HARVEYS LAKE — LakeFest will celebrate the borough’s 50th anniversary as well as deliver live music, a motorcycle charity run, a parade, said Mike Rush, one of the event coordinators.
To commemorate the milestone of the borough’s 50th year, a collection for a time capsule will be held at the fourth annual LakeFest slated for Aug. 3-5 at the Harveys Lake Beach Club at Pole 187 on Lakeside Drive.
“I have a certificate of the borough’s incorporation coming from the governor’s office (state Gov. Thomas Wolf),” Rush said, adding he does not know if it will arrive in time for the event. “State Rep. Karen Boback and state Rep. Lisa Baker will attend.”
Last week, borough Councilman Daniel F. Blaine announced a book for residents and LakeFest participants to sign will be at the event.
The book, along with donated photos, newspaper stories and other Harveys Lake mementos will be put into a time capsule which will be sealed and placed near the Harveys Lake Borough Police Station off Route 415 in October.
Residents are asked to contact Blaine at 570-301-8473 or call the borough office at 570-639-3300 to donate to the time capsule.
Pennsylvania’s largest natural lake, by water volume, was discovered by accident by Benjamin Harvey in May 1781, according to F. Charles Petrillo’s “Harveys Lake History,” available at www.harveyslake.org.
Petrillo reports, Harvey was part of a group of Wyoming Valley Connecticut colonists captured as prisoners during the Revolutionary War. He was held at Fort Niagara near Niagara Falls, New York.
When he was released, Harvey discovered the large lake during his 300-plus mile trek home to Wilkes-Barre.
The lake’s founder never lived near his namesake lake; instead, he operated a mill near West Nanticoke.
The lakeside community started with lumbering and agricultural industries before becoming a recreation area in the 1870s.
The area was initially part of Lake Township until 1968 when the borough was established, according to Petrillo’s book.
The three-day event plans to highlight the borough’s history, talents and community.
Festivities will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug 3, with a dinner dance at the Harveys Lake Beach Club, located at Pole 187.
Tickets are $40 and will be on sale until Sunday (July 29).
To purchase tickets, call 570-639-3300 or 570-650-1844.
Activities start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 with registration for The Gary A. Michak LakeFest Ride. Registration will be held at the Lake-Noxen Elementary School, 135 W. Point Ave.
Attorney Michak, a long-time borough resident, died unexpectedly Sept. 20, 2017.
The motorcycle ride is a fundraiser, organized by the Michak family, to create a scholarship to help local students. The ride will feature a timed release of riders and participants will slowly ride around the lake on Lakeside Drive.
Other Saturday events include, art, craft and food vendors opening booths at 10 a.m.
Live music will start with Stephen Perrillo and continue through the day, featuring Cedar Routes, Benjamin Horrevoets, and Eddy Mann.
A free “Concert Under the Stars” Saturday will start with Broken Road Duo performing from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. followed by national singer and songwriter Mike Lewis.
“He will have his new CD available for purchase at the show,” Rush said of Lewis.
A parade will travel around Lakeside Drive at noon Sunday, Aug. 5
For a full listing of LakeFest events, visit www.harveyslakerc.com.
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