The YMCA Adventure Warrior Race gives kids and adults a chance to prove themselves against ropes courses, mud, water obstacles, and other unexpected mental and physical challenges—all while supporting a good cause. Amid the breathtaking views and tranquil waters of Lake Tris, runners maneuver around trees and carry heavy objects up the sometimes snow-covered Laurel Highlands mountains, climbing up to 1,000 feet as they go. Warriors aged 16 and older make a 4-mile circuit, whereas younger participants run age-appropriate distances of a half mile or a full mile. Trophies and the respect of all the woodland creatures are awarded to the top male and female runners, top male and female teams, and top co-ed team. According to the Daily American, funds raised from the race provide camp scholarships that allow kids to attend residential and day programs at the 263-acre YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles.
Steel City Cotton Works plasters Pittsburgh's trademarks across the chests of loyal locals. Some of its cozy cotton T-shirts depict signature Pittsburgh attractions, including the incline and the Civic Arena, which has hosted The Beatles, Elvis, and Muhammad Ali under its retractable roof. Others pay homage to the city?s starring role as Gotham City in The Dark Knight Rises. The Braddock T-shirt, meanwhile, contributes to the Second Chance Pittsburgh campaign, which channels 100% of the proceeds into restoring nearby Braddock, PA.
Set on the rolling wooded banks of the Youghiogheny River, Butler's Golf Course has been challenging golfers for more than 80 years with two 18-hole courses. The 6,314-yard Woodside course cushions golf shoes in a gently rolling terrain, and the 6,689-yard Lakeside course grants sweeping views of the adjacent valley and a few blind shots. Both par 72 courses can be enjoyed from the seat of a conveniently motorized golf cart, which transports golfers and their gear between holes, around scattered hillocks, and across the line in tense photo finishes.
The chefs at Luciano's Italian Brick Oven whip up prepared-to-order Italian cuisine with house-made meatballs and tomato sauce made from scratch. Divvy up a 14-inch alfredo pizza ($12.25) or embark on an archeological expedition through the lasagna's layers of cheese, lean ground meat, and house-made tomato sauce ($11.30). Diners revel in the sea’s tasty bounty with the shrimp scampi sautéed in lemon-butter sauce ($15.55) and sink forks into the flaky, breaded, and fried eggplant parmesan ($11.95). The chicken marsala, lightly sautéed in marsala wine and fresh mushrooms ($15.50), is as tasty as a framed chicken-marsala portrait is tasteful.
Now in its 51st year, the McKeesport Little Theater puts on a rollicking adaptation of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel, a comedy-drama that follows the roguish Randle Patrick McMurphy as he combats the draconian culture of a mental institution with a charming streak of rebellion. After successfully faking insanity to serve out his prison sentence in the hospital, Randle squares off with the sociopathic Nurse Ratched and enlists the support of an Indian whose presumed deafness and dumbness have enabled him to learn the benefits of deep introspection and the access codes for the ward’s chocolate-pudding fridge. The McKeesport Little Theater’s mission to bring quality theater to Western Pennsylvania benefits not only its audiences but also the play’s community-based actors, many of whom whittle their thespian teeth on the stage of the 207-seat theater, formerly a synagogue.
In a homey, convivial setting, Dirty Dog Cigar Shoppe pairs tobacco aficionados with approximately 300 facings of premium-grade cigars. La Flor Dominicana's Digger cigars ($10.00 each) taste-tase tongues with powerful full-bodied flavors. An 8’x20’ walk-in humidor displays fragrant selections, and a TV-equipped smoking lounge is BYOB and features an espresso machine, similar to many modern workplaces. Current specials include five cigars for $20, or a choice to try the new house special, which includes three sizes of Alec Bradley stogies ($3–$3.50). Dirty Dog Cigar Shoppe’s dedicated, helpful staff can also place special orders and demonstrate the proper technique for holding a cigar while showering.