October 9, 2003

stupid mt. airy lodge song

POST #    442

all i said was, "now's the perfect time," and the whole song is now stuck in my head.

"now's the perfect time. the season is just right. we can play all day and dance into the night. at beautiful mount airy lounge, all you have to bring is your love of everything. all you have to bring is your love of everything, beautiful mount airy lodge."

Posted by tien mao in TV at 2:39 PM



you do realize that that is my life. one word, and instantly a song is stuck in my head. day and night. night and day. oh shit, now 'night and day' is in my head! damn.

Posted by: jess at October 10, 2003 7:49 PM

I was the biggest fan of Mt. Airy Lodge! I also discovered some very SICK SECRETS of the former owner The sad thing is after he killed himself all the truth came out an a legend was left abadonded.

Posted by: Tony Fleites at November 23, 2003 10:52 PM

what are the sick secrets about emil wagner? how come i never heard these secrets. i am a long time member of mt airy lodge. what more is behind the death of this man?

Posted by: c. zagami at January 27, 2004 11:27 AM

Emil Wagner? He was in the closet and always had a woman friend for appearance's sake. I think everyone knew that. But I also heard something very disturbing about him. It was in regard to an age preference.

Posted by: Robin Clay at February 20, 2004 6:29 PM

you freaking jerks. i'm not gay. dig it.

Posted by: Emil Wagner at May 9, 2004 6:08 PM

Does anyone have a sample of this commercial for download?

Posted by: customer1 at August 19, 2004 3:21 PM

Been to Mt. Airy Lodge over the weekend, prompted by the late '70s version of the commercial song, "Have a wonderful time in the Poconos, we're your host with the most in the Poconos. Beautiful Mt. Airy Lodge". I grew up to that thing, and thought that some day I'd be able to get there with my sweetie. Alas, too late. The place is boarded up and more than sad. Gone are the good old days of romance, for sure.

Posted by: Cat at September 7, 2004 9:57 AM

I have alot of memories of Mt. Airy lodge. I had worked there as a waitress from 1990 till 2000. Emil Wagner had a beautiful home on top of the mountain. One thing about Mt. Airy is that they had a mean and nasty chef who mistreated everyone. I think he had something on the owners cause the way he talked to people was ridiculous. He in my opinion was a rotten cook anyway. But there are hardly any jobs in the Pocono Mts so alot of us had no choice but to work under terrible conditions

Posted by: chansen at November 28, 2004 1:51 PM

Fifty years ago, when very young, I worked at Mt Airy Lodge and was there when the first remodeling took place. The feeding frenzy afterwards was crazy. There were probably two or three of the deluxe suites and the owner's daughter occupied one. Every honeymooner making reservations wanted one and was guaranteed one.

People upon arrival were to be convinced that they could save money by taking a lesser room for less money and still have all the amenities. The young New Yorkers, especially the honeymooners, usually ended up spending all their $$$ in Club Suzie (Suzanne)and tried to leave early--really a sad way to start off married life.

Emil was a real piece of work. We all were because most employees came from the depressed coal mining areas and fell for the Mt Airy mystique and believed all the tales about how it came to be. . . we were ignorant.

I just learned of how the place fell on hard times
and thought that what goes around comes around. Sad.

Posted by: B. Babb at January 1, 2005 2:28 PM

My world is at an end, I too like many had dreams have frolicking Mt. Airy Lodge.... and today I learned it is NO MORE!!!!!! Is this true? Someone tell me what happen? What is Mt. Airy lodge now?

Posted by: Utter at February 21, 2005 8:28 PM

I just stumbled on this site and another site and saw that everything at Mt. Airy Lodge is being auctioned next month. What happened? I waitressed at Mt. Airy week-ends during college 1969-70 and remember the remodeling and how tough it was to work there!

Does anyone know where Janie V., also a waitress, is today? She's a beautiful blonde who was dating a waiter named Bill then and drove VW bug. She went to Marywood and moved to White Plains for a while during the mid-70's.

Posted by: Marge Moore at February 21, 2005 8:45 PM

I was up at the poconos yesturday(Caesars brookdale) with my husband and we took a drive down the road. We stumbled across an old torn sign of Mount airy lodge so we decided to follow it. We found the Mount airy lodge on the left all boarded up and I guess what is also a part of it across the street.(A very large building). The ski lift is still there just rotting along with the many other buildings around it. It looks like though the golf course is still up and running. There was a sign on the outside of the large building across the street that said contents of building to be auctioned on March 5th and 6th 2005. I have pictures if anyone is interested in what it looks like.

Posted by: JLH at February 23, 2005 7:41 PM

I would love to see the photos you took Marge. Could you post them here? If not you can email them to me at edward.baxter@sbcglobal.net. I would sure be interested in seeing them. Thanks.

Posted by: Ed Baxter at February 25, 2005 7:05 AM

Does anyone remember Martinez? I remember him being more in charge than Wagner back in the 60's and 70's. I heard he sold his interest to Wagner in the later years. Does anyone know more about this?

Posted by: Gary at February 28, 2005 2:32 PM

Hello, I'm a reporter from the Star-Ledger looking for anyone who may have stayed or worked at Mount Airy Lodge. I'm writing a story about the resort's final demise. I can be contacted at this email address, or by calling the numbers below, thanks.

Posted by: Ralph R. Ortega at February 28, 2005 5:09 PM

Mt. Airy lodge was such a beautiful resort at one time. It was the hot spot in the Poconos. Working there for 10 years, I met alot of interesting people. Also, made some close friends. But Mt. Airy went downhill in the mid-nineties. This is in reference to Baxter. Do you mean Martens. Because they had two brothers Herman and Frank Martens who also had some shares in Mt. Airy!!!

Posted by: colleen hansen at February 28, 2005 8:48 PM

I am also a reporter doing a story about the Lodge for a national public radio program. I'm looking for people who used to go to the lodge to talk to me about their memories there.

Also I'm trying to track down the gingle, if anyone has it please let me know either by e-mail or phone.

Aries Keck
215-928-2420 - akeck@whyy.org

Posted by: Aries Keck at March 2, 2005 11:13 AM

Where do you go to buy something from the lodge? I was there in June 1986.

Posted by: David Picciolo at March 4, 2005 11:34 AM

the auction site is located here - http://www.teelauctions.com/Auctions/AuctionDetail.cfm?AuctionID=102 - and it starts tomorrow at 9 AM.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 4, 2005 12:08 PM

i would like the gingle too and appreciate any info & pictures

Posted by: robert at March 5, 2005 4:44 PM

I worked for Emill for 3 years as the Social Director for their other resort Pocono Gardens Lodge. Herman Martens was the Social Director at Mt Airy at the same time. I have a Closet full of stories if anyone is interested. I am sorry to learn of the demise of Mt Airy. Both resorts had very fond memories. I still have the original brochures and many pictures taken in the Night Club where I emced at night, of many of the famous celebrities of the 70's who appeared at both nightclubs.

Posted by: Jerry at March 6, 2005 3:14 PM

does any one have the mt airy lodge jingle and also photos of mt airy lodge

Posted by: robert robson at March 6, 2005 4:15 PM

i would like to here the stories from the gentleman who emced in the night club also see some of the photos

Posted by: john at March 7, 2005 7:19 AM

My husband and his family used to go to Mt.Airy Lodge
all of the time in the 60's & 70's. I am in the process of making a family album for my husband and it would be wonderful to include photos of Mt
Airy (past & present). Also if anyone has pictures of Emil Wagner or Herman & Frank Martens
or any of the Martens family. Thank you for the info..

Posted by: Robin at March 7, 2005 10:09 PM

i would like to hear from the gentleman who emeced at the resorts and see some of his photos and hear some of his stories fstolarskii@aol.com

Posted by: joseph at March 11, 2005 3:40 AM

I just discovered Mt Airy when visiting the Poconos in November 2000 with my wife. She is from Reading originally, and wanted me to see this precious icon of American style and culture from our recent past. I was most impressed with he ballroom and dining room area, particularly the floor to ceiling waterfall. I would be interested if anyone has pictures of this area during its better years. We operate a bed and breakfast in Anchorage that is a bit remeniscent of Mt. Airy lodge (waterfall, hammered copper firepit, redwood interior), and was similarly regarded in Alaska during that same era. We may be interested in respecting the old lodge with a diaplay in honor of its years of service in the industry.

Posted by: Russ at March 12, 2005 4:43 PM

were can I get a download of the jingle

Posted by: missy at March 30, 2005 7:48 PM

I worked at Mt. airy Lodge during the spring and summer of 1990. I was 20, from a small town, and it really was such an exciting time for me. I have so many fond memories and felt sad when reading of it's fate. I always thought about it from time to time and decided to google it and learned of the auction. If anyone has any photos, and/or the jingle, please email them to me. Or, if you just want to chat about it..what a place it was...i've never met so many different people in such a short time as I did then.

