info@alleghenywest.org
806 Western Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Wine Tour Wrap-Up and Thank You!

Submitted by Carrie Doyle

Thanks to all who helped with the 2016 Wine and Garden Tour! I am appreciative of all of those who volunteered to help with this summer’s tour. To the homeowners – John DeSantis, Ross Catalano, Elaine Stone & Mitchell Schwartz, Erik Van Buren & Andrew Gorenz, Carole & Bob Malakoff, Carol Gomrick & Brett Kempf and Trish & John Burton. Your gardens and homes were enjoyed by all. Thank you for your time, efforts and green thumbs (if any of you would like to work your gardening magic on my little piece of Beech Avenue, I’d appreciate it!). As special shout out to Cathy Serventi & Gene Wilson for hosting the after-party (love those milkshakes!).

To the wise ones that have taken upon this effort in the past – Trish Burton, Gloria Rayman, Carole Malakoff, Cathy Serventi and Doug Sprague. I appreciate your knowledge and insight in planning the tour. Doris Short and Greg Coll – great pictures and brochure that was enjoyed by all!

To the volunteers – too many to mention! Thank you for reaching out and offering to help our homeowners and the committee leading up to and throughout the tour weekend. A special thank you to Michael Shealey for walking and cleaning the tour route.

I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback from guests from both nights of the tour – and they’re all coming back for our 35th Annual Christmas Tour! And yes…if you’d like to help out on that one, just call or email me!

Planning Time for Our Summer Fundraiser – California Dreaming!

Planning has started for our summer fundraising event, A Tour and Tasting in the Homes and Gardens of Old Allegheny, which will be held on Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4 (5:00 – 9:00 pm both evenings).

It’s a home and garden tour. It’s a wine tasting. It’s an entire evening of great food and entertainment!

This year our tour will be highlighting California and featuring both red and white wines and hors d’oeuvres paired to complement those wines at seven homes and gardens in our neighborhood. As in years past, we are having all the tours gather together at the beginning of the tour at John DeSantis’ house. Tour goers will then visit six other beautiful and unique homes in our neighborhood.
Tickets cost $70 each and are now on sale on our website, or by calling 1-888-71-TICKETS, M-F, 9:00 am-9:00 pm. Get the word out to friends, relatives, and co-workers to purchase their tickets now. Why not get a group of friends together and enjoy a summer evening?

Thank you to the following homeowners whose homes and gardens are scheduled to be on tour:

  • John DeSantis: Brighton Road
  • Bob & Carole Malakoff: Brighton Road
  • Mitchell Schwartz & Elaine Stone: 800 block West North Avenue
  • Trish & John Burton: 900 block Beech Avenue
  • Ross Catalano: 800 block Western Avenue
  • Carol Gomrick & Brett Kempf: 900 block West North Avenue

…and one more special home to be named.

Volunteer Opportunities

Our neighborhood cooks and bakers who have volunteered to make hors d’oeuvres to serve at one stop on the tour. If you can help them in their efforts in creating appetizers. You just need to follow their instruction—please let us know as soon as possible.

We need volunteers to help the homeowners with food prep, serving, pouring wine and clean up. Please let us know if we can count on you for one, two or all three tours. It’s a lot of fun to help with this event—and you’re invited to our volunteer party on Saturday (which will be held and Cathy and Gene’s home on Beech Avenue)!

So…please let us know how you can contribute by contacting Carrie Doyle at cadpgh@gmail.com or (412) 337-6020. Cheers!

The 2015 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

We Still Need Your Help

The 2015 tour will be on Friday, December 11th from 5:00-8:00 pm, and Saturday, December 12th from 10:00 am-8:00 pm. Tour tickets are now $35 and Train Museum tickets are now $15.

Ticket Sales

Continue to encourage friends, relatives and coworkers to attend the tour. To purchase tickets, or for more details, check our website.

Training for Tour Guides and Train Guides

All guides are asked to make every effort to attend a training session—there are 4 new houses on the tour this year!

Tour Guides

Wednesday, 12/9 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Calvary UMC (Beech Avenue entrance)
or
Thursday, 12/10 from 6:00-7:00 pm at Calvary UMC

Train Guides

Wednesday, 12/9 at 7:30-8:30 pm at Holmes Hall, (719 Brighton Road)

Greens “Bunching” and Street Decorating

We will be decorating the streets on Saturday, December 5th, starting at 9:00 am. Volunteers will be bunching greens to create the lamppost swags in the Serventi/Wilson garage on Dounton Way. This is a fun way to get in the holiday spirit—and we can finish quickly with 20 volunteers.

