Saturdays and Sundays in March: March on the Mountain, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery and Distillery, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053, www.mountainviewvineyard.com. 1 to 5 p.m. Every Saturday and Sunday in March, MVV will feature a different food and wine or food and spirit pairing. The cost for the pairing is $8 per person. See website for dates and details.
Saturday, March 8: Sugar Shack Scramble, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Take an orienteering expedition to the Two Saps Sugar Shack! Use a map and compass to reach the sugar shack, and then enjoy some hot cocoa, and pancakes with fresh maple syrup! Space is limited. Call to sign up for a 9 or 9:30 a.m. start time. Cost: $10 per person.
Saturday, March 8: Art Opening: Tom Storm, Photographer, “Scenes from the Top,” Monroe County Conservation District’s Environmental Education Center (MCEEC), Running Valley Road, Bartonsville, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Tom Storm has spent the past three winters hiking the peaks, ridges and overlooks of Carbon County. With camera in hand, he grants visual access to some of the more remote and unique vistas and vantage points the area has to offer. Opening reception: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, March 8: Free Concert, East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, East Stroudsburg, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.salvationarmyeaststroudsburg.org. 3 p.m. The East Stroudsburg Corps of the Salvation Army will host a free concert featuring the renowned Pendel Brass and Singers, one of the Eastern United States’ elite Salvation Army ensembles. Admission is free. See website for detials.
Saturday, March 8: Irish Fest, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, Karl Hope Boulevard, Lackawaxen, (570) 685-1400, www.ski-bigbear.com. It’s a St. Patty’s celebration! The mountain’s Irish Fest will feature entertainment from the Celtic Martins Irish Band and the McElligott School of Irish Dance, plus traditional Irish fare and more! Festivities are scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Also on March 8, a Rail Jam will be open to all riders interested in strutting slopestyle skills. Competition begins at 6 p.m. Visit www.ski-bigbear.com for rules and regulations.
Saturday, March 8: Wayne-Pike Local History Festival, The Hawley Silk Mill, Hawley, (570) 390-4747, email@example.com. Noon to 5 p.m. Representatives from local historical societies and museums will answer questions and offer brochures and calendars as well as history-related items for sale. Local history buffs, newcomers and visitors are invited to speak with representatives during this free program. Call for details.
Saturday, March 8: Where in the Watershed Walk #2: Spring Ahead at Kurmes Paradise Creek Nature Preserve, Paradise Township, (570) 424-1514, www.brodheadwatershed.org. 1 to 4 p.m. The Brodhead Watershed Association and Pocono Heritage Land Trust (PHLT) are sponsoring a series of monthly “Where in the Watershed” walks to little-known places throughout the Brodhead Watershed. BWA and PHLT Board Members and naturalists Don Miller and Lori Colgan for a late-winter exploration of vernal pools along the newly completed Tank Creek Trail to find exciting signs of spring. Cost: $5 for the public, $3 for members; children under 12 walk for free. Call to register.
Saturday, March 8: MCEEC’s Scout Maple Sugaring Day, The Meesing Sugarbush, Creek Road, Marshalls Creek, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This special day for scout groups is open to all levels. Cost: $5/adult and $3/child includes locally made syrup on fresh pancakes. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, March 5.
Saturday and Sunday, March 8 & 9: Give Cancer the Cold Shoulder: The Country’s First Relay For Life Snowtube-A-Thon, Camelback Mountain Resort, Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-1661, www.skicamelback.com. All are welcome to hit the hills of the Biggest Snowtubing Park in the U.S.A. and slide in support of the Relay For Life! Three-hour snowtubing sessions are available at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and a six-hour Midnight Madness session will be open from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. Tickets for all time slots are $20. See website for complete details.
Sunday, March 9: Spring Ahead! Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m.
Sunday, March 9: The 17th Annual Carbon County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, www.carbonstpatricksparade.com. 1 p.m. Spring ahead and out of bed for the Carbon County St. Patrick’s Day Parade! The procession winds through scenic Jim Thorpe on a downhill route that showcases the region’s many splendors. Don’t forget to don your greenest garb at this rain-or-shine event!
Sunday, March 9: Amphibian Search, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. 1 to 3 p.m. Rising temperatures bring out the frogs and salamanders! Embark on a search with the environmental educators at PEEC! Wear sturdy shoes and prepare to get muddy. Cost: $5 per person. Call to register.
