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Volume 12 Issue 5

5 Catchers in the Rye

The Wight Stuff

By Machael Capuzzo

By Alison Fromme

Mountain Home's local team fields another pile of Keystone Awards.

CMoG's Karol Wight protects 3,500 years of glass in Corning, and antiquities worldwide.

14 Who is That?

By Maggie Barnes

When community means knowing what you’re doing...before you do.

16 Other Paths

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Catchers in the Rye

Mountain Home’s Local Team Fields Another Pile of Keystone Awards

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ur region, happily for all of us, is a star of the “local foods” movement. Think the Shire: the hills and lakes and ridges that crease the Pennsylvania-New York border along the 42nd Parallel are dotted with nationally renowned vineyards, independent distilleries, small-batch breweries, cheeseries, family farms, and cafés devoted to making natural and handcrafted things far better than mass-produced “brands” that sacrifice traditional quality for global “market share.” (Take a Seagram’s rye, please take it away bartender, compared to the caramel mystery of Brian McKenzie’s rye with local grains at the Finger Lakes Distillery in Burdett, which the New York Times touts as the best rye going. Or Atwater’s wine from Hector, but don’t get me started, it’s eight in the morning.) But there’s a “local story” movement happening, too, parallel in every respect, and a national center of it is right here at 87-½ Main Street, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, the new headquarters of Mountain Home magazine. If you’ll permit me to brag on some friends, starting with the best of them, my wife and the magazine’s publisher Teresa Banik Capuzzo, Mountain Home has just won seven more Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association in Harrisburg for superior journalism, including a best Niche Publication in the state award for the seventh consecutive year (full disclosure: we finished second twice). We are a rare locally owned publication—corporate HQ is just me and my wife—and according to independent judges we do a better job of serving our readers and advertisers than all the big city and national chain publications in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, like the Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia Business Journal. How can this be? Because of some supremely talented local writers, photographers, designers, and artists who ply their trade with pure 100 percent natural, local ingredients, and all the skill of McKenzie’s distiller and Atwater’s vintner. Born local storytellers and artists enable Mountain Home to reach more than 100,000 readers in the Twin Tiers every month, and have garnered the magazine wide praise as one of the most innovative magazines in the country, and one of the best, pound-for-pound. The secret is not a secret at all, just 100 percent natural storytelling. What’s a natural story? As in food, natural and local go altogether, and the ingredients are the struggles and triumphs of just folks, all of us, stories rich with individual grain as we make it through the day in our beautiful place. These are the stories baked in our DNA, according to the neuroscientists, because they give us hope even when the struggle wins, and are told in their way by all the world’s myths and religions, too, and in their way by every comic book and third grader

swapping gossip in the schoolyard and their parents back at them at night, so you might say it’s the most natural food of all. (Note your favorite stress-building national media outlet is increasingly obsessed with “big data” and social “science” reports stereotyping whole regions and populations, which, whatever their practical use in the global scheme of things, are the factory farming of the content world, the intellectual equivalent of the production line, and invented at the same time.) So please congratulate them when you run into them on the street (one of the other virtues of local): Gwen Plank-Button of Knoxville, the magazine’s operations director, for designing the First Place Photo Story/Essay, “Fall Fairytale” (somehow fitting, as Gwen’s designs come out reliably and lovely as the seasons). Cornelius (Neil) O’Donnell, of Elmira, the legendary former Corning Inc. food guru, Second Place, Column, for his food writing. Don Knaus of Wellsboro, a retired teacher and decorated outdoor writer, Second Place, Sports/ Outdoor column. (Like Neil, not his first award, and when you read these guys, as talented as anyone anywhere, it hardly seems fair to the big-city writers). Alison Fromme, a leading science writer in Ithaca, New York, published in National Geographic and founder of a hyper local food Web site, www.hotpotatopress.org, Second Place, Business or Consumer Story, for a profile of the designer of Corning’s new Corelle line. Alison previously won an international magazine gold for the story of the Corning Museum’s recovery from Agnes. (And I forgot to mention my wife has led the magazine to more than ninety journalism awards in twelve years. Sorry, honey). Bernadette Chiaramonte-Brown of Wellsboro, Second Place, Feature Photo, who captured Amish horse loggers in the woods on a snowy day in Rutland Township. They stepped out of the photo but allowed Bernadette to shoot the noble pair of horses. You can see “The Perfect Team” in the window of the new Mountain Home Art Gallery (which we’ve added to display and sell the work of brilliant local photographers like Bernadette). Brendan O’Meara, Honorable Mention, Sports Story, for the story of Will Madison, educated in Corning, who retraced the 1883 Adirondacks canoe trek of his great-great-great grandfather George W. Sears of Wellsboro (“Nessmuk”), “the hook-and-bullet Thoreau” who invented camping and popularized the light canoe in the nineteenth century, when Henry David Thoreau, another localism kind of guy turning gently with the seasons at Walden Pond, wrote as industrialism advanced it was useful to make quiet hours to “Read not the Times. Read the Eternities.” Precisely, Henry, precisely.

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The Wight Stuff CMoG's Karol Wight Protects 3,500 Years of Glass in Corning, and Antiquities Worldwide By Alison Fromme

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nder the low lights of the gallery, Dr. Karol Wight stands with her arm outstretched, pointing toward a display case. Spotlights focus attention on an exceedingly rare piece of ancient glass protected inside. It is a small blue and white cup, just the right size to fit in your hand. This is cameo glass, she explains, and a personal favorite. About two thousand years ago, a Roman glassblower layered hot white glass on top of blue and formed the cup shape. Once the piece cooled, a skilled artisan carved away some of the white, leaving a detailed religious scene on a rich blue background. A priestess stands in front of an altar with her right arm raised, and a woman approaches with offerings. This quiet pause in the hushed gallery contrasts starkly with the rest of Karol’s day, scheduled to the minute with meetings, phone calls, and research, in between travel to conferences and other engagements. Her bright, lightfilled corner office bustles with energetic evidence of work: papers, books, and notes organized on the desk, table, and shelves. As president and executive director of the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG), Karol is charged with leading an organization with $45 million in assets and a priceless glass collection spanning 3,500 years. CMoG’s ultimate goal is to “tell the story of a single material: glass” and Karol and her team do that with hands-on technology exhibits, glassmaking shows, make-your-own glass activities, an extensive research library, and nearly 50,000 objects in the historic and contemporary galleries.

