Footnotes from the Foothills

On the Foothills Artists' Tour: Hobbit House Pottery

On the Foothills Artists’ Tour: Hobbit House Pottery

By Karen Hendricks

“Over the river and through the wood,” begins the beloved holiday poem about Thanksgiving travels. It could also apply to the adventuresome Adams County tour known as the Foothills Artists’ Studio Tour, always held the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year’s 10th annual tour, Nov. 19-20, links the homes and studios of about 10 artists dotting the picturesque landscape of western Adams County.

In the shadow of South Mountain— the northernmost Appalachian Mountains—the tour is more of an experience than an artist tour, mixing all genres of art with historic homes, unique studios, winding back roads, countryside vistas, conversations, and Continue reading

Authentic Flavors, Family, and Achieving the American Dream

By Karen Hendricks – Did you know that Mexican restaurants are the third most popular type of restaurant in the U.S.? According to figures from 2014, there are 54,000 Mexican restaurants across the country. Interestingly, a huge market share–74 percent–are independently-owned.*

One fine example can be found in Gettysburg, PA: At Tania’s Mexican Restaurant, it’s all about authentic flavors, family, and achieving the American dream.

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Branching Out

Autumn conjures up colorful images of crimson and golden leaves… as well as crimson and golden apples fresh from the orchards. Apples have been at the core of Adams County’s economy for decades. However, many local orchardists, wineries, and entrepreneurs are leading a new movement–a revival is the beverage industry–and utilizing Adams County’s cash crop to bring back a beverage that’s as American as apple pie itself.

Celebrate Gettysburg magazine sept-oct 2014Click here to read my latest article for Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, Branching Out: Adams County Apples Give New Taste to All-American Apple Cider. I’m honored to say it’s the cover story in the September/October issue, featuring gorgeous photography by the talented Casey Martin.

“People are falling in love with our wineries & we hope they’ll fall in love with our cider makers as well,” says Carl Whitehill, director of communications for Destination Gettysburg. For another angle on the story, click here for The Apple of Tourism’s Eye, my article on the Celebrate Gettysburg blog.

Freelance assignments have kept me busy all spring and summer! Here are a few additional highlights:

Caught in the Crossfire: Preserving the Stories of Civilians in the Civil War, cover story in Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, July/August 2014

Licensed Town Historians are working to keep the stories of downtown Gettysburg and her 1863 residents, alive, from their York Street location - as profiled in Caught in the Crossfire

Licensed Town Historians are working to keep the stories of downtown Gettysburg, and her 1863 residents, alive, from their York Street location – as profiled in Caught in the Crossfire

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Gardening for Community Good: Adams County’s thriving community gardens, Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, March/April 2014

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A profile of photographer Ted Scarpino, Evolving from Photography to iPhoneography, for Handmade in PA, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen:

Photography, at its very core, is a merging of art and science. And you could say that photographer Ted Scarpino was truly born into both fields, since his mother was an art teacher and his father taught science. The family’s home even included a dark room in the basement… Click here to read the full article.

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Aging in Place

“Aging in Place in Adams County,” Celebrate Gettysburg magazine, March/April 2014:

“There’s no place like home” is a beloved line from the classic film The Wizard of Oz, but it’s also a sentiment echoed by more and more seniors who wish to spend their golden years living in their own homes as long as their health and finances allow… Click here to read more.

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