“every day is pierogi day, in pittsburgh”

National Pierogi Day

I was browsing the Pittsburgh subreddit which is a great place to find out about local events, news and interesting facts about this town. There is a post about the fact that Thursday, October 8 is National Pierogi Day. I don’t know who created National Pierogi Day or why it is in October. I come from a family that is pretty serious about pierogi making, I associate pierogi with the holidays, especially January. I do know that the lone comment on the Pittsburgh subreddit explains how most Pittsburghers react to National Pierogi Day: “every day is pierogi day, in pittsburgh.”

There isn’t much information about National Pieorgi Day online.  There is a Facebook page here. In Pittsburgh the only event I found for National Pierogi day is at the casino, which I don’t even think is worth linking to.


Quite possibly the best possible idea for a food pairing event, ever.

Next week, there is a pierogi & beer dinner in Braddock at The Brew Gentlemen with Casey Barber – author of book about pierogi @GoodFoodStories, author of the book Pierogi Love.

If you are looking for some pierogi gear, sadly the Commonwealth press store is sold out of the pierogi pillow, but Garbella has some pierogi attire for Pittsburghers of all ages.

How do you plan to honor the pierogi on national pierogi day (or every other day of the year)? Where are the best pierogi in Pittsburgh? Share your pierogi thoughts with #everydayispierogiday.

Bloomfield Celebrates the Stoop on Saturday, October 10


The community group, Bloomfield Liveable Streets is organizing a celebration of Bloomfield’s beautiful stoops on Saturday, October 10.

You can get all of the details on the Stoop City Website here. You can check out the Facebook event for Stoop City here.

Bloomfield Liveable Streets is looking for people who want to perform and people who want to host acts during Stoop City. All types of performers are welcome.

Explore Bloomfield and Snap a Selfie with Albright

Albright United Methodist Church

One of my favorite summer photos of Albright United Methodist Church. Photo Credit: Larry Rippel.

While your out and about exploring Bloomfield, do me a favor and stop by 486 S. Graham Street and snap a selfie with the stained glass at Albright United Methodist Church and be sure to tag it with @AlbrightPGH and #SaveAlbright. (I have been working with friends, community groups and a whole bunch of other awesome Pittbsurgh folks this summer to make sure this 109-year-old beauty doesn’t get torn down. I have to work next Saturday, otherwise I’d be there greeting you all from the stoop of Albright. I hope more people will help me share photos of this good looking church. If you want to help with the efforts to #SaveAlbright – join the Facebook group here.)

Beethoven + Coldplay + Pittsburgh Symphony = FUSE@PSO

Earlier this year the Pittsburgh Symphony performed the first in the series of mash-up performances called FUSE@PSO. The next FUSE@PSO performance is Beethoven + Coldplay and takes place on Tuesday, October 6. I had the opportunity to meet Steve Hackman who is the conductor of these performances last week. He is new to Pittsburgh and doing some really interesting things to get more new faces to the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Here is a video of the last FUSE@PSO performace which was a mashup of Brahms + Radiohead:

Steve is eager to meet more Pittsburghers and talk about his work. In the spirit of mashups I am working with Steve to put together a Meet the (Music) Maker event at TechShop this Sunday.  Steve will talk more about his work and the FUSE@PSO performances.  If you are interested in learning more about Steve, the Pittsburgh Symphony or TechShop, I hope you will stop by on Sunday evening.


Meet the (Music) Maker with Steve Hackman from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, October 4, 2015
Free – please register at http://bit.ly/1LmYgez

Follow: @TechShopPGH @PGHSymphony @SteroHideout & #FUSE@PSO


Help East End Brewing Build a Healing Garden on Sat. Oct. 3

I'd like to cycle with good firends who like good beer!

East End Brewing Cycling Jersey

One of the many good people that I have gotten to know through writing a blog about Pittsburgh, it Scott Smith, owner of East End Brewing.  The tagline for East End Brewing is “Buy a Good Friend a Good Beer.” Not only does East End Brewing make some good beers, but they quietly do lots of good stuff for the community. Last Christmas, when I was working with lots of other good Pittsburghers to deliver literally thousands of toys in time for Christmas, Scott sent a tweet offering to lend a hand. Within hours, he showed up with truck, pallet jack and beer, of course. I thought it would take 20 minivans and at least 5 hours to move the toys over to the North Side. With Scott’s help – we were done in 60 minutes. That is just one of my personal stories of some of the good Scott and East End Brewing brings to Pittsburgh.

