Monday, August 1, 2016

Outdoor events

Our summer continues to be one where outdoor events are the norm. This week I attended two, of opposite intent. The many wineries that dot Routes 5 and 20 east of Erie have taken to branching out in combining their winery businesses with entertainment and other events that bring neighbors and potential customers to their places--right in among the vineyards! One of the best was this one at Arundel Wine Cellars on Rte. 20 just east of North East, PA. One of their evening events featured popular Erie singer-songwriter, Sam Hyman. Sam is so much like James Taylor that it's eerie. Add to that that he sings quite a number of Taylor's hits and the audience is always in for a tremendous music experience. Here he is with just a drummer and bass player to accompany him. It was wonderful.

Just as memorable but with a totally different experience was the latest Take Back the Site vigil this week. The venue was rather unique, the intersection of a regular quiet residential street with the Bayfront Highway (an extension of I-79 coming north from Pittsburgh). As the crowd gathered, and it was a large one for the 18-year-old victim, traffic whizzed by at those high rate speeds. The place might have been quite different than our usual but the sadness and soberness of the crowd was the same.