LAKE REGION - The fourth annual Hawley Earth Fest takes place the weekend of April 21-23.

Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP) has been planning the event in cooperation with the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership.

While some main events takes place in Bingham Park on Saturday the 22nd, there are many events scheduled around town as well as around the Lake Region.

According to organizers, Earth Fest is an opportunity for families and friends to celebrate the scenic beauty of the town and natural areas. The planning committee has been working with local businesses, organizations and neighbors to put together outdoor activities.

Throughout the weekend there will be several opportunities to learn more about our natural surroundings.

Here is the schedule, posted on the Hawley Earth Fest web site:

Multi-day Events

Wild Week at Ledges Hotel | Glass Wine. Bar. Kitchen is hosting a week of “wild” offerings from Wednesday, April 19th through Sunday, April 23rd. Special menu items will be featured all week.  570- 226-1337 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Antiques are Green – Save some Green. at Miss Elly’s Antiques & Such. Save 20% on antiques with the color green on them. PLUS, a free fact sheet on preserving and caring for your heirlooms and treasures available. 518 Church St. 570-226-7513 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 1, 2, 3 p.m., Fri.-Sun. – Recycle Glass.  Watch old found glass & broken bottles be melted and turned into wearable beads at B. Madigan Jewelry, 324 Main Ave. 570- 561-3629. free. Enjoy the Riverwalk Trail along Bingham Park. Wear comfortable shoes. 
Lacawac Sanctuary has eight miles of trails open to the public. Over-look beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack while taking the Wallenpaupack Lake Trail. Local Boy Scouts maintain the Wallenpaupack Tree Trail near the Wallenpaupack Middle School. Browning Beaver Meadow Sanctuary is a 78-acre preserve owned and maintained by the NEPA Aududon Society.

Friday, April 21

3-6 p.m. – Route 6 Clean-up. What better way to celebrate than by to beautify and clean up our town. Meet at 3 p.m. in Bingham Park. Bermuda Triangle Dinner Theater at Silver Birches Resort. Cocktails 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m., show 8:30 p.m.. $40 per person. 6 p.m. – Grateful Dead Night (live music) at Glass Wine. Bar. Kitchen at Ledges Hotel with “The Village Idiots” 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. – 30 Pack Lite at Silver Birches Resort 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. – Public Display of Rejection at The Boathouse

Saturday, April 22

Various Times – All Natural Wood Stain at Doodles & Such. Learn how to make wood stains using natural materials at 121 Main Ave. 570- 390-4490. Free. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Find a Tale at the Hawley Library. Michelle Oram hosts an interactive reading of her book “Songs of the Woods.” After this, Ramona Jan will host a show of repuposed marionettes. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Environmental Expo in Bingham Park | Demonstrations, Exhibits & More. 1 p.m. - Join a March for Science: The #WildHawley Parade around the park. Awards are announced at the end of the parade route. Register in advance here. free. 1-4 p.m. - Earthfest Jam | Enjoy the melodic tunes of a jam hosted by Robert Tellefsen for Hawley Earth Fest at the Bingham Park bandstand. Bring an instrument and join in. This is a collaborative opportunity. free. 5 p.m. – Vegan Buffet Dinner and Organic Wines at Cocoon Coffee Shop | One glass of wine included with dinner. $39+ per person. 1 Silk Mill Drive. 570- 226-6130 5 p.m. – Earth Night. Salamander Sally at Promised Land State Park | Spotted salamanders are laying their eggs in vernal pool right about now. Come join us on a salamander hunt to find some of these six inch long amphibians and their egg masses. 100 Lower Lake Rd, Greentown. 6-9 p.m. – Jason Merrill, Bob Wilson and Gabby Borges (live music) at the Fairview Cafe 8 p.m. - Heather Malony at Harmony Presents | 8 Silk Mill Drive. 570- 588-8077. $19 ADV, $20 GA. Tickets available at harmonypresents.com. 8 p.m. – Earth Night. Night Hike at Promised Land State Park | Play night games, call out some owls, and search for nocturnal wildlife to get comfortable being outdoors at night. Bring a flashlight. 100 Lower Lake Rd, Greentown. 9 p.m. to 12 am – Silver Meteor at Daisy n Dukes 9 p.m. to 1 am – Kenny and Jon at Silver Birches Resort

Sunday, April 23

Explore the Pocono Lake Region’s fantastic overlooks, hiking and walking trails, historic landmarks and shopping districts. See what’s coming up at www.visithawleypa.com. 8 a.m. – Earth Day Festival Birding & Breakfast | The NEPA Aududon Society leads a one-hour plant and bird walk at Shuman Point natural area, followed by breakfast at The Settler’s Inn. Space is limited. To reserve your spot, e-mail audubonworks@gmail.com or call 570-253-9250. 12 p.m. – Spring Stretch & Sketch at Lacawac Sanctuary | Relax and have fun on a guided hike where you’ll learn about Lacawac and some basics of how to sketch what’s around you.  Ages 14+. Registration appreciated. $10 Public – $5 Members.

Ways to volunteer

For Hawley Earth Fest, volunteer groups cleanup a stretch of Rt. 6 into town, Bingham Park and the sidewalks for residents and visitors to welcome spring. For more details about the Rt. 6 cleanup, contact Jason Merrill at jasonbrianmerrill@gmail.com.

For questions about activities in the park, contact Jenna Mauder at jw1704@gmail.com.

Saturday’s Environmental Expo provides visitors free educational entertainment with live demonstrations, interactive exhibits, creative crafts and much more, rain or shine. Vendors are welcome to bring their locally produced products or sustainable creations. Exhibitors and vendors will find registration forms at hawleyearthfest.com/get-involved or contact Rebecca Holler at rholler@pikepa.org.

Costume parade

The #WildHawley Parade is a free costume contest for the whole family and everyone. “By reusing a Halloween costume or repurposing old clothes, we can add materials to create frogs, butterflies, oak trees and more,” said Jenna Mauder, an environmental educator.

“This year, we’re asking everyone to bring their ideas to one of the three costume workshops where volunteers will help you imagine and create a costume,” she said. Email Jenna at jw1704@gmail.com.

Be sure to visit www.HawleyEarthfest.com for the latest updated information. Visit on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HawleyEarthfest.   

DHP is made up of Hawley area businesses,organizations and individuals working together to bring cohesiveness, aesthetics, and structure to the growth and development of downtown Hawley. You can visit their website at www.VisitHawleyPA.com.