It’s summer time. You’ve been waiting for this all year, and it’s finally here. Summer is the best time of the year to have a picnic with your loved ones. Many things can go wrong, but if you plan accordingly you can avoid picnic disasters that may ruin your time. Get ready to enjoy your time because we have the perfect tips for you!
What to bring:
- Basket or Bag: to carry all your picnic essentials.
- Blanket: to sit on while you enjoy your nice meal.
- Silverware: to eat your food. Don’t forget spoons for dessert!
- Napkins: just in case you spill something or get grease on your hands.
- Umbrella: to make sure you are ready for any type of weather
- Cups: to serve your favorite drink.
- Music: to set the mood
- Bug spray: the last thing you want is to have mosquitos bother you.
- Food & Drinks: make sure to not forget the essentials!
Locations for your picnic in Pittsburgh:
- Point State Park: If you’re not really into the nature scene, this is a great location to avoid grass. You can sit on the steps as you enjoy the fountains mist over you. Perfect for a hot day!
- Mount Washington: Make a whole trip out of your picnic date. Take the Duquesne Incline and end up in Mount Washington where you can find a spot looking over Pittsburgh’s skyline. Then head over to grab ice cream in a nearby shop.
- Randy Land: This is the perfect spot if you’re in for a wild ride. Visit Randy Land in the North Side and eat your food in Randy’s beautiful backyard that is open to the public free of charge. What makes this place special is the experience that comes with it. Sit down and listen to Randy’s tales as you enjoy a quick bite.
- Frick Park: For the adventurer that wants to walk around after the picnic and explore new grounds. This 650-acre park is an excellent choice. Even your dog can tag along!
- Schenley Plaza: Enjoy a beautiful day out by visiting this plaza that serves as an entrance to Schenley Park. After, head over and explore The Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh’s campus.
- Tic-Tack boxes: Use these recycled containers to pack your different spices.
- To-go wine cups: Buy pre-packaged wine to make your day go smother and maximize the space in your basket.
- To-go speaker: Bring a glass cup and stick your phone in there to turn up the music for a picnic full of dancing.
- Disposable utensils: Once you’re done, throw away what you’ve used. This makes cleaning up easier.
- Mason Jars: Use these, to pack certain foods like salads. You can eat out of the container making your picnic prep easier.
- Shower Curtain: Lay a shower curtain under your blanket to avoid it from getting damp.
- Pack cold foods: This way you don’t have to worry if your food getting cold. Remember, cheese platters go perfectly with wine.
With #MDW coming up, students, teachers, and desk jockeys alike will enjoy the one-day extension of the last weekend in May. There are countless reasons to celebrate this weekend – especially to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. But also, Memorial Day marks the start of pool openings, extended hours at your favorite ice cream shops, and the return of countless summer activities in Pittsburgh like kayaking, shaved ice at Gus and Yia Yia’s, and farmer’s markets.
Let the Countdown Begin
Ah, the red, white, and blue. Memorial Day Weekend is the summer’s first patriotic holiday that honors American history. And like most holidays, there is a deep history. The origin of Memorial Day dates back to the years following the Civil War where many lives were lost. Memorial Day was created to honor the Americans that fought in the Civil War. Then, following WWI, the United States declared that Memorial Day would celebrate the brave men and women who lost their lives in all wars – present and future.
Many Americans celebrate now by visiting cemeteries or memorials or by participating in parades around the city.
With May 29th right around the corner marking the “unofficial start” of summer, what are your #MDW plans?
Memorial Day BBQ Ideas
Many Americans celebrate #MDW by having a cookout. Nothing says summertime than freshly grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and BBQ chicken on the grill. Check out our Pinterest page for more ideas!
Park View residents are in luck to have four areas to grill out on site. Choose from Park View One or Park View Two’s rooftop sundecks, or Park View Three and Four’s patios. Bring your food, drinks, and friends to enjoy these great amenities.
At City View, #MDW is when the Olympic-sized heated swimming pool opens for the season! Opening May 27th, the pool’s hours will be 9am-9pm all weekend! Residents can use the patio grills and then take food down to the pool to socialize with neighbors. But remember – no glass is allowed by the pool!
And, just in time for summer, Carson Street Common’s grilling station opened on May 1st. With three grills and ample seating, residents can enjoy their own #MDW BBQ and enjoy this new amenity.
Faros Residential Offices Closed
Just a heads up – all management offices at Park View Apartments, City View Apartments, and Carson Street Commons will be closed on Monday, May 29th in observance of this holiday. However, there will be a maintenance and house worker scheduled in place for all properties if residents need assistance.
