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.

Monday, June 24, 2013

SUCCESS!!!

Our first annual PA Firefly Festival is complete. The statistics are in and affirm that we had a successful inaugural year.  The initial rough count of attendance is 400, and T-shirt and blue light flashlights sales brought in more than $1100.00!!! Some of the highlights were Radim Schreiber's talk about his photography and passion for fireflies, Cathy Pedler's account of the discovery of synchronous fireflies, Adele Wellman's informative team of experts and "bug" catching, exhibitors and crafts, SWAT Team hotdog sale, and inspirational music by Stoney & Friends, and Joyful Noise.

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
Conscious Corner
Cougar Bob's Kellettville Tavern
Forest Hardware
Fund for Wild Nature
Heartwood
Paula Hanahan & Chris Marburger
Jan Hendryx, D.O.
Hunt and Gather
Huplits Wildlife Grants
Joyful Noise
Barbara C. Litten, Esquire
Jim & Pat Mays
PA Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau
Patagonia
Save Our Streams, PA 
Radim Schreiber
Silkscreen Unlimited
Stoney & Co. 
SWAT
Team Signs II
US Army Corps of Engineers
Vincent Excavating
Joy and Meril Walls (by Mary Connacher)
Whig Hill Store

These individuals and businesses gave support of money or services to something that had never been done before with no guarantee of return or profit.  However, without their support, we would have never been able to host such a successful event.  

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.  


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