Wally Lake Fest | Aug 23-25, 2019

The 10th 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 23rd through the 25th. 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

DHP Annual Dinner – Wed, April 24

Join us for our annual dinner meeting at the First Presbyterian Church at 815 Church Street, Hawley, PA from 6 pm – 9 pm. Meet with local area business leaders, enjoy great food, and entertainment. Dinner meeting topics and events also include:

  • State of the Partnership – Annual Report and Elections
  • Guest Speaker
  • Outstanding Community Service Awards Recognition

You can register below online, or you can email info@visithawleypa.com to reserve your spot and pay $38 by check or cash at the door  on Wednesday, April 24th!

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Oct 13 | 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 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 13 beginning at 10 am.

Several other organizations, including the Hawley Fire Department, The Hawley Library and area churches will also be holding special events and activities.

As a finale to Saturday’s festivities, a high-energy bluegrass and folk show begins at 7:30 pm at the Ritz Theater located at 512 Keystone Street in Hawley. This year’s concert features regional bluegrass all-stars, Man About A Horse, Serene Green and Hickory Project!

Get Concert Tickets Here!

If you’d like to be a vendor – please download the vendor form here!

Interested in sponsoring the Hawley Harvest Hoedown? – please download the sponsorship form here!

Contact the Hawley Harvest  Hoedown Committee – hawleyharvesthoedown@gmail.com

Hawley Harvest Hoedown

Sample Schedule of Events – 2018 Info Coming Soon!

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!

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.

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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.