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Let's welcome many new members! And if you joined the Meetup group a while ago, but haven't had much free time, perhaps you can join us this time as we bring together many new people while incorporating flexibility tailored to the interests of the group. This event will begin inside the wonderful Café Carnegie (inside the Carnegie Museum of Art) near the coffee/wine bar area or dining section (depending on the interests of the group) so people can quickly meet and socialize, get coffee/tea, or quick lunch http://www.thecafecarnegie.com/ Please note that the Café Carnegie does not require museum admission which makes it particularly suitable as we plan the rest of the afternoon. Because we expect a large turnout, we'll incorporate some flexibility. While some people may only have a few hours of free time, others may enjoy spending the afternoon checking out exhibits or perhaps an optional dinner. It is also OK to stop by Café Carnegie (near the coffee/wine bar) for some quick socializing, coffee, or lunch. Even stopping by for a few minutes to meet others could also help with future introductions at future events. After we're done at the Café Carnegie, we'll gauge of the interests of everyone and possibility of smaller groups (5-20 people) exploring various options from 1-5 PM. Option A -- Spend the afternoon inside the many galleries and exhibits of the Carnegie Museum of Art http://www.cmoa.org/ and Carnegie Museum of Natural History http://www.carnegiemnh.org/ Option B -- Walk over to the nearby Phipps Conservatory Summer Flower Show http://phipps.conservatory.org Option C -- Check out 31 Nationality Rooms inside the Cathedral of Learning http://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu Option D -- Go on an urban art hike (depending on the weather) and other interesting stops while emphasizing notable works of art in Oakland, including some unique exhibits on the campuses of Pitt and CMU In terms of Admission Charges, we'll see how many people have memberships (e.g., Carnegie Museums, Phipps) that allow complimentary guests for free. Carnegie Museum Admission (although it may be only $0-$10 depending on how many have museum memberships). Otherwise, the regular admission prices are as follows: $19.95 Adults; $14.95 Seniors (65+); $11.95 Students with ID/Children age 3–18; and Free for Members/Children under 3. There are other discounts (e.g., Military, AAA Member, PAT Monthly Transit holder, ACCESS, WQED member, various companies, teachers, Pitt/CMU/Point Park/Chatham/Carlow students) available by visiting http://www.cmoa.org/discounts/ Phipps Admission: $17.95 Adults, $16.95 Seniors/Students, and $11.95 Children (ages 2 – 18). While Phipps Members and kids under 2 enter free. Admission for Nationality Rooms inside the Cathedral of Learning $4 for adults and $2 for Youth. Parking The Carnegie Museum has plenty of parking near the corner of Forbes Ave & S. Craig Street. Here is a link with more info about parking and directions http://cmoa.org/visit/directions-maps-parking/ Stay Tuned for updates!
24th Annual Shadyside Arts Festival on Walnut Street August 29th & 30th, 2020 Saturday 10am - 7pm & Sunday 10am - 5pm Free Admission! This will be a great opportunity to spend a weekend afternoon in a relaxing atmosphere (as we also welcome many new Meetup members) at one of our region's signature festivals. We'll walk around a bit while checking out booths featuring local artists as well as a wide range of artists from around the country working in different mediums (painting, sculpture, etc.). We'll have a chance to visit various Shadyside boutiques, shops and galleries mingled with national retailers in a neighborhood of tree-lined streets and historic homes, and distinctive restaurants. Depending on the interests of the group, we'll also have plenty of time to take some breaks for ice cream, cool drinks, and perhaps even a lunch or dinner. The Shadyside Arts Festival involves over 140 artists/activities along Walnut Street -- centered primarily between the intersections with S. Aiken and Ivy. What started out as a neighborhood street fair, is now regarded as one of the top shows in our region. For more information on the 24th Annual Shadyside Art Festival festival, please visit http://www.artfestival.com/festivals/shadyside-the-art-festival-walnut-street-pittsburgh MEETUP Considerations If the weekend forecast is looking pretty good, we'll consider arranging Meetup groups for both Saturday and Sunday. As always, it is also fine if people prefer to check out the festival on their own (with family/friends) or in smaller groups. One gathering location is at Brueggers (corner of S. Aiken and Walnut) on Saturday August 29 from 1:45-2 PM. With this option, people could gather at Brueggers and then walk around the festival together during the early afternoon. And if some members arrive in the morning, they could check out some of the festival and then meet the rest of the group at Brueggers from 1:45-2 PM. Other locations/times will be announced later on depending on the RSVP response, weather forecast, and other factors. Stay tuned for updates. We'd also like to give members a few more options. While some may spend only an hour or two at the festival, others will stay longer or may want to have lunch or dinner or go shopping along Walnut Street. When you RSVP, please indicate if you might also like to consider a lunch/dinner at a local Shadyside restaurant (either for Saturday or Sunday) so we may be able to adjust the meeting times. We can also post additional locations/times so members have a chance to meet/mingle depending on when they arrive and how long they decide to stay at the festival. Parking While there is a Pittsburgh Parking Authority garage in Shadyside which charges fairly reasonable rates ($3-$12 depending on how long one stays), the garage may be busy and thus many people visiting Shadyside Arts Festival opt for street parking and then just walk as there are many side streets in this neighborhood. But if you want to try swinging by the garage, it is located at 714 Bellefonte Street (a short distance off Walnut Street) or call[masked] or visit their website http://www.pittsburghparking.com/shadyside-garage There is also plenty of public transportation that serves this neighborhood with stops within 2 blocks of the festival (64, 71B, 71D, 75) and 3-5 blocks of the festival (P1, 71A, 71C, 82, 86) Stay tuned for updates!