Get Social With Us!
How will you be using the outdoor amenities at your apartments? Share your photos on social media for a chance to win Pirates tickets! Enjoy and have a safe, fun holiday! Find and like us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/parkviewpgh, www.facebook.com/cityviewpgh, and www.facebook.com/carsonstreetapts) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/farosresidential).
This May through early June, the activities in Pittsburgh seem endless. With four fun-filled festivals, unlimited farmer’s markets, races, and concerts, there truly won’t be a dull moment. With fingers crossed that the Pittsburgh Penguins advance to the Stanley Cup, the Eastern Conference Finals series is taking place this week. See the full schedule here. Also, not to mention, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ season is in full swing. Grab a game, beer, and hot dog and find a game that fits your schedule by clicking here.
Without further ado, here are our pick for things to do around Pittsburgh!
These four upcoming festivals will give you a taste of summer, getting you into the mood for all that summer in the ‘Burgh has to offer. Look no further to these events – some paid and some FREE – for full enjoyment you won’t want to miss. Whether you’re going with your family, on a date, or solo, these festivals won’t disappoint because they are diverse, offer a wide variety of activities, and are happening this weekend through mid-June!
- EQT Children’s Theater Festival: May 18-21
- Pick from a handful of performances created specifically for kids, or choose a hands-on activity like planting seeds, participating in a Lego Derby or scavenger hunt.
- Link: https://pghkids.trustarts.org/kids
- South Side Dog Festival: May 21
- Stop by this FREE event with your pup this Sunday from 12-5 p.m. It’s a block party on 24th & Carson St. with doggy contests, rescue visits, vendors, food/drink, giveaways, games and fun for all ages! Bring your Dog and enjoy a family-friendly day celebrating our furry friends!
- Link: https://www.facebook.com/SouthSideDogFestival/
- Pittsburgh Three Rivers Arts Festival: June 2-11
- Pittsburgh’s iconic festival returns for another 10 days of art, entertainment, and delicious food. For the full band and vendor line up, check out their website to plan your trip!
- Link: https://traf.trustarts.org/
- Pittsburgh Jazz Life International Festival: June 16-18
- World renowned musicians and new artists to watch will play jazz every night of the week in our city. There’s no place like Pittsburgh! For a full list of the featured artists and events, check out their link!
- Link: http://pittsburghjazzlive.com/
Farmer’s Markets Around the City
Just because you live within City limits does not mean you should sacrifice delicious, homegrown fruits and vegetables and homemade jams, pasta, and bread. That’s where Pittsburgh’s farmer’s markets come in handy. Some markets open this weekend, with all markets open by June.
Upcoming Races Near Pittsburgh
While the Pittsburgh Marathon has come, and gone, there are other 5k races and charity walks/runs to participate in. Keep up your motivation to get and stay fit by signing up! Check out the full listing in their link.
Okay – so maybe we’re a little biased, but our summer events are going to be a blast. We want you to mark your calendars and save the date for our two most upcoming events – a Fiesta on the Roof and a Pool Party.
- Fiesta on the Roof: June 15, 6-8 p.m.
- Summer Pool Party: July 15
- Make a splash at City View Apartments and join neighbors of all three Faros Residential properties for a summer pool party. We’ll watch Jaws on an outdoor movie screen, eat snacks, and make a splash! Read more in our blogpost!
- Link: https://farosresidential.com/pool-party-at-city-view-apartments/
Upcoming Concerts Near Pittsburgh
City View Apartment residents have amazing accessibility to PPG Paints Arena, which is located right next to City View Apartments. This arena, home to the Pittsburgh Penguins who are currently in the Eastern Conference Finals, also hosts huge concerts. Here’s a list of upcoming musical performances at PPG Paints Arena:
- Chance the Rapper: May 20
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: June 9
- Daryl Hall & John Oats: June 13
Park View Apartments residents are in luck because they are a 10 minute walk to Stage AE, which is an indoor/outdoor concert venue located near Park View Apartments. In the summer time, concert-goers can sit out on the grass and listen to muscians or get up-close-and-personal with the bands by dancing right in front of the stage. This venue is hosting concerts as well, such as:
- Coheed and Cambria: May 18
- Franz Ferdinand: May 27
- Old Crow Medicine Show: May 30
- Foster the People: June 4
We want to hear from you! What are your favorite events happening this month? Interact with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/parkviewpgh, www.facebook.com/cityviewpgh, and www.facebook.com/carsonstreetapts) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/farosresidential)
Summer is the perfect time to spend your days outside enjoying the sun but the city heat can leave you sweltering. Luckily, our City View Apartments located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, are equipped with an Olympic-sized swimming pool to keep you cooled off all summer long!
