Nutcracker Suite on a Snowy Day

The Columbus City Ballet School Production- Saturday December 9th

Maura was in two dances  The Tea Dance and The Russian Dance.  A couple  of the moms helped me out as Maura’s mom was with her siblings at a swim meet.  Suzanne watched her while I ran to get lunch after the morning dress rehearsal and I’d left the makeup bag on the kitchen counter so Shelly added the finishing touches to Maura’s stage look.

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Annelise and Elena with their mom               Aunt Lala and Maura 24082980847_dc5432be62_kWhat a fun day.  Great performances by all.  Thanks to Shir Lee Wu, Artistic Director of the Columbus City Ballet School.

PETER KING AND THE FAST FRIENDS BAND

Fun time listening to Peter King and Fast Friends Band –

Live Music Saturday night in Aspinwall across the Allegheny River at The Tavern in the Wall.

Peter King

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Fast Friends

 

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Mark Perna on Bass.

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Marc Reisman on Harmonica.

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Playing the Blues.

 

Bloomfield Bridge Tavern Farewell

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.

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Our hosts Steve and Lynn Frankowski

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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.”

John HaysSince 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 and John Hayes

Karl Mullen Frontman of Ploughman’s Lunch and John Hayes

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

My Brother’s Organic Garlic From Okanogan

I was excited to receive the annual organic garlic package my brother sends. Inspirational. I think my sister helped get it out to me this year as she’s visiting now.  Thanks David and Mary.  Can’t  wait to cook with it.

IMG_3077(The glass flag plate from my friend J in Florida. She always remembers my Fourth of July Birthday with a red,white and blue gift!)

Marc Reisman and the Strong Way Band at Club Cafe- Album Release Show

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Marc Reisman and the Strong Way Band at Club Cafe -This Saturday Night

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Read 5/16/17 TribLive article by Rege Behe   Marc Reisman full of surprises on ‘Strong Way’

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Meet Zoe Papadopoulou

Meet Zoe Papadopoulou. My wonderful seat mate on flight from Munich  to Toronto. You know, I’m an anxious flier so it was lovely to be seated next to someone who loves the adventure and excitement of flying.

She’ll be singing  with two other well known Greek singers in a special concert this Friday in Toronto.

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“Open to All ” Columbus Metropolitan Library

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Charles and Laura took me to the library in downtown Columbus.

We attended the Jim Gill concert at the Columbus Metropolitan Library on Thursday morning.

What a wonderful library.

Here’s an  Article about their recent renovation