Home Projects on the Horizon?

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When Northeast PA’s largest home show of its kind is held in a dramatic state-of-the-art venue, people are going to flock. According to organizers, visitors to the 2016 Greater Pocono Home and Outdoor Living Show at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center were wild about the experience– shredding attendance records for the 20-year-old event. When the show returns on March 25 and 26, even more people are expected to make the trek to the African themed Mount Pocono resort.  

Visitors are encouraged to come outfitted with plans and ideas to discuss their potential projects with the 131 vendors assembled on the convention center floor. There will be landscape displays, sun rooms, flooring and lighting suppliers, windows and doors, heating and ventilation experts and close to 30 builders, remodelers and tradesmen. Professionals can speak to every level and kind of home project– from updating an aging look to retiring in place, creating the perfect kitchen and building the custom home of your dreams. 

Curious about the tiny house craze? 84 Lumber will have one of its Roving Tiny House Models on display for visitors to tour. Find out how people are finding quality of life in less than 200 square feet! Each person who enters the show will receive emergency preparedness information from the American Red Cross in a handy tote. Children may visit and have their photo taken with the Association’s own “Bob the Builder.” Pocono International Raceway is sponsoring the Grand Raffle. Show attendees can enter to win 300 Level Premium Seats for the Pocono 400 NASCAR race on June 11.  The prize includes a Pre-Race Pit/Paddock Pass, good for all three days of the event. 

Betty Gambucci, of ESSA Bank and Trust and chairperson of the home and outdoor living show announced the association’s support of local troops overseas through Operation: Touch of Home. “Visitors (to the home show) are asked to bring non-perishable food items and personal items such as toiletries/hygiene products, games, music, etc,” explained Gambucci.  The non-profit organization based in Monroe County regularly sends care packages to American troops serving in harm’s way. A complete list of items needed may be found at www.operationtouchofhome.org. 

Timing of the Home and Outdoor Living Show also coincides with the planned unveiling of Kalahari Resort’s latest expansion. Phase II of the construction will bring the resort to nearly 1,000 guest rooms and create America’s largest indoor waterpark measuring 220,00 square feet.  

Show hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $5. Children under 18 are free. Visit PoconoBuildersHomeShow.com or call 570-421-9009.   –Barbara Toolan