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May 19th, 2006:

Park Hill House Tour -Sunday May 21

This is something that Stephanie and I have been meaning to go to– to see the houses that are not ours in spectacular states of repair, and lust after all those things in a historic home that we can’t possibly afford, in a neighborhood that is less than a half mile from ours in geography, but miles away in stature, safety, and general feelings of ease.

Seriously, I think it will be a lot of fun (and our friends Mark and Beth, who have a fabulous house in Park Hill of their own) will be shepherding the music (at the Park Hill Racquet Club, which will also have a variety of tasty delicacies available for sale.) The Music is part of their project that they’ve got going on, Musician’s Anonymous.

(and a special thank you to Lesley, my yonked blog buddy who reminded me of this!)

Sunday, May 21, 2006
11:30 am to 5:30 pm – Rain or Shine

11:00 – Ticket booth opens
11:30 – Houses open
12:00 – Guided Tour of Park Hill with Gary Brewer
1:30 – Historic Lecture by Barrymore Scherer
2:30 – Guided Tour of Park Hill with Steve Byrns and Mario Caruso
4:00 – Historic Lecture by Barrymore Scherer
5:15 – Raffle Drawing at the Host Area
5:30 – Houses close

Tickets are $20 at the Host Area.

For more information, visit www.parkhillyonkers.org

Yonkers artist Chris Semergieff

In between all of the witty and pithy comments on the renovation travails, let’s not forget that part of this blog is to help us discover the beauty that is Yonkers.
I found a very good website by Yonkers artist Chris Semergieff (website at www.semergieff.com) that does just that.

Chris (and truthfully, I’m not sure if Chris is a he or a she, and it doesn’t actually matter) does a really good job of capturing the urban beauty of Yonkers.

While I think it might seem a little cleaner than the Yonkers that I know, the art captures something of Yonkers mercurial beauty. It seems to me that most industrial cities that are past their prime (Yonkers and Providence being the ones I have most experience with) have the ability to seem either terribly beautiful or excruciatingly depressing based on the day (and the sunlight) Sometimes it’s the same day,even!

Chris has been able to capture a little bit of the beauty.

Check out Chris’s website for a larger gallery of paintings, plus a curriculum vitae.
www.semergieff.com Chris also teaches at SUNY Stony brook and Manhattan Community College.