The Mt. Gretna Newsletter
Mt. Gretna, Pa. . . .'Not a place, but a spirit." -- Marlin
August 1, 2010
Mt. Gretna in August:
A Busy, Bustling Brigadoon
To the casual observer thumbing through Mt.
Gretna's thick summer calendar, it may seem as if the 575 listed events
divide more or less evenly among the months of June, July and August.
Yet it is in the final full month of summer that Mt. Gretna
truly reaches its crescendo. Despite temperatures that mayoccasionally
bump into the 90s and a recessionary chill that still hovers over
the economy, August is the time when the lion's share of an estimated
168,000 summertime visitors and guests show up.
And it is that salient fact which crowns August as the busiest month of
all -- in a place that generations have known and thousands have come to
treasure as their summertime haven.
That pattern will likely continue this month. For if Mt. Gretna is
sometimes compared to Brigadoon, the mythical town that sleeps for a
century, August is the month when it is most fully awake.
Lured by the outdoor art show, the tour of homes, Gretna Music's month of
Cicada Festival that packs the Playhouse, and attractions such
as Elisabeth von Trapp, the Susquehanna Chorale and Bob Troxell's Dixieland
Band at the Tabernacle, this is when the biggest chunk of summer visitors
now arrives, many discovering the town for their first time.
At least 14,000 of them -- maybe more -- come on a single weekend. It is
an annual pilgrimage to Mt. Gretna's Outdoor Art Show, which next week
will be named 98th in Sunshine Artist magazine's Top 200
ranking of the best juried art shows in the nation. The show has
attracted in some years nearly 20,000 to the two-day event (which takes
placethis year Aug. 21-22).
August also will welcome visitors to the annual House Tour,
featuring homes and cottages already previewed online in advance of
this year's event, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 7. The tour will
get a boost several days earlier from WGAL-TV when Doug Allen (inset,
right) comes to town Wednesday, Aug. 4 for a "Backyard Weather"
broadcast outside the Mt. Gretna Historical Society. Tour sponsor Gretna
Music will offer light refreshments for those who stop by to watch the
live telecasts along Pennsylvania Avenue, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
And that's just for starters.
Gretna Music, with advance ticket sales already up 25% over last year,
opens its season tonight with a classical concert at the Playhouse. They'll
continue with Celtic music on Tuesday, an organist with the verve of
a rock musician on Thursday, jazz favorite Leon Redbone on Friday and
wind up the weekend with the New Black Eagle Jazz Band on Saturday and
Reviewing Gretna Music's jam-packed August-into-September schedule,
a Lancaster newspaper called
the month-long series "one of the region's most celebrated music
Also coming this month: the Cicada Festival, with almost every seat
in its six-concert series already sold. Two possibilities for last-minute
ticket-buyers: the 3 p.m. matinee Aug. 12 of The Grass Roots with the
Mudflaps (already sold out for their 8 p.m. performance) and the season's sleeper, The
Billy Price Band, which
Cicada's Dick Smith says may be unknown in this area "but people
familiar with Billy Price are coming from Philadelphia and New
And before the windup of final
summer programs will come the Campmeeting's "Illumination of the
Grove" (see below) and the daily surge of crowds rushing to
take one more dive into the lake.
Add to that the attractions of the
Chautauqua summer programs, cascading toward a climax this month. That
will come with a Labor Day weekend holiday that begins with a
community-wide covered dish picnic (inset, right) on Sept. 4.
The picnic, the parties, the last
glimpses of summer will be a welcome pause in a hectic schedule that
impels, probably sometime around noon on post-Labor Day Tuesday, a
collective sigh, echoing from one end of Mt. Gretna to the other:
"Whew! It's over."
Over, but only for seven months or
so. Then, with spring, will come the return of an irrepressible sweep of
anticipation. A community known for its hospitality to visitors and
guests will once again stir from wintertime slumber, resume its role as
the most gracious of hosts, and beckon others to share once again in the
joys, vigor and centering renewal of a Mt. Gretna summer.
It started even before Mt.
Gretna itself began
Rekindling a tradition that sparkles
Echoes of early Mt. Gretna will return this month with "The
Illumination of the Grove," a quiet observance in the Campmeeting.
