EDITOR'S NOTE: The first free costume workshop is THIS SATURDAY, FEB. 25. An earlier version had an incorrect date.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The first free costume workshop is THIS SATURDAY, FEB. 25. An earlier version had an incorrect date.

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HAWLEY - Attend a free workshop for costume ideas, to play your favorite animal or plant in Hawley’s annual #WildHawley Parade this April.

The #WildHawley Parade (formerly called the Species Parade) celebrates Earth’s diversity in a non-motorized parade-walk through Bingham Park.
Represent, show your love, and raise awareness of a plant, animal or habitat, Jenna Wayne Mauder said. This free community march is on Saturday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m. in Bingham Park, Hawley. It is part of the Hawley Earth Fest celebration.

The first of three workshops is planned for Saturday, Feb. 25, in Hamlin. The March 18 workshop is in Honesdale, and the April 8th workshop is scheduled in Hawley.

Bring a worn costume to start repurposing, or gain inspiration to start one at home. An assortment of inexpensive materials will be available for take-home, as supplies last. You are welcome to bring what pieces you have, or use what is available. Donations are appreciated. Costumes, earth-friendly prizes, gift certificates and group awards, and monetary donations can be made at any workshop.

Sponsors for the parade, or Hawley Earth Fest, can download the 2017 Sponsorship Packet at www.hawleyearthfest.com. For full marketing benefits, sponsorships are due by Feb. 18.

Costume Workshops

Repurposing Costumes on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon 
at Ritter’s Farm Market, Route 590 in Hamlin. Growing Things (The Romping Radishes Program) on Saturday, March 18 at 11 a.m. 
at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Honesdale. Wild Hawley Story and Workshop on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to noon 
at the Hawley Library, 103 Main Ave., Hawley.

Registration for the parade is free for all individuals, families, groups, teams or kinetic floats at eventbrite.com or on Facebook @WildHawley. Fly-in registration is available at the NaturED exhibit table in the Environmental Expo from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Parade line-up is at 1:15 p.m. The parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. and concludes with Creativity Awards at around 2 p.m.
Consider displaying a sign with a fact about your species or habitat. Some examples are, “I love black bears!” “Bees make food!” “Happy Earth Day!”
Working with community partners, NaturED is a nature education group focused on connecting people to their need for healthy natural resources and sustainability living strategies. To reach NaturED, contact Jenna Mauder at jw1704@gmail.com or call/text 610-392-7219.