Oct 14 | The Harvest Hoedown

On Sat, Oct 13, 2018, get into the spirit of fall and dive into a colorful pile of festive activities and autumn beauty!
One of NEPAs favorite annual events, The Hawley Harvest Hoedown celebrates fall in the charming town of Hawley.

Hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, enjoy this great weekend packed full of cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, day and night entertainment, fresh locally grown foods, local maple syrup, pies, local business specials and deals and so much more on the main and side streets of Hawley on Saturday, Oct 14 beginning at 10am.
Several other organizations, including the Hawley Fire Department, The Hawley Library and area churches will also be holding special events and activities. Keep checking for updated information to be published at  www.hawleyharvesthoedown.com.

Visit Hawley Harvest Hoedown Site

As a finale to Saturday’s festivities, a high-energy bluegrass and folk show begins at 8:00 pm at the Ritz Theater located at 512 Keystone Street in Hawley.

Tickets may also be purchased in person at Doodles & Such located at 121 Main Ave, Hawley, PA 18428 in September. When purchasing with cash or check in person, the additional appx. $2 online ticketing fee is avoided.

New Banners in Hawley!

Come check out Hawley’s new banners! Thank you to the Wayne County Community Foundation for the grant, which enabled us to design, print and install these beautiful new banners! Thank you to C&C Equipment, our marketing committee volunteers and to Scott Mead for installing!

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Wally Lake Fest | Aug 25-27, 2017

The 8th Annual Wally Lake Fest is just a few weeks away and local residents and visitors are looking forward to celebrating the good times of summer on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack with many activities from sailboat rides and a boat parade to an open market fair and a tour de towpath bike ride.

Wally Lake Fest takes place August 25th through the 27th. Families and friends attend the action packed event celebrating this scenic lake and all it has to offer. The festival gives people the opportunity to have a blast out on the water and on dry land. It’s also an ideal way to spend the last summer weekend together before back to school and the Labor Day holiday.

With many events offered at different locations, festival-goers may wonder how they can easily make it from one to the next without concerning themselves with searching for parking spots at each place. While a variety of activities are within walking distance of each other, there are some that require a short drive.

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.

For more information, pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend.

Additional details and daily updates are posted on the Facebook page and on the Wally Lake Fest website

Hawley BikeShare

Hawley BikeShare is a community based bike share program brought to you by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and the generous support of our local businesses. Bikes are loaned out, free of charge!

Purchased through the generosity of the members of the Downtown Hawley Partnership, these 12 new bicycles are available in two sizes, in both men and women’s styles, and are geared for ease of use. Bikes will be available at four convenient locations throughout Hawley:

    • AM Skier Insurance
    • The Settlers Inn
    • The Ledges Hotel
    • Lake Region Fitness at the Hawley Silk Mill

The bikes come complete with a helmet, lock, and removable basket for carrying purchases from local shops.

Hawley BikeShare is designed to encourage people to explore all the community has to offer; to visit the local businesses and explore a little further afield. Biking provides a connection to the community and to the natural beauty of the area. And because it’s people-powered, it’s a sustainable – and healthy – way to see the sights. Recapture the joy of biking you had as a child, or perhaps join your kids for a family outing.

The rules are simple. An interested individual simply provides a copy of his or her driver’s license (or other photo ID), signs a waiver and rental agreement holding the Partnership harmless in the event of injury and accepting responsibility for the cost of any and all damages. Bicycles need to be returned by dusk the same day. Though rentals are initially limited to those over 18 years of age, depending on the response, the program may be extended in the future to those over 16 years of age.

BikeShare Rules & Regulations

1. Cyclists must be 18 years or older.
2. Hawley BikeShare Rental Agreement and Liability Release must
be completely filled out and signed.
3. Hawley BikeShare operates from dawn until dusk. Program will not
operate during inclement weather.
4. Borrower is responsible for all damages, including but not limited
to :

  • Stolen bike or parts
  • Flat tire or bent rim
  • Any other damage that makes bike inoperable

5. Any Borrower not returning bicycle or equipment by dusk will be
reported to Hawley Police Department and subject to fines.
6. Helmets are strongly encouraged. Helmets and locks are provided.
7. Bicycles are vehicles and should act and be treated as such on roadway. Laws that apply to motorists apply to bicyclists as well. Pennsylvania Bicycle Driver’s Manual is available online here –> www.tinyurl.com/BicycleManual

BikeShare Information

Hawley BikeShare is a community based bike share program brought to you by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and the generous support of our local businesses. Bikes are loaned out, free of charge!

What do I need?
You must be 18 years old and have a current, valid driver’s license or
state issued photo ID.

Where do I borrow the bike?
Bikes are available at various locations around town for your

– The AM Skier Insurance Agency at 209 Main Avenue
– Lake Region Fitness, Hawley Silk Mill at 8 Silk Mill Drive
– The Ledges Hotel at 119 Falls Avenue
– The Settlers Inn at 4 Main Avenue

Where can I ride the bike?
Wherever you choose, as long as you are not trespassing.

How long can I use the bike?
Bike must be returned on the same day as borrowed.

