August 4-5, 2018 | Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA
A celebration of our natural and cultural heritage of wood
The family-friendly and free event will be held on Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5 and offers a variety of activities and events that demonstrate the many ways we use and enjoy wood in our everyday lives. Entry to the grounds, parking and a shuttle are free. Self-guided tours of the Grey Towers mansion are $5 per person.
The Festival hours are 10am-5pm on Saturday, August 4 and 10am-4pm on Sunday, August 5.
What’s new? This year the US Forest Service and its partners are welcoming stilt walkers, introducing 21st Century technology to the historic site, and expanding the free children’s activities. Back by popular demand are free musical performances, including the Dixieland All Star Band and The Lost Ramblers acoustic folk music.
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 chain saw carving three times a day, each day.
- Refreshments will be available for sale.
Visitors of all ages are encouraged to download the free Agents of Discovery app (Android / iPhone) to their personal devices before they arrive so they can play the Grey Towers Agents of Discovery missions and win free gifts. Visitors also are encouraged to download the QR code reader (Android / iPhone) in advance so they can learn more about the trees at Grey Towers by scanning the QR codes on the Tree ID signs.
The event is offered by the US Forest Service, the Grey Towers Heritage Association, the Pocono Arts Council and numerous partners, participants and collaborators.
For a schedule of events or more information, call (570) 296-9630 or email su.de1537504182f.sf@1537504182srewo1537504182tyerg1537504182. A schedule and map of the Festival activities can be downloaded at www.fs.usda.gov/greytowers and www.greytowers.org.