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features 60 Coach Dad
Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau is not only a football icon — he’s a role model and father figure to the entire team.
66 the power of 21
The legend of Roberto Clemente lives on. We explore the mystical and meaningful connections behind the famous number 21.
71 THE Academic Handbook
Increase your child’s chances of getting into college! We’ve interviewed admissions counselors for their advice on getting that application to the top of the stack.
37 Explore Greensburg
Tour Greensburg’s rolling hills of gorgeous fall foliage, peruse bustling boutiques, and read all about Seton Hill University’s expanding campus.
89 Explore SewicklEY
Stroll the streets of Sewickley and enjoy everything from new restaurants to boutiques, home décor stores, salons, Pilates studios, and more!
101 WHIRL@Home: Fall 2013 Edition
Make your home a happier, more stylish place with our design guide. Learn how to plant a bee garden, upgrade your insurance policy, and go bold with orange accessories.
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Dick LeBeau, photographed by Duane Rieder, at Steelers Training Camp. Special thanks to Brett Keisel, Ryan Scarpino, Nate LoCasico, and Burt Lauten. c1.indd 1
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71 Photographs from Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers, The Clemente Museum, LECOM.
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32 corporate Leaders 34 Sports Talk
120 Real Estate 122 HEALTH & WELLNESs 124 WHIRL Weddings 126 WHIRL Directory 128 one last whirl
Mylan Classic’s “A Tribute to the King” Dinner
Food Tour Grow On — Take part in the city’s burgeoning restaurant scene. There are farm dinners, dining tours, and award-winning wine lists to sample — it’s time to make reservations.
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Freshen Up — Fall is here, and that means we each have a clean fashion slate. Local retailers are restocking shelves with the latest and greatest styles. Let’s get creative!
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Style 101 — Study up! We’ve gathered a few of our favorite fall trends. We promise you’ll get straight A’s in style after perusing this look book.
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Details, Details — Bespoken styles are sophisticated and superior. Amy Baron Brourman, founder of Samuel Baron Clothiers, shares her men’s fashion expertise.
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44 St. Jude Champions for Hope Gala
45 A Summer Soirée 46 Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh VIP Dinner & Dance Party
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47 Lexus of North Hills IS Launch
48 WHIRL Shop Talk at Kristi Boutique
49 15th Annual Summer Safari: Zoo La La
50 Forbes Avenue of Speed Parade Reception
51 Rohrich Lexus IS Launch 52 WHIRL Shop Talk at SPLASH Cranberry
53 “Life After” Film Premiere Reception
94 Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala 96 National Aviary’s Night in the Tropics
98 St. Clair Hospital’s Summer Swing
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September to Remember
Now is a great time to be living in Pittsburgh as a sports fan. With the Pittsburgh Pirates tearing up the charts and the Pittsburgh Steelers taking the field, we are having the time of our lives. When we’re not at the games, we’ve got at least one television set giving us updates on scores. Because of the relationship the professional athletes have with the city and its legions on faithful fans, we consider them to be part of our family. Starting with our cover story on Steelers Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau, we’re feeling like time is on our side. The team is ready, and it’s all under the tutelage of one of the all-time coolest guys we’ve ever met. Spending some quiet moments with LeBeau reveals his tender heart and why his players call him “Coach Dad” — but never fear, his motto is to “make sure that if anyone crosses the line, they’re on the ground.” See why he’s everyone’s favorite on page 60. We got to spend quality time with photographer Duane Rieder during Steelers training camp, and while talking about the excitement surrounding the Pirates, our conversation naturally turned to Roberto Clemente and the power of “21.” The coincidences are uncanny, and fit into the mystique around Clemente and what might be happening during this sensational season. See what you think on page 68. Jack & Christine Tumpson
Here’s to a great sports season!
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More than 200 fans lined up to attend the wrap-up of Beard-A-Thon in Plum with special guest, Pittsburgh Penguin Pascal Dupuis! With more than 900 area participants, the 2013 Penguins BeardA-Thon raised more than $70,000 for the Mario Lemieux Foundation and Austin’s Playroom Project.
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Kathy and Morgan O’Brien, war veteran Christen Cieslak, Lee Woodruff, and Grant and Aradhna Oliphant at Fairmont Pittsburgh for An Evening with Lee Woodruff to benefit United for Women, a United Way of Allegheny County initiative. The “CBS This Morning” contributor and author, Woodruff, and Cieslak, highlighted the needs of returning female veterans.
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Doug Lioon, Gary Cochran, Jennifer Raspanti, Bob Behling, and Pierre Fitzgibbon participated in Atrium Innovations’ Growing Together Golf Tournament to benefit the Cancer Caring Center and SOS Children’s Villages. More than $76,000 was raised for the organizations!
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Eric Benjamin, Kim Ravenda, Jeff Dutkovic, Beckie Frobouck, and Jennifer Callery played to win at Animal Friends’ Bow Wow Bingo. Held at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center, the event raised money to help homeless dogs, cats, and rabbits.
Arthur G. Gilkes, Esq., Schenley Heights Community Development Program board chair; the Rev. Dr. Johnnie Monroe, SHCDP executive director; Tony Mowod of WYZR-FM, 88.1; and legendary jazz trombonist Harold Betters at the ninth annual Jazz on the Hillside Fundraiser, presented by the Schenley Heights Community Development Program.
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Michael Henny of Henny Law, Kelli Robbins of Contact One Communications, Lynne Popash of VisitPittsburgh, Jason Hondros of Luke Wholey’s Wild Alaskan Grille, and Mahasin Butcher of Spoiled Girlz Spa, enjoyed complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a chance auction, and live entertainment during Pittsburgh Social Exchange’s Pittsburgh “A-Listers” Rooftop Soiree.
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Vice Provost Derya Jacobs, Polly Dell’Omo, Robert Morris University President Gregory Dell’Omo, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Senior Vice President Jay Carson, and Provost David Jamison during Abdulaziz’s visit. Abdulaziz toured the university, and met with Dell’Omo and 150 enrolled Saudi students.
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The NHL made a generous donation of “Welcome Home” gifts to the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Hospital, which included Pittsburgh Penguins and NHL-branded newborn and children’s apparel, and toys. Dr. Gary Silverman, Greg Barrett, Dr. Beverly Brozanski, Margaret Lamouree, Brian Jennings, and Dr. Andrew Urbach all gathered during the reception.
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More than 200 people attended the 24th Annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala, at the Robert S. Carey Student Center Lounge in celebration of the 45th season of professional theater, with an evening of gourmet food, entertainment, and “I Love a Piano.” Pictured from left to right: Theatre Director Colleen Reilly; SVC President Dr. Norman W. Hipps, O.S.B.; and gala co-chairs Jim and Maureen Laffey.
Scott Paulsen, Diane and Mike Prisuta, and Val and Tim Porter convened in South Side for 102.5 WDVE’s seventh annual “‘DVE Southside Summer Open.” This year’s event raised more than $20,000 for United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh!
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The Riverhounds’ pilot program for under-15 girls, a team known as the Lady Hounds, ended the year on a high note with a National Championship win. To that we say, mission accomplished!
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Pittsburgh Young Professionals gathered with those from PNC, Giant Eagle, and Oxford Development Company for a happy hour at East Street Downtown. Shown here, Lisa Miracle, former PYP board member; Kristen Etkins, former PYP vice president; and PYP Vice President John Oliverio. Proceeds benefited PYP’s annual scholarship fund.
Dawn Fuchs, CEO of Weavertown Environmental Group; John Lydon, CEO of Auberle; and Weavertown Corporate Manager of Health & Safety Troy Harris at Auberle’s 27th Annual All Star Banquet. Weavertown Environmental Group was honored with the Partner Award, sponsored by Mylan, for its partnership with Auberle in developing the HAZWOPER Certification Program.
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Pittsburgh Steelers draft picks Le’Veon Bell and Jarvis Jones participated in the 2013 Fan Blitz at Heinz Field. Fans had the opportunity to meet and greet current and former players, get close to the team’s six Super Bowl trophies, and visit the press box. Bonus: Young fans had a chance to kick a field goal on the sacred turf!
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Fern Schwartz (center) received the annual Dr. Howard A. Mermelstein Leadership Award at the Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s annual meeting. She celebrated with outgoing board president Joel Rosenthal and JF&CS president and CEO Aryeh Sherman.
Sarah Beasley and Samantha Beckowski ran the rolling hills during the inaugural Emerald of Mount Washington 5K. Hosted by PopUp! Pittsburgh, the festivities included familyfriendly activities, food, a costume contest, and a celebration of Emerald View Park.
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Jean Chatzky, NBC’s “TODAY Show” financial editor, best-selling author, and personal finance expert, (left), served as the keynote speaker at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh’s 10th anniversary event. She celebrated the momentous occasion with Judy Cohen, executive director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Greater Pittsburgh, and nearly 170 other guests.
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“Servant” Cheryl Redmond is flanked by “aristocrats” Kathy Seaton and Judy Woffington, who supported the Pittsburgh Symphony North during a “Downton Abbey” Tea Fundraiser. Guests came in vintage apparel and savored scones and tea sandwiches, provided by the Twentieth Century Club.
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Naturally Soergel’s, an organic, and gluten- and allergen-free food store — part of Soergel Orchards — celebrated its fourth anniversary. To headline, owner Amy Soergel (center) invited gluten-free cookbook authors Brittany Angell and Silvana Nardone, who offered free cooking classes.
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Joan Pearlstein Dunn celebrated her book signing with supporters, including her daughter, Danielle, at Journeys of Life Book Store in Shadyside. Her book, “From Granny Panties to Thongs,” was co-authored by the Aspinwall author and Penny Burke of Jupiter, Fla.
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Cathy Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and EQT Director of Communications Natalie Cox at the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta VIP Reception, held at the Wyndham Grand, where Jefferson Starship entertained in the King’s Garden Ballroom.
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Pittsburgh Chick Lit Book Club members Kristy DeCola, Lindsey Bricker, and Jessica Simon gathered at Olive or Twist for the group’s VIP White Party, an all-female, social event. The evening featured a signature drink, the P-Diddy-Tini, good tunes, and tasty fare.
Annette C. Trunzo embraced the Washington Wild Things mascot at Pressley Ridge’s 19th Annual Ice Cream Fundae held at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! The nonprofit organization invited disadvantaged children and their families to spend a night of fun at the zoo, which featured generous amounts of Hagan Premium Ice Cream and entertainment by Radio Disney.
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Patrick McDonnell, (center), creator of the “Mutts” comic strip, paid a warm visit to Jolene Miklas, Sarah McKean, Kim Honath and Karen O’Connell of Animal Friends.
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Event chairs Frank Milito, Sandy Aderson, Earl Luttner, and Bill Gorman gathered for Luttner Financial Group’s 20th Annual Golf Benefit at Nevillewood Golf Club. Having raised close to $300,000 and 78 wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and Southern Western Virginia in the past 20 years, the firm surpassed its goal of 20 wishes in 2013!
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Co-chairs Jon Seeley and Dean Hastings were among 200 guests, including Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Bernie Puzzuole, and Roselea Farms owner Nancy Patton Mills, at the third annual Summer Gala. Held at Roselea Farms in Moon Township, attendees participated in networking and salsa dancing to smooth tunes by Azucar.
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Carol Alfer, Dan “Pork Chop” Germuska, and Trish and Gary Ursiny helped raise more than $3,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities during the third annual Toby Keith Party ‘N Ride. Doubled in size this year, more than 270 motorcycle enthusiasts revved their engines for a good cause.
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Kim Morrow, The Early Learning Institute (teli) developmental therapist; Shelley Duffy, Star 100.7 radio personality; and Kay Donovan, teli physical therapist, at Cupcakes and Cosmos, an event to benefit teli and its programs.
The Venue at Bella Sera owner and chef Jason Capps tended to a flank steak during the Grillin’ & Swillin’ event, an all-firedup cooking class! Capps led the class as Rivertowne Brewing Company brewmaster Andrew Maxwell explained food and beer pairings during the spicy segment.
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More than 20 nonprofit organizations attended the Volunteer Symposium, held by Avonworth eighth grade students in conjunction with National Pay it Forward Day. Pictured here are Eva DiNino, Logan Yovetich, CoCo Casey, Elaina Tkaczenko, and Derek Morris.
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Bernice Meyers donned apparel from Chico’s in Shadyside during the Hadassah Greater Pittsburgh Chapter’s multi-generational fashion show and luncheon at Beth Shalom Synagogue. The event was chaired by Barb Scheinberg and Claudia Finkel, and supported the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah Hospital in Israel.
Held at the Mt. Washington home of Anna Singer and Don Kortlandt, community leaders and friends, including the Honorable Judge Dwayne and Joy Maxberry Woodruff; former University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg; and Manchester Youth Development Center board of directors President William Thompkins, gathered for MYDC’s “Reaching New Heights” reception.
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Quantum Theatre board member Yvonne Campos, Kiya Tomlin, and the theater’s founder and Artistic Director Karla Boos enjoyed an evening at Tomlin’s design studio in East Liberty for Ladies’ Night. Despite a downpour, nearly 75 professional women attended the festivities!
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Florence Ball celebrated her 100th birthday at St. Barnabas! Pictured with Sen. Randy Vulakovich; her daughter, Susan Ball; and her son, Hiram P. Ball Jr., Florence was presented with senatorial and gubernatorial proclamations during her birthday party at St. Barnabas Nursing Home.
Peter Smerd, Annette Kranich, Dr. Walter Jacob, Susan Smerd, and Joel Kranich posed at a reception held in the Biblical Botanical Gardens at the Rodef Shalom Congregation. Guests were invited to tour the garden, the largest of its kind, and to learn its history first-hand from Jacob, one of its founders.
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September 2013 September 1
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals, PNC Park, 877.893.BUCS
“Detroit: Artists in Residence” Opening Reception, The Mattress
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Cincinnati Reds, PNC Park, 877.893.BUCS Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Presents Bill Burr, Heinz Hall,
September 2 Labor Day
Factory Museum, 412.231.3169 Extra Bases for Extra Mile, PNC Park, 412.456.3103 September 12-14
Autumn Cashmere Trunk Show,
September 3 September 3-29
Disney’s The Lion King, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666
Wednesday Wine Flights: Australia & New Zealand, Cabaret at Theater Square, 412.325.6766
Healthcare Reform Seminar, Cranberry
Regional Learning Alliance, 412.734.4900
September 5 September 5-October 20
“Defending the Caveman,” CLO Cabaret Theater, 412.281.3973
Hickey Freeman Trunk Show, Larrimor’s, 412.471.5727
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Chicago Cubs,
September 13-April 19, 2014
ENOUGH Violence: Artists Speak Out, Society for Contemporary Craft,
412.261.7003 ZooBrew, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, 412.665.3640
7th Annual Charlie Ross Memorial Golf Outing, Quicksilver Golf Club,
Party in the Tropics, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914
“Come One, Come All, Come Couture” Fashion Show, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 412.565.6000 Acres Manor, 412.851.4286
Heights History Center, 412.741.4487
September 14-15 Strip District World Festival, 22nd-25th
Imani Christian Academy Gala, Heinz
18th Annual Lupus Loop Run/Walk/ Skate 5K, Station Square, 412.261.5886 30th Anniversary Family House Polo Match, Hartwood Acres, 412.647.0389
Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center’s Pancake Brunch,
Double Wide Grill, 412.345.7300 x219 Flavors of Pittsburgh, Westin Convention Center Hotel, 412.434.7077
44th Annual Mexican War Streets House & Garden Tour, North Side, 412.848.1083
30th Anniversary Family House Polo Match
September 16 September 16-19
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Diego Padres, PNC Park, 877.893.BUCS September 16-21
Escada Fall Caravan, Larrimor’s, 412.471.5727
September 17 North Country Brewing’s Craft Beer School, Cabaret at Theater Square, 412.325.6766
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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Tennessee Titans, Heinz Field, 412.323.1200 Sijahk Yoga’s Warriors Reclaim!,
Ligonier Camp & Conference Center, 724.219.5025
13th Annual Run/Walk to Break the Silence on Ovarian Cancer, North Park Boathouse, 412.661.1095
Canonsburg General Hospital’s 29th Annual Golf Tournament, Valley Brook Country Club, 724.745.3913
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’s Annual Charity Golf Classic, Birdsfoot Golf Club, 412.578.5306
September 11 Il Volo, Heinz Hall, 412.392.4900 Sunflower POWER, PerLora, 412.243.7535 x223
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Pineapple Classic 5K, Hartwood Acres, 412.395.2883
Ninth Annual Sojourner House Victorian Tea “Friendraiser,” Pittsburgh Grand Hall at the Priory, 412.441.7783 x24
RSG1 Foundation’s Comedy to Cure Cancer, Boiler Room, 724.272.8797 Salvation Army’s “Most Amazing Race,” City-wide, 412.446.1644
Saturday Speaker Series: Allegheny Arsenal — A Civil Catastrophe,
Senator John Heinz History Center, 412.454.6000 Walk to Cure Diabetes, Schenley Park/ Flagstaff Hill, 412.216.1345 September 21-22
Washington & Greene Counties’ 43rd Annual Covered Bridge Festival, Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, 724.228.5520
13th Annual President’s Challenge 5K Run/Walk/Wheel, Steelers Quay/ Riverwalk, 412.487.7644 Fortune Feimster, Cruze Bar, nbandp.com
September 22 A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 412.362.4769
Butler Wing Fest, Days Inn Butler, 724.287.6761 x401
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears, Heinz Field, 412.323.1200
2013 Regional Health Equity Summit,
Regional Learning Alliance, 717.547.3313
Harvest for the Hungry, North Side Farmers Market, pasafarming.org
Seventh Annual Salon 7 Deadly Sins Benefit Party, New Hazlett Theater,
Harvest for the Hungry, East Liberty
SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody,
Market Square, 412.563.1298
Every Child, Inc.‘s Challenge the Champions Gala, Rivers Casino, 412.665.0600
Third Annual Moving Day Walk for Parkinson, Highmark Stadium, 412.837.2542
Walk to Cure Diabetes, University of
Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 412.216.1345
Inspiring Hope Gala Dinner Dance,
Allegheny Country Club, 412.741.7430 x404
September 29 Bodiography Contemporary Ballet + Westmoreland Choral Society’s Light and Joy!, Seton Hill Performing Arts Center, westmorelandchoralsociety.com
September 30 Golf S.O.M.E. (So Others May Eat), Wildwood Golf Club, 412.460.3663
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Citiparks Farmers Market, pasafarming.org September 23-29 Pittsburgh Fashion Week, Various Locations, 412.657.3483
Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center’s Mother Earth News Fair, Seven Springs, 412.345.7300 x219 Dancing in the Square: A Celebration of Ballroom Dance,
Golf Course, 724.971.3174
One Book, One Community: Civil War Author Talk, Senator John Heinz History
Canali Trunk Show, Larrimor’s,
Byham Theater, 412.456.6666
Lupus Research Golf Outing, Castle Hills
Country Club, 412.216.1345
18th Annual Emmaus Golf Classic: A Liberty Mutual Invitational, The Club
412.471.5727 September 19-21
Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village, 412.454.6000
Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Byham
Tee Up to Cure Diabetes, Valley Brook
Edible Allegheny @ Market Square Farmers Market, Market Square,
10th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, Allegheny Country Club,
Convention Center, rungreatrace.com/expo
PSO’s Once Upon a Time, Heinz Hall,
American Indian Heritage Weekend,
Hometown-Homegrown: A Fun and Flavorful Food Expo, Senator John Field East Club Lounge, 412.342.4431 Trans-Q Live!, The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Great Race Expo, David L. Lawrence
H’art & Soul of Haiti Gala, WQED
The Riding and Driving Party, Sewickley
Heinz History Center, 412.454.6000
American Eagle Outfitters Corporate Headquarters, 412.365.2145 Gallery Crawl, Cultural District, 412.456.6666 September 27-28
Power Center Ballroom, pfq.org
September 7 Moxie Mind & Body Pilates Studio, 412.261.2299
Baptist Homes Society Community Day 2013, Baptist Homes Society, 412.350.9654 Black Tie & Tails: A Breed Apart, Animal
Art on Fire Celebration and Auction,
Haunted Acres Manor Opening Night to Benefit Animal Friends, Hundred
Classical Pilates Workshops,
American Heart Association’s Fourth Annual “Costumes for a Cause,”
Venue at Bella Sera, 724.745.5575 x111
10th Annual Pittsburgh Fashion Story,
Riverlife’s Party at the Pier: TORCH,
Rivers Casino Amphitheater, 412.258.6636
CONSOL Energy Center, 412.263.3123
Grillin’ and Swillin’: Flavors of Fall, The
Fourth Annual Bocce Tournament & Festival, Senator John Heinz History
Lebanon Tennis Center, 412.343.3411
Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer’s Breast Weekend Ever, Nemacolin Woodlands Resort,
Larrimor’s, 412.471.5727 September 12-15
PNC Park, 877.893.BUCS
Serve2Cure: A Rally to Cure Cancer, Mt.
