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. PARKING $5 donation, proceeds benefit PAFF and AmVets post 113.

Friday, February 8, 2013

PA Firefly Festival place and time information

The first annual PA Firefly Festival events will take place on the grounds of Black Caddis Ranch (BCR) B&B, and the Cabins at Camp Fossil Creek.  The following is a tentative timeline of events:

  • On Friday, 6/21, arrival of campers starts any time after noon.  
  • Saturday, 6/22, there will be events all day for children, special interest groups will have tables to share and display information, family friendly music and entertainment will start in the late afternoon and into the evening.  
  • Sunday, 6/23 clean-up and restoration of campsites. 
  • Both Friday and Saturday night starting at 7pm, there will be an educational seminar about fireflies, and how to best observe them, as well as night hikes to the sites in the forest and/or along the creeks to observe the variety of species. Some of the best displays start after 10 pm and last until 1 am.

The BCR B&B and Cabins at Camp Fossil Creek are available and currently taking reservations. There will be limited tent camping (20 sites) at BCR for $10.00 per night.  The sites are primitive; no electric or water.  Reservations are required for any overnight accommodations.  Contact us at 814-463-7606 or butler.peggy.s@gmail for more information and to make a reservation.

There are several other places in the Kellettville area for camping, including the Flying W Ranch, Kellettville Campground, Minister Creek Campground and primitive sites along the North Country Trail.

Remember, you don't have to camp to observe the fireflies.  You may just want to come for the evening events and view fireflies.  So, bring your lawn chairs, blankets and join us for the evening.

1 comment:

  1. The following is an e-mail sent to me by Lynn Faust, the lead researcher from last year's survey. She gave permission to post this e-mail with the caveat that it would be used in its entirety.

    Hi Peggy and Cathy,
    Thanks for sending! Sounds exciting. I hope all the responses from our team to you are forwarded below (from Raphael and Sarah!) Good luck with all of this. My caution to all of you is lights (headlights, flashlights, spotlights, traffic and folks walking through the forest in huge numbers) can really do a number on their behavior. Also they mate on the ground so watch your step. Hope 2013 is a "good" firefly year for PA! Yes, I think Photuris pennsylvanica is your state insect.

    I will remind you my experience after I naively "opened my mouth" about the Smokies fireflies in 1992. Several years later as more and more folks spread out into the forest with their way too bright lights, trampling the mating couples, I sat silently in my little dark patch of trees and wept for my personal loss of paradise. The negative impacts have grown each year, though the fireflies seem to be doing well despite us.
    The flip side is these tiny little insects have a way of touching people to their core. Folks who would never venture into the woods, much less at night, are inspired to step out of their 21st century lives so removed from nature and, for a few moments, return to a simpler joy and wonder.