📩 Labor Day Weekend // goodbye summer, hello school year

and everything you need to know about glamping near Pittsburgh.

by Lindsay Patross
September 4, 2020

We’re saying goodbye to summer and hello to the new school year. We’ve got a roundup of summer beer news and an interview with an artist who has been painting murals around town. If you are looking for a new liqueur to try, say hello to this Italian amaro. But rest up this weekend because next week we are going back to school.

GLAMPING: Camping for those who don’t do camping
Fall is the perfect time for a camping, we mean a glamping trip. Take a tour of a glamping spot just two hours from Pittsburgh.

RECAP: A look back at some of our favorite summer beers
As we gear up for Labor Day weekend and look ahead to fall, here’s a quick look back…at summer. We rounded up six of our beer-related stories as an in-case-you-missed-it ode to Pittsburgh summertime brews.

SUPER PUNCH: Pittsburgh’s unique connection to Italy
Pittsburgh is the only U.S. city that imports Super Punch – a dark, Italian amaro. We take a deep dive into this viscous spirit and its unique ties to Western PA.

NEXT WEEK: Back to school with Very Local
Sharpen your pencils and grab your notebooks. The Very Local team is trying something a little fun – and a little quirky – to lean into an anything-but-normal back-to-chool season. From Sept. 8-14, each day of Very Local content will carry a school subject theme. Get ready for some home ec, phys ed, art, history and language lessons – Very Local style.

➡️ Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and some behind-the-scenes antics.

 

Podcast: Chatting with artist Camo Customz

This week on the podcast, we get to know Camerin Nesbit – better known as Camo Customz. You’ve probably seen his vibrant, colorful murals all around town. We chat with the artist about being a Black artist in Pittsburgh and how he started out at the ground level – by literally adding intricate designs to his sneakers.

🎧 You can download this episode or listen via iTunes, Spotify, or Stitcher. Join the conversation in our Facebook group for The Slaw.

 

ICYMI: Last Call for Summer

Marking the unofficial end of summer is Labor Day weekend. To round out the season, we gathered a handful of our summer-themed stories you may have missed.

🎥 Drive-In Theaters: A look at six drive-ins, all within a reasonable drive’s time from Pittsburgh.

🍦 Vegan Ice Cream: We shouted out Millie’s and Sugar Spell Scoops, along with a few other local faves.

🌊 Paddleboarding: We hosted Ian Smith on our podcast to walk us through the standup paddleboarding excursions he leads as part of SurfSUP Adventures.

🎢 Garfield’s Nightmare: A rare investigative piece for Very Local, we take a DEEP DIVE into an old Kennywood favorite.

🍓 Strawberry Pretzel Salad: Watch as chef Casey Renee invites us into her Swissvale home to whip up a lovely batch of strawberry pretzel salad.

Pittsburgh born and raised, Lindsay has been writing about the people who love Pittsburgh since 2008.

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