WLFPAGEAug19Wally Lake Fest is now in its 10th year celebrating beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack and the surrounding lake region. The last weekend in August promises endless fun for people of all ages with exciting activities and events scheduled August 23rd through the 25th.

Wally Lake Fest honors the “big lake’s” natural scenic beauty and all recreational activities from boating to biking and much more. Some of the fun, outdoor adventures happen right on the lake or beach while others take place in downtown Hawley and other locations near the lake.

Whether riding bikes or sailboats, outdoor enthusiasts can look forward to three full days of all Wally Lake Fest has to offer. There will be the 8th Annual Ride for the Lake with a 41-mile motorcycle ride around the lake, stand-up paddle board and kayak demo, Wallypalooza with live music on a floating stage on the lake, sailboat rides, a sailboat regatta featuring the Paupack Sailing Club, a Boat, Watercraft and Outdoor Show, an open market fair, a Tour de Towpath Bike Ride and much more!

WLF_MarketPic-OPT            Free shuttle buses will run throughout the weekend making a variety of stops in order to make it possible for everyone to get the most out of their Wally Lake Fest experience. Park your car once and take the free shuttle around to many different activities.

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina, Silver Birches, Gresham’s Chop House and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. 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 WallyLakeFest.com as well as Facebook and Instagram @wallylakefest.

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at PoconoMountains.com or by phone at (570) 421-5791. Follow @PoconoTourismPR on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit membership organization. The PMVB is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Wayne, Pike, Monroe, and Carbon in Northeastern Pennsylvania.


HotStuffPAGEJuly19AudubonLogoThe Audubon Wildlife Art & Craft Festival has been bringing many of America’s finest nature and wildlife artists and craftsmen, nationally acclaimed wildlife presenters, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and children’s hands-on learning activities to Hawley every July for 35 years. Envisioned to bring awareness of the natural treasures in our area, the tireless efforts of its volunteers, as well as the collaborative efforts with its partners, have made this annual event one of the 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. Its reputation is such that now many of the top American nature artists are present year after year.

The festival has expanded to include many of the area’s best craftsmen, encouraging demonstration and explanations about techniques, especially for children.

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 been visitors to the festival, not to mention all the opossums, skunks, raccoons, and the wide variety of snakes, turtles, frogs, and even strange insects. All these creatures have been accompanied by top experts from around the country, ready to answer any questions, and to show what it is like to live the life of these animals.

2019 is going to be no exception to this long history of eagerly awaited NEPA Audubon festivals. Among the 2019 festival highlights are hands-on presentations by the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a nationally recognized center for rehabilitation of injured local mountain wildlife. In addition will be Bill Streeter from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, a nationally recognized expert on birds of prey. These are two of the Pocono Mountains’ favorites for wildlife enthusiasts. Second Chance Wildlife Center will be presenting as well, with a variety of wild animals recovering so as to be released back in the wild. Additionally, there are presentations and exhibits by other environmental groups.

Sponsored by the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society, the festival helps fund environmental scholarships and conservation programs for schools and community groups. Additionally, the NEPA Audubon Society maintains two wetlands in Wayne County.

The dates of the Audubon festival this year are July 20 & 21. The festival is held at the Wallenpaupack Area High School, an indoor, 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 admitted free.



WC Fair logo_4c_bl-optNothing says summer quite like The Wayne County Fair. This year’s fair takes place from August 2nd through 10th at the Wayne County Fair Grounds, on route 191 North in Honesdale PA.

Going strong for 157 years, the fair encompasses all the best rides, one of a kind attractions, thrill shows, grand stand entertainment, games and food galore!

The Wayne County Fair also boasts a huge midway with over 26 big-time rides, kiddie rides, games and  fair food! The midway is also filled with agriculture events like horse, tractor, and truck pulls, kids’ pedal pulls and even a pony pull, plus 4-H club shows, animals all over the north end of the midway, and 4-H competitions.

The grandstand is always full with entertainment too…. monster trucks, car thrill shows, harness racing, fireworks and the popular demolition derby!  There is live entertainment daily, and free grandstand shows that will have you dancing in the aisles, including an Eagles Tribute Band on August 3rd, and on Wednesday August 7th, Terry Lee Goffee, the world’s greatest Johnny Cash experience.

