Fire-GoodstuffBy Gary Ryman

The kids are excited.  It’s time for the long-awaited trip to Grandma’s town.  Or maybe it’s that meeting or conference in an exotic city.  Holidays, vacations, business trips; they are all times when a hotel stay may be part of the equation.  Enjoyment and convenience are the first two items we hope for when we check in, but fire safety should be right behind them on the list.

Annually, there are approximately 3,900 hotel or motel fires which result in 15 deaths, 150 injuries, and $76 million in property damage.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that on an annual basis, one out of every twelve hotels report a structure fire.  They tell us that when sprinklers were present, they were effective 91% of the time.  The fires, caused mainly by smoking, cooking, malfunctioning electrical equipment, or arson, can turn a carefree trip into a night mare.  There are a few ways to help reduce the odds of being on the bad side of the statistics.

Before your visit is the time to conduct the simplest and most important check of the hotel you plan to stay at, and it takes nothing more than a phone call or check of the Internet.   When making the reservation, find out if the facility has complete sprinkler protection and smoke detection.  If not, you may want to reconsider your choice.  These alone swing the pendulum of safety in your direction.

Upon arrival, there are some additional safeguards you can check and preparations you can make.  Check the escape plan guidance, which should be on the back of the door to your room.  Go out into the hall and find the exits.  Count the number of doors between yours and the exit.  Check the exits.  Fire doors blocked open are a significant problem.  Worse yet is if you find them locked.  Make sure the exit lights are illuminated.  Report any problems you find to the front desk.

If the fire alarm activates during your stay, treat it as real; don’t assume it’s a false alarm.  Check the hallway and if safe to do so, use the exit route you planned.  Don’t use the elevators. These can fail, trapping occupants, and shafts can fill with smoke.  Take your room key with you, but don’t stop for your bags or possessions.  If you can’t exit, create an area of refuge within your room.  Seal the cracks around the door with wet towels.  Don’t break the window.  Fire and smoke can enter from the outside.  Open it a crack if you need air, and hang a towel out to show the room is occupied.  Call 911 and report your situation and room number.  If smoke does begin to enter your room, stay low and get down on the floor beneath it.

Never disable or cover the smoke detector in your room, and don’t use the sprinkler to hang your wet bathing suit or anything else.  If you break the bulb or link on the sprinkler, you’ll get a very wet surprise.  No one expects a fire when they travel, and hopefully, it will never happen to you.  With these basic safeguards and a few minutes of groundwork, you’ll be much better prepared if a fire does strike.


Silver Birches Resort, PAFrom Farmer Chefs to Sustainable Seafood,

Millennials Drive Today’s Culinary Trends

Chefs become farmers, eggs are more edible than ever, the drinks of the ‘20s roar again, onions appear in jams and desserts, while the demand for sustainable fish is rising like the tide.  It’s largely driven by Millennials with adventurous tastes, disposable income, and a good bit of nostalgia for the foods they may have missed growing up.

Among the trends spotted across the US are:

Trend #1  Millennials Are Making It Happen

Food trends are driven by informed and open-minded millennials.  This demographic is dining out more than previous generations, and they want healthy, sustainable, and original dishes based on natural ingredients, responsibly sourced.  Growing up in a more diverse society, they have been exposed to a variety of ethnic foods and are far more likely to try new dishes.  Technically savvy and issues-oriented, millennials do their research and are informed consumers.  They are interested in food, environmental issues and natural, healthy ingredients, as well as animal welfare, and America’s chefs are responding.

Trend #2  The Farmer in the Kitchen

Custom farming is the new path to sustainability.  Contemporary chefs are taking the farm-to-table movement to new levels as chefs become more involved in the growing of the food they serve, right down to planning what seeds will be cultivated for new menu development.  Chefs have partnered with local farms, purchasing plots of land where hotels’ and restaurants’ produce will be grown.  But the process does not stop there.  Plans are underway for these 21st Century farmers to provide staff training to culinary teams, and farms also host exceptional events and dinners on site, moving dining to the farm.

Trend #3  What’s Old Is New Again

Iconic food is trending with updated versions of American classics.  Consumers long for the food they grew up with, but with less fat, fresher ingredients, and greater depth of flavor.  Many of America’s most popular foods evolved from regional specialties, such as nachos, Buffalo wings, barbecued ribs, chili and pizza, that are now national favorites.  Classic sandwiches like BLTs, Reubens, and Grilled Cheese have evolved into innovations of homemade bread, artisanal cheese, smoked meats, and food produced in-house, including fermentation, pickling, and curing.

