Weekend Events – Tar & Feathering, Beach Party, Rusted Root and Lots More

Another perfect August weekend in Pittsburgh.  We hope you will use Yinztagram to share your photos of how you are enjoying these last few weeks of summer in Pittsburgh.  (If you are asking “what’s Yinztagram?” right now you are missing out, or shall we say ‘aht – click here to read up on the app for putting more Pittsburgh in your photos.)

Here is a list of the events we shared on WDVE this morning.  There are lots of great ways to celebrate in Pittsburgh this weekend – kick off the weekend with the celebration of the Whiskey Rebellion at Wigle Whiskey’s tar and feathering party.  Then hit up one of the many festivals around town this weekend – everything from a beach a Bakery Square, Tomato & Garlic at Phipps and for the Renaissance Festival fans – The Renaissance Festival is back in town.

Inaugural Tar and Feathering Party

  • Wigle Whiskey
  • Friday, August 24, 2012
  • 6-9pm
  • Celebrate the Whiskey Rebellion with modern day (creative) interpretations of tar and feathering
  • Free to attend, $5 Wigle Cocktails, Food Trucks
Bikes, Beer & a Movie – Premium Rush

  • Friday, August 24, 2012
  • Join Iron City Bikes @ OTB at 8pm
  • Head to South Side Works to watch the 10:05pm showing of Premium Rush
  • Check out Iron City Bike on Facebook and Twitter @IronCityBikes
Horror Fan Flea Market

  • Saturday, August 25
  • 10am-2pm
  • Facebook Event
  • Hollywood Theater in Dormont
  • Followed by screenings of Don’t Look in the Basement and Demons
Bakery Square is Transformed into Bakery Beach 

  • Saturday and Sunday, August 25 & 26, 2012
  • Bakery Square becomes a beach with complete with sand and a water slide
  • Saturday – beach party
  • Sunday – Bakery Square Marketplace – IMadeIt Market brings in the crafty vendors
Shadyside Arts Festival

  • Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26, 2012
  • Walnut Street is closed to traffic
  • 150 artists from 30 different states
Mike Medved Band 

  • Saturday, August 25, 2012
  • Club Cafe
  • 7-9pm
Red, Ripe & Roasted: Tomato & Garlic Festival

  • Sunday, August 26, 2012
  • 11am-5pm
  • Phipps Conservatory
  • Farmers market including a roasting station with Phipps-grown garlic
  • Tomato contest
Start Up Drinks @ The Apple Store

  • Sunday, August 25, 2012
  • Network with other Pittsburgh entrepreneurs
  • 6-7:30 @ the Apple Store on Walnut St.
  • 7:30-9:30 @ Steel Cactus
Rusted Root at Hartwood Acres

  • 13th Annual Allegheny County Music Festival
  • Sunday, August 26, 2012
  • 5:00pm Opening Bands
  • 7:30pm Rusted Root
  • $20/car benefits Health and Human Services
Last Weekend for the Westmoreland County Fair

  • Fair runs though Saturday August 25, 2012
First Weekend of The Renaissance Festival 

  • First weekend is August 25 & 26


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If you follow @IheartPGH on twitter – you know that I am a devoted Blackberry user.  I am constantly being asked why I use such a device when I could just “get an iphone.”   I am loyal to the Blackberry. Until this week – something happened – that may be the reason I need to get an iphone – it is for the sake of all things Pittsburgh.

Meet the app that may make me break up with my Blackberry (I might say that my relationship has been one of the longest and best of my life) – Yinztagram.

Yinztagram is a free iPhone app that allows you to add some Pittsburgh to any photo.   You know how Pittsburgher’s believe that everything tastes better with fries on top?  Well some smart folks realized that all photos look better with a Primanti’s sandwich or Rick Seback added to the image.

You can read more about the Pittsburgh elements of the app here.

Check out some of these Yinztagrams and what people are saying about the app…

Let’s Get Tarred and Feathered

I am embarrased that I have not posted more about Wigle Whiskey here on IheartPGH.  Earlier this summer, the folks who own Wigle helped me to plan a tour and tasting of their fine facility as a going away party for a friend.  This was a tall order – I wanted the going away festivities to be something that would make my friend really want to stay in Pittsburgh.  Meredith, of of the family members that owns and operates Wigle, went above and beyond – the tour was fun, funny and educational – and a nice alternative to you usual going away happy hour.  And there was plenty of the happy hour spirits flowing – the tour starts with a cocktail and ends with a tasting.  Sign up at WigleWhiskey.com for an upcoming tour.  Tours fill up quickly.

But you don’t want to wait for the tour? Well you are in luck – the folks at Wigle are celebrating the whiskey rebellion with a free tar and feather party this Friday.

What does Wigle have to do with the Whiskey Rebellion?

Wigle Whiskey is named after Philip Wigle who was a key player in the Whiskey Rebellion. In 1794, Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill in a tussle with a tax collector. He unwittingly helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion, which pitted Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington’s troops.

Why Tar and Feathers?

Tarring and Feathering has historically been used to protest taxes in Europe and in America. During the Whiskey Rebellion, local tax collectors were tarred and feathered by Pittsburgh distillers. The distillers were living on what was considered the frontier and felt betrayed by their new government eastward. Pittsburgh was then the epicenter of American whiskey production and so was the hardest hit by the distillation tax enacted by Alexander Hamilton and George Washington.

Will there really be tar and feathers?

Think of it as a creative interpretation of tar and feathering – Wigle has invited the creative minds at the Mattress Factory, Attack Theater, Society for Contemporary Craft, Toonseum, Carnegie Library and the Carnegie Science Center to create a modern, safe, and presumably less messy  interpretation of tar and feathering.

Will I be able to drink whiskey at the event with out being tarred?

Yes!  The event is free and open to all. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase $5 whiskey cocktails and food from Pittsburgh food trucks, including the Pittsburgh Taco Truck, Franktuary and the Goodie Truck.

Wigle Whiskey Tar & Feather Party
Friday, Aug 24 from 6-9 PM
Wigle Whiskey Distillery, 2401 Smallman Street
Free Admission!
Facebook Event

Wigle Whiskey on Urbanspoon

Sign Up to GrubWithUs on Thursday!

Earlier this year we were happy to host the first ever GrubWithUs dinner in Pittsburgh – we had a great dinner and met some great Pittsburghers – including Debbie Hardin who had just moved to Pittbsburgh.

GrubWithUs is a website that plans family style dinners – you sign up online, pay a flat fee for food and gratuity, they pick the restaurant, you show up to eat a meal and meet some new folks.

Debbie and I have decided it is time for another GrubWithUs dinner.  If you are looking for some dinner conversation or to meet some new people – sign up to dine with me and Debbie and the other Grubbers on Thursday, August 23, 2012. The location will be revealed after the minimum number of people have signed up.

GrubWithUs Pittsburgh – End of Summer Feast
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Location will be revealed soon
$32 per person includes food, tax, and gratuity
Use this link to sign up and get $5 towards your first GrubWithUs meal


Vulture Fun for the Whole Family


Vulture (Photo credit: clio1789)

Yep.  That is supposed to say vultures.  Now that the olympics are over – I know everyone has turned their attention to the I know everyone is thinking about shark week.  The National Aviary wants to remind you about another important member of our eco-system… vultures.

The National Aviary is hosting a special program this weekend – the Value of Vultures.

  • With paid general admission, visitors to the Aviary will be able to participate in a variety of fun vulture-themed activities for all ages, including educational displays, crafts, trainer talks, live encounters, and (of course) a scavenger hunt!
  • August 18 & 19, 2012