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Corning celebrates 40 years of leading the American Main Street retrolution By Alison Fromme
The Fall of the American Chestnut The Return of Road Food A Streetcar Arrives in Wellsboro
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Volume 9 Issue 5
Back to the Future
By Alison Fromme Corning celebrates 40 years of leading the American Main Street retrolution.
8 The Fall of the American Chestnut
By Roger Kingsley Virtually destroyed over a century ago, the ghosts of giants still haunt our woods.
18 A Streetcar Arrives in Wellsboro
By Brendan O’Meara NYC’s Bleecker Co. returns to the Deane Center with the Tennessee Williams Classic.
27 In Freedom’s Name
By George Jansson Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park honors heroes past, present, and future.
Cover by Tucker Worthington; Cover photo courtesy of Corning’s Gaffer District. Photos this page (from top): courtesy of Corning’s Gaffer District; Richard Kingsley with fallen chestnut, by Roger Kingsley; by Anya Garret; and by Cindy Davis-Meixel. 3
By Fred Metarko
Return from The Twilight Zone.
By Gayle Morrow Brave new world.
The Fire of Creation By Roger Neumann
At Odessa’s Joyful Adornments, Bonnie Scott turns glass into art.
The Return of Road Food By Cornelius O’Donnell
Road Trip! From the Finger Lakes to “Florida,” eateries beckon.
w w w. m o u n ta i n h o m e m ag . co m Editors & Publishers Teresa Banik Capuzzo Michael Capuzzo Associate Publishers George Bochetto, Esq. Dawn Bilder D e s i g n & P h o t o g r ap h y Elizabeth Young, Editor Cover Artist Tucker Worthington Contributing Writers Angela Cannon-Crothers, Patricia Brown Davis, Jen Reed-Evans, Alison Fromme, Holly Howell, George Jansson, McKennaugh Kelley, Roger Kingsley, Adam Mahonske, Cindy Davis Meixel, Fred Metarko, Dave Milano, Gayle Morrow, Tom Murphy, Cornelius O’Donnell, Roger Neumann, Gregg Rinkus, Linda Roller, Kathleen Thompson, Joyce M. Tice, Brad Wilson C o n t r i b u t i n g P h o t o g r ap h e r s Mia Lisa Anderson, Bill Crowell, Bruce Dart, Ann Kamzelski, Ken Meyer, Tina Tolins, Sarah Wagaman, Curt Weinhold, Terry Wild S e n i o r S a l e s R ep r e s e n t a t i v e Brian Earle S a l e s R ep r e s e n t a t i v e s Michael Banik Linda Roller Administrative Assistant Amy Packard Editorial Intern Maxwell Black T h e L a t e G r ea t B ea g l e Cosmo (1996-2014) Assistant
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Back to the Future Corning celebrates 40 years of leading the American Main Street retrolution
Courtesy of Corning’s Gaffer District
By Alison Fromme
After the Agnes flood, Corning was reborn.
See Back to the Future on page 10
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oon after Virginia Wright moved to Corning in 1958, she went downtown with her six-month-old baby to look around. But she didn’t stay out long that day. “I came home and cried,” she says. “There were basically only bars and men’s shoe stores. I thought, ‘I can’t raise a family here.’” Virginia wasn’t sure exactly what she was expecting. The downtown she encountered clearly catered to the men who worked at Corning Glass Works—not their families. Her husband, Jerry Wright, was one of those workers, just starting a position as a product designer. Corning was a company town in every way, good and bad. Virginia wasn’t the only one who noticed that there were problems on Market Street. Vacant storefronts plagued the street. The buildings sported an odd assortment of neon signs and aluminum siding. It lacked vitality. But, during the 1960s and ’70s, Virginia, along with city leaders, business owners, and others, helped spark a movement that reinvigorated Corning’s historic Market Street, and offered a model for renewing main streets across the country—one that continues to inspire cities to this day.
