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2016 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour: Our 35th Year

The 2016 tour will be on Friday, December 9th from 5:00-8:00 pm and Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am-8:00 pm. Tickets for the tour are $30 until November 30th; $35 after that date. Train museum tickets are $12; $15 after November 30th.

Volunteer Opportunities & Info

Postcard Mailing: The annual labeling of the Tour postcards is set for Monday, November 7th at 7:00 pm at Calvary. Please join us! We’ll have pizza and snacks and, with your help, we will be able to quickly put address labels on the 8,000 mailers that we send to potential tour visitors.

Ticket Sales: Tickets are available online and we have sold blocks of tours to a few groups. Expect tickets to sell at a brisk pace once our mailers are delivered.

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.

For more information about the Shop, please contact Martin Fuess.

Train Museum: The popular Toy Train Museum will, once again, be open at Holmes 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 again be for sale for $15, and a limited number of the fine train books are available for $100.

Street Decorating: We will be decorating the streets on Saturday, December 3rd, starting at 9:00 am. Volunteers will be bundling greens to create the lamppost swags in the Serventi/Wilson garage on Dounton Way. This is an easy and fun way to get into the holiday spirit – and we can finish the job quickly with about 20 volunteers.

Clean Up: Please take some time to pick up litter and leaves in front of your house the morning of each tour day (Friday and Saturday). If each of us fills just one bag, our streets will be clean!

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 with salting or shoveling if we get snow that weekend. Or help with the volunteer party or set up the luminaria.

Contact Carrie Doyle at cadpgh@gmail.com or (412) 337-6020 – or come to our next meeting on November 9th @ 7:00 pm – and she’ll get you to the coordinator of that activity.

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!

2016 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

The 35th Annual tour will be held Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th. As always, we will need help the weekend of the tour with house sitting, guiding tours, lighting luminaries and decorating the streets. But we also need your help in the planning leading up to the tour. There will be a planning meeting on Wednesday, October 12th at 7:00 pm at Carrie Doyle’s (950 Beech Avenue).

If you are a homeowner, volunteer or interested in participating in any way, we welcome your involvement! If you can’t make the meeting, but want to help, please contact Carrie at (412) 337-6020 or cadpgh@gmail.com.

2016 Deutschtown House Tour

2016 Deutschtown House Tour Banner

Location: Historic Deutschtown
Date: Sunday, Sept 25th
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Event Link: HERE

Our 2016 self-guided Deutschtown Historic House Tour features distinctive restored homes, many built in the late 1800s, and some modern surprises. Expect a diverse array of interiors, architecture and styles, as well as beautiful gardens. Then enjoy great food at our Deutschtown restaurants!

Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the check-in table on the day of the tour. Buy your ticket online at http://deutschtown.org/housetour/.

For more info, contact Gina Grone at ginagrone@gmail.com.

Alleys, Axles and Ales Tour – Volunteers Still Needed!

On September 24th, the first ever Alleys, Axles and Ales Tour will take place. The tour is a fundraising event which consists of walking the alleys of the neighborhood to admire cars in garages while sampling local beers.

Organizer Abi Webb is still in need of volunteers to help with ticketing, parking information, pouring beers and set-up for the volunteer party. Please email her if you’re interested and able to help: abijane77@gmail.com. There will be a final planning meeting at Abi’s house on (847 W North Avenue) on Monday, September 19th at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend that has signed up to volunteer or wants to learn more about event.

Note: If you have tickets to attend, please note that all tours start at Babb Inc, 850 Ridge Avenue (in rear of building).

Traffic Advisory for September 24th: Maolis and Buttercup (from Rope Way to Galveston Avenue) will be closed to traffic on Saturday, September 24th from 12:00-5:00 pm. These alleys will be open only to pedestrians participating in the tour. Neighbors that typically access their garage during these hours should move their cars before the tour begins. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!

2016 Old Allegheny Victorian Christmas House Tour

Submitted by Carrie Doyle

Labor Day…Check!
Back to School…Check!
Football Season…Check!

