Hawley Winterfest draws crowds despite snow


HAWLEY, WAYNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- Steady snow throughout the morning and afternoon made Hawley a true winter wonderland Saturday.

Despite the weather, people still flocked to take in all that the community’s annual Winterfest had to offer.

From carriage rides, to a hot cocoa stand, and this, a Christmas tree dedicated to those touched by cancer.

Its called the Tree of Hope and its put up by the local Relay for Life chapter each year.

“We have our purple and white ribbons. White is in memory of and purple is in memory of those who have been affected by cancer. And its just a great way for family and friends and loved ones to honor those who have been affected by cancer during the holidays,” Danielle Crouthamel said.

The tree is put up on the Hawley Public Library lawn after Thanksgiving each year and anyone who wants to honor a loved one can head inside, give a donation, and sign a ribbon to attach to the tree.

Those donations go to other events Relay for Life hosts throughout the year.

“Every year it seems like the same people come out and look forward to putting a ribbon on the tree and just having it lit up in town. And it’s a light of hope, is really what it means to me, and to the community,” Crouthamel said.

Inside the library, there are even more Winterfest activities, like book signings, live music, raffle baskets and the annual soup sale, one of the most popular events, that serves as a fundraiser for the library.

People get to choose from 15 or 16 different homemade soups made by members of the library board.

“It serves two functions, in addition to a fundraiser, it’s a community event that brings everyone together. People really look forward to the soup. Sometimes there’s not one that was there last year and people ask about it and we open at 11:30 a.m., and by 11:00 a.m., they’re lined up and ready to go< board member Alan Cooper said.

Last year, the soup sale raised $1,000 for the library

Probably thanks in part to one special soup that sold out in less than an hour today.

“Well mine is Transylvanian Goulash. I make it with pork and sauerkraut, but I add wings of bats, eyes of newts, pixie dust, and a few secret ingredients and its always very popular,” Dick Teeter said.

“So its like a magical soup?”

“Oh it’s a magical potion, yes!”

Winterfest continues throughout Sunday.

Relay for Life of the Greater Lake Region’s Tricky Tray will be held on April 7, 2018 at the Hawley Ambulance Building from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and its 24 hour event will be held on May 19 – May 20 at Wallenpaupack High School from 10:00 a.m. til 10:00 a.m.

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