Saturday, February 17, 2018

Connecticut has Four Seasons, and the best is yet to come!

Historic Wooster Square Cherry Blossoms Set to Peak on April 22, 2018!!

How can I be so certain?

Well, going on 6 years of predicting,
cajoling, promoting, explaining
and of course photographing these
funky fickle flowers... 
you get a feeling about this phenomenon!*
*I actually just take pictures everyday, so
that you know exactly what they look like
as they are starting bloom, peak and bust! 

5 Year Time Lapse Hughes Place

Blossom Mathematics

First, a quick Quiz:
Cherry Blossoms...
a. Peak in March, April or May
b. Peak whenever their good and ready.
C. When the Blossom Blogger tells me when they peak.

The Correct Answer? Yes.
(I never was really good in skool)

Peak Hughes Place

Anyone of these events has happened.
They have popped in March and 
stayed as late as May. 

We find a pattern. But they
don't ever follow exactly. 

A cold snap during Peduncle Elongation?


Rains and extreme winds after Peak?

Blossom Snow!

Blossom Blogging Bummer!

So if you are serious enough,
you'll just sign up for
email updates so you 
won't miss out on
one of the Natural Wonders
of Wooster Square!

Cause, even if it looks like this
tomorrow morning...

"Wooster Winterland"

45th Annual Wooster Square
Cherry Blossom Festival!
April 22, 2018.

From Noon till 4:30 we Party likes it's 1999!
Music, Food, Dancing, Local Art, Food!

Last year the Blossom Blog Mainframe, the National Park Service, and the New Haven Parks Dept estimated the crowd at 11,000.

And the Blossoms really cooperated.

Wait, what?

April in Wooster Square 2006

Yes, folks, the Festival doesn't always fall
on the Peak of the Pink Pretties.

Is it all just a bit too much?

Well, yes but all you need to do is:
1. Stay sheltered. Yes, it's winter stay inside when possible.
2. Sign up for email delivery of blog posts piping hot to your inbox of choice. FREE free FREE free
3. Follow the Wooster Square Blossom Blog Facebook page 
4. Follow the Blossom Blogger on Twitter for all breaking blossom business!
5. Head to Wooster Square!!

Make Tracks for New Haven!

Essex Steam Train

See You on the Rails
See You Round the Square!

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Thanks Sponsors!

Care to live in the Square?
Call or Text Cheryl for 
a private showing!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Year Notes, Nuggets, Nibbles and a little Nostomania!

Wooster Square Welcomes Winter 2018 Warmly, Why? Only 102 days until our Famous Fabulous Cherry Blossoms will be Bursting their Beautiful Bountiful Buds!

I know, it's a stretch to think about Spring

Today's High: 14

Today's Low:  -6

But Hey, without a little pain, how
could something of such beauty appear.

Like an Oasis in the Dessert.

Imagine, from this Frozen, Fridgid Precious Park,
is born the eternal beauty of Spring.

Fence Foto Fun!

How you say?

Well going on six years here at the
Wooster Square Blossom Blog
we know a thing or two about
our little Hanami Heaven.


Don't be. Sit, relax. 

Deep Breathe...exhale

You see, Cherry Blossoms go back 
thousands of years in Japanese culture.

Word has it, Emperor #1 
decided that the common folk
needed a place to hang out and party.


(Emp #1, they were very ahead of their times)

ordered thousands of Special Sakura Species
(Cherry Trees)

stating in Japanese to herself,

"One's act, one's profit."

An equivalent to 
the English...
"you reap what you sow"

The Emperor - er... Empress
knew that if she invested in her
people, in their well being and happiness,
then the whole Empire would benefit.

So, she planted these trees all
over hill and dale for the People.

Evidently, the People were grateful,
but they were hoping for 
something like a
year end bonus.

Until the Sacred Scenic Serene Sakura's Shined!

Hughes Place April 11, 2011

Mind you, Cherry Blossoms are one of the 
earliest Trees to Blossom. 

Meanwhile, back in Japan, Empire #1...

Seeing the Cherry Blossoms in full bloom,
with the chilly snap of Winter in the Spring air,
they ran home to tell everyone.

They gathered families, food, blankets
and lot's of Rice wine, 
more wine and more food.

As they sat in awe, they party picnicked under the
Colorful Cumulus Clouds in a 
Crowded Collegial Compotation!

(Not really)

Then, it seems as if an instant,
the blossoms disappear. 

Winter's cold grip gone,
 Beautiful Birth of Color,
Treasure the moment
Bart & Cheryl's Haiku 2018

Sound Exciting?

Of course it is folks! That's
why we have a 
Cherry Blossom Festival
every year in April!

So before I fill you in on a few details,
take a look at some recent photos of the 
Wonderful World of (Frozen)
Wooster Square 

Blanketed Beauty Beneath

Columbus Carefully Calculating

Winter Walk

Seriously Sweet Signs
(see line # 4)

Bare Square

Future Fireworks

Benedict Arnold, Silas Deane, Charles Goodyear
and Meryl Streep just a few to call Wooster Square Home.

What do you need to do now?


It's not like 102 day's are going to
go by that fast. Besides, us 
New Englander's are a hardy bunch,
especially here in Connecticut.

Two weeks under freezing?

Bring it on.

We know our Beautiful
Cherry Trees will awaken.

Wooster Square comes alive!

See you on the Tundra
See You Round the Square!

