Evening ‘Café' coming to Brookline Blvd.


Fine artists, craft artists and performing artists, aka buskers, are being sought this summer by the Brookline Chamber of Commerce for their ‘Art in the Evening Café' events along Brookline Blvd. every Thursday in July from 4 to 9 p.m.

It was announced at the Brookline Chamber of Commerce meeting May 12 that the “Art in the Evening Café” program begins July 3.

There is no fee for artists on the first night, but it will cost $25 each night for the other three Thursday sessions that will take place July 10, 17 and 24 to cover advertising costs, according to Cindy Clark who is organizing the summer street program. Artists must give a commitment of participating for four evenings in order to take part in the program.

The buskers, performing street artists such as jugglers, musicians, mimes, magicians, etc., will not be charging a fee, but will be permitted to accept tips.

Those interested in participating must register by June 15. For more information, call 412 773-0343 or 412 341-1354.

In other business at the chamber meeting, volunteers are needed for the annual South Hills Memorial Day parade May 26 that begins on Brookline Blvd. at 10 a.m.

Volunteers are needed to hand out candy to children along the parade route, according to chamber president Linda Boss at the organization's monthly meeting at the Brookline American Legion Post 540.

They may also need volunteers to represent the Chamber and ride in two convertibles that will travel the parade route.

The Memorial Day parade will begin at near the veterans memorial cannon display near McGibbiny Park and wind its way up the hill along the main business corridor of Brookline. It will then turn left onto Pioneer Ave., then left onto West Liberty Ave. before ending at the Mt. Lebanon cemetery.

Brookline residents are encouraged to watch the parade near the intersection of Castlegate Ave. and Brookline Blvd. said Post 540 Commander and Home Chairman Joe Szuminsky.

The parade is jointly sponsored by the Brookline Chamber, the Dormont VFW, the Dormont and Mt. Lebanon Businessmen's Association and Brookline American Legion Post 540 as well as the South Hills Memorial Day Association.

The parade has been held each year in Brookline since the 1920s with Mt. Lebanon and Dormont joining the route in the 1930s, according to Szuminsky.

It was also reported at the chamber meeting that a new flagpole was erected at the city fire station on Brookline Blvd. April 28.

A dedication plaque for the flagpole has been ordered and should arrive by mid-June, according Jan Beiler, one of the chamber members responsible for getting the flagpole from the City of Pittsburgh Department of General Services.

Once the plaque arrives, a dedication ceremony will be held involving the Chamber of Commerce, Councilman Jim Motznik and State Representative Michael Diven.


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