You’ll be hearing a lot about this for the next couple days here because it’s such a quick turnaround, but make sure you enter to win the Ed Lover comedy show contest. He’s playing two shows here on Feb. 16, and I’m giving away one pair of tickets to each show. You have to be entered by Tuesday though. Enter now!
I’m not going to get too heavy into the Weekend Fun Guide this week because I have no clue what’s going to get snowed out and what isn’t tonight, so I’m mostly sticking to stuff tomorrow. Too bad, because before the snow this looked like a really busy weekend. Anyway:
Geez, how long has it been since we’ve had any kind of beerfest around here, like, three months? Seems like too long a time, doesn’t it? The Rotary Club of the Smithfields is taking care of that with a fundraising beer tasting event from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday night at Alpine Mountain. They’ve got a pretty nice lineup of beers, almost all of which are from Pennsylvania, and it includes our two local beers, Barley Creek and Shawnee Craft. Tickets are $25, and all the proceeds go to the charities helped by the Rotary Club. I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but tickets for beerfests are through the freakin’ roof these days. The Split Rock one in November went up like $10 last year, and I paid $45 for one in Media last year. So $25 for three hours of really good beer? That’s about the best price you’re ever going to see for any kind of beerfest again. Excuse me, beer tasting. That’s there to give the illusion that it’s all fancy schmancy when we all know deep in our hearts it’s just a cool way to go out and drink beer.
Joe O’Malley said his happy hour show at Rudy’s tonight is going off with or without the snow, which is a good idea. He might be bunking at the college instead of going back up the mountain, but I still say good idea. I always liked braving snowstorms to go out to bars because there’s no one there and that’s when weird things happen. All the people working are pissed/scared that they’re at work, so they end up giving away free drinks. OR they got called in Clerks style and keep saying, “I’m not even supposed to be here today,” as they conveniently walk past the cash register yet again after pouring you another. If there’s a band or a singer, there’s usually no one there, so they’ll pretty much play anything you request in an “Eff it, I’m not getting anything from the door tonight” kind of way. I once got a guy to sing Weird Al’s Fat during a snowstorm. I seriously doubt that would have happened if there were 500 people there instead of the 10 that were there. And that’s the other good part — no one there. Well, good for me, not good for the bar. Then Joe is at Camelback tomorrow afternoon for a show. Think there will be some people at the ski mountains tomorrow? Yeah, me too.
I’m going to have to get more acquainted with everything that’s going on down at the Newberry Building on Main Street. It’s an art studio now? There’s a “Wear Red” art show there tomorrow afternoon from 4 to 8 p.m., plenty of time to get the roads clear. There are about 15 artists participating, and you’re supposed to wear red too.
Wait, there is a such thing as family-friendly professional wrestling matches anymore, like the ones at Big Wheel tomorrow? Are you sure? Some of you might remember “The Ref” who wrote a wrestling column for the old Sharp Magazine. I called him The Ref because he is, actually, a professional wrestling referee at matches around NEPA and the Lehigh Valley. He’s always asking me to come and check out some of them, and I really want to — but they’re all on Friday and Saturday nights. Those are two nights I have my daughters with me while my wife works. And as much as I want to, I just can’t bring myself to take a 4-year-old and a 1.5-year-old to wrestling yet. The Ref says the same thing — too early. But the family-friendly thing intrigues me. Instead of barbed wire, do they gently nudge each other into a turnbuckle? Instead of throwing someone through a table, do they politely ask, “Excuse me, can I pin you now?” I gotta say, I’m intrigued.
The Speakeasy Lounge at Pocono Manor is holding a benefit Saturday night with the Who Knows Band performing for a local 17-year-old who has a really nasty disease, and it really sounds like his family could use some help. Check out the story on the event page on FB. It’s pretty gut-wrenching.
The Panda in Marshalls Creek has been open for a couple months or so, but why let that get in the way of a grand opening party? They’re doing it up tomorrow night with some DJs and other entertainment (good), free buffet (now we’re talking!), beer models (OK!), drink specials (YES!) and a $3 cover (awwwwww). Kenny’s been working like a dog to get that place going, and the roads should be fine by tomorrow night, so get over there and check it out.
It looks like the storm is going to be worse the further east you are, so the West End might not get hit as badly as, say, Milford. That’s good news for the fans of Flyin’ Blind and Big Things, both of whom are playing in the West End on Saturday night and should be in no danger of cancellation by then. Flyin’ Blind is making its debut at the Luna Rosa in Gilbert, while Big Things is playing at the Beltzville Bar and Grille just over the county line in Kunkletown.
The best way to warm up after a weekend of being snowed in has got to be chili. Lots and lots of chili. Hey, we’re in luck! The Cinder Inn in East Stroudsburg is having its first-ever chili cook-off Sunday afternoon to benefit its Relay for Life team. It’s $10 if you want to just go and taste the chili. I always threaten my wife that I’m going to enter her chili in a cook-off sometime, because her chicken chili is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Someday. OK, I can’t write about this anymore, I’m getting hungry.