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Now, Karol has a role beyond the museum as a member of the U.S. State Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Not only is she an executive caretaker of CMoG’s antiquities, but also those threatened worldwide. “I am deeply honored to have been appointed by [former] President Obama to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee and look forward to representing the American museum community in future discussions concerning the protection of cultural patrimony of other nations,” said Wight. “I feel very privileged to serve my country in this way.” Threats and Protections Consider a family heirloom stolen and sold at a pawnshop. The story that gave the item meaning and value is lost forever. And a piece of family history vanishes. Antiquities are like the world’s heirlooms: a physical record of our shared human history. An Egyptian sarcophagus, a Roman cup, an Islamic jug, a Buddha statue. Illegal looting and pillaging, careless removal from archaeological sites, and stealing from museums and collections all threaten cultural artifacts. But for centuries marked by exploration, colonization, and war, returning with stolen loot was standard practice. And the cultural implications of thefts weren’t recognized. People—from archaeologists to dealers to museum professionals to citizens—have since recognized that the looting of antiquities is a problem. In 1970, the countries of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural

Organization (UNESCO) met to address the problem and figure out how to stop the illicit import, export, and transfer of culturally important objects. They agreed that ending pillaging meant reducing the market for stolen goods, helping countries protect their own archaeological sites and museums, and encouraging the legal exchange of materials for education and research. The U.S. later enacted its own law, signed by Ronald Regan, to implement the UNESCO agreement by the establishing the Committee and other measures. In the Bill, the State Department commented that the expanding antiquities trade has led to “the mutilation of ceremonial centers and archaeological complexes of ancient civilizations” and to the stealing of objects from museums, churches, and collections. The victimized governments “have been disturbed at the outflow of these objects to foreign lands,” and when those objects turn up in the U.S., there are “outcries and urgent requests for return by other counties. The United States considers that on grounds of principle, good foreign relations, and concern for the preservation of the cultural heritage of mankind, it should render assistance in these situations.” The assistance is ongoing and urgent. All nations are at risk, according to the Cultural Heritage Center. Culturally-rich countries lacking the funds to protect their cultural material are particularly in danger. And conflict zones are even more vulnerable. In Syria, for example, recent satellite imagery illustrated the rampant increase in “looting pits” dug at ancient See Wight on page 8


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archeological sites. According to experts, sales of items stolen across the Middle East have been used to fund the Islamic State (ISIS). Although the eleven-member Cultural Property Advisory Committee doesn’t work directly on the current Middle East crisis (other legislation addresses that issue), it offers a layer of protection against trade in stolen antiquities from other countries. Peruvian figurines. Ancient Guatemalan stone masks. Bulgarian glass goblets. Egyptian Islamic glass lamps. Glass beads from funerary caves in Mali. “The purpose of the Committee is global,” Karol says. Here’s how it works. Countries around the world can submit requests to establish or renew agreements to protect their cultural heritage, and the Committee reviews the requests and advises the president on the matter. If the U.S. enters into an agreement, the U.S. will restrict the import of specific objects from that country, and the Department of Homeland Security will enforce the restriction, stopping items at the border. Before her appointment, Karol had already assisted the Committee by testifying for an agreement with Italy and by communicating with Homeland Security over a suspicious shipment. Now, before purchasing items, many dealers and museums require specific documentation about objects’ “provenance”—a kind of pedigree of ownership to prove that the object wasn’t stolen, at least not recently. “The issue of looted antiquities today is an even greater problem than it has been for the past ten or fifteen years because of the current situation in the Middle East,” Karol said at a forum of the Antiquities Coalition in 2015. “I really believe that anyone that’s engaged with the market, whether it’s a museum, a private collector, a vendor, whether an auction house or a dealer, is responsible for checking the provenance of these works that are being offered in the market, to the best of their ability. Having said that, it’s increasingly difficult to try and track provenances like this. But it’s only through controlling the market that we’re going to get a handle on stemming


the flow of antiquities out of the Middle East and into Europe and American marketplaces.” The blue and white cameo glass cup, says Karol, is one example of a CMoG object that has excellent provenance, tracing ownership back more than 100 years. Known as the Morgan Cup, it was owned by J.P. Morgan, the nineteenth-century financier and collector of art and antiquities. He acquired it from a dealer known as Joseph-Ange Durighello, the son of a French diplomat stationed in what is now Lebanon. In 1951, long after the death of J.P. Morgan, Arthur Houghton, vice chairman of the Pierpont Morgan Library and cofounder of the Corning Museum of Glass, acquired the cup and then donated it to the museum the following year. Uniquely Skilled Before coming to the Corning Museum of Glass in 2011, Karol spent twenty-six years at the world-renowned Getty Museum in Los Angeles. As a UCLA art history graduate student in the 1980s, she interned with Arthur Houghton, who had become a curator there, and met David Whitehouse, then president of CMoG, when he visited. The two men asked Karol to prepare documents required to make ancient glass purchases at an upcoming auction in London. “I was suddenly working with a material that I had never studied before,” Karol later said. “The more I started doing the research for the acquisition proposals, the more I realized that this was really interesting material.” One of the purchases—a mold-blown glass beaker—became the subject of her Ph.D. work, and after she graduated she stayed at the Getty as a curatorial assistant and resident ancient glass expert, seeing the museum through a $275 million renovation. Then, before the museum reopened, Karol’s boss, Marion True, was accused by the Italian government of knowingly buying stolen ancient artifacts, along with a Paris-based dealer. Marion had already returned several Italian items when informed of their illicit origins and she had persuaded the Getty to establish strict standards for acquiring objects. She denied the new allegations and left her position before the trial began. Karol was appointed Curator of Antiquities. “It was awful,” Karol says. “It could have been any number of curators.” As the trial proceeded over five years, some objects from the Getty were returned. The L.A. Times reported that one piece, an ancient urn dating to about 340 BC, was purportedly “unearthed in Italy by an excavator in 1974, sold to a smuggler for a pig, and purchased by the Getty from a Swiss art dealer in 1981 for $275,000.” Despite the turmoil, the Getty Museum acquired in 2008 a third-century Roman marble sarcophagus, demonstrating its strict policy: proof that an artifact was removed from its country of origin before 1970 or that it was legally exported and then imported to the United States. An 1881 scholarly work traces the sarcophagus to a former French ambassador to Rome, who acquired it there in 1852, Karol explained at the time. To move forward, Karol helped the Getty leadership shape a collaborative agreement with both the Ministry of Culture in Rome and Sicilian officials. They returned more items and kept some See Wight on page 10

