Monday, August 27, 2012

Music, Friends, WashPA III

The good times in WashPA continue with more music, friends and food.  It is wonderful seeing so many old friends who we have known for so long.  The weather after a few days in the 90's when we arrived has been absolutely wonderful with warm, sunny days and nights where we can sleep without the AC.  I guess that is one reason we have always loved the summers here.
 We have been to the local casino a couple of times to contribute to their profit margin so we took advantage of a free day of neat old cars and wonderful music.  There were so many cars they lined both sides of the race track all the way to the back stretch.
One group was the Four Townsmen, a local do-wop group.  They had the crowd singing along with their many old time song.  Pete, a friend of John's and stands second from the left, is one of the original members of the group that first got together over fifty years ago. 

Following the afternoon at the casino, we were invited back to John and Patrice's house for more wood fired pizza. Here Jackie, Cindy, Carmella, Joe, and Dave enjoy a pie while John is working at the oven cooking another one. I think we could eat here every day:) 
For 25 of the 30 years we lived in our stix and brix we had the same neighbor, Dorothy.  She was such a great friend who we always called our second Mom so she is always on our must see list when we are in WashPA.  She is doing real well and is as feisty as ever.   
 We did our first trip into "the city", Pittsburgh, to visit the Carnegie Museum to see an exhibit of Impressionist art and its relationship to photography.   It was a great exhibit, but pictures were prohibited.  This is the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.  I had many, many classes over the years in the cathedral.
Just an interesting reflection picture of the courtyard at the Carnegie.
 We had dinner with Kim and Bill at a new place for us, Someone Else's. John and Patrice also joined us and it was another great evening of food, fun and friendship. 
Our stays in PA are not just about old friends.  Here are Class of 07 mates Jim, Tom, Nanc, Paula, Linda and Ron who have PA roots.  Linda and Ron are spending the summer north of Pittsburgh and called to tell us Tom and Paula where passing through, so we drove up for a mini reunion.  We shared a few travel stories and then went our separate ways knowing we would be crossing paths down the road in the future.

Sorry, some of the pics I took with the iPhone did not come out very well.

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