Shillelagh Maker in Pittsburgh PA

People at Work.  Meet Shillelagh maker, Mr. Patrick Byrne.   Today I got invited to his workshop, Byrne Shillelaghs,  to photograph him making a shillelagh.  Irish Walking Sticks, right here in Pittsburgh.  Made to order.  I got to see a work in progress- A Thumb Stick.  His custom designs are gorgeous.  I saw an authentic thorn stick too, with the thorns still protruding from the column of wood.

We met because we both donated our artistic creations to the Kidney Gift of Life Gala.

Shillelagh makerCustom Branding, Embedded Coins, Gems, Nameplates are all a possibility when ordered your custom made shillelagh.  Here is Pat Byrne holding one made of hard maple.

Here is Mr. Byrne, holding the shillelagh that was given to him by a man who said, “You’re Irish aren’t you?” and went into his house and brought this out and gave it to him as a gift. This first shillelagh started his thinking, I could make this!   And he does, beautifully.  His son does the art work and branding on the shillelaghs and made one with a Celtic knot carved design that was stunning.

Delicious Lunch at The Vandal Lawrenceville

Guess it’s finally a Six Word Saturday for me

Delicious lunch at The Vandal  Lawrenceville

Yep, 6.

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Fresh mint lemonade. Greens on the side, fried chicken, chili honey,  topped with carrot slaw on a brioche roll.

The Pittsburgh Kid (1941) to be Shown at Row House Cinema

After dinner, Steve drove me by Row House Cinema on Butler Street.  I tried to get a couple of panoramas so that’s why the passing cars looked chopped up.iPhone shots tonight.

The Lawrenceville Historical Society and Row House Cinema present

The Pittsburgh Kid (1941) shown on Friday JUNE 23, 2017  at 7 PM

4115 Butler Street

Also-  Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn highlight reel will be shown
With round by round commentary from the panel

Gene Collier – Post-Gazette columnist
Tim Conn – Billy’s eldest son
Paul F. Kennedy – author of Billy Conn’s biography
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a member was hanging a flyer at Ritter’s Diner and Aphrodite introduced us. Here she is holding the flyer announcing the event.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased by clicking this link

After dinner, Steve drove me by Row House Cinema on Butler Street.  I tried to get a couple of panoramas so that’s why the passing cars looked chopped up.

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Rolled Ice Cream is Hot on Butler Street

I’ve been away for awhile.  My friend B said “let’s go to NatuRoll Creamery get rolled ice cream in Lawrenceville. There’s always a line” (which is a good sign).

Turns out it didn’t open until three. So we had a delicious lunch at VANDAL first, waiting for three o’clock to roll around.

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Kaden took our orders and $. Two Spring Specials -Blueberry Lemon on a Vanilla Base.

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Abby made mine.

Then she added them lemon zest

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and a slice of lemon

IMG_2442The focus is on Abby.  Takes 2-5 minutes to create each fancy finished special.

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A Perfect Dessert

You know how I like dessert. It’s a double guest blog  today.

Necessity! I purposefully left my cell phone home so I could be present in the moment during a special luncheon Wednesday afternoon.

Steve and I were invited next door for a delicious lunch to welcome our new neighbors to the neighborhood.

Dessert was this stunning and  mouthwatering Lemon Tart from the French bakery on Butler Street in Lawrenceville  La Gourmandine

 

The first photo by Madison who said  “The simple things in life are the sweetest.”

 

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img_2377and then when my slice of the delectable tart on the beautiful blue and white china plate was set in front of me, I definitely needed another photo.  (Thank you Joaquin)

No way to adequately describe the simultaneous sweet and tart combination as it glides over your tongue.  Perfection!

 

Hambone’s, Saturday Night

Hambone’s Saturday Night-Lawrenceville neighborhood on Butler Street.

Steve said,  come on let’s go -so I put my book down and layered up in warm clothes and we headed down. Ordered a draft. Settled into a booth and listened to some great musicians take the chill off the almost winter night.

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Christopher Mark Jones  and the Roots Ensemble 

Vince Camut on pedal steel

Mark Perna on Bass

Eric Kurtzrock on drums and vocals

And joined by Mr. Marc Reisman on harps in the third and final set

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Relax

We ran into Mr. And Mrs. Claus on the sidewalk in front of Hambone’s as we went to our cars img_1776

 

Artist at Work

Meet Janice Schuler.  Artist.  Today there was an Artist’s Studio Tour in Lawrenceville. Her painting studio is in the basement of this repurposed church and was number one on the tour.  I’d met Janice last night at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts and she invited me to visit her studio during the Studio Tour.  There was wine and beer, bottles of water and cheese and crackers and a tray of sweets, too.  Other artists studios were open as well but I sat in a comfortable chair in Janice’s studio and watched people come and go as we talked.

 

 

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Artist Janice Schuler at work in her artist studio.

Janice Schuler- Pittsburgh Artist Registry

 

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There are several artist’s studios in this church- architects, fiber artist. photographers and painters.

 

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