Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A Historic Gathering to Remember and Affirm in Criscolo Park

Moving, Poignant, Personal, Pertinent, Pedagogical Paladin Pontificates Prove Point on Hallowed Horological Home.  

 September 15,2017

I put this date dutifully, diligently, &
digitally into my dedicated device.

Frederick Douglas (actor) will speak to the all 
Black 89th Regiment of the 
Connecticut Volunteers 
the Civil War.

Nathan Richardson: Historian, Author, Poet, Actor

As in Battle of the States over Slavery.

These brave men fought without the best equipment, uniforms, pay or equality  
until Frederick Douglas
spoke to President Lincoln.

Then these New Haven Heroes were then issued proper equipment,
given the same wages and a promise
of Freedom for fighting for Our Union.

President Lincoln

An Honorable Amiable Histrion, 
Nathan Richardson, played 
the part of Mr. Douglas and 
some in the audience
were descendants of those in
the All-black 89th Regiment.

The Frederick Douglas event
was sponsored by the 
Amistad Committee 
and the
Jewish Federation 
of Greater New Haven.

Unexpectedly, a lightening bolt hit 
Historic Wooster Square 
at its Cherry Blossom Roots.

St. Michael's Church

Luisa DeLauro passed away at 103

Luisa spent 35 years as Wooster Square's Alder
and fought for our neighborhood as 
a mother protects its young.

Beloved Neighbor Leaves Lasting Legacy

Luisa helped many Notable locals find
 their first jobs,
bailed kids out in trouble and 
fed the neighborhood with meals and ideas.

Luisa was a Woman ahead of her time.

In fact, among all Luisa's other accomplishments,
she started the 
Annual Cherry Blossom Festival.

So if it weren't for Luisa, there would be no reason to have a 
Wooster Square Blossom Blog!

No World's First Photoblogumentary...

There would be no Blossom Blogger...

Thanks Luisa DeLauro
 for helping make 
Historic Wooster Square the 
Proud Neighborhood we all
know and Love!!!

So can you see the conundrum here?

A large Mass for Luisa was planned for the exact same time as the Celebration of the speech 
Mr. Douglas gave 
to the 89th Connecticut Volunteers.

An event that would be dear to Luisa DeLauro

Well, I wasn't the only one.
All of the politicians from high and low were at
St Michael's Church.

Luisa's Legacy will Bloom for Generations to come.

Both important events made it hard to be two places at one time.
(I'm told her funeral was an emotional tribute to Louisa's life, 
The 10:00am Mass went until 1pm.)

I chose to ride my bike to Criscolo Park,
(exactly one mile from Wooster Square Park) 
to give those who could not attend a 
glimpse of the morning festivities.

And Festive it Was! 

A Celebration of Life, Liberty, and Freedom.

A multicultural, meaningful, mindful, multitude
looking back and looking forward.

Remembering where we once were,
and where we strive to be. 

The theme was: 
"New Haven’s Response to Charlottesville"
and was extremely moving.

This is the program which I picked up on the way out.
The people following photos are not identified as 
it was a bit hard to hear and I didn't look at it 'till I got home!
My apologies!

All of the speakers pointed out today's 
news, and how it hasn't changed sadly.
And how together, we can facilitate change.

The morning was upbeat, full 
of promise and brotherhood for 
people of all cultural backgrounds
and sexual orientation.

Uplifting! The Heritage Chorale

Take a look at some of the photos 
of the morning event!

To read more, with additional links,

Click here for the New Haven Register's article

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Three Set Thriller Caps 20 years of Tennis in New Haven!

Daria Gavrilova wins 

First WTA Title  in 

New Haven Connecticut. 

It took 20 years, and a sensational run by


  who dashed the hopes of crowd favorite, Dominika Cibulkova 
returning for her 9th time and her
first Connecticut Open Final.

Late in the match, after winning a particularly long and grueling point, Dasha flippantly circled her index finger as to say - COME ON! I'm pretty good too!

Eye on the Prize

Never in the 10 years I have been to our New Haven Tennis Tournament, now the Connecticut Open, have I seen a more exciting final.

The Spectacle played out on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, Military Day, at the Tennis Center.

Five minutes before Dasha stunned herself,
her coach and the fans, we had a 
New Haven Tennis First!

Daria is the First Champion to win
her First Championship right
here in the Elm City!

Do you think she was happy?

Congratulations Dasha!
You win New Haven Apizza for Life!
(see +Anne Worcester for details)
(I'm told there is not free apizza for life, 
but it's fun to think about.)

Then we had another Connecticut Open First!
Especially Fitting on Military Day,
when veterans get in for Free
and also fittingly get the royal treatment, parking, food, seats...etc...
we had a Military Flyover by our 
New Haven Eagles, Rachel and Walter
and one of the "babies" (not a technical term)
just 5 minutes before Dasha wrapped up her victory.

Proud Papa gets an Eagle Eye's view of the Final!
(Mama too high in photo)


Salute to Military Day!
There's Rachel!

Besides Tennis, the Week is Fun
filled with local Food Trucks.
wood fired pizza, Ice Cream and
oh how we ate so bad but good.

And as usual, there's always some other
excitement around our 
Annual Tennis Tournament. 

A few years ago, we had an earthquake!

And this year? 

You forgot about the eclipse?

Here's how the lights looked
about peak (68% in New Haven)
during the eclipse from court side.

It was a funky daydarky!

Did you miss it?

So much action in one of the most deep 
fields that our tournament has seen.

Take a look at some photos from 
in and around
the tennis courts!

The 2017 Connecticut Open!

Handsome Dan makes appearance to see the hot action!

Last Year's Champion, always a Champion in New Haven!
(Aga Radwanska)

Lot's of fun filled activities for kids of all ages

We also got a new Sponsor this Year!

They didn't supply the Blossom Blogger
a Porsche and a driver this year...

Dominika Cibulkova 
brought power and tenacity to the final! Also, her new husband and
Slovakian Cheering Section!

Pod! Pod! Pod! 
(apparently means Come On! in Slavic, but
it is quite fun to say and hear!)

That's him with the err, glasses.

Pod! Pod!

Domi brought the whole country!
(I am told the country has nearly
6 million people is extremely modern
and is part of the European Union.)

But there was no stopping Daria.

Northern Harrier Flyby

Double Champs!

Tons of Ospreys fly over

Players and fans from
the World over

USA's Shelby who played the longest 
women's match at the US Open..
to beat our New Haven Champion just 5 days later in New York City!


USA's Christina McHale rips the cover
off the ball!

Canadian Geese Flyover!

Thanks Katie!
(media director)

In the End, Daria Gavrilova is
the 2017 New Haven Open Champion!

Congratulations from 
Historic Wooster Square!

20 Year Tournament Director
Anne Worcester

Anne, Mayor Harp, Martina Navratilova and Yale
University President Peter Salovey.

Winning Smile

To the victor the spoils.

Great Job Daria!

See You Next Year in New Haven
I'll see You Round the Square!

Special Blossom Blog thanks
to all the Staff and volunteers
at the Connecticut Open!