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on loan while the Getty Museum staff completed conservation work on them. “So much was learned about the objects,” Karol says of the conservation work. “It was richly rewarding.” And in 2010, the Italians dropped the charges against Marion True. In 2011, Karol was appointed Executive Director and Curator of Ancient and Islamic Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass, following the footsteps of her mentor, David Whitehouse. “I’m thrilled that I’m at an institution where I can indulge in my passion, 24/7,” Karol said at the time. “As much as I love the rest of ancient art, glass has always been my passion, so to be here is really a wonderful fit for me. I’m excited to be working with such a great team of people here at the Museum, people that I’ve known and worked with for many years.” One of the first things Karol did on her arrival was review, strengthen, and formalize the acquisitions policy, with the advice and consent of the board of trustees. “At the Corning Museum of Glass, we have a very restrictive acquisitions policy when it comes to archaeological material. We require some documentation of a work prior to 1970 and we try and go beyond that to establish the history of a piece once it’s left its country of origin,” Karol explained at a forum of the Antiquities Coalition in 2015. “And I have to say provenance really enhances the value of a work of art that’s on the market because museums and collectors feel secure in what they’re acquiring for their collections.” Later, CMoG added two ancient items to its collection. One, a portrait inlay of the pharaoh Akhenaten from the 1330s BC, was acquired at an auction with a documented chain of ownership dating back to 1949. The second, a dark purple glass bowl from the fourth or fifth century AD with an intricate Nile River scene of birds, a dragonfly, and lotus flower—and among the most complete examples known of this type—was acquired from a private collector, who had thought it was a replica. The ownership documentation was scant, and CMoG required a certificate from the Israeli government stating that it had no claim to the object. In 2015, Karol was promoted to president of CMoG. Throughout her time at the organization, she oversaw the $64 million Contemporary Art + Design Wing expansion, added new leadership positions, and assembled a new team of curators. Karol has also asked, “What can we contribute?” Recently, she sent Assistant Curator Katherine Larson to a workshop at the University of Pennsylvania to learn about how others in the


Primitive pieces: (left to right) Portrait inlay of Pharoah Akhenaten, and inlaid bowl with Nilotic Scene, and the Morgan Cup, all ancient piece of glass housed at CMOG.

field document provenance and to share information about CMoG’s resources online and at the Rakow Research Library, which is a digitized collections catalogue, academic research, historic photos, and auction catalogues, all of which can help others document provenance of ancient objects. “I think it is fair to say that we are an ambitious institution that has always wanted to grow and exceed our expectations,” Karol says. “We have successfully built our visitation over the course of our existence to reach our current total of 460,000 visitors

there’s also so much to be learned from the cup’s imagery itself. She still wonders: Did cameo glasses serve a purpose in rituals about the god of wine? Were they just drinking cups with nice decorations? Who used them? How were they marketed? Were they diplomatic gifts? Looking at glass this way helps us relate to it more, she says, and these types of questions might guide a future reinvention of CMoG’s permanent collections exhibits. Without knowing where these antiquities—rare and ancient heirlooms— originated, how they were made and used, and the path they took to get to Corning, they might just be pretty ornaments, lacking a meaningful story. But antiquities like the Morgan Cup, with one layer carved to reveal another, offer glimpses into our shared human history, for anyone to see, protected and illuminated in the hushed Corning Museum of Glass gallery.

a year from all over the world. You wouldn’t necessarily think that we are an international destination, but we are, and we are delighted that the guests who arrive from Europe or Asia carry back the news of their visit and inspire others to come.” In a town of just over 11,000 people, that is a lot of visitors. Glass continues to fascinate Karol. “When I started studying the glass pieces, I realized that these craftspeople working two and three thousand years ago were being extremely experimental in what they were doing and, either through accident or intent, they had found ways to manipulate this incredible material,” she said. “Plus, everything they did in antiquity is still done today, utilizing the same techniques that were developed two thousand years ago. I think that’s incredible.” As for the Morgan Cup, Karol says it’s lovely to have the collection history, but

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pon arriving in the tiny town of Eldred, tucked away in McKean County, one might wonder why there is a tank bursting through the side of a Main Street building—that is, until one realizes that this building is the site of the Eldred World War II Museum. Then, one might ask, why is there a World War II museum is this town with a population of just around 800? It is not pretension or a preoccupation with history; Eldred has a very real claim to winning the Second World War. Situated in the oil-rich hills of northern Pennsylvania, Eldred in the early 1900s was the site of a munitions plant that produced explosives used in the oil fields to “blow” the wells. The plant employed between forty

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and fifty people. When England went to war in 1939 against Germany, the country found itself in desperate need of munitions. It looked to the United States for help, but it was still three years before the sleeping giant would be awakened by the Japanese and enter the war. But that didn’t stop our government from selling munitions to England. George Roudebush, who worked for the State Department, was tasked with finding a plant where those munitions could be safely produced. He found the National Munitions Company in Eldred. With a government contract the plant expanded and increased production. When the United States entered the war in 1941, women replaced the male workforce at the

plant. At its zenith, 1,500 were employed in the facility and 95 percent of those workers were female. “They came from miles around to work at the plant,” says Eldred native Steve Appleby, curator of the museum. “There were buses running from Olean, New York, Bradford, and from all over.” Those workers assembled, filled, primed, boxed, and shipped eight million explosives, fuses, thermite incendiary bombs and grenades during the war. Then the ladies added something extra. As he guides visitors through the more than 15,000 square feet of displays, Steve shares facts and little-known anecdotes from the war he has studied since he was eight years old. See WWII on page 52


