Celebrating the rich basketball history

I finally got to see the downtown Syracuse basketball mural orchestrated by significant city impresario Frank Malfitano with my own two eyes. Magnificent. Dolph Schayes, Earl Lloyd Jr., Manny Breland and Breanna Stewart look as if they can reach out and touch you. That’s the way to span a city’s rich basketball history. Great six-story…

I’d eat there, oh, wait

At first blush, I thought the joint on the busy corner had another name change. Then I remembered it had closed and the spot was looking for a new restaurant to populate the space … In any case, the Turn Key could be a catchy name for an eatery, I think.

Room on your refrigerator?

I had to tell these two artist/crafters that they create really cool refrigerator magnets. Picky as I am, I did not buy. Our refrigerator is pretty full with destinations we visited further away from Central New York.

Way to go, Syracuse Poster Project

I was glad to see my former colleague at the big daily, Jim Emmons, hard at work in the booth for the Syracuse Poster Project, selling and the work and sharing the vision for the mission he started with determination and enthusiasm in 2001. It’s a great thing for the city. I spy Emmons around…

Almonds uses, awesome!

The Saratoga company carries peanut butter so prominently in its name. My dear wife Karen is allergic to that most familiar, everyday nut. So she is quite familiar with looking for finer print. So when I warned her not to sample the Trifecta, she knew the smaller print said it was an almond butter product.…

Good smells draw us in

It’s not a bad idea to just follow my nose? As my dear wife Karen and I walk the rows of the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival, a tent selling soaps, scented waxes and such earns our first stop of the morning. I decide not yet. Of course that aisle is on our way back…

In between sights from the circle

While walking amid the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival vendors, it’s always a good idea to let the eyes drift to the striking architecture that surrounds the drop-in tents. Yes, that’s the statue that still honors one Christopher Columbus, if you read yesterday’s post, standing at the center of the circle named after the now-controversial…

Welcome back, Arts and Crafts Fest

After a few years off because of you-know-what, the Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival returned to downtown Syracuse this past weekend. It took just a few words of <em>Do you want to go …</em> from my dear wife Karen during our what-are-we-gonna prep talk for me to get psyched. I’ll start my blogging welcome with…

Healthy lineup

From the end of the table down, my dear wife Karen coached me with my iPhone camera as we walked through this vegetable seller’s shed at the Regional Market. Of course she was right.