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THE LOST KINGDOM By Michael Capuzzo

For 75 years they’ve found the magic place in October, when it chooses to appear…

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The Lost Kingdom

Falling for October

By Michael Capuzzo For 75 years they’ve found the magic place in October, when it chooses to appear…

By Roger Kingsley

Our columnist pens an ode to his favorite month.


The Healing Spirit

By Cindy Davis Meixel

At The Sycamore’s Spirit Healing Retreat, a mini-Omega blooms in English Center.

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A Golden Anniversary

By George Jansson In Linden, John and Edie Carpenter grow a magical garden.

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Embracing tradition, the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Antique Show hits a milestone.


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When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. But leftover fruit juice? It’s jelly-making time.

28 Tiptoe Through the Finger Lakes By Holly Howell Oh, the places you’ll go if you are a lover of wine. Our columnist dishes on her favorite autumn haunts.

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Kingdom For 75 years they’ve found the magic place in October, when it chooses to appear...

By Michael Capuzzo the dread “Old Lady with the Basket” might suddenly appear beside our car, fast as a thought, patient as Time, the Old Lady her grandmother said the coal miners never outran, as the specter raced alongside their bobbing lanterns across ridge and valley, the shadow of Death itself. We laughed at the old story. In the speckled light of the passing trees and the slow coursing rhythm of the road we lost track of time. See Lost Kingdom on page 10

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ne July afternoon in 2004 my wife and I were enclosed by gloom on a lonely mountain road, high in the Pennsylvania Appalachians. Thick stands of hardwood and pine, dense with wildlife, silently watched our passage. Slowly our pickup truck pitched and wound through a fading day in the last eastern wilderness. My wife told ghost stories from her childhood. She was terrified on this road—


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At twilight the forest gave way to town, then gaslights, a quiet Main Street. It was just three blocks, a 1920s movie theater, a barbershop, an old diner, a grand hotel from the last century. Lawyers on the steps of the 1830s courthouse facing the town green. At the center of the green, a Wynken, Blynken, and Nod statue fountain burbled its 19th Century lullaby. I wiped my eyes in near-disbelief at this Brigadoon that materialized from nowhere. Four hours out of Philadelphia, it was impossible to find a more remote town in the eastern United States. We’d left Philadelphia for good; we did not know then we had stumbled into the lost kingdom, into a town you could never leave. It was our first day in the lovely village of Wellsboro (pop. 3,297), the county seat of one of the sparsest counties in the commonwealth. Soon we bought a house in town. A year later we started Mountain Home magazine. It didn’t feel then like a remote place. My wife was born in the town, in Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital, two blocks from Main Street; her brother had a law practice here. Mom lived a block away. Mountain Home grew into a regional magazine. Life in town was a delight. A fine family steakhouse occupied the same old house, same family, for fifty years; next door under a sign with a gaslight was music, and a good bar. Folks made burgers from local cattle, beer from local grain. Late one winter evening by the big carved fireplace in the old hotel bar a couple dozen white-haired men swept in, ordered a couple dozen beers, and began singing “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and other standards in lusty and perfect harmony. The Men’s Chorus, the barkeep nodded, their after-practice drink, Thursday around ten o’clock since time immemorial. We sang along, walked into the chill night, looked at the stars. The night was still, quiet, surrounded by hills and farms and by half a million acres of wilderness. You could see the stars clearer here than anywhere east of

