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Pittsburgh’s Botanical Garden is Growing

Pittsburgh's Botanical Garden is Growing

In 2014, Popular Pittsburgh visited the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden in advance of its public debut. (See Paradise Found article) At that time, work was under way in numerous areas of the garden. Earth movers were grading hillsides, construction workers were renovating the barn, and volunteers were planting. Our tour guide outlined the vision for the garden: how it aimed to inspire people to value plants,

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St. Anthony Chapel

St. Anthony Chapel

“I once remarked while giving a tour, that we’ve had visitors from every continent except for Antarctica. Then I saw a hand shoot up in the crowd and a man said, ‘I’ve lived in Antarctica, so you’re going to have to change that,’” said Carole Brueckner, chairperson of St. Anthony Chapel. Located on Troy Hill overlooking the Allegheny River on Pittsburgh’s North Side, St. Anthony

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Touring Pittsburgh’s Sports Venues

Touring Pittsburgh's Sports Venues

To those who love sports, the venues where the games are played are akin to temples.  Pittsburgh is home to some of the best facilities for cheering on a hockey team, watching a football game, or taking in a baseball game.  But even if you have been to The PPG Paints Arena for every puck that has ever been dropped, seen every kickoff since Heinz

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The Duquesne Incline: Pittsburgh’s Treasure

The Duquesne Incline: Pittsburgh's Treasure

The term “national treasure” is often bandied about when talking about monuments such as the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, or the Washington Monument. Certainly, there are special buildings and places that are undeniably Pittsburgh–the Block House, the Cathedral of Learning, or the Carnegie Museums. While many cities have historical sites, unique edifices, or memorable museums, Pittsburgh is one of the few cities in the world with

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Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

Pittsburgh Theatre Companies

  Pittsburgh has a vibrant theatrical scene. While the big production companies often spring to mind first, there are many smaller theatrical companies in the area that stage first-class productions. Some are affiliated with their own theaters, while most take their show on the road and appear at different venues. Below are some noteworthy theatre companies in our area that help to make our area

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Beer Museum on Tap for Pittsburgh

Beer Museum on Tap for Pittsburgh

“Beer spans 10,000 years of human history and culture, and our intention is to tell that story in such a way so that you have fun while learning it,” said Matthew Sherwin, Director of Business Development for National Beer Museum Development Group, LLC, the entity working to bring Brew: The Museum of Beer to Pittsburgh. A Bright Idea Approximately three years ago, Joe McAllister, Principal

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Popular Pittsburgh’s Guide to Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Fall Festivities

Popular Pittsburgh's Guide to Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, and Fall Festivities

When the air becomes chilly and the leaves begin to turn, everyone knows it’s pumpkin time in Pittsburgh! While you were having fun during the summer, farmers in the area were tending to their patches to ensure a plentiful crop of pumpkins for you to enjoy this harvest season. Whether you head east, west, north, or south of Pittsburgh, you will find a farm eager

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The Best of Laurel Highlands

The Best of Laurel Highlands

If you and your family are on the hunt for a fun, new adventure, Laurel Highlands is the prime spot to check out. Filled with natural beauty, incredible historic sites, and one-of-a-kind attractions, this 300 square mile area of the Allegheny Mountain Range is a part of Pennsylvania you will not want to miss out on!  Before traveling be sure to read up on some

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Randyland

Randyland

An adage advises to “bloom where you are planted.” In the case of Randy Gilson, he not only bloomed but also painted, created, and transformed a drab, depressing neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side into a whimsical wonderland known as Randyland. A little over 30 years ago, Gilson, 59, rented an apartment in the Mexican War Streets on the North Side. Gilson, who is a waiter,

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Off the Beaten Path: Little Bits of Paradise in Pittsburgh

Off the Beaten Path: Little Bits of Paradise in Pittsburgh

When you think of gardens in Pittsburgh, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden in Oakland, the Biblical Botanical Garden at Rodef Sholem Synagogue, and the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden near Settler’s Cabin Park immediately spring to mind. But there are other lesser-known gardens and arboretums in the area that are no shrinking violets when it comes to natural beauty. The Arboretum at Penn State In the mood for

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