*** In conjunction with annual PPL Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival ***
What is planned to be the first annual Hawley Earthfest is scheduled for the last weekend in April. A "Species Parade," Hawley Farmer's Market, music and other events are planned in town.
This coincides and is in partnership with the Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival held at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, about two miles from downtown Hawley.
What is planned to be the first annual Hawley Earthfest is scheduled for the last weekend in April. A "Species Parade," Hawley Farmer's Market, music and other events are planned in town. This coincides and is in partnership with the Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival held at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, about two miles from downtown Hawley. Hawley Earthfest, scheduled Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27, is being hosted by Downtown Hawley Partnership in cooperation with PPL, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, AMSkier, Pike County Conservation District, PMVB/Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor Center, Northeast Wilderness Experience, Harmony Presents and Woodloch Pines. “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," said Jenna Wayne, Education and Public Outreach Coordinator for PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center in a press release. 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.” Hawley Earthfest begins Friday at 2 p.m. with the return of the Hawley Farmer’s Market in Bingham Park. Children’s activities are scheduled in the bandstand. A photo exhibit, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost,” opens at Roots Yoga on Main Avenue. A variety of comedy and music events will be presented at several locations. ••• Species Parade Saturday is a big day for Earthfest, beginning with the Species Parade. 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 9 a.m. at the Hawley Senior Center. Meet at Bingham Park to begin the parade at 10 a.m. Costume suggestions are given at HawleyEarthfest.com. Hawley Public Library will be presenting a variety of activities throughout the day. Join the merriment at the Hotel Belvidere Block Party from 2 to 6 p.m. Hotel Belvidere is the new name for the former Falls Port Inn at Main Avenue and Church Street. Evening entertainment and dining is also being planned throughout the Hawley Lake Region including Harmony Presents, The Boathouse Restaurant, Ehrhardt’s, Woodloch and other locations. ••• Also at Wallenpaupack Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival, at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center, runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Experts in gardening, composting, stewardship and eagles are sheduled to bring information and demonstrations. Parade costume awards will be presented at 12 p.m. at the Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival. The LMIT Paupack Waves will receive a proclamation and plaque for their invention of an electric generator powered by waves at 12:30 p.m. The Every Drop Counts! Rain Barrel Silent Auction will be on display from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. You must be present to win. Delaware Highlands Conservancy will hold a silent auction featuring local businesses and products; winners will be notified. ••• Sunday events On Sunday, April 27, the Tour d’Towpath bike ride takes place. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Northeast Wilderness Experience on Route 6 next to Wayne Bank. A warm-up is planned by Roots Yoga. Once the bike-ride starts (if you are not bike riding) you may visit Roots Yoga on Main Avenue and Keystone 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, where a telescope is available for wildlife viewing. Wallenpaupack Lake Trail is available for walking along the lakeside, accessed from behind the Visitor Center. “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,” stated Simon Knox on behalf of the Downtown Hawley Partnership. ••• Began in 1998 PPL has held their annual Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival the weekend following Earth Day so as not to compete with the offerings at the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) located in Bushkill. The first Pike-Wayne Earth Day Festival was held in 1998. 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 neighbors. Additional activities and special offerings are anticipated before April 25th. For an update, visit www.HawleyEarthfest.com or visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HawleyEarthfest. You may also be put on the email list at VisitHawleyPA.com for updates.