2020 Pennsylvania Firefly Virtual Stay-At-Home Festival
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The 8th Annual PA Firefly Festival was canceled. We provided an alternative to the in-person festival; a Virtual Stay-at-Home PA Firefly Festival.
Using today’s technology, we celebrated the joy of the firefly season and continued to educate the public to the best of our ability during the time of social distancing. Our 2020 firefly experts and artists participated in a virtual way. In other words, they submitted photos, videos and slide show presentations which will appeared on our PAFF YouTube Channel, Instagram and/or Facebook pages on June 27th.
The 2020 Virtual PAFF was still a celebration of the joy of fireflies. With the support of the Forest County Tourism Grant and VisitPAGo.com, we are urged folks to STAY HOME, and take advantage of all of our Social Media and online information to learn about the fireflies in their own backyards. The virtual Art After Dark sponsored by the Elk County Council of the Arts and Pennsylvania Partners of Art, featured presentations by the United Nations Ambassador of Art, Mr. Ibiyinka Alao, world-renowned photographer Radim Schreiber and original music by Pennsylvania’s favorite troubadour, Matt Miskie.
During the 2020 firefly season, we continued to monitor and conduct our summer research here in Kellettville and throughout Western PA. Ms. Valerie Kuppek, a rising Senior in Biology from Dickinson College, was our Summer Research Intern. She monitored our local fireflies, and helped produce a Virtual Firefly Walk and recorded her own "day in the life of a PAFF Summer Intern" video. The videos are all posted online, and we hope you will be able to "catch" the fireflies from the safety and comfort of your home at your convenience.
Our priority is the health and safety of our community and the public. We are planning for the 2021 firefly season. You can expect changes as we gained new perspective from this year's experience.