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.
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.
April Fools’ Day has been a tradition as long as we can remember. But just where did that tradition start?
There has been some debate amongst historians over when April Fools’ first began. Also called All Fools’ Day, the original conception of this holiday is still a mystery. Some historians believe that it all began in 1582, when the Julian calendar became the Gregorian calendar. This change made the start of the year January 1st instead of April 1st.
However, many people never knew about the change, so they ended up celebrating New Years on April 1st. The people who didn’t know became a joke, having people place paper fish on their back as a way of making fun of them, calling them “easily caught fish”. This comedic occurrence might have been the beginning of April Fools’ Day.
It’s possible that this idea spread or that the celebration of April Fools’ started because of the vernal equinox, when Mother Nature was accused of “tricking” people. Throughout the 18th century, April Fools’ Day became more popular. It’s even a two-day event in Scotland.
Even large corporations like Burger King and Sports Illustrated celebrate April Fools’ Day. No matter how you celebrate April Fools’ Day this year, know that it comes with plenty of history!