Angelina Ballerina: WQLN Benefit

Today, Paula and Judy’s Dance Connection performed their sixth annual performance for WQLN. Titled “Angelina Ballerina”, each year the troupe performs to a reading of one of the Angelina Ballerina titles. There are two to three performances, attended by scores of young girls who love dancing and love Angelina.

This year the troupe performed at the legendary East Erie Turner’s club ballroom. This image is taken from the entrance, through an arch and showing some of the dancers and the young guests on the dance floor.

I photographed the event, provided sound, and also took photographs of the young guests with the Angelina character as an additional fund raiser for WQLN.

The performances were very entertaining, and the guests had a wonderful time!

Erie Events: Bean Day 2009 Is Coming!

Yes boys and girls, the great midwinter food celebration is back! This time with more beans!

What started off as a fund raiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank focusing on SPAM has turned beany. When the SPAM folks politely declined to allow us to use their product in a food event, they missed out on a great thing.

So we have resurrected Bean Day!

Bean Day is an invention of my dad and stepmother, who, years ago, started bean day as a friends and family midwinter cooking celebration and a reason to get out of the house in February. Over the years it grew in popularity and at one point took over a fire hall, and this with no communication other than word of mouth.

The lowly bean is a wonderful base for cooking. At Bean Day we celebrate all that can be associated with bean, from pure bean-based foods such as baked beans, to things made with beanlike substances like Tofu, jelly beans, vanilla beans and coffee beans. Yes, we stretch the definition so we don’t have to eat pinto bean ice cream.

The highlight of Bean Day is the cooking contest. People are invited to bring an entry to be judged and shared, and the winners come away with incredible prizes like more beans.

This year’s event is still in the planning stages, but here are the preliminary details:
– Date: Saturday February 7th, 2009
– Time: 5-9 PM or thereabouts
– Location: Saints Peter and Paul Social Center, 34th and Wallace
– Activities: kids activities, cooking contest, musical entertainment, chinese auction
– Admission: $5/person or $15/family

More details will follow. We would like to raise $1000-2000 for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Family Portrait Marathon

This summer, Scot Baker, the father of one of our dance studio’s dancers and a customer of mine, was injured in a motorcycle accident. He sustained a severe head injury and is in need of extensive rehabilitation. Needless to say, the family medical bills are staggering.

In an effort to help the Baker family with their medical expenses, I am holding a Family Portrait Marathon on Sunday October 19th at Presque Isle State Park, Waterworks cabin #3. My goal is to photograph 10 to 20 families on that day, and have the entire session fees donated to the Baker Family.

Each family will receive a 30 minute photo session. If the weather is great, we’ll use the wonderful scenery around Waterworks. If it’s rainy, we’ll have lights and backdrops set up inside the cabin. The families will receive their own password protected online gallery and can use that to view and purchase prints and other products. The suggested donation for the session is $100. The families will also receive a 50% discount code to use for the purchase of prints and products. You will receive some great family portraits at a very reasonable price, and support a great cause at the same time!

If you have not had your family photographs taken in the last couple of years, please consider joining us on October 19th to support a family in need. Refreshments will be available at the cabin.

To sign up, contact John Huegel at or call him at 814-881-2840. Preferred hours to call are 5PM to 9PM, but you can leave a message at any time.

Thanks to these online sources who picked up the Press Release: Erie PA Today Blog.