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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.

4th Annual Art Show + Sale

4th Annual Art Show + Sale

Interested in Being in the Show?

Work must be 2D or 3D and ready to be displayed (free standing if 3D and wired if 2D). There is no entry fee but we ask that artists bring a snack or beverage to share on opening night. Any sales will be handled by the artist (we will connect any interested buyers with the artists).

Contact: Dennis Bergevin

Download the 2018 Registration Form

Alleys, Axles & Ales 2018

This year’s Alleys, Axles & Ales tour will be held on September 29th. Cecile Canales will chair this tour and Tom Barbush will co-chair. If you are interested in having your garage on tour or would like to volunteer, please email Cecile at ccanales13@icloud.com. An initial meeting is scheduled for May.

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

The wine tour is coming up soon, and work is underway. This year, we’ll feature California wines, specifically from the Central Coast of California.

Details About this Year’s Tour

  • Price and dates: $75 pp, Friday 6/22 5:00–9:00 pm and Saturday 6/23 1:00–5:00 pm and 5:00–9:00 pm.
  • Showcase Event at Holmes Hall: $150 (max 50 tickets available), Saturday 6/23 7:00–9:00 pm.
  • Note that the dates are later in the month than normal due to competing events in Pittsburgh and other calendar conflicts, but good for the gardens to thrive!

How can you help? Please email me directly (carolgomrick@gmail.com) if you are interested in any of the following.

  • Homes: If you would like your home on the tour (focus on the garden). A total of 6 properties needed. The home must have a garden space.
  • Advertising and Social Media: Work with local media outlets, promote through social media and help secure program advertisers.
  • Food Committee: Work with friends to confirm the pairing menu and prep food for the event.
  • Tour Guide Lead: Make sure the docents know the route, their shifts and neighborhood history to lead the guests.
  • Volunteers Lead: Oversight of tour volunteers (help for the homeowners). We will need additional volunteers for the Showcase event.
  • After Party Planners: Always one of the most fun volunteer opportunities!

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

You may be thinking, “Wait, didn’t I just finish an article about the Christmas tour?” Well, as hard as it is to believe, now is the time to start preparing again for our annual tour and tasting event. This year, we’ll feature California wines, specifically from the Central Coast of California. I lived in San Luis Obispo and is in ‘SLO’ where I was first introduced to these amazing wines and this beautiful region.

Paso Robles, north of San Luis Obispo, is an incredible wine region. The award-winning wines and my fond memories are minor reasons why I’m focusing on this region. The primary reason is the pioneer (Godfather) of Paso wines — Gary Eberle — is a Penn State graduate and Pittsburgh native. Gary co-founded the appellation in Paso and introduced Syrah grape vines into the US, using cuttings he brought over from France. At one point, his vineyard was the only source of US Syrah. His amazing story doesn’t stop there. I’ve included addresses to some articles below. (Or, get the electronic version of the Gazette at our website — alleghenywest.org — and click on the links.) I just had to share his story, and the indelible connection of Pittsburgh to CA wines.

I’ve been to the Eberle Winery many times, but never met Gary until I went to one of his events in Pittsburgh. He is incredibly personable, and is fascinating to talk with, as he imparts his vast knowledge about what it takes to get the grape to the glass. Listening to Gary talk through the science behind wine-making inspired me to put a twist on the wine tour this year. I’m introducing showcase event that I’m calling “Ground to Glass.” This will be an exclusive event at Holmes Hall, pouring only higher-end Eberle wines. The ticket will also include a lovely food pairing and a host talking with the guests on how the particular wines they’re drinking got from the ground to their glass. Eberle is also providing wine to be served at one of the homes on the tour. Gary will not be able to come to the event, but I’m working with him to ensure guests have a memorable evening.

Details About this Year’s Tour

  • Price and dates: $75 pp, Friday 6/22 5:00–9:00 pm and Saturday 6/23 1:00–5:00 pm and 5:00–9:00 pm.
  • Showcase Event at Holmes Hall: $150 (max 50 tickets available), Saturday 6/23 7:00–9:00 pm.
  • Note that the dates are later in the month than normal due to competing events in Pittsburgh and other calendar conflicts, but good for the gardens to thrive!