2012 Red Cross Heroes Breakfast,
“Sound Series”: Angel Olsen, The Andy Warhol Museum, 412.237.8300
Julie Pezzino, Andrew Butcher, Melanie Brown, Donnie Yawn
CIRQUE Musica, Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, 724.422.9396
September 25 Perfect Match Party with WHIRL and The Modern Matchmaker, Redbeard’s Downtown, 412.521.3747
September 26 A Fireside Chat with Ron Suskind and Paul O’Neill, The Neighborhood Academy, 412.626.6851
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EVERY wednesday WHIRL Wednesday, KDKA-TV, 9 a.m., whirlmagazine.com
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get squonk! Squonk Opera returns to Pittsburgh for its Mayhem and Majesty tour at the North Side’s New Hazlett Theater on September 27-29 before taking the show to New York City for an Off-Broadway run. The Squonkers, who first performed in a local junkyard with choreographed cranes and roaring earthmovers, is an ensemble of musicians, artists, and technicians — led by artist Steve O’Hearn and composer Jackie Dempsey — who have performed internationally. Squonk will be joined by vocalist Anna Elder for the four performances, which have been dubbed “ingenious, hallucinatory, hypnotic” by The New York Times and are supported by the Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of the Buhl Foundation, the Grable Foundation, the Allegheny Regional Asset District, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Heinz Endowments. A pre-show reception will be held September 28. General admission tickets are $20 in advance; $10 for students, seniors, and kids; and $25 for adults at the door. Visit showclix.com for tickets. Squonk Opera, squonkopera.org.
a shore thing
As summer ceases and fall ensues, the North Shore will be on fire for Riverlife’s Party at the Pier: TORCH. On September 6, guests will gather to celebrate the transformation of Pittsburgh’s riverfront and to raise funds toward the reclaiming, restoring, and promoting of the city’s urban riverfronts. Presented by title sponsor PNC, the beauty of fire and water will be on display at the North Shore riverfront amphitheater — located along the Ohio River, next to Rivers Casino. “The hospitality of Rivers [Casino] is going to be scorching hot!” says Director of Communications Stephan Bontrager. Those seeking to sizzle will soak up the fun with fire-themed cocktails, tasty eats, and short cruises on the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Leaders of the booming Downtown real estate renaissance, this year’s co-chairs are Renee and Lucas Piatt, and Lisa Acquaviva and Herky Pollock. Keep with the theme and wear your best reds, oranges, and yellows, says the Riverlife team. The heat is on! For tickets, visit riverlifepgh.org. — Sabrina Conti
Dade & Jodi Thorton
curtain call Start planning! The fourth annual Costumes for a Cause will be held at CAVO in the Strip District on September 21. Benefiting the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign’s Pittsburgh chapter, this year’s theme is “Cirque Magique.” “We hope to entertain with more than the usual fashion show,” says Michele Garris, Costumes for a Cause and Chelsea’s of New York founder. “We will have stilt walkers, jugglers, and possibly a fire eater.” International cover girl and celebrity guest host Tiffany Toth will welcome guests to a fabulous costume fashion show. A pre-show cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, a silent auction, and raffle prize giveaways will precede. Comedy Magician Lee Terbosic plans to wow the crowd with an alluring performance as well. “The magic performance involved brings a whole new element to the fashion show,” says Garris. Tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door, and VIP bottle service tables are available for $300. To purchase, visit costumesforacausepittsburgh.com. — Maria Vogel
Photographs from Sqounk Opera, by Christina Shields, from Costumes for a Cause.
Kim Honath with Mary, Marleen Ashton with Barriston
We’re gearing up for Animal Friends’ new After Dark party and signature Black Tie & Tails Gala, to be held on September 20 and 21!
Undergoing a stunning transformation, the Caryl Gates Gluck Resources Center will become the paw-ty spot, with its shelter residents taking center stage for two nights. As the pets come out to play, guests will enjoy music, dancing, fine foods, photo ops, surprises, games, and a coveted auction. Etta Cox will perform while an exquisite meal, accompanied by premium liquors, is served. Secure your place to mingle with some of the furriest and most friendly VIPs! To purchase tickets, call 412.847.7052 or visit thinkingoutsidethecage.org/BlackTie2013.
We’re ready for a fierce match of polo! On September 7, at Hartwood Acres, Family House will celebrate 30 years with its annual Family House Polo Match, presented by Fifth Third Bank. Bigger and better than ever, the signature event starts at 11 a.m. with tailgating, a silent auction, and children’s activities. At noon, the Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Virginia International Polo Club and its competitor, the #1 Cochran Potomac Polo Club, will demonstrate polo shots. The opening ceremonies start at 1 p.m., followed by the match at 1:30 p.m. At halftime, guests will be invited onto the field to stomp the divots to the playing of “Pretty Woman!” The day-long festivities include an on-field vintage car display, and wine and food sales in the new Sip, Savor & Shop tent. “Without the generous support of the Pittsburgh community, we would not be able to provide affordable, comfortable accommodations for the thousands of patients and families who seek medical treatment at our hospitals each year,” says Executive Director Bob Howard. More than 2,000 spectators attend to support “Home Away from Home.” To purchase tickets, call 412.647.POLO or visit familyhouse.org. — S.C. Read more about Howard Hanna Real Estate’s CEO on page 32.
Romance Is in the Air
Meet your match this fall! Mark your calendar for the Perfect Match Party, hosted by WHIRL and The Modern Matchmaker, September 25 from 6-9 p.m. The casual, Pittsburgh Steelers themed mixer will be held at Redbeard’s Sports Bar & Grill — at the new Downtown location — and will offer complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Buy a ticket for just $20, or bring a friend and pay just $10! RSVPs are preferred by September 23, but walk-ins are welcome. For more information, visit whirlmagazine.com. The Modern Matchmaker, 5725 Forward Ave., Squirrel Hill. 412.521.3747. Redbeard’s Sports Bar & Grill, 144 Sixth St., Downtown. 412.261.2324. redbeardspgh.com. — Katherine Christoff Photographs by Christina Shields, from Family House, Lois Greenfield.
“A fiery evening of jazz,” with some of Pittsburgh’s best performers, including Maureen Budway, will return to the August Wilson Center on September 28 for Hot Pink Pittsburgh! A signature fundraiser for Adagio Health, the evening will support the nonprofit’s programs, which provide preventative healthcare and education for tens of thousands of uninsured and underinsured women and their small children in 23 Western Pennsylvania counties. Legendary jazz guitarist Joe Negri will serve as honorary chair, and the night will include performances by Dane Vannatter & Quartet, Reed Dance, and other surprises! Guests can opt to purchase VIP tickets, which include a special post-performance dessert reception. Make your reservations at adagiohealth.org or by calling 412.253.8165.
We’re priming our palates for the annual ZooBrew at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium on Friday, September 13. Upon arrival, guests will receive a commemorative mug for sampling some of the best craft beers from around the region. Libations on tap include Arcadia Ales, Duquesne Pilsner, Sly Fox Brewery, Le Merle Saison, and Batch 19. Adventurers over the age of 21 will enjoy the accompaniment of a one-of-a-kind setting, with delicious bites provided by Taste of Wild Catering. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at pittsburghzoo.org.
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sparks on the water Inspired by the dazzling public art installation WaterFire Providence by Barnaby Evans, the whimsical combination of tranquil waters and glistening flames will be captivating the public at WaterFire Sharon. The extravaganza includes bewitching bonfires along the Shenango River, ethnic food tastings, and dancing under the stars. Stroll in September 14 for WaterFire Sharon: World Fire for a whirlwind trip across the globe.
Spectacular Sights The circus is coming to town, and we want a front-row seat! Cirque Musica will make its debut at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at Indiana University of Pennsylvania on September 24. This unique experience, appealing to all ages, combines daredevil circus routines by world-renowned performers, set to the sounds of some of the best symphonic classical and popular music of all time. David Larible, known as the “clown of clowns” for his headlining role with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, has returned from shows in Europe to join the Cirque Musica tour. He will be joined by the famous “flying” Wallenda Highwire Duo — Lyric and Rietta Wallenda — and the España Family, among other notable performers. If the Wallenda name sounds familiar, it’s because Nik Wallenda recently became the first aerialist to walk a tightrope over Little Colorado River Gorge, near the Grand Canyon, on live TV. You definitely do not want to miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle! Tickets range from $24.50-$69.50 and can be purchased by calling 800.298.4200 or at kovalchickcomplex.com. — Liz Petoniak
Visitors will be given a “passport” to explore the food, culture, and customs from dozens of countries. On October 12, WaterFire Sharon: Up and Around will drop jaws and astound audiences with stunt kites, aerial performers, and outdoor artwork. Free to the public, both events will add a spark of magic and wonder to your next fall outing. Get the full schedule of activities at WaterFireSharonPA.org.
art in motion
The world of art is constantly moving, uniting diverse artists along the way. To connect these “creative pioneers,” artist Doug Aitken launched Station to Station: A Nomadic Happening. The fully functional train serves as its own cultural studio, while stopping at locations across the U.S. to introduce artists and art lovers to various platforms. The stopping points include everything from train stations, both active and defunct, to a desert, to a drive-in movie theater. Made possible by the Levi’s brand, the illuminated locomotive will be traveling from New York City to San Francisco in three weeks, making nine stops along the way. All of the money raised will fund cultural institutions in the cities Station to Station is visiting. The train stops locally at Union Station at on September 8. Station to Station, stationtostation.com. Doug Aitken, dougaitkenworkshop.com.
first and foremost Rubber ducky, you’re the one...the one who will start the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s International Festival of Firsts with a huge splash! Studio Florentijn Hofman’s The Rubber Duck, which started a craze when it sailed through Hong Kong and other cities, is making its U.S. debut in Pittsburgh. At four stories high, The Rubber Duck will float down the Allegheny River September 27, kicking off a month of international art presentations throughout the Cultural District that have never been seen in the U.S. Rubber Duck is a unique public art installation that brings to Pittsburgh its power to heal, relieve tension, and make us smile. For tickets and a full schedule, visit TrustArts.org.
Photograph from Barnaby Evans, Doug Aitken.
Breaking News Literally! The construction of Pitcher Park Memorial Skatepark is underway and scheduled to be completed this winter. Funded through the Ken & Carol Schultz Foundation, the Tony Hawk Foundation, Pitcher Park, and the Borough of Carnegie, the skatepark is being designed and built by Grindline Skateparks in memory of brothers Vincent and Stephen Pitcher. Their mother, Mary Pitcher, says the public park will be honoring her sons, helping “these very talented athletes and their sports to be recognized by the world, and encouraging the youth to participate in what they love to do.” Follow the park’s progress on @PitcherPark and facebook.com/PitcherParkMemorialSkatePark.
Artistic Director Jennifer Tober
shaking up shakespeare We all know there “never was a story of more woe, than this of Juliet and her Romeo.” But we’ve never seen the play like this! Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks will be performing the classic live, outdoors, and for free on weekends in September. With Romeo and Juliet’s separate stories being told simultaneously, it’s up to the audience to decide which side they will follow around the park. Grab a blanket and get in on the action! Visit pittsburghshakespeare.com for a full schedule.
Photographs from Mary Pitcher, Much and House PR, Becky Thurner-Braddock, Sara-Anne Lee/Cat Aceto.
BYRNE identity Stand-up comedian Steve Byrne is “living the dream,” he tells me. He’s celebrating the renewal of Sullivan & Son’s second season, his hit sitcom on TBS, co-created by Ron Long of Cheers, and executive-produced by Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley. Based on the dynamic of a Pittsburgh neighborhood bar, the Korean- and Irish-American first reflected on his roots for inspiration to write the pilot years ago. “I was living out of a suitcase doing comedy shows and would find myself daydreaming — wanting to be around my family and friends, and have a sense of home,” he says. “Pittsburgh is my home.” He remembers his first Primanti Bros. cheesesteak after a hockey game at Mt. Lebanon Ice Rink, which was followed by a second and third sandwich in one sitting, and “working the greens” as a caddy at Wildwood Golf Club in Allison Park. We caught up with the Hampton High School graduate, who’s also a proud Kent State alum, husband to Jessica, and father to 1-year-old Olivia. — Andrea Bosco WHIRL: How do you keep the show connected to Pittsburgh? Steve Byrne: We want [Sullivan & Son] to be evergreen and for people to watch it 10 years from now, so we have a lot of nuances and shout-outs on set, like ‘DVE stickers, a KDKA mug, a Penguins jersey, and a 105.9 The X shot glass. WHIRL: ‘DVE Morning Show’s Randy Baumann and Bill Crawford, and Billy Gardell, have made guest appearances on the show. How fun was that? SB: Billy and I have been friends for years — we’ve toured together. And, I’ve always listened to the morning show. Randy and Bill came on set and got right into it. There was no rehearsal really. Within the first take, everyone knew they were naturals. During filming, I looked over and saw them hobnobbing with Vince Vaughn. It was one of the fun moments that makes it all worthwhile. WHIRL: The Sullivan & Son cast hails from a variety of backgrounds, which lends to very funny quips and comic relief. Is it scripted to paint Pittsburgh as the melting pot it is? SB: I intended the show to portray characters I would want to hang out with 30 minutes a night. I don’t like guest lists or velvet ropes. We have veterans, elders, those younger — an assortment of everyone, who are just there for conversation. The neighborhood bar is a place to get something off your chest. It’s about being accepted, regardless of creed or background.
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Mark Matteo of No Bad Juju, and Rick Witkowski and Tom Bellin of the Pittsburgh All-Star Band.
carry on Edited by Andrea Bosco In true style of a classic Pittsburgh rock concert, this year’s Voices Carry for Auberle will feature some of the Western Pennsylvania region’s music legends, including Donnie Iris, Scott Blasey of The Clarks, Sputzy, Joe Grushecky, Etta Cox, Jeff Jimerson, Rick Witkowski, and Chris Higbee. To be held on October 1 at Stage AE, the evening will be emceed by 102.5 WDVE’s Randy Baumann. Sponsored by Huntington Bank, the ninth annual event benefits Auberle, a faith-based, Catholic agency that helps troubled children and families heal themselves. “Voices Carry is not only entertaining, it is a very special evening,” says Susie Shipley, Huntington Bank regional president for Western Pennsylvania and Ohio. “To witness the generosity of Pittsburgh’s music all-stars perform from their hearts to benefit Auberle, an organization that serves at-risk children and families, sets the stage for one of the year’s must-see events.” Having grown in each of its nine years, Voices Carry relocated last year to Stage AE to accommodate its sell-out crowd of 550 guests. With its additional space and great acoustics, Stage AE will play host to this year’s guests, who can delve in exclusive sponsorship packages; stadium-seating ticket options; high-top tables; a jewelry auction, presented by Casa D’Oro Jewelers; and oneon-one mingling with the performers. Based in McKeesport, Auberle was named Agency of the Year in the United States by the Alliance for Children and Families, the largest network of human services organizations in the U.S, serving more than 3.4 million children a year. The nonprofit helps more than 2,350 at-risk youth and families per year in 16 areas, including residential care; foster care; emergency shelter; in-home intervention; workforce development; and drug, alcohol, and mental health programs. “We have seen first-hand the difference Auberle makes in our community,” says Shipley. “That’s why we are proud to sponsor Voices Carry, Auberle’s largest fundraiser year after year.” For information on ticket sales and sponsorship opportunities, visit auberle.org/voices-carry. — Meagan Roppo, Kim Ravenda Huntington Bank, huntington.com.
crystal clear Sabika, a multi-million dollar jewelry company, is one of the fastestgrowing home party sales businesses in the U.S., and its home base is Karin Mayr Pittsburgh. Upper St. Clair resident and Austrian émigré Karin Mayr founded Sabika in 2001, at age 50, with a vision of bringing opportunity to women of all ages and diverse backgrounds. She embarked on her journey around the same time her husband’s business closed, creating the need to keep their family afloat. Under Mayr’s leadership, and with the full support and engagement of her husband, Konrad, and daughters, Kerstin and Alexandra, Sabika has experienced an average 60 percent growth in sales year over year, and is expected to reach annual sales volume of approximately $20 million. This year, Mayr received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her extraordinary success, innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to business and community. “I wanted to give women, that never dared to dream big, the same opportunity to grow as big as their hearts desired with minimum financial investment,” she says. Each season’s collections are professionally designed and built to respond to and anticipate fashion trends. The original pieces can be immediately recognized by their color combinations, quality crystals, and European artisan handwork. Sabika, sabika-jewelry.com. This Page: Photographs from R. Alan Adams and Sabika. Opposite Page: Photograph from Northwestern Mutual.
finance guidance Kevin Miller’s tenure with Northwestern Mutual spans 23 years, from his first days as an intern in 1990. Now managing partner of the Downtown Pittsburgh headquarters in the U.S. Steel Tower, Miller oversees growth for the Western Pennsylvania region. With offices in Cranberry, Monroeville, Mt. Lebanon, and Connellsville, the company provides expert guidance and innovative solutions to help clients meet their financial goals in all stages of life. We caught up with the finance aficionado, who continues to expand Northwestern Mutual’s footprint and lend his time to local nonprofits, such as Family House and the United Way.
WHIRL: What is your best advice for someone who’s looking to allocate their assets? Kevin Miller: It’s based on their own personal risk tolerance. I think more than allocating assets, it’s really about building a relationship with a trusted advisor that helps them put a plan together — a whole financial plan. WHIRL: What are a few mortgage mistakes to avoid? KM: Obviously, they have to be approved through their lending institution. And, I’m a big believer in 20 percent down — avoiding private mortgage insurance. To the extent you can do that, I think it’s prudent. I don’t think if you don’t do it, it’s a huge mistake. But, the more money you put down to avoid that mortgage insurance, the better. The other thing I would recommend is, as you’re saving money for that down payment, you’re at the same time building an emergency fund, so that when you do get into the house, you have some money in reserves.
MAKING THE COMMUNITY BETTER TAKES HARD WORK, DEDICATION, AND MORE PEOPLE LIKE YOU. At Huntington, we believe it’s important to do more for the community – whether it’s rolling up your sleeves and getting involved, or helping in other ways. That’s why we’re proud to support Auberle and their tireless efforts to make a difference in the community.
WHIRL: To join or not to join your company’s 401(k) plan? KM: It all depends on the person’s personal situation. There isn’t a blanket recommendation. It’s important to sit down with a trusted advisor. Saving for retirement is critically important. A lot of the 401(k) plans that are out there are a good way to accumulate funds, with or without the company match. You’re putting monies away on a pre-tax basis and those monies are growing taxdeferred, so it makes an awful lot of sense to leverage qualified retirement plans. Northwestern Mutual, pittsburgh.nm.com.
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Corporate leaders Editor’s Note: Hanna keeps a legal pad next to his bed, and once it’s full of notes, he never throws it away. He has a stacked drawer in his office!
