View from Wally Dam Enjoyed by Public

Jenna Wayne, PPL Wallenpaupack, leading a tour of the dam

Attendance and sales records were broken around the lake this past weekend for the 3rd annual Wally Lake Fest. More than 2,500 visitors were reported at the LakeRegionVisitorsCenter (News Eagle).  64 motorcycles joined in the first Ride for the Lake to support the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (News Eagle). And 1,225 pairs of feet walked across the PPL Wallenpaupack Dam.

PPL employess from left to right: Katie Lester, Meg Welker, Janice Kimble, Heather Hopkins, Sarah Hall, Alana Roberts and Joshua Miller

PPL’s Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center (WELC) was open to the public all weekend. Staff was busy preparing display tables, stocking brochure racks and counting out hard hats on Friday, as the Wayne County Arts Alliance (WCAA) set up for their “Crate Expectations” art auction.

Saturday morning was greeted by more than 30 people on the first tour of the dam at 10 a.m. More hard hats were needed as group sizes grew to 50, then 60 and even 70! Power plant tours were also given by way of bus with PPL tour guides. By the end of the day, 700 people had taken a tour of the dam and power plant. Tours were also conducted on Sunday to nearly 525 people.

Katie Lester, PPL Wallenpaupack, guiding a group to the power plant.

WCAA’s art auction saw a full auditorium of bidders. “Crate Expectations” pieces ranged from umbrella holders and jewelry boxes, to the PPL’s WELC sponsored antique suitcase-top table. Despite the threat of more evening rain, a group of adults and children enjoyed the Stargazing by the Lake program. Presenters Darryl and Jackie Speicher of the PoconoAvianResearchCenter entertained us with folk tales about how the stars came to be, while a laser pointer found the stars between wispy cirrus clouds. PPL’s public program was complete with campfire and smores.

Leaving footprints on the dam, in hearts

Thank you to all the visitors, organizers and public officials who took part in the 3rd annual Wally Lake Fest. I had a fantastic time leading tours, squashing rumors and meeting our visitors. Next year can’t come soon enough!

-Jenna Wayne, PPL Wallenpaupack

Other articles about Wally Lake Fest:

Times Tribune

News Eagle

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