Pocono Garlic Festival

GarlicBulbClovesNow celebrating its 21st year, the Pocono Garlic Festival is a Labor Day weekend must do that is held at Shawnee Ski Mountain area. Proud to be known as the “stinkiest” festival for two decades, the event attracts thousands of foul-mouthed diners seeking something reeking of garlic, and each year this festival happily delivers.

Attendees can expect a gastronomic garlic extravagance that can boast one of a kind garlic laced prepared foods, art, regional garlic to buy, growing seminars, and even daily garlic eating contests. (Last year’s winner ate 4.5 ounces of garlic within a minute.) The festival is also proud to be highlighting our local restaurants by hosting its second “Chopped Style” Cooking Competition and a newly added local Fire Company Grill Off.

This year, there will be just about sixty vendors paying tribute to the stinky stuff to eat in, take out, or just bask in the beauty of it. The two-day event has patrons consuming everything from the traditional garlic pull pork to the not so common garlic chocolate chip cookies. Love of garlic is very apparent with those who make this a regular pilgrimage to purchase the specialty food items only found at the Pocono Garlic Festival.

“People get really passionate about garlic. It’s infused in most everyone’s culture. If you really think about it, you can find garlic in just about every ethnic dish you can imagine: Mexican, Italian, Polish, Regional American, Thai, Greek; the list is too long to mention all, but it is a common dominator when you think about a delicious meal. I believe it’s a recipe of longevity for the Pocono Garlic Festival. Where else can taste your way around the world in just one day?!” exclaimed Sharon Rothman, 2015 PGF Communications Manager. “As every year, the festival tries to focus on highlighting local businesses. We are happy to announce some new to the line up are Garlic cupcakes from Kitchen Chemistry, Vegetarian Dishes by Quench, Garlic Scones by Cafe Duet, all from Stroudsburg, PA.”

The festival prides itself on good old family fun, and with the price of admission, people can enjoy three stages of continuous entertainment, which include local musicians, local performers, magicians, a petting zoo, a children fun area, education seminars, live native animal shows, as well as hands-on artisans’ demonstrations hosted by Peter’s Valley Crafts School.

Local garlic growers began the festival in conjunction with the region’s annual garlic harvest. Many festival goers continue to look forward to products produced by some of area Pennsylvania farms that founded the event. Patrons look forward each season to purchasing locally harvested hardback garlic, as well as locally produced products such as Rolling Hills Farm of Salyorsburg Original Garlic Vinegar, Knob View Farms of Cherry Valley garlic salt, Mountaindale Farms Garple (maple syrup infused garlic vinegar) and Josie Porter Farms garlic starter kits.

PGF founder and Brookside Farmer Carl Andrews exclaimed, “It’s amazing how large it grew from the just four farm stands; I never imagined it could be this big.” Andrew explained that the notion of the festival started one year that there was a bumper crop of garlic, which blossomed into the first festival in the back of St. Luke’s Church parking lot in Stroudsburg. He said, “We knew we had something because each year more people came for more garlic, and every year we sold out.” Although Andrews no longer has a farm stand at the festival, he is still part of the PGF and can be found at the information booth during the event. This year there will be sixteen regional farmers selling some unique and organic hard neck varieties that include names like Music, Legacy, Spanish Roja, Italian Purple, and German White garlic.

Roman Osadca is a New Jersey garlic farmer and has been part of the festival for over a decade. Osadca will be hosting a garlic growing tips seminar in their education tent. “I think that the festival infrastructure, program, and events get better and smoother each year; we just have a lot of fun with it.” Osadca’s favorite garlic advice to gardeners: “Garlics from all over the world do well in Northwestern New Jersey soils and climate. Some need several years to acclimate and grow well. Just be patient.”

The two days of extraordinary garlic laced festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 5th and 6th, Labor Day Weekend. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. daily.

Visit www.poconogarlic.com to find out more information on entertainment schedules, food vendors, and local farms participating. Tickets can be purchased in advance online with considerable savings, Two Day Pass is $15.00 and One Day Adult $9.00/ Children $7.50 and under 4 FREE. During the event, at gate prices for general Admission are $12.50,Two Day Pass $17.00 and Children (ages 5-12) $ 8.50.

