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Mary’s Miracle

18 Christmas on

Main Street

By Maggie Barnes Fleeing domestic violence, Mary Jarreau and her children discovered the sweet life in a candy shop in Wellsboro.

By Teresa Banik Capuzzo

20 A Dickens of a Costume

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22 Mistaken Identity By Roger Kingsley

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Mary’s Miracle Fleeing Domestic Violence, Mary Jarreau and Her Children Discovered the Sweet Life in a Candy Shop in Wellsboro By Maggie Barnes

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ary Jarreau was bathed in the late-day autumn sun as she chatted outside Peggy’s Candies, her Main Street, Wellsboro, candy shop. Her twelve-year-old daughter, Emily, popped out of the store and said, “Mom, I’m dying for a hot dog.” Mary’s youthful face, framed by dark hair, split into a smile. “Okay.” With that, Emily skipped down the sidewalk of the borough’s main thoroughfare and out of her mother’s sight. Mary, without another glance down the street, resumed her conversation. There was a time, not very long ago, when such a moment would have been unthinkable in Mary’s life. “How does it feel to not fear for your family’s safety?” she is asked. Again, the smile. “It’s wonderful.” How did she get from a time of stress, uncertainty, worry, and near panic to this place of tranquility and gratitude? She shares her story, Mary says, so that people can appreciate what she calls, “the magnitude of the miracle” that brought her to Wellsboro. Well, it is See Miracle on page 8

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December, and if the world is ever to believe in miracles… “It’s over in the morning.” Mary heard her husband say those words and knew she was in desperate trouble. The marriage had never been good. But, her husband’s abusive treatment and fits of violence were on a path of escalation that grew in Mary fresh fear for herself and the two children still living at home. Following through on that fear, Mary had arranged for divorce proceedings to begin. Her husband would be served with papers at his workplace the next day. She planned to be long gone from their Union County, Pennsylvania, home with her daughters by then. But her husband’s paranoia shifted the balance of power back in his favor. He went through her purse and discovered a missing check, despite Mary’s extra precaution of taking the last check in the book to hide her action. “He knew how many checks should be in the book,” Mary remembers. “It was the one I used to retain an attorney.” The rest of that tense night was spent trying to talk him out of his growing anger. Mary laid down on

the bed with him in an effort to keep him calm. Two weapons were nearby, with him in control of both. Two young daughters slept just down the hall. “All I could think of was ‘stay alive. Think of some way to get out of this,’” Mary says. Her narrative is broken when she greets a shopper with a dazzling smile and, for a moment, you are snapped back to the present, where Mary is happy and perfectly at peace. The contrast is jarring, and equally jarring as her story resumes. “He had said that morning would bring the end. I knew the alarm was minutes away from ringing.” A break in his attention was the chance she was waiting for; Mary out-maneuvered her husband and got into a room with the weapons, her daughters, and a phone. The rest of the episode unfolds with the arrival of police and the fleeing of her husband. “We never really saw him again,” Mary says, adding that she was eventually awarded full custody of the girls. But before he left their lives, her husband took half of the couple’s money and left a good chunk of the rest tied up in legal issues. She was safe.

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But she was also broke and facing a very uncertain future. At the time, Mary worked in sales. She enjoyed the work and was good enough at it to win three trips from her employer. But the job didn’t pay what she needed to make ends meet as a solo parent. In fact, of the trips she won, she sold one back to the company for the cash and gifted the second to one of her daughters as the only wedding present she could afford. That left a weekend trip to Niagara Falls. Mary had been to the falls once before, with her husband, but the trip had been a nightmare of stress and tense moments. She barely remembered seeing the majestic landmark. This was another chance, but she was a year into trying to hang on to her home and keep things steady for her kids. The last thing she needed was to go out of town. A friend insisted otherwise. Time away was exactly what she needed to clear her head and clarify her thinking. This time, Mary really saw—and felt—the falls. “That thundering in your chest when

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you stand there—it was magical. I loved it.” The prize included all the classic Niagara Falls activities: Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, and a taste of the famous regional fudge. “I wanted to bring some fudge back for the kids, but it was too warm to travel all that way with it,” Mary recalls. “So, on the drive home, we stopped in Wellsboro.” You see, there was this candy store… Mary felt an instant peace when she walked Main Street. It was as if all the serenity she had been missing in her life was stored here, in one community, waiting for her to claim it. “I loved Peggy’s Candies, so cozy and welcoming,” she says. “We got some treats and walked further down the street. There was a real estate office.” Mary turns and points, just a few doors away from where she sits, the smile on her face serving as a preview of things to come. For that day, there, in the window, was a flier advertising the fact that the candy store was for sale. Mary was suddenly rooted to the sidewalk. “That thundering was back in my chest. The same feeling,” she says. Now, given her financial situation at the time, it was beyond ridiculous to think of buying a business. But the roaring in her ears persisted. “I felt…what? Purposeful maybe. Like there was a specific reason I was supposed to be standing there. But, it was nothing that made sense.” Regardless of the illogic, she snapped a photo of the flier. Back at her job, Mary tried to forget about Wellsboro, about the perfect little shop, about the thundering in her chest. But she couldn’t. “It just wouldn’t let go of me. I needed to dream.” People often don’t recognize the most significant moments in their life while they are happening. But, sometimes, the fork in the road is large, looming, and loud. Mary knew that to stay where she was would lead to losing the house and probable bankruptcy. Door Number Two led only to the thirteen dollars in her checking account. But Mary is a woman of a resolute faith. Even during the turbulent days when her very safety was threatened, she clung to the belief that all would be well. She called the real estate agent. It is a measure of the kind of place Wellsboro is that the agent didn’t question Mary’s sanity just before hanging up. 10