What’s next on the list? Sure, you can think about your Halloween costume and decorations…but it’s also time to think about the 2016 Christmas Tour! The 35th Annual tour will be held Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th.

As always, we will need help the weekend of the tour with house sitting, guiding tours, lighting luminaries and decorating the streets. But we also need your help in the planning leading up to the tour. There will be a planning meeting on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 pm at Carrie Doyle’s (950 Beech Avenue). If you are a homeowner, volunteer or interested in participating in any way, we welcome your involvement!

If you can’t make the meeting, but want to help, please contact Carrie at (412) 337-6020 or cadpgh@gmail.com.

Doors Open Pittsburgh

Doors Open Pittsburgh is a FREE, 2-day event that will provide behind-the-scenes access to a collection of iconic buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The event takes place the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, from 9:00 am–4:00 pm. Open buildings will include private clubs, theaters, adaptive reuse, residential, heritage sites, government offices, hotels, sacred places, artists workspaces and office spaces. The open building will either provide a semi/fully guided tour OR will allow for self-exploration.

NO Tickets. No reservations. It’s FREE.

To attend:

  1. Simply go to the Doors Open Pittsburgh website: www.doorsopenpgh.org
  2. Decide on the sites you want to visit
  3. Create your own itinerary and go
  4. At each building, you will be greeted by a Doors Open Pgh volunteer, and then be allowed to explore (some sites will provide guided experiences)

47th Annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour

War Streets Tour 2016

Join our neighbors to the immediate northeast, the Mexican War Streets, for their annual house & garden tour in just a few days. More information from their site:

The Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour is the oldest and finest house tour in the city of Pittsburgh. During the 47th annual event, held from 11:00 am-5:00 pm on Sunday, September 11th, visitors will be treated to a leisurely, self-guided tour of homes and gardens throughout our historic neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s Northside.

Homes on tour represent beautiful restorations and some that offer a glimpse behind the effort that goes into a work-in-progress. Every home is unique and expresses each homeowner’s personal taste and style. The House Tour will also showcase a midway of vendors and mobile eateries.

Purchase tickets here. Advance tickets are $18 per person, or $15 per person if you buy blocks of 10 or more tickets. Tickets are $20 per person on Tour Day at the ticket booth on Monterey Street at W North Avenue. See you there!

Doors Open Pittsburgh Seeks Volunteers

Doors Open Pittsburgh

Doors Open Pittsburgh is a FREE, 2-day event that will provide “behind-the-scenes” access, or some unique experience, to a collection of iconic buildings in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Doors Open Pittsburgh takes place the weekend of October 1st-2nd, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.

Open buildings will include private clubs, theaters, adaptive re-use, residential, heritage sites, government offices, hotels, sacred places, artists and office spaces.

No advance reservations are required and no tickets are required.

The open building will either provide a semi/fully guided tour or will allow for self-exploration.

Doors Open Pittsburgh is looking for 350 volunteers to help greet and guide guests. The deadline for applications is August 22nd.

Learn More and Apply to Volunteer

Manchester House + Garden Tour: August 7th

Manchester Tour

The 2016 Manchester House + Garden Tour will again take you into some of the most beautiful and unique homes in Pittsburgh. From high Victorian to funky chic, Manchester is a neighborhood of diverse people, tastes and interpretations. You’ll also enjoy live music, crafts and food from Manchester residents and local businesses.

The 2016 Manchester House + Garden Tour starts
in the 1300 Block of Page Street

Advance tickets can be purchased for $13
Tickets can also be purchased day of tour
from 11:00 am-4:00 pm for $15

Join us for our annual House + Garden tour and celebration of Manchester. As you look at the amazing homes that have already been finished imagine yourself in one of the many opportunities that still remain.

Join us Sunday, August 7th from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. Tickets are just $13 in advance or $15 the day of the event.

Learn More + Buy Tickets