Wikipedia reports:

The ramp is a bulb-forming perennial with broad, smooth, light green leaves, often with deep purple or burgundy tints on the lower stems, and a scallion-like stalk and bulb. Both the white lower leaf stalks and the broad green leaves are edible. The flower stalk appears after the leaves have died back, unlike the similar Allium ursinum, in which leaves and flowers can be seen at the same time. Ramps grow in close groups strongly rooted just beneath the surface of the soil.

Wind in Hair

Wind In Hair
Wind In Hair

The agreeable Warm spring weather on Sunday found this young woman and her mount, along with several other equine and human friends, out for a Sunday ride along the East Mountain dirt road.

Within the last week, it seems that Spring days are finally beginning to outnumber Winter days. Not a flurry in the air to be seen, daffodils are pervasive, and no need for wearing fleece – finally the cotton hoody feels just fine.

On a beautiful Spring day, warm air lifts and fluffs this woman’s mane, it’s wind blown shape mimicked by her horse’s tail.




Spring Change

changeThere had been a few days, not many, between the season’s first cross-country ski the last week of November, and the heavy rains the first week in April, that one could see anything but a blanket of snow on the ground.

A world frozen, locked solid, for months. Grass and vegetation happily dormant, insulated from the caprices of temperature and wind by the thick snow.

Sometimes the surface of the snowpack was hard, drift edges sharpened by stiff winds, sometimes left soft and sensuous by light dry snow falling through still air.

Until a couple of weeks ago, no green, nothing but unchanging silver, white, and grey.

Then, Snowdrops, yellow Daffodils white and yellow perched atop dark green stems prominented themselves in the yard – finally – Spring!

A couple of sunny days when one could really feel the sun seeping into one’s head, face, shoulders, arms, seemed to promise Summer soon.

This morning, awakening to a yard covered in white, a ridgeline grizzled to silver, reminds one that change is not a linear process.

Mother’s Day at Fern Hall Inn

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The Patio at Fern Hall Inn

Fern Hall Inn will be serving a delicious brunch buffet for $26 per person ($10 for children up to 12, free for children under 5).  A quaint and historically significant bed & breakfast on the shore of Crystal Lake, in Clifford, Pennsylvania, Fern Hall Inn is the perfect spot to spoil mom.

Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 12.53.25 PMCustomers can choose anything from Fern Hall Inn’s Baked French toast with maple syrup and fresh raspberry syrup to their Antipasto platter of grilled zucchini, squash, asparagus and carrots with marinated artichoke hearts and red peppers. Outdoor seating is available on Fern Hall Inn’s patio with beautiful Elk Mountain as a backdrop.

Brook Drinking

brook_drinkingLast week, everything seemed frozen solid.

This week, with temperatures reaching the 60’s, everything has loosened up.

What had been a stretch of ice, is now a nice flowing brook, affording these local folks a convenient place to splash, and sip, tasting Spring as it flows through the water.

Hard Water


These beings seem to have based their northward migration more on the calendar than prevailing weather conditions. Bewildered, rather than being able to rest and feed, they now pace thick ice in search of open water.

For the past two nights, thunder and lightning, riding wave after wave of fierce rain pouncing on the tin roof accompanied our dreams, at times, overwhelming us to wakefulness.

Morning revealed rivulets through the yard, formed only as Spring rains provoke frost from the ground, or during the most potent of Summer thunder storms.

A cold Spring can be every bit as uncomfortable as early Winter when one is not yet acclimated to the cold. As Winter progresses, cold is driven deeper and deeper into us, eventually making a 20 degree Winter day seem warmer than a 40 degree Autumn night.

Introspection has been our constant companion through the recent days on end of grey, mist or rain, with temperatures in the low 30’s. Unusual aches and cramps, deep within the core seem to become prominent and resolve at random, making us aware that indeed, the body is changing, responding to the change of season.

