Memorial Day is here and that means the smell of sweet, sweet barbecue will be wafting throughout the region. But what if you don’t want to do the grilling or you’re heading out to camp or picnic at one of the region’s beautiful county, state or national parks?
Leave it to the good folks at Smokey Bones in Wilkes-Barre Township.
Every weekend this summer you can order a BBQ Booster Pack that could serve up to eight for $39.99 or up to 12 for $54.99. Call the restaurant for details. As an added bonus, bring a cooler to the eatery when you pick up your food and they’ll fill it with ice at no additional charge.
These packs would be great to take along if you’re heading camping.
All too often I hear from people that want to camp but don’t want to put out the money it takes to buy the equipment, especially if they wind up not enjoying the experience and are now stuck with hundreds of dollars in gear with no future use for them.
Well for the third summer in a row, the fine folks at the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are partnering with Gander Mountain to provide first-time campers with needed gear and a reservation for two nights at participating state parks for just $20. Among the 16 parks statewide that are in the program are Lackawanna in North Abington Township, Lackawanna County and Promised Land, near Greentown in Pike County.
Reservations can be made by calling the park office directly. Gear provided by Gander Mountain and DCNR includes a four-person tent; rain tarp; four sleeping pads; four camp chairs; flashlight; lantern; camp stove; and four hot dog/marshmallow sticks. The gear must be returned upon departure.
Participants will need their own food, cooking utensils and bedding. Suggested packing lists will be provided.
Not barbecuing or camping out this weekend? Lots of area restaurants are good options, especially if they serve any sort of barbecue-style food.
If you have kids, a low cost option is Old Country Buffet where through Memorial Day, up to two children younger than age 11 can eat for just 99 cents with each adult buffet purchased. There is no coupon required for this. The chain is also having an online contest where they’ll award one winner a family vacation to the destination of your choice. Go here to enter: http://oldcountrybuffet.com/familyvacation but do it fast because the deadline is Memorial Day.
Even if you don’t win, you will still get something for entering. A $1 off a buffet coupon awaits those that enter the sweepstakes.
And if you can’t get there for Memorial Day, every Thursday is kids night where they’ll eat for 99 cents and get balloons and cotton candy. Check out today’s Times Leader where a glossy insert includes plenty of coupons for the restaurant.
If the 99 cent buffets intrigued you it means you have kids and that means Toys R Us is likely a regular destination for you. Well go here to see tons of coupons and sales the toy store is offering up today and tomorrow: http://tinyurl.com/ngjyvt9
Here’s something for the grown ups from Victoria’s Secret. The lingerie store is selling seven cotton panties for $26 today and tomorrow. Some of these are typically $10.50 each so it’s a good deal.
Bring that Extra Care Card to CVS this week and grab any regular size Mars brand chocolate bar for 75 cents and you’ll get 75 cents back by way of Extra Bucks printed on your receipt. That coupon is good for a future store purchase.
And in honor of Memorial Day, Price Chopper is inviting all who have served to stop in from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to receive a free small coffee and doughnut.
On behalf of The Times Leader, and all our sister newspapers, I’d like to wish all who served and those who made the ultimate sacrificed for our nation a sincere thank you.