American History, Pennsylvania History, Valley Voices

“Valley Voices” – Upcoming Ligonier Blog Series

Next week I'll be posting the first of a new regular blog series I'm starting on this website entitled "Valley Voices."  Each month I plan to feature a personal story or a series of memories from someone in the Ligonier community (past or present, local or expat) about the valley. I've spent a lot of… Continue reading “Valley Voices” – Upcoming Ligonier Blog Series

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American History, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, My Writing, Pennsylvania History

“Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Giveaway!

Happy Friday everyone! My birthday is coming up soon and to celebrate I'm giving away one copy of my book! Goodreads is hosting a giveaway where if you are a Goodreads user you can enter to win a free copy of Ligonier Valley Vignettes: Tales from the Laurel Highlands by clicking here.  The giveaway ends… Continue reading “Ligonier Valley Vignettes” Giveaway!

My Travel, Pop Culture, Popular Music

R&R at the R’n’R Hall of Fame

I've had quite a busy year so far, between working on my book, running back and forth between Pittsburgh for my day job and Ligonier for my night gig, and trying to get back on track with other long term writing projects and a community band.  So a weekend getaway was desperately needed!  We recently… Continue reading R&R at the R’n’R Hall of Fame

Ligonier Valley Vignettes, My Writing, Pennsylvania History

Saturday at the Sweet Shop

I was a little nervous when I looked out the window and saw a steady rain falling on Saturday morning, but luckily the storms held off for the Summer in Ligonier Arts and Crafts show! I spent a nice afternoon at the Ligonier Sweet Shop where I signed copies of Ligonier Valley Vignettes and was… Continue reading Saturday at the Sweet Shop

Ligonier Valley Vignettes, My Writing, Pennsylvania History

My First Book Talk!

Thank you to everyone who came out last night to hear my first book talk at the Westmoreland County Historical Society! It was great to meet those of you I haven't met before and chat with some of my friends and family.  Thank you to the Westmoreland County Historical Society for hosting last night's event,… Continue reading My First Book Talk!

American History, Ligonier Valley Vignettes, Lincoln Highway, My Travel, Pennsylvania History

Along the Lincoln Highway with American Songline: Leg #2 –Ligonier to Stoystown

I’ve been meaning to check back in with Cece Otto, who is currently singing her way west during her American Songline concert tour, en route to the western terminus of the Lincoln Highway in San Francisco.  She recently participated in the road’s big centennial celebration in Kearney, Nebraska, but I’m going to pick up where… Continue reading Along the Lincoln Highway with American Songline: Leg #2 –Ligonier to Stoystown

Ligonier Valley Vignettes, My Writing

On the Road with Ligonier Valley Vignettes: The Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival

I hope everyone had a nice long Fourth of July weekend! I had a pretty busy weekend between holiday festivities, social outings and participating in the Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival last Friday.  I had already planned to help out at the Westmoreland Heritage booth that evening, but decided at the last minute to try… Continue reading On the Road with Ligonier Valley Vignettes: The Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival