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Take a Bite out of Summer
Food & Drink

Take a Bite out of Summer

What makes your mouth water? Sample Our Menu of Choices! How we picked them: Mountain Home writers and editors Teresa Banik Capuzzo, Maxwell Black, Michael Capuzzo, Cindy Davis Meixel, Olivia Hall, Cornelius O’Donnell, and Amy Packard roamed far and wide over northern Pennsylvania and southern New York finding delectable things to eat and drink. Atwater Estate Vineyards 5055 State Rte. […]

Conducting with Sole
Food & Drink

Conducting with Sole

  Once, in an Iron Chef kind of competition I was judging in the early 1980s, in the beautiful ballroom at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware, Stephen Gunzenhauser, then music director of the Delaware Symphony—now the maestro of the summer Endless Mountain Music Festival in the Twin Tiers and of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra—and his wife Shelly prepared “Vivaldi.” […]

Minding Your ‘Manders
Mother Earth

Minding Your ‘Manders

“Mind the ’mander!” That’s what we say when we’re mountain biking and one of those adorable coral- colored spotted salamanders is crossing the trail. They are the most precious things, with their miniscule, perfectly formed toes and their tiny, thrashing tails. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve almost wrecked trying to avoid the little darlings. I was […]

Making a Splash
Billtown

Making a Splash

The picture on the PDC Spas Web site is the very epitome of luxury: a beautiful, bubbling hot tub; a handsome young couple; a redwood deck with a panoramic view of lush mountains. And it is, in fact, a completely homegrown image, right down to the hot tub nestled in those Lycoming County mountains. PDC Spas and three generations of […]

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania…My Kind of Town (My Kind of Town, Part Two)
Life / People

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania…My Kind of Town (My Kind of Town, Part Two)

It’s easy to wax poetic about the town close to your heart. And it can be as boring as talking about your grandchildren. Let me explain, up front, that this printed piece is a personal statement—a kind of private manifesto, not authorized by the Chamber of Commerce, commissioned by the tourism people or anyone else. If others choose to use […]

Portrait of the Artist as a Small-Town Man (My Kind of Town, Part One)
People

Portrait of the Artist as a Small-Town Man (My Kind of Town, Part One)

When I was little, growing up in the small town of Wellsboro, I had nightmares with alarming frequency. After particularly bad dreams, I would often climb, trembling and sweaty, into my parents’ bed for comfort and safety. Lying with my head on my mother’s stomach, I would look up at the wall beside their bed and study the watercolor hanging […]

Pianos “Busting Out All Over”at Summer Fringe
Arts & Leisure

Pianos “Busting Out All Over”at Summer Fringe

Do you remember “June is Busting Out All Over” from the Broadway musical Carousel? That rip-roaring tune that just makes you want to dance? The Susquehanna Trail Road Rally steers Tioga County into June, with the Laurel Festival following in its wake. We barely have time to catch our breath before Wellsboro offers up a week of the arts in […]

For the Love of the Blues
Billtown

For the Love of the Blues

Twenty-five years ago, six blues lovers gathered at Franco’s Lounge in downtown Williamsport, and each slapped fifty dollars on the table to help fund a small blues festival along the Susquehanna River. “There were a couple different ideas where to have it, but we decided the best place would be down by the river, where we could make believe it […]

Days of Wine and Noses
Finger Lakes

Days of Wine and Noses

Joshua Greene, editor, publisher, and acclaimed wine critic of Wine & Spirits magazine, the industry bible with headquarters in New York City, had never given much thought to the more than one hundred wineries surrounding Keuka, Seneca, Cayuga, and Canandaigua lakes in upstate New York. “I was oblivious to Finger Lakes wines,” he said. But his first exposure, a Riesling […]

Mountain Laurel
Mother Earth

Mountain Laurel

Not much is prettier than Penn’s Woods in mid-June, when the mountain laurel is at concert pitch. With colors ranging from bunny-tail white to seashell pink, Kalmia latifolia has earned, with eye appeal alone, its designation as our state flower. Seriously. That’s about all it has going for it. Laurel—aka spoonwood (so named because the native peoples used it to […]