Real Leader By Andrea Bosco Photograph by cayla zahoran
At 18, Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III, chairman and CEO of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, received his real estate license. While a student at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Hanna sold real estate. He would peruse the Sunday paper, delivered on Monday from Pittsburgh, read for sale advertisements, and reach out to agents with direction on moving forward. His father, Howard, 93, started the company in 1957 with one office in Oakland. Today, Howard Hanna offers residential, commercial, mortgage, and title and insurance brokerage services at its 146 office locations across Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia, and New York. “Our daily mission is to create housing for buyers and sellers,” says Hanna. “That’s an overriding goal we try to instill every day in everybody. For 97 percent of us, the largest single thing we ever purchase is a home, so it’s a tremendous financial concern.” Led with a purpose in personality and innovation, Howard Hanna
agents sold more than 41,000 houses last year. In the early ‘80s, Hanna integrated the idea of offering mortgage services and introduced a moneyback guarantee program. “We came to the conclusion that we had to control our own destiny with mortgage financing, which, at the time, was unheard of,” he says. Last year, when the market kicked into high gear, the company resurrected its “Buy Before You Sell program.” With the addition of new cities to its repertoire, its signature green and gold continues to expand its footprint across the United States. Instrumental in creating the first Family House at McKee Place, Hanna was the first board president. For the past 30 years, Howard Hanna and Hanna, personally, have been significant in providing sponsorships and support for the nonprofit. This year, on September 7, Family House Polo will follow suit at Hartwood Acres with plans for its biggest celebration to date. For details, see page 27. Hanna resides in Fox Chapel with his wife, Mary Anne. As the father
of five and the grandfather of 12, he says it’s all in the family. His sisters Helen and Annie serve as president and executive vice president of operations. His son, Hoby, is the president of Howard Hanna Midwest, headquartered in Cleveland, and his son, Duffy, is chief legal counsel and president of the title company. Kelly, one of his daughters, is the manager of the Seven Fields office. Annie, his niece, is president of Howard Hanna Insurance Services. In total, 13 family members work for the business. Hanna so generously opened his corner office doors to us, following a fast flight from Michigan, for some discourse, laughs, and to share some personal stories. WHIRL: What’s the secret behind the green and gold? HH: When my dad started the business, the original colors were black and white. Over the years, the colors were turquoise and black, and brown and beige. In 1975, we went to green and gold for a number of reasons. The misconception is because we’re Irish. One of the feelings was that green was a very strong color when it came to money. WHIRL: How important was it for you to follow in your father’s footsteps? HH: Well, I’ve always been passionate about real estate. My dad was a great mentor, teaching me the business. He taught me the day-to-day business. There’s a thing he still uses. It’s called the Daily 7s. In one day, you have to talk or be with seven buyers or sellers, and get seven new properties. As a kid, he wouldn’t let me in the house for dinner unless I had [my list] filled out. He still checks in. He was here yesterday. He always wants to see what’s going on in marketing. We’re fortunate because he’s pretty strong. WHIRL: What philosophy do you live by? HH: Luck is being prepared when opportunities arise. That’s one of my business thought processes. I think people make luck happen. WHIRL: What’s an average day for you? HH: I flew from Florida to Michigan yesterday, had a meeting with a real estate broker about possibly selling, then I went out and looked at locations for another office in Michigan. I had a dinner meeting with a couple of our managers and, this morning, I drove back to Pittsburgh. I go on listing appointments and still like to stay very much involved. Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, 800.656.7356. howardhanna.com. Hanna serves as president of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, and is a board member of UPMC; John Carroll University; La Roche College; Citizen’s Financial Group in Providence; YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh; the Diocese of Pittsburgh Finance Council; and the Katz School Board of Visitors. w h i r l m a g a z i n e . co m
By Rachel Jones
Ready to Strike
As the Pittsburgh Pirates continue to excite the world of Major League Baseball, particular players are making a definite splash. The bullpen — AKA “The Shark Tank” — has been closing the deal and making batters run for dry land. Pittsburgh Pirate Mark Melancon is one of the pitchers who is always ready to strike — and we love when he does! WHIRL: How are you liking your role as the closer? Mark Melancon: I really like it. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. I’ve done it before with the Houston Astros in 2011, but it’s a lot better doing it for a first place team and a team that is involved in a pennant race. WHIRL: Everyone on Twitter says PNC Park was the loudest it’s ever been when you struck out St. Louis Cardinal Daniel Descalso for the win on July 31. What was that like? MM: It was certainly one of the better moments of my career. With everything that the city of Pittsburgh has gone through the last 20 years, to have that moment happen in such a big series was really special. WHIRL: How do you feel about your nickname “Shark Melancon”? MM: I like it. It goes along with the entire “Shark Tank” theme. WHIRL: We heard you actually got to see sharks in New Zealand. Did they teach you anything about being aggressive? MM: That was an awesome experience. My wife, Mary, and I actually got to see sharks up close while we were inside a diving cage. Sharks, in general, are animals that you don’t want to mess with, and when they smell blood, they go for the kill. That’s where the whole
PITCHER, Mark Melancon
“Shark Tank” concept came from. As a bullpen, we feel that if the starting pitchers give us a lead after six or seven innings, we are going to take the mound, looking to finish off the opposing team – much like a shark would do to its prey. WHIRL: What is your favorite non-baseball thing to do? MM: It would definitely have to be spending time with my family. I’m away from the them so much during the baseball season, so whenever I get the chance to be with them, that is what I like to do. Pittsburgh Pirates, pirates.com.
Bend it like Bryan After a stellar high school soccer career, Bryan Weimerskirch was ready to hang up his cleats. Luckily, the persistence of La Roche College men’s soccer assistant coach Ed Pupich convinced the forward to join the Redhawks. “I’m really happy I decided to stay and play,” Weimerskirch says. “I love it here.” The team is equally ecstatic, as Weimerskirch helped lead La Roche to the school record for most conference wins in 2012. The junior has earned his own awards throughout his college UNIVERSITY UPDATE career, including ECAC South Rookie of the Year and AMCC Newcomer of the Year in 2011. “It was an honor to be picked for [AMCC] Newcomer of the Year,” Weimerskirch says. “I didn’t even know there was a category for that, so when I found out, that was awesome.” He was also named to the AMCC Academic All-Conference and the AMCC Second Team All-Conference in 2011, and made it to the AMCC First Team All-Conference in 2012. As the 2013 season kicks off, Weimerskirch has already added the title of AMCC Preseason Co-Player of the Year to his name. But the stand-out is more focused on getting the Redhawks to win the AMCC championship. “I feel that we’re one of the best teams in the conference this year,” Weimerskirch says. “This is the year we can make a name for La Roche.” Get the full La Roche men’s soccer schedule at larochesports.com.
high school highlight
Boys of Fall The bright lights of Heinz Field. The chill of the Gatorade shower. The sweet, irreplaceable taste of victory. Every moment in the WPIAL football regular season leads up to that sought-after WPIAL Football Championship. The 2012 champions were North Allegheny, West Allegheny, Aliquippa, and Clairton for Quad A, AAA, AA, and A, respectively. The 2013 champion title is anyone’s for the taking, and you don’t want to miss any of the moments before the final showdown! It’s time to cheer your favorite team to victory! Get the full WPIAL football schedule at WPIAL.org. Photographs from Dave Arrigo/Pittsburgh Pirates, Jibran Mustaq.
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It’s been a strange summer for sight and sound in Pittsburgh. At least, if you happen to be a sports fan. Typically, the sights were predictable ones. A car decked out in Steelers decals during the slowest days of the off-season; grown men wearing black, not-so-breathable football jerseys on 95-degree days; and women wearing T-shirts that say “Polamalu” or “Roethlisberger” on the back. Interspersed with these Chris Mueller people were Pirates fans. Not many of them, mind you, but they were present. They would slink to the ballpark, maybe 17,000 strong, and cheer on the Pirates, more out of habit than anything. Just like everyone else, they were waiting for training camp to start, having already formed ironclad opinions on every Steelers’ draft pick. At least, that was what summers were like in Pittsburgh before 2013. Now? Now, the city’s sports heart beats year-round. Surely you’ve seen them if you’ve ventured to the North Shore on a given weeknight. The black and gold T-shirts remain, but the names on the back say “McCutchen,” “Alvarez,” “Walker,” and “Cole.” There are a lot more people wearing them, too, and not just to the park. Pirates fans are everywhere. The phenomenon has gone beyond bandwagon status and sits comfortably at full-fledged “Bucco Fever.” This is different, and this is great. I’m 28; have lived virtually my entire life within 10 miles of the city center; and have never experienced this level of excitement, optimism, and flat-out interest in the local baseball team. The sounds are different, too. When 93.7 The Fan started in 2010, the Pirates were a joke. They went 57-105, their manager lacked even the slightest hint of a pulse, and the assembled talent wasn’t close to what it is today. Sports talk radio, when it deigned to talk about the Bucs, typically took potshots and laughed about the manager’s monotone voice. And that was that. The Pirates were penance that the sports-crazy community had to tolerate before the Steelers and Penguins could ramp it back up. “Who cares about the Pirates; they stink! Why are you wasting your time on them,” was the common refrain from callers. I still hear it in my head clearly and have to laugh at the change that has taken place. Recently, I did a show from Latrobe. Steelers-focused, to be sure, because when is that ever a bad idea? I ran through my sound bites, expressed what I thought were interesting takes on the town’s most beloved team, and…crickets. If the public at large was listening, they surely didn’t feel compelled to join in the conversation. Midway through the show, the Pirates took over as the topic of the moment. It wasn’t even ten minutes before the lines lit up with fired-up callers, expressing every opinion under the sun on what the Pirates needed to do to — get this — position themselves for a World Series. The best part? They weren’t being unreasonable. The upshot of this is that the city is finally alive in the summer. The mystique of baseball? The reason it is still trumpeted as the sport of all sports? It’s a warm-weather experience. It’s a community experience. It forges common bonds. It swells civic pride. It brings cities to life after winter. The Steelers can wait. Thanks to the Pirates, summer in the ‘Burgh has its heartbeat back. Photograph by Cayla Zahoran.
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Explore Greensburg We’re embracing the new developments and gorgeous scenery in Greensburg with open arms! Come explore everything from art and education to fall fashions and foliage. By Desiree DeClaudio | Edited by Rachel Jones
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This time of year, Greensburg isn’t very green. Gorgeous shades of gold and crimson cover the trees, and the Laurel Highlands will once again offer beautiful views of the Chestnut Ridge and winding stream valleys. Take a driving tour along winding country roads, surrounded by warm autumn leaves. Early to mid-October is the best time to take your drive, as this period is the peak of the leaves’ vibrancy. Begin your self-guided tour in the heart of the Highlands, and end the day in Greensburg by exploring Photograph from TJZ Creations
dozens of dining and shopping options. Enjoy an artfully prepared meal at One Eleven, or stop for a quick bite at Oliver’s Pourhouse. Or, share a favorite bottle of wine from Greendance Winery and a small picnic lunch in the tree-filled St. Clair Park, located on Maple Avenue. Any route you take will lead you to a picturesque fall day! One Eleven, 113 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. 724.420.5711. oneelevengreensburg.com. Oliver’s Pourhouse, 8 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. 724.836.7687. oliverspourhouse.com. Greendance Winery, 306 Deerfield Road, Mt. Pleasant. 724.547.6500. greendancewinery.com. w h i r l m a g a z i n e . co m
The Next Chapter After 25 years of dedicated service, Dr. JoAnne Boyle has retired from her job as president of Seton Hill University (SHU). To acknowledge her commitment and devotion to the university, the Board of Trustees has designated Dr. Boyle President Emerita of Seton Hill University. Seton Hill University has been a part of Dr. Boyle’s life for decades. She started out as a student, and returned as a professor and chair of the English department. “President Boyle has been an outstanding leader for the university,” says Michele Ridge, chair of SHU’s Board of Trustees. “She has worked diligently to strengthen the university’s academic and financial foundations, positioning Seton Hill University as an educational leader in the nation.” Since her presidency started in 1987, Dr. Boyle has overseen great additions to the university. What once was a small women’s college is now a coeducational university with an enrollment of 2,500 students. The number of undergraduate programs has more than doubled, and 12 graduate programs have been introduced to the curriculum. SHU has also welcomed Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, an oncampus medical school; initiated a mobile technology program that provides iPads and MacBooks to students; and expanded to downtown Greensburg, with the completion of the Performing Arts Center. Greensburg’s former mayor Karl Eisaman — from 1996-2011 — worked with Dr. Boyle on several occasions. Most notably, they followed through on the commitment to revitalize downtown by strengthening the link between SHU and the city of Greensburg. “She developed a unique partnership with the city to establish a presence in our downtown area,” Eisaman says. “This not only changed the footprint of Seton Hill University, but also had a positive effect for the city. JoAnne has made a difference at the university, the city of Greensburg, and to all
who have worked with her.” In other news, SHU is welcoming a new addition to the university. Ground broke on July 29 for the university’s new Dance and Visual Arts Center. This 46,000-square-foot academic building will be in downtown Greensburg within the Cultural District, which features the Palace Theatre, the Robertshaw Ampitheatre, SHU Performing Arts Center, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. It became clear that the dance and visual arts department needed its own Dr. JoAnne Boyle building when enrollment numbers continued to steadily increase. Students studying these subjects are currently spread throughout Seton Hill University’s campus and downtown Greensburg, and the goal is to bring together the arts community so that it may flourish. Designed by designLab Architects and Balog, Steines, Hendricks, & Manchester Architects, the building will feature an industrial look. It will be filled with art and dance studios; art galleries; an outdoor “art yard” for study and performances; cafés; and lounge areas. The dance studios will also have large windows, so people passing by can see the art of dance in motion. To celebrate the new building, Seton Hill University is encouraging the local community to support the arts and attend the students’ performances and gallery openings, starting in fall 2014. Seton Hill
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Keeping the art alive After going out in style this July — we’re talking sledgehammers and graffiti artists! —the Westmoreland Museum of American Art will be under construction until spring 2015. While the renovations and expansions are underway, Southwestern Pennsylvania’s art lovers can still enjoy everything the museum has to offer at its temporary home. Formerly the Stickley-Audi furniture store on State Route 30, the 30,000-square-foot building will keep the collection, staff, and educational programs together until the new construction is complete. “We are excited to say that we are moving, not closing, during our transformational construction period and will be doing business at our temporary location,” says Judith O’Toole, director of the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. “We won’t be doing business as usual, however, because we intend to use this period to experiment with different approaches to our work that we will incorporate into The Future Westmoreland in May 2015.” Come see the Guinness Book of World Records’ “World’s Largest Hand-drawn Maze” by cartoonist Joe Wos at the temporary location, Westmoreland @rt 30, through September 1. Westmoreland @rt 30, 4764 State Route 30, Greensburg. 724.837.1500. wmuseumaa.org.
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FashiON forward Just as the seasons change, so does what is in style, and Greensburg’s answer to the latest trends include a number of women’s boutiques. Stylists at each of these boutiques predict some fun fashions coming up this fall. “Tunics and sweaters will be very popular to wear with jeggings and leggings,” says Kyrel Howard, owner of Personalized Colors & Clothing. “A lot of different textures will be coming together to create an updated, classic look.” Howard says to look for peacock blue, cranberry, and forest green to pop up in fall wardrobes. Carol Gaffey, owner of Crossroads Boutique/Cattiva, says black will not be forgotten, thanks to its flattering shape and ability to match everything year-round. Gaffey also expects boldness to come in accessories and animal prints. “Animal prints are all the rage,” Gaffey says. “We are seeing leopard, cheetah, zebra, and even snakeskin patterns.” Peplum and form-fitting pieces will all be standing out at Katwalk. Cool off with shades of slate gray and other neutrals, and stay warm in comfy cashmere. Never Enough! Boutique is stocking up on colorful purses and chunky jewelry with mixed metals. Danielle Shaffer, owner of Aw Else Boutique, recommends layering multiple pieces to add varied textures and depth to your ensemble. “Stylish wrap bracelets, beads, bright and large semiprecious stones, and friendship bracelets are extremely popular,” says Shaffer. “Bring on the charms and pendants this season with ID necklaces, bracelets, and cuffs.”
Personalized Colors & Clothing, 229 S. Main St., Greensburg. 724.834.1200. Crossroads Boutique/Cattiva, 24 W. 2nd St., Greensburg. 724.832.8900. crossroadsboutique.com. Katwalk, 100 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. 724.853.6551. katwalkstyle.com. Never Enough! Boutique, 200 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Greensburg. 724.838.1878. neverenoughboutique.com. Aw Else Boutique, 1020-4 Towne Square Drive, Greensburg. 724.420.5236. awelseboutique.com.
Accessorize this fall with pretty purses from Never Enough! Boutique.
Stack Sorrelli bracelets from Aw Else Boutique for that layered look.
Check out the Sorrelli “Sundance” collection of antique-inspired heirloom jewelry at Aw Else Boutique.
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Mylan Classic’s “A Tribute to the King” Dinner Beth & Calvin Lane
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Golfers took a rest from hitting the links during the Mylan Classic to pay tribute to “The King of Golf,” WHIRL’s August cover star Arnold Palmer! Approximately 300 guests filled Southpointe Golf Club for the dinner celebration. The club served filet and panseared Chilean sea bass, accompanied by featured wines and local peach crème brûlée for dessert. During the meal, “Arnold Palmer: Golf’s Heart and Soul,” a Golf Channel documentary, played, which followed with speeches by Horizon Properties CEO Rod Piatt and Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Ed Stack, who attested to the king’s greatness on and off the course. Oakmont Country Club golf professional Bob Ford conducted a 90-minute fireside chat with Palmer, where he shared career stories. The silent auction boasted two fabulous golf trips to Florida, a meet and greet with Palmer, and VIP tickets to the World Golf Hall of Fame. The evening contributing to the overall success of this year’s Mylan Classic and to the tournament’s charitable impact. “This year, the Mylan Classic raised more than $690,000 for charity and reached the $2 million mark in giving since 2010,” says Tournament Director Chase McClain. “We were blessed with good weather, marquee entertainment, and a gracious champion, Ben Martin, who will now move on to the PGA Tour in 2014.” — K.C.
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Second Annual One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo Bill Book, Dominique Ponko
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For the second year in a row, WHIRL Publishing celebrated the One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo with 12 hours of yoga at Point State Park. Featured classes and specialty workshops were taught by 36 of the region’s yoga instructors, including teachers from the event’s ambassador studios: Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, BYS Studio, FitWell Studios, Himalayan Institute of Pittsburgh, Moonglow Yoga, Schoolhouse Yoga, South Hills Power Yoga, and Yoga Flow. The day was filled with live music, Zumba, paddleboard yoga in the Monongahela River, and more, and it ended with a kirtan circle led by Brooke Smokelin of Vox Lumina. The event also played host to the USA Yoga PA/NJ Regional Championship, during which Zeb Homison, owner of Bikram Yoga Pittsburgh, took home top marks. While the more than 900 attendees were not taking classes, they were invited to browse tents housing the five sponsors — UPMC Health Plan, Giant Eagle Market District, First Commonwealth Bank, GNC, and Piatt Properties — along with 42 local healthy lifestyle vendors and five food trucks. Namaste! — N.B.
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St. Jude Champions for Hope Gala
Jim & Hedy Krenn, Tom Bradley
A feel-good affair, the sixth annual St. Jude Champions for Hope Gala entertained guests with an evening of elegance, filling the Duquesne Club with beautiful flowers and candles generously donated by My Garden Floral. The VIP portion of the event kicked off with a cocktail reception, followed by a sit-down dinner and Monte Carlo games. The Center for Theater Arts and its Executive Director Billy Hartung entertained, as a live auction, led by auctioneers Tom Bradley and Jim Krenn, ensued. Guests bid on exciting items, such as suites at Heinz Field and PNC Park, and two, round-trip Delta Airlines tickets to Europe. Judge Jack McVay shared the story of St. Jude’s founder Danny Thomas, which was a highlight of the evening. Merril Hoge closed the event with final remarks. “It was significant because he discussed his personal battle with cancer,” says St. Jude Regional Marketing Manager Sarah Galiotto. “We were able to gain nine new corporate sponsors that, prior to the evening, hadn’t had a relationship with St. Jude. Trying to raise awareness in a community and having a room filled with new faces made it very much a success.” The night’s proceeds benefited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. — K.C.
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A Summer Soirée
Julia Teti, Betsy Teti, Rebecca Whitlinger
More than 100 guests were transported to Paris as they gathered on The University Club’s Roof Terrace for A Summer Soirée, an annual event to benefit the Alliance Française de Pittsburgh. Champagne, wine, and delectable French fare were served, providing a true culinary experience. Attendees dined on Salade Niçoise, Quiche Lorraine, and Croque-Monsieur, while raising $16,000 for the organization! Additionally, the proceeds benefited the French Nationality Room’s French study abroad program at the University of Pittsburgh. Co-chaired by Tim McVay and David Bush, the evening featured a silent auction, which included two round-trip tickets to Paris, a four-night stay at the Castille Paris Boutique Hotel, artwork, gift certificates, and French wine. The sounds of the Steven Vance Café Trio, with vocalist Laura Kazimir and Paul Calise on the accordion, and a lovely city sunset added to the ambiance. Dessert called for petit fours and café au lait. “That party had a lot going on!” says Bush. “The rosé flowed, the music was sexy and nostalgic, and the terrace looked lovely with the Cathedral of Learning in the background. Not bad for a Tuesday.” McVay agrees: “And all in support of French culture and studies in Pittsburgh!” — K.C.
