Faces and Food at the Festival

I got to run through the International Festival Saturday on my way to work. I was “on assignment” for someone who asked me to get shots of the food at the ethnic celebration. Fortunately for me, of all the shots I took, I was unhappy with only one. Everyone else was  very cooperative.
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These women at the Macedonian booth were so happy I took their pic and for whom it was for, they gave me one of the kebab sandwiches. Wow!! That was great!

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This last group I passed as I was leaving, and the young gentleman with the lemonade cup called out to me and asked, “Will you take our picture?” I spun around and said, “Sure, if you want me to.” Everyone got in their positions, and the young woman in the yellow cap and the man in the red cap in the back came running over to try to photobomb the shot. They posed, and then laughed until I told them, “Stay in it!!” Everyone cheesed, I got the pic, and hopefully they’ll be as “famous” as they hoped when this is posted.

Santa Claus and St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church

Along with the Model Train Display at Black River Landing, there is the International Tree Display. St. Nicholas Church has a Christmas Eve Holy Supper display, along with informative write-ups about the Nativity, the Church’s upcoming centennial anniversary, and a piece detailing how Santa Claus originated from St. Nicholas.

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The Model Train Display

The Model Train Display and International Holiday Trees at the Black River Transportation Center, Black River Landing, will be open Fridays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. through Dec. 22

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I can see why grown men can be so fascinated with model trains. The different cars and bridges and structures that you can buy to make a display realistic are myriad. I was mesmerized and obsessed with just trying to get that next great shot.

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Paula Rocks On at the Fayreweather Concert

(Paula Tobias will be guest-blogging here for a short time while ‘That Woman’ – Loraine Ritchey takes a much needed R-n-R.) 

I went to an Opera this evening (Saturday).

Okay it was the Fayreweather Concert at the Black River Landing, but I described Paul to Frank as an Operatic Singer. Paul’s theatrical presentations with music, well, it’s beyond description; You have to experience it to appreciate it.

We had a great time. People were dancing in their chairs, the demographics were varied and in a sentence: He was good. He was damn good.

The last time I watched/heard Fayreweather was in the Flats in Cleveland in the early 80’s. Even then I was amazed at Paul’s theatrics. Anyone else remember White Punks on Dope?

We heard Fayreweather songs, a song about the city of Lorain, Genesis, and Jethro Tull.

Did I mention he played the flute and guitar besides singing?

If you weren’t there, you missed a great concert.