While the pool is a great place to relax it is also ideal to amp up your summer workout! Don’t waste a beautiful day inside at the gym; get on outside and into the pool to sculpt your summer body. Pair these 8 water exercises with some laps for the ultimate pool workout!
- Jogging—just like you would on land! Zigzag as you run in one direction and then run through the current on the way back and forth for five minutes.
- Tread water—Shoot for five minutes or however long you can last!
- Pool edge Push ups—Place hands on edge of the pool deck and push and lift your body out of the water for 2 sets of 15.
- Flutter kicks—Extend your legs and stretch out flat across the surface of the water. Kick for 30 seconds at a moderate pace, speed up for next 15 seconds, and then kick as fast as you can for 15 more seconds. Repeat 5 times.
- Barre-style workout—Grasp onto edge of the pool and extend one leg back, point your toes, and lift your leg up to work your glutes. Next, lift your leg out to the side and cross it back in front to work your adductors, alternating legs for 3 sets of 15.
- Bicycles—Put your elbows on the side of the pool and bicycle for 2 minutes.
- Water sit-ups—Hook your knees over the edge of the pool, placing hands on the chest and sit up. If you want to challenge yourself even more, place your hands behind your head and submerse yourself completely under the water between each sit up. Do 2 sets of 10.
- Water savasana—Float motionless in the water, eyes closed, limbs out for as long as you would like!
Our two full-sized tennis courts and the sand volleyball court offer even more opportunities to get active this summer without being trapped in doors.
Looking to relax? Invite your friends over to grill up a tasty lunch on our Tree House patio before heading down to the pool area to lounge!
The outdoor amenities of City View will leave you feeling like you’ve traveled to a tropical resort without ever leaving the city!
Pool hours are as follows:
- May 27th through June 10th—3 p.m. to 9p.m.
- June 11th through August 21st—9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- August 22nd through September 3rd—3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- The pool will be closed for the summer starting September 4th.
Saturday July 15th, all three of our apartment complexes are invited to join us for a nighttime pool party from 8 to 11 p.m.! City View, Park View and Carson Street residents can mingle over hot dogs, popcorn, and snow cones while swimming in the pool or relaxing on the deck. Once the sun sets, find a great spot to watch Jaws on a big screen TV from right in the pool! Please RSVP for this entertaining night to firstname.lastname@example.org. Did we mention there will be raffles for Pirate Tickets? Don’t miss out!
There is no time to siesta because we are throwing a fiesta!
June 15th all residents from Park View Apartments, City View Apartments, and Carson Street Commons are invited to fiesta with us on the rooftop of Park View One! What better way to enjoy one of the first nights of summer than with a killer view of the city and neighbors from all of our apartment complexes!
There will be appetizers catered by Steel Cactus to munch, Margarita snow cones to sip on, and mariachi music to dance to. Don’t forget the event is BYOT (Bring your own tequila) to amp up your snow cone! So, come on over and fiesta with us to be entered for a chance to win tickets to the Pittsburgh Pirates game! It is going to be a great night for fun, food, and friends. We can’t wait to fiesta like there is no mañana with you!
Park View Apartments Rooftop Perks
Park View Apartments residents can enjoy the rooftop all summer long. Park View Apartments have fabulous rooftop lounges complete with cozy, reclined chairs and out-of-this-world views of the city that will make you never want to leave. The good news is Park View residents don’t have to!
Utilize the luxurious grills any time of the week to create your favorite summer dishes, and you won’t have to waste any time cooking inside on beautiful days. You can even bring your pups on up to the outdoor patio to enjoy the fresh air while you soak up the sun!
Zambelli Fireworks Nights
At night, head on out to the rooftop area where you will get a spectacular view of the fireworks when our Pirates’ hit a home-run! Also, select Fridays of the season are Zambelli Fireworks night, so invite your friends on over, grab a seat and enjoy the show! Listed below are the dates of the firework shows you won’t want to miss!
- June 9th
- June 30th
- August 18th
- September 1st
- September 22nd
With so many options for Park View Apartment residents to enjoy their rooftop, it is the most opportune time to get to know your neighbors. Whether you are lounging in the sun or grilling up dinner after work, it a great time to socialize! Summer is the perfect time to grill up easy-to-share appetizers like these Teriyaki Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers! This is a great recipe that is quick, easy and can be modified to your taste and to the size of your crowd!
