Holiday Events in Pittsburgh: Have Fun this Winter

holiday events in Pittsburgh

The holiday season is upon us, which means there are several holiday events in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re looking for a romantic event for a date or for a simply something fun to do with the whole family, there’s an event for nearly everyone. Here at Shults Ford Harmarville, we’ve put together a list of just a few of the many upcoming holiday events and activities in the area.

According to Visit Pittsburgh, there are a number of holiday performances in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District. For example, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has an annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic set to the music of Tchaikovsky. The Pittsburgh CLO also puts on a performance of A Christmas Carol every year, and the Symphony Orchestra will have Highmark Holiday Pops.

Next, check out the Peoples Gas Holiday Market. Held from November 17 to December 23, this market is designed like a quaint European village, yet it’s held in the heart of the Downtown’s Market Square. You can find holiday gifts from a long list of local vendors. There’s also hot apple cider and a range of local restaurants nearby for dinner.

Finally, visit the Highmark First Night Pittsburgh on December 31. This New Year’s Eve celebration is an arts-centered event held in the Cultural District. There will be live music, performances, ice sculptures, and more. An extravaganza that’s great for families, you can be a part of the 50,000 participants that will gather to see the ball drop in Pittsburgh. This is just one of the many fun things to do this winter in the area.

New 2018 F-150 Awards Include Motor Trend Truck of the Year

There are numerous 2018 F-150 awards, and they only seem to increase with every year. The F-150 recently beat out the competition to earn the 2018 Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, which is the fifth time this truck has won the title. Demonstrating incredible performance and intelligent design, it’s easy to see why the F-150 took home first place.

According to Ford, the new F-150 was tested in multiple categories. These included advancement in design, engineering excellence, safety, value, efficiency, and performance of intended function. The F-150 excelled in several categories, but the judges noted in particular its great towing capabilities, high-tech features, and powertrain performance.

“This year’s competition was fierce, but the vote was unanimous,” said Ed Loh, Motor Trend editor in chief. “The newly redesigned 2018 F-150 exceeded our expectations in every category – powertrain, performance, technology and overall execution.”

Four types of F-150 models were tested as well. These include the F-150 XL, Lariat, Platinum, and the off-road Raptor. Each of these trims is designed to cater to a range of different needs. For example, the Lariat comes with an all-new 2.7-liter EcoBoost® engine that saves you money at the pump without sacrificing power. The Platinum is truly refined, while the Raptor is for off-road enthusiasts. To learn more about the award-winning Ford F-150 lineup, visit Shults Ford of Harmarville.

2018 F-150 awards

Five Things We Love About the 2018 Ford Edge

The Ford Edge crossover is a classic for a reason. This vehicle has consistently offered versatility, comfort, capability, and safety to all sorts of driver lifestyles. It’s no surprise that the 2018 Ford Edge manages to take all of its best traits and make them even better. It’s too hard to pick favorites, but we’ll share with you five things that we really love about the new 2018 Ford Edge.

SEL Sport Appearance Package

There are plenty of ways to customize the Ford Edge. When you want a particularly stylish SUV, you can opt for this appearance package, which adds a sleek front grille, a rear spoiler, darkened headlamps, and 19-inch wheels.

EcoBoost® Engines

Both the 2.0-liter EcoBoost® and the 2.7-liter EcoBoost® offer the perfect balance of power and efficiency in this SUV.

SYNC® 3

The 2018 Ford Edge offers the latest Ford infotainment system for effortless connectivity. SYNC® 3 features natural voice commands, smartphone connectivity, navigation, and more.

FordPass™ App

You can take advantage of the technology in the 2018 Ford Edge to the fullest when you use the FordPass™ smartphone app. Find parking, compare fuel prices, and more from your smartphone.

Safety Features

The 2018 Ford Edge features a long list of advanced safety features, such as Adaptive Cruise Control and a Lane-Keeping System, that make for confident driving anywhere you go.

