Dayton Lane May Promenade

The lovely Robin and I had a blast--and nearly walked our feet off--at Sunday afternoon's Dayton Lane May Promenade in Hamilton. We toured a dozen historic homes, many of them sublimely restored with period furnishings and filled with fascinating history. 
We enjoyed the music of the Fort Hamilton Jazz Band (above); man, those guys have chops! Folks in period costumes, old-fashioned bicycles, and horse-drawn carriage rides also contributed to the setting and the celebration. I only wish the more than 700 people who enjoyed the tour along with us had stayed out of our way. 

Flowing Grace Dance Recital

The lovely Robin and I accompanied the Ohio branch of our family to last Saturday's Flowing Grace School of Dance recital, in which our granddaughter, Calleigh, was a participant. The best one, actually.
It was a program full of music and dance. Calleigh got to dance in three numbers, in both her ballet shoes and her tap shoes.
It was a great time with great people supporting a great dancer. Disappointingly, however, no one asked me to dance. Guess I'll save the leotards for some other occasion.

T. J. Chumps, Huber Heights, OH

The lovely Robin and I were hosted by our dear friends Bill and Lorraine Riley last Sunday for Sunday lunch (after church) at T. J. Chumps in Huber Heights, Ohio. 
To my surprise, Robin ordered a half rack of ribs (she usually goes for something else), and I enjoyed the full rack (above). They were perfectly cooked and seasoned, and the fries were excellent. But the signature side dish at T. J. Chumps is the broccoli, which took up nearly the whole table (below).
I finished my ribs and fries, but could barely make a dent in the broccoli, so we brought most of it home. Such good food and great company makes a memorable meal. Thanks, Bill and Lorraine! 

Cincinnati's Finest Finale at Bell Event Center

Last evening, the lovely Robin and I got to accompany our daughter Aubrey, son-in-law Kevin, and friends Corey and Jessica to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation event, Cincinnati's Finest Finale at the Bell Event Center.
The gorgeous venue was built in 1850 as St. Paul’s Church. The church was decommissioned in 1975 and stood empty for six years. In 1981, The Verdin Company, North America’s oldest bell and clock company, purchased and restored the structure, to the tune of one and a half million dollars. After the two-year-long work was completed, the beautiful building housed The Verdin Company corporate headquarters and the Verdin Bell and Clock Museum.
Cincinnati’s “Finest” Finale is an event where guests join to celebrate the “Finest” Young Professionals’ fundraising efforts while partaking in a delicious tasting and silent auction all under one roof. The guests sip and savor some of the finest wines, finest beer, finest cupcakes and sample by-the-bite foods from the finest local restaurants. All attendees vote on their favorites of each category; the finest wine, beer, cupcake, and restaurant are awarded at the end of the night, along with naming the young professional who has won the title of Cincinnati’s “Finest”.

It's an impressive event for a great cause, one that is near and dear to our hearts.

Point Vicente Lighthouse

On our drive around the Palos Verdes peninsula in April during our family vacation in southern California, we made a brief stop at the Point Vicente Lighthouse on the most southwesterly point of the peninsula. The point was named in 1790 by Captain George Vancouver (who explored the Pacific coast for England in his ninety-foot sloop, Discovery) for his good friend Friar Vicente of the Mission Buenaventura.
Before the installation of this lighthouse on May 1, 1926, sailors deplored this dangerous stretch of coastland. Upon installation, it was the brightest beacon in southern California. The 1000-watt bulb, focused through a five foot lens, could be seen over twenty miles. The lens, hand ground by Paris craftsmen in 1886, saw forty years of service in Alaska before its installation here. The tower is 67 feet tall but the beam's position on the cliff gives it a height of 185 feet above the ocean. Operation of the lighthouse was transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939. The lighthouse was manned until automated equipment and remote control operators took over in 1971. It is still in operation today.



Wayfarers Chapel, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

On our recent sojourn in southern California with our son and his family, the lovely Robin and I (well, mostly I) were excited to show them the beautiful Wayfarers Chapel on the Palos Verdes Peninsula, overlooking the Pacific Ocean (see this post about an earlier visit Robin and I made).
Not only was it a rainy day, but upon our arrival we learned that a wedding would be held in twenty-five minutes or so in the chapel, so we didn't have the freedom to tour it we would otherwise have had. We just peeked into the small chapel (the ushers and guests were already there), walked around the grounds, and browsed in the gift shop. The small prayer garden above is located behind the gift shop.

It was a short visit, and a disappointing one. But the Palos Verdes peninsula is a beautiful drive anyway, and we had a great time just being together.

The Yellow Vase, Rolling Hills, CA

On our last day in southern California with Nina, Aaron, Mia, and Miles, the lovely Robin and I enjoyed a unique lunch with them all at the Yellow Vase Cafe on Silver Spur Road in Rolling Hills Estates. 
What a unique place. While the young woman who took our order apparently was not having a good day, everything else about the experience was delightful. The Yellow Vase is beautifully and thematically decorated. 
Our meals were delicious and of course the company could not have been better. While we ate at several good cafes (among them the tiny Happy Diner in San Pedro, which we enjoyed) during our southern California sojourn, the Yellow Vase was the most stimulating. 
Not everyone was happy the whole time, however. Judging from the picture above, Nina had a bad attitude as we waited to order our food.