Schedule Alert — City of Asylum/Northside Trip April 13

Dear Travelers: 
If you look on our travel schedule, you’ll see that we’re scheduled for our City of Asylum/Northside tour on Saturday, April 13 and not this Saturday. I’m sorry for the confusion!

Please adjust your schedules accordingly and remember that we won’t be meeting this Saturday, but we will be meeting next Saturday — that’s April 13 — instead.  If this causes a work/schedule conflict for anyone, please let me know. 

Also, a few reminders about this trip:

Our tour at City of Asylum begins promptly at 12:30, so we’ll be leaving at 11 a.m. to make sure we get there in time. Our regular classroom is being occupied by Admissions, and so we’ll meet in the parking lot in front of McKenna Hall. We do not have a van for this trip, unless I can work some magic, and so we’ll need to carpool. We’ll work out the logistics of that. 

Our tour at City of Asylum should be about an hour (12:30-1:30). We’ll spend another 30 minutes or so at Randyland. 

We’ll be walking a bit — from City of Asylum to Randyland, a few blocks — so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. It could be 70 degrees. It could be 20 degrees. (Oh, Pittsburgh.) Parking on the North Side is street parking.

It’s come to my attention that many of you would like to visit The Warhol while we’re on the Northside (which is awesome!). I’ve added that to our itinerary. We’ll plan to be at The Warhol from approximately 2:00 until 3:30. Admission to The Warhol is $10 for students. There is a pay lot near the museum, and street parking not far away.

I realize some of you have to be back on campus by 5 p.m. for an event, and that’s o.k. If anyone is able to hang in there a bit later, though, I still owe you pizza and would love to hit Vincent’s on our way back to campus. Vincent’s is Pittsburgh’s legendary pie. There’s nothing like it.

If we do a pizza stop, we’ll also drive by the Westinghouse Castle in Wilmerding on our way back to campus.

Those of you who join in should be back to campus by 6:30 p.m. or so. Again, we’ll work out the carpooling logistics when we’re together on Saturday, April 13. 

I wish we had another full semester together! There’s so much more to see and do, but I hope you’re getting a great sense of Pittsburgh’s history and hidden treasures, and that you’re getting lots of material for your writing.

ALSO: Conferences

If you haven’t met with me in conference yet to review your blog, please make an appointment to do so. I love getting a chance to go over your work one-on-one, and we haven’t had nearly enough time in class to give your writing the attention it deserves. You’ll have until Friday of finals week to have your blog complete and polished, so if you’re behind on posts or on your reading responses, you have time to catch up. Let me know if you have any concerns.

That’s all the news for now. See you on Saturday, April 13. That’s Saturday, April 13. Saturday. April. 13. Thank you!

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