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
- 1 pineapples peeled and sliced into ½ inch by 2 inch pieces
- *For the Teriyaki Sauce: ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup pineapple juice, ¼ cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons garlic, 1-tablespoon sriracha
- Make combine marinade ingredients. Simmer everything until the sugar has melted before setting aside to cool.
- Marinate the shrimp in the marinade for 30 minutes, skewer shrimp and pineapples slices and grill over medium-high heat until cooked and slightly charred, about 2-4 minutes per side.
May is National Pet Month
Did you know May is National Pet Month? That’s right – there’s a whole month dedicated to your furry friends. Whether you have a cat or a dog, your pet is part of your family, and as an amazing perk of Park View Apartments, City View Apartments and Carson Street Commons, we are pet-friendly!
Your furry friends are welcome in all of our apartment communities because we know how important it is to have your pet by your side. Not only that, but pets can also improve your lifestyle, help prevent allergies in young children, and act as great companions with anyone who suffered from stroke, heart attack, or people living with high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Pets help out with these additional three elements:
Studies show that playing with or petting an animal can “increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol.” These mood-altering hormonal changes can help you relax when you feel like you have a million things on your plate. Stress is bad for your overall health so if something as simple as petting your animal can help decrease stress, then it’s worth it!
Pets can turn a bad day into a good one. Long day at work? When you get home to your apartment, your pet will be so excited to see you that you won’t have time to fret over your day. Pets just want love (okay, and food, water, and pet-appropriate exercise). But they don’t ask much of you and the giving nature of pets can help improve your mood.
Helps People Socialize
In need of a wingman or wingwoman to give you the confidence to make friends or find a relationship? Look no further to your pets – especially dogs. When you take your dog for a walk before or after work, your dog will most likely notice other dogs and want to make friends. Pet-people are drawn to other pet-people because their pets are a commonality. Kick up a conversation about your pets.
Park View Apartment residents are also fortunate to have a dog park where both pets and owners can socialize. As for City View Apartments and Carson Street Commons, both communities have walking trails nearby that are perfect for dog walks and runs.
Getting a Pet at Park View, City View, and Carson Street Commons
Thinking about getting a pet? No problem! Faros Residential properties are pet-friendly! While we do have some breed restrictions for dogs, we welcome furry friends of all sizes. If you have a question about a specific breed, our property managers would be happy to discuss our restrictions with you. If you’re starting from scratch, here are the best pets and dog breeds for apartment living:
- Shih Tzu
- King Charles Spaniel
- Bichon Frise
- Boston and Yorkshire Terriers
Faros Residential Pet Photo Contest
We’re celebrating National Pet Month the way we know best – with a pet photo contest! We want to see your pets on our social media channels! If you submit a photo from now until the end of May of your pet, we will put you in a raffle to win Pirates tickets for the 2017 season! Make sure you like Park View Apartments, City View Apartments, and Carson Street Commons on Facebook and follow Faros Residential on Instagram to share your photos.
Kentucky Derby Traditions
And they’re off! This Saturday, many will gather at the Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky to watch the horses race and the winner receive its roses at the 143rd Kentucky Derby! The Derby-goers will sing “My Old Kentucky Home” and place their bets on the horses, all while wearing big hats on their heads and sipping on Mint Juleps.
These three Kentucky Derby traditions are as much a staple to the first Saturday of May as the race is. But how did they come about?
The tradition of using these flowers began as a decoration at a Derby party by the founder of Churchill Downs, Meriwether Lewis Clark. They then went on to become a bouquet presented to the Derby winner, and are currently presented as a garland around the champion horse.
This tasty beverage is a mixture of Bourbon, water, sugar, and mint served in a tin silver cup and is sure to keep you refreshed while sitting in the sun at the racetrack. While there is no clear answer as to why this drink was chosen as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, the strong connection between the state of Kentucky and the cooling cocktail makes it the drink of choice for all those in attendance.
A staple item of a women’s attire at the Kentucky Derby is an over-the-top, bold hat. It all started in Great Britain because a formal outfit for women included a hat. In 1875, when the Kentucky Derby first began, British and American women attending the Derby wanted to dress their best and to do so, it was essential to sport a hat. Interestingly, the style of hat you wear depends largely on where you are seated at the Churchill Downs. Women in the general admissions area tend to wear extraordinary hats while the seated women lean towards more sophisticated headwear.
