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SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT 

Lancaster PA

ARTS. EDUCATION. COMMUNITY. CROWS. LOTS OF CROWS...

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT heralds the return of the migrating Crows to Lancaster PA each winter.


The annual event is comprised of Arts, Education, and Community tie-ins with “Crows” as the theme.


Events/activties take place mid-Jan to mid-Feb in Lancaster PA.

 

JACK BRUBAKER|The SCRIBBLER


Blackbirds and Crows

With apologies to Wallace Stevens and a nod to Something to Crow About, the winter event that welcomes crows returning to Lancaster, here are six slightly modified lines from the poet’s “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”:


He rode over Lancaster

In a glass coach.

Once, a fear pierced him,

In that he mistook

The shadow of his equipage

For Something to Crow About!


Actually, the coach-riding character in Stevens’ poem — who was riding through Connecticut, not Lancaster — mistook a shadow for a blackbird.


But crows are, indeed, black birds, and this year’s Something to Crow About program will pay homage to Stevens while attempting to re-imagine his poem with art and music.


“Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” consists of 13 brief stanzas. Each contains a “blackbird.’’ The poem is one of Steven’s most famous, and part of the lifetime of work that earned him a Pulitzer Prize.


Something to Crow About “caws”' on artists and musicians to reinterpret one or more stanzas of the poem. Details: SomethingToCrowAbout.net


Promoters say “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird” is a perfect fit for Lancaster’s annual All Crow Art Show, as well as an unusual way to pay tribute to Wallace Stevens.


Something to Crow About will be staged in January and February 2018 as migrating crows arrive here. It will feature crow-themed events such as an Open Beak Night. Prizes include Best in Crow.’


This year, Reading artists and musicians are joining Lancastrians in paying homage to Stevens, who was born in Reading in 1879. In his youth, the poet summered in Ephrata.


One of his other well-known poems maintains that “the only emperor is the emperor of ice cream.’’ Wallace Stevens knew what he was crowing about.

THINGS IN THE WINGS FOR 2018..."THE GREAT BLACKBIRD CHALLENGE"

ATTENTION CREATIVES: Re-imagine the Poem "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" with YOUR Art and Music

Pick a stanza (or stanzas) and "reimagine" it as a painting, drawing, collage, film, song, or whatever you feel inspired to create!

You can read the poem at the bottom of the website or here:  https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/thirteen-ways-looking-blackbird 

For more info contact Team Crow: [email protected]


In Lancaster PA the blackbird art will be shown at the "All-Crow" Community Art Show at Manheim Twp Public Library. In Reading, Grandview Gallery will exhibit Berks Co. artists.

(above: Mimi Shapiro's vision of "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" stanza VIII)

“THE  GREAT BLACKBIRD CHALLENGE”

LANCASTER and BERKS COUNTY ARTISTS REINTERPRET “THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING AT A BLACKBIRD” WITH ART AND MUSIC

The Morning Caw (Lancaster PA) "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" is a poem by Wallace Stevens. It consists of 13 haiku-like stanzas, each containing a “blackbird.” What it actually means, however, is open to interpretation…

Artists and Musicians are invited to take a stanza (or the entire poem) and “reinterpret” it with their art and music – ie, create a painting, drawing, collage, song – whatever it inspires you to create.

The black bird art will be exhibited at Something To Crow About's annual "All-Crow" Art Show. Reading PA, poet Wallace Stevens hometown, will also host a black bird exhibit featuring Berks County artists.

For more info contact Team Crow: [email protected]  #blackbirdart #art #artist #painting #drawing #lancaster #lancasterpa #gallery #greatblackbirdchallenge #birdart

SO WHAT'S UP WITH ALL THOSE CROWS?

