7 Springs Wine Festival this Weekend

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The Seven Springs Wine Festival, August 28 through 30, 2015, showcases wineries from all over Pennsylvania offering a tantalizing experience for anyone who loves wine. The festival features complimentary wine sampling from 31 wineries, daily seminars, live entertainment, a variety of crafts, and musical entertainment. Go to their website for more information.

7 Springs Resort


7 Springs Rib and Wing Festival July 24-26


Join us at the annual Rib and Wing festival with plenty of vendors and entertainers at 7 Springs Resort July 24-26. Here is a list and description of the food providers and entertainers.

Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company

Over 160 culinary awards, including Best Ribs & Sauce in America, reaffirm Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company’s dedication to bring you the very best. Our mobile equipment is state of the art yielding perfect barbecue every time. Weather it is a Big Texas style barbecue, a quaint little steak dinner, or everything in between; “It’s Available.”

Armadillo’s BBQ and Rib Company is the 2006/2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Champion for the Most Outstanding Ribs and BBQ Sauce. Along with our 160 Awards we were crowned Grand Champion of the Columbus Ribs and Jazz Festival 2006 and Grand Champion BBQ Sauce in the Great West Virginia Rib Cook Off “Huntington 2004, 2005 & 2006″ “Best Ribs 2004 and 2005″ plus many more!

Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ

Basting mop clenched in one fist, steering wheel in the other, rolling cooking pit rattling behind, Butch Lupinetti is back on the road. His destination could be Chicago, Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids or anyplace in between. But the outcome will never change. Butch will pour sweat for 20 hours a day, standing in a cloud of wood smoke, exquisitely charring tons of pork ribs, beef briskets and chickens. When it’s over he’ll be loaded and rolling again; very likely with a huge trophy and a check.

Nationally Butch has been repeatedly recognized as one of America’s great barbecue chefs. Butch has been actively competing in competitions since 1992. He has won over 400 awards, including a Grand Champion win for the State of New Jersey – a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event, the Jack Daniels Invitational BBQ and The Best In The West Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada, the super bowl of barbecue competition events, just to name a few. During those events, his sauce has won 1st place in contests such as the Great America Rib Cook-Off contest held in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2014, Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ won Best Ribs, Best Sauce and People’s Choice awards at the Seven Springs Rib & Wing Festival.

Pigfoot BBQ

Pigfoot BBQ Co. is owned by Jerry and Debbie Gibson. They started competing in Rib Cook-Offs in 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio at the National Rib Cook-Off, which was the first Rib Cook-Off as we know them now. Jerry and Debbie began competing professionally in 1989 and have traveled the country from Florida to Toronto, as far west as St. Louis and as far east as Boston.

Along the way they have won over 250 Awards for Best Ribs and Sauce. Including seven time winner of the People’s Choice Award in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Best Ribs and Sauce National Ribfest, Naperville, Illinois; Peoples Choice Greatest Ribs in America, Cleveland, Ohio; Best Sauce and Ribs Twin Cities Ribfest; Best Ribs in Ohio six years straight and many more awards.

Smokin Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue

Joe is a “barbequer” by choice. He loves the art of barbeque.

Joe retired from the State of Ohio in April 2003 with 30 years of service in the Food Service Department at the Richland Correctional Institution and started his business in June of the same year. Operating a barbeque business has always been what Joe wanted to do in retirement, and now he is “Living the Dream!” Smokin Joe’s Hog Wild Barbecue has participated in rib cook-offs in seven states: New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and West Virginia. Our proudest award was Best Sauce in 2008 at the Naperville, IL Ribfest, notably the largest cook-off in the Midwest. We have won over 100 awards during the past eight years including: Best Ribs, Best Sauce, Best Brisket, and Best Beans in the Midwest.

Randita’s Food Truck

Randita’s is an all-vegan cafe serving organic, healthful, and delicious plant-based food. In addition to our restaurants in Aspinwall and Saxonburg, our mobile food trailer and catering services are available to provide your next special event with food that is good for you and good for the planet.

About The Rib & Wing Festival Entertainment

Martyr Kanin

Martyr Kanin fans run deep. They’ve compared Martyr Kanin to everything from an acoustic version of the Counting Crows to the mellow stylings of David Grey to Bob Segar to Jack Johnson. It’s tough to classify Martyr Kanin’s music as a specific genre: their plethora of originals can be anything from driving and daring to soulful and heartfelt. They also love to entertain crowds with their own versions of everything from Bon Jovi to Michael Jackson to John Denver.