“He heard me out,” Mary says. “He was more encouraging than the facts should have warranted. He said to make an offer and see what happened.” The first domino had been tipped and the wheels of the universe began to spin in Mary’s favor for the first time in decades. One phone call led to another, and to a conversation, and to the right people being contacted. Ebenezer Scrooge probably would not have signed off on the deal that followed, but practicality has no place in a December miracle. All that matters is that when the wheels stopped spinning Mary was the owner of the most perfect little candy shop in the Commonwealth. It was a year ago, very near the shop’s thirtieth anniversary. • Mary had worked in catering and had been a florist, but she had no depth of experience in retail, and all she knew about candy was that she liked it. She was going to need help, and she started with her youngest kids. Soon, Annie, now fifteen, and Emily, the twelve-year-old hot dog lover, found themselves standing in front of Peggy’s Candies with their mother. They were more than a little confused. “She had been acting weird lately,” says Emily, with the bluntness characteristic of that age. “And she was bringing home lots of movies about candy.” The movie night playlist in the Jarreau home had become a sugar-laden homage to sweetness: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Chocolat, and the like. “But, is that the strangest thing my Mom has ever done?” Emily gives an exaggerated eye roll. “Hardly.” Still, looking through the storefront windows, the kids were unsure why they were there, asking, “Are we going in here?” Mary remembers that she took a breath that started in her toes. “We own it.” She told the girls that it was time for them to step out of the shadows and do more than just survive. “I told them that we were meant for more than just being humiliated and struggling. I believe we could make a contribution to the right community. And I knew, I knew Wellsboro was that place.” The girls were in, and the older kids, Heather, Caroline, and Joshua, offered their endorsement as well. Getting the store was a big check mark on the to-do list, but Mary was still facing a hefty commute to work in Wellsboro while she hunted up a place to live. Then it


happened again. The owner of the building Peggy’s Candies is in had a house on the market. Maybe it was something that would work for the town’s newest family? Mary shakes her head at the memory. “We do not deserve the kindness we’ve been shown here.” • Mary loved the shop as it was when she became the owner, so she moved cautiously in the first months. She didn’t want to make sudden changes and damage the affectionate relationship Wellsboro had with its confectionery. They did some renovating, but nothing too drastic. Mary tweaked the offerings a bit, for instance removing roasted nuts until they can perfect a system for keeping them fresh. But the dime store sweets beloved from childhood are still there—the licorice, the button candy, the fireballs, all available in abundant quantity in bins. The fudge is still homemade and the Jarreau family has found a recipe for salted caramel that meets with their approval. “I wanted more flavors of ice cream and that meant another freezer case. I contacted Hershey’s and they were skeptical they could get one to me, but…” Mary flashes that

smile and it’s as if you can hear the Good Ship Karma steaming into port. Want more than thirty kinds of ice cream? Check in the gleaming, side-by-side cases. So, what does the community think of the new setup? “She is a dream business owner,” gushes Julie Van Ness, director of the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. “Mary has a great spirit and energy. Her store is uplifting. That’s the best word for it.” Asked how well Mary and her family have fit into the area, Wellsboro Home Page vice president Sara Vogt pauses on the sidewalk in front of Peggy’s. “See this block of cement in the sidewalk? See how well it fits in those lines? How perfect it looks next to this block? That’s how Mary and her girls have fit into this town. Hard to think she hasn’t always been here.” • Fudge and bubble gum are wonderful, but Mary and her family see Peggy’s Candies as being more than just a sweet spot on a sweet Main Street. “I want to support the community that has done so much for me and my children,”

she says. “I want to use the shop to give hope to others.” Highland Chocolates of Wellsboro, whose workforce is comprised of individuals with some disabilities, was invited to join the Peggy’s Candies products. Each month a local non-profit is selected to receive some of the shop’s proceeds. Mary’s story has traveled as many miles as she has and she has heard from dozens of women who are in abusive relationships, or just free of one and unsure as to what the future holds for them. She takes seriously her obligation to serve as a role model. “Helping other women is a way of making payment on the miracle that brought me here,” she says. Peggy’s has sponsored a self-defense course for women, and Mary is often on the phone relating to someone in Georgia, for instance, that she got out and they can too. “My experience is one of survival, of moving from devastated to empowered. We’re not getting rich, that’s for sure. We pay the bills, still it’s more of a ‘daily bread’ sort of business. But, my daughters have seen first-hand that you can rise from the ashes. You can save yourself.” Speaking of bread, the blessings didn’t stop with the space where Peggy’s Candies See Miracle on page 12

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resides. Mary had been eyeing the neighboring storefront as a possible bakery location. The jewelry store was closing. The right words fell in the right ear and, after a little creative arranging of ones and zeros, Mary had her bakery. She has a tearoom in the bakery, a homey spot in the back named for Mary Wells, where you can sip a cup and share a scone. She wants to encourage children to read and color and show off their journalistic talents, and is working to create a makeshift news studio in the front window. She wants to offer a safe haven of positive thought and encouragement. Her daughters have blossomed in the embrace of Wellsboro. School, friends, all the important pieces are solidly in place. “Everyone is so nice,” Emily states with great conviction, “it’s like, almost not real.” She’s too young to have known Mayberry, but she understands the reference. “Yeah, like that!” Some people would look at how the stars have aligned on every step of this family’s journey to Wellsboro and say, “It’s nice


