HAWLEY – The first annual Hawley EarthFest will be taking place on Friday, April 25 through Sunday, April 27 with many events planned in the area.

There will be various activities, programs and events taking place all weekend, sponsored by local businesses and conservation organizations.

All of the events are meant to be a celebration and learning experience for the Earth. Hawley EarthFest coincides with Earth Day, which is April 22.

“It will be a great, fun family day,” said Maura Rottmund, a board member on the Downtown Hawley Partnership. “The species parade should be a lot of fun to do.”


The schedule is packed for Hawley EarthFest with events including the Hawley Farmer's Market and petting zoo outside the Hawley Library, which takes place from 2-5 p.m. on Friday.

Jared Freid and friends will be taking part in Final Fridays Comedy Night at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill from 7:30-9 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a Species Parade at 10 a.m. in Bingham Park. At 1 p.m. visit the Hawley Library and see author/poet and illustrator Mort Malkin, who will do a reading from his book, “The Upper Delaware in Verse and Image,” which was recently published by the National Park Service.

From 2-6 p.m. there will be a block party at the Belevedere Hotel and from 7:30-9:30 there will be harp and folk music from Jean Rohe and Maeve Gilchrist at Harmony Presents.

Take a nature walk with Nathaniel Whitmore from 8-9 a.m. and do yoga in the park with Roots Yoga instructor Maggie Lehrian at 10 a.m.

Sponsors for the event include the Delaware Highlands Conservancy, PPL Corporation, AM Skier Insurance, Harmony Presents, Woodloch, the Downtown Hawley Partnership, the Pike County Conservation District, Heron's Eye Communications and Costa's Family Fun Park.

For more information on Hawley EarthFest and the activities taking place, visit www.hawleyearthfest.com.

Pike/Wayne Earth Day

Coinciding on the same weekend, the Pike/Wayne Earth Day Festival will take place on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. at the PPL Environmental Learning Center.

The event focuses on “celebrating our natural resources and highlighting the folks that work to preserve, conserve and protect those resources.”

A variety of activities and crafts will be available for all ages. There will also be a food vendor on site.

The Pike/Wayne Earth Day Festival has been held annually since 1998. This is a free event for the community.

It is in partnership with the Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society and other local conservation groups. The Downtown Hawley Partnership and AM Skier have joined this year.

For more information visit http://pikewayneearthday.wordpress.com/ or call PPL at (570) 253-7001.

About Earth Day

It was started in 1970, when America was more focused on anything other than saving the planet.

The Earth Day Network said during that time, Americans were using leaded gas in big V8 sedans, industry brought a lot of smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences and air pollution was commonly accepted as “a smell of prosperity.”

The Earth Day Network said the book, “Silent Spring,” represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement and sold over 500,000 copies in 24 countries.

Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organism, the environment and public health.

In 1970, Earth Day “capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.”

Every April 22 on Earth Day mark an anniversary of what many consider “the birth of the modern environmental movement” in 1970.