July 21, 2008
The Weekend of Chamber Music’s Summer Festival 2008 – Music for All Time will arrive at The Settlers Inn for “Café Concert with Panache!” on Tuesday, July 22 at 6 PM.
The concert will include a summer supper in our Undercroft Room followed by the music of Bach, Schubert, Pleyel and other legendary composers performed by flutist Judith Pearce, violinist Mark Rush, cellist Caroline Stinson, and fortepianist Kenneth Hamrick. Cost is $55 per person; reservations are suggested.
“We are delighted to host ‘Café Concert with Panache!’ which will feature some of our region’s premiere musicians in an intimate and artful setting,” says Settlers proprietor Jeanne Genzlinger.
Judith Pearce, Founder and Artistic Director of WCM, has been described by The New Yorker as “a rare and beautiful performer who can transport listeners with a single note.” Her work encompasses collaborations with some of this era’s most notable musicians, from Simon Rattle and Peter Maxwell Davies, to Kathleen Battle and Cleo Laine. Pearce has played in many great concert halls including the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, London’s Festival Hall, La Scala Milan, Berlin’s Philharmonie, the Beethovenhalle, Bonn, and the Sydney Opera House.
Violinist Mark Rush is a soloist, chamber musician and teacher whose diverse career encompasses many interests and musical disciplines. Educated at Yale School of Music, his many honors include a Fulbright Award to study in Brussels. Since 1981, he has collaborated with his wife, pianist Tannis Gibson, in recitals and ensembles, most notably with the Monticello Trio. Rush is currently Professor of Violin at the University of Arizona, and co-Artistic Director of the Coyote Consort, an innovative ensemble presenting experimental multi-media concert events. He is often heard on NPR’s “Performance Today,” and has performed on radio programs across the country, including WGBH Boston and WQXR New York.
Cellist Caroline Stinson is the winner of the 2007 J.B Watkins Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. She dedicates equal time to traditional and contemporary repertoire and has become known for her expressive and personal interpretation of new works. In addition to solo and recital engagements, Stinson is active with Open End, a new music and free improvisation ensemble which she founded in 2004 with her husband, composer Andrew Waggoner, and with whom she has appeared in the US, France and Italy. Her recordings include Pulitzer Prize Winner Steven Stucky’s String Quartet on the Albany Label, the Popper Requiem for three celli and orchestra with Maria Kliegel on the Naxos label, among other recordings on Bridge, Koch and Phoenix Records.
Fortepianist and harpsichordist Kenneth Hamrick is a conductor, keyboard soloist and musicologist who has garnered top prizes at many major festivals and competitions. With The American Virtuosi and as Director of the Baroque Opera Institute, his innovative performances and recordings have been critically acclaimed, including new stagings of 17th and 18th century operas. Hamrick has performed with soloists and ensembles from the NY Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, and has also collaborated with tap legend Savion Glover and the Limón Dance Company on projects involving both baroque harpsichord concertos and jazz improvisation.
For more information or reservations for visit WCMconcerts.org or call 845-887-5803.
July 9, 2008
Summer is here and the time is right for dining on The Settlers Inn deck. Guests can enjoy live jazz on our deck every Wednesday evening this summer, from 6 to 9 PM, rain or shine, during The Inn’s “Food, Fun and All That Jazz” series. There is no cover charge.
Our new deck awning will make every gathering cool and comfortable no matter the weather! “Food, Fun and All That Jazz” began Wednesday, July 8 with Indigo Moon, and continues throughout summer with funky sounds and fabulous food every Wednesday evening through August 20.
“This is an excellent way to see the hottest jazz musicians in one of the coolest local settings,” says Settlers Inn Owner Jeanne Genzlinger, who curates “Food, Fun and All That Jazz.”
Upcoming “Food, Fun and All That Jazz” performances include:
July 16—Robert Kopec Quartet
July 23—Mark Montella Trio
July 30—Stephan Bauer, vibes, and Anat Fort, piano
August 6—Anat Fort, piano, Matt Wilson, drums
August 20—Big Bang Jazz Gang, a 10-piece ensemble performing “The Music of Miles, Mingus & Monk”
*Performances subject to change
“Each of the artists in our series is unique and talented in their own right,” adds Genzlinger, “but Anat Fort is an artist to watch.”
Time Out NY writes of Fort: “You’ll be hearing a lot more from Israeli-born composer and pianist Anat Fort… Here’s your chance to catch her on the way up.”
The Settlers Inn covered deck is open every day for outdoor dining, featuring summer menus highlighting local farmers and producers such as Liberty Gardens, Mountain Dell Farm and Gorzynski’s Ornery Farm.
Join us for delicious food prepared with locally grown organic ingredients. Make an ONLINE RESERVATION today or call 800-833-8527.
May 16, 2008
We are delighted and overwhelmed to have received two awards this year rewarding our efforts to be a green hotel property.
Thank you to the Pocono Mountain Businees Journal for naming us one of the top ten “green businesses” in the Poconos and also the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau for the award we received this week for the green property of the year . We are honored to have been recognized for our efforts in the green movement. At The Settlers Inn we have a twenty eight year tradition of sustainability and yet we find that there are still so many more opportunities to conserve, reuse and preserve. This year we have asked our safety committee at the inn to add the responsibilities of also becoming our environmental committee. Some of our new endeavors are small simple steps like reusable shopping bags and buying the new environmentally friendly paint. We are trading in carpets for cork flooring in one of our guest rooms. We are adding more protective window treatments to aid in heating and cooling of the guest rooms. Grant says there is a dizzying array of new choices to help us fulfill our goals of lessening our footprint. Please give us your thoughts and suggestions on your next visit to the inn – and thank you for helping us stay green. It’s good to be green!
