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Get Ready for 2019 Tour and Tasting, featuring the Northside!

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

Tickets are on sale now for 2019 Tour and Tasting, and can be purchased at alleghenywest.org.

This year is shaping up to be one of the most unique and fun tours ever! The tour committee is thrilled to announce that we’ve been able to partner with local Northside businesses to bring an added taste to the plate this year. The tour is going to be a focus on the tastes of the Northside paired with exceptional wines. Below is a list of contributing businesses. They are supporting the tour, please make sure you support them!

  • Bier’s Pub
  • Brugge on North
  • Bistro-to-Go
  • Dreadnought Wines
  • Lola Bistro
  • Refucilo Winery

The tour is Friday June 21st and Saturday June 22nd. We still need one more home to be on the tour. If you are interested in being on the tour, please contact carolgomrick@gmail.com. We will be announcing a sign-up for tour guides, runners and other volunteer opportunities closer to the tour. The Burton’s have graciously opened their home again for the after party. Thanks John and Trish!

For all of you savvy social media users, please spread the word via twitter #tourandtasting! Please spread the word about this incredible event! CHEERS!

Another Success Story for our Annual Christmas Tour

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

The chill in the air did not deter guests from attending nor their spirit during the 2018 Christmas Tour. This year was a tremendous success. We sold over 1,500 tour tickets and over 300 train tour tickets. The tour boasted a special treat for several groups Saturday afternoon when the president of CCAC, Dr. Quintin B. Bullock, came into his office and allowed guests to view the grandeur of the Byers wing of Byers Hall. Quite often guests shared how excited they were about the homes on the tour and what a great experience they had visiting our neighborhood. The showing of Byers Hall made real for so many the history they hear on the tour about the once magnificent Millionaires’ Row and a greater appreciation of how important is is to not lose any more of our history.

As many know as recently as mid-November, we were a few homes shy and running out of options. Once again the neighborhood came together to bring Christmas early to so many. I really need to express a special thanks to the homeowners who are the the real heroes. The Moore and Beer families, the Malakoffs, Hal and Nick, and of course John DeSantis – thank you for your hard work and welcoming so many people (and a dog) into your homes! Special thanks to Amelia Beer. Several tour groups were treated to and impressed by Amelia’s violin playing.

The tour guides were incredible again this year! So many guests shared with me how knowledgeable and engaging or guides were this year. I received a special email from one attendee “Sally”. She was so impressed with Thomas Huygens she just had to share her impression – “Outstanding 2018 tour … Our guide a young man named Thomas was absolutely fabulous. He was very conscientious about all aspects of the tours … thank you for making our 11th tour one of the best ever!” High praise indeed especially for a veteran tour guest like Sally and knowing the bar is high with all of the other tremendous docents!

Thank you to Rev Larry, Martin, and Doug for all of their efforts at Calvary. It makes such a difference to have such a welcoming place to greet the guests!

This is my last tour as Ways and Means chair. The baton is being handed over to the capable hands of Annette Trunzo. So many of you have been incredibly generous with your time and support over the past two years, there are no words to express my heartfelt thanks. The tours with all of their twists and turns never fail to remind me of how blessed I am to be a part of such a wonderful community and though my term as Ways and Means has come to an end, I look forward to staying involved with the tours in 2019.

Happy New Year to you all and congratulations on completing another successful tour season!

Ground-to-Glass Showcase Event: Thank You!

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

Sincerest thanks and gratitude on behalf of Allegheny West Civic Council and Deb Mortillaro of Dreadnought Wine for all who shared a wonderful celebration of Eberle wines in the magnificent Holmes Hall on September 15th.

If you would like a chance to Meet Gary Eberle in person, he will be in Pittsburgh for a dinner at The Carlton on October 23rd (The Carlto: 412-391-4099). Contact The Carlton directly to make reservations. Dreadnought will also be having a casual meet and greet with Gary during his October visit so watch for this on the Palate Partners class schedule calendar: palatepartners.com.