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Thank you Sponsors!

Dare to live on the Square!

The same view that Charles Goodyear
had of Wooster Square can be yours...

Living in Wooster Square can 
inspire the best out of everyone!

Call or Text Cheryl 
for a private showing today!


Monday, November 13, 2017

The Winner of the New Haven "Great Pizza Take Out Debate" Ernie's Pizzeria Shocks Epicenter of Pizza Universe!

Ernie's Pies are as original New Haven Pizza gets. For almost 50 years they've been cranking out pizza with no compromises, complete dedication & passion for the craft, only the best, made with the freshest, most simple ingredients. Folks, this is one classy pizza joint where the owner, Pat, treats everyone like family. And they only make one thing - PIZZA! Eat in or take out, this has to be on your "lifer" list! Go, no RUN to get a pizza that Ernie's fans just fawn over!!!!


In a word,
The Perfect Food.

Ok, that's three words.

Food that's fast, hot, saucy,
crispy, salty, spicy, cheesy
(or not)
dream food you can eat
with your hands,
No Utensils Required!
(picnics in the park people!)
And the left overs are good cold
or from a toaster oven
(no, not a microwave)

What is New Haven Style Pizza?

Let's just assume you crawled out
from under some Dominos or
Papa Johns Box.

N'aven Style Apizza
(pronounced ah-beetz)
((N'aven is how you say
New Haven, Not
NEW Haven))

Typically, it has a thin crust,
some say burnt, and sometimes
cooked in a coal-fired oven.

However, some of your best 
N"aven ah-beetz can come
from your regular pizza ovens.

The key is HEAT!

Second Generation owner Pat, took
over from his father a few years back.

Ernie, would only sell the business
to his son if he did not divulge his
prized recipe for his dough and
keep his strict standards of
food quality and freshness.

On a handshake, Ernie ensured that
his legacy would be passed on.
Poor Pat has been on duty
everyday when they are open!
(Nobody else can make the dough!)

Every pie is crafted as a 
work of art.

Holy Hanami Heaven!
Pepperoni n Garlic

Every pie is made to order.

Like pan roasted fresh garlic & broccoli rabe
and house made sausage.
A Pizza Pie Picasso People!

No seriously, this is outstanding pizza.


Yup, straight up authentic 
New Haven Style Pizza

Ernie's is creeping up the best pizza
in America list to #32!

Ernie's customers
flooded the inbox and messages
of the contest.

Pat said his face book page was on fire 
because people were so passionate.

Tens of thousands checked in!

Wham Bam Thank you Pat!

Listen to what the Ernie's loyal fans said:

"My family travels a half hour just to pick up 3 larges from Ernie's Pizzeria at least several times a month. They deserve it!"

 "Ernie's! All my life and every time 
we are in Connecticut!"

"Ernie's! Hands down!"

"Ernie's for the win!"

Ernie’s, Ernie’s Ernie’s"
(we only counted this once)

"Ernie's Is the Best."

I'll take Ernie's!!!

"Ernie's for me no question about it!!

 "Ernie's is the best pizza in the world"

"Ernie's broccoli Rabe and clam. No comp!"

"Ernie's Pizzeria , pepperoni pizza"

"ERNIES!!... hands down best pizza in the WORLD!!!!!! πŸ•"

"Ernie’s Pizza, best White Clam pie ever"

"Ernie's is the best!! #nhveats

"Ernies, without a doubt!"

" Ernie’s Pizzeriaaaaaaa"

"Ernie's for sure best pizza ever"

" Ernie's! Ernie's! Ernie's! We have a rule in our house, you have to earn your Ernies! Running shoes=you earned the Ernies!πŸ•πŸ•"

"Ernie’s. I will put their fresh garlic on anything in this world."

"Ernie’s the best they make you feel like family πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ"

"Wow I’ve never had Ernie’s although I’ve heard a lot about it. I still have to say modern and Zupp’s is a close 2nd"
(a concerned pizzatarian)
((Sorry Zuppardi's and Modern))

" Ernie's πŸ• without a doubt!!!"

"I never take out pizza. 
It has to be eaten on site."
(perfect! Ernie's is a great place
to eat in! Clean and nice friendly service.)

"If Ernie's isn't a winner by a shutout, better check Putin's involvement..."

And on and on!
More People voted Hands Down than
on an aircraft carrier!

But still, there could only be one
winner of the First Annual
Wooster Square Blossom Blog
Great Pizza Take Out Debate!

Congratulations Pat!
Two of N'aven's most Dashing Fellows.
One makes pizza, the other eats it.

So good that you don't care if you ever
have any skin left on the roof of your mouth,
you just wanna eat!!!

Mouth Watering Pizza is waiting!

Thanks to our Sponsor, Cheryl Szczarba,
Realtor at Seabury Hill on Wooster Street
for sponsoring the Contest and raffling off
$100 Gift Certificate to their own favorite
pizza place of choice!

Well, of course it was Ernie's, and Pat said the winner teaches and is going to educate her whole class about what good pizza is by 
taking them for pizza at Ernie's!

Congratulations to both Pat of Ernie's
and Liz K. the Certificate winner!

See you at Ernie's
See You Round the Square!

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Live in Pizza Heaven
call or text Cheryl for a private showing!
Steps to Little Italy, Yale,
Shops and more! Get rid
of your car and move
to Historic Wooster Square!