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The Eaton Calendar – July 22

The Eaton Calendar – July 22


  1. NEW – Endless Mountain Music Festival Announces STEM Program on Sunday, Aug. 4; Register 2nd-8th Graders Now
  2. NEW – Endless Mountain Music Festival Continues July 26-Aug. 4
  3. Mystery Trayne Concert is This Saturday, July 27 – REMINDER
  4. Where’s Waldo Hunt to End at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30; Waldopalooza Party is Wednesday, July 31 – REMINDER
  5. NEW – Tyoga Running Club to Hold Rim to Rim to Rim Run on Thursday, Aug. 1
  6. NEW – Two Press Releases in One Email – Galeton Rotary to Open 68th Woodsmen Show with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony press release & Woodsmen Show at Cherry Springs State Park is Aug. 2, 3 & 4
  7. NEW – First Friday Book Release Party With Kevin Coolidge is August 2
  8. NEW – Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State Park Programs for August 2, 3 & 4

Diane Eaton
(570) 724-3800


From 5 to 7 p.m. on August 2, Wellsboro’s First Friday, From My Shelf Books & Gifts is hosting a book release party in the bookstore at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro.

Featured author will be Kevin Coolidge, who, with his wife Kasey, own From My Shelf Books. Coolidge’s newest book, “Huck & Finn, Bookstore Cats,” will be available for purchase. Coolidge will autograph copies. Those who attend will also get to meet Huck and Finn and talk to Coolidge about the book.

In March of 2014, Coolidge and his wife adopted Huck and Finn as kittens from Animal Care Sanctuary in Wellsboro. They are from the same litter. Huck is a black and white tuxedo cat. His brother Finn is all black. They were named for the main character in Mark Twain’s novel, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

“Our first bookstore cat was an orange tabby named Hobo,” said Coolidge. He wrote a picture book about Hobo that is still popular with children today. “Hobo was our bookstore cat from 2006 to 2014,” said Coolidge. “After he passed away, we adopted Huck and Finn.”

The two bookstore cats are also included in “Bookstore Cats” written by Brandon Schultz and published in September of 2017. Huck and Finn are also characters in the “Totally Ninja Raccoon” series written by Coolidge for second to fourth grade reluctant readers. The first book in the series was published on Dec. 11, 2015 and the eighth on July 6, 2018. The cats appear in six of the eight.

“When Huck and Finn decided they wanted their own picture book, I wrote one for them,” said Coolidge. “Stephanie Webb did the illustrations. She did a terrific job illustrating ‘Molly, the Dog with Diabetes,’ a true story I wrote about our neighbors’ dachshund mix and her journey with diabetes. The artwork Stephanie did for both books is beautiful,” Coolidge said.

For more information, call From My Shelf Books at (570) 724-5793.

Photo by John Eaton
Author Kevin Coolidge (standing) will be available to talk about his most recent book during his book release party for “Huck & Finn, Bookstore Cats.” Those who attend will meet the all black Finn (shown left) and his brother, black and white Huck.


Free programs and activities are being offered at Hills Creek and Cherry Springs State parks Aug. 2-4, 2019.

At Hills Creek State Park
WELLSBORO—Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901 is seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township via Charleston Street and Hills Creek Lake Road. Free, one-hour programs are being presented.

Talk to the Animals is Friday, Aug. 2
At 8:45 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2 in the Nature Center area located between B and C loops in the park’s campground is Talk to the Animals. Discover how animals “talk” by using sight, scent and sound. Many examples for species found in this area will be demonstrated. Preregistration is NOT required to attend.

Critter Call is Sunday, Aug. 4
At 8:45 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4 is Critter Call. This nighttime program offers a chance to see nocturnal animals in a unique way. Following a brief orientation, participants will travel to spots in and around the park to “call in” gray fox using night lights and an electronic game call. Deer, raccoons, owls and coyotes may also be encountered as participants hike discreetly into the woods and call from several locations. Be prepared to drive short distances, wear dark, scent-free clothes and remain quiet at all times. This one-hour program is not suitable for young children or anyone who has difficulty walking at night in a woodland setting. It is limited to 12 people, ages 10 and above. Preregistration is required for Critter Call. To preregister, call by the park office at 570-724-4246 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.

Call the park office at 570-724-4246 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.

At Cherry Springs State Park
COUDERSPORT—Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, Pa. 16915 is 12 miles from Route 6 in Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44. All stargazing and other programs will be cancelled if it rains or thunders.

Anyone may observe the night sky at Cherry Springs on his or her own without attending a stargazing program. All visitors should arrive before dark. Search for the Clear Sky Chart online for 48-hour forecasts about viewing conditions.

