Buccin’ the Trend: Pirates experiencing early ups and downs

Say hello to Andy Barlow – he is just finishing up his Master’s degree at Point Park and he will be blogging about the Buccos for us this summer.

Every April, the Pittsburgh Pirates pack their bags and leave Bradenton, FL for the friendly confines of PNC Park.  A new season always brings hope for the fans, much like myself, who have suffered through 19 consecutive losing seasons.  Manager Clint Hurdle, all-star outfielder Andrew McCutchen, and our beloved Buccos began their quest for 81 wins and beyond on April 5th.  A record crowd of nearly 40,000 watched the cross-state rival Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Pirates, 1-0.  However, the Pirates took the next two games to win the series, both in dramatic fashion!

PNC Park

PNC Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After a tough road trip out west (to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Arizona), the team returned home to host the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals and Hurdle’s former team, the Colorado Rockies.  The Rockies are led currently by former Pirates manager Jim Tracy.  After losing two of three to St. Louis over the weekend, the first game of the series with Colorado was rained out for Monday evening.  After a Tuesday win, the ensuing doubleheader was split, resulting in a big home series win for Pittsburgh.

The Pirates finished April with a four-game series split in Atlanta and entered May on the road in St. Louis.  They set a major league record…one that is a tribute to the pitching staff and the defense, but perhaps a detriment to the offense.  For the first 18 games of the season, they did not allow more than five runs and, subsequently, did not score more than five runs…in any game!  It was the longest streak of its kind in baseball history.

The Pirates are currently 10-14 and in fifth place in the NL Central division.

Art, Carp, Fire and More – Just Your Avg. Weekend in Pgh

So, it might be a little chilly this weekend – but all of these events will be happening rain or shine.  Big weekend of things to do in Pittsburgh.  Lots of free events.  Here is the list of details and links for the events we discussed on WDVE this morning.

Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District

  • Friday, April 27, 2012.   5:30-9pm. The Cutlural District, Downtown.
  • Galleries stay open late with free events for the evening.  This month the Cultural District is hosting a Dutch Festival.
  • Full Schedule is available here.

Urban Hike Visits Beechview

Art All Night 2012

  • 15th Annual Art All Night gallery exhibit – anyone and everyone is invited to display their art work.
  • Saturday, April 28, 4pm til Sunday, April 29, 2pm
  • Live music and performances.  Get all of the details about submitting your art work here.
  • Facebook Event – http://www.facebook.com/events/373931675971454/

Carp All Night 10th Anniversary Fish-In

  • 10th Annual Carp All Night
  • Saturday, April 28, 8pm
  • Meet under the 40th Street Bridge
  • Just as important as the art, is the carp – this is a group of folks that have been hosting an all-night carp fishing event during art all night
  • Facebook Event – http://www.facebook.com/events/279210828832707/

Friends of Dormont Pool – 6th Annual Pub Crawl

Steel City Showdown

  • Sunday, April 29, 2012, 8am-2pm
  • the race is closed 0.8 mile loop over the majestic Allegheny River
  • New this year – the course will be open for the public to ride after the race
  • Facebook Event – http://www.facebook.com/events/411409235536771/

Taste of Brookline

Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week 

  • runs until April 28, 2012
  • lots more craft beer events on Friday and Saturday



Record a Custom CD Card for Mom with the Saturday Light Brigade

Mother’s Day… Yes, Folks that important holiday is right around the corner.  (Dear Wigle Whiskey – please be planning a mothers day tasting event!).   Mother’s day gifts can be tricky – but the Children’s Museum has stepped into save the day!

This is such a cool idea from the folks at Saturday Light Brigade.  If you aren’t familiar with SLB – it is a a public radio show that has been on the air since 1978 with acoustic music and family friendly fun.  A few years ago the SLB started broadcasting from the Children’s Museum.

For mothers day they will help you record a cd with an audio message for mom from their recording studio.

DATES: April 28–May 13 (for Mother’s Day) and June 2–June 17 (for Father’s Day)
TIME: 1–4 p.m.
LOCATION: SLB Radio Productions, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
COST: $12 for a card/CD kit from the museum shop

Let your own voice be the unique message and special one-of-a-kind gift you give this year for Mother’s Day and/or Father’s Day!

During the hands-on program, children and youth ages 5 and up will record a personal message, poem, song, or story for their mother, father, grandparent, or special caregiver. SLB staff will conduct welcoming interviews about the person receiving the card, and will record greetings and messages live onto an audio CD in its award-winning broadcast studios.

After the recording session, the professional-quality cards will be edited on site. The audio CD will be affixed to a special card, which children and youth will decorate and personalize using a variety of art materials. Ready for delivery in just a short time, audio cards will be brought home that very day as a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift that will be cherished for a lifetime.

Creation of personalized audio cards is available for recording in May and June each year at SLB. No appointment is necessary. Purchase of a CD Creation Card Kit is required in the Children’s Museum gift shop prior to recording. The cost is $12, which includes a CD, card kit, decorating supplies, studio time, and editing. All proceeds benefit programs for children and youth at SLB Radio.

You can follow the Saturday Light Brigade on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/slbradio and Twitter @SLBradio.

Craft Beer, Spring Carnival, Earth Day – A Super Weekend of Spring Events in Pgh

It’s been a few weeks but we were happy to be welcomed back to WDVE to share some great events this weekend.  There are lots of great ways to celebrate spring (and craft beer) around Pittsburgh this weekend!