Posted by: heather Galloway at April 10, 2005 12:56 AM

I don't know how my messege got under Missy's name, but it did...lol I am actually the one who worked at My. Airy during the spring and summer of 1990, and would love to reminice and chat about it. I have yahoo messenger, AIM, and MSn messenger under the name of hthng312. Also, if anyone has any pics, I would love to see them...:-)

Posted by: heather Galoway at April 10, 2005 10:05 PM

As a kid I lived in the pink house on Woodland Road on the other side of Butte's Lodge. It's kinda hard to get around the Poconos on a bicycle so I just spent most of my time hanging around Mt. Airy.

I swam in the pool and played many hours of ping pong and pinball in the game room. I strolled the kitchen and ate in the cafeteria. I even snuck into the Crystal Room one Saturday night and met Frank Sinatra Jr. backstage.

I made friends with the college-age waiters and waitresses and the kitchen help imported from the Sanitarium at White Haven.

I worked the remodel in the late 60s, early 70s. Us kids would show up at 8AM, work 8 hours, and receive a $10 bill (cash, no taxes). I carried 5 gal buckets of concrete to the bricklayers, whitewashed rocks, painted fences, whatever.

Herman & Frank Martens were my nemesis'. After a while they began to recognize me and chase me away.

I went back to the Poconos to visit my sister last year and saw it all boarded up. Not only Mt. Airy; but every house on Woodland Road from Mt. Airy to Strickland's. They must have bought it all up over the years and then either declared bankrupcy or had it all seized by the government.

Such a shame. I wanted to stay there one time as a legitimate guest.

Posted by: August Bara at April 12, 2005 12:56 AM

I have to say I never visited MT Airy Lodge but I recently heard of its demise and feel sorry,growing up to that jingle and now knowing of its fate makes me sad.If anyone has any pictures please send them to Paul.mauceli@verizonwireless.com or any intresting stories I would love to hear about it thanks.

Posted by: Paublo Mauceli at May 17, 2005 8:12 AM

My husband I stayed at Pocono Gardens Lodge in 1999 for our honeymoon. We had heard so much about it. Although at the time we were there the place was heading downhill, we could see what a great place it once was. We bounced between the sister resorts of Strickland and Mt. Airy. Strickland was in even worse shape. Mt. Airy was really nice. It was a shame to hear the ultimate fate of the resorts.

Anyhow, a family member is putting together a memory book for us and we are looking for some pictures of Pocono Gardens Lodge. If anyone has some great photos they wouldn't mind sharing, please e-mail us at kirby3fun@earthlink.net. We tried to search the web, but found nothing. Thanks!

Posted by: Jen at May 18, 2005 12:12 AM

I own an arts and crafts store right around the corner from Mt. Airy. If you have pics, they are going to be more valuable soon as the new owner, Mr. DeNaples out of Scranton, is supposedly tearing down every building on the property to make way for his $300 Million resort. I don't think he had a choice, the buildings were really in bad shape. His plans are amazing, so take heart, the new and improved Mt. Airy will surely be amazing!

Posted by: Fred Kessler at June 9, 2005 7:58 AM

I visited the remains of Pocono Gardens Lodge on June 12, 2005. Took a few pix that reveal the ravages of neglect since the resort closed 5 years ago.

If you would like to see them, send me an email and I'll forward them: beschen@ben.dev.upenn.edu

Posted by: George at June 14, 2005 4:43 PM

My wife worked at Pocono Gardens lodge around 1971 or so. We lived in Swiftwater just a short hop from Stricklands and Mt. Airy. I saw Pocono Gardens just after it closed. What a shame! It was such a beautiful place in the 70's. I heard recently that it's also haunted. Some vivid imaginations, I'm sure, but it's interesting to hear about these places after they close.

Posted by: Al at June 23, 2005 9:48 PM

Sorry to hear about pococo garden.It was a beautiful Place where I spent a lot of time and got to know a lot of people in the early and mid 1990s.I supposed am linked by my father in some way to there if anyone knows ofa rumor of an illigimate son from the west Pa region or has pictures of Mr. rameriz Please email me.

Posted by: john at June 28, 2005 11:53 AM

anyone have pictures of the way pocono garden lodge and staff as the way it looked in the 1990s and would like to share.I'd enjoy them as I dont have many of the activities directors managers and matredomes.My Email is kraljp@relymail.com


Posted by: john kralik at June 30, 2005 8:12 PM

Hmm I wonder what Louis DeNaples is going to do with Mt. Airy now that he owns it and auctioned off all the stuff.
U of Scranton used to have our Sr. Formal there and rent out the whole hotel for the night. Hey! Louis DeNaples is on U of Scranton's board of trustees! Maybe he'll just give it to the U. Perhaps a little convenient Jesuit Lightning will burn the place down and we'll have a satellite campus. (That's how U of Scranton bought up most of central Scranton. A crack house on 300 block would mysteriously catch fire, and the U bought the property right afterwards.)

Posted by: Heather at July 10, 2005 11:48 PM

I remember the Pocono Garden Lodge commercial with (late 70's?) with the cartoon deer saying:
"Hello deer people" to start off the commercial. And the same deer ended it by saying, "I deerly recommend it".
The deer would will briefly give you a tour and in between you would hear a jingle: "226-0841, The Pocono Garden Lodge!"

Does anyone remember this? I would LOVE to see and/or hear it again.


Posted by: theaboo1961 at July 11, 2005 9:27 PM

Hello visitors past of pocono garden lodge.

My name is John. I have been trying to purchase the estate for a while now and take it back to its original state of beauty and comfort.The area if you follow it doesnt need a housing plan to have to build schools it needs places for the kids,incomes,and a all around good resort for added tourism.I am being stonewalled to making this happen. any ideas of assistance please notify me by email.


Posted by: John Kralik at July 14, 2005 11:02 PM

Mount Airy Lodge did many good things for the community as well as individuals... all that is on this so far is pure crap. I know the real story and the real players.... Jealous people make me puke and most of you on this site are sick and without knowledge... how many of you came to this country poor, started a resort, developed it and made it into an international phenomena?

Posted by: Emiltoo at July 17, 2005 2:50 PM

If any one has any pictures of mt. airy or pocono gardens(past and present) please send me any

Posted by: Rob at July 17, 2005 10:57 PM

Hmm I wonder what Louis DeNaples is going to do with Mt. Airy now that he owns it and auctioned off all the stuff.
U of Scranton used to have our Sr. Formal there and rent out the whole hotel for the night. Hey! Louis DeNaples is on U of Scranton's board of trustees! Maybe he'll just give it to the U. Perhaps a little convenient Jesuit Lightning will burn the place down and we'll have a satellite campus. (That's how U of Scranton bought up most of central Scranton. A crack house on 300 block would mysteriously catch fire, and the U bought the property right afterwards.)
Mr. DeNaples was sold land and run down buildings by a realator who supposedly told hime everything went with the buildings. WELLL THEY DIDN'T. OakTree management is the one who supposedly auctioned all of the items off and also some from Pocono Garden as well to recoup their money. Very similar to the line that Mr. Kralik was fed when we went to try and buy the Garden to save it. ANd trust me IT WAS A LINE OF BS from the realtor. So when the lightning strikes MAKE SURE IT STRIKES THE LIARS AND CROOKS. MAKEW SURE YOUR FACTS ARE CORRECT!!!

Posted by: The Ole Hag at July 25, 2005 6:08 PM

My husband and I frequented Mt. Airy lodge in the early nineties. If anyone has any photos, please send them to me. Past and present would be greatly appreciated!!

Posted by: Barbara Kaminski at July 26, 2005 1:15 PM

Mount Aity is no longer, it is curently a high pile of remains from the hotel. They began demolishing it in ealry June and nothing is left except a skeleton of the sports palace. I have pictures of the progress if anybody is interested, and there are plans for a 300 million dollar resort with slot machines(if DeNaples recieves the License). The estimated date of the new hotel being up is in spring of 2007.

Posted by: Jimmy at August 9, 2005 6:34 PM

Jimmy...Could you email me some pix please? Thanks.

Posted by: John Marsden at August 15, 2005 8:21 PM

Barbara Kaminski, could you email me the pictures of the demolition progress? I'd appreciate it, Thanks.

Brian.. bcshell@verizon.net

Posted by: Brian at September 1, 2005 11:17 PM

Oops, didn't realize the names went below the message, that message from me above is directed to Jimmy. Brian.. bcshell@verizon.net

Posted by: Brian at September 1, 2005 11:18 PM

I remember a food show where my room looked like a sample showroom for different patterns of wallpaper

Posted by: Joe at September 6, 2005 12:29 PM

My family used to go to the resort every year for Passover holiday for 18 years. We had the same waiter for the last 10 years. His name was Kamal. Anyone know how to contact him. Also please email any demolition photos to my email. Thanks. Nikeair@aol.com

Posted by: Eli at September 8, 2005 5:19 PM

I am currently making a documentary about the history and demise of Mt. Airy Lodge and am looking for interview subjects to participate in this film. If you were a frequent guest, employee, or area resident with stories to tell, please feel free to e-mail me at jeremy.ortman@gmail.com.

Posted by: Jeremy at September 23, 2005 9:24 PM

I don't know much about the history of Mt. Airy.
However I have to drive by the shit hole every day. I'm glad it's been flattend and carted away. I wish the former owners (those who had a vested interest)are living in tents. I do know some have passed away. They should be dirt poor with nothing. There is no reason they could not have done something better w/ the place than let it go to crap. All the houses along the road that fell into disrepair and had to be bulldozed down. they could have been sold before they fell apart. They are the ones responsable for the way this community looks. Looking at other properties in the area you can tell they put money back into the facility. I think that the Martens (the ones who had legal partnership) and Wagner just pocketed most of the earnings and let the place crap out. But then again I do not know the history. Just the stories. The people who live around there must not be too happy as the value of thier houses probably went down. Who wants to live around that mess.

Posted by: jay peters at October 5, 2005 2:27 PM

My husband works currently at the Mount Airy Golf Course and his helping with the tearing down of the Mount airy lodge. The lodge stands no more, it is gone, sad to say. They are tearing down all of the buildings. They just tore down the "mansion", the owners home on the mountain. Mr. Louis DeNaples is going to be building a new hotel and casino in it's place and also adding a second 18 hole golf course. Even though Mount Airy is gone, we all still have the wonderful memories.

Posted by: Angel at October 12, 2005 8:24 AM

can any one that has photos of mount airy's demolition please send them to me and ay one who has any photos of the pocono gardens also send them to me. I used to go there with my husband.


Posted by: missy at October 15, 2005 8:39 PM

Chef Jawad would use his microphone from his glass cage and scream at you. Wait staff would have to hide in closets or under tables to eat. Cause if you were caught eating, you would have 25 dollars deducted from your check. Such a shortage of linen and silverware, wait staff would have to hide the equipment under chairs or even on the roof. pretty sad all that you had to go through just to set your tables for the next day.

Posted by: colleen hansen at October 24, 2005 2:13 AM

Anyone with pictures of the mount airy lodge before its demise please email them to me. Inside preferably.

Posted by: Janine at October 25, 2005 9:27 AM

I would just like to say good luck to Mr. DeNaples on his venture with the casino. It's about time NEPA gets something to do! I grew up there my entire life, and there was never anywhere to go, or anything to do that was anywhere near being fun. So good work Louie! Bring some money in to an area that really needs a pick-up. I don't care if people call him a 'crook'- he knows how to make money and that's all that matters to being someone in America. You all can go on being the poor remains of coal mining, but it doesn't give you the right to hate the people that went out and did what they had to for survival. Trust in Darwin.

Posted by: Stef at November 2, 2005 12:27 PM

Has anyone ever found a download-able video or audio clip of the commercial?

Posted by: Missing it at November 7, 2005 11:26 AM

does anyone have demo pictures of mt airy pleasee send them to me also does anyone have the commercial or jingle

Posted by: robert at November 7, 2005 4:59 PM

I remember Miss Anita, head of the bar staff..she was a great boss, and Johnny, the good looking bartender... Back when I was younger and had virtually no responsibility...lol My then boyfriend, David, and I had both received jobs at Mt. Airy, and moved there from upstate NY almost overnight. ANything to get away from the small town we were in...that ended up being the best spring/summer ever! It was 1990, and we were both around 20.. I've never met sooo many different walks of people, and in such a short period of time. Both guests, and co workers that became fast friends... I remember taking drinks to the owners, and the door to their apt. inside of Mt. Airy looked like part of the wall. They were always very polite and nice. We were never treated badly there. Working at the Crystal Palace after we were done in the dinning room was always fun! So sorry Mt. Airy Lodge had the fate that it did, but what great memories to lose myself in sometimes. If anyone has any pictires of Mt. Airy at all..past, or present,please e-mail them to me..Hthng312@aol.com, or at hthng312@yahoo.com...Thanks..:-)

Posted by: Heather Galoway at November 9, 2005 9:28 AM

Btw, also, if anyone has a link, or download to that Mt. Airy jingle, i'd love to have that to...Take care...

Posted by: Heather Galloway at November 9, 2005 9:32 AM

does anyone have demo pictures or and pictures and did anyone find the jingle or commercial please email them to me whobob99@aol.com

Posted by: robert at November 9, 2005 3:52 PM

The thing I remember most from my childhood about Mt. Airy Lodge was those commericials with hairy-armpit people playing volleyball in the pool.

Posted by: Ken at November 17, 2005 2:13 PM

For those looking for pictures of the resort just before and just after the demolition check out this link. http://www.uer.ca/locations/show.asp?locid=21569 Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see a couple of scrapbooks with some really intersting stuff.

I must admit that even though I never went there after hearing the jingle so often I feel like a part of my childhood is gone.

OH Well as teh song goes " you don't know what you got till its gone- they paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

Posted by: Steve at November 22, 2005 4:26 PM

Does anyone know what is planned for the Striclands mountain inn ??
It is deserted, but all of the buildings are still there intact.
What is planned for this resort now that Mt. Airy is gone ??
Are they planning to use it again as a honeymoon / vacation resort or what ??
I stayed there in 1989 & it was very nice back then, I'm just wonerring if theres still any hope left because it wasn't demolished yet.
Any info would be helpful.

Posted by: Bob at December 21, 2005 7:56 AM

I recently had to go through storage (from over 30 years ago) and came across memorabilia - I still have my name tag from Mt. Airy - from the '70's. I was checking out whether certain places still existed and came upon this site! I lived in Gouldsboro and worked at Stricklands as a chamber maid (yikes) for a brief spell and then had a makeover and moved up the road to work at Mount Airy as a sales/service/convention secretary. This was in the early '70's. A very interesting time. I remember quite a bit from those days, including my employers and the day to day activities at the lodge.

Posted by: Di at January 8, 2006 2:38 PM

Check out my website at http://www.uer.ca/~bratchny/ for pictures of all three of the resorts at Mount Airy. Thanks!!

Posted by: Bryan at February 1, 2006 11:34 AM

Those old commercials for Mt. Airy, Pocono Gardens and also The Country Place are forever etched in my mind. With the washed out 16 mm film, they had a serious mystique. I used to dream about going there when I was a kid. Never made it but went to Rocking Horse Ranch in '74 in the Hudsen Valley which was close.

Posted by: Jake Walsh at March 14, 2006 4:40 AM

Anyone remember a resort in the Poconos called Vacation Valley I believe?

Posted by: Ron at April 23, 2006 4:50 PM

Just came upon this site yesterday. Anybody heard of a resort back in the 70's called Vacation Valley? It was in the Poconos...but I can't find any reference to it anywhere.

Posted by: damailman [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 24, 2006 9:07 AM

So Mt. Airy's all gone, eh? I practically grew up there. Hell, my whole family (except for one sister) worked at Mt. Airy. My mother was the chief operator for 20+ years, dad, their electrician. Time flies, eh?

Posted by: Traci at April 27, 2006 10:40 AM

Mt. Airy's all gone, eh? My younger brother & I practically grew up there. Actually, with the exception of 1 sister, our entire family worked there. Mom was the chief switchboard operator, dad, the head electrician. The place had a helluva history. I'll miss it.

Posted by: Murfycrew [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 27, 2006 10:56 AM

vacation valley turned into pocono palace in the late 70's then caesars turned it into caesars pocono palace, the late jack shinn owned vacation valley he's the father of my dad's x.

Posted by: cush at April 27, 2006 11:20 AM

As for the beautifl mount airy lodge that was purchased by Scranton millionaire Louis Denaple. He's currently trying to get a gambling lisence to build a casino. There is only 2 licenses left. Another millionaire from jersey is trying to build a 750 room casino thats 26 stories high on the old pocono manor property. there actually having some type of meeting today to determine if 1 both or neither will get the lisence. if you go to poconomanor.com and click the box on the left it has a pretty cool slide show of the pocono manor casino.

Posted by: cush at April 27, 2006 11:31 AM

Have some very unique memories of Vacation Valley. Spent honeymoon there in the mid 70's. After checking in we were shocked to open the door to our room and find a couple already in bed! Then, the night the activities coordinator toasted us on our marriage he was killed in a car accident. Think his name was Kip or something like that. Shoulda known that marriage wasn't gonna work, eh?

Posted by: Ron at May 2, 2006 8:46 AM

Yep, his name was Kip. It wasn't unusual for the lodge to overbook and have guests checking into rooms that hadn't been vacated yet.

Posted by: Murfycrew [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 4, 2006 1:48 AM

Here is a TV commerical of the place but not the classic one unfortunately.