the Mississippi. In winter, town was a Victorian snow globe, beautiful, cold, sunless, sealed from the world. But in spring and fall the tourists came, came by the thousands, as they’ve been coming since FDR sat in the White House, to renew the town. The village had a habit, like the old Celtic Castle of the Fisher King, of appearing and disappearing at a moment’s notice. Now October returns, and the men and women of autumn circle back, like blood to the extremities. The tourist season rolls along all summer, up and down, then three thousand visitors a day descend upon the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania during the first two weeks of October. They come to fish and hunt, to hike or bike the famous canyon just ten miles west of town. They paddle the great canyon-carving Pine Creek that runs gloriously fifty miles south, a thousand feet below twin eagle-spied mountains. They stroll the village at the heart of the lost kingdom. Like the picturesque leaves that paint the hills brightest in those days, it’s the sweet peak of the season—a peak the county’s hotels and inns, restaurants and attractions depend upon to keep going the rest of the year. They come to gawk at natural marvels that remain at once spectacular and a secret, after all these years. They came drawn by the legend of popular attractions that nobody knows about. Some half a million tourists a year visit Tioga County, return to the great cities from Toronto to Philadelphia, New York to Cleveland, from whence they came, and still it remains hidden. “I’ll be thinking we can’t possibly get another tourist,” says Lori Copp, “then someone walks in and says, “What is this place! It’s amazing! How did I miss it before?” I stopped to talk to Lori in the former church out on Route 660, halfway between the twin attractions of town and the Grand Canyon, where she runs the Tioga

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County Visitor’s Bureau. It’s Lori’s job to get the word out about Tioga County as travel paradise, and she does a fine job of it. She carefully allots much of her $300,000 annual budget to spread the good news on TV, print media, and increasingly, the Internet, seeding the reliable fortyto-sixty empty nester audience and a younger “extreme sports” crowd across the East Coast, with a focus from Philly to Pittsburgh, Buffalo to our nation’s capital. Every season, it seems, our special place is a secret no longer. The phone has been ringing since August 8 th, when The Washington Post travel section featured Anna Bahney’s “surprising, quirky and utterly authentic journey” along 400-mile Pennsylvania Route 6 from Scranton to Erie. She and her husband and twoyear-old son hiked the Grand Canyon from Leonard Harrison State Park. “The centerpiece of our trip was Wellsboro, a town that, without veering toward Pleasantville parody, is just as a town should be,” she wrote. “We settled into the stately Penn Wells Hotel on the town’s sharp Main Street, lined with flickering gas lamps.” They admired Dunham’s family-ownedsince-1905 department store, and the vintage Arcadia movie theater, “which opened in 1921 to show silent movies and still features first-run films on four screens.” They “ate like lumberjacks at the classic Wellsboro Diner before

hitting the road.” But their visit will not soon be forgotten. Twelve years ago—in July 2001, another world—USA Today named the Pine Creek Gorge, a/k/a The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, one of ten great bike tours in the world, along with spots in New York’s Adirondack Mountains; Tuscany, Italy; County Clare, Ireland; Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia; the glacial ranges of Iceland; and the Ruta Panoramica in Puerto Rico. The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania is idyllic in fall, wrote Patricia Vance, author of Bicycle Touring: The New Complete Book on Touring by Bike. “You can ride a flat, 20-mile abandoned railroad bed at the bottom of the gorge with views of the cliffs and mixed hardwood forest.” Though leaf-peeping is popular, most just want to see the Grand Canyon, that yawning landmark recently given a starring role in AARP The Magazine in the story headlined, “9 Big Holes That Aren’t the Grand Canyon.” The largest circulation magazine in the U.S. (reaching twentytwo million households) put the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania on the list with Morning Glory Pool in Yellowstone National Park, Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona, and Monticello Dam Drain Hole near Napa, California. “A striking 57-mile bike trail was an old railroad route,” AARP said. “Careful—the bald eagles might distract you.” See Lost Kingdom on page 14

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Visitors still arrive clutching that yellowed USA Today clipping, or the 2007 New York Times story, “A Quaint Town with ‘Quiet Things’ to Do,” that announced to the world that “Wellsboro, a town of about 3,300 residents 240 miles northwest of New York City, has become a popular place for second-home buyers who want to remember their first homes—as in, the homes they grew up in.” Folks come seeking that “clean, safe and slow paced” town that has “held tight to its charm,” and its nearby Grand Canyon that National Geographic Traveler touted as heart of “The Wild, Wild East.” “North-central Pennsylvania is a bona fide, 21stcentury Eden,” National Geographic wrote. “Or so says the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Human Footprint report, which put the rugged woodlands on par with Brazil’s Pantanal and China’s Gobi as one of the last untarnished tracts on Earth. Only 1.3 percent of the lower 48 is as pure.” I remember reading about that astonishing “human footprint” report in the Sunday New York Times some years ago. I talked it up around town. This was big news! Wellsboro and its Grand Canyon had been touted as among the greenest places on Earth by the world’s most influential newspaper on its most influential day. Surely See Lost Kingdom on page 18