Wally Lake Fest 2015: Celebrating the Big Lake in a Big Way


Wally Lake Fest PageAug15By Allison Mowatt

The highly anticipated 6th Annual Wally Lake Fest is just weeks away, and excitement is mounting for this three day festival of summer fun on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and throughout the Lake Region with a multitude of activities for people of all ages, from sailboat rides, a boat parade, and hydroelectric dam tours to an open market fair, a tour de towpath bike ride, and a family activity spot.

Wally Lake Fest takes place August 28th through the 30th, and it’s considered the biggest festival celebrating the Big Lake and the tail end of the summer season. Residents and visitors flock to the shores and glistening waters to participate in the many scheduled water activities and have a blast on dry land.

Mark your calendars and get ready for non-stop action. It’s shaping up to be the best year yet with Yoga at Lacawac Sanctuary, a “Hemlock Hollow School 1890 Experience,” Wally Fest Express The Stourbridge Line Train, rides, free shuttle buses, and even more live music and entertainment.

The Yoga at Lacawac takes place on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. People can enjoy a restorative yoga session with Diane Rixner on Lacawac Sanctuary’s serene grounds. Classes are $8. For registration information and the option to include reiki sessions and overnight accommodations, visit Lacawac Sanctuary’s website or call (570) 689-9494.

The “Hemlock Hollow School 1890 Experience” is in memory of beloved local historian and educator, Thomas H. Kennedy. From 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, relive what it was like to be a student in 1890 under the tutelage of the School Master (played by Sandy Gabrielson). School is in session on the hour from noon to 4:30 p.m. This event also includes free horse drawn wagon rides and petting zoo provided by Black Horse Farms. In addition, the fun also encompasses period themed actors, activities, food, popcorn, cotton candy, a flea market, and face painting. The “Hemlock Hollow School 1890 Experience” is at 1202 Avoy Road in Lakeville. For more information, call (570) 226-2200.

Also on Saturday, festival goers can take a ride on the historic Stourbridge Line between 5 and 8 p.m. Travel to Hawley in style, just in time for the evening’s activities. At 4 p.m., climb aboard the train in Honesdale and enjoy a leisurely ride to downtown Hawley. The train departs Hawley at 7 p.m. to head back to Honesdale.

There is plenty of live entertainment throughout the weekend. Laugh your heart out with the comedy, Arsenic & Old Lace, held at The Ritz Company Playhouse in Hawley all three nights, beginning at 8 p.m. Enjoy The Young Geezers American Music Concert at the Carriage House at Lacawac Sanctuary on Sunday at 3 p.m. Listen to this melodic folk, gospel and bluegrass trio, who’ve been playing at Lacawac for the past six years.

Wallypalooza, formerly known as “Battle of the Bands,” debuted three years ago and was a big hit. On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., a couple of bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage in front of Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Eric Rudy & Friends (rock and roll and classic rock) and Barely Covered (Jimmy Buffet inspired music). People are invited to drop anchor and listen on the lake from their boats, lie out on the Dike while soaking up the sun and tunes, or cruise the lake on a rented kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) provided by Wallenpaupack Boat Tour and Boat Rentals. One hour is $10 and is based on availability. In addition, there will be a tent and chairs set up at the beach for people to sit and listen to the bands in comfort.

The kids love the Family Activity Spot at Gresham’s Landing, which takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both days, there will be two Pirate Ship Bounce Houses, a slide, face painting, kids tattoos, balloons, and a variety of local discounts.

Other exciting events lined up are the Friends and Family Open House at Miss Elly’s Antiques/The Village Bath on Church Street in Hawley, held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with complimentary refreshments, discounts, and other fun things in-store, the Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake” from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also at the high school with displays exhibits, food stands, and free face painting, and plenty of live music at area restaurants and more.

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, multiple free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend, making a variety of stops.

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.

For more information, pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend. Additional details and daily updates are posted on the website, http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, so be sure to check it out at http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.


Because I am an Adult!” 6 Signs You Are a Hypocritical Parent


By Dr. Sherrie Campbell, PhD

You are your child’s first teacher.  You teach them to talk and walk, what to eat, how to read and how to bully other children.  Wait, what?  Children will do what they are taught, and the most powerful parenting doesn’t come through a parent’s words; it comes through the behaviors of the parent.

