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Laurel Highlands Happenings


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.

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.


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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.






Summer of Fun in Westmoreland County

If you're looking for something to do this summer, you are in the correct place with Westmoreland County. Enjoy events from: Latrobe Art Center, including Mister Rogers Family Days in Downtown Latrobe; the Westmoreland Historical Society, featuring Frontier Court Days; and the Westmoreland Cultural Trust, especially the TGIS concerts on the lawn in front of the Greensburg Garden & Civic Center! Thanks to our sponsor Saint Vincent College for making Heritage Happenings possible.


Preserving History, Conserving, & Revitalizing

It takes a lot to keep a community vibrant. In this episode, we explore efforts going on throughout Westmoreland County including the tireless work of Westmoreland Conservancy, Baltzer Meyer Historical Society and The Latrobe Community Revitalization Program. Thanks to our sponsors, LHTC Broadband and Saint Vincent College, for making Heritage Happenings possible.


We Sip Local with Wandering Spirits

Buying liquor can be tough. There's so many options, prices vary wildly and if you don't like it, the bottle sits on your shelf forever. Luckily, Wandering Spirits is here to help! Sip and sample along with us as we try local moonshine, ciders, nonalcoholic drinks and much more at their friendly shop in Ligonier, PA. Thanks to our sponsors, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Living Treasures Wild Animal Park, for making this show possible. Please, drink responsibly.


Bubble Tea & Bearcats: Rachelle's 15650

A coffee shop run by college students?! This month, we welcome three young entrepreneurs to the show who attend Saint Vincent College and operate Rachelle's 15650 in Latrobe in their spare time. Learn more about this innovative coffee shop, the latest trends, what exactly a bubble tea is, and how this space is becoming the must-go location for SVC students.


Falling for Fallingwater

What better way to learn about Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater than visiting the site itself and speaking with someone who walks the grounds each day? Hear Bear Run flowing in the background as we chat with Ashley Andrykovitch, curator of education, about the house, the surrounding trails, her favorite times to visit and much more in this Fallingwater-focused episode. Thanks to our sponsors, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater and Living Treasures Wild Animal Park, for making...


Everything Irwin: Shopping, Events and the Arts

See how Irwin, PA, earns its nickname of "the biggest little town in Pennsylvania" is this event-packed episode! First, guests from Stage Right get us hyped for Local Singles, an original musical coming to the Lamp Theatre from the mind of Pittsburgh writer and composer Nick Navari. Then, Ed Sam from Downtown Irwin shows what makes this town shine the rest of the year, including all of the car cruises, craft shows, concerts and so much more coming in 2022.


Laurelville Retreat Center: A Sanctuary in the Woods

The cold and snow doesn't stop our intrepid podcast. In fact, it made Laurelville all the more beautiful to explore. We crunch through the snow as we listen to bubbling streams and native songbirds as we learn about all the events, places to stay, and things to do at Laurelville. Thanks to our sponsors Somerset Historical Center's Maple Weekend Taste & Tour and Living Treasures Wild Animal Park for making this show possible.


Four Seasons of Love

We talk about so many events in Westmoreland County you'd have to make 525,600 visits to do them all! If you haven't noticed, the RENT puns are in anticipation of the Greensburg Civic Theatre's production of the acclaimed musical Feb. 11-13, 2022. We're also joined by the Greater Latrobe-Laurel Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce to discuss the benefits of joining your local chamber of commerce, and Bushy Run Battlefield to discuss the year-round events happening from markets to tabletop...


Hot Drinks & Cold Sculptures

Laurel Highlands Happenings returns for 2022 with a slightly new sound and lots of new guests sharing their love for the events and things to do in our region. We sit down with Abigail's Coffeehouse so you can hear the sounds of a busy coffee shop in the heart of town and learn about this unique eatery, then we're joined by Post & Rail Men's Shop and Ice Fest 2022 to discuss ice sculpting, carriage rides and more. Thanks to our sponsors, Abigail's Coffeehouse and Log Cabin Lodge & Suites,...


It's a Party at the Palace

We're ending 2021 on a high note (figuratively and literally) with a look at the upcoming Party at the Palace with Westmoreland Cultural Trust and 2022 concert season with Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra. Thanks to our sponsor Saint Vincent College for making this episode possible.


