April 9, 2013 |
As hundreds of tearful friends and fans filed past two closed coffins Sunday in Charleston, W. Va., a slideshow of family photos showed the simple country life that Buckwild reality TV star Shain Gandee lived long before the cameras started rolling. Set to country music were snapshots of the 21-year-old before his 15 minutes of TV fame: as a uniformed pee wee football player, in a tuxedo for prom, kissing a bride. In some, he wore hunting camouflage, holding a slain buck by its antlers and displaying a batch of gray squirrels.
May 15, 2012 |
"If you could only know what it is to have lost everything … . Every hope has deserted me. " That a Russian writer penned these lines in 1895 might not surprise us. That the current U.S. president campaigned to restore hope in 2008 gives reason to seek relevance in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. Quintessence Theatre Group certainly thinks so. Since 2010, this fledgling company has dedicated itself to contemporary productions of classic works. Its innovative stagings include this season's flapper-era Venetian Twins and a riveting rendition of Plato's Apology, during which the small space at Mt. Airy's Sedgwick Theatre boomed like an ancient amphitheater.
August 30, 2011
It is a truism that the chasm between Philadelphia and rural Pennsylvania runs deep and wide. The country people don't understand us well, and face it: We don't get them either. Still, plenty about country life - or the way we imagine it, at least - appeals to the city set. The physical beauty. The tranquillity. The nice people. Its pull is particularly strong in the dog days of an urban summer spoiled by the trifecta of historically foul weather, flash mobs, and Arlene Ackerman.
October 12, 2003 |
On the first day of our two-week walking vacation in France, my boyfriend and I encountered an older gentleman as we climbed the road out of town. He greeted us, touched his hat, and asked our nationality and destination. When we told him where we were headed, he gripped my arm, "Ah, les Americains! Bon courage!" Walking the French countryside brought an immediacy to each moment as the scenery, weather, and our moods and energy levels changed hour to hour. Typical travel complaints - sporadic train schedules, shifting museum hours - gave way to the different concerns of aggressive dogs, lingering blisters, and elusive trail markers.
May 9, 2003 |
Sheep shearing school seemed like a good idea to John Fay, a suburban biochemist with a country boy's dream. He just didn't expect it to be so bleating hard. "I romanticize about farming," said Fay, 35, who lives in Lehigh County and works for a Montgomery County pharmaceutical company. "But this is difficult. Now I'm thinking of vegetable farming. " If nothing else, the nine men and two women who took an eight-hour course in sheep shearing at Delaware Valley Community College in Doylestown Township this week learned that whatever sheep shearers are charging is a bargain.
July 26, 2002 |
It looked like the good life. The apartment in the tony San Francisco neighborhood, the well-paid jobs in advertising. But for Cathleen Miller and her husband, Kerby Macrae, it had all begun to seem hollow. She really wanted to write and to teach. He wanted to work with his hands. And that's how Miller, 46, and Macrae, 43, ended up in the tiny central Pennsylvania village of Zion, renovating a beat-up 100-year-old farmhouse while she slogged through graduate school at Pennsylvania State University and he worked in a furniture factory.
August 11, 2000 |
In front of her whitewashed house and beneath window planters made of scrap wood, Milena Tintor sits every morning in her favorite chair - the one with the red cushion - and marvels that her five years as a refugee have ended. In the summer of 1995, Tintor was expelled from the predominantly Serb enclave of Krajina as the Croatian army recaptured it from Serb rebels. Like many of the 150,000 Serbs expelled from Krajina, Tintor was caught in a brutal version of Balkan hopscotch, fleeing through the Bosnian war until she ended up in a camp outside Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
October 22, 1999 |
Brand new Chester View Apartments, a small rental community of two-bedroom/two-bath garden units, is appealing mainly to seniors and empty nesters, according to property manager David Hassinger. One attraction may be the full complement of appliances. "I had looked at a lot of places when I was ready to move from my home to an apartment, and the idea of a community laundry room didn't appeal to me at all," said Pat Millar, a resident for about a year. "At Chester View, I get my own full-size washer and dryer!
September 26, 1999 |
On the outskirts of town, beyond the bombed buildings, past men selling firewood and women pickling tomatoes for winter, Goran Maslesa moved like a penniless prince among the gasoline smugglers. With cell phone and satchel, he watched for police and hustled bottles of diesel beneath a row of maple trees. But there were few buyers at this outpost of Belgrade's black market. "People are flat out of money," Maslesa said. "It's worse here now than it was in Bosnia after the war. No one can get by. It's a country of smuggled cigarettes, gas and food.
March 5, 1999 |
This is the week for unconventional singer-songwriters, from the local alt-country jamboree of No Electric Guitars to the dry, minimal stylings of Smog's Bill Callahan. No Electric Guitars (10 p.m. tomorrow at the Pontiac Grille, 304 South St., 215-925-4053, $6), is a collaboration between Philadelphia's essential roots-rock players: Rolling Hayseeds' Rich Kaufmann, Marah's Dave Bielanko, former Low Road/current John Train member Mike Brenner, and Napalm Sunday-turned-Emily Valentine's Gerry McGoldrick.