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At the time, Virginia’s discontent with Corning’s downtown wouldn’t rest. Jean Wosinski, the wife of a Corning Glassworks scientist, commiserated with her. Jean suggested that they do something. She was, says Virginia, the “mover and shaker” of the pair. Virginia and Jean noticed that Market Street’s upper stories were quite ornate, and they felt other people should pay attention to the beauty of the buildings. Constructed during the 19th century, they were mostly made with materials straight from the local Corning Brick and Terra Cotta Works factory that operated from 1878 through the 1930s. Along the five blocks of Market Street, terra cotta moldings adorned buildings, and ornaments like lions and stately owls topped them. Cornices decorated doorways and arches swept over windows. Accents, swags, corbelling, and ironwork dressed up façades. Varied building heights, plus polychromatic and patterned brickwork, offered interest in what were otherwise monotonous walls. Together, Virginia and Jean created a presentation, complete with a slideshow and accompanied by Petula Clark’s song “Downtown,” detailing the neglected beauty within the community. The pair offered the show to anyone who would listen, including library-goers, the Kiwanis Club, and the Common Council. After one event, a Common Council member told her, “Virginia, you can’t legislate beauty.” And then he patted her on the head. “Neither one of us had any power,” says Virginia. She didn’t even have a clear vision of what Market Street, the five-block backbone of downtown, could become. Before moving to Corning, Virginia had studied botany at Denison College in Granview, Ohio, where she lived in a dormitory in a house built in 1866. She then lived in Chicago, where she remembers standing on the platform of the ‘L’ and noticing one of the buildings that survived
the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. In Corning, she became the librarian at the community college, and then at the Corning Museum of Glass. She appreciated history and aesthetics. But mainly she wanted a downtown that served as the center of her community, one where she could enjoy spending time. And she wanted others to think about how to create that, too. “If people don’t pay attention, buildings crumble,” Virginia says. And they were quite literally crumbling, in part to make room for new development, and she didn’t want her community to crumble with them. At the time, downtowns across the country were changing. New shopping malls popped up in the outskirts of town. In Corning, population 17,000, a 1966 urban renewal plan called for the demolition of 175 downtown buildings to make room for a modern civic center, a library, and more. At the same time, ground was broken at the Arnot Mall, the largest shopping center in the Southern Tier at the time. It was modern and big: enclosed and air conditioned, it spanned thirty-eight acres. The Rice Building on East Market Street—with possibly the only example of continuous terra cotta garland ornamentation around a building in Corning—was just one of the many demolished structures. At one point, Virginia’s husband pulled terra cotta moldings from a trash heap, bicycled home with them, and transformed them into a “brick and board” bookcase, which still stands in their living room today. Another active preservationist, Ernestine King, salvaged a sculpture from the rubble of the opera house demolition site by loading it into her red wagon—then making her kids walk home. Today, that salvaged sculpture of the god Pan is displayed at the Information Center of Corning, One West Market Street. The merchants remaining in downtown Corning tried to keep up
with the times. They added signs to attract attention. They updated their storefronts by covering up outdated styles. In one display of progress, builders transformed Ecker’s Drugstore at 47 East Market Street to demonstrate a new Corning Glassworks product, Pyroceram, as cladding on the building’s exterior. In the local paper, the drugstore management announced innovation inside and out: the use of an innovative IBM computer system for “fast, accurate processing” and the thin-but-strong, low maintenance Pyroceram that would create a “distinctive store unlike any other” with “permanent beauty.” Later, in 1970, the Corning Glass Works Foundation gave the city more than $1.4 million to implement the 1966 downtown plan for the new expansive civic center plaza. Despite the cultural push to modernize, many eyes looked up at the buildings, back in history, and inward at their own ideas of progress. Virginia and Jean’s humble appeals to pay attention to the existing beauty on Market Street started a conversation, and soon many people were concerned with the state of Corning’s downtown. During the early 1970s, downtown efforts multiplied. Care for Corning, an informal group of t h e A m e r i c a n Association of University Women, was formed with Ernestine King’s help, and then later became the Council on Urban and Cultural Development. Grants funded professional recommendations from architects and preservationists, public exhibitions, and a pilot program to improve building façades. On the recommendation of the Corning Glassworks Foundation, Corning executives traveled to other cities to see their restoration projects, like San Francisco’s Ghirardelli Square and New Orleans’ Vieux Carré. Relationships between the City, Corning Glass Works, the Corning Foundation, and the Corning Urban Renewal Agency
strengthened. In 1971, Tom Buechner, founding director of the Corning Glass Museum (and Virginia’s boss), returned to Corning after about a decade away working at museums in New York City. While away, Tom had created a sculpture garden at the Brooklyn museum, featuring salvaged architectural elements from demolished buildings. Upon his return, Tom championed the Market Street restoration effort that honored historic buildings. He brought a concrete vision and organizational skills to make that vision a reality. In early 1972, he said, “Corning is our environment. It reflects us and affects us and our children. What this place looks like reflects the kind of people we are, and, in time, the kind of people we will become.” Regarding one restoration proposal put forth, Tom said, “The sum of money involved is much less than the new library, the new city hall, or the new skating rink, but what it could mean for the future of this community is greater than all three put together.” In March 1972, the Corning Foundation gave $72,000 to establish a twentyone-person committee to oversee the creation of a Market Street Restoration Plan. Then, disaster struck. In June of 1972, Hurricane Agnes ripped through the region and flooded Corning. Sixty percent of the community was underwater, including Market Street. For Virginia Wright, the flood was lifechanging: as a librarian of the Corning Glass Museum, she worked seventeenhour days to save precious and oneof-a-kind books; at home, she took in another family who had lost their house. With a gaggle of kids and four fighting cats in one house for six weeks, things were chaotic. She focused her attention on her job and her family, and she was relieved that the restoration of Market Street was already in good hands. Many in the community agree that a silver lining emerged from the disaster. See Back to the Future on page 13