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Wellsboro would be discovered now. A few folks nodded soberly in return. Few had seen the story. The news barely arrived here, and it never left. A few years later some of the biggest companies in the world roared in, drilled for gas, brought roughnecks and riches, fear and loathing, changed things forever…and not. Like a tide they came and they left and an idyll remains. The hills proved stubborn foes of drillers, as they are obstinate opponents of developer’s bulldozers, major roads, and most everyone everywhere who stays away, keeping it “one of the last untarnished tracks on Earth.” In an age of imitation, our place is the real thing. In an era of hype, it keeps its own counsel. So October returns and so do our visitors, like prodigal family. They come and they leave and they keep their secret—that not far from home, the second right past their imaginings, the lost kingdom exists. It can even be visited, if it chooses to make itself visible that day.


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aahs that October gets. No other time of year can compete with the leading up to, the peaking, and the falling of autumn leaves. Not the budding and blossoming of spring, not the flowering and lushness of summer, nor the snow and ice of winter. October presents nature as a spectacle of extravagant beauty. When I was in the fifth grade, my teacher, Mrs. Wilcox, gave our class an assignment: we had to put together a scrapbook of leaves. I think I still have mine tucked away somewhere in a closet. With my mother’s help, the scrapbook was bound together with construction paper and yarn, and a picture of a gorgeous landscape of autumn foliage was clipped out of a See Falling for Fall on page 22



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the varied species of trees that contribute such brilliance to the autumn woods. In the chapter “Cool Fires of Autumn” Lanner not only explains the scientific phenomenon behind the coloration of leaves, but he also lists the contact information for twenty-five states and provinces that have hotlines available for “leaf peepers” inquiring about the progress of their autumn leaves. Evergreens—just as the name implies—add character to the autumn woods as a break in what might otherwise become a scene of repetition. A typical woodlot across our region will often feature a scattering—or sometimes a pure stand—of these cone-bearing trees, and Lanner brings their association with fall colors to our attention in his chapter “Somber Evergreens.” Lanner’s remarkable knowledge of trees enlightens the readers of his book with little-known facts about the major trees of autumn and their relationship to our culture, while Robert Baldwin’s photography offers stunning identification. Admirers of the fall colors—like me—will surely treasure this book. Ask someone what their favorite month is, and I’d be willing to bet that memories, favorite seasons, or a birth month would greatly influence their answer. While November was the month when I took my very first breath, it’s those brilliant October leaves that never fail to take my breath away. A hunter, photographer, and writer, Roger Kingsley’s articles and photos have appeared in Deer & Deer Hunting, and Pennsylvania Game News, among others.

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even sycamores grace the backyard at The Sycamore’s Spirit Healing Retreat. One might presume the name of the retreat arrived after its owners found this two-acre site, tucked between tall pine trees and Little Pine Creek just off Route 287 in English Center, yet its owners say it was the other way around—the name arrived before the place. Here, Sheryl Henkin-Kealey and Dave Paxson have set to work creating their dream of a gathering space, healing community, and holistic haven. Since opening in April, The Sycamore’s Spirit Healing Retreat has hosted a variety of events including organic recipe swaps, sound and energy healing sessions, drumming workshops, spiritual cinema screenings, intensive weekend seminars by Native American guides, and informational presentations on everything from thermography to


angels. Prayers from the world’s major religions line the walls of the retreat’s reception area, showcasing the inclusive nature of the facility. “The retreat is not based on religion, it’s based on spirituality,” says Sheryl. “Everybody’s way is right; we don’t need to prove each other wrong to make ourselves right. We believe we’re entering a new time and we’re headed in a new direction—one of acceptance. It’s about accepting each other’s paths. If you’re living a good life, that’s all that’s important.” Staying true to that view, the couple balances Sheryl’s Native American spirituality and Dave’s Baptist background. Prior to settling into a Sunday routine at their new residence in English Center, Dave regularly performed bass guitar with the praise team at First Baptist Church in Wellsboro. It’s a creative and spiritual outlet he misses, but Sundays are now

