All That Glimmers Bridal Event



You and members of your family, friends and wedding party
are cordially invited to
Pittsburgh’s Premier Wedding Show:

All That Glimmers Bridal Event

Saturday, March 15th
Conveniently held at The Grand Room of the new Holy Trinity Center
985 Providence Boulevard, Pittsburgh, Pa 15237
(at the intersection of Babcock Boulevard and Cumberland Road)

VIP Event begins at 10:00 a.m. for an exclusive meet and greet with the vendors followed by a Champagne Brunch exquisitely prepared by Arista Catering and Event Planning for our VIP guests. Tickets for the VIP Event are $35 and include General Admission.

Doors open for General Admission at 11:00 a.m. and remain open until 5:00 p.m. Meet with vendors, enjoy delectable food samples, view stunning wedding displays and participate in raffles, auctions, door prizes, gift bags, gift cards and so much more. General Admission tickets are $15.

A portion of the proceeds of both General Admission tickets and VIP Event tickets benefit Glimmer of Hope for Breast Cancer Research foundation – funding research for premenopausal women.

To purchase tickets, go to, call 412-716-2835 or email us at  Enter or mention the promo “ncmag” to receive $5.00 off when purchasing your ticket for the All That Glimmers Bridal Event.

Kean Quest Talent Search

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By Robin Taylor

Singing sensation Jackie Evancho got her start at the Kean Theatre, competing in what’s now known as Kean Quest Talent Search, a popular local singing competition in Gibsonia. Evancho was first runner up in 2008 and again in 2009, before going on to national acclaim in 2010 on America’s Got Talent, where she came in second place at the age of 10.
In 2004, when Kean Quest started, American Idol was the most popular show on television, and the vocal competition was seen as a fun way to raise money for St. Barnabas Charities. Unlike American Idol, there are no Simon Cowell’s on the judge’s panel. The judges score each contestant’s performance, but do not comment afterwards or share the scores with the contestants.
Kean Quest is a fun, friendly competition and is not meant to criticize anyone personally or discourage development. We know the contestants are amateurs who are learning how to perform and we want this to be a positive experience. For many of them, this is the first time they will have ever performed before a live audience.
This year’s competition began in January, although it’s not too late to sign up. There is another preliminary youth round in February and two more preliminary rounds in March. The top scorers in the preliminary rounds move on to the semi-finals on Sunday, March 30. The winners from the semi-finals will compete in the Youth Championship on Friday, April 11.
There is also an adult competition on Friday, April 4. Anyone 19 and up is allowed to participate as long as they are an amateur and are not currently under a recording contract.
Contestants are judged on three factors: talent, stage presence and presentation. The audience also gets to vote and will select a winner from each round.
The grand prize includes a recording session at Audible Images, a Grammy award-winning recording studio. The winners will also get professional headshots that can be used by an agent for promotions, if they plan to pursue a career in music.
Every year, the prestigious Jackie Evancho Award is given to the runner-up who tried the hardest and showed the most promise. Jackie is usually on stage to personally present the award to the winner.
This year, Evancho is planning a Latin American concert tour and plans to attend the Kean Quest finals as long as her tour dates don’t conflict. Since her success on America’s Got Talent, Jackie has issued 5 albums, including a platinum and a gold album.
Jackie isn’t the only recognizable face to get her start on Kean Quest. Sarah Marince, the young lady with the big smile, who is featured in the Eat ‘n Park restaurant chain commercials, also was a finalist in 2006.
While Kean Quest is a competition, it is first and foremost a charity fundraiser. The money raised through ticket sales will benefit St. Barnabas Charities. The St. Barnabas Free Care Fund provided more than $4.5 million in free care last year to patients in need.
The goal of the friendly competition is to find a fun way for kids and adults to get involved in this charity fundraiser. The signature sponsor of the 11th annual Kean Quest Talent Search is Trib Total Media.
Event sponsors include: Armstrong, Audible Images, Beautiful Buys Thrift Shoppes, Consolidated Communications, Cookson Peirce Wealth Management, DKYS&B Attorneys at Law, Donner Farber & Assoc., Gordon Food Service, Farmers Bank, In Tune With The Arts, NET Xperts, Northern Connection Magazine, Paracca Interiors, Parks Moving and Storage, Rudolph Auto Repair, Schellhaas Funeral Home, Subway, Wells Fargo and WPXI.

2014 Kean Quest Schedule
Youth Preliminary Rounds
Sunday, January 26
Sunday, February, 16
Sunday, March 2
Sunday, March 16
Youth Semi-Finals
Sunday, March 30
Adult Championship
Friday, April 4
Youth Championship
Friday, April 11

To register, call 724-625-3770 or visit There is a $30 registration fee to enter.