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Come to the Church in the Wildwood All Saints Episcopal Church—a Bit of England in Potter County By Gayle Morrow

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ouldn’t it be lovely to spend Christmas Eve in an old stone church tucked into the English countryside? A church that exudes antiquity, that is surrounded by weathered gravestones, one that somehow makes you feel closer to God, whoever and wherever you perceive God to be. Relatively speaking, All Saints Episcopal Church, at 3714 Fox Hill Road in Ulysses, is not that old, but does rather meet the other criteria. It was completed in 1888 as a loving tribute to Henry Hatch Dent from his children, and is a replica of a much older church in East Anglia, England, where family ancestors had once worshipped. Of the numerous online photos of stately, timeworn churches from that area there are several which are similar; the All Saints Church in Morston is nearly identical, inside and out, to this one. The Reverend Janis Yskamp, rector here since 2010, says that when the church celebrated an anniversary some years ago, the granddaughter of the man who had served as designer and architect was one of the guests. The woman said her grandfather travelled around studying the architecture of different churches, so perhaps 16

the church in Morston was on his list and did serve as the model. There is certainly a strong sense of antiquity here. The church’s exterior stone was quarried from what was Dent land nearby. Inside, as you stand between the front pews and face the altar, the soaring timbers and graceful arches might put you in mind of the graceful lines of a windswept ship, despite the hundreds of miles that separate Potter County from the ocean. Reverend Yskamp says it was often the case that the craftsmen who designed old churches such as this one were shipbuilders, and so there is a reason the lofty interiors are reminiscent of hulls. The sanctuary includes a white marble baptismal font, a checkerboard-design floor made of marble that came from Italy, native butternut woodwork, and English brass accoutrements. Then there are the stained glass windows. “One of the amazing things about the windows,” says Reverend Yskamp, indicating the ones above the altar, “is about fifteen minutes after the service starts the sun hits them and they glow.” Those windows were made in England, as was the window


at the rear of the church, above the baptismal font. Depicted there, leaning on the knee of Christ, with Christ’s right hand on his shoulder, is a little boy. He is Thomas Gold Hull, a grandson of Henry Hatch Dent, who died in 1885 at age five, and the window is a memorial to him. Other windows along the sides of the building are tributes to other family members and were made in this country. Maryland-born in 1815, Henry Hatch Dent was a childhood friend of Jefferson Davis, studied law with Francis Scott Key, and graduated from Yale. His wife, Anna Maria Adlum, was the daughter of John Adlum, a surveyor who worked for William Bingham. Mr. Bingham owned huge tracts of land in the northern tier, some of which were sold at auction after his death and some of which were conveyed to Mr. Adlum for money owed to him by the Bingham estate and subsequently came to Mr. Dent after his wife died in 1849. He, his four children—Margaret Katherine, William, Adlumia, and Anna Maria—and his mother came to Potter County in 1853 to oversee these holdings. A Southern sympathizer, Mr. Dent reportedly found the northern environs at times to be a difficult place for a southern gentleman to live, particularly during the War Between the States; he returned to Maryland where he died in 1872. His children, however, remained in the Brookland area for many years, carried on charitable work in their father’s name, and ultimately decided to build All Saints Episcopal Church in his honor. Mr. Dent is not buried at All Saints, but there is a stone in the cemetery bearing his name. His three daughters are resting there, as are three grandchildren. “There are a dozen great stories about the cemetery,” says Reverend Yskamp. People who “admire the church” have purchased plots simply for that reason. One family commissioned a monument in the shape of a tree stump to honor their deceased loved one, a logger. Five of the church’s past rectors are buried here as well. According to the inscription on one stone, it is also the resting place of a man who was a Penobscot Indian. The church today is one of two in the Episcopal Congregations of Potter County; the other is Christ Church in Coudersport. The “chapel in the wilderness,” as the Brookland church is sometimes called, has a small congregation, but Reverend Yskamp says the pews are full on Christmas Eve. “We have music, candles—all the things you’d expect from a Christmas Eve service,” she says. And though the congregation may be small in numbers, it is big in heart. Parish members support the Ulysses Area Ministerium, the students of Potter County via the annual “To Fill a Backpack” program, and, during the Christmas season, “Operation Christmas Child.” That program, explains Reverend Yskamp, is an affiliation with Samaritan’s Purse International Relief and provides shoeboxes filled with gifts to children in need around the world. If holidays in the English countryside are not possible for you this Yuletide, try the Christmas Eve service at All Saints Episcopal Church in Potter County. The celebration begins at 7 p.m. Peace be with you.

