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An Old Allegheny Christmas

Submitted by Carole Malakoff

The 33rd Annual Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour will be held on Friday, December 12 from 5:00 to 11:00 pm and Saturday, December 13 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Tickets are selling very quickly. Dinner, Brunch and Lunch Tour tickets are sold out. Regular Tour tickets are still available after 6:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers to purchase theirs today!

The Tours

As always, the tour will feature 6 homes on the regular tour, plus 4 homeowners hosting Brunch, Lunch or Dinner.

Homes open for the regular tour are:

  • 950 Beech Avenue – Carrie Doyle
  • 926 Beech Avenue – Trish and John Burton and family (This home will be decorated with the help of The Urban Gardener, our North Side garden center.)
  • 834 Beech Avenue – Jessica and Bill Murphy
  • 913 Brighton Road – Carole and Bob Malakoff
  • 849 North Lincoln Avenue – Hal Dixler and Nick Duerlinger
  • 719 Brighton Road – John DeSantis (Also, the Toy Train Museum will be open here. Tickets to view it may be purchased on-line in advance or at the door for $12.)

Hosts for the Dinner, Brunch, and Lunch tours are:

  • 929 Beech Avenue – Linda and Joe Iannotta (Linda will be preparing all of the food for the brunches, lunch and dinner.)
  • 844 North Lincoln Avenue – Cecile and Carl Canales
  • 1021 Galveston Avenue – Debra and John Lantz
  • 913 Beech Avenue – Shirley Mehring and Howard Brokenbek

These homeowners need your help. Offer them a helping hand to decorate, welcome guests, or serve food.

Toy Train Museum

Something new this year at The Toy Train Museum at Holmes Hall … available for sale, the newly released book, Greenberg’s Guide to Lionel Standard & 2-7/8 Gauges, 1901-1940. This is a 432 page edition with 1,364 illustrations, many of them from the John DeSantis collection. The perfect holiday gift for the toy train enthusiast.

Signed copies are $100.

Committee members and homeowners have been working since September to put this event together. Now there are several things you can do:

Volunteer Opportunities

Tour guides are still needed – contact Doug Sprague, dougsprague63@yahoo.com
Housesitters are also needed – contact Carole Malakoff, carolemalakoff@hotmail.com

Clean-up

Fill a trash bag with leaves and other “stuff“ from your curb and street. Sweep leaves out to the street. City street sweepers will be around the neighborhood on Wednesday and Thursday before the tour. Please move cars from the street so they can do their job.

Street Closings

Beech Avenue (both blocks), Galveston (from Dounton Way to Buttercup Way), the 800 block of North Lincoln Avenue, Rope Way (from Buttercup Way to North Lincoln Avenue) and the 800 block of Buttercup Way will be closed to traffic from 4:00 to 11:00 pm on Friday and from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm on Saturday.

Off-street parking is available at:

  • the CCAC lot on Ridge Avenue, just across from the Fort Duquesne on-ramp
  • the Babb Inc. lot on the corner of North Lincoln and Galveston Avenues
  • the Smart Solutions lot on the north side of the 800 block of West North Avenue

Volunteer Party

All volunteers are invited to help celebrate another successful tour in Allegheny West, on Saturday evening, December 13 from 9:00 to 11:00 pm at the Smart Solutions facilities on the 800 block of West North Avenue. Our tours have been so successful over the years because of the effort and spirit that you, the volunteers, have put forth. Let’s do it again this year!

Free Tickets for Northsiders: Translations

Translations

TRANSLATIONS

Part of the CSA Performance Series
December 12 | 8PM

Northsiders, you are invited to Jennifer Myers’ TRANSLATIONS at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

From Bridges and Parks to the Stage

A one-hour performance in six acts that translates performances from Pittsburgh Performance Actions for the stage at the New Hazlett Theater, as part of their 2014-2015 CSA Performance Series.

The cast includes: Mimi Jong as The Musician; Jil Stifle and Jasmine Hearn as The Extinction; Joanna Reed as The Slow Activist; Gia Cacalano as The Woman Dancing; Christina Lee as The Artist; Tessa Barber as The Singer; Oreen Cohen as Witness #1; Anqwenique Wingfield as Witness #2; Scott Andrew as The Unreliable Narrator and Translator; Ji young Nam as The Last One Standing; Kylan Bjornson as The Child; Ricardo Iamuuri as The Weather.