the one day he doesn’t need to drive to Wellsboro for work with his small contracting business, “Let Dave Do It.” Dave’s carpentry skills have come in handy in the past two years since the couple acquired the English Center property. Formerly the English Center Bed and Breakfast and, prior to that, a restaurant, the site received a full year of refurbishing before opening to the public and is still a work in progress. The April 7 open house, with around 100 visitors in attendance, was a highlight of the past year. “It was like, oh boy, we did it. We’d set a date, six months prior, and we had to bring a lot of the house together in a short time,” Dave relates. “It got pretty nuts, but we finished it and, then, being able to finally take a breath was rewarding. It was encouraging thinking we did do something that may better someone’s life.”


For Sheryl, a standout memory from recent months was an intensive weekend retreat conducted by Lench Archuleta, a Yaqui Indian and traditional native healer from Arizona. Although attended by just eight participants, Sheryl says the intimacy of the gathering added to its power. She feels the small nature of the retreat enhances the oneon-one interactions between participants. “Someone said to me, ‘You’re building a mini-Omega!’” Sheryl enthuses, referring to the popular Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York’s Catskills. The Sycamore’s Spirit Healing Retreat offers lodging in three dormitory-style rooms featuring sturdy, new northern white cedar bunk beds adorned with colorful Indian blankets and three freshly decorated bathrooms. The rooms can accommodate sixteen guests, with optional lodging available in two apartments and a cabin. A large gathering space, enhanced by a cozy living room with a stone fireplace, includes dining tables seating at least twenty. Weekend workshop pricing includes lodging and organic meals. Sheryl serves homemade food crafted from local, organic, and free trade sources. With twelve years of experience in the natural foods industry, a B.S.Ed. from Penn State, and a medicinal aromatherapy certification, her abilities are uniquely suited for her current role. In addition to paid events and free gatherings, some of the activities offered at The Sycamore’s Spirit Healing Retreat are donation-based presentations. Sheryl and Dave also envision outside organizations renting the facilities for team-building workshops or getaways. Sycamore’s large events for the year will conclude with the October 18-20 weekend imagery workshop, “A Deep Imagery Retreat: Developing and Nurturing Your Heart-Based Spirituality,” presented by Jenny Garrison. A registered nurse, yoga teacher, and author of Imagery in You: Mining for Treasure in Your Inner World, Garrison, of Wellsboro, will also present a one-day workshop on Saturday, November 2. As winter nears, Sheryl plans to continue holding free Wednesday evening gatherings, centering on explorations in nutrition, energy healing, literature, and film. She will also begin coordinating next year’s event schedule, gathering input from others via the retreat’s monthly newsletter, Facebook page, and Web site, “What would you like us to be? What would make them come here? We want to be a place people want to come to,” Sheryl says. With all offerings, she and Dave strive to “create community. What’s really important is helping other people. We’ve both been in situations where others have helped us and the biggest thing we want to do is give back. We all have wounds, we all get lost along the way, and we need to learn how to make sense of the journey we’re on.”

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inderella’s fairy godmother used magic to turn a pumpkin into a coach. John and Edie Carpenter use pumpkins to create magic. Around mid-September, the Carpenters and their three sons transform part of their sixty-seven-acre farm in Linden into a mini-Disney World for people hungry for a back-tonature experience. Visitors of all ages who brave the drive down the bumpy lane leading to Carpenters Pumpkin Farm won’t see people dressed in animal costumes wandering on the grounds, but they will have opportunities to enjoy up-close encounters with real pigs and goats and other assorted animals. They won’t find a variety of amusement rides, but they can opt to take a


leisurely hayride around the farm and treat themselves to the natural beauty it has to offer. Instead of weaving their way through crowds or standing in line, they can wander through a corn maze and wonder to themselves if the Carpenters have a search party on call, just in case they can’t find their way back to where they started. And, of course, there are hundreds of pumpkins in the patch, each waiting for the perfect person to take them home. Most can be carried (or at least dragged) from the field by children. Some, however, can grow to the size of a smart car and weigh more than 750 pounds. When it comes to their pumpkin patch, the Carpenters are all in. During spring planting,

