Memorial Day Weekend Walk

Strolling Waverly and Charles Village on Memorial Day Weekend


This morning I stopped by Waverly Farmers Market to buy two tickets to next Sunday’s Charles Village Festival Garden Tour and was handed an important message by Herman Heyn. It said to reserve Tuesday, June 5 from 5:45pm until 8:00 pm to witness one of the rarest of astronomical occurrences at the end end of Lake Montebello where he will be setting up a telescope (weather permitting) to watch the Transit of Venus. For more information about this historic event, visit http://www.exploratorium.edu/venus/ or contact Herman Heyn at 410-889-0460. 

Back at 32nd Street Farmers' Market, the woman behind me buying her garden tour tickets, got 20 of them! Every year she invites a bunch of folks over for brunch and them sends them all out to see the gardens.

A noon walk saw me, my partner Flash and our dog Odaat strolling over to check out Zeta Sigma Community Day on the east side of Greenmount Avenue and 29th Street, which was blocked off for their fair.

Hot dogs, music, moon bouncing, exhibitor booths brought life to a block that has seen its share of misfortune. The Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and Zeta Sigma Foundation are bringing back that block in addition to doing many things to make the world a better place. Check them out at www.pbs-zetasigma.org or visit their corner storefront windows where they post upcoming events at 2863 Greenmount Avenue along Waverly Main Street. I discovered Pastor Clarence Jones of Huntingdon Baptist was a fraternity brother proudly displaying his cool hip tee-shirt!

Great May flowers demanded to be photographed before they withered and died in the heat that always seems to rob us of late spring weather here when we get suddenly thrown into summer without warning. I like to shoot some Waverly blossoms because our village doesn’t have it own garden tour; despite the fact that we have many wonderful private and public plots lovingly cared for and filled with rich colors.

Flash and I continued on foot down to Charles Village for Mexican Grill carryout. Odaat was too tired and too hot to remain prancing so low to the smoldering sidewalk so he got carried for most of the way.

We had a picnic on the 32nd Street Open Space in the precious little shade we were able to find. I noticed a basement stained glass window along 32nd that I had probably passed hundreds of time without realizing it was an image of a sailboat on the water!

A stop by Brentwood and Merryman to visit the progress being made by Civic Works resulted in an image of much rubble being removed with the aid of their Bobcat in the last few days plus the new neighbor of Merryman Lane Green and Public Art Space doing a busy business washing cars behind the 7-11.  

A block from my house, there was Sarah painting the next TEXT IT message on the community board at Tinges Commons. Drive by Frisby & 33rd to see what it says!

For a parting shot, the place I refer to as our Garden of Eden had to be captured. Thanks to Phyllis Brent for adopting the sidewalk and tree wells on the south side of East 33rd from Westerwald to Avon Avenues.

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Joe Stewart May 28, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Excuse my error: Look for Herman at the EAST end of Lake Montebello!


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