Around the World in 80 Minutes is Saturday, Aug. 3
The Around the World in 80 MInutes tour is being offered at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 for the first 16 people who preregister and prepay. This small group experience with the North Star Outdoor Guides’ Dark Sky Telescope Tour ensures maximum telescope time and a more individualized program. Fee: $20. For details, visit

Nightscapes Photography Workshop is Saturday, Aug. 3
The first 10 people who preregister will be accepted for the three-hour Nightscapes Photography Workshop being given by Curt Weinhold at 8:45 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the park. Learn how to photograph the starry night sky, including constellations and the Milky Way, and foreground material using your own DSLR camera and lenses. View samples of Weinhold’s work at Fee: $60. For details, visit

Free Night Sky Tour is Saturday, Aug. 3
From 9 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3 in the park’s Night Sky Viewing Area, experience the splendor of the night sky. Park staff will give a laser-guided tour of the constellations and recount the legends and myths surrounding them. Afterwards, take an up close look at celestial objects through park telescopes. Preregistration is required to attend this free program.

To Preregister
To preregister online for the free Night Sky Tour, Around the World in 80 MInutes Tour or the Nightscapes Photography Workshop, visit If there is a problem with registering online or for information about other programs offered at the park, call (814) 435-1037 or email


The 68th Annual Woodsmen Show will officially open Friday, Aug. 2 at noon with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The ceremony will take place at the entrance to the show on Astronomy Observation Field adjacent to the bathroom block at Cherry Springs State Park, 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.

At noon, Galeton Rotary Club President Paul Pritchard will give a short speech about the 68th Annual Woodsmen Show to thank those in attendance and those who have made the Woodsmen Show possible over the years.

Ribbon cutting ceremony participants are: Suzan Paisley, aide to State Representative Martin Causer of the 67th Legislative District of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover; Park Manager Benjamin Stone of the Hills Creek State Park Complex of the Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, a division of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR); PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director Terri Dennison; Galeton Borough Mayor Vincent Salvadge; and Pritchard.


Lumberjack favorites Arden Cogar Jr. and Chris Bradshaw are bringing their Lumberjack Show of Champions to the main arena for the 68th Annual Woodsmen Show being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2, 3 and 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County (GPS address: 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915). The park is located about 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44.

During their one-hour shows at 11:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, Cogar and Bradshaw will entertain the audience with humorous, informative demonstrations of the skills needed to be a lumberjack.

Contestants in Friday’s 2 p.m. hands-on amateur competition will get to rub elbows with these lumberjack champions as Cogar, Bradshaw and DCNR staff assist amateurs competing in the two-person log roll, axe throw and two-person crosscut. Amateurs must be at least 13 years of age to compete; those 13 to 17 years old must have parental consent. Register for the contest Friday morning at the DCNR trailer and practice for the contest beginning at noon.

Visitors are encouraged to stick around to see who will win the overall lumberjack title during the professional competition on Saturday, Aug. 3 from noon to 3 p.m. As seen on television, the top lumber jacks and jills in the country will compete in eight different events, including log rolling, axe throw, springboard, tree felling, standing chop, hot chainsaw, one person buck crosscut and two-person buck crosscut.

On Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m., the horse pulling competition will be in the main arena. Draft horses weighing 1500 to 2000 pounds each will pull thousands of pounds of logs the same way trees were removed from the forest during the logging era.

Jay Smar will perform different music at each show he does on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. He plays two guitars, a claw-hammer banjo and fiddle and does flat footing, a type of clog dancing. A baritone, Smar sings traditional American and original folk, old time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes as well as coal mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania.

On Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Johnny “Cash” Barnett on guitar will perform hits made famous by the legendary Johnny Cash as well as several other artists such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Willy Nelson and Elvis Presley. Barnett has been doing a tribute show to Johnny Cash for the past 31 years- since he was 25 years old.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, visitors to Woodhick Grove can experience the lifestyle of woodhicks in an 1890s logging camp. Among the topics and demonstrations will be log rafting, split rail fence building, blacksmithing, music, woodcarving, lumber camp operation and storytelling. All topics are based on extensive research and are historically accurate to the period. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, participants in the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum’s Cork Camp will demonstrate the skills they have learned from this bygone era.

All three days will be a treasure hunt with prizes for children 12 and under. Available for purchase will be a variety of food and wood-related items, such as wood-turned art, wood sculptures, rustic furniture and wooden novelties as well as commemorative T-shirts, trapping supplies, lumber maintenance products, homemade baskets, chainsaws, a portable sawmill, etc.