North Of Mason Dixon, aka NOMaD, made a tremendous splash on the regional country scene in late 2004 after placing third in a highly publicized, country showdown competition; Since then, this steadily climbing, beyond high energy act has garnered a great deal of success and shows no signs of slowing down.

Opening for national acts like Brooks and Dunn, Toby Keith, and Rascal Flatts (to name a few), being solicited by several tourists destinations such as Ocean City, MD and the Poconos, having performed as a featured artist at some of the areas biggest events and venues (Dollar Bank Jamboree, Post Gazette Pavilion, and the Pepsi-Cola Roadhouse), and performing for such organizations as the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins, this Pittsburgh based band delivers a refreshing and unique sound they call “Hard Rockin’ Modern Country” that defies any other description.

Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers

From the Iron City Houserockers of 1979 to the current incarnation of The Houserockers, this band has always been one of America’s hardest working rock and roll bands. A Rolling Stone review once echoed the words “they are up there with Springsteen, Petty and Seger”. Pretty good company, don’t you think?! From Love’s So Tough to A Good Life, the band has changed but the music remains true to their Pittsburgh, Steeltown roots! Hard edged, rock and roll with fine lyrics from the ringmaster, Mr. Joe Grushecky. More than just a “bar band”, a Joe Grushecky & The Houserockers show is one of the best shows you will see, hands down! And here are the guys that are currently making it happen.

Shot O’ Soul

Formed in Feb 2008, Shot O’ Soul has evolved into one of the top blues bands in the Pittsburgh area. Shot O’ Soul has headlined some of the best stages in the area including Moondogs, Cefalo’s, The Baltimore House, Baja Bar at Fox Chapel Yacht Club, Sharpsburg Guyasuta Days, Millvale Days, Etna Community Park, and various private clubs and charity events. Shot O’ Soul placed 3rd in the 2009 Pittsburgh City Paper Best of the Burgh readers poll in the category of Best Blues Band. A real achievement after so little time on the local scene and a testimony to the enjoyment that Shot O’ Soul brings to it’s audiences! Now featuring it’s most talented lineup since it’s formation, Shot O’ Soul are ready to make their mark on the local Pittsburgh live music scene. This band, fronted by it’s 2 outstanding male and female vocalists and an excellent song selection of original songs and classic favorites, is giving Pittsburgh music fans the best 1-2 vocal punch in the area! Come on out and see for yourself why “everything in life needs a Shot O’ Soul”.

Bo’Hog Brothers

Over its 20 year history, the band got their blues education playing in the Steel City’s smoky bars and still performs up to 100 shows a year. The most recent lineup of the band features the unpredictable Gregg Krupa on guitar, with his ever changing interpretations of the music, and the incredibly musical and creative play of Sudden Steve Binsberger on piano and organ. Hank Raffetto and Nick Crano complete the band with a rhythm section that has worked together for 10 years.

Junction PA

In the early 1970’s six young men came to a small western Pennsylvania town to attend Grove City College. They formed a musical group there that became the most sought after band on that campus.

The band members came from different geographical locations and diverse walks of life. By the time the members met, each had groomed different musical styles. Yet, during their first practices it became apparent that they were developing an unusual chemistry and a unique sound. As one record company exec later stated, “they don’t sound like anybody else!” As they continued working on their original material they sensed that something special was being created. The fusion of their different backgrounds and musical genres became in effect .. different roads leading to this one place. Thus, the band was appropriately named Junction Pa.

Over the years they remained close, occasionally getting together to play some of the songs they had recorded as well as trying out some new ones to see what their combined efforts might generate. In 2011 these “jam” sessions came to full fruition as four of the original members met together to record some of this new material. They also began touring again showcasing their signature vocals/harmony on these outstanding original songs.

The Brighton Boys

The Brighton Boys have been playing around the Beaver County and Pittsburgh area for three years. Since starting as a lounge band at restaurants, they have gone on the share the stage with big names like Donnie Iris and The Cruisers, and play venues such as Stage AE, Mr. Smalls, The Altar Bar and Jergel’s Rhythm Grille. They have built up their credibility as one of the top bands in the region. Their sound combines classic songs with a new fresh style that is popular today.