Trend #4  Incredible Edible Eggs

Eggs are not just for breakfast anymore.  From burgers, salads, and even entreés, eggs are appearing well after breakfast and brunch. Baked, boiled, fried, scrambled or deviled, eggs are finding their way into frittatas, in soups and atop meat, rice and grains. Incorporating an egg to a favorite meal gives the food another dimension in flavor and texture.  Quail eggs, a delicacy in many parts of the world, are appearing on American tables as exquisite little canapés, in salads, and with smoked fish.  Duck eggs are becoming increasingly available at farmers markets and offer a heartier, more flavorful option. Guests increasingly demand eggs that are organic and free range and not produced in “factory farms.”

Trend #5  Innovate with Onions

The humble onion packs a powerful punch of flavor and nutrition.  Onions have been a culinary staple since the first cave dwellers threw some wild onions into a pot.  Cooks today are realizing that in their infinite variety, onions are emerging in an array of new and exciting ways – even in jams and desserts.  Today’s menu items feature onions:  Sage & Nutmeg Onion Gratin, Corned Beef & Onion Sweet Jam, Onion & Cockle Chowder, the classic Beer Battered Onion Rings, and a singular Balsamic and Onion Ice Cream.  Onions have long been used to treat various ailments, and new research shows how these can provide essential nutrients and antioxidants and can contribute to cardiovascular health.

Trends #6  Doughnuts

They’re Not Just for Dunking Anymore.  While we cherish the ritual of dunking a doughnut into a hot cup of coffee, doughnuts are bringing a new dimension to America’s favorite sandwiches.  Get ready for Doughnut Burgers, Glazed Doughnut Cheddar Burger, and Jalapeno, Pork BBQ Po’ Boy, and a Raspberry Bismarck Reuben.

Trend #7  Eat Your Veggies!

Vegetables continue to get new respect as plant-based diets grow in popularity.  Not too long ago, vegetables such as chard, kale and daikon were trending – now they are staples on menus and grocery shelves while new varieties of squash, tomatoes, cabbage, and potatoes are becoming available.  Chefs are taking vegetables to new levels by replacing animal proteins on menus with plant-based ingredients that include sea vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and whole grains.

More imaginative use of these ingredients is making them popular among diners – who are sampling delicacies such as a Roasted Cauliflower Steak with Sweet Pea-Hazelnut Pesto & Fricassee of Foraged Mushrooms.

Trend #8  Good Libations

Jazz Age Cocktails, Bourbon and Beer Cocktails are trending nationwide.  Consumers of all demographics are driving trends in cocktails with a resurgence in Prohibition-era drinks, such as French 75s, Whiskey Sours, Manhattans, and Southsiders.  During Prohibition, these retro cocktails, made with fruits and syrups, were developed by creative bartenders to hide the harsh taste of bootleg alcohol.  Today, fresh and often more exotic fruits, a variety of tonics and garnishes, and top-of-the-line liquor, combine to make new and dynamic cocktails.  Bourbon consumption continues its meteoric rise with carefully crafted and exclusive Bourbons.

Microbreweries are having their creations transformed into beer cocktails, made by mixing with a distilled beverage or another style of beer.  In this cocktail, the primary ingredient is, quite simply, beer.  Mix with a beverage that contains a soft drink and you have a Shandy.  From the Michelada to a Raspberry Snakebite (featuring a raspberry lambic), to a Dublin Iced-Coffee (Stout, Irish whiskey, iced-brewed coffee and heavy cream), beer cocktails are rapidly becoming cult favorites.

Trend #9  Fish to Fork

Sustainable fishing gains new importance.  As fish becomes more expensive and scarce, chefs, fishermen, and fisheries are looking to encourage consumers to look to farm-raised fish and less pricey and more plentiful seafood.  Today’s diners are aware of endangered species and growing concerns about the impact of global warming on ocean waters, lakes, and streams.

Trend #10  Food Theater!

Expo Kitchens are kicking “food theater” up a notch, or two or three.  Exhibition kitchens have been around in some form since the invention of Brunch.  But today we’re talking full-blown food theater.  Driven by Food TV in all its incarnations and the prevalence of social media outlets that are ideal for everything food and beverage, restaurant kitchens today offer a front row seat at a dining performance, and guests are crowding around to take in the aromas, flavors, cooking tips, and high energy of the stars of the show–the chefs!  It’s a visual and sensual spectacle that entertains, nourishes, and satisfies everyone in the entire dining room.