Clean-up

Also on Saturday, December 5th, join your neighbors and pick up litter and leaves around the neighborhood (and in front of your house!) If each of us fills just one bag, our streets will be clean!

Cookies for Party

Please contact Trish Burton if you can bake two dozen cookies for the volunteer party.

More Ways to Help!

There are many opportunities to volunteer. During the tour, be a greeter at Calvary, a tour guide, a house sitter for a homeowner on tour, a conductor at the train museum or be ready to help tour houses with salting and shoveling should we get snow that weekend. Or, help with the volunteer party or set up the luminaria. If each of us helps in just one way, then our neighbors don’t have to do all the work to make this, our biggest fundraiser (that pays for all of our fun events, as well as preservation activities), successful. AND, you get to attend the party!

Volunteer Party

All volunteers are invited to our Holiday Party. This year, Carol Gomrick and Brett Kempf at 940 W North Avenue will host on Saturday, December 12th, beginning at 9:00 pm. This will be a “seventh” house for volunteers to get to see, and it’s a gem! To help with party, please contact Carrie Doyle at (412) 337-6020.

December Street Cleaning

The City street sweeper will come through again this week, weather permitting (date TBA). You can help by moving your car from the street or sweeping the leaves to the middle to be picked up…or sweep and bag leaves in case the sweeper doesn’t come!

Thank you for helping to make our neighborhood look its best.

December Street Closings

Thank you for your cooperation. The streets are only closed for 1¼ days, and allow tour visitors to safely move through the neighborhood.

Residents of the 800 and 900 blocks of Beech Avenue; the 800 block of North Lincoln; and Galveston from Buttercup Way to Dounton Way, and from Maolis Way to North Lincoln.

The above streets will be closed to traffic and parking on Friday, December 11th, from 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm, and on Saturday, December 12th, from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm for the 2015 Christmas Tour. This is done to protect the safety of all of us. Pedestrians will be walking on the streets during these times.

If you park on these streets, please find an off-street spot for parking during the tour. The following lots will be available:

  • The Babb Lot on the corner of North Lincoln and Galveston – enter from Chapel Way (must exit by midnight, Saturday, December 12th)
  • The CCAC Lot on Ridge Avenue across from the Fort Duquesne Bridge ramp
  • The Smart Solutions lot on the 800 block of West North

The 2015 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour – Our 34th Year

Everything you need to know about this year’s Christmas Tour!

The 2015 tour will be on Friday, December 11th, 5:00-8:00 pm, and Saturday, December 12th, 10:00 am-8:00 pm. Tours will be $30 until December 1; $35 after. Train museum tickets will be $12 until December 1st, and then $15.

Ticket Sales

Tickets are selling briskly. We expect another sellout, bringing about 1700 visitors to our neighborhood. To purchase tickets or for more details, check our website.

Homes on Tour

We have many new homes on tour—thank you, homeowners!

946 W North Avenue – Greg Coll and Doris Short
927 Beech Avenue – Hilary and Scott Mosser
810 Galveston Avenue – Geff Young
840 N Lincoln Avenue – Deb Kelly and Doug Debelak
719 Brighton Road – Holmes Hall – John DeSantis

…and our sixth house, which hasn’t yet been finalized, but will also be new to the Tour!

The Holiday Gift Shop

The Shop will again be in the lower level of Calvary Church, so guests can shop before as well as after the Tour. Arrangements have been made so that purchases can be held for guests who shop before their tour. For more information about the Shop, contact Martin Fuess at glasscatcher38@aol.com.

Train Museum

The popular Toy Train Museum will, once again, be open at Homes Hall. Visitors can visit before their tour or after they finish the tour of Holmes Hall. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. DVDs of the train exhibit will also be for sale ($15). We also have a few of the fine train books available for purchase ($100).

Street Decorating

We will be decorating the streets on Saturday, December 5th, starting at 9:00 am. Volunteers will be bunching greens to create the lamppost swags in the Serventi/Wilson garage on Dounton Way. This is an easy, fun way to get in the holiday spirit—and we can finish this job quickly with about 20 volunteers.

Clean-up

Also on Saturday, December 5th, join your neighbors and pick up litter and leaves around the neighborhood (and in front of your house!). If each of us fills just one bag, our streets will be clean!