Get Your Tickets

 December 12

From the Archive: Manchester Bridge

Manchester Bridge

Manchester Bridge (Archives Service Center/University of Pittsburgh)

Got Photos?

If you have photos from old Allegheny West, please send them our way so we can post them to the Archive. Just shoot them to us in an email!

webmaster@alleghenywest.org 

Thanks to James Wallace for providing us this photo!

From the Archive: YMCA

YMCA

YMCA (Archives Service Center/University of Pittsburgh)

Got Photos?

If you have photos from old Allegheny West, please send them our way so we can post them to the Archive. Just shoot them to us in an email!

webmaster@alleghenywest.org 

Thanks to James Wallace for providing us this photo!

Free Tickets for Northsiders: A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Presented by barebones productions

November 23 | 2PM + December 2 | 10AM

Northsiders, you are invited to barebones productions latest performance of A Streetcar Named Desire at the New Hazlett Theater. Thanks to the generous support of the Buhl Foundation, Northside residents get in free.

The Tennessee Williams Classic

After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella’s (Blanche’s sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. Blanche’s efforts to impose herself between them only enrages the animal inside Stanley. As rumors of Blanche’s past begin to catch up to her, her circumstances become unbearable.

Starring: Tami Dixon, Jenna C. Johnson, Patrick Jordan, Jeffrey Carpenter, Jaime Slavinski, Ben Mayer, Dante Poloni, Christopher Josephs, Cindy Jackson, Siovhan Christensen, and Ryan Borgo.

Get Your Tickets

November 23   December 2

From the Archive: Northside Market House

Northside Market House

Northside (Allegheny) Market House (Archives Service Center/University of Pittsburgh)

Got Photos?

If you have photos from old Allegheny West, please send them our way so we can post them to the Archive. Just shoot them to us in an email!

webmaster@alleghenywest.org 

Thanks to James Wallace for providing us this photo!

Letter from the President – November 2014

When earth repays with golden sheaves
The labours of the plough,
And ripening fruits and forest leaves
All brighten on the bough;
What pensive beauty autumn shows,
Before she hears the sound
Of winter rushing in, to close
The emblematic round!

– William Wordsworth, Thought on the Seasons

I hope you had a great October, and that November is shaping up for you nicely, as well. We have a few important news items in Allegheny West. To wit:

  • The Allegheny West Civic Council has acquired 928 and 930 Western Avenue. This is the large duplex that had fallen into disrepair over the last several years. AWCC’s plan is to sell these properties for use as single-family homes. The interiors still have a great amount of original architectural detail, and each unit is quite spacious. Please spread the word that we are looking people interested in living here in Allegheny West.
  • AWCC elections will be on Tuesday, November 11, during the regular membership meeting at Calvary United Methodist Church on Beech Street. We have a very good slate of dedicated people, but are still looking to fill one of the slots. I realize that Tuesday night is half-priced wine night at Benjamin’s, but I would ask folks to please attend Tuesday’s meeting to help select next year’s officers and chairpersons. After that, drink up!

Lastly, I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Bob Griewahn
President, AWCC

AWCC Annual Meeting & Election – November 11

Submitted by John DeSantis

At the November 11 Annual Meeting, the election of Officers for the 2015 calendar year will be conducted.

The 2014 AWCC Nominating Committee has proposed the following slate of candidates. In addition, nominations may be made from the floor at both the October and November General Membership Meetings. All nominees must be an AWCC Member in good standing, and must have agreed to serve in the nominated office if elected.


President: Cathy Serventi
Membership: Mary Callison
Vice President: John DeSantis
Housing & Planning: Jim Wallace
Treasurer: Bob Griewahn
Property: Howard Brokenbek

Secretary: Tim Zinn
Ways & Means: vacant
Sergeant at Arms: Gloria Rayman
Communications: Fran Barbush
Friends of Allegheny West: Michael Shealey

Meet & Greet at the Children’s Museum

Meet & Greet

Catch up with neighbors, enjoy some light refreshments and get the latest scoop on upcoming projects at the Children’s Museum and the latest happening in nearby Allegheny Commons Park!

Where

The Children’s Museum
10 Children’s Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

When

Tuesday, November 18th at 5:30 pm

This is event is free but space is limited. Please RSVP by contacting Erin:

erin@pittsburghnorthside.com (412) 330-2569