These are just five things from a seemingly endless list of admirable traits in the 2018 Ford Edge. Interested in learning more? Stop in at Shults Ford Harmarville and we’ll show you all the reasons why we love this SUV.

2018 Ford Edge

Black Friday Shopping Strategies

Some people look forward to Black Friday shopping just as much as Thanksgiving dinner itself. If you’re planning to head out into the Black Friday craze this year, use these tips from Shults Ford Harmarville to make the most of it.

Do Your Research

Sometimes the best deals are offered to the early bird, but that’s not always the case. You should never assume anything with Black Friday—always do your research first. Make a list of the things you’re looking for, and then check store ads to find out when they’re offering the best deals.

Bring a Friend

Face it—shopping is always better with a friend there to keep you company. But don’t be afraid to ask your friend for help. They can stay in your Ford to keep it warm while you run into the store, or even help you collect all of your items to help save time.

Have a Strict Budget

You might be heading out on Black Friday to snag a good deal, but the stores where you’re shopping are planning to try to sell you more than you’d bargained for in the process. Don’t be tempted by colorful displays and good deals on things that aren’t on your list. Plan your items—and your budget—beforehand and don’t stray from it. Your wallet will thank you later.

Black Friday shopping

New Fall Recipes You Should Try this Year

Fall is a wonderful time of year, full of beautiful colors and pleasant aromas. Make your house smell even better by trying out some of these new fall recipes.

  • Chili Colorado. This is a traditional Mexican dish made from beef or pork and stewed in a red chili sauce. The “colorado” part refers to the color, not the state.
  • Apple Cider Doughnuts. Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, these delicious doughnuts will keep you coming back from more. They get their flavor from apple butter.
  • Salt and Vinegar Potatoes. Cook sliced baby potatoes in vinegar to give them a rich flavor throughout.
  • Potato Leak Soup. Warm up this fall with this rich, creamy soup. Top it with toasted nuts for a truly autumn taste.
  • Chocolate Bread Pudding. Use day-old chocolate bread to create this rich, warm, decadent dessert.
  • Cast Iron Roast Chicken. Heat your cast iron skillet in the oven before you put the chicken in it to ensure a crisp, golden skin all the way around.
  • Pumpkin Cake. Top this moist cake with a creamy maple-flavored cream cheese frosting for a dessert that everyone will love.

Which of these fall recipes would you love to try? Don’t forget, you can always come visit us here at Shults Ford of Harmarville to share your delicious treats.

new fall recipes

Ford and Virginia Tech Team Up for Driverless Technology

The future of autonomous and driverless vehicles is just around the corner. Automakers around the world are working on this technology. Ford and Virginia Tech have teamed up to study a unique aspect of self-driving cars—how people react to them.

When you reach an intersection with people waiting on the corner, you likely communicate with them through hand waves, head nods, or other gestures to show them your intentions. With a driverless vehicle, that communication is lost.

With the research Ford and Virginia Tech are doing, they have developed a series of light signals that can be used to show pedestrians what an autonomous vehicle is going to do next. To put these lights to the test, they equipped a Ford Transit with a light bar on the windshield and then created a “seat suit” to conceal the driver and make it look like a driverless vehicle.

You can watch this video to see how it works.

John Shutko, Ford’s human factors technical specialist, said, “We need to solve for the challenges presented by not having a human driver, so designing a way to replace the head nod or hand wave is fundamental to ensuring safe and efficient operation of self-driving vehicles in our communities.”

What would you think if you saw a driverless vehicle? Here at Shults Ford of Harmarville, we are excited to see where this incredible technology goes next.

Ford and Virginia Tech

2017 Ford Focus RS

Tearing down the highway and back county roads used to be the realm that the Ford Mustang specialized in, but now the Mustang might have to share. The 2017 Ford Focus RS is a power-packed hatchback designed for drivers who want more punch in the gas pedal. Affordable pricing and a legacy of performance make the Ford Focus RS a tough model to argue with.

