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Meet area business leaders, learn about special events and discover the best tourism spots in the Laurel Highlands, a 3,000 square mile destination in southwest PA full of beautiful landscapes, outdoor adventure and historical and cultural locations that welcomes millions of visitors each year.
68 Episodes
Live! Casino Pittsburgh, located at Westmoreland Mall, is your world-class gaming, dining, and entertainment destination. Brian Uran, VP of Marketing, joins Louise Henry to discuss everything that makes this location unique, from Guy Fieri's American Kitchen + Bar, FanDuel Sportsbook and the incredible 2-floor Sports & Social Steel City sports lounge. Special thanks to our sponsors LHTC Broadband, Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra and Comfort Inn Connellsville for making Laurel Highlands Happenings possible. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-Gambler
In this special episode, we sit down with Rachel Sager for an in-depth discussion of Sager Mosaics and The Ruins Project, where she is telling forgotten stories and creating amazing artwork along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail. A native of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Rachel Sager works on the cutting edge of the contemporary mosaic fine art movement. Her imaginary map-like mosaics have been featured internationally and in cities throughout the U.S. where she has received multiple Best in Show Awards in juried exhibitions. Learn more at:
Don't let Santa's reindeer have all the fun this holiday season! The Laurel Highlands is packed with ways to enjoy the lights, sharpen your mind and have fun this Christmas! We're joined by 60 Minute Missions to discuss their holiday-themed Reindeer Revolt escape room and Puzzles with Prancer kids event. Then, Living Treasures Wild Animal Park stops by to talk about all the amazing lights on display now at their Holiday Light Extravaganza where you can meet a real reindeer, a giant nutcracker and so much more. Big Thanks to our sponsors Compass Inn Museum & Ligonier Valley Historical Society and LHTC Broadband for their generous sponsorship that makes this show posible.
The Laurel Highlands is gearing up for an exciting holiday season full of magical events and ways to support local business. We're joined by Compass Inn Museum and Downtown Greensburg Project to learn more about Holiday Candlelight Tours, Luminary Night, Greensburg Holiday Markets and Small Business Saturday. Thanks to our sponsors Compass Inn Museum, LHTC Broadband and Bee Kind Winery Ligonier for their generous partnership that makes this show possible.
We celebrate the beautiful fall weather with two of the best ways to enjoy it in the Laurel Highlands! First, we discuss the ins and outs of ebikes with JoltBike and what makes it such a popular activity for riders of all ability levels. Then, spooky season officially arrives and we descend into the madness of Haunted Hollow to learn about new frights this Halloween. Thanks to our sponsor Idlewild & Soak Zone for their generous partnership that makes this show possible.
This month, we celebrate our local breweries and distilleries, along with the people who make them, as we go on a Pour Tour of the Laurel Highlands. Hear upcoming news about the 2021 Pour Tour as special guests from Unity Brewing in Latrobe and Crooked Creek Distillery in Irwin join us to discuss what's on tap. Thanks to this month's sponsors, Springs Folk Festival and Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival, for making this show possible.
The Parks Episode