During the three days, more than 10 hours are scheduled for chainsaw artists entered in the Masterpiece Competition to do a carving. These carvings can be viewed as they are created in the individual artists’ booths. Judges will pick the top three place winners for awards to be presented at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Each day, chainsaw artists will compete in one-hour Quick Carve contests to create special pieces that will be immediately auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Being raffled off during the Woodsmen Show will be a chainsaw on Friday at 2:30 p.m.; safety chaps and safety helmet on Saturday at noon; a chainsaw on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.; and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., a powered blower. A special free children’s raffle will also be held.

Being raffled off on Sunday are three firearms including a Henry Lever Action Shotgun .410; Marlin Guide Rifle, Stainless 45-70; and a Remington 783-270 Rifle w/Scope. Need not be present to win.

The gates open each day at 9 a.m. Admission for adults is $10 on Friday and Sunday and $14 on Saturday. Admission for children 8 to 12 years old is $7 all three days. Children 7 and under are admitted free. A three-day pass for adults is $24 and $16 for children 8 to 12 years old.

The Galeton Rotary Club sponsors the Woodsmen Show. All proceeds from the event are used to support local projects. For more information, contact the Galeton Rotary Club at (814) 435-6855 or visit

Photo provided by the Galeton Rotary Club
Lumberjacks work as a team in the crosscut saw competition.


The Tyoga Running Club is hosting its free “Rim to Rim to Rim” Run on Thursday, Aug. 1.

The public and members of the club will meet at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Leonard Harrison State Park (GPS: 4797 PA-660, Wellsboro, PA 16901), near the entrance to the Turkey Path, which is on the east rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, near Wellsboro.

They will run down the Turkey Path to the bottom of the Pine Creek Gorge., cross Pine Creek and run up the other side to the Colton Point Lookout in Colton Point State Park on the west rim of the gorge and then run back to Leonard Harrison. This run will take about an hour and a half to complete, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. It is recommended that participants bring bottled water to drink.

The free, traditional one-hour Thursday Night Runs for members and the public at Asaph will be held on August 8, 15, 22 and 29. Runners meet in the parking lot at the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Laboratory at 176 Straight Run Road in Asaph, eight miles west of Wellsboro off Route 6. The runs will begin promptly at 6 p.m. and are open to children and adults with pace groups for all ages and ability levels.

For more information, visit or email


To be eligible for prizes, those who have been searching for Waldo in more than 25 Wellsboro area businesses during the month of July must turn in their passports before 6 p.m. this coming Tuesday, July 30 at From My Shelf Books & Gifts at 7 East Avenue in Wellsboro. Passports will NOT be accepted for prize eligibility after 6 p.m. on July 30.

Waldo spotters should make sure their names and contact information are included on their passports before submitting them.

The Waldo-Palooza Party will be from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31 at the bookstore. The names of the prizewinners will be drawn at the party but they need not be present to win. “We will call the winners to let them know,” said Kasey Coolidge, bookstore manager.

For more information, call the bookstore at (570) 724-5793.


At 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, July 27, the Williamsport-based acoustic trio Mystery Trayne will perform country blues and rhythm and blues in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro. Shown are: (from left to right) Jack Reed of Liberty on upright bass and acoustic guitar; Cheryl “Miz Ida” Miller on percussion instruments, including the rub board.; and Jay “Bone” Short on acoustic guitar. All three harmonize and share the role of lead singer. They are fixtures on the Billtown Blues music scene. Admission is $15 and free for youth 12 and under with a paying adult. This is BYOB – bring snacks and beverages. For tickets and to reserve a table, call 570-724-6220 or visit

Photo provided


Between this Friday, July 26 and Sunday, Aug. 4, the Endless Mountain Music Festival continues with musical performances for all ages featuring world-class musicians at venues in Pennsylvania and New York.

At Mansfield University, Dr. Peggy Dettwiler will conduct the Symphony Festival Orchestra and three MU choral groups in a performance of “A Song of Peace” this Friday, July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser, festival founder, will conduct the American premier of Joachim Raff’s “Cello Concerto No. 2 in G Major” performed by the orchestra with Gita Ladd on cello. Raff wrote this romantic concerto in 1850. It was overlooked and never performed in the United States until now.

This Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium, the orchestra with Russian pianist Asiya Korepanova will perform George Gershwin’s “Piano Concerto in F Major” during “A Salute to American Composers.” Also on the program are Peter Boyer’s “New Beginnings,” Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring: Ballet for Martha” and Leonard Bernstein’s overture to the comic operetta “Candide.”