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Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh VIP Dinner & Dance Party
Jacob George, Dana Diulus
The Cultural Trust’s summer celebration was bigger and better than ever! The seventh annual Cosmopolitan Pittsburgh, presented by CONSOL, which included a late-night gathering at the Byham Theater, kicked off with a VIP Dinner & Dance Party, held at the Trust Arts Education Center. The locale, kept secret until just before, welcomed 600 special guests “to the moon!”The VIP dinner coincided with the Trust’s summer Gallery Crawl, which featured 30 venues, housing countless exhibits for 5,000 participating art lovers. VIPs enjoyed exclusive dishes like melon soup, smoked squid salad, and black-eyed peas with black garlic and kale, by Salt of the Earth Executive Chef Kevin Sousa. Chilled shrimp and tropical fruit ceviche, cold corn soup, and sangria, by Habitat Executive Chef Jason Dalling, were also on the menu. The fun continued with a performance by the Boilermaker Jazz Band! The festivities soon shifted to the Byham Theater for an on-stage dance party with DJ Adam Salter providing the sounds. A specialty Cosmo cocktail of Wigle Whiskey’s Ginever, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, homemade simple syrup, and club soda, accompanied an extensive dessert spread, which included treats from PGH Crepes and Pittsburgh Popcorn Company. “The evening was a great success — from the glamorous launch party, food, and entertainment. Says event architect Thommy Conroy, “Everyone went over the moon!” — K.C.
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Lexus of north hills IS Launch
Lynn Wilde, Bob Schmella, Lisa Sharp
Talk about a great first impression! The 2014 Lexus IS made its grand introduction to Pittsburgh with a launch at Lexus of North Hills. More than 225 Lexus enthusiasts — most of whom own a Lexus IS — gathered to get a glimpse of the new beauty. Pittsburgh Premier Catering whipped up tasty bites for guests to enjoy while checking out the cruisers, and DJ Mockster played the perfect soundtrack for the evening. The new Lexus IS — which is available in 250, 250 F Sport, 350, and 350 F Sport — has been on drivers’ wish lists for years. “This is the first new IS model introduction since 2006, so it’s really exciting,” says Kevin Mullen, vice president and general manager of Lexus of North Hills. “It’s already a top pick. The Lexus IS 350 F Sport is rated by Car and Driver as the best sports car in its segment, beating the BMW 335.” — R.J.
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WHIRL Shop Talk: Kristi Boutique
Karla Moss, Kristi Moss
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Kristi Boutique’s first year in business called for a celebration, so we joined in on the fun! WHIRL Magazine and the Aspinwall shop partnered to host a Shop Talk, marking a momentous occasion. Champagne flowed and cookies by Bella Christie & Lil’ Z’s Sweet Boutique were served to browsing customers. The fabulously fashionable merchandise — clothing, activewear, lingerie, footwear, and accessories — was marked 20 percent off for the anniversary. “Even the denim was 20 percent off, and that rarely happens!” says owner Kristi Moss. Her generosity didn’t stop there. Moss rewarded each visiting customer with a free scarf and raffles, including a $250 gift card for future shopping! WHIRL offered up restaurant gift cards, magazine subscriptions, and tickets to the One WHIRL Yoga Fest + Healthy Lifestyle Expo. Customers caught a glimpse of new arrivals and perused the boutique’s stock of popular brands, including AG Adriano Goldschmied, Hudson, Ella Moss, PAIGE Premium Denim, and Joe’s. “We’ve been here a year, and it has been absolutely amazing, so it was nice to get support from our clients throughout the entire week leading up to the event and on Saturday,” says Moss. “It’s good knowing people have accepted us, and we plan to be here a long time.” — K.C.
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15th Annual Summer Safari: Zoo La La
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Get this! More than 2,500 guests hopped from location to location — libations (think Pink Flamingo and Ginger Giraffe!) in hand — at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium for the 15th Annual Summer Safari: Zoo La La. The regaled affair netted $200,000 for the Pittsburgh Zoo’s education and conservation programs! Chaired by Anita and Joe Moran, guests gallivanted through the Zoo’s exhibits, making stops at the village, plaza, and PPG Aquarium for tasty treats and drinks, including Industry Public House’s Sticky Pig Iron candied bacon and Six Penn Kitchen’s Gourmet Whoopie Pies. With nearly 30 restaurant options, Zoo goers got their fill while admiring the animals, ending the night on a sweet note with an assortment of desserts and entertainment by The Standard Band. “The biggest highlight was the atmosphere,” says Public & Media Relations Manager Tracy Gray. “We encourage our visitors to rock with the animals, which has been the Summer Safari’s underlying theme for years. We really appreciate the continued support by the restaurants and donors — we couldn’t do it without them — and most of all, our visitors.” With entertainment and savory morsels at each stop, we’re already roaring for next year, and, of course, ZooBrew on September 13! — A.B.
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Forbes Avenue of Speed Parade Reception
Sandra Shock, Marcella Dudzinski
Thanks to Orr’s Jewelers and Chopard, the Forbes Avenue of Speed Parade — part of the 31st Annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix — returned to Squirrel Hill! Onlookers lined the streets and interacted with the ever-friendly drivers. “I don’t think I’ve ever run into a racer that didn’t enjoy talking about his car or telling great driving stories,” says Matthew Little, event captain. “Many were even allowing kids and adults to sit behind the wheel!” This year, 75 cars participated in what Little hopes will become a long-standing tradition in the community. He says the entrance of parading cars was an evening highlight. “It is a bold and brash arrival with engines revving, and really sets the tone for the evening,” he says. Drivers and bystanders came to a halt for a reception at Orr’s Jewelers, complete with beer by Spaten and food by Tallulah’s Catering. The store, filled with an air of celebration, was soon packed with pit crews and party-goers. “Being a local business, it was really fantastic seeing all of the people on Forbes Avenue,” says Orr’s representative Sandra Shock. “It was great to welcome the drivers to Pittsburgh by showing them a beautiful part of our city.” — K.C.
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Rohrich Lexus IS Launch
Carlos Echevarria, Susan Earnest, Jason DeMaria
Rohrich Lexus drew more than 60 people to its showroom during the launch party for the new and totally redesigned IS model. The Lexus IS is sportier and roomier than ever before — and has proven very popular with customers of Rohrich. The dealership has already sold several since the launch party! “It’s just absolutely gorgeous,” says Carlos Echevarria, general manager of Rohrich Lexus. “My favorite thing about it is the body redesign — I love the lines, nose, and face of the vehicle.” The upgraded model was given the celebration it deserved, complete with delicious food and drinks provided by Remo’s Catering and Giovanni’s Pizza and Pasta, and live music performed by a jazz trio. Rohrich Lexus also partnered with the Pittsburgh Social Exchange for the event, which Echevarria has been involved with since 2008. “We asked them to come out because of their influence in the community,” he says. “It was very fun and successful. They really helped create buzz on the new IS.” — K.C.
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WHIRL Shop Talk at SPLASH
Jean Ofiara, Cindy Schad
SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home made a splash, showing off its new and improved showroom in Cranberry to more than 150 guests during a combined open house and WHIRL Shop Talk event. Several new displays were recently added to the store’s kitchen and bath sections, and new additions have enhanced the tile and stone department, and door and cabinet hardware area. To properly celebrate the opening of the revamped space, SPLASH popped some bubbly and treated guests to light bites from Beyond Parsley Catering. Fresh coffee, prepared in a Miele espresso machine from Hillmon Appliance, was also served. Representatives from KOHLER and Rocky Mountain Hardware were on hand to mingle with guests and discuss their latest offerings. KOHLER demonstrated its state-of-the-art digital shower and bath products, while Rocky Mountain Hardware displayed new hardware for doors and cabinets in its fully outfitted mobile showroom. “Everyone had a great time, and it was really well attended,” says Beth Fay Lane, marketing director of SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home. “Everyone enjoyed getting out and seeing the actual products instead of looking at pictures.” — K.C.
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“Life After” Film Premiere ReceptioN
Molly Burke, Ben Saks, Laurie MacDonald, Fran Trimpey
Pittsburgh’s Center for Victims held the premiere of its short film documentary, “Life After,” at The Melwood Screening Room at Pittsburgh Filmmakers. “The purpose of this short documentary is to showcase and heighten awareness of Center for Victims and our programs and services,” says President & CEO Laurie MacDonald. “Our goal is to reach out to all victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, homicide, and other crimes so that they know help is available and how to connect with us.” A wine and cheese reception preceded the viewing, allowing the Center’s clients who are featured in the film the chance to meet and chat. The Center for Victims is the result of a groundbreaking merger between The Center for Victims of Violence and Crime and Womansplace, and recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Both organizations have been providing programs and services to crime victims for 38 years. Additional screenings of the film will be held in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and throughout 2013 and 2014. The film, narrated by Martin Sheen and produced by Ben Saks, can also be viewed on the organization’s website, cvvc.org. — K.C.
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Restaurants are winning prestigious awards, chefs are being featured in national publications, and new eateries are cropping up all the time. There are also events, fresh menus, wine tastings, and seasonal offerings to enjoy. Ready to try what’s new, and pile your plate high with delicious foodie fun? Then, dig into this month’s food news!
Turn the page to get the dish on this Dolsot Bi Bim Bap and the special farm fresh menu at Soba, on tap for September 16-19.
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Little Bites Check out our sampling special dinners, new menu items, and classes coming up in September. Indulge your inner sommelier throughout September during the French Wine Series at Dreadnought Wines, starting September 4 with a tasting class all about The Loire Valley. The Wine Tour de France continues September 11 with a taste of Southern Rhone wines, and wraps up on September 18 with a session focusing on wines from the South of France. For more information, visit dreadnoughtwines.com. September 16-19 brings the Chuseok Korean Harvest Festival to the newly remodeled Soba. Executive Chef Danielle Cain will be cooking up a variety of dishes celebrating seasonal, traditional flavors, including Dolsot Bi Bim Bap, pictured on the previous page. Says Cain, “[It] is a stone-heated bowl filled with jasmine rice — the rice around the edges gets crispy from the bowl — flank steak bulgogi, poached egg, kimchi, cucumber, pickled shiitake mushrooms, and toasted nori. The dish is served with goju jang.” For more information, visit sobapa.com. Oktoberfest officially begins on September 21, but we’re priming our palates early at Giant Eagle Market District at Settlers Ridge on September 6 during Beer Tasting: Shopper’s Escape, Oktoberfest. Join Chef Cory Miller as he shares his favorites from the store’s 700plus selection of specialty brews. Registration is $15. For more information, visit marketdistrict.com. Get psyched for the return of the Gobblerito at all Mad Mex locations on September 22. Fill up, preThanksgiving, on the turkey, corn, black bean, gravy, and cranberry sauce stuffed burrito and pair it with a delish featured marg. For more information, visit madmex.com.
Pittsburgh is overflowing with exciting eateries — so many that curious foodies may have trouble choosing just one place to eat! The Burgh Bits & Bites food tasting and historic walking tour has the solution, allowing Pittsburghers and tourists alike to sample goodies from a variety of restaurants and shops over the course of two hours. Burgh Bits & Bites originated with a tour of the Strip District, well known for its diverse eateries, specialty shops, and sidewalk vendors. Because of that tour’s instant popularity, the offerings have since expanded to Brookline, Dormont, Lawrenceville, and “Pittsburgh’s Little Italy” in Bloomfield. Sylvia McCoy, founder of Burgh Bits & Bites, hopes to provide participants a brief history of each neighborhood to accompany their specialty sampling of treats. “I think it’s very important that people leave with an overall appreciation of the neighborhood and its history,” she says, adding that this creates an enjoyable and enriching experience for both locals and tourists. Each tour can accommodate a maximum of 10 people, so McCoy recommends making reservations at least two weeks in advance. Tickets are $37 and include five to six tastings, which are substantial enough to replace a small meal. Eat up, yinz! Burgh Bits & Bites, 888.71.TICKET. burghfoodtour.com. — Katherine Christoff
Fresh Offerings Fall is filled with exciting news for Andrew’s Steak & Seafood at Rivers Casino. The restaurant, which will now be open for business seven days a week, has been honored with an Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator magazine. Restaurants given this title offer an interesting and diverse selection of 100 or more wines that are well-presented and thematically match the restaurant’s cuisine. Much of the credit for the Award of Excellence belongs to the restaurant’s sommelier, Jeffrey Dietz, who has strategically developed a selection of more than 230 wines with a particular focus on the California region. To complement the plethora of wine, Andrew’s plans to debut a new menu on the first day of fall, September 22. Two highlights from the seasonal menu include Hanger Steak with Braised Veal Cheek Agnolotti, Chard, Parmesan, and Balsamic Demi, and Pan-Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash Gnocchi, Sage, Pancetta, and Brown Butter. Andrew’s Steak & Seafood, 777 Casino Drive, North Shore. 412.231.7777. riverscasino.com. — Maria Vogel
Desk To Dinner: notion Refreshing Perspective By Andrea Bosco A “notion” by definition is a conception, a belief, or understanding of the nature of something. For Dave Racicot, it was a nonpareil noun to describe his 28-seat restaurant, new to South Highland Avenue. Adjacent to Spoon, notion is stacking new height to Pittsburgh’s ever-expanding foodscape. As chef and owner, Racicot had a vision for a modern American restaurant that could easily compete with the likes of those in Chicago and New York City. Prior to its reincarnation, notion breached for 18 months following a successful tenure in Oakmont. The mastermind behind each dexterous dish says, surprisingly, he still hasn’t figured out what inspires him. “Everything on the plate is important — the aesthetics,” he says. The Homer City native has no formal culinary training and discovered cooking “by accident,” but his talent is no mishap. He creates plates with whimsical colors and layers of lyric ingredients — each presentation intact with artful combinations and pure workmanship. Every crafted menu item brews among Racicot’s thoughts for at least a few months. “It’s a very long process,” he says. “I feel I have the obligation to use the best and most sustainable ingredients I can find.” With that, he presents beef tartare and rounds of iceberg, serving as
lettuce wraps. The tartare is topped with clear habanero gel, black fermented garlic, soy pearls, candied cilantro, kiwi, chopped peanuts, toasted sesame seeds, bulgogi Korean dressing, and basil seeds. Attentively, the restaurant’s two servers, precisely ironing crisp, white tablecloths for the evening’s reserved tables, chime in. “It’s a signature dish,” says Adam Graham, who helped with the locale’s launch, accompanied by Cory Diehl. Mid-photograph, Racicot laughs: “I call it the John Madden curse. Once a dish is photographed, I take it off the menu.” Though, due to its popularity, the tartare is here long-term. With impeccable service and a focus on the total guest experience, it’s difficult to disappoint at notion. Each day is a fresh start, which means seasonal ingredients, mindfully mixed for viewing and eating pleasure. “I’ve really found my niche,” says Graham. “I really enjoy being part of something that’s changing the food scene in Pittsburgh.” Open Tuesday through Sunday, from 6-10 p.m., dinner works like this: first course, with grains as one option; second course, fish; third course, meat; fourth course, dessert — all of which are on a fixedprice menu. Two chef’s tasting menus are also available in six- and eight-course versions. Additionally, with prior notice, Racicot says he’s happy to create a menu specific to a guest’s dietary needs. With its neutral-toned atmosphere, notion’s décor complements its detailed, fresh fare with unmatched flavor profiles, texture, and uniqueness. “As the city becomes more into food and fine dining, it’s great for us,” says Racicot. A modest man, Racicot admits it’s all pretty special, and we have to agree. notion restaurant, 128 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. 412.361.1188. notionrestaurant.com.
Feast your eyes on Racicot’s hand-crafted cheesecake, flushed with strawberry gelée pudding, diced strawberries, rose-infused whole wheat graham, basil seeds, Thai basil, and borage flowers.
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Cocktail Time! Handcrafted cocktails? Don’t mind if we do! New to Osteria 2350 is a collection of six specialty drinks, from the classic Bellini and Negroni cocktails to the inspired Salty Chihuahua — featuring tequila, lemonade, fresh lime, and a salted rim. Our personal favorite is the refreshing take on the vodka gimlet, into which Osteria bartenders are adding cucumber and basil for extra refreshment. Rounding out the collection are the Dark ‘n Stormy and the Chambord-and-citrus Lemonberry Martini. Cheers! Osteria 2350, 2350 Railroad St., Strip District. 412.281.6595. cioppinogroup.com.
Raise your glass to Restaurant ECHO, which has been awarded a 2013 Wine Spectator 2013 Award of Excellence. ECHO’s 40-person staff thrives on serving food that’s handmade and locally grown, and coinciding with their passion for food is the extensive wine list, stocking more than 170 options, ranging in price from $34 to $895 per bottle. “We believe wine and wine service complete the dining experience,” says executive chef and owner Brian Hammond. “Drinking wine is a completion of the act of tasting — of complimentary smells and textures and flavors, and a special note of sharing and being in the moment.” The Cranberry Township restaurant is one of 2,800 establishments worldwide to be commended with this honor. Restaurant ECHO, 1740 Route 228, Cranberry Township. 724.779.3246. restaurantecho.com. — Michelle Sebastian
Fairmont Pittsburgh Chef Concierge Mark Chambers recently received his Les Clefs d’Or membership, making him the only concierge in Pittsburgh and in the surrounding area, extending west all the way to Chicago, to achieve this prestigious honor. Members of Les Clefs d’Or, which translates to “the keys of gold,” work to ensure the highest standards of service for hotel guests internationally. “I have spent many years working towards by Les Clefs d’Or membership and am extremely proud to now be associated with this prestigious organization,” says Chambers. Be sure to say hello to the deserving concierge during your next visit! Fairmont Pittsburgh, 510 Market St., Downtown. 412.773.8800. fairmont.com/pittsburgh.
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Upcoming Events! Mark your calendar for three very tasty gatherings. By Ann Rooney
Travel through five floors of foodie fun at the Senator John Heinz History Center during the second annual HometownHomegrown event on September 7. The Heinz History Center and GoodTaste! Pittsburgh have partnered up to celebrate the city’s passion for food, inviting nearly 50 local vendors — including Uncle Charley’s Sausage and the Original Oyster House — to serve guests a wide variety of bites. Delicious history lessons detailing Pittsburgh’s tasty history will also fill the day, along with a recipe exchange and cooking demos, featuring special guests, such as WQED’s Chris Fennimore and Rick Sebak, along with presentations from local culinary experts representing Marty’s Market, Braddock’s American Brasserie, and more. Did we mention there’s set to be a “Pittsburgh’s Best Pierogi” contest? For tickets and more information, visit heinzhistorycenter.org.
Dine for a cause on September 15 at Flavors of Pittsburgh. The “Chefs of the Round Table”-themed event, which benefits the American Liver Foundation, will be held at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, not only supports a worthwhile mission, it also provides for an unforgettable dinning experience. Each table will be paired with a local chef, who will then prepare the multicourse meal tableside. Participating chefs include Kevin Watson of SAVOY, Anthony Zallo of Bigelow Grille, Chris Bonfili of Avenue B, and Chris Corimski of Girasole. Reserve your seat now for a certified culinary experience! For tickets and more information, visit go.liverfoundation.org.