Tips provided by BENCHMARK®, a global hospitality company.


HHHoedownPAGESept17On Saturday, October 14th, families, friends and visitors will gather in the charming town of Hawley, PA, for the town’s longest running seasonal festival, the Hawley Harvest Hoedown. This event has something for everyone, including cider tastings, brews, contests, demonstrations, family activities, crafts, day and night entertainment, fresh locally grown foods, and local business specials.

New to this year’s festivities is a fall crawl beer tour which will take place over the entire Hawley Harvest Hoedown weekend. Participants win a commemorative beer mug upon completion of the fall crawl. Fall Crawl Beer Tour cards will be available at participating bars and at the Wallenpaupack Visitor’s Center.

This year also marks the third annual Hawley Hoedown Bluegrass and Folk Concert at the Ritz Company Playhouse produced by the Downtown Hawley Partnership. Headlining this year’s talent is Driftwood, from Binghamton, New York, a bluegrass fusion band with a rock ‘n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Showcasing their unique version of bluegrass music will be Mountain Ride from Great Valley of south-central Pennsylvania, and Colebrook Road, winners of the 2016 D. C. Bluegrass Union’s Mid Atlantic Bluegrass band contest. Christopher Kearney, lead vocalist and guitarist from the recently departed Coal Town Rounders, will emcee for the evening.

“I couldn’t be more excited for this year’s concert featuring the region’s favorite bluegrass bands,” says concert organizer, Jill Carletti. She continues, “I expect the whole day to be fantastic. Our charming Hawley, PA, is a perfect place for a fall festival and a foot-stomping bluegrass-folk concert.”

Many other Hawley Harvest Hoedown favorite activities will also be returning this year, including the petting zoo, fall craft vendors, and popular food vendors. For years, visitors and residents have enjoyed the beautifully decorated streets, the festive shop fronts, all against the backdrop of Hawley’s mountainous fall foliage. This not-to-be-missed event starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.

For more information on the festival or to purchase concert tickets, please visit For help purchasing tickets, please call (570) 588-8077.

The Downtown Hawley Partnership is comprised of area businesses, organizations, and individuals working together to bring cohesiveness, aesthetics, and structure to the growth and development of downtown Hawley.


HypoParentAug15You are your child’s first teacher.  You teach them to talk and walk, what to eat, how to read and how to bully other children.  Wait, what?  Children will do what they are taught, and the most powerful parenting doesn’t come through a parent’s words; it comes through the behaviors of the parent.

Children observe how the adults around them behave, and they take on and repeat those behaviors, even when they have been instructed NOT to.  Lead by example.  If you don’t want them to hit, don’t hit.  If you don’t want them to curse, don’t curse.  If you don’t want them to quit, don’t quit.  If you want them to be kind to others, be kind to others.  Teach them to rise above adversity and animosity and to have a positive outlook when things are bleak.  Don’t be a hypocrite.  So, are you a hypocritical parent?


If parents argue and fight with each other, with others and/or with their children, this is the exact behavior the children will repeat back to the parent and/or others.  If handling conflict in this way is the norm for the parent and is justified to the child as ok because they are the adult, the message being sent is “the parent can have the tantrum; the child has to be the adult.”  When a child is being attacked in any way, it immediately puts them on the defensive.  Emotions are contagious so the child will take on the energy of the parent to defend themselves, and then get in trouble for it.  If parents do not want their children to fight and argue, then the parents cannot show them this method of behavior as a viable option by using it themselves. They must demonstrate how to solve their problem without fighting about it.


All parents, male and female, have a responsibility to dress like adults and model adult behavior, responsibility, elegance, and dignity if these are qualities they want to see in their children.  If parents, especially women, are over-sexualized, they cannot expect their children to do, be, or think any differently about themselves.  Likewise, boys should dress with pride.  If they want to be perceived as a slob, then dressing like a slob is okay.  Perception is reality.  Have confidence in your appearance.


When the teens are getting grounded for drinking or smoking, this becomes confusing when they witness these same behaviors in their parents.  If parents are partiers, the children will see drugs and/or alcohol as feasible options for coping with stress and/or for having fun.


Being a parent includes being a working part of the family when it comes to household duties, chores, and other upkeep issues.  If parents are lazy on their time off and are not being a participating member in the household, children will model this laziness and rebel in having to be responsible in and around the house as well.  Parents must demonstrate there is time to rest/play when work (household chores) are done.

