April 22nd is Earth Day, and Allegheny West will celebrate by holding its first clean-up day.
Meet at the Allegheny West office at 806 Western Avenue for coffee and breakfast treats and to gather some trash bags and gloves. If you have your own gloves, brooms, and tools, please bring them! Begin to look for areas in the neighborhood that need to be freshened after the winter. We’ll also have a group that will attack the leaves in the parklet at the corner of Brighton and Western.
Contact Trish Burton with any questions: email@example.com or (412) 523-9402. We’ll see you on the 22nd!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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!
Since this is the month of the Christmas tour, if I wrote the Above & Beyond that managed to recognize everyone who helps out with the tour, the newsletter would have to be 20 pages long. Carrie Doyle, our Ways and Means chair, wrangles hundreds of volunteers to make the tour happen. An incredible amount of work goes into managing the tour, so thank you to the:
- folks who answer the phones & handle the tickets
- train museum volunteers
- volunteers at the houses
- greeters and volunteers at Calvary Church
- folks who handle the luminaria
- bundlers and hangers of greens (shout out to the crew of the show Manhunter who hung some of the greens this year because of their filming on Beech Ave)
- maker of 50+ holly pins for the tour guides
- hosts and volunteers for the volunteer party (very meta)
- booklet designer (Thanks Greg!) and the folks who solicited ads and grants from local businesses
- folks who cleaned up the streets and the neighbors who moved their cars
We literally couldn’t have done it without you! (Hope you had an awesome time at the volunteer part at Mitchell & Elaine’s).
Submitted by Carrie Doyle
As I write this, it’s a cold night – 30 degrees to be exact – and I’ve just returned from the Tour Guide training for this year’s tour. This month’s Gazette will be printed post-tour but I wanted to take a moment to reflect and to thank many of you in advance of a busy weekend. A big thank you to Trish Burton, Gloria Rayman, Cathy Serventi, John DeSantis and Carole Malakoff for their words of wisdom and knowledge from the many years of producing such a wonderful tour.
Additionally, Doug Sprague (guides), Brandon Williams (greeters), Mary Ann Murphy & Cecile Canales (trains), Martin Fuess (Christmas Shoppe), Greg Coll (photos, brochure and mailer), Nonie Knauss (house sitters). Of course – our homeowners, too: Clayton Harris, Mark & Kimberly Moore, Carole & Bob Malakoff, Nick Duerlinger & Hal Dixler, Q Development and John DeSantis. I hope to have finalized numbers for January’s Gazette, and a more detailed thank you list as well! Until then, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Submitted by Sara Sweeney, on behalf of Dennis Bergevin
Neighbors Dennis Bergevin and Linda Iannotta developed a new fundraising event that debuted last month titled “Art at Home”. Six Allegheny West home owners sponsored the event raising funds for the Northside Community Food Pantry.
Each homeowner chose a favorite art piece from their collection to talk about and provided food and drink for the 24 participants. It was a beautiful evening that raised $750 for the Food Pantry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Submitted by Nick Smerker
You no doubt saw in last month’s Gazette that the Neighborhood History section of our website is now online! If you have not yet had a chance to visit, take a look at alleghenywest.org/about/neighborhood-history and let us know what you think. For those of you who have contributed house histories, thank you so much for making this resource possible!
There are still opportunities to participate in sharing the story about Allegheny West. Not only are we still happy to receive your house history in either paper or digital format (stop by the council office at 806 Western Ave or email email@example.com), we would also love to record your own personal story. As part of the 50th anniversary of Allegheny West Civic Council – and the neighborhood as a whole – we are recording short interviews with neighbors both long standing and brand new. If you are interested, contact Nick by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org today!