- Wally Lake Fest, Presented by the Downtown Hawley Partnership, is a festival designed to help summer last just a little bit longer in Hawley!

Come enjoy art exhibits, the Grand Boat Parade, the Battle of the Bands, Car Cruise, the Open Market Fair with artisan food purveyors, specialty arts, crafts and jewelry. There will be a Boat & PWC Expo and the Ride for the Lake at the High School and Downtown Hawley will be open late for a night on the town.

The area restaurants and lodging facilities will have great specials and events for all event goers.

Shuttle service available

To make it possible for people to get the most out of their experience, a free shuttle bus will run every five to ten minutes on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A Hawley Silk Mill stop is available only on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a convenient new service, which allows people to park their car once as the free shuttle bus brings them around to many of the event locations. The route includes stops at these prime locations along Route 6: the PPL Environmental Learning Center, the Wallenpaupack Middle School, the Wallenpaupack High School, the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and Gresham’s Landing.

Take advantage of this free shuttle and don’t miss any of the fantastic events planned!

Wally Lake Fest is proudly hosted by the Downtown Hawley Partnership and presented by Lighthouse Harbor Marina.

Upcoming events

Today, there will be many different events available. Stop by Whatknots Trading Post from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and learn how to repair an ailing deck chair. The Hawley Farmers Market will also be open in Bingham Park from 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Saturday, learn how to bait for the big one with a free fly tying demo at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., sponsored by the Pennsylvania Fly Fishing Museum Association.

Stop by B. Madigan Jewelry and Gifts for a glass works demonstration.

On Sunday, hop on a bike and take the Tour de Towpath, starting at Sawmill Cycles in Hawley. It is a 16-32 mile road ride and all bicycle types are welcome.

For a complete list of events and details of all Wally Lake fest has to offer, visit http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.

Canal Festival today

This Saturday, August 24th is the First Annual Canal Festival at the D & H Canal Park at Lock 31.

Project Chairman Tom Colbert, along with Sally Talaga, Wayne County Historical Society Board Trustee President, Elaine Herzog and scores of volunteers from the Wayne County Historical Society and other community organizations have worked long and hard to make this day possible. Join them for a grand celebration with the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony starting at 9:45 followed by a day of festival fun from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The festivities include: Live Canal-era Music featuring "Poison Love" and Steve Jacobi "Fiddling Around", Sing-Along Canal Songs, Guided walking Tours on the Towpath, Quilting, Blacksmith and other Historical Exhibits, a History Alive presentation, Miniature Canal Boat Demonstrations, a Petting Zoo, Children's Games, Carriage Rides along the Towpath (for a nominal fee), the Canal Store, Specialty Vendors and a selection of food and beverages.

Book Signing at Canal Festival

Matthew Osterberg, author of, The Delaware & Hudson Canal and the Gravity Railroad, of Arcadia Publishing, Images of America series, will be signing his book between 10 AM and 1 PM, in the Canal Store at the D & H Canal Park at Lock 31.

The book uses vintage photographs to tell the amazing piece of American history in our own back yard. It shows the mules, canal boats, and the men who ran this technological wonder.

The signing is part of a day long canal festival which marks the opening of the 16 acre canal park, one mile west of Hawley on Rt.6, by the Wayne County Historical Society. A schedule of the day's events and more can be found at www.wchs-lock31.org.