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ellsboro’s Dickens of Christmas, a wildly popular Victorian-costumed street festival that brings thousands of holiday shoppers to town every year on the first weekend of December, has been going on for over three decades. But over the years, Ellen Dunham Bryant, president of the Penn Wells Hotel, and her sister, Ann Dunham Rawson, VP of sales and merchandising at the family’s Dunham’s Department Store, found themselves fielding the same question over and over again from happy shoppers and visitors: is there anything else after this weekend? Any more Christmas events? The town Christmas trees, marching down the center of the boulevard, still sparkled; the wreaths still hung fresh and bright from the gaslights. Ann and Ellen and Ellen’s husband Shawn (CEO of the hotel) would talk about it around the dining room table. Was there any way to extend that magical feeling that the town seemed so perfect at evoking, that feeling of a Christmas village? This is, after all, the Town That Saved Christmas, the town that, at the beginning of World War II, started producing Christmas bulbs when Germany shut down their exports. And so, last year, Ann and Ellen went up and down Main Street, asking what the other retailers thought. In this Amazon Era, what could they do to extend the local shopping season? The seeds of those questions immediately sprouted into a grassroots answer. With no budget—and no time to speak of—Main Street merchants responded with special events and offerings. Santa was enticed to 18

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ain Street in charming, small-town Wellsboro will appear instantly transformed into a street in nineteenth century London on Saturday, December 2, as thousands of visitors and vendors dress up like characters in a Charles Dickens novel for the town’s thirty-fourth Dickens of a Christmas celebration. But taking center stage amid the strollers and singers and players and the wafting scent of sweets and grilled meats will be the popular new Best Dressed Dickens Contest, back for a second year after the inaugural contest drew more than fortyfive contestants in Victorian-era styles, and offering prizes valued at a thousand dollars. (See the full schedule on pages 24-25.) The contest, sponsored by the Wellsboro Home Page (www.wellsborohomepage.com), is free and open to all, with no elaborate pre-registration required, and will be judged at 1 p.m. on the outdoor lawn and stage of the Deane Center at the corner of Main Street and Central Avenue. (Simply stop by the Deane Center lobby on Saturday, December 2, between 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to give your name and contact information, or email sara@thehomepagenetwork.com beforehand.) John Vogt, Home Page’s president, will emcee, with Christine A. Moore, the renowned New York City hat designer who has a home in Tioga County, joining him on stage (one of Christine’s custom-made hats worth more than $1,000, from Christine A. Moore Millinery of New York City, is the first place prize). The judges are Mansfield University English professor emeritus Larry Biddison, an icon of the celebration in his top hat and tails; Sara Vogt, Home Page vice president and contest organizer; Cynthia Compton, a social worker at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Wellsboro and a fashion designer, and Teresa Banik Capuzzo, the publisher of Mountain Home. The contest will move inside the Deane Center in inclement weather. The winner and other contestants will join the famous Victorian Stroll down Main Street at 2 p.m. In addition to the custom hat by Christine Moore, “the winning lad or lass will receive a winsome gift basket of goods donated by Wellsboro merchants,” says Sara, and “other fun surprises will be given out as well.” Last year’s winner, sixteen-year-old Sky DeBockler (above), will also be on hand. ~ Michael Capuzzo


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f you are a Scrooge, or imagine your child as Oliver Twist, or fancy yourself in any other time period, Wellsboro photographer Caleb Williams is the man to see. The award-winning owner of Heritage Portrait Studio will offer his annual “Dickens Portraits” during the Dickens of a Christmas festival in Wellsboro, in the lobby of the Deane Center on Main Street, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., December 1-2. Caleb shoots “Storytelling Portraits” all year round, collaborating with his subjects to create fantasy images like those on this page. You may recognize the bearded fellow who is not Santa—“The Polish Gentleman.” He’s Michael Banik, our publisher’s brother and 100 percent Polish-American, who delivers Mountain Home to grocery stores and shops all over the Twin Tiers.

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Roger Kingsley

Mistaken Identity

Button Bucks and Lessons from the Pastor’s Hunt By Roger Kingsley

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’d only been in my ladder stand a few minutes when I heard the shot a few hundred yards away. It was Saturday, December 3, and it was several minutes shy of 2:00 p.m. I knew who the hunter was, and I knew what would soon be coming from within my coat pocket. Sure enough, a familiar signal from my cell phone meant a text message had just been posted, and the two-word text was just what

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I expected—Doe down! The hunter was a pastor friend of mine who was not only in possession of a DMAP (Deer Management Assistance Program) tag for our farm, but also possessed a reputation for one-shot kills. Didn’t matter what firearm he was using, if it took up space in his Cannon safe, he had its capabilities memorized from practice on the range. I always plan on helping the Pastor get

his deer kills back to his vehicle with the assistance of my UTV. Minimizing human scent by utilizing low impact deer removal and field dressing elsewhere helps keep areas surrounding our stands as clean as possible for the next hunter in line hoping to score. The Pastor was waiting for me when I arrived at the ground blind, but instead of greeting me with his usual victory smile, I was met with a disgusted face. When I


