Sunlight bounces off the water of the Ohio River, calm but for the wake of rowers’ oars sweeping rhythmically to propel the boats against the current. During the Pittsburgh Rowing Club’s private lessons and summer camps, both beginners and competitive racers hone their skills at the Groveton Boat Club, learning how to executive perfect strokes and drown out coxswains shouting “Cut!” through a director’s megaphone.
At Muddy Rose Pottery, the staff strives to highlight the therapeutic nature of hand-thrown pottery. Though the studio is open to artists of all ages and abilities, the instructors focus most of their energy on intellectually and developmentally disabled students, who use the pottery wheel to create works of art and develop self-esteem and confidence. The studio welcomes all visitors to try their hand at the wheel during a variety of classes, which range from simple one-hour sessions to longer, more advanced 10-hour courses spread out over several weeks.
Tobin Studios was founded in January of 2002 by Debra and James Tobin in the hopes of sharing their skills to help people explore their creativity and to help rejuvenate the Ambridge business district. Ambridge is a former steel town in the process of being reborn.
Beneath tree-blanketed mountains rests the fruit of Dan and Christine McLaughlin's labor, a 138-acre farm dedicated to the training of horses and horseback riders. After spending more than two decades dispensing his equine knowledge across the States, Dan desired to put down roots—and so he did, dotting verdant pasture with facilities for a full-service equestrian center, including a 30-stall barn, an indoor arena, and two outdoor arenas. The arenas bustle with lessons, camps, and community activities where riders practice English and Western riding styles for sport, recreation, and My Little Pony reenactments.
Under the sprawling roof of First Niagara Pavilion, music greats such as Billy Joel, Rush, and Jimmy Buffett have all taken over the stage as fans throughout the amphitheater space watch, transfixed. Whether enjoying the show from the open-air pavilion or the verdant lawn, concertgoers demonstrate their love for the performers by dancing along to the music or holding up lighters engraved with the lead singer’s astrological sign.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.