Each year, app. 40,000 Crows migrate to Lancaster PA to roost for the winter. They like to roost in the city because it offers warmth and light and protection from predators. 
Residents and businesses, however, don’t always cotton to the crows company. Walk the city streets and you might think you hear gunshots (it’s possible), but more likely, its pyrotechnics – bottle rockets, screamers – used to scare the crows away from downtown.
The crows usually end up on the outskirts of town, at shopping malls like Park City and Red Rose Commons, where they mass in great numbers. The sight is somewhat surreal...
At Christmastime, the real battle begins -- anti-crow cannons at shopping centers herald the coming of Christ and crows with thunderous booms, sending crows skyward, and shoppers in a panic. Its fun to watch, and provides a little comic relief from the stress of the shopping season (if you aren’t a shopper or a crow).
By March the crows return to their summer homes in upstate NY, New England, and Canada. And we forget about them until next winter until it starts all over again.

CROWS ARE FUN TO WATCH!

We think Crows are Cool! That's why we created "Something To Crow About."

We figured if you know a little more about crows, you might think they are cool too.

Or at least look at them a little differently...

Vancouver Crow Stars in His Own Movie...But Some Say the Celebrity Crow Has Gone Too Far

A LOOK BACK AT THE YEAR IN CROW  2017... 


STCA's 2017 "ALL-CROW" COMMUNITY ART SHOW

POE WINS "BEST IN CROW" 

Lancaster artist Robert Haldeman captured 2017 "Best in Crow" award for visual artists. His colorful "torn paper" collage pays homage to Edgar Allan Poe -- patron saint of crows and ravens. Congratulations Bob. You are Something To Crow About!

CROW TO THE HEAD OF THE CLASS

Caw Out to art teacher Lisa Wolf and her talented flock at McCaskey HS. You guys are Something To Crow About! Below, some Crow-d favorites...

MAKING A CASE FOR CERAMIC CROW ART

This is the 3rd year Manheim Township HS artists cooked crows in a kiln. Ceramics Art Teacher Dave Bear said he and his students learn something new each year by taking part in the "All-Crow" art show. Hey Dave. The pleasure is ours. You guys are Something To Crow About!

OPEN BEAK NITES: "BIRD IS THE WORD"

They came. They cawed. They conquered. Read crow-themed haiku and poetry. Told crow stories. Dillweed, a bluegrass trio, cawed out "Crow and Mermaid." Crow-gospel quartet Ripple earned a "Best in Crow" nomination for "The Carol of Crows." A reading of the play "Crow-drophenia" closed Open Beak Nites.

"This is the beginning of the neo-crow movement," said one writer. "We're creating our own crow mythology here..." 

Edgar Alan Crow reacts after several of his Crow Haiku poems were selected "Best in Crow" in STCA's annual Crow Haiku contest.

Lord of Gnome Countryside, Storyteller Rich Humphries tells a tall tale of crows in a tall tree. Thanks Rich! You are Something To Crow About!


Mark Ammerman and Ripple rip into "The Carol of the Crows." The song was nominated for "Best Crow Gospel" at Open Beak Night at Rabbit and Dragonfly Cafe.


Kesse Krow, who appeared in the movie "Black Crow-santhymum," reads the part of Junior, a teenage crow in Edgar Alan Crow's play "Crow-drophenia."

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT'S VISUAL ARTS CAW OF FAME

DEBORAH DIANA WINS "ALL-CROW"

Celebrated avian artist Deborah Diana earned "All-Crow" honors in this year's "All-Crow" art show.


She was also the first artist to be inducted into STCA's 

Visual Arts Caw of Fame.


Hey Deb, you know what? YOU are Something To Crow About!


Below, a few of Deborah's colorful corvids...

MIMI SHAPIRO EARNS "FEATHER IN YER CAP"

"I made use of a rainy day," said Mimi. "Hope you like it." We do Mimi. That's why we pray for rain. Mimi's "Crow Art" earned her a "Feather in Yer Cap" award. It is now hanging in the Caw of Fame Museum. Thank you Mimi! You are Something To Crow About!

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT'S MUSIC CAW OF FAME

REGIONAL BANDS NOMINATED TO THE ROCK AND ROLL CAW OF FAME:

All Mighty Senators; Crack The Sky; DC & Co; Gleason's Drift; Halestorm; Live; Medusa’s Disco; The Districts; The Maybabies; The Mysteries; Second Sky; Total Quality Institute; The Stray Birds; Vinegar Creek Crowstituancy


MEDUSA'S DISCO

Lancaster PA band Medusa's Disco earned a "Best in Crow" award for their song "Ask the Bird." The band was nominated twice to the Rock 'n Roll Caw of Fame. If you have to ask why, ask their fast-growing flock of followers.