welcome to gestured my hand, the Pastor just shook his head and said, “It’s not worth a fist pump.” Even though I asked why, I instantly surmised what the Pastor was about to show me, and driving up alongside the carcass proved my suspicions. While perfectly legal using an antlerless tag, there is one particular deer that many hunters attempt to avoid killing, and that is a male fawn—commonly referred to as a button buck. And the Pastor had just tagged one. Apologizing for the mistake, the Pastor shared his reasons for assuming he was shooting at a “real” doe, while I singlehandedly lifted the small deer onto the carrier. By the time we had reached my preferred field-dressing site, I’d thought of several ways the Pastor could have spared himself the discontentment. As I previously mentioned, the Pastor was privileged to hunt our farm with a property specific DMAP tag. Being enrolled in the program obviously illustrates that there is an overpopulation of deer presently on our farm, and the severity of our annual crop damage justifies the need for such enrollment. Because of our high deer numbers, we’ve never issued any restraints to those DMAP license holders—the Pastor included—regarding certain deer. That’s always left to the judgment of the hunters to tag whatever they are happy with, as long as it qualifies as a legal antlerless deer. To reiterate, we wind up with a higher deer harvest if there are no restrictions on button bucks, rather than having hunters become so gun-shy that even yearling does and doe fawns get passed up. So why was the Pastor so disappointed with his hunting skills? Let me explain. There are two primary reasons why hunters would pursue and purchase the privilege to obtain DMAP tags. They either love to hunt, or they love the meat. While the Pastor loves both, he places far more emphasis on the weight of his freezer when the season’s shooting hours have ceased than he does the number of hours he logged occupying stands. And since a male fawn significantly lacks the meat yield of a mature doe, his venison dinners will now be fewer and farther between despite the same out-of-pocket processing fee. But what really hurt was when I had to rub in the phone conversation that we’d had earlier that day when I was scheduling his hunt. “Twenty-six deer have already been tagged on the farm,” I told him. “That means there are plenty of unaccompanied fawns that will be very vulnerable in or near the food plot you’ll be hunting over. For that matter, it’s imperative that you carry binoculars with you to aid in identification.” While the Pastor brought them along, it amazes me how many people I’ve guided to stands over the years that did not have a pair in their pocket or strapped to their chest. Unlike riflescopes, using both eyes to view objects through binoculars provides users with a more defined, three-dimensional image. Distant objects are far easier and more quickly analyzed by using binoculars, rather than constantly lifting a rifle to scope them. And, if it were a person that demanded identification from your location, what would you do if you did not have binoculars? Don’t even think it!! My phone conversation with the Pastor also mentioned that he should not be in a hurry to pull the trigger. “Those unaccompanied fawns may be the first to visit the plot,” I cautioned. “And since that plot hasn’t been pressured, you’ll have plenty of time to wait for the appearance of other deer to size them up and pick out a big one.” The Pastor has frequently expressed to me his desire to See Button Buck on page 48

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Vinyl Lives

Love Hi-Def Music? Then You’ve Gotta Love Analog By Gayle Morrow

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cquiring music used to be a bit of an adventure. You’d hear a song you liked on the radio and you’d save up to buy the album, or maybe just the 45 if you weren’t feeling especially flush. You’d study the cover art, check out the liner notes and the lyrics (oh—is that what he was saying?), hang the poster if one was included, and then it was the magic moment. You’d drop the stylus, hear that distinctive scratch, and the spinning disc would come to life. No download or streaming service can quite equal that experience. A lot of people are realizing that’s the case. Nielsen, the folks who survey our television and radio habits, reported vinyl sales in 2016 at $13 million. Another statistic guesstimates the sale of vinyl records and accessories will be a one billion dollar industry in 2017. That’s one billion. 26

That’s many, many records. Sony, in fact, announced in early July that it would start producing vinyl records again for the first time in almost thirty years. And they’re not the only ones jumping back on the turntable. Jack White, of The White Stripes and Recontours fame, is a fan of analog technology and has opened Third Man Press in Detroit, a state-of-the-art vinyl production facility. “Almost every major artist is now putting out something on vinyl,” says Mike Stanzione, of Rock’s Vintage Vinyl on Washington Boulevard in Williamsport (570-447-4377). And then there are all of those other artists, the ones whose albums have been languishing in dusty attics and dark closets. Not so much anymore. Lee Ash, owner and operator of Sonic Ascension Records at 128 Broad Street in

Montoursville (570-360-3486), has been open a little over a year and says business has been great. “The store’s getting great reviews,” he says. “People are excited about a store based on records.” After spates of closures, due in large part to the ease and transportability of tapes and then CDs, and the instant availability of downloads, record stores are cropping up again and vinyl is hot. Nostalgia is great, but it doesn’t pay the bills. Clearly, something else is happening. “The competition was brutal with CDs,” says Rob Tingey, who, with his wife, Amie, owns CD Café on 10 W. Market Street in Corning (607-973-2790). Their focus has shifted to vinyl for a number of reasons: health, personal, financial, and— oh, yeah—sound. See Vinyl on page 29


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“Vinyl is the reason I decided to return to retail,” Rob says. “CDs provided consistency—consistently mediocre. Hidef doesn’t exist with downloading.” Mike Stanzione, who was athletic director at Pennsylvania College of Technology in his previous life, concurs. There are those people who were collegeage in the ’70s who still have a record collection, he says, and what they and others have discovered is that the sound is different with today’s music options. “You lose a lot of the depth and warmth [with CDs, downloads, etc.],” he believes. “Music [on vinyl] sounds a whole lot more like it was intended to sound.” He admits he never got rid of his albums, and that while his clientele includes millennials who are newly enamored of vinyl, there are those “older folks trying to replace the collections they gave away twenty years ago.” His niche at Rock’s Vintage Vinyl includes a cooperative retail arrangement with the store next door—The Stereo Shop. “I benefit from their customers, and they benefit from mine,” he says, as music lovers are looking not only for a turntable for their golden oldies, but for a sound system to recover “all the stuff that’s lost by compressing music.” And, yes, he says, it is a little more cumbersome to carry around a record player than an MP3 player, but once people are able to “hear all the instrumentation lost in the digital world… they’re sold.” “People appreciate the sound,” says Lee Ash. “We’ve always known it sounds better

