The one thing you can say about the Poconos on a holiday weekend in the summer: If you can’t find something to do, it’s your fault. As always if you want me to promote your entertainment-type thing, shoot me an email or a Facebook invite. With that in mind …
Three-day weekends are for suckas. Mount Airy Casino Resort is turning it up to four, with the Movies Under the Stars series playing Footloose tonight as well as The Untouchables in Gypsies, fireworks tomorrow, Buffet tribute band Parrot Beach for free on Sunday, then a backyard BBQ Monday from noon to 6 p.m. Not too shabby. I’d probably watch Footloose, either version, doesn’t matter which, only under the condition of a gun to my wife’s head, but I love the movies under the stars idea. I know they did Days of Thunder last year, another one I’d take a quick pass on, but let’s get going here! Maybe some kind of holiday theme? Days of Thunder was good because it was on a NASCAR weekend, but Footloose … it makes no sense. Then again, the only movie I think of when I think Memorial Day, on a ridiculous stream of consciousness trip I’m not even going to bother taking you on, is Serial Mom. I doubt anyone will be running an all day marathon of Serial Mom on Monday, especially when it doesn’t even mention Memorial Day in the movie. And that’s not exactly OK for the kiddies. So maybe Mount Airy can just keep planning the movies themselves and I’ll keep my snarky yapper shut.
Last week it was Jubilee doing the NASCAR viewing party, this week Barley Creek is up for Sunday’s Coca Cola 600 in Charlotte. There’s a kick to this one, Barley Creek is having a wiffle ball tournament before the party. I gotta say, if there is one thing that says “summer” to me, it’s wiffle ball. Until my parents went ahead and ruined it by putting in a pool in our perfect wiffle ball backyard when I was 17. Everyone at the event gets a free ticket to the ARCA race at Pocono in two weeks. You sound like a parakeet there, two weeks, two weeks!
Quick! Name all the ladies in the Lady Marmalade remake from 2001. Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil’ Kim, Missy Elliott, and … and … Mya! How soon we forget. Well, I guess it’s not soon since that’s now 11 years ago. Holy crow, 11 years ago for that song? 11 freakin’ years??? That’s the oldest I’ve felt in a while. Anyway, Mya is coming to Cove Haven Entertainment Resort on Sunday. So there’s that. It’s actually billed as Mya and Kel, but I have no idea who Kel is, so by practically ignoring it, in the biz we call that, “writing around it.” No harm in a little trip down memory lane …
Band roll call:
Two of my all-time favorites at Jubilee this weekend in Pocono Pines: Tribes on Saturday and Steve McDaniel on Sunday. Back in my heyday in the late 90s and early 2000s, Tribes was one of the first bands I became a groupie for. Not anything weird, but look at the paper to see where they were playing and go there. I haven’t seem them in years, but they were always fantastic. And I don’t even know how many times I’ve heard Steve since he used to play every Taco Night at Front Row and I went to every taco night at Front Row for a good couple years. I think I’d be disappointed if he wasn’t still opening with Burn One Down.
Jock & Jill’s is going the traditional route — 15 percent off this weekend for all military and first responders.
We don’t know who’s showing up at The Living Room on Sunday, but that’s the beauty of it. The new mini-venue next to the Sherman Theater is going to be holding an open mic every Sunday through the summer where you can get your art on. Music, dance, poetry, whatever you can do, they’ll take it.