Breaking commitments:

Most parents expect their kids to follow through on their commitments, and yet many parents back out on commitments made to children.  When parents don’t keep promises to show up and take part in a child’s life, this teaches children they are not worthy. This lack of commitment can also be demotivating for children and could also elicit rebellion in important areas such as school, sports, chores, and friendships.


When children get the message from their parents, “You can be whatever you want to be as long as we agree with it,” this mixed-message interferes with the child’s desires for personal growth.  Parents who encourage independence and self-expression need to do that without, then, preferring their child’s preferences to be the same as theirs—from political beliefs, extra-curricular interests, religious beliefs, sexual preferences, passions, or big picture view-points.  Parents are to be guideposts on these real-life matters, but they need to trust that experience is the greatest teacher.

Many parents believe that certain behaviors are exclusive to them because they are the adults.  Think about how your actions influence your children and remember that children do what parents do, not what parents say.  I’ve seen an amazing amount of anger and resentment occur in children when they are corrected or get in trouble for doing the things the parents are doing, or act the way the parents act.  So, my advice is: Let your children inspire you to be person you want them to be.  It’s not too late; you can change, learn and grow together!

Sherrie Campbell, PhD is a veteran, licensed Psychologist with two decades of clinical training and experience providing counseling and psychotherapy services to residents of Yorba Linda, Irvine, Anaheim, Fullerton, and Brea, California.  In her private practice, she currently specializes in psychotherapy with adults and teenagers, including marriage and family therapy, grief counseling, childhood trauma, sexual issues, personality disorders, and illness.  She has helped individuals manage their highest high and survive their lowest low—from winning the lottery to the death of a child.  Her interactive sessions are as unique and impacting as her new book, Loving Yourself : The Mastery of Being Your Own Person.

She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2003 and has regularly contributes to numerous publications, including,, and  She is also an inspirational speaker, avid writer and proud mother.  She can be reached at

Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person is available on and other fine booksellers.


WCFairpicThe Count Down Begins to Opening Day –August 4 The 155th Wayne County Fair Where Farm Meets Fun!

Creating lasting summertime memories are part of the planning, and the Wayne County Fair has gone above and beyond, both in terms of its variety of quality entertainment, food, and agricultural opportunities for many area residents but also in its status as a “local” fair. “Its market and reach is much larger than anyone could imagine. People come to the fair from all over the world by way of area camps and vacation destinations,” says marketing director Deborah Milliron. “The entertainment and economic value literally extends into three states (NY PA and NJ), 6 counties and 165 zip codes.”      This year’s fair is no exception to the event’s growth either; with over 2 million visitors in the last 25 years alone, the Fair shows no signs of slowing down. “Some of the vendors and food merchants will secure their spots on the midway for next year before they leave the fair this August, which speaks volumes to the stability the Fair provides to the Northeast economy.”  With long-time favorite stands such as Bethany United Methodist Church Ice Cream stand and new vendors who will be put to the test as they offer products or food on the midway for the first time, the return of popular attractions like the Monster Truck Freestyle Event and Wild About Dinosaurs’ T-Rex wandering dinosaur, and performances by country music star Granger Smith and Jake Worthington from the Voice, the Fair is guaranteed to “wow” all who pass through its gates. “It is no secret that in recent years the WC Fair’s concert venues have proven to be the launching pad for some very famous country music stars like Justin Moore, Jake Owen, Chase Rice and Craig Campbell,” says Milliron. “The fair is proud to offer these rising artists who want to perform on our stage for our visitors.”        And of course, the Wayne County Fair exists “because of the agricultural community to exhibit products, agriculture and machinery and has since 1862.” Livestock are registered and judged in competitions just prior to the fair, and agricultural organizations such as 4-H consider the Fair to be a highlight of their year. Harness Racing and a Horse Pulling, Tractor & Truck Contest are also mainstays each year at the Fair.    Above all else, the Wayne County Fair can’t be beat for its quality and affordability; free parking, free rides, free featured grandstand events and admission is only $10.00 per person which includes a parking and rides. “People have been coming to the fair since they were kids,” says Milliron. “It’s a family tradition.” For more information visit