THE MYSTERIES

Where this young Philly-based band gets their bluesy bubblegum 60's psychedelic sound is a mystery. But that don't matter. Just turn on. Tune in. Turn out for these guys. It's a great trip...


ALL MIGHTY SENATORS

Baltimore's Kung Fu Funk Masters were nominated to the Rock 'n Roll Caw of Fame because, well they are Something To Crow About! Plus, they got that song about Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan.


TOTAL QUALITY INSTITUTE

Bringing cred to Kutztown PA, Blind Pigeon Recording Artitst "TQI" earned a Something To Crow About nomination for their quirky brand of pop rock, bringing to mind the best of the Clash, Talking Heads, and Television. In short, the funkiest bunch of nerds you never heard of.

NATIONAL ACTS NOMINATED TO THE ROCK AND ROLL CAW OF FAME:

AC/DC; Aerosmith; Blur; Brave Combo; David Bowie; Donnie Iris; Live; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Moodie Blues; Police; Ozzie Osbourne; Pretenders; Red Elvises, Rush; Santana; Sheryl Crow; Steppenwolf; Talking Heads; Tears for Fears; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Van Halen; XTC; Yes; Neil Young, and ZZ Top.

STEPPENWOLF

The rock 'n roll rebels first burned rubber on the "Easy Rider" soundtrack and gave us radio classics like "Born to Be Wild," "Magic Carpet Ride," and "Rock Me." Of the handful of rock giants still standing, John Kay and Steppenwolf are without a doubt Something To Crow About! Hey, they still tour and sound better than ever. Go see em! On your chopper.




RUSH

OK, we secretly hope Alex will come to the Caw of Fame and give the same speech he did at the Hall of Fame. You know the one where he said blah, blah, blah, blah for like 10 minutes. Except for us he'd go caw, caw, caw, caw, for like ten minutes.

Rush gets our vote for best 3-piece rock band in the world. Blah, blah, blah...

AC/DC

How is it possible 2 brothers from Australia could dominate American rock and roll for so many years? Inspire thousands of high school kids to pick up the electric guitar?

"Sometimes I think we just don't know any better," said Angus.

Our favorite album?

"Back in Black" of course.

DONNIE IRIS AND THE CRUISERS


Ah! Leah, Love is Like a Rock...

Pittsburgh's adopted son has gone from 80's nerd rocker to 2000's biker rocker. Did you know the band still performs select venues on PA's west coast? Hey Dawnie, you know what? You are Something To Crow About!

Who said white guys can't dance? Here's The Trashmen doing "Surfin' Bird." The clip was nominated 'Bbbest in Crow" for music video.

Captain Beefheart's "Ice Cream for Crow" was nominated "Most Chill" video.

SINGER SONGWRITERS NOMINATED TO THE CAW OF FAME: 

Beck, Bruce Cockburn; Julian Cope; Sheryl Crow; John Fogerty; Steve Forbert; Colin Hay; Jimmie Dale Gilmore; Ray Davies; Richard Thompson; William Elliot Whitmore


ACTS NOMINATED FOR "BEST USE OF BIRD IN SONG" CATEGORY:

Captain Beefheart "Ice Cream For Crow"; Eels "I Like Birds"; Guided By Voices "Know Me As Heavy"; Paul McCartney "Blackbird"; Alan Parsons Project "The Raven"; Brian Eno "Put a Straw Under Baby"; Gleason's Drift "Crowes"; The Holy Modal Rounders "If You Want To Be a Bird"; The Waterboys "Sweet Thing"; Trashmen "Surfin' Bird"; William Elliot Whitmore "Song of the Blackbird"; Medusa's Disco 'Ask the Bird"

ALASH ENSEMBLE NOMINATED "BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT'

Tuvan throatsingers are known for the remarkable technique of singing multiple pitches at the same time. Master singers, as well as master musicians, Alash have astounded audiences around the world with their "otherworldly folk music."

