Hawley Winterfest 2012: Experience All Winterfest Has to Offer Winterfest: December 7-9, 2012
The 14th Annual Hawley Winterfest ia almost here and promises to be a memorable festival with new events and returning favorites that are fun for people of all ages. The three day event turns the quaint town of Hawley into a winter wonderland reminiscent of a Charles Dickens Christmas.
Most of the events take place throughout downtown Hawley but there is some spread throughout the Lake Region area as well. With Winterfest just days away, be sure to grab a brochure if you haven’t already so you, your friends and family can plan what activities you’ll participate in and experience as much Winterfest as you can. Brochures can be found at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center on Route 6 and other area businesses.
Here is just a glimpse into what Hawley Winterfest is offering this year. On Friday, December 7th, enjoy complimentary holiday cookies, hot cocoa, coffee and tea at the Dime Bank on Main Ave from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (this event is also held at the same time on Saturday), free gift baskets and wrapping service at The Mill Market in the Hawley Silk Mill with every purchase of $30 or more from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (this is also held on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.), original artwork by local and regional artists at the Artisan Picture Framing and Art Gallery from noon to 5 p.m. (the art will also be on display the same time on Saturday and also from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday), the 14th Annual Hawley Rotary Tip-Off Basketball Tournament at the Wallenpaupack High School beginning at 4 p.m., an eclectic watercolor exhibit from 5 to 7 p.m. at The Looking Glass Art Gallery (also on display on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m.), creating seasonal crafts at the PPL Environmental Learning Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m., a crackling fire, live holiday music and winter wines at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center from 5 to 7:30 p.m., the Winterfest Opening Ceremony in Bingham Park beginning at 6 p.m., the Beer Tour beginning at 5 p.m. (the Beer Tour continues on Saturday beginning at noon), live music and drink specials at Ehrhardt’s Pub from 8 p.m. to midnight, live music at Gresham’s Chop House beginning at 9 p.m., the breathtaking and awe inspiring Virgin Consort at the Queen of Peace Church at 8 p.m. and much more.
Saturday, December 8th, is packed full of festive fun including a cookie walk and Victorian luncheon at the First Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., a showing of J.J.Jackson artwork from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Cocoon Coffee House, a lace making and tatting demonstration from 10 a.m. to noon at the Settlers Inn, a snow shoe display and demo at the Falls Port Inn and Restaurant from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., holiday house tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the 5th Annual Holiday Artisans’ Fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hawley Silk Mill (the Fair is also held on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), ice sculpting demos around town, the WAMS Bell Choir at the Municipal Building from 10 to 11 a.m., commercial ice harvesting demos at Sculpted Ice Works from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (this event is also held at the same time on Sunday), hot soup at the Hawley Public Library beginning at 11:30 a.m., quilting demonstrations and sales provided by Friends with a Heart Quilting Group from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center (this will also be held the same time on Sunday), Black Bear Conservatory of Music’s Children’s Choir at The Looking Glass Art Gallery from 11 a.m. to noon, horse and carriage rides from noon to 4 p.m. (the rides are also held on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.), an Old-Fashioned Winterfest Gathering at Miss Elly’s Antiques with in store specials, samples, and other fun from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (this is also held at the same time on Sunday), Author Book Signings at the library from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., create a holiday card at the library from 1:30 to 3 p.m., a wine and cheese reception at the Potting Shed from noon to 5 p.m., portraits with Santa at Hawleywood Studios from noon to 5 p.m., a gift shop open house at East Shore Lodging from noon to 4 p.m. (the open house is also held at the same time on Sunday), a free children’s holiday musical at the Ritz Company Playhouse from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (the musical is also held the same time on Sunday) and so much more.
On Sunday, December 9th, there is breakfast with Santa at the Boathouse Restaurant at 9 a.m., a Winterfest brunch with Harpist Diane O’Malley at the Settlers Inn from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Joyful Ringers Bell Choir beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the Hawley Methodist Church and more. Winterfest draws to a close with live holiday blue grass music at Glass Wine Bar at Ledges Hotel at 6 p.m., and the Twelve Twenty-Four Orchestra performing in the Wallenpaupack High School Auditorium. Twelve Twenty-Four is a recreation of the world renowned Trans-Siberian Orchestra and will also play a variety of holiday hits. Doors open at 5 p.m. for this event and show time is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at the door or can be purchased in advance at the Pocono Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, which is located on Route 6 in the lower level of the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center building, or online at www.twelvetwentyfour.net.
On Saturday and Sunday, stop by the Hawley Public Library for the Lights of Hope Tree by the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Covered with white and lavender ribbons, the Lights of Hope Tree honors those who’ve been affected by cancer. The lavender ribbons bear the names of cancer survivors and patients while the white ones remember those whom cancer has taken, providing friends and family an opportunity to keep t hem in their holiday traditions. Visitors to Winterfest will be able to get ribbons at the library both of these days. Ribbons will also be available from Relay for Life team members ahead of time, or names can be sent to Loriann Fontanella, The American Cancer Society, 712 S. Keyser Ave. Taylor, PA 18517. Donations are appreciated and support The American Cancer Society Relay for Life of the Greater Lake Region.
In addition, to make it easier for people to experience all Winterfest has to offer, free Winterfest Shuttles will be available only on Saturday from 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. So park your car once and take the shuttle to all of the exciting activities throughout town. The shuttle will loop through town about every 15 minutes.
Get together with friends and loved ones and stroll the twinkling streets of downtown Hawley for pure winter magic. There are many more events happening during Winterfest and some of the ones mentioned occur more than once throughout the weekend. For a complete schedule of events, times and updates, visit www.HawleyWinterfest.com, “Like” Hawley Winterfest on Facebook, pick up a brochure at the Visitors Center or other area businesses, or call (570) 226-2141.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR MEDIA
Keith Williams 570.226.2141