Posted by: Tony at May 31, 2006 11:30 AM

My wife and I spent our honeymoon at the Pocono Gardens Resort (1967). Can somebody send us some pictures. We also ate at a nearby restaurant called Yankee Doodle High Point Inn in Mt Pocono. Does anybody know whatever happened to that place. It was very quaint and historic. thanks lew

Posted by: lew einfalt at July 5, 2006 11:16 AM

Cansomeone send pics of Mt. Airy befiore and after it was demolished

Posted by: Eddie at July 9, 2006 8:36 AM

I was just up at Mount Airy Lodge on Saturday taking some photos of the remaining demolition. I took some photos of the old pool which is filled in with tons of concrete and pool tiles - I took 2 tiles from the pool,there is also some "red" carpet pieces scattered all around as well. I walked across the street and walked back a short distance and took some photos of what looked like the demolition of a motel structure. You could see in part of the room - there was carpeting and bar stools sitting around - it's easy to get to. There is also a little booth in back of the motel structure - I'm not sure what that was used for. Please send any photos of Mount Airy Lodge if you have any.

I plan on returning again to try to get more photos of what's left standing. Everything is pretty much down and crumbled at this point.

Posted by: Ursula at July 10, 2006 9:27 AM

Does anyone know where Ryan and Jack Martens or Susan Copper live or how they can be reached? I knew them many years ago. My parents were friendly with their parents. My family and I spent many, many years vacationing at Mt. Airy Lodge. I would really like to be able to get in touch with them.

Posted by: Cynthia Pantano Harcourt at July 20, 2006 4:35 PM

Does anyone remember an artist that worked at Mount Airy Lodge named Kim? If I remember correctly, he was a native American painter who did portraits and oil paintings. I purchased an original oil painting of Chief Joseph in the late 1980's or early 1990's and would really like to find out what became of the artist. If anyone remembers him, please contact me at Roztoz@aol.com. Thanks so much.

Posted by: Rosemary at August 7, 2006 12:21 PM

I stumbled accross this info regarding Mt Airy Lodge and am not at all surprised. My husband and I both worked in the kitchen in late 1993-1994 for that nasty, rotten Chef, Jawad Gingham. (I think I have the spelling right, or close anyway).I read in an earlier post that the writer thought the Chef might have something "on" the owners (and that very well may have been) but I can also tell you that he saved the resort millions of dollars by way of a very low food cost. When I worked there, I saw dinner food that was left over get washed off after having been left out for 1/2 the night and used for Dinner the net day with a new sauce on top. There were cockroaches all over the place back in the bakery, in the parfait glasses...UG! if the patrons only knew. It totally skeeved me out. I am not aware of the politics of the place, but as far as the Nasty Chef is concerned, make no mistake, that guy was as rotten as they come. He yelled at all the wait staff and most of the kitchen personnel. (He never yelled at me or my husband, tho---think he knew better). My daughter was born in a snow storm on January 6th, 1994. I had an emergency c-section and the SOB Chef told him that he could not even take the day off after my surgery. I had heard that he had hit another person(cook / waiter) with a huge tube of Provalone Cheese once as well as throwing someone through the glass window of his office "tower" that looked out over the massive kitchen. I will say this, I have never, ever seen a kitchen like the one at Mount Airy. The ovens were big enough to drive a truck in. The cooking pots were permanently affixed to the floor and were so large you could literally cook a person in one !

Farewell, Beau-ti-ful Mount Ai-ry Lodge !!!

Posted by: Tracey S at August 13, 2006 10:44 PM

How old was Emil wagner...I'm googling the name as I bought some old photos from the end of WW2 and found one signed Emil P Wagner....would love to know if it's the same guy!
Drop me an email please!

Posted by: Kate at September 11, 2006 9:43 AM

I just ran across this site...my family also has ties with Mt Airy. My sister lived in the house that was located on the Bowman property (Woodland & Bowman Rd's)in back of the original house. Mt Airy owned this and employees, as a lot of you know, lived in resort property's. The coolest thing was that around the Christmas season, my sister kept running into a ghost in their home. One time he was at the end of the hallway, another time in the kitchen. Even the cat stared at it. I named it the Christmas ghost, because it was only around the holiday that he appeared. We figured that it was Mr Bowman, and he got lonely around this time of year...we have a big family and all gathered here for dinner and whatever else goes with the holidays and he just enjoyed being there.
When I passed by the property some months back and saw both homes leveled to nothing, I really felt a part history was gone...

Posted by: Debbie at December 23, 2006 9:59 AM

I used to work at Mt. Airy Lodge and have soooo many great memories. I was there 89-90. I know that Wagner's neice inherited quite a bit of money and opened her own place up there and was also privy to some dirty secrets cause of who I was friends with. LOL Would love to hear from anyone that was there back then. There was 2 korean sister that worked there...Jin-hye and hye-nan..anyone that knows of them or Norma, etc. please email me at saseeshaz @ aol.com

Posted by: Saseeshaz at December 24, 2006 2:59 AM

Got the jingle everyone! Click on the following link and scroll half way down the page and you'll find it!


Posted by: Maria at February 1, 2007 9:13 PM

I was daydreaming at my job today and goggled Mt Airy Lodge. Cool I found this site. I went to work there September of 78 at 18 yrs old. I worked in the dining room, dear lord what love affair I had with Mt. Airy! I later went to work in Las Vegas, and for myself what went on at Mt Airy made Vegas look like Disneyland! I went back to Mt Airy after Vegas, I laugh when I think of all the funny and crazy times we had. Suzette and Debbie were my friends...crazy Judy, Fran, Frank Allison the boss,Clayton his son and who could ever forget Freddy and Woody the captians ,Stew, Dave,the Doughtery brothers,the crazy O'Brien's Darin and Susan, Scuba Pete, Bill singing and playing his guiter, all of the older more stable characters that worked the main dining room, Kenny A, his trailer was a meeting place for many Start Me Up-Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart blasting parties, Dave #2 the waiter who was married, Slim. We all smoked lots of cigarettes. It was drugs, sex, rock and roll. We had wild times with the guest we were serving also! We would meet them at the Disco for dancing. Lots of favorite hang outs...The Cliffview till early hours in the morning Michael and Polly, the Swiftwater, the one bar ?? at the end of the street. And the ever famous Scottie the dishwasher. Jawad was nasty but... he did have to put up with a huge staff of drunks! LOL One time during passover he grabbed the potatoe salad off a plate on my tray and started slapping it all up and down my arm calling me a dumb C***! I still laugh to this day. He was really stressed with the first passover they ever had at Mt Airy.
I always liked Jeff and Ryan Martens I thought they handled it well growing up at the lodge. They were always nice to me. They were also fun at many of our parties! I had the owner station some times. They were all nice to me.
I have lots of good memories, too bad I can't tell most of them to my daughter. I do have some funny ones to tell in AA meetings! Going on 21 years sober February 11th...At least alot of my drinking started out fun from high school graduation 1978 went to Wildwood NJ for the summer then off to training at Mt Airy Lodge!
Well I better get back to work then off to coaching my daughters' basketball team. But life is really good and thinking back to Mt Airy always makes me laugh! (most of the time).....
as nasty but... he did have to put up with a huge staff of drunks! LOL One time during passover he grabbed the potatoe salad off a plate on my tray and started slapping it all up and down my arm calling me a dumb C***! I still laugh to this day. He was really stressed with the first passover they ever had at Mt Airy.
I always liked Jeff and Ryan Martens I thought they handled it well growing up at the lodge. They were always nice to me. They were also fun at many of our parties!
I have lots of good memories, too bad I can't tell most of them to my daughter. I do have some funny ones to tell in AA meetings! Going on 21 years sober February 11th...At least alot of my drinking started out fun from high school graduation 1978 went to Wildwood NJ for the summer then off to training at Mt Airy Lodge!
Well I better get back to work then off to coaching my daughters' Basketball team. But life is really good and thinking back to Mt Airy always makes me laugh! (most of the time).....

Posted by: Joycelyn at February 3, 2007 10:49 AM

...The place was as prejudice as they come. Blacks were not welcome there as guest.Im talking about in the 60's and 70's They referred minority business to a family business nextdoor, Butes Lodge run by a black family from the islands. They were well liked and respected in the area. Mrs. Bute was a great cook and neighbor.

