I have been feeling like Christmas went past too fast this year. I didn’t get to look at enough trees or holiday lights and I am still listening to the Christmas station on Pandora. I just posted a photo from New Years Eve to the IheartPGH Instagram account and realized I had not posted any holiday photos of Pittsburgh at Christmas since December 12. I was trying to capture a panorama of the perfectly Pittsburgh scene at Pennsylvania Macaroni Co, and happened to snap a guy wearing a Santa hat in the photo.
Thankfully for me, there are a few… Read the rest
As Macy’s was preparing to close its doors at the end of the summer, I was thinking about how shopping at a downtown department store was a thing that the next generations of Pittsburghers would not get to do this holiday season. There are still lots of traditions to be had downtown and all around this city, but there downtown department stores are now gone. In my lifetime, there was Horne’s, Gimbels, Kaufmann’s, Saks, Lazarus and briefly Lord & Taylor. But there are future generations of Pittsburgheres who will only associate the name Kaufmann with the family who built the… Read the rest
Update Tue 12/22 12:50pm – Police Have Toy Enough Donations
The City of Pittsburgh sent out the following press release at 12:50pm.
From the City of Pittsburgh
Hundreds of Christmas Presents Stolen
Sent 12/22/2015 @ 12:50 pm
There has been an amazing response from the public to assist. We do not need any further donations. Also, Toys For Tots has stepped up with a $10,000 donation to replenish toys. Please express our heartfelt gratitude to the public and let them no that no more donations are required. We will be in touch with additional details when possible.
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I think I first learned of the Light of Life Christmas ornaments from Jane Pitt’s holiday gift guide a few years ago. After I had spent most of December searching for a beautiful ornament that had some sort of story to go with it, and I found nothing. I have included this ornament on our list in case you are looking for a way to send someone a little bit of Pittsburgh for their tree.
This is so much more than just a Christmas ornament. This is a gift that benefits the Light of Life Rescue Mission, a Pittsburgh nonprofit… Read the rest
Simeon Larivonovoff at Artisan (Photo Credit – Artisan’s Facebook page)
I have been meaning to write about these iconography classes ever since I met the artist last year at the PULSE Alternative Gift Market. There was also a recent gallery display of incredible iconography during the last First Fridays on Penn avenue. Artisan hosted a show of works by the Russian Icon painter Simeon Larivonovoff. I’ve included a short documentary about Simeon Larivonovoff below. I really enjoyed seeing these icons and reading more about the process. Even if you don’t have an oOrthodox background, it is fascinating to see the… Read the rest