Go bananas in Latrobe
Latrobe is going crazy this weekend.
The Downtown Latrobe Banana Split Celebration takes place downtown on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with live entertainment, food stalls, handicrafts, activities for kids, and of course, servings of the signature dessert allegedly invented in Latrobe.
The Great American Banana Split Celebration follows on Saturday with a car show, cake eating contest and more fun at Latrobes Legion Keener Park.
Runners can start early on Saturday with the 5K Banana Run at 9 a.m. at Latrobe Memorial Stadium. Registration is closed, but the walk-up fee is $ 25.
The 11th annual Classic Car Cruise takes place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bushy Run Battlefield in Penn Township.
The historic complex’s parking lot will be open to vintage and custom cars, trucks and modified vehicles. There’s also music and other entertainment, food, a silent auction, a 50-50 raffle, and more.
The museum and gift shop are open from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM in the visitor center. The regular admission prices apply to museum visits.
Details: 724-527-5584 or bushyrunbattlefield.com
Norman England of Penn Hills looks at a 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 while driving the 2019 Bushy Run Battlefield in Penn Township.
Queen of the soul
The late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, was back in the news recently with the release of the biopic “Respect”.
On Saturday at 7.30pm at the Casino Theater in Vandergrift, “United in Song With Miss Freddye” will take place, a tribute to the powerhouse soul singer.
Miss Freddye, known as Pittsburgh’s “Leading Lady of Soul”, will be joined by singers Kim Askew and Stevee Wellons.
A ticket costs $ 20.
Details: 724-567-5049 or casinotheatre.org
Parking lot party
On Sundays, Pittsburgh Street returns to the Wilbur “Wib” Albright parking lot behind the Green Beacon Gallery in downtown Pittsburgh on Sundays from 2pm to 6pm.
The event features court games, vendors, live music, drinks and food from Billus Indian Grill, Pit Take BBQ, and McFeeley’s Ice Cream. The Rust Project from Pittsburgh plays classic rock covers from 4 p.m.
The hosts are the Green Beacon Gallery, Hugo’s Taproom and the Downtown Greensburg Project.
Big band sounds
The gentle sounds of the Wally Gingers Orchestra waft over the Ligonier Diamond when the weekly summer concert begins on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Formed in the 1940s, the orchestra continues to play its founder’s original arrangements of popular big band artists such as Glen Miller, The Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Woody Herman, along with vintage hits by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Doris Day, Bobby Vinton and others.
The band will be set up in front of Ligonier’s town hall. Participants should bring their own seats.
If it rains, the concert will be moved to the assembly hall of the town hall.
Shirley McMarlin is the author of Tribune Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter.