A gallery from Thursday evening’s Halloween Parade in the Bloomfield neighborhood, Pittsburgh PA. One officer said they expected a crowd of ten thousand lining the parade route down Liberty Avenue. It was chilly. The little ones dressed up in costumes, so cute, thrilled to catch candy and treats thrown from the convertibles and others walking. I saw lots of unicorns! All sizes.
Ceramic figurines seem to speak of yesteryear to me. People might have them in their homes but I wonder how recently they were purchased. Do people still buy these and put them on display? Dust them? I am fascinated by what people collect. Especially when I’m trying to pare down and reduce my “stuff”.
I’ve posted about Hummels and Lladros before. You’ve seen my Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter figurines and ceramic rabbits who knit. Perhaps you’ve inherited a ceramic figurine from a relative who has passed. One thing I know is this-my own grown up children don’t want any of the porcelain or China things I have in my glass door cupboards.
One this large can’t be classified a tchotchke, can it? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tchotchke)
Urban dictionary says “look around your home and see what a robber probably would not steal.”
Liberty Avenue Window Display
I credit my daughter Laura with the idea of the twist cone for the weekly challenge.
I credit Steve with taking me to the Twisters Ice Cream on Main Street in Bloomfield, a little hole in the wall place with service at the window- only! As he waited in the car, I got out to order.
I credit the woman who made the medium size twist cone for me, who was gracious to hold it while I took an iPhone photo of it along with the logo on her T-shirt. I told her the word of the week was TWISTED.
And I give much credit to the few people who had to be patient to order their cones, splits and shakes, who waited while I took a few extra seconds to take my shot,
Eight years ago I photographed Twisters Ice Cream store at night and blogged it
Here’s the Post-Gazette article by Patricia Sheridan that my friend sent the other morning. Last week V and I toured the Pittsburgh Magazine’s Ultimate House penthouse and two of the condos in the fully restored and renovated old furniture showroom and warehouse Empire on Liberty.
All proceeds were given to Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund.
Just today, I realized I bought a carpet in 1989 at the former Roth Carpet Showroom which is now the available first floor retail space.
An article from Pittsburgh Magazine about the Ultimate House renovation
Mend Way. Bloomfield. Right near West Penn Hospital. The one block alley/road between Millvale Avenue and Gross Street. I looked down while walking to my car.
All these textures!
Gravel, bricks, sand, dirt, concrete,dried leaves, my leather boot, cigarette butts and the shadows of the chain link fence.
There are many “Ways” in our city. I looked at the list of Street Names and wondered what determined the definition. Merriam-Webster says “Definition of way. 1 a : a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place. b : an opening for passage.”
Steve and I were walking around Bloomfield Monday night. We grabbed a bite at Lot 17.
Bus on Friendship Ave in front of West Penn Hospital
Once I photographed this duo in the snow.A little Christmas tree with lights.
Did you ever play ItalyOpoly?Merante’s Store on Liberty Ave
Unretouched Photo of formerly St. Joseph Church now St. Maria Goretti . How about that pink?
Wooden bear outside Green Market carved by George. A Vietnam Vet.
Bloomfield Bridge Tavern Farewell
A real Pittsburgh experience. Bittersweet evening. After three decades of successful business, a favorite institution was closing and we were there for the final night. Gracious owners and hosts Steve and Lynn Frankowsi ensured we felt like adopted family.
SATURDAY night we drove over to Bloomfield, We got there early as by the end of the evening it was standing room only. We ate a Polish Platter, sipped some drafts and listened to some lively music by Ploughman’s Lunch.
We purchased our souvenir BBT t- shirts to commemorate the evening.
I took photos to document the farewell party to Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.
Our hosts Steve and Lynn Frankowski
On the left, Mr. Stanley Frankowski, original owner of the Bloomfield Tavern . John Hayes wrote in Mr. Frankowski’s obituary “Mr. Frankowski had a soft spot for struggling artists, and the tavern became and continues to be an important entry-level venue for local rock bands. Many of Pittsburgh most popular bands, including Rusted Root and The Clarks, played at the tavern in their infancy. Years before musical concept artists Squonk Opera took their show to the Broadway stage, they took it to the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern.”
Since 2005, John Hayes has organized and emceed every Tuesday Open Stage Night helping many young singers and songwriters get started on their musical careers.
Drummer Dennis Childers and the band Ploughman’s Lunch.
Karl Mullen Frontman of Ploughman’s Lunch and John Hayes
First date at BBT over twenty years and two kids later. Meet Cynthia and Michael O’Shea.
Performance Artist Phat Man Dee has some wild light up shoes from Amazon. They kept changing colors and oh say can you see, she sang a crowd pleasing number with the band.
Sister-in-law Mary Jane wore the Bloomfield Bridge Tavern party Underwear to her Father-in-law’s funeral twelve years ago. She held it to the light for me to take a photo.
On thing is certain. This popular local treasure and venue is going to be missed.
Baked in Bloomfield ( using a special pizzelle iron)
Maria Merante – Celebrating all things Italian since 1983
Anise or vanilla? They are delicate and delicious.
Steve photographed me with Franco Harris who was gracious to all his fans.