on the right equipment,” Rob Tingey says, adding that the right equipment and the analog recording may be the best combo, from a sound perspective. “We had to learn a lot more about vinyl.” Analog recording, by the way, copies (is analogous to) sound as a continuous electronic signal; it replicates the original sound wave. Digital recording takes samples of the original waves at a specified rate, kind of the way a series of dots looks solid but isn’t, or the way our eyes see a movie as continuous movement when it is, really, a series of individual rapidly moving pictures. As for what’s selling and who’s buying it, it’s kind of a mix. Rob says his customers at CD Café include the eighteen-to-thirty crowd who “discovered their uncle’s record player and records,” and the forty-to-sixty folks who might be going through some life changes and have decided “I want a big stereo.” His own tastes are “pretty broad,” from Queen to Bill Munroe. At Rock’s Vintage Vinyl, Mike says classic rock always sells. Lee, at Sonic Ascension Records, says his customers are of no particular demographic, and that his own musical likes include punk, garage band, rock-a-billy, and new wave (think Devo or Blondie). There is also the question of whether your downloaded music actually belongs to you the way records do, as well as the very human desire for a physical rather than virtual representation of your favorite cut from, say, Sticky Fingers. You can’t download a zipper.

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hen the brilliant young landscape and marine painter Alfred Copestick, already hailed a genius in New York and Philadelphia, visited his father in Delmar Township in August 1859, he planned to make some summer sketches of the beautiful local landscape, and to go pigeon hunting. At twenty-two years of age, Copestick had in the last year completed his classic painting, New York from the Harbor Showing the Battery and Castle Garden (today it hangs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York), exhibited four marine paintings at the National Academy of Design in New York, including The Abandoned Ship, Coast of Cuba, and was declared by art critics “a young man of rare promise…having given proofs of genius.” But on Sunday, August 28, in Delmar, Copestick had just shot a pigeon in the woods, reloaded his gun, and stood talking with two friends, leaning on his gun as it rested on a log, when he slipped and the gun went off, shooting him through the heart. He died where he fell, half an hour later. Now a century and a half later, the original Roan auction house in Cogan Station, Pennsylvania, will auction off the sprawling canvas of The Abandoned Ship, Coast of Cuba, and is advertising the auction widely in the New York and Philadelphia art worlds, hoping to draw attention to the old master who died young. The painting will be sold in the Roan gallery at 3530 Lycoming Creek Road on Saturday, December 16, the second day of Roan’s big annual two-day pre-Christmas auction. “In the art world, artists often get famous when they’re dead, and there’s a story attached to them,” Ron Roan says. “It’s the eccentricities that make them who they are.” The auction house has sold paintings for hundreds of thousands, and Copestick’s unusual story and rare talent make him of interest to collectors all over, Ron says, but he adds “it’s anybody’s guess” what the painting will bring. The Abandoned Ship, Coast of Cuba haunted the auction house for some “forty, fifty years,” he says. Roan’s grandfather, Robert, founded the auction house, and his father, Richard, who died in May at age eighty-two, discovered the painting hanging in a Williamsport business some half century ago and kept his eye on it for decades, hoping it would become available. Recently the business closed, and the painting was auctioned off, but “didn’t get the exposure it deserved,” and the man who purchased it brought it to Roan, who advertised in the major antiques press and on the Web. The Abandoned Ship, Coast of Cuba is a powerful scene of a shipwreck on the ocean, with the capsized hull and floating debris and a lighthouse and vast sky that evokes Winslow Homer’s famous seascapes, though Copestick had no formal training, and never saw a shore outside Coney Island. His other work shows the light brush strokes and dreamy aspect that anticipate the French Impressionists a decade or two later. “His untimely fate will be lamented by all who knew him,” wrote the Wellsboro Agitator, “and those who knew him not cannot but regret that one so promising should then be cut down in the flower of youth.” ~Michael Capuzzo

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ere’s a conversation you won’t hear often in the Finger Lakes—or, in fact, in very many places around the world: “Something’s showing through that I don’t like. It’s the angelica root, I think.” “You’ve got allspice and black pepper in there, too, don’t you?” “Is there lemon and grapefruit in there, because I think they could help.” “I was thinking maybe about adding a bit of lavender to brighten it up.” “I’d kill the angelica root, and I also think the coriander’s too strong. Cut that down a little bit, too, and I think you’ll

have the complexity and the floral notes that you’re looking for.” It’s an animated, cheery, yet quite serious discussion about gin that did, indeed, take place recently—I know because I was part of it—and it’s also one that Brian McKenzie, owner and president of Finger Lakes Distilling, hopes to be hearing more often. Brian and his crew at FLD, one of the first craft distilleries in New York, have recently rolled out a new program called the OriGINal Gin Workshop—intentional emphasis on the “gin” in “original.” Through it, groups of up to eight people can, with the help of Brian and FLD head distiller Jared

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For the OriGINal Gin Workshop demonstration, Jared Baker distilled gallon jugs of 21 different botanicals. Participants filled 50ml plastic bottles with their favorite concoctions as souvenirs.

