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Spring Festivals

Spring Festivals

Pittsburgh Area Festivals: Spring Festival season in the Pittsburgh area runs from early spring until late fall. There is so much fun to be had, you could spend nearly every weekend enjoying yourself at a local festival. EQT Children’s Theater Festival Held in the Cultural District each May, the Children’s Theater Festival’s mission is to continue the tradition of bringing theater to area children with

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Finding a Forever Home: A Shelter Series Tale

Finding a Forever Home: A Shelter Series Tale

It was a dark and stormy night. A dog, lost, hungry and afraid, seeks refuge in an abandoned garage. He is eventually discovered and taken to a local pet shelter by a sympathetic police officer. And so begins the tale of Ducky, named by a shelter employee for his peculiar appearance, part Pit Bull, part Basset Hound, making him an “odd duck” indeed. The book

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Book Review: Best Seven Years of my Life

Book Review: Best Seven Years of my Life

When I began reading The Best Seven Years of My Life: The Story of an Unlikely Caregiver, co-written by George Shannon and his son Chad Patrick Shannon, it was with a sense of scepticism. It is the story of a couple from Sewickley, PA nearing retirement age whose lives are cruelly disrupted when the wife suffers several devastating strokes. Told from the viewpoint of Carol’s

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The Uncertain Fate of The Abrams House

The Uncertain Fate of The Abrams House

Tucked away off Woodland Drive near Chatham University, a wonderfully eclectic residence remains one of Pittsburgh’s crown jewels of unorthodox architecture. The Abrams House, as it is affectionately called, is the work of Pritzker Architecture Prize-Winner Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. The house oozes of postmodern style and is a testament to the curated, quirky style of late owner Betty Abrams. And while this

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Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer

Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer

My husband and I were in Heidelberg visiting someone in a nursing home, and after our visit, we were looking for a good place to eat. Not from that area, we searched for restaurants, and Bubba’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer in nearby Bridgeville came up. We arrived there around 6:30 on a Saturday night. The restaurant is located in a small strip mall at 3109

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The Lowdown on the Da Vinci Exhibit

The Lowdown on the Da Vinci Exhibit

I’m an admirer of Leonardo da Vinci. I’ve read several books about him and have seen a few documentaries on his life. So I was excited to learn that the Carnegie Science Center is hosting “Da Vinci The Exhibition” through Labor Day, September 2, 2019. Recently, my husband and I took in the exhibit, and we were not disappointed. The only disappointment we came away

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Harbison-Walker: The Pittsburgh Company that Helped to Construct the Steel Industry

Harbison-Walker: The Pittsburgh Company that Helped to Construct the Steel Industry

There is a saying: a rising tide lifts all boats. That certainly applies to Harbison-Walker International. Founded in Pittsburgh, Harbison-Walker’s refractories and its success enabled Andrew Carnegie to build his steel mills and establish Pittsburgh as the economic powerhouse known as Steel City. The company was founded in 1864 by J. K. Lemon and ten other Allegheny County residents. It was originally called the Star

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The Alcoa Buildings

The Alcoa Buildings

From the time that chemistry student Charles Martin Hall discovered the process for producing aluminum, the metal has had a huge impact on Pittsburgh. From establishing the city as Alcoa’s–The Aluminum Company of America–world headquarters to creating thousands of jobs and producing numerous materials from aluminum, there may be no grander testament to aluminum’s impact on our city than the Alcoa Building itself. Now known

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A Night at the Parkway Theater & Film Lounge

A Night at the Parkway Theater & Film Lounge

Aaron Stubna believes that movies are meant to be seen on a big screen. That’s what movies are made for. His idea is to give movie fans the comforts of home with good food, alcohol, and add that big screen experience along with quality films that include independent work, documentaries, and foreign films that aren’t offered in our everyday multiplex. Aaron Stubna, owner and operator

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Girasole

Girasole

The first meal I had when I visited Rome was in a restaurant called “The Cave of the Emperors”, as it was translated into English. The subterranean restaurant was located down a flight of stairs on a side street of the Eternal City. Recently, I visited Girasole Restaurant in Shadyside. Like that Roman restaurant, Girasole is located on a side street, 733 Copeland Street, just

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