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Courtesy of Corning’s Gaffer District Corning is now rated one of the most charming small cities in America, and Virginia Wright (right) helped make it happen. Back to the Future continued from page 11
Before the flood, skepticism about the restoration effort hung like a cloud, with the nagging question: what if we do everything right, create a physical renaissance, and no one responds, nothing changes? When the floodwaters receded and the mud was washed away, residents had a chance to reconsider the future of their community. Everyone lost something in the flood, and some say that the divide between blue- and white-collar workers was washed away, too, that the flood leveled class barriers, at least somewhat. Amo Houghton, Jr., CEO of Corning Glass Works at the time, said with conviction, “We are not licked, we are going to bounce back.” What the flood could not wash away was the vision that was taking hold in the community. When federal relief funds came in, the community built brick sidewalks, created a park, and planted more than 100 honey locust trees. These were the same ideas that originated during the early conversations about Market Street. That vision, which had started as a conversation more than a decade earlier, coalesced with three goals in mind: to re-establish Market Street as a commercial center, to establish an attractive environment,
and to preserve buildings with rare architectural elements. All this, two full years before Jackie Kennedy rallied for the preservation of Grand Central Station in New York City. In 1973, Mayor Joseph J. Nasser wrote, “We are not dealing with a world of make believe. The plan calls for restoration of real buildings; for the preservation of an honest heritage, and for valid public improvements… [the plan] avoids the sameness of the average shopping center. It does not tear down, but builds upon something which exists and already has great value. The project will add warmth and style to this important thoroughfare.” But who would lead this effort? And what exactly would it entail? Vision was one thing, but imagine the task. Tom described it this way: “Nowhere has the main street of an industrial American city been restored to its turn of the century appearance while serving as a lively, modern, shopping center. We could become a model for the nation— an 1870s living museum street merging in a 1970s renewal complex. Perhaps we could do it by 1976, the bicentennial year.” Market Street’s 125 buildings had various owners, some of whom were
absentee landlords, and many different tenants. Merchants worried about their bottom lines, and most wanted their businesses to stand out in order to attract customers, and they did that with gaudy signs. Tom put out a call to find someone to work on the restoration efforts full time. Norman Mintz, a graduate student at Columbia University, heard that call from a professor. Norman was an ideal candidate. With a master’s degree in historic preservation and a bachelor’s degree in industrial design, he was the former owner of an antique shop. He and his new wife were looking for a change from New York City, and when they were offered that chance they took it. When the couple arrived in April of 1974, snow still dusted the ground. But, despite that cold welcome, Norman said he felt right at home. Everyone he met—business leaders, community members—was open, inviting, welcoming, and warm. Plus, the architecture was exceptional, he says, particularly the uninterrupted façades. In 1974, with Tom Buechner’s leadership, the nonprofit Market Street Restoration Agency (MSRA) was See Back to the Future on page 14 13
Courtesy of Corning’s Gaffer District
Amo Houghton, Jr., then CEO of Corning Glass Works, helped lead downtown Corning on its path to the future.
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formed to implement the restoration plan. Norman Mintz became the first director and “main street manager.” No blueprint for this type of job existed. A main street manager? How would he convince building owners and shopkeepers to change the look of the street? Certainly no shopkeeper wanted an out-of-towner telling him what to do. Norman couldn’t exactly tell people what to do, even if he had wanted to. The central Market Street blocks had been listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, giving the area formal recognition. But the improvements Norman wanted to see weren’t written into law. The idea was to offer people free advice and design help for their signs and façades. Norman started his job by talking, chatting up merchants, and listening to their troubles. He never mentioned the words “historic preservation.” “In that first year, I bought so many things that I didn’t need,” says Norman. He bought items as an excuse to go in and talk with business owners, to gain their trust. Eventually, he would walk outside with them, cross the street, and
take a look at their stores. He worked with the merchants to convince them that restoration was often easy, and good for business. Norman would offer a vision for what the storefront could become, and explain how an attractive storefront could attract more customers. After all, 750,000 tourists visited the Glass Museum every year. Imagine if they had a reason to stop at Market Street. The first building restored was Brown’s Cigar Store. “It didn’t need much help,” says Norman, who peeled away layers of paint to determine the original color—and then recommended repainting in that color. Norman estimates that the paint job cost the owner about $300. Such small improvements created a buzz, and neighbors began to look critically at their own storefronts. Norman sometimes helped with the improvements himself, using a crowbar to take some coverings off and reveal the original fabric of the building beneath. Not every recommendation was as clear-cut as Brown’s. When Norman was asked to advise the owner of Harold’s Army and Navy store, he drew up plans to recreate a Victorian-era wooden façade, replacing its structural