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Love organic and locally grown produce? Want to support local farms and vendors? Then mark your calendar for September 22 when Grow Pittsburgh hosts its fourth annual fundraising event, A Taste of Grow Pittsburgh, at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts from 2-5 p.m. Join in supporting the urban agriculture nonprofit, and enjoy yummy samples served by a variety of restaurants that work with local vendors and urban farm sites. Guests will also enjoy live music and locally sourced beer and wine. Only 300 tickets are available — reserve your tickets now! For more information, visit growpittsburgh.org. whi r l m aga z i n e . co m
Coach Dad Family matters to Dick LeBeau, defensive coordinator and father figure for the Pittsburgh Steelers By Rachel Jones Photograph by Duane Rieder Produced by Christine Tumpson
Every Sunday, as part of our city’s sacred regimen, we gather with friends and family to watch the beloved Pittsburgh Steelers play. And every time our tough-as-steel defense takes the field, we see Dick LeBeau on the sidelines. Amongst all of the yelling, The action, The cheers, LeBeau watches his players — calmly, at peace with himself and the game. Even when the refs are as terrible as the golden towels swirling in the stands, the veteran coach remains composed and focused. He can elevate any experienced player and reign in any rookie. To call the Pro Football Hall of Famer “great” seems insignificant. Even “legend” doesn’t do him justice. Dick LeBeau is outstanding football.
he same low-key attitude we see during games is standing right next to me. It’s the first week of training camp at St. Vincent College, and the soft-spoken Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator is excited to be reunited with his players and introduced to a new crop of defensemen. “I always look forward to the beginning of the season and the beginning of training camp,” LeBeau says. “It’s like getting back in the laboratory. We’re trying to get the communication lines open and operating the way we need them to be in order for us to be successful. We’re up here together for 24 hours a day, and that environment really helps get that down.” As the players come together, LeBeau takes in his defense family and truly gets to know each individual. Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen says LeBeau welcomes each player with open arms, genuinely caring for each one. “We’ve been away for a long time,” Allen explains. “It’s not just, ‘Hey, how are you doing?’ He gives you a hug and asks about things going on in your life. It just goes to show how close the team is, and he’s the head of that.” That warm attitude is the reason most of the defense players call him “Coach Dad.” “All of us love him like he’s a father,” says Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel. “I really don’t think I would love the game or be as passionate about the game without his influence on my career. He’s kind of a father to us.” When I tell LeBeau that comment from Keisel, the 75-year-old smiles. “That’s nice of him to say that because he could say I was like a grandfather to him.” All jokes aside, LeBeau feels the players relate to and respect him this way because of his sincere passion for football. “No matter how old I am,” he explains, “they understand my sincerity.” Age is clearly just a number. The always high-energy and optimistic LeBeau keeps the defense on their toes, especially their first time with the team. Fourth-round draft pick Shamarko Thomas says he is excited to be able to work with someone who is “the best of both worlds,” as LeBeau knows the ropes when it comes to both coaching and playing. “It’s a great experience working with a Hall of Famer,” the Pittsburgh Steelers safety says. “It’s kind of hard, though, because he’s a smart guy. Some of his schemes are hard, as a rookie.” But what else would you expect from the creator of the zone blitz? On the other end of the scale, Keisel has been with LeBeau since his third year playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Heading into his 12th season, the defensive captain has been able to improve his skills through the stability of his coaching staff. “I’ve been so fortunate because I’ve been with Coach since ‘04,” Keisel says. “It’s really rare to have that experience where you’re together for so long in this business. He’s been able to watch me and others grow up and turn into good, professional, productive players, and a lot of that has to do with him [and Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell]’s influence.” Over the years, rules of the game have changed remarkably, but the coaching philosophy and principles LeBeau has had since the beginning haven’t wavered. Neither has the concrete concept of how defense works. “Basically, defense is finding the ball and getting whoever got it on the ground,” LeBeau says. “That’s never going to change.” The humble LeBeau says Pittsburgh’s reputation for having a dynamic defense is due to the players, like Keisel. “I just have the privilege of coaching these guys.” And the team lives up to the world’s expectations by meeting LeBeau’s standards first. Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Ziggy Hood says LeBeau always tells stories and gives words of encouragement to keep the players motivated. “He doesn’t have to do all of the yelling and cussing like some coaches do,” Hood says. “You know he demands perfection out of you, and that’s the key.”
One of the ways LeBeau says he shares his positive attitude is by saying, “It’s a great day to be alive,” at the start of every morning meeting. “I’m not going to have to die to realize that. I realize it already. It’s mostly because of the people I have the privilege of working with along the way. These guys are great. Along the way, we got to have some pretty good times. I’ve kind of been the caboose on the train. It’s been a great ride.” With that last sentence, the subtle twang in LeBeau’s voice starts to crack, and WHIRL Editor in Chief Christine Tumpson and I are taken aback. “Why does that make you emotional?” she asks. “I’m a pretty low-key guy, but I have emotions, and I’m not afraid to show it,” LeBeau says, his light eyes meeting ours. “It’s my life’s work.” Throughout his life, LeBeau has done more than just work. He has touched the lives of coaches, players, and fans across the nation. From his success as an Ohio State Buckeye, to his triumphs as a Detroit Lion, to his legacy as a Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator, LeBeau’s net has been cast wide and made a significant impact on the world of football. But the lessons he continues to teach are more than the strategies scribbled on his clipboard. They are about living your best life possible, knowing that every day is a great day to be alive, and valuing the connections you make with everyone in your life. “The one-on-one relationships that you build with people over the years through football are unlike any other business, I think,” LeBeau says. “I feel truly blessed to be able to do it for the length of time that I’ve been able to.” And the “sons” he has raised over the years are just as grateful for the experience. “I think the players understand that coaches are very ambitious,” LeBeau says. “I think the players know that I’m coaching here because it’s the job I want. I’m not looking for the next job. They are my life, and this is my life.” Pittsburgh Steelers, steelers.com.
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The Defense Weighs in...
We asked four members of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense why they admire Dick LeBeau
“Honestly, [having LeBeau as a coach] has been the greatest experience in my life. The energy he brings to work every day resonates through all of us.” — Brett Keisel, Defensive End
“He’s a pops to everybody. Every day he comes in and says, ‘It’s a great day to be alive.’ Being coached by a Hall of Famer like that is a blessing. It can’t get any better than that.” — Shamarko Thomas, Safety
“He’s not just an older coach out there; he’s a coach with a lot of knowledge and wisdom to share. He’s been playing for so long, not to mention he’s been coaching for a long time. He’s a real cool cat. When you have that attitude in a coach, it goes a long way with the players.” — Ziggy Hood, Defensive End
“He’s an extremely great coach. The best coach I’ve ever had; When you’re working with him, you can tell that he really cares about you as a person, not just a player. You don’t see that a lot — or enough — in professional football. It’s fun to play for a guy like that, who you know genuinely cares about you.” — Cortez Allen, Cornerback
Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, from Karl Roser/Pittsrbugh Steelers.
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We took in as much action as we could at this yearâ€™s Pittsburgh Steelers training camp sessions. Now, weâ€™re psyched to see the team put their practice to work during the regular season. Check out a few of our favorite shots. Here we go! (1.) Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2.) The toughas-steel defense is ready to go (3.) Tight End Matt Spaeth (4.) Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery (5.) Defensive Ends Cameron Heyward, Ziggy Hood, and Nicholas Williams (6.) Fans spill onto the lawn to watch practice (7.) Center Maurkice Pouncey
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The power of 21 Mysterious and meaningful stories surround Roberto Clemente and his signature number Ââ€” we explore how his legacy lives on By Andrea Bosco Photograph from The Clemente Museum/Duane Rieder
t was 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, 1972. The day was short, dark, and high-spirited. For three days, generous hearts and beloved baseball fans scoured their pantries and nearby grocery stores to contribute to a philanthropic mission they would never forget. Number 21, The Great One, Roberto Clemente called for action after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Managua, Nicaragua’s capital. For Tom Walker, a 23-yearold rookie from Florida, it was an afternoon of admiration. Walker, the father of Pittsburgh Pirates standout Neil Walker, recounts what happened next: “Over three days, thousands upon thousands of people showed up to Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan with goods,” his voice shakes. “We managed to get it all to the airport. Two, young, strong Puerto Rican men loaded the plane. I was in the best shape I had ever been in and did a lot of work myself. Roberto’s friend owned the aircraft. His friend’s brother was the co-pilot. The plane had a history of problems and was supposed to leave at 2 p.m. While we were loading the plane, it was shut down and being repaired. Whoever repaired the plane said it was repaired. It was 5 p.m. I walked up to Roberto and said I wanted to help. I was single — what else did I have to do other than party with my teammates? He walked up the ramp of the plane, looked down, and said, ‘No, no, no. You go home and party,’ in Spanish. There was no additional room on the plane. I turned around and said goodbye. Not for a moment in my life did I ever think that would be the last time I would see Roberto.” While en route to deliver aid, the plane went down. Clemente, 38, and four others never made it to Nicaragua. “He did anything for anybody that needed help, and it actually cost him his life,” says Walker. The two baseball brothers had a bond. And shared names. Tom’s given name, Robert. Clemente’s full name, Roberto Clemente Walker, comprises 21 letters and was the foundation for his jersey number. He was raised with his mother Luisa’s maiden name following his father’s, as per Puerto Rican culture. Now, star second baseman, Neil runs onto the field every game day with The Clemente Wall along right field directly in his line of sight. Coincidence or fate? “I don’t think a day goes by that Neil doesn’t think, ‘If my dad got on that airplane, he wouldn’t be my dad,’” says Walker. With that said, the mystique continues. This year’s Pittsburgh Pirates are well on their way to October. For 20 consecutive seasons, our beloved Buccos have endured losing records, but this season — the 21st — could be the one. Twenty-one, the number that lives on to represent one of the greatest humanitarians in the world and one of the best players to ever play the game. Conceivably, the handwriting is on the wall and Clemente’s son, Clemente, Jr., feels it too. “It’s amazing how mystical that number is in our life as a family and for me personally,” he says. “If they stop the streak this year, we’ll really be part of something special.” The titillating game of baseball is not a sport to discount when it comes to prophecy through higher being, and, in many cases, superstition. “I don’t discount anything in baseball or the baseball gods,” says Walker. “There have been so many strange things that have occurred.” When you ask Clemente, Jr. about unplanned instances, he says: “That’s Dad.” For example, few months ago, he and his wife, Melissa — divorcée of the late Los Angeles Dodger Jose Lima, Sr. — visited Pittsburgh to present the first scholarship endowment in his father’s name at Duquesne University. Clemente, Jr. fortuitously crossed paths with Andrew McCutchen on his father’s namesake bridge during our June cover shoot. It was by happenstance. They exchanged conversation, phone numbers, and Cutch told us Clemente has always been one of his heroes. That night,
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The fourth annual Clemente Museum Fundraiser will be held on September 19. To purchase tickets, visit clementemuseum.com.
McCutchen hit a double and the Pirates rocked the Seattle Mariners, 4-1. Sports photographer, and owner, curator, and executive director of The Clemente Museum, Duane Rieder says, “Clemente lived the way he died. He died helping — he gave up his whole life for other people.” Rieder tells us Clemente felt God had a plan for him. “He dreamt of himself dying in a plane crash,” he says. “He made sure his best friends were with Vera and the kids on the night of New Year’s Eve.” Each year, Rieder hosts a fundraiser in No. 21’s honor. This year, it will be held on September 19. From 6-9 p.m., hors d’oeuvres and Enginehouse 25 Wines will be served among the archives. A VIP gathering with Rieder, the Clemente family, local sports legends, and Pirates alumni will start at 5:30 p.m. And, a wing for Manny Sanguillen, Clemente’s best friend, will be unveiled. Clemente, Jr. says he forever visualizes his father as the young man he was. Clemente, Jr. is a father of three, a grandfather, and now Dad to Jose Lima, Jr., 15, and Preston Lima, 6. In fact, Preston was born on September 30, the momentous day Clemente, Sr. batted his 3,000th and final hit. Stories such as these, and others never disclosed, are featured in the family’s first published pages, “Clemente: The True Legacy of an Undying Hero,” which will grace bookstores on September 24. “We wanted to share an inside look from the family celebrating Dad’s accomplishments in such a short time,” says Clemente, Jr. The day he died and years thereafter, the island of Puerto Rico went into mourning. “You couldn’t see a car without a white handkerchief or a white veil tied to the antennae,” says Walker. “Everything was focused on his death.” Today, his legacy lives on through Clemente, Jr.; Vera, Luis, and Ricky Clemente; Tom and Neil Walker; Rieder; and every fan who sports a Clemente jersey or shirt at PNC Park. “The aura of Roberto Clemente still being part of the club is absolutely there,” says Walker. “It doesn’t go away and it’s not going to go away.” The ever-gracious Hall of Famer touched the City of Pittsburgh, the people of Puerto Rico, others worldwide, everyone he knew, and those, like me, who’ve always revered the young photos representing the svelte, lion-hearted ball player. So as our current superstars take the field each night, let’s cheer them on with 21 in mind. The season is here. The time is now. And, as we’ve been shown, truth speaks to the phrase there is power in numbers. Pittsburgh Pirates, pirates.com. Roberto Clemente Foundation, robertos-kids.org. The Clemente Museum, clementemuseum.com.
“I was always in awe of the man. He always treated me like a superstar, but I wasn’t even a twinkle,” says Tom Walker, on friend, Clemente.
Our sources: Tom Walker, Roberto Clemente, Jr., and Duane Rieder. whirlmagazine.com
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Applying to colleges can be a daunting task — for students and their parents. Seeking guidance, we consulted local college admissions counselors and enrollment experts. Study up on their valuable advice. By Rachel Jones
s a student, preparing for the future can be an overwhelming decision. But with the right tools and mindset, it can be an empowering process. Dr. Helane Linzer, founder of IvyMaven and member of the Higher Education Consultants Association, works individually with gifted students who are applying to colleges. “I start working with students at whatever point families realize applying is complicated and best accomplished with a plan,” Linzer says. “It often seems too early, until it’s too late.” As a parent, it might be hard to take a step back and not get too involved at such a crucial moment. “This process is the first important life decision for many students,” Linzer says. “The best way for parents to help is to be supportive and encouraging in the background, but increasingly let the teen take ownership. Trust your child to be able to do this.” Before researching colleges, students need to look at who they are to get a sense of what schools and study area will be the best fit. Linzer says teens need to consider their interests and talents; participating in activities in those areas will help. But pinpointing an interest you can commit to is not an easy thing to do. “Students are afraid if they don’t know their major by 17,” Linzer says. “Apply to schools that will give a solid education, and you will discover an area that’s right for you.” With nearly 2,400 four-year colleges in the U.S., the options can feel overwhelming. Just remember that schools should be chosen not solely because the student can get in, but because it represents a good fit overall. “Don’t worry too much about the decal going on the back of
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the family car,” Linzer says. “There are many great colleges, not just the ones that roll off the tip of your tongue.” If students have a college they’re considering, they should do as much research as they can and schedule a campus visit. Linzer says this gets a film going in the student’s head of what it might be like to attend that college. If they can see themselves starring in that film, this is a school to apply to. It may be intimidating, but talking to current students and professors can also provide more insight. Once a collection of colleges has made it to the favorites category, it’s time to work on that application. Essays can be tricky, as teens negotiate how to best convey their leadership qualities, talents, work ethic, etc. “Students are afraid that what they want to say will sound cliche, but we all learn the same life lessons,” Linzer says. “We learn them different ways, though, so be specific and tell a story only you can tell.” Hint: pretending to be the application officer who will read the essay is a great way to make sure all of the bases are covered. “Even the ‘big name schools’ love seeing students who had an authentic teenage experience and can communicate that well,” Linzer adds. “They don’t necessarily want someone who spent high school as a mini-adult.” We know it seems like applying and getting into colleges is the biggest thing on the table, but the true goal is to find a future that fits with the students’ aspirations. “I really think it’s important to see beyond the psychological horizon of the name of the school and getting in,” Linzer says. “It helps to envision your future beyond acceptance.” IvyMaven, 412.421.1208. ivymaven.com. whirlmagazine.com
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Campus size: 15 acres in Oakland, branch campuses in Greensburg and Cranberry
Average tuition: $24,028 per year popular majors: Criminal justice, psychology, accounting, graphic and communication design, interior design, management, and education Upcoming events: Open House on November 9 Also: Campus visits are offered daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and on select Saturdays each month
Average tuition: $25,416 per year Popular major: Nursing Upcoming event: Graduate Open House on September 19, Undergraduate Saturday Tour on September 28 Carlow University, 3333 Fifth Ave., Oakland. 800.333.2275. carlow.edu.
La Roche College, 9000 Babcock Blvd., McCandless. 412.367.9300. laroche.edu.
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Seton Hill University
students: 3,599 majors offered: Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.), Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.), Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D), M.S. in medical education, M.S. in biomedical science, and health science post baccalaureate Campuses: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pa., LECOM at Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pa., and LECOM Bradenton in Bradenton, Fla. Average tuition: $30,750 for D.O., $24,500 for Pharm.D, $48,000 for D.M.D Upcoming event: Open House for Prospective Students on November 8 at Erie and Seton Hill campuses Also: LECOM has one of the lowest tuition rates for medical schools in the U.S. and offers $3 million in scholarships each year. LECOM, 1858 W. Grandview Blvd., Erie. 814.866.6641. LECOM at Seton Hill, 20 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg. 724.552.2880. LECOM Bradenton, 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, Fla. 941.756.0690. LECOM.edu.
Robert Morris University students: 5,500 majors offered: 60 undergraduate programs of study and 20 graduate programs of study campus Size: 230 acres Average tuition: $25,095 per year
majors offered: More than 80 undergraduate programs, 16 graduate programs, and many advanced certifications campus Size: 200-acre main hilltop campus, plus adjacent downtown Greensburg, Pa., campus Average tuition: $15,150 per semester (undergraduate) popular majors: Biology, business, education Upcoming event: Fall Open House on October 20
Also: Within one year of graduation, 93 percent of students are working or attending graduate school.
Also: Through the FastForward Bachelor’s to Master’s Program, students can earn their undergraduate degree and their master’s in only five years. Plus, every full-time student receives an iPad mini, and every full-time freshman is provided a MacBook air laptop!
Robert Morris University, 6001 University Blvd., Moon. 800.762.0097. rmu.edu.
Seton Hill University, 1 Seton Hill Drive, Greensburg. 800.826.6234. setonhill.edu.
Upcoming events: Freshmen Open House on October 12 and November 9
Photographs from La Roche, Carlow University, LECOM, Robert Morris University, and Seton Hill University.
Expert Tips Stephanie A. Demalon, assistant director of admissions at Carlow University, says: “Gather as much information as possible, and begin paring down the schools as quickly as possible, so the student does not feel overwhelmed. Make the decision early, if possible, then begin to focus on making a smooth transition to the post-secondary institution.” Sue Winstel, director of admissions at Carlow University, says: “Students need to consider several factors: the class size they feel most comfortable with, the location, the academic programs offered, and the cost. Many private colleges and universities have more scholarship and institutional grant opportunities available.” Brady Butler, director of marketing and media relations at La Roche College, says: “Visit several campuses to decide which is the right one for your needs. While visiting, be sure to take a tour, shadow a class, and meet with a professor in your major of interest.” “Although the deadline for FASFA [the Free Application for Federal Student Aid] is May 1, complete it early in February. Take the SAT or ACT in your junior year, in case you need to take it again your senior year.” Kathy Zboyovski, admissions recruiter at LECOM, says: “Students should meet with their school guidance counselor to discuss career opportunities.” “Students who are interested in becoming physicians, pharmacists, or dentists should be taking math and science courses, especially bioscience. They should participate in leadership and community service opportunities in the health and social services fields, and shadow health care professionals.” Kellie Laurenzi, dean of admissions at Robert Morris University, says: “Use the many resources available to you to find schools that match your academic, career, and social interests. Create a ‘shopping list’ of items you want or need to have in your college experience.” “Continue to take a challenging academic course load, work hard in school, and prepare for college entrance exams. This will give you the best chance for success in gaining admission to your top schools and for scholarship consideration.” Michael Poll, vice president of enrollment management at Seton Hill University, says: “Do your research, and go with your instincts. There is so much information and misinformation available. Don’t get overwhelmed, stick to the fundamentals, and make a wellinformed decision.” Ashley Josay, director of undergraduate admissions at Seton Hill University, says: “Make sure to share as much information as possible on your application. It’s important to provide details about all of the clubs and activities you participate in because there may be opportunities to secure special scholarships related to leadership and community service.” whirlmagazine.com
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Fall fashions are arriving fast and fierce at boutiques all around town, and we’ve gathered the top trends. Find your favorites, from head to toe, in our lookbook of all things trendy for autumn. It starts on page 82. For the fellas, we have sartorial ideas direct from a master clothier, including the finest fabrics, the sharpest cuts, and the shade of suit you must wear this season. Get the details on page 86. It’s time to turn over a new leaf! Photograph from Kristi Boutique/360 Cashmere.
When it comes to fall fashion trends, “Black is the new black,” says Kristi Moss, owner of Kristi Boutique. “This 360 Cashmere cape, $398, is the perfect fall piece to embrace this trend. An investment piece that never goes out of style, [and]is cozy, comfy, and on trend.” Find more fall fashion trends on page 82!