March 19, 2008
The Inn’s exquisite seasonal décor and the soothing sounds of pianist Frank Williams will provide a fitting backdrop for enjoying delightful dishes like spring pea flan with fava greens salad and carrot vinaigrette, crab salad over roasted pineapple wedge, lemon thyme glazed Cornish game hen, or rosemary and mustard crusted leg of lamb with red wine jus.
Reservations fill up quickly; make yours online today at OpenTable.com.
March 11, 2008
The Settlers Inn is preparing a seasonal sensation for your senses. Our Palm Sunday Brunch on March 16, from Noon – 2:30 PM, will feature a scrumptious à la carte menu and live music by The Classical Trio on cello, violin and flute.
Acclaimed cellist Wesley Tudor is a faculty member of Hawley’s Black Bear Conservatory of Music.
Join us to enjoy some excellent music and delicious food such as raisin bread French toast with caramelized bananas and pecans, Canadian salmon and roasted vegetable omelet, or grilled fillet over Asian sprouts salad with sesame-miso vinaigrette. Click here to view the full menu.
Reservations fill up quickly; make yours online today at OpenTable.com.
March 6, 2008
It’s just around the corner. Every day brings a new, yet subtle, sign that the spring is only a few weeks away. The sun seems closer and feels warmer and the skies are far more blue than gray. Several days ago we had a dozen robins in the backyard crab apple trees eating up the last of the dried crab apples from last fall. Before I could see them I heard their “sweet song”. When the backyard is still clothed in winter palette the orange breasted robins really stand out. It’s no wonder they are universally known as one of the first harbingers of spring. Another sign that winter is on the wane is the sap flowing in the sugar maples. I spoke to our friend, David, who makes enough maple syrup for one year for his family tapping eight maple trees here on his property in Hawley. Today he gathered fifteen gallons of sap and boiled it down to a quart of syrup. He’ll be doing this for the next month. If any of our guests are interested in seeing his small operation this Saturday, he’ll give a tour and explain the process.
This is a wonderful time of year to go skiing. You can wear lighter gear and feel really rejuvenated being outdoors for longer periods of time, and perhaps you will unexpectedly find Mr. Robin while you’re bobbing along the slopes….We have a great last minute special for staying at the inn this weekend with discount tickets to Ski Big Bear Grab the moment, get away, transition blissfully into spring.
February 26, 2008
What a wonderful weekend we had at The Settlers Inn as we welcomed guests to our Artisan Brews to Chase Away the Winter Blues event and enjoyed a beautiful late-February snowfall.
Guests to our Artisan Beer Dinner enjoyed a delicious 4-course feast highlighting locally grown and produced ingredients paired with some of Pennsylvania’s most celebrated microbrews.
Sam Cohen, Director of the Center for the Study of Wine and Food at Drexel University, was here for this fabulous foodie event. “The recent trend towards microbrewing has put Pennsylvania at the forefront of brewing in America,” said Cohen. “Pennsylvania beers have been recognized around the world for their quality.”
Meanwhile, outside, our local trails were perfect for cross country skiing and snowshoeing at places like
Promised Land State Park. Or, for you downhill enthusiasts there’s near-by Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain, which has some awesome slopes that you can enjoy in relative peace and quiet if you’re up for a mid-week getaway!
email us today to reserve your room! The brews are chilling in our Chestnut Tavern, and Executive Chef Grant Genzlinger is preparing the finest cuisine found in the Delaware Highlands!
February 12, 2008
Your winter blues will melt away once you taste the excellent selection of Pennsylvania specialty beers poured especially for you at The Settlers Inn on Saturday, February 23 during “Artisan Brews to Chase Away the Winter Blues.”
This not-to-be-missed culinary experience for foodies and beer enthusiasts will feature a delicious 4-course dinner highlighting locally grown and produced ingredients paired with PA’s most celebrated microbrews.
“The evening will merge two exciting areas in the world of cuisine: Pennsylvania food and beer,” says food expert Sam Cohen. “Pennsylvania has a long and distinguished culinary history and The Settlers Inn continues this tradition every day through its use of high quality local ingredients.”
Cohen, Director of the Center for the Study of Wine and Food at Drexel University, will provide Settlers’ dinner guests with information about Pennsylvania food and beer. “The recent trend towards microbrewing has put Pennsylvania at the forefront of brewing in America,” says Cohen. “Pennsylvania beers have been recognized around the world for their quality.”
The February 23 event will feature samplings of Stoudt’s American Pale Ale from Adamstown, PA; Victory Brewing Prima Pils from Downingtown, PA; Sly Fox Odyssey Imperial IPA from Royersford, PA; and Troeg’s Dead Reckoning Porter and Troegenator Double Bock from Harrisburg, PA.
Settlers Inn Executive Chef Grant Genzlinger has selected a stellar menu of local delicacies to accompany the brews including smoked Blooming Grove brook trout mousse, Jaimeson Farms lamb and rosemary sausage with house-made beer mustard, Shaffer Farms beer braised venison with butternut squash gratin, topped off with a dessert of Victory Storm King Stout ice cream with Pennsylvania chocolate covered pretzels.
The Settlers Inn will also offer a “Chase the Winter Blues” lodging package for the evening of February 23, which includes two seatings at the artisan beer dinner, overnight accommodations in a deluxe room featuring a king- or queen-sized bed, plus breakfast. Cost of the lodging package is $350 including tax and service.
Cost for “Artisan Brews to Chase Away the Winter Blues” is $65 plus tax and gratuities. Guests will gather at 6:30 PM; dinner will be served at 7 PM.
For more information about The Settlers Inn or reservations visit http://www.thesettlersinn.com/ or call 570-226-2993.