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Pine Fest—A Pine Barrens Multicultural Celebration!

Pine  Fest
Charge Pond Campground Pavilion
Myles Standish State Forest, Carver
May 17, 2014, 10 AM to 8 PM
FREE and Accessible

Activities to highlight beauty of pine barrens By Robert Knox | GLOBE CORRESPONDENT MAY 15, 2014

Looking for adventure, right where you live? Looking for an outdoor activity that family and friends can do together, practically in your back yard? Come to Pine Fest in the beautiful Myles Standish State Forest.

A day of fun and playful learning that will open your eyes and heart to the Greater Pine Barrens of Southeastern Massachusetts.

Lots to Do!

Flora 2 Shade Shelter with Jonathan Perry
Kayaking 4-H Pony Station
Gillys bikes Cooking with Fire by Paula Marcoux
Pine Fest 2014! Charcoal Making with Frank Mand and Alex Belote
DCR Forester Paul Gregory Plymouth Gentian, Grump Conway photo

Shoot a bow and arrow

Paddle a kayak

Ride a pony

Hike with a DCR Forester

Learn the secrets of making charcoal

Go orienteering with the Friends of Myles Standish State Forest

Bake bread on a campfire with Paula Marcoux, author of Cooking With Fire

Twitter like a bird

Find out how to use the GPS unit in your smart phone

Carve wood sculptures

Preserve flowers

Special Programs

*Archaeology Discover how the residents of this area, past and present, depended on and interacted with the land.

*Help build an authentic Wampanoag shelter with Jonathan Perry, Aquinnah Wampanoag traditional singer, dancer, speaker and carver.

*Meet Frederick Law Olmstead as portrayed by Gerry Wright.

*Listen to stories told by Big Ryan and his puppets.

*Take a forest history tour, Cranberries and Cannonballs, with DCR Interpreter Amy Wilmot.

The Little Red Smokehouse of Carver will be on hand with great food for purchase.

Campfire: Stay the whole day and then, as the sun falls behind the trees, roast marshmallows around a camp fire while singing camp songs and listening to owl calls.

Find Pine Fest: Pine Fest will be easy to find. Just enter Myles Standish State Forest and follow the Pitch Pine signs to Charge Pond. There'll be plenty of free parking.

Got Bikes? Bring your bicycles and start at Fearing Pond parking lot with an official safety check-up of your bike. Then follow a guided ride from there to Charge Pond.

Camp! If you like you can spend the night! Camping reservations are available through ReserveAmerica.com.

Thank you to our Partners and Supporters: Pine Fest is sponsored by the Southeastern Pine Barrens Alliance and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation through the generosity of the Massachusetts Cultural Councils of the towns of Carver, Duxbury, Middleborough, Plymouth and Wareham - and with the support of the A.D. Makepeace Company.


Environmental Learning is fun, exciting and healthy!

Educating ourselves, our neighbors and everyone who comes into the area about the globally rare ecology of southeastern Massachusetts is critical to preserving the character and wildlife habitat of the Atlantic Coastal Pine Barrens.

Pine Fest will give those who know and love the Greater Pine Barrens Region a chance to share their passion with you at the beautiful Myles Standish State Forest.

All learning activities, entertainment and demonstrations at Pine Fest will engage both children and adults in explorations into:

The Line-up of Events, Vendors and Activities

Camp and spend the night at Pine Fest Contact Reserve America

Pine Fest is sponsored by SEMPBA, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Plymouth, Duxbury, Carver, Middleborough and Wareham Cultural Councils and the A.D. Makepeace Company. Thank you!

More Information and Application for Groups, Vendors and Artisans

Volunteers appreciated! Please contact SEMPBA by phone (774) 773-9982,  or email info@pinebarrensalliance.org. Thank you!

Sponsors and Supporters

Carver Cultural CouncilCarver Cultural Council

Duxbury Cultural CouncilDuxbury Cultural Council

Middleborough Cultural CouncilMiddleborough Cultural Council

Plymouth Cultural CouncilPlymouth Cultural Council

Wareham LCCWareham Cultural Council

A.D. Makepeace logoA.D. Makepeace Company