The Wayne County Fair has brought back some entertainment favorites this year, like Dino Roar, the roaming T-Rex, the Black Cat Hell Drivers, Rosaire’s Royal Racing Pigs and Toodles the Clown.  And the fair is proud to be introducing some new excitement into their lineup with Brunon Blaszak’s Royal Tigers Show, featuring both Bengal and Siberian tigers,  Larry the Chain Saw Carver, and a mobile glass studio.

The Wayne County Fair is proud to offer a pay one price model of just $10 per person which includes admission, PARKING, all the rides, all day long, and most grandstand shows.

Senior Citizens Days are just $5.00 per person on Friday, August 2, 2019 and Wednesday, August 7, for those 62 years of age and over.

For more information visit waynecountyfair.com



sidewalk sales 1970 .1Honesdale’s merchants will hold Historic Sidewalk Sales & Artisan Fair starting with merchant & restaurant participation on Thursday, July 18 & Friday, July 19. On Saturday, July 20 and Sunday July 21, Artisan Vendors line the streets with their handmade food and crafts, sponsored by The Honesdale National Bank.

Thursday July 18, 2019 and Friday, July 19- Take two days to browse through the great variety of stores, learn about the wonderful local services, and dine at one of the many area restaurants and cafes. Honesdale has great shops on every block, so wear your walking shoes.

Thursday evening music will be featured in Central Park by Stanky and the Cadets starting at 6:30 p.m. Just some of the stores offering discounts are Antler Ridge Winery & BBQ, Ghiggeri’s Fine Olive Oils and Balsamics, R3 Hardware, Wallflower, Finders Keepers, Arts for Him and Her, WeJo, Fins and Feathers and The Wayne County Library.

Saturday, July 20, 2019 and Sunday, July 21-

In addition to local merchant sales we will have vendors on our sidewalks with handmade soaps, jewelry, crocheted scarves and stained glass, plus chalk couture, all-natural bug sprays, honey and so much more. Saturday evening enjoy the Classic Car Show.

Throughout the entire four (4) days a Restaurant Crawl will be in progress. Participating restaurants will feature one or two appetizers at $5.00 or under for your enjoyment with a chance to win a raffle prize at every stop. Restaurant owners will be drawing winners on Sunday at the conclusion of the event.

We invite you to visit the past and enjoy the great exhibits at the Wayne County Historical Society, located at 810 Main Street. The Museum will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday noon to 4:00 p.m.

Beat the heat and take a ride on one of the several trains scheduled for the 4-day event which includes Thursday at 10:00 a.m., Friday at 1:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m. for the Ice Cream Express, Saturday 12:00 noon or 3:00 p.m. Sunday schedule 12:00 noon or 4:00 p.m. for the Dinner & Theatre ride.



ScrantonJazzLogo19On August 2, 3, 4, 2019 the Scranton Jazz Festival will celebrate its 15th Anniversary at the historic Radisson Lackawanna Station Hotel and other venues in downtown Scranton with three world class artists as its headliners.

Living legend and four time Grammy nominee Freddy Cole, youngest brother of Nat “King” Cole, will perform with his band on Friday August 2, 2019.

SJFJuly19_Shemekia CopelandMulti-award winning blues artist, Shemeikia Copeland, will take the stage with her highly acclaimed band on August 3, 2019.

Multi-Grammy winning trumpeter and composer, Randy Brecker, will be the guest artist with the Jazz Festival’s 16 Piece Big Band on Sunday August 4, 2019.

Tickets will be on sale April 20, 2019. For tickets, schedules and other information please visit www.ScrantonJazzFestival.org or call 570.575.5282.



Wally Lake FestReady to experience the festival on The Big Lake’s 52 miles of shoreline? With events on and off the water, you’re looking at a lot of ground to cover. Fortunately, celebrations are set in three main festival sections and free shuttles run to these locations on Saturday and Sunday.


Festival Sections

Wally Lake Fest venues are grouped by location. You’ll find hot spots in Downtown Hawley, the North End and the Lake Region.

