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Spectacular Summer Sendoff Ideas…
Though Labor Day may mark the end of summer break sending some off to school, it certainly doesn’t put the brakes on exciting ideas for entertainment in the Pocono Mountains! Options are at the ready to seize those fleeting summer weekdays, evolving into the opportunities that absorb weekend getaways.
Read on for a healthy list of fun for weeks to come and checkout out information online at www.thisweekinthepoconos.net for daily updates including interviews and features on events sure to catch your attention.
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.
Monday, September 1: Land of Make Believe 60th Anniversary Amusement Park Sendoff, Hope NJ,www.lomb.com. Uniting families with rides for all, this popular park celebrates six decades of amusement with a chance to win a new Ford Escape SUV drawing on Labor Day. Join the festivities all weekend and don’t forget to try for a new “ride.”
Wednesday, September 3: Artists Reception at Madelon Powers Gallery in ESU Fine & Performing Arts Center, East Stroudsburg, (570) 422-3483, email@example.com. This reception at East Stroudsburg University for artists Darlene Farris-LaBar and Liu Jun welcomes the public at no cost from 4-7 p.m. Contact ESU for more information.
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.
Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7: 37th Annual COTA Jazz & Arts Festival,Delaware Water Gap, www.cotajazz.org. DWG Celebration of the Arts (COTA) brings a culmination of music, dance, art & food together for this popular weekend long gathering. Starting 6 to 9:30 p.m. Friday then Saturday noon to 9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Check out their website for details & advance ticket purchases.
Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7: 25th Annual Palmerton Community Festival, Palmerton, www.palmertonfestival.com. Bringing the community together for food, fun and rides, PCF is held rain or shine with free parking and entertainment kicking off Friday at 6 p.m. Checkout their website for the weekend schedule.
Saturday, September 6: Fall Warblers Program, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, (570)629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Environmental Educator Darryl Speicher offers a brief lecture on the intricacies of identifying those confusing fall warblers before leading the group on a walk in search of birds embarking on their long journey back to the tropics. Pre-registration required for this 2-hour program that begins at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $5 for non-members, $3 for children under 12 and free for EE members.
Saturday, September 6: Guided Bird Walk, Hickory Run State Park Complex Nescopeck State Park, 570-403-2006. Rise and shine 8:00 a.m. with Dave Kruel to behold the sights and sounds of the area’s beautiful birds. Registration required for this free program and don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. Limited pairs of binoculars will be on hand so bring them if you have them.
Saturday, September 6: Opening Reception for Tim Weaver Art Exhibit, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. View the exhibit, meet the artist, and enjoy some light refreshments – all free of charge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, September 6: Wild Mushroom Walk, Hickory Run State Park Complex Nescopeck State Park ,570-403-2006. Guests age 18 & up are invited to I.D. various forms of fungi with Dave Wasilewski starting at 10:00 a.m. Pre-register and plan to meet at the park office for this free event.
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!
Saturday, September 6: Family Fishing, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. From 10 a.m. to noon learn the basics of fishing with equipment provided. Registration is necessary but fishing licenses are not. Cost is $10 for kids and adults $5. See website for details.
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.
Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 21: 17th Annual Coolbaugh Historical Association Art Show, Bicentennial Museum Wills Mansion Tobyhanna, (570) 894-4207. Works are welcomed for drop off from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. September 7.
Saturday, September 13: Anything Goes Hike, PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, (570)253-7001, Join Naturalist Rick Koval at 1 p.m. for a woodland adventure and search for salamanders, dragonflies, edible plants, poisonous mushrooms and anything else that crosses his path. You will learn a little bit more about what’s happening in our forest during surprising September. This is fun for the whole family. Be ready to hike outside and dress for the weather. Meet at the Wallenpaupack Creek Trail trailhead.
Saturday, September 13: Arts & Crafts Fair, Bingham Park, (570) 226-3191. Over 90 vendors bring their unique crafted items for this event from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 13: Junior Bird Club: Bake Oven Knob Hawk Watching, Hickory Run State Park Complex Nescopeck State Park , 570-403-2006. Join the club and head to the ridge tops for a morning glimpse of hawk broadwings and other raptors. Bring lunch, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather then head out. Cost for new members $15 with pre-registration required.
Saturday, September 13: Not your 60′s Tye Dye Program, Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Join Fiber Artist Kathleen Sandt for this program on tye dying starting with a brief presentation then it’s hands on! Cost is $5 members and $8 non-members to cover materials. Designed for ages 12 and up, the fun runs from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Pre-registration required by September 10th.
Saturday, September 13: Pike County Day of Caring, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Volunteer Day-the perfect way to get involved in PEEC’s volunteer program from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All ages are invited with snacks provided.
Saturday, September 13: Stroudsburg Moose Lodge 1336 holds Yard Sale, East Stroudsburg, (570) 259-7802. Come by at 9:00 a.m. for a yard sale with something for everyone! Interested in selling? A $10 donation per space is set so call for details.
Sunday, September 14: Bras for a Cause at Lost Trails ATV Adventures, Dunmore, (570) 730-8131, www.ridelosttrails.com. This annual event geared toward raising funds for the fight against breast cancer is a hoot! Riders hit the trails feverishly trying to rack in the most points for pink bras retrieved; but they simply can’t carry their treasures in… they must wear them in to gain those points. Contact Lost Trails for time and registration details.
Sunday, September 14: Fungus Among Us, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Join PEEC from 10:00 a.m. to noon in a search for fungus and lichen while learning about the amazing world of decomposition and nutrient recycling. The cost is $5 to join in the fun!