Can I reserve a bike to use?
Bikes are available on a first come first served basis. Bikes are available in both men and women configurations and in two sizes.

Welcome to Hawley, PA Video


Nestled in the northeast Pocono Mountains lake region, Hawley is a growing, historic small town full of activity, culture and fun with an abundance of charm.

Your choices are endless in the lake region from outdoor adventure to historic exploration. Hawley is a great place to live, work, play, shop and of course visit.

Enjoy countless events and activities throughout the year. We have a full calendar of events, festivals, fairs, parades, shows and entertainment for you to enjoy every season all year long.

On behalf of the Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) members, we invite you to explore, experience, and appreciate our authentic small town. Enjoy … and come home to Hawley!

Hawley Harvest Hoedown

Schedule of Events

All Weekend

TEETERS FURNITURE – 25% OFF All Home Decor & Accessories
Live Music at Ehrhardts Waterfront Resort – 10/2 & 10/3 | 9 pm to 1 am

Saturday – Oct 3

9:00 to 3:00 – Hawley Fire Department Flea Market on Columbus Ave | 570.226.9820
10:00 – 4:00 Craft Vendors on Main, Church and Keystone Streets
11;30 to 3:30 PM – Glass Demonstration at B. Madigan Jewelry & Gifts, 324 Main Ave
11:00 – 4:00 Horse Drawn Haywagon – Church St.
10:00 – 5:00 Antique, Craft & Food Vendors
10:00-4:00 Farmers Market
10:00 – 4:00 Petting Zoo
12:00 – 6:00 Octoberfest at the Hawley Silk Mill – food, brews, music
12:00 – 3:00pm Folk Open Mic Under the Ritz Marquee
2:00 pm Scarecrow Contest Winners Announcement under Ritz Marquee
10:00 – 4:00 Pumpkin Carving Demonstration
10:00 – 4:00 Mill Market Apple Booth

Hawley Harvest Hoedown Bluegrass & Folk Concert
Featuring The Coal Town Rounders, Roosevelt Dime & Caribou Mountain Collective
Doors 7:30 pm | Curtain 8:00 pm | Ritz Theater, 512 Church Street
$16 Bronze | $20 Silver | $25 Gold
570.588.8077 for More Info
Get Tickets in Person at AMSkier Insurance, 209 Main Ave, Hawley
After Concert Party Held at The Hotel Belvidere! Join us!

Get Tickets Now

Lake Wallenpaupack’s Downtown

Lake Wallenpaupack is a man-made lake built in 1926 for hydroelectric power. At 13 miles long with 52 miles of shoreline the lake offers a variety of activities.

Wallenpaupack Visitors Center – operated by the Pocono Mountain Visitors bureau, is open daily from 10am – 5pm. The center is located on Route 6, just west of junction of Route 6 & 507 – just up the hill from downtown Hawley.

Small Town Charm

A Storied History:

Industrial development – including water, coal, timber, hydroelectric power, bluestone and rail – played a significant role in Hawley’s past.

When the area was first settled (1700s), ice harvesting, logging and tanning were the primary forms of industry.  Local timber was harvested and rafted down the Lackawaxen River (right through town) and then down the Delaware River to Philadelphia.

Canals and gravity railroads came next – transporting coal.   Hawley bustled with docks, train and carriage repair shops, as well as ancillary businesses from stores to boarding houses.

With the arrival of the Erie Railroad in 1865, the usefulness of the canal and gravity railroad faded.

New industries blossomed around the many waterfalls in the area – including several fine glass cutting operations and numerous textile mills, including silk manufacturing.   The imposing bluestone building overlooking town – today the Hawley Silk Mill – was constructed in 1881 as the Bellemonte Silk Mill, the largest bluestone building in the world.

In 1922-25 another cycle of growth began with the damming of the Wallenpaupack Creek to generate hydroelectric power.   The resulting completion in 1926 of a manmade lake (Lake Wallenpaupack) became the basis for real estate and tourism development.

Today the lake and authentic small town charm provide residents with a great place to live and tourists a great place to visit.

Hawley Earthfest



The Downtown Hawley Partnership in cooperation with PPL Wallenpaupack Learning Center, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, AMSkier, Pike County Conservation District, PMVB Visitor Center, NEWE, Harmony Presents and Woodloch are pleased to announce the first annual Hawley Earthfest. The event will take place the weekend of April 25-27, 2014.

The PPL Wallenpaupack Learning Center has been providing conservation awareness, education and family fun since 1998. Their annual Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival is held the weekend following Earth Day so as not to compete with the exciting offerings at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) located in Bushkill. In an effort to better coordinate their community programs, AMSkier offered its assistance to expand this local event. Joining with the Delaware Highlands Conservancy and the Pike County Conservation District, the committee grew quickly gathering support from local businesses, organizations and caring neighbors.

“We are thrilled to see Hawley elevate its awareness and stewardship of our environment. We have long wanted to include a Species Parade but needed the additional manpower to dedicate the time to organize such a large event. If you’ve never seen one, be prepared to laugh and learn, “says Jenna Wayne, Education and Public Outreach Coordinator for PPL Wallenpaupack Learning Center.

