Three Rivers Arts Festival

Three Rivers Arts Festival

The first Three Rivers Arts Festival was a four-day event at the Point. Many records indicate that this occurred in 1960. There seems to be some debate as the 25th Silver Anniversary was held in 1984.  Nevertheless, this festival has become a yearly tradition that Pittsburghers look forward to. A Great Success The festival was founded by the Women’s Committee of the Carnegie Institute to

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The Log Houses of Pittsburgh

The Log Houses of Pittsburgh

Here’s a list of log houses in the Pittsburgh area that you didn’t know you wanted until now. Most of the structures mentioned below are over 200 years old—though many of them have undergone some form of restoration. A brief history of each house is included. You may just learn something new. The Neill (Neal) Log House The Neill Log House is the oldest existing

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Taco Tuesday Review: 202 Hometown Tacos

Taco Tuesday Review: 202 Hometown Tacos

There’s no Tuesday like a Taco Tuesday. So, when we had the opportunity to turn our business meeting into lunch, 202 Hometown Tacos was at the top of our list. Located in Bellevue, 202 Hometown Tacos is a Tex Mex/American style taco shop and bar dedicated to being “that fun & tasty place that continues to be a driving staple” for the community. Taco Tuesday

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What’s in a Name – Indiana County

What’s in a Name – Indiana County

Indiana County takes its name from the Indians who lived in the region as it was purchased from the Iroquois Six Nations in 1768 under the Treaty of Fort Stanwix enacted by Thomas and Richard Penn, the sons of William Penn. Its county seat is also called Indiana. Below are some towns in the county and how they got their names. Armagh Eight families from

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The Shopping Scene of Pittsburgh’s Past

The Shopping Scene of Pittsburgh’s Past

When I was a kid, there was one time when we were going to take my late grandmother to the store to buy a gift for a relative. Grandma was getting advanced in years and having a bit of trouble with her memory. When we asked if she was ready to go, she replied, “Yes, I’ve got my Frank & Seder charge card.” We all

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The Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh

The Rolling Stones in Pittsburgh

Often called the world’s greatest rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones formed in 1962 in London. The first year of “the Rollin’ Stones” consisted of members coming and going; the first stable line-up debuted Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts in January 1963. The group started out playing covers with roots in blues and early rock and roll. Back

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The Kelly Strayhorn Theater: A Place of Inspiration and Artistic Incubation

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater: A Place of Inspiration and Artistic Incubation

The Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty is named for two hometown legends: Gene Kelly and Billy Strayhorn. Gene Kelly—singer, dancer, actor, filmmaker, and choreographer—is best known for his role in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) and many other films. Billy Strayhorn was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger who collaborated with the likes of Duke Ellington. Both called Pittsburgh home during their

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The History of Pittsburgh Annexations

The History of Pittsburgh Annexations

Pittsburgh is the 61st largest city—by population—in the country. By 2015 data, Pittsburgh has a population of approximately 305,000 over 55.5 square miles. When Pittsburgh was incorporated as a borough in 1794 it amassed only a half square mile. The City of Pittsburgh has been absorbing municipalities for centuries. However, unlike other cities—such as Houston, Phoenix, and San Diego—city limits have stayed virtually unchanged since

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How to Fit in at Pennsylvania Poker Tables

How to Fit in at Pennsylvania Poker Tables

With the world continuing to open back up, people are beginning to embrace public recreation once again. That means going to the movies, attending sporting events, meeting friends at restaurants and coffee shops, and so on. And for many in Pittsburgh and around the state, it will also mean heading out to one of the area casinos. Pennsylvania simply has a little more to offer on

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The Koppers Building

The Koppers Building

Some buildings just ooze style. You don’t have to be an architect to see that the Koppers Building in downtown Pittsburgh has a lot of style. The Koppers Building Built in 1929, the Koppers Building is exemplar of Art Deco style of architecture. It stands at the corner of Grant Street and Seventh Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. At 475 feet tall, with 35 floors, this

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