Free Music, Unique Wood Crafts, Family Fun planned for Grey Towers 13th Annual Festival of Wood

Release Date: Jul 11, 2017  

Wooden rocking chair Wooden bird house Woman carving a log with a chain saw


MILFORD, PA – “Goods from the Woods” is the focus of the 13th annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford, PA on Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 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 US 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 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.

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. mA 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.
  • 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 am to 5 pm on Saturday August 5 and 10 am to 4 pm Sunday August 6. For a schedule of events or more information, call (570)296-9630 or email us at A schedule and map of the Festival activities can be
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