HAWLEY, PA — The Downtown Hawley Partnership in cooperation with PPL Wallenpaupack Learning Center, Delaware Highlands Conservancy, AMSkier, Pike County Conservation District, Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau Visitor Center, Harmony Presents and Woodloch will hold the first annual Hawley Earthfest the weekend of April 25 to 27.
The event kicks off Friday at 2 p.m. with the return of the Hawley Farmers’ Market in Bingham Park. Children’s activities are scheduled in the gazebo. A photo exhibit, “Not All Who Wander Are Lost,” opens at Roots Yoga on Main Street. A variety of comedy and music events will be presented at several locations.
Saturday is a big day for Earthfest, beginning with the Species Parade. Gather your friends and come dressed as your favorite species. Groups and organizations are encouraged to participate. To pre-register for the parade, go to www.hawleyspeciesparade.eventbrite.com . Pre-parade events and activities begin at 9 a.m. at the Hawley Senior Center. Meet at Bingham Park to begin the parade at 10 a.m.
The PPL Wallenpaupack Learning Center is open from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. Experts in gardening, composting, stewardship, eagles and more are on hand with information and demonstrations. Parade costume awards will be presented at 12 noon. The LMIT Paupack Waves will receive a proclamation and plaque for their invention of an electric generator powered by waves at 12:30 p.m. The “Every Drop Counts” rain barrel silent auction will be on display from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy will host a silent auction featuring local businesses and products. The Hawley Library will present a variety of activities throughout the day. Join the merriment at the Hotel Belvedere Block Party from 2 to 6 p.m. The fun continues into the evening with entertainment and dining throughout Hawley including Harmony Presents, The Boathouse Restaurant, Ehrhardt’s, Woodloch and more.
Sunday hosts the springtime Tour d’Towpath bike ride. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at NEWE on Rte. 6 next to Wayne Bank. Enjoy a yoga warm-up with Roots Yoga. Once the bike-ride starts (if you are not bike riding) head on over to Roots Yoga on Main Street for a full complimentary yoga class. 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 nature trails along the lake.
Visit www.HawleyEarthfest.com  for the latest information, or visit them on Facebook.