Yet that occasion is stimulating another idea now gathering momentum for
2011 and beyond.
are in the works for a "Grand Illumination" throughout the
entire town next year on the Fourth of July.
If all goes well, it could become another signature event for Mt. Gretna
as a whole.
The two observances are separate, but connected. What they share are a
common theme, history and traditions that started in other Camp Meeting
and Chautauqua settlements located across the country.
Yet both have local precedents as well.
One draws from a tradition of the 1940s and '50s when church campers, as
their season neared an end, strolled through the Campmeeting at dusk. As
they walked along, the youngsters sang the hymns they had learned at
camp. It became a favorite time for appreciative residents who listened
from their porches.
Borrowing from that idea, Mt. Gretna Library planners last year revived
the tradition with a modern twist: They invited everyone in the
Campmeeting to light up their cottages
for visitors and guests who strolled along the narrow streets and
walkways. "It was wonderful. Most of the cottages were
illuminated," said Paul Enck, whose ties to Mt. Gretna extend to the
days of his grandfather, a Campmeeting founder.
In part, last year's event also drew upon inspirations from "Grand
Illumination" celebrations held elsewhere. A camp meeting
association in Martha's Vineyard and Chautauqua communities
located in Florida, Colorado and the Chautauqua Institution itself in New
York have long held similar events, some dating back to 1869.
And it is that idea, a "Grand Illumination" observance
throughout the entire community, which Karl Gettle and a committee
sponsored by the Mt. Gretna Area Historical
Society plan to launch
Their goal: to start an annual celebration that will commemorate Mt.
Gretna's early days along with the birth of the nation itself.
"A Grand Illumination on the Fourth? Everybody's in town that day,
so why not?" says Karl, a former Art Show chairman who is now
actively seeking volunteers to join him. He recalls a time, perhaps 60
years ago, when residents strung paper lanterns across their
porches. "They purchased them at Mt. Gretna's Straw Market (now
the library) or the Oriental Shop (now "Gretna Emporium"). But somehow, with the passage of time,
the idea eventually died out," he says.
Karl envisions renewing the observance in a way that would allow everyone
to participate -- from Mt. Gretna Heights to Timber Bridge -- whether or
not they have a porch. He invites anyone interested in joining his
committee to call 964-2292, e-mail email@example.com, or write to him at P.O. Box 419, Mt. Gretna,
Meanwhile, this year's "Illumination of the Grove" will take
place throughout the Campmeeting on
Aug. 29, starting around 9 p.m. as residents light up their cottages for
strolling visitors and guests.
Some will carry handmade, battery-powered lanterns reflecting the
creative guidance of instructor Chris Resch, who recently led a
"design-your-own lantern" class at the church.
Looking ahead to next year, could a Mt. Gretna "Grand
Illumination" on Independence Day become another festive annual
occasion to cap that patriotic music concert at the Playhouse?
In a town solidly anchored by precedent and tradition, where artistic
expressions give porches distinct personalities that blend into a
colorful mosaic, it seems a distinct possibility.
Photography by Madelaine Gray
mark. That's the stunning milestone Mt. Gretna Fire Company's
fundraising campaign reached last month, less than a year after the drive
to raise $400,000 began.
Chairman Tom Mayer says that most of the money is pledged over periods
ranging up to five years, yet well over $100,000 in cash has already
poured in -- sometimes in sizable chunks.
The funds are paying off the mortgage on a major expansion project
already completed. The addition was required to house larger firefighting
vehicles that must meet modern safety standards and replace a 25 year-old
smaller engine and other outdated equipment.
Mt. Gretnans in spirit (but who now find themselves living elsewhere
around the world) may help in the final push-toward-the-summit by sending
their pledges and contributions to Mt. Gretna Fire Company, P.O. Box 177,
Mt. Gretna, PA 17064.
in one spot? Yes, they'll assemble this Saturday (Aug. 7) on the lawn of
the Mt. Gretna Inn in the Heights.
the annual Mt. Gretna stopover for the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Ferrari
The exotic cars, each of impressive lineage, will gather on the grounds
of the historic inn around 6:30 p.m. Following dinner, club members will
scoot over to the Playhouse to take in a performance of the New Black
Eagle Jazz Band.
of years it'll take to build a new hotel and water park at "The
Historic Preserve at Cornwall Village," located about four miles
east of Mt. Gretna.
