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Plan, Peek, Play…Then Prepare for More!
It’s eyes to the skies for some amazing events that offer a glimpse into the amazing wildlife that calls Pocono Mountains home—the spectacular bald eagle! Area environmental learning organizations are geared up and ready to peak the curiosity with a peek into the world of these amazing creatures.
Turning our attention to a peek into the history of the region, delivers plans underway for this year’s Ice Harvest at Tobyhanna Millpond #1. With eight inches on the ice and hopes the chill endures; organizers are ready to slice into the ice with demonstrations of the historic tools and equipment of days gone by.
Rounding things out a bit with a reminder…Most are well aware of a certain holiday approaching that encourages all to muster up a bit of creativity—Valentine’s Day! While it may seem weeks away, now is the time to consider this peek at the area’s amazing sights and entertainment destinations to really put this year’s holiday over the top! Check out the lineup of tidbits spilled over into our Entertainment Section for evening ideas and prepare to dazzle!
Friday, January 30: Eagle Watch, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman leads this journey to the upper Delaware River in search of the Bald Eagle. Forecasting the probability of sightings of the regional resident high they encourage pre-registration. Cost including bus trip is $18 for EE Center Members and $24 for non-members. Meeting at EE Center 8:30 a.m. with a 5:30 p.m. return.
Saturday, January 31: Eagle Watching Bus Tour, Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, Hawley, (570) 226-3164, email@example.com. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy offers this guided eagle-viewing bus trip throughout the Upper Delaware River region seeking out and learning about the magnificent bald eagle. Seats are limited so reservations are required. Cost is $15 for DHC members and $20 for non-members.
Saturday, January 31: Ice Harvest in the Forecast, Tobyhanna Millpond #1, (570) 894-8205. Thick ice equals ice demos but if Mother Nature is uncooperative a look at the historic tools is planned for this popular annual event starting at 9 a.m. with sights set on a full ice house by 2 or 3 p.m.
Saturday, January 31: Introduction to Snowshoeing, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) invites all from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to learn the basics of snowshoeing—no experience necessary with equipment provided. Registration required for a spot. Cost is $10.
Saturday, January 31: The Fascinating Honeybee, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Bob and Vicki Armstrong, Past Presidents of the Monroe County Bee Keeper Association, offer a 1 hour program on honeybees starting at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 for non-members, $3 children under 12 and free for EE Center Members.
Ongoing: Now through January 31: Bendixen’s Annual Buyers Blowout! Pocono Summit, (570) 839-8795, www.bendixens.com. Indoor thrills are in-store as this popular destination hosts its storewide sale offering the opportunity to take “a bit of country” back home. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
Ongoing: Saturdays and Sundays: Now through January 31: Shawnee Mountain’s NASTAR Race Series, East Stroudsburg, (570) 421-7231 EXT254, www.shawneemt.com. Shawnee’s Upper Tomahawk Race Course hosts this competitive racing program for all ages and abilities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Cost for two timed runs is $7 with five timed runs at $13. Lift Ticket/pass and NASTAR race ticket required to participate.
Saturday, February 14: Romance in Full Bloom at Blue Ridge Estate! Saylorsburg, (610) 895-4205, www.blueridgewineryandvineyards.com. An evening of socializing, dancing and live entertainment is set to put everyone on track for a Valentines Day’s repeat! Both dates from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Event reservations recommended.
Sunday, February 22: Annual Ice Tee Golf Tournament, Lake Wallenpaupack in Hawley, (877) 228-7941. Presented by The Chamber of the Northern Poconos and hosted by Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort this year’s frozen lake golf outing continues the long standing tradition of fun with day of registration costing $25. Spectators are welcome to check out the fun that runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ongoing: Mondays through Saturdays, Now through February 28: Snowshoe & Cross-Country Skiing, Nescopeck State Park in Drums, (570) 403-2006. This free first come first served loaner program encourages outdoor fun in the park from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Rules include: equipment must be returned by 3 p.m., at least 4″ of snow must be on the ground for skis and 6″ for snowshoes, borrowers must provide a valid driver’s license. Park staff is available for a brief instruction upon request.
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 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 made 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 of the facilities and see how your favorite wine and spirits are made! Ages 21+ only. Please note: no tours January 10 & 11.
Ongoing: Free Brewery 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!