Posted by: The Truth at February 25, 2007 12:36 AM

I worked there 87-90 it was a joke...juwad was jerk,i remember he used to knock trays out of waiters/waitresses hands if you tried to carry too many at one time..i did make some money there though being a waiter did lots of partying at the amber inn and swiftwater inn oh and memorytown..woohoo good times..the people i worked with were great...its going to be great to go back and play some slots..lol

Posted by: joe farley at February 25, 2007 2:03 PM

I went to Mt. Airy pretty much every year (sometimes twice a year) from the mid-80s thru early 90s. There was no place like it back then for kids. I used look forward to it more than Disney World. Everytime we went there, it felt like all the guests were one big family. Once we got a little older and it started to get run down, my fmaily started going to Split Rock instead, which was nicer and more suited to teens and adults. I drove up to Mt. Airy in the summer of 2006 and was devastated when I saw just a dirt lot. I knew it was shut, but I didn't know it was being knocked down. What a shame. The activities, the food, the arcade, the mischief we used to get into, and even the little things down to the waterfalls and outside lighting at night made us feel like were home everytime we went. Anyone remember those B-talents from the Crystal Room back then: Fred Bevin, Sherri Budge, Joey Casella? And that nasty Asian artist in the lobby? I remember some of our waiters/waitresses as well...Natalie, Anita, Don, David...where else can you say you remember the waiter you had in 1985?

Posted by: Danny at February 26, 2007 10:34 AM

I took a few pics last Fall after everything was torn down. Check 'em out here: http://velocycle.smugmug.com/gallery/2039087#104633939

Posted by: Anthony S. at March 3, 2007 11:29 AM

I stayed at Mount Airy Lodge with my family when I was in my early teens for a few summers during the early 1990's and one New Year's Eve. I have very fond memories of the resort and it was sad to see the pictures of it being torn down. My favorite activity was Bingo by the pool.

Posted by: Steve at April 24, 2007 2:39 PM

I just found a stricklands ( just up the road from Mt. Airy lodge and owned by the same people) brochure in my grandparents photos. Apparently they honeymooned there. The Brochure is colourful and the place looks really fun. i wanted to see what it turned out like and find pictures of ruined and rundown buildings. Nothing like the brochure. It make me sad that something once so livly is now in shambles.

Posted by: Jacqueline at May 15, 2007 10:53 PM

I remember the jingle to, like yourself, it "stuck in my head", I used to hear it on the radio back when I was around 15/16 years old, since I'm now 48, this had to be at least over 30 years ago, they used to advertise via broadcast radio all over the tri state area (Connecticut, New York & New Jersey), what a drag they tore it down !.

Posted by: Charles Hoyenski at May 21, 2007 11:50 AM

The new mount airy lodge and casino is being built as we speak! I work on the job and it is going to be very nice there! There are some new pics here:


Posted by: Justin at June 2, 2007 4:42 PM

i worked at mal for a number of years on the golf course and ski lodge (beer girl/ski instructor) it was the most fun. but when i told people where i worked i always had to make perfectly clear that i was not in the actual hotel, which was infamous for bed bugs, dirty bathrooms, and general disrepair. across the lake was the place to be. crazy though- when guests would call about skiing for example, the front desk would make us tell them that we had tons of snow, blah blah blah, but it was really forty degrees and raining

Posted by: leah h at June 7, 2007 7:41 PM

Nobody knows the history of MT AIRY LODGE more than my family and I .You read all kinds of material and downright lies of the resorts.(Stricklands and Pocono Gardens) too. In the past, most of it is false with respect to negative comments. Some of the comments are true as well. Has always in the past been a premier destination resort choice and know it will continue to be so under new ownership.

Posted by: johanna at July 7, 2007 7:54 PM

I just came back from a two day stay in the poconos with my husband and we drove by the construction of the new resort planned on the Mt Airy grounds. All I can say is that when I first went there with my family in 1996 (two weeks a summer til the end), it was an incredibly fun time. We made very good friends with some of the staff, including Colleen who has posted here a few times. (I hope you are still reading this blog and will get in touch with me again. I think about you soooo often. We had so many good times.) I, too, worked as a waitress in my younger days, and trust me nothing surprises me about kitchen cleanliness. All I can say is that we never got sick, enjoyed everything about the family style atmosphere of the place and treasure all of our memories from there. And that includes the time I fell off the dock and it took a few guys to get me out! We never laughed so hard. Now, I am sorry I missed the auction of the items from MAL because I would have definetly put in a bid for one of the red bathroom sinks!!! Colleen, know that you were a very important part of the fun we used to have there and nothing has come close yet! My kids (now 19, 16 and 16), remember it fondly!

Posted by: Donna Tudda at July 15, 2007 8:55 PM

Sad News on the news today Pocono Gardens went up in flames last night. Breaks my heart I was working there almost 10 years lots of memories

Posted by: Liz at July 16, 2007 2:47 PM



Posted by: Colleen Hansen at July 28, 2007 4:24 AM

Pocono Garden Lodge was knocked down it never caught on fire
they have a flat bed trailer in the back and the sign was removed... there getting ready from what i heard is that there gonna remake the
pocono garden lodge a lil different don t know for sure if they ll kepp that name but alot of renovating has been going on .. i know that the mount airy lodge is keeping its name but to name it mount airy casino lodge
does any one have any pics of when they worked at the pocono gardens lodge i would love to see what it looked like in operation .... a band i know took pics there when they put it in there cd cover pics for the cd.. the band is SOLUTION A.D.
they took pics there for the cd in 1996 of may
also they now call them selves the POCONO DUO and they play at Floods and another place
The Front Row on main street in stroudsburg!
we have some pics up at the site the sign more less at
e mail me any info on the pocono garden lodge or pics from the past at ernestyarusi3rd@hotmail.com
p.s. i video camra corded the ruble at the pocono garden lodge , and im gonna look at some more to record when i go there again!

Posted by: ernie at August 1, 2007 12:49 PM

Monday, July 16, 5:51 p.m. By Rosa Yum A former honeymoon destination in the Poconos went up in flames but some neighbors said they weren't surprised. Thre is little left after the Sunday night fire at Pocono Gardens Lodge in Paradise Township
Yes Coleen I am Liz. How are you ? And yes I do remember your little brother Michael.

Posted by: Liz at August 2, 2007 7:41 PM

I went to this site to see if I could get any pictures of Mt. Airy Lodge to send to my brother and sister in law for their 50th anniversary. It was so sad to see the place demolished. I wonder if there are any photos around of the place when it was in good shape.

Posted by: Helen Gilmartin at August 5, 2007 10:11 PM

Hey guys !! i just found out the hard way that it did burn kinda down what a shame :( but i did hear what i heard about them trying to rebuild there.. also i want to know if anyone has any stories or pictures of the pocono garden lodge
in side the entertainment building please help me i would love to see them i have very lil of the ones i have and its when it was shut down.....

Posted by: ERNIE [TypeKey Profile Page] at August 9, 2007 11:11 PM

I recently was hired to work at the new casino and decided to google it. I heard alot of stories about the resort. and honestly dont know what to believe about it.
The casino will open October 15th. They have a pretty serious management team, derived from the most popular casino/resorts from Vegas, AC, Cruise Lines, Night Clubs... They also brought alot of their employees to train and help get the place up and running.
They are still rushing to get the roads leading to the resort completed so I havent seen the new building yet. You can visit WWW.MOUNTAIRYCASINO.COM to see the new layout. I think it is going to help the areas economy tremendously. I also visited WolfCreek/ Wolf Lodge? it is on the opposite side of the highway about 1/2 mile down.
I am glad to see that their has been change in the area. My parents have lived up here for atleast 14 years and up until recently... NOTHING EVER CHANGED!, except that everything looked a little older and warn out.
The casino is going to build the areas economy incredibly. The Pocono's will finally begin to live up to expectations.
Now all that needs to happen is to improve social problems in the area. I read that the gated communites like PCP (Pocono Country Place) have high crime rates, Gangs, Drugs... My parents rented a house in their about 10 years ago and the neighborhood wasnt to bad at that time. But looking in the classified sections of the local paper I noticed a JOB POSTING FOR AN ARMED GUARD FOR THE GATED COMMUNITY. THE ONLY CRITERIA NEEDED TO BE CONSIDERED WAS SOME SORT OF LICENSE TO CARRY A WEAPON/GUN. This is PA, doesnt everyone have one of those. HAAAA... It was in the same paper I read about a murder, robbery and other criminal acts reported in that gated community. Maybe they should take down the gates and let the real police do their jobs before anyone else is victimized.

If anyone reading this lives in those communities and disagrees please let me know what the real deal is.

Posted by: sandy at August 27, 2007 6:55 AM

Like many on this blog, I have worked(Internship)at Mt Airy for a few years in it's latter days. I had such fun and met tons of people. I learned what not to do. I wouldn't trade those memories for the world. There are also some people I will never forget. Like Booker!!! Where is that man??? Also, Kabute The Sous Chef in the PG kitchen and then at the Lodge. I wish Louis DeNaple the best!!! He is a very hard working man and is giving back to the Pocono community.

Posted by: Rebecca Pinto at August 30, 2007 10:58 AM

I worked in the coffeeshop from 1987-1995 at mt.airy. I was 17 when i started and seen many employees come and go through there. To say the least it was very interesting working there good and bad. It was one big soap opera !

