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Summer Slow Down? Summer Show Down!…
With the Labor Day holiday on the horizon, some feel a sense of dread that summer will soon be ending. That sort of glass half empty outlook. While here in the Pocono Mountains, travelers from near and far keep pouring in for some excitement met by a lengthy list eager to oblige.
Dishing a healthy dose of half full optimism this week are festivals and celebrations decades in the making. Whether it’s one if by land like the Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fair in Newfoundland or two if by sea considering the monumental Wally Lake Fest transforming Hawley’s Lake Wallenpaupack to a sea of excitement; the signal is clear~ there’s way too much fun to slow down now!
Let’s not forget guided hikes through nationally recognized parks with informative naturalists ready to offer a healthy workout for the mind, body and soul. Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm creates the perfect tranquil backdrop for this year’s Pocono State Craft Festival. Bringing talented craftsmen and artists together to display the fruits of their labor; this event continues to draw a crowd.
Check out more details on these and other events inviting all to soak up the summer:
Wednesday, August 20: Hike through Rattlesnake Falls, Game lands 221 Barrett Township, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Pre-registration required for this excursion with plans to meet at the Kettle Creek Environmental Center at 10 a.m and lasting until 3:30 p.m. Cost is $14 for EE members and $20 for non-members.
Thursday, August 21: Take a Hike with Pocono Mountain Public Library through Tobyhanna State Park, Tobyhanna, and (570) 894-8860. All ages are invited to meet at the park pavilion for this free hike around the lake starting at 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, August 21: The Wright Brothers & Milestones of Flight Presentation at Clymer Library, Pocono Pines.Join Frederick Lehrer for this free evening lecture delving into the history of manned flight starting at 5:30 p.m. with a repeat session planned for August 26.
Friday, August 22: Geneology Basics-How to Trace Your Ancestry Back to the Revolutionary Era, Wayne County Historical Society’s Main Museum, Honesdale, Join Karlyn Leslie Shedlowski instructing how to use modern and historical documents to trace your family heritage in this FREE presentation starting at 4:30 p.m.
Friday, August 22 through Sunday, August 24: Wally Lake Fest, Hawley,(570) 226-2141, www.wallylakefest.com. This incredible summer celebration sets sail on and offshore at Lake Wallenpaupack with over 50 different amazing outdoor experiences around the area.
Saturday, August 23: Coolbaugh Township Municipal Park’s 40th Anniversary Celebration, Tobyhanna, www.coolbaughtwp.org. Family fun in the park that lasts all day starting at 11:00 a.m. and running to 5:00 p.m. Lots of events including horse and carriage rides, a volleyball tournament and a soccer tournament. Even grab a seat and watch Emergency Service Providers duke it out in a “Guns & Hoses” baseball game! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Saturday, August 23: Frog Frenzy with PEEC, Pocono Environmental Education Center Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Learn about our frog friends gently catching and releasing these hopping amphibians from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $5 per person. Wear boots and plan on getting a little wet and muddy.
Saturday, August 23: Warrior Dash at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, www.warriordash.com. Grueling to tackle, entertaining to watch as diehard extreme sport enthusiasts tackle a 3.32 mile course with 12 obstacles with music and more adding to the excitement! The 1st wave heads out 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 23: The Wonderful World of Dragonflies, Honesdale, (570) 253-9250, nepaaudubon.org. Join David Trently 10 a.m. for a journey into the world of dragonflies from Browning Beaver Observation Deck. Check out their website for directions.
Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24: Lehigh Valley Air Show at Lehigh Valley International Airport, Allentown, (610) 231-5210, www.lehighvalleyairshow.com. Eyes to the skies for skydiving, air aerobatics galore then set your sights ground level as tons of aviation exhibitors join this monumental display offering instruction packages, prizes and more at this popular show. Gates open 9 a.m.
Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24: Pocono State Craft Festival at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, Stroudsburg, www.poconocrafts.com. Co-sponsors Pocono Arts Council and the Pocono Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen introduces you to the talented creations of artists featuring fine jewelry, woodworking, stained glass and more from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $6 with kids 12 & under FREE.