If all goes as planned, the 250-room hotel and indoor water park could
open sometime in 2012, says Paul Callahan (inset), who heads the
project for Skippack, Pa. developer Haines & Kibblehouse, Inc.
All that depends on successfully clearing the next
hurdles: geotech studies over areas once heavily mined for iron ore,
public hearings, and another favorable vote by Cornwall's Borough Council
(which has already okayed a crucial zoning change).
With final approvals of the $350 million project now likely, however, the
five-phase venture should soon begin. Over the next 10 to 15 years will
come 590 homes, professional offices, shops and stores, and a marina for
non-fossil fueled boats.
Developer H&K, a multi-faceted construction company with 84
subsidiaries, employs about 2,500 people and operates in five states.
H&K purchased the former Bethlehem Steel mining site in 2007 to use
the quarry as a rock-crushing facility. When neighbors objected to quarry
operations however, owners John Haines and Jack Kibblehouse, taking into
account the site's 75-acre lake and natural beauty, opted to close down
the rock-crushing operations and instead pursue plans for a mixed-use
development. Their design includes sectors of age-targeted housing to
minimize the impact on area schools.
H&K plans to build a new entrance to the 570-acre site from Route
322. That should lessen traffic flow through Cornwall, Minersvillage,
Burd Coleman and surrounding communities. The company also intends to
preserve over 50% of the site's open space.
Vocalist Elisabeth von Trapp,
coming Aug. 29
An artist returns to her favorite canvas
Through the eyes of performing artist Elisabeth von Trapp, Mt. Gretna's distinctly
different cottages, all in varying colors, come together in a congruen
step into the Tabernacle and feel like I am performing in a
a place of Grace"
t expression -- as if touched by an artist's brush.
"Everyone has a unique take on how they want their porch, with flags
or banners," says Ms. von Trapp, who will appear here Aug. 29.
"Everybody is distinctly different. And yet, even though they are
such different colors, when you take a photograph, it all comes together,
almost like an artistic expression," she says.
The Tabernacle is her favorite venue, and 2010 will mark her fourth
appearance there since John and Sue Loehr first convinced her, on a rainy
afternoon 10 years ago, to consider adding it to her performance
"There is nothing like standing on the stage and looking out,
watching how people are enjoying the music. It's a true summer
experience," she says.
Summer experiences count for a lot in the world of Elisabeth von
Trapp, whose grandparents' wartime saga inspired "The Sound of
Music." And those she has enjoyed at Mt. Gretna rank high. "I
would say that if I would list one of my favorite summer experiences, it
would be on the porch of one of the cottages in Mt. Gretna, with the
lighting, the sound of the cicadas, the beauty of just being
For Elisabeth, few performance venues can match the one in Mt. Gretna's
Campmeeting. "The whole town was built around that Tabernacle. I can
come and bring my music to it, but it already has its essence there. That
is the tradition. When I step into the Tabernacle, I feel like I have
stepped into another realm, and when I sing I feel like I am performing
in a different place. . . a place of Grace.
"It is the tradition and sense of . . . (she pauses, searching for
just the right words) . . . the energy of being inspired, the 'aha'
moments that happen there," she says.
She is grateful for the people she has met here, especially the Loehrs,
who heard her at a Doneckers concert and convinced her to give Mt. Gretna
a try. They are now close friends.
She also treasures people like harpist Tom Herald, who often rents a
Campmeeting cottage and hosted her last appearance here, joining her
onstage for several songs. "What a wonderful example of the
inspirational dialogue Mt. Gretna's community offers to their
guests," she says.
Elisabeth von Trapp (with Blue Train singers and players Peter Riley on
bass and 20-year musician friend and recording collaborator Paul Asbell
on guitar) appears Aug. 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Tabernacle's only ticketed
performance of the summer. Tickets ($20) are now on sale following
programs at the Tabernacle each Sunday evening and at Gretna Emporium. To order by e-mail, write todon@Tabernacle.org or call 653-8588.
As amateur photographers
know, it's surprising what you can come up with on a single morning or
afternoon strolling around Mt. Gretna.
