Wally Lake Fest 2015: Celebrating the Big Lake in a Big Way


Wally Lake Fest PageAug15By Allison Mowatt

The highly anticipated 6th Annual Wally Lake Fest is just weeks away, and excitement is mounting for this three day festival of summer fun on beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and throughout the Lake Region with a multitude of activities for people of all ages, from sailboat rides, a boat parade, and hydroelectric dam tours to an open market fair, a tour de towpath bike ride, and a family activity spot.

Wally Lake Fest takes place August 28th through the 30th, and it’s considered the biggest festival celebrating the Big Lake and the tail end of the summer season. Residents and visitors flock to the shores and glistening waters to participate in the many scheduled water activities and have a blast on dry land.

Mark your calendars and get ready for non-stop action. It’s shaping up to be the best year yet with Yoga at Lacawac Sanctuary, a “Hemlock Hollow School 1890 Experience,” Wally Fest Express The Stourbridge Line Train, rides, free shuttle buses, and even more live music and entertainment.

The Yoga at Lacawac takes place on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. People can enjoy a restorative yoga session with Diane Rixner on Lacawac Sanctuary’s serene grounds. Classes are $8. For registration information and the option to include reiki sessions and overnight accommodations, visit Lacawac Sanctuary’s website or call (570) 689-9494.

The “Hemlock Hollow School 1890 Experience” is in memory of beloved local historian and educator, Thomas H. Kennedy. From 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, relive what it was like to be a student in 1890 under the tutelage of the School Master (played by Sandy Gabrielson). School is in session on the hour from noon to 4:30 p.m. This event also includes free horse drawn wagon rides and petting zoo provided by Black Horse Farms. In addition, the fun also encompasses period themed actors, activities, food, popcorn, cotton candy, a flea market, and face painting. The “Hemlock Hollow School 1890 Experience” is at 1202 Avoy Road in Lakeville. For more information, call (570) 226-2200.

Also on Saturday, festival goers can take a ride on the historic Stourbridge Line between 5 and 8 p.m. Travel to Hawley in style, just in time for the evening’s activities. At 4 p.m., climb aboard the train in Honesdale and enjoy a leisurely ride to downtown Hawley. The train departs Hawley at 7 p.m. to head back to Honesdale.

There is plenty of live entertainment throughout the weekend. Laugh your heart out with the comedy, Arsenic & Old Lace, held at The Ritz Company Playhouse in Hawley all three nights, beginning at 8 p.m. Enjoy The Young Geezers American Music Concert at the Carriage House at Lacawac Sanctuary on Sunday at 3 p.m. Listen to this melodic folk, gospel and bluegrass trio, who’ve been playing at Lacawac for the past six years.

Wallypalooza, formerly known as “Battle of the Bands,” debuted three years ago and was a big hit. On Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., a couple of bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage in front of Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Eric Rudy & Friends (rock and roll and classic rock) and Barely Covered (Jimmy Buffet inspired music). People are invited to drop anchor and listen on the lake from their boats, lie out on the Dike while soaking up the sun and tunes, or cruise the lake on a rented kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP) provided by Wallenpaupack Boat Tour and Boat Rentals. One hour is $10 and is based on availability. In addition, there will be a tent and chairs set up at the beach for people to sit and listen to the bands in comfort.

The kids love the Family Activity Spot at Gresham’s Landing, 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 two Pirate Ship Bounce Houses, a slide, face painting, kids tattoos, balloons, and a variety of local discounts.

Other exciting events lined up are the Friends and Family Open House at Miss Elly’s Antiques/The Village Bath on Church Street in Hawley, held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. with complimentary refreshments, discounts, and other fun things in-store, the Motorcycle “Ride for the Lake” from 10 a.m. to noon at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also at the high school with displays exhibits, food stands, and free face painting, and plenty of live music at area restaurants and more.

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.

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.