How can you help? Please email me directly (carolgomrick@gmail.com) if you are interested in any of the following.

  • Homes: If you would like your home on the tour (focus on the garden). A total of 6 properties needed. The home must have a garden space.
  • Advertising and Social Media: Work with local media outlets, promote through social media and help secure program advertisers.
  • Food Committee: Work with friends to confirm the pairing menu and prep food for the event.
  • Tour Guide Lead: Make sure the docents know the route, their shifts and neighborhood history to lead the guests.
  • Volunteers Lead: Oversight of tour volunteers (help for the homeowners). We will need additional volunteers for the Showcase event.
  • After Party Planners: Always one of the most fun volunteer opportunities!

So many of you made last year exceptional, I hope you’ll consider pitching in again this year. If you haven’t volunteered for a tour before, this is a really great opportunity to join the fun. Looking forward to getting this going and working with you!

Don’t forget to read more about the ‘Godfather of Paso’, Gary Eberle.

Wrap Up of the 36th Annual Christmas Tour

Submitted by Carol Gomrick

Was it smell of fresh pine from the recently hung swags in the neighborhood? Was it the bright blue skies contrasting with the chill in the air? Was it the sound of Dr. Dan’s leaf blower wiping out every trace of fall on Beech Ave? It was that and so much more which marked the coming of the 36th Annual Christmas Tour. This year, almost 1,600 people ushered in their Christmas season by walking through the lovingly decorated homes of Allegheny West. The weather was perfect, the glitches were few, and—if I dare say—by all accounts, the tour was a great success. As my first time managing the Christmas tour, I cannot thank everyone who stepped in and stepped up to make daunting tasks seem easy and the unintentionally overlooked details, a non-issue. It is truly because of you that the tour was such a success.

A very special thank you goes to the homeowners. I received a lot of feedback a how impressed the guests were with the homes this year. One guest, who has taken the tour over 15 times, actually took the time to email me directly to share that she thought 2017 was the best selection of homes she has visited to date. No doubt this guest and others came to this conclusion in no small way by the decorations at the Flashlight Factory. The re-purposing of flashlight pieces and parts was beyond ingenious, and such a tremendous addition to the tour. Congratulations to John Engle and Tom Cihil on tackling the after party. A lot of people needed some extra sleep on Sunday, so it was a great success! I would be completely remiss if I didn’t thank Tony and Diane Caruso. You both seem to always be there to jump in whenever needed and for whatever needs done. The list of how you both helped on this tour is too long to write, but beyond appreciated. Thank you.

I have to share that this tour was not without its challenges. It was the first time a service dog was on the tour. The homeowners were made aware in advance and all agreed they would accommodate. However, none of us expected a Great Dane! I should have taken pictures.

There are so many stories from the tour. Two are from the “Great Beech Ave Clean Up of 2017”. I’ll never forget Dr. Dan leaping through Beech Ave (with the greatest of ease), wielding his leaf blower like a warrior’s sword going into battle. Those leaves didn’t have a chance! OK, I’m using some dramatic license, but I’ll never be able to convince my mind’s eye from seeing a cape flowing behind him as he valiantly traveled up and down Beech Ave! My fondest memory is also from that day (not just because of Dr. Dan). Many saw Gloria Raymond and myself chipping away and cursing at the leaves stuck to the street. Trying to remove them was a formidable task. One by one, people stopped their cars, opened their front doors and came out with shovels, spades and whatever was needed to get the street cleaned and we did. The spirit of Christmas and the spirit of this neighborhood shined brightly that day. It will be forever etched in my memory as to what made this tour and what makes this neighborhood so special.

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays and I wish the blessings of the season to carry through for you in 2018.

Please contact me (carolgomrick@gmail.com) with any feedback for how to improve the tour for 2018.

Alleys, Axles & Ales 2018

This year’s Alleys, Axles & Ales tour will be held on September 29th. Tom Barbush and Cecile Canales will be leading this year’s tour. They’re looking for garages and cars to feature, as well as volunteers to help with the tour. Please contact Cecile (ccanales13@icloud.com) if you’re willing to help with the tour!