pigmented glass, known as Carrara glass, installed in the 1930s. Norman considered Tom Buechner’s vision of a Victorian era streetscape his mission, but something didn’t sit right about this particular project. “I realized I did something wrong,” he says. So he redid the drawing, leaving the façade in its 1930s state, but suggesting other smaller changes that respected the good design changes. “By trying to educate the owner, I was educating myself. The exciting thing about main streets is that they continue to evolve.” And evolve they do. By 1979, the white Pyroceram cladding that encased Ecker’s Drug Store at 47 East Market Street came down, in a funding collaboration between the owners, the Corning Glass Works Foundation, and New York State. Originally, the Victorian building housed the offices of architect H.C. Tuthill. Today, the Tommy Hilfiger store resides there. “With all the work that was done,” says Norman, “it soon became apparent that we had to do more than just restore buildings.” The MSRA, which celebrates its fortieth anniversary this year, began collaborating with other organizations, See Back to the Future on page 17
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and is now part of Corning’s Gaffer District, which plans promotions and events to draw people downtown, all in the effort to revitalize and energize the community. One of those events—GlassFest—marks its fifth anniversary this month. In tribute to all of this, AIASNY (The American Institute of Architects Southern New York), along with the Preservation League of New York State, Corning’s Gaffer District, and MSRA are holding a two-day conference this month in Corning, with Norman Mintz back in town as a keynote speaker. Corning was on to something. Other small cities and towns heard the buzz. Articles were written about Corning in architecture and preservation magazines. Norman was soon asked to speak in small towns in upstate New York and beyond. Norman then received a visit from the Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Midwest office, Mary Means, and talked about his experiences in Corning and what it meant to be a “main street manager.” She had seen that small town downtowns were in trouble all over the United States, wanted to do something about it, and met with people who were making improvements in several small towns. Norman was one of those people. With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, she selected three Midwest towns to work with as pilots for the National Main Street Program. “Originally, we had no intent of having a staff person in each of our three pilot towns, but seeing Norman in action on Market Street caused us to make that commitment,” she says. “It turned out to be a central decision, for we learned the importance of a full-time main street manager for momentum and quality control.” Mary’s intention was to complete the National Trust’s pilot program and then move on. But the idea caught on, and the organizations expanded to even more states. “Corning was quite important to the birth of what is now the National Main Street Center, and more than 1,200 towns and cities in the US and Canada have used its technical assistance and trainings to bring life back to their historic downtowns,” Mary says. After almost a decade with the organization, Norman returned to New York City, where he eventually became senior director of Main Streets and Downtowns for the Project for Public Spaces. By 1986, the Agency had grown to administer a $100,000 annual budget. The vacancy rate on Market Street dropped from 18 percent in 1974 to 3 percent in 1986. Façade renovations were completed on fifty-five of the 125 buildings. Ninety buildings displayed new signage. Since the restoration efforts began, more than $32 million has been invested in major downtown projects. See Back to the Future on page 56
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The Fall of the American Chestnut Virtually destroyed over a century ago, the ghosts of giants still haunt our woods Story and Photos By Roger Kingsley
ne fall day several years ago, my brother Ronnie was cruising one of the woodlots on our farm looking for trees to turn into firewood. His attention became focused on a corner of the woods that was a stone’s throw from a field, yet, for whatever reason, was seldom frequented by our family. As he walked along through 20
the shadows of the hemlocks and hardwoods, Ronnie suddenly noticed that the decomposing leaf litter under his feet was now bestrewn with burs— the large prickly seedcases indicative of only one tree. Ronnie had just discovered an American chestnut—a native tree of legendary proportions thought to be nonexistent on our farm at that time. Later that day, when
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After Wilson’s death in 1934 the family farm was sold to the American Legion Post No. 572 of Blossburg. The Legion Post is still located there today. Although mining no longer takes place in the area, we honor our past with the annual Coal Festival. The first Coal Festival was held Memorial Day weekend in 1993, 201 years after coal was discovered in Blossburg. The event continues to be held on Memorial Day weekend each year. We invite you, your family, and friends to help us celebrate.
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the American chestnut once was, nor can we grasp the tremendous loss suffered by both humans and wildlife when it fell victim to the Asian bark fungus—chestnut blight—over 100 years ago. First noticed in 1904, the fungus attained its foothold in America when it supposedly rode in on exotic blight-resistant chestnuts imported to the Bronx Zoological Park in New York City. Within a few decades, the woodlots and forests dominated by the species were a graveyard of chestnut remains. I have the book Trees by Julia Ellen Rogers, published in 1928, whose words illuminate the vengeance with which the blight spread: “What a disaster then is the newly arisen bark disease that has already killed every chestnut tree throughout large areas of the Eastern states. Scientists have thus far struggled with it in vain and it is probable that all chestnuts east of the Rockies are doomed.” Documented as the largest ecological disaster in American history, the American chestnut was, in its heyday, the ruler of the eastern forests. Ranging from Maine to Mississippi and from the Atlantic coast to the Ohio valley, its prolific nature was owed to its rapid growth and its sizeable annual seed crop compared to other species. Estimates claimed that one out of every four hardwood trees was a chestnut. A third significant characteristic played a huge part in its ability to yield an annual crop without fail: the pollination of its flowers occurred in June, a month essentially immune to a damaging frost. Despite its disappearance across the landscape, an unquestionable quality that saved it from extinction is its ability to generate stump sprouts from its root system, which is unharmed by the blight. But because of the widely distributed northern red oak, which accompanied the chestnut over much of
