Cool Picks Saturday October 13, 2012

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1) Fort Ligonier Days commemorates the battle of Fort Ligonier, fought in 1758 as part of the “French and Indian War.” The three day festival (running through tomorrow) features a plethora of history, food, crafts and entertainment. At the Fort itself you’ll find reenactors in an encampment recreating military life from 1758 including: Redcoats, Highlanders, Native Americans, French troops and frontier men and women. A reenactment of “The Battle of Fort Ligonier” will commence at 2 & 4 p.m. At 11 a.m., a large community parade winds down Main Street. Artillery demonstrations, 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. Food and craft booths, sidewalk sales, church fundraising meals, ongoing period and contemporary entertainment, 9 a.m. until the fireworks display starts at 8:45 p.m. Ligonier.  NOTE: George Washington spent time at Fort Ligonier in 1758 as a British officer.

2) Also in the Laurel Highlands today is Seven Springs Resort’s Autumnfest” with fine arts & crafts bazaar, chairlift rides, pumpkin patch portraits and the Zany Umbrella Circus. Musical entertainment includes No Bad JuJu, Tres Lads, Matt Tichon, Meredith Holliday, plus sumptuous buffets and many other events and activities.  11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Seven Springs.

3) This is the last day for Allegheny County’s RADical Days. Today’s events: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust: Sketch Crawl; WQED-FM tours; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert; South Park Hay Day; Pittsburgh Opera Brown Bag Concert. Free. For times and info visit .

4) Multi-award winning Christian rock band Jars of Clay from Nashville, Tennessee are performing tonight at Altar Bar. Joining them in Christian rock fellowship are Sleeping At Last and Mariah McManus. 7 p.m. 1620 Penn Ave., Strip District.


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