Lancaster, PA

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT 

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

“Something To Crow About” celebrates 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 and activities take place Jan/Feb throughout Lancaster PA.



SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT 2017    A Bird's Eye View...

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” and Lancaster’s 2017 Crow-et Laureate! Plus take part 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.

Something To Crow About's 2017 "All-Crow" Community Art Show

POE WINS "BEST IN CROW" 

Lancaster artist Robert Haldeman captured this year's "Best in Crow" award for visual artists. His colorful crow collage pays homage to Edgar Allan Poe - patron saint of crows and ravens. It is made entirely from torn paper. Congratulations Bob. You are Something To Crow About!

Something To Crow About's annual "All-Crow Art Show" featured nearly 100 pieces of crow-themed artwork from student, community, and professional artists. Here's a few of the Crow-d Favorites... Thank you to all the artists for taking part in this year's show! You are Something to Crow About!

MAKING A CASE FOR CERAMIC CROW ART

Manheim Township HS art students created ceramic crow artwork for the "All-Crow" show. HS Art Teacher Dave Bear' students have contributed ceramic crow art since the very first All-Crow art show.

ALL-CROW ART SHOW DRAWS FLOCK OF HUMANS

Attendees enjoyed hot-crow-coa and crow-ssants, created 2 group pieces, and helped nominate winners for "Best in Crow" and other honors.

THINGS IN THE WINGS...

OPEN BEAK NITE - THE BIRD IS THE WORD

Spontaneous acts of crow creativity broke out at Something To Crow About's Open Beak Nites at Rabbit and Dragonfly Cafe. "Crows and Ravens have a rich literary history," said Ariel Manuverez, STCA event crow-ordinator. "And we in Lancaster are creating our own crow mythology," she said. People read crow-themed Haiku and poetry. Told crow stories. Musicians  crow-aberated and created crow-inspired tunes. Dillweed, a bluegrass trio, cawed out the tune "Crow and Mermaid." Ripple, a gospel-tinged folk act from Lancaster, carried the day with their original song "The Carol of Crows." Crow words were added to the Crow-cabulary List. Poems and performers nominated for honors. And lots of caw-fee was consumed. A reading of the play "Crow-drophenia"  closed the Open Beak Nites.

Mark Ammerman and Ripple rip into the crow anthem "The Carol of the Crows." The song was nominated for "Best in Crow."


The Lord of Gnome Countryside in southern Lancaster County, Storyteller Rich Humphries regales a personal tale of crows.


A Reading of Edgar Alan Crow's "Crow-drophenia" closed the Open Beak Nites.

"ET" COVERS THE CROW!

We got the cover of Entertainment Lancaster for the second straight year! Kathy Daminger covers "Something to Crow About" 2017. What you should do. And do soon.

FRIENDSHIP FEATURES CROWS IN FEBRUARY

Friendship Heart Gallery in downtown 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 has hosted nationally syndicated TV nature shows, served as Outdoors Editor for the Lancaster Sunday News, and is a favorite nature program lecturer. Stay tuned!


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. 

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 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 more joy to Mount Joy. Located on Main Street - just down the street from the Corn Crib Market (coincidence?), and just minutes from York, Lancaster, or Harrisburg. 62 East Main Street, Mount Joy, PA.

RAVEN BEFRIENDS HUMAN

An unidentified raven is believed to have adopted a young female human. "This chick is smart, can imitate a raven surprisingly well, and gives me treats. I've always heard humans make great pets," quoth the raven.

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.

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 "CAW OF FAME"

"The Caw of Fame recognizes those with extraordinary creative talent," said Something To Crow About spokesman David Crow-sbeeThe Caw of Fame will include local, national, and international artists writers and musicians.

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. Include a reference to crows, ravens, etc. For a chance to win fabulous crow prizes and world recognition, send your crow haikus by Jan 18 to: [email protected]

RABBIT, DRAGONFLY, and CROW JAN 20, FEB 17

* 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." Audiences welcome to participate. 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 Crow-sbee said the decision to include a "special guest" bird in the "all-crow" exhibit was not a result of pushback from the avian community. "We've actually been thinking of doing it for some time," he said. The Blue Jay was chosen by Team Crow 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 Tuxedoes."

RAVEN RIDGE WILD ANIMAL REHAB

Did you know it's illegal to care for a wild animal yourself? And you can could face fines - no matter how good your intentions? Raven Ridge gives injured and abandoned wild animals a second chance at life in the wild. If you find an injured wild animal in Lancaster County call them at 717-808-2652. The center is located at 1828 Water St, Washington Boro PA.

"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."

LAST CAW...

CAW-TURAL ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Steve Aberdeen, Rene "Gift" Horst, David Strange, Ed Al

MUSIC / SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT'S ROCK AND ROLL "CAW OF FAME"

Thank you for nominating your favorite area bands for the "Rock and Roll Caw of Fame." The nominees will be announced soon. So far Medussa's Disco is leading the votes...


MUSIC / BIRDS IN SONG

So what's YOUR favorite song referencing birds, crows, blackbirds, and ravens? Here's 3 national acts nominated for Rock and Roll Caw of Fame's "Best Bird" category: Brian Eno "Put a Straw Under Baby," Eels "I Like Birds," Guided By Voices "Know Me As Heavy," and Paul McCartney's "Blackbird."

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. 

1963 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 25 years. 

"Believe me, I'm as amazed as anyone that 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's a "must-have" manual offering a step-by-step instruction on to let things take care of themselves. Cawlins praises "lazy," and the joy that one finds in "idleness." He reminds us to "remember the morrow," and "rediscover the joy of putting things off another day." 

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

CONTEST / DO YOU HAIKU?

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

Crow Haiku finalists....


an icy sidewalk

the boy who dropped his frenchfries

                             - crows at McDonalds


She used to feed crows.

When snow got too deep for her

they ate from her hand.


Fed hungry magpies.

- Cache La Poudre Canyon.

                         April Eighty-six


a gold ginko tree

lures crows this frosty morning - 

THEY WON'T LET ME SLEEP!


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


After three days snow

two Stellar Jays befriend me

- and steal all my food!


Crows gave you away

that spring we played hide and seek

I saw you hiding


Crows will soon fly north,

purple crow-cus pokes its head

through the melting snow.


Winter-whipped magpie

     edges closer to cheese curls

            in my open hand.


After the blizzard

a full moon buries the dead

red crow-santhymums.