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 email@example.com. 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.
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!
- Residents will need to stop in the office to get their pool passes during office hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am-6:00pm & Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm.
- Residents will be required to sign in with the lifeguards and show their pool pass for access to the pool.
- Guest passes will be available for $5.00 per day but a limited number are available per day so they are issued on a first come first serve basis and we cannot accept cash.
Trees are beginning to bloom, flowers are peeking out of the ground, and the weather is finally warming up in Pittsburgh. This can only mean one thing, spring is officially here and summer is rounding the corner! Adventure is waiting right outside your door! Western Pennsylvania is home to some of the most diverse landscapes in the United States, with Pittsburgh’s Downtown riverfront named #5 Best American Riverfront by the USA Today’s Best Poll. You certainly picked the right place to live! Whether you reside in Park View, Washington Plaza, or Carson Street Commons, you have easy access to numerous trails and waterways that connect you to the beautiful outdoors.
Urban Cycling Adventures
- Serving as the Pittsburgh hub for other trail connections, the Tree Rivers Heritage Trail runs for 24 miles along both banks of Pittsburgh’s 3 rivers. You can access this trail from the North Side, Downtown Pittsburgh and the South Side!
- Maybe you need a little something more to fulfill your wanderlust? Hop on the Great Allegheny Passage for a 355 miles ride to Washington D.C, with a stop in Cumberland, MD. Not ready for the long haul? Don’t worry. You can pedal for 19 miles on the Steel Valley Trail, which is a section of the Great Allegheny Passage.
- We all know that Pittsburgh can be a little hard to navigate with all of the one-way streets. Forgo the confusion and book a guided tour with Bike Pittsburgh or a trip through Bike The Gap. Choose from 3-7 day trips, or create your own unique excursion.
Walkers, Hikers and Runners
- 712 stairways. Yeah we said it! Pittsburgh has 712 outdoor stairways within the city limits, with the majority located in the South Side. Let’s get to steppin’ people!
- Head a little North and you will find yourself at the Rachel Carson Trail. This 35.7 miles day-hike will take you all the way to North Park. Although some parts of this trail are paved, this is not for the faint of heart, many streams will be crossed and other parts of the trail are described as primitive and rugged. Lace up your boots and pack the heavy granola, you’re in for a trip!
- Serenity Now! If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, Raccoon Creek State Park is 40 minutes North of the city. Raccoon Creek boasts 44 miles of trails for hikers of all levels. There are 11 hiker-only trails, 7 multi-use trails (hiking, biking and horseback riding), and 1 backpacking trail.
- Hungry for food and adventure? Sign up for a Burgh Bits and Bites food tour! Explore the history and culinary delights of the Steel City in the Strip District, Brookline, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, or the North Side.
First Mates and Captains
- The Allegheny, The Monongahela, and the Ohio Rivers, commonly referred to as the Holy Trinity, offer numerous opportunities for Pittsburghers to get their feet wet.
- Enjoy a vigorous or relaxing day in the water with Kayak Pittsburgh. Start out under the 6th Street Bridge, on the North Shore and paddle pass PNC Park, the Point, and all the way up the Allegheny. Steer your own course through each of the rivers.
- There are 17 marinas in Allegheny County along the 3 rivers. Station Square offers public docks at Bessemer Court with easy access to downtown shopping, dining and of course, the water. Also within the city limits are 4 public boat launches, one on the Monongahela in the South Side and three along the Allegheny River Trail.
- If wining and dining is more your style, the Gateway Clipper hosts numerous cruises year-round. Sit back, relax and take in dazzling views of the city.
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