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. Stout beer tasting and food pairing.

THINGS IN THE WINGS...

LANCASTER'S "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.

 (artwork-Carrie Ahn)

"ENTERTAINMENT LANCASTER" SPOTLIGHTS MR 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.

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.

(artwork- Sydney Herr)

CROWS WELCOME ART-GOERS TO "ALL-CROW" ART SHOW

Crows greeted library patrons at the Manheim Township Library on Friday Jan 13. "What a way to advertise opening night of the "All-Crow" Art Show," said a Crows 'R Us spokesman. Thank you crows and thank you DB for the crows! It got quite a few laughs...

CASSIE CROW APPEARS AT "ALL-CROW" ART SHOW
Crow-Educator and Crow Activist Cassie Crow enjoying the crow-themed art at the "All-Crow" Art Show. "The Student Art is terrific," just terrific," she said.
Students from McCaskey and Manheim Township HS, and P.C.A.D. took part in this year's all-crow art show.

"ALL-CROW" ART SHOW DRAWS YOUNG AND OLD

A young crow studies the crow-themed artwork. "I know some of these crows," she said. "That one looks just like my pop pop." Masks were not required, but some got in the act. 


CROW ART SHOW GETS NEW WINGS

Art show-goers cawed on their creative skills and created 2 group pieces to add to the show. 

NO CROWS WERE HARMED

Spontaneous acts of crow creativity broke out at the "All-Crow" art show. It's a fact: give people feathers and they'll make a crow to take home.

ANNUAL ALL-CROW ART SHOW  ANOTHER SUCCESS

"It was a lot of fun," said Ariel Menuverez, event crow-ordinator for Something To Crow About. "We had about 80 pieces of crow art that flew in this year," she said. Attendees enjoyed hot-crow-coa and crow-ssants, and helped nominate winners for Best in Crow and All-Crow.

"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. Perhaps they were infected by crow curiosity, or by the crow artwork in the gallery. Either way, they created a special display table featuring Crow-themed Books, Movies, and CDs! Check it out! And, uh, get well soon guys.

"BEST IN CROW" ANYONE'S BET 

Artist Deborah Diana (2016 "Best in Crow") is set to defend her title. She knows it won't be easy. "The artwork this year is amazing!" said Ariel Maneuverez, Team Crow's event crow-ordinator. Lancaster's "All-Crow" Art Show opens Jan 13, 2017 at Manheim Township Library.

(artwork Deborah Diana)

They have a crow hotline! How cool is that? Our CrowEd-ucational partner has the answers to your questions.  Check out one of their free programs. Learn why tens of thousands of crows choose to 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 Crow-themed Primitives Boutique in Mount Joy PA. Nominated "Best In Crow" among businesses in 2015/2016, 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 , 717-653-1325

MOUNT JOY LIBRARY WELCOMES YOUR 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,  717 653-1510

LITERARY CAFE HOSTS "CROW OPEN BEAK NIGHT" 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." Rabbit and Dragonfly, 51 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603, 717-579-1043

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. As well as Lancaster's "All-Crow" Art Show Jan 13-Feb 10. The staff couldn't stop the crow-nanigans. They even created a special display featuring Crow-themed Books, Movies, and CDs!

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 717-399-3515. 

CROW ART DOWNTOWN LANCASTER

Friendship Heart Gallery will join us again this year with crow-themed artwork from their talented resident artists. The show kicks off First Friday, Feb 2017. The crow-friendly, community group has a great mission and we're thrilled to have them join us. 118 North Water ST, Ste 101, Lancaster, PA 17603, 717.945-6904

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT VINYL

Need a copy of The Notorious Byrds Brothers? Counting Crows? Eagles? 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,  717 341-5269

"CROW-DROPHENIA" - THE PLAY

Edgar Alan Crow has written a play! Lancaster's 2016 Crow-it Laureate is probably best known for his crow-themed haiku. This is his first play. He submitted the play to Something To Crow About for production. "Give it wings," he said. "Make it fly." Team Crow loved it. The script is timely and timeless. A tale 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. Bring Your Own Kayak, Canoe, or Paddleboard. Afterwards, a cheese steak and beer at Smith's Hotel in Columbia. Experienced paddlers only. 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" CREATES "CAW OF FAME"

"The Caw of Fame recognizes those with extraordinary creative talent," said a Crows 'R Us spokesman. "Those who skills are something to crow about." The 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.

A "crow haiku" includes 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]

(artwork-Deborah Diana) 


Here's a few crow-haiku that flew in for 2017...

She used to feed crows

when snow got too deep for her

they ate from her hand.

         - Ariel Menuverez

Election day rain

crow watches from a steeple

church bell caws voters.

                         - Steve Aberdeen

                    

Crowdust fly low see

monstrosity we won't know

placekick - missed field goal

                         - Matt Close

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. Help nominate the winners for "Best in Crow" and Lancaster's 2017 Crow-et Laureate.

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

Crows 'R Us spokesman David Crowsby 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 Crowsby. "Blue Jays are just Crows in blue tuxedoes."

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.

"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, Josh Giapetto, Carl Crow


MUSIC / BIRD IN SONG

So what's YOUR favorite song referencing crows, blackbirds, and ravens? Here's 3 nominees for Something To Crow About's 2017 Rock and Roll Caw of Fame: Brian Eno "Put a Straw Under Baby," Eels "I Like Birds," and Paul McCartney's "Blackbird."

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

Thank you for sending in your picks of area bands who are "something to crow about," and worthy of being nominated into Something To Crow About's 2017 "Rock and Roll Caw of Fame." There's still time to vote for your 3 favorite area bands if you haven't voted yet. Deadline is Feb 20. Contact Team Crow with your choices and tell us why those bands should be considered: [email protected]

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"

CROW-DROPHENIA - THE MOVIE?

When does a play become a movie? "When the conditions are right," said writer Edgar Alan Crow, whose play "Crow-drophenia" is being considered for the small screen. When he said conditions we think he meant money.

BOOK / LAZY DOES IT


ALBERT CAWLINS "PUTS OFF THE MORROW" AND CARRIES THE DAY

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. "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's a must-have manual for life. Cawlins reminds us to "remember the morrow" and "rediscover the joy of 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.

CONTEST / DO YOU HAIKU?

SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT'S ANNUAL CROW HAIKU CONTEST

Got haiku? Here's a few Crow Haiku poems entered in the contest...


Christmas. Crows are back.

They flock to the mall in droves

frighten poor shoppers.


a gold ginko tree

lures crows this frosty morning -

THEY WON'T LET ME SLEEP!


Windows can’t frame crows

heading home to snowy roosts

at the edge of town.

the season’s first snow,

atop the telephone pole

crow caws out to all


geese sleep in the marsh,

at dawn crow hears geese screaming

feet frozen in ice


New Year's Day sunrise -

beaver toils, skunk skulks by,

hawk watches, crows dive.


March: the crows are gone

we don't notice their absence

thinking thoughts of spring



* WRITERS, POETS: There's still time to enter your crow-themed haiku, poems and stories. Deadline for entering is Feb 18. Send your odes to Team Crow: [email protected]