Events

December 14, 2019- Santa in the Shay –  He must be taking a break from his sleigh, because Santa is going to be in the Shay locomotive at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum on December 14 from 12 to 3 PM. Take an portrait with St. Nicholas. Make a super simple family-crafted ornament. Enjoy cookies. Browse a holiday bazaar of local artisans. Admission to the Santa in the Shay event includes admission to the Lumber Museum’s Challenges and Choices exhibit, so take the opportunity to see the exhibits with your family!

January 25, 2020 – Winter in the Lumber Camp: Outdoor fun in the snow with sledding, snow men, and snow art activities. Try your hand at cross-country skis, snowshoes and ice skates (conditions permitting) with the help of equipment provided by PA DCNR and volunteer instructors. Food and drink available in the program room. 

February 14—16, 2020 – Snow-mobility Weekend: Ride your snowmobile to the museum all weekend-long. Cross-country ski/ hike to the museum on Saturday (ONLY) for a Pancake Breakfast from 9:30 Am until 1:30 Pm. Documentary films will be shown in the program room during breakfast. 

March 8, 2020- Charter Day – Most PA Trails of History sites are free to the public to celebrate Pennsylvania’s birthday! The PA Lumber Museum will be offering guided tours of its facilities and exhibits. 

Saturday March 14, 2020 – 4:30 PM Introduction to Night Sky Photography with Curt Weinhold. PALMA board member and professional photographer Curt Weinhold will lead a program discussing the basics of night sky photography. Cherry Springs State Park is an internationally recognized dark skies destination, due in large part to the legacy of the lumber industry “boom” in this part of Pennsylvania at the turn of the 20th century. Curt is well-versed in photographing the starry sky at Cherry Springs and other locations in the PA Wilds. He will share his knowledge at this event, explaining everything from equipment to atmospheric conditions. Following the presentation, and if weather permits, there will be an opportunity to practice night sky photography on the museum grounds. Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

Saturday March 21, 2020 – 1 PM Author Discussion and Book Signing with William Marcum. Join William “Bill” Marcum for a presentation on his new book- “The Foreman’s Boys: The Story of Civilian Conservation Corps, Company 1333, Camp S-63, Poe Valley.” Bill’s grandfather, Sumner Frankenberger, was a foreman at the Poe Valley CCC camp from 1933 to 1941. A trunk of photographs and memorabilia saved by his mother started Bill on the journey of writing this book. Using his grandfather’s accounts, Bill has assembled an excellent vignette about what it was like to live and work in a CCC Camp during the Great Depression. He will discuss what went into creating this story, and afterward he will sign copies of the book. “The Foreman’s Boys” is available for purchase in the museum gift shop, as well as from other major booksellers. Regular museum admission rates apply; PALMA museum members are FREE.

April 25-26, 2020 – Spring Antique and Collectible Show: Antique vendors selling a wide variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and other historic demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in the program room. 

May 7, 2020 – Potter County Envirothon: High school students from the county compete in educational events testing their knowledge on ecology, conservation, and the care and management of our natural world. 

May 23, 2020 – Community Yard Sale: This event is held near the U.S. Route 6 entrance to the museum. Reserve a vendor space at the event for a donation of $10; rent a table for $5 each. A high-traffic weekend for yard sales: thousands of cars will be traveling on Route 6 past the museum! 

July 4-5, 2020 – Bark Peelers’ Festival: Our biggest event of the year! Lively special events, contests, and demonstrations all celebrating “wood hick” skills. Unique food and craft vendors, live music, games at the kid’s corner, operation of our sawmill and birch still, blacksmithing, chainsaw carving, and door prizes. Visitors are encouraged to compete in the greased pole, log rolling, cross cut saw, and birling competitions to earn the title “Grand Champion Bark-peeler” and the associated cash prizes. 

August 1-2, 2020 – Cork-Camp: A hands-on history camp for families and kids 10 and older. Learn about the history of PA’s forests, the how-to of wood hick skills, and an introduction to living history portrayals. On the 2nd day of camp, participants will demonstrate what they have learned at the Cherry Springs State Park Woodsmen Show. Pre-registration is required for participation. 

August 8, 2020 – Youth & Family Field Day: Sponsored by the Black Forest Sportsman’s Club; youth 10 to 16 years of age are introduced to a variety of outdoor activities with their family. Qualified local instructors teach skills such as fly casting, archery, tree and wildlife identification, and astronomy. Admission is free but requires pre-registration. 

September 5, 2020 – Community Yard Sale: This event is held near the U.S. Route 6 entrance to the museum. Reserve a vendor space at the event for a donation of $10; rent a table for $5 each. A high-traffic weekend for yard sales: thousands of cars will be traveling on Route 6 past the museum! 

October 10-11, 2020 – Fall Antique and Collectible Show: Dozens of antique vendors selling a wide variety of items; sawmill demonstration on Saturday, and birch still and historic trade demonstrations all weekend; food available for purchase in the program room. 

October 24, 2020 – Spooky Lantern Tours at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum: 6 to 9 Pm. Join us for a walk through the site by lantern light. Listen to ghost stories and trick-or-treat along the walk. Paint pumpkins and make pine cone birdfeeders and have some refreshments in the museum program room. 

December 12, 2020 – Santa in the Shay: 12 to 3 Pm; Santa will be in the cab of the museum’s Shay locomotive to listen to your holiday requests. Take an instant pic with St. Nick, and make a special ornament for your tree. Cookies and hot coco will be served in the museum program room and shop a holiday bazaar of local artisans. 

Third Weekend Series: The PALMA Events Committee arranges monthly programs at the Lumber Museum. These programs cover a wide-range of topics presented through documentary films, lectures, and hands-on learning activities. And the events usually, but not always, land on the third weekend of the month. Third Weekend Series events are free to all Pennsylvania Lumber Museum Associates. Otherwise, regular admission rates apply.