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at FLD, which also produces whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and brandy, among other spirits. Brian McKenzie opened the distillery in 2006 with his life savings after the bank where he had been working was bought out. He has been thinking about a gin workshop for a while and thinks now is the perfect time for it—a complete hands-on experience from start to finish. “The premise is that people are looking for more experiential opportunities when it comes to their beverage alcohol,” he says. “The idea is basically to give individuals the ability to come in and make their own gin, which is not easy to do.” What distinguishes different gins are the various botanicals—in addition to the distinctive juniper—that impart flavor profiles and complexities to the beverage. The workshop will explain that and will give participants the opportunity to taste and experiment with nearly two dozen botanicals in their gin. To showcase the structure of the program, Brian invited Joe Kennedy, co-owner of the Linden Social Club in Geneva, and Scott Thomas, “spirit consultant” at Northside Wine & Spirits in Ithaca, to a recent demonstration. “These guys know more about spirits than pretty much anyone I know,” says Brian. Jared Baker—who aptly enough used to be a chemistry professor at Elmira College before coming to work for FLD

two years ago—distilled twenty-one different botanicals into twenty-one glass gallon jugs of 100-proof, clear liquor. Those botanicals included everything from juniper and coriander—the two main spices in traditional gin—to more exotic ones such as angelica root, dandelion leaf, grapefruit peel, lavender, nutmeg, orris root, peppermint, and rose hips. Using simple glass pipettes to draw the liquids and a scorecard of sorts to record which botanicals are used and at what ratios, it’s then up to the workshop gin-makers to mix and match flavors until they nail down something they enjoy. Which, by the way, led to the conversation at the opening of this story among Jared, Joe Kennedy, and Scott Thomas. Truth be told, in our session, the experimenting with the flavors was hit or miss—mostly miss. “I found out that I’m far from knowing how to make gin, and I have a little more respect for people who blend those botanicals,” says Joe, adding that gin is a favored spirit among bartenders because of its ability to take on other flavors. Scott gave it three tries before hitting on a combo of flavors that he liked. “The first one didn’t work out well,” he laughs. “Too much angelica root. This one is a little more citrus-forward; it’s nice. I’ve got the orange peel and grapefruit peel, and a lot of peppermint to balance it out.” Workshop participants should expect See Gin on page 40 39


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to spend four to five hours. The experience includes a Gin 101 course, a labeling party, and an FLD tour. The all-inclusive price of the OriGINal Gin Workshop is $1,000, and groups, from one to eight people, can split the cost. Forty 375 ml bottles will be produced. (You can schedule a workshop by contacting Katie Budd at Katie@fingerlakesdistilling.com or [607] 546-5510, ext. 11.) Gin-makers will grind their own botanicals and decide what the base alcohol will be—corn, wheat, and grapes are the most popular. Using an eight-gallon “Wee Still,” Jared will make what is called the “head cut,” or start, of the gin. The group will be able to tweak things before the final—or “tail”—cut is produced and will decide the proof they want, which is determined by cutting the gin with purified water and is generally between eighty and one hundred proof. They actually could walk out with their gin that day, though Jared says it is better to let it rest a week or two in a tank to mellow and develop flavors. Either way, FLD handles the bottling. “We’re also planning on keeping a few bottles on site,” Brian says, “so that if you’re out and about tasting with friends and you stop in for a tasting, you can give them a taste of your own gin. It’s right here.” And chances are, that’s when the discussion will start again. Mike Cutillo is a journalist who has been living in and covering the Finger Lakes for thirty years. The 10ml recipe for gin he came up with that he really enjoyed during the workshop was 2ml each of juniper, coriander, black pepper, and lavender, and 1 ml of grapefruit peel and sweet orange peel. Mike says, “Try it, you’ll like it!”


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Epicurious site: “There’s something about British cookbooks that pulls a reader in—first into the pages then into the kitchen.” That was a quote from Amy Thielen, an American cookbook author, but I couldn’t have said it better m’self. Elizabeth David, Food Writer Extraordinaire I have a special place in my heart for the almost-reclusive Mrs. David, because I met her at the home of a mutual friend in San Francisco. She was “rawther” advanced in age when we met and as irascible as a damp hen. Before and after the Big War she spent time in the south of France and in Italy soaking up the flavors of the Mediterranean. She also lived in Egypt. These were


special places for her, as England was so often damp and dreary and the cities pockmarked with bomb-damaged buildings. Back in the mid-to-late ’40s, the flavors of the Med, like garlic, fresh tomatoes, eggplant, cured meats and the like, were not often available or cooked in U.K. restaurants. As you will see from her book titles, she opened a window to the flavorsome south. No mere meat-and-two-veg cooking, she literally let the sunshine in with her evocative prose and aromatic dishes. Get the books (most came in paperback) and see what I mean. You can find a list and publication dates at Amazon or perhaps your neighborhood bookstore. They’re worth the search. Meanwhile, Back in Alan’s Kitchen So, I entered the kitchen of the elegant Pacific Heights home of my friend Alan, to find Elizabeth David ensconced in a chair sipping a glass of wine (a not infrequent position for her). We were introduced and with a blank look she asked who I was. Alan, my friend and David’s host, touted my experiences in traveling and promoting a company’s products, etc. She noticeably perked up when he mentioned Pyrex, as David owned a much-admired cookery shop, not far from London’s Sloane Square. The store window I admired on many visits had a large scrubbed pine country work table lavishly topped with all manner of bowls, plates, platters, serving pieces, casseroles, and baking pieces—all in pristine white, and beautifully lit. I wanted one of everything! And the shop stocked (on the lower level) classic Pyrex measures, pie plates, and cake dishes. Seizing the moment, my host managed to find a copy of one of the cooking folders we distributed at department store events. The queen read it and sniffed when she got to the bruschetta recipe. I had put a bit of tomato on my version. She looked up and said “you know it’s pronounced bru-sketta not bru-shetta don’t you?” (I did.) Then, practically spitting out the words, “it’s nothing more than good olive oil and a rubbed-in garlic clove on grilled or toasted bread, nothing more.” I blanched. Were we so wrong? (I found out later that the chopped tomato is a popular way to present the bread slice.) However, after another round of good wine, she seemed to bloom like a flower and extended her hand for me to shake. I was, understandably, thrilled. A Bit of Culinary History Publication of David’s books in the U.K. began just as the effects of WWII rationing were abating (wartime rationing didn’t end until 1949) and, in a sense, the sun was again shining on this island. Rebuilding put many to work and so there was some meat for the table and, again, two vegetables. Elizabeth David’s books were filled with recipes that used wine, vegetables unknown to most at the time, like zucchini (sometimes called marrow or Italian squash or courgetti) and arugula, fresh herbs, lots of garlic, olive oil, and olives. Her first book, Mediterranean Food, came out in 1950. Other notables are French Provincial Cooking, Italian Food, and Summer Cooking. Rather than the usual list of ingredients, then directions, David integrated the names and amounts of the components into the narrative, just as Gourmet magazine did for years and years. This made it tough on cooks and for those who shopped for the recipe makings. One had to really read the recipe and use a pad and pencil for the grocery list. (Still a good

