Cole was set to participate in MathCounts, a fun math competition sponsored by schools around the country. Cole is only in sixth grade at a middle school, so some of the higher math still lies ahead for him. Still, he was anxious to spend time with his friends on the campus of PSU Beaver, have lunch there, and be on stage with his team. Susanne and Sarah accompanied him and enjoyed the time with him and his friends.
Meanwhile, that left me and Chloe to our own devices. Chloe spent some time making rubber band "jewelry" on some sort of loom (she watches videos on You Tube and follows instructions on how to make various pieces). She made me a nice bracelet to wear and something for Susanne, too.
Around noon she announced that it "certainly would be nice" to go down the street to the Brighton Hot Dog Shoppe to enjoy some lunch. Of course, I had to be talked into it (not), and we took off flying down the hill to Third Avenue. We could have walked, of course, but we'd (well, I'd) never make it back up that accursèd hill.
At the hot dog shop, Chloe forced me to let her have a regular-size milk shake as opposed to a kid size, as well as some cheese fries (perhaps with chili -- I can't recall). I had the requisite burger and fries, all the while hoping that I did not get wedged into the narrow booth (the only drawback to the place) and have to be rescued by the fire department.
Merrick Art Gallery in the next block. It was founded by the celebrated New Brighton industrialist, Edward Dempster Merrick (1832-1911) and has a stunning collection of French, German, English, and American paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. Chloe has been there with her school, has taken summer classes there, and one year she had her birthday party there.
It seems she just likes to look at beautiful pictures. And it's free! So we entered, signed in, and set off in search of some beauty. Many of the pictures were stacked on the walls in threes, one above the other, so we looked at every one and voted on the best one of the three. We agreed much of the time!
There is also a historical display featuring American composer Stephen Foster's piano. Elsewhere there were items from New Brighton's past, like pottery from the ES&B Company, which is highly prized these days.
|Chloe poses with the Stephen Foster piano.|
|A pretty girl smiles out of the picture at us.|
But, hey, what's your grandfather for if not to spoil you? Besides, it gave us a chance to take something home for everyone -- it being Valentine's Day and all. Come to think of it, though, I never saw those strawberries again...
|Chloe experiences the ecstasy of a candy store smell, er, perfume!|
|Sarah made this delightful Valentine's Day trifle.|
|Miss Lily keeping warm.|
Oram's Donut Shop for cinnamon buns and cream-filled donuts. It's just across the river from New Brighton and on the way to the turnpike.
|Willpower alone kept the goodies in the bad.|
|Frozen dishwashing detergent.|
|Set for 72 but registering 40 degrees.|
|If this looked like something religious, we could sell tickets to see it.|