See them LIVE to fully appreciate the experience. Only then will you really know these guys are Something To Crow About! Alash returns to the Ware Center in Lancaster PA Oct 10, 2017.

LAST CAW...

CAW-TURAL ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Steve Aberdeen, Rene "Gift" Horst, Jen Palcrow

FILM / CROWS ON FILM


WHY WE LOVE TO HATE HITCHCOCK

Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds" may have set the neo-Crow Movement back 100 years. And the re-issue didn't help. But gosh darn it's still one of our favorite films of all time. Hitch. You genius. 

TRAILER FOR "THE BIRDS"

THE LEGEND OF THE SCARECROW

MAGPIE and PUPPY PLAY...

BOOK / CROW-PRASTINATOR


ALBERT CAWLINS: IN PRAISE OF LAZY

Albert Cawlins has written a book! The former Team Crow alum (Flock of 2010) has actually been writing the book for the last 30 years. 

"Believe me, I'm amazed as anyone it ever got done,"  said Cawlins.  This is his first book (and probably last). 

"CROW-PRASTINATOR - How I Learned to Put Things Off and Become a Lazy Person and Succeed in Business and Life" is more than a "how-to" in the art of doing nothing. It offers useful advice on how to let things "take care of themselves..." and the joy one finds in "putting things off for another day." 

The author is planning a book tour to promote the book, as soon as he gets around to it.


David felt ill, so he stayed home from school. Then he noticed a flock of crows in the yard. He discovers they are fascinating creatures. Twenty years later he creates an event about crows. We made that part up.

CONTEST / DO YOU HAIKU?

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT'S ANNUAL "CROW HAIKU" CHALLENGE

2017 Crow Haiku finalists....


an icy sidewalk,

the boy who dropped his french-fries

                     -- crows at McDonalds


She used to feed crows.

When snow got too deep for her

they ate from her hand.


a gold ginko tree

lures crows this frosty morning -- 

THEY WON'T LET ME SLEEP!


Fed hungry magpies.

-- Cache La Poudre Canyon.

                    April Eighty-six


the season’s first snow --

atop the telephone pole

 crow caws out to all


Both winter and spring

        fight over yellow crow-cus

               buried in the snow.


at dusk by the creek

crows fill bare limbs like lost leaves

--the family tree


Crows gave you away --

that spring we played hide and seek

I saw you hiding.


After three days snow

two Stellar Jays befriend me

-- and steal all my food!


empty caw-fee cup

left outside overnight,

filled with fresh snow


Winter-whipped magpie

       edges closer to cheese curls

                in my open hand.


After the blizzard

a full moon buries the dead

crow-santhymums.

"SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT" 2017 / A Bird's Eye View of 2017 Events...

Jan 7: Crow Talk & Walk at Manheim Twp Library (1pm). Lancaster Crow Coalition presents “Get to Know the Misunderstood Crow.” After the talk, take a walk in Overlook Park and watch for Crows. Warm up with a burger and a brew at the new Stoner’s Grill.

Jan 13: Lancaster’s annual “All-Crow” Community Art Show Opens at Manheim Twp Library (5-8:30pm)Help create a new Community Crow Art Piece to add to the Show! Plus Hot Crow-coa & Crow-ssants.

Jan 16: Lancaster Crow Coalition presents “Crows: Smarter than You (Think)” at Mount Joy’s Milanof-Schock Library (10:30am)

Jan 20: Crow Open Beak Night at Rabbit and Dragonfly (7-9pm) Bring Your Crow-themed Stories, Haiku, Poetry, and Songs. Win a free cup of caw-fee!

Jan 23: Lancaster Crow Coalition presentsThe American Crow: Everything You Need to Know” at Mount Joy’s Milanof-Schock Library (10:30am)

Feb 3: Friendship Heart Gallery Crow Art Show opens in downtown Lancaster

Feb 10: Lancaster’s annual “All-Crow” Community Art Show closes at MTPL

Feb 17: Crow Open Beak Night and Farewell to Crows party (7-9pm) Rabbit and Dragonfly in Lancaster. The Bird is the Word! Share your Crow Stories, Crow Haiku, Poetry, and Songs or just come out and listen. Win a free cup of Caw-fee and a chance to be nominated “Best in Crow.”Join in a reading of the play “Crow-drophenia” by Edgar Alan Crow.