The Parks Episode


Join us for a very special episode covering Westmoreland County PA parks! We're joined by Brandon Simpson, Parks and Recreation Director, as we explore lesser-known parks, the new giant slides at Mammoth Park and upgrades coming soon to Northmoreland Park. Laurel Highlands Happenings is sponsored this month by Bee Kind Winery, the Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival and LHTC Broadband.
In this special episode, GOLaurelHighlands sits down with Justin W. Gunther, director of Fallingwater and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, to discuss one of the most famous homes in America, newly-named a UNESCO World Heritage site. Learn how their new exterior tours put you in the shoes of architect Frank Lloyd Wright and how they've continued to adapt to the challenges of 2020 to offer one-of-a-kind experiences. Thanks to our sponsor LHTC Broadband for their generous sponsorship of today's episode.
Museums may not first come to mind when you think about organizations changing with the times. Anne Kraybill, The Richard M. Scaife Director/CEO of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, is changing that. Learn how The Westmoreland has pivoted digital to create virtual experiences and art camps to keep the arts alive during a pandemic, and their next goal to ensure all artists and experiences have representation in their collection and programming. Thanks to our sponsors LHTC Broadband, Idlewild & Soak Zone and Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival for their generous sponsorship of today's episode.
As travel starts to return to normal in the Laurel Highlands, we bring in the experts in outdoor fun and relaxation to help you enjoy an overnight stay and travel through out region. Benner's Meadow Run joins the show to discuss how they're doing curbside check-ins to maximize social distancing and incorporating new fun activities. Then, the Great Allegheny Passage explains why their bike trail is such a great trip for any activity level, with something new to see at every stop from waterfalls and natural wonders to maple products and local brew. Thanks to LHTC Broadband and Camp Christian for their generous sponsorship that makes this show possible.
The travel and tourism industry may be in a tough spot, but these challenges have inspired our region to come together in new and exciting ways! Inspired delivery options, growlers to go and online tours are just a few ways Laurel Highlands businesses are continuing to operate, while others give back through donating meals and making hand sanitizer. This month's episode is sponsored by Camp Christian and LHTC Media.  
Highlands Happenings heads to Maple City, USA (aka Meyersdale, PA) to discuss the 73rd annual Pennsylvania Maple Festival and Meyersdale Area Merchants' Association.  We learn how to take part in spotza demonstration, crown a maple queen and grab some delicious goodies like maple bacon chili and maple coffee. Big thanks to our sponsors Walk a Mile in Her Shoes and LHTC Media for making our show possible!
Whether it's a wedding, corporate event or an outdoor extravaganza, the Laurel Highlands has you covered.  This month, we're joined by experts in event planning Bella Terra Vineyards and Windswept Entertainment & Events to help you find the right rentals, entertainment, food and more for your next event! Big thanks to Camp Christian, Bee Kind Winery Ligonier and LHTC Media for making our show possible!
What's New in 2020?

What's New in 2020?


Join us for our first Laurel Highlands Happenings radio show of 2020 with guests Battlezone - Latrobe and Tattiebogle CiderWorks. We learn about a great place for indoor family fun with a new twist on dodgeball and castle defense, then see why cider is back in a big way! Big thanks to Tattiebogle Ciderworks for sponsoring the show!
Unique Uniontown

Unique Uniontown


Uniontown, the county seat of Fayette County, PA, has a unique history that makes it a tourism hotspot, including landmarks like Fort Necessity, transportation like the National Road and pop culture like being the birthplace of the Big Mac. This month, we chat with Uniontown guests Pepperberries, Spunky Monkey Fun Center and Crown Antique Mall about shopping small, unique finds in Uniontown mall, indoor family fun and sipping local wines while you shop! Thank you to our awesome sponsors Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Seton Hill and Compass Inn Museum & Ligonier Valley Historical Society for making our podcast possible.
The Laurel Highlands is good as gold this month as we learn the history of honey-based mead with Laurel Highlands Meadery (now with locations in Irwin and Greensburg) and explore the latest events from Downtown Irwin including their Golden Ticket promotion, Ladies Night and more. Thanks to our sponsors Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Seton Hill and Compass Inn Museum & Ligonier Valley Historical Society presenting Harvest Candlelight Tours Saturdays through Nov. 23.
Spooky season is upon us in the Laurel Highlands. Join us as we chat with some of our favorite haunts including Lonesome Valley Farms, Living Treasures Wild Animal Park and Christian W. Klay Winery about their Halloween events! There's plenty for all ages to do from murder mysteries to haunted houses to kid-friendly trick-or-treating at night with animals! Thanks to our sponsors LECOM- Seton Hill and Bethlen Communities.
Fall festival season is in full swing in the Laurel Highlands. Find out all about our unique celebration of flax scutching, FestiFall at Friendship Hill and the Illumination Gala, complete with Zambelli fireworks, at Bethlen Communities. Big thanks to our sponsors Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill and Mountain Pines Campground.
Stoystown Stories

Stoystown Stories


With a population of only 400 people, you won't believe how much is happening in Stoystown, PA! Go on an Upcycled Art Cruise with Mayapple Marketplace, pitch a luxury tent and go glamping with The Experience Farm and visit the new tasting room at Old Towne Distillery! Big thanks to our sponsors Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill and Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival.
History Happened Here

History Happened Here


History comes to life in the Laurel Highlands! This month, we learn about life on the frontier with Compass Inn Museum, solve a historic escape room with The Somerset Historical Center and follow the path of George Washington with Fort Necessity National Battlefield. Big thanks to our sponsors Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine at Seton Hill and Mountain Pines Campground!
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