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Fun for the Whole Family at the 10th Annual Zane Grey Festival

The Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers are what initially drew Zane Grey to the area.
The National Park Service and the Zane Grey’s West Society will host the 10th Annual Zane Grey Festival this summer. The festival is free of charge and will be held at the Zane Grey Museum, 135 Scenic Drive, Lackawaxen, PA on Saturday, July 12, 2014 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
The Lackawaxen and Delaware Rivers are what initially drew Zane Grey to the area. These rivers fulfilled his love for fishing and the outdoors and inspired him to write some of his most famous books right here on the banks of the Upper Delaware.  Zane and his brother Romer would eventually settle in Lackawaxen and Zane called the area home from 1905 to 1918.  Exhibits in the Zane Grey Museum give visitors a better understanding of the life and writing of the famed western author.  His office and study have been meticulously recreated based on an interior photograph by famed local photographer Louis Hensel. 
 
The Zane Grey Festival is geared towards fun for the entire family with many activities and events for children and adults. 
Craft activities will be available for children of all ages. Kids can also take part in a Scavenger Hunt to receive a free book. By visiting exhibitors, children will learn about the area’s natural and cultural history, while finding answers to 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.  Opera singer Carol Diefenbach of the Delaware Valley Opera in Narrowsburg, NY will be performing several songs written by Academy Award winning local composer E.Y. "Yip" Harburg.  Mr. Harburg was a dynamic lyricist who wrote for popular films and musicals such as the Wizard of Oz and New Americana.  Pull up a chair and sit back and listen to Ms. Diefenbach perform Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

 
Doc Miller, also known as the “Cowboy Dentist” will interpret in full regalia what it was like to work out on a western range, while captivating children and adults 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.

Come and listen to Melissa Grey Jones talk about her Great Grandfather’s novel “Betty Zane” and about how her ancestor’s story influenced this work.
Have you ever wanted to build a boat with a single sheet of plywood in an hour?  Bring your muscles and join Retired Professor Robert Dalley from Western Carolina University’s Engineering and Technology Department, to build a full size boat.  Professor Dalley is an award winning boat designer and builder who uses a stressed frameless construction system to assemble a bateau which has been featured in the short film “Less than Eight Feet, Messing About in Boats” at the Georgetown Wooden Boat Festival in Georgetown, SC.
Winners of the “Zane Grey Catch and Release Fishing Derby” will be announced during this year’s festival.  Zane Grey loved to fish the waters of the Delaware and many of the smaller tributaries that flowed into this great river.  There is still time for you to grab your rod and go fishing for bass, rainbow, brook and brown trout but after taking a photograph of you catch be sure to release the fish back into the stream or river where it was caught.  The deadline for submissions is July 6th.  For more information about the derby go to www.nps.gov/upde.
Area environmental groups and historical societies will display exhibits about their organizations, many of which will have hands-on activities for children.  Other activities include trying your hand at roping cattle like famed cowboy Buffalo Jones, learning how to cast a fishing rod, and water safety.
 
Join Volunteer Barb Hare for a guided walk through the Zane Grey’s property and learn about what life was like for the Grey family in the 1900s in this small hamlet of Lackawaxen, PA. 
The Lackawaxen Fire Company will also be cooking up hamburgers & hotdogs along with all the fixins during the festival, so plan on staying for the afternoon or all day.
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.  For more information call (570) 685-4871.

(Information from  Ingrid Peterec)
 
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