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Ice, Seas, And Friendships | Stroudsburg Winterfest

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Erik Diemer shows off boat display in front of Pocono Soap by Michael Lynn

Downtown Stroudsburg held its annual Winterfest on Saturday. This year's theme was 'On and Under The Sea.' There were about fifty ice sculptures sponsored by local businesses showcased throughout Main and some side streets, but that was only the tip of the iceberg.

Stroudsburg found some very creative ways to get the public involved, such as a live ice sculpting demo and a scavenger hunt. Twelve sculptures contained hidden letters that served as clues for the scavenger hunt. Participants were also given a guide that read, "An evildoer froze the Atlantic ocean! Ships are stuck, and ocean life is chilly! Visit icy characters around town for clues." This direction, along with a sculpture map, provided participants with the necessary tools to put their detective skills to the test. Once the puzzles were deciphered, participants were able to submit their answers for a chance to win four tickets to Great Wolf Lodge. Naturally, this gave children and their parents some pretty good motivation to finish the hunt.

For others, Winterfest was a great time to walk the streets and admire the handiwork on display. Erik Diemer, whose family owns Pocono Soap, took the opportunity to bring some joy to those who passed by. Setting up a boat outside the shop and a bubble machine, Erik took photos with people and gave out candy. "We always like to do something that is community-focused, so with the event being 'under the sea,' I figured why not get in the boat?" he said.

With the sun shining, it was shaping up to be a beautiful day until about 1:30 in the afternoon. Seemingly out of nowhere, an overcast of gray clouds took the sky. Wind speed picked up as snow squalls fell to the earth. Much of the crowd dissipated at this time, heading into local businesses to escape the weather. With all the walking going on that day, this little interruption served as the perfect opportunity to take a break and get some food. Thirty minutes after the weather changed, the sun came shining right back out. Gotta love that Pocono weather.

Despite this sudden change in weather, it seemed that everyone still made the most of their time. Neighbors got to know one another a bit better, and the community got to do something fun together. Hopefully, some bonds were forged, and lifelong friendships will spring out of Winterfest.

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