Last weekend’s Lake Fest at Harveys Lake was a resounding success. The largest dance crowd ever on the shore of Harveys Lake began a wonderful three day weekend since the rocking days of the ’60s beach dances at the first ever Lake Fest.
With a Hawaiian beach theme and great food by Ellis catering and music by Strawberry Jam, the evening flew by. The following morning, gates opened for the Market on the Lake and all the wonderful entertainment on stage by the David Blight Dancers, Lake-Lehman performers, Miss Northeastern Pa. Cassie Ceruli teaching dance moves to children, and pirate face painting. It was all coordinated magnificently, thanks to Gina Major.
Then the sparkling coronation of Miss Harveys Lake, Ally Sebolka, who was appointed to serve until 2016 by the Harveys Lake Recreational Committee, which hosted Lake Fest with a team of 16 committee persons.
Our furry friends were recognized and honored by Blue Chip Animal Rescue, Tracey’s Hope, and Murrielle’s Place with a Bow Wow beauty show held by the Paw Spa at noon on Saturday. The Greater Wyoming Valley Audubon Society and Harveys Lake Women’s Service Club were present under the beach pavilion.
Throughout the afternoon, you could hear the beautiful voice of Alyssa Lynn and Shane on guitar of the Lynn William
Sunday dawned on the final day of Lake Fest with a presentation by the Delaware Valley Raptor Center with Bill Streeter. An immense thank you to Renewal by Anderson for providing funding for this educational and astounding seminar on predatory birds which included Julia, the golden eagle.
Without Renewal by Anderson, this would not have been possible.
A trumpet call to assemble by Morganne Piestrak brought the growing crowd to witness the dedication at noon. Three dignitaries declared by certification the first Lake Fest in the state of Pennsylvania. Formulated by state Rep. Karen Boback to proclaim in the state house, Lake Fest was originally known as Homecoming. Boback and Mayor Clarence Hogan supported the effort for many years.
The proclamation was presented to the mayor, along with two others from U.S. Congressman Lou Barletta and state Sen. Lisa Baker. They will hang on the walls of the Harveys Lake Municipal Building for many years to come.
Alyssa Horvath sang the national anthem. It was simply beautiful. Everyone at the festival paused and stood solemnly with their hands over their hearts. For the finale, Miss Harveys lake led the gathering to the water’s edge for the blessing of the lake by Pastor Jack Reehill of the Back Mountain Harvest Assembly.
Community leaders attending included president of lake council, Bill Hilburt, and Lions Club president Jane Walters.
The Harveys Lake Line Dancers performed on stage until the resounding voice of singer/songwriter/performer Don Shappelle invited all to enjoy the remainder of the afternoon with his band, the Pick Ups, along with performer George Wesley. Thanks to attorney Greg Fellerman for providing the band.
There were activities for the children and a parade around the lake by our fire department.
Thanks to the fire department for all their hard work, and the wonderful food truck provided by April Higgins on two very hot days.