Even though late by the calendar, Winter continues to work it’s way out of the body, loosen it’s grip on water. Ice has already broken up and given way in moving water; soon the same will happen in ponds and lakes everywhere.

Cold Springs gives us a chance to rest in uncomfortable anticipation, knowing that, as it does every year, the strengthening radiance of the Spring Sun will evaporate the last of the ice, drive warmth to the marrow of our bones, replacing there the resolve necessitated by Winter.






Tipping Point

tipping_pointBefore travelling to Scranton yesterday, most of the yard was snow with few patches of bare ground.

Returning in the afternoon, the opposite was the case. The sun had evaporated away all the snow but a few spots that had drifted.

This morning, enough of a flower bed was exposed that you could search for a sign of Spring.

And there, where had been a drift of snow, finally, were Snow Drops!

Fern Hall Inn Presents their 6th ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT



NEW DATE 5/2/15


Fern Hall Inn in association with Make-A-Wish Present their: 6th ANNUAL EASTER EGG HUNT

easteregg2WHAT: Fern Hall Inn (www.fernhallinn.com) will be hosting its 6th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, May 2nd. This event is a fundraiser for the Make-­‐A-­‐Wish Foundation.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to the Make-­‐A–Wish Foundation. The event has grown in popularity each year. Last year (2014) the staff at the inn hid around 1,000 eggs with 50+ children from 4-­‐9 years old in attendance.

WHEN: Saturday May 2nd, 2015 @2pm

WHERE: Fern Hall Inn, 2819 State Route 247, Clifford, PA 18413

easteregg1ABOUT: Registration required, please call (570) 222-­‐3676
(A donation will be made to The Make A Wish Foundation on
each registrant’s behalf) Children ages 2-­‐11 welcome.
The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. Make A Wish stars are available to purchase from the bar and pro-shop all month with proceeds going to The Make a Wish foundation.
Press Inquiries: ChannelVMedia Marie-­‐Louise Strum
(212)-­‐680-­‐0179 marie@channelvmedia.com


frank_little_bearby: Karen Bernhardt Toolan

For the Clifford Township  Historical l Society

CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP PA — As the heavy tones of drums mystically blend with the lyrical flute sounds whistling through the air, music will help bring shared stories of yesteryear and local history together. On Saturday and Sunday April 11th and 12th, the Clifford Township Historical Society (CTHS) will present an all-family event: “The Native American Story of the Dugout Canoe.” The free-admission program will be held in the gym of the Museum of Local History, located in the Clifford Community Center, 119 Cemetery Street, in Clifford PA. Free refreshments – similar to those that might have been eaten by local tribes — will be served, and Native American items will also be available for sale. And at 1:00 each afternoon, families can have their photos taken with Frank Little Bear by Chrystal Photography ($2 ea.).

As told by Native American Frank Little Bear of the Cree Nation Tribe, visitors can learn the tale firsthand of how a three-century old canoe came to rest in Clifford Township, how the Native Americans of that era lived their lives, and how this area’s life has evolved since then. Beginning at 2:00pm, Little Bear will dramatically present historical stories and perform — through music, dance, costume, and inter-active narrative — the story of the canoe and the Native Americans who lived in this area long ago.

Our culture and everything in Nature is a gift,” said Little Bear. “My son, Thomas Little Thunder Eagle Dance, and I want to help everyone better understand their own local history and how life really was for all the people who shared this beautiful Earth back then. We will have authentic Native American artifacts with us, through which we’ll share real stories and explain how and why our people continue to use things like beads, wood, and rocks in our daily lives. We want visitors to see and feel the vibracity of such things that Nature gives us. And as part of Nature, we will also talk about some of the many animals – rabbits and deer, turtles, snakes and such – and how they also continue to play an important part in all our lives.”

