Get out your Hawaiian shirt and grass skirt and prepare to hit the sand, because there’s a Hawaiian Beach Party this weekend and it’s close to home.
The Harveys Lake Recreational Committee has chosen the theme for this year’s Harveys Lake Homecoming, the annual event held the first weekend of August, and the only time of year the private Harveys Lake Beach Club, situated on 3.5 acres of lakefront property, opens its doors and sandy beach to the general public.
Lake residents who are members of the club are eager to welcome guests, because they’re proud of their borough’s biggest asset — the largest natural lake by volume situated entirely in Pennsylvania.
“Happiness is life in a home at Harveys Lake,” said event coordinator Sandra Serhan.
But people shouldn’t misconstrue the “homecoming” moniker of the event, Serhan said. Anyone and everyone is welcome, not just current and former borough residents.
The three-day festival begins early Friday morning with a treat for treasure hunters — community yard sales throughout the borough that continues over the entire weekend.
Homecoming chairman Mike Rush said the Friday night event — a beach party buffet with music by Strawberry Jam — already is sold out.
Festivities continue Saturday with the third annual Cancer Walk-A-Thon and 9-Mile Run at 9 a.m. from the Beach Club at Pole 187, with registration at 8 a.m. The $10 registration fee benefits Candy’s Place, Center for Cancer Wellness, and includes pizza and refreshments from Grotto Pizza afterwards. Call Jessica at 570-954-5934 or Ashley at 570-417-8688 for more information.
Walkers and runners will use the inside lane around the lake, which will be closed to traffic. Harveys Lake police emphasize caution, as the outside lane of Route 415 will be open for driving.
An artisan and craft vendor show will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with a car and truck show to run simultaneously on Saturday until 3 p.m. The $15-per-vehicle entry fee benefits Harveys Lake Little League.
The Anything That Floats Race for homemade watercraft begins at 2 p.m. Saturday, with sign-up and inspection from noon to 1:30 p.m. No boat parts can be used in a watercraft, but oars can be used for propulsion. A craft should be able to float 300 yards without sinking, Rush said.
Saturday also is Kids’ Day, with games and activities sponsored by the Harveys Lake Fire Co.
The Harveys Lake Environmental Council will have a presentation set up and will host Pennsylvania Game Commission wildlife conservation officer Gerald Kapral at 11:30 a.m. There will also be non-profits and civic organizations and agencies with booths set up.
A kayak race starts Sunday at 9 a.m., with check-in at 8:30 a.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register. The race is followed by a chicken barbecue from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 570-639-1919 for advance tickets. A firemen’s parade around the lake begins at 2 p.m.
There will be a Chicken Wing Eating Contest at 3 p.m. sponsored by Rich and Charlottes. Entrants must pre-register by calling Rich at 570-639-5867.
And the final event before closing ceremonies at 5 p.m. will be Kiss the Fish, with Lori Kucewicz chosen by students at Lake-Noxen Elementary School to be the lucky fish kisser.