Posted by: melissa fisher/franchi at September 6, 2007 8:41 PM


Posted by: Colleen at September 10, 2007 2:46 AM

I was the band leader at the Lodge in the early 60,s Went to Florida with the Martins and stayed in their home ,Emil was working as general manger and we skied together. Many memories ,We both fell for the girl who ran the gift shop. he won out on that affair. the nephs. worked in the kitchen and were not on good terms

Posted by: marty mann at October 17, 2007 8:09 AM

I worked at Mt.Airy Lodge as a switchboard operator for nine years. I have alot of memories. Bobby Rydall came into the switchboard office to put in a wake up call for the next day. I was so surprise to see him I said Hi Bobby How are you? It was like I knew him forever. Bobby Rydall came in person usually they will call you on the phone for a awake up call. Herman & Frank Martens were very nice to their employees they would always say hello to you. I remember when we had passover at Mt.Airy you had to eat their food you could not bring food in. We were very busy for 10 days. My co-workers that I had worked with which was Lynn, Jo-Ann, Marci, Helen, Ginny we had great times together we worked very hard. Lynn my co-worker was hired for Mt. Airy Casino I wish you the best. Her dream is to be a supervisor for swichboard at Mt Airy Casino. You have a good & hard working employee she will always give her best. I hope Mt Airy Casino will be a big success to the Poconos and draw in alot of business.

Posted by: Mary Black at October 21, 2007 2:28 PM

I know I will NEVER forget Mt. Airy lodge... Got my first, um, LEWINSKY there, on the bench under the "shrine" back in '85 (THANKS "Betty Boop" Teri... I'll never forget you either!!)

Posted by: AJ at October 24, 2007 3:57 PM

living in the area all my life I have been to mt airy a few times. But I mostly remember the stories a good friend of my would tell me from her waitress days there in the 70's. The staff did some crazy ass shit. But the money was great so who could complain I guess. Then Emil and Martens ran in some hard times and things went down hill. But it was the best place to come to in the beautiful pocono mts. Well back then it was beautiful before all the influx of people decided they needed to live where they played.

Posted by: sue at November 2, 2007 9:58 PM

Hey Colleen! What are you doing? How is the baby. Speaking of Mount Airy Remember Jamie?

Brian the Bartender from the Amber works for Eider at the old TJs. Lina and I went to the Casino yesterday (prompting me to come home and Google MOunt Airy Lodge) It is cheap, shoddy construction slapped up in a hurry to make a quick buck (million) but, hey, so was the old Mount Airy.

Posted by: Jeff Franks at November 2, 2007 11:04 PM

I spent a significant time on Woodland Road starting in the late fifties. Mt Airy was a legend in the Poconos but did not care about their workers or the area. The management was self centered jokers and would screw their grandmothers. I knew Smitty, Mrs Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. Piper, the Butes of Butes Lodge Larry Schick and his family. I hope the new Casino becomes a better neighbor.

Posted by: Pressley at November 3, 2007 6:01 PM

Hello All,
Does anyone remember Michael Tunstall, who managed the recreational areas back in the 80s? I worked at Mt Airy during summers at the lake/pool and winters at the ski area. I learned to ski at Mt Airy and loved the gameroom/disco back in the 70s... ahh great days indeed!

Posted by: Scott Harrison at November 4, 2007 3:45 PM

Was Night Shift M.O.D. back in early 2000 and learned the entire dysfunctional MESS Mount Airy Lodge was back then. It was a trying and difficult time working for the managing company, "Hostmark" that was brought in to manage Mount Airy after Emil Wagner killed himself. Was witness to all of Hostmark's various schemes that in essence sucked out and shook down whatever penny they could out of the WRECK the entire hotel was. I worked the Passover Holiday when the laundry plant BLEW UP and we had to offer paper napkins to everyone sitting down to their Ceder Dinner. Overall, the manner in which Hostmark conducted itself was like a parasite, feeding off the final remains of a dying host. And indeed they did. The Financial Manager showed me the check the Passover Group cut to Mount Airy as some sort of "Hallelujah" moment for the hotel but knew that it was nothing more than a delay to the final end for this hotel. Had a Rabbi aged 90 die in front of me very late one evening towards the end of Passover 2000 and worked like ever along with his daughter whom was a doctor to resuscitate her fallen father. He didnt make it. Stayed until 5:30 am and wrote up a report to my manager Curt Doscher with tears in my eyes writing out the death of this Passover guest. Not a word at all of acknowledgement from that idiot the next day or days later. THAT was the MENTALITY there. You were expected to work like some kind of machine without any emotion to what was going on around you. I relied very much and depended upon the good judgement of my front desk staff like Augusto Brugman "Augie" as we all called him. I want so much to get back in contact with him. He was a gentleman that did his best and perhaps the most qualified person ever that worked Mount Airy's front desk. As an MOD I was allowed to have dinner up on the main dining room floor and would also sign for dinner for all the crew in the front desk. Anything they wanted for dinner and support like that, was granted in an instant. You've gotta support your front line troops. {AUGIE! If you see this note, please respond and we'll get our email going again!} Anyways..I bailed out of there not long after Passover. I saw the mess for what it was and got out. I'm really glad there's a totally new Mount Airy now, with completely new and different and FAR MORE PROFESSIONAL crew leading it! I hope they do far better than what we were faced with back in 2000. Kudos to Mr DeNaples and wish him and the new Mount Airy and all the folks that work there and former Mount Airy Lodge veterans God Speed! Mount Airy deserved FAR better than what befell it and it's good to see this good name rise like a PHOENIX from the ashes of an inglorious end in 2000-2001.

Regards from Taiwan!

John MOD Mount Airy Lodge Evening Shift
Early 2000

Posted by: MOD John at December 17, 2007 5:02 PM

Thanks for the Mt. Airy memories. I stayed at Stricklands mostly in that hotel's last years (late 80's) and then went to Mt. Airy until the early 90's. We started as 4 couples and the annual group expanded to 30+ couples for a fun (and cheap) weekend every February. I remember Martens and Wagner names. The hotels were old when we started and nothing would be replaced or updated when we went back the next year, so it got pretty dilapidated. Does anyone remember or know the whereabouts of Kevin the "social director?" I was there one weekend when Bobby Rydell appeared and he hung out in the bar with us after his show. A regular guy!!

Posted by: Jack Hoffman at December 27, 2007 9:12 PM

I was sadden to hear that Mount Airy was demolished. We spent our honeymoon there in July 2000. When we first walked into the building - and our bedroom area we both said "what did we get ourshelfs into" as you could see it was going down hill. But we had the "BEST HONEYMOON EVER" even though it was "chessy". The staff was great and the food was the best ever. We will treasure our memories, photos and brochure.

Posted by: Johnnie and Cynthia Aguilar at January 4, 2008 1:20 PM

I found a great site with some pics of the Pocono resorts that are now closed


My husband and I spend our honeymoon there in June 1990. Yes, we thought it was really cheesy but still loved it every moment. It is weird to see these pics now.

Posted by: JoAnn at January 14, 2008 1:16 AM

first of all hi liz... long time. I used to sit with angelo alot for the shows at pocono garden and had a great time seeing you in the 90s. How have you been? Im looking for the name of the owner of the garden before wagner and martens...can anyone help me?

Posted by: john kralik at January 15, 2008 11:47 PM

John, the owners of PGL before Mt. Airy bought it, were the Rossi family. (I went to HS with their son, Peter.)

Posted by: murfycrew at February 5, 2008 12:53 AM

Did they tear down the cabins over at pocono gardens? I stayed there for a few days and they shuttled us over to mt airy for dinner since the gardens was said to be closed for rennovations.. was a fun time.. dont know if those days will ever come back again with what the world is going thru now. guess the new casino is ok but the owner over there is in a mess.

Posted by: gary at February 5, 2008 6:39 PM

As many other refugees from then communist Czechoslovakia, I had worked at Mt.Airy Lodge in 1974 but for only 3 months. After that, I have departed for Las Vegas with a "foolproof"roulet betting system. Shortly afterwards I was homeless. I remember the day, when I've arrived at the Lodge on Oct.13th,1974. At that time Mr.Wagner hired many of its employees thorugh AFCR / American Fund for Czechoslovak refugees/ in N.Y.City. I was in the US onlu 3 days and I had a job. I wonder, if any of the employees who worked there at that time, especially from Czechoslovakia, remember the names Vladimir Cintula, Jozef and Pavol Maly, Jiri Svoboda, Julius Fekete? It's a long time... If anyone knows, where they might be, please e-mail me at: lesiku@googlemail.com. I have only one "little" negative ecperience with Mr.Wagner when upon my arrival at the Lodge, took me for a ride in his Lincoln Mark III or IV and remarked that I have a hungarian accent. I was saddened by thi, because the hungarian minority was not liked very much in Czechoslovakia. Well,it's not the worse thing in the world, I guess...I lived a few miles from Mt.Airy Lodge but I forgot the name where. All I remember, that it was a ride through the forest, there were about 3-4 buildings there and a lake.