Sunday, March 9: Charter Day Film Screening, Eckley Miners’ Village, 2 Eckley Main Street, Weatherly, (570) 636-2070, www.eckleyminersvillagemuseum.com. 2 p.m. Dr. Phil Mosley and F. Charles Petrillo will host Movies of the Anthracite, a free public film screening in Eckley’s Museum. Featured films include The Price of Carelessness, a 1915 movie filmed at the Truesdale Colliery; Buried Heat, a 1934 production filmed at the Jeddo Colliery; and Blue Coal, a piece filmed at the Huber Breaker in the 1930s. Museum opens at noon. See website for details.
Tuesday, March 11: Science of Beer, Cora’s 1850 Bistro, Hawley, (570) 689-9494. 7 p.m. Join Dr. Dennis Peterson, homebrew master and retired biochemist, for a program on the “Science of Beer!” Dr. Peterson will talk about the history and science behind the beer-making process. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. This event is the first in a Science on Tap series organized by a partnership of local conservation and environmental groups. Call for more information.
Friday through Sunday, March 14-16: Military Appreciation Weekend, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Hollow Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware, (570) 421-7231, www.shawneemt.com. All active military personnel and their immediate family members will receive free lift tickets and ski/snowboard rentals during any of the three promotion days. Group lessons and SKIWee children’s programs will be available at a 50% discount. Valid military ID and dependent cards are required. Retired military personnel, reservists and their immediate family members will receive 50% off lift tickets. Call for more information.
Friday, March 14 through Monday, March 17: Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend, Van Gilder’s Jubilee Restaurant and Pub in the Pines, Pocono Pines, (570) 646-2377, www.breakfastking.com. You’re in luck! Saint Patrick’s Day weekend brings delicious dinner specials and exciting entertainment to the Jubilee! Dine on traditional Irish dishes, enjoy a perfectly poured pint of stout, and dance your cares away to the sounds of live music! The Pub in the Pines will host live entertainers on Friday, Saturday and Monday.
Friday, March 14 through Sunday, March 23: The Irish and How They Got That Way, The Shawnee Playhouse, River Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware, (570) 421-5093, www.theshawneeplayhouse.com. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt, The Irish and How They Got That Way tells the story of the Irish experience “on both sides of the pond.” Presented through a series of songs, this sometimes irreverent but always affectionate piece is a celebration of all things Irish. See website for show times and ticket information.
Saturday, March 15: Amazing Animal Senses, PPL’s Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, PPL Drive, Hawley, (570) 253-7001, firstname.lastname@example.org. 1 p.m. How does a falcon catch its food or a skunk defend itself? Join experts from the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center for a free program all about animal senses! See an owl, a skunk, and other amazing animals and learn how their senses help them survive! Registration is not necessary. Call for information.
Saturday, March 15: Scranton St. Patrick’s Parade, Scranton, www.stpatparade.com. 11:45 a.m. Take a trip to Scranton for the annual St. Patrick’s Parade and experience a spirited celebration unlike any other! Attracting more than 12,000 participants and 150,000 spectators annually, this grand parade is widely known as one of the biggest and best St. Patrick’s parades in the country!
Saturday and Sunday, March 15 & 16: The Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show, East Stroudsburg University’s Koehler Fieldhouse, East Stroudsburg, www.poconobuildershomeshow.com. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The Greater Pocono Home Show is an event designed for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, landscaping and decorating their homes. This event includes hundreds of exhibits with merchandise, product demonstrations and sample interior and exterior options. Admission is $3 for attendees 18 and older; senior citizens enter free. See website for details.
Sunday, March 16: Black & White Photography Tour, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Emery Road, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now is the perfect time to shoot black and white photography in the Poconos! Participants will visit the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and explore the park’s historic structures. Van transportation is available. Attendees are advised to dress in layers and pack a lunch. Admission is $20 per person. Call to register.
Sunday, March 16: Costume Carnival Day, Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, Hollow Road, Shawnee-on-Delaware, (570) 421-7231, www.shawneemt.com. Guests who visit Shawnee Mountain in costume will receive a free daytime lift ticket. A costume parade and judging will take place at 1 p.m. Call for more information.
Sunday, March 16: The Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Presents “Opera is for Lovers,” The Cecilia Cohen Recital Hall, East Stroudsburg University, East Stroudsburg, (570) 328-5864, www.griceartists.com. 3 p.m. See website for details.
Monday, March 17 through Sunday, March 23: Benefit Days for Ghana Eyecare Mission, The Quiet Man Bookshop, 1233 Route 390, Mountainhome, (570) 223-3565. 20% of total purchases will be donated to benefit the Ghana Eyecare Mission. Coupon required. For more information, visit www.mtpoconoumc.org or call (570) 839-9902.