At the flower stand alongside Route 117, for example, Mary Hernley assembled four
generations of her family on the same spot -- a site where she's been
selling flowers for 44 years. With
her was her first great-granddaughter, three-month-old Elizabeth, her mom
Rebecca and (in background) Mary's remarkable daughter Marci, the
"cinnamon bun magician," whose works are usually the fastest
Saturday sellouts at the flower stand.
Across town, "Mt. Gretna's Amazing & Versatile Grundon" was
at work. Dale Grundon,
who gained that appellation during his days in broadcasting both at York,
Pa. and Washington, DC, is a multi-talented
artisan and raconteur who creates stained glass lamps and conducts nature
tours with equal aplomb. Lesser known is his ability to peel and slice
onions with nary a tear. In fact, says Dale, "I can't even smell
them most of the time." That's why he's called to duty as the Jigger Shop's premiere onion peeler, an
assignment he tackles with his usual
And over at the Pizza Shop, which most visitors are amazed to discover
also offers breakfast, there was more to crow about. Not only has the shop
added baked oatmeal and breakfast wraps to its menu, but there's also
eggs Benedict -- an added attraction to the weekend menu. Breakfast
starts there at 7 a.m.
Doodle, the irascible uncatchable rooster, gets started even
earlier, summoning breakfasters to the table anytime after 3:30 a.m.,
much to the consternation of neighbors who prefer to sleep with their
Across the street, at Le Sorelle Porch and
Pantry, Ken Shertzer and company
offer breakfasts Tuesdays through Sundays beginning at 8 a.m., making Mt.
Gretna an increasingly popular spot for leisurely starts to summer
He's been coming to Mt. Gretna every summer for more years than almost
anyone we know. But this is the first summer that Paul Enck has been able to
bask in the luxury of enjoying every single day without a mad Monday-morning-dash
back to his job in Harrisburg.
This year, for the first time, Paul (inset, right, whose
grandfather was a United Brethren minister and among the Campmeeting's
founders) is enjoying the pleasures of retirement.
He and wife Cheryl -- who gained fame a few years ago as the last couple
in Mt. Gretna to finally equip their cottage with a telephone -- are
making the most of it.
With a new hydraulic-disc-brake-equipped mountain bike, Paul is sailing
along Mt. Gretna's hills and byways -- especially the rail-trail and one
of his favorite spots, Second Street in the Campmeeting. "I think
it's one of the prettiest streets in town," he says. Mid-afternoons
often find them on the spacious porch of their Pennsylvania Avenue
cottage, which has been in the family for nearly 60 years. And, on summer
evenings, they often stroll along streets they've walked a thousand times
before. But each time, says Paul, "we find something different to
Suddenly, outdoor shuffleboard is gaining renewed popularity in Mt.
Gretna. With the addition of a newly refurbished
court in the Campmeeting, plus the Men's Club court in Chautauqua, people
like George and Chris Resch and Dave andDarlene Eckert (inset,
left) have discovered yet another new way to enjoy the summer.
At the Campmeeting, more than 20 couples have begun turning out regularly
to enjoy the game. Although equipment is available on a limited basis,
many bring their own cues and discs to the site, which next year will
have an expanded storage building and rest room facilities, says
Campmeeting supervisor Merv Lentz.
"I was never good at games, and I'm not really good at this,"
says Chris Resch. "But it's fun."
Mt. Gretna summer resident and pottery artisan Nancy Rogers helped
coordinate the campaign to revive the courts at the Campmeeting, which
are open to all Mt. Gretna residents. For more information, contact her
at Gone2Pot@gmail.com (or call 717-503-6693).
In Other News
Sincerest form of flattery? Developers of a proposed
condo project near Lititz say their designs for the 2,000- to
3,000-square-foot-units they'll build will be based on designs
"inspired by Mt. Gretna," a Lancaster newspaper reported.
A useful e-mail bulletin from
the Cornwall Police Department alerts residents in Mt. Gretna and
surrounding neighborhoods to occasional crime incidents such as
burglaries and thefts.
The periodic reports also contain timely announcements such as the sudden
road detour during reconstruction of the Archway Drive tunnel last
winter, National Night Out festivities and other items of
To join the mailing list, send your name, address and e-mail address to
Chief Bruce Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chief Harris also urges residents to report immediately anything that
seems out of the ordinary. "People sometimes tell us a week or
so after they've seen something suspicious, 'I was going to call, but I
didn't want to bother you because I know you're busy.' Yet what they may
have seen was a crime-in-progress," he says.
