Monroe County is competing for jobs, resources, talented people and innovative businesses. The economic vitality of the county has been an ongoing topic of discussion by businesses, educators, healthcare and social service providers, government officials, and the economic development partners in our region for decades.
Leading Change – Thinking Outside the Box is the theme for this year’s Economic Outlook Summit scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11 at East Stroudsburg University (ESU) of Pennsylvania. The Summit will feature keynote speakers, a panel discussion and a candid conversation on change and the future of Monroe County, Pennsylvania.
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm will present “A Farm-to-Table Food Tasting Experience” Saturday, Sept 5. From 4-6:30 p.m. rain or shine.
The evening starts at the workshop where guests can sample a handcrafted ham and bean soup, a country favorite that used some of the variety of beans grown on the farm as well as a standard pork staple. At the cellar kitchen enjoy the battle between sweet potatoes and yams and learn the difference between the two.
In celebration of the harvest season, Monroe Farmers Market, in connection with The Shawnee Inn, will host its Farm-to-Fork Harvest Dinner Sunday, Sept. 13. Guests will dine on the Grand Lawn of the Shawnee Inn with an opening reception held on the veranda.
Notable area chefs have been recruited for the occasion. The culinary team is preparing a diverse menu to showcase a variety of locally sourced foods (such as locally grown peaches, shown).
Steamtown National Historic Site and the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society will partner with Norfolk Southern’s 21st Century Steam program to operate two special summer steam excursions.
Nickel Plate Road No. 765, a 2-8-4 Berkshire-type steam locomotive, owned by the Fort Wayne group, will operate Saturday, Sept. 5, to Delaware Water Gap and Monday, Sept. 7, to Dansbury Depot in East Stroudsburg. It is a “sister” locomotive to Steamtown’s NKP #759 locomotive, on static display inside the park’s roundhouse. Tickets will be sold online only at fortwaynerailroad.org.
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Caramel Bubble Ring
(A sticky, pull-apart bread usually served at brunch or breakfast.)
1/3 cup pecans, chopped
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 (11-ounce) packages (16) refrigerated breadsticks
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup caramel ice-cream topping
2 tablespoons maple-flavored syrup
Generously grease a 10-inch fluted tube pan. Sprinkle about half of the pecans in bottom of pan; set aside. Stir together sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Separate each package of dough into 8 pieces, making 16 total. Do not unroll. Cut the pieces in half crosswise. Dip each piece of dough into melted butter or margarine, then roll in sugar mixture. Arrange dough pieces, spiral side down, in tube pan. Sprinkle with remaining pecans. Stir together caramel topping and maple-flavored syrup in a measuring cup; drizzle over dough in pan.
At the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 538 Emery Road in Dingmans Ferry:
• “Migrate to the Poconos” family nature getaway weekend: Friday to Monday, Sept. 4-7. Fee: $225; discounts for kids; commuter and day rates available. Interpretive hikes, animal presentations, canoeing, crafts, campfire and more. Includes three nights lodging and meals from Friday dinner to Monday lunch.