Hundreds of visitors strolled the neighborhood Sunday afternoon July 12th for our first annual Garden Walk – featuring 15 locations hosted by our gracious Garden Walk hosts – who shared their garden spaces and chatted with the steady stream of interested visitors from throughout Monroe County and even served refreshing lemonade and cucumber water.
Thanks to the garden hosts; to the planning committee: Kathy Gardner, Carrie Riley, Ellen Rosen, Aaron Rosen, John Rudy, Nancy Sears, Esther Brill; to volunteers Maureen Duggan, Marie McEneaney, Betsy Kubick, Sarah & Katie Pastecki, Marianne & Tom Pastecki; to East Avenue Dentistry: Drs. Harry and Aaron Rosen, Bruce Davie: Useless Objects, Michael Hannen Plants, Chris Froehlich: Rochester Civic Garden Center; and appreciation for all the support and encouragement we received from the City of Rochester: Nancy Johns-Price, Sara Scott and Jim Farr.
We received a full-page photo spread in the Democrat & Chronicle: Nancy Sears is quoted: “This is our neighborhood – we wanted to do something to promote our neighborhood as walkable, cycle-able… We have a very strong neighborhood association – we do a lot of events just to get all the neighbors knowing each other and building a sense of community.” http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2015/07/12/abc-streets-garden-tour-park-avenue-rochester-new-york/30053709/
ABC garden photo greeting cards and Park Avenue 2015 pint glasses (thanks Jim Hondorf and Kevin Hamblin!) were offered at the event, and are still available for sale. Photos from the garden walk are HERE.
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY FOR THIS INAUGURAL EVENT
Stroll (or bike) the ABC Streets neighborhood and experience the variety of creative approaches for city front, side and back yard spaces, perennials & annuals, inviting porches, patios & decks, shade gardens, grassless yards & tree-lawns, found objects, water features.
DATE: SUNDAY JULY 12, 2015
TIME: 12:00 noon-4:00 pm, rain or shine
PROGRAM: Garden Talk 1:00 pm – East Avenue Dentistry, 1641 East Avenue
Sara Scott, City of Rochester, Coordinator of Horticultural Programming
LOCATION: The ABC Streets Neighborhood is bounded by Culver Road, Park Avenue and Harvard Street
CHECK-IN: OBTAIN GUIDE MAP at
Morrison Park: Culver Rd & Harvard St
East Avenue Dentistry: 1641 East Ave (at Park Ave)
PARKING: Park Avenue and alternate-side street parking
East Avenue Dentistry parking lot: 1641 East Ave
OFFERING: Garden photo-greeting cards, collectible pint glasses, bottled water, snacks for sale
INFO: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Website: www.abcstreets.org – Tel: 585 721-8684
The ABC Streets NA Board Elections and Meeting was held on April 23rd. After voting, we present the current ABC Streets Board Members who will serve for a two year term:
President – Susan Glenz
Vice President – Dave Burnet
Board Member – Jim Hondorf
Board Member – Marianne Pastecki
Board Member – Tom Pastecki
Board Member – Nancy Sears
Susan has reappointed Esther Brill as Secretary and has appointed Sarah Pastecki as Treasurer. In addition, we have late interest in the last open board position and will report on this when it is finalized.
We want to thank Mike Pretty who has served us well as Treasurer. Unfortunately for us, he will be moving into his new home in the 19th Ward and we wish him and Parker the best of luck.
Erick Frisch, City Transportation Specialist, advised us about the Harvard Street Milling Project which is part of a larger project to designate Harvard as a Rochester Bicycle Blvd. We will give you a full update you on the project details shortly.Thanks to Elaine Spaull and Matt Haag who attended and updated us on their current projects. We should hear shortly about the results of the Wegmans parking lot meeting and Elaine encourages you to contact her with your ideas or comments about this.
Lastly, we were updated about the Rochester Police Department reorganization by Lieutenant Frank Alberti. Of note, he told us that if you buy/sell goods on Craig’s List you can use the SE Neighborhood Service Center on Goodman Street as a safe haven for meeting your buyer/seller and closing the deal. This is a result of some “deals gone wrong” leading to theft and/or assault (especially with electronics).
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.
OctoBEERfest – Saturday, October 4th – Home of Molly & Laramie Gavin
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.
We had a new order of Park Avenue beer glasses available and they sold briskly. We still have more available for sale, so let us know via our email or Facebook, if you’re interested in purchasing.
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 !!!
Free Popsicles for all – Carrot/Tangerine – YUMMY !