Walk of Shame

Walk of Shame, based out of Pittsburgh, PA, plays a great mix of “bar/party” rock and is committed to playing all of your favorite songs to sing, dance, and drink along to.

It’s not uncommon to hear “Timber” followed by “Sweet Child of Mine” at a WoS show! The guys try to give something to everyone, and always take requests. Venues like working with the band because of their willingness to play whatever the patrons want to hear. The commitment to forging long-term relationships with places is what has made WoS one of the most sought after bands across the country.

Sydney Hutchko

Sydney has given music a lifetime of dedication, from her classical music education that put her on stage with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Pittsburgh Opera to stints as a Music Row intern while attending Nashville’s Belmont University. While at Belmont, she put a band together, playing shows in Nashville and in the tri-state—Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia area. She threw herself into interning opportunities, including McGhee Entertainment, whose legendary management roster ranges from Darius Rucker to KISS.

In return, she’s already seen the kind of success few singers fresh out of college could even dream of. She has opened for Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Charlie Daniels and the legendary George Jones; performed on the long-running Wheeling Jamboree; and spent 22 weeks on the MediaBase country chart with her single “Southern Curves.”

The hard work that ties it all together has her poised for a breakthrough. She continues to shine on stage, both as a headliner and in support of country’s biggest stars.

Chris Higbee

Chris Higbee has a passion for country music. He is a complete musical artist skilled in fiddle playing, singing, song writing, and playing various other instruments. Chris’ passion is deeply felt by anyone listening to his work or partaking in a live performance. Chris’ performance energy is so infectious it has been known to convert the most stubborn non-country music fan into HigBillies, the self-named fan base of Chris Higbee. His performances always draw a large and committed crowd.

Shake, Shake, Shake

A marquee value band who took time off this year to rebuild and reinvent themselves around founder/drummer extraordinaire, Justin Betz. With an extensive talent search, he found the incredibly talented frontman, fresh face, Tim Carty. He has all the moves of today’s pop stars and takes the lead on stage to pump up audiences with his star power and passionate vocals. Shake Shake Shake is back with their best lineup to date.

Scott Blasey

Scott started playing music in 1986 with three guys named Rob, Greg, and Dave. We formed the Clarks at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where we were honored as “Distinguished Alumni” in 2004, and spent the last twenty years traveling around the country preaching our brand of rock-n-roll salvation. We sold a bunch of records, toured with some big names, and played on Letterman. We’re hugely popular in our hometown of Pittsburgh and still play about 80 shows a year all over the U.S.A. – from DC to LA, and Appleton to Austin.









Marinades for Dinner and More

This venue is quickly becoming a favorite for its Sunday Brunch and Dinner. Fresh ideas and homemade food each week pleasing your appetite for good home style cooking and atmosphere at very reasonable prices. Always casual and BYOB. Open for events and every Sunday for Brunch from 10-3 and Dinner from 3-8. Events, catering, weddings, celebrations, and planning made easy for you at our location or yours. Seating up to 125. Outdoor pavilion. Bed and Breakfast rooms available, up to 8 for events. View the WEBSITE for catering ideas and events open to anyone who likes to have fun! Located at 327 Mt. View Road, Donegal, PA 15628  724-221-5793  www.marinadesgrill.com.

Directions: From Turnpike exit 9 go east on Route 31 1 mile, turn right on Mt. View at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices office, go about 1 mile, on right.


Nemacolin 5 Alarm Chili Cook-off June 13, 2015

Nemacolin Chili Cookoff

Compete in the Restaurant Division of Nemacolin’s annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-off

Have you been told that your restaurant has the BEST chili? PROVE IT by registering for the Restaurant Division at Nemacolin’s 6th Annual Five Alarm Mountain Madness Chili Cook-Off! Winner will receive Bragging Rights, an Award Plaque and a One-Night Nemacolin Stay with $150 in Resort Spending Credits. For more information, contact Ashli Mazer-Workman by email or by phone at 724-329-6387.


