Monday, January 13, 2014

Legendary Locals of Pittsburgh

An intriguing book by author Joann Cantrell is making its way onto shelves today, and when a press release landed in my inbox with an excerpt from the book including Roger Humphries, I knew I wanted to let you know about it!
You see, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Humphries during one of the 'Burgh Watching episodes we filmed at the Manchester Craftmen's Guild.  It was such a huge honor to be among so many talented people for that interview, and Roger was humble, kind and gracious.
That theme runs through each of the nearly 80 vignettes featured in the book.  These locals have shaped what we are known for here in Pittsburgh; being a compassionate, down to earth and hard working town. Many of those included may be unknown to most of us.  According to Cantrell:

"I was most interested in the “unsung heroes.” Pittsburgh has many individuals who have quietly dedicated their time or life to a particular mission or cause, making a lasting impact on the community without recognition. People like Edith Balas, a holocaust survivor and art history professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Elmer Parks, a retired administrator for Pittsburgh Public Schools who was the most unlikely person to become a teacher; and Dr. Kenneth Garver, a champion for children who was loved and revered by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. These humble individuals left a lasting impression on the Pittsburgh community without others realizing the impact they made."

Legendary Locals of Pittsburgh is available at events, area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, and through the publisher at or (888)-313-2665.  You can meet the author during her book signing at Barnes and Noble (1000 Cranberry Square Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 16066) on Sunday January 25th at 1pm.

In the meantime, check out the interview with Roger, and the rest of the talented individuals from the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, in this episode of  'Burgh Watching from the archives:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Trek the Slopes this Weekend!

Featured Artist: Debbie Jacknin of Mosaic Glass Creations

One of the best things about living in Pittsburgh is the history that each neighborhood not only maintains, but celebrates with gusto.  A perfect example is the yearly Step Trek held in the South Side Slopes  This iconic neighborhood brims with nostalgia of days gone by, with houses perched almost impossibly upon hillsides, some accessible only by one of those famous staircases.
10% of Pittsburgh's 712 sets of stairs can be found in the Slopes as a matter of fact, and this year, on October 5th, you can trek them all! Of course, if you have the cardiovascular stamina of a gnat like myself, you can choose one of the simpler routes.
Regardless of your choice, it is a great way to spend a brisk fall morning, and I happen to have a discount code to share!  When you visit Showclix to purchase your tickets, enter the code "burghliving" to receive $2.00 off  The event also benefits the Brashear Association Food Pantry, so be sure to bring a canned food item along to donate.  

BONUS!  I am also giving away two free Step Trek tickets!  Visit the 'Burgh Living Facebook page and share your favorite piece of history about the South Side Slopes (comment on the post at the top of the page).  A winner will be chosen from the responses.  Of course, be sure to "like" the page while you are there.

For more information about the Step Trek, visit the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association website.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Ava Lounge Says "Goodbye East Liberty, Hello Oakland!"

Ava Bar and Lounge bid adieu to the neighborhood of East Liberty last week in grand fashion, hosting a multitude of special events. We will fondly remember Ava as the locale of one of our 'Burgh Watching episodes, in which we interviewed the talented entrepreneurs behind Propelle.

Don't despair Ava fans! You won't have to wait long for their new location at 304 North Craig Street to open. On August 15th, they will host Xenia Rubinos and the Beatboxes. Until then, enjoy this flashback video!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ms. Cellaneous - #PGHView, List Love and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

 Skyline from the Strip

Andy Warhol Bridge

Photos courtesy of  Kristina Wiggins - Eyeflow Marketing


We are picking up some steam with our PGHView campagn! If you have a unique or particularly eye-catching shot of a Pittsburgh view, tag it #PGHView on twitter, and we'll share it here!  Today I received these wonderful images from Kristina, which is appropriate because.....

List Love

......she included some quotes from us and our friends over at Yinzpiration in an article on Eyeflow's blog about the 'Burgh's love of all things lists.  Hop on over to their website to take a look!

The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix

This Sunday the Vintage Races happen from 12-5pm at Schenley Park.  I never miss this event, as it wraps up a week of all things glorious, vintage and auto.  For more information on the Grand Prix, you can visit their website.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School. 
I visited this post from a Grand Prix past to get amped up for Sunday!  Stay tuned for some photos next week....

Sunday, July 14, 2013

The View From Here - 31st Street Bridge

Photo courtesy of Michael Dittman via Twitter

Keep on sharing your images!  Tag them with #PGHView and tweet them to @burghliving.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium

Have you been to the Zoo lately?  We brought my son this past weekend for his very first Zoo-venture, and my husband took some amazing photos!  I am photo challenged, so all of the credit goes to him here, folks.....

For more  information on Zoo happenings, visit their website!