Free pancake breakfast 8 to 11 a.m. Aug. 14 at Lawn Fire Company.
It's an opportunity
to learn more about the Conewago Creek Initiative, headed by Mt. Gretnan
Matt Royer (inset, left).
The 52-square-mile watershed's headwaters start in Mt. Gretna and
ultimately flow into the Susquehanna River.
Matt's volunteers help establish practices to protect and improve water
quality. "Everyone has a role to play in cleaning up our
streams," says Matt, who coordinates the Initiative for Penn State's
local cooperative extension.
Our last issue referred to "the first annual" Independence
Day block party on Fifth Avenue, in the Campmeeting.
"Whoa," said Fifth Avenue resident Linda Campbell, who brought
us a T-shirt to prove her point (inset, right). The enterprising
folks on Fifth Street have celebrated the Fourth for at least 10
True, that tradition has flagged a bit in recent times. But momentary
lapses ought not blur stellar accomplishments. Particularly those with a
Linda recalls times when neighbors Rob Marquette and Jess Henry
filled a claw foot bathtub stored under a porch with cold foods, liquid
refreshments and prodigious mounds of ice. Then they'd haul it out onto
the street and start the celebrations.
Five years after the block parties began in 1987, somebody printed a
limited run of T-shirts proclaiming "The Fifth Fourth on Fifth
With the help this year of Mary Kopala, Dave Adams and neighbors Chuck
and Paula Deppen, it looks as if the heralded tradition is back on sound
footing. And the fun can be expected to continue.
Yet Linda's sprightly reminder serves as a cheerful shot across the bow.
When you write a community newsletter -- especially in a town teeming
with bright folks and sharp memories -- you've gotta be extra careful
with your facts.
Starting an annual fundraiser is one thing. Sustaining
it through economic times when budgets are strained and schedules are
stretched is quite another.
Ceylon and Karen Leitzel, a Mt. Gretna couple who've just moved across
town, from the Campmeeting to Timber Hills,
have done both.
Their seventh annual "Music Under the Stars" Big Band salute
this month will do more than raise money for charity.
For many of the folks gathered under a pavilion at Mt. Gretna Lake Aug.
28, it will rekindle memories of music and dancing on summer evenings
during the 1930s and '40s.
Helping the energetic Leitzels pull off this year's event will be
Nitrophonic (a spin-off group of the Hershey Big Band), Twin Brook
Winery, and a team providing snacks and tables for eight under cover in
case of inclement weather.
Advance tickets ($18) available through Music Under the Stars, P.O. Box
202, Mt. Gretna, PA 17064. Admission at the gate: $20. Proceeds from this
year's event will be presented during the festivities to Mt. Gretna's
fire company, Lawn Ambulance, and the American Lung Association. For
details, call 717-964-1829 or 717-866-4274. Or e-mail : KBL555@verizon.net or CeylonL@verizon.net.
Starting Aug. 14: Mt. Gretna
History Walking Tours
One Step at a Time
No, Jake and Ellie Mae (two of the best-known collies in town) probably
won't be coming with them when they lead a history tour of the Chautauqua
Aug. 14. But that won't stop Ron and Karrie Hontz.
The suburban Philadelphia couple bought a summer cottage in the
years ago and fell in love with Mt. Gretna. So much so they're anxious to
share its history with others. Both love travel and history. And when
they proposed the idea of Walking History Tours throughout Mt. Gretna,
Historical Society President Fred Buch gave them a hearty thumbs up.
Their first begins at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 at the Information Center.
They'll spend about an hour roaming through the Chautauqua, describing
how it got started, its buildings and other facts that many may not know
Next year, they hope to add tours of the Campmeeting, and, if there's
sufficient interest, the Heights and other Mt. Gretna
"We're often surprised by how much our friends who come here, even
neighbors who live here, don't know about Mt. Gretna's history,"
says Ron, an information systems analyst. Wife Kerrie, working in
pharmaceutical marketing, shares his love of history and travel.
If you'd like to join them, just stop by the Information Center (near the
Jigger Shop) at 10 a.m. For details, contact them at email@example.com
or telephone Ron at 610-409-0743.
