The National Park Service and the Zane Grey's West Society will host the 8th Annual Zane Grey Festival once again this summer. The free festival will be held at the Zane Grey Museum in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
The Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers are what initially drew Zane Grey to the area. These rivers fulfilled his love for fishing and the outdoors.Zane and his brother Romer would eventually settle in Lackawaxen and call the area home. Zane Grey lived in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania from 1905 to 1918. Exhibits in the Zane Grey Museum give viewers a better understanding of the life and writing of the famed western author. His office and study has been meticulously recreated based on an interior photograph by famed photographer Louis Hensel.
The Zane Grey Festival is geared towards fun for the entire family with many activities and events for children and adults.
This year a fashion show will be held during the day. This event will highlight the fashions that were popular during Zane Grey's lifetime. Come see what was all the rage in fashion during the 1870's through 1930's and learn about what was going on in our country and in the life of Zane Grey.
Have you ever wanted to be a park ranger? The Zane Grey Festival will help you fulfill your dreams! Why not become a Junior Ranger?Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River's Junior Ranger Activity Book will be on hand for children to complete. Children can try on the National Park Service uniform and have their picture taken as a park ranger.
Children who take part in the Scavenger Hunt can win a free book by visiting the exhibitors to learn about the area's natural and cultural history and finding answers to 20 trivia questions. The children's books were generously donated by the Boyds Mill Press in Honesdale, PA.
For those that love to tap their toes to great music the Steamtown Ramblers will perform songs of the railroad with several cowboy ditties thrown in to put us in the mood of the wild wild-west. The Steamtown Ramblers can be heard at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
The Wayne County Chapter of the Antique Car Club will again grace the back lawn with their vintage cars from the early 1900's. Though Zane Grey never used a car here in Lackawaxen he appreciated the beauty of the automobile.
Doc Miller and his son will be talking about what it was like to work out on the range in the west. Doc Miller captivates children with his stories about cowboys. Do you know why cowboys wear bandanas?Come and find out this and other amazing facts about phrases, clothing, and tools used by cowboys that we take for granted today. Along with learning about the west that Zane Grey wrote about Doc Miller will entertain all ages with his magic tricks.
Girls bring your American Girl dolls to share with others while you listen to a story about Samantha and her family who lived in New York City in 1904. After, gather round to make crafts just like Samantha would have done in her free time. Take home some Samantha paper dolls to play with your friends.
Aspiring young authors can meet with children's author Clara Gillow Clark.Several of Ms. Clark's books are set right in the Delaware River valley. The book "Hill Hawk Hattie" tells the story of the relationship between Hattie and her father as they raft trees down the Delaware River.
Area environmental groups and historical societies will display exhibits about their organizations, many of which will have hands-on activities for children. Carpenter Kuhn will explain and demonstrate how his Great Great-Grandfather built the Zane Grey House. Other activities include trying your hand at roping cattle like famed cowboy Buffalo Jones, and learning how to cast a fishing rod.
Zane Grey's legacy of literature and sportsmanship lives on in Lackawaxen. Come join the fun and learn more about the Western novelist from Lackawaxen. Light refreshments will be served all day. For more information call Education Specialist Ingrid Peterec at (570) 685-4871.