Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Event: Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau Annual Dinner


Kentuck Knob LHVB 3BACK: Patricia Coyle, Laurie Bryner, Heidi Ruby Miller, Marianne Skvarla; FRONT: Robin and Monica Jackson

The Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau held its annual dinner on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at the Fred M. Rogers Center on the St. Vincent College campus. The theme IT'S A WONDERFUL DAY IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD played not only on the meeting's locale, but also the bureau's new tourism campaign: Laurel Highlands Pennsylvania - A Place of Wonder.

As most of you know, I am a huge proponent for pride of place, so I smiled the entire evening, being among hundreds of like-minded people from Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties, all working toward the same goal as defined in the LHVB mission statement:

"To promote and support tourism, tourism development, and the interests of the travel and hospitality industries in Pennsylvania's Laurel Highlands region..., thereby contributing to the economic growth and quality of life for the area."

With delicious offerings from the local wineries (Christian W. Klay Winery, Glades Pike Winery, Greendance - The Winery at Sand Hill, Greenhouse Winery, and Stone Villa Wine Cellars) and tempting items on the silent auction tables, the perfect way to top off the evening was with an entertaining speaker.

That would be James Kane.

His talk "The Secret to Creating Loyal Customers, Members, and Guests" and its multi-media musings kept my interest and taught me something along the way.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Celebration: Uniontown Arts and Heritage Festival 2009


Our friends Dave and Kris Buchanan had a booth at the 2009 Uniontown Arts and Heritage Festival. Dave was showcasing his Windy Hill Honey and his gorgeous pottery.

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Dave and Kris Buchanan

Photo by Heidi Ruby Miller

If you are looking for some new dinnerware or a wonderful gift, you can contact Dave at claydavey@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Research: Frank Lloyd Wright by Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer


My job as Educational Marketing Director at Frank Lloyd Wright's House on Kentuck Knob provides me access to myriad sources regarding architecture, art, history, and especially Mr. Wright.

No surprise I've used those sources to research my next novel.

Here's what I'm reading now to brush up on some general Wright knowledge and specifically information on the prairie style of architecture, which I need for a scene in my fourth chapter.

For those of you with an interest in architecture, you'll recognize the publisher Taschen, and if your interest is specific to Frank Lloyd Wright, you'll certainly recognize author Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer.

Frank Lloyd Wright_Bruce Brooks Pfeifer