We want to start by thanking all of the hardworking volunteers, family and friends, who worked so hard this weekend to make this first festival run so smoothly. We appreciate your time, labor and especially patience as we learned how to run a festival. We also thank the planning committee, especially Cathy Pedler, Christine Hendryx, Bruce Parkhurst, Laurie Barr, John Stoneman and Paula Hanahan. These folks are passionate and tireless. They spent countless hours and traveled to the Black Caddis Ranch monthly for 6 months to plan this event. We learned a lot about what to do and what not to do for next year.
Finally, we want to thank the following contributors and sponsors who gave faithfully to this new project:
Allegheny Defense Project
Allegany State Park of New York
Allegheny Valley Development
Cougar Bob's Kellettville Tavern
Fund for Wild Nature
Paula Hanahan & Chris Marburger
Jan Hendryx, D.O.
Hunt and Gather
Huplits Wildlife Grants
Barbara C. Litten, Esquire
Jim & Pat Mays
PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau
Save Our Streams, PA
Stoney & Co.
Team Signs II
US Army Corps of Engineers
Joy and Meril Walls (by Mary Connacher)
Whig Hill Store
We hope that all the visitors and firefly hunters learned something about the variety of species in this forest area, and took the opportunity to observe the spectacular displays we have been talking about. We heard a lot of "oohs, aahs and WOWs!!" We had perfect weather, and the full moon added to the spectacle of the night sky. One last note, the fireflies continue to display in and around Kellettville, and you can expect to see them through the next few weeks. So, be sure you take advantage of the warm summer nights, and get out into the lush dark forest and view a synchronous firefly display.