While inspired by his own Nation’s traditions and beliefs, Little Bear’s stories will further encompass things that involve how all people live and act today. “In the end, life is all about choices,” he said. “There is good and bad in all of us throughout the world, and it’s important to understand the different cultures and various aspects of life as it has been given to us.” Through his traditions and sharing his voice to educate others, Little Bear wants visitors to “come with an open mind” to learn something new about Native Americans. Hopefully, they will take away not only something important and memorable about us, but how we and our cultures interacted yesterday and now actually come together in all our lives today.”

Frank Little Bear is a renowned lecturer of Native American culture and is also a musician and artist. He has been written about nationally and internationally, has appeared on TV and lectured on radio, and is recognized by numerous universities, colleges, and historical societies. Little Bear has also furthered his knowledge of other indigenous tribes and their ancestral spirituality throughout the US, Canada, and South America. Through his studies and devoting his ongoing life’s work to researching the histories and customs of First Nation peoples, Little Bear has dedicated himself to educating audiences on the diverse social, traditional, and contemporary lifestyles of indigenous people both past and present.

This exciting weekend-long event will also kick-off the CTHS’s newest addition to the Museum: The 10-minute voice-over by Little Bear that will be installed with the canoe display. Since the semi-sunken canoe was first discovered in Mud Pond (on private property in the far northwest corner of Clifford Township) in 1976 and donated to the Society by Jim and Valerie Cole in 2006, its quiet story has continued to be a source of curiosity, interest, and preservation to those interested in local history. The CTHS initially displayed the canoe at the Chautauqua held in the summer of 2008. And after several years of trying to discern its origin and history, the canoe found a home in the Museum of Local History. It became a major focal point of the museum when artist Michelle Jaconia McLain painted the background mural as part of its permanent display. Through McLain’s painstaking research into the Native American’s way of life, the beautifully colored mural came to depict countless parts of the Native American’s existence. And since there was no written language, and minimal evidence exists of these people from centuries ago, little is known about the actual day-to-day activities of the local Native American tribes. Through Little Bear’s presentation, he will help visitors gain a first-hand perspective and a better understanding of some of this region’s wonderful history.

The CTHS continually invites anyone with items and information of local and/or regional area historical significance to contact them at 570-679-2723, or on their newly designed website, www:cliffordtownshiphistoricalsociety.org. Known locally as “the little society that does big things,” CTHS Director Sandy Wilmot believes that their group’s “supporters and volunteers are the backbone of our rural Society. We’re grateful to all of them for their time, talents, and donations. Without each one, we wouldn’t be able to preserve our region’s history.”

Written by Union Dale freelance feature writer Karen Bernhardt Toolan for the Clifford Township Historical Society, with thanks to the Susquehanna County Room Tax Grant Fund through the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau.




THE ENDLESS MOUNTAINS SPIRIT: M.C. Richards & Paulus Berensohn

THE ENDLESS MOUNTAINS SPIRIT: M.C. Richards & Paulus Berensohn

Paulus Berensohn at the Endless Mountains Farm, May 2014

Images: Marguerite I. Fuller

Suraci Gallery
Mar 21, 2015 – May 08, 2015

A synergetic nexus of the arts occurred in Susquehanna County when clay artists and teachers Mary Caroline Richards and Paulus Berensohn lived and worked in Northeast Pennsylvania. During that time an influx of artists, dancers, writers, and actors visited and worked at the Endless Mountains Farm, a cooperative and a place of creative energy. Iconic books are associated with the Farm –– Towards Wholenessand The Crossing Point: Selected Talks and Writings by M.C. Richards and Paulus Berensohn’sFinding One’s Way With Clay. The exhibition documents that place and time in our region, many of the people involved with examples of their work in clay, and a lasting legacy of creativity.

Reception: April 18, 6–8 PM

Gallery Talk: April 22, 3 PM

Film Screening: April 29, 5:30 PM – TO SPRING FROM THE HAND: The life and work of Paulus Berensohn by Neil Lawrence, Swartz Center, McGowan Community Room

Please Note: Exhibition is closed April 2–6; hours for May 4–8: 9am – 4pm