"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 take place Jan/Feb throughout Lancaster PA.
A LOOK BACK AT THE YEAR IN CROW...
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 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!
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!
The Wall of Crow -- a favorite spot for taking selfies and meeting chicks. Crow chicks.
It's a fact. Give people feathers and glue and they will make a crow mask.
A BIG thanks to Manheim Township Public Library for hosting the "All-Crow" Art Show!
They came. They cawed. They conquered. Read crow-themed haiku and poetry. Told crow stories. Dillweed, a bluegrass trio, cawed out "Crow and Mermaid." Ripple, a crow-gospel quartet, earned a "Best in Crow" nomination for "The Carol of Crows." A reading of the play "Crow-drophenia" closed Open Beak Nites.
"We're creating our own crow mythology here," said one writer. "This is the beginning of the neo-crow movement."
Caw out to Rabbit and Dragonfly in Lancaster for hosting the events. You guys are Something To Crow About!
Edgar Alan Crow reacts after several of his Crow Haiku poems were selected "Best in Crow" in STCA's annual Crow Haiku contest.
Mark Ammerman and Ripple rip into "The Carol of the Crows." The song was nominated for "Best Crow Gospel."
Kesse H reads the part of "Junior," a teenage crow in the play "Crow-drophenia."
SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT'S CAW OF FAME - VISUAL ARTS
DEBORAH DIANA WINS "ALL-CROW"
Celebrated avian artist Deborah Diana earned "All-Crow" honors in this year's "All-Crow" art show.
Deborah, who won "Best in Crow" in 2015 and 2016, was also the first artist elected to STCA's Caw of Fame.
Hey Deborah, You are Something To Crow About!
Below are just a few of Deborah's colorful corvids from past shows...
MIMI SHAPIRO EARNS "FEATHER IN YER CAP"
Mimi's visual crow haiku collage earned her a "Feather in Yer Cap" award. "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" was also selected for STCA's 2017 Caw of Fame. Thank you Mimi! You are Something To Crow About!
REGIONAL BANDS NOMINATED TO THE 2017 ROCK AND ROLL CAW OF FAME:
All Mighty Senators, Crack The Sky; Gleason's Drift; Halestorm; Live; Medusa’s Disco; The Hooters; The Mysteries; Total Quality Institute; The Stray Birds; Second Sky; Vinegar Creek Crowstituancy
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.
Where this young Philly-based band gets their 60's psychedelic sound is a mystery. But no matter. It's a great trip. So Turn on. Tune in. Turn out for these guys.
NATIONAL/INT'L ACTS NOMINATED TO THE 2017 MUSIC CAW OF FAME:
AC/DC; Aerosmith; Alash Ensemble; Ahn Trio; Blur; David Bowie; Live; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Moodie Blues; Police; Ozzie Ozborne; Pavlo; 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.
The rock 'n roll rebels first burned rubber on the "Easy Rider" soundtrack. 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 Something To Crow About! Hey, they still tour and sound better than ever. Go see em! On your chopper.
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!
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...
So 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.
Tuvan throatsingers are known around the world for their unique ability to sing multiple pitches at the same time. And Alash's far out folk music is a portal into another time and space. It's a fact these guys are Something To Crow About!
Alash returns Oct 10, 2017 to the Ware Center in Lancaster PA.
Who said white guys can't dance? Here's The Trashmen doing "Surfin' Bird." The clip was nominated 'Bbbbest in Crow" for music video.
SINGER SONGWRITERS NOMINATED TO THE 2017 MUSIC CAW OF FAME:
Beck, Bruce Cockburn; Julian Cope; Sheryl Crow; John Fogerty; Steve Forbert; Colin Hay; Jimmie Dale Gilmore; Ray Davies; Bill Kirchen; Richard Thompson; William Elliot Whitmore
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"; Trashmen "Surfin' Bird"; William Elliot Whitmore "Song of the Blackbird"; Medusa's Disco 'Ask the Bird"
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 presents “The 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.
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)
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."
CAW-TURAL ARTS and ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Steve Aberdeen, Rene "Gift" Horst, Jen Palcrow
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 30 years.
"Believe me, I'm amazed as anyone it ever got finished," 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..."
Cawlins praises "lazy," and the joy one finds in "idleness" and 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.
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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
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.
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
edges closer to cheese curls
in my open hand.
After the blizzard
a full moon buries the dead
HEARD ON THE WIRE
MEDUSA'S DISCO: "ASK THE BIRD"
Medusa's Disco earned a "Best in Crow" honor for their song "Ask the Bird." The band was nominated twice to the Rock 'n Roll Caw of Fame: "Best Use of Bird in Song" and "Most Exciting Band To Watch" in the region. Hey boys, you are Something To Crow About! And keep writing songs about birds. About crows. Mostly crows...