Sunday, August 24: Butterfly Walk, Pocono Environmental Education Center Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. David Trently takes you on a tour into these fluttering flying beauties from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $5. Call to register as spaces fill fast.
Tuesday, August 26 through Monday, September 1: 97th Annual GDS Fair, Newfoundland, (570) 676-4047, www.gdsfair.com. Truck & Tractor Pulls, Rides, live entertainment and over 5000 agricultural exhibits are set for this mega festival focused on fun for the whole family.
Saturday, August 30: Homemade Pocono Jam Tasting at Mountaintop Lodge, Pocono Pines, (570) 646-6636. Come out and try the scrumpteous creations of Marty’s Home Kitchen jams, spreads and marmalades in Mountaintop Lodge’s Coffee & Pastry Shop from 8:00 a.m. to noon. New Seasonal Specialties will be featured!
Saturday, August 30: International Designer comes to Backroads Antiques, Henryville, (570) 872-9990, www.backroadsantiquesPA.com. Marcella Ravell visits Backroads Antiques eager to lend a professional touch to your antique, art and accessory search. Bring plans and photos for your own consultation from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, August 30: Yard Sale hosted by A Taste of Antiques 4U, Pocono Lake, (570) 355-5955, AntiquesVA.wix.com/Antiques. Come One Come All as ATA4U invites buyers and sellers to this yard sale in their front parking lot filled with great finds from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31: Mountain View Vineyards Celebrates 5th Anniversary of the Winery and 1st Anniversary of the Distillery, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053, www.mountainviewvineyard.com. Moonshine Margaritas, food, music and more set for Saturday from noon to 5 (p.m. that is) and Sunday Noon -4.
Sunday, August 31: Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza! Wilkes Barre, (570) 831-2100, www.mohegansunpocono.com. From a new car giveaway at 6 p.m. to 7:30′s awesome FREE performance by David Foster in the Grand Ballroom, Mohegan Sun plans to give the summer a sendoff few will forget! Did we mention the fireworks extravaganza slated for 9:30 p.m. ready to light up the sky for all ages to enjoy?!
Thursday, September 4: Downtown Outdoor Movie Night, Scranton, (570) 963-5901. This FREE movie night featuring “Iron Man 3″ airs 7:45 p.m. in Lackawanna County Courthouse Square.
Thursday, September4: Hiking Series: Lehigh Gorge Rail Trail, Hickory Run State Park, 570-403-2006, Join park staff at 9 am outside restrooms at Glen Onoko access area for an easy, 4 mile hike on the Lehigh Gorge State Park Rail Trail. Get some exercise, learn about the area’s rich history and nature, and relax in the fresh air. Free.
Saturday, September 6: Woof-Stock returns for another Howling Good TIme, Long Pond, (570) 646-6012, Camp KCS hosts the 3rd Annual Woof-Stock benefit for Monroe Animal League from noon to 7:00 p.m. featuring live entertainment, tricky trays, demos with a ton of great family and friendly pet fun for all ages!
Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14: Oktoberfest hits the Racetrack Apron at Mohegan Sun, Wilkes Barre, (570) 831-2100, www.mohegansunpocono.com. Bringing a little Oktoberfest fun in September this three day celebration brings live entertainment, wiener dog racing and German-American cuisine to the Poconos! Friday’s fun runs 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with Saturday kickin’ in at 11:00 a.m. also ending at 11:00 p.m. Sunday’s festivities are from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 27 & Sunday, September 28: Hometown Farm Show,Sterling, (570) 595-0452 or (570) 650-8302. This fun and educational show about early farm life runs each day from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. See live demonstrations of antique farm equipment such as a mule-powered treadmill, hit & miss engines, corn sheller, shingle mill, steam engines and much more. Watch us make home-made ice cream and enjoy a free sample along with an assortment of other fine food. Observe the ladies spinning, quilting or weaving. Take a horse-drawn hay ride. Free admission and parking.
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 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.
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: Through September: Pocono Arts Council Announces September Class Lineup, Stroudsburg, (570) 476-4460. From painting in acrylics and watercolors to drawing-even a Blues Guitar and Mandala Workship! Signup by August 15 and save $10 off enrollment! Call for details!
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!