Festival of Wood coming to Grey Towers

| 23 Jul 2019 | 01:14

    A giant praying mantis made of wood. Henna art on wood. Jewelry, fountain pens, and Christmas ornaments — all made from wood.
    These are additions made by the returning artisans who will demonstrate, display, and sell their specialty items at the 15th annual Festival of Wood to be held from Aug. 3 to 4 at Grey Towers National Historic Site in 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 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, wildlife habitat, and forest products like honey and chestnuts. Free children’s activities planned throughout the weekend include 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 will be available.
    Pinchot's conservation message
    The U.S. Forest Service and its partners offer these exhibits, activities, and educational materials to help promote the weekend's theme of sustainable forestry and conservation. This is the same message introduced a century ago by Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the U.S. Forest Service and two-term Governor of Pennsylvania. Grey Towers was his family home.
    Entry to the grounds, parking lot, and a shuttle are all free. Self-guided tours of the Grey Towers mansion cost $5.
    For a downloadable program schedule, visit fs.usda.gov/greytowers or greytowers.org.
    For more information call 570-296-9630 or email greytowers@fs.fed.us.