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Sunday Pool Party
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31 Aug 2008
Join us Poolside for an afternoon of great food & music.
Live Music with
That 80's Band
Grillside Menu & Drink Specials


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LEMURtron
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31 Aug 2008
LEMURtron is a modern musical extravaganza like you've never seen or heard before! Combining common and unusual musical instruments with robotic technology, the exhibit features a futuristic 'band' of music makers with members that include GuitarBot, ModBots and the infamous Ill-Tempered Clangier. YOU "play" the "Bots" by moving and dancing on the lighted dance floor, making your own concert of techno music.
LEMURtron is created by LEMUR (League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots), a Brooklyn, NY-based group of artists and technologists creating exotic, sculptural musical instruments which integrate robotic technology. LEMUR was founded by Eric Singer in 2000.


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BellyDance BellyRock with Ishtar
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31 Aug 2008
Sunday, August 31 at 8PM, Ishtar plays the classics of the bellydance scene for our lovely dancers Janim and Khara Mia at Your Inner Vagabond!
Doors open at 7pm and cover is a mere $5!

Your Inner Vagabond
4130 Butler St
Pittsburgh, PA 15201

This is an all ages show and a BYOB, smoke-free venue.



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Sundays in the Park
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31 Aug 2008
Spend your Sundays in Schenley Park! Now through October 12, the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy sponsors free live music every Sunday afternoon on the Schenley Park Visitor Center's tented patio. The schedule features a wide variety of music, from country to jazz to classic rock. Shows last from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. The complete schedule is available at www.pittsburghparks.org or by calling 412-682-7275.

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Sweaty Betty Blues Band Performs at Boston Waterfront in McKeesport @ 5:30pm. Early!
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31 Aug 2008
Join us at Boston Waterfront
2422 St.David Dr
McKeesport 15135
412-751-8112
It's McKeesport's best venue for live music!



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Frank Lloyd Wright's Duncan House Tours
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31 Aug 2008
Frank Lloyd Wright's Duncan House at Polymath Park Resort Tours
1 & 3 p.m. $22 includes Wright's Duncan House and two homes that were designed by Wright apprentice/Pittsburgh architect Peter Berndtson. Experience the genius of Wright in this wonderful wooded setting.
Acme, Pa, 45 minutes from Pittsburgh. Reservations required. Email events@polymathpark.com or call 877-833-7829 Ext. 2