Train Tour Guides Needed

The Allegheny West Christmas House Tour is December 7th-8th, 2018. John DeSantis has a magnificent collection of the prewar Standard and Wide gauge trains and will open his collection for tours.

I am beginning to schedule volunteers now for the trains. Are you interested this year? We need approximately 8 people on each shift, as in the past. We close early on Saturday so that guides will be able to go to the neighborhood party which begins at 9:00 pm this year. There are no train tours scheduled after the 6:00 pm tour group on Saturday.

John also has a walkthrough prior during the week of the tour. Please take advantage of this opportunity to view his collection and help AWCC with the train tours. To volunteer, please contact Cecile Canales at ccanales13@icloud.com. Thank you!

Allegheny West Christmas Tour Update

Save the Date! – The annual AWCC Christmas Tour will be held on December 7th and 8th. If you are interested in having your house on the tour, please contact Carol Gomrick at carolgomrick@gmail.com.

Important Dates Leading into the 2018 Tour

Wednesday October 10th at 7:00 pm: Christmas Tour General Meeting | 940 W North Avenue
Wednesday November 7th at 7:30 pm: Christmas Tour Mailer Labeling | Calvary Church

Note for Neighbors: Parking on Saturday

The Alleys, Axles and Ales tour will be held this Saturday, September 29th. Jaguar cars begin rolling in at 8:00 on Brighton Road. Cars ‘n Coffee cars will arrive on 800 N Lincoln Avenue at 9:00. The Alleys, Axles and Ales tour will be from 11:00-5:00. Bring over you classic car to park on N Lincoln Avenue for a classy, classic car show all day.

In preparation of the tour the following Streets will be closed along with Maolis, Rope and Buttercup alleys.

Street Closings

The 800 block of N Lincoln Avenue and 700-800 block of Brighton Road will be CLOSED Saturday, September 29th for the from 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Please remove cars from these streets.

Residential permitted cars may be parked overnight Friday, September 28th after 6:00 pm though Saturday, September 28th until 5:00 pm at 3 different location:

  • Parking lot on Rope Way and North Avenue (next to 825 North Avenue-the Hipwell building). Thank you, Mitchell Schwartz and Elaine Stone.
  • Parking lot across from 829 North Avenue on North Avenue. Thank you, Mitchell Schwartz and Elaine Stone.
  • Presbytery Parking lot on Allegheny and Western Avenues. 900-940 Allegheny Avenue.

Neighbors can also park at CCAC lot near Subway Shop on Ridge from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday, September 29th. All cars should be removed after 5:00. Cars remaining on lot Sunday will be towed from CCAC lot.

Thanks for your cooperation.

2018 Wine Tour and Tasting : A Toast to the Central Coast

The 2018 Tour and Tasting planning is well underway. As a reminder, the homes to be featured this year are:

Annettte Trunzo – 800 Beech Avenue
The Zoufaliks – 852 Beech Avenue
The Malakoffs – 913 Brighton Road
Cathy Serventi and Gene Wilson – 851 Beech Avenue
Doug Debelak and Deb Kelly – 840 N Lincoln Avenue
Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Corner of W North and Allegheny Avenues

Thank you all for opening your homes and gardens!

The theme this year is Ground to Glass from the Central Coast. I’m excited to share with you that several Central Coast wineries (Paso Robles) are contributing to this event for the walking tour. In addition to the wineries, the food pairings are being primarily selected from a cookbook of a premier Paso catering company, Cahoots Catering. Cahoots is donating cookbooks and product for raffle to the event.

Here are the details:

Walking Tour ($75)

June 22 – 5:00 to 9:00 pm
June 23 – 1:00 to 5:00 pm / 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Showcase Event at Holmes Hall ($150)

June 23 – 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Contact Carol Gomrick if you have interest in volunteering in any other way: carolgomrick@gmail.com.

