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Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

The 2019 Tour is quickly approaching! The tour dates are Friday December 13th and Saturday December 14th. The tour committee is thrilled to share that we currently have ALL houses for the tour! Thank you to all of the homeowners. The tour committee will be reaching out to you concerning expectations, as well as to answer questions. We are  available for anything you need, even a hand for decorating.

Beech Avenue will be closed to traffic during the tour. Parking will be open to Allegheny West residents in the lower Babb parking lot starting on Friday the 13th at 4:00 pm and continuing through the tour on Saturday. Please keep our tour guests safe and utilize this lot. For residents who park on N Lincoln, please consider parking in the Babb lot as well to clear the street during the tour.

New This Year: Carriage Rides

This year we will be offering horse-drawn carriage rides for an additional fee during the Saturday afternoon tours (weather permitting).

Volunteers Needed

SWAG BUILDING AND HANGING
Saturday, December 7th (Cathy and Gene’s Garage) starting at 9: 00 am, coffee and donuts provided. We need a few (actually several) good men to help hang – please consider lending your time and ladders.

TRAIN TOURS
We will need volunteers for the train tours. A link will be sent in upcoming email blasts or if you are interested, please contact Cecile Canales at ccanales13@icloud.com.

TOUR GUIDES
Tour guide* sign up shifts now available. Doug Sprague leading the effort again this year. A link will be sent in upcoming email blasts. If you’re interested, you can contact contact Doug directly at doug.osrg@gmail.com.

* Please note, tour guides are required to do a tour route walkthrough. Check future email blasts for walkthrough schedule.

GUEST GREETERS/TOUR ANNOUNCERS
We will need tour announcers and guest greeters at Calvary during tour times. Brandon Williams will be leading the volunteer sign-up for this. Please check future email blasts for schedule opportunities or contact Brandon at brandonpwilliams@hotmail.com.

Thank you all for your participation and we’re looking forward to another successful tour!

Christmas Tour 2019

Remember the dates are set for this year’s Christmas Tour: Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th.

The planning process has begun. Much of the tour will remain as in past years, with Calvary UMC as the starting point (with an antique and vendor show!) and concluding at Holmes Hall with the Train Tour available to guests. The tour committee is actively seeking houses to be on tour. If you would like to offer your home, or to get more information about what is involved in being on tour, please contact Carol Gomrick or Annette Trunzo.

Please continue to check the weekly eNewsletters and the monthly Gazette for updates, committee meetings and volunteer opportunities.

Carol Gomrick: carolgomrick@gmail.com | Annette Trunzo: act1@pitt.edu

Christmas Tour 2019

“The sun is shining, the grass is green” … and you’re now humming “White Christmas,” right?! It’s the perfect time to begin planning to welcome revelers to our neighborhood to kick off the holiday season!

The dates are set: Friday, December 13th and Saturday, December 14th. The planning process has begun. Much of the tour will remain as is past years, with Calvary UMC as the starting point (with an antique and vendor show!) and concluding at Holmes Hall with the Train Tour available to guests.

The tour committee is actively seeking houses to be on tour. If you would like to offer your home, or to get more information about what is involved in being on tour, please contact Carol Gomrick or Annette Trunzo.

Please continue to check the weekly eNewsletters and the monthly Gazette for updates, committee meetings and volunteer opportunities.

Carol Gomrick: carolgomrick@gmail.com
Annette Trunzo: act1@pitt.edu

Showcase Manchester is August 4th

Showcase Manchester

Showcase ManchesterIt’s finally happened: We’ve grown beyond just a home & garden tour this year. The Manchester House + Garden Tour is now Showcase Manchester. Please join us Sunday, August 4th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm to tour Victorian homes, lush gardens and new businesses that are calling Manchester home.

New for 2019 is our Guided Tour option. Neighborhood residents will escort a small group along the tour route and share stories about neighborhood history and highlights along the way. This tour is almost sold out, so grab your tickets today!

You can read about our tour in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s recent story, featuring one renovation project ready for new residents.

Advance Showcase Manchester tickets are $15; tickets will be $20 the day of the tour. Guided tour tickets are $30 each. Tickets are available online at manchesterhousetour.com. Tickets are also available in person at City Books, 908 Galveston Avenue.

Showcase Manchester is sponsored by Manchester Historic Society. All proceeds from the tour help fund work at the Colonel James Anderson House. For more information, please visit mhspittsburgh.org.

Northside Brewery Bike Crawl

Pete in Themed Costume

Join us for a bike crawl of the Northside’s breweries led by Bear Dog Bicycles. We’re getting all lit up and going full Christmas in July.

About This Event

On Sunday, July 21st, we celebrate X-mas in July with a festive, themed brewery bike tour of the Northside led by Bear Dog Bicycles. This social, low-key ride covers a short distance and includes trail ride time, some use of protected bike lanes and some street riding. Get in the spirit by decking out your bike in some holiday decorations. Lights, ornaments, garland, wreaths, Santa hats, ugly sweaters are all encouraged. We don’t discriminate, Hanukkah decorations are encouraged, too. Best bike (both Judges Choice and People’s Choice) wins a gift package that includes a bike tune-up.

We kick things off at 412 Brewery, then ride to the Roundabout Brewery pop-up, Penn Brewery, Allegheny City Brewing and War Streets Brewing.

Your ticket cost includes a small pour to get your day started at 412 Brewery, a handpie from Prohibition Pastries for breakfast, and a full pour of your choice from all four remaining stops on the tour.

Additional food is available for purchase at most stops, and there’s a full menu for refueling at War Streets Brewing/Bier’s Pub at the conclusion of the ride.

Check in at Bear Dog Bicycles by 11:30, then head around the corner to 412 Brewery. We will be leaving 412 Brewery promptly at noon. Must be 21 to participate, please bring ID.

Rain date: Saturday, July 27.

Learn More & Order Tickets

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