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A Surprise Birthday Proposal at Woodloch!

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On June 21, 2012 Kara was getting ready to go to the Woodloch staff show with her friends and family as she has done every Thursday night for the past 15 years. Little did she know, her night was about to become much more special then she could ever imagine.

Connor, who has been accompanying Kara on her family vacation for a few years now, has known for quite some time that he would propose at Woodloch. Connor also knew he was going to propose to Kara before her 22nd birthday, which happened to be that very next day. Knowing Kara would love a public proposal, he figured there would be no better way than to propose to Kara on stage after the staff show in front of all her family and some close friends. With her birthday just hours away, it was the perfect way to disguise the proposal that was about to take place.

After the last song Kara and Connor were called up on stage where Kara was presented with a birthday cake, and Connor was given the microphone. Kara claims she had no idea what was coming. She remembers Connor acting a bit strange and fidgety during the staff show, getting up to go to the restroom numerous times, but she just thought he wasn’t feeling well. Even when she saw the small paper bag in his hands she convinced herself it was just a birthday gift. Connor then proceeded to tell his and Kara’s story to the audience while expressing his love for Kara. She still thought that this was just his way of wishing her a very public happy birthday. Then, Connor got down on one knee.

Although there were hundreds of people watching, Kara remembers it as if they were the only two people in the room! She was completely surprised and swept off her feet.

Kara remarked, "I have grown up at Woodloch, and I consider it to be a second home so it truly was the perfect engagement with the perfect ring and the perfect guy."

Woodloch would like to congratulate Kara and Connor once again and wish them the best of luck in the future!!


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The year was 1987. U2 had just released a little album called "The Joshua Tree," and Michael Douglas won an Academy Award for his portrayal of Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. And here, in the scenic Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Woodloch Pines Resort was in the midst of the biggest expanision in its history. It may be hard to believe, but 2012 marks the 25th anniversary of our Heritage Nightclub. 

It began as a problem, albeit a good problem. By 1986, Woodloch had become quite popular, so popular in fact that everyone needed more space! Many of the old cabin accommodations were just a little too tight. And though we had fun staging shows in our North Lodge, things were just a little too crammed. We needed a new facility to keep up with the resort's growth!

And thus, our Heritage Nightclub was born. Old cabins were demolished to make room for a new state-of-the-art facility for our shows and entertainment. The new building also included new accommodations. It was a labor of love, made to stand the test of time. "It was made to last," says social staff member Randy Barnes. "NOTHING was skimped on during the construction of this facility." It housed a significantly larger stage area as well as the latest audiovisual technology. The Heritage Club opened its doors on New Year's Eve 1987.

Over the years, the complex has housed hundreds of magicians, comedians, jugglers, and every other act imaginable. On top of that, it has seen dozens of our Theme Shows and Staff Shows - lots of great memories made with friends! Among the most memorable? 1992's "Discovery Night" Theme Show saw live pigeons fly through the Nightclub to roost on the mast of Christopher Columbus's ship. The 1991 "Europeon Vacation" show featured the track "Bring Him Home" from Les Misérables, just as American troops were fighting in the Gulf War. "There wasn't a dry eye to be found," says Randy. And of course, who can forget the Staff Show salute to "The Wizard of Oz," a pun-filled dialogue between two vampires and a great Night at the Roxbury? I certainly can't!

A building is still just a building of course. Any place with the necessary means can construct a facility with all kinds of bells and whistles. But to me, what makes the Nightclub so wonderful is the memories and fun-filled nights that I've seen families and friends share together. That is what gives the building character and brings everyone back time after time.

Do you have a favorite memory of our Nightclub that you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you!

For your entertainment, here are a few great moments from the Nightclub vault! Enjoy!



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