Tonight is Light-Up Night!

It’s a beautiful day for Light-Up Night! Join your neighbors from 5 to 7 tonight in admiring holiday lights around the neighborhood. Some businesses will offer specials and some homes will offer refreshments. See below for details as well as the map of homes with notable displays. The HPCC will also be providing maps at the Bryant St. Parklet. Hope to see you out there!

Showing Solidarity in the Wake of Anti-Semitic Crimes

Since posting our response to Monday’s anti-Semitic crimes in Highland Park, many folks have reached out to the HPCC sharing their concern and asking for additional ways they can show their solidarity with Jewish neighbors. What a heartening response! To that end, the HPCC encourages people to put pictures of menorahs in their front windows to make the point that hate will not be tolerated in Highland Park. This effort was suggested by a neighbor who was inspired by another community’s response when something similar happened, as described in the book, The Christmas Menorahs: How a Town Fought Hate.

Paper menorahs can be purchased locally at Target. Alternatively, here is a black and white menorah coloring sheet. Thank you, neighbors, for showing your concern and stepping up!

Response to Anti-Semitic Crime & Commitment to Community

With a heavy heart – and an angry one – I’m writing about an anti-Semitic crime here in Highland Park. On Monday night, the second night of Hanukkah, a swastika was painted on someone’s home and their car windshield was smashed. One of the things I love most about our neighborhood is that it’s small enough that we really feel like a community. The HPCC is committed to making our neighborhood welcoming to all. We hope that everyone will join us in this mission. Please speak out against acts of hate and words of intolerance. But also, let’s go one step further and commit to living with our neighbors in peace. Period. It doesn’t matter which faith people believe in (or if they don’t subscribe to one), the color of their skin, their sexual preference, their gender identification, their age, their abilitities, their political affiliation, or their ethnicity. It doesn’t matter if we think they’re cranky, loud, or don’t keep up their yard. We are all neighbors: working, caring for family, and struggling to pay bills, and keep healthy, and not lose our minds in this crazy world. We are all coping, whether it’s with stress, loss, anxiety, depression, loneliness or fear. We are all just trying to get by. Together, we can make a difference, starting by being neighborly. In this season of holidays – Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa – we want you all to know peace and joy, safety and comfort, in your homes, our community, and in this great, wide world.

Stephanie Walsh
HPCC President

Food Glorious Food to launch new dinner series

Food Glorious Food plans to begin offering dinner, likely once a month to start, in the bakery. Owner and Chef Sean Wehr will design the meals which could take different formats, including themed menus, a buffet or set menus.

During a test run in November, about a dozen guests mingled while enjoying crostini and gruyere cheese puffs, then sat for a multicourse dinner of red snapper with lemon beurre blanc, vegetable fricassee with thyme and saffron, roasted red pepper risotto with chevre and chives, and beef sirloin with bearnaise sauce. The evening was topped off with apple tart tatin and coffee.

Dessert during November’s test run.

Wehr plans to experiment and have a bit of fun with the format. For instance, in the summer, the evening could kick off with appetizers across the street at Gallery Ama. One possible menu theme he’s considering is “they don’t make things like they used to,” which would include ‘70s and ‘80s era food, Wehr said.

He plans to publicize upcoming dinners via flyers posted in the bakery and word of mouth. Capacity will be approximately 15 people and guests will be invited to bring their own wine.

Food Glorious Food opened 20 years ago, offering cooking glasses and catering services, and for many years the bakery was open only on Saturdays. Wehr bought the business about three years ago.

Wehr has been in the food business essentially since graduating college and has had a varied and adventurous career that includes an apprenticeship at the Green Brier Hotel in West Virginia, owning a restaurant and vineyard in North Carolina, and a stint as a chef for a private client on a luxury motor yacht, traveling the Pacific.

Just before he bought the bakery, Wehr was the chef for a professional cycling team in Europe. “As they traveled around, I kept them nourished,” he said. It turns out that’s no small feat, as cyclists consume around10,000 calories a day when racing. A typical day for Wehr might involve making the cyclists oatmeal, eggs and toast for breakfast, followed by giant batches of soup, sandwiches or big bowls of rice, chicken and vegetables for lunch. Steak and potatoes often worked for dinner but “as soon as they were done, they’d start eating cereal,” Wehr said.

In addition to the scheduled dinners, Wehr is open to hosting private parties, either in the bakery or a host’s home. Interested neighbors can contact the bakery to discuss options with Wehr.

Around St. Andrews

Excitement is in the air at St. Andrew’s as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas. Families can begin to discover Christmas on Sunday, December 5 at 4 p.m. when St. Nicholas comes. He will share his story and be available for photos. This is a free event and open to the public. The Syrian Highlanders bagpipers will be back to perform on the lawn. At this time we will also be collecting new white crew socks for children and teens. These socks will be given to our ministry partners in Uganda in January. A service of Evensong will follow at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, December 19 join our choir and guest readers for a service of Christmas lessons and carols. This service will begin at 4 p.m. More details will be coming soon about this favorite event.

We are currently planning for three services on Christmas Eve. At 4 p.m. we will offer the Children’s Pageant and a service of Holy Eucharist. New this year is an 8 p.m. choral service with choir and strings. A musical prelude will begin at 7:30 p.m. Finally, at 11 p.m. we will offer a service of Holy Eucharist with a harp.

We continue to offer three services on Sundays: 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. All are welcome to attend our services here at St. Andrew’s. The 10 a.m. service is live-streamed on our Facebook page and also later available on our YouTube channel if you can’t make it in person. If you do come in person we are asking everyone to please wear a mask and to practice social distancing. We have temporarily suspended our coffee hour after church and are following closely the Covid case numbers here in Allegheny County.

Please check our website, our Facebook page and our outgoing phone message for the very latest information.

We would love to see you at one of our church services. All are welcome. God Bless everyone during this wonderful time of the year.