Friday, March 24, 2017

First Time in Wooster Square? Ten Top treats!

Slow Spring has Blossoms Snoozing!

A couple of more weeks of warmth, and our Cherry Trees 
would have been moving right along the Blossom Train. 

Then the train made a stop in the antarctic. 
And we are not moving.

However, it is better for the Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Festival on April 23, 2017.

Why don't they have the 
44th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival 
while the Cherry Blossoms are in full Bloom?

Oh my gads, we shoulda thought of that.

Seriously folks, the fine people on the Historic Wooster Square Association are very bright people. 
They have more degrees than a thermometer.
Not one thorny throttlebottom.

That my friends, is not the problem. 

Throw in the planning, logistics, City, Parks, Police
Volunteers, Vendors and ad inifinitum.

And then, the Festival has to be on a Sunday, yet April has
Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday floating around in it
like a pill on a roulette wheel.

You never know where they will fall and end up.

If the Blossoms Bloom during the Festival, well
that date is a winner folks!



Sounds like fun! Before I head off to Mohegan Sun
Casino and try to double the Historic Associations 
Festival Budget, take a look at some photos
from around our fair square!


The Wooster Square Blossom Blog Mainframe will 
google it's datagigs and tabulate a Top Ten Treat! 

Stage One Ignition!

Some trees, some, have green buds. That's a start
While Washington DC peaks this Weekend our
Sweet Sacred Square Sakuras Sleep!

Our Perpetually Blooming Tree on the corner of
Sunshine and Happiness
(Chapel and Academy Streets)

This particular tree is in various stages of Blooming 
and Bloomed around Christmas.

Pretty, but Bare Square

Most of the trees look like this...

Nuttin Honey!

Wooster Street, America's Pizza Main street

No buds, birds will do!
Spring, well ok...
and a hawk

Wooster Square Ten Top Treats!

It's easy, no trick really to become an 
Honorary Wooster Squarian. 
All you gotta do is act like the locals, 
When in Wooster Square...

In no particular order...

1. Wooster Street Pizza
     New Haven Style Apizza at it's best
       Pepe's: Clam Pie #1 pizza in America
       Sally's: Tomato Pie (yes, there is no cheese)
       Abates: Cheryl's Special->
                       Pepperoni and Garlic well done

2. Fuel- Best Coffee in New Haven.
             Small, local fair trade coffee. 

3. Lucibello's Pastry Shop.
     Italian pastries to die for. The smells have been
     known to drive the weak insane. 
4. Wooster Square Farmer's Market
     One of USA Today's top ten Farmer's Market
      in the US. Nuff said. (Saturdays)

5. Consiglio's 
      Braciole - Family recipe from 1938

6. Bocce Ball 
      Easy fun across the street from Fuel
      in Wooster Memorial Park. Bring the kids
      to play on swings while you play!

7. Libby's Italian Ices
     After all that fun, nothing is better than Italian
      Ices on Wooster Street.

8. Tre Scalini
     Unbelievable Spaghetti Carbonara 

9. Adriana's
     John Dory Sea bass. Don't eat for days before 
      going to Adriana's. Portions are HUGE and food
       is DELICIOUS

10. La Passagiata.
       Wooster Square's Walk of Wonder.
        La Passigiata in Italy is the act of walking 
        off dinner and saying hello to neighbors.

Becoming an Honorary Wooster Squarian
just might be easy, just not calorie free!

See you at one of the above
 See You Round the Square!!


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Monday, March 20, 2017

Wooster Square Cherry Blossom Botanical Basics 101

Fuse lit for Surreal, Sensational Six Stage,

 Sakura Spatiotemporal Surprise!

When will Historic Wooster Square's Cherry Blossoms
begin their trek from tiny green buds to Peak?

Peak is defined at at least 70% of the trees are in full bloom. Our Cherry Trees typically bloom for a period of several days. The length of each Bloom is dependent on factors such as winds, rains, snow, ice storms as well as extreme warmth or cold.

Forecasting peak bloom is almost impossible more than 10 days in advance, according to the National Park Service Website.