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200th Birthday Celebration
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31 Aug 2008
On Sunday, August 31, 2008, Old Economy village will celebrate the 200th birthday of western Pennsylvania’s first internationally recognized businesswoman, Gertrude Rapp. There will be free admission to the site from noon to 5 PM, along with refreshments, and other activities to celebrate the day.
As a nineteenth-century American businesswoman, Gertrude challenged cultural perceptions, yet was considered a paragon of virtue by those who knew her. “She balanced her disparate roles with such skill that the modern historian does not at first realize the significance of her place within the Harmony Society,” said Emily Lapisardi, who portrays Gertrude Rapp at Old Economy. Lapisardi, as Gertrude Rapp, will interact with visitors during the bicentennial program by recreating Rapp’s role as Harmony Society hostess, displaying and demonstrating aspects of silk manufacture, and providing musical entertainment from Rapp’s extant partbooks and the Harmony Society’s sheet music collection.
Gertrude Rapp was born in Harmony, Pennsylvania on August 31, 1808. Her father, Johannes Rapp, was the only natural son of Harmony Society founder George Rapp. Johannes died in Harmony in 1812, at the age of twenty-eight, after which four year-old Gertrude and her mother, Johanna Diehm, became part of George Rapp’s household. In 1814, the Society moved to Indiana Territory and there founded the second town called Harmony. By June 1816, seven- year-old Gertrude and her thirty-year-old aunt Rosina Rapp were living with the Shakers at their West Union, Indian settlement while Gertrude attended school. It was there she learned to speak English.
In 1824, the Society moved back to western Pennsylvania and settled on the Ohio River, eighteen miles north of Pittsburgh, where they built the town of Economy. In 1826, at age eighteen, Gertrude launched the Society into the manufacture of fine silk textiles. While the male leaders of the Society promoted her efforts, the success of the project was her responsibility. She raised the worms, reeled the cocoons, dyed the silk yarns, and oversaw the weaving of fabrics and ribbons.
Gertrude kept extensive notes on dyes and a letter book for her international silk correspondence. Silk manufacturing books from that era survive in Old Economy’s library, as do several thick dye books containing an extensive collection of dyed silk thread samples and formulae prepared by Gertrude. By the mid to late 1830s, the Harmonists were nationally regarded as experts in silk manufacture and agriculture. An 1836 issue of the Silk Culturist
described Harmonist silk as “decidedly the best we have seen of American manufacture.”
In 1838, Gertrude Rapp received, personally, a gold medal from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for her silk velvet and fancy ribbons, indicating that an extremely sophisticated manufactory could be found at Economy. The Harmonist silk velvet in the Old Economy Village collection is the earliest known American manufactured silk velvet, predating others by about thirty years. Additional first prizes, including another gold medal, were awarded to Gertrude Rapp in 1844: two at the Boston Fair and one at the American Institute in New York. Gertrude Rapp was attuned to cutting-edge developments in her field and was regarded as a leading expert in her own right.
By the late 1840s, the declining and aging population of the Harmony Society became less able to cope with the demands of making silk fabric, including maintaining the white mulberry trees, and feeding the thousand of worms dependent on the leaves. Additionally, without the protection of a national tariff on textile imports, the Harmonists were unable to
compete with the low costs of imported goods. By the mid-1850s silk textile production at Economy was ended.
Gertrude Rapp died on December 27, 1889. Only one member of the first generation of Harmonists born in America, Jonathan Lenz, survived her. She outlived all other members of the Rapp family and became the symbol of the Society’s founding family to later generations who had not known George Rapp, or his adopted son Frederick.
For more information on this bicentennial program at Old Economy Village, or other programs and events, please contact the site at (724) 266-4500. Old Economy Village is a National Historic Landmark site, located within the National Historic Landmark District of Ambridge on Route 65. The Visitor’s Center is the starting point for visitors to the Village and is located at the intersection of Church and Sixteenth Streets. Parking is free.
The Village is open from March through December. Regular hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 5:00 p.m. The historic site is closed Mondays and holidays, except Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Admission is free on august 31st, but is normally charged: Adults (18 years and older), $7.00; Senior Citizens (60 years and older), Under 6 there is no charge. During the month of August all children, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the site for free.
Persons with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodation should call (724) 266-4500 in advance of their visit to discuss their needs. Pennsylvania TDD relay service is available at (800) 654-5984. For more information on Old Economy Village visit www.oldeconomyvillage.org.
Old Economy Village is one of 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History, administrated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more on information on the Trail visit www.phmc.state.pa.us or phone toll free 1-866-PA TRAIL.


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A Concert for Anna Benefit featuring 7 Bands
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31 Aug 2008
Please join us for a benefit Concert for Anna, local resident and dear friend. Seven awesome bands have come together to give you a great night of entertainment. All proceeds will benefit Anna's Fund.
Who: Creep, Skell, Ferris Buellers Revenge, Here and Now, Mojo Filter, Motorspychos, and Down Another Day
Cost: tickets are only $8.00 at the door Time: 6:00pm to ?
Come out and support a great cause while enjoying a one of a kind night of entertainment!


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Day Hike - Bear Run Nature Reserve
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31 Aug 2008
Come with us and enjoy an easy day hiking around Bear Run. We will be meandering among the different trails, just enjoying nature. The trails are easy, and general hiking shoes should be fine. Contact alleghenyTrails@comcast.net to register.



