New Years in Pittsburgh: Let’s Celebrate!

New Years in Pittsburgh: Let's Celebrate!

With the year coming to an end, it’s always fun to look back into the past year to see all that happened. But, it’s also important to end the year with a bang by planning festive outings with family and friends. Below is a list of Pittsburgh’s best New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day activities. First Night Pittsburgh Head downtown for a night you

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A New Holiday Tradition: Overly’s Country Christmas

A New Holiday Tradition: Overly's Country Christmas

The thrill of excitement that fills the air during the Christmas season is enough to crack a smile on even the biggest Scrooge. From baking cookies with the grand-kids to caroling with the family, there are endless traditions that warm the heart for years to come. While some traditions remain tried and true, it is always fun to amp up the holiday spirit with a

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An Icelandic Vacation

An Icelandic Vacation

Our Trip Begins It’s mid-September, 2017, and we are on our way to vacation in Reykjavik, Iceland. WOW Airlines, which operates direct flights from Pittsburgh to Reykjavik, has some really good prices. My wife Jane and I heard about tours to Iceland becoming very popular, and when we mentioned it to friends and relatives, we quickly ended up with a little traveling group of 4

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Henry Clay Frick and His Mark on Pittsburgh

Henry Clay Frick and His Mark on Pittsburgh

The Frick Building, Frick Park, Frick Fine Arts Building, the Frick Environmental Center: industrialist Henry Clay Frick certainly left his mark on Pittsburgh, but some may consider that mark to be more of a black eye. Frick is probably the most controversial businessman ever to operate in Pittsburgh. Even he acknowledged his unscrupulous nature, when former partner and then enemy, Andrew Carnegie, on his deathbed,

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The Best of Fayette County

The Best of Fayette County

Fayette County received its name from the Marquis de Lafayette, who was instrumental in helping the colonists win the Revolutionary War. Fayette County lies in southwestern Pennsylvania on the border of West Virginia and Maryland. Its county seat is Uniontown. The county benefits from natural wonders as well as from a rich history. Below are some notable attractions in Fayette County. Fallingwater Located in Mill

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Comparing Our Irish Pubs with Ireland’s

Comparing Our Irish Pubs with Ireland’s

The Irish pub is arguably one of the best cultural exports of the Irish. For a millennium, the Irish have been gathering in pubs, and when they left the Emerald Isle, they brought their pub culture with them. Today, it is estimated that there are 7,000 Irish pubs found all over the world. There is even an Irish pub on Mt. Everest in Katmandu, Nepal!

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The Marriage of Figaro

The Marriage of Figaro

On November 4, 2017, I entered the Benedum Center to experience Mozart’s comic opera, The Marriage of Figaro. It was opening night, and I arrived at the theater an hour before the opera began to take advantage of their free Pre-Opera Talk. I like the background information given in these presentations. The story in this work is timeless and the music beautiful, but unless you

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Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

Fallingwater: Natural Living Extraordinaire

There is something embedded into the human psyche that makes us long to be one with nature. It’s why we built tree houses when we were kids, why we go camping, and why we drive hundreds of miles to spend time next to the ocean.  Frank Lloyd Wright tapped into that longing when he designed Fallingwater. Fallingwater is regarded as one of the legendary architect’s

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Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs

Silence of the Lambs, adapted from a novel by Thomas Harris, was released in 1991. This frightening, psychological horror film is driven from beginning to end by a talented group of actors who match this gripping story. It follows an FBI cadet who has the opportunity to assist the bureau in solving a case before she graduates from the academy. It seemed like a stretch

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