This year will mark the 51st year of A Fair in the Park (http://www.afairinthepark.org/) which is presented by the Craftsmen’s Guild of Pittsburgh (http://craftsmensguild.org/). This annual contemporary fine art and fine craft festival will take place during September 11-13, 2020 in the lush surroundings of Pittsburgh’s Mellon Park which is located in Shadyside on the edge of Squirrel Hill and Point Breeze at 6300 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. An estimated 20,000 dedicated visitors will enjoy the opportunity to interact with over 100 regional and national artists working in a variety of mediums including clay, fiber, wood, jewelry, glass, metal, mixed media, and two-dimensional art. In addition, there will be live music from a wide variety of local bands. The festival hours are Friday: 1pm-7pm, Saturday: 10am-7pm, and Sunday: 10am-5pm. This festival is free and open to the public held rain or shine. A Fair in the Park All Members of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh (http://craftsmensguild.org/) are offered a booth space at A Fair in the Park (http://www.afairinthepark.org/). Each year, approximately 60% of the artists at the Fair are Members of the Craftsmen's Guild of Pittsburgh, who have become Members by passing a rigorous jury process. The remainder of the artists at A Fair in the Park (http://www.afairinthepark.org/) are selected by a jury from a large pool of national and international applicants. For more information, please visit http://www.afairinthepark.org/ MEETUP Considerations With over 22 hours of activities/entertainment (during Friday/Saturday/Sunday), a large crowd is expected as people will naturally be arriving and leaving at different times depending on what else they have planned for the weekend. At any given time during A Fair in the Park (http://www.afairinthepark.org/), there could be anywhere from 0-10+ people from the Meetup group although they'll be dispersed among many hundreds of others (general public) that will also be attending. Thus, you'll generally find more people from the Meetup if you walk around as compared to staying in just a few spots. If the weather forecast is looking pretty good, we'll try to arrange Meetup groups for various times during the September 11-13 weekend. Gathering locations/times will be announced later on depending on the RSVP response and other factors. We'll also try to give members various options. While some may spend only an hour or two at the festival, others will stay longer or may want to check out nearby places. As always, it is also fine if people prefer to check out the festival on their own (with family/friends) or in smaller groups. Stay tuned for updates!
Art. Music. Dance. Architecture. Film. Fun. FREE! Please note the next Gallery Crawl is being planned (and may hopefully be held) on September 18. Because several Gallery Crawls have already had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus situation, we'll keep this posted and provide updates as they become available later on in 2020. Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, produced by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a free, quarterly, multi-venue showcase of downtown’s dynamic art and entertainment scene. Dozens of galleries, stages, storefronts, and unique public spaces dot each installment’s 14-block map of destinations, hosting U.S. premieres of international multimedia artists, regional visual art exhibitions, live music, theater and dance performances, film screenings, hands-on creative activities, and special crawl after dark attractions. The Gallery Crawl is a free quarterly showcase of art and entertainment in the heart of the Cultural District. All events take place at a variety of galleries and spaces and are FREE and open to the public. After 10 PM, there are many places (for food, drinks, comedy, live jazz, other shows, dancing, etc.) for those wishing to spend more time in the Cultural District, including several options for the Meetup group to consider. Please note we expect the full schedule of Gallery Crawl activities to be announced later on. Stay tuned for updates. A colorful Gallery Crawl brochure map and detailed schedule of activities will also be available at many galleries, coffee shops, etc. Stay tuned for updates. MEETUP Considerations Please be mindful that not everyone's interests are the same -- so while some may wish to spend more time listening to live music, others may wish to walk around quickly to check out various art galleries, get some food, etc. The Gallery Crawl provides a wide variety of activities so that there is something for everyone, whether people decide to spend only 5-10 minutes or longer (20-30+ minutes) at the various locations. Some members are also attending the Gallery Crawl before going to other performances, such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall, or other shows at Pittsburgh Public Theater, Benedum, Byham Theater, Liberty Magic, Greer Cabaret Theater, August Wilson Center, and Pittsburgh Playhouse. With so many activities unfolding simultaneously, the Gallery Crawl is also well suited for people to enjoy in smaller groups depending on their interests. In addition, some galleries aren't very large or require an elevator. At any given time during the Gallery Crawl, there could be anywhere from 10-50+ people from the Meetup enjoying the various festivities although they'll be dispersed among the many others (general public, etc.) also attending the Gallery Crawl. Thus, you'll generally find more people from the Meetup if you walk around a bit as compared to staying in just a few spots. Because everyone has different work schedules and commuting distances to downtown, people will be arriving and leaving at different times. Thus, we'll incorporate some flexibility with some suggested possible gathering times/locations for the Meetup members to gather if desired. In considering Meetup gathering locations/times, we'll also check the weather forecast (e.g., if it might be raining) since the Gallery Crawl includes both outdoor and indoor venues. As always, it is also fine if you'd like to attend the Gallery Crawl on your own with family/friends instead. Stay tuned for updates!! Parking Here is the ParkPGH website with real-time info on downtown parking garage availability http://parkpgh.org where you can also download apps, get garage availability via text messaging, etc. You can also call[masked]