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'VARIETY NIGHT LIVE' AT COVENANT HALL PRESENTED BY THE YOUNGTIMERS TOURING OPERA COMPANY, INC.
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31 Aug 2008
The Youngtimers are hosting the VNL, Variety Night Live Series of Shows at Covenant Hall for the Performing Arts, 316 Maple Street in Irwin, PA. The shows are taking place the last Sunday of every month this year! So far, over 30 performers have participated in the last two shows! The performers have included actors, comedians, magicians, singers and instrumentalists! Check out the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SgvizJzQegw
All are invited to audition. Call now to let the Youngtimers know that you are interested in being spotlighted on their Variety Night Live! It's great exposure, great experience! It's Live Theater! Each show runs from 7 PM to 8:30 PM and the Show dates are: 3/30, 4/27, 5/25, 6/29, 7/27, 8/31, 9/28, 10/26, 11/30 and 12/28.
Call 724 864-YTOC (9862)!
There are no performance or audition fees.
The Variety Night Live Shows make another ten good reasons to support the Youngtimers this year! The Youngtimers are offering individual VNL 2008 Season Passes good for an individual's entry into any number of or all of the next 10 shows this year. Support the Youngtimers with your purchase of one today! The Individual Season Passes are available now and cost $24.00 each, payable to YTOC Inc.
Passes are available at:Your Blessed Events, 415 Main Street, Irwin,
Mail Priority in the Norwin Hills Shopping Center,
Interiors by Woleslagle, 205 4th St., Irwin
or at Covenant Hall.


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Open Climbing at REI
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31 Aug 2008
Whether you are a beginner or an expert climber, the Pinnacle at REI offers a great climbing experience. REI’s experienced, belay-trained staff and state-of-the-art climbing structures will challenge and entertain climbers of all ages.
REI supplies the equipment, and REI members climb free of charge! Not a member, join today for a one time $20 fee.


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Arriverderci, Al! Dinner with the Godfather
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31 Aug 2008
Top of the Line Entertainment Presents ...
Arrivederci Al!
DINNER WITH THE GODFATHER
an Audience Participation Comedy

The Don of the DeMedio Family, Alphonse 'Big Al' DeMedio, respectfully requests your presence at a dinner celebrating his early retirement. The gang's all here to enjoy a night of dinner, singing, dancing! Don't miss 'Arrivederci, Al! - A Dinner with the Godfather'. You might just 'get made' a part of the family. it's an offer you can't refuse!
Come enjoy this new audience interactive comedy, conceived and written by two of Pittsburgh's best loved improvisational theater veterans, Michael E. Moats and Francis A. Veltri.
Reservations are needed in advance. Tickets $49.95 per person and include dinner, dancing, champagne toast & more. Call Sandi 724-834-5300 x453 for reservations & information.


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Auditions for THE ODD COUPLE
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31 Aug 2008
AUDITIONS for THE ODD COUPLE will take place at St. Gregory School Library, 115 Pine St., August 24 & September 7 at 2pm. We
are looking for eight talented men and 2 talented women to fill these comical parts. Performances will be held in November. This is what we hope to become an annual event! Come out and share your talent! Please bring a photo and resume' if available.


