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Mohegan Sun Pocono’s 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Has Been Cancelled Due To Weather

WHAT: Due to inclement weather, Mohegan Sun Pocono’s 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony (originally scheduled for Wednesday, November 30th) has unfortunately been cancelled.

*There are more holiday celebrations coming up at Mohegan Sun Pocono! Visit our newsroom for more details.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live    table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

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Dwight Yoakam Set To Perform At Mohegan Sun Pocono

Friday, February 3rd in the Keystone Grand Ballroom

WILKES-BARRE, PA (November 29, 2016) – Mohegan Sun Pocono is excited to announce Dwight Yoakam coming to the Keystone Grand Ballroom on Friday, February 3rd!

Ticket prices start at $29.00 and will go on sale on Friday, December 2nd at 10:00am through Ticketmaster.com. Ticketmaster customers may purchase tickets by logging on to ticketmaster.com or calling Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge By Phone number at 1.800.745.3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase, free of service fees, at the Mohegan Sun Pocono Box Office.

Dwight Yoakam has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, and he is a 21-time nominated, multiple Grammy Award winner. He has 12 gold albums and nine platinum or multi-platinum albums, with five of those albums topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart, and another 14 landing in the Top 10. Nearly 40 of Yoakam’s singles have charted, with 14 peaking in the Top 10. He received the “Artist of the Year” award at the 2013 Americana Music Honors and Awards ceremony, the most prestigious award offered by the organization. On September 23rd, Yoakam released his first ever Bluegrass album Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars on Sugar Hill Records. Featuring a band of Bluegrass luminaries, this album boasts a collection of reinterpreted favorites from his catalogue, as well as a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain.” Produced by nine-time Grammy winner Gary Paczosa (Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton), Jon Randall (songwriter of “Whiskey Lullaby”), and Yoakam himself, and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, this album reflects the love for Bluegrass music that Yoakam developed at an early age in Kentucky, and that has inspired him for many years thereafter. In 2015, Yoakam released his latest album Second Hand Heart on Warner/Reprise records, the follow up to his critically-acclaimed album 3 Pears. In addition to his musical career, Yoakam is a formidable film and television actor, capable of seamlessly melting into his roles, and impressively standing toe-to-toe with some of the world’s top thespians over the course of his storied and successful acting career, including Jodie Foster, Tommy Lee Jones, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, and Matthew McConaughey.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

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Ring In The Holidays At Mohegan Sun Pocono

Join us to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve!

WILKES-BARRE, PA (November 23, 2016) – Mohegan Sun Pocono is the place to be this Christmas and New Year’s Eve! With festivities throughout the day, there is something for everyone with live music, holiday dining specials, champagne toasts and so much more. Join us as we spread Christmas cheer and countdown to 2017!

Christmas Specials

After 4:00pm on Christmas Eve and all day on Christmas Day, enjoy Rustic Kitchen’s special holiday menu including seafood bisque to start, an appetizer of clams casino or crab and artichoke salad, and for an entrée, the choice of crab stuffed haddock with lemon beurre blanc, fresh herb seared seabass with tomato cous cous and filet mignon with shrimp scampi sauce.

At Betty and Joe’s, enjoy a medium coffee for $1.00 with a purchase of a slice of pie or cake.

Ben and Jerry’s will offer free sprinkles with a purchase of any ice cream.

At Wetzel’s Pretzels, purchase an almond bitz and receive free sweet glaze dip.

New Year’s Eve 2017

Countdown to 2017!  Start the celebrations early and enjoy the Noon Year’s Eve countdown and complimentary toast at Noon.

Before the clock strikes Midnight, come ring in the New Year at Bash in the Ballroom in the Keystone Grand Ballroom from 10:00pm to 1:00am! No admission necessary, dance the year away to Who’s Bad – a tribute to Michael Jackson. In addition, don’t miss the champagne toast with party favors at Midnight on the casino floor.

* Guests Must Be 21 Years Old To Enter This Event.

Live music will also be available at other venues: Start your night listening to Ruth’s Chris Jazz trio at Ruth’s Chris Steak House from 6:30pm to 12:30am, at 9:00pm hang out with Gerald Demarco at Elixir or have a laugh with Stephanie Peters at Wise Crackers Comedy Club, party on with Shorty Long and The Jersey Horns from 9:30pm to 1:30am at Breakers and continue the celebration with Grace’s Downfall at  Bar Louie from 10:00pm to 1:30am.

The celebrations continue with restaurants offering specials throughout the day and night! Enjoy delicious deals including:

New Year’s Eve:

Rustic Kitchen will feature lobster bisque, colossal crab cocktail, 12 oz. lobster tail with drawn butter, beef wellington with port demi glaze and seafood ravioli with saffron cream sauce.

At Betty and Joe’s, purchase any featured pastry and receive a medium coffee for $1.00.

Ben and Jerry’s will offer free sprinkles with any ice cream purchase.

At Wetzel’s Pretzels, purchase an almond bitz and receive free sweet glaze dip.

New Year’s Day:

Start the New Year with Betty & Joe’s featured items!

At Ben and Jerry’s, purchase any ice cream and receive free sprinkles.