Attilio Giusti Leombruni “Luxe Tie” Oxford in “Lumiere Gold.”
What’s hot for feet this season? “Man-tailored” footwear! Jill Rubinstein, owner of Footloose Shadyside, says that maleinspired styles are the latest trend in footwear for females. Says Rubinstein of the shoe seen here: “Attilio Giusti Leombruni/AGL Italian Shoes takes a step on the edge with its burnished gold oxford accented by a contrast stitching detail.” That’s some fine footwear! Footloose Shadyside, 736 Bellefonte St., Shadyside. 412.687.3363. footlooseshadyside.com.
Beauty Begins Here Le Lift is the latest line to debut from CHANEL, and c’est très magnifique! The arrival of the skincare line coincides with the launch of CHANEL’s Where Beauty Begins campaign, featuring the new face of CHANEL Skincare, the ever-radiant Diane Kruger. Where Beauty Begins encourages each woman to embrace her unique self. “I think that feeling good about yourself is one of the most precious beauty secrets,” says Kruger. “The CHANEL cosmetics philosophy develops an art: that of revealing each woman’s unique features and unveiling what each woman chooses to be. The skincare products are focused on sensorial pleasure — the desire to care for your skin with no constraints — without emphasizing the scientific feats.” Le Lift, an antiwrinkle cream, comes in three customized textures, ranging from Fine to Riche, and all work to restore skin to its optimal firmness. Starting in September, Le Lift can be found at department and specialty stores, including Nordstrom at Ross Park Mall and Macy’s, and on chanel.com.
Exciting Addition Calling all H&M aficionados! The fashionforward retailer is set to open a new, 18,000-square-foot store at Tanger Outlets in Washington, Pa. Debuting in the spring, the new space will feature fashionable and affordable collections for men, women, and children. Shoppers will also enjoy H&M’s “store within store” concept areas, focusing on lingerie and trendy accessories. Shop on! Tanger Outlets, 220 Tanger Blvd., Washington. tangeroutlet.com/pittsburgh. H&M, hm.com. — Michelle Sebastian Photographs from Footloose Shadyside, CHANEL, H&M.
On the Move MoZaic Boutique in Bridgeville is moving! The fashion-meetsart retailer will reopen its doors in early September in a “new, fabulous, bigger, and better space” in Collier Town Square, says owner Nancy Gilmore. The new digs, located just two miles from the previous store, will be decked out, offering increased inventory and more opportunities for socializing, thanks to shopping events such as happy hours and themed parties. “MoZaic is a boutique that mixes fashion with fabulous artistic accessories — we really want to expand that and do great things with it,” says Gilmore, of her store, which has been in business for five years. “This move is something I’ve been considering for a while, and it was really meant to be.” MoZaic Boutique, 1597 Washington Pike, Bridgeville. 412.319.7483. mozaicboutique.com. — M.S.
Gorgeous Gems We can’t wait to peruse the new styles from Vianna Brasil Jewelry, debuting exclusively at Henne Jewelers this fall. This collection is inspired by the colors, shapes, art, and culture of Brazil, and incorporates geometric shapes and unexpected color combinations to create a singularly special style. The use of genuine gemstones, including blue and green topaz, amethyst, citrine, tourmalines, and morganite, contribute to the brand’s defining character — combining standout settings, and a combination of fancy and traditionally cut gems. We love that it’s the kind of jewelry that’s wearable for the everyday and the exceptional. Henne Jewelers, 5501 Walnut St., Shadyside. 412.682.0226. hennejewelers.com.
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Awesome Arrival We are in awe of this new arrival to Joden World Resources — an extraordinary necklace crafted by the legendary Carlo Giuliano, favored jeweler to Queen Victoria. The necklace, circa the 1800s, features a combination of diamonds, natural pearls, and Giuliano’s famous enamel work. The pendant portion is removable and can be worn as a brooch, while the necklace can be worn alone as a simple chain. Joden World Resources, 144 S. Broad St., Grove City. 724.458.1111. joden.com. Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, from Henne Jewelers, Joden World Resources.
Jackie Sorrenti, owner of the North Hills women’s golf apparel and equipment store Gals On and Off the Green, is pleased to announce two exciting pieces of news — a new store and a new charitable endeavor! First up is the opening of a second location in Chevy Chase, Md. The expansion speaks to the store’s success in “helping women look and feel better about themselves, one ‘gal’ at a time,” says Sorrenti. Also new is the GALS Scholarship Foundation, established to help the educational endeavors of women of all ages and backgrounds who are active in golf. GALS, which in this case stands for “Growing, Achieving, Learning, and Succeeding,” will award scholarships each year, with the goal of “help[ing] women better themselves through improved education and life skills,” says Sorrenti. Gals On and Off the Green, 7440 McKnight Road, North Hills. 412.630.8808. galsonandoffthegreen.com. whirlmagazine.com
Upgrade your hair care arsenal at Sognatore Salon & Spa, now carrying the Kérastase Couture Styling line, a new collection of luxury styling products that promise “long-lasting functional hold” and “absolute freedom of motion.” Formulated like skincare products, a simple spritz or spray infuses hair with a light and lovely feminine fragrance. A few favorites include Mousse Bouffante, which builds volume with a flexible hold; Laque Couture, a micromist fixing hairspray; and Spray à Porter, ideal for styling “second day” hair. Here’s to more good hair days! Sognatore Salon & Spa, 1100 Liberty Ave., Suite 1017. 412.391.1181. sognatoresalon.com.
Beautiful Bottoms Pajamas Style doesn’t have to stop when it’s time to go to sleep. We’ve found a way to be fashionable 24/7 with these luxurious Beautiful Bottoms Pajama Sets, available locally at byLangley. The soft, silky tops and bottoms are lovely for lounging and luxurious for sleeping. Whether you fancy florals or pretty paisley, we guarantee a good night’s sleep! $259 per set. byLangley, bylangley.com.
Fame-Worthy Fashion The Pittsburgh Fashion Hall of Fame has announced its 2013 inductees! These style stars will be honored with a luncheon on September 29 at the Omni William Penn Hotel during this year’s Pittsburgh Fashion Week. The inductees have been chosen thanks to their “unique, outstanding, and long-term contribution to fashion, style, and beauty in Southwestern Pennsylvania.” This year’s honorees are Michael Barone, creative director of MODA Men’s Fashions; Jean Bryant, retired journalist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and founder of “Miss Black Teenage Program” and “Mr. African American Programs”; Tom Julian, fashion expert and author of “Nordstrom’s Guide to Men’s Style”; Debbie Norrell, lifestyle editor for the New Pittsburgh Courier; e.b. Pepper, owner of e.b. Pepper; and Marianne Skiba, Emmy Award-winning celebrity makeup artist. The Exceptional Artist Award will be given to Jacqueline Capatolla, owner of Jacqueline’s Salon and the author of “Shear Dreams.” For tickets and more information, visit pittsburghfashionweek.com. — M.S.
Fine Felt The Songbird Sanctuary is now offering fabulous felted goodies — including hand-felted olive oil herbal soaps, coordinating kiln-formed glass soap dishes, and a trio of beautiful bangles, shown here. “We are so excited to carry these unique new products!” says owner Janet Bronder. The Bliss Bangles are “whisper light, ultra comfortable, asymmetrical, artistic, and eco-friendly! Made with traditional wet felting methods, Bliss Bangles contain silk, bamboo, and super-soft merino wool with upcycled, mismatched vintage or shell buttons.” Snag a wearable piece of art! $42 each. The Songbird Sanctuary, 311 Freeport Road, Blawnox. 412.828.5393. thesongbirdsanctuary.com.
Photographs by Nicole Burkhardt, from VPR NYC, Songbird Sanctuary.
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Best Dressed: Keep It Light
We like the breezy quality shared by these lightweight summer styles. A neutral sheath pumped up with hot pink cosmetics, a flirty frock with cutout details at the bodice, a minty fresh dress and shoes, and a summery, sky blue maxi are the looks that are inspiring our wardrobes this month.
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Kelly Beckadic, owner and founder of Be Pure Organic Salon & Boutique, likens her fashion sense to her hairstyle — always changing, fresh, and fun to play around with. Despite that lighthearted take on her outward appearance, she is serious about the products she uses — eco-friendly and good for our health — and the places she shops — it’s all about supporting companies that not only sell quality items, but do good, too. Her sunny, airy Lawrenceville salon is centered around the belief that we are all in charge of being our best selves and giving back to the world around us. Choosing organic and natural haircare offerings is just one way to do that. Beckadic’s style is also practical. “The number of hours I’ll be spending behind the chair, which is where I love to be, can determine the height of my heel and look of the day.” If you were wondering, Beckadic promptly changed out of the killer pumps she’s pictured in here before beginning her work day.
personal style: “Generally eclectic. My style, just like fashion, is forever changing. I can go from lululemon for a 6 a.m. hot yoga class, to jeans and a tee during the day, to a little black dress for evening.”
style icons: “[I have] lots of inspirations — no one person in particular. I love Jessica Alba’s direction with her new organic products [The Honest Company]. I’m inspired by people trying to create positive change. As far as fashion inspiration — Carrie Bradshaw. Classic. She was just never afraid to take a wardrobe risk!”
favorite places to shop: “I love to shop! Everywhere and anywhere! But it’s always a mission to find a good deal. As a small business owner, I always try to support smaller local businesses, and Pittsburgh has tons of great shops and boutiques. I love to see more companies that are socially responsible, or that support worthy social causes, become so successful, like TOMS Shoes and FEED USA [Editor’s note: Kelly is wearing a FEED USA for Target necklace in this photo!]. Buying something that you love and knowing that your purchase is helping someone else in the world is pretty awesome, and also helps with any buyer’s remorse.”
wardrobe essentials: “Hands down: good hair! By far, it’s the No. 1 accessory. Whether it’s up, down, straight, curly, long, or short, it’s a must! At Be Pure Organic Salon, we believe in creating good hair through the use of high quality, non-toxic, natural, and organic products.”
a few of her favorite things: (1) I ntelligent Nutrients Harmonic PureLuxe Shampoo and Conditioner.
Upgrade your hair care with these certified organic health and beauty products. The founder of this company proclaims, “Everything that we put in our bodies must be nutritious and safe,” a belief echoed by Beckadic. Other products offerings at the salon include KeraGreen by LBD, Yarok, and Organic Salon Systems.
(2) A little black dress, of course! But note the trendy, modern detailing. Be Pure Organic Salon & Boutique, 5210 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.968.9100. bepuresalon.com.
Beckadic can go from day to evening in a dress like this.
Style 101 By Nicole Barley
Consider this your fashion refresher course for fall The time has come to study up on can’t-miss styles for the new season. We’ve picked plenty of pieces that can either pep up your existing options or stand alone to show off your signature style. There are black basics, vibrant green accessories, and striking jackets — all bedecked with tactile detailing, like leather and faux fur. Find what’s new, and what suits you, right here. Details in WHIRL Directory, page 126.
Mad for Plaid Michele Czerwinski of Grove City Premium Outlets points us to all things preppy and plaid — perfect for back to school — from argyle socks to sweater and blazer combos.
Brooks Brothers Blazers, $269.50, Sweaters and Collared Shirts, $69.50-$89.50, Brooks Brothers at Grove City Premium Outlets.
Photographs by Cayla Zahoran.
Ivan Grundahl Black Wool “Villa” Cape, $460, PAMAR. Bailey 44 Leather Trim Dress, $211, e.b. Pepper.
My Tribe Flared Dress with Leather Detailing, $198, One Brilliant.
Black is Back Rock black from head to toe, and up the edge factor with leather-trimmed pieces.
Sanctuary Vegan Leather Sleeve Sweater, $98, Kristi Boutique.
EMY MACK “Erin” Boot in Black Suede with Gold Wrap Zipper, $730, EMY MACK Shoes.
Double D Ranch “Earth Spirit” Velvet Tunic, $549, Roberta Weissburg Leathers.
Samuel Dong Jacket, $178, and Leggings, $78, One Brilliant.
My Tribe Moto Leather Trim Stretch Pants, $198, e.b. Pepper. EMY MACK “Elizabeth” Bootie in Black Nappa with Studded Cap Toe, $680, EMY MACK Shoes. Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, from Double D Ranch, Kristi Boutique, Saumel Dong.
The Statement Jacket
Whether it’s the jacket-as-dress trend touted by One Brilliant owner Erica Miller, or a cozy number with a faux fur collar, now is the time to invest in a warm and fabulously stylish option. Animal print, you’ll note, never goes out of style.
Kate Spade “Trina” Fur Collar Jacket, $648, Kate Spade New York at Ross Park Mall. Worth New York Camel and Black Leopard Faux Fur Coat, $758, Worth New York.
Kate Spade “Briella” Fur Collar Coat, $798, Kate Spade New York at Ross Park Mall.
Dolce Cabo Jacket, $298, One Brilliant. Double D Ranch “Talisman” Jacket, $1,650, Roberta Weissburg Leathers.
Cora DeLoia, co-owner of Spoiled Chics the Boutique, tells us that Pantone’s Color of the Year — emerald — is still going strong in the realm of accessories. Check out these richly hued handbags and a few of our other green faves.
Worth New York Evergreen Skin Jacquard Belted Jacket, $698, Worth New York.
SR Squared Satchel, $95, Spoiled Chics the Boutique.
Nakamol of Chicago Beaded Necklace, $98, One Brilliant.
SR Squared Satchel, $115, Spoiled Chics the Boutique.
Photographs from Kate Spade New York, Worth New York, Dolce Cabo, Double D Ranch, Spoiled Chics the Boutique.
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Men’s fashions for fall, as curated by Master Clothier Amy Baron Brourman, are exquisite, functional, and bespoken
By Nicole Barley Photographs by Cayla Zahoran “Bespoke” means made to order, and that’s exactly what Amy Baron Brourman, founder and master clothier of Samuel Baron Clothiers, does for her clients. Each garment she creates is constructed following a consultation, which includes a 34-point measurement profile and a discussion about desired details, fabrics, and colors, as well as what’s in the client’s existing wardrobe, lifestyle needs, and budget. Items are completed and delivered within four to six weeks, and the results are stunning — the fit is impeccable, the fabrics luxurious, and the detailing both eye-catching and functional. “I work closely with all of my clients to listen carefully to their needs and ideas, and present all of the options, from fabric selections to
fit. I speak with them to have a clear vision of their occasions and climate that they would like to wear the suit in to ensure that I guide them towards the correct weave and weight of the fabric that will perform best,” she says. Peruse the latest offerings — which include custom belts, ties, shoes, cashmere sweaters for men (and women!), and suiting — for fall. Says Baron Brourman, “The trend is toward bright vivid colors in corduroy trousers matched with solid and fancy check jackets in cashmere. This is a look that can be dressed up with woolen ties or dressed down with an open-neck shirt and jeans. The aesthetic is casual, but chic.” It’s time to be the bespoken man you were meant to be. Jackets starting at $675. Tuxedos starting at $950. Suits starting at $925. Samuel Baron Clothiers, 412.401.5841. samuelbaronclothiers.com.
This lightweight, cashmere-wool blend jacket features a red, cream, and chocolate-brown check pattern. Baron Brourman highlights fabrics from Scabal, Zegna, Dormeuil, and Gladson as on-target for this season’s styles. She suggests pairing a jacket like this with jeans, cords, or wool trousers.
Amy’s Top Picks for Fall Did you know? The term “bespoken” is “derived from an expression used on Savile Row that tailors used with their clients after their cloth was chosen. It was said ‘to be spoken for,’” says Baron Brourman.
“Cranberry is one of the top colors for spring and summer that is being transitioned into fall as well,” says Baron Brourman. This jacket pairs well with these trousers.
The blue and black check of this novelty jacket is highlighted with royal blue contrast stitching on the buttonholes. The fresh fall look, featuring “Cashasilk,” a silk and Mongolian cashmere blend material by Dormeuil Luxury Cloth, is highlighted by unstructured shoulders, a look that’s becoming increasingly popular in the U.S. Consider a jacket like this for a casual Friday or after-work style.
“Kissing” buttons are a favorite facet of Baron Brourman’s. She suggests unbuttoning the first two buttons on the cuff, which shows that the buttons are functional, a detail that is rarely available on offthe-rack items.
Pants for Pairing: Baron Brourman suggests pairing jackets like these with bright cashmere corduroy trousers. Fall-appropriate shades include red, purple, gold, and blue. Baron Brourman utilizes fabric by Scabal, which is a 92-percent cotton/8-percent cashmere blend.
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Sewickley is one of Pittsburgh’s liveliest, friendliest neighborhoods, centered around a population of people and businesses that support exciting events. “Sewickley is a great community for strolling,” says Doug Alpern, owner of Village Candy. “There are so many unique shops and restaurants — not the cookie-cutter stores. It’s a very family-oriented community.” These small businesses are making a huge impact. Use this guide to get the most out of Sewickley today!
Après This new boutique offers the best of all different styles, truly embodying the phrases “boy meets girl,” “night meets day,” and “chic meets casual.” Its tailored selection includes new fall arrivals, including boots from Uruguayan designer Candela — which are hand-embroidered from Spain — and suede booties from Humanoid. Preppy pieces from KULE will also make perfect additions to any fall wardrobe. Welcome the boutique to Sewickley at the grand opening party on September 6 at 5 p.m. Giveaways from Après and CHANEL cosmetics will serve as the ultimate party favors. Après, 422 Broad St., Sewickley. apresonline.com.
Clearly Pilates Think outside the mat with the unique and invigorating classes at Clearly Pilates. The studio offers fitness fusion classes, which blend Spinning, Pilates, and yoga. New this fall are Mommy & Me yoga classes and Beginner Pilates Mat classes — perfect for first-time students! This month will be memorable when the studio hosts “September to Remember.” For every mile a client rides on Clearly Pilates’ Spinners, a dollar will be added to the free class fund for the local active and veteran military population. To boost funds, the studio will be adding extra Spinning classes to the regular schedule and offering a prize to the client who racks up the most miles. And on September 21 and September 25, Clearly Pilates will host Cortisol Connection Workshops, a 45-minute info session on why belly fat collects and how lowering stress levels can help. Then, rejuvenate with a 45-minute Restorative Yoga session. Clearly Pilates, 352 Beaver St., Sewickley. clearlypilates.com. whirlmagazine.com
HealthSouth HealthSouth holds a reputation of reliability and high-quality care for its patients and their family members. What sets this hospital apart is its “high tech, high touch” outlook on serving patients. This year, HealthSouth enhanced its Stroke and Brain Injury Support Groups by combining them to offer a larger community support network, resulting in disease management that is both comprehensive and constructive. Past patients, current patients, and their family members come together to listen to special speakers, focusing on new topics and technology advancements each month. Meetings take place the second Thursday of each month in the hospital cafeteria, where HealthSouth provides a free lunch for all attendees. Patients with disabilities are also invited to take free monthly art classes with their loved ones to explore new passions and develop new skills. HealthSouth Sewickley, 303 Camp Meeting Road, Sewickley. 412.741.9500. healthsouthsewickley.com.
House 15143 Turn over a new leaf this fall with hot home décor pieces from House 15143. Rustic entertaining essentials, including pillows, candles, frames, and custom art prints, will spruce up every room in your home. “Our most popular sellers are graphic art prints,” says House 15143 co-owner Danielle Franks. “We have a number of templates that your personal info can be added to for a truly customized gift.” Find inspiration on the Vintage Fair Trip to Ohio on September 28. Take a charter tour bus on a fun-filled day of treasure hunting, concluding with a wine and cheese reception. Tickets are available at House 15143 for $125. House 15143, 439 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.259.8953. house15143.com.
The Porcupine Needlepoint Shop One of the longest-standing retailers in town is The Porcupine Needlepoint Shop. Get all of the supplies you need to partake in the creative and relaxing art of needlepoint. Some of the top needlepoint artists across the country provide hand-painted canvases, perfect for your next project. Owner Nancy Schurman says most of her customers stock up on canvases and fibers to work on holiday presents all year round. Everything from stockings and ornaments to pillows and purses will be a sure hit this year! The Porcupine Needlepoint Shop, 404 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.3380. theporcupineneedlepointshop.com.