Mt. Gretna native Spencer Seibert, who spent the first 25 years of his life here,
just finished the grueling Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene in Idaho. He
completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race and 26.2-mile run in 12
hours and 16 minutes.
By comparison, Mt. Gretna's triathlon last May was a snap: Spencer, 41,
finished that event sixth in his age group with a time of 1:16:21.
Now living in Annapolis with wife Kristin, he is a Sorin Carbonmedics
medical consultant. He's also the son of Mt. Gretna realtor Peggy Seibert.
"Every kid should be allowed to play in a creek," says
Mt. Gretna mother, grandmom, writer and artist Patty Z. Reichenbach, who
teaches oil painting at seminars across the country. She lives in
Stoberdale where she operates 3 Summer Arts Studio and writes a column for Quick and Easy Painting magazine.
She took this
photo of youngsters frolicking in the stream last month near the newly
refurbished Campmeeting playground.
Patty takes her granddaughter to the playground every Tuesday morning at
10 (and sometimes on Thursdays, too), joining other moms and
grandmothers in a gathering that's become a favorite get-together for
children and adults alike.
The youngsters go "from the playground to the basketball court to
the creek," says Patty, a Mt. Gretna native.
"I can't tell you how tickled I was to see that the moms let their
kids play in the creek," she says. "When we were growing up,
the creeks were so much a part of our lives. Crawling through the tunnel
was the ultimate big dare. Let me tell you, it is MUCH longer than it
Patty is an authority on the joys of both childhood and painting:
"When I was a kid, I played in that creek all the time," she
says. "It seems that nowadays, parents don't allow kids to just
play, explore and get dirty."
An artist who also travels across the country at trade shows representing
the Bob Ross (of PBS's "Joy of Painting" series) Company and
other paint manufacturers, her artwork is also featured in PaintWorks, a magazine for decorative painters.
For kids. . . and adults who wish they
were kids, it's the biggest
National Night Out program in Lebanon County, wrapped with a small-town
flavor unknown to big city folk. . . coming Wednesday night, Aug. 4,
sponsored by Cornwall's Police Department (whose officers patrol the
Chautauqua, Campmeeting and Mt. Gretna Heights).
Name it, they'll have it: helicopters, bounce houses, antique police cars
and race cars and drivers, kiddie trains and a balloon man, plus magic
tricks, face painting, macaroni and cheese, pizza, hamburgers, and hot
dogs. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. in Cornwall.
As settings go, this one is almost ethereal.
Nestled between the Playhouse (with its productions of Peter Pan and
other childrens' favorites) and the Jigger Shop (with its productions of
mountain-sized sundaes) is the new home of the Mt. Gretna fairy
The fairy garden:
where memories are made
Princeton Avenue resident Carol Morgan is the fairies' executive
secretary. She responds to the youngsters' written notes and says that
many who never visited the fairy garden before have now discovered
Making their wish, enchanted children place coins at the site. Their
dreams become magical gifts, ultimately for groups such as Muscular
Dystrophy, the March of Dimes, and the Salvation Army -- all with
programs focused on children.
Timber Hills resident Joe Macsisak founded the fairy garden 12 years ago.
Since then, more than $2,000 worth of coins -- each with big wishes from
tiny visitors -- have found their way to charities, including a shelter
for abused women and children.
Mt. Gretna's fairy garden has also been the scene of numerous proposals,
one wedding, and countless courtships . . . sometimes by couples in their
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Speaking of photos: Nan
McKay, the Milton Hershey School botanist who spends most of her days
in a greenhouse where summertime temperatures can sometimes soar to
sweltering heights, caught this scene (inset, left) just outside
the front door of her (air-conditioned) Pennsylvania Avenue
A day or so after Nan, a native of Canada, submitted this photo, mother
robin safely, but resolutely, nudged her baby out of the
nest and into the world. At last report, the youngster was successfully
fending for itself.
Evelyn Koppel, an avid member of the Mt. Gretna Bird Club, sent this
photo (inset, right) of a Zebra Swallowtail butterfly on a
Heliotrope plant in the front yard of her home on Valley Road.
"I thought you might like to know," she wrote, "Sid and I
don't just enjoy birds."
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