I think we will all agree that this winter has been one for the record books. Well at least I think so! I went out this morning and braved the elements for you all so that you can see what our wonderful part of the world looks like on February 15th 2015. Near the end of the walk by face froze briefly to the back of my camera. Photos Here.
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!!
The hostas have been cleared, the sunflowers, hydrangea flowers and annuals have been trimmed and the leaves have been raked. It was time to put our neighborhood garden to bed for the winter. But keep you eyes peeled for some new decorations to brighten the nights in the garden. Thanks volunteers for keeping up the park.
The ghosts and goblins – and, superheroes, princesses, ninjas, witches and wizards — of the ABC Streets gathered on Sunday, October 26th for an afternoon of parading and merriment. The festivities started at David and Irene Burnette’s house for the Harvard Street Halloween parade. Then everyone moved onto Barb Kraus’s spooktacular graveyard for family photos. All of the heroes and villains then made their way over to the Hasman Haunted House, to warm their bellies on a feast of donuts and warm mulled cider (cold cider was also available for the non-adventurous types). Go HERE for a gallery of photos of the event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Another fun weekend on the Avenue and in the neighborhood. The ABC Streets NA booth
was crowded all weekend. The major draw was our fabulous and unique Pint Glasses which completely sold out by mid-afternoon Sunday. If you didn’t get a chance to buy one, we will make up more for sale at the Picnic on 8/16. With the heat and humidity on Saturday, bottled water sold at a quick pace –360 bottles of water were purchased. We also added 7 new members to the Association. Our 50/50 Raffle Winner was John Yunits from Fairport who graciously donated back his winnings to our group. Thanks to all the neighbors and friends who stopped by to make a donation or support our fantastic volunteers in the booth. Looking forward to 2015 !!!
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.
Thanks to our neighbors and friends who helped out on a beautiful Sunday morning to plant annuals. We even had a gardener in training who helped dig holes and spread mulch. Also thanks to Sara Scott from the City who organized the Rochester Blossoms event and made the plants available for our garden.
WOW !!! The only way to describe this year’s event. Not only did we have a strong neighborhood turnout but several groups from outside our neighborhood were assigned to our projects. Everyone involved did an outstanding job and we dare anyone to find a stray piece of debris on any street from A-G. Morrison Park had about 20 people pruning, weeding, raking, shoveling and laying mulch to great effect. A special thanks to those groups that volunteered from outside our neighborhood – the guys from Erdman Anthony at the Culver Road Armory and the team from Hillside Chlildren’s Center. Peyton from Hillside was a star and showed his muscle shoveling and laying down mulch. Luckily we worked quickly enough so that the last shovelful of mulch was being spread as the raindrops started to fall. As part of the citywide event, we handed out about 30 vouchers to the volunteers for the afternoon Red Wings Game. ABC Streets NA Board Members Jim Hondorf and Kevin Hamblin led the charge this year and thanks go out to them for their hard work.
Photos of your neighbors working hard can be found HERE.
One more step to finish in Morrison Park – plant annuals and mulch in the stone garden under the sign on Sunday, May 18th at 9 AM. Join us if you can and bring a spade/work gloves.