Mellon Park Herb Garden

I recently received a flyer from the Point Breeze Organization about the Mellon Park Herb Garden:

The Elizabethan Herb Garden beds include culinary and medicinal herbs, a fragrance garden, a dye garden, a knot garden, a tea herb garden, a Shakespeare garden, and a rose garden. The Pittsburgh 250 Garden celebrates the 250th birthday of the city of Pittsburgh, and includes vegetables, fruits, and herbs that were grown at Fort Pitt (now Point State Park) at that time. This summer, a section with edible herbs and herbs native to Africa has been added.

Wikipedia lists the Mellon Park Shakespeare Garden/Elizabethan Herb Garden as one of only 34 such gardens in the world!

This garden is definitely worth a visit if you have the chance. Mellon Park is right along 5th Avenue, and quite near the practice site. On Sundays, you can park right on 5th Avenue!


COOKIE BAKING with the Food Guild!

DATE: Sunday, December 8, 2019—–
TIME: Noon-ish or 1-ish to start, 5 pm-ish or 6 pm-ish to end—–
Place: Brandie Lee’s House in Wexford 

NOTE:  due to a severe allergy, there can be NO nuts or nut products prepped or baked at the house – no peanuts, almonds or almond flour, walnuts, or anything. —–

Coconut flour, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds (pepitas), and soy products are safe. It’s fine if people bring already baked cookies containing nuts as long as they are kept separate. —–

The Food Guild will be bringing 10 pounds of flour, 8 pounds of sugar and 2 pounds of butter for everybody to use. Also there will be parchment paper, tin foil, and ziplock bags for taking stuff home.—–

I will be bringing my extensive collection of cookie cutters, my cookie extruder, food colors, cookie sheets, my stand mixer which can handle some pretty heavy gingerbread dough, and any other odds and ends I can find.—–

Kids are welcome and so are other random family and friends; there are three kitties living there, so medicate as appropriate. —–

To get the address, check the Dark Pages at or email me at, or if you are on Facebook, send a PM to Brandie Lee or Elss Augsburg.—–You can also text me at 724.759.3333. —– To see the Food Guild on FB, go to —–

See you there!—–

Elss Augsburg

The dashes and other weird line breaks and stuff are an attempt to make the message more readable when it hits the email list.

Cherry Blossom Festival 2016

The Pittsburgh Sakura Project has been planting Japanese cherry trees in North Park since the fall of 2007, and has been having cherry blossom festivals for the last few Springs. They recently announced that the 2016 Sakura Festival will be on Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 2pm to 4pm. More information at the Pittsburgh Sakura Project web site.
Pittsburgh Sakura Project

Maridon Museum “Collectors” Series

The Maridon Museum in Butler, just North of our Fine Barony in the lovely Shire of Sunderoak, is hosting a series of monthly talks on Thursday evenings about collecting and collectors.

If you’ve never been to the Maridon, they have a lovely collection of Chinese and Japanese artworks, plus a room full of European Meissen porcelain including a set of Commedia del Arte figures.

This seems like a lovely way to find your way up there to meet some people and see the museum. See the Maridon’s web site and the flyer for more information.