Bushkill’s Mountain Laurel Center Gets Multi-Million Dollar Transformation into Poconos Park

Brantley Gilbert & Brett Young Headline “Country Luau” New Venue’s Debut Blockbuster Event This Weekend 

POCONOS PARK — The long-shuttered Mountain Laurel Center for the Arts is once again a bustling entertainment hotspot.

From The Roots, a new real estate development and venue management company recently acquired over 200 acres of land housing the nearly 40 million dollar development including the venue formerly known as Mt. Laurel Performing Arts Center and the Tom Ridge Pavilion. From The Roots has multi-million-dollar plans to revitalize and redevelop the property into a sprawling entertainment complex named POCONOS PARK™ that will play host to world-class tours and productions, as well as special events starting this summer and fall.

“The facility appealed to us on so many levels,” stated John M. Oakes, CEO/Founder of From the Roots. “It’s a beautiful outdoor recreational area and located less than 90 minutes from New York City and Philadelphia, and only 75 minutes from Newark, New Jersey, the Poconos were once one of the biggest vacation and entertainment destinations in the US. We aim to make it a ‘go-to’ destination again by moving the venue forward into the 21st century and bringing in the big-name entertainment from around the globe.”

(Left to Right):  Aaron Springs (Supervisor of Lehman Township), Rob Rohner (Chairman of Lehman Township), Ana Endress (Asst. to Henry Bordeaux), Maren Drake (Production Coordinator), Abraham Ukuni (Site Operations Staff), Michelle Pillow (VIP Services Coordinator), “Gypsy” Schloesser (Sr. Dir. of Staff & Artist Relations), John M. Oakes (CEO of From the Roots/Poconos Park), Kristine Bush (of Senator Scavello’s Office), Henry Bordeaux (General Manager), Rob Fisher (Dir. of Food & Beverage), Phil Bueki (Retired Sheriff of Lehman Township), Paul Altomare (Partner), Nidir Davis (Operations Technician), Joanne Altomar (Wife to Paul Altomar), Renee Crowell (Executive Asst. to John Oakes) Photo courtesy of Hayden Raymond-From The Roots ©2022 All Rights Reserved

POCONOS PARK’s first major event, COWBOY LUAU™ , a two-day country music festival is this weekend  (Friday, September 16 & Saturday, September 17) and features Brantley Gilbert (“Bottoms Up,” “Country Must be Country Wide”) on Saturday night and Brett Young (“Mercy,” “In Case You Didn’t Know”) on Friday Night.

Also appearing are Uncle Kracker (“Smile,” “Drift Away”) and Pennsylvania’s own Warren Zeiders (“Ride the Lightning”), as well as Ryan Griffin, Dylan Schneider, Austin Meade, Kassi Ashton, Rick Monroe & the Hitmen, Aydamn, and Jake’s Rockin’ Country Band.

The full line-up of entertainment starts at 3PM on Friday and at 1PM on Saturday and runs through 11PM daily.  (Check the daily talent lineup schedule at  COWBOYLUAU.COM)

The festival will also include many fun activities with both line and hula dancing instruction, dance parties, a corn hole tournament, and other contests (with a chance to win a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle), tasty local treats, and much more.

Single-day tickets start at just 49.99 (plus fees) for general admission and two-day passes start at $69.99. The venue is also offering a limited number of 4-pack Lawn Party Seats for just $99 while supplies last. Tickets are available through Etix and through the COWBOY LUAU website at CowboyLuau.com.

POCONOS PARK™ is located in the Mountain Laurel area of Lehman Township, 18 miles north of Stroudsburg in the Bushkill Falls region northwest of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The new facility will operate as a boutique festival site and play host to world-class tours and productions, as well as special events.

The complex includes two sizable venues: the Amphitheater at Poconos Park™, a 10,000+-capacity, open-air amphitheater with thousands of seats near the stage, and a beautiful grass lawn for thousands more to enjoy entertainment in the great outdoors (the amphitheater can also be converted to a 2,600 capacity, fully-enclosed venue for year-round performances), and the Lakeside Theater at Poconos Park™, a 10,000 square-foot banquet hall located on a scenic 90-acre lake. (The theater can seat up to 400 people for private events such as banquets, corporate retreats, weddings, etc., and serve as a facility for first-class VIP experiences for concerts, festivals, and other large events.)

The venue will continue to undergo several million dollars of construction and renovation, which will include full-service, on-site RV camping with hookups, and much more. Stay tuned for future announcements and be sure to visit www.PoconosPark.com for the latest event details.

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