Children observe how the adults around them behave, and they take on and repeat those behaviors, even when they have been instructed NOT to.  Lead by example.  If you don’t want them to hit, don’t hit.  If you don’t want them to curse, don’t curse.  If you don’t want them to quit, don’t quit.  If you want them to be kind to others, be kind to others. Teach them to rise above adversity and animosity and to have a positive outlook when things are bleak.  Don’t be a hypocrite.  So, are you a hypocritical parent?

Arguing/fighting:  If parents argue and fight with each other, with others and/or with their children, this is the exact behavior the children will repeat back to the parent and/or others. If handling conflict in this way is the norm for the parent and is justified to the child as ok because they are the adult, the message being sent is “the parent can have the tantrum; the child has to be the adult.” When a child is being attacked in any way, it immediately puts them on the defensive. Emotions are contagious so the child will take on the energy of the parent to defend themselves, and then get in trouble for it. If parents do not want their children to fight and argue, then the parents cannot show them this method of behavior as a viable option by using it themselves. They must demonstrate how to solve their problem without fighting about it.

Appearance: All parents, male and female, have a responsibility to dress like adults and model adult behavior, responsibility, elegance, and dignity if these are qualities they want to see in their children. If parents, especially women, are over-sexualized, they cannot expect their children to do, be, or think any differently about themselves.  Likewise, boys should dress with pride.  If they want to be perceived as a slob, then dressing like a slob is okay.  Perception is reality.  Have confidence in your appearance.

Partying:  When the teens are getting grounded for drinking or smoking, this becomes confusing when they witness these same behaviors in their parents. If parents are partiers, the children will see drugs and/or alcohol as feasible options for coping with stress and/or for having fun.

Procrastination/laziness: Being a parent includes being a working part of the family when it comes to household duties, chores, and other upkeep issues. If parents are lazy on their time off and are not being a participating member in the household, children will model this laziness and rebel in having to be responsible in and around the house as well.  Parents must demonstrate there is time to rest/play when work (household chores) are done.

Breaking commitments:  Most parents expect their kids to follow through on their commitments, and yet many parents back out on commitments made to children. When parents don’t keep promises to show up and take part in a child’s life, this teaches children they are not worthy. This lack of commitment can also be demotivating for children and could also elicit rebellion in important areas such as school, sports, chores, and friendships.

Values: When children get the message from their parents, “You can be whatever you want to be as long as we agree with it,” this mixed-message interferes with the child’s desires for personal growth. Parents who encourage independence and self-expression need to do that without, then, preferring their child’s preferences to be the same as theirs—from political beliefs, extra-curricular interests, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, passions, or big picture view-points. Parents are to be guideposts on these real-life matters, but they need to trust that experience is the greatest teacher.

Many parents believe that certain behaviors are exclusive to them because they are the adults.  Think about how your actions influence your children and remember that children do what parents do, not what parents say.  I’ve seen an amazing amount of anger and resentment occur in children when they are corrected or get in trouble for doing the things the parents are doing, or act the way the parents act.  So, my advice is: Let your children inspire you to be person you want them to be.  It’s not too late; you can change, learn and grow together!

Sherrie Campbell, PhD is a veteran, licensed Psychologist with two decades of clinical training and experience providing counseling and psychotherapy services to residents of Yorba Linda, Irvine, Anaheim, Fullerton, and Brea, California.  In her private practice, she currently specializes in psychotherapy with adults and teenagers, including marriage and family therapy, grief counseling, childhood trauma, sexual issues, personality disorders, and illness. She has helped individuals manage their highest high and survive their lowest low—from winning the lottery to the death of a child.  Her interactive sessions are as unique and impacting as her new book, Loving Yourself : The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.

She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2003 and has regularly contributes to numerous publications, including Intent.com, Beliefnet.com, DrLaura.com and Hitched.com.  She is also an inspirational speaker, avid writer and proud mother.  She can be reached at Sherriecampbellphd.com.

Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person is available on Amazon.com and other fine booksellers.