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ife in a small town is different on many levels. The pace is slower and, I think, more practical. You may have fewer acquaintances, but relationships tend to be deeper. There’s a simple reason for that. Get a town small enough and there isn’t much else to watch except each other. I was once in a quaint burg whose town clerk had a sign on the wall that said, “We don’t need directionals on our cars here. Everyone knows where you are going.” For a recent holiday, Bob and I received a lovely set of cordial glasses, beautifully etched and delicate. When we were unloading gifts from the car that night, we demonstrated perfect miscommunication

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when it came to handling that box. “Got it?” “Got it.” CRASH! “Oh, that? No, I didn’t have that.” Only one of the glasses cracked, but I was heartsick. The next business day I hurried to the store the box had come from and crossed my fingers for a bit of luck. Staring into the display cabinet of a dozen varieties of glasses, I had a sudden mental block about which were the ones we had been given. When the clerk offered to assist me, I lamented that we broke a glass that had been a gift and I couldn’t remember the pattern. Without a word, she opened the

case, plucked the exact crystal I needed, and held it out to me. “This one, Mrs. Barnes,” she smiled. That’s what happens when a store can remember who bought what for whom. All of this was brought to mind on a chilly spring evening when we were attending to sad duty; calling hours for an elderly friend who had passed. He had lived his entire life in a hamlet of less than a thousand people and it looked like most of them had turned out to say farewell. The line went out the door of the funeral home and a good distance down the sidewalk. While we waited, everyone chatted. We talked about the weather, how the winter


welcome to had been, gas prices, and what crops were going in the ground as soon as Mother Nature settled on which season it was going to be. The conversation suddenly hushed as someone who had been inside made his way past the line and back out to the parking lot. A middle-aged man, sporting a dark beard and mustache, nodded politely to those in line and stepped out into the twilight. Then it started. In the next ninety-four seconds, the crowd pooled its collective memory. “Who was that?” “Anyone recognize him?” “Is he a Martin? He looked like one of the Martin kids.” “With a beard? Tsk! Sarah wouldn’t have allowed it!” “Is he the guy who bought the hardware store?” “No, that guy is taller. And he’d wear flannel, even to a funeral.” “I think I saw him at the Post Office on Saturday.” “You didn’t even go to the Post Office on Saturday. I went. And I didn’t see him!” “He’s getting on a motorcycle!” “Well then, see? Clearly, he isn’t a Martin.” “I have no idea. This is so strange.” My neck hurt from swiveling in so many directions, trying to keep up with the flow of historical knowledge. The group then settled into quiet, puzzling, as Dr. Seuss would say, “until their puzzlers were sore.” I took a deep breath and in my best educational tone said, “You know, it is possible that Don, somewhere in the course of his long, productive life, met someone who isn’t from here.” I was met with a silence out of which a mason could have constructed a fine wall. A thought had not been received with such skepticism since Christopher Columbus had stood in the court of Queen Isabella and said, “Izzy, I am telling you. It’s round as the King’s fat head!” There is a fine line between small-town familiarity and a level of personal knowledge that begs for a restraining order. As the days of spring warmed the ground and the breeze sighed in relief from the cold, I got a call from our dry cleaner. “Maggie, we have a dress of yours down here. Been here awhile,” the voice on the phone said. I was bewildered, almost certain I wasn’t missing anything from my closet, but I swung in on my next drive through town. I was handed a polka-dotted summer frock that I knew on sight was indeed mine. Then I noticed that there was no name on the plastic bag. No receipt or order form—nothing. “Matt,” I said, accepting my change, “how did you know this dress was mine?” With nary a trace of apology to his tone, he replied, “Oh, I remember seeing you in it last summer.” In a larger community, a comment like that would have registered a nine on the creepy scale. In our little intersection of the world, it was perfectly understandable. I remembered the day I wore that dress last summer, too. There wasn’t much else going on.

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ave you ever thought that your health, your good health, might be a condition over which you could have more control? That just seeing a doctor, briefly, when you’re ill, getting a prescription filled, and going home to wait for the medicine to work may not be the best thing you can do for yourself? Tricia Williams, MD, agrees, and she will join a cadre of like-minded professionals at The Other Health Fair at St. James Episcopal Church in Mansfield, May 19 and 20, to explain why.

“Last year I went as an observer,” she says. “I was excited to see it happening in our community, and I’m honored this year to be a speaker.” This second (perhaps annual) Other Health Fair bills itself as an event featuring information and activities on alternative and complimentary healing modalities for holistic health and on exploring integrative medicine What that means, says Tricia, sipping tea at a cozy coffee shop near her home in Troy, is that we—we being the patients as

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Hot hometown brew: Jill and Shane Nickerson bring a ‘third place’ to Blossburg.

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hey’ll tell you that they got the building for a song. “Re-use, recycle, re-purpose, re-claim” was the refrain. The composers’ final notes? A great cup of coffee, tasty eats, and a place for Blossburg folks (and those who would like to be) to hang out. They are the Nickersons, and the place is the 242 Coffee Company on Main Street in Blossburg—a.k.a. “people’s third place.” “People have home and work,” explains Jill Nickerson, who, with husband Shane, brought 242 to life about a year and a half ago. “We wanted people to have a third place.” Most important, the Nickersons wanted that “third place” to be in Blossburg. The couple have been in and around Bloss most of their lives and made the decision to stay and raise their family (they have three kids) here. Shane, who also happens to be the mayor, has a construction

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company and has, over the years, collected what he calls a “treasure trove of stuff”— doors, hinges, windows, barn boards, tin roofing, school chalk boards, wood trim from various demolition projects, entire buildings—interesting and eclectic things with a lot of life left in them but temporarily, perhaps through no fault of their own, without an occupation. That was soon to change. “We’d been trying to brainstorm things for downtown Blossburg,” Shane says. Jill, who serves on the borough council, had put together a survey asking residents and business owners about what sort of trees they might want to see on Main Street (trees on Main Street, any Main Street, are a big, and often quite opinionated, deal) and, with a bit of extra survey space, queried folks on what else they might like to see downtown. What people wanted was a coffee shop.

