Thanks to Brian and Nancy for hosting this years holiday party.
- Matt, Elizabeth and Maisie Alexander for the use of their backyard and their home and all that they did to make everyone feel very welcome
- Kristin & Paul Liotti for the use of their driveway for BBQ’ing and the beer tent
- Tom Pastecki for BBQ’ing the hot dogs and hamburgers on a very hot afternoon
- Peter Schreiber for wowing us again with his BBQ’d chicken
- Brian Sears for supplying the audio and music
- John Martello, who made a generous donation to the NA Association
- To all of the neighbors who supplied a wonderful array of food and drinks
- And to Marianne Pastecki who, again, organized an excellent event and sweated all of the small details that make our events special !!
On August 5th, National Night Out was celebrated all over Rochester. The ABC Streets NA decided this year to combine this event with our traditional ice cream social down at Morrison Park. Despite the threatening rain clouds about 25 neighbors showed up to meet with local fireman, police officers, elected officials and our bomb sniffing canine – Ram. The kids (and even some adults) had a great time climbing on the firetruck and running the lights and sirens in the police car as well learning about Ram’s role in neighborhood policing. Make your own sundaes made it all the more festive. You’ll see in the additional pictures that everyone got a ceremonial fire hat, Photos Here.
Our thanks to:
Matt Balch and Ram-canine unit
Captain Cuyler-Goodman Section
Lt. Frank Alberti-Goodman Section
Truck #4- Firefighter Wikowski
Kelvin Knight-NSC office
Harry Bronson-NYS Assembly Person
Commander List-Goodman Section
It was cold outside, but the temperature in the Pastecki’s home was warm and cozy. Due, not only to the large amount of chili warming in their crock pots, but to the camaraderie among the 30+ attendees. We had 9 chili submissions plus a number of corn bread offerings and lots of cold drinks to accompany. It’s amazing how many different ways you can make chili and no two tasted alike. Our judges, Elaine Spaull and Becky Simmons had a hard time selecting but came up with our winners. A new trend in chili?? – Several of the entries contained cocoa and/or chocolate. BTW – Amy’s chili can also be made with Buffalo meat, (widely available in her home state of Wyoming), hence the name.
1st Place: Tom Pastecki (it was anonymous really) – Swamp Chili
2nd Place: Amy Rosechandler – Buffalo Chili
3rd Place: Carolyn Riley & Chris Dygert – Texas Swing Chili
And enjoy some pictures of the fun event – HERE!!
OK, we didn’t have millions attending, but It was a perfect fall afternoon for the ABC neighbors to gather in the Gavin’s front yard and sip beers from all over the U.S. We tasted options from Goose Island – 312 Urban Wheat Ale to Left Hand Brewing – Milk Stout Nitro. The venue was decorated with little known beer factoids, each one getting a hearty chuckle, such as this one from Abraham Lincoln – “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis.” The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.” The fire pit was a welcome addition as we huddled to chase away the late afternoon breeze. Many thanks to Molly and Laramie for their hospitality. As a reminder for your favorites, attached is the list of beers that were tasted as well as a link to some photos from the event.
NOTE: There are still some Park Avenue pint glasses available. Email us at email@example.com if you’re interested. They’ll make a unique and thoughtful holiday gift !!!
Saturday August 16th, was the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock. Although we tried playing the “No Rain” chant raindrops fell on our picnic (recognition to Brian Sears for the sound system). But nobody seemed to mind. A good number of our neighborhood families showed up with their pot luck dishes, raincoats, furry friends and a party attitude. Thanks to lots of tents and the big shade trees on Ericsson, we managed to stay dry and still have a great meal of hot dogs, hamburgers and s’mores (thank you to our BBQ master – Tom Pastecki), do a few dance numbers, break the piñata and play a few rounds of Corn Hole. In addition, for those that arrived early, we were treated to a Thunderbirds flyover, courtesy of the Rochester Airshow. Thanks to all of our neighbors on Ericsson for lending us their street for the day and to everyone who showed up to help with the setup and stay right through to the end to take everything down in the heaviest downpour.
Thursday 7/24 – A perfect night to socialize and enjoy a ice cold sweet treat on the Alexander’s porch. Many of our long term residents (and their pets) showed up and were able to meet and greet a number of our newer neighbors who have recently moved onto Ericsson and Calumet Streets. Thank you so much to our hosts Matt and Elizabeth who offered up a great “make your own sundae” bar.
Saturday, April 12 brought us a magnificent Spring day filled with warmth and sunshine. It also brought us the sound of the neighborhood children shrieking with delight as they
searched the Hasman’s backyard to find all of the hidden Easter eggs. As the adults enjoyed chocolates, cookies and cold drinks we got a chance to catch up after a long Winter hibernation. The kids continued their fun into the afternoon on the Hasman’s backyard playset and went home with their Easter baskets filled with goodies. Additional pictures of the event can be found HERE. Warm thanks to the Hasman family for hosting this event.
On Saturday, February 8th the ABC Streets Neighborhood Association held its own Olympic challenge – our annual Chili Cook-off. Six chefs vied for the honor of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals. Two dozen spectators tasted and compared the options – from vegetarian to hearty meat variations. Our esteemed judging panel – Elaine Spaull, Barb Kraus and Susan Glenz –handed down the final decision and the prizes were awarded:
- Gold – Susan Hondorf – Harvard Street – Hondorf Secret Family Recipe
- Silver – Tom Pastecki – Calumet Street – Beefy Beer Chili
- Bronze – Nancy Sears – Calumet Street – Turkey Chili with Walnuts
Several excellent homemade corn bread options and yummy desserts were available as an accompaniment to the chili. Thanks to our generous hosts, Dave and Irene, who made sure the chili’s stayed hot and the assortment of beverages stayed cold and also supplied the winner’s prizes. To see some photos click HERE.
The swirling snow softly fell on the party-goers for the annual ABC Streets Holiday Celebration. Suspended icicles twinkling with color, beckoned all from behind a veil of sparkling snowflakes. The warm and inviting home of Nancy & Brian Sears greeted the revelers dressed in full holiday regalia. Winter greenery adorned the fireplace mantel and lights danced on the decorated glass ornaments and dangling faceted crystals. A vintage toy train traveled around the decorated Christmas tree and completed the holiday ensemble.
Festive finger foods, dreamy deserts and bubbly beverages kept the revelers happy in catch-up conversation.
As the celebration concluded, a winter wonderland lay waiting. As all walked out of sight, the winter winds whispered “Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.” Submitted by: Barb Kraus
Photos of this great event are HERE