Local Vibe with The Kings of Queen Street
Doug Malefyt and Peter Wilson
February 18th 7pm to 10pm – Renegade Winery
February 25th 8pm to 11pm – Rudy’s Tavern
April 14th 7pm to 10pm – Trackside Station Grill & Bar
May 5th 7pm to 10pm – Renegade Winery
June 16th 7pm to 10pm – Peppe’s Bistro
Also…you can hear us most Sundays at the 10:45am contemporary service at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church. Doug is the worship leader and Peter is involved with the praise band.
Question: How long have you been in the Pocono mountains?
Answer: Doug has lived in the Poconos since 2002, and Peter moved here four years later.
Q: What town do you live in?
A: Stroudsburg…on Queen Street of course! About a quarter mile apart, Peter lives in the borough and Doug is on the other side of Phillips Street on the township side.
Q: Tell us about your music.
A: A wide range of covers, from Elvis and classic rock to Skillet and modern pop. A couple acoustic guitars and lot of harmony! We love having our musical friends and family join us as guest performers for a few songs at every gig we can. Impromptu tambourine playing by patrons is usually a given too!
Our musical background together is two-fold – the opportunity to serve in the music ministry at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church, and a local barbershop quartet, The Joyful Noises, which we performed in for 10 years before one of our members moved out of the area. We wanted another outlet to perform and this duo was a perfect choice. When we aren’t playing live music, we’re usually singing along to our favorite songs on TouchTunes when we’re out and about.
Q: What’s your favorite local restaurant?
A: Tough question…there are so many great restaurants in the Poconos and we have gotten to about all of them. We are fans of the sushi from Fume, the bacon wrapped “supers” at Rudy’s Tavern and the wings and clams at Pub 447. We could probably go on!
Q: If you have never been to (blank-in the Poconos) you need to get there now.
A: Rudy’s Tavern in East Stroudsburg, Renegade Winery on Main Street in Stroudsburg and The Frogtown Chophouse in Swiftwater.
Q: Where do you like to explore?
A: We’re both big golfers, so we enjoy the outstanding scenic golf courses in the Poconos.
Q: What one change would you love to see happen in the Poconos?
A: Perhaps not a change, but a continuing recognition of the importance of the arts in local school districts. We’ve both had great experiences with music and hope others will have the opportunity to do the same.
Q: Advice to newcomers.
A: Spend time in downtown Stroudsburg. The town has been going through a Renaissance recently and there are family-friendly activities to take part in just about every weekend.
Q: Why do you stay here?
A: Great family activities, restaurants, annual events and our church family at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church.