Downtown Hawley groups the northernmost businesses; those located along Route 6 in town. The Settlers Inn, Hawley Silk Mill, Cocoon Coffeehouse & Catering Company, Mill Market Bakery at the Hawley Silk Mill, Glass – Wine.Bar.Kitchen, Ritz Company Playhouse, and Penny Lane Candies & Candles are there.

North End venues are slightly south of Hawley, along the lake’s eastern shore. Stick to Route 6 between 507 and 590. Points of interest there include Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours, the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center, Palmyra Township Public Beach on Lake Wallenpaupack and the Wallenpaupack Area High School.

The Lake Region begins beneath the North End and curves around the water to Lakeville. It’s where you’ll find waterfront businesses like Silver Birches Resort, Lighthouse Harbor Marina, The Dock on Wallenpaupack and The Boat House Restaurant. Lacawac Sanctuary, Dorflinger Glass Museum and the Lakeville Fire Company are also in this section.

To get the most out of a bash this big, you’ve got to plan in advance. Visit the Wally Lake Fest website or the Wally Lake Fest Facebook page to learn more about daily schedules, activity centers and places to stay.

Plus, pick up our August Issue for more on this great events.


The Black Lillies promo photo‘The Black Lillies’

Known for their captivating blend of rock & roll and country, ‘The Black Lillies’ have become one of Americana music’s biggest success stories; an internationally-renowned band of roots-rockers, armed with songs that blur the boundaries between genres.

Four men. Four friends. Four artists, each of whom could rightly put out a solo record tomorrow, tied together by a bond to something that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

“Going from a six-piece to a four-piece, it’s given these guys space to shine and grow and evolve, and the chemistry has gotten better,” says Contreras, who in another life was the mandolin-shredding bandleader of Robinella and the CCstringband, once signed to both the Columbia and Dualtone labels. “These guys have become not just sidemen or guns for hire; they’re invested. Their opinions count, and their creativity is as much a part of this record as mine. There are songs that I wrote; that Sam (a veteran of the Americana group The Everybodyfields) wrote; that we wrote in any combination and all of us together.

“It’s pretty simple, when you get down to that romantic notion of having a band. We rehearse together, we travel together, we hang out together because we’re dedicated, and I think the music is really showing that now. For me, it’s been years of learning to set your ego aside, but experience teaches you that you have to.”

Making room for other voices in the band was vital in rekindling Quinn’s creative fires. The winner of the 2006 Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest and a respected solo artist after The Everybodyfields folded, the well had dried up for him back home in Knoxville until a spot opened in The Black Lillies. Working with Contreras, Townsend and then Schaefer, Quinn says, was akin to tossing gasoline on the smoldering embers of his songwriting chops.

“It’s like, when the itch hits, that’s the time to scratch it,” he said. “Office Depot is now my favorite place. I’m always buying paper and pens and destroying them, because I write all the time. Right now, I’m looking at four legal pads, a notebook, a journal and a bunch of stolen hotel paper. It’s a bit of a neurosis, I’m afraid, but I want to be a better writer, and this band is an outlet to become that.”

R&R LOGO8.color(green)The Black Lillies were conceived during a particularly emotional period in Contreras’ life. A divorce, a disassembling of his old band and a 9-to-5 job driving a truck left him with days of turbulent thoughts and nights alternating between pen-and-paper and a guitar to put them into some semblance of order. “Whiskey Angel,” released in 2009, was a springboard to a whirlwind career revival, and within two years, the band had notched several national tours, landed on the hot list of countless publications and appeared everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry stage to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Other records — “100 Miles of Wreckage,” “Runaway Freeway Blues,” “Hard to Please” — helped define a sound that was rooted in distinct male-female harmonies, intricate instrumentalism and emotionally charged lyrics that look toward the hope of a new day dawning, regardless of the darkness of broken hearts and bereft spirits.

Around the making of “Hard to Please,” however, the band faced its biggest challenge to date — losing key members, integrating new ones and facing a future that meant changing musical directions. Contreras, however, rose to the challenge, drawing inspiration from some of the titans of the genre in which the Lillies often find themselves categorized: The Eagles and Wilco, just to name a few.