Feb 22: Old Crow’s “Keep It Dark” Beer Tasting. SOLD OUT. Dark beer tasting and food pairing.

FRIENDSHIP FEATURES CROWS IN FEBRUARY

Friendship Heart Gallery in Lancaster will feature Crow-themed artwork inspired by literary works. The show opens First Friday in February. Friendship Heart Gallery is an extension of Friendship Community, which provides value through artistic expression to Artists with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 118 North Water ST, Ste 101, Lancaster, PA 17603, 717.945-6904

"ALL-CROW" ART SHOW OPENS at MTPL JAN 13

Join us for an evening of crow-themed artwork and other crow-nanigans. Help create a group crow art piece to add to the show! Plus hot crow-coa, caw-fee and crow-ssants. Free. 5:30-8:00pm. Manheim Township Public Library is located at 595 Granite Run Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601, just north of Lancaster.

LANCASTER'S "ALL-CROW" ART SHOW JAN 13-FEB 10

Manheim Township Public Library hosts the 3rd annual "All-Crow" Art Show Jan 13- Feb 10, 2017. Located in Overlook Park complex, the area is a favorite gathering place for crows each winter. The Library also serves as a creative roost for readers and writers.

Come out to the library and see whats going on. You just might see some crows.


"WILD MAN" JACK HUBLEY GOES STARK RAVEN MAD

Jack Hubley spotlights the Raven on his "Wild Moment" show on WGAL TV-8 5:30pm Fri News. Known for his wild wit, as well as wild wisdom, Hubley brings the outdoors in.

LIBRARY STAFF CATCHES "BIRD BUG"

The staff at Manheim Township Public Library couldn't stop the crow-nanigens. They created a special display table featuring Crow-themed Books, Movies, and CDs. 

MOUNT JOY ISN'T FAR - AS THE CROW FLIES

As The Crow Flies is a neat Crow-themed Primitives Boutique in Mount Joy PA. Nominated "Best In Crow" among businesses in 2015,2016, and 2017, the Crow-centric shoppe adds a little joy to Mount Joy. Just minutes from York, Lancaster, or Harrisburg -- As The Crow Flies. 62 East Main Street, Mount Joy, PA.

They have a crow hotline! How cool is that? Our Crow-Ed-ucational partner has the answers to your questions.  Check out one of their free programs. Learn why tens of thousands of crows roost in Lancaster PA each winter. And why they like the mall...
Jan 7: Get to Know the Misunderstood Crow - Manheim Twp Library 1pm
Jan 16: Crows: Smarter than You (Think)- Mount Joy’s Milanof-Schock Library (10:30am)
Jan 23: The American Crow: Everything You Need to Know - Milanof-Schock Library (10:30am)
MOUNT JOY LIBRARY WELCOMES CROW CURIOSITY
Lancaster Crow Coalition presents 2 Crow programs at Milanof-Schock Library.
Jan 16: “Crows: Smarter than You (Think)”- 10:30am
Jan 23: “The American Crow: Everything You Need to Know” - 10:30am
1184 Anderson Ferry Rd, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

LITERARY CAFE HOSTS OPEN BEAK NITE JAN 20 & FEB 17

Cawing all Writers, Poets, Playwrights, Musicians, Storytellers! It's CROW TIME!!

Rabbit and Dragonfly hosts Crow Open Beak Nite Jan 20 and Feb 17, 2017, 7-9 pm. Salute the Crow with your Crow-themed Haiku, crow stories, poems, and songs. Win a free cup of caw-fee and honors like 'Best in Crow" and "Feather In Yer Cap." 

