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, May 24, 2013

We are 4 weeks away, and despite today's weather, we are expecting the Fireflies will be right on time. One of our partners saw a solo flash in his backyard in Tionesta this week.  We have not seen any activity in Kellettville to date.  We are getting calls daily about the fireflies, the festival and camping.

Here's the schedule so far:
Friday, June 21:      5:00 - Campers begin to arrive
                                6:00 - Camper Registration/Orientation
                                7:00 - Volunteer Orientation, Firefly Guide workshop
                                8:00 - Campfire Orientation/Demonstrations, Firefly Guides will take their posts
                                9:00 - Firefly walks begin and continue until 12-midnight

Saturday, June 22: 11:00 - Exhibitors set-up, Volunteer Orientation, Firefly Guide workshop
                              12-noon- Registration and Exhibits open until 5:00
                                1:00 - Children's activities until 3:00 including Geo-cache and arts/crafts
                                5:00 - Hot dog Sale until 7:00
                                6:00 - Music Begins until 8:00
                                7:00 - Door Prizes announced, Firefly Guide workshop (if needed)
                                8:00 - Campfire Orientation/Demonstrations, Firefly Guides take their posts
                                9:00 - Firefly walks begin and continue until 12-midnight

Sunday, June 23:   10:00-12:00 - break camp and CLEAN UP!!!

Be sure to call 814-463-7606 to make your reservation for camping at Black Caddis Ranch, and/or go to www.VisitPaGo.com, if you need motel accommodations.  Rooms are filling up in Tionesta.

We still need volunteers to help with events, monitoring and to be firefly guides.  Let us know if you're interested.  Call 814-463-7606 or e-mail butler.peggy.s@gmail.com.
Glow ON!!!
                               

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Here's the poster for this year's festival.  We are adding more sponsors daily; three more today.  We are also taking and getting donations for door prizes.  Radim Schrieber has donated a set of his Firefly photo greeting cards.  Still looking for a group (school, church/youth group, scouts, sportsmans club or VFD) who would like to sell hotdogs and sodas on Saturday as  a fundraiser. We will supply the food, but need help cooking and selling.  Whig Hill store will supply the food at cost.  Contact Peggy if you want to help with this. The next meeting is next Wednesday, 5/22, here at BCR at 1:00.  We are planning to firm-up the schedule and assign jobs for the event.  Hope you can join us.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

7 Weeks to GLOW ON!


The count-down is on, and anticipation is growing as we continue to make plans to host this year's first annual PA Firefly Festival here at Black Caddis Ranch in Kellettville.  Currently, we have 9 exhibitors signed up and 2 music groups scheduled to perform.  We received a mini-grant from the NW Pa Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau to help us with advertising.  More sponsors have chipped in as well to help us with the expenses for T-shirts, flashlights, kids' events and visitor services.  Be sure to check out the ADP website www.alleghenydefense.org to make a donation on-line, or contact any of the partners.

We are beginning to observe all kinds of insects emerging daily as the weather gets warmer in the evenings.  I even saw 2 dinural (day time) fireflies today on my back deck.  We will keep you posted as soon as we begin to see any flashing in the field and forest.

For overnight accommodations, go to www.visitpago.com or the Forest County website www.forestcounty.com.  Primitive campsites are available here at the Black Caddis Ranch, we will take reservations for up to 20 tent or pop-up sites. Visitors coming just for the day should bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.

If you are interested in exhibiting, performing and/or monitoring the fireflies, please contact us at butler.peggy.s@gmail.com or call 814-463-7606.

Sponsors to date: Allegheny Defense Project,  NW Pa Great OutdoorsVisitors Bureau, Ken & Peggy Butler, Radim Schreiberg, Barbara Litten, Esq., Mary Connacher, and several Anonymous donations.