If you are beginning to develop a case of the Mid-Winter Blues, the Pocono Mountains has the cure! Beautiful downtown Stroudsburg will be hosting its 10th Annual Winterfest this weekend.
I am planning to spend the whole weekend wandering around Stroudsburg and stopping in at one fantastic place after another to listen to as many different Bluegrass bands as possible.
I plan to begin at a few of my favorite places, The Main Street Lounge (438 Main Street) a local bar and grill with plenty of hometown atmosphere and hospitality. Fun begins at 7 p.m. with Uncle Pete Tawny and The Juggernaut Band. I'll continue by strolling uptown to The East Café (628 Main Street) at 9 p.m. with The Lost Ramblers and Friends. Then, it is off to The Hideaway Lounge (7th and Main Streets), inside the Pocono Inne Town, for a night of Heavy Traffic. All of these bands will get you tapping your toes and clapping your hands!
But wait, Friday's Bluegrass continues in The Cedar Room at the Pocono Inne Town with Danny Stewart's Open Jam at 10 p.m. This is guaranteed to be a great time, so bring your instruments and start jammin' or just come hang out and listen! Either way you will definitely enjoy yourself and the best part is that there is no admission fee for the Jam Sessions!
The Sherman Theater is the place to be on Saturday, as several Bluegrass bands will be on stage. The doors will open at noon and the show will begin at 2 p.m. Come out and enjoy the sounds of The Lost Ramblers, Hillbilly Water, Aimless Pursuit and several other great bands! I'm sure that you don't want to miss out on this great concert packed with plenty of bluegrass, so reserve your tickets today! General Admission tickets are $25 and reserved seating is $35. Tickets may be purchased by calling 570-420-2808 or online
Sunday, January 31 will wrap up Winterfest Weekend at the Elks Lodge (260 Washington Street in East Stroudsburg). The show will begin at 10 a.m. with a Traditional Gospel Celebration. Admission is $15 or $10, if you have your ticket stub from Saturday's show at The Sherman Theater. Tickets are only available at the door and I plan to be the first one in line! In addition to the show, a variety of instrument workshops will be offered along with a special show for children.
This is just a sample of all that Winterfest has to offer. Visit for more information. Plan to come for a night or the entire weekend. The Pocono Inne Town, Stroudsburg's oldest hotel, is offering a special rate of $79.00 per night! Call 570-421-2200 to make your reservations. In order to get this great rate, just mention that you are coming for Winterfest and of course read the PMVB's blog about it!
As always, I'd love to hear where you plan to jam this weekend. I hope to see you at Winterfest in Stroudsburg!