HAWLEY—The Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society will host its 32nd Annual Audubon Arts & Crafts Festival July 22 and 23 at the Wallenpaupack Area Middle School.
Running from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, this not-for-profit event will feature over 80 artists and craftsmen from over a dozen different states across the nation specializing in wildlife and natural subject matter.
According to Festival Coordinator David Fooks, the the jurying process for selecting artists and the event's longstanding reputation ensures that the quality of art available is quite high.
In addition to national artists, Fooks stated there will also be a substantial amount of local representation.
Artists' work will be on display and available for purchase.
In addition to sketches, paintings, sculptures and other artistic artifacts, there will be several wildlife experts present and even a few live animal demonstrations.
Fooks stated two prominent annual draws for the event are the demonstrations provided by Pocono Wildlife Rehab Center and the Delaware Valley Raptor Center, both returning this year.
The rehab center has shows both days starting at 11 a.m. featuring numerous live birds and animals. They also feature “walk-arounds” throughout the festival's normal activities.
The raptor center will make presentations on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., showcasing their collection of rescued birds of prey.
Fooks stated that the Audubon Society is always proud the two organizations make repeat annual appearances.
Also showcasing live animals, Wildlife Adventures will make presentations on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Tickets are $5. Children under 12 may enter for free.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Audubon Society's numerous environmental educational materials, scholarships for students and teachers, and the upkeep of the society's two local wetlands.
Northeast Pennsylvania Audubon Society watches over the Price Simpson Wetlands – located east of Lake Ariel on Route 191 – and Browning Beaver Meadow – located in Lookout, also off of Route 191.
According to an event press release, past funding raised by the craft fair has underwritten over 100 environmentally-based scholarships.
“We're really proud of what we do,” said Fooks, attesting to the craft fair as one of the best summer events in the area with an environmental/wildlife focus.
More information about the craft fair is available online at: www.audubonfestival.com.