Carriage Rides & Custom Creations

Hold your horses! We've got holiday painting fun and carriage rides on our final Laurel Highlands Happenings of 2021! Brushes & Beans Cafe shows how easy it is to drop in, paint your masterpiece, and create the perfect keepsake or gift. Then, Horsing Round Carriage Service canters in to talk about adding a carriage ride to your next event, and the fun of working with Nemacolin and being showcased on The Bachelor. Thank you to our sponsors El Vaquero Mexicano and Ligonier Valley...


Celebrate the Season: Holiday House Tours, Concerts & More

Christmas will be here before you know it, and Westmoreland County has lots of ways to celebrate the season! Norwin and Scottdale Historical Society lead off with discussing their virtual Holiday House Tours. Then, we're joined by Westmoreland Cultural Trust to talk about exciting upcoming holiday shows such as the Rudolph musical, River City Brasstacular, and a live orchestra version of the Nutcracker ballet. Thanks to show sponsor Saint Vincent College, who is also having their Celebrate...


Hygge Hikes & Candlelight Tours

The time change has set in, it's dark early and we're looking for new ways to enjoy the Laurel Highlands. Cozy up as we chat with Forbes State Forest about their Hygge Hikes and full moon hikes to keep you active! Then, learn more about Harvest Candlelight Tours and the Festival of Lights at Compass Inn Museum & Ligonier Valley Historical Society. Thanks to our sponsors, Fallingwater and Pennsylvania Maple Festival, for making this show possible.


Ponfeigh Distillery | Inside the Distillery

Inside the Distillery makes a surprise return this month as we give you an exclusive first look at Ponfeigh Distillery, a massive property coming to Somerset County in 2022 focused on authentic spirits, history and entertainment. Owner Maximilian Merrill takes the Laurel Highlands Pour Tour on a tour through the new facility, explains why the region's relationship to whiskey is so vital to his vision, and when you can expect to take your first tour of the facility.


It's an Arts Extravaganza!

The arts are alive and vibrant in Westmoreland County! This month we're joined by three guests discussing new exhibits, programs and initiatives that keep the arts at the top of everyone's mind. The Westmoreland Museum of American Art details their new exhibit Simple Pleasures: The Art of Doris Lee, Westmoreland Historical Society previews Penn’s Woods: Plenty for the Use of Man and Latrobe Art Center shows how you can get artsy with their hands-on classes. Thanks to Saint Vincent College...


Enjoy the Silence: Stay Overnight at Buffalo Bill's House

In this special episode, perfect for the Halloween season, we sit down with Chris Rowan, owner of Buffalo Bill's House in Perryopolis. Rowan takes us room by room through the iconic "Silence of the Lambs" house and how his background as an Art Director & Prop Stylist allowed him to meticulously recreate and theme the experience throughout. This is an exclusive interview you don't want to miss! Book your stay this Halloween or year-round at


The Jumbo Episode, Now with 50% More Fall Events

It's a fall frenzy across Westmoreland County, with beloved events returning and new events popping up seemingly every weekend. Here to keep it all straight are guests Scottdale Historical Society, Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, Bushy Run Battlefield & Irwin Business & Professional Association. Join as we talk the Shadows of Scottdale Walking Tour, Mini-Festivals, nature walks, store-to-store trick-or-treat and so much more. Thanks to Saint Vincent College for their sponsorship...


Fall Festivals and Ghost Tours

The Laurel Highlands is gearing up for a busy autumn loaded with fall fun. We've got everything from craft festivals and pumpkin patches to haunted houses and ghost tours! Our awesome guests this month are SCARE Tours LLC and Somerset Historical Center - Mountain Craft Days Festival! Big Thanks to our generous sponsors: Fallingwater and Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival


Murrysville History & Latrobe Fun

Special guest host Louise Henry returns this month to talk history, upcoming events and more fun coming to Westmoreland County. We're joined by the Murrysville Historical Preservation Society to learn more about their 10th Annual Historic Festival that lets visitors stroll through time to an 1800s schoolhouse. Then, Greater Latrobe Parks & Recreation unveils a packed fall and winter schedule of events including a Daddy Daughter Dance, Polar Plunge and more. Thanks to our sponsor Saint...


Loving Ligonier

Even though our offices are located in Ligonier, this episode makes us fall in love with this beautiful town all over again! Join us as we talk with On the Diamond Antiques for more about their shop, then plan your calendar with upcoming Ligonier events including The Stroll, Antiques on the Diamond and their annual Scarecrow Contest. Shout out to our awesome sponsors Fallingwater and Stahlstown Flax Scutching Festival for making this show possible.