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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Festival of Wood set at Grey Towers

  • Grey Towers National Historic Site will host “Goods from the Woods,” as part of the ninth annual Festival of Wood, August 3 and August 4.
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  • Grey Towers National Historic Site will host "Goods from the Woods," as part of the ninth annual Festival of Wood, August 3 and August 4.
    A family-friendly and free event offers a variety of activities and events that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in everyone's lives.
    Unique wood crafts, children's activities, chainsaw carvings, educational exhibits, live woodland wildlife, beekeeping, films, tree pruning, portable sawmill demonstrations, music created with wood, forest hikes and more will be offered on the grounds of the historic estate throughout the weekend. All are offered for free by the US Forest Service, the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the Pocono Arts Council and numerous partners, participants and collaborators.
    A special exhibit this year will highlight Dr. Gifford Bryce Pinchot, son of eminent conservationist and PA Governor Gifford Pinchot, whose vision and generosity made possible the gift of the family estate to the American public 50 years ago. The 1963 dedication by President John F. Kennedy also marked the founding of the Pinchot Institute for Conservation at Grey Towers.
    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 are used everyday life are created from wood.
    Children's activities will include games and toys using wood and other craft activities. The New Jersey Forestry Department will have a cross-cut saw activity. Visits from Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl are planned.
    Throughout the weekend there will be educational exhibits with informational handouts on topics that include: beekeeping, Chestnut trees and regional conservation initiatives. With tree pruning and a portable sawmill demonstrations planned.
    The Master Chain Saws of America will demonstrate chain saw carving three times at the festival and PA Woodmobile will be parked on site for visitors to walk through and learn about ways people use wood as part of their everyday lives.
    Forest hikes at the nearby Milford Experimental Forest are planned and with all three floors of the Grey Towers mansion will be open for visitors both days at a $5 fee. There will also be a variety of refreshments available.
    The ninth annual Festival of Wood is intended to heighten awareness of the many uses of wood in peoples' everyday lives. The US 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.
    The Festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday August 3 and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday August 4.
    For a schedule of events or more information, call (570)296-9630 or email them at greytowers@fs.fed.us. A schedule of the festival activities can be downloaded at www.greytowers.org.
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