its range and plays host to the fungus, the airborne spores eventually attack the developing sprouts, choking them of nutrients within the trunk’s cambium layer until they too wither and die. The traits that bestow the American chestnut with an edge over its competition didn’t stop in the forest. A harvested specimen rendered into beams or boards had valuable and multiple uses as a commercial product. Inside the home, its straight, beautifully grained wood was commonly used for furniture and flooring, while the rich tannins it possessed made it extremely durable for outside projects from fences to telephone poles to shingles. The lyrics that popularized “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) paid tribute to the abundant, sweet, carbohydrate-rich nuts for which the American chestnut tree was also cherished. The prized nuts plumped livestock, sustained wildlife populations through rough winters, and were a financial resource for many households when sold on the streets for human consumption. B e c a u s e o f t h e c h e s t n u t ’s tremendous societal and ecological importance, one can only imagine how many professionals in the horticulture and forestry fields across the country have been—and still are—committed to defeating the blight and restoring the American chestnut. Today, there are organizations that are determined to complete that mission by either traditional propagation or by implementing biotechnology. The most ambitious is The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF). Created in 1983, TACF now has 6000-plus members and volunteers who are deeply involved with efforts to restore the species to its former niche in the forest ecosystem. State chapters within the foundation are the backbone of TACF, and memberships are greatly needed for the foundation to further its
goals. There is so much to tell about the American chestnut, and you won’t find a better resource than TACF’s Journal of the American Chestnut Foundation, published six times a year. Consider joining in on their historic and wellfocused progress by becoming a member or visiting them at www.acf.org. Thanks to organizations like TACF, the spirit of connecting with one of the greatest trees of all time lives on. Strange as it may seem, it’s still possible to purchase true native American chestnut seedlings from certain nurseries around the country. Obviously you don’t have to be reminded that they are not blight resistant, so I won’t go there. If you’re wondering what happened to the tree my brother found, sadly that fifty-foot-tall specimen measuring twelve inches at DBH (diameter at breast height) had no resistance to the lethal fungus either. Within a few years after Ronnie brought home the news, its stature revealed the visual signs of the blight to which its relatives had previously succumbed. I remember standing beside the tree looking up one last time at its stark outline, remembering the days when it appeared full of vigor, while at the same time contemplating the helplessness of such a widespread, dominating plant. With silent emotions, I yanked the starter of the chainsaw and sent the razor-sharp cutters through its stem with a feeling of remorse. Standing back, I watched it tumble to the woodland floor, landing in a coffin of its long lost leaves, and the prickly burs that once served as an announcement of its identity.
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he seasons announce their arrival in distinctive ways. Spring, I think, for all the agreeable things it represents to us, can be a bit disingenuous, with a propensity for fits and starts. Unlike fall, which comes from the top down, spring comes from the bottom up. We can get a glimpse of that as early as January, when a few warm days can set the sugar maple sap to running, and in February, when the first inch or two of day lilies have been known to make a tentative reconnaissance above ground. By March we expect to see open water and at least a hint of green, but, alas, that was not the case this year. When the calendar said April, I started watching for coltsfoot. It’s one of the first, if not the first, wildflowers to make a post-winter appearance, and the sight of those little yellow blossoms amongst the snow and side-of-the-road grit makes me feel like maybe I can finally release the breath I’ve been holding since about October. Coltsfoot’s leaves are thought to resemble the cross section of a colt’s foot—thus the common name. The proper name is Tussilago farfara. It belongs in the Asteraceae family and is the only species in the Tussilago genus. It is considered invasive in some areas, but honeybees like it, and there are moth and butterfly larvae that feed on the leaves. Coltsfoot has had traditional medicinal uses, but more recent research has shown it to also have pyrrolizidine alkaloids, substances that may affect the liver adversely. Following not far behind coltsfoot are the violets. Viola is a genus of flowering plant in the Violaceae violet family. I saw a few of the familiar heart-shaped leaves peaking out of dried debris on the forest floor the same day I saw my first coltsfoot. The common blue violet is Viola sororia; there are approximately 600 other species in this genus. The variations on the violet’s color scheme are numerous, including yellow and white, and what’s not to love about all of them? This hardy flower also has medicinal uses, and is an edible treat for humans and moth larvae. And while only one species of violet, the Viola odorata, is used as a source for scents, violets overall are said to have a “flirty” scent, meaning the fragrance comes and goes. That is due to a component in the plant called an ionone, which will temporarily render our noses unable to detect the violet’s aroma. How clever! Gayle Morrow, former editor of The Wellsboro Gazette, cooks locally, and organically, at the West End Market Café. Gayle recently won another Keystone Press Award for her columns.
