The Wood Stove House features stories and interviews with artists and those who make the arts happen in Lancaster, PA. From 2010 to 2014 we published a weekly interview podcast called Around the Wood Stove and several blog articles per month, highlighting events and arts-related projects in the area. We also have produced and sponsored creative events in the area, such as concerts and experimental theater.
We continue to publish blog articles that feature Lancaster area artists and creative initiatives along with personal posts about the creative process and creativity in general. In the production space, our focus has shifted to a monthly concert series called Lancasphere, featuring regional musicians performing atmospheric, ambient, and experimental music of various genres. The concerts are held at The Candy Factory, Lancaster’s premiere coworking space at 342 N. Queen St., in the rear of the building.
Jason Mundok is the founder of Wood Stove House. He is a blogger and the former producer and host of the weekly Lancaster arts podcast called Around the Wood Stove. He and his wife, Susanne, launched the very successful Wood Stove House concert series in 2009 that resulted in dozens of shows for hundreds of guests. Some of the concerts have been used to raise several thousand dollars to benefit area non-profit organizations. He is also a musician working under the name Here Inside, and the producer of the monthly concert series called Lancasphere. Facebook : Twitter
Steve Carlson: GET OUT!
Steve Carlson is a blogger and theater producer. He has been producing skits, short plays, films and a host of other performance-based projects as a Middle School teacher since 2005. In 2011 he brought the 24 Hour Plays to Lancaster and his ability to team-build, network, and execute were instrumental in making each annual performance of the project a success. Steve also produces Play Grounds: Theater on Site, an annual site-specific theatre project in Lancaster that is an official stop for the Lancaster Spring ArtWalk. Steve has also contributed a monthly First Friday podcast report called GET OUT! Facebook : Twitter
Mike McMonagle:Mickel Time
Along with being an accomplished local musician, Mike McMonagle is the Digital Media Director at Fly Magazine. He has also served as Marketing Manager at Tellus360, a Lancaster live music venue and performance space. Mike shared his vast knowledge of the local music scene each month on the podcast in a segment we called Mickel Time. Facebook : Twitter
Joanna Underhill: Skirtin’ the Curtain
Each month Joanna Underhill joined us on the podcast for a look at what’s going on in the Lancaster theater scene during a segment called Skirtin’ the Curtain. Joanna is a long time theater professional here in Lancaster. She is currently a teaching artist at The Fulton Academy of Theatre, Vice Chair of Creative Works of Lancaster, and Assistant Director at the Philadelphia Alumni Writer’s House at Franklin and Marshall College. Facebook
Shawna Stoltzfoos: Shawnama Cinema
Shawna Stoltzfoos brought us Shawnama Cinema, a monthly segment where she dished on Lancaster’s filmmaking and film-screening communities. Shawna has worked as an actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, journalist, and snow cone colorer. She is the creator of the comedy series Young/Lancaster. Facebook : Twitter
John Modern: A Modern Look at Classic Albums
John Lardas Modern is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Franklin & Marshall College. Modern is also the co-host of Solid Side Vinyl, Thursdays 9-11pm on 89.1 WFNM (wfnm.org). He is currently working on a secret history of cognitive science. Modern is the author of two books, Secularism in Antebellum America (University of Chicago Press 2011) and The Bop Apocalypse: The Religious Visions of Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Burroughs (University of Illinois Press 2001). In addition to writing across many venues Modern owns an impressive collection of evangelical vinyl. He is contributing editor for The Immanent Frame and co-curator of Frequencies: A Collaborative Genealogy of Spirituality. Twitter
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The Wood Stove House Story
In the spring of 2009 my wife, Susanne, and I began hosting house concerts at our small Cape Cod that sits on the western edge of Lancaster, PA. We were filled with creative inspiration from having recently completed The Artist’s Way, a 12-step creative recovery program, and wanted to offer a listening room environment for intimate live music experiences.
Our first concert featured Lancaster songwriters Jessica Smucker and Jeff Bryson (Vinegar Creek Constituency) performing a rare duo show. We converted an add-on family room into a temporary concert hall for the evening and filled it with a couple dozen music lovers. The musicians set up near the back wall next to an old Baker wood stove that had cozily heated the house during the cold winter months. The evening was magic and the Wood Stove House concert series was born.
Less than a year later we hosted our third concert and first touring musician, Jason Wilber (John Prine, Iris Dement). A friend and fellow podcast fan suggested that I record an interview with Wilber in my small home recording studio “just in case” I wanted to launch a podcast to promote the concerts. I took a stab at putting together a show and fell madly in love with the format. Around the Wood Stove (our weekly podcast series) was launched a few weeks later in March 2010.
In the two years that followed we continued to produce house concerts, podcasts, and even recordings for local bands under the Wood Stove House name. By late 2011 we were working with our friend, Steve Carlson, and added a blog, public concerts, theater events, and even a Creativity Conference to our roster of projects. We organized into a small for-profit company and Wood Stove House became a laboratory for us to explore a variety of arts-based projects.
After several years of publishing and producing performing arts events, it was time to slow down and focus our energy. In 2014 and beyond, we continue to periodically publish blog posts at WoodStoveHouse.com featuring Lancaster area artists and creative initiatives, along with personal posts about the creative process. The goal is to shed light on new and exciting things that are happening, and contribute to the ongoing creative conversation happening here in Lancaster, PA.
Our dear friend, Steve Carlson, has moved the annual experimental theatre projects to Creative Works of Lancaster, a wonderful organization with whom we often partner. This has allowed me to focus on my true love, producing intimate concert experiences under the name Lancasphere. My goal for the next few years is to use Lancasphere as a live performance platform for artists who are stretching musical boundaries, creating atmospheric, ambient, and experimental music.
I hope you enjoy what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and all that we have left to do. Don’t hesitate to contact me with comments, questions or suggestions.