And what Jill said to Shane was, “What about us doing it?” She had sold Toddler University, the day care she had owned and operated on Main Street for years, and was ready for a new project—not that being a parent and serving on borough council and on the board of directors for the borough’s Recreation Department and for the Tioga County Development Corporation wasn’t quite enough. Nor does Shane, with his construction business, his duties as mayor, as president of the board of directors for the Blossburg Memorial Library, have excessive amounts of discretionary time. Both are involved with V.I.B.E., which is shorthand for Blossburg’s Visions in Business and Entertainment organization and in their kids’ school activities—in short, they are two people who will answer the door when their community knocks and says, “We need you.” See Roots on page 22


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So Jill went to barista school in Manhattan, and then she went to Portland, Oregon, to learn the business end of running a coffee shop. Shane, meanwhile, delved into his treasure trove— and that of some friends—and began refurbishing the 242 Main Street storefront. The thick slabs of asymmetrical tabletops came from trees that were downed in Blossburg’s Island Park during a windstorm several years ago. The funky aluminum community bulletin board that runs more than halfway down one side of the shop came from the façade of the Davis Furniture building in Wellsboro when it was overhauled to make way for the Deane Center for the Performing Arts, as did a quantity of redwood trim. Tongue-in-groove boards on one wall were once part of the Ponderosa Motel, which used to be on old Route 15 between Covington and Mansfield. The ceiling tiles are square-cut tin from barn roofing. The menu chalkboards used to be in a school. There are bits and pieces from a bowling alley. Old postcards depicting Blossburg-area scenes have been transformed into poster-size wall art. Shane estimates that 70 to 75 percent of 242 is re-used material. Even the floor has a backstory. The building was home for years to a dairy store/lunch counter known as Mabel’s. Shane points out where the lunch stools used to be attached to the floor and where, from years of folks sitting at those stools, the floor has indentations from the customers’ feet. The café, for all of its amazing history, is, of course, also about food and drink, and the story there is local, too. The coffee is from Alabaster, a roaster in Williamsport. The coffee-making equipment came from Wellsboro’s Wired Rooster coffee and Wi-Fi café. (Those folks are now in the process of transforming another storefront in Wellsboro—more about that in an upcoming issue.) “One of our signature drinks is the Coalie,” says Jill, who was the main menu planner. “It’s like a cookies and cream frappe.” Yum. The menu includes made-here soup, salads concocted with Northern Tier Greens from Troy and Tioga County Greens from the Blossburg Elementary School’s own hydroponic growing room, breads from Baxter’s Bakery in Gaines, bagel chips from The Native Bagel in Wellsboro, and sweets from Cupcakes by Tirsa in Liberty and Laura Lee’s Cakes, right down the street in Blossburg. Internet accessibility is part of the plan, and it’s more than okay for folks to come in and work on their laptops, even if they don’t buy anything. Which brings us to one more jewel in the 242 crown. The café, along with the Brick Tavern, Momma’s Restaurant, and Roupp’s Cornerstone Restaurant (in Arnot) participate in “coffee pending.” It’s like pay it forward—one customer buys a coffee, or whatever, for someone else, someone who may show up today or tomorrow or next week and need a friendly face, a friendly place, and maybe lunch or a Coalie, but is a little short on cash. As the Nickersons say, “the people of Blossburg are incredible.” “The whole thing of us becoming more community-minded, well, we realized how lucky we are to live here,” says Shane. “There are not too many places left like Blossburg.” “If we can create a few jobs, fill up a storefront…” muses Jill, smiling, “We don’t have a beach house. We have Blossburg, and anything extra we give it here.”


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blooming onions and tougher-than-leather cheesesteaks, prepare your palate for a pleasant surprise. Nationwide, the mobile food truck industry is growing faster than tomatoes in July. According to the National Food Truck Association, mobile food vending has, in the past five years, gone from an underground and unseen industry to one of the fastest growing trends in food service. One statistic showed mobile food truck revenue has increased by over 12 percent during that same five-year period. Nick says he went to a food truck event in Allentown that hosted thirty-three trucks and thousands of attendees. “Nationwide, it’s phenomenal what food trucks are doing,” he says. So, a celebration—one that includes many opportunities to sample culinary creations—is in order. Nick explains that he has spent the past nine years in the Williamsport area operating a food truck and two food trailers. He sets up at concerts, fairs, wineries, and the like, and has several street locations. As is the case here and in other areas of the state and country where mobile food units are proliferating, there are local health, safety, and fire codes with which operators must comply and tax and payroll obligations they must meet, just like their counterparts in the brick and mortar restaurant business. A building’s not bad, says Nick, but “we invest a lot of money in our trucks.” “We get inspected every place we go,” he adds. “Nobody is trying to hide anything. We don’t want friction.” Unlike the “build it and they will come” mentality of a fixed facility, the food truck folks need to be out and about looking for customers. Obviously both kinds of businesses must do some marketing research/demographic studies to increase the chance of success; the advantage of people knowing you’re always in one place can be offset by the ability to simply move to another street if the customers aren’t showing up. And that can bring life, money, and opportunities— attractions if you will—to neighborhoods that may have just been waiting to experience those kinds of positive outcomes. “In Williamsport there are places to do a Food Truck Friday,” Nick says. “A lot of people show up at our window who are not from this area, but they come specifically for our food. People tell us that their only purpose for being here is for the food truck. So this is not an event, it’s an attraction.” “This gives a lot of talented chefs the opportunity to showcase their abilities,” Jessie says, not to mention the opportunities it will give a lot of hungry people to taste some amazing food. Williamsport’s first StrEAT Food Festival gets underway at 10 a.m. and runs until 8 p.m. How does it work? Think of it as a smorgasbord on wheels. For the price of admission ($25 in advance, $30 beginning April 23, and $35 the day of ) attendees will be able to sample food from all the vendors. Other vendors will join the food truck folks, a couple of bands are scheduled, and the Billtown Brewers also plan to be there with microbrew samples. Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com and will also be available at the festival. For more information about attending the StrEAT Food Festival as either a vendor or a hungry person, call Jesse at (570) 447-2307 or Nick at (570) 279-1192.