“We think about those favorite records of ours, those masterpiece records, and they’re no filler, all killer,” he says. “We grew up listening to records like that, so we thought, ‘Let’s go for it. Let’s stack it.’ It should be nothing but keepers, and there really shouldn’t be five seconds of, ‘Oh, they didn’t know what to do here.’ Everything should be purposeful.”

When the dust settled, he found himself with the right set of players: Quinn, who won songwriting awards and was once a labelmate of the Avett Brothers during his time in The Everybodyfields; Schaefer, a guitar wizard and a veteran of the Texas alt-country band Mickey and The Motorcars; and Townsend, the youngest member of the band who was brought in on drums in 2015 and has quickly become the group’s veteran anchor.

“We just don’t want to be a throwback band. We want what we do to sound new and fresh and modern.  We’re venturing out from a pure East Tennessee sound, and hopefully that comes through,” he adds.


NEPAClassicsMay19More reliable than a groundhog’s prognostication, spring is really here when the garage doors open and the boys roll out their toys – sleek muscle cars with meticulous chrome, gleaming, polished and ready for the season. Classic car enthusiasts can’t wait to show off their beauties at some of these great classic car events and clubs throughout NEPA.

3rd Annual Dingmans Township Car Show in the Park

DingmanspicThe Dingman Township Parks & Recreation Commission will be holding their 3rd annual car show in the park on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Dingman Township Park located at 679 Log Tavern Road.  Registration starts at 8 am and the fee $10.  Show goes from 10:00 am till 3:00 pm with awards ceremony beginning at 2 pm.  The event will also feature live music by The Gripes.

Proceeds from the car show will go to Pike County Humane Society, who will be hosting an adoption day.  We will also have bins to collect donations for PCHS (food, blankets, etc.) and The Ecumenical Food Pantry.  Donations are greatly appreciated.

For more information, call the township at 570-296-8455 or go to Dingman Township Park’s Facebook page.  Visit dingmantownship.org or email recbd@ptd.net for registration form.

2019 Catskill Region AACA Car Show

CatskillCarpicOn Sunday June 2, 2019 antique, classic and custom car owners from all over the region will gather in Rock Hill, N.Y. at the Sullivan Event Center 283 Rock Hill Drive, adjacent to the Crust Italian Eatery, to show off to the public their beautiful antique, classic and custom cars, trucks, motorcycles and tractors.

This car show, celebrating its 56th year, is the longest running and largest car show in Sullivan County. The gates will open at 9 am.  Call 845-932-8923, 845-798-4173 or visit www.catskillregionaaca.org for more information.  The Catskill Region Antique Automobile Club of America brings together old car enthusiasts to share all facets of the old car hobby. The club is proud to support our community by using profits from this car show to help fund local BOCES scholarship and local food banks.

VENDORS WANTED, CRAFTS, AUTO & NON-AUTO Call Vicky at 845-932-8923 for details.

5th Annual Cruzin’ 2 Browndale Car/Truck/Bike & Craft Show-Swap Meet

BrowndaleThe Browndale Fire Company No.1 is excited to invite the public to the 5th Annual Cruzin’2 Browndale Car Show benefiting the fire company to be held on Saturday, June 1, 2019, beginning at 11 AM with food, music, raffles, and more until 4 PM at the Browndale Fire Company grounds, Route 247, 620 Marion Street, Browndale.  Registration for vehicles will begin at 10 AM. Rain or shine!

Cars, trucks and bikes will be on the grounds for all to enjoy!  We will have live music, food to purchase, craft and other vendors, raffles and fun!  The public is invited free to the grounds to view the vehicles.

We are still accepting crafters, vendors and swap meet applicants as well as car show registrations but space is getting limited so contact us to register now!

For more information please check us out on Facebook:  Cruzin’ 2 Browndale, or email us at: browndalefire@ gmail.com, or phone us at (570) 785-5300.  We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to seeing you all at this family friendly event!

