Our windy road to Nationals

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Saturday, March 28th 2009

Bob and I are extending our trip to Nationals to experience LP Funk, a friend from NYC, perform during the Humana Festival in Louisville, KY. A festival which is described on their website as “A gathering point for theater professionals and critics to take the temperature of the American theater.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press, April, 2008 http://www.actorstheatre.org/humana.htm

LP was cast for a horror script called “Slasher” while at the same time introducing his own Rock Opera Play “Ithaca” during the Motherlodge Festival. http://www.motherlodge.com/MLArtists2009/LPFunk.html

With over 50 different Theater groups in Louisville, it is not surprising to see these two Art Festivals happening at the same time. We will eventually fly out of Cleveland into Denver and have a blast with a bunch of you guys at Copper Mountain, CO. Stay tuned for updates along the way.

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Monday, March 30th 2009

We hit the road a couple of days ago and are making our way further and further west driving right through Camp Woodward country. We didn’t stop because we knew we were going to be at Woodward @Copper. The first and longest leg of our journey was a smooth and uneventful eight hour drive to Pittsburgh, PA. We are stopping to see one of Bob’s friends (the famous Danny Hunt & turns out Chris who were running a half marathon that day) from college whom I met when he came riding @ Hunter last year with his friend Wendy. Dan lives in a newly renovated NYC style loft apartment with a business center (for posting this story), pool and exercise club, pool table lounge and hot tub all walking distance to downtown Pittsburgh. His building, The Cork Factory, is an extensively renovated old cork factory on the Monongahela River that sat unoccupied for more than 30 years. Apparently it is said that Hines Ward from the Pittsburg Steelers lives in the factory complex as well.

Cork Factory

Saturday night, after we got settled, we went out to an Irish Bar around the corner called The Harp & Fiddle. After a long day in the car we enjoyed good food, good company and an evening of Irish acoustic guitar and fiddle music. After the Irish party we were off to a nightclub perched in the top floor of an old brick firehouse. Saturday night at the “Firehouse”, as the club is called, and the scene was formalwear dance party with stiff pint glass drinks.

Irish Bar

It was nice to catch up with Dan and Wendy and we had a blast hanging in this pro sports town. On Sunday we ate a great breakfast at the self-proclaimed “Best Breakfast in Pittsburgh” restaurant and walked around the waterfront factory shopping area known as the “Strip” district.

 

Pittsburgh Stadiums

Later that afternoon Bob and I did a self guided “Pittsburgh in two hours” car sightseeing tour in the rain. We saw the various stadiums for which Pittsburgh is so famous (although Three River Stadium is no more) and stumbled upon an amazing outlook point (on what is called Mount Washington) that looks over the downtown area. A sea of endless steel bridges surrounds Pittsburgh’s famous “three river” landscape. The characteristic shape of downtown is a triangular tract that is carved by the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers. It is also where the Ohio River forms with which we will meet up again in Louisville. We had a couple of rainy but dynamic days in the Steel city and are packing our bags now to head towards Louisville where we will meet up with a bunch of friends from New York who are driving in today. We say goodbye to the industrial landscape of a once steel manufacturing base and are headed towards a charming Southern historic city that lives for horse racing and America’s original whiskey. Yeeeha.

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