Books & bites
The Peters Township Public Library will host 25 local authors at its second annual Read Local/Eat Local event 10 a.m.-1 p.m. June 22. The library is encouraging the community to read books by Pennsylvania authors that represent all genres for all age groups. No registration is required to attend.
Kicking off the event at 10 a.m. will be a talk by New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict, followed by a book signing. Benedict is a lawyer with more than 10 years experience as a litigator at two of the country’s premier law firms. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. While practicing as a lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women – and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing.
She embarked on a new, narratively connected series of historical novels with “The Other Einstein,” which tells the tale of Albert Einstein’s first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories. The following novel in this series is “Carnegie’s Maid,” which tells the story of one brilliant woman who many have spurred Andrew Carnegie’s transformation from ruthless industrialist into the world’s first true philanthropist. Marie’s third installment in the series, “The Only Woman in the Room,” was published in January. A powerful novel based on the incredible true story of Hedy Lamarr, glamour icon and scientist whose groundbreaking invention revolutionized modern communication, “The Only Woman in the Room” is a masterpiece. To preorder your books before Read Local/Eat Local, call Riverstone Books at 412.366.1001.
Plan to Eat Local while at this free event or passing through the area. Three food trucks, Burgh Bites, Southside BBQ Company and Udderly Fresh, will be in the library parking lot with refreshments for sale that afternoon.
For more information call the library at 724.941.9430 ext. 5771.
Strawberry fields forever
Grab your family and head to Trax Farms June 15-16 for all things strawberry as they celebrate the annual Strawberry Festival. From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, enjoy train rides, a bounce house, balloon chase, live entertainment – and of course, a menu chock-full of strawberry treats. Think strawberry shortcake, strawberry sundaes, strawberry slushies, strawberry milkshakes (chocolate and vanilla, too), and so much more. For more information, visit traxfarms.com.
Give dad a break from grilling by taking him to The SpringHouse on Father’s Day, June 16, for the annual Father’s Day Steak Fry & Chicken BBQ – and go hungry. The serious menu includes marinated New York strip steak, barbecue chicken grilled on the open pit with The SpringHouse’s secret butter vinegar sauce, fresh mashed potatoes, green beans with smoked ham, corn pudding, a salad smorgasbord and a slew of homemade desserts! Prices range from $16.95-$20.95 per person, and large family groups can make reservations for 2 p.m. or later. Live music and a free ice cream cone for the men of honor that day are also included. To make a reservation, call 724.228.3339. For more information, visit springhousemarket.com.