CROWS IN THE CLASSROOM

McCaskey and Manheim Township are among area High Schools submitting crow-themed art for Lancaster's 2017 "All-Crow" Student Art Show. The work is amazing," said Ariel Menuverez, Something To Crow About's event crow-ordinator. 

artwork- Jesse Escarpeta (Teacher Lisa Wolf, McCaskey HS)

MANHEIM TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
The library hosts a Crow Talk and Walk Jan 7. They also host Something To Crow About's "All-Crow" Art Show Jan 13-Feb 10. A big shout out to Manheim Township Library. You guys are Something To Crow About!

CROWS, CREPES, COOL BEANS

The Blackbird Crepe is back! Actually, it never left the menu. "It's one of our most popular crepes," said Rachel. And well, Rachel runs the roost. Stop by for a Blackbird Crepe or any of Rachel's magic crepes. Don't forget to order caw-fee. Rachel's Cafe & Creperie, 201 W Walnut Street, Lancaster PA.

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT VINYL

Need a copy of The Notorious Byrds Brothers? Counting Crows? With new vinyl coming each week and used vinyl daily, chances are good you can find "something to crow about." Or ask Mike to surprise you with something new that he thinks is "something to crow about." 118 W Chestnut ST, Lancaster.

"CROW-DROPHENIA" - THE PLAY

Edgar Alan Crow has written a play! Lancaster's 2016 Crow-it Laureate submitted the play to Something To Crow About for production. "Give it wings," he said. "Make it fly." We loved it. The script is timely and timeless. A tail of teenage crow angst and coming to terms with the migration issue. Someone should build a wall.

KAYAK FOR CROW - FLOAT TO FIGHT CABIN FEVER

Join us for a mid-winter float on the Susquehanna River to fight cabin fever. The event is BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat - Kayak, Canoe, or Paddleboard.) Details to follow.

OLD CROW'S "KEEP IT DARK" BEER TASTING

SOLD OUT. Stout Beer Tasting and food pairing. Could a better day be invented?

The event is held each year on Old Crow's Day. I would tell you what day that is, but I can't remember. It's sometime in February I think. It's cold out.

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT'S "CAW OF FAME"

"The Caw of Fame recognizes people with extraordinary creative talent," said STCA spokesman David Crowsbee. It spotlights local, national, and international artists, writers, and musicians who are, you know, "Something To Crow About."

2017 CROW HAIKU CONTEST 

What's a Crow Haiku you say? A haiku is a 3-line poem. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the last line 5 syllables. It also contains a "seasonal" word.

We take it one step further, and challenge the writer to include a reference to corvids -- crows, ravens, magpies, or jays. For a chance to win fabulous crow prizes and world recognition, send your crow haikus by Jan 18 to: [email protected]

CROW RABBIT AND DRAGONFLY

Join us at Rabbit & Dragonfly literary cafe in Lancaster Jan 20 and Feb 17, 7-9pm  for "Crow Open Beak Nite!" Read your works of crow or just come out and listen. There will also be a reading of Edgar Alan Crow's new play "Crow-drophenia." Win a free cup of caw-fee and help nominate the winners for "Best in Crow."

"ALL-CROW" ART SHOW  TO INCLUDE "SPECIAL GUEST"

Something To Crow About spokesman David Crowsbee-Nash said the decision to include a "special guest" bird in the All-Crow exhibit was not a result of pushback in the avian community. "We've actually been thinking of doing it for some time," he said. The Blue Jay was chosen as the first "non-crow" to grace the walls of the exhibit. "It was an easy decision," said Crowsbee. "Blue Jays are just crows in blue tuxedos."

"CROW-DROPHENIA - A TAIL OF TEENAGE CROW ANGST"

Lancaster Dramatists held a reading of Edgar Alan Crow's play "Crow-drophenia." "The group did an outstanding job, and we can't thank them enough," said a spokesbird for Something To Crow About"It's exciting," said Edgar Alan Crow, "to see humans acting like crows acting like humans." Another reading of the play is scheduled Feb 17, 7-9pm at Rabbit and Dragonfly's "Open Beak Night and Farewell to Crows Party."

AS THE CROW FLIES  is your stop for all things crow. The Mount Joy Crow Primitives Shoppe donated this one-of-a-kind metal crow sculpture as a prize for the 2017 All-Crow art show. Hey, you guys are Something to Crow About! And we mean that. Thank you!