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By Darren Hendrix Vitreous journey: Julie Conway shares her love of glassmaking by demonstrating techniques and sharing the importance of sustainability and future of this ancient art.

A Glass Act

Artist Julie Conway Leads a Tour of GlassFest By Roger Neumann

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he Corning Gaffer District’s GlassFest 2017 on Memorial Day weekend will have something new in this, its eighth year—a featured artist who will take glass art lovers on a tour of five galleries where some of her works will be on display and available for sale. This is not just any artist. Julie Conway is a world-renowned designer and creator of pieces, both large and small, which feature the effects of light and shadow reflected by and refracted through glass. She’s the owner and designer of Illuminata Art Glass Design (www.illuminataglass.com) in Seattle, Washington, and she’s as excited to be a part of GlassFest as organizers are to have her here. “I’m beyond ecstatic,” Julie says. “I could not be more excited or more honored. This is a fabulous opportunity to be included in the Corning world of making, inventing, collecting, and archiving the amazing element of glass.”

The free festival, on and around Market Street, is billed as four days of glassmaking demonstrations, music, arts and crafts vendors, shopping, and food. GlassFest lineup includes glassblowing demonstrations in Centerway Square on Saturday and Sunday, a fireworks display Saturday night, and—now—a strolling artist. “We’re so pleased that we’re going to have an artist of that caliber for our first featured artist,” says Coleen Fabrizi, executive director of the Corning Gaffer District, the event organizer. She explains the strolling artist concept: Julie will lead a walking tour of the District’s galleries and will also participate in other festival activities during the weekend. The stroll is scheduled to start at about 8 p.m. on opening day, Thursday, May 25, at Gustin’s Goldsmiths at 71 E. Market Street, then to the Rockwell Museum on Cedar Street, then back to Market Street to the West End Gallery and Segwick Interiors, culminating in a reception at the See Conway on page 32

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France. She continued to study and work with masters in France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and the United States to develop and refine her techniques. In 1997 she opened a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she lived at the time. She took the name Illuminata Art Glass Design “from the Italian Renaissance group of thinkers and artists who expanded consciousness and brought enlightenment to the public” and have inspired and influenced her work. Then, about five years ago, Julie moved herself and the studio to Seattle, which has a large and vibrant art glassmaking community. She now produces projects for corporate clients and private collectors all over the world, including chandeliers and other large pieces for hotels, restaurants, museums, and individuals. Her clients include the Four Seasons and Hilton hotels and the Walt Disney Epcot Center. Just recently, chandeliers she designed and produced for Google were installed at that company’s headquarters in Kirkland, Washington. Julie has earned numerous industry awards for design, lighting, and artistic accomplishment, and she is in demand as a speaker (and now as a strolling artist) across the country. She has exhibited throughout the United States and abroad. Green is her new favorite color, Julie says, green as in lowenergy LED components that she uses in many of her projects. She is a founder of BioGlass (www.bioglass.org), a small nonprofit dedicated to “the advancement of using sustainable fuel sources and recuperation techniques” in glass studios. “Currently, the sustainability and future of this ancient art form is in crisis due to fossil fuels, cost of operations, and loss of centuries of technique,” she explains. She is part of an international group of artists who are spreading that message all over the world. Locally, Julie will help make GlassFest bigger than ever this year, Coleen says. But “it’s not necessarily that it’s bigger—it’s always huge—but we always keep the very best and try to add new elements every year. I never wanted it to be one of those festivals where people feel if you’ve seen it once you don’t need to go back. We’ve always got something new and exciting to experience.” And this year it’s Julie Conway. Mountain Home contributor Roger Neumann is a retired Elmira Star-Gazette editor and reporter.

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Old Glory, New Tributes

GlassFest Salutes Our Veterans With Heroes’ Banners and a Field of Honor By Cheryl Hein Walters

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e were at an outdoor celebration recently, watching from the adult beverages tent, when a beefy gentleman in T-shirt and kilt caught my eye. I had watched this United States Armed Forces veteran compete and fail, just before the last rounds of a game. Peering over the heads of the crowd, we had seen him stagger. We groaned our disappointment with the rest of our cheerfully imbibing neighbors. As he walked from the area, we saw why the man had staggered. Below his T-shirt and kilt, the veteran had no legs, only blades. Neither of us could see his prosthetics or his disability; the vet had competed to the ending rounds. Corning’s Gaffer District, partnered this year with Chemung Canal Trust Company, celebrates its eighth annual GlassFest this Memorial Day Weekend, from May 25 to 28. It is billed as

a “Celebration of Glass and the Fire Arts in America’s Crystal City.” And that it is: after closing the streets for the weekend, the event kicks off with a free public party at the Corning Museum of Glass with glass making, a glass ribbon cutting ceremony, music, food, and drink. The weekend continues with live hot glass demonstrations from the Corning Museum of Glass, WineGlass GlassFest 8K, Brews and Blues BBQ, MasterPix scavenger hunt with prizes, wine and craft beer tasting, family activities like facepainting, artist displays, and exhibits both judged and non-judged, sidewalk sales, fireworks on Saturday night, shopping, and the Rock the Park Concert series, among other activities too numerous to count. But at the heart of it all is the weekend itself, and the honor we owe those who make such days of freedom possible. See Flags on page 39

