Couderport

There is poverty along the way, out across beautiful Appalachian foothills between Ithaca, NY, and Coudersport, PA, where it can be a surprise to see a painted up, restored house. But it's all so incredibly interesting, too. Olga Cafe and Gallery, a new venue, in downtown Coudersport, PA, a former bank, then prospective bookstore, and now a cafe with yummy food, beer and wine. It's filled on 2 levels with Olga's beautiful fiber and glass art. The wood makes for great acoustics. It is just so, so lovely. After the show, I stayed in this cool, funky guest cottage, art everywhere there, too, thanks to musician/artist friends there. I feel like I've been away. I got to play with a dulcimer I found there. Yum. The cottage, which is also been called The Antique Shop (its former purpose) and the Tin Shack. The people there are so, so nice, and what an explosion of art I found in this little circle of those who invited me in and put me up.

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