Wetzel’s Pretzels will offer free sweet glaze dip with a purchase of almond bitz.

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

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The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Week In Review – 2016 Season Recap

2016 Season Review

Well, it’s about time to wrap up the 2016 season at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. At press time, there are still a few more nights of racing until we officially wrap things up on November 26, but, for all intents and purposes, this campaign is essentially in the rear-view mirror.

If it seems like the time passes quickly within a single season, imagine my surprise when I was alerted that this month marked the tenth anniversary since Mohegan Sun came aboard to revitalize the racing product at Pocono. In the past decade, we have transformed from just another run-of-the-mill track into one of the finest harness racing establishments in the entire world. Without Mohegan Sun’s commitment to racing, none of that would have been possible.

That commitment, combined with the outstanding work of those folks who take care of our racing surface, is responsible for the fact that we have one of the fastest tracks in the entire country. The Pocono faithful were lucky to witness a lot of that speed in 2016. Five world records were either set or matched at MSPD in 2016. And some of the record-setters turned out to be among the biggest superstars in the sport, including Betting Line, Freaky Feet Pete, and Always B Miki.

Then there were the horses who made Pocono more of a home rather than just an occasional destination. The best of those have been honored with horses of the year awards. Our Pacer of the Year, Keystone Velocity, overcame the fact that he sat out all of last season to put up more sub-1:50 victories than anyone else on the grounds. Our trotter of the year, Wilberforce, managed to move up the ladder from condition trots against mostly younger horses to facing off against the featured trotters on the grounds, winning all the way. And our claimer of the year, McCedes, demonstrated that age is nothing but a number, gliding through the claiming ranks as an 11-year-old to distinguish himself time again in the 2016 meet. Their exploits, along with the performances of so many other Pocono regulars, will not soon be forgotten.

Of course, the horses need some guidance to perform their amazing feats, and this year two horsemen stood above all. Although at press time there was still a slight chance that they could get caught in the percentage categories, it appears that driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes will sweep the year-end honors for wins and percentage. Both have been Pocono mainstays for quite some time, but never before have they combined talents to dominate the racing at the track as they did in this past meet. Several other drivers and trainers were serious forces on the Pocono scene this season, but the dynamic duo of Napolitano and Oakes were a notch above the rest.

It’s impossible to sum up all of the exploits of the horses and people who made the 2016 meet so special at Pocono. I write this column week in and week out, and even on that micro level I found myself unable to detail all of the fantastic performances, thrilling upsets, and heart-pounding excitement that I was lucky enough to witness from my perfect view in the announcer’s booth. It was a special season, for sure. Still, with the momentum we’ve built at MSPD, I have a feeling we’ll be able to operate at the same level and maybe even higher for the foreseeable future. I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store.

Before I sign off for the season, I’d like to thank all of the horses, horsemen and horsewomen for their wonderful efforts this year. I’d also like to thank my co-workers, who do so much to bring you such an excellent product night after night. As always, the fans make Pocono what it is now and what is always has been; thanks so much to you all for reading these columns and, of course, for coming out and supporting racing.

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn’t send out a special thanks to Terri Phalen. Terri is responsible for putting these articles in the programs, as well as about a million other tasks in her capacity as Program Director/Clerk of Course. Terri is stepping away from full-time work at Pocono to pursue other exploits. To say she will be missed by the entire Pocono community is obvious to anyone who knows her work ethic; to say that she’ll be missed by yours truly for her patience, geniality, and friendship in the years that I’ve worked as track announcer is the understatement of the year.

That’s going to do it for these articles for 2016. I hope you all have a wonderful winter, and I look forward to seeing you all again in the spring. We’ll see you at the track.

Mohegan Sun Pocono’s 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Celebrate the season on November 30th!

WHAT:

Join us for a special evening of family fun as we celebrating the lighting of our holiday tree!

WHEN:

Wednesday, November 30th

Main Casino Entrance

Festivities begin at 6:00pm

IN DETAIL:

Join Mohegan Sun Pocono for a holiday celebration like no other on Wednesday, November 30th. Enjoy the holiday spirit and tradition of Christmas with activities that the whole family will love! This remarkable night of Christmas cheer will include complimentary cocoa and cookies, an appearance by Santa and TUX from the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, a bonfire, fantastic performances by our choir and the Ballet Northeast who will perform excerpts from the Nutcracker. Plus, stop by our valet lobby to hear music from students in the NEPA Philharmonic mentor program!

ABOUT MOHEGAN SUN POCONO

Mohegan Sun Pocono, owned by the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut, is one of the most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and dining destinations in Pennsylvania. Situated on 400 acres in Plains, Pennsylvania, Mohegan Sun Pocono features a 238-room hotel with on-site spa and adjacent 20,000 square-foot Convention Center. It is currently home to 82,000 square feet of gaming space including 91 live table games, 2,300 slot machines and electronic table games, a variety of dining and shopping options, nightlife, entertainment and live harness racing. Mohegan Sun Pocono is within easy access of New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware. More information is available by calling 1.888.WIN.IN.PA (1.888.946.4672) or visiting our website. Connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or Instagram, download our app and view us on YouTube.

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