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Alleys, Axles, and Ales is a Success: Thank You!

Submitted by Cecile Canales, co-chair

Many, many thanks go out to all the home owners, cars owners, and volunteers who helped make this year’s Alleys, Axles, and Ales Tour a wonderful success. A very special thanks goes to Greg Coll, our AW neighbor of the year, who with many revisions and drafts, created magnificent, colorful posters, ticket booklets, the program and lanyard hot passes. He is most reliable and a tremendous help to everyone.

  • Thank you goes to Tom Barbush, Co-Chair, and to our committee members who suggested great ideas and dealt with many decisions. It was a pleasure to work with Carl Canales, Tom Cihil, Doug Debelak, John Engle, Carol Gomrick ,Thomas Huygens, Lindsy McDonald, Mitchell Schwartz, Cathy Serventi, Abi Webb. Thank you to car owners and homeowners not listed above: Tom Armstrong, Dan Barbus, Kelly Brown, Eleanor Colema, John DeSantis, Armand Englebrecht, Linda and Roy Englebrecht, Tim Hudson, Rob Johnson, Kevin Luffy, Ashley Webb, Chris and Mike Zappa.
  • Thank you to Jake Bier and Abbey Surrena, of Bier’s Pub, and Nate and Katie LaValla, of Bear Dog Bike, for hosting a Beer Stop at their establishments and their financial support.
  • Thanks to out-of-state displays from Michael Skellie, and his father, Dave Skellie, who traveled from Delaware bringing their DeLorean and their brand new Model 3 Tesla; Stephen Bell, of Classic Investments, a financial supporter, who traveled from Denver, CO; Dennis and Peggy Gilligan, car owners, who trailored their 1967 XKE Jaguar from Maryland, and other car owners who brought cars from central PA, Ohio, New York and Florida.
  • Thanks to A&L Motors for bringing an F-Pace Jaguar, to Hagerty Insurance, a financial supporter who displayed at their tent, and to Bryan Williams, chief judge, and organizer of the Jaguar Concours Cars.
  • And a special thanks to Dan Hermann, Zone 4 Chief Command Officer, who helped secure permits to close and barricade Brighton Road and a Jaguar owner.
  • Thanks to our financial sponsors: Babb, Inc., Bellevue House Tour, Gallery H, Giorgio’s, Greg Coll Creative, LeClaire Griewahn & Scott, Coldwell Banker Realtor Susan Meadowcroft, The Modern Cafe, Penn Brewery, SMARTSolution Technologies, Daniel Strinkoski DDS and YMCA.
  • Thanks to our own Northside food truck, Newman and Marley, whose delicious hotdogs and sausages fed the volunteers and tour goers.
  • Thank you to Dr. Dan for cleaning up leaves and debris before the tour.
    Thanks to our ticket collectors, MaryAnne Murphy and Cathy Serventi. Cathy and Dan Adam also helped with online tour info, Showclix, permits and expense reports.
  • Thanks to the many volunteers Elizabeth Barbush, Carolyn Graham, Sally Graubarth, Bob Knaus, Scott and Hilary Moser, MaryAnne Murphy, Diana Poliziani, Michael Shealy, Doris Short, John from N. Lincoln who carried heavy buckets of signs, and my special assistant for the day, Tony Caruso.
  • Thanks to our party organizers who at the end of the day served Chile and Cornbread in the Paddock to our weary volunteers: Fran Barbush, Trish Burton, Mary Callison, Diane Caruso, Nonie Knaus and Abi Webb.
  • My biggest thanks go to my husband, Carl Canales, who weathered the past 2 weeks of my insanity.

Proceeds will go to Allegheny YMCA Northside Summer Camp and the Allegheny Commons Park Renovation Project.

Note for Neighbors: Parking on Saturday

The Alleys, Axles and Ales tour will be held this Saturday, September 29th. Jaguar cars begin rolling in at 8:00 on Brighton Road. Cars ‘n Coffee cars will arrive on 800 N Lincoln Avenue at 9:00. The Alleys, Axles and Ales tour will be from 11:00-5:00. Bring over you classic car to park on N Lincoln Avenue for a classy, classic car show all day.

In preparation of the tour the following Streets will be closed along with Maolis, Rope and Buttercup alleys.

Street Closings

The 800 block of N Lincoln Avenue and 700-800 block of Brighton Road will be CLOSED Saturday, September 29th for the from 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Please remove cars from these streets.

Residential permitted cars may be parked overnight Friday, September 28th after 6:00 pm though Saturday, September 28th until 5:00 pm at 3 different location:

  • Parking lot on Rope Way and North Avenue (next to 825 North Avenue-the Hipwell building). Thank you, Mitchell Schwartz and Elaine Stone.
  • Parking lot across from 829 North Avenue on North Avenue. Thank you, Mitchell Schwartz and Elaine Stone.
  • Presbytery Parking lot on Allegheny and Western Avenues. 900-940 Allegheny Avenue.

Neighbors can also park at CCAC lot near Subway Shop on Ridge from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday, September 29th. All cars should be removed after 5:00. Cars remaining on lot Sunday will be towed from CCAC lot.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Update on Alleys, Axles & Ales Planning Meeting

The meeting of the Alleys, Axles and Ales tour committee has been changed to Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00-9:00 pm at 844 N Lincoln Avenue. The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix begins this week and Monday night is the popular Walnut Street car show. Please if possible, change your plans and attend the meeting Tuesday. Refreshments will be served at the Tuesday meeting. All AW members are welcome to attend. Finishing details will be discussed with emphasis on advertising and getting the word out. Posters will be on hand to distribute to local businesses, beer distributors and car dealerships.

