Milford festival to feature 'Goods from the Woods'


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  • Hand-crafted wood furniture will be available for sale at the Festival of Wood (Photo provided)




  • Distinctive birdhouses are among some of the wood items for sale at the event (Photo provided)



“Goods from the Woods” is the focus of the 13th annual Festival of Wood at Grey Towers National Historic Site in Milford on Saturday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 6. This family-friendly and free event offers a variety of activities and events that demonstrate the many ways to use and enjoy wood.

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 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 U.S. 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 wood items for sale, and walks and talks will be offered each day.

Craftsmen and artists from throughout the region will exhibit, sell and demonstrate their crafts, all made from wood. 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, and demonstrations on tree pruning and a portable sawmill are planned.

A free wildlife show is planned for each day, and Chain Saw Chix will demonstrate chain saw carving three times a day, each day.

All three floors of the historic Grey Towers mansion will also bpen for visitors both days; a $5 fee will be charged.

Refreshments will be available for sale.

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 5, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6. For a schedule of events or more information, call (570)296-9630, or email greytowers@fs.fed.us. A schedule and map of the Festival activities can be downloaded at www.greytowers.org.
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