For many Italian-American families in Pittsburgh, there’s a Christmas Eve tradition that has endured for more than a century: The Feast of the Seven Fishes. Italian immigrants brought this tradition to Pittsburgh around the turn of the century. But interestingly, the tradition has faded in Italy. Here's why it lives on in Pittsburgh and how to host your own Feast of the Seven Fishes.
Is this weekend even considered last-minute for holiday shopping? With days of Hanukkah left and Christmas more than a week away, you're doing great. Don't worry. In case you need some gift giving ideas, here are a few gift guides:
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Here's your chance to prove once and for all that you're crafting ambitions are possible. A fun, family friendly event making holiday wreaths from fresh pine and with everything provided for free with an RSVP. Also be sure to say hello to the Girl Scout groups that will be joining from surrounding East Liberty and Highland Park. Very family friendly.
Where: The Shop - Homewood at 621 N. Dallas Ave. (Homewood)
When: December 16, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The holiday market at Threadbare Cider and Mead will no doubt be a big draw, but there's also mulled cider cocktails, wassail crown making and cookie decorating to enjoy between buying stuff.
Where: Threadbare Cider and Mead at 1291 Spring Garden Ave. (Spring Garden)
When: December 16, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The holidays are here, and if you're shopping still isn't done, you're in luck. This event from the good people at Second Shift Crafters assembles 30 local artists and their wares — everything from candles and soap to jewelry and fudge — and allows you to check off your last few holiday gift items all in one place. Oh, yeah, and brunch and cocktails are included.
Where: Spirit at 242 51st St. (Lawrenceville)
When: December 16, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Learn how to use a hand-held GPS unit to locate treasures and your sense of civic pride in this Black and Gold-themed Geocaching event at Schenley Park. It's the thrill of the hunt and the thrill of being a true yinzer all at once. On your mark, get set, geocache!
Where: Bartlett Playground (Schenley Park)
When: December 16, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How much: $18 | Members: $12 | Children: $5
It's Saturday and what better way to spend it than celebrating an 18th Century English novelist's birthday with hot refreshments. This annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea event, hosted by the Jane Austen Society of North America - Pittsburgh Region, will also include a reading of a portion of Austen's "Persuasion." If you're not persuaded already, what more do you need?
Where: Pittsburgh Friends Meeting — Quakers at 4836 Ellsworth Ave. (Shadyside)
When: December 16, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.