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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bill Pekarski: Day 262, Living life on my terms

Bill Pekarski:

Day 262, Living life on my terms.

So many wonderful things are on tap for this weekend, I don’t even know where to begin.

Today marks the annual opening weekend for the Coudersport Ice Mine, the return of our downtown Farmer’s Market, Coudersport’s best Bar-B-Que Chicken at the fire hall will be on Saturday, and the “soft” opening of Bones N Banter Food Trailer located down to Potter County Outfitters on Saturday as well. Additionally, after you spend all Saturday eating, you can go fishing on Sunday for the first of two “Fish for Free” days in Pennsylvania; no license needed!

The return of the Ice Mine has been a wonderful boost for the local economy, drawing in tourists from across the country. Once people get here, they can experience all of the other things our great community has to offer. Maybe a little breakfast at the Tea Room, chicken or smoked pulled pork—brisket—ribs for lunch and or dinner, and maybe a trip for dinner to the historic Crittenden Hotel for a delightful evening meal and drinks. You know, just pulling each of those thoughts together sounds like a pretty darn good time in our little town.

The first farmers market of the year will feature some early season produce, home baked goods, and local, handmade crafts. Located on the open lot next to the courthouse, you can walk around and visit the vendors and enjoy a relaxing Friday afternoon. Make sure to stop and check out the organic offerings of Metzger’s Heritage Farms. Art and Jane have committed to not only providing organic options, but educating the public on the importance of it as well.

As far as chicken bar-b-ques go, there are many imitators, but nobody cooks chicken outside on an open fire like the men and women of station 48. Whether you just go for a half or you opt to add the homemade baked beans and macaroni salad, you just can’t miss. The firemen (and their wives, right Calee Phelps?) work really hard to make sure that you don’t have to on your Memorial Day weekend.

So, what is Bones N Banter? Well, anyone who knows the Ostroski boys, Tadd and Joe, knows that for the past few years they have been honing their skills with outdoor grilling and smoking. They have been available for events and private parties in the past, but know they are opening up a food truck/trailer to offer their smoked and grilled delicacies to the masses. They also have the help of Tadd’s wife Ellen in the kitchen.

All of the rubs and sauces are made by hand using the best possible ingredients. Slow smoking in a temperature controlled unit yields unparalleled taste, texture, and moistness. For me however, I can’t get enough of the finishing bbq sauce he puts on as the sandwich is completed. This weekend they will be providing just a small taste of what their full menu will offer in the coming weeks.

I also mentioned the Tea Room and Café as an important stop when coming through Coudersport. They have expanded their hours and the foods they are creating are unique and delicious. Like I said before, you need to go there and not be in a hurry. It is imperative that you take the time to enjoy the ambiance and atmosphere of this wonderful little bistro.

As for the historic Crittenden Hotel, I am hoping to get down there to get some photos of their restoration projects and a little more insight for a future story. However, for now I know that I can tell you that the food is of “five star” quality and the service is outstanding. They also have a large selection of craft brewed beers, cordials, and cocktails. Stepping into their dining room is like taking a step back in time.

From the sounds of things, I should be well fed this weekend and ready to enjoy the Memorial Day services downtown on Monday. Watching the parade and listening to the speakers in the square as they honor our fallen military men and women is a civic responsibility to me. The only reason that I am able to enjoy everything I have mentioned in today’s story is because of their sacrifice, and I am eternally grateful to them.

Today I am dedicating my progress to everyone that I have mentioned. I do want to send out a special wish for good luck to the Ostroski’s opening up Bones N Banter as they introduce themselves to the community and look forward to their Grand Opening in the near future. 
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