Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Welcome to the first in a five part series exploring the Manchester Bidwell Corporation, In this episode, we interview Senior VP, and Chief Operating Officer Paulo Nzambi. He shares with us some of the history of the both the Manchester Craftmen's Guild and the Bidwell Training Center, and he lets us in on what the future holds for the organization. We also discuss a little bit about the daily operations of the facility, and how MBC has woven itself into the fabric of Pittsburgh.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
In this episode of 'Burgh Watching, we meet the creative gang behind Pittsburgh's VIA Festival. Since the filming, VIA has officially announced their big lineup for this year, and it is impressive! Visit their Facebook page for more information. Also, all-access festival passes go on sale July 20th. To purchase, visit the VIA website.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Personally, I think that Joss Whedon's "Firefly" series was the best thing to ever grace the small screen, and the fact that it was prematurely ripped from the airwaves is one of the greatest tragedies of our generation.
Now that I have that off of my chest, I am very excited to let you all in on a great charity event coming to Pittsburgh on July 8th. Now in its sixth year, "Can't Stop the Serenity" is a worldwide event that organizes screenings of Whedon's "Serenity" (the feature film that wrapped up the "Firefly"story line) to benefit "Equality Now", a charity that works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world.
The Pittsburgh Event is being held on July 8th, at the Orpheus Singing Society (6301 Butler Street, Pittsburgh) beginning at 5:00 p.m. In addition to the screening, there will also be raffles, activities (Nerf Gun Shooting Range!), and a vendor marketplace.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Pyrotecnico and the EQT Three Rivers Regatta will wrap up the Fourth of July Holiday with, er, a BANG! Well, a lot of bangs actually.
Pyrotecnico is a New-Castle based family owned company, and they were recently selected to be the official fireworks provider for the Three Rivers Regatta. From the sounds of it, they are planning a pretty spectacular show that includes "precisely scripted choreography with a specially selected soundtrack". This is the second time the Regatta has selected Pyrotecnico to put together their flashy show, They also provided sky entertainment for the 2009 Regatta.
“We are thrilled to once again be part of our hometown Pittsburgh’s Fourth of July celebration,” said Pyrotecnico President and CEO Stephen Vitale. “I’ve been all over this country, and never have I been to a place where fireworks are so ingrained into the culture as much as in Pittsburgh. It’s an honor to be able to showcase our expertise in front of such a big fireworks community. This city means so much to us – we really enjoy doing work here.”
Check out this video that tells you a little more about the company...
The EQT Three Rivers Regatta starts on July 2nd and runs through the 4th. For more information and for a schedule of activities, click here
Friday, July 1, 2011
A "Twisted Tree" in the heart of Frick Park
When Emily suggested a hike for the "exercise" portion of our project, I thought she was spot-on. It was the perfect "I'm-exercising-but-not-really" way to trick my body into actually doing something that was good for it. I've always been partial to Frick Park. Back in my early years in Pittsburgh, I lived in Regent Square, and loved the proximity to nature that the park provided. Over the course of my years in the 'Burgh however, my trips to the park became fewer and farther between, and then pretty much became nil as I moved to the far away land of Shadyside. (pathetic - no?)
It was a perfect day as we set out on our adventure; sunny and in the 70's. We started with a brisk pace and an optimistic outlook. Emily let me make most of the navigational decisions, which we soon realized was probably a grave error, since not only did I seem to have a knack for finding an uphill path every time, but we were very quickly and decidedly lost within about 15 minutes. We didn't mind too awfully much though, since as we moved deeper into the park, we saw some pretty incredible moments of nature like the "twisted tree" above, which gave Emily chills, and this...
So, although we were definitely lost for a good portion of the hike, we didn't really mind since we were enjoying all there was to see. After a while however, Emily pulled out her phone's navigation program, and we wound our way slowly back out of the park. Since we were so close, I couldn't resist stops at two of my favorite places in Regent Square that I wanted to share with Emily. Our first stop, Animal Nature to buy some treats for our pups, and then Rose's Ice Cream, to buy some treats for me!
C'mon, I earned it!