Lula This neighborhood gem prides itself on being “Sewickley’s first tapas lounge and boutique bar,” serving up small plates to complement an extensive selection of wines, beers, and liquors. It is the perfect spot for an evening of socializing with friends in a cozy, yet chic atmosphere. We recommend starting with the fig toast; moving on to the scallops in homemade lobster butter; and finishing with French-cut lamb chops, topped with mint and pine chutney, and paired with a good bottle of wine. Stop in soon to try out new dishes for fall, and check out the weekly specials! LULA, 515 Broad St., Sewickley, 412.749.1200. lulasewickley.com.
The Sewickley Spa Ladies, it’s time to pamper your man. This award-winning spa is now featuring a special package for men called “Get Groomed!” Originally priced at $135, this package is now available for $99 and includes a gentleman’s hot towel facial, foot massage, and haircut. It’s a great way to ease him into manning up and hitting the spa on the reg. And for those looking to extend their tans into the fall months, the Sewickley Spa offers sunless tanning moisturizers to maintain that summer shade. We recommend the Sewickley Spa Skin Perfecting Tinted Sunscreen Moisturizer, $28 for 1.5 oz, for full protection and a healthy glow. The Sewickley Spa, 337 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.4240. sewickleyspa.com.
Photograph from Healthsouth.
Spoiled Chics the Boutique This boutique, owned by sisters/ partners Carrina Perrone and Cora DeLoia, prides itself on delivering fashionable apparel and accessories, in the heart of Sewickley for 12 years. And you don’t have to break the budget to spoil yourself! Peruse gorgeous pieces from Z&L Europe, Petit Pois, and Comfy USA, and take comfort in knowing that many items, from brands including Shira Leah and SR Squared by Sondra Roberts, are made from natural materials and vegan leather to promote kindness to animals. This November, be sure to attend the launch party for the new line, Clutch!, from the founder of Big Buddha, and enjoy giveaways and more! Spoiled Chics the Boutique, 350 1/2 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.0977. spoiledchics.com.
Thomas Jewelers Indulge yourself in chocolate! Le Vian chocolate diamonds, perfect for coordinating with fall’s color palette, are the newest arrival from Thomas Jewelers, a Sewickley staple for 29 years. The store features a vast selection of timepieces from brands including Officina del Tempo, Luminox, and Seiko, as well as its own Thomas watches, along with one-of-a-kind estate jewelry and unique pieces from Color Story, Le Vian, and more. Collect all of your favorites in one of the many styles of jewelry boxes — pretty enough to rival your most stunning bijoux — or gift a precious Waterford Crystal piece. Thomas Jewelers, 405 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.3866. thomasjewelerssewickley.com.
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Since this charming gift shop moved from Shadyside to Sewickley last year, owner Barbara Reilly has added to the collection of contemporary home items for sale. Bedding from luxurious brands including Sferra, Ann Gish, Schlossberg of Switzerland complement Tournesol’s exquisite table linens, serve-ware, and rugs. Rugs and brand new bedding from Company C, characterized by bright colors, are new, too, and well priced. Reilly strives to help customers find exactly what they need to make their homes complete. She suggests brightening up your dining area this season with a fabulous tablecloth, napkins which can be personalized with custom monograms, and a chic serving platter or bowl. Tournesol, 425 Walnut St., Sewickley. 412.741.7600. tournesolgifts.com.
Van Salon Inc. For almost 20 years, Van Salon Inc. has served as Pittsburgh’s premiere Aveda lifestyle salon, spa, and store. “Being here in Sewickley has given us a familylike relationship with our clients and customers,” say owners Brian and Diane Van Balen. “This type of relationship makes us strive for excellence in all of our products and services.” Indulge in the salon’s newest services, including the new Versa Spa sunless spray tan — complete with Vitamin D, avocado oil, and caffeine — and free of harsh chemicals. Then, relax with Aveda’s new Stress Fix line, incorporated into a rejuvenating manicure, pedicure, and massage. Van Salon, 438 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.4109. vansalon.com.
Village Candy Step into Village Candy and travel back to simpler times. The days of penny candy and malt shops are revived with the area’s largest selection of old-time treats and more than 150 varieties of bottled pop. Whether your favorite is hard candy or soft taffy, the whole collection has the sweet taste of nostalgia. Trendy ginger beers and ales for mixed drinks are also available. New to the store are candy-themed neck pillows and chocolate bars from Sulpice. “These delicious chocolate bars with delectable combinations are hand-painted,” says Village Candy owner Doug Alpern. “They look as good as they taste!” Village Candy, 344 Beaver St., Sewickley. 412.741.1490. villagecandy.com.
Yoga on Walnut Yoga on Walnut boasts a newly renovated, contemporary studio that fits its refreshing and nontraditional approach to yoga. This studio, where lessons change daily to focus on a different part of the body, features fun, current music and an open, non-competitive atmosphere. Yogis who are seeking a camaraderie that transcends daily practice travel from all over Pittsburgh to be a part of this family. Stop in to join a session, or schedule a private lesson, and, do not miss out on the seasonal trunk show! Yoga on Walnut, 428 Walnut St., Sewickley. 412.860.8413. yogaonwalnut.com.
Upcoming Events Sewickley Harvest Festival September 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Broad Street
You will find a little bit of everything at this festival — from participating local vendors, to arts and crafts, a rummage sale, flea market, farmers market, children’s activities, food, and live music. The Harvest Festival provides the recipe for a perfect day for the entire family.
2nd Annual Sewickley Oktoberfest October 4, 5-10 p.m. at Sharp Edge parking lot and October 5, 4-10 p.m. at Division Street parking lot Enjoy live German music, hearty German food — such as bratwurst, potato pancakes with sour cream, and applesauce — and, of course, German beer. Tickets are $5 for adults, $2 for children 12 and under.
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Ready to start exploring? Check out even more community happenings and upcoming events in Sewickley at Village Green Partners’ website, vgpsewickley.com.
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More than 300 guests “revved up race week” at South Hills Country Club for the 16th Annual Black Tie & Tailpipes Gala! The event kicked off the 31st Annual Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s 2013 race weekend and week-long celebration. Presented by Shop ‘N Save, the sold-out evening featured a cocktail hour and silent auction; a formal dinner and live auction, emceed by WTAE-TV’s Andrew Stockey; and dessert and live entertainment by Billy Hartung and his band on SHCC’s beautiful poolside terrace. “We had to ask them to stay later,” says gala co-chair Maggie Schmotzer, who served with her husband, John. “Everyone wanted to stay and dance way past when we thought quitting hours would be!” The top-notch menu, prepared by Executive Chef John Miniajlo, included Braised Tenderloin Steak with Wild Mushroom Medley, and Stuffed Jumbo Shrimp. Amid the white and electric blue décor, the party stretched to the club’s lower lot, where PVGP supporters enjoyed a traditional car show. More than $90,000 was raised for the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and NHS Allegheny Valley School! “I’m still receiving emails about how much everyone enjoyed it!” says Schmotzer. “The evening was perfect and beyond my expectations.” — A.B.
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Through October 6 Summer Flower Show: Glass in the Gardens, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914, phipps.conservatory.org
*End your summer on a dazzling note! Feast your eyes on local glass creations — both delicate and whimsical, surrounded by colorful blooms.
September 9 Home Buying Workshop, Landmarks Preservation Resource Center, 412.471.5808, phif.org
*Dollar Bank will be on hand to talk homebuying steps. In this free workshop, learn about affordable mortgage and down payment options, credit counseling, and receive a free credit report and evaluation.
September 11 Fifth Annual Sunflower POWER, PerLora, 412.243.7535 x223
*Party for charity in South Side! Benefiting the Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery, models, styled by Izzazu International Salon, Norman Childs Eyewear by Eyetique, and Roberta Weissburg Leathers, will parade as high-fashion art!
September 12-May 25 “Detroit: Artists in Residence,” Mattress Factory Museum, 412.231.3169, mattress.org September 13 Introduction to Veneering — The Chessboard, Great North American Woodworks, 412.331.0009, gnawoodworks.com September 15 Mexican War Streets Society’s 44th Annual House & Garden Tour, 412.326.9772, mexicanwarstreets.org
*Peruse the ethereal homes in the thriving Mexican War Streets, and support the preservation and celebration of the neighborhood’s historic character. Tickets are $18.
September 19 Wines Under Glass 2013: Phipps at 120: Toasting Tradition and Transformation, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914, phipps.conservatory.org
October 17 Ina Garten: The Barefoot Contessa, Benedum Center, 412.456.6666, trustarts.culturaldistrict.org
*The best-selling cookbook author will share her approach to food with tips, stories, and recipes!
September 27 Art on Fire Auction & Celebration, American Eagle Outfitters Corporate Headquarters, 412.365.2145, pittsburghglasscenter.org
*Mix hot fun with cool company for this year’s Art on Fire! As Pittsburgh Glass Center’s most significant fundraiser, the event will feature guest glass artist Nancy Callan, who’s worked with Italian Master Glass Blower Lino Tagliapietra for 16 years. Viva Venezia!
October 4 2013 Carnegie International Gala Benefit and Preview Party, Carnegie Museum of Art, 412.622.3131, cmoa.org
*Enjoy cocktails, a private viewing, and a strolling dinner to kick off the 2013 Carnegie International, which runs from October 5-March 16, 2014.
October 5 Art in the Kitchen…Plus!, Westmoreland Museum of American Art, 724.837.1500, wmuseumaa.org
*This tasting tour, hosted by the museum’s women’s committee, is sure to please the palate. Explore some of the most unique kitchens in the Greensburg/Irwin area, including outdoor party areas.
October 10 35th Anniversary Art Auction, Mattress Factory Museum, 412.231.3169, mattress.org
*A live auction of donated work by artists who’ve exhibited their work at MF will support the museum’s mission, exhibitions, programs, and operations. Preview the works at mattress.org.
October 18 19th Annual Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Christmas Festival, Washington County Fairgrounds, 724.863.4577
*Get an early start on purchasing your Christmas décor and holiday gifts at more than 230 vendor booths in six heated buildings!
October 19-November 10 Fall Flower Show, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914, phipps.conservatory.org
*Blooms of yellow, orange, fuchsia, and green will surround burgundy, purple, and brown foliage, combining festive scenes, including thousands of chrysanthemums.
November 7-10 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival’s Knitting Retreat, Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, knittreat.com *Retreat on a knitting getaway that includes three nights of lodging, a welcome reception, goodie bags, and five classes!
November 8 CRAFTED Opening Reception, Society for Contemporary Craft’s Store, 412.261.7003, contemporarycraft.org
*Check out a showcase of exceptional ceramics, food, and handmade art at the initiation of CRAFTED, an invitational exhibition through December 31.
November 29-January 5 Winter Flower Show and Winter Light Garden, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, 412.622.6914, phipps.conservatory.org
*Experience evergreens lit with thousands of LED lights and poinsettias of every hue at this year’s show. Plus, venture through the Outdoor Garden, lit with festive lights.
*Raise a glass to Phipps’ 120 years of inspiration and achievement at this year’s garden party. Join honorary event chair Richard P. Simmons in the celebration of Pittsburgh’s glasshouse jewel.
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Enhance your home with new art, innovative electronics, and fine fabrics Luxe will showcase four Eggersmann installations in its East Liberty location, including one that will be equipped with fully functional German-engineered appliances by Gaggenau.
Super Luxe Luxe, located in Market Square, is one of the city’s most innovative kitchen and bath design stores, and this fall, a second showroom is set to open in East Liberty’s Indigo Square. The grand opening, which will debut the 3,000-square-foot space, is set for October 24, and guests will get to peruse the store’s offerings, which include the latest technology in the kitchen, plumbing, tile and lighting industries, highlighting both international and domestic manufacturers, such as Eggersmann USA, Laufen, Wetstyle, and Toto USA. To best highlight the kitchen supplies, the showroom will have two fully functioning kitchens — one traditionally designed, the other contemporary. There will also be a working steam shower, complete with chromatherapy (color therapy) and music, to highlight Luxe’s bath supplies. “The new showroom is better equipped to provide and inspire our clients with a wider product range,” says owner Brent Hugus. “We are excited to display a variety of exceptional lines, some of which are exclusive to Luxe.” To celebrate this innovative new showroom, the grand opening will feature live cooking demonstrations, refreshments, and working showroom displays. Luxe will also provide free valet parking for guests joining the celebration. Luxe, 5991 Broad St., East Liberty. 412.661.1416. 200 Fifth Ave., Market Square. 412.281.3712. luxepittsburgh.com. — Katherine Christoff Photographs from Eggersman, by Nicole Burkhardt.
Conscious Cleaning Anyone who uses a computer or smartphone — and let’s be honest, that’s just about everyone these days — knows how difficult it can be to keep the screens of these devices clean from endless fingerprint marks. A local company has created a new product that not only cleans away those streaks and smudges, but is also non-toxic and anti-static. Rugani & Rugani, LLC of McKees Rocks has created Flat Screen Clean, an alcohol- and ammonia-free product that lives up to its name. The cleaner was even featured on the DIY Network’s “I Want That” in July! When creating the product, the company focused on both its effectiveness and its environment impact. “Our first and foremost commitment is to give back to the world,” says Vincent Rugani, CEO and president, of the company’s commitment to being both earth-friendly and community minded. We are here to meet the needs of those in need. We have high hopes of helping Pittsburgh in many ways.” Check out the mint-scented spray and free microfiber towel, and see those touch screens sparkle. Flat Screen Clean, 412.222.6472. flatscreenclean.com. — K.C. whirlmagazine.com
DIY Idea: Vinyl! The designers at Loom Exquisite Textiles tell us that lightweight vinyls are heavy hitters when it comes to trendy décor. Want to do it yourself? Try this: “Small interior projects like placemats, pillow trimmings, or even floor-length drapes if you can handle it!” says designer John Gurman. Or, if fashion is more your speed, the silvery fabrics are ideal for footwear, apparel, and bag applications. It’s time to get crafty! Stretch web, $59/yard. Multi-glitter, $49/ yard. Loom Exquisite Textiles, 2124 Penn Ave., Strip District. 412.586.4346. loomshowroom.com.
Inventory Update Asian Influences in Lawrenceville is set to debut a range of new fabrics this fall, says owner Susan Fisher. Shop the shelves starting early October for Asian textiles, including “robes from China and Japan; framed embroidery pieces from China; and an outstanding heavily decorated robe from Afghanistan, plus a child’s coat from Japan — all beautiful!” Asian Influences, 3513 Butler St., Lawrenceville. 412.621.3530. asianinfluences.com.
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Hope & Healing UPMC St. Margaret’s Patient and Family Resource Pavilion is now home to the Helen and Miles Colwell Garden of Hope. The healing garden, commissioned by the St. Margaret Foundation and designed by Eisler Landscapes, provides a calming, relaxing space for patients to spend time with their families and recharge during their stay at the facility. “Nearly one million people frequent our campus annually and are dealing with some of life’s greatest challenges,” says Mary Lee Gannon, president of the St. Margaret Foundation. “Whether enjoying the swing or the cascading sound of the fountain, this garden provides our patients and families a quiet place to relax in a natural setting away from the bedside.” Funded entirely by donations, the serene space offers visitors a variety of quiet and intimate seating areas, from the small patio equipped with rocking chairs to a comfortable front porch swing, set under an arbor flowering with vines. A large fountain provides soothing sounds, just as calming lavender is planted throughout for the same effect. Large, flowering planters were installed for the dual purpose of providing privacy and to bring the vegetation to eye level for patients with mobility issues. Says Jennifer Deemer, graduate landscape architect with Eisler Landscapes, “I had a surgery at St. Margaret’s a few years ago, and was excited to have the opportunity to use my talents to give back to a facility that cares so much for its patients.” To contribute to the garden, call 412.784.4277, or visit stmargaretfoundation.org. Eisler Landscapes, 1031 New Castle Road, Prospect. 724.865.2830. eislerlandscapes.com.
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Pop Culture “Get ready for pop art now!” says Theresa Schafer, owner of Schafer interiors, where new, modern works of art are arriving soon. “This fall, we will be presenting our latest art show, featuring Australian artist Shane Bowden and works of other exciting artists. This will be an event not to miss!” Schafer Interiors and Fine Art Gallery, 320 Castle Shannon Blvd., Mt. Lebanon. 412.344.0233. This Page: Photographs from Eisler Landscapes, Schafer Interiors. Opposite Page: Photographs by Cayla Zahoran, from Kozi Media Design.
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Integral Insurance Explore this expert advice on home insurance and protect one of lifeâ€™s biggest investments We spend countless hours searching for the perfect one. Every evening, we lay down to sleep there. It is where our friends and family come together to celebrate, and to enjoy each otherâ€™s company. Our homes are more than just the place where we live; our homes keep us safe and are where we create memories. Protecting our place of living with homeowners insurance is one of the best investments we can make, especially in light of the recent flooding in Western Pennsylvania. We interviewed three experts in the insurance and real estate fields to get the answers you need to know about home insurance. @ By Liz Petoniak Photograph from Howard Hanna Real Estate
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Megan Chicone, Insurance Agent, State Farm Insurance Q: How often should you review your home insurance policy? A: Ideally, it is best to review coverage annually. As your life changes, your insurance needs to change, too. If an update or remodeling takes place, you need to be sure the coverage is still adequate. Q: What are the differences between homeowners insurance and renters insurance? A: If you own your home, most homeowners policies provide replacement cost for the dwelling, personal property, liability coverage, and loss of use. Homeowners insurance protects the insured against accidental direct physical loss from one of the named covered perils in the policy. Renters insurance protects your personal belongings and anything you take with you to and from your apartment or home. It also can provide selected liability insurance, which protects you, should you be liable for causing property damage or bodily injuries to others.
Daniel K. Carinci, Owner, Daniel Carinci Agency, LLC/Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Q: Why is it important for homeowners to have insurance? A: Your house is more than an investment; your house is where you live and where you make memories that last a lifetime. Having homeowners coverage provides peace of mind. Q: How can homeowners determine how much coverage they need? A: A good agent will ask questions that will uncover needs while also educating the customer, allowing them to make an informed decision on additional coverage. Q: In light of the recent flooding in Western Pennsylvania, what do residents need to know about flood insurance? A: I believe that no single place is incapable of being flooded and that most people
Vera Purcell, Real Estate Agent, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Q: Why is it important for homeowners to have insurance? A: First of all, if you have a loan, your mortgage requires you to have home insurance. Second of all, you need it to cover any catastrophe or problem that may occur. No one can afford the luxury of living without it. Q: In light of the recent flooding in Western Pennsylvania, what do residents need to know about flood insurance? A: With all of the rain we just had, some basements that never flooded before were flooded. Many homeowners are unaware that there may be exceptions to their flood policy. So, due to the climate extremes we have been experiencing, everyone needs good coverage. Insurance is not the place you should be looking for a deal. Cheap insurance is not going to be there when you need it. Q: Do you recommend insuring our homes for the replacement cost or the actual cash value? A: Full replacement cost is the building cost supply, so it depends on the
Q: When should homeowners purchase extra coverage for items in their home? A: There are coverage limits on some items under the homeowners. High value items such as jewelry, antiques, instruments, guns, etc., can be added with a separate policy, called a personal articles policy, or endorsement can be added to the homeowners to provide broader coverage. Usually, an appraisal or receipt of sales is required to bind coverage. Q: Do you recommend insuring our home and belongings for the replacement cost or the actual cash value? A: I always recommend carrying replacement cost. If something happens to your couch, most want that exact same couch — not a depreciated value to buy less of a couch. Q: What preventative tips can you offer to keep our homes safe? A: Keep a home inventory or take pictures of each room. When the unexpected happens, it is devastating, and it can be hard to remember what you had and what you lost. Megan Chicone, State Farm Insurance, 807 E. McMurray Road, Suite 103, Venetia. 724.731.0700. meganchicone.com. may be unaware that flood insurance is not covered by a homeowners policy. An insurance agency would write an additional policy through FEMA. Q: When should homeowners purchase extra coverage for items in their home? A: When I discuss contents coverage with a client, I ask if they have items that they would want to schedule, i.e. jewelry, computers, bikes, and any other valuables. I typically carry these items on their own policy with a zero deductible, so they would not be subject to the homeowners deductible. Q: What discounts are available when purchasing home insurance? A: There is a considerable discount for bundling your home, auto, and life insurance. I also give discounts for purchasing a home and upgrades to the home’s roof. Q: What preventative tips can you offer to keep our homes safe? A: I strongly suggest homeowners install an alarm system. Also, address any hazard or risk that an insurance company recommends. Daniel K. Carinci, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, 104 Rogers Road, Lower Burrell. 724.554.4140. nationwide.com.
type of home you have. With older, more artistic homes, like those in Mt. Lebanon with gorgeous brick, slate roofs, plaster walls, and eight-panel wooden doors, insurance at full replacement cost is crucial. With a new home, where the building products are readily accessible and cost the same amount over a five-year spread, it is not as vital. Q: What is the most important thing that every homeowner in Western Pennsylvania needs to know about home insurance? A: The most important thing is finding a reputable insurance broker who deals a lot in your area. A great insurance broker is like a great doctor — they walk through life with you, and they are there for you during tough times. I would not trade a minute of my life without homeowners insurance. Q: What preventative tips can you offer to keep our homes safe? A: A lot of it is good common sense — taking care of your house and paying attention. Keep your gutters cleaned out, keep your underground rain conductors clear, and look at how dirt slopes up against your house. It is all about keeping water away from your foundation. I run a dehumidifier night and day in my house, and I’ve given dehumidifiers away as housewarming gifts to clients. Vera L. Purcell, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, 701 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon. 512.561.7400 x250. howardhanna.com. Photographs from Megan Chicone, Daniel Carcini, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.