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Streetcar Named Desire is so woven into popular culture that you may not even realize how often you’ve seen it. There was a wave of references to the iconic play, written by Tennessee Williams, in the 1990s. In an episode of The Simpsons titled “A Streetcar
Named Marge,” Marge Simpson, so often trapped in the house as the counterweight to the mayhem unfolding around her, auditioned for a musical rendition of Streetcar. Hilarity ensued. Seinfeld dipped into the Streetcar well when Elaine took muscle relaxants
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named-desire; 570-724-6220) for three dates—May 15, 16, and 17—to show the world how Stella Kowalski deals with a passionate husband (Stanley) and how Blanche Du Bois, Stella’s sister, descends into madness and ultimately relies, of course, on the kindness of strangers. Much of the excitement hinges not on the production itself, but where the production bases itself. The Bleecker Company hails from New York City, the Mecca for everything performance, whether it be Broadway, OffBroadway, or that guy playing buckets in the subway. And, of all places, this company, who has employed such actors as Hugh Jackman, Ralph Macchio, and Anne Meara, makes its return to Wellsboro. “Everybody knows the name Streetcar Named Desire, so to see [the audience] learn the story will be fun,” says Deane Center Executive Director Deb Bastian. “It has such a twist in it. What a challenge Blanche [Du Bois] has as her world crumbles.” The Bleecker Company has been to Wellsboro in the past. Its first performance was SMILE: A Southern Rock Musical that, among other actors, included Katy Frame, a goofy, pleasant-voiced performer and musician. The Deane Center, in recent past, booked a musical duo titled—wait for it—Reformed Whores. It stars Marie Cecile Anderson and Katy Frame. And it is Frame who makes her return to Wellsboro— her fourth trip to the Black Box Theater—as Stella Kowalski, the sister to the embattled Blanche in hot, swoony, sweaty 1940s New Orleans. “Wellsboro is always a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of New York City, but performing in Wellsboro also gives us a chance to take more risks with the work,” Frame said via email. “There aren’t the same pressures here like worrying about a bad New York Times review and all that jazz, so as an artist it’s an ideal environment. New Yorkers can also be a pretty tough audience. They’ve seen it all, or at least they like to think they have, so it’s a welcome relief to perform in front of a different kind of crowd.” Peter Zinn, the director of Streetcar, forged a strong relationship with Bastian and the Deane Center, having already been here with SMILE. Now, Bleecker and Zinn bring an old favorite to Wellsboro. “SMILE was such a success and the community was so welcoming. Peter Zinn said they loved Wellsboro,” Bastian says. “They were looking for that opportunity to bring the performers out and do shows they can’t normally do. We get along so well.” It goes without saying that Streetcar is a highly coveted play. As a result, the rights to perform such a play are See A Streetcar Arrives in Wellsboro on page 34
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astronomical in the Big Apple. Thankfully, Wellsboro affords Bleecker the chance to produce it. “The actors are very excited to do Streetcar,” Bastian says. “It’s very expensive and they can’t buy the rights in New York City. We’re affordable for them.” Excited doesn’t quite cover it for Frame. If there ever were an academic track in Streetcar, she’d be valedictorian. “Hang in there because I’m about to nerd out for a minute,” she says. Frame, as she puts it, has spent a lot of time with Stella. She’s done scenes from the play and once took a class solely focused on Streetcar. She visited New Orleans with her comedy band in March and let the city wash over her. Frame began to understand what Stella meant when she tells Blanche, “New Orleans isn’t like other cities.” Frame discovers new things in the script the deeper she immerses herself in the scenes. She’s done her homework and now it’s time to put all that preparation into action. “You have to let the play seep into you, especially with a play as rich as Streetcar,” Frame said. “But, of course, one of the most important parts is working off the other actors. You can sit with the play alone in a room as much as you want—and it is important to do that. But the most important—and most difficult—part is to let go of all that preparation, trust that the work you put in is there, and actually work off your Stanley, your Blanche, your Mitch, etc. Your decisions from moment to moment should be coming from what is happening in the moment with the other actors, not from stuff you decided last week or whatever.” And, on top of all this, local schools are invited to view the dress rehearsal of Streetcar on May 14, then the actors will field questions from students about what it takes to be an actor traveling the country to find any venue to put their craft to work for anyone with the eyes, the money, and the interest to see them perform. “I hope we can show our audience what A Streetcar Named Desire is all about,” Frame says. “Passion, rage, desperation—all the feelings! And I hope we can spark in them an interest in Tennessee Williams and in classic American theater!”
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obert B. Logue wasn’t supposed to be on the USS Wahoo. After serving five years aboard a submarine, Logue, a Williamsport native, had been assigned to a sub tender at Pearl Harbor. The Navy released him from his duty for a onepatrol-only stint on the Wahoo in part because, as a specialist on the then-new electric torpedo, Logue possessed an 36
expertise which made him a valuable crewman to have aboard. Logue and seventy-nine other sailors never returned from that patrol. After becoming the target of a largescale attack by Japanese ships and aircraft, the USS Wahoo sank in the Sea of Japan in October, 1943. There were no survivors. A monument created to honor
Logue’s service to his country, as well as the service of two other Lycoming County residents who perished on submarines during World War II, was dedicated in 1992, and is displayed on a stretch of ground on the corner of West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive in Williamsport. Since then, monuments dedicated to honor all county military veterans who sacrificed their lives in See In Freedom’s Name on page 38
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defense of America’s freedom—and the freedom of others around the world—have joined it. The names of county residents who perished in World War I and II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are chiseled into stone monuments standing on the site. Another marker memorializes local soldiers who died in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Next to it stands the monolithic black marble Global Conflicts for Peace and Freedom monument, eight feet high and fourteen feet long. A decommissioned M60-A3 Army tank parked on the grounds honors past and present county residents who served in the armed forces, as well as those who will serve in future years. Collectively, the monuments form what is now Lycoming County Veterans Memorial Park. The first monument, which honors Logue, David K. Sloan, Jr., and Edward J. Szendrey, features a torpedo (donated by the U.S. Navy to the residents of Lycoming County), a 3,500-pound ship’s propeller (typical of those used to propel U.S. subs during WWII), and an anchor. After the land that housed the initial monument was deeded to the City of Williamsport in 1996, the Veterans Memorial Park Commission was formed to oversee the facility. Not long afterward, another group, the Lycoming County Veterans Council, began looking for a place to commemorate the World War II anniversary. “We considered several sites,” said Charles Smith, a Marine Corps veteran and a member of the Veterans Council. “Then we approached the city about doing something near the monument on West Fourth Street, and they gave us the okay.” Since then, the Veterans Council has taken on the planning and fundraising duties for the park. According to Smith, the majority of the funds collected come from individual donations. Future plans for the site include the construction of a walkway designed to encourage visitors to reflect on the contributions to freedom made by all Lycoming County residents, including those who served during the Revolutionary War. This year, a Memorial Day service will be held at the park on Saturday, May 24, beginning at 2 p.m. Francis L. “Fran” Hendricks, president of Mansfield University of Pennsylvania and a retired Army brigadier general, will be the featured speaker.
