December 26, 2015 |
Dar Williams has never taken the easy road to folk. When some contemporaries made music that was girlish and coy, Williams went for something mature, earthy, and richly detailed in its characterizations of lost souls and lousy times. Think Joni Mitchell meets Neal Cassady, and you get the sounds of Williams' homemade cassette debut ( I Have No History ) and her first album ( The Honesty Room ). What do you suppose the artist - who made this year's Emerald, and who plays Sunday at World Cafe Live at the Queen - would tell the artist just starting out back then?
December 16, 2014 |
JOHNNY MANZIEL got a cool tweet from a king-sized fan prior to his first NFL start yesterday. Cavaliers star LeBron James reached out to the Browns quarterback, writing: "Best of luck to my lil brother @jmanziel2 on making his 1st start today. Let's Go!!" But then the game started, and Manziel, filling in for a struggling Brian Hoyer, played more like Johnny Appleseed than Johnny Football in a 30-0 loss to the visiting Cincinnati Bengals. Manziel was 10-for-18 for 80 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
August 19, 2013 |
On this, the week of the ArenaBowl, Soul part-owner Ron Jaworski is effusive. He usually is, but this day, his voice rises and falls with the excitement of things being done. The former Eagles quarterback has just left a meeting plotting the future of the Arena Football League. The Soul will play for the title Saturday. He is making preparations to bring a football league to China by next year. Jaworski, 62, has become the Johnny Appleseed of football, spreading the sport into your homes (he is an NFL analyst on ESPN)
April 11, 1999 |
In some trees, the sap runs blue. They are trees with bloodlines to history: the tulip poplar planted by George Washington at Mount Vernon; the honey locust that stood just over Abraham Lincoln's shoulder during the Gettysburg Address; the sycamore outside the Selma, Ala., chapel where the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, and - not last but arguably least - a sweet gum that shaded Elvis Presley at Graceland. Since 1989, a nonprofit group called American Forests has collected seeds and cuttings from those and about 400 other purportedly pedigreed trees, including a dozen in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
February 26, 1999 |
Amanda Melchiore, 9, looked out at the crowd from behind her tinfoil-covered eyeglass frames and gave her best rendition of Pennsylvania native and author Jan Berenstain's life. "Jan Berenstain, that's my name. Writing books is the name of my game," she said from the cafeteria stage. "When I first met Stan, there was a love in my heart. Then we were married; it was such a sight, and that was when we started to write. The Big Honey Hunt was our very first book. If you haven't read it yet, then go take a look," she said, impersonating the Bucks County author while trying not to giggle.
June 17, 1996
This is about a fairy-tale world where some day thousands of children could wander, wonder, learn and beam at the sight of a cozy little sunflower house, a bamboo-and-vine tepee and a tiny train. It could one day be the largest toy garden in America, a Children's Garden with a visitors center and greenhouse, blooming right next door to the New Jersey State Aquarium on the Camden waterfront. But before exploring the real-life possibility of this fairy tale coming true, let's get to know the Johnny Appleseed character who is the impresario of this Children's Garden.
November 3, 1995 |
Dipped in caramel, baked in pies, smothered in vanilla cream sauce or pressed into cider, they'll be served all sorts of ways this weekend at the annual Apple Festival in Lahaska. A slew of craftspeople and entertainers are lined up for the festival, which is scheduled rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday at Peddler's Village. Admission to the festival is free. More than 75 artisans will demonstrate and sell their goods, including pottery, dolls, folk art, furniture, braided rugs and quilts.
February 5, 1994 |
Buck Fish, 76, of North Wales, who called the figures that square dancers in Philadelphia and across the nation have danced to for 40 years, died Wednesday at North Penn Hospital in Lansdale. Mr. Fish was a Johnny Appleseed of square dance. He inspired and motivated and traveled the country teaching sophisticated folks to be square. Twice he visited Mexico and four times he took his squares to Hawaii, where dancing is more hip. In his polished cowboy boots, western shirt, string tie and jacket, Buck Fish was distinguished and sophisticated.
September 16, 1993 |
It's a birthday party for a folk hero and everyone is invited. Linvilla Orchards in Media holds its annual Johnny Appleseed Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. More than 125 area artists and crafts workers will show and sell their original work, while the Linvilla staff celebrates the folk legend's birthday. Linvilla's popular Pumpkinland will be open for youngsters, as well as hayrides through the orchards for hand-picking grapes, peaches and apples.