Echinacea, or purple coneflowers, are a favorite flower of pollinators, including honeybees and bumblebees.
how to: Plant a Bee Garden Learn how to install landscaping that’s both lovely to look at and environmentally conscious
Some consider them dangerous, others daunting. In reality, bee gardens are desirable and doable. Encouraging pollinators to visit your yard with a lovely selection of flowers nourishes the ever-dwindling bee population, while adding the color that you’ve been missing. Convinced? Here’s our official guide to planting the bee garden you didn’t even know you wanted.@ By Abby Dudley Photographs by Nicole Burkhardt + Cayla ZahoraN
tart your bee garden by planting native flowers that attract bees. Certain types of flowers require more significant pollination to bloom, thus allowing bees to operate and pollinate. Flowers with protruding cone centers that grow as they receive more pollination, for example, serve as the perfect base for your garden. Echinacea, black-eyed Susans, daisies, cosmos, and sunflowers are all within this family. Indigenous to our region, we have found these varieties to be some of the most successful attractors. The assortment of bright purple, white, and yellow shades will also bring a muted yard to life. If you prefer variety within your garden, as bees do, too, then the next step is to plant tall spires. These are flowers with multiple blooms growing vertically that attract more than just bees — butterflies and moths will frequent these plants as well. Lilac, lavender, and snapdragons will increase pollinator traffic in your garden and break up a monotonous configuration of flowers. Other plants that help these insects thrive include zinnias, buttercups, pepper plants, thyme, and other herbs. Remember: It’s important to use pesticide-free products, not only in the garden, but in your home, too. Those of us who don’t boast a green thumb, who would rather enjoy the beauty of nature from afar than be instrumental in its development, can breathe a sigh of relief at the above instructions. The best part about installing a bee garden is that it is easy. By nature, these plants are perennials, meaning they don’t need to be watered as often and they don’t need to be planted more than once. Dividing these plants every three years to control rapid growth and rejuvenate old life is enough to sustain what, for bees, is lifesaving. A final touch? Add a birdbath to your garden. Bees like an area to dust off the excess pollen from a day’s work. Use it as an opportunity to make the area unique with baths available ranging from minimalist to mosaic to magenta. So, strap on your Crocs and tie back your hair because we’re having trouble finding reasons not to plant a bee garden. Support nature’s hardest workers with a little piece of land that’s both beautiful and vital.
Want more buzz on bees?
Day lilies are a bee-friendly planting option.
White echinacea is part of the daisy family of flowers, which also includes asters, mums, dahlias, and marigolds.
English lavender is ideal for this planting purpose.
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Emily Androski, senior buyer of casegoods and upholstery at Levin Furniture, says orange accent pieces add a great pop of color when you start with a neutral base!
Under the Harvest Moon By Rachel Jones
From the pumpkin bread in the oven to the fallen leaves in the yard, it’s easy to associate this season with orange. The fiery shade welcomes us into the fall and gives our homes a comforting vibe. “We have two oranges trending in 2014: a spicy, hacienda-type orange and a fresh, sorbet orange,” says Dee Schlotter of PPG Pittsburgh Paints. Add a splash of the ultimate autumn hue to brighten the kitchen or warm up the living room. Need more inspiration? Just check out the harvest moon, which will be full on September 19! @
Remember: Orange and blue are complementary colors! Pair both hues for beautiful results.
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Senior Editor Andrea Bosco picked SherwinWilliams’ “Jalapeño” to spice up her new kitchen! With said hue, the white trim, stainless-steel appliances, slate floor, warm cherry cabinetry, subway tile, and views of greenery is an alluring combination, she says.
Photographs from Albany Industries, PPG Pittsburgh Paints, Tile and Design.
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Long oval tray in “Persimmon,” $200, Artifacts.
Prideaux table lamp in “Pumpkin Crackle,” $360,
Glass vase, $110,
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“Magic” framed art print, $49,
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Nest Sicilian tangerine reed diffuser, $40,
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By Andrea Bosco | Photographs from Kohler
ot hues can spice up a space in a flash. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing reversal or to add punch to your neutral color palette, tinged accents are a promising option. As the daughter of a commercial plumbing contractor, I’ve always had an affinity for lush fixtures. And as a new homeowner, I’ve repeatedly found myself swooning over KOHLER Colors, sold locally at SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home. Designed by Jonathan Adler, the limitededition sink collection for kitchen or bath is available in four shades — Greenwich Green, Piccadilly Yellow, Palermo Blue, and Annapolis Navy — and three styles: Iron/Tones ($1,295), Riverby ($1,395), and Whitehaven ($1,795). Drawing inspiration from the perfectly manicured lawns of an English estate, London’s Piccadilly Circus, the Mediterranean Sea, and Maryland’s Severn River, the tetrad of bold tones has us in high spirits! “Our unabashed love for color and pioneering leadership in bringing bold colors to the kitchen and bathroom are tightly woven into KOHLER Co.’s fabric and heritage,” says David Kohler, president and chief operating officer. “These handcrafted sinks are produced in our foundry in Kohler, Wis., and, like Jonathan Adler, Kohler prides itself on manufacturing authentic products of heirloom quality.” The enameled cast iron sinks’ cool qualities and retro finishes are a fresh take and perhaps the pops of color you’ve been looking for. If asked to sink or swim, I’m sinking for KOHLER Colors! @ Available at SPLASH Kitchen Bath Home, 1237 Freedom Road, Cranberry, 724.772.1060. 4807 William Penn Hwy., Murrysville, 724.733.2600. exploresplash.com.
“There’s something about an apple green that feels very, very crisp. When you see it, you can taste it.” — Designer Jonathan Adler, on KOHLER Colors’ Greenwich Green
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REAL estate By Rachel Jones When a house is too big and an apartment is too small, a townhouse can be just right.
The extra space coupled with the community amenities of a complex makes these homes ideal for the in-between stages of life, everything from moving to a new city temporarily or transitioning between a larger and smaller home.
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This sophisticated, spacious townhouse could be your next home. The three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bath Tudor includes a jet spray tub and other top appliances. The stainless steel set-up looks great next to the kitchenâ€™s wooden cabinets. A sprawling forest surrounds the home, and the view of the water adds to the outdoor beauty. The picturesque view can be admired from the large windows throughout the Forest Highlands home, but our favorite view is from the rail-lined deck. Enjoying a cup of coffee and the daily paper out here would definitely be the best part of your day. For more information, contact Marion Feeney of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. 412.963.6300. howardhanna.com.
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Behind the strong, historic columns of this front stoop is a chic, modern townhouse. Part of the Summerset development in Squirrel Hill, this open and spacious floor plan incorporates two bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms. The master bedroom also includes a loft, and the second bedroom’s bathroom is equipped with a jetted tub. The high-angled ceilings add a unique element of dimension to the bedrooms. The gorgeous, upscale kitchen boasts granite countertops and an island. Add a boost with stylish bar chairs, and you’ve got the perfect place to brunch! For more information, contact Joseph Pegher at Northwood Realty Services. 412.521.5100. northwood.com.
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The Cherry Brook community, located in Cecil, allows its residents to enjoy low Washington County taxes, but still take advantage of nearby access to I-79. A trip Downtown is quick and easy. The neighborhood is a collection of 51 single-family homes. Each property includes a one-car garage and patio. Inside, the living spaces offer a varied number of bedrooms and bathrooms. But each one includes a full kitchen, spacious living and dining rooms, and a quaint exterior. The added luxuries of staying in a complex — including snow removal, grass care, and garbage pick-up — are pretty sweet, too. For more information, contact Renae Dodaro of Prudential Preferred Realty. 724.941.3000. prudentialpreferred.com. Photographs from Gregory Pegher, Redford Photography.
Health + wellness By Rachel JoneS pHotographs by Cayla Zahoran
Raising the Barre We take it up a notch with the Barre fitness trend! Taking a barre class has nothing to do with becoming a lawyer or taking tequila shots. It also has nothing to do with ballet. “I think that’s the biggest misconception,” says Barre Bee Fit Pittsburgh owner Meredith Ward. “People think they have to have a dance or ballet background.” Before my first class, I was one of those people. But the barres attached to the mirror-lined walls of the Shadyside studio are there to help you maintain balance during this intense toning session. And when you’re doing squats on your tippy-toes, you’re going to want something to hold on to! For the newbies, like myself, Ward recommends taking the Barre Bee class. “It gives a well-rounded idea of what we offer,” she says. “We focus on high repetitions and low weights, so it really works on building that lean muscle everyone wants. You’re becoming stronger.” There’s also a more cardio-heavy version, making it the perfect alternative to your daily run. As I walk into the Barre Bee class, I find a spot up front to keep an eye on Barre Bee Fit instructor Laura Warnock. We start on the ground with a plank, which rolls into side planks, and drops into push-ups. When I finally reach 10 counts, I drop my right knee to rest. Nope. It’s time to go down and pulse for 10. I drop my knee. Wrong again. Now, we hold an extended push-up position for 10. The high reps continue as we flip over for ab work. Each class works in different props, which are announced on a sign by the door like the daily special. My class was digging into free weights and black straps. The woven band hung around the barre, allowing me to put my feet in its loop holes and crunch like crazy. After those, we take to the weights. The simple arm movements of my two-pound weights made a huge impact. Muscles this
former swimmer hasn’t used since high school were burning, and all I could think of was how this workout is going to give me the Michelle Obama-esque arms I desperately need before being in my sister’s wedding this fall. After arms, we turned to the barres for a cardio blast. Two more explosions went off before the class ended, increasing my heart rate and breaking up the toning. “You’re going to feel some burning and shaking,” Warnock warns, as we move on to leg work. Done and done. But even as my thighs feel like cement blocks and I need to rest, her encouraging words keep me going. “You’re doing great, ladies,” Warnock says. “You look so strong.” And I feel strong. Britney Spears was singing, “I-I-I wanna go-o-o,” in the background, and I was ready to keep going, too! By the time we cool down, I’m still too shaky to enjoy the tensionreleasing stretches. But I, like my classmates, walk out of the basement studio with a proud smile, knowing we succeeded. “I just love seeing repeat clients who start to see changes in their own bodies,” Ward says. “When people say they’re sore from class, I’m like, ‘Yay!’” Well, I’m sure she’ll be thrilled to know this girl is struggling to even lift her arms after that Barre Bee class — as evident by the haphazard bun I’m sporting. But I’m excited I elevated my exercise routine with the Barre Bee class. “We’re always changing the classes, so it’s always a different workout,” Ward says. “You know your limits, but we want you to challenge yourself. Take a deep breath, give it a try, and you’ll be impressed with what you can do.” Barre Bee Fit Pittsburgh, 804 S. Aiken Ave., Shadyside. 412.802.8585. barrebeefit.com/studios/pittsburgh.
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Bigger and Better Things To keep up with the growing popularity of Bodiography, founding artistic director Maria Caruso is expanding the 4,500-square-foot studio! The full renovation of offices will be complete in February, but the studios are ready to host classes September 4. “A new tap studio on the second floor will be ready for use, as well as our newly redesigned 1,600-square-foot storefront studio, focused on housing Bodiography Fitness and Strength, recreational dance, and community wellness classes,” Caruso says. The most beautiful update to the space is the vibrant artwork, and photography of company artists by Eric Rosé on the exterior of the space. Inside, Bodiography will be able to offer recreational programs for the first time in more than a decade, offering a full array of fitness classes through Bodiography and in partnership with Club One. Students are already excited about new dance classes, including contemporary and hip-hop. “I am most excited about the idea of Bodiography becoming a true ‘Center for Movement,’” Caruso says. “It has been my dream to have a home for not only my company, school, and fitness programming, but a home for other artists to begin their journey of starting a dance company and fulfill their individual artistic passion.” Bodiography, 5824 Forbes Ave., Third Floor, Squirrel Hill. 412.521.6094. bodiographycbc.com. Check out Bodiography’s performance of “Light and Joy” with the Westmoreland Choral Society September 29 at the Performing Arts Center at Seton Hill University!
instructor, Laura Warnock
Staying fit is much more fun when the whole family gets involved! Visit the Panera Bread Family Health & Fitness Expo on September 14-15 at the Carnegie Science Center for a weekend of bettering your family’s health. At the Expo — free with general admission — children will love the Tender Care Learning Center Kids Corner, which will feature the new “Choosy” health program on fitness and nutrition, arts and crafts, and yoga classes with Tender Teddy! Gemini Theatre will also entertain with a musical performance. Saturday kicks off with a family bike ride on the North Shore, organized by Pittsburgh’s Flock of Cycles and hosted by former Pittsburgh Steeler Chris Hoke and KDKA-TV personalities. Tickets also include a light breakfast of bagels and assorted pastries provided by Panera Bread; a goody-filled string bag; and admission to Carnegie Science Center and the Panera Bread Family Health & Fitness Expo; advance registration is required for the ride. “We are excited to be partnering with KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh’s CW, and Panera Bread to host an expo that ties in so well with our BIKES: Science on Two Wheels exhibit,” says Susan Zimecki, director of Marketing and Community Affairs for Carnegie Science Center. Carnegie Science Center, 1 Allegheny Ave., North Shore. 412.237.3400. carnegiesciencecenter.org. whirlmagazine.com
Pete Donati & Sons combined hydrangeas and candleholders, which were painted gold, for the centerpieces. Rania’s Catering created a five-tier, fuchsia-ombré-frosted vanilla cake with raspberry filling. A Virginia Tech-themed carrot cake was served, too, for Matt, who was an All-American baseball player.
Nicole Ranalli + Matt Dalton By Brianna Babik Photographs from Beth Insalaco
trip to The Cabana Bar in Wexford and a little courage was all it took for Nicole Ranalli and Matt Dalton to hit it off. It started when Nicole sent a beer across the bar to Matt. “I actually called my mom and said, ‘I met my husband,’” says Nicole. “I just had this feeling.” Two years to the day they met, Matt popped the question, filling a room with candles and roses at the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York City. The pair chose to host the reception at The Pennsylvanian, which held the couple’s favorite memory: walking into the room for their first dance. “It was like the memories from all walks of life were flashing toward you,” says Nicole. Pete Donati of Pete Donati & Sons Florist created an exquisite arrangement of blue, fuchsia, and purple hydrangeas. A charm from Nicole’s grandparents gave a personal touch to her bouquet as she walked down the aisle at Sacred Heart Parish. Guests loved the cigar bar by Leaf & Bean, along with the keys Nicole crafted, which doubled as bottle openers and place cards. In addition to two cakes, dessert was complete with homemade goodies for a cookie table, thanks to the bride and groom’s families. Matt and Nicole shared their first dance to “At Last” by Etta James.
Mocha Rose Floral Designs created the ivory, blush, and purple floral arrangements.
Jennifer Boczar + David Graver Photographs from Beth Insalaco Even though Jennifer Boczar and David Graver attended the same high school and both are University of Pittsburgh alums, it took a trip to Washington, D.C. for the pair to finally go on a date. Jennifer was visiting the capital for work and texted David “just as friends,” and the two “have been together ever since,” says Jennifer. One year later, David surprised Jennifer with a proposal at the same restaurant as their first date. Even more surprising was the after-party David planned at the Eighteenth Street Lounge, where the couple’s friends were waiting to celebrate the big news. After a traditional ceremony, the duo chose The Circuit Center & Ballroom for the
reception, where Jennifer looked glamorous in a Pronovias La Sposa Fanal gown from The Exquisite Bride. The bridesmaids wore long, smoke-gray gowns, also from The Exquisite Bride, while David and the groomsmen sported tuxedos from Top Hat Tuxedo. Creative Cake created a four-tier cake, beautifully decorated with a giant fondant rose. Loved ones danced the night away to the sounds of Mercedez, a live band that “totally rocked it,” says Jennifer. Guests left with oldfashioned pop bottles from Natrona Bottling Company, owned by the groom’s best man, Vito Girasole. The bottles were also used as place cards at the start of the reception.
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Bethany and Andy celebrated with a 21-day honeymoon. The newlyweds went on a European cruise and spent some time in Italy and Barcelona.
friend and family member that we know comes [to the party],” Bethany says. “He knew that we could share the news the next day.” Bethany and Andy chose St. Bernard Church in Mt. Lebanon for their ceremony and celebrated at J. Verno Studios. The couple selected Yes, We Cater to create their gluten-free cake, sushi bar, candy bar, pasta bar, and signature mojitos, made with Cîroc vodka and soda, in glasses rimmed with blue or purple sugar. “We wanted every detail to be about celebrating us,” Bethany says. Bethany’s sister, who was the maid-of-honor created a unique element by adding tulle from her wedding gown to her sister’s dress. They also incorporated half Photographs from Richie Waters of their late grandmother’s rosemary beads into Bethany’s fabric bouquet. The surprises Wedding bells were not exactly what Bethany McNally thought she’d be hearing when she joined continued when Bethany blindfolded Andy on the way to the reception, where she her company’s kickball team. Although, when gifted him with a brand new Ford F150 as some co-workers invited Andy Lipinski to play, his wedding present. “Seeing his reaction Bethany started to hear a distant chiming. Five years later, the night before the couple’s big annual was probably my most memorable moment of the day,” Bethany says. St. Patrick’s Day party, Andy proposed. “Every
Bethany McNally + Andy Lipinski
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Bride Jennifer Graverâ€™s beautiful bouquet, designed by Mocha Rose Floral Designs.
Photograph from Beth Insalaco Photography.
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Hand-painted with acrylics on canvas, “Pop Hearts” retails for $18,000.
By Andrea Bosco | Photographs from Burton Morris
The radiant black outline and vivid colors of Burton Morris’ work, best known for its bold, graphic pop art depictions, are recognizably Burton. The Pittsburgh native and Santa Monica, Calif., resident will return home in September for a major exhibition — Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris, which runs from September 13-February 23, 2014 at Senator John Heinz History Center. The 3,000-squarefoot display will showcase nearly 25 years of professional work, including highlights of his Pittsburgh career, signature images for the 76th Academy Awards, art for Absolut Vodka’s ’93 campaign, selections for the Paris World Cup Soccer Games, pieces used on the set of NBC’s Friends, and international works featured during the ’04 Olympics. His Warhol-esque influence has also been commissioned for corporations and institutions such as H.J. Heinz, CHANEL, Warner
Bros., Perrier, and Kellogg’s. “Over the last two decades, I have focused on creating a body of artwork that portrays today’s popular culture,” he says. “I’m so fortunate at this point in my career to inspire young minds and future generations of artists.” Husband to Sara, and father to Ava, 4, Morris, 49, recently overcame his battle with colon cancer, receiving a clean bill of health from doctors. Diagnosed in March 2012, the cancer and chemotherapy took a toll on his body and health, but not his mind or spirit. “I’m currently working on a new body of artwork to bring about more awareness of colon cancer,” he says. “My goal is to help raise money for research and cures in this area.” A dear friend of WHIRL and a truly genuine soul, Morris is ever-grateful for the City of Pittsburgh’s support. “I could never have reached this point as a living artist without the people of Pittsburgh,” he says. “Every connection has always been from someone who has supported and stood behind me. Pittsburgh is my home and my heart.” Burton Morris, burtonmorris.com. Senator John Heinz History Center, heinzhistorycenter.org.
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