Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Unusual Events & Things Good to Know in Pittsburgh

This month: The Hunt at Hartwood, Energy Flow at the Rachel Carson Bridge and Pittsburgh-based flavor suggestions for fast food restaurants.




photo by ray via flickr creative commons

 

#UnusualEvents

Each month, PM asks contributor Amy Whipple to attend an out-of-the-ordinary happening somewhere in the city.

What: The Hunt at Hartwood
Where: Hartwood Acres
When: Oct. 5

As a native of Virginia, I’ve met several people who have assumed I must’ve grown up with fox hunts as a near-constant presence in my general milieu. But, no, the 2016 “hunt” at Hartwood Acres — the location’s first in decades — was my first ever.

The whole affair was picturesque. My affable toddler Wee Dude and I strode through crystal-bearing tailgaters (9:30 on a breezy, blue Sunday morning — better here than a North Shore parking lot) to the green-grass field where red-coated members of the Sewickley Hunt Club sat atop the kind of horses you see in portraits; attendees were allowed to ask questions and take pictures. A kind woman with a gilded tray handed me a communion-sized shot of sherry (other options: brandy or apple cider) and offered Wee Dude a muffin from an autumnal wicker basket. 

Lest you immediately think of the skittery animated fox Mary Poppins swooped to save while sitting on her wayward carousel horse (as I did), know this: No actual foxes were harmed in the event. This 21st-century hunt had the hounds chasing a pre-sprayed fox scent. The sport was in the agility of the horse and its rider at the behest of the hounds as the party wound its way through the park’s vast trails and fields. A win all-around.
 


photo by mike vosburg via flickr creative commons 
 

#PointbyPoint: Energy Flow Brings Light to the Rachel Carson Bridge
 

Move over, Giant Rubber Duck. There’s a dazzling, new large-scale art piece Downtown. On Light Up Night (Nov. 18), Energy Flow — an environmental art installation that combines artistic lighting and wind turbine technology — debuted on the Rachel Carson Bridge as part of the city’s bicentennial celebration. Created in partnership with the Bridge Lighting Committee of the Bicentennial Commission, Allegheny County, Covestro and Duquesne Light, the bridge features lighting by New Mexico artist Andrea Polli and wind turbine technology by Windstax, a Pittsburgh-based wind energy company. —Amanda Reed
 

  • The 27,000 LED lights on the bridge are powered by energy collected from 16 turbines; you can interpret the wind speed based on the light pattern on the bridge.
     
  • It took a whole city to make this art installation happen. From Mayor Bill Peduto to Jay Sukernek, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Riverlife, and Jeremy Waldrup, president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and with major financial support from Covestro and logistical support by Duquesne Light, an entire team of Pittsburgh people and businesses brought the project to life.
     
  • This project is designed to be aesthetically pleasing, experimental and scientific. Energy Flow pushes the limits of what public art projects can do with technology; meanwhile, the turbines track the exact wind speed on the bridge, gathering useful data. 
     
  • New year, a new look for the Rachel Carson Bridge? Sadly, no. Like most art installations, this one is not permanent and will run through New Year’s Day only.
     


photo courtesy of arby's
 

#WhyStopThere?

In November, fast-food chain Arby’s utilized several Pittsburgh-area locations as test markets for a new venison sandwich, citing the area’s high population of hunters as a natural audience. While we appreciate the opportunity to evaluate the new offering, we would counter that the world of fast food could learn a thing or two from Pittsburgh cuisine, not the other way around. Here are a few humble suggestions for national chains — it’s time to inject some Steel City flavor into your grub. —Sean Collier

KFC: You guys are all about the bowls, right? A bunch of different stuff stacked up, served with a spork? Behold: the Pittsburgh Bowl. Cole slaw and chipped ham atop a bed of fries. Add hot sauce to taste.

Long John Silver’s: Take a note from every church in western Pennsylvania. Call it the Fish Fry Special — a fried fish sandwich the size of a hubcap for about five bucks. Must be served by a strongly accented woman wearing a hair net.

Taco Bell: This one’s easy. The Pierogridilla. Basically just wrap some cheese and a tortilla around, like, three pierogies and call it a day.

Subway: Yinz think yinz know hoagies? I want to be able to walk into any Subway location and ask for it Swissvale Style — 3 feet long and drenched in Italian dressing.

Got any more Pittsburgh culinary tips for fast-food giants? Email Sean Collier at scollier@pittsburghmagazine.com.
 

#UnbreakMyHeart

A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ... You’re sorting through a box of junk or cleaning out a closet on a ho-hum afternoon. Suddenly, you’re slapped in the face by your own past — a memento or trinket of a long-gone relationship, with meaning and emotion pulsing through it. Do you throw it out? Hide it away? Or perhaps donate it to a museum?

The Museum of Broken Relationships (brokenships.com), established in Zagreb, Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubiši, collects items donated by people around the world that serve as an exhibit of their romantic past.

Project Ex, a team of students and instructors from Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, are planning a local version of the Museum, set to open in early December at the Mine Factory in Point Breeze; for more information, head to etc.cmu.edu/projects/project-ex. —SC
 

#QuiteUseful

The City of Pittsburgh on Oct. 31 introduced Burgh’s Eye View, a new web app that shows neighborhood data including public safety information, “311” requests, building permits and more. Find it at: analytics.pittsburghpa.gov/BurghsEyeView

#Props

Congratulations to the Three Rivers Rowing Club, which on Nov. 1 was named the USRowing Club of the Year. It’s Three Rivers Rowing’s fourth selection as Club of the Year since the award’s inception in 2002.
 

