While there is more than enough to explore in da ‘burgh, Walkabout does occasionally get out of the city.
We like places like Homestead, Braddock, Aspinwall, Millvale and McKees Rocks because they have the most interesting ghosts and the architecture of hard purpose, industry and, occasionally, elegance, like this building, the most magnificent of Andrew Carnegie’s libraries, in Braddock. (Feel free to argue for the closed Allegheny branch.)
Too bad he didn’t endow them with his vast fortune. But need inspires good and sometimes delicious fun-raising. Case in point:
The 5th Annual Chili Cook-off on April 9 to support the Braddock library’s youth arts classes, workshops, and field trips. Thanks to schools, community members, businesses and government (still??), these enriching experiences are offered at little or no cost.
The event is from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Braddock Elk’s Lodge, 424 Library St. Cost to attend is $10 for adults and $5 for children.
Jay Howard, the library’s Americorps guy, said the cook-off is organized by members of the Allegheny County Department of Human Services AmericCorps KEYS ServiceCorp and staff and volunteers of the library’s arts program. This photo is a scene from last year’s event.
The event will include entertainment by the d.j. Mary Mack and raffle prizes.
And if you love ceramics, the cool part is that the cost of admission gets you a bowl made in the library’s Pot Shop. It's your cook-off sample bowl and you can take it home.