Wally Lake Fest 2013: Live Music and Activities all Weekend Long Wally Lake Fest: August 23-25, 2013



Hawley, PA. August 13, 2013. It’s nearly here. Wally Lake Fest is just days away and people are anticipating three days of non-stop fun and adventure.

The festival is one of the biggest events in the Pocono Mountains. It prolongs summer fun before back to school and the busy Labor Day holiday weekend.

If you love live music, you won’t want to miss what’s planned this year. The fourth annual festival kicks off on Friday, August 23rd with an evening of music and entertainment around the lake and in downtown Hawley.

The lakeside restaurants will have music of all genres from jazz to rock, food and fun. Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian spirit during Ehrhardt’s Pub’s Lakeside Luau from 4 to 6 p.m. with Hawaiian décor, festive appetizers and drink specials. The Hawaiian theme will last all night, so be sure to stop in anytime. The band Harkland plays live in the pub from 9 p.m. to midnight.  People can also head over to Gresham’s Chop House from 6 to 9 p.m. for Happy Hour and music by Tom Rogo.  The Boat House Restaurant is happy to have the Pocono Blues and Jazz (PB&J) return where they’ll play for an enthusiastic crowd from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

In Hawley, from 5 to 10 p.m., the Settlers Inn’s on Main Avenue is holding an Opening Party with New Orleans Jazz and BBQ.  The event will be held on the deck and throughout the lush gardens. There will be live jazz music from 6 to 9 p.m. by the Lighten Up Blues Band, spotlighting Ralph Liberto.  There is no cover charge just to listen to the music.  Reservations are strongly suggested for the meal, which includes a special BBQ menu, craft beer and bourbon offerings. Beginning at 8 p.m., The Ritz Company Playhouse on Keystone Street is showing “Take a Number Darling!”, a hilarious comedy by Jack Sharkey.

Lake Wallenpaupack is a popular attraction and each season it draws numerous people to the Lake Region. The sparkling waters provide an endless amount of water activities from swimming to parasailing and boating to fishing. But these are not the only activities that can be done on the lake.

You can also listen to live music right ON the water. That’s right— Battle of the Bands returns for a second year after such a positive response from festival goers.  On Saturday August 24th, three bands will perform throughout the day on a floating stage in front of the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and the Tafton Dike.  From 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., local favorites Gone Crazy, George Wesley Band and Tommy Guns Band bring the music out of the restaurants and pubs and onto the lake, the source of the celebration. This free event allows people to listen to live music as they participate in the festivities happening around the lake.

The entertainment continues throughout Saturday evening in downtown Hawley. From 4 to 8 p.m., Penny Lane Candies and Candles features the band SIDETRACKED on the patio during the Motorcycle Bike Night. The event supports the Dessin Animal Shelter complete with a hotdog eating contest and more.

From 6 to 7 p.m., students from the Wallenpaupack High School Marching Band entertain in the AMSkier Insurance Agency gazebo during the popular Ice Cream Social with homemade ice cream provided by Coutts.

Great standards and light jazz provided by “Marlene and Me” is in the Artisan Picture Framing and Art Gallery from 6 to 9 p.m.  This is a free event with complimentary refreshments. The performance at the Ritz Playhouse is also offered on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Up at the lake, the duo Nikki & Rocco will play tunes in the Boat House Restaurant, Burden on Society at Ehrhardt’s Pub and George Wesley in Gresham’s Chop House.

On Sunday, August 25th, the live music kicks off with Rock School-Garage Band on the Palmyra Beach. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rock out with these lightning learning students as they play hard rock from yesterday and today.

As the festival trickles to an end, the entertainment still continues. Close the festival out in style at Ledges Hotel for Blues, Brews & BBQ Closing Party. From noon to 9 p.m., the deck at Glass-Wine.Bar.Kitchen is the scenic site of delicious BBQ, craft beer, Brew Masters, and music provided by The Merchants of Groove featuring Joey “Hotbox” Simon. The music is held from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 9 p.m.  Reservations are suggested.

At 3 p.m., Woodloch Springs on Route 590 introduces its New England Clambake ‘N’ Brew overlooking the golf course complete with live music. For information on prices and other details, call (570) 685-8002.

Eric Rudy plays at The Boathouse Restaurant from 4 to 7 p.m. and the Ritz Playhouse features its final showing of “Take a Number Darling!”.

Head to the Big Lake for Wally Lake Fest to see what all of the buzz is about and don’t miss out on the biggest festival of the summer!

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

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

For more information, pick up a Wally Lake Fest brochure available at the Lake Wallenpaupack Visitors Center and other area businesses. The brochure lists the complete schedule of events for the entire weekend.

Additional details and daily updates are posted on the website, http://www.wallylakefest.com, and the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/wallylakefest.



Keith Williams 570.226.2141