HotTitleJuly18-optAudubon Art & Craft Festival

AudubonLogo-optRegarded as the premier wildlife art and craft event in the Pocono Mountains, the Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival is an educational, fun-filled opportunity for all ages to learn about, and experience firsthand, many of nature’s mysteries.

The 2018 NEPA Wildlife Art & Craft Festival will feature continuous presentations of live animals by some of the top wildlife experts in the Northeast. These animals can be seen up close and in a way few people ever get to see. How they live, their habits, what they eat, and why they are a lot more afraid of people than people are of them will be explained in easy to understand detail that you and your children will never forget.  A large variety of raptors and birds of prey, snakes, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals will be our guests for the public to experience first-hand, with the help of our visiting experts.

Over 80 of the nation’s finest wildlife and nature artists and craftsmen will be exhibiting, as well as selling their work. Photography, acrylic and oil painting, serigraphy, and watercolor will all be displayed. Handmade craftswork, inspired by nature or wildlife, will be at the two day festival.  Jewelry, clothing, pottery, woodcarving, quilting, metalwork, leatherwork and furniture are just some of the many crafts that will be exhibited and for sale. Many of these artists and craftsmen are from our region and include the best artists and craftsmen in the nation.

The Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center will be present the entire two days of the event. The Pocono Snake and Animal Farm will be presenting “Wildlife Adventures” at 1 PM and 3 PM on Saturday, and Rizzo’s Wildlife World, will be giving live educational performances at 1 PM and 3 PM on Sunday.

Sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society, the festival will have free conservation literature and a wide variety of environmental, conservation, and wildlife experts on hand. There will be door prizes, nature center exhibits, activities just for kids, and plenty of  delicious home-made food!

Funds raised at the festival help provide environmental scholarships to students in the area, conservation programs to schools and community organizations, nature books to schools and libraries, grants to local and international environmental groups and maintain two wetlands in Wayne County.

Celebrating its 34th year, the Audubon Festival will be held July 21st and 22nd in Hawley, Pennsylvania. Don’t forget, this is an indoor air-conditioned event with plenty of free parking!

Steampunk Honesdale

Steampunk Logo-optThe Greater Honesdale Partnership and all of Honesdale’s wonderful merchants invite you to attend Steampunk Honesdale on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., sponsored by Wayne Bank, Complete Health Dentistry of NEPA and Paulie’s Hot Dogs with support from Wayne County Tourism and The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau.

Get ready for this fun weekend by signing up for Steampunk Jewelry Making at Bloom, being offered July 10 and 11 at 6:00 p.m. Create a pair of Steampunk earrings and a necklace. For more information, call 201-914-1414. Or, purchase a Steampunk Honesdale T-shirt! To order, please email the GHP at

Featuring Honesdale’s historic Sidewalk Sales, Main Street will be filled with all kinds of great merchandise offered by its fine local stores, area vendors, Steampunk artists and vendors, and area non-profits. You are all invited to come and explore all that Honesdale has to share.

Come to Honesdale; browse through the great variety of stores, learn about the wonderful local history and services, and dine at one of the many area restaurants, cafes or taverns. Honesdale has great shops on every block, so wear your walking shoes. For a full list, stop by one of the shops in Honesdale and pick up our brochure, complete with a colorful map, list of events and historic walking tour, or go to

We invite you to visit the past and enjoy the great exhibits at the newly expanded and remodeled Wayne County Historical Society, located at 810 Main Street. The Historical Society is celebrating their 101st  anniversary this year. Enjoy the great exhibits – 100 Objects of Wayne County, Moving Energy, Faces in Clay and the glass exhibit. And bring the kids to enjoy the interactive Children’s History Lag. The Museum will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Steam returns to Honesdale with rail excursions aboard a real steam locomotive on the Stourbridge Line Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Please go to or call 570-470-2697 for ticket information and departure times.

Enjoy the Wayne County Farmers Market, on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (located in front of Dave’s Food Town, 220 Willow Ave.) featuring many items made and grown locally.

While Honesdale is an extremely accessible town, scooter rentals will be available at Stephens Pharmacy/NE Med-Equip, located at 1101 Main Street on Saturday, July 21, for your shopping convenience. Full day rentals are available for $25.00 per day and hourly rentals begin at $15.00 for the first two hours with $5.00 for each additional hour up to $25.00. Please call 570-253-7700 for additional information.

There will be many fun activities during this new event! Kick off the weekend with the Steampunk Ball at the Cooperage, Friday night beginning at 7:30 p.m. with music by the Whisky Killers and a cash bar. Costumes are encouraged! Visit the Library at 1406 Main Street for their Blind Book Sale, Friday, July 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Get your photo taken by Circa Photo in front of the Silsby Steamer under the Pavilion. Take in the Steampunk art exhibit in the courtyard of The Cooperage, 1030 Main Street, or enter the Steampunk Costume Contest at Black & Brass all three days. Plan on attending the Author Fest on Saturday beginning at 10:00 a.m. held at The Cooperage. There will be plenty to do for young and old. Visit the Tarot Card reader in front of Turano Insurance and Financial and see what your future has in store for you. Top off the event by enjoying the Steampunk Film Festival, beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at Loose Leaf Pages. And make sure to purchase your Coal Drop raffle ticket for your chance to win one of five cash prizes! Tickets are available at area merchants and will be on sale at the GHP tent all day Saturday, and up until 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Steampunk Honesdale T-shirts and window decals will also be sold at the tent.

