Thursday, March 21, 2013

Join Us on April 4, 2013, from 4 to 7 PM at 1317 East Carson Street:: Gratitude for all who are journeying with us at Schwartz Living Market!

Join us on Thursday April 4, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM to thank so many individuals and organizations as we manifest our dreams at 1317 East Carson Street, the home of the soon to be open Schwartz Living Market. Be a part of this Transition Town process! You will be part of the coronation of our brand new and donated water fountain from Oasis, a small woman owned business in Columbus. Ohio. Help us thank Chris Romangnoli of Oasis and Matt Larkin, the local Pittsburgh, PA, representative of Oasis, and all of the wonderful people that have donated so much of their time, and worked so consistently in our process at 1317 East Carson Street. We will be entertained from 4:00 to 5:00 PM by Stephanie Miller, harpist extraordinaire! See for more details about Stephanie's work with Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy. David Smith will be doing a Native American blessing on the fountain at 5:00 PM and all of our water in Pittsburgh, and Phil-O-Sophical will be doing his amazing Flowetry stand up poetry. Coffee from Building New Hope and light appetizers from South Side's Cambod-I-Can Kitchen. Sliding scale suggested donations will be accepted. Twenty five dollars or more, or ten dollars suggested donation if you bring your own water bottle to fill at the newly installed water fountain! 

Based on the team's input at 1317 East Carson Street pictured are early drafts of our story's HIstory, Project, Essence, and Journey designed by Jenna West, and below, Tony Albrecht, AIA's depiction of a potential rooftop Permaculture and Biodynamic Production Farm and performance venue on the rooftop design with solar panels.

Here's a partial list of who we will be thanking and honoring, in addition to Oasis on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM:

Artemis Environmental: Paint, Primer, Caulking, Adhesives, Floor Finish and more
Construction Junction: Tile, Sinks, Schoolhouse Lighting Fixtures
Erzen Associates: Cleaning Supplies and Clean Up!
Forbo Marmoleum and David Skloboda: Kitchen Flooring
Riverview Carpet: Marmoleum Kitchen Flooring
Typhoon: Schoolhouse Lighting Fixture

The following non profits: The International Living Building and Living Futures Institute, Phipps Conservatory, Green Building Alliance (GBA), City Theatre, ABOARD, Sustainable Pittsburgh, Conservation Consultants Inc, (CCI), Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC); Building New Hope (BNH), Sustainable Monroeville, Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Unity Through Creativity, Public Allies, SSLDC, the South Side Chamber of Commerce, The Great Allegheny Passage, The GAP is coming! and more that will be listed in the future! If we have omitted your non profit, please let us know at

Special thanks to the Allegheny County Health Department and the Department of Environmental Protection for allowing us to keep some of the Asbestos Flooring on site and encapsulated for educational purposes!

And extra special thanks to the following individuals:

Tony Albrecht, AIA Architect; Tara Alexander, Filmaker and Permaculturist; Margaret Baco, Pam Barroso, Organizer; Sarah Baxendell; Dave Davis, Carpenter; Lauren DeCleva, Designer; Mark Dixon, Filmmaker; Darrell Frey, Permaculturist, Educator, Contractor, Three sisters Farm; Mark Harris and Harris Electric; Brad Hochberg and Energreen, Organizer and Co-Creator; Frank Knezevich, Painter and Carpenter; Bruce Kraus, South Side Councilman; Joe Liotta, sign painter since 1938!; Liz Lynch, Permaculturist and Integrator; Ed Mudjarik, lead and asbestos testing; David Magness, Observer of the Unfolding; Chad Mosesso, Organizer and Connector; Bill Peduto, Councilman; David Smith, Blesser; Pete Tomkins, Plumber; Steve the lead remediator; Jenna West, Graphic Designer, Logo creator, Brochure Creator, Panel Maker, Phil-O-Sophical, Jeff Newman of Steel City Soils, Greg Boulos, SJ and Anthony, Debbie Jacknin, Matt Mehalik, Jesse Jon Salensky,  Justin Thakar and Alex Dale, currently Transition Facilitators, and more that will be listed in the future that we may have mistakenly not included.

Please let us know if we have overlooked mentioning you by contacting us at and we will add you to this blog entry!

And to the early vendors who you'll see again in June, 2013: Jonathan's foods, The Cheese Monger, Jenn's Jems, Rosaflora Botanicals, Global Lovin, Central American Native Arts and Crafts, Jenn's Jems

Thanks to Stan, Laura and Rachel Beck. Also, to the memory of my late in-laws, Marian and Steven Beck, and Aunt Sarah Ann Schwartz. May their memory be a blessing to this process we are working on. May they be smiling upon us.

Here's an early photo of the Oasis Water fountain being installed. Soon it will be closed on the bottom and the Sports Water Filler will be part of it too!! How exciting!

Check out the date of manufacture of this pipe and Happy Springtime in the 'Burgh! Also note the insulation sleeve around the hot water piping for purposes of energy conservation!

Lauren DeCleva, Liz Lynch about to have a sweet baby, and Laura Beck!

This is the newly installed water fountain and sports water filler from Oasis!  Mmmm, filtered water!
So, you think we ought to paint the wall a different color or put some tile around the fountain? Comments welcome!!!

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