May 20, 2011 |
The Antlers and opening act Little Scream each filled the large upstairs "sanctuary" area of Philadelphia's First Unitarian Church with climbing, skyward-driven sounds Wednesday. Under the high ceiling of the edifice (dating from 1796), which vaults majestically over the church space (complete with pews for seating), an adjective such as soaring seems practically mandatory if at all applicable to music played therein. The set from the Antlers, showcasing their second album, Burst Apart , amply justified such description.
March 29, 1992 |
In the woods, there are paths. Seafarers have charts. But how does an antler salesman from rural central Pennsylvania navigate the bewildering suburban sprawl of metropolitan Philadelphia and transport himself to the Valley Forge Convention Center in King of Prussia, venue for the Valley Forge Sports, Recreation and Outdoor Show? "Yer roads here are the damndest things," said Gary Knepp, the proprietor of Wild 'N' Wonderful Whitetails of Newport, Pa. "The other day, it's like 'All right, I kin see my motel, but how in the heck do I get there?
July 3, 1995 |
The first three elk to be raised commercially in the region graze these days on a farm in northwestern Chester County. "There are 250 of them in the wild in Pennsylvania," state Game Commission officer Michael J. Doherty said one morning last week as he watched the three prance around. The only other such farmland elk, he said, are "in Centre County - that I'm aware of. " A few entrepreneurs in the region are raising animals strange to Pennsylvania farmland - bison, emu, rhea - for their low-fat meat.
November 23, 1990 |
OK, so their real names are Peaches and Ruby and the like. And they live on a ranch in Redmond, Ore., not on the North Pole. But the five antlered beasts set to visit Suburban Square in Ardmore today and tomorrow and the Springfield Park Shopping Center in Delaware County on Sunday are genuine reindeer, and as such will give life to the Christmas fantasy of Saint Nick and his legion of sleigh pullers. And they even borrow the names of Santa's crew. They won't fly, but who would expect it?
October 13, 1994 |
Just after midnight on Saturday, a Radnor man was jolted awake by a loud thud at the back door of his house on the 700 block of Bryn Mawr Avenue. He suspected the worst - a burglary was in progress. So he called Radnor police and told them about his plight. Several officers arrived on the scene minutes later, and thoroughly searched the house and the yard. They couldn't find any burglars, and couldn't find any signs of forced entry into the house. Police were about ready to call off the investigation when they noticed a key piece of evidence that the intruder left in the grass, just a few feet from the rear sliding glass doors to the house.
October 4, 2011 |
BOISE, Idaho - A woman was able to escape an attack by a mule deer after a passer-by and his daughter fought off the buck, grabbing the antlers and striking it with a hammer until it fled, state wildlife officials said. Sue Panter was on a stroll near her home in rural southeastern Idaho when the buck attacked, raking her body with his antlers and goring her legs, officials said. Michael Vaughan and his 17-year-old daughter, Alexis, spotted the struggle early Friday and tried to intervene, the state Department of Fish and Game said in a statement on Sunday.
December 18, 2002
For centuries, the male of the human species has turned to a variety of natural products to enhance his ability to er, um, perform. The main problem with that isn't the products' dubious effectiveness. The problem is that animals from a lot of other species have been sacrificed just so Joe and the missus can try to get cozy on Saturday night. We're talking about ground-up sea horses and green turtles. Essential bits of tigers and rhinos. And don't forget that ever-popular libido booster - the male seal's member.
December 15, 2002 |
At an herbal shop on Arch Street in Chinatown, owners report sluggish sales of a red, powdered medicine called "Strong Man. " On the docks of Newfoundland, fishermen are finding it harder to peddle the private parts of seals. And on the plains of western Alaska, the trade in reindeer antlers has plummeted. A possible reason behind all three, according to researchers: Viagra. The popular impotence drug may be reducing demand for traditional Chinese impotence remedies, many of which contain ground-up animal parts.
November 2, 2012 |
IMAGINE AN ELK whose antlers sprawl upward and outward like a 10-story apartment building. Then imagine there are inhabitants of those antlers - birds and squirrels and people who built a child's tree house and left it there. Now try to see yourself wearing "The Elk With Antlers That Never Stopped Growing," a piece of 21st-century art jewelry that encircles your head and neck like a whimsical bramble bush. To witness this 3-D fairy-tale object and others equally fantastical, head to the Philadelphia Art Alliance for "Legends," a show of visionary jewelry made by 25-year-old Emily Cobb, who designs her works with CAD (computer-assisted design)
May 22, 1989 |
Fred Ulmer, who spent a lifetime living with animals, working with animals, studying animals, is back where the love affair was first kindled more than 65 years ago. The retired curator of mammals at the Philadelphia Zoo has returned as a volunteer at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where he once roamed as a child and snared his first job after high school. And Ulmer has brought some old zoo buddies to the academy with him. "This is Bolivar. He lived at the zoo for about 30 years," says Ulmer, rolling open a large drawer containing bear skins.