John arranges the corn rows in a way that enables him to prepare the maze in September without the use of a grid. Questions and interesting facts about farming appear on little signs posted throughout the maze. Picnic tables where hungry visitors can eat their packed lunches are placed in the yard behind their farmhouse. Giant-sized pumpkins, large enough to seat two or more young children, get plopped gently in the front yard. An old tractor, which kids can pretend to drive, is rolled out. They spare no effort to ensure an enjoyable experience for everyone who wanders their way. Edie noted that, over the years, they’ve had a few pumpkin-seekers who arrived long after sunset. A few of them even beamed their headlights toward the patch in

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an effort to find a pumpkin when their flashlights weren’t up to the task. Though the Carpenters don’t encourage late-night shoppers, they won’t turn away anyone, no matter what time they roll in. The Carpenters opened their first patch to visitors in 1994, the year they purchased the farm. “We didn’t think anybody would ever come down here,” John admitted. But come they did. Taking to heart suggestions made by their early customers, they added the maze and hayride to enhance their patrons’ pumpkinpicking experience. Word of the patch spread slowly, mostly because the Carpenters mounted a minimal marketing effort and posted few signs pointing the way to their creation. They’ve seen a small boost in attendance since creating a Facebook page (Carpenter Pumpkin Farm) two years ago, but their primary focus is on quality, not quantity. “We want to keep it a farm,” John said. “We don’t want to make it a circus, and we don’t like it when we get so busy that we can’t wait on people. We’re really big enough right now. We couldn’t host a festival because we can’t give up a field to parking.” The Carpenters do host many pre-school and elementary students who make annual treks to their farm. They also welcome a growing number of adults, who view stops at the patch as a way of hopping off the fast lane for a little fresh air and relaxation. More people visit on weekends, but why wait? The patch is open all day and every day beginning the last week in September through all of October. GETTING THERE: Carpenter’s Pumpkin Farm is in Linden, between Williamsport and Jersey Shore. When heading on Route 220 South, turn right onto Young’s Road (about 7.5 miles from the Route 15/220 split) and bear right to stay on that road. Take the second left onto Wesley Lane, then take the first right onto Carpenter’s Lane. Proceed on Carpenter’s Lane to the Pumpkin Patch (on right).

First-time contributor George Jansson, a retired teacher, lives in Williamsport with his wife, Sandy. He is also the coordinator at Messiah Lutheran Preschool in South Williamsport.


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A Golden Anniversary

Embracing tradition, the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Antique Show hits a milestone By Linda Roller


. F. Schumacher, the author of Small is Beautiful, once said, “Any fool can make things complicated, it requires a genius to make things simple.” By that yardstick, the people that organize the Antique Show at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Wellsboro have passed down a talent for genius for fifty years. This year, the show will be held, on October 6, in the parish hall on Walnut Street, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


It all started in 1963, when two women with a passion for antiques decided that a show organized by the church would be a fun way to raise money. Julia Spencer and Betty Kerrick had been to a number of antique shows, and it looked like something they could do. So they contacted antique dealers from around the area and created an exhibition hall. In the beginning, there were more dealers in smaller booths, but, over time, fifteen became the number