HonesdaleSteampunkThe Greater Honesdale Partnerships Steampunk Honesdale Friday, July 21, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. & Saturday, July 22, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Greater Honesdale Partnership, The Dime Bank, and all of Honesdale’s diverse merchants invite you to attend Steampunk Honesdale on Friday and Saturday, July 21 and 22, sponsored by The Dime Bank with support from Wayne County Tourism.        Historic Main Street will be filled with a variety of great merchandise offered by its fine local stores, area vendors, Steampunk artists and vendors, and area non-profits. You are all invited to come and explore all that Honesdale has to share.         Come to Honesdale and browse through the great variety of stores, learn about the wonderful local history and services, and dine at one of the many area restaurants and cafes. Honesdale has great shops on every block, so wear your walking shoes. For a full list, stop by one of the shops in Honesdale and pick up our brochure, complete with a colorful map, list of events and historic walking tour, or go to             We invite you to visit the past and enjoy the great exhibits at the newly expanded and remodeled Wayne County Historical Society, located at 810 Main Street. The Historical Society is celebrating their 100th anniversary this year with a new exhibit called History of Wayne County in 100 Objects. An exhibit not to be missed! The Museum will be open both days from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.         Steam returns to Honesdale with rail excursions aboard a real steam locomotive on the Stourbridge Line both days, as well as on Sunday. Please go to or call 570-470-2697 for ticket information and departure times. Enjoy the Wayne County Farmers Market, on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., (located in front of Dave’s Food Town, 220 Willow Ave.) featuring many items made and grown locally.         While Honesdale is an extremely accessible town, scooter rentals will be available at Stephens Pharmacy/NE Med-Equip, located at 1101 Main Street for your shopping convenience. Full day rentals are available for $25.00 per day and hourly rentals begin at $15.00 for the first two hours with $5.00 for each additional hour up to $25.00. Please call 570-253-7700 for additional information.     There will be many fun activities during this new event! Enter the Beards and Gears contest at Chyle’s Classic Cuts. Deck out your favorite pet in its finest Steampunk attire and have a photo taken for posterity at Fins and Feathers. Make a pair of Steampunk earrings at Bloom, or get a Tarot reading from Madame Savoir tout cela at Honesdale Green House Flowers. Need a new book to read? Join the fun at the Wayne County Public Library and participate in their Blind Book Sale. Don’t forget to visit Steampunk Commons (Central Park) on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. to see the Steampunk artwork and creations brought to you by the Wayne County Arts Alliance and enjoy the classic car cruise beginning at 5:00 p.m. Make sure to purchase your Coal Drop raffle ticket for your chance to win one of seven great prizes!           The fun doesn’t stop at 5:00 p.m.! Have fun at the “Green Hour” Absinthe Party from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at The Wine Room on both Friday and Saturday, or dance the night away at the Steampunk Contra Dance, Saturday night, at The Cooperage.     Many more events are in the works! Stay tuned for details. Go to often for more updates.

audubon-artcraft-festivalNEPA Audubon Festival

Bringing People & Nature Together!

For 32 years, the Audubon Festival has been bringing many of America’s finest nature and wildlife artists, craftsmen, nationally-acclaimed wildlife presentations, and children’s hands-on learning activities to Hawley every July. Envisioned to bring awareness of our natural treasures in our area, the funds from this event have underwritten over 100 environmental scholarships for children and teachers, as well as providing books and research materials for all of the area schools and public libraries. The tireless efforts of its volunteers, as well as the collaborative efforts with its partners, have made this annual event one of the foremost leaders in Environmental Education and Awareness in the Pocono Region today.

Designed originally to bring awareness of Nature’s wonders through art and close up encounters with our region’s wildlife, its efforts are now being emulated across the country. For 32 years, the Festival has been enticing many of the most acclaimed wildlife artists in American and Canada to be a part of this two day celebration. Its reputation is such that now many of the top American nature artists are present year after year.

The Festival expanded to include many of the area’s best craftsmen, encouraging demonstration and explanations about techniques, especially for children. This year will feature not only many of our regions local craftsmen, but from twelve different states, as well.          The real jewel of the event, however, is its wildlife and nature presentations. These exhibits and presentations have always been designed for kids, yet, the audience is filled with fascinated adults, as well. Through the years, children have been able to look eye to eye with some of North America’s most unusual creatures and have the animals look back… alive, curious, and…well fed.

Over the years, many different animals have been featured up close and alive – Black Bears, Cougars, Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Vultures, and even the American Condor have all been visitors to the Festival, not to mention, all of the opossums, skunks, raccoons, and the wide variety of snakes, turtles, frogs, and even a wide variety of strange insects. All of these creatures have been accompanied by top experts from around the country, ready to answer any questions and to bring to life what it is like to live the life of these animals.

