Second annual Crow Homecoming planned

| November 7, 2013

COSHOCTON —On Saturday, Nov. 9, there will be a Crow Homecoming in Coshocton to officially welcome back the mass numbers of black crows that spend the winter months in Coshocton. The Pomerene Center for the Arts is hosting this free event which will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at the PARK Space in the 300 Block of Main Street in downtown Coshocton.

The festivities include free food and fun for all with live music from the band Blackbird Project – featuring lead guitar and vocals from Coshocton native, Evan Abood; a brief preview by the dance company, Dancing Wheels; hands-on demonstrations of origami crow making with Michael Roy Baldridge; yoga demonstrations; art and tree displays; vintage clothing and jewelry booths; Crowtown Pizza; crow appetizers from Oscar Rose Steak & Seafood House; Hot ‘Crow-Co’ from Medbery Marketplace; and more.

“One of the great animal phenomena of the world is the congregation of large numbers of birds into a single communal sleeping group known as a ‘roost,'” said Anne Cornell, director of the Pomerene Center for the Arts. “Annually, late October/early November, upwards to 10,000 crows come from as far away as Canada to roost in Coshocton, crow resort town, Crowtown.”

Coshocton has carried the nickname Crowtown for some time.

“No one seems to know exactly where the nickname came from but it is somehow linked to motorcycles,” Cornell said. “In 2008, when crows began to congregate in town in significant enough numbers to warrant propane cannons and pyrotechnics, the name began to fit like a glove. Science says they’re here to stay.”

Jan Myers, director at the Coshocton Visitors Bureau, says this event is a fun way to turn something that could be viewed as a negative into something positive.

“The crows are coming here anyway, so why not take advantage of the situation and use it to promote Coshocton,” she said.  “We have already had numerous visitors come to the area in the past few years to witness the masses of crows flying throughout the county and to study the crows’ behavior.”

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the Crow Homecoming. For information about Coshocton’s Crow Homecoming, contact the Pomerene Center for the Arts at 622-0326 or the Coshocton Visitors Bureau at 622-4877 or

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