Wally Lake Fest 2014: New Events Announcement
Wally Lake Fest: August 22-24, 2014
The highly anticipated fifth Annual Wally Lake Fest is a little over a month away and the excitement is mounting for this three day festival celebrating summer fun on Lake Wallenpaupack and around its shoreline with a multitude of activities from free sailboat rides and a boat parade to an open market fair and a tour de towpath bike ride.
Wally Lake Fest takes place August 22nd through the 24th and several new events have been added to the itinerary this year.
This year’s Wally Lake Fest is shaping up to be the best yet with brand new additions such as the SUP Yoga Demos, Glass Stretching and Glass Bead Making, Paupack Blueberry Farm Tours, American Red Cross “Call to Action” Scavenger Hunt, Schuman’s Point Nature Hike, additional shuttle busses and stops and even more live music.
The SUP Yoga Demos take place Friday and Sunday morning from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on the East Shore Lodging Dock. Start the day by taking your yoga practice on the water for an invigorating experience.
The Glass Stretching and Bead Making is a free event, offered all three days from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at B. Madigan Jewelry and Gifts on Main Street in Hawley. Enjoy watching glass turned into beads and other items in a Victorian setting.
If you love sweet, local blueberries, you won’t want to miss the Paupack Blueberry Farm Tours on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The blueberry farm is located on Gumbletown Road in Paupack, a short drive away from the lake. Visit the farm and browse the gift shop and café for baked goods, homemade jams, jellies, ice cream and blueberry-themed gifts (among others). Be sure to sample the Homemade Blueberry Muffin Lake Fest Special.
Also on Saturday, the American Red Cross “Call to Action” Scavenger Hunt promises to be an exciting addition for families and individuals. The Hunt is held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Claim a unique prize after visiting four of five stations (Gresham’s Landing, Palmyra Township Public Beach, Wallenpaupack Area High School, Hawley Silk Mill, Lock House 31). The prizes are given at a post event in downtown Hawley from 5 to 6 p.m. Each booth focuses on a Red Cross preparedness message and the idea is to collect the message and move on to the next station. Donations are welcome. Outdoor lovers will want to participate in the Schuman’s Point Nature Hike on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crazy Fingers Restaurant and Sawmill Cycles team up to provide hikers with a bottle of water and instructions guiding hikers along the point and back. Schuman’s Point is located off Route 590 and is a scenic three-mile loop with views of the lake.
Other places offering live music this year are the Hotel Belvidere with the Roaring 20s style dining and music, live music yoga experience at Roots Yoga Studio with ambient music provided by local musician Jae Merrill, and the Lakeside Beach Bash at John’s Italian Restaurant on Route 507, featuring live music, happy hour specials giveaways and raffles.
Newer returning favorites include the Family Activity Spot at Gresham’s Landing and Battle of the Bands. The kids love the Family Activity Spot, which takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both days, there will be a Pirate Ship Bounce House, face painting, kids tattoos, balloons and a variety of local discounts. On Sunday only, enjoy complimentary ice cream sandwiches from 1 to 2 p.m. at Gresham’s Ice Cream Shoppe.
Battle of the Bands is a popular crowd pleaser. This event debuted two years ago and was a big hit. On Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., several bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage near the Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Blue London, Tribes and Merchants of Groove. People are invited to drop anchor and listen on the lake from their boats, lay out on the Dike while soaking up the sun and tunes, or rent a tube from Northeast Wilderness Experience and watch from the beach. Tube rentals are available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For a half day rental, the tubes are $15 and for the full day, $25. People can also listen to Battle of the Bands from their own kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP), provided by Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tour and Boat Rentals. The equipment is $10 for an hour and is based on availability.
To make it possible for people to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience, multiple free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend, making a variety of stops. On Saturday, the buses will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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 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 website, http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, so be sure to check it out at http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest