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.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Entomologist on board

Three weeks to go, and we are pleased to announce Dr. Denise Piechnik from Pitt-Bradford will be here as our resident festival entomologist this year to help us learn about insects and fireflies.  We have started to see some intermittent fireflies in the field.  These are not Synchronous, and we have not seen any sign of them in the forest.  We will let you know if and when we do.  We are tracking the   mGDDs*, and the trend seems to be tracking for a peak just in time for the festival.  YEAH!!!

We are getting calls daily for campsites.  If you are geared up for tent camping, you are welcome to stay here on-site for a nominal fee.  We just need to have an idea of how many, so please call to reserve your site.  If you have a large RV, the Kellettville Campground has limited sites available on a first-come basis.  If you don't mind a longer drive, (and Kellettville is full), I highly recommend Chapman Dam State Park campground.  It is located outside of Clarendon off of Route 6, between Warren and Sheffield and is about a 45 minute drive from Kellettville.  You can make reservations for their sites, and there are probably fireflies there too.

We have a lot planned for the day to keep kids of all ages entertained and informed.  When you register you will get a ticket for door prize drawings, and you can watch videos on fireflies this year in the home-theater in the basement of the B&B.  Please, register to be an official Firefly Watcher at the Museum of Science website to support the Firefly Watch Citizens Science Project.  We have plans for art projects for kids, story readings, haiku writing contests, geocaching, face-painting and games.  We have 2014 T-shirts in Youth and Adult sizes and blue flashlights on sale.  We've also added UVGlosticks and UVO Necklaces for sale.  These glow-in-the dark items are completely solar powered and infinitely rechargeable.  We also have a limited number of last year's inaugural T-shirt for all of you collectors.  All proceeds from sales go to the PAFF to offset costs and build for next year's festival.

There will be food and beverages available from 12-8pm this year.  We have the SWAT youth group hot dog sale, 12-4; St. Anthony's Women's Guild strawberry shortcake sale, 12-4; Wild Hogs lemonade/iced tea, 12-8, Heaven's Loving Hands Puppet Ministry soda pop, 12-8; Liberty Tax popcorn sale, 12-8, Deck the Halls Catering dinner special, 4-8, and Everything Turkey Farm turkey jerky, 12-8.

The Music starts at 12-noon with Grace Church from Medina, Ohio; at 1:00, Joyful Noise, at 2:00, Front Porch Folk from Oil City; at 3:00, Dominick DeCecco from Endeavor; at 4:00, Reunion; at 5:00 Stony & Co.; at 6:00, Broke, Stranded & Ugly, from Pittsburgh, and finally at 7:00, The Hills and The Rivers from Pittsburgh.  After the music, we will gather for a Campfire presentation on how to best observe the fireflies, and begin to disperse to the areas for viewing.

Please, come well prepared to walk in the forest at night.  Dress appropriately for the weather and walking on uneven ground.  If you have physical limitations and need help, let us know, and we will try to make some accommodations for you to access the areas as closely as possible. Local residents may want to bring a camp chair to provide seating during the music fest or in the forest for firefly viewing.

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