Alleys, Axles & Ales

Allegheny West will hold the initial planning meeting of Alleys, Axles and Ales tour Thursday, May 17th at 7:00 pm at 844 N Lincoln Avenue.

R.S.V.P. to Cecile at ccanales13@icloud.com if you plan to attend or to receive more agenda information.

Cecile Canales and Tom Barbush will co-chair this tour. If you are interested in having your garage on tour or would like to volunteer, please email Cecile at ccanales13@icloud.com.

Volunteers will be able to sign up at http://goo.gl/gVBCBg. Please speak with garage/car owners before signing up to volunteer at a garage/beer stop. The tour is scheduled to be held September 29, 2018.

Meeting Agenda

  • Ticket Sales
  • Garages and Cars
  • Cars n Coffee
  • Breweries
  • Promotions and Advertising
  • Volunteers
  • After Party

2018 Wine Tour and Tasting : A Toast to the Central Coast

The 2018 Tour and Tasting planning is well underway. I’m thrilled to share that we have all of the homes for this tour and it’s a wonderful collection:

  • Annettte Trunzo – 800 Beech Avenue
  • The Zoufaliks – 852 Beech Avenue
  • The Malakoffs – 913 Brighton Road
  • Cathy Serventi and Gene Wilson – 851 Beech Avenue
  • Doug Debelak and Deb Kelly – 840 N Lincoln Avenue
  • Emmanuel Episcopal Church – Corner of W North and Allegheny Avenues

Thank you all for opening your homes and gardens!

The theme this year is Ground to Glass from the Central Coast

I’m excited to share with you that several Central Coast wineries (Paso Robles) are contributing to this event for the walking tour. In addition to the wineries, the food pairings are being primarily selected from a cookbook of a premier Paso catering company, Cahoots Catering. Cahoots is donating cookbooks and product for raffle to the event.

New this year is a Showcase event at Holmes Hall, featuring Eberle wines. Gary Eberle grew up in Coraopolis and attended Penn State. He fell in love with Paso and the Central Coast. His interest in chemistry led him to applying that knowledge to winemaking. Among so many accolades, Gary is considered the “Pioneer of Central Coast wines”. At the Showcase event, guests will enjoy four wines selected by Gary and expertly paired by Bob Marivelli. The Showcase event will be exclusively Eberle wines, with a sommelier and food pairings in the ballroom and gardens of Holmes Hall.

Eberle, along with other Central Coast wineries, have been incredibly excited to be a part of the event. Tobin James and Still Waters are signed up to be a part of the event. We are still working on other wineries to join.

Your Help is Appreciated

With all of the excitement about the participation from the Central Coast, we still need of help locally. Volunteers are needed to help prepare the pairings (food for the tour), help the homeowners, and volunteer to support set up and tear down for the after party. John and Trish Burton have graciously volunteered their home to celebrate after the event. There are other areas you can help, just let me know what you’d like to do!

Event Dates, Times and Tickets

Here are the details:

Walking Tour – $75

  • June 22nd: 5:00 to 9:00 pm
  • June 23nrd: 1:00 to 5:00 pm / 5:00 to 9:00 pm

Showcase Event at Holmes Hall – $150

  • June 23rd: 7:00 to 9:30 pm

Please contact Doug Sprague if you’d like to lead a tour: doug.osrg@gmail.com. Contact me if you have interest in volunteering in any other way: carolgomrick@gmail.com.

I’m really excited about the tour this year. Please consider getting involved and being a part of the event!

Fourth Annual Allegheny West Art Show

The 4th Annual Allegheny West Art Show is back! Showcasing work by artists living and/or working across the Northside, and their fellow artists. The opening will be Friday night, May 11th, starting at 6:30 pm. Enjoy food and beverage courtesy of AWCC while browsing a great and diverse collection of art on display, at HIP’s wonderful space! (HIP at the Flashlight Factory, 831 W North Avenue.) The show continues on Saturday, May 12th from noon to 5:00 pm.