Break Out The Lederhosen – It’s Oktoberfest!

Oct '13 NC web banner-3aBy Marianne Reid Anderson

Fire up the oom-pah-pah band, make a batch of bratwurst and sauerkraut, and join Bavarians the world over as they celebrate the last golden days of autumn before an Alpine winter begins!

Oktoberfest originally began in 1810 in Bavaria, Germany to celebrate the wedding of King Ludwig I (then the crown prince) to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Everyone had such a wonderful time that it became an annual tradition and now has people celebrating the world over.

Oktoberfest celebrations are about music, food and fun. Traditionally, the music is provided by an oom-pah-pah band that is comprised of a tuba, an accordion and a snare drum, although clarinets and trumpets have been known to join in, as well. To the sounds of the oom-pah-pah music, be ready to dance the night away to polkas, waltzes, the now famous “chicken-dance”, and maybe even an old shoe-slapping traditional folk dance known as the Schuhplattler.

Also, you can enjoy a hearty meal of traditional fare. Celebrations may include such specialties as: sauerbraten which is a braised beef dish in a tangy sauce; Bavarian sausages known as wursts such as knockwurst, bratwurst and weisswurst which is a white sausage made from veal and pork; schnitzel which is a breaded and fried cutlet of pork, veal or chicken; and lots of great side dishes such as sauerkraut, red cabbage, potato pancakes and spatzle which is a buttery potato noodle. Be sure not to forget the large soft pretzels or the homemade gingerbread and apple strudel!

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Masonic Village Of Sewickley

Aug '13 NC web banner-2Visit or call (412) 741-1400 for more information!



SRU Performing Arts Series Focuses on American Music

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The 2013-14 Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series highlights five American musical events:

·        The New Christy Minstrels, 7:30 p.m., Sept. 6;

·        “Simply Sinatra” starring Steve Lippia and featuring the SRU Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11;

·        The Broadway Boys Holiday Show, 4 p.m., Dec. 8;

·        Rocky Mountain High – John Denver tribute starring Ted Vigil, 7:30 p.m., April 3 (café-style seating); or

·        Dala – Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine, 4 p.m., May 4, (café-style seating)

All performances take place in the University Union. Season tickets, including three main stage shows and choice of one of two café-style seating performances, are now on sale. Individual performance tickets may be ordered, but will not be distributed until after season ticket sales have been completed.

Tickets may be ordered by calling (724) 738-2018 or by visiting the Russell Wright Alumni House and Conference Center. John DenverTed_LARGE 1New Christy Minstral#B8DE26

Adult season tickets are $76; $68 for seniors (age 62 and older); $60, youth (age 17 and younger); and $28 for SRU students. Patrons may add the fifth show for an additional $15.       

            Individual tickets for the main stage shows are: $22, adults; $20, seniors; $18, youth; and $8 for SRU students. Tickets to the café-style performances are: $20, adults; $18, seniors; $16, youth; and $8 for SRU students.

            Rock Star tax deductible contributions are also being accepted.

AVI, the campus contract food vendor, will also offer a variety of food options at the performances.

The series also offers two separate bus excursions to regional events, including a Nov. 2 scenic tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and the March 28 Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the “West Side Story” film event at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Hall. Details will be released later.

The New Christy Minstrels have recorded more than 20 albums, including their Grammy Award-winning debut album. They are know for such hits as “Green Green,” “Saturday Night,” “Today,” “Denver” and their cover of “This Land Is Your Land.” Randy Sparks, who founded the minstrels, still leads the singers.

Steve Lippia interprets some of the most well-known and beloved Frank Sinatra hits, including “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “The Lady Is a Tramp,” “My Way,” “The Best Is Yet to Come” and “Come Fly with Me.” SRU’s award-winning and internationally traveled jazz ensemble, directed by Jason Kush, SRU music instructor, will be the back-up band.

The Broadway Boys infuse elements of pop, funk, gospel and rock into traditional holiday classics and show tunes to create a new and contemporary musical theater sound. The performance will include songs from “The Book of Mormon,” “Wicked,” “Jersey Boys,” “Mary Poppins,” “Memphis,” “Spiderman” and others.

The legendary John Denver, a brilliant songwriter and gifted performer, will have his music combined at SRU. Selections, including “Annie’s Song,” “Leavin’ on a Jet Plane,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” and “Calypso” will be presented by Vigil, accompanied by longtime Denver guitarist Steve Weisberg. 

Drawing upon influences such as the Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Walther and Carabine write and sing in soprano and alto harmonies. Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year.           

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.