In fact, I provided the National Park Service  data this week on Wooster Square's frozen 
blossoms last year for comparison. 
(They had similar weather just before peak this year)

NPS spokesman, Michael Stachowicz
then revised their prediction the next day.
And the National Park Service said,
"Thank you for Thinking of Us, Bart"

No Worries, all in a days work Blossom Blogging!

Check out and follow Washington DC's
Blossoms on their Blossom Watch page.
Also Click the link to go to the live cams!

It's not easy being Chief Blossomologist.

It's a guessing game with history as your guide,
weather as your co-pilot and guts as your drive!

Six Stages of a Cherry Blossom.
(please follow closely. The complexity is large.
Not suitable for young children,
 or those with a heart condition. 
Portions are not edible and are 
edited from the NPS website. Photos are all
from Wooster Square.)

1. Green Buds
      Buds go from dormant to showing green buds.

2.  Florets Visible
       You can see the buds starting to form.
       Average 16-21 days until peak

3. Extension of Florets
    Average 12-17 days to peak.

4.  Peduncle Elongation
     Average 6-10 days (frost bad now!)

5. Puffy White/Pink (varieties)
    Average 4-6 days to peak

6. Peak Bloom 
    Average 0 days to peak (hey, they are peaking!)

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Later, I'll tell you 
if the moon is REALLY made of Cheese,
and much more data on Blossoms
 as we head into the first day of spring!

Next Up?

Top Ten things to do in Historic
Wooster Square During Cherry Blossoms!

Stay Calm
Hanami On!

See You Round the Square!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Blossom Mathematics: Honorable Hanami Hyperprosexia Herbacious Horoscope!

Old Age and the Passage of Time 

Teach All Things - Sophocles

Mr Sophocles, at the age of 90 or 91 when he died in 507AD, had pretty good credentials for knowledge. His time on earth, during his time on earth was pretty amazing considering the average life of Joe wine barrel was about 
30 something when they passed, 
worn and weary.*
*source: made it up

Time is money yet you can't buy time with money.

With age...
Knowledge is your product, 
life experiences are your currency. 
Debts are paid in pain and  hard lessons.
Payments are made to you in life's satisfactions,
love, contentment and well being.

Over time, you count your blessings, use your knowledge and share it to benefit your fellow man.

Excuse Me Blossom Blogger?
What does this have to to with the Cherry Blossoms in Historic, World Famous Wooster Square?

I guess it might be a stretch to say that the Wooster Square Blossom Blog has the street creds of someone like Sophocles. Not like they will be referencing quotes from the blog as some sage who could answer the eternal question, Why are we here?

And still talk about the Blog 1500 years later?

Doubt it, probably lost half the readers when you had to read the headline! 

Yes! Blossoms! Lets talk about when our Cherry Blossoms will Pop and Bloom!

While I giggle my bits 
out of my wikileak, 
take a look around the Square!!!

Celebrating, National Meatball Day!

Columbus, carefully calculating

Our perpetually blooming tree, you see what happens when cold hits full blossoms...

Stage One! Green Buds.

Buds in the air, buds everywhere

History Loves Company

Pink and white coming!

On Hughes Place, usually one of the first to bloom


City Sites to See

The show is about to begin...

360 ways to Love New Haven

So...What does all of this Mean?

Well first, you ask a lot of questions for someone getting free information. Second, I'll tell you!

Who Knows!?!?

What we can tell you, is that we watch Washington DC's Sweet Sakura's closely. Usually, we follow their peak about 16 days past theirs. Or not!

You see, no one, not even the National Park Service can predict them within about 10 days of the actual peak, when about 70% are in Bloom.

So it's a kind of a day by day thing.

But it's not at all complicated. 

Just follow the Wooster Square Blossom Blog,
our Facebook Page and me on twitter.

That way, you won't miss one pink
and white delight!!

Plus People! You can vote for your
favorite Blogger- Wooster Square Blossom Blogger
and Favorite Twitter-er, blossomblogger on CTNOW Best of New Haven!!!

See You Online
See You Round the Square!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day from Paregon Pretty Pink Park Central!

Twenty Two Treats! 
The Best Blossom Gifs from
The Wooster Square Blossom Blog!

Have a great Valentine's Day 
See You Round the Square!