PALMYRA TWP. (Wayne) - The Wayne County Historical Society's 5th Annual Canal Festival will be held Saturday, August 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Delaware and Hudson Canal Park at Lock 31, Rt. 6, one mile west of The Settlers Inn, Hawley.

This free event will be held rain or shine.  It will include many popular educational programs, some new and some returning from previous years because they were so popular.

Paul Kowalczyk, consulting forester, will dispel ten myths of the forest during two guided walks in the park. Can you tell what direction you’re headed by seeing where moss grows? Do you believe older trees are the largest? There are many myths concerning the forest — from foretelling the severity of a season to the direction trees grow. “We all hear stories of woodland lore from past generations, like how to find your way around in the forest to predicting weather by some obscure natural phenomenon,” said Kowalczyk.

Frank Little Bear (see photo), lecturer of Native American culture, musician, and artist will perform two programs in authentic attire, combining ancient legends, philosophies, and historical lessons with interactive activities including dancing, drumming, and music of the tribes of the Eastern Woodlands.
Dave Matsinko will perform two programs of traditional American folk music with fine vocals, guitar, old-time banjo, mandolin, and mountain dulcimer. Tunes and tales of coal miners, canal boatmen, railroaders, moonshiners and other characters that bring the spirit of America's musical past and the park’s historic site into the present.  You can preview his music at Traditional music will be played throughout the day by the Poison Love band, and Ann Loeb and Mike Gaglione.

"Chew On This!" is a new program that discusses the wonders of wetlands. It will be presented by Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society’s naturalist Kathy Dodge with Lindsay George, and their beaver puppet helpers.

Dianne Sherry Romano will demonstrate Irish musical instruments and talk about the Irish migration to America and how the Irish found work on canals, including the D&H Canal.

Also, Sally Talaga, retired Executive Director of Wayne County Historical Society, will present two guided walks explaining the history of the Delaware and Hudson Canal and the Canal Park. If time permits, a fun-for-all-ages interactive “locking through” activity will be demonstrated.

The schedule of all the day’s events and a park map, can be found at along with more information about Wayne County Historical Society.

Wayne County Historical Society’s volunteers and the following sponsors make this festival possible: David Katz Foundation; Grimm Construction; AM Skier Insurance; Woodloch; Honesdale National Bank; Wayne, Pike, Sullivan Antique Dealers Association; Spencer Printing; Dirlam Brothers Lumber; Watsons Brothers; Dunmore Roofing; Billie Ann Garbe; Doris Rogers; John and Peggy Block.