General Store and Pie Shoppe

General Store and Pie Shoppe Donegal PA 15628

You drive by these shops on your way to either resort and on your way home at the Donegal Turnpike Exchange!! They are right after the Prudential Realty office on the right hand of the road in Donegal (across from Rustic Lodge Furniture). If you haven’t stopped you are missing a great time! The Old General Store offers candies, treats, and tons of surprises and gifts for all ages! Looking for home made rolls, bread, pies or any sweet confection you can find it at the Country Pie Shoppe (Abe loves the maple crawlers)! Stop and see for yourself we believe you’ll be back!


Lifestyles Map in Information Tab

Laurel Highlands Living has a activities and life style mapping feature on the activities page in the Information Tab. This map uses google maps for its backdrop and adds local dining, activities, entertainment, and attractions. The default map opens with these amenities already loaded, but users can expand the map to included information about schools, zip codes, shopping, and much more. Any vendor who would like to be on this map and is not can enter their information on www.Factual.com, the source for the activities information.
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It’s a first for our area! The Wine Bar, (used to be the Brass Duck in Stahlstown) opens their doors tomorrow! Their regular hours will be Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 5 pm to midnight. Enjoy wine by the glass, bottle, beer, or spirts! A light menu offers enough for a light dinner and of course there are desserts! Check out their web page for more details and ENJOY! Address 4147 Main St, Stahlstown, PA 15687 phone 724-593-WINE (9463)


Sarnellis Corner Market Jones Mills PA

Sarnelli’s Corner has provided Jones Mills, PA and its surrounding areas with all of its shopping needs for over 33 years. Located on the corner of Routes 31 & 711 South, they have 3 separate stores that offer many items, including food and market goods, import and domestic beer sales, and a large wine cellar featuring local Pennsylvania wines.

From beer sales to delicious homemade foods, this family owned and operated business has everything that you may need in one convenient location. Hours are 7AM to 11PM 7 days a week.

For more information go to their website  www.SarnellisCornerPA.com


Kitchen on Main

Many of you have enjoyed a meal at Out of the Fire Cafe in the Laurel Highlands. It’s right before the Prudential Preferred Realty office if you’re coming from the Donegal Turnpike headed to either Hidden Valley or Seven Springs resort. We are very excited to share that they now have another eatery in downtown Ligonier. It’s called The Kitchen on Main, 136 East Main St. Ligonier, PA 15658  (724-238-4199).

It’s a completely different dining experience! Breakfast hours are Tuesday – Friday  7am-11am and weekends 7am-3pm Lunch Hours are Tuesday – Sunday 11am- 3pm. They will also host private parties inthe evening. We had the breakfast tocos and bacon that was out this world!! Can’t wait to go back and try some more!!




Ligonier 29th annual Festival of Lights Dec 3 to 11, 2011

The Ligonier Valley Historical Society invites you to visit the 29th annual Festival of Lights Dec 3rd through the 11th, noon to 7:00pm daily.  Located in the Ligonier Valley Town Hall Community Room at 120 East Main St.  The winter wonderland is a display of trees, wreaths and stars decorated by local families, businesses and groups.  These items are for sale and may be picked up at the close of the festival.  In addition to the exhibit, there is a raffle table and a holiday boutique filled with a wide variety of items.  The Festival of Lights is the major fundraising event for the Ligonier Valley Historical Society.  Proceeds benefit the many projects of the Society.  Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children.  For more information please call 724-238-6818 or visit us on the web at www.ligonierhistoricalsociety.org


Laurel Highlands Events for this weekend

 This is a repost of the Laurelville blog. Enjoy.

Here is some events this weekend  in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. So whether you’re staying here at Laurelville, a local resident or just passing through, be sure to check out some of the wonders in
our own backyard.

October 21

Pianos International (Garden & Civic Center, Greensburg,

Enjoy this traveling rock ‘n’ roll comedy piano show featuring
pianists Noel Leaman and Dan Louisell. Both acclaimed musicians, Leaman and
Louisell will entertain you with a high-energy show filled with rock and pop
hits, good humor and plenty of audience participation to go around.

Tickets are $22 (includes two drinks) and can be
purchased in advance (www.GGCCevents.org or 724-836-8000) or at
the door.

