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SPRING LUNCHEON

JUNE 1, 2016 

spring lunch

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Past Events

May 10,  2016

Bus Trip to Blennerhassett Island, Parkersburg, WV

On a rainy spring morning DURA members and their friends departed the Palumbo Center with hopes for a day filled with fun and adventure.   We were not disappointed!   Apparently the "Spirit" that gives life...managed to give sunshine!   As we reached our luncheon stop at The Lafayette Hotel in Marietta, Ohio, the sun came out and was with us until we headed home to Pittsburgh at the end of the day!  Lunch in the historic Lafayette Hotel was delicious!  The servers were fun and friendly. Following lunch most of the guests took a casual stroll along the riverfront!  How beautiful the Ohio River is as it passes this sleepy little town.

Then onto the dock in Parkersburg, West Virginia where guests boarded a sternwheeler to the Blennerhassett Island.  Some folks even got to help steer the boat!  

Upon arriving on the Island there was a tour of the mansion.  We were given a brief history of the home as well as the Blennerhassett family.  

After touring the mansion all of us went on  a tour of the island by way of covered, horse drawn wagons!  What fun that was!!!  

As the group set sail back to Parkersburg there was such a sense of peaceful satisfaction of a day well spent.  

If you missed this lovely trip....well, enjoy the photos...and perhaps you will be persuaded to join us on our next adventure in the fall!!!

THE HOTEL

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The Riverfront

Ohio River

The Boat Ride

boat ride

The Mansion and Island

Blennerhausett

2015 CHRISTMAS PARTY

What a great time!   Our largest group of Retirees yet!   It was so nice to rekindle old friendships.  

A slide show was presented with many photos from 2015 activities.    A lovely buffet luncheon was followed by the 50-50 raffle as well as the door prizes (beautiful Poinsettas!)...and the many presents that were donated by the Board members.    As if all this wasnt enough....a Christmas sing along was provided by Norb Pilewski accompanied by his lovely wife on the piano!  What fun we all had singing our favorite Carols and just being together!  Another wonderful year has passed ....lots of nice memories shared with our Duquesne family!   Now time to start a new year....filled new adventures!

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Christmas 2015

Fall 2015 - Bus trip to New Wilmington, Grove City Shops, Wendell August Forge, and Volant 

What a beautiful fall day we were blessed with on this lovely October day!

Members started the day visiting an Amish farm where we saw the most amazing mums, gourds, pumpkins and other home grown products.  We were treated to homemade donuts! YUM!    The bus then proceeded to a quilt shop and then a specialty grocery.  We then continued on to Volant enjoying a relaxing walk through this small town, followed by lunch in New Wilmington.  Guests were treated to delicious homemade sticky buns, and a home cooked dinner that was as good as Grandma use to make!  On the bus again and onto the Wendell August forge for a tour of the facility and time to shop!   For those who still had money...time on our own to shop at the Grove City Outlet.   What a fun filled and action packed day!  

collage

May 28, 2015 

Dinner and a Show!  

What a wonderful afternoon DURA members shared.  

First Dinner at Braddocks' Brasserie, then a wonderful stage show "IN THE MOOD" at the Byham Theater.  A thirteen piece band providing music from the "big band era" had us all reminiscing.  Bringing this period of time back to life were six amazing singers/dancers who were full of fun and life.   We left the theater feeling young again and in happy spirit.  It was a great show...declared by some to be our best outing yet!!!

 spring show

May 11, 2015 

Annual Spring Luncheon, Duquesne University Campus

What fun!!! Kennywood food to help us get in the "mood"! 

After our fun luncheon the guest speaker, DAVE HAHNER, (yes Kathy Hahner's son!!!) a Roller Coaster historian, presented a slide show on the history of Kennywood Park.   Dave is author of the book "Kennywood" so he had some really great old photos, lots of interestings history facts, and just a wonderful presentation on the park and the many "historic" rides therein.   It was a great afternoon for remembering Kennywood days of our youth, meeting with our former co-workers, and just having a nice relaxing time!  

spring luncheon 2015

Christmas 2014 Luncheon at Duquesne University, entertainment provided by George Suhon

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October 15, 2014

Bus trip to Sugar Creek, Ohio

Blue Gate Musicals

 

Good entertainment, delicious food, great shopping, and fun with old and new friends

....what more can a trip offer!    

 audience at sugar creek  dinner at sugar creek   shopping at sugarcreek  amish buggy

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Spring 2014

The Retirees met at the Cabaret Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.   After eating a delicious lunch they were entertained by a hilarious Judge conducting a very musical and ridiculous court!!  It was great fun and a lot of lughs!

  

A photo opportunity with "Judge Jackie" for Norb, his wife, and some friends!

  

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Spring Luncheon

 

 Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Location:  The Africa Room- 3rd floor - Duquesne Union   After an hour of socializing the Retirees enjoyed a nice lunch. Lunch was followed by entertainment provided by  "The Vintage Radio Players"  a local group.   The Players did a reproduction of "MY FRIEND IRMA".   Retirees were transported back to a time prior to social media, cell phones, DVR, etc.  Voices, sound effects, and imagination provided a story that created characters, predicaments, and a lot of good humor!   It was a relaxing, enjoyable afternoon!                                                                       

                          THE RADIO PERFORMERS                                                                      

 Some of the guests!

       

       

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December 6, 2013

Christmas Luncheon, Duquesne University

           Guest Musician:  Jack Puskar  !back by popular demand!  Irish music and folkore

 

September 25, 2013

Bus trip to Canton, Ohio

 

Such a fun filled day for all!  The bus departed from Duquesne campus early in the morning.  We arrived at MULLIGAN'S a beautiful Irish Pub/Restaurant.   The restaurant was amazing.   Many resotration items added to the decor,  old chuch pews that created booths, an incredible mantle in one of the banquet rooms rescued from demolition was breathtaking with it's carved wood and marble hearth, one felt the need to just wander around and take in some of the old world beauty.   

Lunch was delicious and desert mmmm the best!  

After lunch guests were entertained by Mary Faktor who presented her one lady show "The Six Stages of Woman".   She was hilarious and actually had some of the "women" in the crowd in tears with laughter! 

 

After the entertainment the group went on a tour of the Canton area.  The highlight of the tour was a visit to President McKinley's memorial.   We were all surprised at the size and beauty of the structure.   The grounds surrounding the memorial were peaceful and serene.   Quite a moving experience.

It was a great trip for all! 

 

May 1, 2013

Spring Luncheon, Duquesne University

Guest Speaker:  Betty Robison, Master Gardner 

 

December 4th, 2012

Christmas Luncheon, Duquesne University

Guest Musician:  Jack Puskar - Irish Christmas songs and stories

 

October 23, 2012

Bus Trip,  American Mountain Theater

Elkins West Virginia 

Lunch and show

 

April 25, 2012

Spring Luncheon, Duquesne University 

Guest Speaker:   Dr. Wm Spatella, presented a slide presentation "Spring Warblers

 

May 7, 2012

Bus Trip, The Packard Music Hall

Warren, Ohio

Lunch and Show