5 Fun Ways to Keep on Celebrating Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial

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This year marked Pittsburgh’s bicentennial and the city has been going above and beyond its usual awesomeness with birthday party-themed everything! I know, it’s October and the festivities should be calming down but after a recent quick visit to Omni William Penn Hotel‘s Speakeasy for a press conference, I learned that the fun is only going to get better through the end of the year. Here’s my favorite ways, both big and small, to keep on celebrating Pittsburgh’s bicentennial through the end of 2016.

Color Your World

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Mr. Rick Antolic’s latest Pittsburgh-themed adult coloring book.

As an adult (well, most of the time!), it’s nice to take a break from the day’s crazy pace and do something peaceful and relaxing once in a while. While I don’t get the chance to visit a spa as much as I’d like, I have heard about adult coloring books and how beneficial they are. The American Art Therapy Association considers art therapy a mental health profession in which the process of making and creating artwork is used to “explore feelings, reconcile emotional conflicts, foster self-awareness, manage behavior and addictions, develop social skills, improve reality orientation, reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem.”

Mr. Rick Antolic now has two Pittsburgh-themed adult coloring books under his belt and the pages highlight popular scenes and spots in The ‘Burgh.

You can bet I’m taking this one on my next plane ride to Walt Disney World. I need all the calming vibes I can get!

Deck the Halls- and Yourself

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Wendell August Company’s bicentennial Christmas ornament willbe hanging on the massive tree this year for Light-up Night 2016 in Downtown Pittsburgh.

Wendell August has released bicentennial decorations to help you deck out our house for this upcoming holiday season. Along with beautiful, shiny pieces for the home, the company has been commissioned to create giant Christmas ornaments for the massive city tree. I think it’s safe to say they’d look so cool hanging on my wall any time of year!

The company also has beautiful pins- perfect for a scarf, lapel, or hat.

Wigle with Glee

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Wigle Whiskey’s Bicentennial Rye.

There’s so much super cool history in regards to whisky and Pittsburgh- and Wigle Whisky is right in the middle of the fun! Fact: American whisky was born right in Western Pittsburgh and at the height of whiskey making in the area, Pittsburgh was producing half a barrel of rye whiskey for every man, woman, and child! That whiskey funded the fortunes of Henry Clay Frick (hometown hero!) and the Mellon Family which in turn supported the coke and steel industry.

The popular Pittsburgh spirit company (they’re located right in the heart of The Strip District) gave us all a taste of the fun to come with its special edition, the Bicentennial Monongahela Rye, a small batch whisky celebrating the bicentennial. The whisky is intense, I’m not going to lie, but after a few teeny sips I started to note the subtle flavors.

Light Up the City

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The Holiday Market in Market Square is always a massive draw on Light-Up Night!

This year’s Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership Light-Up Night 2016 is still under lock and key in regards to its details (November 3rd is the date to visit the official website for the scoop!), but the commission did give us a couple of things to look forward to including the inclusion of the National League of Cities and 300 mayors from across the U.S. helping to celebrate! Mark your calendar for November 18th!

Make it a Fabulous First (Night) of Many More to Come!

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First Night Pittsburgh is expected to be bigger and better than previous years compliments of a successful bicentennial!

My family loves First Night Pittsburgh! Last year’s was so much fun, I can only imagine what this year’s will bring. Getting to ring in the new year in Downtown Pittsburgh surrounded by thousands of other families (it’s super family-friendly with plenty of indoor areas to get out of the chilly weather) and watching the unique ball drop at midnight was one of the highlights to 2016 for us. The full announcement will be made on December 3rd, 2016, so hit this website up for details that day. I can take an educated guess, though, that the event will include fireworks, bands and performers, comedy, magic, and the super popular FedEx Parade.

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