CROW DID YOU KNOW #51
Did you know tens of thousands of crows migrate to Lancaster PA each year to roost for the winter? They've been doing it for centuries. They seek more plentiful food and enjoy roosting in the city and places that offer warmth and light and protection from predators. By March the crows return north and we forget about them until next winter.
IMPROVE YOUR CROW-CABULARY!
Handy Crow catch-words and phrases you ought to know...
(sorry they are not in crow-nological order)
A Crow-ded Room
Aber-crow-mbie and Fich
As the Crow flies
As Time Crows By
A Worthy Caws
Black Crows Matter
Bo-crow Raton, Florida
Caw-ing all cars
Caws and effect
Crimson and Crow-ver
Crow-chet a doily
Crow, crow, crow your boat
Crows but no cigar
Crow-ella Di Ville
Crow-ger grocery stores
Crow-nan the Barbarian
Crow-sign a loan
Crows I have to bear
Crows that bridge when we come to it
Dot your i's and Crows your t's
Easy Come, Easy Crow
Edgar Alan Crow
For better or crow-erce
Jeremiah Crow's Insufferable One-Man Crow
Just Crow Up
He played All-Crow in college
Little Red Crow-vette
Low and Crow
Obie Wan Crow-nobi
Old Crow Medicine Show
Old Crow Whiskey
Open Beak Nite
Quid pro crow
The Crow must go on
To and Crow
Too Crows for Comfort
Weigh the Crows and Prawns
CROW DID YOU KNOW? #22
Did you know, unlike many animal species that abandon their own kind when they become sick or injured, crows will help other crows in need – keeping them company, bringing them food, and protecting them from predators.
GREY JAY BY A BEAK
The grey jay beat out the loon and snowy owl to be named Canada's National Bird by the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. The robin-sized cousin of the crow, the grey jay (also known as the whisky jack) is lauded for its friendliness and intelligence.
LINKS WE LIKE...
Amazing Crow stories...
WBUR's The Wild Life - "The Secret's of Gift Giving Crows"...
Michael J. Westerfield breaks it down...
Business - Dale Dauten Corp Curmudgeon and Crows...
Ravens and Crows in Folklore...
Native American Crow Mythology...
TedxRainier "Crows Smarter Than You Think...
CROW DID YOU KNOW? #165
"The Owls Are Not What They Seem..."
Did you know the Great Horned Owl is the Crow's most feared predator? It's just one reason crows like to roost in areas that are well lit - like cities, and shopping malls. (Psychedelic Owls by artist formerly known as Mindy)
CROW DID YOU KNOW? #33
Although crows and ravens are part of the same family (corvus), they’re not exactly the same bird. Ravens are a bit bigger than crows, and tend to be a bit shaggier looking. Both birds have an impressive repertoire of calls. The raven’s call is deeper and more guttural than a crow. It is often said crows “caw” and ravens “croak.” In flight, crows swoop, ravens glide.
FAMOUS CROWS IN HISTORY...
It's true. CAMERON CROWE was cool before he became "the Uncool." A journalist for Rolling Stone and Creem as a teenager, Crowe graduated to screenwriting and making films. Fast Times at Ridgemont High may be his most popular film, but our favorite go-to Crowe is Almost Famous, a film depicting his real and imagined rock and roll rebel years. Visit: http://www.theuncool.com/
HELPING NATURE HELP ITSELF
Did you know it's illegal to care for a wild animal yourself? And you 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 York or Lancaster counties call them at 717-808-2652. The center is located at 1828 Water St, Washington Boro PA.
Edgar Alan Crow celebrates with a cold Crow-na. The poet was named "Lancaster's 2017 Crow-et Laureate."
Calvin Crow and The Flock performed a series of rooftop concerts in Lancaster before heading home to Canada. "Flock This," a video chronicling their 2016 tour, is scheduled for release in late 2017.
CAWING ALL ARTISTS!
For STCA's 2018 "All-Crow" Community Art Show we are bringing Wallace Stevens' poem "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" to life through art. Check out the poem: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/45236
If you'd like to take part, contact us at: [email protected]
It's not too early to start creating your Corvid Haiku and Poetry for next year's contest.
Do you have a song referencing crows, ravens, or other corvids? If not, you should. Who knows when someone from the audience will caw out "play a song about crows!" We are looking for crow songs to use in the upcoming play "Crowdrophenia," and for Open Beak Nite.