Good year for my plants, my vertical hydrangea are blooming for their first time, instead of solid leaves for the flowers its more like a bunch of little fireworks:

vertical hydrangea

This weekend is the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival, mainly in and around the August Wilson Center, a short “T” ride from the Parador Inn, I’m not sold out yet for this weekend,  I do have four siblings with their spouses visiting and some other guests mostly repeat guests.  Follow the links for details.

Also, summer is time for the remaining county fairs, I missed writing about the Butler Jeep Festival held every year last week. Lawrence County Fair runs August 12 -17.  Big Butler Fair runs June 28 – July 6.  The Fayette County Fair runs July 25 – August 3.  The Westmoreland Fair runs August 16 -24.  And lastly there’s the Crawford County Fair August 17 – 24.  Follow the links to get details on these local festivities and events.

And there’s lots of smaller festivals like the Polish Hill Arts Festival on July 21.  Homewood Black Family Reunion August 10.  It Takes A village  Community Day in Norrthview Heights on July 12.  And finally there’s Beltzhoover Community Day on July 13.  Also don’t forget the free Movies in the Park presented by Pittsburgh Citiparks and Dollar Bank.

And my sedum kamtschaticum Variegatum is blooming for the first time in eight years:


When to the Arts Festival this year, didn’t find anything that really grabbed be, but these giraffes were pretty cool:


And they are for a good cause:

IOcean Sole Africa non profit

I hosted my first wedding this past weekend.  Deena, Chris and family had a wonderful time.  JCP Event Group did a great job as always with food, service and ensuring everything went well.  Even though they lost the manager I had been dealing with, Dena stepped right in and made sure everything ran smoothly.  Besides the quality of their food, I love the attitude of the staff they hire.  I’ve never seen anything like a prima donna attitude, everyone pitches in and helps each other.

That’s it for today, have a great one and enjoy this summer weather,  remember Friday is the summer solstice, summer officially starts, (No running around naked dressed in Druid costumes, unless you want to).  🙂

Don’t forget to get your tickets to the John Mayer concert July 29, at PPG Paints arena.  It’s a five minute walk to the “T”, five minute FREE ride to Steel Plaza and then a five minute walk to the arena.  I still have rooms available, so book now at The Parador Inn.