Many more events are in the works! Stay tuned for details. Go to often for more updates.

With so much to do and see, why go anywhere else! We hope to see you at Steampunk Honesdale!





Think You’re One Tough Mucker? Muckstock 2018 is Bigger and Better!








Registration $75 • Day of Race Registration $100

Be A Tough Mucker! Get your muck on for the 2nd Annual MuckStock 5K Race on Sunday, Aug. 19th. MuckStock Obstacle Course Race (OCR) will sorely test your muckin’ mettle as you face multiple spirit, strength and stamina obstacles strategically placed throughout muddy terrain. New this year, Paint Ball Obstacle!

AGE: 13 or older: Must have valid Photo I.D and waiver. Children 13-15 must have parent or guardian present to verify age and waiver. Children 12 and under participating in the Kidz Race must have parent or guardian present at all times and wavier.

RACE KIT: Shirt, Bib, Finishing Metal, Finishing snack, Free After Party.

RACE BIB: You’ll get a bib (race number) that you must wear on the FRONT of your body (shirt or shorts). The bib serves two purposes: (1) It lets our security know that you’re a paid runner; (2) Items at the bag check are organized by bib number, so you must have it in order to retrieve your bags. We do not keep records of who gets which bib, so be sure to remember your number!

T-SHIRT: You’ll be given whatever size shirt you requested when you registered. There are no women’s sizes. T-Shirts are unisex style and are true to size.

BAG CHECK: DO NOT BRING the following items with you onto the course: wedding rings or other expensive jewelry, sunglasses, your only pair of prescription glasses, your wallet, your car keys, your cell phone, or anything else you don’t want to lose/destroy. Leave belongings with a friend, return them to your car, or check them at our free bag check located at the BAG CHECK TENT. Be advised that Vetstock, LLC, Vetstock America, Muckstock or any other affiliates of Vetstock, if any, assumes no liability for damage to or loss of any items placed in a bag check.

PACK YOUR BAG: Be sure to bring a towel, a change of clothes (including shoes or flip flops), sunscreen, water, a plastic bag to put your muddy clothes in, a folding chair or blanket to sit on, and, if you want to skip the rinse-off lines, a couple of gallons of water to leave in your car, they’ll heat up throughout the day giving you a nice warm rinse while everyone else shivers from the supplied water! Coolers aren’t allowed into the event.

PARKING: $5 per vehicle. Cash only. Shuttle vehicle may be available.

TEAMS: Allowed. Individual registration for each member.

WAVES: Start at 8:30 am. Up to 75 racers per group. Waves go out every 15 mins.



Proceeds to benefit FOLDS OF HONOR ( and other local Veterans organizations (New for 2018; Horses for Heros)


Scranton Jazz Festival

ScrantonJazzlogo-optFormer New York Yankee great Bernie Williams and the Bernie Williams Collective, Delfeayo Marsalis, a world class trombonist and member of the legendary Marsalis Family, and the multi Grammy nominated band Special EFX will be the headliners for the 14th Annual Scranton Jazz Festival on August 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel in Downtown Scranton.

Bernie Williams is a four time World Series Champion with the Yankees.  Following his storied career in baseball, Williams has spent many years playing and studying the jazz guitar.  In 2009, his album, “Moving Forward”, was nominated for a Latin Grammy.  The Bernie Williams Collective will headline the lineup for Saturday, August 4, 2018.

An exceptional trombonist, Delfeayo Marsalis was named one of the best, most imaginative and musical trombonists of his generation by the San Francisco Examiner.  He is the youngest brother of multi Grammy Award winners Branford and Wynton Marsalis. Delfeayo will be the guest artist playing with the 16 piece Big Band on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Kicking off the festival on Friday, August 3, 2018, Special EFX will be celebrating 35 years in the jazz music industry.  With over twenty six releases to their name, Special EFX features some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz.  Led by three time Emmy Award winner Cheili Minucci on jazz guitar, the band also features multi award winning and Grammy nominees, Eric Marienthal sax, Regina Carter violin, Lao Tizer keyboards, Jerry Brooks bass and Joel Rosenblatt drums.

Tickets range from $20.00 – $40.00 and will be on sale May, 2018.  For further information please go to or call 570.575.5282.

Wally Lake Fest

WLFLogo18-optThis year marks Wally Lake Fest’s ninth year and it’s widely known as the biggest festival celebrating the Big Lake and the tail end of the summer season.

Residents and visitors flock to the shoreline and glistening waters to participate in the many scheduled water activities and also have a blast on dry land.

Be sure to check back next month for a feature article on all Wally Lake Fest has to offer this year!

Milford Garden Club’s Secret Garden Tour

Secretgarden_tour_ photo-optThe Milford Garden Club’s 26th annual Town and Country Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 14th, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Gardeners and non-gardeners alike eagerly await this self-guided tour each summer which is held rain or shine! Locations of the gardens are a “secret” until the day of the tour.

ADVANCE TICKET PRICE is $15.00, available to purchase at The Willow Store, 317 Broad Street in Milford, or at The Artisan Exchange, 219 Broad Street in Milford. You can order tickets in advance by calling Helga (570-409-6027.) Send check by July 7th, to Milford Garden Club, P.O. Box 764, Milford, PA 18337.

TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE TOUR from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Remembrance Place, corner of West Ann Street and Elderberry Alley or at The Rotary Circle/Milford Community House, Broad Street (by the traffic light in town.) TICKET PRICE DAY OF TOUR IS $20.00 (children under 12 are welcome free!)