HOT STUFF TO DO THIS SUMMER

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 www.WayneCountyFair.com.

 

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 visithonesdalepa.com.             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 www.stourbridgeline.net 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 VisitHonesdalePa.com 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 www.Bike-reg.com/tdtp. 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, http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, so be sure to check it out http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.   Pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center or other area businesses.

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