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200th Birthday Celebration
Calendar: Local Calendar
Quercus  
31 Aug 2008
On Sunday, August 31, 2008, Old Economy Village will celebrate the 200th birthday of western Pennsylvania’s first internationally recognized businesswoman, Gertrude Rapp. There will be free admission to the site from Noon to 5:00 p.m., along with refreshments, and other activities to celebrate the day.
As a nineteenth-century American businesswoman, Gertrude challenged cultural perceptions, yet was considered a paragon of virtue by those who knew her. “She balanced her disparate roles with such skill that the modern historian does not at first realize the significance of her place within the Harmony Society,” said Emily Lapisardi, who portrays Gertrude Rapp at Old Economy. Lapisardi, as Gertrude Rapp, will interact with visitors during the bicentennial program by recreating Rapp’s role as Harmony Society hostess, displaying and demonstrating aspects of silk manufacture, and providing musical entertainment from Rapp’s extant partbooks and the Harmony Society’s sheet music collection.
Gertrude Rapp was born in Harmony, Pennsylvania on August 31, 1808. Her father, Johannes Rapp, was the only natural son of Harmony Society founder George Rapp. Johannes died in Harmony in 1812, at the age of twenty-eight, after which four year-old Gertrude and her mother, Johanna Diehm, became part of George Rapp’s household. In 1814, the Society moved to Indiana Territory and there founded the second town called Harmony. By June 1816, seven- year-old Gertrude and her thirty-year-old aunt Rosina Rapp were living with the Shakers at their West Union, Indian settlement while Gertrude attended school. It was there she learned to speak English.
In 1824, the Society moved back to western Pennsylvania and settled on the Ohio River, eighteen miles north of Pittsburgh, where they built the town of Economy. In 1826, at age eighteen, Gertrude launched the Society into the manufacture of fine silk textiles. While the male leaders of the Society promoted her efforts, the success of the project was her responsibility. She raised the worms, reeled the cocoons, dyed the silk yarns, and oversaw the weaving of fabrics and ribbons.
Gertrude kept extensive notes on dyes and a letter book for her international silk correspondence. Silk manufacturing books from that era survive in Old Economy’s library, as do several thick dye books containing an extensive collection of dyed silk thread samples and formulae prepared by Gertrude. By the mid to late 1830s, the Harmonists were nationally regarded as experts in silk manufacture and agriculture. An 1836 issue of the Silk Culturist
described Harmonist silk as “decidedly the best we have seen of American manufacture.”
In 1838, Gertrude Rapp received, personally, a gold medal from the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for her silk velvet and fancy ribbons, indicating that an extremely sophisticated manufactory could be found at Economy. The Harmonist silk velvet in the Old Economy Village collection is the earliest known American manufactured silk velvet, predating others by about thirty years. Additional first prizes, including another gold medal, were awarded to Gertrude Rapp in 1844: two at the Boston Fair and one at the American Institute in New York. Gertrude Rapp was attuned to cutting-edge developments in her field and was regarded as a leading expert in her own right.
By the late 1840s, the declining and aging population of the Harmony Society became less able to cope with the demands of making silk fabric, including maintaining the white mulberry trees, and feeding the thousand of worms dependent on the leaves. Additionally, without the protection of a national tariff on textile imports, the Harmonists were unable to compete with the low costs of imported goods. By the mid-1850s silk textile production at Economy was ended.
Gertrude Rapp died on December 27, 1889. Only one member of the first generation of Harmonists born in America, Jonathan Lenz, survived her. She outlived all other members of the Rapp family and became the symbol of the Society’s founding family to later generations who had not known George Rapp, or his adopted son Frederick.
For more information on this bicentennial program at Old Economy Village, or other programs and events, please contact the site at (724) 266-4500. Old Economy Village is a National Historic Landmark site, located within the National Historic Landmark District of Ambridge on Route 65. The Visitor’s Center is the starting point for visitors to the Village and is located at the intersection of Church and Sixteenth Streets. Parking is free.
The Village is open from March through December. Regular hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, Noon – 5:00 p.m. The historic site is closed Mondays and holidays, except Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day. Admission is free on august 31st, but is normally charged: Adults (18 years and older), $7.00; Senior Citizens (60 years and older), $6.00 and Under 6 there is no charge. During the month of August all children, accompanied by an adult, are admitted to the site for free.
Persons with disabilities who need special assistance or accommodation should call (724) 266-4500 in advance of their visit to discuss their needs. Pennsylvania TDD relay service is available at (800) 654-5984. For more information on Old Economy Village visit www.oldeconomyvillage.org.
Old Economy Village is one of 26 historic sites and museums on the Pennsylvania Trail of History, administrated by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more on information on the Trail visit www.phmc.state.pa.us or phone toll free 1-866-PA TRAIL.


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2008 Carnegie International
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31 Aug 2008
This exhibition is the most important and prestigious international survey of contemporary art in North America and features paintings, sculptures, photography, works on paper, and film and video works by established and emerging international artists.

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Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival
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31 Aug 2008
It's an adventure into the past at this medieval amusement park featuring combat jousting, games of skill, rides, a variety of renaissance delicacies, hundreds of authentically costumed performers providing continuous entertainment, and more than 80 master artisans exhibiting fine arts and crafts.

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