3015 or (215) 536-8711, www.afbawindgap.org. Check out a list of amazing acts as the grace the stage in this popular four day rhythm fest with various food and other vendors on site. Checkout their ad in this issue highlighting prices and time.

Friday, August 1 and Saturday, August 2: Annual Homecoming Bazaar at Our Lady of Victory R.C. Church, Tannersville, (570) 629-4572. Join LVRCC for an evening of family fun starting at 5 p.m. each night with games, bingo, bake sale and more including a real crowd pleaser-their Tricky Tray. Did we mention the wide variety of food to feast on? Bring your appetite!

Saturday, August 2: 8th Annual Heritage Craft Day at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, (570) 992-6161, www.quietvalley.org. Try your hand at early American skills and crafts from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with Basket Making, Wheat Weaving, Blacksmithing and much, much more!

Saturday, August 2: Thomas Darling Nature Preserve Trail & Boardwalk DedicationBlakeslee, The Nature Conservancy invites all to attend a guided nature walk on through this beautiful wildlife preserve following a brief dedication ceremony starting at 10 a.m. rain or shine.

Saturday, August 2: Where in the Watershed Walk: Cranberry Creek Preserves, (570) 424-1514. Join the Brodhead Watershed Association from 1-4 p.m. on a fact filled journey through this1200 acreage assemblage of undisturbed woodland. Pre-register with the Pocono Heritage Land Trust at the number indicated above. $5 Donation.

Saturday, August 2: Whole Earth Holistic Summer Mountain Fair at Blakeslee Community Center, Blakeslee, wholeearthfair@yahoo.com. Enjoy lectures & demos from such masters in the field as Stephen Platko, Roseann Turek and Reiki Dave of Body & Soul Holistic Arts along with an assortment of jewelry, crafts, gemstones and more!  $3 admission with Free Parking.

Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3: 10th Annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers, Milford, (570) 296-9630, www.greytowers.org. With a focus on “Goods from the Woods” this popular festival runs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 10-4 on Sunday. So, check it out as it “wood” be fun & educational for all ages.

Saturday, August 2 through Sunday 3: 2nd Annual 24 Hours of Art, Downtown Scranton, www.scrantonsvintagetheater.com. Come enjoy this event celebrating three pillars of The Vintage Theater’s mission: Genres in the literary, visual and performing arts starting at Noon Saturday and running to Noon Sunday.

Monday, August 4 through Saturday, August 9: Carbon County Fair is Back! Palmerton, www.carboncountyfair.com. CCF has returned and with it brings festivities the whole family can enjoy! From amusement rides and live entertainment to tractor pulls and a demolition derby! Let’s not forget a load of amazing special events! The fair runs Monday to Friday from 3p.m. to 11p.m. and Saturday Noon to 11p.m. Admission is $5 each day for ages 6 & up

Thursday, August 7: Book Signing & Performance at Quiet Man Bookshop, Mountainhome, (570) 223-3565, Meet Author and Musician Daryl Brown, son of the late music legend James Brown, for a 7 p.m. signing and performance with a look into his published work titled Inside the Godfather.

Poconos Exhilarating Summer Months go on and on…

Ongoing: Wednesdays Now through September 10: Guided Bog Walks,Tannersville, (570) 629-3060, www.mcconservation.org. Join an Environmental Educator from the Center for a 2 1/2 hour walk through Tannersville Bog each Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Pre-registration required at $4 for EE & Nature Conservancy Members with Non-members at $6

Ongoing: Fridays: Friday Happy Hour, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery and Distillery, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053, www.mountainviewvineyard.com. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy $1 off a glass of your favorite wine, savor a signature drink, and indulge in complimentary snacks! Featured items vary. Ages 21+ only. See website for details.

Ongoing: Saturdays Now through Labor Day: Sangria Saturdays at Mountain View Vineyard, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570)619-0053, www.mountainviewvineyard.com 12-5 p.m. Sold by the glass or carafe this is one Sensational Sangria! Purchase the carafe and enjoy free chips and salsa! Ages 21+ only.

Ongoing: Saturdays Now through August 30: Pocono Rodeo, 432 Grange Road, Mt. Pocono, (570) 839-1680, www.poconorodeo.com. Good ole’ barbeque starting at 2 then happy to oblige with FREE pony rides! All set to get ready for some exciting rodeo action at 6 p.m. Gates and concessions open at 4:30. Adults $18 with kids 12 & under $12 bucks. Under 3 comes in FREE.

Ongoing: Saturdays Now through September 13: Guided Downtown Walking Tours, Scranton, (570) 344-3841. Join Lackawanna Historical Society for a stroll through Downtown Scranton at 11 a.m. This tour focusing on the magnificent architecture of the city is FREE. Requires pre-reservation.

Ongoing: Saturdays and Sundays: Vineyard & Distillery Tours, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053,  www.mountainveiwvineyard.com. Saturdays and Sundays. Vineyard Tours at 1 p.m. & Distillery Tours at 2 p.m. Mountain View Vineyard, Join Randy & Linda as they talk about MV’s history, how the wine is make and the types of grapes that grow in our area. MV’s Winery and Distillery is one of only two winery-distilleries in the state! So take a tour the facilities and see how your favorite spirits are made! Ages 21+ only.

Ongoing: Sundays: Strummin’ Slushy Sunday, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570)619-0053, www.mountainviewvineyard.com. Enjoy a refreshing Wine Slushie Noon to 4:00 p.m. while listening to live music to 3:00 p.m. Ages 21+ only.

Ongoing: FreeBrewery Tours and Beer Tastings, Barley Creek BrewingCompany, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-9399, www.barleycreek.com. Free brewery tours are offered every day at 12:30 p.m. See the tanks and mills at the brewpub and learn how great beer is made! Tours are followed by free tastings of assorted Barley Creek brews. All ages welcome for tours; tastings restricted to participants 21 and older. Group tours by appointment.

Ongoing: Candle Making Demonstrations,  House of Candles, Route 715, Henryville, (570) 629-1953, www.houseofcandles.com. See candles made at the Oldest Candle Shop of the Poconos! Dip your own “wax hand” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. See website for details.

Keep an eye on this site for frequent updates & features as the fun’s just begun for your next Pocono Mountains adventure!