The “RS” in Ford Focus RS stands for “Rally Sport.” The 2017 Ford Focus is the latest model to the bear the badge, putting it in a pool of performance-driven models. Just over 20 models have had the honor of bearing the badge since 1970.

The 2017 Ford Focus RS comes equipped with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine paired to a manual transmission. That powertrain delivers a heart-stopping 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to the road.

The hot hatch rolls out on sport tires with a low stance that says it’s ready for action. Performance front disc brakes, a firm suspension, and more reinforce that statement. Advanced technologies, such as Launch Control, adjustable traction control, and switchable driving modes allow drivers to get as close to the road as they please.

We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville are ready to take you on a test drive in the exciting new 2017 Ford Focus.

2017 Ford Focus RS

2017 Walk for PKD

Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disease that doesn’t discriminate by age or gender. It affects thousands of Americans and millions of people worldwide. The treatment can range from dialysis to full-on kidney transplants. Did you know that you can help find a cure and support those impacted by the disease? The 2017 Walk for PKD, the perfect means to do just that, is right around the corner.

The 2017 Walk for PKD takes place on Saturday, September 23rd in Pittsburgh. Check-in and registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and the two-mile walk begins at 10 a.m.

Parents affected by PKD have a 50 percent chance of passing the disease on. Of those impacted by PKD, more than 50 percent will need some form of treatment by the time they’re 50 years old. Currently, the only treatment options for PKD are dialysis and a kidney transplant. PKD is also the number cause of kidney failure in children and adults.

The PKD Foundation is the only organization dedicated to finding more treatments for PKD. The volunteers work tirelessly to support those who have had their lives changed by the disease.

Support those in need by taking a walk this September.

We here at Shults Ford of Harmarville hope to see you at the 2017 Walk for PKD!

2017 Walk for PKD

2018 Mustang Pony Package Offers Nostalgic Design Elements

The 2018 Ford Mustang is on its way, with a modern design and a slew of features that focus comfort and technology. However, many Ford enthusiasts are nostalgic for yesteryear. If that describes you, then you’re in luck; the new 2018 Mustang Pony Package adds design elements that reflect older models of the Ford Mustang in order to give it a more classic air while maintaining all the conveniences of owning the latest model.

Some of the changes to the design of the 2018 Ford Mustang when the Pony Package is applied include the traditional corral grille in front, an old-school tri-pony badge in the back, and a subtle stripe that runs around the sides of the Mustang. There are other changes that aren’t so much for the nostalgia as they are for completing the look – a bright beltline and window trim, 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, and floor mats embroidered with the famous Mustang logo.

The Mustang Pony Package will only be available to models with the turbocharged inline-4 engine, not the new and much-anticipated 5.0-liter V8. The 2018 Ford Mustang is slated to launch across the nation in October of this year. If you’re interested in owning the 2018 Mustang (whether equipped with the new Pony Package or not), then keep an eye on us here at Shults Ford Harmarville for more information.

Mustang Pony Package

Celebrate the 6th Annual Ukrainian Food Festival

Do you live near Carnegie, Pennsylvania and like to try new food? Why not give the 6th Annual Ukrainian Food Festival a shot? This celebration, held at the Parish of Sts. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Orthodox Church, invites local residents to partake in exploring the roots of their culture by joining in a feast steeped in Ukrainian heritage. We at Shults Ford Harmarville love to see members of the local community band together to celebrate their diversity.

Come on September 8th and 9th, when the food-based festivities begin at 11:00 AM. The parish has its own kitchen with which the cooks produce traditional Ukrainian food and pastries for the public to enjoy and take home, free of charge. Saturday will even offer guests live ethnic entertainment for their viewing pleasure. Additionally, guests can relax and lounge outside or come into the air-conditioned parish hall, which is also wheelchair-accessible.

Again, admission is totally free, so bring your friends and family to enjoy this spectacular once-a-year event where you and your loved ones can explore new experiences at the Ukrainian Food Festival. Be a part of your community by immersing yourself in the diversity and proud heritage that still exists in Pennsylvania today.

Ukrainian Food Festival

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