Saturday, July 27, 2013

World of Outlaws Sprints at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park: July 23rd, 2013

The first trip of the season to Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, NY (outside Syracuse) was a comfortable one – for once, I wasn’t there when it was cold (like May or October usually is)! As usual, we got our parking spot in the VIP area, providing great shots of the A-Main with my new lens (which I LOOOOOOOOVE!), and took a few trips around the pits before the action got underway.
Sammy Swindell
This year was a little different, because Dad actually knew one of the teams competing – Cheektowaga native Todd Hoddick made his first start with the Outlaws, and his father Trey sat with my father and I during the time trials and heats. Todd finished 16th in his first match-up with the big guys!
Todd Hoddick
There were a few wrecks, including a scary one that saw Kerry Madsen’s sprint get stuffed under a guardrail, but nothing awful, which is always a plus in racing. Daryn Pittman won the race in the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 9.

Four wide!

Pittman takes the checkered flag
photos: Paula Thompson Freelance

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Menne Nursery garden tour – July 20th, 2013

I went on the Menne Nursery garden tour last year and really enjoyed it – especially because of the low cost compared to other garden tours – so signing up again was a no-brainer (find out what else I could’ve done here). This year’s tour officially visited six homes, but since two other nearby homes were open for the Ken-Ton Garden Walk, we ended up at eight homes with some very unique gardens, including a “green roof” garden, a different type of rooftop garden, some cool succulent ideas and – my dream – a “no-lawn” landscape! (I can dream can’t I?)

One of the great surprises of the trip was lunch at Larkinville in the city of Buffalo. Larkinville is a really cool outdoor space with awesome gardens and containers, colorful seating, a restaurant called the Filling Station and lots of other fun stuff – these couple pictures won’t do it justice, I’ll be doing a bigger post on this new Buffalo hot spot soon!

all photos: Paula Thompson Freelance

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

2013 National Garden Festival: Capen Garden Walk and Snyder-CleveHill Garden View, July 13th and 14th, 2013

It was a double garden walk weekend, as I visited the Capen Garden Walk on Saturday, July 13th and the Snyder-CleveHill Garden View on Sunday, July 14th. It was my first time visiting these neighborhoods for garden walks, but I did visit a couple of the gardens on the S-CH walk last year as part of a National Garden Festival bus trip – it was nice to see how these gardens have progressed.

Over the two days I hit around two dozen gardens – nowhere’s near all of them, as the Capen Garden Walk had over 60 and the S-CH walk had more than 25. It’s always interesting to see what people use for “container plantings” – everything from old metal toys to shells! And bikes – lots of bikes! Here are a few of my favorite ideas from these walks.

Capen Garden Walk

Capen Garden Walk

Capen Garden Walk

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View

Snyder-CleveHill Garden View
All photos: Paula Thompson Freelance

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Holland Speedway – RoC Modifieds: July 6th, 2013

I’m a little late getting these up thanks to a busy week of writing, but since the NASCAR Mods are getting ready to take the green flag at New Hampshire (and it’s on TV!), it seemed like the perfect time!
Staging on the frontstretch

Getting ready to start

The Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour hit Holland Speedway last weekend and, as usual, put on a great show. There was some controversy at the previous race which led to Chuck Hossfeld and Matt Hirschman being disqualified and put on probation, but it was a clean race until the end, when Andy Jankowiak and Patrick Emerling got together at the flag stand and caused some damage. There was a different kind of controversy following the race, as the driver who took the checkered flag didn’t pass inspection; that gave the win to…who else…Matt Hirschman!

My favorite Modified driver of all time, Tony Hirschman, now spotting for son Matt

Matt Hirschman (60) leads the pack
All photos: Paula Thompson Freelance

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Buffa-love 2013: Darwin Martin House – June 30th, 2013

I’m pretty sure I went to the Darwin Martin House for a field trip from school at some point in my forced academic life (as opposed to the chosen academic life – that would be college). It’s one of those vague memories I have from 30-odd years ago. During my recent excursion to the Parkside area for the Parkside Garden Tour, I was able to check out the outside of this special home again, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be seeing the inside of it someday as well – because 40-year-olds can appreciate things that grade schoolers can’t!

The Darwin Martin House was one of the designs by famed designer Frank Lloyd Wright, who also designed Fallingwater, Graycliff, Kentuck Knob and other historical buildings of the Prairie Period in the Eastern US. The original complex consisted of five buildings, two of which are still standing and being refurbished; the others have been rebuilt. Learn more about the Darwin Martin House here.
Here are a few of the exterior shots I took during the Parkside Garden Tour.

all photos: copyright Paula Thompson Freelance