The Tour is shaping up for December 8th and 9th. Here are the updates:
- Flyers are going into the mail. A big thanks to Trish Burton for coordinating the effort…once again, it went off like clockwork. Thanks also to Greg Coll for designing and managing the printing. The flyers are lovely.
A big thank you from Carol and Trish to all who helped put address labels on the 8008 (!) postcards that we’ll be sending to advertise the tour. A special thanks to Quentin Lane and Charlie and Eli Sweeney for giving up homework time to help us set a new record! We have extra postcards available should anyone want to distribute to coworkers and friends, or to post on community bulletin boards.
- Next up, putting the swags together. We’ll be meeting at Cathy and Gene’s house on December 2nd at 9:00 am Please come and help. The swags help make the entire neighborhood look so special for the tour guests. In addition to putting them together, we’ll be looking for volunteers to help hang the swags.
- We’re still on the hunt for the final house. Please consider joining the tour this year. Contact Carol ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If you haven’t signed up to volunteer yet, please reach out to Doug Sprague at email@example.com
- There are so many people who continue to help behind the scenes to make the tour successful every year. Thank you for your efforts and support!
On September 28th, the Christmas tour Kick Off meeting was held. Thank you to all who attended. Below is a summary of where we are at with the planning of the 2017 tour:
Currently we have 3 homes on the tour. We need 3 more. Please contact Carol Gomrick (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in putting your house on the tour.
Tour Volunteers-lead Needed
Our fearless leader, Doug Sprague, will not be able to coordinate volunteers this year. We all wish him well on his new adventure! With Doug’s absence, we need a volunteer to help coordinate the docents and other ancillary volunteer openings. Please contact Carol if you’re willing to help, or if you know someone who is. We will be sending out a spreadsheet for signups.
Trish Burton has offered to coordinate the flyer mailing activities. Tentative meeting to
address and send these out is Monday, November 6th. More details to come. Greg Coll will do the graphics and printing of the flyer. Thank you for your efforts, Greg and Trish!
Tickets, Emails and Website Updates
Cathy Serventi will get the website updated and the emails out to announce the event. I’m getting a lot of requests to purchase tickets already, so I’m sure we’ll have another great turnout this year. Thanks for all of your help, Cathy!
Tom Cihil and and John Engle are the organizers of this year’s after party. Thank you both for stepping up to do this. We now just need an after party venue!
We’re tentatively scheduling a ‘swag’ party at Cathy Serventi’s porch on Saturday, November 2nd. Tom Cihil and and John Engle will lead efforts to get these on the lamp posts. If you’re interested in volunteering to help with this, please let Carol know.
Administration (Permits, Etc)
Carol with work with Cathy to get these permits in place for the tour. There will be new banners for the tour homes this year.
Cecile Canales will be the contact person for the train tour volunteers.
It’s time to start thinking about this year’s Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour.
This year’s tour will take place on December 8th and 9th. We are looking for homeowners who are willing to open their homes for this year’s tour. If you’re interested and able, please contact Carol Gomrick at email@example.com.
Information about volunteering for the event will be coming out after this month’s Alleys, Axles & Ales tour on September 23rd. Stay tuned to the calendar and e-newsletter to learn about the kickoff meeting for this year’s tour volunteers.
Alleys, Axles & Ales Returns
Explore the back streets of Allegheny West to catch a glimpse of cool cars while sampling local brews. This year over 10 garages will be displaying 20+ cars.
This year there will be a special Concours of Jaguars on display!
The tour is self-guided and begins at Babb Insurance at 850 Ridge Avenue in the rear of the building.
Bring your own classic, modern or exotic car to show in the designated display lot.
Car show display lot is located at the intersection of Galveston and N Lincoln Avenues.
New This Year: Cars ‘n Coffee
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Car lovers are invited to bring along their own classic treasures for exotic car and street rod networking. Join us before the tour for some coffee and conversation.
Alleys, Axles & Ales ticket is required to attend.
Buy Your Tickets Today
$25.00 presale | $30.00 at the door | $10 for under 21
All tickets include brew samples and a $5 voucher for hot dogs, sausage or kielbasa.
Buy Tickets → 1-888-71-TICKETS
Hosted by Allegheny West Civic Council and Babb Insurance.
We’re seeking neighbors who are willing to open their homes (and garages) for the Alleys, Axles & Ales tour.
The target date is September 23. We also need volunteers who are willing to work in preparing and executing the tour. Please contact Carol Gomrick at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help.
It’s Spanish wines and tapas for this year’s Wine Tour
The dates of the tour will be Friday, June 2nd and Saturday, June 3rd. We are finalizing the list of houses and will announce them soon. There will be properties never before featured on the Wine & Garden Tour. We are looking for volunteers, as well as sponsors. Please email email@example.com if you’re able to help in either capacity.
Submitted by Carol Gomrick
Happy New Year! The holidays are barely behind us and the New Year is in full swing which means it’s time to start thinking about planning the 2017 Allegheny West Wine & Garden tour! I’m counting on prior volunteers and interested newbies to contribute ideas and time to help make the 2017 event bigger and better than ever.
Please attend a Wine Tour “Kick-off” meeting Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 pm at the AWCC office (806 Western Ave). I’d like to get your input from prior tours and fresh ideas for the 2017 event. One of our first tasks is to confirm the event date. This meeting will initiate the formation of a 2017 Wine and Garden committee.
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending on February 16th, so I have your email if something changes, or if you can’t attend and would still like to contribute.
I look forward to getting started and working with you!
The 2016 tour will be on Friday, December 9th from 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am-8:00 pm. Tickets for the tour are $30 until November 30th; $35 after that date. Train museum tickets are $12; $15 after November 30th.
Volunteer Opportunities & Info
Postcard Mailing: The annual labeling of the Tour postcards is set for Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm at Calvary. Please join us! We’ll have pizza and snacks and, with your help, we will be able to quickly put address labels on the 8,000 mailers that we send to potential tour visitors.
Ticket Sales: Tickets are available online and we have sold blocks of tours to a few groups. Expect tickets to sell at a brisk pace once our mailers are delivered.
Holiday Gift Shop: The shop will again be in the lower level of Calvary Church, so guests can shop before as well as after the Tour.
For more information about the Shop, please contact Martin Fuess.
Train Museum: The popular Toy Train Museum will, once again, be open at Holmes Hall. Visitors can visit before their tour or after they finish the tour of Holmes Hall. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. DVDs of the train exhibit will again be for sale for $15, and a limited number of the fine train books are available for $100.
Street Decorating: We will be decorating the streets on Saturday, December 3rd, starting at 9:00 am. Volunteers will be bundling greens to create the lamppost swags in the Serventi/Wilson garage on Dounton Way. This is an easy and fun way to get into the holiday spirit – and we can finish the job quickly with about 20 volunteers.
Clean Up: Please take some time to pick up litter and leaves in front of your house the morning of each tour day (Friday and Saturday). If each of us fills just one bag, our streets will be clean!
We need your help!
There are many opportunities to volunteer. During the tour, be a greeter at Calvary, a tour guide, a house sitter for a homeowner on tour, a conductor at the train museum or be ready to help with salting or shoveling if we get snow that weekend. Or help with the volunteer party or set up the luminaria.
Contact Carrie Doyle at email@example.com or (412) 337-6020 – or come to our next meeting on November 9th @ 7:00 pm – and she’ll get you to the coordinator of that activity.