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)
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.
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
Pittsburgh is THE Best City to Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day
13.5% of Pittsburgh’s population identifies as Irish – beating Boston by a (red) hair. But that’s only one reason why Pittsburgh is the best city to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in the United States. Its parade, parties, and enthusiasts help rank it #1.
This ranking joins a long list of accolades gracing Pittsburgh in the past year. From one of the best cities for millennials to live, to the city with the best food and restaurant scene, Pittsburgh has come a long way from its day as an old, rusty steel town. Where the term “Yinzer” once had a negative connotation –Yinzers now have so many reasons to take (Irish) pride in Pittsburgh.
The Parade: March 12, 2016
Pittsburgh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the longest-running St. Paddy’s Day parade in history, which helps establish it in the rankings. Taking place the Saturday before St. Paddy’s day, the Parade usually kicks off a day of drinking green beer and eating Irish foods. From 1869 until 2016, Pittsburghers have been marching, singing, and drinking around the city. Here’s this year’s route and road closures:
And there’s always a kid-friendly version in Market Square: http://marketsquarepgh.com/events2.html
Looking to throw your own parade pregame? Kegs and (green) Eggs and Ham is a classic St. Paddy’s Day tradition – it’s simple and has enough protein to get you through the day. But if you want to step up your game, why not try something as filling as it is festive – like spinach pancakes and corned beef hash.
And to drink? If beer at 8 a.m. doesn’t sound appealing, The Food Network recommends delicious mint milkshakes.
Your food will be decorative itself, but little touches of green, gold, and orange can really spice up a party. Don’t be caught without supplies!
Kiss Me I’m Irish, Pinch Me I’m Green, and other assorted green t-shirts make up the majority of parade-goers’ wardrobes. But, don’t let that stop you from decking out from head to toe in your best leprechaun outfit.
Our Resident Events!
Now that you’ve got parade day covered, don’t forget to continue the celebrations Thursday March 17, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. in Park View One’s Lobby for PV residents and Hofbrahaus Pittsburgh for the residents of Carson Street Commons.
Alright—there are two days until Christmas. Your anxiety is shooting through the roof. How do you stay on budget and beat the clock with last minute holiday shopping? We’ll keep our tips short – so read on and power through!
Stores with Extended Hours
Big retailers know your struggle all too well. You’re busy with work, Christmas snuck up on you, you’re dealing with family and friends and life. To help you out, some stores are offering extended hours this holiday season including Target, Walmart, Best Buy, and Toys R Us.
However, keep in mind that while these stores are open for your convenience, their employees are missing out on time with their loved ones. Everyone deserves a little Christmas Cheer this season, so while you’re out, make sure to share a smile and a thank you.
For the complete list of extended store hours, click here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/retailers-roll-out-late-night-christmas-eve-shopping/
December 18 has passed and most shipments—even expedited—will not make it home for the holidays. But do not panic. Some stores offer in-store pickup for your online purchases. That way you can online shop on your work break and pick it up on your way home. The best part? Mostly all in-store pickup options are FREE.
Deals on Deals
The deals don’t end with Black Friday. Sometimes waiting until the last minute pays off, especially in a retail setting. However, while the price tags get smaller, so does the selection. Ask yourself how flexible you’re willing to be.
Looking for technology? Check out these deals: http://www.cnet.com/pictures/best-holiday-shopping-deals-2015/10/
This season, both the early bird and the procrastinator get the worm, and it’s probably 50% off. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/best-deals-minute-holiday-shopping-35884201
Pittsburgh Hanukkah Celebrations
Even though Hanukkah is winding down, there are still events in Pittsburgh catered to this Jewish holiday. Chabad of Pittsburgh kicked off Hanukkah with its grand menorah lighting in Oakland last Sunday. This event featured the Yeshiva Boys Choir, a juggling show, live music, doughnuts, chocolate Hanukkah Gelt, and a 12’ Menorah. Now, this Friday starting at 5:15 p.m., Chabad hosts its Community Shabbat Dinner. Throughout the year, this organization strives to create a positive Jewish experience.
Ever wonder what other cultures think of Santa Claus? What do they call him, or her? The PPG Place has all those answers and more at its “Spirit of Giving” Exhibit. Read all about how different cultures celebrate Christmas. And after the exhibit, visit the Holiday Market in Market Square!
Ice skating gets cold, seeing movies together gets old… Looking to branch out on your dates? Luckily winter offers couples new, fun, and hands-on activities. From brewing your own beer, to blowing your own glass ornaments, Pittsburgh is the place for couples.
NextPittsburgh and the Odyssey offer additional activity ideas, so grab a friend, family member, significant other, etc. and make Pittsburgh your home for the holidays.
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