Hawley Winterfest 2016 Better Than Ever: New Events
December 9-11, 2016
Hawley, PA, October 31st, 2016. The 18th Annual Hawley Winterfest arrives on Friday, December 9th with wintery fun and nostalgic activities planned through Sunday, December 11th. This three-day winter event is one of the most celebrated holiday festivals in Northeast Pennsylvania and this year promises many interesting things to do for the entire family.
This one-stop winter wonderland experience is reminiscent of an old-fashioned Christmas as the quaint town of Hawley twinkles with cheer.
Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit in the weeks leading up to Winterfest and “Deck the Hawleydays”! Marking the beginning of this festive tradition is the lighting of the tree in the Bingham Park Bandstand on Friday, November 25th, which is the evening before Small Business Saturday. The excitement continues as Hawley’s homeowners, innkeepers, and shopkeepers display their decorative holiday finery and wares.
People of all ages enjoy exploring this lovely town while participating in the many activities during Winterfest. This year’s festival is packed full of surprises with several new events. Festive adventure is definitely on the itinerary and residents and visitors will be filled with good cheer as they celebrate this pre-holiday event.
Some new additions this year include the Christmas Campfire at Silver Birches Resort, Un-decorate a Tree at Doodles And Such, Victorian Times-Visit with Santa and Dorflinger Glass Demo at B. Madigan Jewelry, and the Popcorn Putt along Keystone Street.
Enter the Winterfest Painting Raffle Drawing for the chance to win a beautiful original watercolor painting by esteemed local artist, Barbara Briden. With a new winter scene and another worthy cause to benefit, this is an important aspect of Hawley Winterfest that is pleasing to the eye and warms the heart.
“This is the eleventh watercolor painting I’ve created with the “Winter in Hawley” theme,” said Barbara. “Each one has been raffled during Winterfest with proceeds benefiting a local cause. This year’s painting, titled ‘December Twilight’, varies from the usual Hawley landmarks. I chose to depict a generic country scene - a nostalgic picture of a parent and child ice skating on a frozen pond in a late afternoon rural setting. It could be in Hawley or anywhere that resonates with the viewer.”
The 2016 raffle proceeds will benefit The Downtown Hawley Partnership's (DHP) newest sub-committee, the recently formed Merchants Events group. The sub-committee is comprised of local businesses working to enhance the DHP efforts to bring exciting and innovative events to the area. The primary goals are to build on the Partnership tagline, “The Lake Region's Downtown”, encouraging both residents and visitors to enjoy the special treasures and activities downtown Hawley has to offer, with a focus on shopping, dining, outdoor and recreational activities, volunteer opportunities, and more.
The painting is custom framed by Bill Holster of Picture Perfect Framing Gallery in Hawley. It will be displayed at the Hawley Public Library Tuesday through Friday and the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center Saturday, Sunday and Monday from now until the drawing. The drawing will be held on Thursday, December 26th at the library at 4 pm. Tickets may be purchased at the library, the Visitors’ Center, Teeter’s Furniture Store and Doodles And Such.
Free Winterfest Shuttles will loop through town and up to the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. allowing people to park their car once and take the shuttle to all of the exciting activities. The shuttle will come by each stop approximately every 10 to 15 minutes. The places are listed in the Winterfest brochure.
This is just a glimpse into the wintery world of Winterfest and all it has to offer. For more detailed information, call the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center at (570) 226-2141 or pick up a Hawley Winterfest brochure at the Visitors Center or other area businesses. For a complete schedule of events and continuous updates, visit www.HawleyWinterfest.com or “Like” Hawley Winterfest on Facebook.
Hawley Winterfest is presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing the high standard of living the community and tourists enjoy. For more information, visit www.visithawleypa.com. The event is made possible through the generous contribution of local sponsors, donations, volunteers, participating residents and merchants, and The 2016 Winterfest Committee.