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Street Exhibits, Artists & Vendors (Market Street) 11 am–7 pm Outdoor Hot Glass Show (Centerway Square) 11am–8 pm SCCVB tent (Clock Tower tent) 11am–6 pm Darren Goodman, Glass Artist (TBD) 11am, 1pm & 3 pm

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The GlassFest Memorial Day Salute will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Riverfront Centennial Park on Sunday, May 28. This year, GlassFest adds another activity to the weekend, incorporating a Field of Honor onto Riverfront Centennial Park, where up to 270 flags will be placed in tribute to veterans. Individuals can buy a flag for themselves or a veteran for $35, with the proceeds going to the C-VETS (Corning Veterans Engaged to Support). The flags will fly from Friday, May 26, and will be taken back down between 5 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, May 28 (by civic organizations conforming to flag etiquette; old, worn flags can also be dropped off for proper disposal). At the Field of Honor, the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the ceremony, a local firefighter will sing the National Anthem, DownBeat Percussion, better known as The Stampede (they are the drum line for the Buffalo Bills football team), will perform, and “Taps” will close the ceremony. Twelve Gold Star soldiers and their families will be honored (Gold Star families include a member who has died in service to our country), as well as over one hundred other families who will be remembered with Home Town Hero Banners, a tribute to a service person from any of the armed forces who has served in the military, living or dead. Each banner has a picture of the veteran, dates of life and death, dates of service and military branch—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard—and where they served. As the child of a military man, I felt a pull to thank the blade-wearing veteran for his service. He accepted my hug and thanks with a wolfish smile and, as he pulled away said, “It was my honor.” Then it was my turn to stagger, fighting back tears in public. I hope you will consider the GlassFest Memorial Day Celebration, or indeed any of the several Home Town Hero Banner presentations occurring in our area. Please consider bringing an extra hankie. I will be the one standing gratefully on my own two feet, remembering my own veteran father and the blade-wearing vet.

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icture this. You walk up to your boss, the owner of the business, and inform her that, one day, you are taking over. And you are sixteen years old. While in high school, Sarah Files said exactly that to Donna Grzesik, then the owner of Pip’s Boutique. “I totally pretended that place was mine when I worked there,” Sarah laughs. It was a bold approach Donna could relate to, however, as she had taken over the store after working for the original owners. She encouraged Sarah to get a business degree, which she did at Keuka College, and develop a full-blown business plan for Pip’s. “I was going to be a marine biologist, but then I started working at the shop and found what I was really meant to do,” Sarah says. Pip’s, at 89 East Market Street, is a clothing and accessory store, but it is also a place of support and empowerment for women. Owned by women for its entire thirty-five years, the shop’s philosophy can be summed up by the phrase on the try-on mirror: “If you are confident, you are beautiful.” Trust in that statement has turned many customers into friends, to the point that the staff thinks of certain people when new items come in.“We will shoot off a text message that says, ‘Something really cute came in today’

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Tempting tastes: (clockwise from top left) Mike Johnson, educator at Inspire Moore Winery; a Fox Run Rosé pairing; Paul Brock, winemaker at Silver Thread Vineyards; and Vinny Aliperti (winemaker at Billsboro) and Kelby James Russell (winemaker at Red Newt).

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oor pink. It has certainly been a rough road for this lovely color to make it in the wine world. Blame it on the imported Mateus and Lancer bottles of the 50s or the beloved white zinfandel wines of the 80s. Pink got its start with a bad rap. Not that those wines are bad. On the contrary, these are still some of the most purchased wines on the market today. But these wines are sweet and cheap, and for some reason that quickly became the standard for many pink colored wines, no matter where they came from. For far too long, drinking pink signaled that you were a novice drinker with little knowledge of good wines. Wine snobs loved to belittle the pinks while holding up their pinkies. And heaven forbid you would order a glass of blush in a fine dining restaurant. Little did we realize that those mainstream pinks of yesteryear were actually the exception to the pink rule. Across the pond, the color pink has always been highly admired in the wine world. It signals wines of great character and complexity. In French regions

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like Provence and Champagne, these wines are highly sophisticated quaffs that the finest winemakers consider to be some of their best. Instead of being the cheap choice, these pink wines often command the highest prices. They are worshipped. But, they are dry, meaning that there is no sweetness in the wine. These dry pinks are known as rosé. Some people will tell you that the phrase “dry rosé” is redundant. It is a given. The rise to popularity of rosé here in the United States has been lengthy and tedious. After all, we have a lot of preconceived notions to overcome. But it has happened. I have witnessed a complete turn-around in the past few years. Maybe it is the explosion of pink exports from Europe. Maybe it is because so many good restaurant sommeliers have been singing the praise of pink at the dining table. Or maybe it is because our adventurous American spirit has reached out to the lesser known, and been properly rewarded for it. See Pink on page 44


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They'll make you blush: Despite being a 'hard sell,' Fox Run Vineyards caters its 'pinks' to a packed house during their March event.

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Four years ago, I attended an event in Finger Lakes to introduce some of the newest dry rosé wines of the region. It was so exciting to see so many of our local winemakers getting behind the rosé movement. There were about fourteen wines to try, and they were delicious. But it was still a hard sell to many customers. I served the wines at many summer soirees that year and people were still skeptical of the pink. “Isn’t it sweet?” But one taste is all it took. Surprised faces and exclamations of delight were commonplace, and I felt there was hope after all. The fourth annual “Discover Dry Rosé” was held in March at Fox Run Vineyards. There were thirty-six wines available for tasting. The place was packed. Upon reflection, I decided they should rename the event “Dry Rosé Discovered.” Rosé wines are the best of both worlds. In most cases, the wines are made exclusively from red grapes, so you get the flavors you would find in a red wine, like cherry, raspberry, and spice. Red wine lovers like that. But you serve the wines chilled, like you would a white. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. And white wine lovers like that. The event was centered on the prowess of rosés with food. And believe me, you cannot find a more versatile 44

