Millvale Welcomes McWalker Yarns

Millvale welcomes McWalker Yarns A wonderful new LYS (Local Yarn Store)  Opening Day tomorrow, Saturday April 21st at 9:30.  I had the pleasure of photographing the owner, Amy Walker McCall today.  How nice she made time to give me a tour when she was super busy, readying the store for opening tomorrow.  303 Grant Avenue is just across the street from the gas station. Tuesday and Wednesday the store will be CLOSED but open every other day of the week with the tagline “Yarns at a variety of price points with hours for working crafters.”

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Stitch Party Yarn dyed locally in Millvale.

Three Pittsburgh area LYS have closed in recent months and what a loss to our community.  How fortunate that Amy created a business plan and put in a lot of preparation and hard work to make her creative vision a reality.  Millvale is a happening place, you’ve read many posts of mine before featuring all it has to offer.  And it is just over the Allegheny River, not a long ride at all.

The store is laid out by the weight of the yarn which is so helpful when you are trying to find just the right yarn for a project you are dream knitting in your mind.

Need help finding something specific? Check out this thorough colored labeling system.

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A basketful of possibility 

These O- wool yarns are organic “yarn that is environmentally responsible, affordable, and made locally in Philadelphia and the USA.”

Allergic to wool?  Lots of alternatives to choose from.  Here is some soft cotton with a hint of nylon in it  Check out the Cumulus below

Be sure to see and feel  the variety of Swans Island Yarn from Maine.  The Bicycle Hat is a bit blurred but if you know a cyclist, I know they’d love you to knit them the hat!

 

IMG_2575Looks like an inviting couch and chair to sit and knit a bit! Wishing you all the best, Amy,  as you launch your wonderful McWalker Yarns store tomorrow!

Wordless Wednesday

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(Well some necessary words to give credit to the artist and creator )

“The metal bike racks were designed by Millvale-based graphic designer Tom Walker and built by Geoff Blanchard of Red Star Ironworks, also in the borough. The circular design shows open books of shrinking size nested inside each other.”

Groundhog Day Compendium

Through the years on the blog.Happy Groundhog’s Day.

Groundhog’s Day first celebration in Punxsutawney was in 1886.

Snippets from previous Groundhog’s Day Posts. If you want more pics or details, click on underlined links.

Let’s see if there is a clear day with a shadow or an early Spring for 2017.

History of Groundhog’s Day– from Stormfax

“If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.”

 

Groundhog Day Filmed in Woodstock Illinois

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Punxsutawney Phil Declares 6 More Weeks of Winter

Shout out to  Kyle Kline on the bass

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And yes  we were there  Me. Laura and my sister Mary

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Groundhog Sports Black and Gold Beads

 

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Flat Ruthie and the Groundhog

 

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Michael on left and Jack on the right with Baby Groundhog (a family puppet)

 

Groundhog’s Eve Sunset

 

Groundhog BrewSkumps Groundhog

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Groundhog Day Movie Capture Pittsburgh SkylineThe Pittsburgh Skyline before all the neon signs on the buildings

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Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe in Millvale

 

Tupelo Honey Teas 

They’ve been open since Halloween. Today was my first visit.

You know how I zip across the  Allegheny River to get my framing done at Panza Gallery, sip a brew and eat a dinner special at Grant Bar or load up on Brioche and macarons at Jean-Marc Chatteliers Bakery?

Millvale PA posts frequent the blog.

This afternoon I stopped in the Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe and had a delicious ginger tea.

There’s a monthly calendar of activities and events-

January 19th it’s Third Thursday Theater- Steel City Shakespeare- Edgar Allen Poe  7-9 ,

Knitting on Tuesdays at 6:30-9

Book Club(s) local author and mystery,

Brunch and Bluegrass (Devin Moses) on Jan 29th 10-2

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There is a connecting door to the Community Library

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Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery

Pittsburgh Society of Artists

Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery in Millvale PA

At Panza Gallery Saturday night.  What a crowd!

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It’s good to get out.  Steve went with  me.

I volunteered to photograph the event which was a great way to meet the artists and art appreciators who attended.  I am posting just a few now.

Artist Lesla in front of his work and Laura .  Turns out I photographed Laura when she worked at Bread and Salt Bakery in Bloomfield and she was on the blog.

 

Our host Mark Panza

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Patty Hill

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A few of the artists with their work

IMG_3023The mayor of Millvale, Vincent Cinski, with his wife, the First Lady of Millvale

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Meet Rodney Burrell- Editor-in-Chief of LOCAL-Pittsburgh and arts/pgh LOCAL

 

IMG_3025Meet Brian Crawford  The River’s Edge  Station Manager “serving the communities along the Allegheny River”

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Love that purse you got in Wisconsin!

(If I missed anybody’s proper spelling of name, let me know)

Look Up – Panza Gallery

Weekly Photo Challenge: Look Up

He looked up.  I looked down.  Can it count for the challenge?

Mark Panza, artist, photographer and gallery owner.

He looked up at me on the stairs. Oh no, all I had was my phone.

You’ve met Mark on the blog before.  He creates those peaceful mediation lights.

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I was in Millvale Friday afternoon.  The Pittsburgh Society of Artists Show is up and the opening is 6PM Saturday night.  They were asking members who are photographers to volunteer to photograph events so I said I would. Thought I’d check it out when it was empty first.  A sneak peek below. More to come.

Tomorrow night the gallery will be filled with people!

Etna Memorial Day Parade 2016 is my piece on left.

On the way home, stopped at a light in Lawrenceville. I looked up -saw the Artist Crossing Sign

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(Note to self: I’d better get my windshield washed if I am going to photograph through it)

 

 

A Pie Map, Not a Pie Chart

This is an honest to goodness pie map !

My two friends flew in to visit me in Pittsburgh.  Earlier today we visited the Frick Mansion, Clayton. 

Discussing dinner options, Steve suggested Grant  Bar and Lounge in Millvale.

This map shows where all the pie eating people hail from and because Kristin ordered a coconut cream pie to go, she and Linda got a pushpin to stick on the Grant Bar and Lounge Pie Lovers map- their cities are Gainesville and Boston. (We got a tapioca to go, too) and there are some pickled beets in the take away container.

Kristin and Linda are nurse midwives I met in Fort Knox, Kentucky in 1975 and Linda on right delivered my son Mark, 40 years ago this month!