Posted by: Ladislav NAGY at February 17, 2008 12:30 PM


Posted by: CHRISTOPHER P. MC CAUGHAN at February 17, 2008 4:11 PM

contact me in ireland i worked in mount airy 1970

Posted by: CHRISTOPHER P. MC CAUGHAN at February 19, 2008 3:46 PM

I don't know what made me think to google M.A.L. but here I am. I read a lot of the comments about the hotel in the 80's and 90's, but what I have to say will fill in some of the blanks. I am 61 years old and what I remember is a lot less than what I have forgotten. John and Suzanne Martens lived in Brooklyn, N.Y. back in the 1930's. My father was their friend and lawyer. John came to him and said that he had a chance to buy 110 acres with an old run down building on it in the Pocono Mountains. I think John had a butcher shop. My father told him to "go for it". I read in this blog that the hotel was “restricted”. I can tell you that back then, all the hotels around there were that way, EXCEPT for Mount Airy. I don't know about blacks but John allowed Jews in his Hotel and received threats and broken windows from the neighbors. My father told this story to me since we are Jewish. My first memory of M.A. is when I was around four years old. There was no interstate 80 back then. We took the Holland Tunnel to Rt. 22, to some long two-lane road (one lane each way) to Rt. 46, to the “old road” of the Delaware Water Gap, to Stroudsburg, and then Rt. 611. What a shlep.There was only one building then. I remember that the rooms had these big wrought iron locks on the doors that worked with skeleton keys. I remember a waiter named Joey who later became the Maitre'd of the Crystal room. I remember he also owned a gas station on Rt. 611. My father told me to call my new friends "Uncle John and Aunt Suzanne". Some of you are wondering about Emil Wagner. Emil was Suzanne's nephew and was trapped in Communist Czechoslovakia. My father got him out. My father was very good at that. He got a lot of Jews out of Europe before WWII. I read here that some people think that Emil was Gay. I can't say yes or know. What I can say is that he had a girlfriend for a very long time. I think her name was Anita. She worked at the hotel. She would cry to my father that she is wasting her life away waiting for him to marry her. Well, he never did and she finally gave up on him. John would insist that we come to see him at least twice a year, in the spring and fall, before the busy seasons. Well, every year that we would go back, there would always be a new addition to the place. That's why the place had no symmetry. He just kept adding on to it. I always filled with anticipation when we approached that last hill to see what new buildings would appear. I remember that when he new that we were coming; he always made sure that there was a pony in the stable for me to ride. I used to go out all alone; just the pony and me. John only had a daughter, no son. He treated me like I was his son. There was one time that I saw a different side of them. One visit they were showing us around the new indoor swimming pool when an employee interrupted Suzanne when she was talking to us. He had some information that she wanted. She fired him on the spot. Their daughter died very young, I think in her 20's. She needed an operation that only one doctor was able to do. He wouldn't interrupt his vacation to come back and she died. They were devastated. This is how I remembered the story. It was a long time ago. In the 60's, they adopted a teenage boy and girl. I think the boy's name was Carl. I don't remember the girl's name. John had bought another Hotel; Pocono Gardens. He wanted to give it to my father so he would have us there all the time, but my father had a successful legal practice back in New York so that was out of the question. They started building that beautiful house overlooking the hotel. They were living in an apartment behind the Club Suzanne. He never got to enjoy the new mansion. John had a stroke and only lived a short while longer. I remember one of our visits; he was in a wheel chair and really didn't respond very much. There was always a table reserved for Suzanne right by the stage of the Crystal Room. After the show we would all go back to the mansion for a party, all the performers too. I remember a guy named Nelson Sardeli who always performed there. I never saw the real stars because we always came between the seasons. Suzanne was always a real outward social kind of woman. She was like a real ZSA Zsa Gabor type, accent and all. She needed an escort for social reasons and she found it in a man named Scott Pinkney. He was a real dapper Englishman; sought of like Roger Moore. We now stayed in the mansion when we came to visit instead of the hotel. Suzanne wanted company and also wanted my Father's advice. She was thinking of marrying Scott and needed advice about a prenup. The next part is a little hazy. My father drew up a prenup but Scott refused to sign it. He was very sure of himself. Well, she married him anyway. Before the marriage, when we came to visit, he would open doors for her; spend all his time with her; be a real English gentleman. After the marriage, he was nowhere to be found except the occasional laughter coming out of his bedroom from one of his girl friends. My father told me that he was living with one of Suzanne’s friends. When he found out that Suzanne was richer than her friend, he moved in with her. All she wanted was a man on her arm at parties and he wouldn’t even do that. She was more alone than ever. One time Suzanne called and asked to see us as soon as possible. When we got there, she told us that she was dieing of cancer and wanted to see us one last time. I felt that when we left, we would never see Mount Airy Lodge again. Our relationship with Emil was not like with the Martens. They bought Scott out and that was the last I heard of him. I have a truckload of 16mm movies that my father took throughout the 40's 50's and 60's. I also have many pictures of the place including the mansion on the hill in all its splendor. I am glad that I found this site. Just writing this has brought a tear to my eye.

Posted by: Bruce Blatt at April 15, 2008 11:24 AM

Does anyone remember,"Winter, spring, summer, fall, Mt Airy Lodge has it all" How 'bout anyone that worked for Michele & Claudette '74-'78?

Posted by: Bill at April 19, 2008 10:43 AM

The new resort is great but I still miss the original MAL. I am just so happy that I was able to get one of the red heart shaped tubs with 2 matching red sinks, free of charge as well. Now I'll always have a part of MAL.

Posted by: Chloe at April 23, 2008 8:16 AM

I have no idea why I started looking up Mount Airy Lodge tonight.... I knew it had been torn down and a new resort had gone up... It still makes me sad, though...
My husband and I honeymooned there in 1999. We were on our way to Bushkill Falls the morning that the authorities were there the day Emil killed himself.

It was dated and cheesy, but we had a fantastic time...

Posted by: Nannette at May 4, 2008 3:50 AM

My husband and I were there when Emil killed himself (at the resort on our honeymoon). That morning we were on our way out to Bushkill falls when we saw all of the flashing lights at the house...
Looking at all of the pictures online of the demo - I actually teared up... It made me quite sad...

We had a fantastic time there...

Posted by: Nannette at May 5, 2008 11:22 PM

I worked at the lodge from 1978 - 1981. I worked at the pool, the social staff, tennis shop. I dated Ryan Martens for several years. His family was very nice. Knew them well. I had a great experience while working there. I hope they are all fine and recovering from the demise of the hotel. I had some great times there and don't regret a thing.

Posted by: Jackie at July 11, 2008 4:15 PM

Anybody remember Jackie Wild or David Fisher? Jack Wild was my Dad. He did various entertainment work and at one time ran a dinner theater in the room that became the disco room. David Fisher was the piano comic in the upstairs lounge. I used to stay at Mount Airy with my Dad sometimes. Both David and my Dad have passed away. They were both quite the characters!

Posted by: Julie at July 21, 2008 11:51 PM

Still looking for photos of Emil P Wagner.
Does anyone know of his service in WW2 and where he was based?
Please email me or leave a message.

Posted by: Kate at October 7, 2008 1:46 PM

Still looking for photos of Emil P Wagner.
Does anyone know of his service in WW2 and where he was based?
Please email me or leave a message.

Posted by: Kate at October 7, 2008 1:47 PM

David Fisher was my husband. I worked in the Royal Longe with him in the mid 80's before we moved to Florida. He passed away in Florida in August of 1999. Some of his ashes were spread back in the Poconos!!!!Jack Wild was one of is dearest friends. Yes indeed they were characters!

Posted by: janie at November 21, 2008 12:11 PM

Yes sad memories. My grandfather (Herman Martens, I called him Opa) was a great man. I am the daughter of Jack Martens.

Posted by: Kendall at December 4, 2008 7:19 PM

Hi Kendall ...
I attended Pocono Catholic School, in your dad's great big class of about 35 students, from grades 1-7; then I switched over to Pocono Mountain High School. He may remember me; I usually sat at the back of the 2nd row in the classroom, right where I could hang out with the guys and make a little trouble for the nuns, Mrs. Flude, and Mr. Diskin.

I'm on this website because my Dad, who lives in Saylorsburg, mentioned that we should come to your new resort (it's still in your family, right?) on Friday the 26th of December, to listen to music, watch his girlfriend line dance if you'll have a good country band that night, and maybe play some slots too.

I wanted to find a good deal for Friday night rooms (just one night though) for the 2 couples of us. Does menioning my old gradeschool buddy's name help any, or may I presume that 35 (ugh!) years is a little too long ago to count on that?

If Jack will be around on that evening and would like to say Hi and see if he recognizes me, let me know at dfoster@odu.edu

I, like many others who post on this list, also worked at MAL; it was usually during the passover time and as a waitress (late 70's or early 80's, while in college at ESU, then ESSC).

