Many other flowers have begun to bloom in Hawley’s Garden.
The award-winning Wallenpaupack Brewery, with its 14,000-square-foot craft brewery, brew pub and beer garden, made Lake Wallenpaupack a “cool place” to visit for the younger crowd. Named Pennsylvania Beer of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition, Wallenpaupack Brewing Co. uses locally sourced ingredients in the kitchen and supports local causes through Pints for a Purpose.
In the center of Main Avenue, the new Hawley Hub continues to take shape in the former Murray Building as a multi-purpose space for the community, emphasizing the arts and self-enrichment. It started with the development of the Eddy Studio for yoga, dance, theater and other classes amidst the COVID Pandemic last year.
Family Farms Northeast opened its fifth location at the Hawley Hub on Memorial Day Weekend. The café offers hot and cold coffee, tea, chocolate drinks, milkshakes and smoothies Monday through Saturday and encourages foot traffic in the building. The storefront space also houses a Book Sale through the Hawley Library and room for open mic events.
Sarah Clauss said Hawley Hub is also working to establish a non-profit entity to manage a large community space in the building, currently under construction. There are plans to use it to engage young people in the broader community.
Soarin’ Eagle Rail Tours, a scenic and recreational railbike adventure, led its first two-hour, three-mile tour on the railroad leading south from Hawley in mid-June. American Bald Eagles thrive along the Lackawaxen and make regular appearances – thus the name. Owner Joe Mascola said he and his family tried the railbikes in the Adirondacks and decided to bring them to their adopted home.
Mascola said the family owns a home in Whispering Pines and, planning to retire to the area, wanted to invest in the community. Soarin’ Eagle railbikes seat either two or four, so couples and families can enjoy the adventure together. The bikes operate independent of each other and not everyone has to pedal to keep it moving. The tours use the rails at set times to avoid conflict with the rail excursions, and guides follow at front and back. There are stops for rest and for pictures along the way.
Also, a new music venue will hosts its first outdoor concerts in July. Harmony in the Woods is the extension of a popular series of curated performances that has found a new home with construction of an outdoor amphitheater on Welwood Avenue (Route 6 east of town). The Foundation for Harmony Presents believes in cultivating individual and communal growth through offering excellent performing and cultural arts programming, as well as educational opportunities for all ages, interests and perspectives. “We are dedicated to ensuring this programming is in line with and thoughtfully crafted around their core values of environmental stewardship, arts accessibility and educational enrichment,” according to the website.
The naturally elevated amphitheater features tiered seating area among a jumble of glacial boulders and nestled in a heavily wooded area. The infrastructure installed at the site will allow Harmony in the Woods to broadcast around the world. An inaugural season of 20 concerts kicks off on July 2 and continues through Aug. 29.
It is the Downtown Hawley Partnership that tends the garden, recently adding Last Friday events and hosting street vendors to encourage people to come to the downtown. The Hawley Harvest Hoedown, held in October, has expanded to Saturday and Sunday with a performance by the Farm Arts Collective and a Blue Grass Concert. Winterfest returns this December and the Chamber of the Northern Poconos is hard at work planning a return of Wally Lake Fest in August.
After a long year-and-a-half of pandemic and restrictions, Hawley and Lake Wallenpaupack are open for business this summer. While you can find lots of information at www.VisitHawleyPA.com, the best way is to get out and explore.