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At Odessa’s Joyful Adornments, Bonnie Scott turns glass into art Story and Photos by Roger Neumann
on’t go to Joyful Adornments Glass Studio just to see the beautiful pieces turned out by owner Bonnie Scott. Don’t go just to watch Scott at work, or just to try your own hand at creating something from almost nothing. Don’t go just for a chance to help the artist create a oneof-a-kind item to your specifications. And definitely don’t go just to browse,
or even to shop. Go for all of that, and more. “I like for people to think of this as not only a shopping destination but as a destination to experience something,” says owner and artist Bonnie Scott. At her shop in the Schuyler County village of Odessa, she says, visitors are “going to experience what glass is about. They can put their hands on
it, or they can talk to me and have me design something for them, something personal. So it’s a learning experience. It’s much more fun than just shopping.” Or a s h e r b ro c h u re s t a t e s , Joyful Adornments is “a Destination Experience of Magical Proportions!” Located five blocks south of Odessa’s Main Street, Joyful Adornments occupies a building that previously See The Fire of Creation on page 42 41
Bonnie Scott working long, thin glass rods over a flame to form a colorful bead.
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housed the Vedder and Scott Funeral Home. Three years ago, when her husband, Fred, retired and closed the funeral home, Bonnie Scott moved in. (There’s still a Vedder and Scott Funeral Home in Montour Falls, but the Scotts sold that business years ago.) Scott has brought new life to the place with brightly colored beads, buttons, and jewelry of various kinds that she fashions from long, slender rods of brightly colored glass imported from Italy and Germany. This isn’t blown glass, it’s flamework glass, also called lampwork or torchwork. Pieces are created by heating the rods and shaping them over a torch whose flame burns at 3,000 degrees. Scott works at a table in her shop just off the showroom. She is happy to take visitors there and demonstrate the creative process, or even make a piece while people watch. You pick the color, shape, and size, for example, and she’ll build a bead for you. If you’re fourteen or older, she’ll let you make your own creation while she watches. Scott even gives 42
flamework bead lessons. The tour and demonstration are free, but there’s a charge for lessons and to make or design a bead. Check Scott’s Web site (www. JoyfulAdornments.com) for more information—including hours, which vary—or call ahead (607-5943016 or toll free 800-517-6440) to let her know you’re coming. Scott has been working with glass for about ten years. A creative person all her life—she’s a trained classical singer and also does quilting and painting—she first got into glass art as a hobby. She took lessons from a glass artist in Corning and began creating necklaces and other pieces that she would wear. People noticed. “My friends started buying things off my neck,” she said. An Elmira native and graduate of Southside High School, the former Bonnie Kast moved to Odessa after she and Fred Scott married. They have one daughter, Keri, who also lives in Odessa. Before she turned her glass art into a business, Scott taught at
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Elmira College, was the coordinator of the Ithaca College School of Music library, and was a Longaberger Basket consultant. “I like variety,” she explains simply. She is perhaps best known for her glass spool jewelry. Drawing from her love of quilting, she has designed glass pieces that look like they’re made of small spools of colorful thread. She doesn’t know of anyone else who does that. One of her most exciting projects has been the development of items using recycled glass, especially wine bottles. That all started innocently enough four years ago when Scott discovered that an old water bottle of her late mother’s—actually a green prune juice bottle that her mother had used for water—had broken when the water inside it froze. Not wanting to throw the glass away, she salvaged the pieces and turned them into jewelry for her sister, a cousin, and herself. Now she regularly produces pieces of jewelry and ornaments from bottles brought to her by friends and
other customers. Scott calls them Wear-A-Memory recycled wine bottle jewelry. One such piece on display in her shop is an elaborate clear glass necklace. A member of the Handwork Cooperative Artisan Gallery in Ithaca, Scott displays and sells her work there and at three consignment stores in Watkins Glen—O’Susannah’s Quilts & Gifts, Fiber Arts in the Glen, and the Franklin Street Gallery. She also displays items at the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. But she does more business outside the local region, selling to customers in several other states, Canada, and as far away as Australia. “As most artists know, you do more away from home than close to home,” she said. She’s working hard to reverse that, or at least to balance the scale. But for now, she said, “The five-mile rule is in effect.” Mountain Home contributing writer Roger Neumann is a retired editor and reporter for the Elmira Star-Gazette
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Road Trip! From the Finger Lakes to "Florida," Eateries Beckon By Cornelius O'Donnell
h, spring: time to get out of the house. Sure the lawn needs work, last year’s mulch is a mess—but all of that can wait. The road beckons, the better to experience the charms of this much-awaited season. We’re a few miles away from gorges, waterfalls, hills, and fabulous lakes just
begging to be visited. Take advantage of the pull-off places thoughtfully provided by the state governments (the English have a word for these: “lay-bys”). But all of that fresh air and communing with nature—hiking, bending over buds, snapping pictures, fishing and the like—can produce quite
