Grey Towers National Historic Site
MILFORD TWP. – A giant praying mantis made of wood. Unique henna art on wood. Jewelry, fountain pens and Christmas ornaments made from wood. All are additions to the returning wood craftsmen who will demonstrate, display and sell their specialty items at the 15th annual Festival of Wood, scheduled for Saturday, Sunday, August 3-4, at Grey Towers National Historic Site, Milford.
The family-friendly weekend offers a variety of activities and events that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in our everyday lives. The Pocono Arts Council has many returning artists as well as some new and unique talent.
In addition to the wood crafts, the Festival of Wood welcomes back the Pennsylvania Woodmobile, an interactive exhibit about wood and wood products sponsored by the Pennsylvania Hardwoods Development Council; Pennsylvania WoodMizer, demonstrating how logs become lumber with portable sawmills, and the Chainsaw Chix, popular chainsaw carving artist. A free wildlife show is offered each day.
A host of educational exhibitors will be on hand to talk with visitors about forests, forest management and forest products, such as honey, chestnuts and wildlife habitat. Free children’s activities are planned throughout the weekend, including crafts and games. Colorful forest posters, Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl items, and a variety of educational literature and handouts will be distributed for free. Refreshments are available.
The US Forest Service and its partners offer these exhibits, activities and educational materials to help promote the sustainable forestry and conservation message that is a theme throughout the event. This is the same message introduced a century ago by Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the US Forest Service and two-term Governor of Pennsylvania. Grey Towers was his family home.
Entry to the grounds, parking and a shuttle are all free. Self-guided tours of the Grey Towers mansion are $5 per person.
For more information and a downloadable Program Schedule visit www.fs.usda.gov/greytowers www.greytowers.org or call 570-296-9630 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.