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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Faces & Places in Hawley, PA

So Hawley, PA has somehow grabbed your attention as a possible get-away destination! My name is Will Wyckoff, and as your tour guide I’ve been asked to introduce you to Faces & Places around our 191-year-old borough. It is my honor to do so.

After some thought, I decided that it would serve you best if I were to take you on a brief trip down Hawley’s Memory Lane; take a look at some of its roots…give you a feel for the folks who helped shape Hawley, PA. To me, there are some terrific people who are at our borough’s roots.

The names of Ann Morgan, a dedicated nurse who was also our mayor for many years, World World II Purple Heart vet “Billy” Bea, and the late Paul Finan our local barber (who once played himself in Playing for Keeps filmed right here in Hawley opposite actress Marisa Tomei) are just three great people off the top of my head who I wish any of you could meet. J. Vance Hunt, his son Phil Hunt, and John Dyson reported the local news for decades via their Pike Wayne Eagle and News Eagle. Jack Brown was our go-to pharmacist and crackerjack pool shark while Jake Dougherty and Lukie Dexter of Hawley’s Shanty Town section were two of the more famous “characters” to ever take a drink or get down and dirty inside the borough limits. (Both were clever enough to live in their respective homes just over the borough line!) Still others are Bank President Frank Kelly who required no down payment on our first home in 1974 while his son Frank grew to be a Monseigneur in the Catholic Church, setting a wonderful example for all of us.

Saving the best for last, a friend still today is Joseph Beilman, Sr. who at age ninety-seven still resides on Wangum Avenue after ninety-two of those years! An elected official as Tax Collector for forty years, Joe might well be the poster child for the sort of folks who have made Hawley a great place to live. Let me share:

When I was a young dad, it was Joe and his sons Michael and Joe, Jr. who never blinked an eye when on several occasions I sheepishly inquired as to whether or not I could “Square up on payday” as I needed a tank of gas for our car. You see, I had little cash and no credit cards back in the day. We should not forget people of such stature like all those above.  Over the years, these are the type of people who have made visitors glad they visited our town.  Come see us.  You will as well.

Author of Birds on a Wire, Rabbit Trails, and Slow Fire Burning, Will and his beautiful wife Kay live in a 175 year old structure, their home in Hawley to four generations of family members . While enjoying careers in education, together they raised two sons, two daughters, and two basset hounds!  WillWyckoffbooks.com

Hawley Farmer’s Market

Hawley Farmer's MarketIn my traveling experience, most small towns that have a Farmer’s Market are places worth visiting. It demonstrates that the community understands the value of promoting the bounty of the region and the economic benefits of shopping locally. Kudos to Wanda Eisenhauer and Susie George, the leaders of the Hawley Farmer’s Market, along with the more than 20 farmers and six producers who have made the commitment to be there every week.

The Hawley Farmer’s Market is in the coolest location in town – at Bingham Park, right next to the town icon, a 1920’s bandstand. It is also next to a really great kids playground. You can buy ice cream from Creamworks, where they make ice cream from their own cows. Then, send the kids off to climb and swing while you shop.

On a recent trip to the market, I had a list of products needed to complete a menu for a dinner party. I was amazed at how much I was able to purchase there from cilantro to beets and tomatoes and blueberries. There are at least four produce vendors and shockingly they do not mimic each other’s wares. Not to mention the bread from Myrtle Avenue Bakery – oh wow! This is truly an artisan bakery with an amazing variety of bread and baked goods. Quails are Us provides eggs and meats of superior quality.

There are products from the fields and woods – oh, the mushrooms! And soaps with scents, and other high-quality vendors in wood.

The place is packed – every Friday in season from 2:00 – 5:30 PM. If you haven’t been there you need to go.

Learn more about the Hawley Farmer’s Market on their dedicated Facebook page. Or, to learn more about member events and things to enjoy in Hawley, PA visit our events page.

Congrats Hawley, you are a super little town with a great Farmer’s Market!

 – The Happy Wanderer

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

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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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. The 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 the roadway. Laws that apply to motorists apply to bicyclists as well. Pennsylvania Bicycle Driver’s Manual is available online here –> 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 a 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 a bike?
The 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.

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

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® official attempt featured at Night at the Night Museum

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® official attempt featured at Night at the Night Museum
Lakeville, PA

For the second year the team of talented artists at Sculpted Ice Works are hosting Night at the Ice Museum, a Fall themed family event featuring festivities for all ages… Rain or Shine! This year, Ice Works is presenting “award winning” ice sculptor Rich Daly in his quest to be the “world’s fastest ice carver!” Watch him attempt an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® record.

The event is two weekends and is sure to be a blast for all ages. Ice carving competitions and pumpkin carving demonstrations will take place. Walk through an extraordinary display of over 100 professionally carved Jack O lanterns while finding your way through the indoor hay maze!   Antler Ridge Winery is providing complimentary wine tasting and wine sales, with admission, for adults over 21. Visit the Harvest Market which features local goods and food and enjoy a cup of warm apple cider by our newly landscaped firepit.  Take a hayride to The Sculpted Ice Works Factory Tour and Ice Harvest Museum.  Learn how ice was used before refrigeration and walk through time and see how crystal clear blocks are made now, and turned into ice sculptures.

Each year Sculpted Ice Works manufactures over 12,000 crystal clear ice carving blocks in their plant, and transforms them into brilliant ice sculptures of all sizes.  Sculpted Ice Works has opened their production facilities for a factory tour and developed a historical Natural Ice Harvest Museum.  Sculpted Ice Works is the major provider of ice blocks, ice carvings, ice bars and liquor luges to the hospitality industry throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Sculpted Ice Works is routinely contracted to create large and creative ice installations for events locally and nationally.

Rich Daly has been carving ice since 2000 and is the President of Ice Melodies Inc located

in Mastic Beach, NY on Long Island creating ice sculptures.  Throughout the winter he travels to local and nationally sanctioned ice carving competitions. Over the last decade, Rich has been recognized as one of the top carvers in the country earning a gold medal at the US National Ice Championships and becoming the US National Speed Ice Carving Champion in 2012. He has won nearly 100 ice carving events across the United States and has received over 40 Medals from National Ice Carving Association.  Rich is also a culinary arts teacher at William Floyd School District on Long Island.

The current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the world’s fastest ice sculptor is Rich Bubin of Ice Creations in Pennsylvania. Back in 2002, he carved 61 blocks of ice in 4 hours, 22 minutes, and 55 seconds.  Mr. Daly will have to beat that record to be the new title holder.

Event dates are October 19 & 20 and October 25-27. 11- 6 all days. Admission is 12.00/adult and 8.00/child. Admission includes all events and tour of the museum and factory.

Schedule of special events: 12-4 each day

10/19: Professional ice carving competition

10/20: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® attempt- Fastest ice carver

10/25: Ice carving demonstrations in the museum

10/26: Public pumpkin carving contest- money raised goes to charity

10/27: Professional pumpkin carving demonstrations

Sculpted Ice Works is located on Rt. 590 half way between Hawley & Hamlin. Please call for directions. 570-226-6246 www.sculptediceworks.com

Kristen A. Johnson
Marketing & Accounting manager
311 Purdytown Tpke.
Lakeville PA 18438
Phone: 570-226-6246
Fax: 570-226-0110
Come visit our Factory Tour and Ice Harvest Museum!