East End Brewing is working to help one of their neighbors spruce up a vacant lot in Larmier and could use your help this Saturday.

Help Build a Healing Garden
Saturday, October 3, 2015
160 Meadow Street, Pittsburgh, PA
FREE but please RSVP here.

Here is the request from Scott:

Healing garden larimer pittsburghThis event is a little outside of the normal “Super Cool Thing at the Brewery that involves beer” type of event. Instead, we’re looking to help out a true leader in our Larimer Community, Miss Betty Lane, to continue a project we helped out with a while back.

We (with lotsa help from you guys!) cleared an overgrown city lot that had been overgrown with invasive plants and other debris. And now, it’s time to turn that same lot into something special… A Healing Garden, for everyone in the community to use and enjoy for years to come! Here’s a description of the plan for the day… We will be using clay and rocks to line a freshly dug pond and build a fountain. There may be some plantings to be done as well. This is not technical work, it’s child’s play with a little direction. The pond is to be a major feature of the larger Healing Garden at 160 Meadow St as a peaceful nurturing place and ecological oasis. People of all ages are invited to help.
If you’d like to come out and help improve a Pittsburgh neighborhood that needs your help, work with people who are making Pittsburgh a better place, one lot at a time, now is your chance! And we’re happy to provide you with a little refreshment to toast your hard work, after it’s all done.


Now Hiring: The Steelers are looking for an Email Marketing Specialist

steelers jobThis showed up in my inbox from LinkedIn. Do you have what it takes to join the (office) team? If you love the Steelers and love email marketing, then this is the job for you. According to LinkedIn, the job was posted 19 days ago and as of today only 20 people have applied.

I could only find this job posted on LinkedIn here, if you are looking for other openings with the Steelers organization, check out the listings here.

Job description – Email Marketing Specialist, Pittsburgh Steelers

The email Marketing Specialist will join our email marketing team to improve the relevance, segmentation and targeting of our email program. This individual will have a blend of quantitative/analytical skills to work with email list data, the creativity and writing skills to improve the content and relevance of email content and the experience running internet marketing campaigns, measuring results and pulling out insights to improve future campaign performance.


– email setup from start to finish—from business input, creative, timing, HTML set up all the way to proofing and execution.

– Leverage the marketing database to create data driven email marketing campaigns with relevant, customer-focused messaging to increase fan engagement.

–  Develop and maintain the email marketing calendar detailing the timing and frequency of all internal and external email communications.

–  Participate in the email marketing creative brief process, gathering creative components and business input, including copywriting and proofreading, to create a consistent brand voice.

–  Monitor, cleanse and append email lists, balancing the goals of growth and quality.

–  Recommend email marketing strategy enhancements to optimize future campaigns and contribute to marketing goals.

– Proactively measure and analyze the effectiveness of email campaigns extracting insights that can be used to improve future campaign performance.

– Conduct on-going competitive market and industry analysis to keep up to date with new email tactics and techniques that can be incorporated into the Steelers email campaigns.

Skills and Experience:

– Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications or Bachelor of Science in Quantitative field.

– 3+ years marketing experience.

– Minimum of 1 year email marketing experience, including creating/executing email campaigns.

– Working knowledge of HTML.

– Solid understanding of email industry best practices, especially CAN-SPAM compliance and a working     knowledge of the legal rules.

–  Previous experience with enterprise level email platforms such as Epsilon, Bronto or ExactTarget.

–  Quantitative analysis skills and comfort working with large data sets.

–  Photoshop and/or other photo editing program experience.

–  Excellent writing and verbal communication skills.

–  Strong attention to detail, organizational and management skills.

–  Ability to multi-task and work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment with limited supervision.

–  Quick learner and keen sense of curiosity.

–  Ability to work a flexible schedule including weekends.