Thursday, March 20: Spring Product Launch Party, American Candle, Route 611, Bartonsville, (570) 629-3388, www.american-candle.com. 6 to 8 p.m. Shop stunning spring selections from Pandora and find fabulous accessories by Vera Bradley! This elegant evening will also feature door prizes and refreshments. Call for details.
Friday, March 21: Mystery Birding Field Trip, Monroe County Conservation District’s Environmental Education Center (MCEEC), Running Valley Road, Bartonsville, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Join Environmental Educator Brian Hardiman on this popular and fun adventure where the birding destinations and target birds are not revealed until the day of the trip! Mystery birds “revealed” on past trips include snowy owl, northern shrike, rough-legged hawk, and nesting great-horned owls. Participants will meet at the EE Center at 8:30 a.m. and return by 5:30 p.m. The cost—$24/non-member; $18/EE Center member—includes bus transportation. Participants should pack a lunch and dress for the weather. Stops will be made for coffee and snacks. Pre-registration and payment are required. Call for details.
Friday, March 21: The Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce’s 27th Annual Business & Community Expo, East Stroudsburg University’s Koehler Fieldhouse, Smith and Normal Streets, East Stroudsburg, (570) 421-4433, www.greaterpoconochamber.com. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Showcasing more than 100 local businesses and organizations, the Business and Community Expo is the largest event of its kind in the region. Tickets: $2/adult; $1/child 12 and under.
Saturday, March 22: Craft Show, Mount Pocono United Methodist Church, Route 611, Mount Pocono, (570) 839-1646. Vendors include Origami Owl, Thirty-one, Pampered Chef, Mary Kay, Jamberry Nails and others. Breakfast and lunch concessions will be available. Call for details.
Saturday, March 22: Pond Skimming, Camelback Mountain Resort, Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-1661, www.skicamelback.com. 1 to 3 p.m. Watch as daring athletes race down the Sunbowl slope and glide over a shallow pond! See website for registration details.
Saturday and Sunday, March 22 & 23: Parking Lot Party, Lot 8, Camelback Mountain Resort, Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-1661, www.skicamelback.com. 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Park, party and watch the action during Pond Skimming on Saturday and the Cardboard Box Derby on Sunday. Featuring great food, entertainment and more fun for all, this end-of-season event is not to be missed! See website for details.
Sunday, March 23: Cardboard Box Derby, Camelback Mountain Resort, Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-1661, www.skicamelback.com. 1 to 3 p.m. This entertaining annual event features creatively constructed cardboard sleds, friendly competition and lots of laughs. See website for details.
Sunday, March 23: The 37th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Main Street, Stroudsburg, www.poconoirishparade.org. 1:30 p.m. The Pocono Irish-American Club presents this St. Patrick’s Day spectacle. The procession covers a distance of approximately two miles, beginning in the borough of Stroudsburg and ending in East Stroudsburg. When you go: Look for Parade Day specials at downtown destinations.
Friday, March 28: Comedy Night, Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Banquet Center, Route 507, Hawley, (570) 226-7355 ext. 2, www.ehrhardts.com. 9 p.m. Don’t miss the final Comedy Night of the season! Host Ron Kelly presents featured comic Sean Morton and headliner Jimmy Graham. Tickets are $15 at the door, or $10 for those who dine in Ehrhardt’s Restaurant before the show. A cash bar and “Munchie Menu” will be available. Doors open at 8 p.m. Call for reservations.
Friday, March 28: Rick Springfield: Stripped Down, The Sherman Theater, Main Street, Stroudsburg, www.shermantheater.com. 8 p.m. Tickets: $45/$35. Concert follows the Theater’s 80s Fundraising Party, which begins at 5 p.m. See website for details.
Ongoing: Saturday Night Live Entertainment, Barley Creek Brewing Company, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-9399, www.barleycreek.com. 3/8: Joe O’Malley.
Ongoing: Free Brewery Tours and Beer Tastings, Barley Creek Brewing Company, 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 available by appointment.
Ongoing: Fridays: TGIF 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. See website for details.
Ongoing: Saturdays and Sundays: Distillery Tours, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053, www.mountainveiwvineyard.com. Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Mountain View Vineyard, Winery and Distillery is one of only two winery-distilleries in the state! Tour the facilities and see how your favorite spirits are made! Ages 21+ only. Weather-permitting.
Ongoing: Locomotive Shop Tours, Steamtown National Historic Site, South Washington Avenue, Scranton, www.nps.gov/stea. Join a Park Ranger or a volunteer on a 45-minute look at what it takes to maintain and repair steam locomotives. Admission is included in the park entrance fee.
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.
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