This year is going to be no exception to this long history of eagerly awaited NEPA Audubon Festivals. Among the 2017 Festival highlights are hands-presentations by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and Bwana Jim’s Wildlife Show, an award winning children’s presentation on wildlife. Second Chance Wildlife Center will be presenting on the rescue and rehabilitation of native PA wildlife as well. In addition, there are presentations and exhibits by a variety of other environmental groups.

“While the festival is designed for people of all ages, education and fun for the younger set is especially appropriate. Proceeds help to fund scholarships and literature for children and teachers to learn more about nature and protecting the environment,” Festival Coordinator Dave Fooks said.          Some of the finest Nature and Wildlife Artists in the country from fifteen different states will exhibit and sell their original paintings, sketches, photography, and serigraphy.  Eighty-three craftsmen, both local and regional, will exhibit their work, all of it selected for its interrelationship with themes of nature.

The dates of the Audubon Festival this year are July 22 & 23. The Festival is held at the Wallenpaupack Area Middle School, an in-door, air conditioned facility, on Route 6 in Hawley, PA. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Plenty of delicious food is available at the event. Admission is $5, and children under the age of 12 years are admitted free.


Wally-Lake-FestWally Lake Fest 2017 Returning Events August 25-27, 2017 This year marks Wally Lake Fest’s eighth year and it’s widely known as the biggest festival celebrating the Big Lake and the tail end of the summer season.

Residents and visitors flock to the shoreline and glistening waters to participate in the many scheduled water activities and also have a blast on dry land.

On Friday, Wally Lake Fest officially kicks off in a celebratory way as the local restaurants, pubs and other establishments feature a variety of live entertainment.  Live music is also scheduled for the rest of the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, The Open Market Fair takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center as local artisans and crafters showcase their wares and handmade products from maple syrup to soaps.  There will be 100+ vendors located at the Wallenpaupack HS, Hawley Silk Mill and Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center which can all be visited using the FREE shuttle bus service. Shuttle bus capacity has been doubled from last year due to the demand.

Both days, the Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show at the Wallenpaupack Area High School allow boat enthusiasts the opportunity to view beautiful boats and other watercraft.  People can enjoy vendors and food stands in between browsing.  Also, free face painting and live entertainment add to the fun.  In addition, many local marinas display some of their products. The show is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One of the most popular Wally Lake Fest events is the sailboat rides, which are offered on Saturday. People who always wanted to sail but may not know how to themselves can experience this thrilling sport at Lighthouse Harbor Marina from 12p.m. to 4 p.m.  The lake is appreciated in all its glory as the wind whips the sails and the boats glide through the glistening water.  The sailboats depart approximately every hour for a one hour sail.  Members of the Paupack Sailing Club enthusiastically volunteer their time, boats and skill to give people a one-of-a-kind experience on the lake. Reservations are required and start on July 31st at 10 a.m.   Call the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center at (570) 226-2141. Voice messages are NOT accepted. Boats fill up quickly so be sure to reserve your spot early!  A $10 donation per person, $5 for children 13 and younger will go to support Lacawac Sanctuary.

The boat parade is another boating event people love whether they enter and decorate their own boat or watch from the shoreline.  Boat registration is free and entrants can win thousands in cash in prizes for the best “dressed” boats with the first place winner receiving $2,000. Have fun and get creative! The parade line-up begins around 11 a.m. and judging at the Wallenpaupack Dike at approximately 2 p.m.

A returning crowd pleaser is Wallypalooza. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., two bands perform right on the water on top of a floating stage near the Dike and Visitors Center. The bands scheduled are Iron Cowboy and The May Babies. People are invited to drop anchor and listen on the lake from their boats, sit on the Dike while soaking up the sun and tunes or stroll along the walking trail, which spans a mile and a half from the Dike to the dam.

On Sunday, the Tour de Towpath Bike Ride takes off from the Visitors Center for a beautiful 16-32 mile road ride to the Zane Grey Museum along the Lackawax-en River. A $5 shuttle service is provided from Zane Grey or cyclists can bike back.  There is a $25 registration fee and participants can pre-register online Bike rentals are available for $35.

These favorite events and more are making a comeback for another weekend of Wally Lake Fest fun. Be sure not to miss out on these exciting activities!

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.  Additional details and daily updates are posted on the website,, and the Facebook page, so be sure to check it out   Pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center or other area businesses.

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