Volunteer Party

All volunteers are invited to our Holiday Party. This year, Carol Gomrick and Brett Kempf at 940 W North Avenue will host on Saturday, December 12th, beginning at 9:00 pm. This will be a “seventh” house for volunteers to get to see, and it’s a gem! To help with party, please contact Carrie Doyle at (412) 337-6020.

Post-Gazette Story

Look for a feature on one of the new tour homes on Sunday, December 6th.

We Need Your Help!

There are many opportunities to volunteer. During the tour, be a greeter at Calvary, a tour guide, a house sitter for a homeowner on tour, a conductor at the train museum or be ready to help tour houses with salting and shoveling should we get snow that weekend. Or, help with the volunteer party or set up the luminaria. If each of us helps in just one way, then our neighbors don’t have to do all the work to make this, our biggest fundraiser (that pays for all of our fun events, as well as preservation activities), successful. AND, you get to attend the party!

Contact Trish Burton (jmburton@earthlink.net) for information about any of this…and she’ll get you to the coordinator of that activity.

Wanted: Train Conductors!

For the annual Allegheny West Christmas Tour, December 11th & 12th, volunteers are needed to staff the Toy Train Museum at Holmes Hall. No prior experience is required, information and a walk-thru familiarization is provided the week before the Christmas Tours, and volunteer shifts can be any length of time. It’s a fun way to be involved in the Tour Weekend, and you even get to wear striped Engineer caps and run the trains! Contact Cecile Canales or John DeSantis at (412) 231-8400 or pgh.home@verizon.net.

Tour Mailing – A Thank You!

Submitted by Trish Burton and committee

I just wanted to thank the thirty-three (!) friends and neighbors who showed up on November 2d to put address labels on the 8000 mailers that we send to potential tour visitors. It was a record number of helpers and we finished in record time: 1 ¼ hours, despite stopping to eatHalloween candy and laugh with friends. Thanks to all!

The 34th Annual Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

Friday, Dec 11 and Saturday, Dec 12, 2015

We are once again planning for the Christmas Tour, which will feature six neighborhood houses in addition to Calvary United Methodist Church. Once again, Holmes Hall will be open to guests as well as those who would like to tour the train museum. Tour-goers (and neighbors) can do early holiday shopping at our shop in Calvary Church.

Much work remains to be done:

  1. Two homeowners have graciously volunteered their homes, but we need four other homeowners (or renters!) Please consider opening your home so that we can continue to host what is our major fundraiser. Without this tour, our neighborhood’s projects and opportunities to impact the surrounding area will be diminished.
  2. Those who have volunteered for past tours will soon be contacted by our sub-chairs. Please respond (positively!) to their emails and calls.
  3. New neighbors are encouraged to consider how they will be able to help with the tour. This is a great event to be involved with. Some ideas:
  • Put your house on tour.
  • Offer to help homeowners on tour with decorating and housesitting during the tour.
  • Be a tour guide (instructions and scripts provided)
  • Greet our visitors at Calvary Church where the tour begins
  • Help our party chair to organize (and perhaps cook or bake for) the volunteer party held on Saturday night
  • Be on the tour committee–or just attend the meetings–and give your ideas and suggestions.

Please contact any of us for more information:

Trish Burton (ways-means@alleghenywest.org)
Gloria Rayman (arms@alleghenywest.org)
Cathy Serventi (president@alleghenywest.org)

Last Call: Tickets for A Tour & Tasting in Old Allegheny on June 5 & 6

Lillies

We wanted to make sure folks who signed up for notifications had one last reminder to purchase tickets for the tour before the write-up about the tour runs in the Post-Gazette this weekend. There are only a few places left for Friday. Saturday afternoon has the most openings if you’re hoping to bring a larger group. There will be no tickets available at the door; advanced purchase required.

It’s a house and garden tour.

Guests will visit some of the most lavishly decorated homes and gardens in the Pittsburgh area. Learn about French architectural and literary influences in the neighborhood.

It’s a wine tasting – featuring wine from France.

Guests will sample a variety of regional reds and whites from France, one at each stop on the tour, and hors d’oeuvres to accompany them.

Dates & Times

Friday, June 5

5:00 – 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 6

12:30 – 4:30 pm or 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Free Parking

We have made arrangements for free parking for people with tickets attending the tour.

Learn More

Questions? Contact Us Getting Here Buy Tickets →