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Music in the Park: Border Ride

Each summer, residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to attend free Music in the Park concerts held on most Friday evenings at Soldiers and Sailors park, located along the banks of the Allegheny River, in the heart of downtown Warren. This year’s Music in the Park program began on June 7 and ends on September 6. Music genres includes rock, country, bluegrass, and jazz.  Bob and I attended this past Friday night’s Border Ride concert.

the band “Border Ride”

Members of the band are: Cathy Pearson (fiddle), Scott Pearson (mandolin and fiddle), Jimmy Metz (banjo, Dobro and vocals), Darla Evans (bass and vocals), and Nelson Boosel (guitar and vocals).

Nelson Boosel (guitar and vocals)

Darla Evans (bass and vocals)

Jimmy Metz (banjo, dobro and vocals)

Scott Pearson (mandolin and fiddle)

Cathy Pearson (fiddle)

Border Ride is a bluegrass band.  We enjoyed very much listening to the 2-hour concert.  Each band member performs passionately.  In addition to the music, we enjoyed the dynamics of the band.  Border Ride has fun, while performing.

Scott and Cathy Pearson are not the only musical members of their family.  We enjoyed performances by their son.

We enjoyed performances by their daughter too.

Here is a short video clip that I created from three video captures.  The video will give you some idea of Border Ride’s impressive musical talent.

If you would like to learn more about this wonderful bluegrass band, you may do so by visiting the Border Ride website.  If you enjoy bluegrass music and have the opportunity to do so, please take in one of Border Ride’s concerts.  You will not be disappointed!

An Afternoon at the Park

Stacey, Harper, June and I spent a couple hours at a local park.

The girls enjoyed crawling in the grass, having a picnic lunch and exploring the playground equipment.  I didn’t get any photographs of the girls swinging, sliding or bouncing as I was participating in their play.

Afternoon Bicycle Ride

I went on a 3-mile bicycle ride this afternoon.  I took the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail from our house in North Warren to Morck Park in Warren and then back home.  I rode to Morck Park alone; however, I had company for the ride back.  Bob rode his bicycle into work this morning, which is a 3-mile ride from our house.  I surprised Bob by meeting him at Morck Park.  We rode home together.

Flowering Trees at Morck Park

Flowering Tree at Morck Park

The Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail is near the Conewango Creek.
This is my favorite view of the Conewango Creek from the Bike/Hike Trail.

Bicycle Ride

Bob and I went for a bicycle ride through our neighborhood and across the grounds of the Warren State Hospital to Pioneer Arboretum.  I asked Bob how far we rode.  He said 2 miles.   I brought my camera along for the ride.  I didn’t take too many photographs, only three.

The Pioneer Arboretum is at the north end of the Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike Trail.  This train stands as a reminder that the trail was once a rail corridor.

On our way back home we rode past this patch of crocuses.

This is Peek-A-Boo.

I haven’t ridden a bicycle much in the 15 years (almost) that I have lived in Warren.  It was very windy today.  I found the pedaling easy, when the wind was at our backs.  The pedaling was very hard, though, when we faced the wind.  We faced the wind the whole way back home from Pioneer Arboretum.

Easter Egg Hunt

Bob, Stacey, our twin granddaughters, and I attended an Easter egg hunt this morning sponsored by Bob’s employer.  The egg hunt was held at the company’s recreation hall.

There was no hunting for eggs involved in this Easter egg hunt.

The little children had first opportunity to participate in the Easter egg hunt.

Ready, Set, Go!

Our granddaughters did not participate in the Easter egg hunt; however, they enjoyed watching all the activity.

After the egg hunt ended, we took the girls over to playground equipment.  The playground equipment was located behind everyone in the first photograph.

This was Harper and June’s’ first experience on playground equipment. They didn’t quite know what to make of it.  There wasn’t too much time for them to try it out.

I am looking forward to warm weather so that we can take the girls to the playground!

 

Pioneer Arboretum

I had to drop off the payment for our water/sewer bill this morning.  Not too far from the location of the municipal building is a park known as Pioneer Arboretum.  I have wandered in the midst of this park only three times, today being the third time.  I should wander in the park more often.  It is a pretty park.

The Warren-North Warren Bike/Hike trail passes alongside the Pioneer Arboretum.
This train stands as a reminder that the trail was once a rail corridor.

a Wishing Well

a Natural Archway

 

A Day Spent with Cynthia

Bob’s sister, Cynthia, was in town last week.  Cynthia spent the past week doing genealogy research and meeting up with some family members and a few friends.

Cynthia arrived in town on Sunday, November 4, and did not tell Bob and I that she was coming to town.  That evening  Bob and I went to Perkins Restaurant for dinner.  Of all people to run into at Perkins, we ran into Cynthia.  We would not expect to run into Cynthia anywhere in our hometown, as she lives about a 12-hour drive away from us.  Cynthia was on her way to our house to surprise us, when she spotted us on the highway.  Cynthia turned around and followed us to Perkins Restaurant.   Bob noticed that someone was following us.  He became a little concerned when the person who was following us pulled into the restaurant parking lot and began flashing their bright beams at him.  Bob pulled into a parking spot.  The car following us pulled up behind us.  Bob and I were both very surprised to see Cynthia behind the wheel.  We invited Cynthia to join us for dinner.   The next time we saw Cynthia was almost a week later.

On Saturday Bob and I spent part of the morning and afternoon with Cynthia. Our day began at the Horton House Bed & Breakfast, Cynthia’s lodging for the week.  Craig Scalise (one of the owners of the Horton House) and Cynthia gave us a tour of the Inn.

Horton House B&B

According to its website, the Isaac Horton family built this completely wooden (7,500 square feet) home in the late 1800’s. During the 1970’s upon retiring from Blair Corporation, N. Anthony (Tony) Scalise purchased the home as a retirement project. Due to ill health, the project was not completed. Anthony passed away in 1995. His wife, Silvia and their sons (Antonio & Craig), wanting to share this magnificent home, decided to open the Horton House Bed & Breakfast Inn. Today, the Scalise Family continue to reside in and operate the Horton House as the finest in overnight accommodations and breakfast.

Front Door View

Dining Room

The Music Room

This is one of the world’s largest playable electric guitars.
It was built by “Uncle Al” in the 1980’s.

Original Ballroom
Used now for ping pong, darts and games
Serves also as conference room for meetings

The Horton RoomEB105166 4x6

The Horton House is a beautiful mansion.  Bob’s sister enjoyed her 1-week stay there very much.  I am certain that you would too.  So, if you are ever in the Warren area and looking for a place to stay, be sure and check out the Horton House Bed & Breakfast.

Our Saturday continued at Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca, New York, where Cynthia treated us to lunch. After lunch Cynthia doubled her money playing a slot machine.

Our day together ended taking in the view of Warren from the lofty vantage point of Washington Park.

Bob and his sister, Cynthia, with our hometown (Warren, Pennsylvania) in the background

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