Penns Valley

On Centre | Penns Valley: Sweet sounds of conservation

The Riversongs Festival is back to help benefit watershed conservation in Penns Valley.

Hosted by the Penns Valley Conservation Association at Elk Creek Cafe — with live entertainment from WSOV Sounds of the Valley radio station — the fifth annual event aims to celebrate spring and the start of trout season, PVCA Executive Director Andrea Ferich said.

“It’s one of our favorite times of year, and we hope people can celebrate and learn what we do,” Ferich said.

The PVCA is a Spring Mills volunteer-driven organization that implements community-based projects within the watershed where improvement is needed.

The event was spearheaded by a group of community members, Ferich said.

“It started by some people even before there was an executive director,” Ferich said. “They were just a group of residents who care about the work we do.”

The event will include live music, craft beers and food from the Elk Creek menu.

Live entertainment will include Marah and Mountain Minstrelsy band members Christine Smith, Dave Bielanko and Gus Trisch. The Up Texas Choir will also make an appearance, along with Hellbender, and there will be readings from local historian and poet Carl Gaffron.

The fest will also feature a drawing for PVCA’s biannual raffle for a Trek FX Hybrid bicycle provided by Freeze Thaw Cycles, and a Heron Jr. Kayak from Tussey Mountain Outfitters.

A report from PVCA said that both items can be traded for the same model with customized size and color choice or can be put toward the purchase of another style.

Other prizes include dinner and overnight accommodations provided by Elk Creek Cafe and Triple Creek Lodge; and donations from Martin’s Feed Mill and Millheim Small Engine.

Ferich said prizes are on display at Penns Valley Veterinary Clinic. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the event for $10 each or three for $25.

All proceeds raised through donations and the raffle will benefit PVCA.

The goal is to raise at least $6,000, Ferich said.

Proceeds will help PVCA’s work in the Upper Penns Creek watershed, including restoration work on Muddy Creek, stream bank initiatives on local farms and the Environmental Education program provided to Penns Valley students in the classroom and in the field, Ferich said.

“We do a lot of community outreach and education so people can learn and understand the environment around them,” Ferich said. “Our goal is to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of the valley.”

The PVCA annual Stream Cleanup will take place the day before Riversongs from 9 a.m. to noon in support of the Great American Cleanup — a national initiative that takes place each spring with volunteers who help improve their communities.

Volunteers can meet at the Coburn Park at 9 a.m. Saturday to be sent out to their cleanup sites.

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