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of booths available. As Wilma Beller, longtime worker and former chair of the show, said, “It is really all we have room for.” Instead of finding ways to make the show bigger, the committee at St. Paul’s used the size of the hall to give the show an intimate appeal. This is not a mere marketplace of antique items, but, instead, a visit with people knowledgeable about antiques. As Marge Weatherbee, who has exhibited at the show for thirty-eight years, said, “It’s a nice, homey feeling. Always a good show, always quality.” Much of the show’s family feeling comes from the traditions that were instituted from the very beginning. Originally it was a two-day show, with the dealers from outside the Wellsboro area staying with members of the parish. Then, at the end of the show, they had a full dinner with the dealers and the people from St. Paul’s that worked on the show. That tradition was altered when the show became a one-day affair. For the last twenty-five years, Wilma Beller has baked a special ham for what she calls “a little supper” the night before the show. It is still attended by the dealers and the workers for the show. As she says, “We do it because we enjoy doing it.” The other longstanding tradition is a raffle of three antique items donated by members of the parish. Currently, many of these items are from the home of Louise Brown, who left an “antique legacy” to St. Paul’s to continue this tradition. And, like any good church event, there is a lunch counter with homemade sandwiches, soups, pies, and beverages, along with a bake sale table. The show is one of the community anchors for Wellsboro’s Fall Harvest Fest, which is held the same weekend. On the sidewalks, vendors offer a variety of crafts and baked goods, the local Farmer’s Market displays the harvest, and the downtown merchants host sidewalk sales. The secret to the long success of the Antique Show is not hard to fathom. Instead of talking about increasing the size of the show, or the dates of the show, the people involved in this project talk about strengthening the connections between people. Lisa Dodge, secretary for the parish, says that working on the show “builds the sisterhood” in the parish. The focus is on the bond of friendship between the antique dealers that exhibit, the parish people who work on the project, extending to the church as a whole, and then on to the community. The Antique Show and Sale at St. Paul’s raises money for the church, but its “cash crop” is the outpouring of care and fellowship to everyone involved.

Mountain Home contributor Linda Roller is a book seller, appraiser, and writer in Avis, Pennsylvania. 31

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utumn is a spectacular season, especially if you live in wine country. It is a time when all of the senses seem to be at their peak. The colors, the smells, the sounds, and, of course, the plethora of harvest festivals are enough to make you want to stop 34

the clock. Well, at least we turn it back! There are so many fun things to do during harvest in the Finger Lakes, it is hard to know where to begin. So to make it easy, here are ten of my favorite seasonal hangouts, in no particular order:

The Purple Foot Festival at Casa Larga If this doesn’t say “harvest,” then nothing does. It brings back memories of the famous I Love Lucy episode, where wine was made the old fashioned way—with the soles of your feet! People from all ages can take off their shoes and



jump into the barrels to enjoy the feeling of fresh grapes squishing between the toes. (Note—this juice not used in making the actual wine.) Add in wine tours, great music, hayrides, seminars, and tastings, and you have a winner. Look for it next September—it is worth remembering—at Casa Larga Vineyards in Fairport. ( Naples Grape Festival Although the actual arts and crafts weekend takes place in September, you can find the famous Naples grape pies throughout the entire autumn season. There is a grape stand about every hundred feet as you drive through the town of Naples. Hard to decide which pie is the best. Delicious warmed up with a little vanilla ice cream. (www. Bristol Mountain Fall Sky Rides When the foliage is at its peak, this is the perfect way to take it all in. Bristol ski resort in Naples opens up its Comet Express Chairlift during the months of September and October, and offers you a breathtaking view from the summit of the mountain. And you don’t even have to be a skier. ( Brew and Brats at Arbor Hill After your sky ride, head down the road to Arbor Hill Winery. In addition to their tasty wine list, you’ll find a charming restaurant that serves up homemade German sausages and great brew as well. This area was once very well known for its hops production. Even wine lovers like a beer every now and then. A perfect Oktoberfest pairing. ( Hunt Country Harvest Festival The first weekend in October is the 24th annual at Hunt Country Vineyards in Branchport on Keuka Lake. A full weekend of activities including grape stompin’, horsedrawn wagon rides, tours and tastings, live music, cooking seminars, and even a local artist exhibit. Of course, the wonderful Hunt Country wines are the icing on the cake. Free admission. ( The Finger Lakes Cheese Trail You know I could never leave out cheese, and it just so happens that the amazing Finger Lakes Cheese Trail is having one of their Open Houses on Columbus Day weekend (October 12-13). These only happen a few times a year, as the farms are small and not always open to the public. Thirteen farms participate, and are open for visitors all weekend. Sample the cheeses, meet the animals, and learn how cheese is made. Fascinating and family friendly. Don’t forget to bring a cooler to bring home some great cheese. ( See Harvest Spots on page 36


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When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. But leftover fruit juice? It’s jelly-making time.


