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Friday, October 10, 2014

Van Wagner presents “Tall Timber” at First Fork Festival

Van Wagner presents “Tall Timber” at First Fork Festival


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Sinnemahoning - Van Wagner, songwriter, historian and Pennsylvania logger will present “Tall Timber” on Saturday, October 11th, at 12:00 noon, during the First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park. Wagner’s “Tall Timber” program celebrates the past and present of the Pennsylvania timber industry. A little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and lot of culture make this unique educational program a reminder of why we should be proud to be from the Timber Country of Pennsylvania.

Van Wagner, a native of the Danville area, has worked for Daniel Logging in Idaho as well as on many independent logging projects in Pennsylvania. His songs have been performed all over the world and have been featured in several film productions. Enjoy this unique program as Wagner takes you on a journey through Pennsylvania's timber heritage.

This program reviews the past, present and future of Pennsylvania's Timber heritage. This program covers how timber was harvested over the past several centuries and most importantly WHO harvested it. Wagner demonstrates dozens of tools spanning 200 years of logging history. The program also focuses on the rafting days when millions of board feet of Pennsylvania Timber were assembled into various styles of rafts and piloted down our streams and rivers. Wagner was part of a group who built and piloted a 105 foot timber raft down a section of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River. It was the first time a raft traveled that portion of water in a century.

The First Fork Festival, hosted by Sinnemahoning State Park and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce, features local authors, artists and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

This community-focused admission-free event takes place at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, on Saturday, October 11, from 12 noon to 5 p.m. For a schedule of festival events or for more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or by email at SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov. An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at www.visitPAparks.com.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit. With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

Sinnemahoning State Park announces the Schedule of Events for the First Fork Festival

Sinnemahoning - With arts and crafts, music, history and food Sinnemahoning State Park and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce offer park visitors a chance to celebrate all that is special about the history and culture of the First Fork Sinnemahoning Valley at the second annual First Fork Festival at Sinnemahoning State Park, Saturday, October 11th, from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Kicking off the First Fork Festival at 12:00 noon is special guest, Van Wagner with “Tall Timber”, a program celebrating the past and present of the Pennsylvania timber industry.   A little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and lot of culture make this unique educational program a reminder of why we should be proud to be from the Timber Country of Pennsylvania.

The Merry Music Makers, local musical talent from Cameron County, will entertain festival goers from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. with folk tunes and classics with an enthusiasm and a love of music that can’t be matched. 

At 1:30 p.m. Cameron County’s third annual Firequacker Duck Derby will take place on the First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek in the 40 Maples Day Use Area. Plastic ducks are available for purchase at Olivett’s Shur Fine Market, Cameron County Artisan Center and other locations. 

Musical entertainment continues from 2:00-5:00 pm with Old Skool, a local five-man rock band playing country and classic rock original songs and covers.  Live in front of the Wildlife Center.  Plenty of seating available or bring your own chair.

Interactive Local History opportunities are available throughout the festival.
Local history buffs, Steve and Donna Allen, will demonstrate the lifestyles of our 18th century settlers, cooking venison stew over an open fire with period cookware in front of the Wildlife Center.  Display will also include authentic flintlock rifles and firearm demonstrations. 

Inside the Wildlife Center, Ron Ebbert, from the E. O. Austin Museum, will share the tale of the early days of the town of Austin and the people and the industry that made this town unique.  Historical books and videos will be available for purchase.  The Cameron County Historical Society will bring our local history alive with stories of the early residents and businesses of the area.  Local historical author, Susan Hoy, will sign copies of “Hostelries of Driftwood and Sinnemahoning” and “70 Years of Dynamite” plus “ghost” signings of 18th century authoress Emma Newton “Contested Claim to Cameron County”

From 12:00 to 2:30 pm local author, Dave Orlowski, will sign copies of his new book, “The Adventures of Buck Bodean, Life Goes On”, the second novel telling the story of a mountain man surviving the early years of the First Fork and Sinnemahoning Valley region

Giving festival goers a chance for some “hands-on” fun, Sinnemahoning State Park staff and volunteers will present bocce ball, a fun and easy backyard sport that has ties to Potter County Italian timber workers.

Throughout the First Fork Festival, PA Wilds Artisans and other artists will display and sell local arts and crafts, in front of the Wildlife Center.  Arts and crafts vendors will offer local original paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, mosaics, alpaca apparel, handcrafted walking sticks, maple syrup products,   fruit spreads, fudge, and lots more.
 
Local vendors and community organizations will offer food and drinks including pulled pork, sloppy joes, hot dogs, and sausage sandwiches, as well as kettle corn and beverages. 

This community-focused admission-free event takes place at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, on Saturday, October 11, from 12 noon to 5 p.m.  For more information about programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or by email at SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.  An online calendar of events with information on upcoming programs can also be found at www.visitPAparks.com.

If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.  With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

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