City View’s Kentucky Derby Party
Saturday, May 6th, from 2-4 pm, we will be hosting our very own Kentucky Derby Party in the City View Apartments! Everyone is encouraged to join their neighbors dressed in pastels and donning their biggest hats. We will “sip” on mint-julep shooters, snack on popcorn, and have raffles! You don’t want to miss this!
‘Tis the season for tailgating. Whether you’re planning one, attending someone else’s, or hosting one at your own apartment, we have the tips for you. Although the Pirates most likely won’t be making it to Buctober like last year, the Steelers’ season is off to a great start, as well as the Pittsburgh Panthers’. So this City of Champions will deliver ample opportunities to perfect your tailgating prowess.
The Ins and Outs of Planning a Tailgate around Pittsburgh
So you want to plan a tailgate. The first step is to find a spot to park your car and set up camp. When selecting a spot consider the distance between the lot and the venue (in most cases the venue will be Heinz Field). Make sure you know your way around enough to give your friends directions! All our Park View residents are in luck – most lots are in the North Side and extremely walkable from your apartment. For more information about the perfect parking lots for tailgating, check out these links!
But tailgates don’t have to be outside – you can create a tailgate-themed party in your own apartment. Find football decorations at your local craft or party store and deck out your apartment to give it that tailgate feel. And at the end of the day, it’s the food and drinks that people really write home about.
When it comes down to food, a great place to start is with what you know. Do you have that amazing family chili recipe? Are you great at making little sandwiches and dips? If you don’t have a go-to recipe, check out our Faros Residential Board for ideas!
One of the first things to consider is whether or not your tailgate will be BYOB. If you’re watching costs, BYOB tailgates are a great idea, especially because people will bring what they like, and you won’t have to worry about providing all the options. Cold beer is always a safe bet for a football tailgate, but if it’s not your thing, check out some of these cool tailgate specialty cocktails from Food Network:
As a host, it never hurts to provide water bottles to keep your guests hydrated – or if you’re in your apartment, have disposable cups that friends can fill up.
Besides the big items like the location, food, and beverages, make sure you stock your car with some of these helpful items.
- Garbage bags
- Paper towels
- Paper plates, bowls, utensils, etc.
- Folding tables
- Folding chairs
- Cornhole boards and bags
- Can Jam
- A football
- A Frisbee
- Extra sweatshirts (for chilly days)
- Rain gear
It’s heating up in Pittsburgh, but that doesn’t have to affect the comfort and style of apartment living. We’ll help you cool down with these tips and tricks.
Air conditioning is great, but if it’s not included in your rent, it can be costly in the summertime. Check out these eco-friendly tips to try out in your apartment.
- Run appliances at nighttime: For apartments with dishwashers, preload your dishwasher and start it while you’re away from your apartment or right before bed so the extra heat doesn’t affect you.
- Keep your blinds/shades closed during the day: If you leave your apartment during the day, shut your blinds and curtains to keep out the sun. Your apartment will feel so much cooler when you come home!
- Try out container gardening: Plants need to absorb energy to function, so they take heat from sunlight. Studies show that indoor plants can cool down your apartment!
There’s no need to break the bank this summer on fancy cocktails when can get the ingredients and make them yourself in your own apartment!
Make your balcony your own oasis! Use plants and patio furniture to pimp out your balcony. And, if your balcony gets too buggy, bust out citronella candles and bring out some fans to blow them away. Make it the place to be!
Your dog loves going on walks – sometimes so much that you have to spell it out when talking among humans so he doesn’t get too excited. But before you go on that W-A-L-K with your pup, make sure you protect his paws from hot pavement.
During the summer months, asphalt and cement absorb heat and can seriously damage your dog’s sensitive padding. If the surface is too hot for your bare feet, it will definitely be too hot for his, but how can you test this?
The Humane Society of the U.S. suggests this helpful tip:
Before stepping onto the road or sidewalk, put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can’t keep it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your pup’s feet.
Don’t be discouraged by the heat – you and your dog can still enjoy the summer months by following these guidelines:
- Walk your dog in the morning or early evening
- Stay on the grass
- Purchase special dog booties
- Purchase dog paw wax
- Heavy panting
- Dry or pale gums
- Increased drooling
- Deep and rapid breathing
Before your dog experiences any of the above, here’s how to regulate his temperature this summer:
- Being careful not to overexert your dog when enjoying the day
- Making sure your dog has a shady spot where he can rest
- Having a lot of drinking water handy if your dog shows any of the above signs of overheating or overexertion
- Putting cloths soaked in cold water around his paws, in his armpits and on his head and neck
Pet Safety – Your Dog Will Thank You!
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