Another holiday weekend in the Poconos, so there’s some extra stuff to do. But it also means the bars are probably going to be a little more packed than they usually would be during the winter, so be warned.
Before we get into the Friday Weekend Fun Guide and local links, two reminders that you’ll be hearing a lot ’round these parts over the next week:
1. We’re doing the online live chat thing one week from today. Just a chance to waste some time during the day and talk some pop culture. Oscars, movies, TV, music, whatever. Next Friday, Feb. 24, 11 a.m. The details with the link will be out early next week. Be sure to stop by.
2. I’m gonna keep banging the drum of my online petition to bring the sequel for Wet Hot American Summer to the Poconos. I really want to make this happen. If you read yesterday’s blog, you know there’s a pretty good chance it can happen if the movie happens. But let’s make sure everyone knows we want that movie back here. Sign the petition! For some reason the stupid thing won’t embed, so follow the link to sign it.
One of my favorite things I ever covered here was the Polar Bear Plunge out at Henning’s Pond in Albrightsville last year. It’s a blast, organized by the gang at Robert Christians. It’s basically an excuse to get good and drunk, then jump into freezing cold water. If this was happening on a Friday night at 2:30 a.m., people would call the cops and you’d probably be considered for a mental institution. But because it’s at 1 on a Sunday afternoon, it’s all good. It’s also the equivalent of making an appointment for pneumonia, but what the heck. Don’t ask me how to get there, I found it by dumb luck last year. And get there early too or else you might as well park at the Wawa in Blakeslee. The place gets packed and there isn’t near enough parking. This year, the $30 jumping fee will go to benefit Wounded Warriors, a very good cause popular around here. Our photographer Melissa Evanko took video last year of the event:
Albrightsville too far for the Pike County crowd of people that want to jump into 40-degree water? Then you’re in luck! The Lighthouse Harbor Marina at Lake Wallenpaupack is hosting its own Paupack Plunge starting at 10 a.m. Sunday. This one has limited plunging spots available, so if you feel like doing it, you need to pre-register. Looks like only a couple spots are left to jump in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., so you might wanna do it pretty soon if you think this is up your alley. And really, whose alley is it not up to jump into an icy Lake Wallenpaupack?
Fans of PIBCO, the Poconos Internet radio station, were bummed for the last week when they heard the station was going to go off the air tonight. But good news is here — the station is staying on the air. I’ll have all the details coming up next week, but Rob Miller, PIBCO’s grand poobah, emailed me that the station is staying on the air through an arrangement with the Sherman Theater. I have no idea what that arrangement is — I just know it’s not going off the air. I don’t listen to PIBCO that much, but I know it fills a need in the region. There is one — ONE — FM radio station housed in the Poconos, and chances are unless you like Kelly Clarkson, you probably aren’t a fan of it. We don’t have a lot of music variety in the county, so having PIBCO to go all alternative on our butts is a blessing. We almost lost it, but luckily it looks like it’s going to stick around for a while.
Speaking of the Sherman Theater, they’ve got Beatlemania Now on the docket Saturday night. Good luck trying to figure out what the difference is between Beatlemania Now and Beatlemania, if there is any difference at all. Are they the same band? Every time I see a really popular single-artist cover band I always think of Trent from Daria saying how he was still taking a shot at original music so that he wouldn’t end up as the guitarist in a Doors cover band. But I’m a huge fan of the Bstreet Band, and I’m totally fine with a Beatles cover band. I’m not a huge Beatles fan, but I would certainly be open to taking my daughters to one of these Beatlemania/Rain cover bands to introduce them to the music.
And another cover band event! The Milford Theater is hosting Michael Patrick’s Ring of Fire Band, a Johnny Cash tribute, on Saturday night. The Beatles I can sound somewhat educated about. Johnny Cash? Not so much. My knowledge of Johnny Cash pretty much starts and stops with Walk the Line. Does it help that I’ve seen it a couple times? The show starts at 8 p.m.
Back to original music. The Poconos just love Ed Kowalczyk. Or he loves the Poconos, one or the other. But the former lead singer of Live is back for the third time I can remember in the last couple years this weekend at Mount Airy Casino Resort. He’s got a new solo album, which sets off a couple red flags worrying about whether he’ll play anything we want to hear. But I’m sure he knows the deal, and you should be a steady does of the hits from Throwing Copper.
Fox 56 was off the air, but it’s back on now apparently. It went off the air Wednesday around 7 p.m. and came back up Thursday afternoon — which means locals didn’t see American Idol on Wednesday. Shouldn’t we be thanking them for that? Anyway, I heard station GM Jon Cadman on the network’s morning talk show it simulcasts off WILK on Thursday morning and I believe he said it was only an issue for DirecTV customers. Not sure if that’s true or not, because I realized I don’t even turn on Fox from Tuesday at 10 p.m. to Friday at 9 p.m. Once Raising Hope goes off, I don’t turn it back on until Fringe comes on. If anyone was really effected by this and want to make a federal case out of it, feel free to hit the comments at let me know about it.