Water, Ice, Food & Libations, ATM, Sanitation, Firewood & Recycling?
The Heron property has many water spigots that supply Health Department approved chlorinated drinking water. The Heron’s Merch Booth sells bottled water and ice. At The Heron’s Cafe in the Woods you can get water, coffee, soft drinks, pizza, baked goods & more. The festival midway offers an exotic variety of fresh-cooked fare & beverages. Southern Tier Brewery will be offering a selection of their award winning brews and Willow Creek Winery will be featuring their very popular Wine Slushies. Please stay hydrated and well nourished.
Where is an ATM, the closest stores, gas?
We have ATM’s on-site near our Merch Booth and at the Heron HQ. 5 miles away in Sherman you’ll find Mack’s Market for food & beverages, Keystone for gas & beverages, Sherman Hardware for general supplies, a few restaurants & a NAPA. 15 miles away in Lakewood there are 24-hour stores, ATMs, etc.
What are the shower & toilet facilities?
There are only two showers on our property at The Bathhouse on the hill. The public can use the showers Fri., Sat. & Sun. between 3:00pm & 5:00pm for a $2 fee/person. The rest of the weekend the Bathhouse is reserved for performers, staff & vendors. Many people visit the beach for a refreshing dip or use the water spigots (w/ soap dispensers!) for a quick rinse. (See more about the beach under “Family Fun”.) Port-a potties are supplied by Brewers Septic, and are serviced twice daily by the Brewer family who stay with us on site. Report service issues to The Heron’s HQ. We pride ourselves with the best-kept toilets of any festival around!
What about campfires & firewood?
We are a very unique festival in that we allow personal campfires in all of the camping area. That said, we have had increasing complaints about smoldering fires and the smoky haze that this sometimes creates. Please start a fire only if you really need to, douse fires when not in use and share your neighbors fire pits, whenever possible. If smoke is a problem for you, camp in the Purple Lot where there is a breeze.
There is a firewood booth at the Crossroads on site where you can buy wood by the bundle and carry it to your camp, plus the firewood crew makes delivery trips to Heron Overlook daily.
Bringing firewood to The Heron is Prohibited. Chautauqua County is “quarantined” for firewood transport. To protect our woodlot, we confiscate and burn any wood that is brought and we do search for it at the gate. Click here for more info regarding the Emerald Ash Borer quarantines.
We are Rainbow Recyclers!
Rainbow Recycling is our colorful way of educating and encouraging patrons to sort their trash and recycle. We have 55 stations that each consist of a trash bin, a metal bin, a plastic bin, a glass container (though we ask you NOT to bring glass), a compost bucket and a spot for cardboard and paper.
These are the 2014 results:
TOTAL=37,905 LBS TRASH=64.4% RECYCLING=35.6% TRASH=24,400 LBS
STREAMLINE RECYCLING=9,180 LBS
ALUMINUM CANS=1,570 LBS
STEEL CANS=350 LBS
SCRAP METAL=2,395 LBS
Help us by using the sorting stations, cleaning up EVERYTHING when you leave, and by not throwing trash or cigarette butts on the ground. We are faithful & committed to restoring the land each year to it’s original pristine condition.