Allegheny West members are encouraged to sell tickets to the alleys, Axles, and Ales tour to friends and coworkers. Each 5 tickets sold will be entered in a neighborhood raffle for a chance to receive a ticket to the Ground to Glass Wines Showcase September 15, 2018. Four select Eberle wines will be featured with a paired food course. This event will be held at Holmes Hall ballroom hosted by Deb Mortillaro of Dreadnought. Valued at $120.

Alleys, Axles and Ales

The next meeting of the Alleys, Axles, and Ales tour will be Monday, June 11th at 844 N Lincoln Avenue at 7:00 pm. If you would like to volunteer, you are able to sign up at or email Cecile Canales at Volunteers are needed to direct traffic, to help at the Cars ’n Coffee table, to deliver and pick up kegs and ice, to make chili and cornbread for the after party and to set up and clean up at the after party. Please speak with garage/car owner before signing up to volunteer at a garage/beer stop. The tour is scheduled to be held September 29th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Cars’ coffee will be from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Alleys, Axles & Ales Meeting Agenda: June 11th

  • Ticket Sales
  • Garages and Cars
  • Cars ’n Coffee
  • Breweries
  • Promotions and Advertising
  • Volunteers
  • After Party

A meeting of the Beer Selection Committee for the Alleys, Axles, and Ales tour will be held Monday, June 18th at 844 N Lincoln Avenue at 7:00 pm.

Beer Selection Committee Meeting Agenda: June 18th

  • Garages and Beer stops
  • Selection of Beers and Breweries
  • Program Write-ups
  • Volunteers

Alleys, Axles & Ales 2018

This year’s Alleys, Axles & Ales tour will be held on September 29th. Cecile Canales will chair this tour and Tom Barbush will co-chair. If you are interested in having your garage on tour or would like to volunteer, please email Cecile at An initial meeting is scheduled for May.

Alleys, Axles & Ales 2018

This year’s Alleys, Axles & Ales tour will be held on September 29th. Tom Barbush and Cecile Canales will be leading this year’s tour. They’re looking for garages and cars to feature, as well as volunteers to help with the tour. Please contact Cecile ( if you’re willing to help with the tour!

Neighborhood Clean Up

A special thanks to Dr. Dan, Eleanor Coleman and Ann Gilligan – and any anonymous workers – for weeding and picking up litter throughout the neighborhood. This has made all of our jobs easier.

In anticipation of the Alleys, Axles & Ales tour on September 23rd, we’re asking that EVERYONE help to rid the alleys behind their properties of weeds and litter – most are in terrible need of attention right now!

Anyone needing trash bags and gloves (can be delivered to your front door) should email Trish at Thanks for your continuing help in beautifying Allegheny West!

Tickets On Sale Now! Alleys, Axles & Ales on September 23rd

Alleys, Axles & Ales

Alleys, Axles & Ales Returns

Explore the back streets of Allegheny West to catch a glimpse of cool cars while sampling local brews. This year over 10 garages will be displaying 20+ cars.

This year there will be a special Concours of Jaguars on display!

The tour is self-guided and begins at Babb Insurance at 850 Ridge Avenue in the rear of the building.

Bring your own classic, modern or exotic car to show in the designated display lot.

Car show display lot is located at the intersection of Galveston and N Lincoln Avenues.

New This Year: Cars ‘n Coffee
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Car lovers are invited to bring along their own classic treasures for exotic car and street rod networking. Join us before the tour for some coffee and conversation.

Alleys, Axles & Ales ticket is required to attend.

Buy Your Tickets Today

$25.00 presale | $30.00 at the door | $10 for under 21

All tickets include brew samples and a $5 voucher for hot dogs, sausage or kielbasa.

Buy Tickets → 1-888-71-TICKETS

Hosted by Allegheny West Civic Council and Babb Insurance.

Alleys, Axles & Ales Tour: Volunteers Needed

We’re seeking neighbors who are willing to open their homes (and garages) for the Alleys, Axles & Ales tour.

The target date is September 23. We also need volunteers who are willing to work in preparing and executing the tour. Please contact Carol Gomrick at if you are able to help.

Alleys, Axles and Ales

Submitted by Abi Webb

Allegheny West has always been known for showing its beautiful Victorian homes and gardens on tour days. The alleys and garages have never been considered tour-worthy until now. On Saturday, September 24th attendees had the unique opportunity of strolling the backstreets of our neighborhood, peering into garages and carports to admire a different type of beauty—the neighbors’ car collections.

Even if cars weren’t your first interest, it did not hurt to offer 6 local brews from Penn Brewery, East End Brewery and War Streets Brewery on a perfect fall day – or to indulge in a Nathan’s hot dog on a Breadworks bun from Hott Dawgz food truck. All in all, a fantastic day for a new tour!

Photographs by Sara Sweeney

We would like to extend a very special thank-you to our sponsors this year, namely Babb Insurance – who offered Blitzburgh for registration and their two lots for parking – and Process Reproductions – for printing our posters and brochures and for bringing a ton of great cars for guests to admire. In addition, we want to thank Greg Coll for his creativity and attention to detail in creating our posters, flyers, program and Facebook page.

In addition, thank you to our dedicated neighbors Brian O’Neill, Cathy Serventi, Scott and Hillary Mosser and Tom Barbush, who really ran with a great idea and made it happen! And finally, thank you to the dozens of neighbors who helped clean up the alleys for the tour, volunteered their time to help with the event and offered to show their cars and garages. We could not have done it without you. Thank you all for a very successful day!