Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Gov. Pinchot’s Grey Towers 13th Annual Festival Of Wood August 5-6

“Goods from the Woods” is the focus of the 13th Annual Festival of Wood at Gov. Pinchot’s Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, Pike County on August 5 - 6.
This family-friendly and free event offers a variety of activities and events that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in our everyday lives.
Unique wood crafts, children’s activities with wood, chainsaw carvings, educational exhibits, live woodland wildlife, beekeeping, films, tree pruning and portable sawmill demonstrations, free music, tree walks and much, much more will be offered on the grounds of the historic estate throughout the weekend. Free parking, a free shuttle and free admission to the grounds makes this a popular and family-friendly annual event.
The event is offered by the U.S. Forest Service, the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the Pocono Arts Council and numerous partners, participants and collaborators.
New this year: a number of wood craftsmen have been added to the show, with unique, one-of-a-kind wood items for sale, and walks and talks will be offered each day.
The 13th annual Festival of Wood is “a celebration of our natural and cultural heritage of wood.” The activities, exhibits and programs are intended to heighten awareness of the many uses of wood in our everyday lives.
The U.S. Forest Service and numerous partners are hosting the event at Grey Towers, ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, who founded and served as first chief of the Forest Service from 1905-1910.
There is something for everyone:
-- Craftsmen and artists from throughout the region will exhibit, sell and demonstrate their crafts, all made from wood. Co-sponsored by the Pocono Arts Council, the crafts component illustrates how beautiful objects that we use in our everyday lives are created from wood.
-- Children’s activities include games and toys using wood and other craft activities.
-- A cross-cut saw activity and visits from Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl also are planned.
-- Educational exhibits and informational handouts on such topics as beekeeping, Chestnut trees, regional conservation initiatives, will be ongoing throughout the weekend.
-- Free music with wood instruments will be provided each day.
-- Demonstrations on tree pruning and a portable sawmill are planned.
-- A free wildlife show is planned for each day.
-- Chain Saw Chix will demonstrate chainsaw carving three times a day, each day.
All three floors of the historic Grey Towers mansion are open for visitors both days; a $5 fee will be charged.
Refreshments will be available for sale.
The Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. August 5 and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  August 5.
For a schedule of events or more information, call 570-296-9630 or send email to: greytowers@fs.fed.us. A schedule and map of the Festival activities can be downloaded online.
All the details are available at the 13th Annual Festival Of Wood webpage.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Grey Towers Heritage Association.  Click Here to sign up for updates from the Association, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Twitter, visit their YouTube Channel, become part of their Google+ Circle and follow them on Instagram.
  Also visit the Grey Towers Historic Site website and the Pinchot Institute for Conservation website for information on its conservation research and policy programs.  Click Here to sign up for the Institute’s regular updates.

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