wine. It pairs beautifully with fried veggies, goat cheeses, shellfish, salmon, tuna, poultry, sausage, or paella. It’s a wonder that rosé hasn’t completely taken over the wine market. Of course, there is still time… And the amazing variety of styles— all you needed to do was look at the colors of the bottles lined up on the bars to see that each rosé has its own distinct personality. Depending on the grapes used (pinot noir, lemberger, cabernet franc, merlot, for instance), and the amount of time you let the juice sit on the skin (to pick up the color), the assortment of pink hues is mesmerizing. The winemakers showed unbridled enthusiasm, not only for their own wines, but for the coming of age of a new local specialty. It is a worldwide rosé revolution, and the Finger Lakes region is on the front line. Warm weather is straight ahead, and the winning 2016 vintage of rosé is fresh for the pickin’. These wines are made in smaller quantities, so don’t wait too long to stock up. After all, pink is now the new red. Holly Howell is a Certified Specialist of Wine (by the Society of Wine Educators) and a Certified Sommelier (by the Master Court of Sommeliers in England)


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h, all kinds of things! It’s a very exciting time. Birds are checkin’ us out and enjoying lunch, strawberries are making a splash, creeks are rippling and warming, glass is sparkling, horses are basking, colors are popping up in the most unexpected but oh-so-welcome places. And that’s just the beginning. When the flags come out, we know summer is here. More important, we know it’s time to stop and think, to remember and honor.

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Finding the Cookbook Collection that Fits the Cook By Cornelius O'Donnell

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o those of you who collect cookbooks—you know who you are, and, let me assure you, you are not alone. When TV cooking shows began popping out all over the tube I had an uneasy feeling that the printed cookbook page was headed for oblivion. But I’ve been reading that printed cookbooks are still very much alive—more so than ever. It seems that some people feel as though having at least a few cookbooks at hand, along with maybe some cast iron and a crock of wooden spoons (preferably with some marks of usage), is comforting. Heaven knows we all need some comforting these days. And what’s great is that some of the more recent books aren’t just page after page of text and numbers. I also think of them as art books. Those ravishing food photos, colorful typography and layout, and pages of elegant idea-filled table settings: a feast for the eyes prior to the one for the palate. When you think of it—and I do—many cookbooks today are more than merely a listing of one recipe after the other, perhaps grouped by when they are served or by their presenting ingredients. In the old days, you might get a skimpy paragraph under the title of a dish. Surely the writer knows more about how the dish was developed, by whom, who “et” it, and how easy or difficult it is to prepare. And when writers leave out at least an estimate of how many the dish serves, I get perturbed, to say the least. We called

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those the “headnotes.” Today, many cookbooks have been expanded to add an idea of the personality of the writer or recipe developer; these can include intriguing stories of where and how the recipe fit into the cuisine and maybe how it evolved. To me, that makes the whole business even more tempting. We want to make and taste the dish. So, the book can be classified as both an art and a history book. See what you can get when you invest in the right cookbook? How Do You Find the “Right” Cookbook? I know that once I find a tome that mirrors my feelings about food, you won’t see me for a while. I’ll be reading and making a list of what I plan to cook. Finding just the right, useful cookbook is a little like looking for love. You might read about a new book in a food magazine or a newspaper article, or learn about one from a fellow foodie. Over the years I’ve spent many hours in the cookbook department of bookstores here and while on vacation, thumbing and flipping through their selections. But bookstores (obviously) can’t stock everything, and I fret over what I’m missing. Have I got a solution! I found a Web site—essentially provided by bloggers—that has all sorts of information food mavens (you and me) can use. This site roams all over the place, but it will reward you if you search diligently. It’s called Eat Your Books


(www.eatyourbooks.com) and you’ll be amazed at what it covers. Amongst lots of other things (food trivia, personalities, chefs, etc.), it has information about cooking in English-speaking areas of the world. By far the most useful information for cookbook collectors is the list of new books. It seems most complete, and the best part is, each listing has a capsule review of the book and a good idea of the topics between its covers. If you need a recipe, browse among the 3,200 I’m assured they have on file (someone figured out that’s the equivalent of sixty-five books.). Just provide an idea of a main ingredient and, like magic, you’re in business. Or dive in and make your own discoveries. They are available at no charge. Collecting I have a friend whose house is just crammed with wonderful “stuff,” and we’ve talked a lot about collecting. According to her, you can have a single—or maybe two—examples of a “thing,” but when the number rises to three of four, well, you’ve got a collection. And you might just start adding to your modest grouping. Before you know it you need a bigger room, multiple shelves—all of that. Well-meaning friends, desperate to find something that will please you, will gift you with one or more on holidays and birthdays. They’ll even bring them to dinners that you throw. So you can’t really say “no.” I’ve Made a Little List With that list of books, I made my own list of “must (at least) see” books. I can decide to purchase them based on that. I thought you might like a peek. Someone must have whispered into Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall’s ear because, though his previous books have been interesting, they have not been for the fledging cook. In his new book, also named after his restaurant, River Cottage Easy, almost all the recipes have just three ingredients and no dairy or wheat. He produces food that is “sweet, salty, crunchy,” “sharp, rich, crumbly,” and “hot, bland, crisp.” I’m looking forward to seeing how he pulls this off. And I’m also anxious to read a single subject book on probably my favorite food—avocados. And for something completely different, I’m waiting for Deborah Madison’s new book. She has several, all excellent. She’s known as the queen of vegetarian, by the way. Other authors, cookbooks, and cooking methods in my queue include Annabel Langheim, the star of thirty-five cookery books in New Zealand and a TV personality there and now here. She has, yes, another book due. I am amazed at how she measures dry ingredients with an English-looking teacup. I admire Melissa Clark’s work in the New York Times and now we have a book from her called Changing the Game. Can’t wait to see how she plays off the title. I like the idea of serving food in an artful arrangement on a board or platter, and I understand a new book is due out to help with that. And I’ll close with my favorite cookbook title of the year (so far). It’s called The Really Quite Good British Cookbook and it is filled with contributions from England’s best chefs and cooks, Jamie Oliver included. Talley ho into the kitchen.

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