October 22

Reunion Vocal Band
(Laurelville Mennonite Church Center, Mt. Pleasant, Pa.)
We’re hosting a free benefit concert with Reunion Vocal
Band, an ensemble of Mennonite musicians known for their strong vocal harmonies
and energy-driven music. RVB plays their own original songs as well as favorite
hits from the 60s and 70s, covering genres such as rock, folk, country, blues
and gospel.

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for
improvements to our Meetinghouse sounds and lighting systems. The concert will
begin at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. Visit Laurelville.org/rvb-concert for more information.

October 23

PA Arts &
Crafts Christmas Festival (Washington, Pa.)

Visit Pennsylvania’s top-rated Christmas craft show at the Washington
County Fairgrounds. You’ll find over 200 arts and crafts vendors with wares for
all of your holiday decorating needs.

Entrance costs  $6.00 ($5.50 for seniors 65 and
over;  $1.00 for kids 6-12;  free admission for kids under 6). Find a discount
coupon and more information at www.familyfestivals.com

Also, be sure to check out the Laurel Highlands Podcast. This week’s episode features a conversation with Mason Yates from Out of the Fire Cafe, one the finest restaurants in the Laurel

The Laurel Highlands Podcast is produced weekly by Laurelville Mennonite
Church Center and highlights things to do and places to visit in the region.


Hidden Valley Spring Mardi Gras March 6/7

Repost from the last Hidden Valley Newsletter

Mardi Gras Spring Carnival

The Big Easy is coming to Hidden Valley Resort March 5 & 6!

Hidden Valley will be transformed into a festive Mardi Gras celebration during the Spring Carnival Sat. March 5 and Sun. March 6, 2011.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras Avenue (Ski Lodge Plaza) where you’ll find music, exciting games, strolling entertainers, balloon art, and face painting.

Show your colors in the
Mardi Gras Parade!
You are invited to participate in the highlight of the Spring Carnival a Mardi Gras Parade
at 12:30 on Saturday.

Flex your creative muscles and dress up in your best Mardi Gras garb, colorful clothes or just wear a mask! 

Families, ski clubs and groups can  build a themed float for the parade Everyone who enters will be registered in our prize drawing and the Best Entry
will win the Grand Prize — a $100 Hidden Valley gift card.   All entrants will have a chance to win two tickets to Shrek the Musical (compliments of WTAE TV), or a Carnival Prize Pack donated by our sponsors!
Drawing will be held following the parade.

There will also be a wine dinner, snow golf, obstacle course, kid’s races, snow rafting and lots more! A full schedule of Spring Carnival events can be found on the Hidden Valley Resort website.

Make plans today to visit Hidden Valley to celebrate the arrival of spring before the snow — and ski season — disappears!


What is available at 7 Springs for 2011

Here is a quick recap of what is available at the Springs for the 2011 Ski Season. For more detail go to THEIR WEBSITE.

Skiing: 285 acres of slopes and trails on a 2995 mountain with a 750 foot drop. Snowmaking on all slopes, 5 terrain parks with the #1 rated East Coast half pipe and terrain park by Transworld Snowboarding readers.

Winter Activities: Tubing park, snowcat rides, snowshoe tours, sleigh rides, snowmobile fides, UTV tours, Sporting Clays, and more.

Inside activities: Game room, Spa, swimming, miniature golf, bowling, fitness room, racquetball, roller skating, shops and boutiques.

Dining: More than a dozen restaurants and eateries from speciality, buffet, and fine dining.

Apre Ski: 4 bars and lounges to include the kicking Foggy Goggle.

Lodging: Main lodge hotel and on ground properties with shuttle service up to 4 Bedrooms.

Cold temps and steady snowmaking have conditions about as good as they get. SKI YAA.


Whats NEW at Hidden Valley for 2011

Here is a quick recap of what the Valley has new for the 2011 Ski Season.

Go to THEIR SITE for more

Learn to Ski Area. A graded 8% area with a conveyer belt is now at the base of the slopes and adjacent to the ski lodge.

Learn to Ski Program

Additional Snow Tubing Chutes and expanded parking

Falling Leaf Restaurant on Route 31 at the tubing park

Glacier Pub in what was the former Cafe at the plaza level of the lodge.

On line reservation and free wireless in the Four Seasons Lodge Rooms

There is more but this will give you a quick recap. Cold tempatures and the updated snowmaking system has the slopes in great condition. SKI YAA.


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