Hawley's Earth Fest to offer environmental fun

| 15 Apr 2015 | 12:50

This year’s Hawley Earth Fest taking place April 24 to 26 offers a variety of environmentally educational and entertaining activities for adults and children to kick off the end of a seemingly endless winter.

Species ParadeEvents start happening on Friday with a variety of musical entertainment at several local restaurants. Saturday will highlight a Species Parade and Environmental Expo kicking off at 9:30 a.m. at Bingham Park, Hawley. Registration for the Species Parade will take place at 9 a.m. at the gazebo.

Come dressed in costume to show your wild side and win some prizes from local restaurants. Ehrhardt’s Waterfront Resort, Woodloch Pines and The Ledges have all donated prizes for the lucky costume winners in each division: Single/couple and Group/family.

Prizes are to be divided amongst the registered party members to their own discretion. Small giveaways will be available for all the children that participate in the event. Grand Prize winners will be announced at 10:30 a.m. at the gazebo.

This weekend long celebration will be an opportunity for families and friends to celebrate the scenic beauty of the town and natural areas.

ExhibitorsAfter the Species Parade visit the numerous exhibitors on hand at the Environmental Expo. Exhibitors will offer free nature walks, bird walks, crafts and games for families and visitors. Local organizations work year round to protect natural areas and will share ways others can too.

“The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership is excited to be working with the Downtown Hawley Partnership and local businesses to celebrate Earth Day with this weekend long event. It is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and showcase our region’s natural beauty. We will have plenty of activities for folks of all ages to join in the fun,” stated Michele Ulmer from the Pike County Conservation District on behalf of the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership.

After the Environmental Expo, head on over to the Ritz Theater for a musical performance by “Little Sparrow” beginning at 4 p.m.. A small donation at the door of $5 is suggested. Bill Streeter from the Delaware Valley Raptor Center will follow with live birds of prey.

The festival continues Saturday with evening entertainment and dining throughout Hawley including Harmony Presents, The Boathouse Restaurant, Ehrhardt’s, Woodloch and more.

Visit the Delaware Highlands Conservancy Field Office in Lackawaxen for eagle exhibits and a short video. The Lake Wallenpaupack Visitor Center is open, scopes are available for wildlife viewing, and you are invited to enjoy the beautiful nature trails along the lake.

Organizers will continue to add activities, events, happenings and special offers between now and April 25.

For more information or to join the Parade Staff volunteer group, contact Lacawac at info@lacawac.org, call 570-689-9494 or visit www.lacawac.org. For more information on the festival visit www.HawleyEarthfest.com or www.facebook.com/HawleyEarthfest.