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idea with any recipe.) David’s love of spreading the gospel for Mediterranean cooking reminds me of a quotation attributed to the French chef and food writer, Marcel Boulestin: “It is not really an exaggeration to say that peace and happiness begin, geographically, where garlic is used in cooking.” Now there’s a table topic for your next dinner party. Myself, I think the jury is still out on that one. Anyway, here’s a favorite David recipe that I’ve made over and over. I haven’t changed a word as I want you to get the flavor, not only of the dish, but how she presented it. I found this in a small spiral-bound book she wrote for the Le Creuset cookware people in 1969. I’m sure this splurge into commercialism helped pay the rent for her apartment in the Chelsea part of London. I love mussels and they are usually at their best in the winter. Why not take advantage of this? It would make a terrific repast for a tree-trimming party. David doesn’t cover the pan to steam the little gems, and I find that unusual. Do what you like. In this case she does indicate the recipe quantities at the beginning of her recipe. (Note: I use a discarded but thoroughly washed British toothbrush to scrub the bivalves but, really, farm-raised mussels are pretty clean these days.) Fasten your apron, here it is: “2 qt. mussels; 4 shallots or very small onions; 6 tablespoons of olive oil; ½-pint water; parsley. In the winter months, when mussels are in season, this makes an original and inexpensive first course dish. As soon as you get the mussels home, put them in a big bowl of cold water, and leave them in a cool place. To prepare them for cooking, discard all which are broken or gaping open or any which appear abnormally heavy (these may be full of sand or grit which, in the cooking, would disperse and spoil the whole dish). Scrub the mussels, scrape off the protruding


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get the most bang for his buck…pun intended. He had a family that loved venison, they were counting on him to provide it, and what a blessing if he could fulfill those wishes with a big doe. He also knows from past sits on our farm that it’s not a question of not seeing deer...it’s normally a question of when and how many. He’s also well aware how large some of our whitetails can be, since he holds the record for tagging the heaviest recorded doe at 191 pounds actual live weight. So here’s what happened. A lone deer enters the plot of brassicas out in front of the blind. The Pastor—with the aid of binoculars—determines that it’s a fawn. Minutes later, another deer appears and starts feeding close to the first one. Binoculars reveal that the second deer is noticeably bigger than the first. That size difference tricks the Pastor into thinking that the pair is most likely a doe and her fawn. A rangefinder confirms the distance at a mere sixty-one yards. From that point, did he thoroughly examine other body features that might be telltale signs of something otherwise? Did the larger deer have a long nose typical of an adult doe, or the short neck and compact nose length of a fawn? Did he consider that a male fawn will usually be larger than a female fawn? Did the larger deer have a smoother, rounded head between the ears typical of a doe? And from a side view—the best angle to distinguish—were there any signs of antler projections or indications of bumps where antlers normally protrude which would define a button buck? And, since the shot occurred in mid-afternoon, did the Pastor heed my advice by patiently waiting for other deer to show? You already know the answers. The art of differentiating young from mature deer comes from observations and experience. But since there are no laws protecting button bucks from other antlerless deer, why should most hunters be inclined to educate themselves? Well, in the Pastor’s case, he would have been a far more delighted hunter if he had led me to a mature doe. And naturally, I’d be a happier landowner if he had taken a doe, since that animal would no longer be contributing offspring to the herd the following spring. The Pastor’s button buck wasn’t the only male fawn killed on our farm this past season, and I guarantee it won’t be the last. With a pre-season harvest goal often set at fifty or more deer, it’s not uncommon for us to have over thirty people on our roster who will hunt our property—depending on their luck—from one day to several days. Within that list, there will always be some novice hunters tagging button bucks, there will always be those who don’t have time to wait for the preferred deer, and there will always be those who make mistakes. And there’s absolutely no sin associated with all three. By observing antlerless deer year-round, by studying photos in books and magazines, and by heeding the lessons from the Pastor’s hunt, one can surely make a more conscious decision about when to pull the trigger. And when the shot is fired and you walk up to your prize, more often than not you’ll be the one texting a message to a friend or family member that really does mean: “Doe” down! Award-winning writer Roger Kingsley’s articles and photographs have appeared in several nationally known publications.


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