Tuesday, September 16: Elk Biologist to speak at PA Game Commission, Dallas, (570) 675-1143, www.pgc.state.pa.us. This free program will cover points of interest for all with elk behavior, population monitoring and their history in PA.
Friday, September 19: Paddle on the Lake, PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, (570)253-7001, Set out for a fun kayak/canoe paddle and educational program on Lake Wallenpaupack from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Learn about lake history, monitoring and wildlife at a novice pace. Kayaks will be available for rent you may bring your own. PFD’s must be worn, and will be available with kayak rental. NEWE is offering kayak rentals for $30 and tandems for $45. Registration is required and limited to the first 25 people.
Saturday, September 20: Bird Photography 101, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Call for details on this lesson in taking pictures of our fine feathered friends led by wildlife photographer Bob Shank from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $15
Saturday, September 20: Milford Festival Medley of Music throughout the Streets, Milford, www.milfordmusicfest.org. This borough-wide sidewalk event mixes music, shopping and dining all around town all day long! Checkout their website for a lineup of performers and times.
Saturday, September 20: PEEC PRO SERIES: Fall Warblers with Dr. Terry Master, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Master, biology professor at ESU, offers and in depth look at the migrating fall warbler species from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Space is limited. Cost to register is $20 or signup for 4 PRO SERIES sessions at $70.
Saturday, September 20: Tree I.D., Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Roger Spotts leads this program on identifying trees in the Kettle Creek Wildlife Sanctuary from 10 – 11:30 a.m. Cost is $5 for non-members with Kids under 12 at $3. EE members are free.
Saturday, September 20: Wild Things Ball benefiting Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Hotel Fauchere in Milford, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. PEEC’s Annual Fundraiser from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. includes a live auction, music, dancing served up with a slice of fun! Tickets are $125 per person.
Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21: Shawnee Rodeo & Chili Cook-off, Shawnee Mountain, (570) 421-7231, www.shawneemt.com. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. inviting guests to savor the flavor of the area’s finest chilis and take in a day at the rodeo starting at 2:00 p.m. Advance tickets & info is available online.
Sunday, September 21: 1st Annual Dave Fleetwood 5K Memorial Trial Run/Walk, West End Regional Park Brodheadsville, (570) 992-9733, www.weposc.org. In honor of Dave Fleetwood tragically killed in last year’s Ross Township Municipal Building shooting; this 3.1 mile event invites all ages and abilities for a trek through the new trail honoring his memory. A Community Appreciation Day follows later filled with free concerts, exhibits and more!
Sunday, September 21: Park History Tour, Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Explore the Park to find the number of scenic and historic sites within. Bring water, lunch and a camera for great photo ops. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Call to reserve your seat in the van with carpooling encouraged.
Thursday, September 25: Hiking Series: Bear Creek Preserve, Hickory Run State Park Complex Nescopeck State Park, 570-403-2006. This challenging 5 mile hike through Bear Creek Preserve is set for 9:00 a.m. meeting north of Blakeslee off Route 115. Call the park office for details and directions. Free.
Saturday, September 27: 10th Annual Fun Dog Show, Stroudsburg Intermediate School, (570) 422-1484, www.melonsgift.org. Best wiggle? Best kisser? Check out these cutie canines and judge for yourself from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 27: National Public Lands Day Park Cleanup, Hickory Run State Park Complex Nescopeck State Park, 570-403-2006. Help one of your favorite parks tidy up with landscaping, trail trimming, litter pickup and work in the nature classroom. Younger helpers are also welcome to join in with registration required. Meet at the Park Office.
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.
Sunday, September 28: Pocono Mountain Summer Concert Series Winds Down, Blakeslee, (570) 646-0309, faithlutheranblakeslee.org. Keith Naylor and Friends performs in this final segment of Faith Lutheran Church’s 2014 free summer concert series. Show starts at 7:00 p.m. There’s also a spaghetti dinner planned before the concert from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Dinner costs $8 for adults and $4 for kids age four to ten.
Saturday, October 11: Indoor Flea Market & Bake Sale, Hawley, (570) 226-9820, firstname.lastname@example.org. Shop to your heart’s desire at and benefiting Hawley Fire Department runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Deals and Desserts-who could ask for anything more?!
Saturday, October 11: Run for the Outdoors 5K at Spruce Lake, Canadensis, www.runfortheoutdoors.org. This popular 5K in its 2nd year running delivers a scenic tour of the Spruce Lake property with an awards ceremeny including plans for a “Mad Dash” encouraging kids to enjoy healthy outdoor activities. There’s also food and games for the entire family. Run starts at 9:30 a.m. rain or shine. Register online today!
Sunday, October 12: Model Train Show & Sale, Hawley Fire House, (570)226-9820, email@example.com. Enjoy various railway displays and models available for purchse with proceeds benefitting the fire department. Admission is $3 with kids under 12 in for FREE.
POCONOS EXCITEMENT GOES ON & 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 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: September 27 through November23. Daily: November 28 through December 24: A Christmas Shop in the Christmas Spirit at The Briar Patch, Thornhurst, (570) 842-8072, www.briarpatchthornhurst.com. What a wonderful time of the year…Shopping Season! With wreaths, folk art, primitive crafts and more this is one stop you won’t want to miss! Checkout the website for hours.
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: 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: 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: September 27 through October 26: The Great Pocono Pumpkin Festival, Lehighton, (610) 377-8400, www.countryjunction.com. Country Junction’s Annual Fall Fun returns offering tons of fun for $10 including unlimited hayrides, bounce house play and much more! Weekend unlimited carnival rides on the Midway also await for $8.
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!