s the abundant crops of fruit mature each summer and early fall, my husband and I spend time gathering as much as we can. Over the years we have planted blueberries, grapes, and currants, but we are also blessed

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to have an abundant supply of wild fruits, such as huckleberries, blackberries, and raspberries as well as chokecherry and apple trees on our property. With so much going on during the summer and early fall, I prefer

to wash and freeze the fruit that we pick—except the apples—opting to turn them into jelly, jams, and butters during the cooler days of late fall. Using the Ball Blue Book as my guide, I consistently achieve See Jelly Jewels on page 41


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good results. I save the small portions of juice that are left over when all of the “exact” measuring has been completed and use it to make mixed fruit jelly. It’s actually my favorite. An acquaintance once said that he never liked mixed fruit jelly. He said it was the leftovers from the bottom of the pots dumped together. It isn’t—but, in fairness to him, he didn’t have a clue about making jelly. I actually seek out fruit specifically for my yearly batch of mixed fruit jelly. Our currant bush does not bear much fruit, but I dutifully pick the berries that it yields each year and treasure them as an important component to my mixed fruit. Chokecherries are also unpredictable. Some years the trees yield enough for a batch of chokecherry jelly and other years just a few cups. Whatever the trees and bushes have to offer is collected and the juice extracted—a cup of this, three-quarters of a cup of that—all added together for the mixed fruit. I make up the difference with a predominant fruit, such as grape or apple and follow the recipe for that particular fruit. I often use leftover wine in the concoction. You know those bottles of wine that tasted so good in the winery tasting room but when you open them at home you wonder, “Why did I like this wine?” Turn it into jelly—it will salvage it every time! Homemade jelly is a wonderful gift to give and to receive. Your own mixed fruit blend could be a shining star to share with a chosen few as a special holiday gift. In case you are wondering, the Mixed Fruit is front and center in the photo above.

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Suddenly There Came a Tapping By Gayle Morrow

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s summer has crept away, the resident ravens have resumed their morning flyovers. They must have been busy elsewhere for a time, or maybe they took a little vacation after getting the kids fledged. Ravens have a bad rap, don’t they, in part because of the quothing raven of Edgar Allen Poe fame, and in part, especially around Halloween time, because of the belief that they’re somehow involved in nefarious activities. Early in the spring, a pair of ravens frequented the airspace over our house. The crows were out and about, too, but ravens have a different look about them. They’re larger, their wings are longer and narrower, and they have a longer, more serious-looking bill. They are the largest passerine (perching) birds in North America. They soar more than the crows do and, instead of the familiar “caw, caw,” ravens’ interesting but not particularly melodic repertoire of sounds includes a distinctive, throaty “brawwk.” When the little ones are learning to “talk,” the noises they make are quite entertaining. Anyway, a bit of time after the two ravens were engaged in some brilliant dips and swoops and other oh-it’s-springtime-again-babylet’s-go-nest behaviors, the number of participants in the regular flyover decreased by one. And when one cruised past with talons clasped about a luckless rodent, the hypothesis was that there were new mouths to feed. 42

Ravens are omnivores, enjoying not only grains, carrion, and bugs, but the eggs of other birds. They sometimes engage in cooperative or “tag-team” hunting and sometimes secret away caches of food. The parents, who are believed to mate for life, both care for the young birds. Ravens belong to the corvid family, which includes crows, jays, jackdaws, rooks, and magpies as members. In the avian world, corvids are some of the most widespread and naturally occurring. They are highly social and intelligent. Ravens have one of the largest brains of any bird, and studies have shown them to have sophisticated problem-solving abilities. They communicate with one another inter-generationally, and have a good memory for faces, particularly human faces belonging to those who have done them wrong (check out the research that’s been done with folks wearing Dick Cheney masks—it’s quite amusing). Folks in the know about ravens, crows, and the like believe the birds are self-aware. Legend does have it that if the ravens leave the Tower of London, the fortress and the British kingdom will fall, but that’s a lot of responsibility to put on a bird, albeit a smart one. Gayle Morrow, former editor of The Wellsboro Gazette, cooks locally, and organically, at the West End Market Café. Gayle recently won a Keystone State Press Award for her columns.

