Historic Hawley building becomes the Hawley Hub for art, theatre, dance, yoga, and more
From a press release:
The Hawley Hub, an innovative new project taking place in downtown Hawley, is putting out a call for all dreamers, makers, movers, shakers, and self-recreators.
The Hawley Hub has reclaimed the old Murray building on Main Avenue as a multi-purpose space for the community with an emphasis on the arts and self-enrichment.
The multi-phased project is first opening the upstairs space, the Eddy Studio, for yoga, dance, theater, art, and fitness classes beginning Monday, July 6. Among a few of the existing classes are Broadway Workouts where participants dance for fitness and learn Broadway moves to a new show tune every class, as well as Scene Study Classes for Actors, Intro to Theatre for Kids, All-Levels-Yoga, and more.
Classes are still forming, and instructors are wanted. To learn about upcoming classes and get more information, visit thehawleyhub.com.
The Murray building has long stood as a historical anchor structure in Hawley since 1829, and new owners Justin and Alison Hoffmann are thrilled to restore this Hawley treasure. The building was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Hoffmann after listening to various community members and local stakeholders regarding what would benefit the community.
“We believe in our hometown. The purchase of this building isn’t just an investment in the community, but also generations to come,” Alison Hoffmann said.
“Among our priorities is to create a space for connecting the youth to our community at large,” Justin Hoffmann added.
The couple has added local residents Jill Carletti and Sarah Clauss to the team at the Hawley Hub. Both women attended Wallenpaupack Area School District with the Hoffmanns, have extensive experience in organizing community events, and sit together on the Downtown Hawley Partnership board.
“The Hawley Hub celebrates our roots and history through the creation of the Eddy Studio, which we named in honor of the Paupack Eddy and because the creative process, like an eddy of a river, moves against the current. All of our work, including the restoration of the historic Murray building, and our desire to create a space for youth to integrate with the larger community is tied together by an appreciation and connection to our past,” Carletti explained.
“As a group, all of us feel very thankful for the opportunities our hometown community has given us, and we’re thrilled to give back, make a difference, and do what we love,” Clauss noted.
The Hawley Hub will continually evolve, and more information will be released in the coming months pertaining to use of the Eddy Studio as well as the Hawley Hub’s larger community space and storefronts.