Edited by Katie Green | Photos courtesy Think Greensburg

Head to Westmoreland County and take in the beautiful sights and sounds of fall

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Each fall, the Laurel Highlands burst into a blaze of brilliant color. With plenty of trees, there is sufficient opportunity to see the visual wonders the region has to offer. Most of the forests are made up of oak-hickory trees, peppered with a healthy dose of sugar maples and red maples, among other varieties. The result of this wonderful blend is a blanket of breathtaking hues that spreads quickly across the hills, mountainsides, and gorgeous vistas.

So, it’s the perfect time of year to take in the wonders of the region and experience the shops and restaurants of Downtown Greensburg, PA. Take a scenic drive during peak foliage time, expected for the first two weeks of October, and discover that no matter where you go, there is a magnificent view of fall color awaiting your arrival.

Begin the driving tour at Donegal (Exit 91 of the PA Turnpike), and end in Greensburg to conclude the tour with a memorable experience. Visit Greensburg’s Downtown shops for gifts, fall clothing, shoes, and sweets. Follow shopping with a satisfying dinner at one of Greensburg’s independently owned restaurants, and choose from traditional favorites to upscale cuisine. After dinner, enjoy quality entertainment at the Palace Theatre.

Another experience to consider in Greensburg is to view a captivating art exhibition at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Plan a foliage drive on the second Friday of the month and attend Art on Tap 5.2.7—a casual happy hour at the museum with live music and scavenger hunts.

Find the route for the fall foliage driving tour posted on the ThinkGreensburg blog at thinkgreensburg.blogspot.com, or try an alternate route throughout the Laurel Highlands by visiting laurelhighlands.org.

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Pronovias representatives Scott Ross and Michael Anderson with M.B. BRIDE models and staff.

M.B. Bride and Special Occasion is the place to check out in Greensburg this fall if you’re looking for a wedding dress — they’ve got a packed schedule, with a different trunk show every weekend from the end of August to the beginning of November. Pronovias, Casablanca, and Mori Lee fill up the weekends in September, with the big-time trunk shows for Allure Bridal and Justin Alexander on October 12-14 and October 19-21, respectively. But, be sure to make an appointment — walk-ins are harder to fit in during the jam-packed events, says store manager Jennifer Mason. M.B. Bride, 123 Urania Ave., Greensburg. 724.836.6626. mbbride.com. —Hannah Warne

In celebration of Seton Hill University’s Homecoming, the City of Greensburg will paint the town red and gold, allowing the whole community to get involved with the celebration. The Downtown business community will display Seton Hill pride by decorating storefronts in Seton Hill colors to promote Homecoming activities on Saturday, September 29.

The day kicks off with the Run for Hope 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. The course starts on the University’s campus and winds through Downtown Greensburg. Simultaneously, Seton Hill alumni and friends will participate in a Greensburg community service project — the group will meet at Sunset Café at 8:30 a.m., and proceed to clean the Five Star Trail.

Following these events, the annual Homecoming Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and features the King and Queen of the Hill, university and high school bands and dance teams, athletic teams, floats, antique cars, and many other groups. The parade will begin at Greensburg Salem Middle School and conclude at Offutt Field, where the Seton Hill Griffins will take on the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday afternoon festivities begin with a block party in downtown Greensburg. Additional Homecoming activities include a scavenger hunt, musical entertainment, performances by dance groups, and carriage rides through the city streets. The day concludes with a concert by Big Eyed Phish, the premier Dave Matthews Tribute Band, in Greensburg’s St. Clair Park at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit alumni.setonhill.edu/HC2012.

‘Tis the season for black and gold, and Greensburg’s Aw Else Boutique has funky fresh fashions and accessories that go beyond the standard jersey! Gear up at this Greensburg boutique. Aw Else Boutique, 1020-4 Towne Square Drive, Greensburg. 724.420.5236. awelseboutique.com.

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As summer fades into fall, get a taste of the new season at the Local Food Month Celebration September 1 at Nature’s Way Market. Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) is partnering with Nature’s Way and Palmer’s Farm for a food festival that will transform local harvests into simple, savory dishes. Local Food Month encourages the community to participate in the local food system through education on healthy food choices, sustainable farming practices, and food preparation. Local farmer Neil Palmer will be cooking up fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and other seasonal favorites that will get everyone experimenting in the kitchen. Nature’s Way Market, 796 Highland Ave., Greensburg,724.836.352,
natureswaymarket@comcast.net. — Katie Flaherty

They say laughter has healing powers and local comedian Amy Capiross is hoping it will do just that. A veteran of the United States Army National Guard, Capiross was deeply sadden by the senseless tragedy in Aurora, Colo., and was compelled to use her talent and roots to organize a live entertainment show to benefit the victims and families shooting. The Rockin’ Out For A Laugh benefit show will feature comedy, music, and magic at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg on September 1. Guests will receive a full evening of the best medicine from Pittsburgh comedic performers Chris Kemp, Paris Knight, Derek Minto, and Nick Froehlich, and Capiross will serve as host for the night. Alternative rock bands Shooting Ghost and Face the King will also be performing for the cause. Tickets will be sold in person or by phone for $30. The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman Street, Greensburg. 724.836.8000. thepalacetheatre.org. — Katie Flaherty

As autumn rolls in so do the aromas and flavors of the season. Greensburg’s Supper Club, a historic restaurant with a modern farm to table ethos, is a locavore’s haven. The restaurant is holding its monthly wine tasting on September 5. A variety of new wines will be offered alongside savory dishes made from fresh and local ingredients. General Manager Ashlee Andrews says, “We try to choose unique, eclectic wines to get people out of their comfort zones.” A pairing of three wines coupled with three small plates is priced at $20 for Wine Club Members and $30 for non-members. The Supper Club’s Operations Manager Deb Driggers says, “We have people come from all over and some that come every single month for over a year now. I think it’s a testament.” The Supper Club, 101 Ehalt St., Greensburg. 724.691.0536. supperclubgreensburg.com. — Katie Flaherty


This article is featured in the September 2012 issue of WHIRL Magazine.
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