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Submitted for Your Approval A journey into graphic artist Tracy Tomei’s imagination By Meghan Lee


y day, Tracy Tomei is a graphic designer for Woolrich. In her spare time she creates the quirky and surreal prints that can be found in her virtual store, AndSoItGoes. Rod Serling’s opening lines from The Twilight Zone, “A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination,” perfectly embody the whimsical world discovered in her artwork, which combines strong typography and tailored illustrations to create beautiful statements about life and its absurdity. The playfulness of Tracy’s art is contagious, light, and refreshing. She

takes the quotes that wheedle their way into her mind—right now, those quotes are from the Wes Anderson film The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and the ’90s cult television show, Twin Peaks—and illustrates them in a way so captivating in their simplicity that the viewer cannot help but be drawn to the power of her typography—which she describes “as an art in itself.” In her virtual shop are prints featuring everything from the eccentric (“there is a fish in the percolator”) to the more cerebral (“What do you fear most in the world? The possibility that love is not enough.”) And while the

quotes are removed from their contexts, and could be described as fan-art because they will be more recognizable by followers of the pop culture from which she draws her inspiration, they remain intriguing—and maybe even more charming in their mystery—to the viewer that is not so familiar. While these two sources of inspiration will always be near and dear, she is expanding and seeking muses within classic literature, books by more contemporary authors, like J. D. Salinger and Tom Robbins (two of her favorites), and other television shows, like See AndSoItGoes on page 48


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Portlandia—a satirical sketch comedy television series on IFC. Tracy lives with her husband and a new puppy in Williamsport, but her virtual print shop is hosted by the ecommerce Web site Etsy, which brings together artisans, vintage merchants, and other distributors of handmade goods from all over the world. The vastness of the site can be overwhelming, but it’s easy to find Tracy’s shop,, through a feature on the Web site called “Shop Local” which allows you to search for shops by city, state, or country. By the way, our region, The Last Great Place, we call it, has a flourishing Etsy marketplace with locals handcrafting gifts, novelties, clothing, and even hand-spun yarn. And in honor of this Last Great Place, I have two prints of Tracy’s hanging on my kitchen wall, both featuring the John Muir quote “the mountains are calling and I must go”—a perfectly fitting sentiment of the alluring beauty of these mountains seen from the view out my window. Framing these beautiful words are perfectly simplistic illustrations of mountainsides (both of the prints are 48

currently available in her shop). You or I might fixate on a certain passage from a book or a particularly addictive song lyric until it remains on a seemingly infinite loop in our heads. Where do you put that? A notebook, where it is destined to fade from recollection? But Tracy uses the words swirling in her head as a catalyst for her illustrations. After finding Tracy on Etsy, I thought of handing over my notebook and begging her to make the phrases that were so special to me into something more tangible, in the spirit of her two prints that hang on my kitchen wall. And, lucky for me, Tracy has a custom order option. She will gladly create a print constructed around a favorite quote of your choosing—quirky Christmas gift idea anyone? And just in time for the holidays, she is soon going to begin offering larger eight-by-ten prints as an additional option to her current selection of five-by-seven prints and custom calendars. But for the more closely approaching holiday, Halloween, she has created a series of The Twilight Zone-inspired prints just for us. They embody a spooky cool that can be displayed and appreciated all year round.

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I’M A SUSQUEHANNA CANCER SURVIVOR. “I was blessed to be treated at an amazing comprehensive cancer center, right here in Williamsport. I knew I was in good hands the moment I walked into the Susquehanna Health Cancer Center, with its bright, airy and modern facilities. They treated my breast cancer with the latest technology and therapies. Throughout it all, I was impressed by the skills and compassion of the doctors, nurses, nutritionists and social workers who treat you – body, mind and soul. They provided comfort and guidance for me and my family every step of the way. Now that my cancer is cured, I’m exercising regularly and have already dropped 30 pounds. I’m healthy, strong and feel like a new person – and I appreciate every magical moment of life.” – Sue Danneker, Linden To learn more about our Cancer Center and Sue’s story of survival, visit

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