Hawley Mayor Kevin Hawk added, “Working with these outstanding groups and individuals has created a very special event for everyone in Hawley, the surrounding areas and visitors. It’s a true reflection of the wonderful spirit of community and appreciation of nature.”

The event kicks off Friday at 2pm with the return of the Hawley Farmer’s Market in Bingham Park. Children’s activities are scheduled in the Gazebo. A photo exhibit, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost,” opens at Roots Yoga on Main Street. A variety of comedy and music events will be presented at several locations.

Saturday is a big day for Earthfest, beginning with the Species Parade! Gather your friends and come dressed as your favorite “species.” Groups and organizations are encouraged to participate. To pre-register for the parade, go to: www.hawleyspeciesparade.eventbrite.com. Pre-parade events and activities begin at 9am at the Hawley Senior Center. Meet at Bingham Park to begin the parade at 10am. Check out the HawleyEarthfest.com website for costume suggestions.

The PPL Wallenpaupack Learning Center opens its doors at 10am through 3pm. Experts in gardening, composting, stewardship, eagles and so much more are on hand with information and demonstrations. Parade costume awards will be presented at 12pm. The LMIT Paupack Waves will receive a proclamation and plaque for their invention of an electric generator powered by waves at 12:30pm. The Every Drop Counts! Rain Barrel Silent Auction will be on display from 10-1:45. Winners will be announced at 2pm – you must be present to win. Also happening is the Delaware Highlands Conservancy Silent Auction featuring local businesses and products – winners will be notified. The Hawley Library will be presenting a variety of activities throughout the day. Join the merriment at the Hotel Belvedere Block Party from 2-6. The fun continues into great evening entertainment and dining throughout Hawley including Harmony Presents, The Boathouse Restaurant, Ehrhardt’s, Woodloch and more.

Sunday hosts the springtime Tour d’Towpath bike ride. Registration begins at 9am at NEWE on Rt 6 next to Wayne Bank. Enjoy a yoga warm-up with Roots Yoga. Once the bike-ride starts (if you are not bike riding) head on over to Roots Yoga on Main Street for a full complimentary yoga class. Visit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy Field Office in Lackawaxen for eagle exhibits and a short video. The Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor Center is open, scopes are available for wildlife viewing, and you are invited to enjoy the beautiful nature trails along the lake.

“Partnering has allowed this event to grow in a truly organic way. It’s a fine complement to our Winterfest and end of summer Lakefest. This is a great way to celebrate the charm and natural beauty of Hawley,” says Simon Knox on behalf of the Downtown Hawley Partnership.

We will continue to add activities, events, happenings and special offers between now and April 25th.  Be sure to visit www.HawleyEarthfest.com for the latest information. Or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HawleyEarthfest. To stay current on all local happenings, be sure to sign up for the VisitHawleyPA.com emails.


The Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program (WPALP) held its annual recognition  luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church in Hawley, PA on October 19, 2013.

Board President, Annette Petry gave the welcoming address. Fourteen new tutors were introduced to the program this year. Volunteers celebrating over fifty hours of service include: Denise Dallons and Bill Moulton. Volunteers celebrating over 100 hours of service:  Helen Adams, Jim Broughton, Carol Martinkovitch, Alice Molampy, Larry Sheets, Victoria Smith and Gloria Talman. Special recognition to Rhoda Barr with over 500 hours of service; Diane Gaffney with over 750 volunteer hours; Jean Kammer with over 1500 hours of service; and Annette Petry contributing over 2,500 volunteer hours.

Senator Lisa Baker’s office awarded the Hours Award Certificates to tutors to show appreciation and continuous support for the importance of the literacy program.

Volunteers celebrating five years of service: Midge Curreri, Sandy Meagher and Pat Ware.

Joan Smith was named Tutor of the Year – 2013. Joan joined WPALP in the fall of 2008. She is a retired Physics teacher after seventeen years teaching in the Wayne Highlands School District.  Joan has tutored more than fifteen students in educational skills improvement for GED prep.  Her patience, perseverance and dedication along with her expertise in basic and advanced Math is why Joan is the ideal recipient for this year’s Tutor of the Year.

WPALP Board of Directors: Annette Petry, President; Sandra Lefort, Vice President; Charles DiGiorgio, Treasurer; Ann Montgomery, Secretary. Board Members: Helen Findlay, Beverly Giblin, Laurie A. Guzda, Constance Hathaway, Jennifer Wood Kiesendahl, Priscilla L. Krum, Margie Richmond, Reverand William Samford, Art Ridge Esq and Charles Butera.  WPALP Staff: Jacci West, Executive Director; Madeleine Coppola, Tutor Coordinator; Diane Gaffney, Office Assistant and Volunteer Tutor.

WPALP is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting adults in their endeavors to function as literate and contributing members of society.  Budget cuts from the State have been deep. The organization relies heavily on contributions. Please be generous and support WPALP with your time and/or money. For more information on Wayne Pike Adult Literacy Program call 570. 253.3221.

Pictured Joan Smith Volunteer of the Year with Madeline Coppola Tutor Coordinator