#HappyBirthday

A festive celebration is in order (as always) for the 15th anniversary of The Nutcracker at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The beloved holiday tradition runs from Dec. 2-27 at the Benedum Center.
 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit Module Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Latest

Come and Explore Wilkinsburg’s Divine History

The Sacred Spaces Tour takes visitors to the borough’s churches, mosques and historic buildings.

Waste Not: Kelly Lane's Fashion Designs are Eco-Chic

After noting how much fabric ends up in landfills, Pittsburgh designer Kelly Simpson-Scupelli found a way to incorporate the unused scraps into her fashion line.

Three Rivers Champion: Sloane Davidson

Davidson started an organization that gives refugee and immigrant families aid based on real, person-to-person relationships, not transactions.

The 400-Word Review: Alpha

The prehistoric drama is here to answer a question no one asked about the world's first-ever dog.

“Night of the Living Dead” to Appear on the Big Screen Again

The cult classic will be screened at the Byham Theater in honor of the 50th anniversary of its debut.

The 400-Word Review: Crazy Rich Asians

The light romcom is made for pleasing audiences — and in that respect, it succeeds.

Enix Brewing Company Set to Open in Homestead

Owners David and Victor Rodriguez also operate two breweries in Madrid, Spain.

Revisiting Fat Head's

The South Side stalwart punches above its weight thanks to good beer and gigantic sandwiches.

In Ben They Trust

Going into his 15th professional season, Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains the key to a successful season.

PM on KD: The Fall Weddings Issue

PM Associate Editor Lauren Davidson appears on KDKA's Pittsburgh Today Live to talk about the fall Weddings issue.

The Airbnb of Camping Has Started Pitching Tents in Pennsylvania

The startup Tentrr connects landowners looking for extra cash with interested campers.

Painting Made Simple: Paintzen Launches in Pittsburgh

Partnering with PPG Paints, the company uses an online platform to match customers with professional painters and provide supplies.

New TV Series Shot in Pittsburgh Area Premiering This Month

See if you recognize any of the locations in the thriller “One Dollar.”

Bocce, Pasta, Music and More Highlight Little Italy Days

Experience Italian culture and cuisine during Bloomfield’s annual Little Italy Days.

Vintage Details Give Weddings Classic Feel

Combining the old and the new, these couples used their vintage details to create a modern-yet-elegant wedding day.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Come and Explore Wilkinsburg’s Divine History

Come and Explore Wilkinsburg’s Divine History

The Sacred Spaces Tour takes visitors to the borough’s churches, mosques and historic buildings.

Comments

“Night of the Living Dead” to Appear on the Big Screen Again

“Night of the Living Dead” to Appear on the Big Screen Again

The cult classic will be screened at the Byham Theater in honor of the 50th anniversary of its debut.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Enix Brewing Company Set to Open in Homestead

Enix Brewing Company Set to Open in Homestead

Owners David and Victor Rodriguez also operate two breweries in Madrid, Spain.

Comments

Apteka’s Roasted Sunflower: Summer's Most Interesting (and Instagramable) Dish?

Apteka’s Roasted Sunflower: Summer's Most Interesting (and Instagramable) Dish?

The owners of the Bloomfield vegan eatery introduce a limited run of whole sunflower heads that you can eat like corn.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
6 Best Places to Get Your Nostalgia Fix in Pittsburgh

6 Best Places to Get Your Nostalgia Fix in Pittsburgh

Ah, the good old days. They may be gone, but there are still a few places where you can get a blast from the past.

Comments

The Eight Best Frozen Treats in Pittsburgh

The Eight Best Frozen Treats in Pittsburgh

Our dining critic picks his favorite ice cream, ice pop, frozen custard, vegan delight and more.

Comments


Revisiting Fat Head's

Revisiting Fat Head's

The South Side stalwart punches above its weight thanks to good beer and gigantic sandwiches.

Comments

TopGolf is Big, Ridiculous, Still Fun

TopGolf is Big, Ridiculous, Still Fun

The new driving-range game is way over the top, but the game it's offering is fun and they'll ensure you have a good time.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
In Ben They Trust

In Ben They Trust

Going into his 15th professional season, Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger remains the key to a successful season.

Comments

Steelers’ Saint Vincent Saga Even More Inspiring This Summer

Steelers’ Saint Vincent Saga Even More Inspiring This Summer

Ryan Shazier's battle back from a paralyzing injury last season and his subsequent rehabilitation from spinal stabilization surgery is a more compelling saga than the Steelers’ quest to reach Super Bowl LIII.​

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The 400-Word Review: Alpha

The 400-Word Review: Alpha

The prehistoric drama is here to answer a question no one asked about the world's first-ever dog.

Comments

The 400-Word Review: Crazy Rich Asians

The 400-Word Review: Crazy Rich Asians

The light romcom is made for pleasing audiences — and in that respect, it succeeds.

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Vintage Details Give Weddings Classic Feel

Vintage Details Give Weddings Classic Feel

Combining the old and the new, these couples used their vintage details to create a modern-yet-elegant wedding day.

Comments

When Asking for Their Hand Doesn’t Go As Planned

When Asking for Their Hand Doesn’t Go As Planned

These proposal faux pas serve as a reminder that sometimes things have to go wrong to end up right.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Painting Made Simple: Paintzen Launches in Pittsburgh

Painting Made Simple: Paintzen Launches in Pittsburgh

Partnering with PPG Paints, the company uses an online platform to match customers with professional painters and provide supplies.

Comments

Make Your Mark by Entering Pittsburgh’s Handmade Arcade

Make Your Mark by Entering Pittsburgh’s Handmade Arcade

Artists have until Sunday to submit their applications to the independent craft fair held annually in December.

Comments