20th Annual Equinunk Car Show

EquinunkPeoples Choice 2018 - Andy White - Cochecton - 1951 Studebaker pickupThe 20th annual Equinunk Car Show will take place on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Pine Mill Rd. in Equinunk, PA, one mile south of the center of the village. The show features vehicles of all description, including gorgeous antique cars, hot rods, motorcycles, rat rods, tractors and even the occasional semi.  There is something for every member of the family; craft and flea market vendors, bake sale, books, T-shirts, and superb ice cream from Creamworks Dairy.  Food is available for purchase. The People’s Choice Award will go to the vehicle the crowd votes as the best of the field. There will be additional Special Recognition awards, and the Best Paint Job will be recognized. Free admission, free dash plaques to the first 100 registrants, door prizes, DJ and best of all, NO registration fees.

Sponsored by: Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Dunn, The Equinunk Emporium, Menotti Tire, C. Neer RV, Inc., Pine Mill Garage, St. Clair Graphics, Town & Country Energy Corp., and Wayne County Ready Mix Concrete.  Awards are from Northeast Rally Club, and Whitey’s Auto Restoration. If you visit our sponsors, please thank them for us. Information: call 570-224-6722.

Photo caption: 2018 People’s Choice Award went to Andy White of Cochecton, NY for his brilliant red 1951 Studebaker pickup.  Andy also won recognition for the paint job on his 1970 AMC Javelin; it too is brilliantly red.





PatiosPageApr19Remember that place in the rear of your house?  It goes by the name of patio, and it has been feeling abandoned during the winter months. But that’s all about to change now that spring has sprung.  Soon family gatherings, after dinner drinks, and grilling will ensue on this extension of the home, so you must prepare.

Here are tips for sprucing up your patio:

Depending on how you left your patio last season, there may be some cleaning involved to make your patio pop.  Donna Smallin, author of “The One-Minute Cleaner Plain and Simple” recommends cleaning patio furniture with a garden hose and sprayer attachment.  “You can double the life of your furniture, be it vinyl, plastic or metal,” she says.  To clean wicker furniture, wet a cloth with a mixture of half a cup of wood oil soap in one gallon of warm water and gently wipe one small section at a time.  Use a toothbrush to clean between the weave.  Rinse with a hose, and turn the piece upside down so the water can run off.  Wipe with a dry cloth and allow 48 hours to dry.

Tackling that outdoor grill that was left unclean at the last cookout will require baking soda, water, a wire brush and elbow grease, according to Michael de Jong, author of “Clean: The Humble Art of Zen Cleansing”. And for those rust stains on the patio, take a scrub brush and pat warm water onto the spot.  Sprinkle with lemonade powdered drink mix. Then, cover with a piece of plastic wrap (weighted down by a rock) and let it soak for 15 minutes.  Remoisten your brush and scrub it off, then rinse with a hose.

Now that cleanliness is achieved, focus on beautifying the space.  It goes without saying the greenery around your patio will need to be punched up.  A patio shining with beautiful hardscape is wonderful, but dull without plants to balance it out – a trip to your local nursery for some greenery is a must.  The National Gardening Association in South Burlington, VT recommends medium to low-growing perennials for the border of a patio.  Asters, Border Dahlia, Dianthus, Phlox, Ranunculus, Veronica, Armeria, Aubrieta, Heuchera (Coral Bells), Primrose, Sazifrage and Lewisa are some varieties that will come up every year.  Down the road, they will also provide flowers for a tabletop bouquet, indoors or out.  Make sure to have some white vinegar at the ready for any unwanted grasses or weeds creeping through the crevices and patio bricks. If there’s limited space to plant, window boxes brimming with trailing foliage or flowers, topiaries and multi-hued plants in ceramic pots will go a long way in providing atmosphere, too.  Go even further by accessorizing the perimeter of the patio with lanterns or pathway lighting to enable you to see in style.

“Invest in lower wattage bulbs; they create more of a soft glow,” says Kelly Edwards from HGTV’s “Design on a Dime.”  “After all, you can have the best looking furniture in town, but without the right lighting, it can look out of place.”

If you’ve got an eye toward personalization and entertainment, sound systems, sculptures, and intricate fencing that can withstand the elements will also ensure your beautiful décor doesn’t end at the door.

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