Where is the PAFF?

The Annual PA Firefly Festival takes place on the grounds of the Black Caddis Ranch B & B in Kellettville, just 15 miles east of Tionesta on Route 666. The address is 13558 Route 666, Tionesta, Pa 16353.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Come get your "Light ON"!

We are seeing good synchronous firefly activity this week leading up to the festival this Saturday.  The night time temperatures are rising and perfect for emerging adult fireflies.  We have noticed more fireflies emerging earlier around 9:30pm. Synchronous displays don't start until well after 10pm.  If you are in the Kellettville area or camping in the Allegheny National Forest, you should get out this week and look for them.  Please feel free, to comment and post here or on our Facebook https://www.facebook.com/PAFireflyFestival/?ref=bookmarks or Twitter https://twitter.com/PaFirefly pages any sightings and observations.  We would love to hear from you about your experience.

The festival is gearing up for our 4th Annual PA Firefly Festival next Saturday, June 25 from noon to midnight.  Come for the music, food and fun during the day, and stay for the firefly shows after 10pm.  You will learn a lot about the diversity and importance of fireflies in the ANF. FREE Parking is available on the grounds of the Black Caddis Ranch B&B.  The weather is predicted to be good, and we are expecting crowds.  Be sure to bring your camp chairs, wear sturdy shoes or boots (no flip-flops or ballet slippers) and long pants and long sleeves for the firefly walks.

New this year, the Tionesta Lions Club will be serving a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, morning 7-10am to campers and residents.  The proceeds benefit the Forest County Relay for Life, so come eat breakfast before you break camp.

Monday, May 16, 2016

6 Weeks to Go!

We had a very productive meeting yesterday.  Lots of details to cover between now and the festival.

The biggest item is the Volunteer Training on Saturday, June 18 at 8:00 pm.  This is open to anyone interested in helping to lead the interpretive walks the night of the event.  We will provide you with all the information you need and you will get an early opportunity to go out and look for fireflies.  Meet at the Black Caddis Ranch and come prepared to hike into the forest after sunset.  Can't make the 6/18 training?  We will be happy to give you a crash course the day of the festival too, so find a PAFF member at the festival and get registered.

We are also looking for local firefly monitors to watch and report on sightings of fireflies throughout the Allegheny National Forest in the weeks and days leading up to the festival on June 25.  You are welcome to post your sightings and observations on our Facebook or Twitter pages.   If you are willing to be either a volunteer firefly interpretive guide the night of the festival or a firefly monitor contact us at pafireflyfestival@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May 15 Planning Meeting

The next meeting is next Sunday at 2:00.  Anyone interested in volunteering or getting more information about the festival is welcome to join us.  We are still looking for crafters and artists who would like to sell their items.  Be sure to check the new website pafireflyfestival.org for the applications.

We are also waiting to hear from the Ammonite Film company about the airing of the Bioluminescence film release in the U.S.  The BBC is airing it tomorrow night in honor of David Attenborough's 90th Birthday.

We have also been presenting our Firefly Educational program funded by the Huplits Wildlife Grant.  We have already presented to the Forest Area Schools 5th grade Science Educational Field Trip at the Flying W on April 29.  We are scheduled to present to the Seneca Rocks chapter of the Audubon Society on May 11.  We then have a 1 1/2 day workshop for the State of Pennsylvania DCNR Educators on June 8 and 9.  The programs are being very well received and word is spreading fast.

We are anticipating record attendance this year if the weather cooperates.  The current mGDDs for Bradford, PA is 215.   The target mGDD of 719-1200 usually correlates with the peak of the synchronous fireflies.  We will keep you posted on this blogspot and Facebook when we start seeing fireflies.

Thursday, April 7, 2016


We have a new website:  Pafireflyfestival.org Check it out.  It will have all the information about the PA Firefly Festival, vendor and musician applications, directions, volunteer information, education programs, donor and contact information.  You can still count on the blog to inform you of current events, meetings and updates.  We will keep it running at least through this year's festival.

The April meeting is this Sunday, 4/10 at 1:00 pm.  Among the usual agenda items will be T-shirt design approval. Anyone interested in helping with the festival is welcome to join us.  Contact us if you need directions.

The board would like to thank Rowan Hughes for her help and hard work with setting up and maintaining the website.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

March meeting tomorrow

Our second meeting is tomorrow at Black Caddis Ranch in Kellettville at 2:00 pm.  We have lots to cover and looking forward to June.  We meet monthly from now until June.  As you can imagine, a lot goes into the planning and implementing.  Anyone is welcome to join us who is interested in volunteering and being part of the festival committee. Contact Peggy at pafireflyfestival@gmail.com or call her at 814-463-7606.

We have already scheduled 6 musical groups and most of last year's nature center participants are planning on returning.  Food trucks and craft vendors are lining up too.  We are accepting applications for craft vendors.  So contact us and we will get you an application.  This year something new is planned, the Tionesta Lions Club will be serving a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday morning, June 26 for all the campers and locals to raise funds for their Relay for Life Team at the Black Caddis Ranch.  So if you camping or staying overnight in the area, be sure to come eat breakfast before you pack up on Sunday morning.

As a free event, we rely solely on the donations of friends and sponsors.  Your contributions help us to reimburse musicians for travel, cover the cost of merchandise like t-shirts and flashlights, advertising and sanitation.  We appreciate any and all support at any level.  Please, contact us or visit our crowdfunding website https://www.razoo.com/us/story/Pennsylvania-Firefly-Festival to make a donation.   We are projecting good weather for June, so we are expecting record crowds for the 2016 PA Firefly season.  Hope to see you there.