Taking a break from the cherry on top challenge although I was considering another shoot.
When the family visited we went to the Children’s Museum a couple of times. One of the favorite rooms is called The Garage. The kids tried to catch the balls that were held up by air blowing out of the table.
Laura held Charles as he reached for the ball.
It was easier for Maura to catch the balls.
One more try
The city of Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington (elevation 6,289) just before sunset, Monday evening.
Inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge
and a big nod to Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the sculpture garden- Walker Art Center The spoon weighs 5,800 pounds the cherry 1,200 pounds. I saw this sculpture when we visited Matthew when he was a student at Macalester College in St. Paul. It came to mind when I was thinking about photographing a cherry on top for the weekly photo challenge.
And the cell phone shots below to compare which I thought looked better than the good camera.
Meet Claudia Hart- People at Work Series- Artists’ Consignment Shop OwnerWatermelon Onsesie (tie-dye) by artist Susan. (yes, I bought two!)
There it is, tucked in the middle with the green awning. 1905 Carson St., SouthSide.
Artist’s Choice Show Opening at Panza Gallery in Millvale PA
At Panza Gallery Saturday night. What a crowd!
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
A few of the artists with their work
The mayor of Millvale, Vincent Cinski, with his wife, the First Lady of Millvale
Meet Rodney Burrell- Editor-in-Chief of LOCAL-Pittsburgh and arts/pgh LOCAL
Meet Brian Crawford The River’s Edge Station Manager “serving the communities along the Allegheny River”
Tony Cavalline and Carol Skinger
Love that purse you got in Wisconsin!
(If I missed anybody’s proper spelling of name, let me know)
People at Work Series.
Meet Mark Wagner. The sixth generation of Wagner Shoes.
I needed some replacements for my tired shoes so I went to family owned Wagner’s on Butler Street.
(My mother said to never skimp on shoes, mattresses or tires)
I posted a blog about Wagner Shoes since 1854 in Lawrenceville – October 2010
The First Grade at Sacred Heart Elementary School is going to need to fill a very big hole, left by the retirement of Mrs. Wozniak. I had the privilege of going to photograph and document her very last day of teaching First Grade.
Our sons met at this school in 1989 and are best friends still.
I got there before the children came into the classroom and got a tour of her room. Each classroom has a different nationality theme and her classroom is Australia.
All of the students walked to 8:30 mass, the church is next door. Father recognized Mrs. Wozniak before his homily and the cat was let out of the bag that she is retiring as the students did not know this information prior to his announcement. The nice part was that it gave the older students a chance to hug and appreciate her, remembering being in her class and all that they learned from her.
When the class returned to their room, they sat on the carpet listening to The Giving Tree and Mrs.Wozniak showed them the gorgeous ceramic farewell plate (with all their names) that they helped make ( the homeroom mother organized that effort)
Thank you for your dedication and service, Mrs. Wozniak. You will be missed!
Enjoy your retirement. You deserve it!
Joe DeFazio is featured today in the People at Work Series- Primarily Pittsburgh
From upstairs, I could hear him playing the piano after it was tuned and it sounded wonderful. (after years of neglect) He’s an excellent musician.
It was my first time seeing a piano tilted to be worked on. I asked if he would be part of my People at Work Series and he graciously agreed.
These photos are not in chronological order.
Drawing angle lines in case the keys fall out they can easily be put back in order.
and the gas mask portion of sealing a crack with the seemingly toxic (but not) fumed glue
My neighbor recommended him. Thank you.
If you need your Pittsburgh piano tuned, you can get in touch with him defaziomusicAThotmaildotcom
(Hopefully this listing will not result in his inbox being overwhelmed with you know what)
The Brothers Reed drove from Oregon to Pittsburgh with stops along the way.
Tomorrow it’s Atlantic City, New Jersey and Sunday they are playing in New York City. A musical tour. They contact me last November about playing in Pittsburgh and I said let me see if I can find someone to host. You know when no one else said yes, I called them back and said Come on to Pittsburgh. They found me through a blog post about the house concert with Christopher Mark Jones
Oh, are they good.
When they were warming up in my living room,I was sitting in the dining room and the first sweet chords and clear harmonies brought a lump in my throat, I was so moved by their song.
The audience clapped heartily and were enthusiastic for their music.
The fragrance of basil fills the foyer, thanks to Jill. Love the Italian baking pot!
And thanks to Roberta for the homemade goodies and Joan for her bread. Other friends and neighbors brought some wine. Nice.
Sunday May 1st
Monday May 2, 2016.
Charles, Laura and I went to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
When you’re ten months old there are so many “firsts” to experience.
I am so glad I bought a family membership last summer when Mark and Erika’s children came to visit.
Today the waterplay at the end of our visit was his favorite but I didn’t get any photos of his splashing. So much more to explore next visit!
Playing with toys in The Nursery
Lunch in the café. Mom brought a pouch for Charles. We ordered a slice of cheese pizza. Laura ran into a friend Stephanie and her son Joe in the cafeteria so that was nice.
Making the lights move onto the wall as Laura pushed the stroller through the light.
The Wooden Mirror is amazing. I am still trying to figure it out, how it works.
One of our favorite parts was the helpful woman in the Museum Gift Shop.
We found a little “first car” and a baby beaver Folkmanis puppet for Charles’ first birthday coming in June. (shhhhh, it’s a surprise!)