Your Poconos Weekend Fun Guide

You know the routine. Hit me here or here if you want to have an event listed here. And make sure you let me know about what the best Super Bowl parties are the Poconos are going to be too:


OK, so this probably as far on the spectrum as you can possibly get at the Sherman Theater this weekend. Friday is the Hershey’s Kisses Ladies Night, the name of which might be changed when the Hershey’s lawyers get a hold of the organizers. Basically, it’s a crazy dance party. There, that’s all you need to know. Oh, and it’s $8 to get in before 11:30 p.m., $10 after. Apparently there will be Hershey’s Kisses hanging around, and if you pick the right one, you win cash. Can I just go and look for Hershey’s Kisses and not dance? Is that allowed? Anyway, from crazy dance party to the Amish Comic, who brings the Black Amish Comedy Tour to the Sherman on Saturday. Are there any Black Amish people? If there are, how come Hollywood just glosses right over them? I know there weren’t any in Witness or Kingpin. The “Black” in this tour is Earl David Reed, who on the show poster is listed “As seen on HBO.” The “Amish” of the tour is Raymond the Amish Comic, who’s been doing his thing around eastern Pennsylvania for years. On the show poster, he’s billed as “hopes to be seen on HBO.” That’s actually pretty funny. The tickets are $18.

The regular FOPR’s are going to be around this weekend, as per the usual. Joe O’Malley will be doing a happy hour thing at Rudy’s in East Stroudsburg starting at 5, though I always wonder how music goes over at Rudy’s. Joe plays there somewhat often though, so it must work out somehow.

Flyin’ Blind is at the Beltzville Bar and Grill in Kunkletown just over the county line starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. OK, I admit it. I had to actually look to see where the place was. Since it wasn’t too far over the Monroe line, and of course because it’s for Flyin’ Blind, sure, I’ll include it here!

patriots -8.5, falcons +4.5. you're welcome.

More Carbon County hi-jinx! In two weeks, we’re going to be hearing about every bar on the planet having some kind of Super Bowl party (make sure you send me the details of your favorite bar party for inclusion in this space in two weeks). That’s great, but, umm, don’t people know that Sunday is probably a better bar day than the Super Bowl? Pocono Tap House in Albrightsville does! They’ve got $1.50 bottles (good), $1 burgers and hot dogs (better) and $1 drafts (best). Championship Sunday is the last time football fans can be left alone to watch a game. I say this every year, but I can’t stand the Super Bowl. Most of the women I’ve dated in my life have given me crap about watching too much football, most likely rightfully so. But then the Super Bowl comes around, and they start acting crazy like they’re the biggest (fill in whatever team is winning after the first quarter) fan that’s ever lived. Drives me bonkers. So yeah, I love championship Sunday way, way, way more than the Super Bowl and would gladly go out to watch football all day … if I weren’t a homeowner, father, husband and broke. So there’s that.

Looks like it’s official — Whisper’s in the Quality Inn on West Main Street in Stroudsburg has gone back to being a dance club. Their business, their prerogative. Wish it could have stayed with the original idea of being a live music venue, but whatever. The bright side is there is another choice to go out and have a good time. Not my kind of good time, but a good time nonetheless. Although it’s always good too see on the Facebook invite, “sexy attire preferred.” Another reason I probably can’t go, I wouldn’t categorize anything in my wardrobe as “sexy.” It barely reaches a level of “somewhat passable.”

We may have lost one, but the addition of Memorytown Lakeside Bar and Grill in Paradise is certainly welcome as a renewed live music venue. The Who Knows Band is there Saturday night, so that’s three straight weekends of live music. Not too shabby, indeed. Hopefully they can keep it going.

Maybe the situation isn’t as bad as I thought since the new Panda Pub and Sports Bar on Route 209 in Marshalls Creek in the Four Seasons diner has live bands scheduled for every weekend through April. Sweet! This week, Big Things is playing there for the first time, so this is a good thing. We lost one bar with the intention of being a live music, noo-DJ bar, but we picked up two more where local musicians can try and make a couple extra bucks. I’ll take it.

The Forwardian Arts Society has another edition of its Forwardian Cover Art Exhibition Artists Reception Series on tap at Sarah Street Grill in Stroudsburg. The event is Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. featuring the nine artists who have graced the cover of the local arts scene magazine. The work has been up since Jan. 5 and will stay up until Feb. 28, but that’s no reason not to have a party a week or two late, right? The event also will feature the work of guitarist Crystal Rose, who will be performing at the exhibition from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Go ahead and check out one of her live performances over at ESU:

G is going to be at the Cinder Inn in East Stroudsburg tonight for a show starting at 9 p.m. As per the Cinder usual, no cover. And they have those pig wings again, which I swear I have to try sometime.

There’s also nothing wrong with switching off, from a DJ one night to live music another night. That’s what bars like the Original Pocono Pub does, and they have a DJ tonight from 8 to 1 a.m., then live music with Nuf Sedd on Saturday. I don’t know who Nuf Sedd is, but I gotta imagine there’s a decent story behind how anyone would change “said” to “sedd.” That is far from grammatically correct, you know. Wait, is it? No, I just checked, it’s not.

Zac Lawless is up at the PourHouse on Route 390 in Mountainhome, and that’s another somewhat newly opened bar that has been pretty consistent with getting live music, so maybe I’m blowing the whole “we’re losing live music around here” thing out of proportion. We’re not. Sorry if I alarmed everyone. You just might not be able to find it on Main Street proper (which does not include Sarah Street), except at the Sherman and at The Living Room. Even better, he’s playing from 7 to 10 p.m., so you don’t have to give the babysitter extra for staying past midnight.

It’s on the mountain too — Pair of Nuts will be at the Jubilee in Pocono Pines on Saturday and Erin McClelland will be at Lucky Luciano’s (the former Edelweiss) in Pocono Lake on Saturday. So OK, we’re good. Sometimes it helps to write things out and calm down.

the talent of being hot.

I’m against the reality craze, I think I’ve made that pretty clear over the last couple years. So it makes me even more befuddled when these people who are on reality shows — I’m being careful here not to say “reality stars,” that’s too much of a compliment — can go to a popular nightspot, collect an exorbitant appearance fee and that PEOPLE ACTUALLY GO. I have no clue who or what a Melissa Gorga is, apparently she’s on one of the Real Housewives shows, which I can proudly say I’ve never seen five seconds of. Anyway, she’s going to be at Gypsie’s at Mount Airy on Saturday night. The Facebook invite talks about how she’s a recording artist, and talks about her top 10 iTunes hits, which you might interpret as thinking she’s gonna sing. Apparently not, according to Mount Airy’s website, which says she’ll be there for a “photo opportunity and club appearance.” Why do I have the feeling you’ll never see this woman sing live? Anyway, it’s $15.

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