The fourth annual Wally Lake Fest takes place in less than a week. After months of planning, a cooperative effort by organizations and businesses from downtown Hawley to Lake Wallenpaupack comes to fruition.
Celebrating life in the Lake Region, a host of events takes place Friday night, August 23, Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 26. Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) hosts the festival with major financial support from Lighthouse Harbor Marina as well as numerous other sponsors.
Organizers promote the event as one of the biggest in the Pocono Mountains, and a way to prolong the summer enjoyment before the busy Labor Day weekend and reopening of area schools.
•••• Music, Music ••••
Music plays an important role at Wally Lake Fest. Battle of the Bands returns, with three bands performing at different times bon a floating stage. The stage is positioned on Lake Wallenpaupack close to the dike and Visitors Center. Enjoy the music between 11:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at no charge, from the Lake Trail, Palmyra Township Beach or from you own boat!
The schedule is: 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Gone Crazies (contemporary rock); 2-4:30 p.m. George Wesley Band and 5 - 7:30 p.m. Tommy Guns Band (Top 40 country music).
Lakeside restaurants will have a variety of music styles. Ehrhardt's Pub features Lakeside Luau from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday night. The band Harkland plays live in the pub from 9 p.m. to midnight.
At Gresham's Chop House from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Tom Rogo entertains. At The Boat House on Friday, Pocono Blues and Jazz (PB&J) return a concert from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
The Settler's Inn in Hawley hosts an Opening Party with New Orleans Jazz and BBQ, Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. The event will be held on the deck and throughout the lush gardens. There will be live jazz music from 6 to 9 p.m. by the Lighten Up Blues Band, spotlighting Ralph Liberto. There is no cover charge just to listen to the music. Reservations are strongly suggested for the meal, which includes a special BBQ menu, craft beer and bourbon offerings.
Starting at 8 p.m., The Ritz Company Playhouse on Keystone Street is showing "Take a Number Darling!", a hilarious comedy by Jack Sharkey.
Music will be heard Saturday evening in downtown Hawley. From 4 to 8 p.m., Penny Lane Candies and Candles features the band Sidetracked on the patio during the Motorcycle Bike Night. The event benefits Dessin Animal Shelter. They will also have a hot dog eating contest.
An old-fashioned ice cream social is planned outside at the AMSkier Insurance Agency gazebo, River and Main in Hawley, Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. While having Coutts' homemade ice cream, enjoy the Wallenpaupack High School Marching Band as they play.
Page 2 of 2 - "Marlene and Me" entertain with great standards and light jazz at the Artisan Picture Framing and Art Gallery, 204 Main Avenue, from 6 to 9 p.m. This is a free event with complimentary refreshments.
Ritz Playhouse will have another performance on Saturday at 8 p.m.
More music is set at the lakeside restaurants, Saturday night. The duo Nikki & Rocco will entertain in the Boat House Restaurant; Burden on Society at Ehrhardt's Pub and George Wesley in Gresham's Chop House.
Head to Palmyra Township Beach on Sunday for live music from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rock School-Garage Band play hard rock from yesterday and today.
Wally Lake Fest 2013 closes Sunday with more music. Ledges Hotel hosts the Blues, Brews & BBQ Closing Party. From noon to 9 p.m., the deck at Glass-Wine.Bar.Kitchen is the scenic site of delicious BBQ, craft beer, Brew Masters, and music provided by The Merchants of Groove featuring Joey "Hotbox" Simon. The music is held from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are suggested.
At 3 p.m., Woodloch Springs on Route 590 introduces its New England Clambake 'N' Brew overlooking the golf course complete with live music. For information on prices and other details, call (570) 685-8002.
Eric Rudy plays at The Boathouse Restaurant from 4 to 7 p.m. and the Ritz Playhouse features its final showing of "Take a Number Darling!".
*** Much, much more***
A great deal more activities round out Wally Lake Fest. Just some of them is the grand opening of the D&H Canal Park at Lock 31 on Saturday; "Ride for the Lake," a motorcycle ride encircling Lake Wallenpaupack; a boat, watercrafts and outdoor show; PPL dam and power plant tours; vintage bicycle show; Ice Works Factory and Ice Museum tours; the Wallenpaupack Boat Parade; free sailboat rides; car cruise; Tour de Towpath bicycle event; Lego building contest; open market fair; canoe, paddleboard and kayak demonstrations; fly tying and the Sailboat Regatta.
To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, a free shuttle bus will run every five to ten minutes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with a Hawley Silk Mill stop available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For the full schedule pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. You may visit online at /www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.