Picklesburgh and the Strong Way Band

Steve and I drove downtown and found a free parking spot on Penn Avenue near the Heinz History Center.  Now it seems petty to mention that we parked for free ( and walked a ways to the Picklesburgh Fest) but some places were charging fifteen bucks.  Too much. Here’s a fact about pickles from the Picklesburgh Website

“PICKLE FACTS

AMERICANS CONSUME 26-BILLION PICKLES A YEAR, WHICH EQUALS NINE POUNDS OF PICKLES PER PERSON”

Our friend Roberta had invited us down to hear the music by Marc Reisman and the Strong Way Band  who were to play at seven. The sound stage was on the North Side of the Roberto Clemente Bridge so we made our way through the beer lines and booths to get there. I asked a few people if I might photograph their pickle themed food or t-shirt and everyone was more than cooperative.  In fact there was a sign about Photographic Consent which I had not seen before.  If you got on the bridge and into the Picklesburgh Festival you were consenting to be photographed.

 

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Quilts of Valor and Upstate New York Weekend Guest Blog

Pittsburgh Poet Fred Peterson is the guest blogger today.  Fred posted the quilt photos on FB and said he thought he knew I would like them and I did!  Thanks for sharing your photos, Fred.  

 

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Quilt of Valor presentation of military family (Navy father and two Air Force sons) in Horseheads NY.

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Quilt window and television display windows on Market Street, Corning, NY.

 

 

 

 

The scenics of tree, flowers and barn were taken on ride down western side of Seneca Lake.

 

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The bullseye is Corning Glass logo.

You always ask if there is anything you can do…….

A good friend passed early Wednesday morning. You always ask if there is anything you can do…..

E64A6081-9C28-4E2F-ADC3-AE72009D3B33Cj and her daughter at Thanksgiving a few years ago.

She was a loving mother, a devoted sister,  an excellent teacher, a strong woman, a heartfelt writer and a steadfast partner.   An advocate for so many students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Inspiring thousands. A Madwoman writer at Carlow University. 

I  can picture her signing Go Tell it on the Mountain at a Christmas Choir Concert

Reading her poetry at Poe*Art, touching us with her words.

Playing music to motivate the scores of teachers who became students every summer in The Western Pennsylvania Writing Project at the University of Pittsburgh.

Another friend who taught with her for a couple of years remembers her playing Rocky’s Theme to get the students geared up for testing.  The same friend said Cj always made lemonade when life handed her lemons.  So true.

Here is another song she’d play for her students and sign with them.

 

The plea for help with medical expenses is now compounded by the additional need for Funeral/Memorial costs.  If you’ve ever received a bill in the mail after someone has passed you’ll understand why I am getting this request out to the world.  Cj was always supportive of my blog efforts and an avid follower.  

No amount too small to help the family through this difficult time  Click to donate

Thank you.   E64A6081-9C28-4E2F-ADC3-AE72009D3B33

 

A Roomful of Cellos

A roomful of cellos. A closet full of violas. Basses along the wall. And violins galore! Friday we got the tour of The Loft Violin Shop on High Street in Columbus OH by the owner himself, Mr. David Schlub. They’ve been in business for more than forty years. String quartets have played in the different rooms and then rotated after a half hour or so. Wouldn’t that be great to hear the music made by these beautiful wooden instruments?

“From the moment you walk in our workshop, you will understand our commitment to old world craftsmanship and fine stringed instruments.”

http://www.theloftviolinshop.com/about-the-loft.html

32nd Annual Duckling Day

Saturday was the 32nd Annual Duckling Day at the Whetstone Branch of the Columbus Library.

Charlie wore his duck costume with mask on for more than an hour. The library had provided the materials to create the paper costume. There were some real ducks to watch splash in a baby pool And a parade led by some of the marching band. The NACHO band played outside the library. I forgot to mention that the 72 degree weather of yesterday dropped thirty degrees today. Brrrr 42!

The puppet show, crafts and folk music inside the library were all fun activities for the kids.

So here’s the blog post featuring Charlie while trying to omit photos of the other children. There was quite a crowd.

Thanking all of the sponsors who made the event possible. Each child received a goody bag with a book!

Here’s Charlie earlier in the day, gluing on the paper feathers

https://www.columbuslibrary.org/events/345999

https://www.facebook.com/NACHOStreetband/

Organ Grinder, Bagpipes, Guitar,Vibraphone in Berlin

Found music in Berlin. Organ grinder on market day near Winterfeldplatz. Bagpiper by Alexanderplatz. Guitarist by River Spree. Vibraphone by St. Mathias Church. Vibraphone video sample below.

Lights in the Darkness

Flickering candle flames are mesmerizing. It’s hard to avert your eyes.

They cast a flattering light.

The sound of the strike of a wooden match. Tapers on a dinner table. The evening’s about to begin.

Lighting votives in the alcove of a church offers comfort when there’s really nothing else one can do.

Skinny candles on birthday cakesthe smell of wax and smoke after you make your wish, blow them out.

Everyone’s getting those battery operated, remote control, waxy but not real flame candles these days. No carbon marks on paint behind picture frames. No danger of setting the house afire.

I’ve got a set on the mantel right now. Need a load of double AAs. Make them glow again.

The wavering lights of true flames, hypnotize me.

Create shadows on the walls.

Light up a winter night.

H.B.T.Y.

Brothers Reed House Concert Weekend Pittsburgh PA

Early Saturday Morning, The Brothers Reed, Phil and Aaron, and their friend and cameraman Daniel hit the road for a Saturday night gig in New York City. The brothers from southern Oregon and Daniel in from L.A.

Friday night the brothers played a House Concert at my home. An enjoyable evening of great music, shared with good friends.

Their mom’s high school friend drive down a couple of hours from Erie for the concert.

I’d hosted the Brothers in May 2016, too.

in Photo below-Marc Reisman sat in on a bluesy number, playing harmonica.

Daniel at work filming for a documentary he’s creating.

Earlier in the day we drove around the city. I gave Daniel and Phil an abbreviated tour of the city. I blogged the flooded rivers yesterday. Here’s Phil by Duquesne Incline up on Mt. Washington.

by PNC park and the Allegheny River. Bill Mazeroski statue above with Daniel taking photos.

http://www.thebrothersreed.com/

You can listen to their music and see the tour schedule on their website.