On Sunday, July 28, festival interns will perform music from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. during brunch at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro. Make reservations for brunch in advance by calling 570-724-2111. The music is free.

At 7:30 p.m. this Sunday, July 28 enjoy an evening of free music under the stars followed by stargazing at Cherry Springs State Park located between Galeton and Coudersport in Potter County. Performing will be the Festival Brass Quintet and a percussionist. Preregister to attend by calling (814) 435-1037 or visiting

Singer-songwriter Abbie Gardner, a talented Dobro and slide guitarist, will perform her original folk tunes and blues on Monday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Deane Center in Wellsboro. She is a member of Red Molly. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride on the back of her formidable slide guitar licks. Her newest CD is “Wishes on a Neon Sign.”

Jazz, swing and stride pianist Bram Wijnands, a festival favorite, will be at the Penn Wells Hotel’s main dining room on Tuesday night, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Doors for his cabaret-style concert will open at 7:15 p.m. Those who want to eat dinner from 5 to 7:15 p.m. are asked to call the hotel at 570-724-2111 for reservations or stop in.

At the Clemens Center in Elmira, N.Y. Wednesday, July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Israelis Asi Matathias on violin and Yevgeny Yontov at the piano will perform Vitali’s “Ciaccona in G Minor”; Strauss’ “Sonata in E-flat Major”; Debussy’s “Etudes,” Book II; and Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen (Gypsy Melodies), Opus 20. Matathias and Yontov were both born in Israel and each began playing his chosen instrument at six years old. Still in his twenties, Matathias is recognized as one of the most talented violinists of his generation. He has performed with orchestras around the globe. Yontov is pursuing his doctorate at the Yale School of Music in the United States. He has performed chamber music across Israel, Europe, Asia and North and South America.

Thursday, Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m., in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre in Wellsboro, will be 2019 Grammy Award-winner Doris Hall-Gulati on clarinet, Ken Bell on French horn and a string quintet composed of Hua Jin and Karen Banos on violin, Jennifer Alger and Yaniv Cohen on viola and Zinya Zhou on cello. Bell and the strings will play Mozart’s “Quintet in E-flat Major” and Hall-Gulati and the strings, Brahms’ “Quintet in B Minor.”

The orchestra will present Ippolitov-Ivanov’s “Procession of the Sardar,” Borodin’s “Symphony No. 2 in B Minor” and Brahms’ “Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77” with Asi Matathias of Israel on violin at Mansfield University’s Steadman Theatre on Friday, Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium, the orchestra will perform Franz Liszt’s “Festklänge (Symphonic Poem No. 7),” Frédéric Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op 21” featuring Yevgeny Yontov at the piano, and Borodin’s “Symphony No. 2 in B Minor.”

The festival will end with the free Pops Concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4 in the corporate hangar at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport at 112 Runway Road in Wellsboro. Featured will be the 62-member Festival Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Gunzenhauser performing Sousa marches, medleys from “Les Misérables” and “Evita,” music from films “Somewhere in Time” and “Rocky” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture.”

For more information about the concerts or to purchase tickets or flex passes, call the Endless Mountain Music Festival at (570) 787-7800 or visit Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Photo provided
Peggy Dettwiler (shown) will conduct the Endless Mountain Music Festival Symphony Orchestra and Mansfield University choral groups during this Friday’s concert in Steadman Theatre in Mansfield.


Grant money, awarded by The Tree House Fund at the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania to the Endless Mountain Music Festival, is being used for the presentation of a free STEM program at 12:30 p.m. and toward the free Festival Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert at 2 p.m., both on Sunday, Aug. 4 at the Wellsboro Johnston Airport at 112 Runway Road, Wellsboro, PA 16901.

The two events will be held rain or shine, the STEM program in the airport terminal and the concert in the airport’s corporate hangar.

The free Aug. 4 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) hands-on learning activity is open to the first 30 second through eighth graders who preregister. They will make a hoop wing glider using straws, tape and index cards. Teaching the program will be Educator Suzanne Butcher and Board Vice President Carolyn Young, both from the Science & Discovery Center in Corning, New York. Through this fun program, youngsters will learn the science behind flight as a way to connect it to their everyday lives and use skills essential to their future success.

Butcher joined the SDC staff in 2017 and serves as an educator for grades 2-8. She had originally worked in the field of analytical chemistry and more recently had tutored students in chemistry, physics, biology, earth science, and math, individually and in small-groups in the Syracuse City School District.

Young retired in 2004 after teaching math and science to third, fourth and fifth graders for more than 28 years in the Corning- Painted Post School District.

To participate in this free STEM program, children must be preregistered by calling (570) 787-7800.