an appetite. Unless you tote a picnic you can’t cook if you are touring all day. So it’s great to have a stop in mind where you can feed the body as much as the touring feeds the soul. Obviously I can only point out See Return of Road Food on page 46
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a very few of the many “road food” emporiums within Mountain Home’s circulation. That covers a lot of midand northern Pennsylvania and southcentral New York territory. For starters, here are some places I’ve come across and sampled. Who knows, this may become the first in a series of gastronomic investigations into moderately priced eateries serving tasty food. My intent is to include only places located out in the countryside vs. those in cities and villages. All set? Off we go. Florida Fryed Chicken The spelling check feature on this machine just had a coronary with the second word in the headline. But that’s
the way Bonnie Schroeder and Gary Morey spell it, intended to make you ask the spelling question. It opened on 12/12/12. You’ll find this bright and cheerful restaurant on route 287 just off Route 15 (heading south) near Tioga, Pennsylvania. A boot scraper just outside the door adds to the country feel of the place. Open that door and you could be in Key West. It’s fried chicken, period, with their special coating and I found it darn good—the two pieces I had were crispy, not greasy, and moist inside. How did a chicken restaurant end up in Tioga? Well, as Gary explained it, he and Bonnie went on a five-month camping trip (yup, tent and all) that extended from the Florida Keys all the way up to Astoria, Oregon. It seems that Gary had spent time in a restaurant in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and had developed a coating for chicken much as Colonel Sanders did way back when. As they traveled they discussed opening a restaurant, and Gary’s special seasonings are what make this chicken special. There simply isn’t a chicken restaurant in the vicinity, and Bonnie— with roots and family in Lindley, New York—knew the territory. And while you’re at “Fryed” get yourself a taste of a regional favorite, Williamsport’s Sunset Ice Cream—there are about twenty flavors to choose from! You can eat in the spic and span interior that is loaded with more Florida memorabilia than a Fort Lauderdale gift shop. Or if you live in the greater Tioga area, stop in on your way home and pick up the chicken. I only wish I lived closer. (Call 570-625-0011 to check on their hours, although their card says “open everyday.”) Fran’s Landing Fran must have landed somewhere else because there ain’t no Fran at Fran’s—but you will find my friends Kevin Hillman and Troy Preston, who have owned this unique spot
since 2010. If Hollywood wanted a roadhouse setting to film a reality program, here it is. I wrote about this place a while ago but it so happily fits our road food theme. The restaurant sits on a little knoll overlooking the valley on the road that leads from Route 15 to Addison, New York. Keep alert: the restaurant’s turnoff comes up pretty quickly due to the gentle curves in the road. Inside Fran’s you’re surrounded by knotty pine walls, the sort of décor that families put in their 1940-era rumpus rooms, although a lot of it is covered by 40s store signs, calendar art, and various items from the era of half-abuck-a-gallon gasoline, including an antique boat motor hoisted above the bar. In a word, or two, “hubba-hubba.” The menu also reflects those days of yore, but with Kevin’s upgrades to suit 2014 tastes: chicken wings (of course), hand-cut steaks, and juicy burgers, for example. Portions are generous; you won’t go home hungry. Wear work boots and a plaid shirt and you’ll blend right in. I think you’ll become a frequent visitor to this place. Call (607) 359-3000 for more info. Seneca Lodge Head north into Watkins Glen on Route 414 and, just before you reach the Glen, turn left and go up the hill. You’ll find Seneca Lodge next to the State Park. Its rustic wood-sided building is surrounded with small cottages across the driveway (they are rentable). It’s a seasonal place, so do check their Web site (www.senecalodge.com) or call (607) 535-2014 for opening info. It’s difficult to describe the Lodge. It reminds me of the large dining hall at a camp I attended one summer too many years ago. It was bought in the late 40s by Dan Brubaker, a Philadelphia lawyer, and then rebuilt after a fire. It is still run by Brubaker’s family. Best of all, it’s about as far removed from a fast-food joint as you can get. See Return of Road Food on page 49
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Walk into the bar and you are in Whimsical Wonderland. You’ve got the pine paneling, but here it is covered by the pennants of just about every college you’ve ever heard of—and some that may be new to you. Look up and there are archery targets— complete with antique arrows. These are lovingly dusted each year before the Lodge opens for business. The bar staff can point out other artifacts—it’s worth asking. Those cabins outside were once home to archery buffs who assembled every summer for years. Now racing buffs have taken their place, so you might spot a racing celebrity or two. And you may catch a film of old Formula One races just off the bar. Speaking of bars: back on the restaurant side, check out a favorite salad bar of mine. The dressings are first rate, and I never pass up the cornbread. The specials are posted on a chalkboard and their weekend prime rib draws the locals as well as visitors. In season, Seneca Lodge is open seven days a week for breakfast and dinner and, to quote the sign at the front of the entrance, “no lunch.”
I hope this inspires you to eat local. Don’t hesitate to send me your suggestions for the next round of places worth a visit or even, as many famous guidebooks say, “worth a detour.” Happy driving, and happy dining.
Chef, teacher, and author Cornelius O'Donnell lives in Elmira, New York.
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