Posted by: Deborah Coffman Foster at December 17, 2008 12:57 AM

I've loved reading what everyone has written. My family went to Mt. Airy for vacations several times a year, from 1969-89. In the summer of 2005 I took my own family to the Poconos, and didn't know what had become of Mt. Airy. We drove there and saw it in the midst of the demolition. I felt like I was losing a close relative :-(

Later that year I started putting together a blog to share memories of Mt. Airy, and only recently started uploading some of my family pics. I still have a lot more to upload, but in the mean time, if anyone would like to stop by, and maybe share some of their memories, please do.


Posted by: Sandra at January 3, 2009 1:34 AM

I Worked At Mount Airy & Pocono Gardens As A Cook Between 1978 &1980.I Can Help With Lots Of Info. Pats.com@verizon.net

Posted by: Patrick M. Elias at January 8, 2009 9:18 PM

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Stricklands Mountain Resort in Feb. 1972. Just returned from Vacacation in Pocono's. first time back in 37 years, tried to find Strictlands. found the road and one main building, everything else was gone. interested in anything anyone knows about Stricklands info pictures etc.
Also interested in finding David Wong and his wife we met their in 72. There was a man with a gray beard nice but kinda wierd. anyone remember him. I tried the site with pictures of all three but the site is gone.Bryan where is your site. Bob did you take pictures?
Jacqueline, would like to talk about what you found. Thanks

Posted by: millie at February 20, 2009 11:33 AM

I worked at Pocono Gardens Lodge as General Manager around 1997-1998 and stood in for a few weeks overseeing Stricklands and Mount Airy, while
Mr. Patralak was hospitalized. I remember my time there with fond memories, especially my fellow workers, who worked hard for the cause. To name a few I would love the track down Kevin my Social Director and Myron Matre'D at Pocono Gardens. Also great entertainment booked like Kosic and Sherrie, "Where are they now?" I met with Herman Martenz and Emil Wagner soon after my
arrival there, I remember them as very kind to me
and always grateful for the opportunity they gave me. Herman Martenz was a real gentleman, and at that time very involved in the well-being of all
three properties. I have photo's of that time, If
anyone has information on past employees, please contact me.

Posted by: shirley miller at March 29, 2009 6:02 PM

Oh, how I remember Mt. Airy and how we wanted to spend our honeymoon there. It was booked solid, so we ended up at Strickland's. I remember the man with the gray beard and yes, he WAS weird, but kind of nice.


Posted by: Skye MacAllister at May 18, 2009 2:35 PM

I used to love to go to Mount Airy Lodge in the early- mid 1970's with my wife and a few close friends from Richmond Hill, Queens. Once, they let me play my guitar on the stage with the band. I guess they like my playing because they never chased me off most the entire night. I can still hum that jingle. I wish I still had my guitar with me.

Ben Marty

Posted by: Ben Marty at June 30, 2009 11:01 AM

my name is pat seminario in the pococos i was known as pat sands. i know all the real dirt about mt airy. i went to work on the social staff in 1973 for a gay ass hole named dick knight, then i worked in the crystal room as asound and light man with this dude bob rush. i was hired by king henry in 1976 as a front man. i took his brother joey's place. the things i saw an experienced are both crazy and even disturbing. frank and herman martens were the mean, cold, nasty, and hated me on sight. emil used me for brochure shots in 1973. in 1973 i met and married my first wife in the crystal room, then divorced her and met my second wife in the crystal room. i sang with the bob newman band, the king henry band, and fred bevans. i was lucky and blessed to sing with some of the greates players in the world and king henry is still my friend today. i can tell you one thing there was alot of sex going on at mount airy, ever one was getting layed. sex among the employees, and sex with the guests, it didn't really matter to any of us. all of us used to hang out at an after hours bar till five in the morning. bar staff, musicians. etc. me, joe, angelo and the whole horny gang. mount airy lodge changed my life. i have four gran daughters with the second wife bonnie who i met in the crystal room, and today they are my whole life. ok frank and herman were mean to me, but they were mean to just about every one and i learned every thing about show biz at mount airy. it was dirty dancing for real, we all lived the life, it was the thrill of a life time and i would only change one part of it.king henry made mount airy lodge and when they fired him the place went down. i was the most controversial person at mount airy and the poconos. it's hard for me to feel bad for a dictator like emil wagner, one thing i found out in life you reep what you sow, and he was a prick. him and herman and frank ran the place into the ground, they stole every penny from the place. they were selfish and never cared about any one but them selves and it's a shame. when i went there in 1973 i thought i died and woke up in oz. there are alot of things i will not talk about right now because people i know and love would be hurt by it,man, some of it is twisted and dark. one thing i know every thing that has a beginning has an end even mount airy lodge. as far as joey casella comparing himself to johnny castle from dirty dancing, well thats a joke. joey was a pretty boy who had every thing handed to him by king henry. he never had to struggle, never kicked any ones ass, and didnt date young under aged girls who were guests. next to me joey was a choir boy, the owners loved him, and personaly i think he was nothing but a spoiled brat. in the movie dirty dancing the owners hated johnny castle like the martenses hated me, johnny castle was an under, dog joey was far from and under dog, johnny was a tuff guy and joey nothing like that. i have nothing against joey hes a smart and talented man, but joey... you are no johnny castle.

Posted by: pat sands seminario at August 20, 2009 3:55 PM

I am the great granddaugher of John Martens. I never met him or even got to see pictures of him. If anyone has pictures of him, Herman or any other Martens, please email me. Lisa

Posted by: Lisa Paoloni at August 21, 2009 9:40 PM


Posted by: CHRISTOPHER P MC CAUGHAN at September 16, 2009 4:36 PM

Never had the plesure of seeing the lodge in it's hayday,but did stay there a couple of times in the early part of the 2000'sand could only immagine. I did get to play the course and allways enjoyed it.I hope to get back and see the new lodge and casino,and play there again.Would love to see pictures of old and new lodge if anyone cares to share.

Posted by: John at December 30, 2009 3:13 PM

Never had the plesure of seeing the lodge in it's hayday,but did stay there a couple of times in the early part of the 2000'sand could only immagine. I did get to play the course and allways enjoyed it.I hope to get back and see the new lodge and casino,and play there again.Would love to see pictures of old and new lodge if anyone cares to share.

Posted by: John Stack at December 30, 2009 3:16 PM

Hey, awesome seeing all of these 'stories' (both good AND bad), all of the memories we had while working at Mt. Airy Lodge.
Anyways, I worked at Mt. Airy Lodge as part of my student externship from Pittsburgh (me some other students all came over) I think around 97/98. We stayed on 'campus' where we stayed at the 'budget/employee' rooms which were basically only occupied by us, which pretty much meant party every night for us 18-20 year olds. I was the social staff (I loved that job-entertaining guests at all 3 locations going horseback riding, etc) and my friends worked either as receptionists or hotel staff(we were travel/hospitality majors). Anyways, I've lost touch with most of the people I worked with...but I remember a guy named Nick (from E. Stroudsburg) who was a waiter, a young guy named Darren and his two sisters (13, 15, 17 back in 97), and the two security guards who would always stop by our rooms and 'hang out/party' while patroling, as well as this girl Tonya. I wish I could remember last names, but it's been so long.
My email is jakwabbitt449@gmail.com
Feel free to write if you have any info or the like.
One last thing, for me staying at Mt. Airy; yes they were behind the times as far as hotels go and I remember Mt. Stricklands being a basic holding shed, but it was also the first time I had been on my own. I loved the times I had up there as well as the memories.

Posted by: Jak Lipnicky at March 17, 2010 12:23 AM

worked 1971 ad 1972 in mount airy please call me cpmccaughan@aol.com now living in ireland

Posted by: CHRISTOPHER P MC CAUGHAN at August 20, 2010 4:50 PM

Summer of 1976, I worked nearby Mt Airy Lodge...at the Hawthorne Inn just outside Mt. Pocono.. anyone know what became of that place?

Posted by: Jeannie at September 17, 2010 10:32 PM

I was social director for a time in the early 90's- I think it was 1991/92- at PGL; the "house band" was Deja Vu' (Maura & Tony) - Maura and I went up to the property a couple weeks ago - I have not been to the Pocono's in almost 15 years- and we had so many happy memories - and yet it was so sad to see it all gone. We began googling photo's and found the one's after it closed- if anyone has any old photo's of the band, Maura, or anything from that time we would LOVE to see them! We are also wondering what happened to Merle Beseker (spelling)

Thanks in advance
Maryellen Evers

Posted by: Maryellen Evers at October 24, 2010 8:32 PM

I have magical memories of swimming in the pool and exploring the grounds on vacation as a child. I would love to see photos of this place in the 70s. Please let me know if anyone has photos.

Posted by: jackie at January 22, 2011 1:04 PM

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